You Shall Not Bear False Witness

You Shall Not Bear False Witness

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Some today believe that there are good lies and bad lies. Here is the truth about lying.
From the January 2005 Trumpet Print Edition

Ours is not a truthful society. Leaders in government, business, education and religion knowingly lie numerous times each day. They are not alone in the practice. Most people admit that they lie often. Straying from the truth is an accepted way of living. Many think there are good—meaning little white—and bad lies. Some would never consider lying in a court of law but feel no remorse at giving false information on a job application. Some people believe that lying is necessary to keep things running smoothly—international relations, businesses, marriages and friendships.

What is the truth about lying? Is there good and bad lying? Do “little white lies” help or hurt people? Can stretching the truth and distorting the facts cause considerable damage to individuals and whole nations? The plain truth is revealing.

Recently, Americans suffered through a bitter election. A slim majority of Americans who participated in the election voted for Mr. Bush. These consider the result a positive thing. They are happy. However, a large number of Americans are disappointed by the results and think that the president’s second term will mean assured disaster. After the campaign, it is clear that the United States is bitterly divided. What is the reason? Of course, the full answer to the question is a complex one. Yet, a part of the answer squarely involves abuse of the Ninth Commandment.

During the campaign, respected news sources reported that both political parties strayed far from the truth about issues in print ads and in commercials on radio, tv and the Internet. In addition, both candidates are known to have distorted, twisted and warped facts about each other in speeches in front of millions of Americans.

The Washington Post reported on May 31, 2004, “This campaign is persistent and methodical, and it often revs up on Monday mornings with the strategically timed release of ads [about Senator Kerry] …. Sometimes the charges ring true. … But often they distort Kerry’s record and words to undermine the candidate ….” The same was true on the other side: “Kerry, too, has made his own misleading statements and exaggerations” (ibid.).

On Election Day, the members of the news media who had pointed fingers at the candidates significantly contributed to the problem by broadcasting distorted voter exit polls. Media watchers believe that there was a real attempt to throw the election. Let’s be honest. The American public was subjected to outright lying by the highest officials in government and the media.

What are the fruits of the election? A fog of distrust blankets the nation. This is a very dangerous situation. Yet the problem with lying is much bigger than just within America.

Our world is constantly being flooded with all kinds of untruths. Self-deception, spiritual hypocrisy and false religious instruction are reaching pandemic proportions. Bible prophecy shows that this world is quickly heading into its worst crisis ever. It is an event so terrifying that Jesus Christ warned His disciples about the soon-coming Great Tribulation nearly 2,000 years ago. He said that religious deception would be the leading cause of the crisis at the close of man’s rule on Earth (Matthew 24:4-5). As individuals, we must be sure that we fully understand the critical importance of the Ninth Commandment.

Ninth Commandment Stated

With incredible power, God spoke from Mount Sinai, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). This is the fifth of the commandments related to preserving loving relationships among mankind. Remember, the first four commandments show us how to love God; the last six explain how to love other humans. Besides preserving the family structure, marriage, human life and other human beings’ possessions, with the Ninth Commandment, God seeks to guard what is next most important to any human: his reputation. This commandment forbids all lying, which includes the sins of slander and gossip. A thief takes physical things that are easily replaced; however, a man’s reputation taken by lies, slander or gossip is often never restored.

God gave mankind the Ninth Commandment to show us that all men, women and children must control their tongues.

The human tongue is a tiny organ, yet it wields incredible power. The Apostle James wrote, “Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member …” (James 3:4-5). Here the tongue is compared to the rudder of a large ship. Though it is the smallest part of the vessel, it has the power to direct its course. All too often, the power unleashed by the human tongue is a destructive one. James continued, “Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell” (verses 5-6).

When we deeply meditate on these verses, we realize that there has been untold human suffering and damage caused by people who carelessly lie, slander or gossip about another human being. Yet all parties are damaged by such actions. Who can ever trust a liar, slanderer or gossip? The Proverbs state, “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18). Why? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). Lying causes great harm to all involved.

