Financial Regulation in Prophecy!

Financial Regulation in Prophecy!

Jim D. Woodward/flickr

Anti-Anglo-Saxon, anti-democratic, anti-free-enterprise: That’s the system of global financial regulation that is about to exert its control around the globe!
From the July 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

“Follow the money,” said the informant in the Watergate affair.

Similarly, if you really want to make sense of the complex web of banking, finance and commerce that makes up our global system of economy in the 21st century, just “follow the money.”

There are a number of major institutions that control and influence monetary policy throughout the world. Apart from the World Bank (also incorporating the Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the International Monetary Fund headquartered in Washington, d.c., the institutions that are currently most influencing monetary policy are based on the continent of Europe.

Most influential among these European-headquartered institutions are the Bank for International Settlements (bis), based in Switzerland, and the European Central Bank, in Germany. A recent addition to these, and destined to probably become the most powerful, is the global regulatory authority termed the Financial Stability Board (fsb), cloned from a German initiative by the G-7 nations, within which the EU is the dominant force.

Why should you be concerned about this?

Note this electrifying Mail Online report from May 9: “The paper is aged and fragile, the typewritten letters slowly fading. But U.S. Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128 is as chilling now as the day it was written in November 1944.

“The document, also known as the Red House Report, is a detailed account of a secret meeting at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg on Aug. 10, 1944. There, Nazi officials ordered an elite group of German industrialists to plan for Germany’s postwar recovery, prepare for the Nazis’ return to power and work for a ‘strong German empire.’ In other words: the Fourth Reich.” (This intelligence report is reprinted in full in our free booklet The Rising Beast.)

This plan for a Nazi comeback was to be funded by cash and bullion, channeled through the Swiss National Bank and the Nazi-controlled Bank for International Settlements in exchange for a 5 percent commission.

Why are both these banks, to this very day, still at the heart of the international banking system? Why do they wield such clout in determining money flows, interest and exchange rates internationally? The real answer is astounding! As Adam LeBor reflects, “[T]hese three typewritten pages are a reminder that today’s drive towards a European federal state is inexorably tangled up with the plans of the SS and German industrialists for a Fourth Reich …” (ibid.).

Power of the Central Banks

The distribution of wealth internationally is vested in the nations’ central banks. Of these, the most powerful is the Bank for International Settlements.

The bis, based in Basel, Switzerland, was originally established after World War i to collect and distribute Germany’s war reparation payments. It soon became the “bank for central banks,” supplying safe haven for the European central banks’ gold stocks. Its sole depositors are, in fact, the central banks. A treaty signed in 1930 at The Hague guarantees the bis immunity from government intervention and from paying taxes on the profits it makes on all transactions.

Secrecy is a vital ingredient to the operations of the bis. As Edward Epstein reported in 1983 for Harper’s Magazine, “[T]he central banks themselves have highly competent staff capable of investing their deposits. The German Bundesbank, for example, has a superb international trading department and 15,000 employees—at least 20 times as many as the bis staff. Why then do the Bundesbank and the other central banks transfer some $40 billion of deposits to the bis and thereby permit it to make such a profit?

“One answer is, of course, secrecy. By committing part of their reserves in what amounts to a gigantic mutual fund of short-term investments, the central banks create a convenient screen behind which they can hide their own deposits and withdrawals in financial centers around the world. For example, if the bis places funds in Hungary, the individual central banks do not have to answer to their governments for investing in a Communist country. And the central banks are apparently willing to pay a high fee to use the cloak of thebis (emphasis mine throughout).

Since its creation as the institution through which German war reparations were supposed to be channeled, the bis has become the most powerful banking institution in the world—in reality, the world’s central bank.

Epstein described the regular treks of central bankers to the bis as follows: “Ten times a year—once a month except in August and October—a small group of well-dressed men arrives in Basel, Switzerland. Carrying overnight bags and attaché cases, they discreetly check into the Euler Hotel, across from the railroad station. They have come to this sleepy city from places as disparate as Tokyo, London and Washington, d.c., for the regular meeting of the most exclusive, secretive and powerful supranational club in the world.”

In general, Epstein’s description of the power and influence of the bis remains accurate to this day. “The membership of this club is restricted to a handful of powerful men who determine daily the interest rate, the availability of credit, and the money supply of the banks in their own countries. They include the governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the Swiss National Bank, and the German Bundesbank.

“The club controls a bank with a … kitty in cash, government securities and gold that constitutes about one tenth of the world’s available foreign exchange. The profits earned just from renting out its hoard of gold (second only to that of Fort Knox in value) are more than sufficient to pay for the expenses of the entire organization. And the unabashed purpose of its elite monthly meetings is to coordinate and, if possible, to control all monetary activities in the industrialized world.”

Then there’s the leading customer of the bis, the powerful European Central Bank (ecb).

Underpinning the European Monetary Union (emu), the ecb operates from Frankfurt, Germany. It sets monetary policy for the emu completely independent from the influence of any of the national governments or anyone else. The ecb combines with the central banks of all of the states in the European Union to form the European System of Central Banks, which implements the monetary policy of the ecb.

The Financial Stability Board

At a meeting in Bonn on Feb. 20, 1999, Dr. Hans Tietmeyer, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, recommended to the finance ministers and the governors of the central banks of the G-7 nations (Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S.) the establishment of a Financial Stability Forum (fsf). The G-7 accepted the proposal.

Ten years later, at the G-20 meeting in London in April, the world’s 20 richest countries agreed to accept regulation of their economies by the fsf under its new name, the Financial Stability Board.

The final communiqué to which all G-20 nations agreed commits each of those nations to action as follows: “In particular we agree:

  • “to establish a new Financial Stability Board (fsb) with a strengthened mandate, as a successor to the Financial Stability Forum (fsf), including all G-20 countries, fsf members, Spain, and the European Commission;
  • “that the fsb should collaborate with the imf to provide early warning of macroeconomic and financial risks and the actions needed to address them; …
  • “to extend regulation and oversight to all systemically important financial institutions, instruments and markets. …
  • “to endorse and implement the fsf’s tough new principles on pay and compensation and to support sustainable compensation schemes and the corporate social responsibility of all firms.”
  • With four of the G-7 nations plus Spain being EU member nations, added to which is the European Commission, it is obvious that the most influential bloc under fsb regulation will be the European Union.

    Pending Chaos

    When the powers of the bis and the ecb are aligned with that of the new Financial Stability Board—especially given the current global economic and financial crisis—a certain vision of the future, prophesied in your Bible, suddenly leaps into perspective. It is a vision that was prophesied decades ago by Herbert Armstrong.

    During the 1980s, bank failures in the United States broke all records in the wake of the savings-and-loans crisis. In 1982, Herbert Armstrong could see the writing on the wall. With the long-term effects of financial irresponsibility in mind, speaking from Vienna in a message to his supporters, he declared that the failure of any major bank in the U.S. “will affect the banks in Britain, in Paris, in Tokyo, and in the capitals of the world. And the heads of the governments in those countries know it.

    “The banking system is so interlocked between nations, that if one goes under they will all go under and that’s going to mean chaos, economic chaos all over the world for many nations and millions and billions of people.”

    It was German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche who declared, “The German soul has its passageways and inter-passageways; there are caves, hideouts and dungeons in it; its disorder has a good deal of the attraction of the mysterious; the German is expert on secret paths to chaos.”

    Sigrid Schultz, who reported for the Chicago Tribune from within Germany after World War i through the early years of World War ii, wrote, “[T]he Germans have brought chaos and agony to every country within their long reach. They will cry chaos again, and still again … at the first sign of weakness on our part, they’ll try it again” (Germany Will Try It Again).

    Schultz described how the Nazi organization was set up as far back as 1940 to continue to pursue the Nazi dream of world conquest underground in the event of German defeat in World War ii. “The broad outline of the campaign aims at a ‘scientifically provoked and directed chaos,’ with which they feel certain to win ultimate victory,” Schultz wrote.

    Most integral to the ultimate fulfillment of the Nazi vision was control of the global banking system!

    German Influence

    Schultz tracked the effort to infiltrate and exert influence and ultimate control of the global banking system back to as early as Germany’s defeat in World War i in 1918. She pointed to the initiatives of German Gen. Erich Ludendorff, who initiated a covert interwar enterprise comprised of nationalist Germans “with wide knowledge of human beings and the world … to serve their common cause—German world supremacy. … Since then its membership has quietly directed the creation of world encompassing political and financial structures.” Following the 1918 armistice, “the most trusted secret staff members who held positions in the Reichsbank [predecessor of today’s Bundesbank], the Finance Ministry, and, naturally, the War Office, took care to keep their jobs.”

    This is no conspiracy theorist in action. This is a steely-minded journalist who was personally acquainted with Hitler, Goering and Himmler, who lived and worked in Germany between 1918 and 1943, who had a deep perception of the orientation of the German elites and their dream to revive the old Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation!

    A similar perception was held by Bernard Connolly, who formerly worked in the monetary policy area within the EU. He noted the “plans for a German-dominated European Economic Community that had been detailed during 1941 in a compendium of papers presented to the president of the Reichsbank”—and a number of leading bankers, industrialists and economists within the Third Reich. “That blueprint bore a startling resemblance to the eec [European Economic Community] of the Treaty of Rome” (The Rotten Heart of Europe).

    Connolly went on to note that the Nazi professor who synthesized this “compendium of papers” specifically emphasized that the economic policy of a united Europe should not reflect “the old structural laws of the Anglo-Saxon world economy,” but rather “must be shaped in accordance with the new [Nazi] political criteria and will consequently appear different from the economic structures of the past.”

    That very system is currently imposed on 27 nations in Europe.

    Then, suddenly, in the wake of April’s G-20 conference in London, we find that a very German idea, having initially gained acceptance as the Financial Stability Forum by the EU-dominated G-7 nations, has become, under a new name, the regulatory authority for the global economy! The Financial Stability Board’s authority is not based on those “old structural laws of the Anglo-Saxon world economy,” but on “new political criteria … different from the economic structures of the past”!

    As Dick Morris commented in an observation much keener than most observers, “Literally from April 2 of this year … it’s a whole new world of financial regulation in which, essentially, all of the U.S. regulatory bodies and all U.S. companies are put under international regulation, international supervision. It really amounts to a global economic government” (Fox News, April 2).

    How could the leaders of the G-20 nations have been so fooled?

    Dick Morris laid his finger on the reason. “I’ve had a long experience in dealing with the European Union, and this is how they operate. All the [G-20] focus was on how much will there be in the stimulus package, $1.1 trillion. And did Obama win? Did Sarkozy win? And in the meantime, they slip this in under the radar, which is absolutely creating an international economic union.”

    Follow the Money

    It is in monetary policy that the innate drive toward centralizing Teutonic corporatism has found its greenest pastures.

    Since 1979, when the European Council adopted the European Monetary System—consummating in the establishment of the ecb and subsequent launching of the single European currency, the euro, in 1999—the European central banking system has evolved into a powerful source of financial regulation and control.

    When EU monetary policy is linked with the EU drive for global financial regulatory power, the agenda of the EU elites is revealed at its most sinister, anti-Anglo-Saxon, anti-free-enterprise level. This becomes of even greater concern when objective historical research reveals that, in Europe, “there is a certain overlap between two currents of thought—Nazi and modern pro-Europeanism—whose … antecedents reach back in European intellectual and geopolitical history to well before the outbreak of the Second World War …” (John Laughlin, The Tainted Source).

    Perhaps nowhere is that old Nazi vision as prevalent as in the European central banking system.

    A consistent thread that runs from the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, via Basel, through Frankfurt, to Berlin, and on to Rome, has woven its web of covert banking intrigue. It began in the post-World War i process of German reparations in 1918, and has led to the most recent establishment of the new global finance and banking regulator, the fsb, in April. This thread ties together the bis, the imf, the ecg, the powerful Bundesbank, and the Vatican Bank with the fsb.

    If you want to make sense of the massive changes that have taken place in the global order since the Berlin Wall fell, then simply “follow the money.” It will lead you to Brussels, via Basel, to Frankfurt, to Berlin, and ultimately to Rome!

    Recently, there has been no more powerful witness to the accuracy of the biblical prophecies publicized for over 50 years by Herbert Armstrong and for the past 20 years by Gerald Flurry than this latest startling development in the global economy.

    As Herbert Armstrong declared, “I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly, just like out of a blue sky, that is going to shock the whole world, and is going to cause the nations in Europe to realize they must unite! … I think I can see what may be the very event that is going to trigger it, and that is the economic situation in the world” (public address, July 7, 1984).

    Mr. Armstrong pointed to massive bank failures as causing “chaos, economic chaos all over the world for many nations and millions and billions of people.”

    Watch for the coming chaos that will soon set in across the world in the wake of these huge changes to the global financial system, creating great disruption in the global economy. And as you watch, see this chaos transmute the current unwieldy 27-nation EU into a tightly knit combine under 10 leaders, all giving their allegiance to one who will promise to bring order out of that chaos.

    Watch for the rise of that prophesied “king of the north” that will create, for a brief moment in time, a “new world order” out of that chaos—an order most reminiscent of that ancient order that has historically wreaked so much chaos in the world: the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation!

    For further study, order a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

    The Real Jesus

    The Real Jesus

    iStockphoto

    The man depicted in Western art is nothing like the one described in the Bible.
    From the July 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

    Lately, several newsmagazines have graced their covers with a pale, tender-skinned, soft-spoken, long-haired, womanish figure wearing a beard. It’s supposed to be Jesus. But these erroneous depictions of Christ look nothing like the Jesus described in your Bible.

    The real Jesus was a powerfully built, masculine man—a rugged outdoorsman. He was a master of every situation. He was a people person and a dynamically persuasive teacher. He was a man of upstanding character—an upholder and promoter of God’s perfect law of liberty.

    Isn’t it time you became acquainted with the Jesus of the Bible?

    Christ’s Family

    Prior to His 3½-year ministry, Jesus Christ was brought up in a large family as the oldest of five brothers and at least three sisters (Matthew 13:54-56). Traditional Christianity depicts Jesus’s stepfather as some kind of uneducated, deadbeat dad who was baffled by his stepson’s remarkable genius. Joseph was supposedly married to a superior woman.

    The real Joseph, however, was the loving head, provider, protector and primary educator of this extraordinary family. He was a “just” man, Matthew wrote, with sterling character. Upon learning that Mary was pregnant, Joseph initially intended to secretly dissolve the engagement for the sake of his own reputation—and Mary’s.

    But while Joseph “thought on these things,” an angel appeared to him and said that Mary had conceived of the Holy Spirit. In response to the angel’s instructions, Joseph obeyed God, risked his upstanding reputation in the community, took a pregnant woman to be his wife and accepted her firstborn son as one of his very own.

    In northern Galilee, Jesus became known as the son of Joseph (John 6:42). As a teenager and young adult, Jesus worked outdoors, developing into a master craftsman on his stepfather’s carpentry crew.

    “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). This was due, in large part, to the indomitable influence of His mentor and stepfather, Joseph.

    When Jesus was 12, for example, Joseph took his wife and children to Jerusalem to observe the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread. Only males were required to go to Jerusalem for the three annual festival seasons (Exodus 23:14-17). But Joseph was a successful businessman and family man, so he took the entire family.

    It was during this trip to Jerusalem that Jesus wound up in the temple reasoning with the doctors of the law. Having learned to be an exceptional student under His father’s direction, Luke’s account says that Jesus was “hearing” and “asking questions” (Luke 2:46). He was listening and learning from some of the most distinguished educators of His day. This was no ordinary 12-year-old.

    His parents, having lost track of Jesus on the way home, returned to Jerusalem to find Him in the temple. They were “amazed.” The teachers of the law were “astonished at his understanding.”

    From that point forward, Scripture says, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (verse 52).

    The real Jesus grew up in a well-balanced, God-fearing household where His physical father served as head and His mother as a submissive and loving helpmeet and homemaker.

    Jesus as Master

    Think back on your education. Generally, the male teachers we tend to appreciate most are the stronger, more authoritative role models we can look up to.

    Now think about Jesus Christ—the greatest orator and teacher who has ever lived. Why should we imagine Him to be an effeminate weakling who somehow moved the masses while speaking in hushed tones?

    “Follow me,” He supposedly whispered to the fishermen, tax collectors and businessmen of His day, moving them to promptly drop everything to learn a new profession.

    That is not the Jesus of your Bible. The real Jesus “waxed strong” physically and spoke with such powerful conviction and clarity that He astonished the masses! “For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:29).

    Jesus Christ did not teach or even look like the self-righteous religious figures of His day. After the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the Jewish commoners wanted to make Jesus a king (John 6:15). His wildly popular impact early on in His ministry enraged the jealous chief priests and Pharisees. “If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation,” they reasoned in John 11:48. They demanded their officers apprehend this persuasive scholar. But none of the officers would lay hands on Him.

    “No man ever spoke like this man!” they said in John 7:46 (Revised Standard Version).

    Jesus Christ simply did not fit into the mold of what people thought a religious leader should look and sound like. He was a hard-working, rugged-looking, masculine family man. He loved construction and numerous other outdoor activities like sailing, hiking and camping. He was an avid reader and student—conversant in every imaginable topic.

    And He loved people. He socialized so much that His critics accused Him of being a glutton and winebibber! In actual fact, Jesus was the friendliest man who ever lived. He loved being among crowds. He interacted with Samaritans, the blind and lame, the elderly, and women and children. He broke bread with Pharisees, tax collectors and sinners.

    Then there were His students—the disciples. Most of those who dropped everything in order to follow the Messiah later sacrificed their very lives for this impressive, God-fearing man. “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”, His disciples lamented after Jesus was gone (Luke 24:32).

    Jesus lived the abundant life (John 10:10). He practiced what He preached. And in living in accordance with all of God’s holy laws, He left for us a perfect example to follow (1 Peter 2:21).

    Strive to follow those steps set before us by Jesus Christ—the real Jesus, as depicted in the pages of your Bible.

    For more of these Christian living articles, check out pcog.org.

    The Ugly Transition From Gen X to Gen Y

    The Ugly Transition From Gen X to Gen Y

    Index Open

    What will it take for the young generation to overcome its unparalleled selfishness?

    Whatever happened to basic humility? Where did the experience of shame at wrongdoing disappear to? Indeed, to where did the whole concept of “wrongdoing” flee? Does anyone know what “self-effacement” means anymore? Whatever happened to the magnanimous, seemingly innate, desire of the Anglo-American peoples to give to the benefit of fellow man with the expectation of gaining little or nothing in return?

    Now it’s all about self-actualization, pride in self, promotion of self, the glorification of narcissism. The outcome of the new creed, “When do we want it? We want it NOW,” is an ugly, unkempt, sloppy, self-indulgent, greedy, grasping, demanding generation of greatly ballooned egos. Generation Y has been raised by Generation X with not even a beginning concept of the self-sacrificing demeanor of the pioneering generations that built their lands into powerful nations, who sacrificed in blood to protect their freedoms and their kith and kin back home as they fought foreign enemies on far-away foreign soil.

    The senior vice president of the global advertising agency jwt, Marian Salzman, said back in 2007, “Gen Y is the most difficult workforce I’ve ever encountered, because part of them are greatest-generation great and the other part are so self-indulgent as to be genuinely offensive to know, let alone supervise” (Christian Science Monitor, March 2, 2007).

    The problem is that Generation Y has now become top-billed entertainment! Shows such as American Idol and The Apprentice bearing all of the sheer ugliness of character of Gen Y are raking in millions for their promoters and searing the minds of Gen-Y viewers into a stupefying mindset that says, These are your heroes; this is your expected mode of behavior if you want to succeed in life!

    Nothing could be further from the truth!

    Self-sacrifice built the British peoples into the greatest empire on Earth. The great pioneering spirit of help-thy-neighbor built America into the greatest single nation in history. Self-indulgence is ultimately destined to reduce these once-great peoples to enslavement by the enemies toward which they were so magnanimous in their defeat in war.

    A February 2007 report titled “Egos Inflating Over Time,” produced by a team of researchers led by psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego University, warned that the self-indulgent child-rearing techniques foisted off onto Generation-X parents have yielded bitter fruit indeed. Gen Yers are becoming known for their general lack of empathy, their innate fixation on self, their general lack of manners and inability to satisfactorily adapt as contributing members of a stable society. In fact, the report indicated that this generation presents an unattractive proposition in terms of their employability within the society that has raised them.

    The trend toward innate self-indulgence among Generation Y is so deeply concerning, and its rate of progression so alarming, that the report asked the question (emphasis mine throughout),

    How high can narcissism go? It is possible to imagine a narcissistic Lake Wobegon: Everyone is attractive or getting surgery to become so; competition and individual pursuits trump group or collective action; relationships are superficial and transient; kids are treated permissively at home and fed with self-inflating messages at school. This may sound far-fetched, but imagine what would happen if an American from the 1950s took a time machine to the present day. This would be how our culture would appear to our 1950s visitor, and we think it is possible to move even further in this direction.

    The generation that built America into a nation of awe-inspiring wealth, made an industrial powerhouse admired the world over, created the world’s mightiest military machine, placed men on the moon and forced the Soviet Union to its knees is fast fading.

    That was a generation—and the children of a generation—that had suffered a worldwide economic depression and the two greatest wars in this world’s history. Their freedoms, their wealth and their industry were hard-won. It all took a hefty dose of self-sacrifice.

    Considering this history in relation to the culture of hedonistic softness within which Generation Y has been indulged, the authors of “Egos Inflating Over Time” reached a remarkable conclusion: “Self-correction may occur, however, given a strong enough external force. … [I]f another Great Depression or world war struck, Americans might suddenly have to temper their narcissism.”

    But the strength of the intervention of that strong external force, it would seem, will have to be far in excess of that posed even by such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina or the current economic crisis. As these researchers observed, “A diluted form of this decreased self-focus might have occurred after Sept. 11, 2001, when many people commented that they focused on their relationships more and were kinder to each other. However, as our data show, those attitudes—if they actually did come about—soon faded.”

    What will it take to rescue America, and her sister Anglo-Saxon nations, from the grip of the nation-destroying self-indulgence that is the prime motivation of this narcissistic generation charged with the task of leading the way into the future in the 21st century? The hope these researchers offer is a dim one indeed:

    Overall, it would be very difficult for a generation brought up on narcissistic individualism to suddenly become consistently self-sacrificing. Perhaps at some point American culture will realize that too much individualism, and too much narcissism, will not lead to good outcomes in the long run.

    Where’s the real hope in that?

    The standard of research that produced this report is excellent. Its conclusions are inarguable. However, the future it bespeaks is bleak indeed!

    One thing we can tell you, on the supreme authority of the Creator of Generation X, Generation Y, and all generations of mankind tracking back to Adam himself, is that the inference this report makes is true: The only solution to the devastation of Anglo-Saxon society faced by this current narcissistic generation is, in reality, direct, sudden and imminent intervention by that strong enough external force”!

    It will simply take the divine intervention of the Creator Himself to change this very narcissistic, self-indulgent nature of man, and to put, not only America, not just the Anglo-Saxons, but this whole world right back onto its original God-ordained course! That much is declared by the divinely inspired revelation of the future in your Bible.

    The fact is, believe it or not, only when that supernatural, strong external force intervenes in world affairs will all mankind be able to fully realize its incredible human potential!

    Thank God, the signs indicate that day will come soon. Very soon!

    The Vatican’s Hidden Jerusalem Agenda

    Why did the pope visit Israel, and why now?
    From the July 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

    This magazine has been watching Joseph Ratzinger for a long time. As we have watched, we have followed his course from chief confidante of the late Pope John Paul ii, to his enthronement as pope, and then on throughout the past four years of his controversial papacy.

    As we have watched this leading religious figure, we have monitored his involvement in a clandestine project of the Vatican that was documented in Bible prophecy almost 2,000 years ago and which remained a mystery until fully exposed within the last two decades. Now, in light of Benedict xvi’s visit to Israel in May, his first since being elected pope, it is crucial that the Vatican agenda for the city of Jerusalem be publicized.

    Hushed About History

    Back in the mid-1990s, a statement made by Pope John Paul ii during an interview

    in his native Poland, broadcast in Italian over a Polish radio station, was noted by

    one of our Italian associates. She sent us a transcript of the interview, which included

    one particularly startling reference by the pope regarding the Vatican’s ultimate goal of transferring its headquarters from Rome to Jerusalem.

    What was unusual about this admission of John Paul ii was that the Vatican’s intentions to possess Jerusalem are seldom publicized and little commented-on. In fact, an air of secrecy—something that the Vatican has a history of creating over various of its affairs over the centuries—has surrounded this project since the failure of the Crusades, the most obvious of the overt and now very historical attempts by the Vatican to seize control of the Holy City. Those attempts have a long history with strong attachments to the German nation, right up to the past two world wars, and beyond to our present day.

    As far back as the eighth century a.d., emissaries were sent to Jerusalem by Emperor Charlemagne to negotiate an agreement with the Muslim Caliph Haroun al-Raschid. The result was, Jerusalem became a protectorate of the Holy Roman Empire.

    Historical records indicate that such a protectorate was limited to the oversight of the welfare of Christians, the care and protection of designated holy sites, and the properties of the Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem. The fact that the caliph would be a financial beneficiary to this enterprise was a given. Muslim support of the Kaiser’s army in World War i, and again of the Nazi regime in World War ii, was the end result of a long historical nexus between the Muslims and Germany.

    From the time of the Charlemagne/Haroun pact, through the attempt by Kaiser Wilhelm to seize Jerusalem in World War i, to this day, elements within Germany have historically viewed themselves as protectors of the Roman Catholic Church.

    From the time of the failure of the great Crusades, German elites have worked to find ways and means of seizing the plum job of protector of Jerusalem.

    Link With Germany

    Recently, courtesy of the actions of Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany has aggressively stepped up its diplomacy in the Middle East.

    Vatican and German diplomatic moves in Israel are both linked to a common end: possession of the Old City of Jerusalem and most of the eastern half of the city.

    The Jews are the pawns in this grand game of international diplomacy. The Palestinians are the grunts on the ground, eager to help divide Jerusalem and annihilate the State of Israel in the process.

    The Vatican already has a significant presence in Jerusalem. Under Israeli law, Rome has legal jurisdiction over, and free access to, its holy sites, including both its institutions and assets in Jerusalem. The consolidation of these arrangements came in a bilateral agreement termed “The Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See and the State of Israel,” which the Israeli government signed with the Vatican on Dec. 30, 1993. The terms of this agreement, composed in secret, were subsequently legislated by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

    What remains largely unknown is the secret deal made by current Israeli President Shimon Peres and the leftist peacenik and former Meretz party member Yossi Beilin, known widely as “Peres’s poodle.”

    On June 15, 1994, six months after signing the bilateral agreement with the Vatican, the Israeli government inked another agreement with the Vatican endorsing the Roman Catholic Church’s participation in negotiations to determine the future of Jerusalem.

    This was followed in February 1996 by Secretary General of the Vatican Serge Sebastian announcing that Rome recognizes Palestinian sovereignty over East Jerusalem. The Vatican had thus revealed its hand.

    Four years later, the Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat met in audience with Pope John Paul ii at the Vatican. The two signed an accord normalizing relations between the Palestinians and the Roman Catholic Church and agreeing to work toward establishing Jerusalem as an international city based on international guarantees. Later that year, the pope visited Israel. Declaring that Jerusalem was the main obstacle to peace in the region, he publicly called for international oversight of the holy city to safeguard its sacred sites.

    But there is another party that also has an interest in establishing a presence in Israel. Germany expressed its desire to do that as far back as 2002. Having an established presence in the Mediterranean, off the Persian Gulf and in Lebanese waters as well as Afghanistan, Germany is already encircling the Middle East in its seemingly benign capacity as “peacemaker.”

    It is clear that Germany’s and the Vatican’s Middle East policies are aligned. Each is patently playing both ends—Israel and the Palestinians—toward the middle.

    Germany and Rome used the same tactic in the Balkan Peninsula to achieve a desired result with implicit UN agreement, with the Serbs becoming the pariah in the world’s view. This time, it’s the Jews who are being pilloried, especially since the Gaza incursion in January. The result will be the same: the seizure of iconic territory to be placed under the influence of Berlin and Rome with the willing acquiescence of the United Nations.

    Journalist Joel Bainerman, a wellknown commentator on Israeli affairs, wrote, “The end goal of the Vatican is to seize control of the Old City of Jerusalem out of the clutches of the State of Israel. To that end they have a secret agreement with Israel which obliges Israel to respect the ‘extraterritorial’ claim to their physical presence in the city. In short, we have accepted the Vatican’s rights to have little Vatican sovereign embassies throughout our eternal capital of Jerusalem. That same Vatican has committed itself, in public and in a written agreement, to ensure that the Palestinians have sovereignty in the Old City of Jerusalem” (www.joelbainerman.com).

    “Toward the Pleasant Land”

    Yet, beyond the proof of the hidden agenda of the Vatican exposed by commentators, there is the “more sure word of prophecy,” which we have well documented in our publications, that forecasts this very reality. In Daniel 8, we read about the coming of an individual who will be the spiritual head of a great religio-political institution centered in Europe. The entity he leads is prophesied to spread its tentacles “toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land” (verse 9).

    Believe it or not, your Bible prophesies the hidden agenda of the Vatican!

    The press and media remain fixated on what they believe are the faltering mistakes of a pope out of touch with reality. (Witness the imbroglio over Benedict’s Regensburg speech and the latest kerfuffle regarding the lifting of the excommunication of the four Lefebvrist bishops, including the Holocaust-minimizing Richard Williamson.) Such diversions are but a smokescreen for those whom Lenin famously called “useful idiots.” They keep people diverted from following the scent on the track to the ultimate Vatican story, the coming takeover of Jerusalem by Rome!

    Request and study our free booklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation for a real eye-opener on this story of the decade!

    Britain: No Time for Family

    Britain: No Time for Family

    iStockphoto

    Yet another study has been published in Britain detailing the disturbing state of the British family. According to a poll of 3,000 families, taken as part of Britain’s first National Families Week, the average British family spends only 45 minutes a day together. Most families spend much of that time watching television or eating, according to the online poll conducted by YoungPoll and OnePoll.

    The Mail Online said the findings “signal a worrying deterioration of the family unit thanks to what campaigners call a ‘family-unfriendly culture’” (May 28).

    The study found that parents were twice as likely to describe their families as “tv and digital families” than “caring families.” Just one in ten considered themselves part of a “caring family” where the priority is to look after each other’s well-being.

    Traditional family pastimes are on the decline, with only 5 percent saying they spend family time playing sports, 3 percent reading, and just 2 percent saying they help their children with homework.

    More than half of parents said they did not spend enough time with their children. Twenty-three percent of fathers said that spending time with their friends came before spending time with their children.

    Mothers working long hours outside the home is another factor contributing to the lack of family time, the Mail said.

    The combined effects of a lack of family time—lack of parental involvement in children’s lives—can be witnessed in the social breakdown of society, not only in Britain but also in other Western countries, in particular.

    Mothers fleeing the home for the workforce means children today are often home alone without parental supervision. At the same time, a huge number of children are growing up without the positive influence of an involved father. As a result, problems in families and society are multiplying.

    Read the articles in our special August 2004 Trumpet edition on why family matters for more on this subject.

    Keep Hope Alive

    Keep Hope Alive

    Zargon Design/istockphoto

    Bad news is descending like a tidal wave. Hold your head high.
    From the July 2009 Trumpet Print Edition

    These nasty headlines are hitting home. Hard.

    Perhaps reports of elephantine federal bailouts and rollicking national debt can seem like just a parade of numbers. News of rogue states acquiring wmds, or of governments collapsing in nations with nuclear weapons—huge as it is—still feels distant.

    But it’s hard to ignore the hurt when job losses wipe out whole towns—when retirement funds evaporate—when dreams must be postponed or scrapped—when bad news from Afghanistan and Pakistan means more deployments—or worse, the loss of a friend, a son, a dad. Hope deferred, the proverb says, makes the heart sick. And times will get yet worse before they get better.

    Still, there is great cause to hold your head high.

    World events are hurtling toward the greatest news story ever to occur.

    Jesus provided a detailed description of what would transpire globally just before this event. The Bible contains dozens of major prophetic events to watch for, and hundreds of additional events.

    Toward the end of His ministry, Christ delivered the tremendous Olivet prophecy (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21). It was His response to the disciples’ earthshaking question, “[W]hat shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3). This is Christ’s explanation of the world conditions that would precede His Second Coming.

    Jesus began by describing the four horsemen of the apocalypse, which bring false religion, wars, famines and disease epidemics (verses 4-8—compare with Revelation 6:1-8) and other horrific events (verses 9-11). He then spoke about a falling away within His own Church in this end time (verse 12)—which puts the time frame right into our day today (request a free copy of Raising the Ruins for a thorough explanation).

    Christ also tells us how to survive these events: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (verse 13). According to Jesus, there will be people spared from these nightmares.

    And then, verse 14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Right in the middle of these crises is a prophecy about a work of God. Whether or not you believe it, this prophecy has already been fulfilled. Through the World Tomorrow television program and the Plain Truth magazine, Herbert W. Armstrong warned the world for over 50 years with an intense prophetic message. Now, through the Key of David program and the pages of this magazine, the Philadelphia Church of God is prophesying again (Revelation 10:11)—even more intensely, as fulfilled prophecy reveals we are even closer to the end.

    In verse 30, we see what all these signs lead to: Christ’s return.

    Yes, world conditions are bad, and getting worse. But we at the Trumpet aim to focus on the connection between all the bad news and this most spectacular, hope-filled event ever.

    “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (verses 32-33). Christ says that we will know the end of this age is near by watching as the specific signs He has given us are fulfilled step by step.

    Why would God give us all these prophecies and then tell us to watch for them?

    To warn us. God isn’t just going to spring these calamities on this world—He is giving plenty of warning.

    That warning includes God’s admonition to repent—to turn from the sin that is causing all these disasters: “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11). We are told, individually, to watch. Christ’s prophecy as recorded in Luke 21 concludes, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always”—and why?—“that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (verse 36). To escape these nightmares coming on the world, we must watch and pray always.

    What can happen to one who is not vigilant? Read verses 48 through 51 back in Matthew 24. Our attitude about Christ’s return—our urgency and excitement about those signs He has given us—has a direct relationship with our personal conduct. Looking for the day of Christ’s return gives us a perspective that should translate into a desire to seek God’s way of life. It spurs us to actively prepare for what is coming (verse 46).

    Current conditions make plain that the prophesied Great Tribulation is coming in this generation. Conditions are only beginning to worsen, and already many people recognize that something is dangerously wrong. The worse events become, the more people will despair. But God tells us to maintain a broader perspective. As conditions decay, we must not become depressed. Remember—always remember—where it is all leading: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:27-28).

    Keep a posture of vigilant, hope-filled anticipation. The worse things get, the greater should be our hope. (Request a free copy of Gerald Flurry’s booklet The Epistles of Peter—A Living Hope.) The more vigilant we are—the more diligently we watch and pray—the more filled with hope we will become. All this bad news is pointing toward the event this world desperately needs.

    Lift up your head—Jesus Christ is about to return!

    For more of these Christian living articles, check out pcog.org.