The Armies of Armageddon

The Armies of Armageddon

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The Russia-Georgia conflict and Germany’s response is far more important than the fall of the Berlin Wall! Here is why.
From the November 2008 Trumpet Print Edition

The world is focused on the American elections. But there are even more important elections coming on Sept. 28, 2009. Those will occur in Germany. And because a crisis is simmering there right now, this momentous event could come to a head even sooner than we think.

After this momentous election, one man will rise to power in Europe. A man we have been anticipating for years.

German leadership is currently in turmoil. After the last German election in 2005, the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats pinned together an unwieldy “grand coalition” government with Angela Merkel as its head. Three years later, that political alliance is full of divisions. It looks as though it may not last until the next election day.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has used her office to try to play peacemaker with her coalition’s various factions, but now it looks like she is in serious trouble. Something has forced her hand: Russia.

In August, the Red Army invaded Georgia, one of the former Soviet satellites that hosts part of an important oil pipeline leading to Europe. Georgia had been turning toward the West and nato, but Russian tanks put a stop to that. They showed the world how bold Russia is and how far its leader, Vladimir Putin, is willing to go.

Angela Merkel is from East Germany, so she knows what Russian rule is like. But because of her shaky government, she has been unable to steer her own country’s foreign policy. Germany sees what power Vladimir Putin has, and it is scared. Merkel wants to react by standing up to Russia, and, according to Stratfor, she is now abandoning her peacemaker approach to find a way to get control of Germany’s foreign policy.

But Merkel is coming to a dead end: a network of German leaders who have different plans. This group of leaders is like the Nazi underground network that developed during and after World War ii, ready and waiting to come to the surface and establish its own vision for Germany’s future. And it is a deadly and terrible vision!

Now, the upheaval in the grand coalition opens the door for someone else through flatteries and deceit to put together a coalition and become chancellor—next September, if not before.

The reason Chancellor Merkel does not control foreign policy is that other German leaders are grabbing the reins. One of them is Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In addition to presiding over foreign affairs, he is curator of Germany’s intelligence agencies and has a lot of power. Steinmeier wants to resurrect the “Great Germany.” He doesn’t like America. He believes Germans have a fundamentally different mentality than Americans.

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is another important part of this network. After ruling in Germany for seven years before Merkel, he took a job as an officer in Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy company. Both Schröder and Steinmeier are very friendly toward Russia. There is a pro-Russian sentiment in Germany. Even as Russia invaded Georgia, some of Germany’s media outlets attacked America and sided with Russia. Many Germans are excited about how Russia’s invasion has exposed the weakness of America. And many Germans want a strongman of their own like Russia has in its former-kgb-agent prime minister.

Germany’s tumultuous government and its urgent need to deal with Russia may also bring another important German to power: Edmund Stoiber. Stoiber is the best friend the pope has in Germany, so he is not out of the running for making a comeback as the leader of Germany and of Europe. The Vatican is the world’s listening post; it has a lot of power. It also has definite plans for Germany and Europe’s future—a Catholic future. Europe is going to have to be pared down if it wants to deal with Russia; the pope definitely wants it pared down to a Catholic core.

But did you know that Germany and Russia have probably already dealt with their most urgent differences? Considering the involvement of Schröder and Steinmeier, all kinds of agreements could unfold. I believe that Germany’s leaders may have already agreed to a deal with Russia, a modern Hitler-Stalin pact where Germany and Russia divide countries and assets between themselves. This agreement would allow each to turn its sights on other targets. Any such deal that may have been struck between Germany and Russia is a precursor to war!

Russia’s conflict with Georgia, Germany’s reaction to it, and a German-Russian pact will bring a man on the world scene like we have never seen before. This man is prophesied in your Bible!

Daniel 8 speaks of a fierce German ruler to come “in the latter time.” Verse 23 describes him as a “king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences.” “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many …” (verse 25). This king comes acting like he wants peace, but he is lying! He will be a ruthless and violent man—preaching peace but practicing war!

Daniel 11:21 says this end-time Antiochus will “come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries,” yet will be a vile person. Verse 25 shows he will war against the king of the south with a great army.

I believe we might see the Daniel 8:23 man within this year!

This is Germany and Europe’s moment!

The Daniel 8 man is going to change the German landscape—economically, politically and militarily. Germany needs a man for emergencies. What we see developing now is just such an emergency, and Germany is about to bring that man to power. This is what’s just ahead of us!

We have seen the king of the south, radical Islam, come together and begin to push. We are now seeing the “kings of the east,” Russia and China, aggressively assert their power. And Russia versus Georgia is bringing in the Daniel 8 man, a man who will finally stand up and use power: the king of the north!

