Trump Administration Angers Vatican With Call to Condemn China

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Trump Administration Angers Vatican With Call to Condemn China

The Bible foretells division between America and the Catholic Church.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo published an open letter on September 18 castigating the Vatican for negotiating a confidential deal with Communist China. The text of this deal remains secret, but we know it gives an atheist dictatorship a direct role in appointing Catholic bishops. Proponents of the deal argue that it opens the door to full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Beijing, while critics compare it to concordats the Vatican signed with Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler before World War ii.

“The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers,” wrote Pompeo. “Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced sterilizations and abortions of Muslims in Xinjiang, its abuse of Catholic priests and laypeople, and its assault on Protestant house churches—all of which are parts of a ‘Sinicization’ campaign to subordinate God to the party while promoting Xi himself as an ultramundane deity. … If the Chinese Communist Party manages to bring the Catholic Church and other religious communities to heel, regimes that disdain human rights will be emboldened, and the cost of resisting tyranny will rise for all brave religious believers who honor God above the autocrat of the day.”

After writing his open letter, Pompeo hoped to meet with Pope Francis. But the Vatican denied him a meeting and spurned his efforts to derail the China concordat. Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin told the New York Times that “Pompeo asked to meet” the pope, but Francis “clearly said that he does not receive political figures ahead of the elections.” Parolin also noted that Pompeo’s decision to publish his open letter in a conservative Catholic magazine that has criticized Pope Francis was an insult. So Pompeo ended up hosting a religious freedom event at the Vatican’s U.S. Embassy on September 30, while Catholic officials continued to push forward with their plans for a concordat.

In July, Pompeo announced that securing “our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time.” Now he wants to know whether or not the Vatican sides with the Democratic West or the authoritarian East. Some conservative Catholics support the Trump administration’s attempt to hold China accountable for atrocities being committed against Catholics, Protestants, Uyghurs, Hong Kongers, Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners. But Pope Francis’s Vatican hierarchy is prioritizing diplomatic relations with China above the needs of the millions of people China is oppressing. Some are even comparing Pope Francis’s actions to the 1929 Lateran Accords that the Vatican signed with Fascist Italy, or to the 1933 Reichskonkordat the Vatican signed with Nazi Germany.

Why is the Vatican hierarchy more willing to deal with China than the U.S.?

Uki Goñi is an Argentine author whose research focuses on the Vatican’s historic role in organizing “ratlines” to help Nazi criminals escape to Argentina. In a 2015 editorial for the New York Times, he wrote that you could not understand Pope Francis without acknowledging that his worldview was shaped in Juan Peron’s Argentina. Francis warns about the “excesses of capitalism” while expressing sympathy for communism because he follows the sort of Catholic socialism practiced during Peron’s presidency.

“Today, the church in South America is threatened not by Marxism but by the gradual drift of its faithful toward evangelical Protestantism, which offers a more direct relationship with God,” wrote Goñi. “It comes naturally, then, to Francis, who became a priest in Argentina’s politically engaged church hierarchy, to adopt a populist political tone to combat that drift. He speaks directly to the region’s poor with a fire found in the ‘liberation theology’ that inspired South America’s leftist revolutionaries of the 1970s.”

So, according to Goñi, Pope Francis feels more threatened by evangelical Christians (like Mike Pompeo) than he does by Marxist dictators (like Xi Jinping). And many influential Catholics agree with him. The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has praised Communist China as the world’s “best implementer of Catholic social doctrine.”

A leading Jesuit magazine in the U.S. published an editorial titled “The Catholic Case for Communism,” arguing that Communists can be good Catholics. Meanwhile, a leading Jesuit magazine in Italy published an editorial arguing the conservative Catholics who aligned with President Trump’s evangelical supporters were falling prey to an “ecumenicalism of hate.”

Suppose Pope Francis wanted to defeat U.S. evangelicalism and capitalism (a philosophy largely based on the writings of Adam Smith, a Presbyterian). He would need to convince Catholic nations across Europe and Latin America to adopt a more socialist way of running their economies. What better way to accomplish this than a concordat with the world’s leading Communist economy? In his latest encyclical, Francis said that capitalism has failed and the world’s economy needs to be restructured. His China deal is part of a strategy to accomplish this goal. He wants the nations of Europe and Latin America to oppose the U.S. by becoming more like the world’s “best implementer of Catholic social doctrine.”

The Bible reveals that the end-time pope will forge some sort of agreement, or concordat, with a power in Europe. Revelation 17 describes a church that will have power over a political-military union of 10 nations, described in symbolic terminology as a “beast.”

