How Connected Is Communist China to Dominion Voting Systems?

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How Connected Is Communist China to Dominion Voting Systems?

The relationship is strong enough that America’s election may have been changed by foreign nationals.

Dominion Voting Systems has been under scrutiny ever since attorney Sidney Powell claimed to have “statistical evidence” that its machines stole votes from United States President Donald Trump. On December 13, Powell told the Epoch Times that every voting machine used in America’s elections should be impounded and reviewed for forensic analysis. And if America’s court system refuses to issue such an order, Powell believes President Trump should use his 2018 executive order on foreign interference to get the job done.

“[G]iven the level of foreign interference we can demonstrate … it’s more than sufficient to trigger the president’s executive order from 2018 that gives him all kinds of power—to do everything from seize assets, to freeze things, demand the impoundment of the machines,” she said on the American Thought Leaders program. “Under the emergency powers, he could even appoint a special prosecutor to look into this, which is exactly what needs to happen. Every voting machine in the country should be impounded right now. There’s frankly more than enough criminal probable cause to justify that. For anybody who’s willing to address the law and the facts purely on the basis of truth, and not politics or corporate greed or global wealth.”

When enacted, the executive order Powell referenced gives the director of national intelligence the power to conduct “an assessment of any information indicating that a foreign government, or any person acting as an agent” of a foreign government tried to interfere in a U.S. election. An increasing amount of evidence is emerging that foreign sponsors used Dominion Voting Systems to shift votes to Joe Biden.

A preliminary report from the Allied Security Operations Group found that Dominion machines and software in Michigan were “intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results.” And the head of Fraud Spotters, a consultancy specializing in detecting insurance fraud, has shown that U.S. counties that switched over to Dominion machines saw their vote tallies shift toward the Democratic presidential candidate by an average of two to three percentage points compared to counties that decided not to use Dominion machines. That could be a coincidence, but the difference persisted even after Fraud Spotters controlled for county population and various other demographic characteristics.

Dominion Voting Systems is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, so the testimony of the Allied Security Operations Group and Fraud Spotters should be enough to trigger an investigation into foreign interference. But those who insist on more evidence can certainly find it, as Dominion has recently come under scrutiny after its parent company received the help of a Swiss bank linked to the Chinese Communist Party.

Even though Dominion is headquartered in Canada, it is majority-owned by Staple Street Capital in New York City. On October 8—about a month before the U.S. presidential election—ubs Securities llc helped Staple Street Capital raise $400 million from anonymous investors. ubs Securities llc is the New York-based subsidiary of Swiss bank ubs, which in turn has offices owned by the Chinese government.

The Epoch Times reports that this transfer occurred amid strange circumstances. “Unusual activity also occurred in the New York subsidiary of ubs recently, in the weeks following Staple Street’s fundraising and the November U.S. elections,” wrote investigative journalist Emel Akan. “An ntd tv report on December 5 showed that three board members of ubs Securities llc appeared to be Chinese, including Luo Qiang, Ye Xiang and Mu Lina, according to the company’s profile page on Bloomberg. Later, these names were taken down from the profile page, raising questions about whether the company made changes following media reports.”

It is unusual to name Chinese nationals on the board of a New York subsidiary, causing some to question whether Luo Qiang, Ye Xiang and Mu Lina were only temporarily made board members to get specific monetary transfers approved. ubs has refused to answer questions about these board members, and Dominion has deleted the LinkedIn accounts of a third of its employees. So it seems that the only way to get answers about whether foreign powers tried to rig America’s elections is to open a federal investigation, but President Trump may have different ideas.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s cover story for the January 2021 Trumpet issue is titled “Why Donald Trump Will Remain America’s President.” It explains that President Trump will remain in office because of Bible prophecies in 2 Kings 14 and Amos 7. Now that the Electoral College has voted for Joe Biden, some earthshaking frauds are going to have to be exposed for these prophecies to be fulfilled.

Isaiah prophesied of a time when vile leaders would plot in secret. “No one enters suit justly, no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity. They hatch adders’ eggs, they weave the spider’s web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one which is crushed a viper is hatched. Their webs will not serve as clothing; men will not cover themselves with what they make. Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, desolation and destruction are in their highways” (Isaiah 59:4-7; Revised Standard Version).

