The Union of Soviet Putinist Republics

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The Union of Soviet Putinist Republics

Putin expands his footprint in the USSR’s old stomping grounds.

The Eurasian Economic Union (eeu) welcomed Uzbekistan and Cuba as its newest observer members on December 11. The eeu is an international organization with a similar economic structure to the European Union. It acts as a common market for the “free movement of goods, services, capital and labor” as well as a framework for harmonized economic policies within the bloc. The current member states are Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The other observer state of the bloc at this point is Moldova.

Both Cuba and Uzbekistan plan to join the bloc officially by 2025. Cuba will be modifying its economy for the next few years to prepare for joining the bloc.

The bloc has the largest oil production rate in the world. It also has the world’s second-largest natural gas production rate. It is the third-largest cast-iron and fifth-largest steel producer. It makes up 3.2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product altogether.

The eeu is, on paper, a union of equals. It’s headquartered in Minsk, Belarus. Its honorary chairman is former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. But it doesn’t take much detective work to see where the real power lies. Russia is responsible for the vast majority of the bloc’s economic output. It has the largest population and geography in the bloc. Russia has military bases in all other member countries of the bloc. And all member states so far have been former Soviet republics.

In 2005, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Soviet Union’s collapse “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” His number one foreign-policy aim was and is to bring Russia back to superpower status. An important way he is accomplishing this is through rebuilding the old Soviet empire piece by piece. Putin demonstrated this when he invaded Georgia in 2008 and when he annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. He said in 2010 that “whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart.”

He also said that “whoever wants it back has no brain.” The empire Putin is building isn’t exactly the same variety of beast the Soviet Union was. Long gone are the Communist economics that kept people poor and miserable. In this new Russian empire, people are allowed to own their own property and run their own business. They can enter the middle class or even the upper classes; look at how fast the Russian oligarchs made their fortunes. There is greater freedom of information with relatively unfiltered access to the Internet. The kgb (now renamed the fsb) is not nearly as intrusive as it used to be. People can (and can afford to) travel abroad and even emigrate.

This Russian empire is also not the multiethnic colossus the ussr used to be. Part of what unraveled the Soviet Union was its diverse population. At the collapse in the early 1990s, Russians made up only about half of the Soviet Union’s population. The various ethnic groups in the union—from Azerbaijanis to Estonians to Tajiks—wanted their own independent countries and took advantage of Moscow’s weakness at the time to break free.

Putin is seemingly careful not to let ethnic divisions break up Russian hegemony again. Most of the major additions to his empire—South Ossetia from Georgia and Crimea from Ukraine—have Russia-friendly populations that welcomed Moscow’s intervention. For nations that aren’t too friendly, Putin needs to bring them back without making Russia look too domineering. The eeu seems to be his solution.

The eeu already has a common economic market and a supreme court to settle disputes between member states. It has governmental bodies modeled after the European Union’s. For example, the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, which is made up of the member nations’ leaders and makes rulings based on consensus, is based on the European Council. There is talk about creating a common currency and Eurasian Central Bank. The eeu is well on the way to becoming a superstate.

The eeu is Putin’s modernized version of the Soviet Union without the oppressive associations the ussr had.

Adding Uzbekistan and Cuba would be huge for the bloc. Uzbekistan’s population of over 33 million is the largest in Central Asia. At the ussr’s breakup, Uzbeks made up the union’s third-largest ethnic group behind Russians and Ukrainians. It has the second-largest economy in Central Asia.

Cuba, which is nowhere near Central Asia, would bring Russia’s single market a short boat ride from America and next to one of America’s most important trade routes: the Gulf of Mexico. Cuba could also serve as an important economic gateway between Russia and Latin America.

In short, the chaos, instability and weakness of post-Soviet Russia is a thing of the past. The Russian bear is out of hibernation—and it’s hungry.

