The Experts Are Wrong

The Experts Are Wrong

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How they are miseducating you about kids killing kids
From the July 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

Who or what is responsible for the frightening increase in youth violence? Video games? Violence on television? Divorce between parents? Music lyrics? Neo-Nazi literature? Poor grades? Being picked on? While these may be contributing factors, they still do not get to the heart of the matter. The cause of increasing violence among teens actually revolves around education.

To understand, let’s review some important history.

Consider the social upheaval of the ’60s: hippies, Vietnam protests, marijuana, promiscuous sex, Woodstock, the Beatles. Compared to what we are used to seeing today, those seem downright mild. But in the 1960s, it shocked the older generation. They had never seen anything like it.

It marked the beginning of a revolution—a cultural war waged by the young generation. The fundamental premise of the revolt was simply rebellion—rebellion against traditional standards, against high morals, against virtually any form of authority—especially parents. Back then this rebellious minority was considered a counterculture. It wasn’t necessarily mainstream.

Since then, however, that rebellious spirit has spread like cancer. The young generation of the 1960s grew up to become the educators of today. And what have they been teaching children? What have they been teaching parents about rearing children?

That there are no absolutes—except one. It’s called absolute freedom.

For nearly four decades, educators have taught parents never to spank children—to remove many restrictions and rules since too much control supposedly stifles creativity and destroys self-esteem.

On March 8, for example, abc interviewed a husband-wife family therapist team for its special “Teens—What Makes Them Tick?” On the program, the “highly educated” duo argued for fewer rules in rearing children. “Teens have an allergic reaction to any attempt to control them,” said the husband. The more rules you have, he explained, the worse the child’s behavior.

The problem with that kind of education is that it assumes that man’s nature is essentially good.

In Jeremiah 17:9, God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” The expression “desperately wicked” means “dangerously sick.” In the New Testament, self-righteous Pharisees criticized Jesus Christ for eating with sinners. Jesus rebuked them and then likened sinners to those who are sick, in need of a physician (Matt. 9:10-12). Romans 3:23 states that “all have sinned”—we are all in need of a “physician.” We need help in changing our deceitful, wicked heart to one that is good.

Higher education teaches that human nature is essentially good. The Bible teaches just the opposite! So who is right?

Before answering that, we need just a little more background. God says man’s heart, in its natural state, is essentially evil. Does that mean God created us with a deceitfully wicked heart?

No.

Man was not evil when God created him—only unfinished. The human spirit (or mind) God placed within man needed another Spirit (God’s mind) to be complete. But Adam and Eve rejected God’s mind when they took of the wrong tree. Therefore, God cut off mankind from the tree of life. Ever since, Satan’s influence has held sway over the mind of man.

Now that, in brief, is what God says about the human mind. Man says the opposite. Who is right?

For the answer (if you do not believe God), let’s look at a snapshot of our present world. Two generations have grown up in this permissive age of no spanking and fewer rules. We are actually far enough along in this educational experiment to look at some of the test results. Since 1960, violent crimes have increased 350 percent in America. In the 1990s alone, over 200,000 Americans have been murdered by other Americans.

Among teens, the stats are even more frightening. On that ABC special, where the therapist argued for fewer rules, the host pointed out how teens commit three times as many crimes as adults! When asked to explain this paradox, the therapist duo explained that more rules would only make matters worse. Children must learn to control themselves, he argued.

A little more than a month after that abc special, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold traipsed through their high school in Colorado, firing semi-automatic rifles and detonating pipe bombs, hooting and laughing as they went. By the end of the suicidal massacre, hundreds of teenagers had witnessed the bloodiest school shooting in America’s history.

All of that, presumably, because the Harris and Klebold families were too strict?

Eric and Dylan were obsessed with death and violence. Over and over, in their homes, they had watched Natural Born Killers. They spent hundreds of hours playing Doom, their favorite blood-and-guts computer game. They had created their own website, which published a message of death, violence and hate. Adolf Hitler was one of their heroes. (They chose his birthday to kill their schoolmates.) They even created a miniature pipe-bomb factory in the Harris’ two-car garage.