“In the 17th chapter of Revelation we find a beast, and a woman—a great, wealthy but fallen woman—who was riding the beast,” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? “The Bible describes the symbol ‘woman’ to mean a church (see 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7; Ephesians 5:22-27). On the other hand, ‘beast’ is a symbol of a kingdom, or empire. Let us be consistent. The beast of Revelation 13 is not the woman who rode the beast—the beast is the government, and the woman is a church.”

Later in his booklet, Mr. Armstrong explained that this particular beast is the Roman Empire and that the Bible prophesied that it would be resurrected 10 times.

“The seventh head with its 10 horns, in the 17th chapter, will be, as the 17th chapter explains, the revival of the beast, the Roman Empire, ‘out of the bottomless pit’ by a ‘United States of Europe,’ or federation of 10 European nations centered within the bounds of the old Roman Empire (Revelation 17:12-18). This is actually beginning today!” he wrote.

Anyone concerned about the deals the pope is making with dictatorships around the world needs to read Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? This booklet deals with governments and wars that will bring this age of the world to its end!

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Has Putin’s Hour Come?

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Has Putin’s Hour Come?

Crises in the former Soviet world could give Vladimir Putin the opportunity of a lifetime.

Violent protests in the aftermath of a disputed parliamentary election are shaking the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. Parties supportive of Kyrgyzian President Sooronbai Jeenbekov won a majority on October 4 amid allegations of vote rigging.

The next day, rioters stormed government buildings, forcing the president into hiding and freeing political prisoners. While in hiding, President Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency, annulled the election results, removed Kyrgyzstan’s unpopular prime minister from office, and stated that he would resign from the presidency once a new cabinet had been appointed to keep the country functioning.

Jeenbekov nominated Sadir Japarov as prime minister on October 10. Japarov, a former nationalist member of Parliament who was, until a few days ago, serving a jail sentence for kidnapping (which may or may not have been politically motivated), has support among some of the Kyrgyz people, but not all. The streets of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, have been the scenes of street brawls between the supporters of rival contenders for the prime ministry.

It is yet to be seen whether President Jeenbekov will keep his word about resigning; he has since come out of hiding and has been using the Kyrgyzian law enforcement to fight back against the protesters.

Kyrgyzstan, which is under a semi-presidential system of government with both a president and prime minister, has healthier democratic institutions than other post-Soviet states in Central Asia. Nevertheless, it has been dealing with the problems of government corruption and civil unrest that other former ussr constituent republics have been dealing with since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Popular uprisings taking down governments have been common in recent Kyrgyzian history; two former presidential administrations have been previously ousted, and Jeenbekov’s predecessor was imprisoned immediately after his term ended.

This Kyrgyzian uprising is only the latest in a series of crises affecting the successor states of the former Soviet Union. Since August, the people of Belarus have been staging massive protests to pressure Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s dictator since the 1990s, to resign. In the latest Belarussian election, Lukashenko declared victory in gaining for himself a sixth term as president; the results were almost certainly rigged, and the Belarussian people know it and are fed up with Lukashenko’s dictatorship.

Meanwhile, Armenia and Azerbaijan have restarted a war that has been simmering ever since a fragile peace was implemented in the 1990s. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Armenia seized Nagorno-Karabakh, a majority Armenian region, from Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijanis have been trying to get it back ever since. Complicating the situation even more is that Azerbaijanis are a Turkic people who are historically hostile to Armenians, mainly because of the Armenian genocide that took place in World War i at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

What remains to be seen is how Russia responds to all of this. Although Russia hasn’t technically ruled these regions since the ussr collapsed, it still maintains a heavy influence—especially so in Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

Russia and Belarus belong to an international agreement known as the “Union State,” where the hard border between the two countries has been removed and citizens of both nations have the right to live and work within each other, similar to how the European Union functions.

Belarus also belongs to the Eurasian Economic Union (eaeu), an equivalent of the EU single market within several ex-Soviet states, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (csto), a military alliance serving as Russia’s equivalent to nato. Armenia and Kyrgyzstan are also members of both organizations, and all three countries host Russian military bases.

The turmoil in these countries therefore must be giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a headache.

Western nations are already capitalizing on what they may perceive as Putin losing control of the situations. Major international players like the United States and the EU have already withdrawn recognition of Alexander Lukashenko as Belarus’s legitimate president and are in the process of placing sanctions on Belarus. Turkey—a nuclear state with the second-largest military in nato, just across the Black Sea from Russia—has been egging on Azerbaijan in its war with Armenia, with many speculating that Ankara may increase its involvement in the conflict.

Russia mediated a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan just a few days ago, but the ceasefire collapsed almost immediately with both sides blaming the other, making Moscow’s efforts at mediation look bad.