This is the rise of the Holy Roman Empire. It’s back!

Herbert Armstrong said in 1960, and even before, that there would be a European superpower that would be greater than the United States or Russia. Do you see this prophecy, which came from the Bible, coming to pass step by step by step? Do you see how America is falling apart, how our dollar is collapsing, our alliances are fracturing? Our people don’t have the will to confront these challenges. They are too concerned about their entertainment, their sports, their pornography. They do not want to be distracted by war, or saving their nation, or obeying God!

Russia’s invasion of Georgia, if you can believe it, has far greater significance than the fall of the Berlin Wall! It is the first military strike of the kings of the east! The world is thundering toward Armageddon!

Read Revelation 16:12-16. These armies of Armageddon are already on the world scene today!

Are you ready for what is coming? Are you paying close attention to what is occurring before our eyes?

But even in this oncoming destruction there is also hope! God has revealed something else that we should remember. Though Anglo-America is doomed to fall, and the kings of the north and south and east are to engage in the most horrific World War iii, the rest of Daniel 8:25 shows the end of this violent and bloody king of the north and his armies: “he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”

This means this violent king will fight God! All these men will be destroyed by Jesus Christ Himself. When you see this man come on the world scene, you can know that the God who prophesied all this is coming back! Jesus Christ is about to return! This is wonderful news beyond anything you can imagine: Jesus Christ is about to return and put a stop to all war! That too is coming! Are you ready for it?

With editorial assistance by Philip Nice

South Africa’s Lame-Duck President

South Africa’s Lame-Duck President

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Once the jewel of Africa, this nation is now going the way of the rest of the continent. A new president won’t help matters.

Imagine a small cabal of leaders within the Republican Party forcing the president from office. No public vote, not even any input from Congress—just the application of enough pressure on the man that he resigns. Then imagine Congress installing a deputy president to fill in for several months until another election can be held.

Such a bizarre turns of events—aside from revealing just how powerful, and also shockingly divided, the ruling political party is—would mire the nation in a political muddle. It would also leave the nation vulnerable to exploitation by outsiders.

This is just what has happened in South Africa.

Thabo Mbeki had served as the nation’s president for almost a decade. Sunday of last week, the ruling African National Congress (anc) forced him to resign over allegations that he’d interfered in a corruption case against Jacob Zuma, his longstanding opponent. When the presiding judge made accusations of political interference and dismissed all charges against Zuma, his allies had the pretext they needed to “recall” the president.

Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy leader of the African National Congress and former trade union leader, became South Africa’s third president last Thursday, the third since Nelson Mandela took the reins of post-apartheid South Africa in 1994.

An outbreak of singing and dancing from the anc greeted the announcement of Motlanthe’s win in the National Assembly—but Motlanthe’s presidency isn’t really worth cheering. His lame-duck tenure will only help the nation limp through what would have been the rest of Mbeki’s term in office. Elections are scheduled for April next year. Thus, South Africa will endure several months of an essentially meaningless administration, a situation that could well exacerbate several oppressive national problems.

South Africa is in trouble. At one time one of the most prosperous nations in Africa, today it finds itself in the jaws of the very woes that are swallowing nearly every other African state: rampant crime, corruption, unemployment, poverty and disease. This trend is doubly tragic because of the heights from which it has descended to this condition—and the speed.

Of course, fierce criticism of the white, apartheid-era rulers from which the anc took control in 1994 has been widely publicized. That criticism, however, does not change this fact: Whatever problems existed under that much-reviled system, they are simply being dwarfed by those multiplying under Marxist anc rule.

The undeniable, politically incorrect truth is that the descent of South Africa is largely the regrettable creation of the anc.

Mbeki’s failings were clear. His leadership was widely criticized for being cloistered, exclusive, aloof, vindictive toward critics and aggressive against dissenters. Though his economic policies were credited with creating a boom, they helped chase a million whites from the country in a decade and have left many blacks in the dust of poverty. While a small black middle class is growing, as is a clutch of superwealthy, politically well-connected black oligarchs, one quarter of the nation is currently unemployed—40 percent, if you include those no longer looking for work. Eleven percent of South Africans live on less than a dollar a day, double the number of those in poverty when the anc took power in 1994.

Under Mbeki, the nation also suffered from one of the worst crime rates in the world. It has eight times as many murders as the average country—nine times as many as the United States. It has more assaults, rapes and murders with firearms per capita than anywhere in the world. Over eight in 10 South African businesses are affected by crime—not missing Post-it notes, but violent crime and burglary. Even in “quiet” neighborhoods—which are routinely protected by security companies, closed-circuit cameras, palisade fencing, electronic gates, razor wire and alarm systems—burglaries and armed robberies are distressingly common.