This is a prophecy about end-time America, as our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong, explains. Politicians “speak lies,” “conceive mischief,” and “bring forth iniquity.” But God will not allow them to “cover themselves with what they make.” These spider webs, adder eggs, and vile conspiracies are about to be exposed!

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Are Germany’s Social Democrats Collaborating With Israel Haters?

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Are Germany’s Social Democrats Collaborating With Israel Haters?

How will the relationship end?

Germany’s main political parties traditionally claim to be close allies of Israel. However, the Social Democratic Party’s (spd) youth organization, Jusos, is cooperating with blatant Israel haters.

At the Jusos’ federal congress on November 28, participants passed a motion expressing solidarity with the extremist Palestinian organization Fatah Youth. They praised the group as a “sister organization.” Just two years ago, at a Fatah Youth demonstration in the West Bank, members wore dummy explosive belts and called for the fight against Israel.

In “SPD Youngsters Show Solidarity With Israel Haters,” Bild.de pointedly asked: “Do the Jusos have an anti-Semitism problem? … The Fatah Youth denies Israel’s right to exist, threatens terrorist attacks, and spreads anti-Semitic content on the Internet. Do the Jusos not know which Israel haters they are showing solidarity with?” (November 30; Trumpet translation throughout). Bild.de further explained that the Fatah Youth logo is a map of Israel in the colors of the Palestinian Authority. In their view, “a Jewish state does not exist here.”

In a follow-up article on December 1, Bild.de wrote:

Why do the spd youngsters cooperate with open Israel haters?

Over the weekend, the Jusos reaffirmed their cooperation with the extremist youth organization of the Palestinian Fatah Party, which campaigns for a boycott of the Jewish state, glorifies terrorists and disseminates anti-Semitic content on the Internet.

After heavy criticism from Jewish associations, the Union and fdp [Free Democats], ex-Jusos boss and spd vice president Kevin Kühnert (31) tried to clarify. On Monday evening, Kühnert announced that the Jusos were working with Israeli as well as Palestinian partners and had set up the Willy Brandt Center (wbc) in Jerusalem for this purpose in 1996.

But as research by Bild reveals the Willy Brandt Center, “which claims to be a meeting place for ‘peace-oriented parties’ and wants to ‘make a contribution to peace in the region,’ employs gross enemies of Israel!”

With this in mind, the spd’s position in the German government should be closely scrutinized.

In 2017, then German Foreign Minister and spd chairman Sigmar Gabriel insulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gabriel had planned a visit to Israel, and Netanyahu warned him that meeting with government-critical groups that label Israeli soldiers as war criminals would be a deal breaker. But Gabriel met with the group Break the Silence; Netanyahu was forced to cancel his meeting with Gabriel.

German politicians and media celebrated Gabriel’s return from Israel, Spiegel Online wrote: “Sigmar Gabriel returned to Berlin last week in triumph. He was congratulated everywhere for his performance. … The behavior of the foreign minister was ‘exemplary.’”

Since Germany joined the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member in January, the German government has presented itself as pro-Israel. On the 70th anniversary of Israel’s admission into the UN, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas lamented the “one-sided treatment and exclusion” of the Jewish state in UN committees. Maas, a member of the spd, concluded that Israel’s security should be questioned “nowhere and by no one.”

But as Bild.de pointed out in May: “Despite the great announcements by Maas to stand by Israel’s side, Germany has repeatedly supported past resolutions that have been initiated by Israel’s enemies.”

Germany, one of Israel’s supposedly “closest allies,” fundamentally disagrees with its current policies.

On his visit to Israel on June 10, Maas expressed his disagreement with Israel’s plan to annex 30 percent of the West Bank. He tweeted: “We also talked about the Middle East peace process: I told my Israeli colleague our honest, serious concerns about the consequences of annexation. We stand with our EU partners for a negotiated, mutually acceptable two-state solution.”

Since Israel’s founding in 1948, Arab nations have sought to destroy the tiny nation. In 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982 and 2006, various Arab forces have united in their struggle against Israel. The main instigators in the conflicts were Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

A two-state solution, as Germany demands, would be detrimental for Israel.