Parents too strict? Hardly.

These two boys, if the husband-wife tandem is right, were raised in the ideal environment. No spanking. No restrictions. No rules.

Absolute freedom.

And the fruits of that permissive upbringing are now set in stone—gravestones.

Since Columbine, an interesting phenomenon has emerged. All of a sudden, parents are being held responsible for their children! The family of one Columbine victim even filed a $250 million lawsuit against the parents of the two teenage gunmen.

Certainly, parents are to blame for raising their children irresponsibly. But, in a sense, they too are victims. Victims of nearly four decades of higher education—“no spanking, no rules”—absolute freedom. How can parents who have been taught that be held responsible when their children spiral out of control?

I repeat: Irresponsible, overly permissive child-rearing is a major contributor to violent acts among teens. (In fact, the items listed at the beginning of this article all contribute to the problem too.)

But where did irresponsible parents receive their education? From scholars like the ones on that abc special. But no one dares hold them responsible. Just the opposite. We look to those minds, instead of God’s, for guidance—for understanding on how to rear children.

America spends more on education than any other nation in the world. From 1950 to 1990, the U.S. quadrupled its per-student educational spending (even after adjusting for inflation). We have educated minds to produce the most amazing technological wonders.

Yet we have been unable to solve life’s most basic problems, like youth violence. In that way, modern education has failed terribly. It might help students make a living, but it has failed to teach them the most important thing of all—how to live. It’s time for educated scholars to step forward and admit that absolute freedom, without any rules or punishment for bad behavior, is absolutely ridiculous.

But don’t look for that to happen anytime soon.

Modern education assumes that man’s nature, at its core, is essentially good. That’s why it has no answers for such evil acts like the Littleton or Jonesboro shootings.

God, on the other hand, says man’s nature, at its core, is essentially rotten and wicked. That fact, combined with two generations of permissiveness, makes for a scary society. It’s no wonder America is one of the most violent countries in the history of civilization.

You may not be able to change the deadly direction of higher education, but you can change yourself. And that is true education. It’s about changing this carnal, deceitful, wicked nature, which we all have, to one that submits to the absolute rule and authority of God as defined in the Bible.

Your nature, at its core, may not be good, but it can become good. And when it does, through obedience to God and His law, you’ll experience real “freedom”—freedom from sin and all of the misery that accompanies it.

Now that is absolute freedom.

Principles of Living: Best of Both Worlds

Principles of Living: Best of Both Worlds

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Finding time to read in the Information Age
From the July 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

Today you can travel around the world faster than it took Benjamin Franklin to get from New York to Philadelphia. Ah—technology. What a time-saver! But it has its drawbacks too. There are far too many distractions that waste all the time we should be saving with modern technology: television, movies, music, concerts, sports events, video games, the Internet. There is some benefit to these activities, but only if they are done in moderation and are God-centered.

But most people overindulge in these activities at the expense of others of real worth—like reading. The average American reads half a book per year. That’s right. Not even one whole book!

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln walked miles just to borrow a good book. He regularly studied the Bible and Shakespeare’s best plays. As an American, he felt it essential to study the life of George Washington. He also studied law and eventually became a lawyer. Yet, Abraham Lincoln never received a formal education. He was a high-school dropout! Late in life, Lincoln offered this advice to one young man eager to be a lawyer: “It is only to get the books and to read and study them carefully. Work, work, work is the main thing.”

Education is more than a college degree. It is a life-long process! As an adult, don’t be fooled into thinking everything worth reading should be read before graduation. And as a parent, don’t mortgage the future of your children by allowing them to waste their most critical years of development on trivialities. Create a reader-friendly environment in the home. To do so, here are a few helpful hints.

Develop a library. Did you know that 60 percent of U.S. households will not invest in one single book this year? It certainly is not for lack of spending power. Last year, teens alone spent $140 billion. Not on books, but on snacks, concerts, video games, movies and CDs mostly. And it’s not because most get their books free at the library. Only 3 percent of U.S. households even have a library card. Most people are just not interested in developing a library, because they think reading is boring. They don’t realize that developing a good library is like storing up fine gold.

