The Last Crusade

Most people think the crusades are a thing of the past—over forever. But they are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the bloodiest of all!
From the August 2001 Trumpet Print Edition

Most people think the crusades are a thing of the past— over forever. But they are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the bloodiest of all!

The Crusades were a series of Roman Catholic “holy” wars to wrest control of the Holy Land from Muslims. They produced some of the bloodiest battles in history.

Did you ever wonder how the Catholics reconcile that “holy” slaughter with the Bible, which states, “Thou shalt not kill”? Or how they can read the Sermon on the Mount and still lead the religious world in spilling rivers of blood?

They are called the Christian Crusades. That label itself is a deception. They were primarily Catholic Crusades. Other Christian religions have their problems, but let’s not blame them for what the Catholics did—and will do. Some background will help us understand.

Pope Urban II

In a.d. 614, Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade against the Persians and the Jews. Some 60,000 Catholics were killed, and 35,000 enslaved. The fall of Jerusalem left the Catholic world shocked and mourning.

This war left Catholics bitter against the Jews for the role they played in the war. Much anti-Semitism began because of it.

Some historians consider this the First Crusade. But the Crusades we best remember came later, beginning in the 11th century.

Pope Urban ii unleashed a savage Catholic army and started these later Crusades. This “righteous” army marched 3,000 miles to conquer the Holy Land.

Here is an excerpt from the book Crusades, by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira, which became a bbc television series (emphasis mine here and throughout): “By summoning an army under the banner of the Cross, the pope was extending the church’s mantle over all Christendom. This was the idea at the very heart of the revolutionary papacy; in place of separate local churches at the center of discreet communities, there was to be one overarching church, ruled by one overarching pope. The Crusade was to be its expression and its instrument.”

They state that this thinking was at the heart of the papacy. The popes wanted to rule any church called Christian. Through the Holy Roman Empire, they also tried repeatedly to rule the entire world. They have succeeded six times and are about to succeed again, for the last time, according to Bible prophecy. (Write for our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)

The Protestant churches are prophesied to be brought back into the Catholic Church (Isa. 47). Mostly this will be done through bloodshed. Remember, this wish to rule all Christianity is at “the very heart of the revolutionary papacy.” That means this philosophy has motivated them for nearly 2,000 years. And they still believe violent and bloody crusades are righteous. Have they ever truly repented of this condemning history? The answer is no. The best they have managed is some recent vague apologies.

History proves the Catholic Church to be one of the most militant institutions ever created. They do not believe in a democratic philosophy. They have often “converted” people by the sword. And yet, this world seems unwilling to hold them accountable for their war crimes.

Modern historians have shown how closely they worked with the Nazis. It was through the Catholic Church that most of the leading Nazis escaped after World War ii. We have shown in past articles how well documented that history is. No one should doubt it. (Read The Unholy Trinity by Mark Aarons and John Loftus, available at bookstores.)

And doesn’t that crime reveal that the Catholics were deeply involved with the Nazi war machine?

This subject is too important to let our emotions stand in the way, because the worst is yet to come!

The last crusade will be the supreme inquisition of all history. It is time we understood the bloody history of the Crusades and let it be a warning!

The world seems almost unaware of these monstrous crimes.

The Jones and Ereira book continues, “Urban’s army would also rescue Jerusalem, the spiritual (and therefore the physical) center of the universe. He hoped that the redeemed Jerusalem would be directly ruled by the church.

“Every man who enrolled for the struggle must mark himself out by wearing a cross and, most important, vow to continue on his way until he reached Jerusalem.

“Urban’s method of raising this army was completely original; as well as pay, he could offer paradise—anyone who took part had all their sins forgiven. ‘Whoever for devotion alone, not to gain honor or money, goes to Jerusalem to liberate the Church of God can substitute this journey for all penance.’”

Any Bible student ought to know that only God can offer paradise and forgive sins. But that is the big problem with most Christians: They don’t believe and obey the Bible!

The whole world, including the religious world, is deceived (Revelation 12:9). Enormous problems like the Crusades will continue until we confront our own deception.

Jones and Ereira conclude, “By saying that carrying out a military/political enterprise would make you a better person, wiping out past sins, Urban had invented a way by which every person could internalize papal policy. Fighting in the pope’s cause was not only an obligation, it made you righteous. With that one idea, mass political action was launched. With that one idea, ideology was born. With that one idea, the Crusade was set in motion. Urban did not understand what he had done.”

This pope certainly did not know what he had done. What he began led to a number of indescribably brutal wars between Catholics and Muslims.

The real tragedy is that the world, like Pope Urban, still doesn’t understand what he did, and what the Catholic Church continues to do. Their real beliefs surface when they gain power. Today, they are building the greatest power they have ever had. If you understand their history, their future is very predictable—far more than most historians believe. Add Bible prophecy to that equation and you will see that this world faces a frightening specter.