Child protection services estimate that one third of girls and one fifth of boys in the country are sexually exploited; a child goes missing on average every six hours. And the reality is probably worse than the numbers suggest: The government is widely thought to fudge statistics down so as not to highlight its failures. The minister of safety and security once told people to stop complaining about the crime or leave the country.

Making matters so much worse is the appalling policing failure. Author and researcher Jonny Steinberg recently wrote a book, Thin Blue: The Unwritten Rules of Policing in South Africa, detailing the shocking truth about policing in post-apartheid South Africa, after spending eight years on the beat with police patrols. What did he find? “The truth is that it is not the police who control the criminals, but the criminals who dictate when, where and how they will be policed” (Pretoria News,September 17). The criminals rule South Africa’s streets.

At the same time, South Africa faces a food production crisis. “This is not a fight between racist farmers and disenfranchised black people. It’s a national crisis; it’s a fight for the economic survival of our country,” says Chris Burgess, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, the nation’s leading English-speaking farming magazine. “We are heading for a catastrophe and the cracks are already showing because our government under President Mbeki did not treat food production as a national priority.” Food production in South Africa is falling at an alarming rate as a result of white farmers being driven off the land and large tracts of agricultural land going out of production due to the transfer of land to blacks. As a result, this year the nation went from being one of only a few net food exporting countries in the world to being a net importer.

It is easy to see why so many were eager for a change in leadership. But Kgalema Motlanthe is merely a caretaker president. He stands no chance of making a dent in the country’s many woes.

The anc’s cheers over his victory were likely more directed at the fact that now, the man in prime position to become president in next year’s election is Jacob Zuma.

Zuma is expected to be the anc’s candidate, which means that, presuming he can continue to sidestep the corruption charges that have been leveled against him, he will be the next president. (Post-apartheid South Africa is effectively a one-party state.) Thus, Zuma is even now in a position to influence South African policy. Will we see a change for the good in South Africa as a result?

Zuma and his cronies have been undermining Mbeki’s power for the past nine months—ever since Zuma was elected leader of the anc last December. Now, Mbeki’s strategy of pinning corruption charges on Zuma has backfired. A South African high court ruled September 12 that the corruption trial against Zuma was illegal, causing the case to be thrown out. The legal clearing of Zuma, as Stratfor pointed out, “clears a lingering obstacle from Zuma’s path toward becoming South Africa’s next president” (September 12).

It is clear, however, that Jacob Zuma—should he become president next year as expected—will not represent a step forward for South Africa. Serious questions regarding his character, experience and policies dog him. Calling himself “100 Percent Zulu Boy” and using the anti-apartheid Zulu anthem “Bring Me My Machine Gun” as his theme song, the polygamist Zuma prides himself on his lack of formal education (some say he’s barely literate). He was brought up, fatherless, on the Soviet-era Communist ideals of the anc and joined its terrorist wing at age 16. Soon after, he was arrested and spent a decade in prison. Though he touts himself as a man of the people and defender of the poor, Zuma himself enjoys substantial wealth and a lavish lifestyle.

This is the man that the ruling party in South Africa has turned to in order to address the nation’s crushing internal crises. He’s not up to the job.

Economically, as much as he may talk about helping South Africa’s poor, Zuma’s allegiances lie elsewhere. Some believe that he will do little to change the reforms made under Mbeki’s rulership simply because of his accountability to the nation’s influential white businessmen. But there is tension over the fact that Zuma owes his political success to the anc’s powerful allies in cosatu—the Congress of South African Trade Unions—and the South African Communist Party, both of which strongly oppose anything resembling free-market reforms.

True to its revolutionary roots, the anc is proving itself increasingly driven by dangerous and shallow ideology rather than by what will best serve the country.

In clear contrast to the National Party that preceded it, the anc is anti-West at its heart. From its earliest post-apartheid days under Nelson Mandela, it has routinely fostered relationships with dictators the world over, from Cuba to Libya to Iran. In the United Nations—within which it is wrapping up a two-year stint on the Security Council—it has consistently sided with Arab and Muslim entities and against American and Israeli interests. High anc officials have publicly warned that South Africa must protect itself against possible invasion from the United States, of all things.

Zuma represents a further move in this anti-West direction.

Watch South Africa. In state after state on this aged continent, the transfer of power from colonialists to local rule, hailed as a victory for black Africans, has produced devastating results. The pattern that has been repeatedly followed is one of the new governing elite seizing the reins of power and driving their nations into the ground while making themselves criminally wealthy—often largely off international aid that never reaches the people for whom it is intended. The continent’s history of tribalism has simply overwhelmed democratic instruments and bestowed the unparalleled power of the modern nation-state on men who are essentially tribal chiefs.