What human being today is in full control of his or her tongue? Notice James’s answer: “For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:7-8). All humans sin with the tongue. The point is that unless God, through His Word and His Holy Spirit, is leading and guiding us, we simply cannot control our tongues properly. God expects us to build the righteous spiritual character that will enable us to use our tongues for the good of others.

The Damage of False Testimony

The simple application of this commandment is to not give false testimony in a legal setting. To lie in a court of law is called perjury. Serious penalties, including substantial fines and jail time, are imposed in many countries for committing such an act. It is right to do so. Why? All justice is based on truth. The sad fact is, many commit the crime of perjury every day. Some government leaders, educators, business people, men and women think nothing of lying on a witness stand. What makes their sin even more shocking is the fact that they attempt to deceive the judge and jury by swearing to tell the truth—putting their right hand on the Bible and invoking the name of God. Such poor conduct is a monstrous lie in itself. It says much about the lack of real morals in our society.

Surely we can understand what an outrage this is to the great God, whose word is truth (John 17:17).

The crime of perjury runs rampant through all levels of our society—from the very top to the bottom. We should not forget that a recent president lied openly to Senate and congressional committees. Yet, he was not removed from office. Think about the message this sad fact sent to the rest of the world. Are we a nation that okays lies, deception and hypocrisy?

The damage caused by false testimony is enormous. No one trusts a known enemy. Our criminal lying shows us that we cannot even trust our elected officials, friends, spouses, business partners and work associates. Anyone who is familiar with our legal system knows that there is no such thing as a simple, inexpensive trial. Countless hours and millions of dollars are wasted checking out the truthfulness of witnesses. Why? People cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

Consider also the personal damage to people that regularly takes place because of false testimony. Bitter divorce and custody disputes can leave husband, wife and children scarred for life. Some will manufacture the worst false accusations to get custody, money and possessions. Because of lying, innocent people have been wrongly executed. The one striking example here is Jesus Christ. He was executed because of false witnesses (Mark 14:56-63).

Let’s admit it. Breaking God’s Ninth Commandment has cultivated attitudes of suspicion, hopelessness and uselessness in society. We are paying a high price for our casual and continual lying.

Stop Living a Lie

To stop lying, we must understand why human beings lie. Study little children. Why do they lie? Generally, little children lie to avoid punishment or to appear better than their peers. With adults it is not any different. The root cause of this horrible sin is vanity.

King Solomon recognized this simple fact. He wrote, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Every sin has its root in vanity.

Men and women lie because they are more concerned with the self than anything else. What is best for another human being is rarely considered. Many fear to speak the truth because they are obsessed with what others think about them. Yet, few people are concerned by what Almighty God thinks. This is especially true in the spheres of higher education and religion. The Apostle John said this about the religious leaders of his day: “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43).

The two most difficult things for a human being to do are to admit error, and to face failure. Men will stubbornly believe and teach lies when they cannot agree with the truth. The best example here is the theory of evolution. Those steeped in higher education and science cannot accept the reality and authority of a Creator God, so they have invented a lie to explain a fantastically designed creation without a Creator. The supposed facts of evolution do not add up—and will never add up—yet the theory is taught as fact on a daily basis. Our world is suffering greatly because of this widely promulgated lie. It is the underlying foundation of our modern education system, therefore it has adversely affected our views on political science, international relations, economics, medicine, psychology, sociology, marriage, family and child rearing. We must recognize that any system of beliefs built upon a false premise will ultimately lead to failure.

There are those in higher education and science who recognize the theory of evolution for what it is, but they will not speak out against it because they do not want to be made to look foolish in front of their peers. They fear being made fun of. How tragic! Why should any well-educated person be ashamed to admit a faith in God? Isn’t it far more ridiculous to profess a faith in a mindless, chancy, mathematically impossible alternate theory of creation? Doesn’t believing something one knows is false just because others do expose the ultimate hypocrisy? Isn’t it time we replace vanity with some courageous leadership? Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11).

Lying may appear to be the best route to take in the short run. However, real lasting benefits can only come by recognizing and telling the truth.

The Father of Lies

Why do human beings so easily succumb to such a disgraceful habit?