Meanwhile, Moscow has pledged to support President Jeenbekov’s administration. In a face-to-face meeting in Sochi last month, Putin told Jeenbekov that Russia “will do everything to support [him] as the head of state” of Kyrgyzstan. Jeenbekov responded by calling Putin a “sincere, great friend of Kyrgyzstan” and Russia a “true friend, ally and strategic partner.” Jeenbekov’s rule as president is now in doubt.

The chief of the Federal Security Service (fsb), Russia’s domestic successor to the kgb, offered the acting head of Kyrgyzstan’s security apparatus, Omurbek Suvanaliyev, help to quell some of the instability; Suvanaliyev was fired from his position on October 8, not long after the offer was made.

It seems like everything Moscow is trying to do to deescalate the situations isn’t working.

The question remains: What will Vladimir Putin do next?

The last time massive political crises occurred within Russia’s sphere of influence was in the 1980s and early 1990s, when pro-democracy protests took place en masse within both the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellite states. Gigantic protests from East Germany to Poland to Czechoslovakia demanded that the Soviet-controlled Communist governments leave and that their nations become Western-oriented democracies. The 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall galvanized East Europeans to stand up to mother Russia.

Many of the people in power in these countries were alarmed by what was happening and requested Soviet military intervention. However, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev made it clear that the era of the Soviet’s militarily interfering in the domestic politics of other Communist nations was over.

The rest is history. Every single one of the countries that belonged to the Warsaw Pact in 1989 outside of the Soviet Union—and even the Baltic States, former Soviet constituent republics—are now democracies (at least in theory for some) belonging to both the EU and to nato.

Putin remembers this history well. In 2005, he called the Soviet Union’s collapse the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” The 20th century gave humanity geopolitical bloodbaths like World War i, World War ii and the Chinese Civil War; yet President Putin considers the ussr’s collapse as being worse than any of those—never mind the fact that many if not most of the people from the former Communist world probably think the opposite.

But this can be explained by the fact that Vladimir Putin’s main goal throughout his time as Russia’s leader was and is to resurrect the Soviet empire.

He demonstrated this in 2008, when Russia invaded the former Soviet republic of Georgia and recognized the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, annexing them to Russia in all but name. Georgia looked like it might have been a candidate for nato membership at the time.

In 2014, when revolutionaries in Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych (who was viewed as being too close to Moscow) and made efforts to join the EU, Putin sent Russian troops to intervene, this time in the Crimean Peninsula. Crimea has a majority Russian population and declared independence from Ukraine following Moscow’s invasion; shortly thereafter, Putin formally annexed Crimea to the Russian Federation. To this day, Ukraine is fighting a Russia-backed insurgency in its eastern regions.

Putin could be planning something similar today, using the chaos in the old Soviet sphere as an opportunity. Given his beliefs and track record, it’s unlikely he’ll allow 1989 to happen again.

But this article isn’t intended to give mere guesses, possibilities, maybes or likelihoods. There is a source that we can turn to that tells us exactly what will happen in the near future for Russia.

That source, regardless of whether people accept it, is the Holy Bible.

Russia has been extremely influential—geopolitically and otherwise—in the course of Western and even world history for centuries. Russia is the largest country in the world. It has one of the top 10 largest populations in the world, is among the most powerful militaries of any state, and has a hefty nuclear arsenal.

Historically, Russia has been seen as the unofficial spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians around the world and later as the leader of the worldwide Communist movement. Russia’s contributions to Western culture—especially regarding literature and classical music—are enormous. Moscow’s nickname is the “Third Rome,” with the “Second Rome” being Constantinople (today’s Istanbul).

Other great empires of history, from Alexander the Great’s Greeks to the Roman Empire, have prophecies written about them in the Bible—prophecies recorded before their empires came to pass (for more information, request our free booklet The Proof of the Bible, by Herbert W. Armstrong). Could a nation that has been so powerful and influential for so long as Russia be ignored in Bible prophecy?

The answer is an emphatic no! The Prophet Ezekiel was given a message about what Russia would be doing in the future. The prophecy is recorded in Ezekiel 38: “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him’” (verses 1-2; New King James Version). Verse 8 shows us that this prophecy is for the “latter years”—a time far away from when this prophecy was first penned; in fact, it is for our time now.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about this passage in his free booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’:

Scholars generally agree that “Gog” is Russia, and that “the land of Magog” includes China. The descendants of Meshech and Tubal have been found together throughout history. In Assyrian and Greek histories, Meshech appears as Musku, Muski or Mushki–all names related to the Russian spelling of Moscow, as you can read in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. What about Tubal? On the eastern side of the Ural Mountains lies the city of Tobolsk, named after the Tobol River, a name derived from Tubal. Tobolsk was once the seat of Russian government over Siberia and was basically considered Russia’s Asian capital.