Fighting on Both Sides

The Crusades created rivers of blood. And it was all done in the name of God. Of course, the Muslims responded with massive slaughters against the Crusaders, also in the name of God. Does it make any sense for God to be fighting on both sides? Or are these warring factions just giving our God of love a bloody reputation?

Jerusalem is considered a holy place by both religions. It is indeed considered the “center of the universe” to the Catholics. They believe conquering Jerusalem makes them righteous. That has been their ideology from the beginning. It is still true today. The fruits are there to prove it. The Bible says that “by their fruits you shall know them.” They believe in war as an instrument to achieve their religious goals.

“The following morning the Crusaders re-entered the al-Aqsa Mosque and slaughtered every Muslim sheltering there. No one knows how many died; the Muslim chronicler reports 70,000. One of the Crusaders reports picking his way through a mess of blood and bodies more than knee-deep” (ibid.). This is only one episode of many. Many people have seen pictures of this very mosque.

How many Muslims still remember the history of this mosque being knee-deep in Arab blood? And all of this savagery supposedly made Catholics righteous! A warrior who burned Arab babies in the Crusade was considered worthy to gain glory for all eternity! Does this really make sense to a sound mind?

“But killing, the pope now declared, need not be a sin after all. It depended on who you killed. In fact, if you killed the enemies of Christ, killing did not require penance—it was the penance. Holy slaughter could be as effective a devotional activity as prayer, or fasting, or pilgrimage….”

The pope said, “Now we are proposing that you should fight wars which contain the glorious reward of martyrdom, in which you can gain the title of present and eternal glory….”

“The pope had also pointed out the importance of rescuing Jerusalem from the infidel. He seems to have suggested that ‘rescue’ meant ‘seize and keep’” (ibid.)

The pope also said, “Take the road to the Holy Sepulcher, rescue that land from a dreadful race and rule over it yourselves.”

Muslim and Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem were slaughtered like pigs. And all of this was done by Catholics who presumably became more righteous in the process.

Were these killers true Christians? A true Christian is one who follows Christ. If we look in the gospels, Christ tells us to love our enemies, even die for them—not kill them!

The memory of such horrendous massacres still lives in the minds of many Arabs.

Those memories have provoked Arabs and Jews to massacre Catholics throughout history in a similar manner—all in the name of religion.

King Peter’s Crusade

King Peter launched his crusade from the little Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which was captured by Catholic Crusaders during the Third Crusade. Here is what Steven Runciman wrote about King Peter’s Crusade in A History of the Crusades: “King Peter arrived at Rhodes early in the month, and on the 25th the whole Cypriot fleet sailed into the harbor, 108 vessels in all, galleys, transports, merchant ships and light skiffs. With the great galleys of the Venetians and those provided by the Hospital, the armada numbered 165 ships. They carried a full complement of men, with ample horses, provisions and arms. Not since the Third Crusade had a proportionate expedition set out for the Holy War….

“During the Friday night there was a fierce Muslim counterattack through one of the southern gates, which the Christians in their excitement had burned down. It was beaten off; and by the Saturday afternoon, all Alexandria was in the Crusaders’ hands.

The victory was celebrated with unparalleled savagery. Two and a half centuries of holy warfare had taught the Crusaders nothing of humanity. The massacres were only equalled by those of Jerusalem in 1099 and Constantinople in 1204. The Muslims had not been so ferocious at Antioch or at Acre. Alexandria’s wealth had been phenomenal; and the victors were maddened at the sight of so much booty. They spared no one. The native Christians and the Jews suffered as much as the Muslims; and even the European merchants settled in the city saw their factories and storehouses ruthlessly looted. Mosques and tombs were raided and their ornaments stolen or destroyed; churches too were sacked, though a gallant crippled Coptic lady managed to save some of the treasures of her sect at the sacrifice of her private fortune. Houses were entered, and householders who did not immediately hand over all their possessions were slaughtered with their families. Some 5,000 prisoners, Christians and Jews as well as Muslims, were taken to be sold as slaves. A long line of horses, asses and camels carried the loot to the ships in the harbor and there having performed their task were killed. The whole city stank with the odor of human and animal corpses.”

This author said, “The Crusades were the pope’s work.” The Crusade philosophy has made Catholic popes the bloodiest religious leaders ever!

Still, most people try to hide from this frightening reality. That is the main reason why the worst Catholic crusade is yet to come. Mankind refuses to believe the truth and believe God.

The world so quickly forgets. And because they do, the massive bloodshed continues. The Catholics did these appalling, despicable deeds before the world. But has anyone heard them repent before the world?

There is good news: Jesus Christ will personally stop the next crusade! Sadly, however, that will only occur after the worst suffering ever on this Earth (Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21-22).

Cyprus

More than one crusade has been launched from Cyprus. Will we see the last crusade launched from there as well? Is history about to repeat itself?