Be selective. Robert Hutchins, former editor of Encyclopedia Britannica’s “Great Books” series, said that time is short, but education is long. We only have 25,000 days (on average) to work with in this brief life. Some of us have already spent half or more of our allotted time. Ask yourself, What have I spent my time on reading thus far? Being a Trumpet reader already places you in a unique group—one that reads a magazine that explains the true meaning of world events.

Beyond the Trumpet, what do you read? What sections of the newspaper do you spend most of your time on? And what about books? With only 86,400 seconds to work with daily, we do not have time for trash. French philosopher Ernest Dimnet once said, “Do not read good books—life is too short for that—only read the best.” He recommended a personal library of 20 or 30 volumes that you regularly study and refer to.

Don’t just read—study. What good is an extensive library that fills the shelf but not the mind? Study a work so that it becomes part of you. If your book’s cover is well-worn, its corners dog-eared and its pages marked like a test you failed in high school, that’s the surest sign that you not only got through the book—the book got through to you.

The classics—the really deep things of life—will never be completely understood. That is why we must read, study and then repeat the process periodically, rethinking things through—feeling it all over it again.

Such study is like cracking a tough nut—you apply pressure to the softest spot. At least then you can get inside. Don’t worry about understanding every word, even if that is how you were taught to read in school. Pay attention instead to what you do understand—and if that’s only 30 percent of the work, that’s 30 percent more than you’d have understood by not reading it. Then, when you go through the work again, you will be more familiar with the material and will assuredly get more out of it.

In I Thessalonians 4, the Apostle Paul encouraged families to develop a lifestyle of peace, quiet and productivity. That’s hard to do in today’s hurried, noisy society. But it is possible. In verse 10, he encourages us to “increase more and more.” Education never stops. Notice verses 11-12: “Also, endeavor to live quietly, attend to your own business, and—as we charged you—work with your hands, so that your life may be self-supporting” (Moffatt). That is not a boring lifestyle. It’s efficient and productive. And it allows for reading and studying.

In a way, it’s hard not to be a little envious of Benjamin Franklin or Abraham Lincoln. They read and studied great works of literature, history and philosophy—not having to contend with as many time-wasters as we do. On the other hand, they weren’t able to benefit from the advancements of modern technology, which puts us in an enviable position too.

In a way, we can experience the best of both worlds. We can use technology to do greater things in shorter periods of time—and then devote extra leisure time to do more reading.

Crisis at Valley Forge

Crisis at Valley Forge

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This event demonstrated that in times of extreme violence and crisis, strong leadership, strong families, and a strong moral fiber are necessary.
From the July 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

The year 1759 was heralded as a banner year for Britain. “In no one year since she was a nation has she been favored with so many successes, both by sea and by land, and in every quarter of the globe” (Annual Register—1759). Trade was flourishing, production soaring: As the idolized Englishman William Pitt had forecast, war had brought enormous wealth.

But it was not to last. In the final battle of the French and Indian War, the army of British General James Wolfe defeated the French forces under the Marquis de Montcalm at the battle of Quebec. Both generals died of wounds received there. The Treaty of Paris was drafted proclaiming that all Canada, including Quebec, belonged to Britain. After that, things began to go terribly wrong.

The eventual clash of arms between Britain and America was inevitable. The Colonies and the mother country had been at odds over the right to rule for decades. The fact that King George III was young and unprepared to be king was certainly a factor, but in fact, much of what followed has been incorrectly placed at his door. The real culprits were his dishonest and self-serving ministers, and wars which would soon escalate with France and Spain.

British legislation was seen to be oppressive by a people who felt pinched by the homeland. The Acts of Navigation limiting American trade were openly flouted, and smuggling was an active pursuit. By royal proclamation, the king closed the wilderness west of the Alleghenies to immigration. And finally, the British government resolved to make taxation a reality for the Colonies.