It is not intellectually fashionable to believe that Satan the devil exists. He does. Our lying society is a major proof of this fact. Satan the devil is the author of all lying and deception.

John the apostle records Jesus Christ’s own words revealing the truth about Satan. Upbraiding the religious leaders of His day, Christ said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). Here Christ shows that it was Satan who lied to our first parents, who told them they had an immortal soul—essentially murdering them. God had told them that if they rebelled against Him and walked the opposite way of His government, they surely would die (Genesis 2:16-17). Satan appealed to Eve’s vanity, and she disobeyed God. Adam willingly followed his wife. They believed and followed a liar. They and the rest of mankind have suffered since.

Satan is a powerful angelic being that broadcasts—all over the Earth—a spirit of disobedience, which includes lying and deception (Ephesians 2:2). It is Satan who tempts all humans to lie.

In addition, through the agency of human instruments, he deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9). With full control of certain men’s minds, he has successfully suppressed the truth of God (Romans 1:18). God promises to unleash His righteous wrath on all men who suppress the truth. There are men and women in religious circles today who knowingly do just that. Our world is full of religious deception. Just like Adam and Eve, millions embrace false doctrines—teachings not found in the Bible—and still call themselves religious.

To be a Christian, an individual must believe what Christ says and strive to live as He lived. Jesus Christ and the original apostles including Paul, preached the gospel, or good news, of the coming Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; Acts 28:31). Few churches preach that gospel. Jesus Christ and the original 120 disciples, including the apostles, kept a Saturday Sabbath and God’s holy days—discussed in detail in our July 2004 issue. Which churches keep these days?

Concerning religious deception, Jesus Christ warned, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before” (Matthew 24:24-25). The point is, you could be living a religious lie—the most dangerous kind of lying. You must prove what your Bible says and then follow the Church that teaches those doctrines. Doing anything less will lead you and your family into assured spiritual disaster.

Living the Truth

The positive spiritual application of the Ninth Commandment requires that we live and speak the truth in all areas of our lives. God and Jesus Christ are the truth! Describing the Father, Jesus Christ said, “[T]hy word is truth.” He also said this about Himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God’s goal for human life is to reproduce Himself into potentially billions of other God beings who are the truth and speak the truth. We are to become just like God. The Ninth Commandment demands then that we come to acknowledge the truth of the Bible first of all. Do you know and believe your Bible?

To do so, you must come to the place where you recognize that there is an Almighty God who rules the universe. His ways are the only right and true ways to live. Then you must acknowledge and obey the truth when it is revealed to you. This means you become converted to the true God and His ways. To live any other way is to live a lie. It is the worst kind of slavery. Jesus Christ promised: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). It is vitally important that we base our whole life on the truth.

In our personal lives, we must make sure that our words are always true. If we remain in the habit of lying to others and to ourselves, we will destroy our character and pervert and twist our own minds. Keeping our minds free of lies opens up an incredible clarity of thinking—the kind of thinking that cultivates deeper understanding of all truth.

Paul taught, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). When we speak, let it always be the truth. However, this does not mean that we always have to reveal all that we know. In speaking the truth, we must always use wisdom, tact and especially love. God’s ministers are required to always speak the truth in love (verse 15). Sometimes the truth does hurt temporarily, but in the long run it is the best healing agent we could desire.

All men are only as good as their word. If we are habitual liars, none can trust us. What is worse, we cannot be helped spiritually. Who can help a liar? The clearest example of what we mean here is Satan the devil. Not even God can help him—his mind is permanently twisted.

Satan’s character is diametrically opposite that of God. If we choose to live as Satan lives, we will suffer a fearful fate. John records in Revelation: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). All humans who embrace the way of lying are in danger of being thrown into the lake of fire, which represents the ultimate punishment—eternal death.

Remember, there are no good lies in God’s sight. Half-truths, distortions and deceptions are condemned throughout the Bible. Let’s all learn to live and speak the truth and thereby inherit the glorious Kingdom of God. This is the wonderful and uplifting message of the Ninth Commandment, you shall not bear false witness.

EU Moving In?