South Africa has been a notable exception to this rule for several decades since becoming an independent republic. But now, that is changing—and rapidly. The true cause for this change is rooted in South Africa’s historical connection to the British Empire and the throne of England. Biblical prophecy describes and explains the curses South Africa increasingly finds itself under—curses that are destined to grow worse in the time ahead. A vital warning to the peoples of South Africa is contained in our booklet South Africa in Prophecy. Though written a decade ago, its prescient forecasts are even truer today, in the era of Zuma.

In short, by all appearances Zuma’s leadership of the anc—and potential leadership of the country—represents, at best, a continuation of the problems that have plagued anc rule, if not their intensification.

With Mbeki out, what foreign powers will come in to court his successor? This well-developed, resource-rich nation, in the absence of strong government, will likely become an even choicer target for predatory nations looking to exploit Africa’s wealth.

German-Foreign-Policy.com reports that Berlin has a long-term strategy to use Pretoria as a stabilizing factor for its interests in Africa. As such, it has been eagerly establishing extensive political, economic and military ties with South Africa, which is by far its most important business partner in Africa. More than 500 German enterprises hold majority shares in joint ventures—amounting to €4.2 billion in German investment. About 40 percent of South Africa’s exports go to Europe, and 40 percent of its imports come from Europe. Berlin and Brussels are also counting on Pretoria’s military to implement their African interests; Germany and other EU countries have been delivering military equipment to South Africa for years. One expert analysis says that Germany’s arms exports to South Africa have grown considerably since 2001, with South Africa being “the most important buyer of German military equipment” outside the Western industrial countries in 2004 and 2005. German-Foreign-Policy.com concludes, “The German hegemonic policy encompassing the African continent is taking effect.”

South Africa has tremendous natural resources and an excellent road and rail infrastructure that makes transporting the resources out very easy. With the government in crisis, a caretaker president currently in place and a questionable successor waiting to take his place, we can expect other nations to make their moves quickly.

Watch China, watch Russia—but even more, watch Europe, especially Germany.

Vatican Calls on Catholics to Get Involved in Politics

Vatican Calls on Catholics to Get Involved in Politics

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Catholics need to wake up when it comes to politics, and stop leaving “God in the pew,” a Vatican aide said Monday, according to Zenit.org.

In an address at a conference in Assisi, Italy, organized by Retinopera, a network of Italian organizations that promote the Church’s social teachings, Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, called on Catholic laity to get involved in politics.

Crepaldi said Benedict xvi’s call in Sardinia in early September for “the birth of a new generation of Christians involved in society and politics” was addressed to the Christian communities “who, as far as the formation [of] new generations involved in society and politics is concerned, seem to be falling asleep.”

A Catholic rebirth, he said, would not likely succeed “without more conscious and integrated use of the Church’s social teaching.” Individual resistance would not be enough to defeat future challenges, he said.

Crepaldi pointed to the fact that Benedict xvi is confronting the process of secularization. “We must confidently join them as real protagonists, and not see ourselves as tired bit players in a script recited by others,” he said.

“God cannot be left in the pew,” Crepaldi said, and religion and faith “must not be excluded from public life or used only for limited pragmatic goals.”

Referring to the political and social involvement of Catholics, Crepaldi stated: “Sometimes they censor themselves preventatively when they must enter and work in the public arena ….”

Such calls by the Vatican for Catholics to get more involved in politics are becoming more common as the Roman Catholic Church’s evangelizing effort intensifies. Referring to Benedict’s address in Sardinia last month, theTrumpet.com columnist Ron Fraser wrote:

Rome has always been clever at carrying out its strategy of embedding Catholic laity in labor movements, government bureaucracy, the secret services and the legal profession. Now the pope is calling for those Catholics who hold positions of influence within society to heed the clarion call from Rome to saddle up for a new global crusade! …What we are witnessing … in Europe is simply the old cycle of history repeating itself, just one more time. The final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is increasingly, and inevitably, asserting itself in European and global politics.

Watch for the Vatican to extend its political clout even further in Italy and throughout the rest of Europe. For more information on the pope’s role in politics, read our May Trumpet article “The Kingbreaker.”

What the China Miracle Means

The country that dazzled the world in hosting the Olympics is hastening a resource war.
From the October 2008 Trumpet Print Edition

Russia knew exactly what it was doing by timing its invasion of Georgia for August 7. It so happened that the world was engrossed in an apparently far more compelling drama at the time: the imminent start of the spectacular Olympic Games in Beijing.