Britain, of course, felt that America should pay for the 10,000 British regulars present for its defense, and the taxes only bore a small part of those costs. Americans saw the taxes as nothing but more British tyranny. So when duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea were imposed, it was the beginning of the end.

The spark that ignited the revolution happened in Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775, at a place now famous in American history—Lexington Green. As conflict erupted between the king’s soldiers and the colonists, the term “minuteman” was born.

America was ill-prepared for war on its own soil. It had few trained soldiers and fewer experienced officers, and of all men thoroughly unprepared to lead men into battle, George Washington was the epitome. He said, when offered the post, “I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.” At that moment he wasn’t. As the war developed, defeat after defeat—blunder after blunder—were to follow. But the major strengths of Washington’s character were to emerge which would later prove him to be the perfect man for the job.

By August 1776, the American army had been chased to a redoubt in Brooklyn Heights. New Jersey had been lost, resulting in an utter rout of the disillusioned troops. And now, a British fleet was anchored just outside the East River ready to provide fresh soldiers and supplies to the enemy. It was clear that a miracle was needed to save the army.

God intervened by providing not one miracle, but two.

George Washington had one major attribute: Even in the face of defeat he was calm and confident. Now, his confidence before the troops did not betray his own concerns; he had come to realize that Brooklyn could not be held. The American army clinging to that bit of unconquered soil must escape. Had the British been given any hint of that realization, the remnants of the army would have been quickly annihilated. Calm confidence in the face of crisis—that was the glue which kept the army from destruction.

Then on August 28 the first needed miracle came. The British fleet was faced with a strong contrary storm which prevented them from proceeding up the river to unload their deadly cargo. Among the colonial army huddled in the howling rain were the blue-coated, white-trousered Marbleheaders led by John Glover. Washington ordered a search for all types of small boats, and, as darkness began to descend, trench after trench was emptied of hungry and exhausted troops and placed in boats to be rowed to safety. It was a two-mile trip under extremely dangerous circumstances.

Then it was time for the second miracle. As the wind and rain had come suddenly to stop the British advance, it now, just as quickly, died, and a dense fog crept over the river. Where the water had been rough and choppy in the storm, it now lay quiet—placid and serene in the mist. The fog continued to thicken and spread as John Glover’s men propelled the boats back and forth with their precious cargo. For six hours they toiled in an operation that would not again be repeated until British soldiers were saved from the beaches of Dunkirk almost 200 years later. Glover’s boats dumped their cargo in New York and quickly made the return trip to Long Island. Even the creak of the oarlock and the occasional oath was muffled in the murky night. Not only men, but all stores and equipment were brought across to New York, leaving only a few rusty cannons behind. George Washington stood with the majestic poise of a true leader as the final men and supplies were loaded aboard. He stepped into the last boat, and the army was saved.

For America and its army, the crisis wasn’t over—it had only just begun. Those ill-fed, ill-clothed, ragged and underfed band of fighters continued to suffer small victories and major defeats until, at last, in November 1777, they turned their faces toward a winter camp—Valley Forge.

Located about 20 miles west-northwest of Philadelphia, the gentle Schuylkill River and Valley Creek joined. It was here that an old forge had been built known as the Valley Forge. George Washington is reported to have written later that the progress of the army could be followed by its bloody footprints. That Thanksgiving they had only what they could scrape from their meager packs. On the whole, many went hungry.

In a letter to governor George Clinton, Washington expressed the desperate state of his men: “For some days past, there has been little less than a famine in camp. A part of the army has been a week without any kind of flesh, and the rest for three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery, that they have not been ere this excited by their sufferings, to a general mutiny or dispersion.”

Of all places which might represent the struggle for ideals in the Revolutionary War, Valley Forge is the prime example. It is the story of an army’s epic struggle to survive against terrible odds—against hunger, disease and the unrelenting forces of nature.