Despite this reality, the Israeli government continues to look to Germany as one of its closest ally, second only to the United States. Many prominent Jews in Israel trust Germany even more than their own government. Israel even trusts Germany to equip its military.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned in “Will the Trump Peace Plan Bring Peace to Israel?” that the dilemma Israel is currently in is prophesied in the Bible. He wrote:

The book of Hosea was written as prophecy for the end time. The nation called Israel today is really biblical Judah. Hosea includes specific prophecies about Judah.

“When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound” (Hosea 5:13).

Studying this verse in the original Hebrew reveals that both Ephraim (Britain) and Judah go to Assyria (the prophetic term for modern-day Germany—to prove this, request our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire).

Why go to Germany? And what is Judah’s “wound”? Strong’s Concordance defines that word, “in the sense of binding up: a bandage, i.e. remedy.” Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defines it, “the pressing together, binding up of a wound; here used figuratively of a remedy applied to the wounds of the state.” In other words, the remedy is the wound!

The Bible indicates that Israel will come to believe that Germany is its only ally that can secure its existence. But as Mr. Flurry writes in Hosea—Reaping the Whirlwind, this will be a deadly mistake.

The warning signs against Israel’s relationship with Germany are all around us. You can learn about the prophecies that have foretold this double cross in detail by ordering your free copy of Hosea—Reaping the Whirlwind, by Gerald Flurry. This short booklet will not only explain why there is such great hatred for the Jewish people today, but also reveal how mankind will soon learn to live in peace.

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European leaders are boldly attacking America and its president.

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Deals Are Just Getting Started

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Deals Are Just Getting Started

The unprecedented pace of President Trump’s negotiations raises the question: Is God somehow involved?

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In the span of four months, United States President Donald Trump has netted four Middle East peace deals between Israel and Arab states. The latest came last week when Mr. Trump announced that the North African nation of Morocco was ready to formalize ties with the Jewish state. These deals are an incredible feat of diplomacy.

Shockingly, you probably haven’t heard too much about them.

An inward-focused American population coupled with an anti-Trump mainstream media means that the president’s stunning achievements have been covered up and ignored.

The media could not afford to dwell on Trump’s Middle East successes, especially during the election cycle. Support for Israel remains one of the only issues that enjoys broad consensus among all American voters. Airing stories about the president’s pro-Israel moves would be tantamount to lobbying for Trump. And that couldn’t be.

Nevertheless, what President Trump is accomplishing in the Middle East is absolutely staggering. And everyone in the region, both ally and adversary, understands that.

How Did He Do It?

In the space of four years, Mr. Trump has upended the false notion that peace between Arab states and Israel was only possible after a comprehensive peace deal between the Jews and the Palestinians. President Trump correctly demanded that the intransigent Palestinian leadership no longer be allowed to roadblock Israeli peace with Arab states.

Amazingly, the Arab world agreed with him.

President Trump, through his Middle East team headed by son-in-law Jared Kushner, told Arab leaders that they had more to gain by working alongside the Jewish state than against it. Furthermore, Arab leaders were already frustrated with Palestinians after they rejected several serious Israeli overtures toward peace.

They were ready to make a deal.

President Trump also had one other factor that pushed the Arab states to negotiate: the shocking betrayal of America’s Arab allies by Trump’s predecessor.

The Obama administration worked tirelessly to recalibrate the Middle East in favor of America’s archenemy in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran. This culminated in the Iran nuclear deal which, at best, delayed Iran’s nuclear ambitions by a decade, but it secured for Iran the mountains of cash it needed to aid the Assad regime’s war crimes in Syria, take over Iraq through its own fighting militias, and perpetuate civil war in Yemen.

Concurrently, Obama also spoke of Saudi Arabia’s need to “share the neighborhood” with Iran. Sounds pleasant, but Saudi Arabia and other states understood that when you hear a murderous neighbor trying to break down your front door, you don’t unlock it for him.

The treacherous Obama administration proved to America’s Middle East allies that the U.S. could no longer be trusted as a stalwart ally to defend them from Iran’s expansionist goals. And even if there were a change of administration that favored American’s traditional allies, that too would be temporary.

This means that even before President Trump was inaugurated, the Arab world was already looking for a more permanent solution to its long-standing reliance on the United States for protection from Iran.

Then, when President Trump came into office, he publicly announced to all that the U.S. had no desire to continue policing the Middle East. This meant the Arab states had to get serious about finding a more permanent solution to their security.

