German Weapons Manufacturer’s Nazi Past Exposed

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German Weapons Manufacturer’s Nazi Past Exposed

The same man who led one of Hitler’s concentration camps led Germany’s weapons industry after World War ii.

The weapons from German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch are well known for their deadly precision. Their rifles and other small arms are used in advanced militaries of countries such as the United States and Great Britain. The Bundeswehr and German police units have been using Heckler & Koch weapons for decades. Even now, the company is hoping to obtain a coveted order of around 120,000 new assault rifles, valued at €250 million (us$295.8 million), for Germany’s troops.

MilitaryTimes.com noted, “For decades, German arms giant Heckler & Koch has served as the gold standard for military and civilian weapons manufacturing—building revolutionary and, oftentimes, game-changing rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, submachine guns and pistols for a variety of customers including special operations forces, conventional infantry units and law enforcement agencies.” But “the gold standard for military and civilian weapons manufacturing” has a tainted history, to say the least.

Recent research from Bild am Sonntag revealed that Edmund Heckler was deeply entangled in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi apparatus.

Heckler served in the arms industry as Hitler was rising in the 1930s. In 1936, Heckler became an authorized representative at German metal manufacture Hugo Schneider AG (hasag). hasag was soon recognized as an “NS model company.” Heckler eventually became head of a plant in Taucha, Saxony. The reports reveal that he used forced labor from concentration camps as the workforce for his plant. “More than 1,000 Jewish women as well as Sinti and Roma from the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps were deported here to assemble bazookas in Heckler’s factory,” Bild noted. “The forced laborers lived in wooden barracks behind barbed wire” (Trumpet translation throughout).

Many of these forced laborers got sick or died. An SS document from Oct. 13, 1944, shows that 500 Jews were deported from Auschwitz to Taucha.

People who had survived the forced labor in Taucha reported the crimes to the authorities later. Bild has now unearthed these reports and summarized the findings. Theresia Baranyai and Hildegard Särgel, two of the women at Taucha, reported that the forced laborers were “especially at work,” repeatedly beaten, oftentimes to the point of death, shot and hanged. Bild wrote:

Elisabeth Winter told the authorities in Düren on Oct. 1, 1968: “Our working hours at the Taucha plant were from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. When we returned to the camp after work, the women in particular were checked to see whether they hung blankets under their clothing. A cousin of mine … was beaten by a guard on one such occasion and injured so much that she died on the spot.”

Prof. Christopher Kopper, leading historian for Nazi economic history, told Bild am Sonntag: “As plant manager, Edmund Heckler was the ‘[operations manager]’ … and was … ultimately responsible for the working conditions of the employees.”

In April 1945, U.S. soldiers opened the gates in Taucha and freed the sick and emaciated prisoners. On May 7, the mayor of the city of Taucha turned to the hasag management. He wrote: “There are currently around 50 former concentration camp prisoners in the city district.” The rescued survivors were left with nothing and in need of food, clothing and shelter. The mayor noted: “I am of the opinion that hasag has to pay for these expenses.”

But “the hasag management refused to care for and help the people who had been tortured in their plants for years and forced to work,” Bild noted. Heckler delivered the company’s response to the request personally. It read: “We ask you to consider that it cannot be hasag’s job to equip the concentration camp prisoners who were previously employed with clothing, etc.”

Heckler likely escaped prosecution in Eastern Germany by flying to Baden-Württemberg, while other hasag employees were sentenced to death. During his denazification process, Heckler hid his work as plant manager and was thus only classified as a “follower.” A year later, in 1949, he founded Heckler & Koch, Germany’s most important arms factory.

In 1999, Heckler & Koch wrote concerning its founder Heckler: “The devastating Second World War also ended his career. Nothing was left to him except his experience and skill.”

“Heckler & Koch is still based in the tranquil Oberndorf am Neckar,” Bild wrote on September 6. “Engineer Edmund Heckler founded the armaments company here in 1949. He is revered for this to this day: On the 50th anniversary of his death, Mayor Hermann Acker posed with a wreath at the grave, invoking Heckler’s ‘special merits.’”

Heckler & Koch have promised to reexamine its founder’s history. But for decades, Heckler has been portrayed as “a victim of the war,” Bild noted.

Heckler’s Nazi past, however, is not surprising.

“Some of Germany’s most successful businesses have a history of arming Germany with the tools of war, and they rebounded remarkably from their World War ii defeat,” we wrote in April 2019. “After some mergers, splits and acquisitions, the same industrial conglomerates that powered Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich have reemerged to dominate the modern European Union.”

Eighty percent of the approximately 15,000 officers who laid the foundation of the German Army in 1955 fought under Adolf Hitler just a few years previous. Our infographic “The Roots of German Military Might” and free booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry, tell the story in remarkable detail.

The Roots of German Military Might

This is not a coincidence. The German Army and its industry were formed with the intention of resurrecting the Nazi empire. With every generation, these ideas and intentions have been passed on. Recent investigations have shown that a shockingly high number of right-wing extremists are spread throughout the Army.