As December came, the situation worsened. Hundreds of animals died in the cold. Soap was rare, and the filth that existed brought on a horrible itching rash. Water had to be carried in pails from the creek a mile away. Flour was also rare, and meat almost nonexistent. The drafty, damp, makeshift huts prompted infections. Putrid fever and diarrhea were common.

Some few deserted, but most stayed. To the utter astonishment of the foreign officers now camping there, the army held together. Surely, they said, no other army would have done so.

Just a few months before, Thomas Paine had written the now-famous essay “The Crisis,” in which he said, “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.”

The empty sentiment in this 20th century expressed as “America—love it or leave it!” does not reflect the kind of heroism that was seen in those times. Thomas Paine wrote about standing up for right—he spoke of a freedom from tyranny and violence! Not one of those men who were freezing and suffering—yes, and dying too—were fighting for what the nation today calls “rights.” Those men were fighting for ideals. They were fighting for a place to keep families together—a place for future generations to grow into adulthood without fear of violence.

Out of the suffering of Valley Forge was born a new army and a new general. During those winter months, as the troops endured every conceivable hardship, they were drilled by professional soldiers, they were polished and disciplined, they were hardened! Washington himself became a different man. In the end, it is difficult to say whose example was more effective: his to the army, or the army’s to him. Then as the dreaded cold of January reluctantly gave way to spring, life began to flow back into that army. In March, General Washington electrified his men with the following announcement: “General After Orders. 6 p.m.—It having pleased the almighty Ruler of the universe propitiously to defend the cause of the United States of America and finally by raising us up a powerful friend, among the princes of the earth….” (Bruce Lancaster, The American Revolution). God had provided an important ally in the fledgling nation France. The crisis had been met. America’s destiny as a nation was established!

Historians conclude that the worst of the ordeal had ended. The war would last for another five years, but for Washington, his army and the “united” states to which they sought to give birth, a decisive victory had been won—a victory of the human spirit. The spirit of Valley Forge was now a part of the army, and because of it the prospects for final victory were considerably brighter.

Those were truly the times to try men’s souls, but there is a lesson there for today: Anyone who wasn’t ready to commit totally to the cause (the “summer soldier”), and someone who was only willing to fight under the best circumstances (the “sunshine patriot”), had no place in that honored band of fighters. Those who quit when the going gets tough must be weeded out of the fight. Those who don’t have the stomach to stand up for the rights God gives us will not be in the fight!

To understand that, we must go farther back in history. In the book of Judges, another account of some “minutemen” is recorded. A man by the name of Gideon was moved to stand up for a cause. God charged him to raise up an army against the Midianites; 32,000 joined to fight. But we read in the seventh chapter how God demanded that, through a series of trials, Gideon pare down his army to a mere 300, “lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.”

Just as He did in 1777, God removed the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot from His army. That’s the way He operates. In the first place, God is not willing to use those who are not totally dedicated. Secondly, the fewer numbers highlight the fact that “the battle is the Lord’s”! If only we would look back today and awake to the fact that God has always fought our battles. God has always provided the miracles—He has always given the victory if we are a righteous people. What a tragic mistake we make today to even think that we “earned” this nation, or that we can solve our problems without God!

Dangerous New World: Who Will Fill The Power Void?

From the June 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

Nato’s war in Kosovo has wrought a firestorm of blistering controversy worldwide. And the brunt of it is falling squarely on the United States.

Russia has dealt America slap after slap over Kosovo. Formal Russian protests began immediately, along with conspicuous support for Slobodan Milosevic. Russia kicked nato reps out of Moscow, dispatched a spy ship to the Adriatic to monitor the U.S. fleet, threatened to send military supplies to Belgrade, boycotted nato’s 50th anniversary party in Washington. The citizenry has united behind its government for the first time in years, and the impetus is just this: Down with the West. (The U.S., meanwhile, has practically fawned over Russia, making plain its wishes for Russia to broker the peace deal with Belgrade—to the point now where the imf just gave them another $2 billion.)