And naturally, Mr. Trump was ready to provide that solution: publicly ally with the State of Israel.

Clear-eyed Arab leadership understands that while the U.S. might become indifferent to Middle East affairs, Israel is in the same boat with them, facing off against the Iranian surge. This need for collective security against Iran necessitated that Arab states publicly recognize their relationship with Israel. And as observer George Friedman wrote this week, “given the politics of the region, recognition may as well as be an alliance.”

That is not to say that Arab states are only interested in peace deals with Israel because of the Iranian threat. They have much to gain from sharing the Middle East with Israel, including making use of Israel’s tremendous technology sector.

The Trump administration also threw in benefits to sweeten the deals.

The United Arab Emirates will be allowed to purchase 50 much-coveted American-made F-35 fighter jets, the premier offensive weapon in the sky. Sudan was taken off the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, which will allow companies to invest in the North African state without fear of American financial sanctions. And most recently, as part of the Morocco deal, President Trump officially recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. From America’s perspective, these “gifts” were long overdue in the case of Morocco and Sudan, and in the case of the F-35s, it is American companies that will benefit from the sale.

Put together, through these few U.S. deal sweeteners, and by playing up America’s exit from a region under a real Iran threat, the Trump administration has been able to shake up the Middle East in Israel’s favor.

And President Trump isn’t done. Israeli commentator Caroline Glick wrote this week that “three or four other Arab states are likely to join the circle of peace in Trump’s final weeks in office.”

To put these deals in perspective, it took 40 years for Israel to attain its first two peace deals with Arab states: Egypt in 1978 and Jordan in 1994. Now in the past four months, President Trump has added four more, with the likelihood of more before his first term ends.

Clearly, the speed of these America-brokered Israeli-Arab peace deals is historic.

But few understand that it is also prophetic.

A Prophesied Deal Maker

As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the January 2021 Trumpet issue, the restructuring of the Middle East between the radical Islamist camp led by Iran and the more moderate Arab states is one of our long-standing forecasts informed by biblical prophecy. You can read more about those prophecies in his article “Deadly Flaw in Mideast Peace Deals.”

But another prophecy is also playing out, relating specifically to the administration of President Donald Trump and his relationship with the modern State of Israel.

As Mr. Flurry explains in his free booklet Great Again, President Trump is a type of the ancient Israelite king Jeroboam ii, a truth that forecasts President Trump will remain in office for a second term.

At the time of Jeroboam ii’s reign at the start of the eighth century b.c. the people of Israel were divided into two nations, the northern 10 tribes known as the Kingdom of Israel, and the southern kingdom of Judah (the Jews).

Jeroboam ii ruled over the kingdom of Israel for four decades. Prior to his reign, the nation was on the verge of collapse. But under Jeroboam ii, the northern tribes of Israel experienced a massive resurgence in material wealth, territory and national power. Both the biblical text and archaeology attest to this fact. However, Jeroboam ii and his followers in the northern kingdom failed to acknowledge God’s merciful hand as the reason for their increased prosperity (2 Kings 14:26-27).

Instead, they claimed it was their own strength that made Israel great again.

At the time, God sent the prophets Hosea and Amos to Jeroboam to plead with the Israelites to repent lest they go into captivity. That message went unheeded, and within a few years of Amos’s prophecy, the mighty Assyrian Empire started to engulf the northern tribes.

History also bears out that a simultaneous resurgence occurred in the southern kingdom of Judah under King Uzziah at the same time Jeroboam ii was in power in the north. Trumpet contributing editor Brad Macdonald’s article “A Prophesied Resurgence in Israel” explains this historic parallel of the southern kingdom of Judah to the modern State of Israel.

Both Israel and Judah were rising at the same time anciently. There is also an indication from the Bible that the resurgence in Judah was linked to Jeroboam’s direct influence (verse 28).

Today, we see a similar phenomenon taking place in the relationship between the modern Jeroboam ii and Judah, the modern State of Israel.

It might seem outlandish to believe that President Trump’s rise and his relationship with Israel was prophesied thousands of years ago. However, the pace of President Trump’s deals for the Jewish state is also completely unprecedented in history. And if Bible prophecy is our guide, there will be more.

For more understanding about President Trump’s role in prophecy, and what we can expect from his second term in office, please read Gerald Flurry’s article “Why Donald Trump Will Remain America’s President.”

You can also learn more about the ancient Jeroboam II by listening to the latest Watch Jerusalem podcast found below.

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Hong Kong Police Arrest Pro-Democracy Publisher

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Hong Kong Police Arrest Pro-Democracy Publisher

Media mogul Jimmy Lai is the most prominent victim so far in the Chinese Communist Party’s takeover of Hong Kong.

In the latest sign of China’s encroachment on Hong Kong, the publisher of a pro-democracy newspaper was charged with foreign collusion on December 11. Jimmy Lai, the publisher of Apple Daily, is the highest-profile casualty of the new China-imposed security law aimed at quashing dissent. The law directly attacks Hong Kong’s democracy.

After 2019’s tumultuous pro-democracy protests over the infamous extradition bill, China imposed the national security law on July 1, outlawing secession, subversion, terrorism and complicity with foreign powers seeking to intervene in Hong Kong. It allows China’s secret police to operate in Hong Kong while giving Chinese officials great latitude to affect matters in the territory.

Lai was charged after an investigation by the National Security Department, a body set up under the new national security law. According to the Apple Daily, the media tycoon was charged with asking foreign entities to engage in hostile activities against China, such as placing it under sanctions. Among the “evidence” are over 1,000 tweets and comments from his Twitter account, as well as interviews with foreign media, made after the national security laws were passed.

The arrest of Lai, and his subsequent denial of bail, is the latest example of China’s dangerous encroachment in Hong Kong. It follows the expulsion of pro-democracy lawmakers from the legislature and the arrest of several pro-democracy activists.

China’s overreach in Hong Kong is 27 years ahead of schedule. Britain ceded Hong Kong to China in 1997 under the condition that Hong Kong would maintain a high degree of autonomy for 50 years. For this, China promised “One Country, Two Systems,” allowing Hong Kong to retain its identity and freedoms. Jimmy Lai said on June 30 that the new security law China was about to pass would prove to be the death knell to this system.

How right time has proved him to be.

In the last two decades, China has made several trespassing moves on Hong Kong, but its recent incursions demonstrate a more ominous resolve. Similarly unsettling is the Western world’s corresponding spectatorship.

For the last 300 years, America and Britain have stood as the pinnacles of freedom and guarantors of relative world stability. Hong Kong itself is the perfect example of the wealth, prosperity and freedom that America and Britain have represented for decades. But the rapid disappearance of these ideals as a consequence of China’s bold power grab heralds a new, dark era.

Jesus Christ called it “the times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24). Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained in his article “What Are the Times of the Gentiles?” that the Gentiles are non-Israelite peoples. Israel in end-time prophecy refers mainly to the United States and Britain. Prophecy indicates that as the modern Israelite nations decline, Gentile nations, such as China, will become the dominant world powers.

And while such events as those in Hong Kong might appear to be contained in Southeast Asia, these times of the Gentiles will lead to global events of devastation unparalleled in human history. Mr. Flurry calls them a “catastrophic storm” of which we are on the outer edges. In “The Climax of Man’s Rule Over Man,” he wrote: “Throughout history, China has often taken on an expansionist policy to conquer, destroy, subdue and enslave people. In recent years, the United States has acted like China has changed, but that same policy is materializing again, stronger than ever.”

Hong Kong is a prime example.

The era of British and American dominance has by no means been a period of perfect peace and diplomacy. No human government is perfect. But as the Hong Kong people plea for intervention as they are swallowed up by Communist China, you can clearly see the contrast between Anglo-American dominance and the times of the Gentiles.

The Gentiles are gaining power, just as Christ prophesied. China will surely gain complete control over Hong Kong. Anglo-American influence will dwindle into oblivion. But there is hope. Christ Himself spoke of it. To fully understand what is going to happen to Hong Kong and the world, and the hope for us all, please read Mr. Flurry’s article “The Climax of Man’s Rule Over Man.”

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Prominent Election Attorney: Stock Up On Guns and Ammunition

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Prominent Election Attorney: Stock Up On Guns and Ammunition

Lin Wood: ‘Better to be safe than sorry’ with plenty of ‘2nd Amendment supplies.’

An attorney who has filed multiple lawsuits to overturn the United States presidential elections is calling on Republicans to stock up on guns and ammo. Better to be safe than sorry,” attorney Lin Wood posted to Twitter on December 13. “Make sure you have PLENTY of water, food, flashlights & batteries, candles, radio, 2nd Amendment supplies, & a plan to meet with leaders of your communities. Remember we only have 1 President at a time. Our leader is @realDonaldTrump, not Biden.” This message came two days after the Supreme Court refused to hear a Texas lawsuit that could have overturned the election, and one day before the Electoral College voted to elect Joe Biden to the presidency.

President Donald Trump and his legal team have had more than 50 lawsuits dismissed by America’s courts over the past month, yet he continues to press on in his quest to expose widespread voter fraud. In addition to the Supreme Court refusing to hear Texas’s lawsuit, a Georgia court dismissed a joint lawsuit from Wood and former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell earlier this month. This lawsuit asked that Dominion voting machines be examined for evidence that they were used to tamper with vote tallies.

Both President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani are optimistic they can expose enough voter fraud to keep President Trump and his administration in office. But about half of Republicans believe the U.S. election was stolen by widespread voter fraud, and many are growing concerned there will never be another free and fair election in America again. These fears—along with concerns about covid-19—are prompting Americans to stockpile toilet paper, groceries, guns, ammunition and other supplies.

Even before the November 3 presidential election, usa Today polls indicated that half of all Americans were stockpiling food and other supplies. And Smith & Wesson’s ceo said in a September call with investors that approximately 40 percent of its gun sales this year were going to first-time buyers. That indicates the people buying guns in 2020 are not doing so because they want to take up skeet shooting. They are concerned about pandemics, race riots, and the specter of civil war. Like Lin Wood, they feel it is better to be safe than sorry. So they stock up on water, food, flashlights, batteries and Second Amendment supplies.

Yet these stockpilers underestimate the potential severity of America’s situation.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s cover story for the January 2021 Trumpet issue is titled “Why Donald Trump Will Remain America’s President.” It explains that President Trump will remain in office because of Bible prophecies in 2 Kings 14 and Amos 7. Please read this article if you have not already done so! God has placed President Trump in office to give Americans an unmerited amount of time to repent of the sins that are bringing down the nation. But if Americans do not repent, the nation will descend into civil war.

The late Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his landmark book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the Anglo-Saxon peoples who settled the United States and Britain are the descendants of ancient Israel. This astonishing truth means that the Bible’s end-time prophecies concerning Israel are primarily directed at the U.S. and Britain. This is key to understanding riots and political violence in modern-day America.

Some 2,500 years ago, God revealed a prophecy to a Jewish slave named Ezekiel. “Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 3:1). This prophecy is addressed to “the house of Israel.” But it was not delivered in Ezekiel’s day, because the kingdom of Israel was already in captivity in Assyria. So, God had Ezekiel write down a message foretelling of a future time when famine and war would devastate the cities of a rebellious Israelite nation.

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness; And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord God of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein. And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 12:17-20).

This passage describes cities being laid waste “because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.” That means people are killing each other in a devastating civil war!

In Ezekiel 5, God reveals that one third of the nation’s population will die from the pestilence, famine and violence that result from civil war. That equals 110 million people. Such devastation has never occurred in an Israelite nation from the time of Ezekiel until now, and it is not the type of calamity a gun can save you from.

Only divine protection can ensure you will not fall prey to the destruction described in these scriptures! To learn more about the many scriptural passages that reveal how God will protect those who remain loyal to Him, please read “As Gun Sales Rise, What Is Your Source of Protection?”, by Joel Hilliker, and Jordan and God’s Church in Prophecy, by Gerald Flurry.

It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Saudi Arabia Seeks Cooperation With Middle East Neighbors

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Saudi Arabia Seeks Cooperation With Middle East Neighbors

The Middle East has seen some major geopolitical shifts in 2020. Multiple Arab nations have recognized the Jewish state of Israel, a significant departure from historic norms. Now at the end of the year, more geopolitical realignments are taking place. Saudi Arabia in particular is reestablishing relations with fellow Middle East nations that will have serious consequences.

Qatar

Relations between Saudi Arabia and its neighbor Qatar have been hostile since 2017. At the time, Saudi Arabia and a number of other Middle East nations cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar and began blockading the nation. They accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and some of the destabilizing forces in the Middle East linked to the Arab Spring.

However, recent talks moderated by Kuwait and the United States have brought the two neighbors closer to ending hostilities. Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that an end to the standoff “looks in reach.” Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah praised “continuous and constructive efforts made recently to reach a final agreement to resolve a dispute that arose between brothers.”

On December 4, it was reported that Saudi Arabia and Qatar had reached an agreement to end the dispute. A formal deal is expected to be signed in the upcoming days. nbc reported that the preliminary deal would hinge on Saudi Arabia allowing Qatar to resume flights through Saudi airspace. This is according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In exchange, the Qataris would drop pending international lawsuits against Saudi Arabia, according to one source.

Turkey

Saudi-Turkish relations have been highly unstable and, recently, strained. This began with Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Qatar, who Turkey was allied with. In 2018, relations soured further when Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Relations seem to now be thawing. On November 20, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a phone conversation to discuss issues related to the G-20 summit. The next day, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the kingdom’s relations with Turkey were “good and amicable.” This is a clear shift in Saudi Arabia’s policies toward Turkey; it has led an unofficial boycott against Turkish goods, which it denies.

A week later, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with the Saudi foeign minister during an Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Niger. It was the first meeting between the two since 2018.

“A strong Turkey-Saudi Arabia partnership will be beneficial not just for our countries but for the whole region,” Çavuşoğlu said in a tweet, calling his meeting with the Saudi minister “sincere.”

Shifting Alliances—Fulfilling Prophecy

As one of the major powers in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia leads the way for its smaller regional allies. Its efforts to restore relations with Turkey and Qatar send a clear message of the direction to expect from the region.

Many commentators agree that the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency has been the fuel for these moves. Biden has spoken disparagingly against both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, while indicating that he intends to reengage with Iran. Without American pressure on Iran—which the region has experienced under the Trump presidency—there is only one option among the nations that oppose Iran: They must band together. You could say these moves are motivated by an anti-American sentiment. (However, as Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has recently written, there will be no Biden presidency.) Expect a definite conglomeration of Arab nations to form, fueled by a fear of Iran.

At the same time the two regional powerhouses are working to move closer together, they are also looking outside their sphere of influence to bolster their positions. As the Asia Times wrote on December 6, “There has also been a palpable change in Turkish rhetoric in recent weeks toward a more conciliatory tone vis-à-vis both the [United States] and the [European Union], as well as Saudi Arabia. For both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, an improvement of their bilateral relationship could halt the trend toward their growing isolation in the Middle East, enhance their space to maneuver, and burnish their image in Washington and Brussels as responsible regional powers.” With America retreating from the Middle East, Saudi Arabia recognizes its need for European support. Expect Europe to become more involved with these two Middle East powers.

This rapprochement also signals the likely end of any kind of Arab-Israeli alliance. In August, the United Arab Emirates signed the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement with Israel. Bahrain also followed suit. Turkey was aggressively opposed to the move, threatening to suspend ties with the U.A.E. because of it. On August 22, a couple of days after the Israel-U.A.E. agreement, Erdoğan hosted two prominent Hamas leaders who are designated as terrorist by the U.S., a clear sign of his disdain. Saudi Arabia has been hesitant to join the Abraham Accords. Any such action would jeopardize restoring relations with both Turkey and Qatar. Expect these nations to remain anti-Israel.

These geopolitical shifts are significant, especially when viewed in light of Bible prophecy. The Trumpet has forecast a group of moderate Arab states to come together as a counterweight to radical Islam headed by Iran. We have forecast that it would be closely allied with Europe, Germany in particular. And we have forecast that it would be anti-Israel. That is exactly what we are seeing play out!

Psalm 83 contains a prophecy of the Arab nations that will ally together. Included in this alliance is Edom and Amalek (which refer to modern-day Turkey) and the Ishmaelites (which refers to Saudi Arabia and other neighboring nations).

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to restore relations with Qatar and Turkey is prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. It is probable not all Saudi Arabia’s attempts at rapprochement will work out, especially with Qatar. But the fact that they’re trying is signficant. So also is Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s efforts to engage Europe. Continue watching this volatile region. And be sure to study our reprint article “A Mysterious Prophecy” to understand this alliance and what its ultimate goal is. It has deadly consequence for the world.