Who Won the U.S. Election? Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a 2016 signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
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Who Won the U.S. Election? Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping

‘Two presidents have emerged as clear winners of the U.S. election. Unfortunately, they’re sitting in Beijing and Moscow.’

As of November 6, it was still unclear to Americans who had won the 2020 presidential election. But adversaries of the United States were able to see one thing plainly: The deep divides of American society that were made ever deeper by the election mean the nation is weakening, creating space for U.S. rivals to assert their will with a freer hand.

Richard Berry, a commentator for Goodmoneyguide.com, said on Wednesday, November 4, that America’s democratic dysfunction has two world leaders particularly delighted. “Two presidents have emerged as clear winners of the U.S. election,” he said. “Unfortunately, they’re sitting in Beijing and Moscow.”

It is not difficult to see how these two leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, are “winners” of a divided and distracted America.

First, both of these men wish to better dominate their own nations, and a delegitimized American democracy helps them tighten their dictatorial power grips. Peter Kammerer of the South China Morning Post explained: “Xi and Putin have held on to power by convincing their citizens that their systems of government are superior to the democracies of the West.” And all of America’s dysfunction and division “have made it easy for the Chinese and Russian leaders to contend that democracy is broken, corrupt and damaging.”

Secondly, Putin and Xi both seek for their nations to dominate more of the globe. And both understand this can be achieved more quickly if America is divided and distracted.

Vasily Kashin, senior research fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, spoke to the Trumpet on November 5, saying: “What is important is not Biden or Trump occupying the White House, but the degree of the American political and economic crisis. With the current course of events, that crisis can be expected to deepen, weakening the U.S. globally.”

And a globally weaker U.S. means the force that has prevented aggressor nations from running roughshod over the world for 75 years is now on the back foot. America is distracted by internal afflictions and thus less capable of policing the world—including by challenging Russian and Chinese adventurism beyond their borders. As Trumpet managing editor Joel Hilliker wrote last week: “Sickness saps a nation’s vitality as surely as it does a man’s. Initiative and energy are diverted, consumed by internal battles. Americans are so fixated on the divisions that are devouring us, we have lost sight of the rest of the world—and of our example, and our obligation to lead. It truly is the world’s loss.”

Truly, America’s political crisis is the world’s loss. And it is Russia’s and China’s gain.

It should come as no surprise to see how delighted many in Russia and China have been by the U.S.’s dysfunction.

China’s state-run Global Times, which functions as a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, has breathlessly commented on America’s election troubles. “What is happening during the U.S. election is something that we could have never imaged [sic] in this ‘Beacon of Freedom,’” it wrote on November 4. “Disputes, chaos and the refusal of election results by certain candidates were supposed to take place in developing countries where political conditions were not stable and definitely not in a country like the U.S. But things have changed—all these have occurred in the U.S., and the U.S. is not synonymous to a stable, civilized and consensus-based society anymore.”

The publication added: “This is costing the U.S.’s international reputation as well.”

Global Times editor in chief Hu Xijin tweeted on Election Day that the unrest and fear show that the “U.S. is in degradation.”

For students of Bible prophecy, a weakening U.S. and a Russia and China with a freer hand were expected. The Scriptures say that in the “end time,” a global era called “the times of the Gentiles” will begin. Christ Himself used this term in Luke 21:24, saying: “… Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

In his February 2020 article “The Climax of Man’s Rule Over Man,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about this approaching era. “These ‘times of the Gentiles’ are yet to be fully realized,” he wrote, but “we are in the outer edges of this catastrophic storm.”

He explained that the term “Gentiles” refers to “non-Israelite peoples,” adding that the Israelite peoples constitute “a lot more than the little nation in the Middle East.” In end-time prophecy, “Israel” refers mostly to modern-day America and Britain. (For an explanation, order a copy of our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

Mr. Flurry continued: “Once you understand who Israel is, then you can see how the Gentiles—the non-Israelite peoples—have started to take charge of the world already.”

For decades, American and British supremacy has brought stability to much of the world. But during “the times of the Gentiles,” more and more power is being shifted away from them and mainly toward two non-Israelite entities. Mr. Flurry explained who these two are: “While there are many Gentile nations around today, when this prophecy is completely fulfilled there will be two major powers—one revolving around Russia and China, and the other around Germany.”

The freer hand that Russia and China will have as America continues to succumb to its internal afflictions will only speed the shift of global power away from “Israel” and toward these other nations.

Mr. Flurry wrote that although this shift in global power is deeply alarming, it is connected to good news. He continued:

This is terrifying news. Luke’s record of Christ’s prophecy says it will be a time of “[m]en’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26). … Notice the very next verse! “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (verse 27). These times of the Gentiles lead directly to the return of Jesus Christ! … Now that is good news!

To understand more about China’s rise and the “good news” that is intimately tied to it, read “The Climax of Man’s Rule Over Man.”

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Polish Protesters Attack the Catholic Church

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Polish Protesters Attack the Catholic Church

Leftist activists versus the Vatican—who will win?

Masses of people have taken to the streets of Poland, for roughly two weeks now, with 100,000 demonstrators in Warsaw alone, to protest a new nationwide anti-abortion restriction. The restriction is the result of a ruling by Poland’s constitutional court on October 22 banning abortions due to fetal defects. The court said that such abortions are unconstitutional because they violate “the respect and protection of human dignity” for fetuses, according to Constitutional Tribunal President Julia Przyłębska.

Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the Western world. Until the court’s ruling, abortions could only legally be allowed in cases of fetal defects, potential harm to the mother, rape or incest. The vast majority of Poland’s 1,000-plus legal abortions annually are due to fetal defects.

While a majority of Poles support adhering to the abortion regulations prior to the constitutional court’s judgment, only 22 percent support liberalizing it to the standards of other Western countries by introducing abortion-on-demand.

“Fetal defects,” under Poland’s now-challenged law include everything from physical deformities to Down syndrome, the latter being one of the primary reasons unborn children are aborted. Polish President Andrzej Duda attempted to compromise with the suggestion of a law that would permit abortions in cases where the fetus is so deformed that it wouldn’t survive outside the womb but ban abortions because of Down syndrome; the idea was condemned by both politicians and activists on the left.

Przyłębska referred to aborting unborn children due to defects as “eugenic practices.”

The Polish government has since indefinitely postponed publishing the court’s decision, which technically doesn’t make it legally binding as of yet. However, the government made repeated attempts to introduce a similar ban in 2016 that was withdrawn after large-scale protests. The latest postponement is Warsaw backing down to calm the protests but not reversing its goals. Once the situation on the streets has calmed down, the government will likely try to implement the ban again.

This makes the latest court ruling in Poland really good news. From conception, a zygote has a genetic code unique from (but based off of) its mother’s. It takes less than three weeks for an embryo to develop its own heartbeat, and brain waves can be detected at about seven weeks. From a spiritual perspective, the Bible clearly places protection on the unborn, showing that fetuses are not “just a bunch of cells” but individual people with their own individual rights. Notice Exodus 21:22-23: “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished …. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life” (New King James Version). To learn more about why abortion is murder, please read our article “The Missing Dimension in the Abortion Issue.”

However, as admirable as it is for a government like Poland’s to stand up against the leftist juggernaut, there are deeper issues at play here, and they point to Poland going down a dangerous direction.

In 2014, the Spanish government passed a law that put restrictions in place similar to Poland’s court ruling. We wrote at the time in “Is Spain Returning to Catholic Government?” that, while any opposition against the worldwide abortion movement is good news, the law was part of a larger trend:

This is not an isolated incident. Spain has revived the role of the Catholic Church in the nation’s government and giving it a privileged place in the nation’s educational system. …

Through direct aid, special tax treatment and the government paying the salaries of Catholic religious workers, the government gave the church over €11 billion (us$15 billion) in 2011 … handing the equivalent of 1 percent of its entire economic output to the Catholic Church. …

In early 2013, the [Spanish government] pushed through some highly contentious school reforms. The new law allows the government to continue to fund the Catholic Church’s private single-sex schools—something the previous government tried to stop. It also makes classes in religion compulsory. These classes are taught by teachers appointed by the local bishop, but the teacher is paid for by the state. It is Sunday school imported into the regular school day and funded by the government. …

What’s most important here is the direction of travel.

Many countries in the former Communist bloc—like the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia and the former East Germany—have embraced Western secular values in their societies. Poland is not one of these countries. Poland, like Spain, is heading to a government where church and state are intertwined. And Poland—even under communism, historically—is one of the most Catholic countries in Europe. A 2019 demographics report put roughly 87 percent of Poles as being Roman Catholics; the next largest Christian denomination is the Polish Orthodox Church, which makes up only 1.4 percent of the population. Politico wrote in 2019:

In Poland, it’s hard to escape the cross.

Ceremonies to open public buildings, fire stations, football pitches, even traffic circles, usually don’t take place without the blessing of a priest. National celebrations are accompanied by a mass. A crucifix often hangs in public offices, schools and courts, next to the Polish coat of arms.

For a while now, municipalities in Poland have been declaring themselves “lgbt-free zones,” zones where both people who identify as lgbt and the promotion of “lgbt ideology” are banned. The municipalities, taken collectively, reportedly cover about a third of Poland.

Again, like the abortion issue, this is in one sense good news. The Bible in both the Old and New Testaments plainly teaches that homosexuality is a sin (Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:26-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). But, again, it is the wider trend that we have to look at.

The protesters are well aware that they are attacking the Catholic establishment. Never before has Poland had such a large and disruptive protest against the Catholic Church itself.

In the city of Poznan, 20 individuals staged a sit-down protest in front of the altar of a Catholic Church, forcing the priests to stop the mass. The Warsaw cathedral has been vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti. Memorials to Pope John Paul ii—the former archbishop of Krakow and Polish national hero who was instrumental in ripping Poland from the Soviet orbit—have been vandalized in various spots in the country.

In Poland, you cannot insult Pope John Paul ii and not expect to make a lot of people angry.

Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party and a man seen by many as the real leader of Poland despite being neither president nor prime minister, said about the attacks: “This attack [on churches] is an attack that is meant to destroy Poland. It is supposed to lead to a triumph of forces whose power in fact will end the Polish nation as we know it.” He called for people to “defend [Polish churches] at any price.”