Turkey, just north of Cyprus, has been a strong member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (nato) for many years. Yet, a German-led European Union (EU) rejected them from joining the EU—even though they have been applying since 1963, when there were only six members! Nine new countries have joined since then, and 11 more are on the waiting list.

Cyprus is also on the list to join the EU. Their chances look good.

Why has the EU consistently rejected Turkey? Is it because Turkey is predominantly Islamic?

The EU is prophesied to be ultimately comprised of ten nations, or groups of nations, dominated by Catholicism. Already the EU is being called the Holy Roman Empire. It has traditionally been the enemy of the Muslims.

And why does it look like tiny Cyprus will become a member of the EU? Is the EU already thinking about Cyprus as a launching pad from which to protect its Jerusalem interests?

We don’t know if Cyprus will become a member or not. But you can be certain that the EU is thinking about how to protect the holy places in and around Jerusalem. They have thought like this for almost 2,000 years!

There is a real crisis in Cyprus today. Some people fear a war between Greece and Turkey, who share the rule of this island. Greece became the tenth member state of the EU in 1981, and Russia has already sold missiles to Greece, whose intention is to bully Turkey with them.

At a conference in Cyprus in July, Dr. Osman Metin Ozturk explained that while EU membership of Cyprus would support the interests of Greece and the EU, it would stall U.S. and nato interests.

Here is what Christopher Lockwood, diplomatic editor in Nicosia, wrote in the Daily Telegraph, March 30, 1998: “The EU has maneuvered itself into a position where it may soon have to take a bitterly divided island, with a propensity for violence and even war, into its bosom.

“It has poisoned relations with Turkey, a crucial nato ally; made a solution to the Cyprus problem harder to achieve than ever….”

Why would Europe risk such serious problems, even warfare, over this tiny island?

Even the people building the EU don’t fully understand what is happening. There is a spirit and force behind these events which the world does not see. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (Revelation 13:3-5).

If this world truly understood what is happening in Europe, they would be trembling in fear.

Does this great evil spirit being, Satan the devil, have plans for Cyprus? Is there a final crusade planned to be launched into the Middle East from there? This evil spirit being knows Bible prophecy and what the future holds.

The beast will hold power for three and a half years, and then Christ will destroy that evil empire forever! We are entering the worst times ever, but they will lead into the best news we could ever receive!

Final Crusade Prophesied

One of the main tourist attractions in Jordan is the Crusader castles. The Catholics built most of them to war against the Muslims and control Jerusalem. These castles are stark reminders of the bloody past—and a far more bloody future!

The Jews have Jerusalem now. But not for long. Both Muslims and Catholics have designs for Jerusalem. These two great powers are about to clash again—go head-to-head in the final crusade over Jerusalem!

In 1997, Iran conducted major war games code-named “Road to Jerusalem.” Between 150,000 and 500,000 soldiers participated.

What could be more provocative? They are advertising their strategy to the world. Few people understand this Muslim passion for Jerusalem and its holy sites! They are the kind of passions that cause war!

Iran will undoubtedly lead what the Bible calls “the king of the south” (Daniel 11:40). This power will be comprised of the radical Islamic movement. Iran is working fiercely to lead this radically militant religion.

Iran has virtually destroyed the peace process single-handedly. But still, the world continues to talk about peace. Iran and radical Islam don’t want peace, and words won’t deter them.

Joseph de Courcy once wrote this in the Islamic Affairs Analyst: “Subscribers should be in absolutely no doubt about this. From Iran’s support for subversion in Bahrain, through its improving ties with Egypt, its support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamist revolutionaries in Khartoum, to its close strategic alliance with Moscow, everything has the same ultimate purpose: the liberation of Jerusalem from under the Zionist yoke.”

The U.S. has tried to isolate Iran. Almost no other nation supports America. This attempt has failed. The U.S. is fighting against Bible prophecy.

Iran has nuclear bombs. They believe America can be neutralized by terrorism—perhaps nuclear terrorism.

Here is what Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in 1996: “We know but one word: struggle, struggle. Jihad, jihad, jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.”

Jihad is the Arab cry for holy war. They will get their war. But it will not be holy. It will lead to the worst suffering this planet has ever experienced!

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40). This king of the south is undoubtedly the Iran-led radical Muslims. They are strong and are pushing others around in the Middle East.

Soon they will push at the king of the north, the so-called Holy Roman Empire—the same religious power that was behind the Crusades. And that push will surely revolve around Jerusalem.

Just 20 years ago, nobody could have even imagined two world powers coming out of the Middle East and Europe. But God knew exactly what would happen. Nobody but God could have inspired these prophecies. Everybody can see these two great powers today.

Just look at what is happening in Europe—and has been for years. The present pope is working feverishly to revive the Holy Roman Empire. Twenty years ago, in Spain, November 9, 1981, he said this: “It can be said that the European identity is not understandable without Christianity and that it is precisely in Christianity that are found those common roots by which the Continent has seen its civilization mature: its culture, its dynamism, its activity, its capacity for constructive expansion in other continents as well; in a word, all that makes up its glory….