The war has dealt a major blow to America’s shaky relations with China. China has been adamantly against nato’s campaign from the beginning, but the U.S.’s accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade on May 7 was a deal-breaker. It further uncovered an already seething global anti-Americanism—people, especially Chinese, spouting, “I want to kill Americans!” (It also put the United States again in the weak position of having to apologize to the international community for mistakes in the Yugoslav campaign.)

Even Jordan, a moderate, pro-Western Muslim nation with every reason to support intervention on behalf of the Muslim Kosovar Albanians, has been critical. “If nato’s aim was to protect civilians with air strikes, the alliance made a tragic miscalculation,” said the Jordan Times.

The Yugoslav conflict has even exacerbated deep division within Washington itself. Confusion reigned in Congress as they wrestled over whether the U.S. should fight, whether to send ground troops, how much to finance the military. And with every doubt and degrading self-examination on public display, the United States presented itself to the world as a country that can’t agree internally how committed it is to waging war.

In the world’s eyes, nato has failed. The United States has failed. And nations are seizing the chance, biting into America’s reputation with piranha-like ferocity.

We may completely set aside questions of whether or not the attacks are justified and still arrive at a chilling conclusion: What we are seeing is unprecedented. Kosovo marks the beginning of a new era.

The United States has been reluctant to use its power decisively since the Second World War. It is possible that now, in the face of failures in Kosovo, it may be skittish about using its power at all. Whether that is the case or not, the dynamics of this presently uni-polar world are lurching violently. Increasingly bold challenges to American supremacy are coming from several quarters. The post-cold-war era of the lone superpower U.S. has proved to be nothing more than an interregnum, a temporary anomaly.

Nature abhors a vacuum. When we speak of today’s “dangerous new world,” we primarily are talking about the power vacuum being created by an ever-weaker America and Britain—a vacuum which will be filled by nations with far-from-benign intent.

Of all the backlash from the war in Kosovo, the most worrisome has come out of Europe.

Though the job of absorbing criticism for a failed offensive in Yugoslavia seems to have fallen on the U.S., when it comes to dictating nato policy, Germany has ruled the roost. Relying on U.S. military strength, it is Germany that has been the primary force behind nato attacks. It is German interests which are best served by weakening Serbia.

Now that its aims in the present offensive have largely been realized, Germany is preparing for the next. When that comes, Germany doesn’t want to have to involve the U.S. Already it is pushing hard for an independent European military force.

Consider these details of nato’s “new strategic concept,” formalized during its 50th-year summit in April—deep in the midst of the Yugoslav war. The stated intent now is to reduce the present 19 decision-making voices within nato to around three or four—by making Europe a single voice. By removing the sovereignty of individual European members and integrating their military structures, nato would “prevent the renationalization of defense policies.” (This month, the EU will actually appoint a high-profile political figure to act as a single voice for the Union’s foreign policy.)

Add to this the seeds planted within Article 30 which the Trumpet discussed last month (p. 16) for Europe to be able to draw on nato resources to pursue objectives the U.S. isn’t interested in. That practically makes the Atlantic alliance a poor disguise for an independent Euroforce.

And further, consider that the new strategic concept cites virtually any reason you care to name as cause for use of nato force, over a much wider territory than has ever been considered its responsibility. “The new strategic concept represents madness on a colossal (perhaps we should say Imperial) scale” (Intelligence Digest, April 30).

Concurrent with these developments has been the sudden renewal of interest in the long-dormant military arm of the EU, the Western European Union (weu). “Alarmed by their dependence on the United States in nato’s military campaign against Serbia, European ministers vowed [May 11] to develop a robust common defense policy,” reported the New York Times. Though the weu has long been asleep, “a combination of the crisis in Kosovo…and a growing German determination to play an active security role in Europe appear to have led to a decisive shift of mood that may bring concrete results.”

This month, the weu, comprising over 40 nations but largely directed by the EU member nations, meets at its headquarters in Brussels to submit a plan for a European defense and security force to EU leaders for ratification. With Germany in the driver’s seat, currently holding the presidency of both the EU and G8 and being the strongest proponent of the weu, there is little doubt that the plan will be rushed through the EU vote and fully approved. This being the case, the EU could be in a position to have in place its own combined military by December 2000.