From the December 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

At a European Union summit in Brussels on November 4-5, EU leaders endorsed a plan proposed by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana outlining how the EU can assist in the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The four-pronged offensive calls for EU cooperation with the Palestinian Authority on security, institutional reforms, economic aid and local elections.

Specifically, the plan calls for deploying EU peacekeeping troops to the Gaza Strip ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s planned unilateral withdrawal from the territory. At first they will help train and organize a Palestinian police force to enforce law and order following Israel’s retreat, but one Solana aide says “a more robust role should not [be] ruled out” (EUobserver.com, November 2).

“We are ready to contribute and to cooperate with our Palestinian friends on all the elements that they need: security, or administration reform, or whatever is necessary,” Solana said in an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel (Middle East Newsline, November 4).

Interestingly, at the same time the EU is offering “whatever is necessary” to help the Palestinians, it is calling for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, including the eastern half of Jerusalem. Israel must “commit to making the [Gaza] withdrawal the first step in a process that leads to the pullout from all the occupied areas,” Solana told Der Spiegel. “Sharon is mistaken if he thinks that withdrawal from Gaza is enough,” he said. “Europe won’t support that” (Jerusalem Newswire, October 24).

Ironically, Sharon’s proposal to withdraw from Gaza, which was sold to his people as a way to stall international pressure on Israel to give up eastern Jerusalem and other territory, is doing just the opposite. Europe is lauding the move at the same time it uses it to pressure Israel into further territorial concessions. The EU is attempting to use the Gaza withdrawal to jump-start its Roadmap to Middle East peace—a plan that gives the Palestinians an independent state, including eastern Jerusalem.

Referring to Zechariah 14:2, editor in chief Gerald Flurry forewarns, “East Jerusalem—one half of the city—will be conquered by the Palestinians!” (Jerusalem in Prophecy). When this trigger event happens, you can be certain that Europe will muscle its way into assuming “a more robust role” in securing Jerusalem as well. Such a prospect should send off alarm bells for anyone familiar with Christ’s famous Olivet prophecy, “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh” (Luke 21:20).

Request Jerusalem in Prophecy to learn more about Europe’s prophesied involvement in Israel and continue watching for God’s prophecies concerning Jerusalem to be fulfilled.

Nations Growing Closer

From the December 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

Too many people fail to recognize Asia’s mounting global influence. Few seem to understand the potential worldwide ramifications should these nations unite. How much power would this kind of coalition ultimately boast on the world scene?

Consider these recent developments. On October 19, India said “it wants to set up an Asian economic community that would include asean countries, China, Japan, South Korea and India and would create a huge market from the Himalayas to the Pacific Ocean. ‘This is an idea whose time is fast approaching and we must be prepared for it collectively,’ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the third India-asean business summit in New Delhi” (Reuters, October 19).

This proposed Asian community would be as large as the European Union and would rival the developing Latin American Free Trade Agreement in size. As these nations rapidly form into a great trading bloc, watch for them to take on a new sense of identity and power.

Also, watch for Japan and China to become leaders in this Eastern coalition. China is actively working to ensure its ultimate control of the Asian economic community. For example, Beijing has made a deal with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (asean) to remove tariffs by 2010—the latest in a plan to create a China-asean free-trade zone.

Trade, economy and mutual political interests usually underpin any coalition of nations. Take the 25-nation EU for example. This evolved from the European Economic Community, which spawned from the European Coal and Steel Community. You can be sure that the development of trade and economic ties between Asian nations will act as a catalyst toward further unification of the region.

As Asian countries draw closer in trade, watch also for these nations to align politically and militarily. Consider the influence that a politically united Asia, supported by a militarily united Asia, would have on the world scene! What would be the ramifications of Japan’s superior navy combining with China’s space and nuclear technology, and both being supported by tens of millions of foot soldiers from around Asia? It would create the greatest military in history.

That is exactly what the Bible prophesies. For more on where current trade and economic agreements in Asia are leading, please request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

Germany to Britain: Forget the War

From the December 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

Did Germany not wreak havoc on Britain during the Second World War? According to German Foreign Minister Joschka Fisher, the British should get over it.