“Find yourself again. Be yourself. Discover your origins, revive your roots. Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one and your presence so beneficent in the other continents.”

During the Inquisition, over 50 million innocent people were killed in the name of “Christianity”! That’s right—50 million! And you can add many millions more as victims of the Holy Roman Empire. Shouldn’t the whole world fear a pope who would say, “Discover your origins, revive your roots. Return to those authentic values which made your history a glorious one”? Those “origins” and “roots” and that “history” caused many millions of people to die!

In Revelation 17, God paints a vivid picture of a great church as a lavishly dressed harlot, holding sway over the nations. God sees things as they truly are! Let’s look at God’s view: “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration” (Revelation 17:6). God sees this whore “drunken” on the blood of the saints! Is killing God’s saints “glorious”?

The Holy Roman Empire will come at the king of the south like a whirlwind. Will there be a surprise attack from Cyprus? Will we see the final crusade launched from there? A whirlwind comes suddenly. So it doesn’t appear the attack will be launched from Europe.

We must understand the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades to understand the Catholic passion for Jerusalem. They have a long history of spilling rivers of blood over Jerusalem.

Notice what their first action is after they are victorious. “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (Daniel 11:41). They “enter” into the glorious land, or the Holy Land. The Hebrew indicates this is a peaceful entry—not forced.

The Jews appear to invite them in as peacekeepers. But it leads to a great double-cross, prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 23. (Write for our free booklets The Ezekiel Watchman and Hosea.)

This betrayal will lead to a disaster where no stone is left on top of another stone at the Wailing Wall (Matthew 24:1-3). Those are Christ’s own words!

The Jews should remember the history of the violence and bloodshed by the Crusaders. Then perhaps they would choose differently.

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (Daniel 11:42-43). Other countries are going to fall to this great power too.

Twice it mentions that Egypt will not escape. For over two decades, Egypt has been the most moderate nation in the Middle East. Iran has pushed them toward their camp. That is because Egypt fears terrorism and their own radical Muslims. We have seen that happen before our eyes, just as God prophesied it would!

The Good News

At that point in prophecy, the Holy Roman Empire will face disaster. “But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many” (verse 44). The Russians and Chinese will prepare for war with Europe. The Europeans will see it happening and strike first. They will, however, be defeated.

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (verse 45). Notice, the religious leader will move his headquarters to Jerusalem—and not just for protection. He could go to many other cities that would be safer. But this will be a religious act of faith. Jerusalem is considered to be his most holy place on Earth—the “center of the universe.” Still, he will come to a most ignominious end. Nobody will be there to help him.

There should be no chapter break between Daniel 11 and 12. The story flow continues to illustrate that this religious war will trigger a nuclear World War iii.

“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1). There has never before been trouble like this. God promises to protect His people physically. Otherwise, they would perish in a nuclear nightmare.

As bad as this news is, it leads to the best news this world has ever heard! “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” (verse 11). The daily sacrifice is referring to God’s work. That work will be taken away—removed when God takes His people to a place of safety (Matthew 24:15-16; Luke 21:20-21). That must happen because the abomination of desolation, or the king of the north, is going to conquer America and Britain—unless they repent. But when that happens, you will be able to start counting days to the return of Jesus Christ. He will end these “holy wars” forever.

Any child should understand that the fruits of these “holy wars” have been diabolical! There is no excuse for America and Britain not knowing the truth. God has been sending His message in power for over 60 years! They have rejected it repeatedly. That is why they now must suffer so intensely. Finally, God will get their attention and lead them to peace, full joy and abundance.

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Israel’s Lost Vision

From the August 2001 Trumpet Print Edition

On the eve of Yom Kippur, 1994, in Ma’ariv, an Israeli newspaper, Shmuel Schnitzer lamented, “For the first time in 2,000 years, we are preparing to deny our historical rights, both the divine promise and in terms of referring to the land by the name of its people, ‘The Land of Israel’—a land which belongs to the children of Israel, from then and to eternity….

“We are a generation that is betraying its forefathers, their faith, and their sacrifice. We are now engaged in tearing out the heart of the land from ourselves, undercutting everything which we nurtured.

“An entirely new Jewish people is being created before our very eyes. A nation which doesn’t belong to its land, which doesn’t continue the past, which will inherit nothing, and is promised nothing. The Bible is no longer our calling card. It’s a mere historical curiosity.”

He is writing about a lost vision. It is a serious problem that afflicts the American and British people as well. Without this vision, nations perish! (Prov. 29:18).

Let’s look back at Israel’s recent history.

When World War ii ended, there were many Jewish refugees with no place to call home. Most of the world became sympathetic to these Jews.

After a bitter struggle in the United Nations, on May 14, 1948, Israel (biblical Judah) was declared a state. The Palestinians, supported by five Arab armies, attacked immediately.