The Trumpet has been watching Vladimir Putin’s rise for years. Our editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in his free booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’: “Russia is the most dangerous and aggressive nuclear superpower in the world today. Surely that means Russia must be discussed in Bible prophecy. If you know its ancient biblical name, you can find prophecies about this nation in the Old and New Testaments.”

Could Russia really be in Bible prophecy? Great empires like Alexander the Great’s Greece and ancient Rome were prophesied in the Bible. (For proof of this, request our free booklet The Proof of the Bible, by Herbert W. Armstrong.) The czars built an empire larger than the empires of antiquity ever were. The Soviets after them made Russia’s influence global. You would think that if relatively smaller empires are mentioned in Bible prophecy, a country that has been so powerful for so long as Russia would be as well.

A pivotal prophecy regarding Russia is found in Ezekiel 38. “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophecy against him” (verses 1-2). Mr. Flurry writes in The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’:

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

There is also a name for all of the Russian people in Ezekiel 38:2. There is controversy over how the Hebrew word rosh should be translated in this verse. The King James Version uses the adjective “chief.” But the correct rendering (used by the Moffatt, New King James and others) uses the word not as an adjective, but as a proper noun: Rosh. Thus, that verse should read, “the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.”

Rosh was the ancient name of Russia, once called Rus. Many encyclopedias and commentaries (such as the Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary) recognize this. So who is this “prince” of Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk? The use of all three names shows that this is an individual ruler of all the peoples of Russia, from the west to the east. The reference to the cities of Moscow and Tobolsk helps us see how vast Russian territory is in these latter days.

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

Mr. Flurry identifies this “prince of Rosh” as Vladimir Putin. And we’re seeing him encroaching on the former Soviet world—without weapons at this point—more and more.

But does Putin’s story end with Uzbekistan and Cuba? It does not.

Other prophecies reveal that Vladimir Putin’s Russia will increase in power until he leads the largest military machine the world has ever seen. And it will affect the lives of everybody on the planet. To learn more, please request our free booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

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Australia: A Warning to the World

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Australia: A Warning to the World

The consequences of growing too cozy with China

For the last three decades, the world has been drawing closer to China. Of all major Western nations, Australia has gotten closer than any other. And now it is realizing the fearsome consequences of that embrace.

It may be too late for Australians to pull out of the relationship. But their fate is a powerful warning to the rest of the world.

Money, Money, Money

It started with a business relationship.

After growing at an astonishing annual rate of around 10 percent for some 30 years, China is now, by some measures, the world’s largest economy. It takes a massive amount of raw materials to fuel such growth, making Australia a perfect trade partner.

In 2017, one third of Australia’s exports went to China, and nearly a quarter of its imports came from China.

Soon the economic relationship went beyond trade. China started buying up huge tracts of Australia. Chinese companies own more than 1 percent of Australia’s land area, including coal mines, energy companies, cattle farms, tourist resorts and even tens of thousands of private homes.

By the end of 2019, China was officially Australia’s ninth-largest foreign investor. However, much Chinese investment is also funneled through Hong Kong, Australia’s fifth-largest investor.

The flourishing economic relationship affected other areas of Australian life. In 2015, a Chinese company closely tied to China’s Communist government signed a 99-year lease of Australia’s northernmost port in Darwin. The port is vital to the Australian military and also hosts a United States military base. Chinese companies also signed contracts for a 99-year lease on the port of Newcastle, a share in the port of Melbourne, and a 100-year lease on Western Australia’s Merriden airport.

All this trade necessitated a close political relationship. In 2014 the Australian government invited President Xi Jinping to address Parliament.

Undercover

But this political relationship developed a dark side. China is being credibly accused of bribing Australian politicians and interfering with Australian elections.

In 2017, Australia’s public television station, abc, released a report showing that billionaires affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party were donating millions to Australia political parties and building close relationships with Australia’s political elites. In 2018 Charles Sturt University ethics professor Clive Hamilton published an explosive book titled Silent Invasion. It documents the governing Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australian corporations, universities, government and even religions.