China used the occasion to announce itself to the world as a power every bit as vibrant and muscular as the athletes it hosted. Unabashedly confident, radiating with national pride, exploding into modernity—China is on fire.

“There are simply no words adequate … to describe this phenomenon, especially as seen by the eye at street level,” one of our readers wrote us from Beijing after the Olympics’ opening ceremony. “Economic growth figures, China’s purchase of U.S. Treasury bonds and takeover of British companies—[these] can’t capture in words what is visible to a person in this city. Ordinary people who still regard China as [backward] would be stunned into silence if they laid eyes on Beijing (which … is not as large as the main commercial city, Shanghai). In fact, judging by what I see, the day China surpasses the U.S. as the world’s largest economy is much nearer than all the forecasts indicate.”

Critics groused about China’s poor human rights, its authoritarianism, its support for corrupt regimes, its pollution. Correct as they are, their criticisms simply aren’t going to stop this bullet train. This country is barreling into the future—and, in the process, changing the world.

This is a revolution. It is, in fact, a prophecy. A look at the future.

America Plus a Billion

In one sense, it’s a question of simple math. China has 1.3 billion people—one out of every five people on Earth. That’s America’s population plus a billion. Now, multiply any trend—social, economic, technologic, gastronomic—by 1.3 billion, and you will see a huge global impact. And the trend in China is definitely toward bigger, faster and more.

China uses nearly half the world’s cement. From having no highways just 20 years ago, today it has 30,000 miles of them. And those roads bear the weight of 25,000 more cars every day—9 million more per year. Soon, China will be not only the world’s biggest market for new cars, but also its largest carmaker. It consumes one third of the world’s iron and steel.

Today, China has 147 airports. In the coming decade, it plans to build 97 more.

Each year, almost 8 million Chinese move from the country to the city. This urban migration is driving the construction of the equivalent of Chicago plus Detroit—each year. Today, the United States has 9 cities of over a million people. China has 160 of them.

China’s mushrooming economy—growing at five times the speed of America’s, and due this year to pass Germany’s as the world’s third largest—creates a million new jobs per month. In a single generation, China has lifted 600 million people out of poverty, half of them into the middle class. Such development is simply jaw-dropping. Historically unprecedented.

Here’s why this trend is so earthshaking. It takes a lot of resources to fuel such explosive growth on such an enormous scale. More food, more electricity—more everything. That’s a crushing reality when over a billion people suddenly start gaining an appetite for consumption.

The trouble is, some of those resources are already in short supply on our planet.

An abc News report, China Inside Out, quoted one expert saying that for China’s mammoth population to enjoy affluence as great as America’s, the necessary resources would demand another planet.

And that is why, with just a pinch of foresight, you can see where this trend is headed.

The World’s Hungry Teenager

China is about to pass the U.S. as the world’s largest energy consumer. Between 2000 and 2006, China’s increase in energy demand exceeded all the electricity it had used to that point in history. Right now, some Chinese factories have to shut down several days per week simply because they don’t have enough voltage. The nation is making a heroic effort to keep pace with demand: Last year alone, it built new power-generating capacity equivalent to what all of France uses. It commissions a new power station every four days. Besides the 30 new nuclear power plants it is currently constructing, it plans to build 500 more coal-fired power plants in the next decade. It already consumes about a third of global coal production.

Meanwhile, those 9 million new Chinese cars each year need gasoline. China already imports 160 million tons of oil per year, and this demand is skyrocketing. With $115-a-barrel oil already ravaging oil-importing economies the world over, China’s growing oil thirst puts additional, unwelcome strain on supplies. Just a decade ago, China was a net exporter of oil; now it’s the number-two importer after America.

China is the world’s hungry teenager. In order to fill these colossal cravings, Beijing has launched an extraordinary outreach program into the rest of the world.

Forcing the Issue

China has started by being an invaluable neighbor, making itself the top or number-two trading partner of virtually every nation in Asia. “Seeking strength in numbers, Southeast Asian governments strive not only to tap into China’s new wealth, but also to embed Beijing in a thicket of organizations and dialogues in the name of ‘community-building’ and closer integration,” wrote Ellen Frost in Global Politician. “Conscious of residual wariness, Chinese leaders go out of their way to reassure their Asian neighbors that Chinese intentions are entirely peaceful. Unlike Washington, China has projected a sympathetic and listening attitude, offering aid and trade deals without immediately demanding anything in return. Beijing has settled virtually all of its land-based disputes and put its maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China seas on the back burner” (May 14).