There is also a name for all of the Russian people in Ezekiel 38:2 … Rosh.

Rosh was the ancient name of Russia, once called Rus.

And, it may be added, Russians today call their country Rossiya, which is very similar to the Hebrew name Rosh.

But the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 doesn’t just refer to the nation of Russia in general; it also refers to a specific personality, a “prince of Rosh” (verses 2-3; New King James Version) who governs the Russian people in these “latter years.” Mr. Flurry wrote about that:

In Ezekiel chapter 38, verse 9 referes to “the latter years”–the time we are living in now. This chapter contains some world-staggering news about the powerful Russian empire and its widely feared “prince.” …

The use of all three names (Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal) shows that this is an individual ruler of all the peoples of Russia, from the west to the east. The reference to the cities of Moscow and Tobolsk helps us see how vast Russian territory is in these latter days.

This giant swath of land indicates the prince will probably conquer more nations of the former Soviet Union.

We believe that this “prince of Russia” is none other than Vladimir Putin.

And if Putin is the man of this prophecy, then we can expect him to be conquering even more old Soviet lands in his efforts to rectify, in his view, “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” (The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ was written after the wars with Georgia and Ukraine.)

It will remain to be seen whether President Putin takes advantage of the situations in Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Armenia to accomplish this. But he will accomplish it somehow, and the current problems facing these three countries may give him the perfect opportunity to do so. The political climate today, with most of the world focused primarily on international problems like the covid-19 epidemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, could be the perfect distraction for the West while Moscow launches a foreign invasion or some similar geopolitical escapade.

But the prophecies don’t end there. Revelation 9:16 and 16:12 describe a conglomerate of Asian nations called the “kings of the east” that assemble a 200 million-man army. This group, while it will include nations like China, India and Japan, will be led primarily by Russia (please see our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy for more details). This power bloc, together with a rival bloc based in Europe, will take part in the bloodiest war of human history—to occur in our lifetime. Blood will flow up to horses’ bridles (Revelation 14:20). And Vladimir Putin will be at the helm of this Eurasian military colossus.

Soon, events in Russia are going to lead to the worst period of suffering that man has ever known. You cannot afford to be ignorant about what is going to happen in the near future. To learn more about Russia’s role in the coming global catastrophe, please request our free booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

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Germany Tests Modernized Leopard 2A7V

MUNSTER, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: A Leopard 2A6 tank of the Bundeswehr participates in a three-day Bundeswehr exercise, which include Forces from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
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Germany Tests Modernized Leopard 2A7V

The German Army’s new main battle tank prepares the country for a new type of warfare.

The German Bundeswehr announced on its official YouTube channel on September 21 the first test of the upgraded Leopard 2A7V. The new main battle tank is designed to prepare the nation for new challenges in tank warfare.

Germany’s main battle tank (mbt) is currently the Leopard 2A6. This tank, or similar versions, is currently part of the armed forces of 16 countries. As of January 2018, more than 3,500 Leopard 2 tanks are in use around the world. Germany is now ready to upgrade its own stock. The National Interest reported on October 7:

The Leopard 2A7V is a modernized version of the Leopard 2A6, already considered one of the best mbts in the world. Introduced in 2001, the 2A6 version has been seen to even outperform the American M1A2 Abrams, British Challenger 2 and French Leclerc in terms of protection, firepower and mobility. The Leopard 2A6 has been adopted by the militaries of not only Germany, but also Canada, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

The 2A6 has been considered one of the most “traditional” upgrades and built upon the 2A5 upgrade—which introduced major changes to the turret design, including giving the mbt its distinctive “Wedge” turret.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann designed and built the upgraded tank in cooperation with the Bundeswehr. The upgraded tank is meant to address the challenges of modern tank warfare, “including low-intensity conflicts but also urban warfare and conventional military operations,” noted the National Interest.

Similar to the 2A6 variant, the tank holds a crew of four, has a maximum road speed of approximately 42 miles per hour, and has a maximum range of approximately 341 miles. The mbt uses Rheinmetall’s 120-millimeter L/55 smoothbore tank gun, enabling it to fire Rheinmetall 120mm DM53 Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot—Tracer (apfsds-t) ammunition. It can also use a depleted uranium penetrator, giving it an additional combat range of 1 mile and greatly improved armor penetration.

The German military has ordered 104 of the new tanks by 2023. Denmark will receive 44 of the upgraded Leopard 2A7V by 2022.