Hamilton warns that China is turning Australia into a puppet state. China, he says, has received a wave of “billionaires with shady histories and tight links to the party, media owners creating Beijing mouthpieces, ‘patriotic’ students brainwashed from birth, and professionals marshalled into pro-Beijing associations set up by the Chinese Embassy.” He alleges that Chinese spies coordinated a penetration into all levels of Chinese society.

In the aftermath of these allegations, Australian Sen. Sam Dastyari resigned, and the nation had to change its rules on politicians receiving donations from abroad.

Other politicians appear to have received thinly disguised bribes. Special Envoy Andrew Robb, for example, was the man who signed off on China leasing Port Darwin for a century. And what was waiting for him immediately upon leaving political office? An estimated $2 million plus expenses over three years—at the company to whom he had just leased the port.

But Chinese influence on Australian governance has been even more aggressive than all this. Three months prior to Australia’s 2019 elections, someone hacked the computer systems of the Australian Parliament and all major Australian political parties. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at the time that the attack was “sophisticated” and probably the work of a foreign government.

It has since emerged that this sophisticated foreign government was China.

Trade War

Chinese infiltration and aggression has caused Australians to change their position toward their large, wealthy northern neighbor.

The turnaround started gradually. In 2016 the Australian government blocked Chinese investment in the nation’s energy infrastructure over national security concerns. In 2018 they blocked Huawei Technologies from developing Australia’s 5G network.

But the real break came this year. Australia tried to hold China responsible for the spread of covid-19, and conducted investigations into the origins of the virus.

China reacted with fury. The Chinese Communist Party placed tariffs on Australian barley, wheat and coal. They found a sudden increase of “defects” in Australian copper, cotton, lobster, sugar and timber. It blocked imports of Australian lamb for fear of covid contamination, while meat from countries with much higher rates of covid sail on through. About 40 percent of Australian wine exports went to China. In November, the party imposed massive tariffs as high as 200-plus percent on that wine. Week by week, China is ratcheting up the economic damage with more tariffs.

Other strikes by China have been more below-the-belt. On Nov. 30, 2020, an official Twitter account of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a fake photo showing a grinning Australian soldier holding a gory knife at the throat of an Afghan child with the caption, “Don’t be afraid, we are coming to bring you peace!”

Australian inquiries into its troops’ conduct in Afghanistan have found no evidence of Australian soldiers killing children. But China is spreading the lie—an accusation that could easily lead to a terrorist attack against Australia.

As the trade and political skirmish has worsened, China has issued Australia a 14-point ultimatum. Australians can go back to buying and selling with the Chinese the way they used to only if the Australian government opens up the country to Chinese investment and stops criticizing the governing Chinese Communist Party.

How will Australia hold up under this pressure? Chinese infiltration has been so thorough that Australia is sailing into a trade war divided. Some of Australia’s own top politicians actually favor China!

Divided We Fall

Some of this is surely from bribery and other nefarious activity that we don’t even know about. But a lot of it is from the fact that Australia has put itself in the position where one third of its exports go to one country. Engaging in a trade war with that country will affect hundreds of thousands of jobs, with some political districts facing little consequence but others being devastated.

In 2019 the state of Victoria signed an agreement to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative—a group of countries that receive Chinese investment in their transportation and business infrastructure in exchange for being drawn closer into China’s orbit. Thus far, China has avoided industries that would harm Victoria. State Premier Dan Andrews has criticized the national government’s opposition to China—and Beijing seems to have rewarded him for taking its side. Others, such as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, have also urged the government to quickly end hostilities with China for the sake of Australian jobs.

Business leaders also have a lot to lose, and have taken China’s side. Andrew Forrest, a mining billionaire, brought one of China’s top diplomats to speak alongside him at an official event—without informing the Australian government minister who was also attending. Forrest said, “Australia needs to walk that line where we have a best friend in America, a best friend in China, best friends across Southeast Asia.”

Media mogul Kerry Stokes used the front pages of his The West Australian newspaper to call for an end to the conflict, writing, “If we’re going to go into the biggest debt we’ve had in our life and then simultaneously poke our biggest provider of income in the eye it’s not necessarily the smartest thing you can do.” He said China “probably owes the world an explanation on the origins of covid-19,” but “we need to stop making accusations.”

He rightly pointed out the massive economic cost that will come if the confrontation with China continues. Between that and the destruction wrought by Australia’s covid lockdowns, Australia’s economy risks being broken.

This is the choice Australia now faces. Stand up to China and watch it use its power, influence, hackers and economic realities to devastate the Australian economy and more. Or submit to The Chinese Communist Party’s 14 points.

A Warning for America

America is well down the path Australia is taking. China and America are each other’s primary trading partners. America is also waking up to scandals involving Chinese agents and Chinese money going to powerful politicians. American universities have also been compromised. And China is also using trade wars very specifically—choosing what they put tariffs on based on which U.S. states they want to target.

Australia’s fraught relationship with China is what America’s will become if it continues down this path. After years of infiltration and influence, it already is beginning to face the same choice: Stand up to the Chinese Communist Party, its 1 billion subjects, its world-leading economy, and its proven willingness and ability to exploit your open economy and society—or comply with its continued infiltration and however many points it imposes.

In fact, the Bible prophesies this is exactly where America is heading. Isaiah 23 describes a “mart of nations”—a trading alliance in which “Chittim,” a biblical name for China, plays a major role.

America is a much larger economy than Australia, and China cannot take the Americans down alone. This same prophecy shows that China will work together with other Asian nations under its power, and with Europe!

This is what happens when you let a rival power infiltrate your economy, your education, your society and your policy. China will use all these levers against America. Just like Australia, America will soon face economic destruction. The prophecies are clear, and so is the reality on the ground for Australians and Americans.

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University: A Breeding Ground for Unhappiness

Rather than produce happy, satisfied graduates, universities are doing the exact opposite.

Though university gives students many experiences, social opportunities and specialized training, a December 8 study shows what it fails to provide is happiness. According to the Office for Students, university graduates are unhappier, less satisfied with life, and have lower feelings of self-worth than the general population.

The Office for Students, a body of the United Kingdom’s Department for Education, conducted the survey on over 215,000 graduates at all levels, 15 months after they had left university. Its findings are bleak.

Seventy-three percent of unemployed graduates were found to have high anxiety scores, compared with 40 percent for the general public. For those who are employed, less than a quarter who work full time reported very high life satisfaction. Less than a third reported feeling that what they did in life was worthwhile.

According to Clark University professor Jeffrey Arnett, “Education is probably more strongly correlated with future happiness throughout adulthood than any other variable.” The data, however, shows it to be a negative correlation.

Going to university used to be considered the natural course of life for a young person. Acquiring a degree was the crowning achievement setting them up for a life of success. After all, having a degree meant making more money. But the data shows decreasing graduate salaries and rising non-graduate salaries.

In fact, having a degree is no longer even a guarantee of finding work. According to the Telegraph, graduates no longer stand out in a difficult jobs market in which degree certificates are commonplace. These grim circumstances, coupled with enormous student debt, are leading many graduates to be disillusioned with their lot.

Testimony from graduates communicates as much. While Martina Gordeen doesn’t regret going to university, she says she “just didn’t find it beneficial.” In fact, she said that there is an “unrealistic expectation that once you graduate everything will make sense. However, I’ve been left with more questions than I had before I started.”

Conversely, Daisy Nightingale who didn’t go to university believes she’s happier than her friends who did. “I’ve spoken with a number of people who leave university feeling lost and deflated or simply don’t know what they want to do anymore,” she said.

A quick skim of the Telegraph’s comments section shows several similar sentiments among graduates and non-graduates alike. Universities have been idealized as the stepping-stone to success. But they are proving to be a hindrance. They are producing unhappy, dissatisfied graduates burdened by anxiety and mountainous student debt.

Why are universities failing? Because the educational system as a whole is built upon the wrong foundation.

Late educator and namesake of Herbert W. Armstrong College wrote in his autobiography: “[T]he Bible is the very foundation of all knowledge—the basic concept as an approach to the acquisition of all knowledge—whether academic, scientific, historic, philosophical or otherwise. The Bible provides the missing dimension in education. Therefore, it must be the basis for all academic courses.”

While the Bible does not contain all knowledge, it is the foundation, the starting point from which all knowledge is acquired. But Mr. Armstrong continued:

But the educational institutions of this world have rejected this foundation of knowledge. They have built an educational structure on a false foundation. They left God, and His revelation, out of their knowledge. They have built a complicated and false system composed of a perverted mixture of truth and error.

Ambassador College was to correct these ills and perversions in modern education. That was to be its basic policy.

Herbert W. Armstrong College is built on the very same policy. A house built on a faulty foundation is bound to fall (Matthew 7:24-27). That is the problem facing the educational system of today. That is the reason why this world’s universities are churning out unhappy, dissatisfied graduates.

God’s college stands in stark contrast. It is built on the foundation of all knowledge, God’s Word, to teach students not just how to make a living, but how to live. The graduates from God’s college receive an academic, social, physical and spiritual education that trains not only intellect but also character.

It even has a student work program that allows all students to graduate completely debt free.

In its nearly two decades, only a tiny portion of Armstrong College graduates would claim to be unhappy. Unhappy students are certainly the exception rather than the rule. That would be a lofty achievement for this world’s universities. But even more ideal prospects loom for the entire world.

The bleak circumstances surrounding today’s graduates will not last. Very soon, the world’s system of education will be abolished. There will be no more unhappy students, no dissatisfied graduates, no anxiety or worry among college students or the general population itself. God’s system of education, founded on right knowledge, will proliferate around this entire world. Never again will there be an unhappy graduate as all come into the knowledge of God and His way of life.

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China’s Dangerous Deal With Papua New Guinea

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China’s Dangerous Deal With Papua New Guinea

The dragon creeps ever closer to Australia.

Fujian Zhonghong Fishery Company, a Chinese fishing company controlled by the Chinese government, signed a $154 million deal last month with Papua New Guinea to build a “comprehensive multifunctional fishery industrial park” on Daru Island. The deal has sparked concerns because the island is close to Australia and not known for commercial fishing. Why is China investing so much in this project?

Though it is a small island, Daru is in a strategic location just 124 miles from Australia. The island lies in the Torres Strait, the narrow stretch of sea between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

“I’m assured by people with a reasonable knowledge of Papua New Guinea’s fisheries that there are no commercial fishing grounds close to Daru,” stated former Papua New Guinean government adviser Jeffrey Wall. “A $200 million ‘fishery’ investment in an area not known for an abundance of fisheries but strategically as close to Australia as you can get, surely raises questions about the real agenda.”

The Daru project is reminiscent of China’s “fishing militia” strategy of the South China Sea. China trains and pays hundreds of fishermen to act as an undercover navy. China’s fisherman militia has played an important part in its conquest of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. These fishing vessels intimidate other vessels by harassing and surrounding them. They are often bolstered from the rear by Chinese Coast Guard ships. The United States Department of Defense has given China’s fishing militia an official name: the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (pafmm).

Papua New Guinea joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (bri) in 2018. China said it would invest nearly $4 billion in the poverty-stricken nation, building manufacturing plants and improving roads. It has also invested billions into mining in Papua New Guinea.

Beijing is increasing its territorial power through diplomacy, economic investment and military. Papua New Guinea isn’t the only Pacific country to become a victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy. Beijing has used coercion to exert its power over Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and beyond.

Australia and the United States have recognized the threat of China’s increasing influence over Papua New Guinea. While visiting Papua New Guinea in 2018, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. would help Australia and Papua New Guinea upgrade the Manus Island naval base.

China is countering the increased U.S.-Australia involvement on Manus Island by upgrading an airport on the same island; satellite imagery shows that the Momote airport has been significantly expanded. China Harbor Engineering Company (chec) is upgrading the airport. chec is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company, one of the groups that built China’s artificial naval bases in the South China Sea.

Australia invests in Pacific countries, but it is being outbid by China. Foreign Policy wrote in January:

A growing battle of diplomatic and economic statecraft is playing out on remote islands. China is acutely aware that the fledgling democracies of the Pacific are prone to shortsightedness—and in some cases outright corruption—and, as a result, are at risk of manipulation that goes against their best interests. That lays the groundwork for Chinese expansionism, initially economically, with the long-term goal of a military presence to rival that of the United States.

Australian politicians have also been enticed by China’s “diplomatic and economic statecraft.” One of the most dangerous instances of this is the 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin by a Chinese company. The government of the Northern Territory was paid $383 million for making this deal. As in so many instances around the world, China entices politicians to surrender national security for money.

Evidence is emerging of China giving Australian politicians large donations in recent years. One prominent example is that of the donations former Sen. Sam Dastyari received from various Chinese companies. Similar donations in the U.S. are being exposed almost daily. This corruption is widespread. China uses money to soften foreign policy toward Beijing.

In his article “China Is Steering the World Toward War,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that China’s aggressive, expansionist activities are leading to world war. “China is intimidating the nations of Southeast Asia into submission to its will. It is forcing these countries to do what it wants,” he wrote. “Everything is headed in the direction of war.”

In this article, Mr. Flurry drew parallels between what Imperial Japan did in the lead-up to World War ii and what China is doing today. Imperial Japan exerted its influence in Southeast Asia by drawing those nations into a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. As Mr. Flurry wrote, Japan did this to “force Western influence out of Asia.” After forcing out Western influence, “Japan’s next move was the establishment of an actual Asian empire—using military force!”

History gives us tremendous insight into the future. But Mr. Flurry’s analysis is not based on history alone. As he wrote: “To really understand the significance of what is happening, you must understand the prophecies of the Bible.”

God delivered a sobering warning to the nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 28. If the people disobeyed Him and turned to sin, He would give the strategic sea gates of the world over to their enemies. These enemies would use these sea gates to besiege and enslave biblical Israel. “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trusted, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee” (verse 52).

Biblical Israel mainly refers to the United States and the British Commonwealth (including Australia). To prove this remarkable truth, request your free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.

A prophecy in Isaiah 23 shows that Europe will ally with Asia, including China, in a “mart of nations” that will besiege Israel. To learn more about how China is driving the world toward war and how you can escape from suffering in that conflict, read Mr. Flurry’s article “China Is Steering the World Toward War.”

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Israel’s African Dream

What the peace deals with Morocco and Sudan mean for Israel

Sudan and Morocco are the latest Arab states to normalize relations with Israel. Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize relations on October 23; Israel and Morocco signed their agreement on December 10, the first night of Hanukkah. United States President Donald Trump brokered both deals.

This was not just a deal concerning Israel, Sudan and Morocco. America brought things to the table as well. America agreed to recognize Morocco’s territorial claim over Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco decades ago. Western Sahara’s eastern fringes are controlled by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (sadr), who claims the territory’s entirety.

No country currently recognizes the sadr’s legitimacy. However, it is a recognized member of the international organization African Union. Morocco’s neighbor Algeria also publicly supports the sadr’s main political rebel faction, the Polisario Front, and hosts it as a “government-in-exile.”

Meanwhile, Sudan, under longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir, has been on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror since 1993. This basically froze Sudan from receiving economic assistance from America, the World Bank and other international organizations. Bashir was ousted in a coup last year. The new Sudanese government has made it a priority to get their country’s state-sponsor of terror designation removed. This happened on December 14. As part of the deal, America has agreed to send wheat and other goods for four years. Sudan is in the midst of an economic crisis and desperately needs sanctions relief.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Moroccan deal “will be a very warm peace. On this Hanukkah, the light of peace has never shone brighter than today in the Middle East.”

President Trump called the deal a “historic breakthrough” on Twitter.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted his approval for “the joint efforts of the United States, Sudan and Israel to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel.”

The deal between Israel and Morocco especially shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Morocco and Israel have had clandestine relations for decades, even in the military and security spheres. Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, assisted Moroccan King Hassan ii deal with a potential coup. And Morocco has helped Mossad spy on the rest of the Arab world.

“Israel’s relations with Morocco are special and can’t be compared to the relations that Israel has with any other Arab country,” said Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. “From our perspective, we aren’t talking about normalization because relations were already normal. We’re talking about [re-formalizing] the relations between the countries to the relations we had, because there have been relations the entire time. They never stopped.”

Roughly a million Israelis have Moroccan-Jewish heritage. Morocco still has a Jewish community of several thousand. The current king, Mohammed vi, enjoys respect from both his Jewish and Muslim subjects.

However, not everybody is particularly thrilled with King Mohammed’s decisions. About a third of Morocco’s population associates with Islamist movements. This includes many politicians. Morocco’s king has more political power than many other constitutional monarchs, but Parliament still has a lot of authority. Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani said normalization wouldn’t change Morocco’s rejection of Israel sovereignty over East Jerusalem. He condemned President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an effort to “Judaize” Jerusalem. Some in Morocco’s ruling coalition has called the normalization of relations “deplorable.”

Algeria, the Polisario Front’s main sponsor, is irate. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Djerad said that there was “a desire by the Zionist entity [Israel] to come closer to our borders.”

In Sudan, the announcement of normalization stirred protests in Khartoum. A former Sudanese prime minister condemned the agreement, calling Israel an “apartheid state.” Neither of these deals would have happened without Washington offering something. The Moroccan government as recently as September said that normalization was off the table. It seems Trump’s offer to recognize Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara made the deal possible. Sudan was being crushed economically by American sanctions. It threatened to back out of the deal with Israel if the U.S. Congress didn’t give Sudan legal immunity from future terror claims.

In other words, these deals seem to be more between the Arab world and Washington than the Arab world and Israel. Recognizing Israel’s legitimacy was the Arabs’ way of getting America to cough up concessions.

Therefore, Israel’s rejoicing at “the light of peace” shining is premature.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his recent article “Deadly Flaw in Mideast Peace Deals” that “these recent peace pacts have a deadly flaw.” He continued:

While it seems that these nations are moving away from radicalism and violence, we must look beneath the surface. After all, this prophecy reveals that they will take “crafty counsel”—subtle and shrewd dealing. This sure prophecy shows that these nations will ally to try to blot out the name of Israel forever! That is intense hatred!

Mr. Flurry is referring to a prophecy in Psalm 83: “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not they peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur is also joined with them …” (verses 1-8).

You can look through the Bible from front to back, and no such alliance has ever existed—never mind for the express purpose of “wiping Israel off the map.” Neither does post-biblical history record any such confederation. This is a prophecy of a future alliance. And notice that one of the participants of this group is “the Ishmaelites”—the ancestors of today’s Arabs.

It remains to be seen whether Morocco and Sudan will be in this Middle Eastern alliance; Morocco has for decades been among the most moderate of Arab states. But Israel is beginning to militarily trust its surrounding neighbors. The Bible says that this trust is ill-founded and will end in Israel’s destruction. To learn more, please read Mr. Flurry’s article “Deadly Flaw in Mideast Peace Deals.” Also request a free subscription to the print edition of the Philadelphia Trumpet. The January 2021 issue includes Mr. Flurry’s article and a lot more.

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How Connected Is Communist China to Dominion Voting Systems?

Sidney Powell, attorney for President Donald Trump, conducts a news conference on November 19 at the Republican National Committee.
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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!