The Jews had no real army. They were losing the war after three weeks. Then the Arabs strangely called for a temporary truce. This is exactly what Israel needed to re-arm and train their weary troops—many of them civilians who carried guns.

Shortly thereafter the Arabs started fighting again. This time the Jews were well prepared and soon won the war. It was a miracle from God. Many Jews acknowledged that fact. They were to experience many miracles in the following years.

The Jews were determined fighters. This was their first sovereign nation in 2,000 years. Only death could make them surrender their new and only homeland.

There continued to be many problems between the Jews and Arabs. The problems became so intense in 1967 that almost every nation in the world believed the Arabs were about to attack Israel again. The Soviet Union was strongly urging Egypt to attack. Egyptian troops poured into the Sinai and ordered the UN forces out. War seemed imminent.

Egypt, Jordan and Syria were allied to start a war. So the Jews felt compelled to strike first.

Jewish war planes flew into Egypt and destroyed 300 Egyptian combat fighters in three hours. The Jews captured all of the Sinai, the Suez Canal, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights in just six days.

Again, a series of miracles by God saved the Jewish nation. This event was also prophesied. (Write for our free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy.) Tourists began to pour into Israel. The Jewish state became prosperous and complacent. The Jews were lulled into a false sense of security.

In late 1973, the Jewish military ignored serious intelligence reports that the Arabs were again going to attack. The attack occurred on October 6—during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

The Jews won the war in three weeks, with much aid from the Americans. Egypt was beaten, but not humiliated. Once again Israel was miraculously saved.

Menachem Begin was elected prime minister in 1977. President Carter persuaded him to give the Sinai back to Egypt in the late 1970s.

This was the beginning of the Israeli-Arab peace pact. The Jews gave up land for a piece of paper.

When the Jews gave the Sinai back to Egypt, that probably included Mount Sinai, where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. This fiery mountain spectacle gave birth to the nation of Israel! The Sinai area was where the children of Israel wandered for 40 years, as they rebelled against God’s law.

Biblical Judah, or today’s Jewish state, is only a small part of the modern descendants of ancient Israel. America and the British people are also Israel. The United States and Britain were both instrumental in pressuring the Jews to give the Sinai back to Egypt, even though our ancestry was also a part of Israel when God’s law was given on Mount Sinai.

The nations of Judah, Ephraim (Britain) and Manasseh (U.S.)—their Bible names—are prophesied to be conquered together just before Christ returns (Hos. 5:5). So the Jewish nation had to be established by God for that prophecy to be fulfilled. A miracle by God had to be performed.

Why are these three nations in such serious trouble today? Giving the Sinai back to Egypt is at the heart of their problems!

If God were to give me the Sinai, I would never give it back unless God commanded it—which, I’m quite sure, He never would. The whole world could not influence or force me to do so.

Those three nations are looking to men for peace and not to the great God of Mount Sinai. Their history with God is virtually meaningless!

No other nation on this Earth was ever chosen as God’s people—chosen not as a favorite people, but to lead the world to God. Israel has failed God miserably—anciently and today. Soon God will punish them as never before. We talk a lot about God, but we don’t believe and obey Him. That is the real source of all our problems today. The nations of Israel are going to fall because of that faithlessness.

The Jewish nation was born and sustained by godly miracles. But they still refuse to trust God!

In our message today, we must tell Judah, America and Britain the real cause of their serious problems. It is their only hope of survival!

God gave Bethlehem—the birthplace of Christ—to the Jews. In the midst of the “peace” process, they gave it to the Palestinians.

They rejected and crucified Christ almost 2,000 years ago. They still reject Him today. But then so do most of those people who profess to be Christians.

The Jews have given back many other biblical sites to the Arabs. America and Britain have strongly urged them to do so. We fail to realize that such a lack of faith is why all the adults of ancient Israel had to die in the Sinai wilderness.

We continue to make the same mistake our forefathers made. And unless we repent, we will have the same tragic end!

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Writing for the Irish Times, journalist Breda O’Brien poses the question, since when did marriage and family become unmentionable terms in politics?

She points to the last British government report on families, which manages to completely avoid defining family and does not even mention marriage! As she exclaims, “This was quite an achievement in a document the size of a telephone directory” (July 7).

O’Brien claims that in Britain, “marriage and family are a hot potato politically.” It seems that the motivation of the British government in avoiding any reference to marriage and family is to avoid stigmatizing those

single parents who took no responsibility to legitimize their relationship before producing children with either one or, in many cases, multiple partners.

O’Brien also notes in the government “the lack of political courage to stand up to powerful lobby groups which…would like to pretend that all family forms are equally valuable in their outcomes for adults, children and society as a whole.” But, as she points out, multiple studies conducted in Ireland all highlight the value of marriage, the most recent of which found that “being married, rather than single, separated, widowed or even remarried has a more powerful impact on well-being than either income or employment” (ibid.).

Based on such findings, O’Brien maintains that, for the good, welfare and survival of society, its citizens “should be supporting marriage. That may not be trendy or politically correct, but it is reality.”