Through exports, German weaponry has been tested around the world. The industry has been alerted to malfunctions in its equipment, allowing it to upgrade and perfect its weaponry in peacetime.

The Leopard 2A7 was first revealed in 2010. A new Leopard 3, built in close cooperation with France, is also planned. The French-German joint venture is called knds (kmw+Nexter Defense Systems), combining the names of both manufacturers. The end product is hoped to be the first European main battle tank (embt).

Germany’s goal is to produce the world’s most powerful tank.

The 2018 Eurosatory Daily reported on June 15 that “the embt demonstrates that their combined skills make it the legitimate and essential industrial actor of the two key French-German future programmers.” The tank combines the strength of Germany’s Leopard 2 and France’s Leclerc and is already seen as more powerful than either one individually. The new tank is lighter than the Leopard 2 and can be operated with only two crew members compared to the usual three. The lighter weight means it has the advantage of customizing up to six tons of additional equipment.

Stern reported on the coming embt on June 15, 2018: “The previous tank cannons from Rheinmetall used the caliber 120 millimeters. … The barrel length of the new weapon should be 51 times the caliber. The whole system with the shutter should weigh 3 tons, the pipe alone 1,400 kilograms. Overall, the performance will be 50 percent higher than that of the 120-millimeter cannon” (Trumpet translation throughout).

Germany is modernizing its army with great zeal and urgency. Though it may seem to be too small to be a threat, this could quickly change when Germany starts to cooperate more with other European nations. Notice what we wrote in “Forging a Superpower”:

Combining the strength of its arms industry with its civil industry, Germany could soon be mass-producing tanks and other military vehicles instead of cars. Incidentally, Europe’s great car and truck producers, Mercedes, Volvo, Renault, Volkswagen and man, are all involved to some degree in the production of military equipment and parts.

After World War i, Germany was left in a leadership crisis. But its industrialists were well prepared to facilitate Adolf Hitler’s military ambition.

The Bible prophecies that Germany will get a leader that will again turn Germany into a military power. “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Daniel 8:23-24).

In February 2011, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “But here’s the most astounding and inspiring part of Revelation 17: God put it in the minds of Europe’s leaders to do what they’re doing!” He was referring to verse 17, which says, “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”

Too many this may sound unfathomable, but Germany’s militarization is God’s will. It is God’s way of warning this world that war is coming. Through today’s world news and through the Trumpet, God calls on His people to repent from their sin to avoid the coming calamity. Sadly almost no one heeds the warning today, but many will turn to God in the coming prophesied Great Tribulation (Matthew 24).

Every day we see more clearly how evil our world is and how close we are to another war. It is imperative for you to understand where world events are leading and how God will intervene. Request a free copy of Daniel Unlocks Revelation, by Gerald Flurry, to learn God’s perspective of today’s news.

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30 Years On: Germany Turns Against Its Liberator

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30 Years On: Germany Turns Against Its Liberator

The nostalgia for peaceful cooperation is exposed as a farce.

Rapid city—Thirty years ago, Germany officially reunified on October 3. It was a day of great rejoicing for millions of Germans and many more around the world. The event was seen as a triumph for democracy and the liberal West. The United States had fought for decades to make it possible.

The Memorial Park at the center of Rapid City, South Dakota, features one of America’s largest Berlin Wall exhibits. The signs at the memorial speak of the American–German alliance and remind visitors of the sacrifice it took to liberate Germany. One reads: “The Berlin Wall Memorial—Given to Rapid City by Generous Citizens Mindful of the Price of Freedom.”

It is particularly moving when one considers how the liberated Germany now views its liberator with disdain.

“To anyone who lived during the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was an indelible symbol of the 40-plus-year conflict between freedom and totalitarianism,” the Rapid City Journal noted in 2009.

In the Cold War era, Berlin, located in East Germany, was surrounded by territory occupied by the Soviet Union. But Western powers were determined to divide Berlin—like the rest of Germany—into four zones: the three in the west controlled by the Allies and forming West Berlin; the fourth, East Berlin, was the Soviet sector. Berlin thus became the stage of a showdown between the West and Soviet Russia.

While Russia was determined to suppress Germany, the U.S. fought to liberate the country and establish a democracy in the heart of Europe. Among their heroic efforts were the unforgettable Rosinenbomber—the Raisin Bombers, also known as Candy Bombers: the American and British aircraft that, during the Soviet Berlin Blockade in 1948–49, brought supplies to West Berlin to prevent a forced starvation.

Pieces of the shattered Berlin Wall were installed in Rapid City in 1996 to memorialize this history. When one reads the signs on this memorial today, it is sobering to consider how quickly Germany turned from exhibiting gratitude toward the U.S. to contempt.