Many of the protesters are rallying around the slogan “This is war.” While law and justice are the primary recipients of the protesters’ rage, it is clear that they are also declaring war against Catholicism’s influence in Poland. And all of this chaos is causing many to answer Kaczyński’s battle cry, including many on the far-right. Polish far-right leader Robert Bakiewicz stated, “The left-wing groups say it is a war. We are taking part in this war.” Bakiewicz has a sizable following among Catholic priests.

Even with all of the Catholic influence already in Polish politics and society, the latest attacks on the church may give the Polish people cause to support an even greater increase in clerical influence.

Regardless of what side of the culture war you support, this won’t spell good news for the world.

The Holy Bible has a lot to say about Catholicism’s current inroads into European politics. Revelation 17 describes a woman, a “great whore” (verse 1), who involves herself with the “kings of the earth” (verse 2). In biblical symbolism, a woman is a symbol for a church (Ephesians 5:22-23, 32; 2 Corinthians 11:2). This “great whore” rides upon a “beast,” which in biblical symbolism represents an empire (Daniel 7:17, 23).

Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God and one of the most prominent theologians of the 20th century, identified the “beast” of Revelation 17 with a religious-political system that resulted in seven resurrections of the old Roman Empire throughout history, called the Holy Roman Empire. The details of this are proved in his booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

Only one church in the world is mixed with the world’s politics and repeatedly “rides” on top of empires, steering them to do its bidding. Only one church has influenced the Roman Empire and its resurrections from ancient times to the present day.

As we prove in our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy, six of the seven resurrections have come and gone. The seventh one is rising now in Europe as a conglomeration, a superstate, of several European nations to form a united superpower. Revelation 17:12-13 show that this final resurrection of the empire will be made up of 10 kings ruling over 10 kingdoms.

It is likely that Poland will be one of these 10 kings. And once this “beast” power is awakened, it will not mean good news for the world.

To learn more where all this is leading, what it means for your life, and how you can be spared from the beast’s wrath, request our free literature Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? and The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

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Donald Trump Is Going to Win This Election

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Donald Trump Is Going to Win This Election

The media have already crowned Joe Biden. They are going to be shocked and disgraced.

This past Friday night, Joe Biden held a big parade and made a victory speech. Saturday, the American news media decided to declare him the winner of the election and the president-elect of the United States.

It does appear strongly that this man will be America’s next president. But I absolutely do not believe that at all. Regardless of how things look right now, I am confident that Donald Trump will remain president.

Regardless of how things look right now, I am confident that Donald Trump will remain president.

The radical left in America have done everything in their power for the last four years to discredit and destroy Donald Trump. They have spied. They have lied. They have cheated. They have broken laws too numerous to count. They have committed treason, trying to depose the duly elected government! And somehow, President Trump has weathered all those storms.

What the left is doing now—all this theater aimed at bullying people into accepting Joe Biden as president—is more of the same. It should come as no surprise.

But the election has not been decided. And I am certain you are about to see some of the biggest frauds exposed perhaps ever!

Why? Because a Biden presidency is contrary to Bible prophecy.

Unfulfilled Prophecies

The Trumpet has been explaining biblical prophecies that apply to Donald Trump and to America—specific end-time prophecies that must be and will be fulfilled.

We have shown how President Trump is here to stop the destructive spirit that is working to destroy America. As I explained in my article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily,” this fulfills a prophecy in the biblical book of Kings about an end-time “Jeroboam” whom God would use to save the nation momentarily. (Also read “Who Is the Modern-Day Jeroboam?”)

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That period in Israel anciently was a forerunner of what is happening in America today. An enemy was attacking, and 2 Kings 13:5 says “the Lord gave Israel a saviour.” “For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash” (2 Kings 14:26-27). The book of Kings is one of the former prophets, and most of its prophecy is for this end time.

There are forces attacking America today that are terribly destructive—and the worst of them are within the nation. (My free booklet America Under Attack explains this.) But looking at this modern-day Jeroboam, you have to say God gave Israel a “savior”—at least to the extent that He wouldn’t let these enemies bring down the nation. He has been blocking this movement to “blot out the name of Israel [which includes America] from under heaven.”

And is his job finished? No, it isn’t. So I don’t believe at all that he is going to disappear from the scene!

The Trumpet has also pointed to a prophecy in Amos 7 that tells us a lot about this end-time Jeroboam. None of that prophecy has yet been fulfilled—but we can be sure that it will be, and President Trump must be in power for this to take place. God is going to fulfill every prophecy of His Bible!

There are forces attacking America today that are terribly destructive—and the worst of them are within the nation.

I still believe these prophecies are 100 percent accurate. This means this nation is about to be shocked. I believe you are going to see frauds exposed like you’ve never even imagined! In a sense, you could say the left is fighting against God and God’s prophecy! Who do you suppose is going to win that battle?

In fact, prophecy shows that many earthshaking events are certain to happen in the next few years. We are going to see things unfold that will astound us perhaps every week!

I don’t know exactly how this will play out, but I believe God is allowing it to happen this way to ensure that the evil and corruption in America are exposed!

The Source of the Attack

There is a spiritual dimension to what the radical left is doing that we must understand.

Revelation 12:7-9 speak of a war in heaven in which Satan and his demons were cast down to Earth. This happened in the end time (read this in my booklet America Under Attack). Now they are all confined here, and you see evidence of Satan’s influence increasing all the time. This calls the devil “the great dragon … which deceiveth the whole world.” Satan’s deceptions are incredibly potent!

Verse 10 calls Satan “the accuser of our brethren … which accused them before our God day and night.” Satan continually keeps grinding out his hatred! Verse 12 shows that the devil is in a rage because he knows his time is short. He has nothing to lose, the way he views it.

Satan’s goal is to blot out the name of Israel “from under heaven”—from all over the Earth! That is his passion! And America is the superpower among the end-time nations of Israel. (Read The United States and Britain in Prophecy for proof.) So he has a special hatred for America and is working furiously to destroy it.

The devil is the one behind what is happening. He is inspiring the radical left. This election fraud shows how determined and hate-filled he is. Nobody can stop him but God, and this world has not learned that.

Election Fraud

The mainstream media insist there is “no evidence” the Democrats tried to steal this election. This is patently false: There is plenty of evidence. But it is also absurd, when you think about what the left has been doing for the past several years! You would have to be naive not to think they are committing great frauds with this election.

Just look at the way it all happened: Several of the states President Trump was winning on election night simply stopped counting for four or five hours. They were all synchronized. I believe Democrats were beginning to see that they didn’t have enough votes—so they had to find a way to get them.

Then, as mail-in ballots were counted, everything changed. Those states all ended up switching over to former Vice President Biden. Isn’t that amazing?

Mail-in ballots open the door for terrible fraud. Did you know that among the 27 countries in the European Union, 17 ban mail-in voting except in very rare cases? They know how susceptible such ballots are to fraud. Yet Democrats have used the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext to encourage as much mail-in voting as possible—and even to extend deadlines past Election Day. I truly believe they did that to enable themselves to steal this election—and I say that without apology! They have a long history of using voter fraud to sway elections.

Back in June, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party filed a lawsuit demanding that the state of Pennsylvania count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day. Pennsylvania law required that mail-in ballots be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day, but the Democrats wanted to use the courts to rewrite state law. This demand was a clear act of judicial activism, but the majority of the state Supreme Court judges in Pennsylvania are elected Democrats. So on September 17, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4–3 to rewrite Pennsylvania’s election statutes and allow mail-in ballots to be received until November 6.

Republican officials petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to rule the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision an act of judicial overreach. But Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the radical left and ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court should not get involved. That made a 4-4 tie over whether to hear the case, which meant the lower court ruling stood.

What a terrible mistake! It shows shocking naivety and delusion. Just remember what these people have done in the past. The Steele dossier was nothing but lies created by the radical left. For three years they used it as “proof” that Donald Trump was a Russian agent—and they knew from beginning to end that it was nothing but lies! So do you think they wouldn’t steal some votes? I would be shocked if they didn’t! That report proved to be treasonous. Now they have moved on to something perhaps even more treasonous! Yet the Supreme Court just opened the way.

The Goals of the Left

Many on the left want a civil war. Some have already declared war! They certainly want to bring the nation to the point where they can pounce on their opponents and destroy them. And they are going all out!

Remember, on Jan. 30, 2017—just 11 days into President Trump’s term—Mark Zaid, the attorney for the Ukrainian whistleblower, tweeted this: “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers.” Later that day he tweeted, “#coup has started. As one falls, two more will take their place. #rebellion #impeachment.” This was one of the left’s highly placed lawyers speaking openly of a coup—trying to overthrow the government!

We don’t have to speculate on the goals of the left. They are pretty outspoken if you pay attention!

We don’t have to speculate on the goals of the left. They are pretty outspoken if you pay attention.

America has changed like you have never seen it change—in just months or even weeks—into a different country! It’s not the country it was a couple years ago—or even at the start of this year! And if you were to get the wrong leader in charge, things would quickly grow far worse because there are powers behind him that want to rule this nation—and rule it their way! They don’t want freedom. They tell you what to do, and you have to do it, or else!

The left doesn’t want opposition. They want tyranny! That is because they are following Satan the devil, who has a stranglehold on them!

Powerful tech companies and corporations are willing to spend billions of dollars to get what they want. They’re not concerned about the will of the people. One billionaire spent $100 million in Florida to beat Donald Trump. $100 million! They spent a total of $7 billion in this campaign—compared to the Republicans’ $4 billion, and that’s a lot of money! The media, the high-tech industry, the educators, Hollywood—all these people have a lot of money—and they’re all together! And if they can win it with money and cheating or any other way, they will do it!

After all, none of them ever seem to get punished for their transgressions. After the horrible Mueller ordeal, was anybody sent to jail? I haven’t seen it—yet they committed treason! There may be investigations, but these drag on, and after a while people forget about it. So people get away with treason! After a while, if you repeatedly let them go, they come to think they can do anything and get away with it! And they are just about right!

But maybe God has something in store for them that they don’t know about.

It is amazing to me how few Republicans are backing President Trump. Those who don’t are truly ignorant of what is happening in this nation.

Donald Trump certainly has his problems, and God sees those—but He chose him as a savior—temporarily—for this nation! People don’t understand that, and fail to recognize what is really happening!

I also marvel that so many people voted for the radical platform the Democratic Party has embraced. They want to encourage illegal immigration, even giving them free health care and welfare and education. They want to ravage the economy to combat “climate change.” They accept radical racist ideals and far-out sexual practices. They applaud lawlessness and a spirit of insurrection. It doesn’t take much to understand that in a democracy, when that many people are so ignorant, it is over. This nation is lost, virtually.

Supreme Court

In the midst of these events, something strange happened. One Supreme Court justice died, and another took her place very quickly. Amy Coney Barrett came on the scene just at the right time to be confirmed before the election. She is a constitutional originalist, and very conservative.

Returning to the Pennsylvania situation: Though the Supreme Court decided not to hear that case, Justice Samuel Alito told Pennsylvania officials to keep the mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. on November 3 separate in case the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the case after the elections. And on November 4, the Trump campaign filed a motion for the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in this case, and is awaiting an answer.

U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas swears in Amy Coney Barrett as a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.
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I don’t know, but I would think the Supreme Court is going to have to rule on this election eventually—whether regarding Pennsylvania or other cases. The fact that Justice Barrett will be there when that happens increases the odds that the law will be upheld! And that would make all the difference for the president. You can read a specific prophecy that points to this in my article “Can President Trump Get Control of His Own Divided Government?” I would think that is the way God is going to solve this, but He may have other ideas.

Something is going to have to happen, and for God to fulfill this prophecy, it will have to be a miracle. But He is a God of miracles! And He is the one who ultimately places leaders in power (Daniel 4:17, 25; Psalm 75:6-7; Romans 13:1).

We all must realize that no politician can save America. The Republicans cannot save this nation. President Trump cannot. Only God can! We must see Him at work in what is happening here. He is going to use these events to expose the evil and corruption in America. And He will ensure that every one of His prophecies is fulfilled. Just watch!

These events are going to shock a nation that has already turned the page on our current president. But they should not shock you. Watch what happens, and when this comes to pass you will be able to recognize God’s guiding hand!

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Joe Biden Claims Victory in U.S. Presidential Elections

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Joe Biden Claims Victory in U.S. Presidential Elections

But President Trump is gearing up to expose widespread voter fraud.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has claimed victory in the United States presidential elections. After major media outlets called Pennsylvania and Nevada for the Democratic Party on Saturday, media announced that Mr. Biden had received more than the 270 electoral votes required to win. Ballots are still being counted in Alaska, Georgia, and North Carolina. But the Biden transition team is already drafting executive orders to be signed and screening potential cabinet picks.

During his victory speech on Saturday, Mr. Biden struck a very confident tone. “My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken,” he proclaimed. “They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for ‘We the People.’ We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation—74 million. I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me.”

Democrats want to move on from the election as fast as possible so that Mr. Biden’s victory will seem like old news. Yet President Donald Trump has not conceded defeat, and his teams of lawyers are pressing on with accusations of mass voter fraud in Democratic-controlled cities across the nation. Recounts are scheduled for Georgia and Wisconsin, where Mr. Biden is leading by less than 1 percent of the vote. And lawsuits have been filed in Arizona and Pennsylvania, where there are particularly disturbing examples of fraud.

“If Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on Fox News. “President Trump should not concede. We’re down to less—10,000 votes in Georgia. He’s going to win North Carolina. We have gone from 93,000 votes to less than 20,000 votes in Arizona, where more—more votes to be counted.”

Attorney Sidney Powell told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that her team has identified 450,000 ballots in battleground states that may be fraudulent.

“There has been a massive and coordinated effort to steal this election from we the people of the United States of America to delegitimize and destroy votes for Donald Trump,” she said. “To manufacture votes for Joe Biden. They’ve done it in every way imaginable, from having dead people vote in record numbers, to absolutely fraudulently creating ballots that exist only for voting for Biden. We’ve identified over 450,000 ballots that miraculously only have a vote for Joe Biden on them and no other candidate. If you look at Florida where things were done right, you can see that that is how the rest of the country should have gone. But they also used an algorithm to calculate the number of votes they would need to flip. And they used computers to flip those votes from Trump to Biden and from other Republican candidates to their competitors also.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thinks the situation could be even worse. He noted on Twitter that President Trump’s lead of 800,000 votes was wiped out by hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots that were counted without any Republican election observers present. Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow told Sean Hannity that there might need to be manual recounts in 30 states to uncover the full extent of voter fraud.

The next several weeks are likely to be filled with contentious legal battles over the presidential elections, but the good news is that a lot of political corruption will be exposed for the American people to see.

In the August 2019 issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained that God is using the Trump administration for a special purpose—to expose corruption in America’s government.

“Since Donald Trump became president, a dangerous level of corruption has been exposed in America’s federal government,” he wrote. “Officials within several powerful government agencies have worked actively to sabotage Mr. Trump and overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. This is treasonous behavior, and a bigger threat to America than most people realize! The facts reveal widespread complicity within the cia and the Justice Department, including the fbi, along with other government agencies, with direction from the White House—and total support from the mainstream media. We see that the Obama administration got a frightening degree of control over those agencies. And we see officials who consider themselves above the law, who are willing to use deceit, slander and practically any other means necessary to hold or to reclaim power at any cost. To make this reality more alarming, none of it would have seen daylight had Mr. Trump not won the election. But God wanted it exposed—and I will explain why. Now, it seems that the harder the president’s enemies work to destroy him, the more their own wicked ways are uncovered.”

Isaiah 1:4-6 is an end-time prophecy about political corruption in America. It says “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.”

The “head” referred to here is the nation’s government. God says “the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint,” but He is exposing this sickness by shining a light on the corruption in American politics. Mercifully, He is giving people one last chance to repent before the nation plunges into a time of unparalleled calamity!

To understand more about how God is using the Trump administration, read “Can President Trump Get Control of His Own Divided Government?” by Gerald Flurry. It puts the chaos of U.S politics in its prophetic context.

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Is Civil War Coming to Ethiopia?

Oromo regional police officers patrol during the Oromo new year holiday Irreechaa in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, on Oct. 2, 2016.
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Is Civil War Coming to Ethiopia?

Military intervention in a rebel region might bring Ethiopia to ‘state collapse.’

Fears of a civil war continue to grow as the political tension in Ethiopia’s north spills into open conflict. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed deployed troops in a military operation in the Tigray region on November 4. He said the deployment was in response to “months of continued provocation and incitement” against the federal government by the Tigray regional government.

The main “provocation” leading to Mr. Abiy’s decision was an apparent attack on an army base located in Tigray, allegedly to steal military supplies, by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (tplf). Regional broadcaster Tigray tv reported that the army’s northern command—stationed at the attacked base—had defected to the tplf. The prime minister denied the allegations.

“Our defense forces … have been ordered to carry out their mission to save the country,” said Mr. Abiy. “The final point of the red line has been crossed. Force is being used as the last measure to save the people and the country.”

The tplf is a political organization that helped overthrow Ethiopia’s Communist government in 1991. It had ruled Ethiopia for decades under a basically one-party dictatorship, despite the Tigray ethnic group representing only about 7 percent of the country’s population of over 100 million. The tplf lost power in 2018 and Ethiopia has since been ruled by Abiy, who is of the Oromo ethnic group, which represents roughly 35 percent of Ethiopia’s population.

The Tigray region, which has a higher standard of infrastructure than the rest of the country as well as well-organized security forces independent of the national army, is controlled by the tplf politically.

Internal conflict is nothing new to Abiy’s administration. The splintered factions and tribes that make up the national mosaic are constantly at odds. More often than not, these disagreements end in bloodshed and violence. But a war with the Tigray region presents new and potentially nation-shaking consequences.

Losing its disproportionate amount of power and influence has not made the Tigray elite happy. Ethiopia was supposed to have parliamentary elections earlier this year, but Abiy postponed the elections for another year due to covid-19. The order was supposed to postpone all elections in the country, but the Tigray region held its own parliamentary elections against the federal government’s wishes while calling Abiy’s actions dictatorial. In retaliation, the Ethiopian parliament cut off all federal funding for Tigray.

Meanwhile, on October 30, a general appointed by Abiy to be stationed in Tigray couldn’t get to his post; the Tigray regional government notified him that it wouldn’t recognize his appointment as it viewed Abiy’s mandate to rule as illegitimate following the suspension of elections. The government couldn’t do much about it at the time

These incidents of open defiance have now escalated into a military conflict. Abiy blames the tplf for attacking the army base, and skirmishes have erupted between troops loyal to the federal government and those loyal to the tplf have happened. The tplf claims several federal troops have defected to Tigray’s cause, but this is disputed by Abiy.

Foreign-policy analysts are predicting the worst. Dr. Yohannes Woldemariam told the Telegraph that this “is an existential crisis for Ethiopia. It could mean state collapse. The whole region will be affected, from refugees to destabilization.” Tsedale Lemma tweeted that Abiy’s military venture “isn’t ‘a surgical operation’ which will quickly end tplf, but an epistemic rupture of the [Ethiopian] Federation as we know it.”

A six-month state of emergency has now been declared. Internet access is down and telecommunication lines have been cut—leading to fears of an all-out war. As one senior Tigrayan official told the Agence France Presse, “I think when it comes to military mobilization, it’s not child’s play. It can trigger all-out war. … What they are doing is playing with fire. … A small spark can ignite the whole region. [A]nd I can assure you we are capable of defending ourselves.”

Ethiopia’s population of 108 million people is extremely diverse ethnically. The Oromo, the largest ethnic group, barely tops a third of Ethiopia’s population at 35 percent. The next largest ethnic group, the Amhara, makes up 28 percent of the population. The Tigray come in at number three with 7 percent of the population. Ethiopia is also extremely diverse religiously: Roughly 44 percent of Ethiopians follow the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, 31 percent are Muslim, and 23 percent belong to Protestant groups.

As small as the Tigray population is when compared with the rest of the nation, the territory is stacked with a large portion of the nation’s military. The Tigray region shares a border with Eritrea, a flashpoint for conflict in recent years. According to the Guardian, “Some analysts estimate that Tigray could muster more than half of the armed forces’ total personnel and mechanized divisions.”

Ethiopia has had a troubling recent history. After living under a Communist dictatorship for years, Ethiopia went to war in the 1990s with the breakaway region of Eritrea (now an independent country) that was taking with it all of Ethiopia’s coastline. Ethiopia found itself landlocked at the conclusion of a war that killed roughly 100,000 people on both sides. While Ethiopia has had robust economic growth in recent years, the poverty rate was still at 23 percent, almost a quarter of the population, as of 2016. Ethiopian troops are currently involved in the civil war in Somalia. The country frequently experiences drought and in 2019 had the worst locust infestation in 25 years. Ethiopia also harbors about 800,000 refugees from other African countries.

Analysts worry that all of this is creating the perfect storm for Ethiopia to dissolve and collapse into different warring factions based on ethnicity, similar to what the former Yugoslavia went through in the 1990s. They fear the recent military incursion into Tigray could be the catalyst for this.

But there have been other tremors recently hinting of a bigger earthquake of violence to hit Ethiopia. Last year, Gen. Asaminew Tsige of the Amhara ethnic group staged a coup against the Amhara regional government, murdering the state president and calling on his fellow Amhara to mobilize militarily. The coup ultimately failed.

Ethiopia is also in a squabble with Egypt over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which promises to bring a gigantic source of power to Ethiopia but threatens to stop the Nile from flowing into Egypt. U.S. President Donald Trump recently made a casual comment that he would support Egypt if Egypt and Ethiopia went to war—even though America and Ethiopia are military partners.

One has to ask then, if Ethiopia falls into a bloody crisis, who will come in to fill the power vacuum?

A potential answer is to look across the border to another country in the Horn of Africa embroiled in a civil war: Somalia.

The Somali government has been fighting a three-way civil war since 2009 between it, the breakaway region of Somaliland, and the Islamist terror group al-Shabaab. The faction to watch is al-Shabaab, which controls a sizable amount of Somali territory. While it is primarily based in Somalia, it operates around the world. Ethiopia has peacekeepers in Somalia fighting against al-Shabaab currently.

If Ethiopia were to fall into chaos, it might be the al Shabaab’s opportunity to start extending its tentacles across the border, into a country that is just under a third Muslim. Abiy Ahmed has publicly voiced his concern about al-Shabaab gaining influence inside Ethiopia.

But al-Shabaab isn’t the big fish here. While the terrorist group has historically been associated with al Qaeda, relations between it and Iran have recently been warming. Iran has sponsored al-Shabaab attacks on U.S. targets in Somalia and has used Somalia to send weapons to its proxy, the Houthis, in Yemen, as well as to other vulnerable countries, such as South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

Iran has also been using Somalia as an entry point to smuggle oil into Africa and from there sell it to other African countries under the radar of American sanctions.

Most significantly, al-Shabaab has been mining uranium from the territories it controls and sending it to Iran, almost certainly to be used in its nuclear program, “officially” to be used for peaceful purposes even as it publicly calls for wiping Israel off of the map.

The Quds Force, Iran’s elite foreign military unit, has been actively sponsoring al-Shabaab and maintains cells throughout Africa. The current leader of the Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, has a history of work in Africa.

And everywhere from Iraq to Lebanon to the Palestinian Territories, Iran has taken advantage of political instability to sponsor armed groups that eventually take over the government.

Ethiopia also has a religious component to its struggles. Today, Islam is the second-largest religion in the nation, behind Ethiopian Orthodoxy.

One source we at the Trumpet rely on regularly shows that Iran will add Ethiopia to its proxy empire.

That source is the Holy Bible.

Notice this prophecy in Daniel 11: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at [the king of the north]: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. … But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (verses 40 and 43)

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has written about this passage for almost three decades. In his booklet The King of the South (request your free copy), he proves that this prophecy is relevant for our day today (the “time of the end”). He also proves the identity of the king of the south—a king with a “pushy” foreign policy that controls vast areas of the Middle East and North Africa—to be Iran.

This prophecy also lists some of the countries that will be allied with the king of the south. Included among these is Ethiopia.

Mr. Flurry writes in his free booklet Libya and Ethiopia in Prophecy:

Why did God inspire the mentioning of Libya and Ethiopia? Every word in God’s inspired Bible has significance. God placed two nations in the same verse as Egypt for a definite reason. This verse states that Libya and Ethiopia are also going to be closely allied with Iran!

Here is how the Soncino commentary defines at his steps: “Either joining his army, or placing themselves at his beck and call.”

Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines that expression as “in his company.”

The Moffatt translation reads this way: “following in his train.”

So you need to watch Libya and Ethiopia. They are about to fall under the heavy influence or control of Iran, the king of the south. That is why they are subdued in the king of the north victory.

While time will tell whether al-Shabaab will gain a foothold in Ethiopia or whether the conflict in Tigray will lead to regime change, you need to watch Ethiopia closely. While the nation is predominantly Christian, Bible prophecy foretells of an Islamic takeover in the near future. And once that happens, the stage will be set for a clash of civilizations the likes of which the world has never seen before. This clash is a major part of the Bible’s forecasts of future events. To learn more, please request our free booklet Libya and Ethiopia in Prophecy.

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The Unraveling of the America-South Korea Alliance

South Korean President Moon Jae-in listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in May 2018.
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The Unraveling of the America-South Korea Alliance

South Korea’s military alliance with the United States is coming under increasing pressure in a trend that could culminate in a colossal loss of America’s power in East Asia and a massive victory for China.

It came to light on October 27 that the phrase “keeping the current level of U.S. military personnel in Korea” had been omitted from the communiqué published after the latest Security Consultative Meeting between South Korean and American officials. South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook suggested during a parliamentary inspection that the omitted phrase means the 28,500 U.S. soldiers stationed in the country may soon be reduced to a smaller number.

“This is the first time,” South Korea’s Dong-A Ilbo wrote, “that the South Korean military authorities have issued a statement indicative of a potential reduction of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula.”

The news came just two weeks after South Korea’s ambassador to the U.S., Lee Soo-hyuck, addressed the South Korea National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, saying: “Just because Korea chose the U.S. 70 years ago does not mean it has to choose the U.S. for the next 70 years, too.”

One week before Lee’s comments, the chairman of South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Won In-choul, told the South Korean parliament that wartime operational control (opcon) of South Korea’s forces must be transferred from Washington to Seoul. This system constitutes what the Brookings Institution calls “the most tightly woven system of integrated command and control the United States possesses anywhere in the world.” But Won wants the U.S. to quickly hand over power to Soeul. He said: “If the opcon transition becomes a distant aim, or is delayed too much compared to what we expect due to the conditions, those parts need to be revised or supplemented.” These sentiments were echoed in an October 27 editorial by an assistant chief of staff for U.S. Armed Forces–Korea.

Brookings points out that if South Koreans get their way, the move could have a domino effect with other U.S. allies. “If South Korea is to wrest away the top command position in the alliance from American allies, where will the process stop?” it asked in January. “Why would Britain, France and Germany not all demand their turns at running nato command in Europe, for example?”

Meanwhile, a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the nation should not participate in the nato-like military alliance in the Indo-Pacific, known as the Quad. The group includes the U.S., India, Australia and Japan and has petitioned other regional partners, including South Korea, to join its efforts to counter Chinese aggression. But adviser Moon Chung-in says South Korea should refuse. “If the United States forces us to join some kind of a military alliance against China,” he said, “then I see that will pose a very existential dilemma to us” because “China will treat us as an enemy.”

Clearly, more and more South Korean leaders are weary of their nation’s reliance on America, and some are increasingly concerned about pleasing China.

Since these developments follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s increased pressure on South Korea to pay more for American’s military presence in the country and allegations that he has insulted the South Korean people, strains in the alliance are understandable. But the prospect of a break in this union is worrying in light of all that is at stake for the region—and the world.

For seven decades, the U.S.-South Korea alliance has stood as a pillar in America’s strategy to stabilize Asia. A complete break would see American troops stationed in South Korea ousted, and would bring an end to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that America operates in the nation. These developments would move a significant amount of political and military influence away from the U.S. and toward Asia’s regional behemoths. They would give China and Russia a freer hand to assert their will in East Asia and beyond.

The Trumpet has long predicted that such a power shift will take place. “The scenario of an America-free Asia will not remain hypothetical for much longer,” we wrote in our January 2014 issue. “We can already see tectonic geopolitical shifts that are rapidly turning it into a reality.”

For decades, the Trumpet and its forerunner, the Plain Truth, have forecast this development. Now a growing number of trends—such as the weakening of the U.S.-South Korea alliance—indicate how rapidly it could happen.

In the 1930s, Herbert W. Armstrong began forecasting that U.S. power and influence would eventually disintegrate. Following America’s failed attempt to invade Cuba in 1961, he put the blame not on the U.S. military or the Kennedy administration, but on the American people: “Unless or until the United States as a whole repents and returns to what has become a hollow slogan on its dollars: ‘In God we trust,’ the United States of America has won its last war! [T]he God America has deserted gave it its most humiliating defeat! What does the Cuban debacle mean? It means, Mr. and Mrs. United States, that the handwriting is on your wall!” (Plain Truth, October 1961).

Mr. Armstrong based this forecast on his understanding of Bible prophecy. The Scriptures make specific forecasts about the descendants of ancient Israel, which includes the Americans. (This can be proved by reading Mr. Armstrong’s free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.) In Leviticus 26:19, God warned the people of Israel that if they rejected His law, He would “break the pride” of their power.

Since Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986, Americans have increasingly rejected God and His law. Meanwhile, the U.S. has entered into numerous military conflicts, each one draining a little more of the nation’s pride in its power.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula today shows that more and more people around the world are coming to see that America’s pride in its power is broken. South Korea and other countries are preparing for a future in which they no longer rely on America.

Meanwhile, Revelation 16:12 discusses a group of nations called “the kings of the east” that will rise to power in the end time, just as the U.S. is weakening. Revelation 16, Ezekiel 38 and other Bible passages show that this bloc will play a major role in the final global war. Ezekiel 38 shows that this bloc will be comprised of Asian nations led by Russia and, to a lesser degree, China.

Revelation 9:16 shows that the combined militaries of all these Asian “kings” will amount to 200 million soldiers—a military far larger than any in mankind’s history. Ezekiel 38:6 lists as part of this Asian alliance some ancient names for the modern people of Korea. This shows that the Koreas will eventually lend their military power to the vast bloc led by Russia and China.

To understand where these trends are heading and the remarkable hope that is connected to them, order your free copy of our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.