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“Europe’s leaders may not even fully understand what they’re doing. The rest of the world hasn’t a clue.” The International Herald Tribune thus summed up the incredible rise of the European Union to the position of chief global economic power, in their July 3 edition.

The same article carried other startling statements: “Europe has seized control of much of the global economic agenda…. Europe’s grasp for power will shape the global economy for decades to come.”

Is this true? If it is, how come “the rest of the world hasn’t a clue”? Well, it’s a long story. Believe it or not, it started way back around 31 b.c. That’s the year that the Roman Empire came to power.

Students of biblical history understand that the great image portrayed in Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as depicted in Daniel 2:31-35, is analogous to the four great Gentile empires that have held sway throughout the past three millennia. This is clearly explained in our booklet Daniel—Unsealed at Last, which you may have, free of charge, by requesting it from one of the addresses shown inside the cover of this magazine.

It is not the purpose of this article to prove the identity of the Roman Empire as revealed in the prophetic scriptures. We have plenty of literature available to our readers which serves that purpose. It is sufficient for our purposes in this article to state that biblical prophecy reveals that, upon the destruction of the Roman Empire in a.d. 476, ten succeeding governments were to grow out of it. Justinian restored the empire in a.d. 554, in the process uprooting the first three governments (three barbarian kingdoms), which disappeared from history at that time. Justinian’s restoration of the empire preceded the subsequent six resurrections of the “Holy” Roman Empire. These are facts of history.

The seventh and last resurrection of that empire is now rapidly congealing into a federation of nation-states in Europe, spreading its tentacles globally via massive investment in, and takeovers of, international business.

Astonishing Rush

“Even the U.S. market is now less of an American market. As a unifying Europe asserts its regulatory muscle, its entrepreneurs are in flight to the United States, where they are less subject to…direction by bureaucrats. The rush is astonishing. According to Mergerstat, a Los Angeles research service, foreign companies in the past three years have taken over 2,779 U.S. companies worth a stunning $766 billion. Three quarters of that money is from Europe” (ibid.).

This is economic blitzkrieg! As we have pointed out in previous articles, much of this investment is coming from Europe’s dominant power, Germany. Norman Davies demonstrates in his masterful study of Europe that the old Holy Roman Empire was “the launch-pad of ‘Germany’” (Europe—A History, p. 317).

Up to the time of World War ii, Germany had spearheaded its dominance of Europe via the instrumentality of war. But those who blindly claim that the German nation has since miraculously transformed itself into a responsible democracy simply fool themselves. As British parliamentarian Sir Richard Body declares, German tactics changed in the mid-20th century. “…German power presented a threat. For a century Germany tried to impose her dominance by military means: now she is able to do so by economic means…. She is not going to agree to any developments that threaten her wealth or reduce her ability to follow her own course” (The Breakdown of Europe, p. 59).

Slowly—painfully slowly—and probably too late, Anglo-American thinkers are starting to wake up to the fact that what Germany failed at—global dominance imposed by war—in the two greatest wars in man’s history, it is on the verge of gaining via global economic investment. Germany has done so under the cloak of avidly working as a “partner” with other European countries, part of a federation of nation-states, ostensibly “Europeanized” away from its traditional Teutonic warmongering tendencies.

Again, Sir Richard Body’s views are incisive and reveal a real feel for both history and human nature: “To believe that Germany will become ‘Europeanized’ in the sense that she will surrender her own national interests to appease the other states of the Union, and that she will allow them to go on indefinitely feeding off the billions of deutsch marks that she provides with no apparent advantage in exchange—that is to dream of a new and very implausible theory of international relations” (ibid.).

Tainted Roots

To understand the real nature of the European Union, and the threat it poses to Anglo-American civilization, culture, society and economy, one has to dig into history. In fact, one has to go to the source of the modern “science” of geopolitics.

Geopolitics is simply the term coined to describe the study of the relationship between geographic and political factors as they relate to or influence a nation or region. One of the most prominent names associated with geopolitics is that of Karl Haushofer (1869-1946). He was a leading light in German intellectual life in Nazi Germany. Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s close associate, was a student of Haushofer.

At the heart of Haushofer’s geopolitical ideology was a conviction that Europe’s history of conflict could be overcome by an amalgamation of the nations of Europe and the sacrifice of their individual sovereignty to a single “common European idea and meaning.” The idea of the German Reich had its genesis in this particular geopolitical concept. Author John Laughland explains it thus: “The geopoliticians, indeed, ascribed precisely to the Reich the role of the bearer and realizer of European unity…. They thought that…the nation was too small for the modern interdependent world and economy” (The Tainted Source, p. 111).

Herein lies the connection between the Third Reich of Nazi Germany and the European Union of today. “Their Reich theories, which accorded a greater role to the non-political factor of space than to the political arrangements which nations had in fact chosen, were explicitly predicated on the idea that the notion of sovereignty itself should be abandoned in favor of the higher interests of the ‘community’” (ibid.; emphasis mine here and throughout).

It is a fact of recent history that no country close to Germany welcomed its unification. It scared France to death. In fact in a pathetic, last ditch stance, then French President Francois Mitterand paid a state visit to East Germany on December 20-21, 1989 (after the Berlin Wall had been breached), to reassure that shattering regime of France’s support for the continuing existence of East Germany as an independent state. Only when unification was inevitable did the turncoat French leader sign a joint letter with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in April 1990, to initiate the process which was to evolve as the Maastricht Treaty on European unity 18 months later.

Ever since, the French have played a subservient role to a united Germany in the bullying process of roping European nations into a federation under German leadership. John Laughland portrays this scenario in startling terms: “Germany knows what potential the axis with France offers her. Without France at her side, then the creation of a monetary union including only the D-Mark zone countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, perhaps some Eastern Europe states) would appear, very simply, as what it would, in fact, be: a new German Reich. With France in the picture, by contrast, German hegemony is disguised…. European integration was an escalator [France] was too frightened to get off” (ibid., p. 126).

Encircling the Globe

Germany’s chief negotiator of the Maastricht Treaty, Horst Köhler, stated in 1996, “There is no alternative to European integration. Any other choice could cause the other countries of the continent, one day, to unite against us” (Le Monde, Feb. 6, 1996). This is mind-boggling rhetoric, considering that it was Germany who started the last three major wars in Europe!

Of all nations in Europe, it is Germany that has a European policy crystallized with dogged political will and single-minded purpose. The present-day policy of Germany for Europe is in fact a policy for domination. Few, indeed, can see it. Yet it was articulated, immediately prior to German unification, by two of Chancellor Kohl’s senior advisers in July 1989. The document setting out Germany’s post-unification blueprint for their new empire was, in fact, written immediately following the visit by Mikhail Gorbachev, the Russian president at the time, to Bonn to inform Chancellor Kohl that he would not oppose German unification.

One month after this visit, as reported by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 17, 1989, the two advisers drew up the German “concentric circles” model for global domination. The authors of this paper maintained that German political integration should become the model for European integration. But it was not to stop with Europe! The paper showed a German-inspired “federal nucleus” of Europe to be the “focal point and center of gravity for an ever-expanding community.”

How far is this community to expand? “This model can be seen as a system of concentric circles,” the paper said.

Describing the German plan outlined in the paper, Mr. Laughland wrote, “Such a Europe [was] to replace the current ‘confusing diversity’ of Europe’s overlapping structures…with ‘a singular consistent structure.’ That structure was to consist of a ‘European federal state,’ the ‘United States of Europe’ as its ‘centerpiece.’ …The second circle would be ‘the European Community’ including the ‘United States of Europe’ and the other seven EC states. The third concentric circle would be comprised of an ‘Association of European States’…open to the Eastern European states, the Scandinavian countries and Switzerland. The final concentric circle was ‘the common European home’ itself…that is, all of Europe plus the Soviet Union, Canada and the USA” (The Tainted Source, p. 123).

As Laughland states, the authors of this grand design for global German dominion “never understated the breadth of their vision”!

That vision ought to send chills up your spine. Why aren’t you hearing warnings about it in the press? Why no great international outcry? Simply because the EU, via its various unaccountable and unelected instrumentalities, has elected, by sleight of hand, deceit and outright lying, to hide the truth from the world.

Rotten Heart

While addressing a farmers’ meeting in Britain on September 22, 1998, Bernard Connolly, author of the book The Rotten Heart of Europe, declared, “Cheating is what Europe is all about. Lying is what Europe is all about. Humiliating and subjugating Britain is what Europe is all about.”

That humiliation of Britain extends to the EU using Britain to legitimize what the Franco-German axis is doing in Europe and around the globe to give it “credibility” in the eyes of the world. Britain’s faltering, more-cautious approach to full EU integration has led Romano Prodi, president of the Commission of European Communities, to state snidely, “In practice, if you don’t fully participate in the family, your voice will be less heard. To be different makes you less important in the total decision-making process” (Guardian, London, Feb. 16).

In what amounted to a statement bordering on blackmail, Prodi also told political journalists that the UK would have “less strength” in the European Union’s decision-making process outside the euro zone. “How can you control your economy being surrounded by the euro and not having your man inside the European Central Bank?” he said (ibid.).

As to Bernard Connolly’s allegations of EU lying and cheating, one only has to remember that the collapse of the European Commission in 1999 was due to fraud of hugely embarrassing proportions being publicized by a lone Dutch auditor. The same Dutchman was hounded from office and declared persona non grata for his efforts. In a face-saving exercise, the EU replaced 20 of its commissioners and created a new anti-fraud office. A year ago, a report from the EU itself admitted that it had made no inroads into stemming the flow of fraudulently siphoned-off EU funds, nor checked any of the EU’s rampant corruption!