In “The Biggest Problem With Trump Is His Voters,” Spiegel Online columnist Henrik Müller noted, “It is a scandal that Donald Trump can still win the presidential election—despite all the wrongdoings and atrocities. How can that be? The answer is not good.” He continued:

In fact, the U.S. presidential election should have been decided long ago. And completely regardless of which side you are on in individual political questions. It’s no longer about that. The main thing is now. Those who take the rule of law and democracy seriously cannot actually vote for this incumbent.

A recent Spiegel cover story portrayed President Trump as a dictator in the making.

A large part of democracy is having the freedom to vote. Just a generation ago, millions of Germans did not enjoy this freedom. It was largely due to the U.S. that democracy spread in Europe, saving Germany from more than one dictatorship.

President Trump promotes democracy and combats many socialist policies increasingly being endorsed by the radical left in America. He upholds the free market economy. President Trump has also sanctioned the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that connects Germany with Russian gas and poses a serious threat to many East European countries. (To learn more about Nord Stream 2, click here.)

The German media are increasingly stirring hatred not only against President Trump, but also against his millions of supporters. Vigilant observers should be alarmed.

America and Britain invested heavily in rebuilding West Germany after the war; they fought to stop the spread of communism and to liberate and empower Germany against Soviet Russia. Anyone looking at Germany today should ask the same question Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry did in 2000: “Have we now created—with American and British money—a second Frankenstein monster that will turn on us?”

We are seeing more and more evidence that Germany is not just upset with one U.S. president. In discrediting American leadership, Germany is helping to fuel a search for an alternative leader of the free world. Already one of the most talked about alternatives is Germany.

On May 9, 1945, Herbert W. Armstrong said, “The war is over, in Europe—or is it? We need to wake up and realize that right now is the most dangerous moment in United States national history, instead of assuming we now have peace!”

America has not heeded Mr. Armstrong’s warning; it has instead trusted Germany to help secure global peace. Under President Trump many on the left even within America are encouraging Germany to lead the world. The Bible warns emphatically that such peace will not come unless His people turn in repentance to Him and lead the world to peace. Every attempt at peace ends in failure unless God is behind it.

Isaiah 59:8 reads: “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”

Because mankind has failed to learn God’s way of peace, animosities and hatred between nations grow. They are destined to culminate in another world war. The Bible also reveals that Germany will start this coming war—like it has started both world wars (request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire).

Many believed that the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, and the reunification of Germany and its alliance with the West were a sure sign of democracy’s spread throughout the world. But ever since 1990, the Trumpet has warned, based on numerous Bible prophecies, that Germany will once again betray Britain and America. We are now nearing the fulfillment of this prophecy. To learn more request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. In this booklet, Mr. Flurry explains in detail why men’s efforts for peace have always failed and will indeed lead to such great devastation that God Himself has to intervene. This booklet also contains powerful proof that the world events of today were foretold by your Bible—that an all-powerful Creator is controlling the events of today. That crucial dimension to world news contains a powerful hope—world events all unfolding according to God’s plan—and He has a great future in mind for America, Germany and all the nations of the world.

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Presidential Debates Show a Nation in Decline

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Presidential Debates Show a Nation in Decline

No matter who wins the election, we are facing the end of U.S. leadership on the world scene.

Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Vice President Mike Pence debate Sen. Kamala Harris last night. While the debate was more civil than the one between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week, there were still plenty of personal attacks. At one point, Senator Harris called the Trump administration’s handling of the covid-19 pandemic “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.”

During last week’s presidential debate, Biden blamed President Trump for 200,000 coronavirus deaths, telling Mr. Trump that the death toll “is what it is because you are who you are.”

According to an Axios poll, a full 55 percent of voters were disappointed by the debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, and another 24 percent were downright angry.

Last night’s debate between Vice President Pence and Senator Harris likely did not elicit as much emotion, but both debates highlight a nation in decline. Domestic political analysts tend to blame the chaos of the debates on whichever political candidate they personally oppose. But some foreign political analysts are looking at the bigger picture of America’s decline and fall.

Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara noted on Twitter: “This debate would be sheer comedy if it wasn’t such a pitiful and tragic advertisement for U.S. dysfunction.” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen noted on Facebook: “An election debate in the States last night, where interruptions and quarrels were allowed to fill up way too much. Fortunately, this is not the case in Denmark. And I never hope it will be like that. The harsh words polarize and split.”