Beijing is also extending itself diplomatically, economically and even militarily into anywhere and everywhere in the world with resources for sale. It has significant economic ties with all but five of Africa’s 53 countries. It has stormed virtually the whole of the Caribbean and Latin America. It has laid inroads throughout the Middle East—the government’s goal is to do $100 billion in total trade with the region by 2010.

And Beijing exhibits none of the qualms many Western nations do over doing business with corrupt, authoritarian, dictatorial, even genocidal regimes. It doesn’t sermonize—it just floods other nations with cash, workers, infrastructure, weapons and whatever else they need. Usually, it leaves with resources. And in some cases, it leaves behind a political mess.

Look at what is happening here. China’s meteoric growth and aggressive chase for resources is forcing the issue on the rest of the world.

Ethical hang-ups, anemic ambition, bureaucratic sluggishness—these factors are starting to leave other nations out in the cold in the intensifying contest over Earth’s wealth. China has upped the ante. Its success—in what could be viewed, at this stage, as soft imperialism—obliges other nations that want to remain competitive to step up. You can already see it happening.

This is what makes these trends so prophetic.

A Terrifying Reality

Watch. The rise of the Chinese juggernaut graphically presages a developing—and terrifying—reality: that, more and more, the nations reaping the richest rewards in this rapidly developing resource war will be the more assertive, enterprising nations. The more rapacious nations.

They will also be the more autocratic nations—those governed by tough, politically empowered leaders, those least encumbered by political correctness and bureaucracy. These are the nations that will strike aggressively, ruthlessly, to stake their claims and defend them.

This trend portends more than just a world dominated by more aggressive nations. As soon as you have more than one power acting this way, you have all the makings for out-and-out war.

Now, align these trends with biblical prophecy. Read Revelation 17 and 18. There you see a detailed, horrifying picture of an emergent empire of unprecedented rapacity. In order to fuel its furnaces and drive its imperialist machinery, it will conquer nations, establishing colonies and protectorates the world over and raping them of their resources. In its opulence it will seduce and deal with the globe’s wealthiest corporate moguls, riding their backs and enriching itself at the expense of the rest of the world.

Those biblical prophecies speak of our day today—this time of America’s decline, of China’s rise, of global economic instability and wmd proliferation. We are about to see the sudden, violent surfacing of this superpower.

But this empire will not be China! It will not be Asian at all.

In fact, in view of biblical prophecy, we must view China’s rise as being a likely provocation for this empire to rise up and strike!

This passage in Revelation—along with dozens of others that provide more vivid details—is speaking of an emerging European empire, a resurrection, in fact, of the Holy Roman Empire! You can be sure it is watching intently what China is doing today, and, behind closed doors, plotting its retaliation. It simply will not be left behind in the coming resource war.

You need to understand these prophecies—their fulfillment is going to rock the world off its axis. Order a free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s masterful booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? for a riveting study of this vital subject. On theTrumpet.com you can also read our March 2006 article “The Battleground” for more information.

The China miracle we are witnessing before our eyes is prophecy being fulfilled! For not only is it certain to provoke Europe to assume a far more combative posture in securing its much-needed resources, but China itself—along with its newly empowered and belligerent neighbor Russia—has a significant role to play in the events prophesied to unfold shortly. Request a free copy of our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy to understand. And keep your eye on China. Within a few short years, this nation—the ascendant, proud China that has emerged today—will dazzle the world with pyrotechnics far grander than those recently on display in Beijing. Watching its vault into great-power status truly is a look at the future.

The Politics of Family Values

The Politics of Family Values

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Even as both parties seek the moral high ground, society’s building block crumbles.
From the November 2008 Trumpet Print Edition

Guess who’s the most conservative of the four major candidates vying for presidential offices in the White House this winter? It’s the one who eloped with her high school sweetheart in 1988, who gave birth to her first son eight months later. It’s the one with a 17-year-old daughter who is pregnant and unmarried. It’s the career woman who resumed working at the office just three days after the birth of her fifth child—a Down syndrome baby.

Despite these decidedly untraditional “conservative” values, soon after Sarah Palin was introduced as John McCain’s running mate, the Republican base whipped into an excited frenzy that showed no abatement even as she paraded her dysfunctional family across the center of America’s grandest political stage.

Looking for Real

“People are looking for real,” Republican governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford told the New York Times after news broke that Palin’s daughter was pregnant. “Real means blemishes, real means warts, real means real. These family imperfections make people say, That family isn’t so different from my family” (September 1; emphasis mine throughout).

“If anything, this is a reminder that Sarah Palin is a real person who has the same experiences that regular Americans do,” chimed in Fergus Cullen, the New Hampshire Republican chairman.