“The new anti-fraud office created by the European Union to root out corruption in Brussels is no better than its predecessor and has failed to break free from political control, according to an internal EU report. A year and a half after the collapse of the Santer Commission amid allegations of fraud, nepotism, and dirty tricks by the Commission’s security service, little seems to have changed” (Daily Telegraph, London, Aug. 30, 2000).

As of May this year, the utter failure of the EU to deal with the depth of fraud within its own ranks was once more highlighted in one of its own reports!

According to the Europe Information Service, on May 15 the European Commission reviewed its protection of EU financial interests and the fight against fraud in the 2000 EU budget. The member states and the Anti-Fraud Office (olaf) handled 6,955 new cases last year with an overall budgetary impact (real or estimated) of over 2 trillion euros—$1.77 trillion! “This represents a record level of fraud and irregularities according to the report” (European Report, May 16).

The Source

It is difficult to conceive of a more inefficient, bureaucratic, undemocratic, unaccountable and corrupt institution than this European Union. Yet, if we only had eyes to see, we would not wonder at the extent of the dark deeds of the Eurocombine, for we would recognize its source.

The aging Apostle John, viewing from afar across the breadth of time, saw in his mind’s eye, via his inspired vision documented in the book of Revelation, the true nature of this Euro-beast and the source of its corrupt and corrupting power. Speaking of those nations which are drawn into this great politico-religious-economic combine, John stated, “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (Rev. 17:13).

But from where does this beastly Eurofederation, destined to shortly dominate the globe, gain its power? It is very clearly revealed in John’s great apocalyptic vision: “the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Rev. 13:2).

In the months ahead, the fractious nature of this final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire will become increasingly evident. Great strains will be felt within the EU as it struggles to float its euro currency and prepares to absorb up to 13 more member nations. Watch for socio-economic disruption in Europe as its feet of clay appear (Dan. 2:41-43). Then watch for a powerful leader to rise up through flatteries (Dan. 11:21) to take on the overall leadership of the EU and ultimately steer it on a course of deathly confrontation with the Anglo-American peoples.

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After 20 years of voluntary service in the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, the Peace Corps is pulling out.

Once a relatively stable society under the administration of Australia, New Guinea played a crucial role in World War ii as an island bastion for Australian, New Zealand and U.S. troops when General MacArthur stationed his command post at Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea witnessed some of the most bitter and brutal clashes of jungle warfare between Japanese and Allied troops on the Kokoda track.

Following the war, a thriving South Pacific lifestyle was established as post-war reconstruction developed Port Moresby’s large, sheltered harbor into an important commercial port.

Since independence from Australia was granted in 1975, the nation has suffered increasing socio-economic difficulties as poorly trained, inept local governments have taken over the running of the country.

With a highland populace that is only a couple of generations removed from a tribal headhunting society, Papua New Guinea is rapidly becoming the Congo of the South Pacific. Violent crime has accelerated to the point where Peace Corps headquarters in Washington rated the risk factor to its volunteers as three times higher than other developing countries in which it operated.

Nations which would normally vie for the opportunity to develop Papua New Guinea’s abundant oil, gas, gold, silver, copper and timber reserves will be tempted to channel investment elsewhere. However, this tropical Australian neighbor is now entering the basket-case category of many African nations, and risks dropping even below its present UN ranking of 126th out of 174 countries in human development and employment opportunities.

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In a move that has religionists and civil liberties groups up in arms, France has moved, arbitrarily, to enact legislation repressing religious freedom in that country.

Thumbing its nose to outcries from the U.S. and other foreign governments as well as mainstream church leaders, the French government has raised a bill before its senate which is designed “to reinforce the prevention and repression of groups of a ‘sect-like character’” (Globe and Mail, June 12).

Joseph Grieboski, president of the Washington-based Institute on Religion and Public Policy, declared, “This law makes the practice of one’s religion into a criminal offense.”

The bill, if passed, would enable the courts to dissolve officially designated cults under certain conditions. In addition, it would create a new category of crime: abuse of a person “in a state of psychological or physical dependence caused by the exertion of heavy or repeated pressure or techniques liable to alter his judgment.” One caught engaging in behavior considered to match that description faces a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

One of the problems foreseen by legal analysts is that the legislation is far too vague in its definitions. Key terms such as “sect,” “dependence” and “pressure” are simply left undefined.

As Adrian Hilton, noted author of The Principality and Power of Europe, has stated, “Evangelical Christians are perceived by the EU as a ‘sect,’ and…any group which does not belong to the majority church (Roman Catholic) is viewed by many meps with suspicion. This classification is nothing new. The early Church was branded an heretical sect, and this was the earliest basis of persecution” (p. 104).

There is now real concern that the French legislation will cause a domino effect within the EU. Austria, Germany, Belgium and some Eastern European countries have already officially identified “sects” (many headquartered in the U.S.) for close monitoring.