The Love of a Father

The Love of a Father

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How fathers can counteract the harmful influence of society on their daughters

There is no question that girls “grow up in a cultural milieu saturated with sexualizing messages,” as one 2006 report put it. Television, the Internet, movies, magazines and music are all rife with sexually explicit content. In the world of media and advertising, female sexualization is everywhere. Young girls are made to look and dress like adults, while women are constantly “youthified.” The entertainment-driven media get their message across to our daughters loud and clear.

At the same time, crafty marketers lurk in our midst, spying on our children, appealing to their carnal and lustful desires, packaging vile products, and then preying on the spending habits of young people they desperately hope youaren’t supervising.

As fathers, how can we counteract the onslaught? How can we protect our daughters?

Your daughter is your responsibility. Don’t let society bring her up. That’s your job: to raise her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

You can do it! Here’s how.

1. Spend Time With Her

Nothing is more selfish and irresponsible than siring children without regard to the responsibilities of fatherhood. Your daughter is your responsibility.

In As the Twig is Bent, Leslie Hohman wrote, “Most fathers and mothers—especially fathers—do not devote many hours enthusiastically to their daughters and sons after the first novelty of babyhood is past. They listen to the troubles of middle childhood when they have to, and occasionally come swooping off their perches for sudden reprimands. By the time children are old enough to be really interesting as companions to the average parent, it is too late. The children have been forced to establish other interests, pleasures, and affection relations.” That’s what happens when you ignore her. You force her to fill that void with other interests and pleasures—like boys and popular culture.

One of the conclusions Mary Eberstadt drew in her 2004 book Home-Alone America is that teenagers are far more likely to engage in sex and experiment with drugs and alcohol when their parents are absent. On the other hand, a father’s involvement in his daughter’s life puts her at tremendous advantage over her peers, as Meg Meeker wrote in Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: “With overwhelming evidence, the [studies show] that kids who feel connected to their parents (and who spend more time with them) fare much better than kids who don’t. Parents keep kids out of trouble; parental influence can be more important than pressure; and specifically, daughters who spend more time with their fathers are less likely to drink, take drugs, have sex as teenagers, or have out-of-wedlock babies. Your time with her matters.”

Don’t make the tragic mistake of substituting physical things for the one gift your daughter really wants from you: your time. That’s all that really matters. True love is expressed by giving your time and your energy—not your money. Make personal sacrifices for her welfare and well-being.

2. Restrict Media Influence

A September 2004 study found that children who view lots of televised sexual content are twice as likely to experiment with sex as those who watch significantly less sexual content. The restrictions and standards you put in place for your family’s media intake do make a difference. But in too many cases, fathers are failing to act, as Eberstadt points out in her book: “American parents tell every survey and outlet available about their disgust with popular culture, and yet toddlers watch more hours of television year by year; some 65 percent of kids 8 to 18 have television sets in their bedrooms, and some 58 percent of households watch television during dinner.”

We know it’s wrong—we know its influence adversely affects adolescent behavior—and we do nothing about it. That is an absolute shame.

All too often, fathers rely on television to keep their children occupied—and then when our daughters turn out bad, we blame television. How convenient.

Your daughter is your responsibility. Don’t allow her to indiscriminately view whatever she wants. Monitor what she watches on the one television you place in the living room of your house. Even during acceptable programming, view it with her. Apply these same standards across the board. Get rid of teen magazines that teach girls how to be “hot” so they can manipulate boys. Check up on the music she downloads, the websites she visits, the people she communicates with through e-mail and instant messenger. Get to know her friends at school—who she hangs out with. Let them know about your standards. They’ll respect you for it.

3. Establish God’s Moral Authority in Her Life

Ultimately, of course, our objective as fathers is to teach our daughters to be most concerned about what God thinks. It’s not enough for her to merely accept God’s existence. In John 13:13, Jesus said to His disciples, “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.” They were right to refer to Him as their Master—that’s what He was! And if they accepted Him as their Master, Christ went on to say, then they needed to follow in His steps—to do as their Master said.

This principle is a fundamental building block for life: In every human endeavor, there will always be a teacher-student relationship, whether it’s parent-child, teacher-pupil, boss-employee, minister-member, or Lord-servant. Fathers who won’t reinforce this principle with their daughters are not properly preparing them for their future.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). True education begins with fearing God—which means we submit to His moral authority with honor and reverence.

Loving discipline is the greatest key there is to learning, because a disciplined mind will be an attentive learner. It will be more responsive to instructions; more discerning of good and evil. That’s why God says the rod and reproof actually give wisdom (Proverbs 29:15).

New Testament theology is based on the same principle (Ephesians 6:1-4; Hebrews 12:6-8). God punishes His children because He loves them. Shouldn’t we follow His lead and do the same with our daughters?

4. Diligently Teach

To fathers, God gives this charge: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

God admonished the ancient Israelites to “diligently” teach their children the laws of God “when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). To teach diligently means to repeat, reiterate, or do something again and again.

In his masterful textbook for life, The Missing Dimension in Sex (free upon request), Mr. Armstrong wrote, “If teenagers had been properly taught what they needed to know about sex, from the very first and second years of their lives, by informed and loving parents, the frightful tragedies of teenage and premarital sex would have been reduced to the barest minimum” (emphasis mine). Begin teaching early—and do it often. Don’t wait until a crisis before you reach out to your daughter. Don’t expect Mom to handle all the teaching while you make the money.

Don’t rely on schools to do your job. Even if schools get the instruction right, which they most often don’t, they are still poor substitutes for a loving father who is diligently teaching his daughter how to live.

Mr. Armstrong wrote, “Of course you cannot tell a 2- or 3-year-old more than a small part of sex knowledge. But as the child grows older, explain more from time to time. Keep ahead of the ‘gutter.’” This is the basic rule to remember in teaching your daughter about sexuality: Stay ahead of the gutter. It requires vigilance to do that! It means you establish God’s standard of conduct in your home and enforce those rules. It means you’re in regular communication with your daughter, making sure you’re well ahead of the gutter knowledge she absorbs from worldly influences.

5. Set the Right Example

No human father is perfect, but before we set out to shape the life of our daughters, we had better get our own act together first. Teaching is administered most effectively by simply setting the right example. As Hohman put it in his book, “Parental example is probably the greatest single factor in training. What you yourself do is of greater influence than anything you can say, especially if your actions belie your words. Your children will inevitably desire to be like you and to act like you” (op. cit.). And when your daughter grows up, we might add, she will most likely marry someone just like you.

Be the kind of man you hope she will marry someday—a sincerely humble man who submits to God’s law. One with the spiritual courage and determination needed to lead his family the way Jesus Christ leads His Church. A man who loves his wife and flees from sexual lust. A man of sacrifice and service. A hard worker and good provider who makes time for his wife and children—a good family man. A discerning man of wisdom and understanding who leans on God’s counsel—and who takes the time to teach. A good communicator—one who talks to God, his wife and his children.

Your daughter desperately needs you to be that man. Spend time with her, restrict the world’s evil influences in her life, be authoritative and decisive—lovingly lead—and teach her from God’s Instruction Manual. But above all, be the man you want her to be with for the rest of her life.

The Book Winston Churchill Needed Most

The Book Winston Churchill Needed Most

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“There are nightmares of the future from which a fortunate collision with some wandering star, reducing the Earth to incandescent gas, might be a merciful deliverance.”

Winston Churchill made that observation in December 1931. Written in quintessential Churchillian prose, the essay “Fifty Years Hence” provided a gripping and insightful glimpse into the future of human civilization. In 1931, many probably discarded Churchill’s observation as the fatalistic musing of a cantankerous politician.

In 2010, one reads that statement by Churchill and gets chills.

We live at a time when Churchill’s “nightmares of the future” are becoming grim reality. Whether we admit it or not, mankind is nearing the point where a sudden and final collision between Earth and some “wandering star” would indeed be a “merciful deliverance” from the inconceivable horrors now hovering over us.

Churchill began “Fifty Years Hence” recalling that prior to the 17th century, human civilizations crawled forward, and sometimes backward, slowly. In some civilizations, progress stagnated and time stood still, sometimes for hundreds of years. With this historical perspective, Churchill then took stock of the rapid and spectacular accomplishments of mankind in the last century. “The changes have been so sudden and so gigantic that no period in history can be compared with the last century,” he surmised. And what is responsible for producing this “prodigious speed of man?”

Science is the cause” (emphasis mine throughout).

The unleashing of the latent and terrific forces of “science” in the 17th century transformed human civilization, Churchill explained. Civilizations that for millennia had been empowered by “muscular energy” began to be driven by “molecular energy.” New scientific discoveries resulted in new technologies and inventions. And new technologies and scientific developments revolutionized human existence, and every facet of human relations, from the structure of society to industry to politics to economics to war.

Immense new sources of power … made possible novel methods of mining and metallurgy, new modes of transport and undreamed-of machinery. These in their turn enable the molecular sources of power to be extended and used more efficiently. … Each invention acted and reacted on other inventions, and with ever growing rapidity that vast structure of technical achievements was raised which separates the civilizations of today from all that the past has known.

Mankind has “enjoyed” more than 75 years of scientific advancement since Churchill penned those words. Scientists today grow human organs on the backs of rats; doctors transplant organs; and biologists genetically modify crops for greater food production. Ours is an age of computer chips and automated systems, of gps’s, Blackberrys, pcs, laptops and iPods.

“Whereas formerly the utmost that man could guide and control was a team of horses or a galleyful of slaves,” Churchill wrote, “it is today already possible to control accurately from the bridge of a battle cruiser all the power of hundreds of thousands of men, destroying the work of thousands of man-years.” These days, battle cruisers have been surpassed as war instruments. We live in the space age, an age of satellite-guided, unmanned aircraft, of high-speed Internet and satellite communication. Forget the bridgehead of a battle cruiser—today a person can stand in the comfort of an air-conditioned office in one country and with little more than a few keystrokes deliver a nuclear payload through a window on the other side of the planet.

In 1931, Churchill forecast a time when “explosive forces, energy, materials, machinery, will be available upon a scale which can annihilate whole nations. Despotism and tyrannies will be able to prescribe the lives and even the wishes of their subjects in a manner never known since time began.” Take an honest survey of this planet—we are living Churchill’s nightmares!

As much as he decried the ever increasing and spectacular advancement of science and its impact on human civilization, it wasn’t man’s material progress that Churchill feared the most. Above all, Churchill was concerned that despite the rapid advancement of human civilization, the character of humans, and mankind’s “virtues” and “wisdom” had not “shown any notable improvements as the centuries have rolled.”

Science had equipped humans with unprecedented power, but the terrifying nature of man “remained hitherto practically unchanged.”

Churchill worried that mankind’s acquisition of the powers of science and technology was rapidly outpacing mankind’s acquisition of the moral character and discipline needed to prevent those powers from obliterating human civilization. “We have the march of [man’s] intelligence proceeding more rapidly than the development of his nobility,” he wrote. In the end, “we may find ourselves in the presence of the ‘strength of civilization without its mercy.’”

In spite of all the contributions and improvements science had made to human civilization, Churchill worried that its primary contribution would be equipping mankind with the means of obliterating the human race!

In fact, this nightmare scenario terrified Churchill so much he believed it would be safer for man to “call a halt in material progress and discovery.” There are secrets, he wrote, “too mysterious for man in his present state to know, secrets which, once penetrated, may be fatal to human happiness and glory. … Without an equal growth in mercy, pity, peace and love, science herself may destroy all that makes human life majestic and tolerable.”

Winston Churchill was an intellectual. As a historian, he made a living acquiring, distilling and communicating knowledge. As a military and political leader, he encouraged scientific development and guided a multitude of new inventions, including the tank. Point is, it is impossible to discard Churchill as a simpleton and a man ignorant of the extreme value and importance of science and knowledge. The difference between Winston Churchill and most other intellectuals is that Churchill recognized many of his intellectual limitations—and, more significantly, the limitations of science!

Despite its splendid virtues, science, Churchill concluded, “does not meet any of the real needs of the human race”!

What good is scientific development, he asked, if it cannot answer the “simple questions which man has asked since the earliest dawn of reason—‘Why are we here? What is the purpose of life? Where are we going?’”

“Fifty Years Hence” is a prescient and profound essay. Yet it concludes by resurrecting questions and discussions that have perplexed mankind for thousands of years, questions that even Winston Churchill—an intellectual giant rarely afraid to venture an opinion on virtually any topic—simply could not answer.

Aren’t you interested in learning the answers to these questions? To learning why man was put on this planet, to learning about the purpose of life, to discovering where human civilization is headed? Wouldn’t you like to understand why science—despite its many fantastic contributions to human civilization—has only brought mankind to the brink of extinction?

Churchill spent his lifetime grappling with these questions. Now you can have them explained to you clearly, logically and with plenty of biblical proof. How? It’s simple: Request, then study, Mystery of the Ages. Written by the late Herbert W. Armstrong, this book, if studied with a humble and objective attitude, could provide a “merciful deliverance” from our nightmarish world.

Take the opportunity now: Request, then read, the book Winston Churchill needed most.

Economic Ostriches About to Get Trampled to Death

Economic Ostriches About to Get Trampled to Death

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America’s massive flock of baby boomers are unprepared for a very unhappy retirement.

A demographic stampede is about to pulverize American society. Eighty million retirees—the baby boom generation—are rapidly heading into their retirement years. And according to a survey released on Tuesday, Americans have less money than ever.

“People just don’t want to think about this.” Instead, everyone prefers to stick their head in the sand until it is too late to do anything, says Jack VanDerhei, research director for the Employee Benefit Research Institute (ebri).

According to VanDerhei, the percentage of American workers with virtually no retirement savings grew for the third straight year. Of the over 1,000 workers and retirees surveyed who were over the age of 25, a whopping 27 percent said they had less than $1,000 in savings. That’s up by over 7 percent from last year.

The percentage of workers who said they have less than $10,000 in savings (the equivalent of 3 months’ worth of average yearly salary) jumped to 43 percent, up 4 percent from 2009.

The great American recession is already taking its toll, despite still being in its early stages.

On average, U.S. consumers are going $300 in the hole per month after all expenses are met, says John Lekas, senior portfolio manager for Leader Short-Term Bond Fund. And Lekas says conditions are only going to get worse, as real unemployment (as measured by the government U6 number) heads toward 25 percent over the next couple of years.

For many families, conditions would already have been much worse had governments not borrowed billions to pay out extended unemployment benefits, food stamps and other welfare.

It is no wonder that the ebri report found that only 16 percent of respondents were confident in their ability to save enough for retirement. The finding was the second lowest in 20 years and is especially ominous because many of these workers are probably expecting to rely heavily upon Social Security and Medicare benefits—two massive and currently unfunded government liabilities. Social Security is already bankrupt (the government is borrowing money to make payments) and Medicare is projected to have a $38 trillion deficit over the course of the baby boom generation.

The nation’s retirement safety net is looking more precarious than ever. But with national health care, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Iran seeking nuclear weapons, pirates preying on American shipping, and jobs being offshored to Asia, don’t expect much political action.

It is far easier for politicians to bury their heads in the sand.

Even among those who recognize the debt problem facing America, the desperation is akin to chickens running around with their heads cut off.

Public pension plans are facing a massive crisis too, the New York Times reports. All across the country, state and local pension plans are chronically underfunded. Governments have promised big, but put aside little.

Instead of admitting they had been lying to their workers (basing predictions on ridiculously high estimates of future investment returns), and telling voters that they need to start paying higher taxes to fund civil servant retirement plans, states and other government bodies are trying to get back into the money by heading to the casino.

The Times reveals that most government pension plans have based their pension plan funding on the assumption that stocks will return an astounding 9.5 percent yearly growth on average, and that bonds will pay about 5.75 percent. Both suppositions have been shown to be ridiculously high. Even considering the current stock market rally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is still below levels seen 10 years ago. The Nasdaq is much further underwater. As for government bonds, even the longest dated ones pay only 4.68 percent. A one-year bond pays only 0.37 percent.

“In effect, they’re going to Las Vegas,” says Frederick E. Rowe, a Dallas investor and the former chairman of the Texas Pension Review Board. “Double up to catch up.”

Commodity futures, junk bonds, foreign stocks, mortgage-backed securities, leveraged investing, credit default swaps, exotic derivatives—are now all on the table for many desperate pension funds. But as any casino patron knows, for every winner, there are many losers. Vegas only exists because it is successful at separating gamblers from their money.

It is time Americans pull their heads out of the sand. The current relatively light economic crisis is only the beginning. A stampede is headed this direction, and when the money is gone, many are going to get trampled.

Herpes Infects One in Six Americans

Around 16 percent of Americans between 14 and 49 have genital herpes, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc) on Tuesday. Black women are the most at risk, of whom nearly half have the sexually transmitted infection (sti).

An estimated 19 million people a year in the U.S. become infected with some form of std. Half are young people. “It is unacceptable that stds remain such a widespread public health problem in the United States today,” said director of the National Center for hiv/aids, Viral Hepatitis, std and TB Prevention at the cdc, Dr. Kevin Fenton.

Genital herpes, or herpes simplex virus type 2 (hsv-2), has no cure, lasts a lifetime, and those infected with it are more likely to contract or spread aids. Eighty percent of those who have it are unaware of their condition—meaning they can unintentionally spread it to others, according to the cdc. “hsv-2 is a public health challenge that we, as a nation, cannot afford to ignore,” said Dr. Fenton.

The infection rate of hsv-2 has remained steady since the last survey—done from 1999 to 2004. It has fallen from 21 percent for the years 1988 to 1994.

The prevalence of such a disease shows there is something wrong with the way society views sex. Diseases caused by premarital sex can wreck a person’s life. For more information on how to keep safe from these diseases, and why God commands sex only within marriage, see our article “Sexual Health: What Every High School and College Student Needs to Know.”

Swans Make Final Landing at Armstrong Auditorium

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The sound of diesel motors, hydraulic pistons, winches, saws and voices brought the Armstrong Auditorium work site to life Tuesday morning, just before the day’s most important piece of equipment arrived: a 100-ton hydraulic truck crane. The crane would make possible the auditorium’s interior and exterior centerpieces: three crystal chandeliers and Swans in Flight, a sculpture by Sir David Wynne.

As the crane began hoisting equipment to the roof of the auditorium, the work site quickly became the center of attention of workers on the site and in the adjacent pcg Hall of Administration offices, where the Trumpet.com is published. By 10 a.m., the crew had handily overcome the Oklahoma wind and set the hoist apparatus that will be used to secure three important parts of the Armstrong Auditorium lobby: two 10-foot side chandeliers and one 12-foot center chandelier. The work was carried out under the supervision of a representative of the Wisconsin lighting company that manufactured the hoists, who flew into Oklahoma on Monday for the project.

Editor in chief Gerald Flurry and facilities manager Roger Brandon watch as the first four swans are installed.

Then it was time for the swans to nest in their permanent home. The crew repositioned the crane near the special sculpture’s storage location and began to secure lifting slings and straps to the birds.

The Swans in Flight sculpture, commissioned by Herbert Armstrong, was created by renowned British sculptor David Wynne to depict the five stages of a swan in flight. Gerald Flurry, editor in chief of the Trumpet.com and pastor general of the Philadelphia Church of God, authorized the purchase of the sculpture in April 2009. The sculpture was disassembled at the former Ambassador College campus in Big Sandy, Texas, on August 11 and transported to a Norman, Oklahoma, foundry. After repairing the sculpture and applying a refinished patina, the foundry delivered the birds to the campus in January, where they awaited installation.

The crane operator relocated four of the birds, the heaviest of which weighs approximately 1,600 pounds. After workers from the foundry secured them, the crane again swung back for the final time. By this point, word had spread throughout the campus, and office workers, landscapers and students had all gathered to see the flight of the final bird.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the crane lifted the final stage of the sculpture, the swan with its wings in an upstroke, overhead and into the top position of the installation, about 12 feet off the ground. Church employees and students overlooking the work applauded as the foundry workers bolted the figure into its new role, gracing the entrance to Armstrong Auditorium.

As he waited for the foundry workers and his crew to unsling the bird, crane operator Rick Church commented about the sculpture. Church, who has worked cranes for 15 years throughout Oklahoma and Texas, said he looked forward to seeing the finished product, which will feature a 120-foot reflecting pool and water jets spraying toward the birds, simulating motion. “I’ve seen a lot of fountains—I’ve set a lot of fountains,” he said over the growl of the crane’s idling diesel engine. “But you’ve got something real special here. This is rare.”

The swan sculpture will be unveiled by David Wynne at Armstrong Auditorium’s official grand opening ceremony this summer.

How America’s Friendship With Germany Will End

How America’s Friendship With Germany Will End

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Remember the Plain Truth’s accurate forecasting.

Who’d have thought, amid the butchery of World War ii, that America and Germany would ever be allies? Yet soon after war’s end, the foundation for an unlikely partnership was laid. The United States established the Marshall Plan to rebuild Western Europe, especially Germany, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched, binding Europe and North America in a military alliance.

If you understand biblical prophecy, you know that this union, from the beginning, was bound to end in ruin. The fraying of the transatlantic relationship we see today is merely an unfolding of this inevitability.

Under the guidance of Herbert W. Armstrong, the Plain Truth newsmagazine had this understanding. Do you remember the Plain Truth? At the peak of its circulation in the 1980s, 8.4 million copies went out each month—more than Time and Newsweek combined. It is remarkable to review what that unique magazine said about this alliance in light of current events.

“Economic recovery masks deep divisions that must eventually rip asunder the Atlantic alliance,” the Plain Truth wrote nearly three decades ago, in September 1983.

Three decades before that, in April 1952, as America began to lead in allowing Germany to rearm, staff writer Herman Hoeh explained why this effort was so misguided: “The heart of the German people, indoctrinated with Nazism, has not been converted to our way of life. If they really … have come to love us since their defeat, would they now be trying to bargain for domination in Europe …? Is that the way love is manifested? Can we purchase love with money?” (Good News, emphasis mine throughout).

Again, the Plain Truth wrote in February 1956: “America seems wedded to the idea that it can buy friends and allies around the world with ready American cash. We intend to hold friendly nations to us by generously supplying money and arms. But it isn’t working!”

These statements apply more today than ever. The U.S. has spent billions trying to purchase allies such as Pakistan and Egypt—nations that continue their march toward radicalism regardless; American dollars have been pumped into numerous causes in South America, Asia and other arenas. None of this largesse has increased support for American policies or earned a jot of respect. The money isn’t talking. These efforts are a trap.

But biblical prophecy points in particular to the danger in America seeking an alliance with Germany. And America’s tendency to try to buy Germany’s “love” has grown unnaturally strong.

As the Plain Truth alluded to, America is prophesied to try to strengthen this ill-fated relationship. (You can read about these prophecies in our booklets Nahum: An End-Time Prophecy for Germany and Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet). It was this impulse that led America (under the auspices of nato) to act as a willing lackey of Germany (itself under cover of the EU common foreign policy) in the Balkan wars that fragmented the Yugoslav Republic and ended with the former Yugoslavia’s constituent states becoming virtual colonies of the rising European empire.

This forecast again echoed on Dec. 1, 2009, when America’s ambassador to Germany publicly declared that Germany is “Washington’s most important ally.” “We need strong partners—and nowhere are there better or more committed partners than in Europe. And Germany is the centerpiece of the European Union,” he said. Many American leaders have encouraged Europe, particularly Germany, to take a stronger leadership role in the world; even President Barack Obama has urged Europeans to assume “the burdens of global leadership.”

America thoroughly trusts Europe and sees the relationship as mutually beneficial. Europe, however, has a different view.

When the European commissioner for external affairs said, upon President Obama’s inauguration, that he anticipated a “more balanced relationship” between Europe and America, he meant balanced in favor of more European power and less American power.

As the Plain Truth suggested would happen, the EU’s antipathy toward America became plain in the shadow of the global economic meltdown. Europe blames the Anglo-American economic model for the crisis. It has tried to smother New York’s and London’s financial leadership through burdensome regulation so as to shift the world’s financial center to Brussels/Berlin. It has seized the lead as the world’s top financial regulator. It has exacted harsh penalties on giant American companies including Intel, Google and Microsoft, forcing American firms to play by Europe’s rules. As a direct consequence of the economic crash, all G-20 nations have signed up to permit the EU-controlled Financial Stability Board to regulate their economies. America has subjected itself to Europe’s economic rule. It has placed enormous faith in Europe’s beneficence and sense of fair play.

Where is this leading? Again let’s turn to the prophetically guided forecasting of Mr. Armstrong’s Plain Truth for the startling answer.

Read what was published in the March 1974 edition: “European antagonism toward the United States and its policies is now in the open. The next few years will bring forth more misunderstanding, conflicts of interest and, at times, outright hostility between the United States and Europe. Europe—including [then] West Germany—will have to build its own unified armed forces, including nuclear weapons. Religious as well as political forces will play a key role in the future.”

Though these “misunderstandings, conflicts of interest and … outright hostility” may at times be obscured by America’s prophesied desperation to become “lovers” with Europe, this is the inescapable underlying reality. This is now happening.

The trend that began with the Balkan wars—where Europe co-opts American power via nato to serve its own interests—also continues. Thanks to European machinations, nato has metamorphosed radically from its form at its creation as a protector and defender of free democracies against the forces of tyranny. It is now ever more linked with the EU, pursuing that empire’s goals. nato is scheduled to draft a new Strategic Concept—a new reason for being—this year. This is certain to reflect a new homogeneity with the strategic military goals of the German High Command under the cloak of the Western European Union.

An additional grave concern is the fact that, under the auspices of nato, the U.S. has about 200 B61 nuclear gravity bombs stored in European countries. As Brad Macdonald recently explained, nato’s new Strategic Concept could place these bombs in the hands of the EU. Mr. Armstrong wrote about this prospect in the April 1980 Plain Truth: “You may be sure the West European leaders are conferring hurriedly and secretly about how and how soon they may unite and provide a united European military force so they can defend themselves! … And when they are strong enough to assert themselves, they will first attack Britain for standing firm with the U.S., and then they will return a lot of hydrogen bombs the U.S. has stored now in Europe!”

That, shockingly, is the ultimate fate of the American-European relationship as prophesied in the Bible. For America to goad Germany into accepting combat roles outside its borders is terribly naive.

The EU is growing more independent of the U.S. and is strengthening its position as a world power, just as the Plain Truth prophesied. The growing rift between the U.S. and the EU is tipping the power balance decisively in Europe’s—particularly Germany’s—favor. This should stir the deepest alarm within America’s leaders, if they only knew where it was leading. They ignore Mr. Armstrong’s warnings at their peril.

If you want to see more on how accurate the Plain Truth’s Bible-based news analysis and forecasting really was, you need a copy of our new bookletHe Was Right. Just this week, the Trumpet staff is sending a completely revised and updated copy of this booklet (originally published 10 years ago) to the printer. It chronicles an array of predictions, forecasts and prophecies, printed over a period of five decades by Herbert W. Armstrong and the Plain Truth, that have since come to pass! It is an inspiring vindication of the inerrancy of biblical prophecy. Order a free copy today.