In May 1945, Herbert W. Armstrong told his radio audience: “From the very start of World War ii, [the Germans] have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first—and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round—World War iii!” He wrote in the September 1948 Plain Truth newsmagazine:

Even before the end of [World War ii], I revealed to you the Nazi plans for a Nazi underground movement, to go underground as a secret organization the very moment they lost the war—to lay low a few years during Allied and Russian military occupation, then to come forth when least expected, restore Germany to power, and go on to finally accomplish their aims in a World War iii.

Mr. Armstrong’s warning was proved true in 1996, but few paid attention.

In Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans, Gerald Flurry notes:

In 1996, a shocking World War ii intelligence document was made public. The document, detailing an August 1944 meeting between top German industrialists, reveals a secret postwar plan to restore the Nazis to power. Several of Germany’s elite industries were represented, including Messerschmitt and Volkswagenwerk. These companies, the document asserts, were to “prepare themselves to finance the Nazi Party which would be forced to go underground.” When the U.S. declassified this document, it received only sparse news coverage. Yet even more disturbing than the deep stupor of the press is the fact that the U.S. government did not make it public until 1996—over 50 years later!

It is, therefore, not surprising that Heckler’s Nazi activities have also been kept secret.

The Bible prophesied that Germany’s Nazi empire would go “underground” and return. Revelation 17:8 says, “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder … when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” Mr. Flurry explains: “The word translated ‘bottomless pit,’ or abyss, in verse 8 actually means underground. That’s where the Nazis have been since before the end of World War ii.”

The God behind these Bible prophecies has led Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Flurry to closely watch Germany. More and more evidence is surfacing, proving that Nazi leaders did indeed plan the “third round.” But few are heeding the message.

Even Bild believes the only conclusion to be drawn is that Heckler & Koch should suffer some consequences from the revelations. But the story is so much deeper than one company or even one country. Through His prophecies, God pleads with the whole world to repent. Sadly it will take “great tribulation” before mankind finally heeds His message (Matthew 24:21-22).

These prophecies should give mankind hope—not in men but in God’s promises to soon intervene and bring an end to mankind’s evil. Germany, for its part, hasn’t repented of its past and will soon commit a far greater crime: World War iii.

To learn more about how Germany’s Nazi past is resurfacing and how God will soon intervene, read “Why Does Germany Have So Many Neo-Nazi Conspiracies?” by theTrumpet.com assistant managing editor Richard Palmer, and request a free copy of Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans, by Gerald Flurry.

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America’s Dwindling Power in Iraq Paves Way for Iran’s Conquest

As the U.S. conducts another drawdown in Iraq, Iran continues to push toward Jerusalem.

United States Gen. Frank McKenzie announced on Wednesday that the U.S. would soon withdraw 2,200 troops from Iraq, hoping to accomplish this before Election Day on November 3. Despite the Trump administration’s optimism about fulfilling its campaign promise to bring the troops home, this withdrawal signifies another Iranian victory in the chain of American defeats.

“The United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September,” said General McKenzie. “This reduced footprint allows us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of [the Islamic State] in Iraq and ensuring its enduring defeat.”

According to the Fox News report, at the height of America’s troop surge in the Iraq War, the U.S. had approximately 170,000 troops stationed in the war-torn country. Now, the U.S will be left with a meager force of only 3,000 troops in the country—less than the number of troops stationed in Spain. Given America’s recent withdrawal from more than a dozen military bases and posts in Iraq, and its withdrawal of all but 600 troops in nearby Syria, more reductions may be planned for the future.

General McKenzie’s announcement shows how quickly the Trump administration has changed its outlook on Iraq. On Dec. 26, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump made his first visit to Iraq since his election. Based on his comments after visiting the al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the president had no intention of abandoning the base or withdrawing the 5,200 troops stationed in the country.

Since that time, however, Iranian proxies have relentlessly launched missile salvos at Iraqi bases housing American troop deployments, even going as far as besieging the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a highly fortified area with restricted access.

Since the 1980s, control over Iraq has been a critical part of the Iranian regime’s foreign policy. During the Iran-Iraq War, the Islamic Republic’s military maintained that “the path to Jerusalem runs through Karbala,” a Shiite holy place south of Baghdad. Trumpet Jerusalem correspondent Brent Nagtegaal wrote about Iran’s unflagging quest to conquer Iraq and drive the U.S. out of the Middle East in “Iraq Is Conquered—On to Jerusalem.”

While the mere presence of American troops on the ground is a strong force to be reckoned with, Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from more than half a dozen military bases and posts in Iraq and his consistent reduction of troops from the region are a dangerous trend that showcases America’s wounded will to fight. The more evident this weakness, the more emboldened Iran will become. By further reducing its troop numbers in Iraq, America has paved the way for Iran’s increased control of Iraq.

America’s Greatest Defeat

General McKenzie said in his speech that the U.S. decided to withdraw troops because it had “confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces’ increased ability to operate independently” and to continue “rooting out the final remnants” of the Islamic State. In other words, America’s leadership believes that the Iraqi military is capable of dealing with Iran itself. If this were true, why is Iran celebrating?

According to Jerusalem Post Middle East expert Seth Frantzman, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency celebrated the troop withdrawal, reporting that the U.S. “has failed to achieve the goals” in the policies pursued under the pretext of the 9/11 attacks.” Frantzman wrote:

In some ways, this is a result of the U.S. handing over more than a half-dozen posts to Iraqi troops as the war on [the Islamic State] winds down. However, Iranian-backed militias have been targeting U.S. forces in Iraq over the past year, firing rockets almost daily and seeking to bomb trucks that supply U.S. forces. Iran would view this as a win ….

As the war on the Islamic State winds down and the U.S. withdraws its troops, handing over control of its bases to the Iraqi government, one thing is certain: America was not the victor.

Though the Islamic State may have been largely defeated, terrorism in Iraq has simply taken a different form: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Notice what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in January 2018:

America is celebrating after helping to drive the Islamic State out of Iraq and Syria. But it should not be celebrating. The reality of the situation is being dismissed: The United States has just suffered its greatest defeat ever in the Middle East!

As shocking as that statement may sound, I can prove it to you.

America may have helped drive the Islamic State out of Iraq and Syria—but now America is about to be driven out of Iraq and Syria by Iran! We are about to see a vicious turnaround. In many ways, it has already started.

Mr. Flurry made this prediction over two years ago and now it has become a reality. He continued, “Iran has tens of thousands of troops in Iraq and Syria, and its presence is growing. The U.S. has about 5,000 troops, and there is great pressure within America to reduce even that.” And now that troop reduction has finally come.

Since Mr. Flurry wrote that article, the Iran-backed troops—Iraqi Shiite militias—have either become integrated in the Iraqi military, becoming an official branch of the Iraqi Security Forces, or ran for parliament in the May 2018 elections. The Iraqi Security Forces are the same group General McKenzie said the U.S. is expressing confidence in, a group now partly composed of Iran-backed terrorists. Those who ran for parliament formed the Fatah Alliance political party, which won the second-largest number of seats in the Iraqi parliament.

In “America’s Greatest Defeat—Iran’s Victory,” Mr. Flurry shows how this was all prophesied in the Bible. He wrote: “Those prophecies describe a lot of good news for America’s future. But that good news is preceded by very alarming news—terrible punishment coming on the U.S. America’s problems in the Middle East are actually part of that punishment, and they are going to get worse.”

A prophecy in Daniel 11:40 describes a tremendous clash in the Middle East; however, the United States will not be involved. God warned in Leviticus 16:19-20, “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain.”

God has broken the pride of our power. The United States is still the world’s strongest nation, but we lack the will to use that power. And even when the U.S. does use its power, the strength is “spent in vain.” When President Trump ordered the drone attack against Qassem Suleimani in January, Iran was temporarily chastened, but it quickly returned to its practice of targeting U.S. troops.

Iran’s relentless pursuit is driving the U.S. out of the Middle East. As troop numbers continue to fall, watch for Iran to rise to prominence. For more information, please read Mr. Flurry’s article “America’s Greatest Defeat—Iran’s Victory.”

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U.S. President Brokers Deal Between Serbia and Kosovo

The latest example of Washington’s pivot to Eastern Europe

United States President Donald Trump has accomplished another major foreign-policy achievement: Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalize economic ties in a deal brokered in the White House, President Trump announced September 4. The agreement includes the two regions setting up a common market with a removal of tariffs between the two sides and an integration of energy and water resources, as well as renewed transportation links that were severed in the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia. Kosovo has agreed to suspend its applications for international organizations while Serbia has stated it will cease boycotting such applications.

Many hope that this is the first step to fully normalize political ties between the two parties.

Both Balkan nations were part of the former Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia collapsed in the 1990s in the aftermath of the fall of East European communism, with the various ethnic groups—predominantly the Serbs, Croats and Bosnians—each trying to form nation-states based in what each side considered their traditional territories. The overlapping territorial claims, combined with old ethnic prejudices and historical animosity, brought the region into a bloody quagmire of civil war that lasted most of the decade.

But the Balkans were a powder keg long before the wars of the 1990s. The late 1800s and early 1900s saw Serbia and Bulgaria competing with each other for dominion as the Ottoman Empire’s influence crumbled in Europe. The assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo by a Bosnian Serb was one of the catalysts for World War i. World War ii greeted the Balkans with a Nazi invasion and the establishment of a Croatian fascist puppet state, where the first death camps of the Third Reich were set up, mainly for the extermination of the Orthodox Serbs at the hands of the Catholic Croatians.

Only the strong-arm rule of Communist dictator Josip Broz Tito seemed to bring the region any sense of stability. That stability collapsed after Tito died in 1980. Just over a decade later, ethnic and religious communities that had been neighbors for hundreds of years—for better or for worse—were slitting each other’s throats in the forests of Bosnia and eastern Croatia.

While the wars may have ended 20 years ago, the Balkans have continued to grapple with the aftermath of the conflicts. Tensions in many key areas, including Kosovo, remain.

President Trump, at least in a small way, seems to have given the region a bit of stability once more.

Unlike Croatia and Bosnia, Kosovo was not a constituent republic of Yugoslavia but an autonomous province of Serbia within Yugoslavia. Serbs consider the region the medieval heartland of their civilization. The traditional headquarters of the Serbian Orthodox Church is located in Kosovo, but the region was and is predominantly populated by Muslim Albanians. Amid the chaos of the wars with the other Yugoslav nationalities, the Albanians in Kosovo launched an insurrection against Serbia in 1998, with Belgrade initiating a bloody crackdown of Albanians in return.

This prompted the intervention of nato air strikes, which forced Serbia to hand over Kosovo to the United Nations for administration while the province nominally remained part of Serbia. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, something Belgrade has never agreed to or acknowledged.

Most Western nations diplomatically recognize Kosovo, but a large number of important global players do not. Among the most prominent of these are Russia and China, friends of Serbia who use their United Nations Security Council veto power to snuff out any Kosovar applications for UN membership. Other countries that do not recognize Kosovo include India, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico (all G-20 economies), as well as Spain, Greece and Romania (all European Union and nato members).

The EU has been attempting to mediate between the two parties for roughly 10 years without much success. Both Serbia and Kosovo are in the process of applying for EU membership. The EU refuses to grant Serbia membership until it recognizes Kosovo. Until Serbia recognizes Kosovo, the region is under a legal limbo that causes it problems when it comes to membership in international organizations as well as the power of its citizens’ passports abroad. Both of these issues have made it difficult for any progress to be made.

While the current deal brokered at the White House is more economic than political, it has made far more progress than anything else that has been tried.

The deal also involved pledges from both Serbia and Kosovo to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and open up embassies there. This makes Serbia the first European country and third in the world, behind America and Guatemala, to do so. (An outgoing president of Paraguay also recognized Jerusalem’s status, but the recognition was withdrawn once the incoming Paraguayan administration came to power.)

Kosovo would be the first Muslim-majority nation to recognize Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital. Kosovo and Israel do not currently recognize each other’s legitimacy, but the governments of both regions have pledged to do so.

This comes on the heels of another historic agreement mediated by President Trump between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, only the third Arab state ever to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The White House said in a press release: “After a violent and tragic history and years of failed negotiations, my administration proposed a new way of bridging the divide. … By doing so, [President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti of Kosovo] have made their countries, the Balkans and the world safer. I look forward to seeing Serbia and Kosovo prosper as we work together on economic cooperation in the region going forward.”

The twofold diplomatic breakthrough President Trump was able to achieve is impressive. When you put this together with the Israel-U.A.E. deal, the deescalation of the nuclear crisis with North Korea, and the air strike against powerful Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani and subsequent Iranian backpedaling from Iraq, one can see that America is experiencing a foreign-policy resurgence under President Trump.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has written extensively about America’s resurgence under the current administration. He specifically associates President Trump with a prophecy in 2 Kings 14 about one of ancient Israel’s last but most successful kings, Jeroboam ii. Two years ago he wrote in “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily”:

While most other kings [of Israel] died by intrigue or betrayal, Jeroboam’s reign did not suffer from such violence and curses. The nation experienced a period of relative strength and stability, even prosperity. … Donald Trump has proved himself willing to take a stand where others have not. It is quite something to behold him resisting these anti-American forces! … We are seeing what I wrote in [my free booklet] Great Again, that after President Trump took office, “Conditions in America may improve for a short time.” … What we are seeing is actually a modern-day fulfillment of what happened in ancient Israel under Jeroboam ii. A bit of a resurgence, some renewed prosperity ….

This resurgence is spilling over into Israel. We wrote in the September 2019 Trumpet issue, “America and its president are a major part of Israel’s success, and its confidence and optimism. At a time when anti-Semitism is mounting globally and Israel is being maligned and isolated, having the support of America’s president has been extraordinary and indispensable.” Getting two nations—one of them having a Muslim majority—to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem is a part of this success.

However, as Mr. Flurry pointed out in his article, this resurgence is only temporary. When America falls, it will fall hard. One has to wonder how this diplomatic resurgence in both America and Israel will come crashing down.

Under the Trump administration, America has been ostracized by many important players in the international community—states like Germany, France, China, Russia, Iran and even Canada. Meanwhile, international organizations like the UN and EU routinely harass Israel with declarations, regulations and resolutions intended to marginalize it.

Partly because of this, Washington and Jerusalem have been branching out to nontraditional allies also marginalized by the international community—especially in Eastern Europe. The new deals with Serbia and Kosovo are part of this trend.

Partly due to the nato bombing in 1999, Serbia has historically had a relatively cool relationship with the Western world. However, under its strongman President Aleksandar Vučić, the state has had warming relations with both America and Israel. Vučić stated in 2017 during a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that Serbia was “the only country in the region that greeted [President Trump’s election in 2016] with great enthusiasm.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly called Vučić his friend, most recently after the announcement of the new U.S.-brokered deal this month.

However, Serbia is not the only East European nation to draw closer to America and Israel. Netanyahu is known for having a very close relationship with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. During a visit to Israel in 2018, Netanyahu hailed Orbán as “a true friend of Israel” who has “stood up for Israel time and again in international forums.” This may be true; Hungary is seen as one of Israel’s strongest supporters in the European Union. However, the Hungarian strongman has also publicly praised the regime of Miklós Horthy, the dictator and Nazi ally of Hungary during World War ii who assisted Hitler in his various East European military campaigns and launched severe discrimination against Hungarian Jews. Orbán’s government has also been repeatedly accused of whitewashing Hungary’s responsibility in the Holocaust, twisting historical narratives to make Hungary’s Nazi collaborators seem like anti-Soviet freedom fighters.

Orbán also apparently is fostering a good relationship with Donald Trump. He was the only EU leader to endorse the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. In a 2019 meeting at the White House, President Trump repeatedly praised Prime Minister Orbán for the direction he was taking Hungary, comparing Orbán’s political style with his own.

Another East European country that America is growing closer to is Poland. Recently, Washington deployed about 1,000 nato troops to Poland in security against Russia. President Trump has said that he has a “close personal relationship” with Polish President Andrzej Duda and that America has never “been closer to Poland than right now.”

But President Duda has been accused of anti-Semitism. In 2018, the Sejm (the Polish legislature) passed a law supported by Duda that would have criminalized statements claiming that the Poles were complicit in the Holocaust, with jail time threatened for those who use certain phrases, such as “Polish death camp.” While the Germans were the primary architects of the Holocaust and the death camp systems in Poland, many Poles collaborated with Nazi authorities.

The bottom line: The East European neighbors that America and Israel are courting may not be reliable or trustworthy.

The Bible prophesies that America and Israel (as well as Britain) will be invaded by a modern-day resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. Prophecies in Daniel 2 and 7 and Revelation 13 and 17 speak of a “beast” power, the Roman Empire and its various resurrections, that wreaks havoc on the world. Daniel 2:40-44 depicts this final resurrection as being divided into 10 “toes,” five on one foot and five on the other.

In our booklet He Was Right, we demonstrate that the two legs of iron, representing the Roman Empire in general, show that Rome would be divided into two separate divisions, one based in Italy and the other in the Byzantine Empire. The 10 toes of Daniel 2, when combined with a prophecy in Revelation 17:12, are revealed to be 10 kings that will combine their forces to re-create the Roman Empire. The division of the two feet, corresponding with the two historical regions of ancient Rome, shows that five of the kings will be from Western Europe and five from Eastern Europe.

Herbert W. Armstrong, founder and editor in chief of the Plain Truth magazine, predecessor to the Philadelphia Trumpet, wrote in a 1980 co-worker letter regarding which countries would comprise the 10 toes: “It now looks entirely feasible that Yugoslavia may be included in this revived Roman Empire. Also the pope’s native Poland and Romania, and possibly Hungary.”

Mr. Armstrong felt that Yugoslavia, Poland and Hungary could be part of the final resurrection of the Roman Empire! (Yugoslavia doesn’t exist anymore but is still important in the prophetic scheme of things. To understand why, read our free booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans.) If this is the case, then the trust America and Israel are placing in Eastern Europe will lead to a massive double cross.

President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu may see their fellow anti-establishment leaders in Central and Eastern Europe as their natural allies. Time will prove this to be a mistake. To learn more about what is happening in Eastern Europe and what it means for you, read our article “Introducing Europe’s Eastern Strongmen.”

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An Inspiring Look at Tomorrow’s Cities

How the problems battering our cities today will be solved

It has been a rough year for America’s cities. Their residents have been locked in their apartments for fear of coronavirus. Their attractions, offices, restaurants and stores have been evacuated. Their wealth has bled out because of ailing economic life, lost jobs and dwindling tax revenue. Their streets have choked with violent mobs revolting against racial inequities by vandalizing monuments, smashing storefronts, looting businesses, burning public buildings. Their people are now suffering rising rates of violent crime, including murder.

Globally, many other cities face similar depressing conditions. So many of the advantages of cities—the vibrancy, the opportunities, the culture, the concerts, theaters, sporting events, shopping centers, museums, art galleries, restaurants, libraries and clubs—are being inhibited by social distancing restrictions and distressed economic activity, or outweighed by dangers and destruction. Many observers are convinced the damage done will be long-term, perhaps permanent.

Thankfully, such pessimism is wrong. Yes, the problems battering our cities will grow far worse. This reality is prophesied in Scripture. (Listen to the first segment of today’s Trumpet Hour, which discusses some of these prophecies.) We need to face squarely this grim truth.

However, the Bible also includes many spectacular prophecies about what will become of our cities beyond the near term. These too are sure prophecies, and they provide genuine hope.

Imagine quality city life being affordable. Imagine a city providing enough stable, decent jobs that unemployment is next to nil, and everyone enjoys affluence. “… Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity …” (Zechariah 1:17; Revised Standard Version). Imagine a city devoid of run-down, impoverished slums and ghettos.

Imagine cities being crime-free. Imagine being able to walk the streets, even back alleys, at any time of day or night without fear. “[T]hey shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid” (Ezekiel 34:28). Imagine thievery, muggings, riots and gang warfare no longer being a concern. “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders …” (Isaiah 60:18).

Imagine a healthy city environment. Imagine lovely, productive gardens right in the midst of the city. “[T]hey shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them” (Amos 9:14). Imagine eating at a restaurant where fresh produce grows on site. Imagine land being allocated efficiently enough that areas exist for local animal husbandry. “[I]n all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down” (Jeremiah 33:12). Imagine the pastoral serenity enjoyed only by country folk today being common in the city as well.

Widespread prosperity, secure streets, nutritious food, outdoor activity in clean air—these benefits will dramatically increase the health of the residents of tomorrow’s cities!

But how will such a revolution be possible?

Biblical prophecy is clear that our present civilization is about to be replaced by a far better world. Though today’s cities will be destroyed (e.g. Ezekiel 6:6; 12:20), the positive upshot is that the builders of tomorrow’s cities won’t have to compromise in order to work around what already exists; they will be able to start from the ground up. “For thou shalt … make the desolate cities to be inhabited. … And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations (Isaiah 54:3; 61:4).

Scripture reveals the extraordinary circumstances in which these cities will appear. After human misrule causes great tribulation that almost wipes out civilization, Jesus Christ will return to Earth to establish His rule. Before any rebuilding occurs, Christ will first resolve the problem of unconquered human nature sabotaging creative efforts. How?

Through the Prophet Ezekiel, God answers: “A new heart also will I give you …. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. … In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded” (Ezekiel 36:26-27, 33).

Yes—God will change the hard hearts of men and women, eliminating hostility, competitiveness, aggression and selfishness, and replacing it with His own nature—a basic desire to follow His law of love. Thus, in the cities of the future, people will resist the tendency to degenerate. Instead, they will care for their families and their surroundings, take pride in their homes and their work, and treat others with respect and courtesy.

And who will preside over these cities? It would be a significant revolution just to have leaders who truly served people and refrained from corruption, bribery, cheating and imposing burdensome taxes. But God promises to do even better: Tomorrow’s cities will be ruled by spirit beings—the glorified saints of God made perfect! Read in Luke 19:12-19 and Revelation 2:26-27 Christ’s promise to appoint individuals who have already proven themselves by overcoming their human nature, and have been transformed into an immortal spiritual state. These beings will have the authority and power to enforce God’s law in order to prevent problems and to ensure that business in the city is conducted in an ethical, fair, organized manner that benefits everyone.

If you have never proved this truth from Scripture, you owe it to yourself to order a free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like. It describes in vivid detail, supported by ample biblical proof, how a great many of the administrative positions in God’s coming Kingdom will likely be filled by the men and women of the Bible, resurrected to spirit life.

Once this fundamental issue is resolved, and society is composed of godly leaders ruling over a human populace unified in their desire to build harmonious, attractive communities, the real work of creating utopian cities will proceed.

The cities of the future will likely be somewhat small, more like today’s towns than megacities like Tokyo, New York or Shanghai. They will support balanced, moderate living and personal growth. Massive skyscrapers will be unnecessary because property will be plentiful. Scripture describes a vigorous land-renewal program: mountains being lowered, deserts being reclaimed, underwater land being raised. Leviticus 25 details a homesteading system whereby every family will own land. Micah 4:4 says, “[T]hey shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid ….” Equitable property distribution will create widespread security and fulfillment for all families.

However, don’t expect tomorrow’s cities to follow the pattern of today’s suburbs, which come with several problems: homogenous neighborhoods, automobile dependency, commuting and traffic nightmares, social fragmentation, and poor health for lack of exercise, to name a few. Biblical accounts show that future cities will include vibrant, heavily used community spaces. The Bible describes tomorrow’s cities as being very social—“filled with flocks of men” (read Ezekiel 36:34-38). Today, cities are packed with anonymous strangers who rub shoulders but don’t interact, who then commute home to their private suburban bunkers where they remain isolated from neighbors. Tomorrow, cities will be designed to nurture a sense of community and belonging.

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof” (Zechariah 8:4-5). All cities will likely pattern certain elements after Jerusalem. Clearly, some quarters will be closed to traffic, opening the door for these extraordinary intergenerational experiences. This is a picture of attractive boulevards, with storefronts on the sidewalk, rather than being pushed away from the street and out of walking distance behind enormous parking lots. It suggests the existence of smart, efficient public transportation that people of all ages can easily use to get to the city center.

The Prophet Isaiah described this social atmosphere perfectly when he wrote, “joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody” (Isaiah 51:3). Jeremiah got even more eloquent: “Thus saith the Lord; Again there shall be heard in this place … even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem … The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness …” (Jeremiah 33:10-11). These prophecies are promises from the same God who richly designed and created this exquisite planet and universe. They are certain to come to pass!

It can be difficult for our minds to conceive of a world where transportation doesn’t pollute; where families can easily access the city and yet live in their own homes on their own land; where industry operates smartly and cleanly without dominating or besmirching the landscape; where urban life is just as healthy and safe as country life. But we can rest assured that this world will soon be here. God has spoken it, and He is not one to go back on His word (Isaiah 55:11).

The question is, will you be there to enjoy it? Turn to God now, and you can do even better: You can be there to help govern it!

Far greater detail exists of this world to come. Read all about it in our inspiring free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.

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Europe’s covid bailout did more than just add credit to Europe’s balance sheet—it added a whole lot of firepower.

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Why Is Germany Cooperating With Vladimir Putin?

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Why Is Germany Cooperating With Vladimir Putin?

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is coming under attack.

Germans are talking about the alleged poisoning of Russian political critic Alexei Navalny. This is not the first time Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime has been suspected of attempted murder. But this time it comes at a turbulent time in German politics. More people are questioning Germany’s partnership with Russia, particularly regarding its major Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

German doctors announced that the poison used on Navalny, an outspoken critic of Putin, was Novichok. Novichok is a military-grade poison developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. If this poison was indeed used, it is almost certain that Putin’s government not only attempted to kill Navalny, but also wanted the world to know it.

A number of senior German politicians have called for Germany to retaliate against Russia.

Nord Stream 2 has not been a popular project, domestically or internationally. United States President Donald Trump ordered sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in 2019. And now German politicians themselves are struggling to defend the project. The head of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Norbert Roettgen, said, “The [European Union] should jointly decide to stop Nord Stream 2.” Many others have made similar statements.

German commentators are also demanding that the government halt the project. Bild, Germany’s best-selling newspaper, said that if the government does not stop the pipeline, it will be “tantamount to us financing Putin’s next Novichok attack.”

President Trump has been criticizing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for years. He said in 2018: “I think it’s very sad, when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia. Germany is totally controlled by Russia, because they will be getting from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline. And you tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s a very bad thing for nato and I don’t think it should have happened.”

Yet the German government brushed the criticisms aside and continued the project. The partnership has certainly never been contingent on moral concerns.

Vladimir Putin has been accused of poisoning opponents for more than 15 years.

Yet in 2005, Putin had already sealed the deal on the first Nord Stream pipeline. At the time, he met with then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel, who won Germany’s national elections that year. Schröder agreed to the construction of the pipeline just before leaving office, and Merkel continued to support the project. In the September 2018 Trumpet magazine, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote:

Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor Merkel’s predecessor, was a vocal advocate of the Nord Stream pipeline project. In 2005, just after he had been voted out of office but before he had officially left the post, Schröder hastily signed the Nord Stream agreement.

That is an ugly thing for a politician to do. He knew the people had already voted him out, yet he decided to set this project in motion. This indicates what is happening with this German-led European power: It is being hijacked by leaders who don’t always act in their people’s interests!

These leaders don’t like America and want to befriend Russia. Apparently they respect the authoritarian way Russia accomplishes its goals.

Many have argued that Germany should deal with Russia to preserve its energy security at a reasonable price. But Germany’s Die Welt noted in “The Myth Surrounding the Indispensable Pipeline” (Trumpet translation throughout):

There is an alternative to fill the gap, namely liquefied petroleum gas (lng). Natural gas is liquefied by strong cooling and therefore has a significantly smaller volume. It can be transported on ships across the oceans and thus traded globally. Numerous lng landing stations have been built in recent years, and there are now 36 in the EU. Now, as is well known, the U.S.A. absolutely wants to stop Nord Stream 2 and has threatened massive sanctions. The country is often accused of fighting the pipeline only out of self-interest—to sell more of its own liquid gas. That is certainly one of the reasons behind the great interest shown by U.S. senators in the distant pipeline. But the U.S.A. would just be one of several suppliers.

Important suppliers for lng are Australia, Qatar, Trinidad and the United States. But German leaders are more willing to make major, morally questionable, domestically unpopular and internationally criticized deals with Putin’s Russia than with the U.S. Germany, in fact, is becoming increasingly critical of the U.S.

Why this seemingly illogical and perhaps unstoppable development? There is more behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline than most understand. Mr. Flurry noted in the September 2018 Trumpet issue:

For years, Germany has been criticized for the Nord Stream projects, but it pays no attention and presses ahead. This shows Germany is uninterested in relying on nato anymore. President Trump exposed this in public and criticized Merkel. …

Nord Stream 2 binds Russia and Germany together in a way that undermines nato. In fact, though Russia and Germany will not say so, this pipeline project is clearly intended to wreck nato. …

Many elite Germans feel their nation has now gotten all it can from the U.S. and they are ready to move on. Some powerful Germans today are thinking more and more about the Holy Roman Empire, and they want modern Germany to assume more power of its own in the spirit of that empire. They want to establish Europe as a mighty, German-led superpower.

For years, Germany has benefited from the nato military alliance. But nato was originally designed to prevent both Russia and Germany from controlling the European continent.

Mr. Flurry continued:

These Germans know that nato is an obstacle to their goal. Back when nato was first founded, its first secretary general, Hastings Ismay, explained its main purpose: “Keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” The notion of keeping “the Germans down” directly contradicts the imperialistic ambitions that are growing more intense among many elite Germans today. …

President Trump said Germany will end up being “totally controlled” by Russia as a result of this gas pipeline deal. And Germany is taking a risk with a dangerous dictator. But this deal will boost more than just Russia’s power and leverage. It will also boost Germany’s. Germany has much to gain from this. And it will happen in a way that hurts many other nations!

Vladimir Putin leads one of the most powerful and dangerous nations in the world. The fact that Germany continues to cooperate with Putin makes him all the more dangerous.

Are Germany and Russia actively undermining American power? The Bible reveals that this is, in fact, happening right now—and it will only get worse.

God blessed America like no other single nation as a fulfillment of His promises to its ancient ancestors, the Israelites (read The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong). But like the Israelites, Americans have turned from God and refused to believe and obey Him. Time and again through Israel’s history, God has pleaded with His people to repent. Time and again, the Israelites have refused—and suffered terrible consequences. God is again warning His national people. But time is running out.

Germany’s cooperation with Russia is a clear sign that the world is about to enter what Jesus Christ described as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21). The Bible reveals surprisingly detailed specifics about this time of suffering. The nations that will unleash much of the destruction on the world are rising now.

To understand how the future will unfold—and to find the hope hidden beneath it all—read “Germany and Russia’s Secret War Against America” and The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.

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China Uses COVID Vaccine to Boost Influence in Pakistan

Chinese medical supplies, bound for Pakistan, await delivery in Nanchang, China on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
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China Uses COVID Vaccine to Boost Influence in Pakistan

Could Pakistan be a part of the ‘kings of the east’?

China will be supplying Pakistan with coronavirus vaccines if and when a vaccine is developed, Pakistani government officials announced on August 13. It is part of a deal for vaccine trials to be held in the Asian nation, to cover about a fifth of the population of 220 million. At least two Chinese companies are negotiating to have their vaccines tested in Pakistan.

As a developing country, Pakistan’s pharmaceutical industry lacks the means to develop, test and produce medication on a large scale, much less a vaccine for the coronavirus. It therefore turned to China in an effort to explore one of the few options it has to curtail the pandemic. And China is happily leveraging its influence and comparatively greater means to gain a foothold in Pakistan.

According to senior Rand Corporation researcher Jennifer Bouey, coronavirus has afforded China an opportunity to step into global leadership. “China could build solidarity with developing countries,” she said, “and become a more influential player in global health.

This is emphasized by the fact that China has not joined the World Health Organization’s global initiative to develop and distribute a vaccine around the world. Instead, China is interested in pursuing its own ends by its own means—and it is starting with Pakistan.

The China state-owned pharmaceutical group Sinopharm is working directly with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences at Karachi University to conduct the vaccine trials in Pakistan, allowing it to receive the vaccine on a “priority basis,” according to an involved official.

At the same time, China and Pakistan have reached an agreement to forge ahead with rail and power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an outgrowth of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “The foreign ministers of China and Pakistan agreed that the joint construction of the Belt and Road should be accelerated to bring more benefits to the two peoples,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 21.

The $62 billion project cements China’s position as Pakistan’s largest investor. Last month alone, China was responsible for nearly 25 percent of investment in Pakistan, the showcase of its Belt and Road Initiative.

However, the collaboration with China “is costing Pakistan a lot of money,” according to Claude Rakisits, a professor at the Australian National University. Pakistan is increasingly indebted to China, and many fear it could become the latest casualty of China’s debt-trap diplomacy.

The Main Line One project upgrading Pakistan’s main railway line has already suffered delays costing the nation $6.8 billion. Several other projects have suffered such delays, forcing government ministers to slash budgets and payment structures.

This is all contributing to an enlarging Chinese sphere of influence, foretold in the pages of your Bible. Revelation 16:12 prophesies of “the kings of the east” power bloc, prophesied to play a major role in a coming cataclysm that will affect the entire world.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has explained that this power bloc will include Russia, China and other Asian nations. Present developments indicate that Pakistan could be assimilated into this power bloc, led by Russia and, secondarily, China.

Pakistan is a nuclear power. It has advanced weapons and could be a pivotal player in the kings of the east. China’s interest in Pakistan’s Gwadar port, which offers access to the highly lucrative Strait of Hormuz, increases its incentive for Pakistani subservience. Trumpet managing editor Joel Hilliker wrote in his article “A Terrorist Dies—a Dragon Encroaches”:

Biblical prophecy speaks of a massive war—to shake this world very soon—in which an enormous pan-Asian army will march into the Middle East. Given the geography of the region, it seems Pakistan, including this key seaport, could be a major staging point. Evidence also suggests the possibility that, despite its Muslim majority, Pakistan could by then be allied with that Asian behemoth, contributing not only its gateways but even its soldiers to the effort.

To learn more about this coming Asian behemoth and Pakistan’s possible role as a part of it, please request your free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy.