Britain Was Warned

Britain Was Warned

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After 36 years of European Union membership for Britain, one man’s warning leaps into greater significance.
From the May 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

“Britain is going to look back on Monday, Jan. 1, 1973, in all probability, as a most tragically historic date—a date fraught with ominous potentialities! For that date marked the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community” (Herbert W. Armstrong, Plain Truth, March 1973; emphasis mine throughout).

Those familiar with his writings know that’s classic Mr. Armstrong: gripping, plain, sincere. But most importantly, accurate and prescient!

Just ask the growing number of Britons grappling with the realization that the European Union has established a major beachhead within British society. In January, Britain marked the 36-year anniversary of its entrance into the European Community. For many, it’s hard not to look back on Jan. 1, 1973, and not lament it as a “tragically historic date.” Today, the “ominous potentialities” Mr. Armstrong referred to have become alarming realities.

For Example …

Last December, British media outlets lit up when the European Parliament voted to scrap the UK’s opt-out clause from European Union labor market rules that cap the work week at 48 hours. Britain won the opt-out clause in 1993. Currently, 3 million British workers use Britain’s opt-out, choosing not to restrict their work week to the EU-mandated 48 hours.

Now millions of British workers face a potentially crippling ban on working overtime. The timing of the EU’s vote to scrap Britain’s right to opt out couldn’t have been worse; nearly 2 million Britons are unemployed, and the country is in the throes of its worst recession in generations. Rarely has the right for families to earn extra cash by working overtime been more needed.

The suits in Brussels didn’t care. When the tally of the vote was announced in the European Parliament, meps burst into enthusiastic applause. And although the decision is not yet final, and some British ministers and business leaders have vowed to fight to keep the opt-out clause, the outlook is grim for British workers. Said the Mail Online, “The final decision—likely to be made next spring—would be taken by a qualified-majority vote, leaving Britain without a veto” (Dec. 18, 2008).

This is powerful evidence of the EU’s dramatic influence on British society.

The EU’s regulatory infiltration of Britain these past 36 years is not unlike the way spyware infiltrates a computer. It embeds itself on your hard drive innocuously, but quickly invades and grows. It begins causing problems—easy to ignore at first but eventually causing system failure. Anguished realization ensues: I’ve been hijacked!

Fruit and vegetable wholesaler and father of three, Tim Down, had his moment of anguished realization last summer. In June, he received a visit from officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. After they conducted a two-hour inspection, they demanded he throw out a batch of kiwifruits. Why? Essentially, because they were 1 millimeter smaller than EU rules allow. Facing a fine of up to £5,000 for selling or even giving away the kiwis, Mr. Down had no choice but to toss the fruit to comply with EU standards.

Mr. Down is among the growing number of Britons coming to terms with the maddening reach of European bureaucrats into British law and society. Restaurant owners face steep fines and even closure for having ovens that do not bear a CE (Conformité Européenne) mark certifying that the equipment meets environmental and safety standards dictated by Brussels. Small-scale gardeners are forced to meet European requirements governing the sale of excess produce from a roadside stall. Millions of British vehicle owners, after 2011, will be required by EU law to drive with dipped headlights at any time of the day. The list goes on and on.

More to Come

Admittedly, some of these may seem minimal invasions of day-to-day life. But such examples are widespread, and speak to the invasive, undemocratic, even imperialist nature and goals of the lawmakers in Brussels, as well as the spirit of capitulation infecting all too many British leaders. Britain’s large-scale subservience to EU laws and regulations is a result of a stealth 36-year campaign by European leaders to infiltrate British society and establish EU laws and regulations within the British operating system.

If you grasp the spirit driving Europe, these seemingly minor laws and regulations are merely harbingers of much, much more to come. This is exactly what Herbert Armstrong was warning about when he said Britain’s entrance into the EC was “fraught with ominous potentialities.”

Some have yet to realize the extent of the EU’s control. They will. Perhaps it might occur when a looming change to British auto law comes into effect. Currently, British motorists and independent garages operate under an arrangement known as “block exemption,” which requires the auto industry and car manufacturers to provide parts and important computer codes to independent garages (auto mechanic shops)—which are generally cheaper than car dealerships—in order for them to carry out repairs.

If the EU has its way, Britain’s “block exemption” arrangement will be scrapped next year, and car manufacturers will no longer be forced to provide parts and computer codes to independent mechanics. The EU’s change in law could be the deathblow to as many as 20,000 independent garages in Britain and could affect as many as 20 million motorists, many of whom will be forced to have their vehicles repaired at expensive car dealerships.

Gerald Töben had his moment of anguished realization last fall. The 64-year-old teacher from Australia was tossed in jail after being arrested at Heathrow Airport by British police acting on a warrant issued by German authorities. If British police enforcing a German warrant sounds a little unorthodox, get this: Töben was arrested for “Holocaust denial,” a crime in Germany, but not in Britain. When it signed up to the EU’s European Arrest Warrant Act six years ago, Britain accepted the absurd conditions that led to this man being arrested in Britain for a crime that is not even on British books.

Examples of the infiltration are numerous and, as the Euroskeptic movement inside Britain builds momentum, becoming increasingly well-documented. And although many Britons are adapting to the new rules, a crisis between the EU and those skeptical, even fearful, of the goals and motives of Brussels is brewing. Additionally, the strain of the global economic crises—an issue that Britain and much of Europe have differing opinions on how best to handle—is creating conditions conducive to the divorce of Britain and Brussels.

This is exactly what Mr. Armstrong said would happen—36 years ago!

He Was Right!

“Britain’s entry into the European Community portends a tragic situation,” concluded the 1973 Plain Truth article. “Britain will be faced with a dilemma.” That dilemma, explained Mr. Armstrong, would revolve around the role of a fundamentally Protestant Britain in a Catholic-dominated imperialistic United States of Europe.

We are witnesses to that dilemma!

Mr. Armstrong’s keynote prophecy was about the rise of a German-led European superpower. Oftentimes, he would talk or write about Britain’s relationship with this soon-coming United States of Europe. “The stage is all set!” he wrote in 1956. “All that’s lacking now is the strong LEADER—the coming FÜHRER! The Germans are coming back from the destruction of World War ii in breathtaking manner. Germany is the economic and military heart of Europe. Probably Germany will lead and dominate the coming United States of Europe. But Britain will be no part of it!”

Herbert Armstrong warned for decades that Britain would not be a part of the coming final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. Even as British Prime Minister Edward Heath deceitfully ramrodded his country into the Economic Community in 1973, Mr. Armstrong warned that it was an experiment doomed to failure, and that the British—as many are doing right now—would look back on that day as a “tragically historic date.”

The reality is undeniable. He was right!

The Most Affordable Health Care There Is

The Most Affordable Health Care There Is

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Everyone qualifies, but few ever bother to apply.
From the May 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

Every time I return to the United States after an overseas trip, it’s always somewhat of a shock to see how many people are struggling with their weight. Two out of every three Americans are overweight. Over half of that number are considered obese—meaning one third of Americans are at least 30 pounds above the ideal weight for their size. And when you consider the alarming increase of obesity among young people, the epidemic is sure to get worse.

In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc) released its annual report on the health status of the United States. Included in this year’s report was a special feature on young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. According to the study, the number of obese young adults in America has tripled since the early 1970s. Other studies have found similarly disturbing trends among children and teenagers.

With all of our scientific enlightenment and advancement, one might assume that we are at the doorstep of disease-free living where “wonder drugs” and high-tech surgeries will soon eradicate sickness and disease.

What a careless assumption that would be.

For every success story in the medical profession, where doctors discover ways to reduce the risk of one disease, there are several new diseases introduced in our modern civilization.

Americans spend more money on health care—$1.7 trillion annually—than any other industrialized nation. But we have precious little to show for it because nearly all of this money goes toward diagnosing diseases and/or treating illnesses after the fact. In other words, Western medicine deals with the effect, rather than the cause.

For example, the obesity epidemic is currently running neck and neck with tobacco as the leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Obesity significantly increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer and heart disease. Of the 2.4 million total deaths in America each year, 38 percent are victims of heart disease—a man-made disease that is preventable.

An additional 400,000 Americans die each year as a result of tobacco-related illness—also man-made and entirely preventable.

In either case, the cause of such illnesses—whether obesity- or tobacco-related—is unhealthy living. “Of concern for all Americans,” the cdc study noted, “is the high prevalence of people with risk factors such as obesity and insufficient exercise, which are associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. … The percentage of adults 18 years of age and over who engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity (about one third of adults in 2005-2006) and strength training (about one fifth of adults in 2005-2006) remains low.”

When you consider the lifestyle of most Americans, it leaves little doubt as to why so many people are overweight and unhealthy. Inactivity and improper eating are a deadly combination.

The Laws of Health

While most people have come to take sickness and disease for granted, God designed our physical bodies—composed of material substance from the ground—so that we might enjoy an energetic and healthful, albeit temporary, existence. That is your body’s normal condition—normal in the sense that this is the way God intends for our physical bodies to function. He wants us to enjoy robust, invigorating life!

To attain such quality living, though, we must obey certain God-ordained health laws. The most important of these is proper diet.

The human body is primarily composed of 16 elements of matter found within the soil—12 of them are alkaline-reacting mineral elements and four are acid-reacting carbohydrates. A properly balanced diet consists of two or three times as much of the alkaline-reacting mineral elements—primarily fruits and vegetables.

The typical American diet today, however, consists of four or five times as much acid-reacting carbohydrates—not the natural, whole carbohydrates found in foods like brown rice, beans and whole-grain products, which are the complex carbohydrates our bodies need for good health.

Many of these whole foods are stripped of their life-building nutrients in man-made factories before they are shipped to grocery stores, as Herbert W. Armstrong wrote back in 1982: “In the interests of bigger profits, the gigantic food industry is giving us a diet of foodless ‘foods.’

“Take wheat. Wheat is almost a perfect food. It contains all 16 major food elements, in near perfectly balanced proportion. But they take that perfect grain of wheat apart, rob it of the 12 mineral elements, and turn it into white flour—containing the four carbohydrate elements” (Plain Truth, February 1982).

Man has taken all kinds of foods that God made to be mildly acidic and altered them to become highly acidic substances. These refined substances that most people ignorantly call food are most often full of toxic, health-debilitating ingredients, unlike the acidic foods God created, which have many wonderful life-giving properties.

Refined sugar is another culprit. It’s found in practically everything man makes: processed foods, sauces, salad dressings and so on. Author William Dufty wrote in his book Sugar Blues: “Vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts—these natural sources of what we now call vitamin C—had been sweets until concentrated, refined sugar was marketed. Sugar was an unnatural sweet that had been robbed of its vitamin C in the refining process, which was when 90 percent of the natural cane was removed.”

A few hundred years ago, the average person in Europe would eat 3 or 4 pounds of sugar a year. Today, Americans eat well over 100 pounds of it each year. Some people consume that much just in the soda they drink. There is one cup of refined sugar in four 12-ounce cans of soda. This is why we suffer from so many sugar diseases today, like low blood sugar and diabetes.

Well ahead of his time, in October 1954, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “The human body functions according to definite laws. It needs fresh air in the lungs—not tobacco smoke. It needs pure water, and plenty of it—not soda pop, stimulants, and man-perverted drinks. It needs a proper amount of joyous, exhilarating exercise, and walking—not riding everywhere in the car, nor taking one’s exercise sitting down in the paid admission stands of a baseball park, or a football or basketball game. It needs sufficient sunshine, not the dark, dank congestion of crowded man-built cities. It needs cleanliness and proper elimination—not the almost universal constipation caused by neglect and foodless foods contaminated in man-made “food” factories. It needs relaxation, ample rest and sleep—not the nerve-shattering, excitable pleasure-seeking life—and nightlife—of today’s modern whirl.

“And last, but far from least, it needs wholesome, properly prepared natural food—not the starchy, sugary, greasy mess of contaminated stuff we ignorantly suppose to be food today!” (Good News).

Is it any wonder that so many Americans suffer from obesity, sugar disease, low energy, chronic fatigue, insomnia, depression, impotence, allergies, cancer, heart disease and the like? Modern medicine has made great progress in eliminating certain communicable diseases. But non-communicable diseases, like those listed above, thrive in our modern age largely because of faulty diet and sedentary living.

The cdc study on our nation’s health laments the fact that so many Americans are without health insurance. And indeed, despite the unfathomable amount of money we spend on health care as a nation, 47 million Americans do not have health insurance.

The real tragedy, though, is that most Americans, whether they have health insurance or not, are unwilling to take matters into their own hands and greatly improve their overall health by simply eating right and exercising.

It’s the most affordable health-care system there is.

In 3  John 2, the Apostle John wrote, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). God’s will is for us to lead a life of quality in every respect—including that of physical health. This is why He has outlined definite laws of health within the pages of His inspired Word—the Holy Bible.

Start obeying these practical laws today and reap the wonderful benefits of a robust and healthy physical life!

WorldWatch

From the April 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

Europe

The economic storm continues to batter Europe. In Iceland, violent protests in January brought down the government. Iceland’s worst street riots forced the end of nearly 20 years of uninterrupted right-wing rule. Prime Minister Geir Haarde called for early elections after 2,000 protesters—out of a population of just 320,000—took to the streets of Reykjavik, hurling paving stones at Iceland’s parliament building. Haarde’s coalition government was dissolved, and the left has now taken power. New elections are scheduled for April.

France has also been hit hard by protests. About a million French workers went on strike on January 29, as unions and opposition leaders protested their government’s handling of the economic crisis. Despite the disruption, the general strike was very popular; one poll found near 70 percent public support or sympathy for it. Europe is taking note. Such demonstrations brought down Iceland’s government—could they bring down others? It should be remembered that social unrest brought radical groups like the fascists and Nazis to power in European countries in the past.

The 45th Munich Security Conference made major news in February. A record number attended the highest-profile annual gathering of government, defense and security chiefs worldwide. Germany and France staged a show of unity. “We Europeans must speak even more with one voice,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a joint statement. They called for Europe to “further bundle and increase our capabilities, both civilian and military.” To highlight the partnership, German troops will now be stationed in France for the first time since World War II as part of the 5,000-strong joint rapid reaction force. European states working ever more closely together to “bundle and increase” their military capabilities fulfills a biblical prophecy we have highlighted for over 70 years. Soon, once again, Europe will be a major military player.

During the conference, delegates discussed topics such as nuclear disarmament and the future of nato in Afghanistan. Chancellor Merkel voiced her desire that Russia be more involved in Europe’s security. She called upon Europe to intensify the dialogue already begun by the nato-Russia Council and pay attention to Russian President Dimitry Medvedev’s earlier proposal for a regional pact for Europe that would include Moscow.

The Vatican continues to demonstrate its sway in Italian politics. The Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics attempted to display an advertisement saying, “The bad news is that God doesn’t exist, the good news is that you don’t need Him,” on buses in January. Similar ads have been unveiled in Spain, the UK and the U.S. In Italy, however, the government shut the campaign down. The union blames the Catholic Church. “Our Constitution says that there is no state religion, but in reality that isn’t the case,” said event organizer Giorgio Villella. A former member of Parliament stated that Italy is now “a clerical dictatorship.”

The German military is training a special unit of cyberwarriors, known as the Department of Information and Computer Network Operations, to scout out and destroy foreign computer networks. This unit of German cyberwarriors could pose a major security threat to American security and information systems in the future.

MidEast

Israeli elections held on February 3 failed to produce a clear winner, with the centrist party of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni gaining one more seat than right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, but right-wing parties collectively winning a broad majority. This makes it more likely that Netanyahu will become the next leader of Israel. One thing is clear: There has been a strong shift to the right in the Israeli electorate, which will be reflected in the new coalition government. This is something the Trumpet has forecast for some time based on biblical prophecy that indicates a coming clash between Palestinians and Jews over Jerusalem.

Turkey again demonstrated its hostility toward supposed ally Israel when its prime minister delivered a lengthy condemnation of the Jewish state at the World Economic Forum in Davao, Switzerland, in January. While Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech was dismissed by some as a personal tirade, it is part of a significant and growing trend in Turkey. That nation’s geographic location and military power make it a pivotal country in the Middle East and give it the potential to cause great harm to Israel.

In advance of the U.S. swelling its forces in Afghanistan, and as the weather warms up, the Taliban is intensifying its fight against U.S. and nato forces. On February 11, it carried out multiple attacks on government buildings in Kabul. Suicide bombers and gunmen killed more than two dozen people and wounded nearly 60 in one of the most complex and bold attacks in the Afghan capital since 2001. Such attacks will likely continue, making the U.S. and nato’s job in Afghanistan increasingly difficult.

The Taliban also stepped up its attacks on nato supply lines into Afghanistan when it blew up a bridge along the main route in northwestern Pakistan on February 3. This was the first time the terrorists had attacked infrastructure, as opposed to the convoys or supplies themselves, in order to disrupt the flow of supplies through Pakistan. The attack highlights how unreliable the Pakistan supply route is, increasing pressure on the U.S. to look for alternatives as it seeks to intensify its efforts in Afghanistan. The alternatives, however, require America kowtowing to unfriendly powers—Russia and/or Iran.

Iran carried out its first successful satellite launch on February 3. Experts worldwide fear that Iran can now launch missiles into southern Europe. “The technology that is used to get this satellite into orbit,” said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrel, “is one that could also be used to propel long-range ballistic missiles.”

Meanwhile, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, reiterated President Barack Obama’s new approach to dealing with Iran: “direct diplomacy.” Though behind-the-scenes diplomacy has been going on for some time, the U.S. now wants to hold public direct talks.

The U.S. may even do a deal with Tehran to assist in its war in Afghanistan. Stratfor reported January 27 that “Iran has been heavily involved in arming the jihadist insurgency in Afghanistan …. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc) also has plenty of intelligence that the United States would appreciate concerning the movements of al Qaeda operatives …. [W]ith the U.S. military focus shifting from Iraq to Afghanistan, there is strong potential for a meeting of the minds between these two on how to contain the Taliban and eradicate al Qaeda.” This of course would boost Tehran’s position in the region, a trend to watch closely due to its prophetic significance.

In Iraq’s January 31 provincial elections, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Coalition for the State of Law came out on top. Maliki, a Shiite Islamist with close ties to Iran but who campaigned as a secular nationalist, favors a strong central government. Though the more staunch Shiite religious parties did not do so well, Maliki and his Dawa party are still very pro-Iran. Just the previous month, Maliki had visited Iran and pledged closer cooperation, calling it Iraq’s “most important partner in all fields of cooperation.” A more unified Iraq will allow U.S. forces to leave Iraq even earlier than anticipated—which will benefit Iran.

Asia

As the global economic crisis worsens, the Russians are allocating funds to only the highest priority projects. One of these is weapons dealing. “Despite the financial crisis, we are planning to boost our arms exports in 2009,” said the deputy director for the Russian Federal Service on Military-Technical Cooperation on February 12. “I believe I would not be mistaken if I were to mention a figure of around $8.5 billion.” In other words, Russia is planning to boost arms sales by 6 percent over last year. Traditionally, the two largest buyers of Russian-made weaponry are China and India. These trade relations can form a basis for what can expand into a larger relationship in the future. Russia is welding the rest of Asia to itself through the strategic dealing of arms.

Another high-priority project for Russia is the attempt to pull Ukraine back under its control. In February, Ukraine requested a $5 billion loan from Moscow to cover its budget deficit. The deteriorating Ukrainian economy simply cannot stand up under the high natural gas prices Russia is charging. Since the Europeans are in no position to bail out Ukraine, Kiev is being forced to look to Moscow for money. If this money does come, it will undoubtedly have strings attached—strings that will tie Ukraine to Russia.

The Kremlin has sent a clear message to U.S. President Obama that it fully intends to pull the former Soviet states of Central Asia back into its sphere of influence. On February 4, President Medvedev announced that the states of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan would be joining with Russia to form a collective security alliance on par with nato. This declaration came only one day after Kyrgyzstan announced its plans to evict the U.S. from the base it has been using to ferry American troops into Afghanistan. The Russians want to use the base for their own troops instead. Expect America to continue to lose ground in Central Asia as Russia moves back in.

The U.S. is urging Japan to reinterpret its pacifist constitution in order to allow the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to take on more global security responsibilities. On January 21, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer urged Tokyo to become a stronger American ally against authoritarian regimes China and North Korea. The fact is, however, that Japan no longer regards its East Asian neighbors as enemies. In February 2008, Japan’s chief of the Joint Staff Office of the Self-Defense Forces met with China’s defense minister in Beijing; the two agreed to enhance their countries’ military cooperation. With its own state-of-the-art defense force and growing military alliance with China, Japan needs America as a military partner less and less. In the future, it will cooperate with its Asian neighbors instead. By exhorting Japan to increase its military spending, the U.S. is ultimately strengthening, not countering, its Asian rivals.

Latin America, Africa

Despite Mexico City’s windfall from locking in high-dollar oil contracts, its petroleum industry faces a potentially devastating problem: supply depletion. At its height in 1994, the state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) produced about 3.8 million barrels a day. That dropped to 2.8 million in 2008, primarily because of declining production in the super-giant oil field Cantarell. The government relies on Pemex for about 40 percent of its budget. If supplies continue to decline, the Mexican government will find itself in an untenable financial position.

China is continuing its efforts to develop strategic relationships in Latin America and Africa. In February, for the first time, three of its top leaders—the president, vice president and vice premier—took trips to those regions at the same time. Stratfor observed that “China is attempting to turn lemons into lemonade, converting the financial crisis into an opportunity to improve its long-term economic advantage and energy and food security” (February 11). It pointed out that China views any gains in Latin America as an opportunity to “take a bite out of U.S. trade with the region, [while] gaining new destinations for its exports.” Ultimately, we can expect Europe to sew up resources in both Latin America and Africa, but in the meantime, China is gradually eroding U.S. influence and economic power there.

In Bolivia, as President Evo Morales increases his control over the country, he faces opposition from two sources. The first, the media, he is doing his best to muzzle. He has also, however, stepped out against the Catholic Church.In March 2008, a group of Catholic bishops, the Bolivian Episcopal Conference, came out against him officially, saying that the “excessive concentration of power in the executive breaks the necessary balance and independence between the branches of government.” Catholicism is ubiquitous in Latin America, and its influence is profound. By warning the church to stay out of Bolivian politics, Morales guarantees his own days of power are numbered.

Acknowledging the failure of its economic practices, Zimbabwe dropped its control over foreign currencies in January, allowing businesses to accept U.S. dollars and other currencies. The finance minister also announced that Zimbabwe would drop price controls that have forced shop owners to sell staples at unsustainably low prices. According to a UN report, only 6 percent of the population is employed, and over half need emergency food aid. This has forced aid agencies to cut cereal rations in half so more people can receive aid.

The Zimbabwean cholera epidemic is now entrenched in South Africa as well: More than 3,000 South Africans are infected, and over 30 have died. More than 2,750 have died in Zimbabwe, and over 16,000 have contracted the disease.

On February 5, the U.S. Navy watched as pirates received payment in Somalia. The military even provided Associated Press with pictures. Pirates were paid $3.2 million in return for releasing one boat, the MV Faina. After expressing the military’s pleasure at the resolution of the situation, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command stated that the Navy is working with the international community to “find a long-term, shore-based solution to this maritime crime.” In other words, it doesn’t plan to go after the pirates.

Anglo-America

President Obama passed a $789 billion spending package in February that will notionally stanch America’s fiscal hemorrhaging. The spending bill, the largest since World War II, was almost dwarfed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s announcement of the price tag for the rescue plan for the financial sector: $2.5 trillion. The bill’s stimulus potential was severely diluted when the Obama administration was forced to water down the “buy American” provision. Canada and Europe threatened retaliation if America did not follow World Trade Organization procurement codes, to which it is a signatory. Thus, tax dollars spent on the stimulus bill could now go toward supporting steel manufactures in Europe and textile workers in Central America. Thirty two nations have signed the wto rules and are eligible for a piece of the stimulus pie. China and Russia are the only major countries currently excluded.

One of President Obama’s first executive orders in January was to close Guantánamo and cia secret prisons. Two former Guantánamo detainees—the number-two al Qaeda terrorist in Yemen, and an al Qaeda field commander—subsequently appeared on a jihad video, taunting America. Then Saudi Arabia announced it had re-arrested nine Islamist terrorists, including at least two former Guantánamo inmates.

In early February, California, the eighth-largest economy in the world, halted $3.5 billion that it had committed to pay to citizens, contractors, counties and others. With a $42 billion deficit through 2010, California has little choice. But the state’s counties threatened rebellion and said they will withhold their money. Some constitutional officers refused to accept Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s authority to make their employees work reduced hours.

As their economies get slammed by volatile markets, state governments are turning to an even shadier source of funds: gambling. Lawmakers in at least 14 states are considering proposals to expand slots or casinos. While income and sales tax revenues have fallen, some gambling revenues have remained comparatively steady, even during the recession. Casinos impoverish lower-income households, provide no long-term economic growth, foster crime, take money from other businesses, and cause gambling addiction problems. Turning to gambling to solve economic crises is a sure bet to make the problem worse.

In February, Dutch mp Geert Wilders, an outspoken and controversial but democratically elected critic of Islamic extremism, was scheduled to give a screening of his film Fitna at Britain’s House of Lords. In response, Lord Ahmed—a Pakistani-born Muslim—threatened he would bring 10,000 Muslims to lay siege to the Lords. The government decided to ban Wilders from the country. Remarkable: The British government allows people to march and scream support for Hamas—but cowers before a Muslim politician who threatens mass intimidation of Parliament, and bans a democratic European representative from addressing religious fascism and its threat to society.

The term “British school” is coming to mean something quite different from yesteryear’s smartly uniformed students speaking impeccable English and growing up to become builders of society. In fact, English is becoming a second language—literally. At 10 schools in England, not a single student speaks English as his or her first language. At nearly 600 other primary schools, 70 percent or more children primarily speak a foreign language. One in seven pupils ages 4 to 11 does not speak English as a first language; almost half a million children instead speak Middle Eastern or Eastern European languages.

The British school is not only a place where young people experiment with drugs, but they get taught how to. One National Drugs Education Program booklet is outraging parents. Know Cannabis includes advice on how to “properly” use marijuana paraphernalia and waits until page 14 of 20 to tell teens that cannabis is actually illegal, just before telling them that those under 18 can be arrested three times before they will be prosecuted.

The Next Zimbabwe

In South Africa, discontent is fueling communism, and economic collapse looms.
From the April 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

“Apartheid was a terrible crime against humanity. It left people with deep scars,” Faleni Mzukisi of the Presbyterian Church of Africa said last October. “But I can assure you poverty is worse than that.”

He was referring to the current state of the Republic of South Africa. Fourteen years after the end of apartheid, some people are longing to return to its relative prosperity. For millions of South Africans, the Mandela “rainbow” revolution has become a gloomy cloud.

While apartheid denied people rights and privileges, the poverty that has grown to strangle South Africa deprives them the ability to meet even more basic human needs, Mzukisi told the participants of the 2008 World Association of Christian Communication Congress: “People do not eat human rights. They want food on the table.”

An astounding 40 percent of South Africans now live below the poverty line. And the Southern African Regional Poverty Network says that since the official end of apartheid, “households living in poverty have sunk deeper into poverty and the gap between rich and poor has widened.”

The exact unemployment rate is under debate. Government statistics say it is “only” around 23 percent; unions peg it at around 40 percent. Either way, it is horrendous. Unemployment in the U.S. during the Great Depression peaked at around 25 percent.

And, although government ministers claim that South Africa is still growing and will avoid “recession,” conditions on the ground show recession has already arrived. Barclays Bank has warned that the economy is contracting. Over 200,000 jobs were lost during the last quarter of 2008—a huge number for a country of only 44 million people.

An Economy in Collapse

House prices in South Africa fell 4 percent last year. Add to that the 11 percent inflation the government reported, and in real terms homes actually lost 15 percent of their value.

The auto industry is another clear indicator of economic turmoil. New vehicle sales were down a massive 27 percent in December 2008. For the whole year, new vehicle sales fell 20.3 percent across all categories compared to the year before.

The metals and mining industry is getting pummeled. Though gold prices remained firm and even rose over the past year, the prices of virtually every other metal—including platinum, palladium, manganese and chrome—plummeted. Platinum, which makes up more than 14 percent of all South African exports, plunged from over $2,000 per ounce to around $960. Mining is the single most important employment sector for the South African economy. It is also the most important source of foreign revenue. But with commodity prices plummeting, revenues have fallen, and more job losses could result.

South Africa’s energy infrastructure is old and decaying. Due to government corruption and lack of new investment, much of the country now suffers the same widespread power outages the rest of the continent has grown used to in the post-colonial era. Last year, the state introduced electricity rationing; after the national electrical grid almost collapsed, much of the mining industry and other heavy electricity users started receiving only 90 to 95 percent of their power needs. Eskom, the state power company, is trying to borrow money to upgrade the grid, but the global credit crunch has made it difficult to find willing lenders.

Meanwhile, the cost of eating is skyrocketing. National food price inflation hit 17.1 percent in December. Coffee, tea and cocoa products became a fifth more expensive than the previous year. Grain products were up over a third; fats and cooking oils jumped more than 27 percent. Prices for vegetables, dairy products and meat all climbed significantly as well.

No jobs, and higher-priced food—not a good combination. It is no wonder that crime continues to escalate.

Fifty Murders a Day

South Africa’s social problems have progressed right alongside its economic woes.

hiv infection rates remain tragically high. Almost one in three pregnant women visiting hospitals is infected, according to a 2006 government survey.

Unchecked violence besieges much of the country. About 19,000 people were murdered last year—more than 50 per day. On average, a woman is raped in South Africa once every 26 seconds; less than 1 percent of those rapes lead to a conviction.

Rule of law has become the rule of organized crime. In February, 500 police in South Africa’s crime-ridden commercial capital, Johannesburg, went on strike, accusing authorities of failing to bring senior officers to task over corruption. Three days earlier, the government had disbanded the country’s elite anti-crime investigating unit, known as the Scorpions. The Scorpions had a much better track record than the police at solving crime, but according to Agence France-Presse, they fell afoul of the ruling African National Congress party for their corruption investigation of anc leader Jacob Zuma. Zuma is expected to become the country’s next president when elections are held April 22.

But as bad as conditions are in South Africa, they may be about to get dramatically worse.

The Plan to Bankrupt the Nation

Under Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s government has shifted radically to the left. In a move to placate angry voters and cement power, Zuma is pushing a manifesto largely dictated by the South African Communist Party. His election promises, if adopted, could easily bankrupt the country.

The anc already promises a free allowance of water and electricity to all people and has introduced “the largest welfare state ever seen in a developing country,” according to the Sunday Times. More than 40 percent of the population currently receive state handouts.

But these handouts are only beginning. The possible new state manifesto is said to call for universal health insurance, free education, increased child allowances, new maternity grants, wage subsidies, an old age savings scheme, subsidized housing for farm workers and military veterans, and free food handouts to all poor families.

On top of that, the manifesto proposes to transform the private sector through the “development of cooperative financial institutions.” In other words, to nationalize and communize the economy. Steps in this direction have already occurred, with far-reaching affirmative action laws forcing mining companies to place non-white people in managerial and executive positions regardless of qualifications.

Zuma’s program also calls for the state to take over South Africa’s central bank.

Economists are astounded. Servaas van der Berg, professor of economics at Stellenbosch University, says that just the proposal for a basic income grant of R100 (us$10) a month would force up marginal income tax rates from 40 percent to 66 percent.

So where will South Africa get the money to finance all these reforms? Zuma, who knows relatively little about economics, seems unconcerned. Most likely, he’ll get the money he needs the same way his friend Robert Mugabe gets the money he needs.

Lest we forget, Zimbabwe used to be even more prosperous than South Africa was at its peak. But then Robert Mugabe set off on his post-colonial reforms, social programs, government handouts and land grabs. How did he pay for it all? First, he redistributed the land in order to fill his coffers and buy favors. Next, he started nationalizing other sectors of the economy, including some of the world’s richest mines. Eventually he nationalized and asserted complete control over the nation’s reserve bank so he could print whatever money he wanted to pay the bills.

This policy destroyed the value of Zimbabwe’s currency, wiping out what little savings his people had left.

The anc’s apparent desire to nationalize the central bank indicates what may well lie ahead for South Africa: Zimbabwe economics. That would mean a Zimbabwe standard of living for the vast majority.

The Reason Behind the Blessings

Africa is filled with nation-states in various stages of post-colonial collapse. South Africa was a notable exception to this rule for several decades after becoming an independent republic. But now that is changing—and rapidly.

Why the rapid collapse? Why such a turn of events for a nation virtually overflowing with the richest mineral and agricultural resources on Earth? The true cause is rooted in the nation’s historical connection to the British Empire.

The Bible reveals that South Africa’s considerable national blessings were the direct result of promises God gave to the descendants of Abraham because of his obedience to God. Those blessings extended through Abraham’s grandson Jacob, and to Jacob’s grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh and their descendants: “… he [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19). Beginning in the early 1800s, Manasseh quickly rose to become the greatest single nation on Earth, and Ephraim, the greatest empire this world has ever seen.

Ephraim once comprised a mighty commonwealth and empire of nations upon which the sun never set—including Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. South Africa was also settled by other Israelitish stock, such as Zebulun and Issachar (the Dutch), and Reuben (the French Huguenots). The United States became the inheritance of Manasseh. (For proof, request The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)

But the continuation of the blessings that God gave to Abraham’s descendants hinged on the people’s obedience to His laws. Because of disobedience, God has now withdrawn those blessings from these nations—including South Africa—and replaced them with curses. Among those curses: “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail” (Deuteronomy 28:43-44).

God gets specific in His description of the curses to befall Abraham’s progeny because of their refusal to obey Him. So great will be the fall of South Africa and its fellow Israelitish nations that God says they will become a scene of great astonishment (verse 37). God prophesied Ephraim’s loss of empire, loss of power, loss of the ability to effectively govern nations. Read Hosea 7:8-12 to see God’s powerful chastisement of biblical Israel.

Our loving God, who so lavished the greatest of physical blessings upon the nations of Israel, has great purpose in prophesying and bringing about their rapid decline and descent into broken, wrecked economies, dominated by their traditional enemies. In his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong stated, “The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented multiplied intensity of punishment already beginning to descend upon America and Britain. The prophecies record also the result of that intensified punishment. The result will be a corrected people. The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have done to ourselves. The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our lesson! The punishment will break our spirit of rebellion! It will lift us up from the cesspool of rottenness and evil into which we have sunk. It will teach us the way to glorious peace, prosperity, abundant well-being!”

And therein lies the hope for South Africa and all people the world over.

God is correcting the nations of Israel so that, upon the imminent return of Jesus Christ to this Earth, there will be humbled people willing to submit to His rule—people who can help usher in a new way of life and prosperity to all peoples, as described by Isaiah the prophet.

But even though times of trouble are upon South Africa today, God still promises protection to individuals who are willing to repent. As Mr. Armstrong declared, “[U]nderstand this: Although the nations as a whole are to be put through this unprecedented punishment, yet those individuals who yield to accept God’s correction without the punishment shall be protected from it! No one need suffer this intense tribulation!” (ibid.). God will protect and prosper all those who obey Him.

The Incomprehensible Generation

Should we be bovvered about the decline of language?
From the April 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

The British Empire is dead. But one aspect yet wields the same influence over the world that it did in Britain’s glory days. Even today, the sun hasn’t set on the English language.

English has a legal or official status or heavy influence in 115 countries. Language Today lists it as the most influential language in the world. But in its birthplace, the home of some of its greatest orators, Britain’s last great institution is vanishing. An entire segment of British society is simply unable to communicate effectively.

“Dere was somefing minging in de State of Denmark which was making ‘Amlet all uncool,” begins a translation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, based on today’s “street” English. “Verona was de turf of de feuding Montagues and de Capulet families,” begins the modern-day Romeo and Juliet. “And coz they was always brawling and stuff, de prince of Verona told them to cool it or else they was gonna get well mashed if they carried on larging it with each other.”

Almost anyone who’s been in England can recognize this slang; it’s in major cities, on television, and all over the schools—in many cases at the direction of the teachers. One school performed an irreverant nativity play, in which teachers had actually prompted children to get up on stage and deliver their lines in “street” lingo. Teachers have largely turned their backs on teaching obedience to English rules, and no longer “bovver” to teach children correct spelling. No wonder standards of literacy are sinking like the Titanic!

University professors are finding that many of their students cannot communicate effectively at all. “Spelling and punctuation is only part of the problem,” said Prof. Tony Marcel. “Their vocabulary is poor and mistaken; they have little idea of syntax, cannot punctuate and seem to have no idea of what constitutes a sentence.” The Telegraph reports that “thousands of children leave school too innumerate and illiterate to hold down a job.” Illiteracy equals unemployment.

But this is about more than communicating well enough to get a job. In “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell drew the connection between language and thought. Our language, he wrote, “becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” We are what we think! Sloppy thoughts lead to sloppy speech and sloppy writing. And the same is true in reverse: If we cannot speak clearly, we cannot think clearly.

As Jesus Christ said, “[O]ut of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). The inability of a person to speak properly reveals a weak, undisciplined heart and mind.

How can a people with a confused, muddled and garbled language have a clear sense of national identity? If you cannot define something, you do not understand it. If you cannot say it in words, then it is not clear in your mind.

In 1984, Orwell described a totalitarian government restricting the language of its people so much that they cannot even think about being free. The word freedom no longer exists in their vocabularies, and thus they can’t say it or think it.

Is that nightmarish scenario becoming reality? Many are not truly able to explain what democracy is, or what freedom is. Many are capable only of repeating prepackaged phrases coined by someone else: “No blood for oil” or “Bush lied, people died,” without understanding any of the issues behind them. If a person cannot articulate his or her thoughts, that person is not truly free.

America’s Founding Fathers understood this principle. “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic,” said Thomas Jefferson. “Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” Healthy societies are comprised of competent, effective thinkers. And you can measure that thought by language.

Britain’s language problem is not just an annoyance. It does not just mean an unintelligent workforce. It comes from the destruction of Britain’s core. Men were once proud to be British. Now, many can’t even define it.

As Jefferson warned, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

Anti-Semitism: Why You Should Be Alarmed

Anti-Semitism: Why You Should Be Alarmed

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History shows that anti-Semitism is a measure of global tension.
From the May 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

“Jews to the gas.” “Jews to the oven.” “Kill the Jews.”

These are standard sentiments in the streets of Tehran and Gaza City. But earlier this year, those chilling slogans, chanted by tens of thousands, echoed up and down the streets of London, Paris and Amsterdam.

Yes, you read that correctly.

These slogans, of course, filled Germany during World War ii. By that time, Hitler’s unchecked anti-Semitism had matured beyond boycotting Jewish stores, banning Jews from schools, firebombing synagogues and flogging Jews in dark alleys. By the early 1940s, the ultimate expression of hatred toward Jews had emerged: The führer was rounding up Jews like sheep, and cramming them—shocked and naked, men, women and children—into steel chambers, then gassing them.

Consider: Tens of thousands of Europeans today seek the reconstruction of Nazi Germany’s gas chambers and ovens. Granted, the recent Continent-wide choir was largely composed of European Muslims protesting Israel’s incursion into Gaza and showing support for Hamas. Native Europeans, for the most part, were by no means condoning 1940s-style Nazi anti-Semitism.

That said, the overwhelmingly passive reaction of Europeans to the chilling calls for the mass murder of Jews—by a minority group, on the streets of European cities, suggests the presence of a latent and foreboding anti-Semitism. More worrying is the fact that while European governments, state and city authorities, academics, much of the media and European populace did virtually nothing to tamp down the hate, many—both leaders and citizensenergetically lauded the anti-Semitic chorus. The reality is, anti-Israel sentiment—the slick cousin of anti-Semitism—was and is embraced, encouraged and facilitated in the European mainstream by European politicians, intellectuals and media.

Call this 1930s-style anti-Semitism, if you will. And history shows that unless it is checked, it leads directly to Jews being gassed and tossed like worthless fodder into ovens, or what in hindsight might be called 1940s-style anti-Semitism.

1930s-Style Anti-Semitism

Much like it is today, hatred toward Jews was politically fashionable and socially acceptable in Britain and the rest of Europe during the 1930s. Historian William Manchester noted this trend in his book The Last Lion.

“The martyrdom of Jews in the 1940s would strip anti-Semitism [in Britain] of its respectability,” wrote Manchester, “but in the 1930s it was quite an ordinary thing to see restaurants, hotels, clubs, beaches, and residential neighborhoods barred to people with what were delicately called ‘dietary requirements.’ … Contempt for [Jews] was not considered bad form. They were widely regarded as unlovable, alien, loud-mouthed, ‘flashy’ people who enriched themselves at the expense of Gentiles” (emphasis mine throughout).

During this time, the British government, high society, the intellectual class and the media—with the exception of a handful of individuals including Winston Churchill—were infected with animosity for Jews and infatuation with Nazism. Among London’s upper crust, Nazism and all it represented had a strange appeal: “Ladies wore bracelets with swastika charms; young men combed their hair slant across their foreheads” (ibid.). Even Britain’s king, Edward viii, visited Hitler’s Germany, admired the führer, and didn’t lift a finger to curb the growing and blatant acts of anti-Semitism surging in the government and across the country.

Similar sentiment prevailed in Europe. “Poland’s national character, like Germany’s,” wrote Manchester, “was marred by a livid streak of anti-Semitism ….” In Hungary, anti-Semitic laws similar to those in Nazi Germany made the persecution of Jews routine. In France in the late ’30s, rowdy crowds, alarmed by the prospect of war with Germany and convinced that Jewish warmongers were at the root of the problem, protested in towns and suburbs, crying “Death to the Jews, raid the Jews.”

As in Britain, a wide and surging river of anti-Semitism, flowing since early medieval times—whose primary source was Europe’s Catholic forbears—ran unchecked through the peoples, classes and governments of Europe.

In Germany, the persecution of Jews had been adopted as state policy nearly a decade before the war began. By the mid-’30s, bullying Jews was virtually a national sport. Across the country, wrote Manchester, “motion picture theaters, shops and restaurants were displaying prominent signs reading ‘Juden unerwünscht’ (‘Jews not welcome’). Day-to-day existence was becoming increasingly difficult for non-Aryans. ‘Fur Juden kein zutritt’ (‘Jews not admitted’) placards hung outside grocery and butchers’ shops; they could not enter dairies to buy milk for their infants, or pharmacies to fill prescriptions, or hotels to find lodging. At every turn they were taunted ….

Hatred of Jews was as much in vogue in America as it was in Europe. “The worst period of American anti-Semitism,” wrote history Prof. Leonard Dinnerstein, “was sandwiched between the ends of World War i and World War ii” (Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis). By the mid-1940s, recalls Dinnerstein, animosity toward Jews had swelled to the point where many American Jews actually feared that the anti-Semitic pogroms occurring in Nazi Germany were about to spread to America.

This global anti-Semitism came with significant consequences. Because hatred of Jews was in style and enormously pervasive, Western leaders during the 1930s were largely blind to the apocalyptic destination of the raging anti-Semitic river. In this sense, the subliminal support given by British, European and American governments and society to Hitler’s anti-Jewish ideology and policies actually made the gas-chamber-style anti-Semitism of the 1940s inevitable!

History’s warning is thunderous and undeniable: Pre-World War ii trends in Britain, America and Europe show that anti-Semitism is a barometer of crisis!

History Is Repeating

In January, the Brussels Journal reported: “Far from simply being a spate of isolated incidents, as many Europeans claim, anti-Semitic violence is becoming more commonplace in every country in Europe. At the same time, anti-Israel demonstrations, which have strong anti-Semitic overtones, are being held with alarming frequency in cities across Europe” (January 17).

With the creation of the Jewish state in 1948 came a new strain of this age-old hatred: anti-Zionism, or opposition to the Jewish state. Today, anti-Semitism, often manifested as anti-Israel sentiment, is as fashionable in Britain and Europe as it was in the 1930s!

Writing in the New Statesman in March, Rhoda Koenig, a former New Yorker now living in London, lamented the prevalence of what she termed low-level “dinner party” anti-Semitism. Anti-Israel, anti-Jewish discussions are not only common among Britain’s elite, she said, but there’s rarely much debate or disagreement on the subject. This suggests a collective intolerance.

“The Palestinian people in Gaza are the new Warsaw ghetto,” declared British mp George Galloway earlier this year, “and those who are murdering them are the equivalent of those who murdered the Jews in Warsaw in 1943.”

“Jew-baiting is especially intense in the UK,” wrote Isi Leibler in the Jerusalem Post. “Prominent Jews encounter death threats. Students at Oxford University have gleefully proclaimed that in five years, their campus ‘would be a Jew-free zone.’ A high-ranking British diplomat was arrested after publicly launching a foul-mouthed anti-Semitic tirade. The London-based Royal Court Theater is staging a viciously anti-Israeli play by Caryl Churchill that Melanie Phillips described in the Spectator as reminiscent of anti-Semitic plays performed in the Middle Ages portraying Jews as demonic Christ-killers” (February 15).

Anti-Semitism is once again fashionable in Britain. No wonder anti-Semitic incidents are skyrocketing. The Community Security Trust reported that the number of attacks against Jews was more than six times higher in the four weeks after Operation Cast Lead began than in the same period last year. Jew-beatings are increasingly common, and prominent Jews have been encouraged by authorities to step up personal security as many are on hit lists. These days, in many cases, Jewish functions require a team of bodyguards to protect participants. During one demonstration in London earlier this year, participants—many of whom were native Britons—as well as police and onlookers, didn’t object to a man dressed as a Jewish caricature, replete with a mask of a long, crooked nose, pretending to eat babies.

During the 1930s, many in Britain lauded Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Today, many in Britain condone, even embrace, Islam’s hatred for Jews and the Jewish state. Britain is more infatuated with the forces seeking its destruction than it is loyal to friends needing its assistance! As during the 1930s, certain influences within Britain are empowering its enemy and facilitating the eventual destruction of an ally.

In Europe, the river of anti-Semitism that carved through the Continent, swelling Nazi Germany’s pre-war anti-Jew ambitions, has reappeared today, and flows as briskly as ever. Though their hatred is cloaked in anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian rhetoric and gestures, many European leaders are sanctioning, even promoting, the persecution of Jews.

Take Harry van Bommel, for example, the native Dutch mp who earlier this year called for a new intifada against Israel. In France, young thugs were recently caught on camera marching through a supermarket shouting anti-Jew epithets and smashing food products imported from Israel. Increasingly, even business leaders and politicians are demanding boycotts against products made in Israel. This often means the boycotting of Jewish-owned stores. In Italy, Giancarlo Desiderati, spokesman for the Flaica-cub trade union, demanded a boycott of all Jewish shops in Rome, and warned Romans, in a leaflet distributed by his outfit, that goods they purchase from Jewish-owned stores are “tainted by blood.”

These are flagrant attempts—in Europe no less, the so-called modern bastion of multiculturalism and tolerance—to put Jews out of business. Exactly the same measures were occurring in Europe prior to the Holocaust.

Serge Benhaim, president of a Jewish community in Paris, described daily life for many Jews in France: “Almost every day we witness severe racially motivated incidents, and tension has only intensified after the operation in Gaza. We don’t take the train after 7 p.m., we wear a skullcap only under a hat, and our youths don’t wander the streets late at night anymore.”

That’s 1930s-style anti-Semitism!

The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism in France reported that within about three weeks of the war in Gaza starting, it had received more than 100 reports of violence against Jews. Synagogues, Jewish centers and Jewish memorials are regularly firebombed and ransacked. Jews are persecuted, verbally abused and beaten. Earlier this year in Denmark, two Israelis were shot and wounded in a shopping mall. In Belgium, Jewish schools are being desecrated; Jewish community leaders are receiving death threats; and a plot to burn a Jewish family alive was foiled. During many of the anti-Israel demonstrations throughout Europe, Nazi imagery was resurrected; signs and chants likened Israeli soldiers to Nazi troops, the Gaza Strip was compared to Auschwitz, and the Star of David was replaced with Nazi swastikas.

It’s sadly ironic. By condoning, even joining, the movement to liken Jews to Nazis, native Britons and Europeans are making Nazi-style destruction inevitable!

In some parts of Denmark, school authorities are refusing to accept Jewish students—some out of fear it might upset the Muslim students, others because they despise Israel. In Britain, Jewish schoolchildren are bullied for belonging to a people supposedly “with blood on their hands.”

Let’s not misunderstand: While there was a surge in anti-Jewish incidents in the wake of Israel’s incursion into Gaza in January, the war was more of an excuse or outlet for venting latent, abiding prejudice and hatred than a root cause of the current surge in anti-Semitism!

The global financial crisis has been exploited in much the same manner. In February, the Anti-Defamation League reported on a survey it had commissioned that found nearly a third of Europeans blame Jews for the global economic meltdown and that a large number of Europeans believe Jews have too much power in the business world. In Spain, 74 percent of those polled said they felt it was “probably true” that Jews hold too much sway over the global financial markets. Nearly two thirds lamented that the Jews were more loyal to Israel than their home countries.

This is not new: For centuries anti-Semitism has been a valve through which mounting tensions are released! When the plague decimated Europe in the late Middle Ages, for example, blame was pinned by many on the Jews.

Where Will It End?

The Second World War broke up the 1930s love affair with Nazism. Although Hitler’s unspeakable acts finally prodded Britain and Western Europe into doing something to stop the atrocities, 60 million lives were sacrificed before World War ii finally ended!

The lesson is poignant: When nations coddle radical regimes and embrace their genocidal ambitions, they make catastrophic destruction inevitable!

Today, the briskly flowing, unchecked river of anti-Semitism that cut across the planet during the 1930s has been resurrected. If we understand history, we can know that this torrent of hate and violence, when it reaches its high-water mark and finally overflows its banks, will not only engulf the Jews and the Jewish state, but will also spill over and swamp entire nations and regions.

In fact, biblical prophecy shows that it will engulf the planet!

Two prophecies in particular, one in Hosea 5, the other in Zechariah 14, indicate anti-Semitism—manifested in an intense hatred for the Jewish state and a burning desire to purge Jews from Jerusalem—will play a central role in end-time events. Thankfully, these events are prophesied to immediately precede the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth! His government will finally put a stop to all racial prejudice (Acts 10:34).

To study these prophecies in detail, request your free copy of Hosea—Reaping the Whirlwind, and Jerusalem in Prophecy.