Even conservative stalwart James Dobson, who refused to vote for McCain and then changed his mind after he chose Palin, defended the teen pregnancy revelation this way: “[A]ll it really means is that she and her family are human.” Dobson congratulated Palin for “not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances” (ibid.).

But should the Palin family really be held up as a proper role model for family living? Of course every family has its blemishes. But unless we correct those mistakes and flaws, history will simply repeat itself.

Mommy Migration

Over the past 50 years, the number of hours married women spend working outside the home has tripled. And having small children at home has not deterred women from continuing their out-of-home careers. In fact, seven out of ten married women with children under the age of 6 are employed. While this figure includes those who work part-time, the overall trend clearly points to this radical transformation in the mother’s role over the last half century: Caring for children while dad is at work is no longer the primary responsibility for most mothers.

That in turn has left many of our children at home alone, without supervision. And unsupervised teens are much more likely to struggle at school, abuse alcohol, take drugs, view pornography and engage in premarital sex. According to a study published by Pediatrics in December 2002, among sexually active teenage boys, 91 percent said their last sexual encounter was in a home setting and that it was usually after school. The study noted, “Youths who were unsupervised for 30 or more hours per week were more likely to be sexually active compared with those who were unsupervised for 5 hours a week or less.”

Today, the United States has the largest teenage birthrate in the industrialized world: Some 500,000 babies are born to teenage girls every year. Most fathers are long gone by the time the baby arrives. Only one third of teen moms will ever finish high school. And nearly 80 percent will end up on welfare.

And yet, incredibly, since the Palin selection, conservatives have done everything possible to put a positive spin on the epidemic of teen sex and one of its many devastating kickbacks—unwanted pregnancies. Bristol, after all, is supposedly planning to marry the father. And more importantly, she has decided not to have an abortion.

“We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents,” Sarah and Todd Palin said in a statement. “Conservatives” responded as though having the baby is all that’s necessary to value family life. Sarah Palin is a staunch pro-lifer, you see, which automatically qualifies her as the most conservative politician on either ticket.

When asked if Palin could handle the demands of the vice presidency in addition to her responsibilities at home, John McCain’s chief strategist dismissed the question by saying, “I can’t imagine that question being asked of a man.”

To even ask the question is now seen as sexist. And this is supposed to be the party that values family life. Apparently, the only traditional value left on the “conservative” platform is the pro-life position.

The right’s widespread acceptance of Palin as the next vice president actually signals defeat on the “working mom” battleground of the culture wars. As Ellen Goodman pointed out in a September 12 Boston Globe column, “Palin has made it politically incorrect to criticize working mothers. They are the demilitarized zone of the cultural battleground.”

Defeat in a Culture War

Goodman compared statements made by influential conservatives before and after Palin was added to the McCain ticket. They are quite revealing. James Dobson, for example, at one time largely attributed society’s breakdown in the family to “working mothers.” He now says, “I believe Sarah Palin is God’s answer.”

Phyllis Schlafly once said the “flight from home is a flight from yourself, from responsibility, from the nature of woman.” As Goodman noted, Schlafly now says, “I think a hardworking, well-organized ceo type can handle it very well.”

Another telling comparison: At the 1992 Republican convention, Vice President Dan Quayle’s wife, Marilyn, said during her televised speech, “Most women do not wish to be liberated from their essential natures as women. Most of us love being mothers or wives, which gives our lives a richness that few men or women get from professional accomplishments alone.” Stopping just short of calling “women’s liberation” a complete flop, Mrs. Quayle added, “Not everyone believed that the family was so oppressive that women could only thrive apart from it.”

Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton called Quayle’s comments “an insult to today’s modern women.”

Sarah Palin is no Marilyn Quayle. “To any critics who say a woman can’t think and work and carry a baby at the same time, I’d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave,” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News back in March when she revealed that she was seven months pregnant while still clocking in at the governor’s mansion every day (March 6).

The Left’s Sudden Embrace of Morality

Meanwhile, at the other end of the political spectrum, in a cynical attempt to score political points, the liberal intelligentsia became suddenly aware of—and gravely concerned about—the problems of promiscuous sex, teen pregnancy and the plight of working moms!

The New York Times—ever one to champion the role of motherhood above one’s career—said that many women greeted the news of Palin’s appointment with “incredulity.” The Times intoned, “Infants with Down syndrome often need special care in the first years of life: extra tests, physical therapy, even surgery” (September 1). The left-wing trendsetter also criticized Palin for accepting the vice presidential position since she knew in advance that it would immediately move her pregnant daughter under the intense glare of public scrutiny.

The Times also ran two front-page stories about the Bristol Palin pregnancy and implied that her mother should have never been given the nod when it reported that John McCain’s camp mistakenly failed to properly vet Palin before her appointment.

Yes, these same voices that have for decades urged mothers to abandon children for their careers, applauded women who choose single motherhood over marriage and that encouraged teenage sex so long as it’s “safe,” now all of a sudden are concerned about Sarah Palin’s family background.

Where have these warnings been the last 20 years even as the promiscuous sex they actively promote has brought about the rampant and deadly spread, primarily within the youth demographic, of sexually transmitted diseases?

stds kill people by the thousands every year, but this dangerous threat is largely unrecognized by the general public because it is ignored by educators, politicians and even health-care professionals. Many of them even put a positive spin on the plague by dishonestly pointing to the modest decline in the teen birthrate as surefire proof that contraceptives guarantee a safe and healthy lifestyle.

It’s no wonder the Democrats have found it so difficult to counterpunch John McCain’s appointment of Palin.

A Prophecy Fulfilled

Yes, both sides of the political aisle have their distorted views about family values. Meanwhile, the basic building block of a strong and stable society—the traditional family—continues to crumble.

Everything in our modern-day dysfunctional society is exactly as the Prophet Isaiah said it would be: upside down. This fact can mean only one thing, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in his 1981 book The Missing Dimension in Sex: “[C]ivilization as we know it is on the way down—and out—unless that great ‘Unseen Strong Hand From Someplace’ soon intervenes and saves today’s sick society.”

Paulson’s Bailout Money = Asia’s Extortion Money

Paulson’s Bailout Money = Asia’s Extortion Money

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$700 billion is a lot of money. Where is it all going to come from, and what will be the price?

Big numbers get thrown around like they are nothing these days—a $140 billion tax refund here, an $85 billion bailout there. America must be one rich country. But America is not rich. It’s broke!

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s $700 billion bailout plan may have been killed by the House of Representatives, but you can be sure that some form of similarly-sized gigantic rescue will most likely make it through eventually. The U.S. government, however, was already expecting to borrow over $430 billion to cover its normal operating expenditures. Judging by the size of the problem, America could easily be looking at a budget deficit of well over $1 trillion if it tries to prop up the banking sector. As a percent of gross domestic product, America hasn’t spent that much money since World War ii.

Such an outlay would put the United States well within banana republic territory. And as America’s leaders and banking experts claim, the other alternative—doing nothing—would be the financial equivalent of bombing us back to the Stone Age.

So which foreign investors are going to loan the U.S. government hundreds of billions so it can purchase above-market-price mortgages and other noxious “investments” to bail out big banks? Who would be willing to brave the growing U.S. credit risk?

The American monetary black hole might be about to realize that its orbiting countries are no longer enthusiastic about lending it money.

Already there are inklings of discontent from America’s largest supporters. According to Bloomberg, foreign creditors may be past their limit on how much U.S. government debt they want to be exposed to. In fact, there are rumblings of possible central bank treasury sales, as no nation wants to be the one left holding the bag if America’s economy plunges and investments in its bonds and dollars become worthless.

International holders of U.S. treasuries must quickly reach an agreement to prevent panic sales leading to a global financial collapse, said Yu Yongding, a former Chinese central bank adviser. “We are in the same boat; we must cooperate. If there’s no selling in a panicked way, then China willingly can continue to provide our financial support by continuing to hold U.S. assets.”

“China is very worried about the safety of its assets,” says Yu. “If you want China to keep calm, you must ensure China that its assets are safe.” According to Yu, high-level U.S.-Chinese communication every “couple of days” is keeping Chinese leaders informed and helping to avoid a potential panic.

But here is the most interesting statement of all from Yu: After noting that China is helping the U.S. “in a very big way,” he said that China should get something additional in return for taking so much extra risk!

If China is thinking that way, you can almost guarantee that America’s other creditors are thinking along the same lines.

So what is America giving in exchange for the hundreds of billions in international loans? Concessions on Taiwan? Oil and other natural resources? Freedom to purchase strategic U.S. corporations? Access to U.S. military equipment and technology purchases? Political and national compromises?

The consequences of America’s indebtedness are about to give a new perspective to the biblical proverb, “The borrower is servant to the lender.”

As both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Timespoint out, one of the primary reasons the government stepped in and nationalized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was to protect the foreign bond holders—the same bond holders who lend the hundreds of billions of dollars the government needs each year to keep functioning.

America has become a servant to foreign creditors. And servants don’t tell others what to do. They get told what to do.