Though nato may currently be a convenient means to a militarily tough Europe, we can be sure that any alliance between Europe and the U.S. is bound to dissolve, and quickly; the EU will soak up nato resources for its own purposes. Whatever the mechanism, the bottom line is that Europe will be the next military powerhouse of the world, and a great deal of the groundwork has already been laid.

It is just as Trumpet editor-in-chief Gerald Flurry wrote last month: “The only real winner in our war with Yugoslavia will be Germany. America and Britain will be the great losers. They will grow weaker as Germany grows in power.” The war isn’t even over yet, and already we’re seeing just that.

There is a growing, but small, body of politicians, commentators and analysts expressing grave misgivings over these issues. The chain of events the watershed war over Kosovo has started is merely making them more plain to those with the eyes to see.

While some few are waking up to the alarm today, Herbert W. Armstrong, as editor in chief of The Plain Truth magazine (circulation 8 million in 1986) forecast many of these very problems as long as half a century ago. When Germany lay prostrate in the ashes of World War II, he told everyone they would rise again. As Europe sat dazed and fractured at war’s end, he prophesied of their unification. As America and Britain gloried in their victory, he told them they had just won their last war. Over five decades, Mr. Armstrong warned the world that a European military, economic and political combine would rise up to dominate the world scene for a brief period at the climax approaching the close of this present age of man.

Why has it taken half a century for the most expert analytical minds to catch up with Mr. Armstrong? Because he used a source of intelligence none of them ever tapped: that of revealed biblical prophecy. The Creator God of the Universe says he will do nothing without first revealing his intentions (Amos 3:7-8). That he has done, as current events are bearing out.

Following Mr. Armstrong’s death and the complete change in format of the magazine which he founded, the Trumpet magazine has continued in his tradition. But there is an important distinction: He wrote about what was yet to happen; today, much of what he predicted is presently happening. In many ways, where Mr. Armstrong prophesied of future events, we are merely giving current events their proper significance.

That is how close we are to the ringing down of this present age! And still the world at large is almost wholly unaware of what is about to occur. Despite the tumult of change and clamor of irreconcilable interests worldwide, people carelessly assume, with irresponsible, unfounded optimism, that mankind will somehow work things out.

He will not! In fact, the Bible says unequivocally that if God Himself did not intervene to stop him, mankind would annihilate himself! (Matt. 24:21-22). The fact that God will intervene is the only hope for a world bent on its own destruction. But it is a sure hope!

You must not ignore these momentous global shifts, nor should you fail to understand them. The Trumpet is your guide. Your early-warning news source.

This issue of the Trumpet, the second of a two-part special report, “Dangerous New World,” discusses the current fall of the United States and Britain—the who, how and why. It will help you to understand the significance. It will show you the alliance now building that will forcibly supplant the world’s present superpower. And, as further proof of the urgency of these times, this Trumpet highlights the already evident rise of the power that will subsequently challenge that European alliance.

The inexorable march of end-time events is happening. The years ahead will be full of horrifying shocks to a world asleep. We urge you to prepare yourself by taking the Trumpet seriously—and acting upon what you read.

Day of the Covenant

Day of the Covenant

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From the July 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

In November 1838 Andries Pretorius planned an expedition against Zulu warlord Dingane. The Boers numbered 464 against the 10,000-strong Zulu warriors. Pretorius concentrated on developing obedience and discipline among his demoralized troops. On December 9, 1838, the deeply religious Boers, led by Pretorius, made a covenant with God that if He would give them victory they would commemorate the event annually with a day of thanksgiving. The Boers repeated the covenant every evening until the day of the Blood River battle on December 16.

When the battle was over, 3,000 Zulu warriors lay dead. Only three Boers were injured, one of whom was Andries Pretorius. The 464 soldiers didn’t credit the miraculous victory to their military or technological power. They paid homage to God for His deliverance. As was promised, the Day of the Covenant was immediately instituted and was annually observed by all Afrikaners. A memorial building was constructed in Pretoria and dedicated to God—standing as a reminder to all Afrikaners of His direct intervention in the founding of South Africa.

This national day of thanksgiving was observed annually up until the handover of power to the anc in 1994. At this time Nelson Mandela changed the the Day of the Covenant to the “Day of Reconciliation.” It is now observed by anc/sacp followers as the day on which Umkhonto we Sizwe launched its campaign against the government of South Africa in 1961.

The Covenant

My brethren and fellow countrymen, at this moment we stand before the holy God of heaven and earth, to make a promise, if He will be with us and protect us and deliver the enemy into our hands so that we may triumph over him, that we shall observe the day and the date as an anniversary in each year and a day of thanksgiving like the Sabbath, in His honour; and that we shall enjoin our children that they must take part with us in this, for a remembrance even for our posterity; and if anyone sees a difficulty in this, let him return from this place. For the honour of His name shall be joyfully exalted, and to Him the fame and honour of the victory must be given.

America’s Achilles’ Heel

From the June 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

Most of us have heard of the story of Achilles, the warrior who was only vulnerable in his heel. America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles’ heel. It is so dangerous that I am amazed it hasn’t received more publicity.

Here is a quote from the Intelligence Digest of Cheltenham, England, by Joseph de Courcy, March 20, 1992 (emphasis mine): “We will be hearing a lot more about computer crime, computer terrorism, and computer warfare. Every moment of the day in modern, technological societies is dominated by computers. These computers are highly vulnerable to criminal, terrorist or enemy sabotage. For the moment, the public is only dimly aware of exactly how vulnerable a computer-run society is, whilst criminals, terrorists and would-be aggressors are only just beginning to understand the potential available to them. This will change….

“Furthermore, every computer has a ‘backdoor key,’ by-passing access codes, for the convenience of the technical experts. Backdoor keys can be created by special instruction in order to ensure continued access regardless of changing security codes. No computer system is totally secure, or anywhere near it….

“One growing concern to Western security authorities is the expanding, semi-underground, network of young computer hackers in Germany. It is thought that some at least of these highly skilled computer wizards are ideologically motivated—or could become so. With their expertise, a terrorist organization could achieve a far greater impact on everyday life than has ever been achieved by conventional terrorism.

“As to the implications for defense, the Gulf War showed what a critical role technology now plays in warfare. But the course of a battle would be very different if effective technology-sabotaging measures could be instituted against the superior force….

“Computer dependence is the Western world’s Achilles’ heel, and within a few years this weakness could be tested to the full.”

As Mr. De Courcy said, “No computer system is totally secure, or anywhere near it”!

Germany is the first nation to have their own air force base in America. It’s located in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

There are probably more German pilots being trained in the U.S. than there are from any other nation—most of it being done because of nato. Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, is one example. They are actively teaching and training German pilots how to operate U.S. war planes. An American heads the group. A German is second in command. Germany is learning a great deal about our military. Along with that, they are learning a lot about the modern-day computer technology that plays such a big role in U.S. military operations.

One of the major concerns of Western security authorities is about a “network of young computer hackers in Germany.” That the computer hackers are from Germany should also send a warning message—especially if you understand German history and Bible prophecy.

Winston Churchill said Germany had a history of surprise attacks against enemies and nations who thought they were friends with Germany.

Who has an unparalleled history of destroying many nations in warfare? Germany has a long history of such conquests. They tried hard to conquer and rule the whole world in World Wars I and II.

We seem to have forgotten the history of Germany. Assuming the Germans are trustworthy military allies, or lovers (Bible terminology), is going to be a fatal delusion!

One of the main reasons we won World War II was because the British broke German radio code. We knew about most of their war plans in advance! Quite a gigantic advantage. Some experts think we would have lost the war without that knowledge.

We could lose the next war before we even begin, if somebody breaks our military codes.

A powerful Germany is disturbing many people as it once again bullies Europe. Is America being exposed to a great risk in its love affair with Germany?