Speaking on a bbc radio show, The Today Program, Fisher accused the British media of keeping alive antiquated images of Germany. “If you want to learn how the traditional Prussian goose-step works, you have to watch British tv, because in Germany, in the younger generation—even in my generation—nobody knows how to perform it,” he said (Deutsche Welle, October 28). World-war antagonist Germany is now the victim of British memories of its militarism?

The usual homespun pacifists could not agree more. London’s Independent ran this: “The root of the problem is … an ingrained tendency, even—perhaps especially—among young Britons, to affirm their national identity by crowing about old victories and doing a defeated enemy down. Do we really have nothing better, nothing more recent, to feel good about?” (October 21).

This cultural quandary was elevated front and center as Queen Elizabeth prepared for a historic visit to Germany. Bild, the biggest national German newspaper, ran a front-page story asking if the Queen should not apologize for British war-time bombings. Only in the politically correct 21st century could such a proposition be put forward. It is as if defending yourself from a tyrannical government intent on subjecting you to national slavery has become an offense.

The British, deceived by a biased press before the Second World War, are today a shadow of their former selves, and the Germans, eerily mirroring the 1930s, wax strong with each economic, political, cultural and militaristic achievement.

Bible prophecy points to the final outcome of this ancient Anglo-German relationship: The Germans will lead the world into one final conflagration, and Britain will be swept away with it. To learn more about these prophecies, request our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

Spain Solid on Rock Stance

From the December 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

Mercosur, November 4

“The Spanish foreign minister said [November 3] that his government maintains its claim to sovereignty over Gibraltar and will continue to press the issue in a renewed dialogue with Britain. … [He] said the strategy of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialist administration would be to recover sovereignty over Gibraltar through dialogue and cooperation.”

Britain, once possessing the world’s most crucial sea gates, has been losing them since the mid-20th century—from Suez to Hong Kong. We have foretold that it will also lose Gibraltar. For more on this, see our September-October 2001 article “Britain Dislodged Over the Rock” at www.theTrumpet.com, under “Issue Archives.”

Outside Closed Doors

Outside Closed Doors

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Turkey’s earnest—and doomed—odyssey for European brotherhood
From the January 2005 Trumpet Print Edition

Turkish lawyers are very busy people. Even veteran attorneys have been ordering takeout and spending late nights at the office the past couple of years as they pour over stacks of new laws that have snowed the judiciary under. This blizzard of new legislation has filled the legal system with numerous new courts, hundreds of new laws and changes to one third of the constitution. The heavy-handed state security court has been abolished along with the death penalty in favor of more Western-style intellectual property, consumer, juvenile and family courts. Law enforcement powers have been limited, and laws concerning everything from police brutality to the press to industrial pollution to commercial transactions have been revamped. The definitions of treason and crimes concerning dissent against the state, along with the associated criminal penalties, have been relaxed, allowing for more democratic free speech.

Why all these changes? Turkey’s legal enlightenment is an entire nation bending over backward trying to add a European Union membership card to its wallet.

It’s surprising Turkey’s back hasn’t long since snapped—it’s been bending for decades. In the first part of the 20th century, Aratürk, the founder of the Turkish republic, instituted a blitz of reforms virtually unmatched in history as he swayed the Turkish people to “turn toward Europe,” to quote one of his most famous admonitions. He replaced the sultanate with the presidency and modernized and secularized the nation, removing Islam as the state religion and westernizing everything from law to dress to the calendar to the alphabet.

More recently, Turkey has reined in some of its human-rights problems, which have lingered for decades. The carrot of EU membership has been enough to take a country that was home to political killings, torture and executions only a decade ago and bring it to the point where, on Oct. 6, 2004, the European Commission declared Turkey had “sufficiently fulfilled the political criteria” to open accession talks with the EU.

There’s a reason this way-station nation halfway between the West and the Middle East has had to do so much bending. For as long as Turkey has knocked on the European door, the Continentals have turned a deaf ear.

For over a century, Turkey has been called “Europe’s sick man.” In spite of its growth potential, this crossroads country has a per capita income still hovering at only $6,700. Many Europeans fear that taking on a nation of 69 million Turks with an exploding population and demands for member subsidies will strain the Union’s finances.

Critics of Turkish membership add that the 3 million Turks who work in Europe have not integrated with their surrogate countries. They also point out that Turkey is uncomfortably close to one of the most unstable regions in the world and might expose Europe to weapons and drug trafficking.

The real snag, however, is religion. Turkey is almost completely Islamic. And many Europeans have not forgotten the Ottoman Empire, referred to by some history books as the “scourge of Christendom.”

“The fundamental issue,” says Franck Fregosi of the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France, “is whether a Muslim country has a place in Europe. Everybody is trying to sidestep this” (Washington Times, Dec. 5, 2004).

Everybody has been. German opposition leaders Edmund Stoiber of the Christian Social Union party and Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union drafted a letter to Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in an attempt to prevent negotiations with Turkey, and have spoken out strongly against the EU taking on a Muslim member state. The EU’s presidency, currently in the hands of the Netherlands, has deliberately avoided serious discussion about it. Jonathan Davidson, senior adviser for political and academic affairs at the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, estimated that the earliest Turkey could hope to join the Union would be 2014. Chancellor Schröder, who favors Turkish membership but walks a fine line with his constituents, said in December that the nation should be ready to accept 10 to 15 years of talks with an “open outcome.”

French President Jacques Chirac bluntly outlined three stipulations before the EU could dance with Turkey: Turkey must understand that the negotiations could end in less than full membership (the aforementioned “open outcome”), the French people have the right to reject Turkish membership by referendum, and talks could not begin until after the French referendum on the European constitution. He said that if Turkey does not meet all the conditions in the French interest, negotiations will come to a halt.

So goes the saga of this awkward association: Turkey toiling to make it work, and the Continent embracing it only at arm’s length. In essence, the relationship is setting Turkey up to fulfill a role in future events just as Bible prophecy suggests it will.

A “Third Way”

Although this Islamic nation will not be a part of the united European superpower that will rise out of the EU under the banner of Catholicism (Daniel 2; Revelation 6:1-2; chapters 17, 18 and many others), God says this concerning Edom (or Esau—see Genesis 36:8—whose descendents comprise Turkey), in the context of European prophesied assault on Israel (the United States and Britain): “In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers [Europe] carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them” (Obadiah 11). At some point, Turkey will align itself with Europe.

As brought out in our booklet The King of the South, Psalms 83 provides additional proof of a unique alliance between Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Assur (modern Germany). The Bible also indicates in Daniel 11:40-41 that Turkey and these other nations will be spared the wrath and the bullets of the German/European war machine. This too would suggest that some kind of agreement will soon be struck.

Lo and behold, recent and somewhat surprising headlines corroborate the Bible’s stance.

President Chirac altered his tune in early December by calling for a third way for Turkey. According to the EU Observer’s website, Chirac called for a “privileged partnership” with Ankara (Dec. 3, 2004). Turkey objects to the idea of anything less than full membership, since its legislators, attorneys, judges, policemen, teachers, traders, tailors and virtually everybody else have made continent-size changes to their lifestyles—but the concept is accumulating support among the Eurocracy, especially in Germany, Austria and France.

Europe’s “third way” for Turkey looks to be the headwaters of the fulfillment of biblical news-before-it-happens prophecy. The Bible indicates that Muslim Turkey will never be a fellow of the European Union, and certainly not a full member of the coming Catholic beast power that will cover the ground with Israelite blood—but, in service to its European bedfellows, it will commit a horrendous back-stab of its Israelite cousins!

Through the Prophet Obadiah, God tells the Turks, “Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress” (verse 14). The Plain Truth wrote about this prophecy nearly 40 years ago: “[A]s staggering and unbelievable as it sounds, one of the major events God points out that will bring His wrath down upon Turkey will be the delivering of thousands of British, American and possibly Israeli refugees into the hands of the ‘beast’ power in central Europe when the military takeover of [Israel] occurs” (June 1966).

Today, Turkey is being set up to carry out this prophetic double-cross. Expect it to continue cozying up to Europe. Right up to the bitter end.