The Chinese were even more condemning. The editor of China’s nationalistic Communist Party tabloid Global Times, Hu Xijin, wrote that the “chaos, interruptions, personal attacks and insults” on display during the presidential debates were a reflection of America’s “overarching division, anxiety and the accelerating erosion of the system’s original advantages. I used to admire this kind of televised debate in American politics, but I have much more mixed feelings when [I] watch it again now.”

Past presidential debates, such as the 1984 debate between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, were nowhere near as chaotic as what the world witnessed last week, because the nation was not as bitterly divided back then. The Trump–Biden debates reveal two Americas with irreconcilable differences—and foreign nations are taking note.

No matter who wins the upcoming presidential election, such acrimonious division in America means we are now facing the end of Western dominance and a new era of competition between rising powers.

The remarkable thing is that the Bible foretold this exact situation thousands of years ago.

Newscasters and politicians often speak about the dangers of America retreating from global leadership. But the Bible’s revelation about this massive event shows it to be far more dangerous than they realize. Even most Christian leaders ignore the fact that the Bible is full of prophecy from Genesis to Revelation—and a great deal of it speaks of this modern trend.

One prophecy that carries special significance today is in Micah 5:7-14. This passage is about “the remnant of Jacob.” The patriarch Jacob was renamed Israel (Genesis 35:10). Micah says his descendants would receive great wealth and power from God, and would dominate every other nation. But unlike most empires, they would use their wealth and power to save and improve the lives of people around the world.

“And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off” (Micah 5:7-9).

Micah wrote these prophecies after the northern 10 tribes of Israel had already been conquered by Assyria, so he was not describing a period of ancient greatness under King David or King Solomon. He was describing a future time when Israel would achieve superpower status on the world scene. These scriptures describe the generation of Israel just before the Messiah comes.

This generation would possess great power. It would be like a lion among the nations, the king of the beasts. Thus, if you have proved that we are living in the last days, you can identify the descendants of the ancient Israelites simply by locating the global superpower. Which nations have been like lions defending the world from tyrants like Napoleon Bonaparte, Shaka Zulu, Kaiser Wilhelm, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tōjō and Joseph Stalin? Which nations have been like showers upon the grass, spreading food, technology, free markets and free societies around the globe?

From the start of the 19th century until today, it has been the peoples of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States who have fulfilled this role. The very existence of Pax Americana is proof that these nations are Israel.

The Bible records that God created human beings and gave them the opportunity to obey Him, but they chose to turn from His laws and rely on their own beliefs of right and wrong. Then, about 2,000 years after God created the first man and woman, He founded the nation of Israel. He gave these people His laws so they could be an example to all other nations. In Leviticus 26, God made a special covenant with the Israelites. He promised that if they obeyed Him, He would bless them with military victories and economic prosperity. And He promised that if they disobeyed, He would curse them with military defeats and financial ruin.

God’s promise to punish Israel for disobedience is reiterated in Micah 5. Here God explains how and why Israel’s time as a world superpower will come to an abrupt end.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities” (verses 10-14).

According to this prophecy, at the moment end-time Israel reaches the zenith of its power, God cuts off its armaments of war and throws down its strongholds. He breaks the pride of its power. Why? Because the people have turned away from Him to embrace “witchcraft” and “soothsayers.” This means the people look to false teachers who refuse to teach God’s commands. They promote lawlessness and moral relativism. They endorse sins like abortion, adultery, drug abuse, homosexuality, lying, Sabbath-breaking and sexual promiscuity. They indulge in shallow religions, false doctrines and even literal witchcraft.

Because of these sins, and in keeping with His promise, God is stripping away the power He gave to America. The same is true of Britain. These nations have indisputably rejected the beliefs of the Bible, and they are also losing control of the world’s strategic trade routes, plunging further into debt, and suffering serious domestic problems.

These are only a couple of the Bible’s many prophecies about this world-changing event. Other prophecies reveal the dangerous age that will follow the end of Anglo-American dominance. God issued and preserved these prophecies as a warning of how nightmarish conditions will get. We are already in the beginning stages of these prophecies being fulfilled.

You need to prove what the Bible says about the history and prophecy of America. You can do so by reading, along with your Bible, The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong. You can read it online, but we would be happy to send you a free copy of this eye-opening book. Just click the book’s link and then click “Add to Basket.”

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Herbert Armstrong’s Love for Jerusalem

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Herbert Armstrong’s Love for Jerusalem

“You don’t have to believe it! It will happen regardless. It is sure—the world’s only sure hope. This advance good news of tomorrow is certain as the rising of tomorrow’s sun. Humanity won’t bring it about—it is going to be done to us. Humanity is going to be forced to be happy—to enjoy world peace—to see universal abundance and joy fill the Earth.”

This is the way that Herbert W. Armstrong introduced his visionary work The Wonderful World Tomorrow, first published fifty years ago, but just as current for our times. In this futuristic work, Mr. Armstrong began by taking “one last obituary look” at the current world in which we still live, before he realistically describes the soon-coming utopian world revealed in the pages of the Bible.

“Utopia? Why not?” Mr. Armstrong continued. “Why should it be an imaginary or impossible pipe dream? There is a cause for today’s world chaos and the threat of human extinction. That cause will be supplanted by that which will bring a utopia that is real, that is successfully functioning!”

If you are familiar with Mr. Armstrong, you can almost hear his voice punctuate each sentence with conviction and sincerity.

This was the way Mr. Armstrong wrote. It was also the way he spoke, not just to members of the Worldwide Church of God or the popular World Tomorrow television and radio program; he spoke this way to world leaders as well.

Known as an “unofficial ambassador for world peace,” Mr. Armstrong had audiences all over the world, bringing leaders a message of peace—one they had never heard before. This wasn’t a wishy-washy, ethereal program to change the world through human efforts or outreach. Mr. Armstrong boldly preached that mankind was utterly incapable of bringing lasting peace between nations. Instead, he declared that peace would only come through the imminent intervention by the Messiah.

Somewhat surprisingly this was not an unpopular message. Continuously, Mr. Armstrong was hosted by prime ministers, presidents, kings and queens. And they invited him back.

One nation that was particularly fond of Mr. Armstrong was Israel. Perhaps you may think the Jewish State would rebuff a Christian leader for bringing a message about the Messiah’s coming. But that didn’t happen with Mr. Armstrong. Israel’s leaders all loved him.

A few years ago, I contacted the Knesset endeavoring to see what records it might have from Mr. Armstrong’s visits. The Knesset archivist responded with a few documents. One of them was an internal Israeli document dated Oct. 17, 1983, preparing Speaker of the Knesset Menahem Savidor for his audience with Mr. Armstrong a week later. The one page Hebrew document isn’t that interesting on the surface. It details what you would expect: specifics about Mr. Armstrong’s work, Ambassador College, the Plain Truth circulation, and who Mr. Armstrong had visited previously in Israel.

But in the middle of the page was this revealing paragraph about Mr. Armstrong (emphasis added):

He loves Israel, contributing in the past and continuing to contribute today substantial amounts to Israel and mostly to Jerusalem. The projects in Jerusalem established with his great and varied help are: chiefly contributions to miscellaneous archaeological efforts in the city; to the City’s Tower of David Museum operations; and to Liberty Bell Park as a symbol of Israeli-American friendship.

I find this paragraph interesting because it was an internal document, written by an Israeli, and never meant to be published. Yet it unabashedly acknowledges Mr. Armstrong’s love for Israel.

“What love and excitement Mr. Armstrong had for Jerusalem—even Jerusalem today,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his newest book The Eternal Has Chosen Jerusalem. “He had an infectious vision and excitement. His love for this city and its people inspired affection and admiration in those with whom he met.”

This internal memo confirms that Israelis understood that affection. So too does the actual meeting that took place with Knesset Speaker Menahem Savidor a week later.

On today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, I showed footage of Mr. Armstrong’s meeting with Mr. Savidor inside the Knesset.

If you couldn’t hear Mr. Armstrong’s voice punch through the words in the opening quote to this article, perhaps you could listen to the program. The whole exchange between Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Savidor is fascinating as they discuss the region’s unsolvable dynamics of the 1980s and that have continued to our day.

But then Mr. Armstrong transitions to discuss the only realistic solution to the problems plaguing mankind. For about six unbroken minutes, Mr. Savidor, one of the most powerful men in Israel, listened intently to the 90-year-old Mr. Armstrong lay out the same case as in his Wonderful World Tomorrow booklet.

Mr. Armstrong was sincere; he didn’t pull punches. He told the basic truth from the Bible, yet in terms all could understand. And at one point, Mr. Savidor actually said, “You’re right.” The meeting ended with Mr. Armstrong being awarded the Medal of the Knesset from the speaker.

Although Mr. Armstrong died about three years after that meeting, his legacy, and his love for Jerusalem, lives on in the work of Mr. Flurry and the Philadelphia Church of God.

We continue his love for the present city in which we continue to sponsor archaeological projects uncovering its royal Davidic past. And we also continue to foster Mr. Armstrong’s same love for that prophesied future Jerusalem—the headquarters of the Messiah’s soon-coming government, which, when it is finally established, will bring about the real utopia and peace that we all desire. If you would like a glimpse into that future world that will so soon be upon us, please read Mr. Armstrong’s free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow.