The Rising Might of Germany

Last year’s federal election was a historic and prophetic turning point. You need to watch this nation now more than ever!
From the April 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

The Trumpet’s editor in chief made an electrifying statement in our May-June 2009 edition. “This is the biggest news event in the world right now,” he explained. “But it is almost totally overlooked by the world’s news media.” A year later, most of the world’s media are still overlooking this blockbuster story.

What is that story?

“European nations fear economic collapse,” that article said. “Now they are looking to Germany as their financial savior. But they are going to get a lot more than a financial savior!” (emphasis mine throughout).

Then came the statement that we would do well to remember: “You need to watch the September 27 election this year in Germany,” Gerald Flurry wrote. “It could very well produce the political leader of the Holy Roman Empire.”

Mr. Flurry reiterated this remarkable prediction in our October issue: “As I write this article, Germany is just weeks from electing a new chancellor. That election and events to unfold from it are going to bring devastating consequences to this world.”

What a whirlwind of activity we have witnessed since those words were penned!

After that election and the subsequent ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by all 27 EU member states, Mr. Flurry referred back to the statement he’d published six months before, writing in our February edition, “I believe we may have witnessed a fulfillment of that prediction.”

A close look at just what has happened in Germany and the European Union since that election powerfully validates that impression!

Political Crisis

If one word could describe the state of German politics since last September’s elections, it is crisis.

Almost immediately, reports emerged indicating a widening split in the ruling coalition between Chancellor Merkel’s cdu/csu bloc and Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle’s Federal Democrats. “Only two months after being sworn in, partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government are finding it increasingly difficult to paint over differences on issues ranging from tax cuts to anti-terror measures,” Deutsche Welle reported on January 3. The discord continues to be fueled by the very different political profiles of Germany’s chancellor, vice chancellor and defense minister.

Though she is still able to command headlines when she appears on a public platform, Angela Merkel has given the impression of being often absent from the scene when trouble boils over between the various conflicting personalities in her coalition. Some have viewed the chancellor as becoming weary of the fray. Whereas it seemed by pure chance she had the golden political touch during much of her first stint as Germany’s leader, things have seemed to be quite the reverse since this latest election. Though she still rates high with the public, polls consistently indicate that her defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, rates higher by far as Germany’s most popular politician. Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Westerwelle’s popularity rating plunged to single digits in February.

Deep divisions in both economic and defense policy separate Westerwelle and Guttenberg, divisions Merkel has been unable to resolve. Mrs. Merkel’s efforts at political progress are weak at a time when Germany needs strong leadership; recession is biting and the people are getting restless. In fact, Germany’s coalition government could founder on either of two issues: economic and taxation reform, or defense-related matters.

Germany is ripening for political change.

All this as the whole of Europe is looking to Germany—creator of the idea of European union, its main driving force and Europe’s most powerful economy by far—for solutions to the accelerating fiscal crisis, the collapsing economies in Eastern and southern Europe, and the rising tide of social unrest this is causing. Yet Germany dithers. The state that leads the Union appears reluctant to take that lead.

The impression of general dither amid crisis is being emphasized by the fact that two nobodies were given the two top posts in the European Union hierarchy created under the Lisbon Treaty—President Herman Van Rompuy and Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton. The result has been mass confusion within the EU hierarchy.

To put it simply, both Germany and the European Union are suffering from a great leadership vacuum.

History indicates it is in times of crisis that Germany requires the closest scrutiny—for that is when it is most dangerous!

Model of Democracy?

Many German nationals will tell you they are a model democratic nation. They abhor war and just want to live peacefully, enjoying the good life that the strongest and richest economy in Europe has given them. Germans today generally appear to think they are the very model of peaceful democracy. Yet is that impression really correct?

The best analyses of the German character come from Germans themselves.

Gerhard Marx, who worked for many years as a supporter of Herbert Armstrong, said of his own people, “Even though Germany is presently based on a democratic government, it is wrong to look upon it as a real democracy …. [W]hat Germany has today is more of a bureaucratic democracy. And, of course, as long as the average German finds sufficient food on the table, has a reasonably secure job, is able to save some money for his annual vacation; as long as things are going well, he is in no hurry to throw off this form of democracy.

But come a time of crisis—and in German history there have been many—will democracy withstand the acid test?” (A Two-Thousand-Year Analysis of the German Character).

Many authors have analyzed the German national character. Some have described it like Proteus, the creature of mythology that could change shape at a moment’s notice. Twenty-five years ago, when it was clear that West Germany had long become the engine of a uniting Europe, journalist Luigi Barzini wrote, “It is therefore once again essential for everybody … to keep an eye across the Rhine and the Alps and the Elbe in order to figure out, as our fathers, grandfathers, the ancient Romans, and remote ancestors had to do, who the Germans are, who they think they are, what they are doing, and where they will go next, wittingly or unwittingly” (The Europeans).

Within seven years of Barzini writing those words, the political face of Germany had changed. It was no longer divided at the Berlin Wall. East Germany had come in from the cold. Within a short time, the debris of Communist rule was being cleared away in Potsdamer Platz in a newly united city of Berlin, which emerged as the busiest construction site in Europe. Structures reflecting a renewed German pride—the pride of a united German nation—began to rise out of the ground. Then, a decade after the wall came down, statues of Germany’s warrior heroes, having gathered dust in storage since Germany’s defeat in World War ii, began to be preened, polished and placed on pedestals in public places. German national pride was undergoing a revival.

Last November, Germany partied as it celebrated 20 years of national unity.

Is it not high time that we ask, once again, as Germany reflects renewed pride in its nationality standing head and shoulders above its compatriots in Europe, just who the Germans are today, who they think they are, what they are doing, and where they will go next?

Just What Is Germany Up To?

As Mr. Flurry mentioned in that May 2009 article, Germany has returned to a status where all Europe is now looking to it as its financial savior. Surely then, given that nation’s history when it wields such influence—and combined with the volatile nature of that nation in time of crisis such as the present—we ought to be asking just what the Germans are doing today.

The answer is, quite a lot.

The Germans are busy shoring up their capability as the greatest export nation in the world, despite China’s recent claim to have taken over that role.

They are busy bidding for the world’s top banking job, that of European Central Bank president.

They have worked within the shadows of the EU to establish a regulatory body to control the global economy, the Financial Stability Board.

They are calling the tune on just how the EU will deal with indebted EU member nations such as Greece, nations that are losing pace against the winds of accelerating economic crisis.

The Germans are also, quietly, without a lot of fuss, expanding and strengthening the deployment of their military forces around the world. And the Germans are becoming busy retooling their heavy industry to produce greater amounts of armaments, military machines, ships, submarines and aircraft to prepare for building up a combined European military force. They are steadily exhibiting a greater will to use that force than their appeasing Anglo-Saxon counterparts.

Most Anglo-Saxons are oblivious to all this. In fact, most are totally blind to the reality that what Germany is up to today poses the greatest of risks to international security.

Meanwhile, much publicity is given to the misguided pronouncements on Europe by “experts” across the Atlantic. The Obama administration actually says Europe’s leaders endanger peace with their pacifism. “In a withering attack on what Washington sees as European complacency in the face of new security threats,” the Guardian reported, “Robert Gates, the U.S. defense secretary, demanded root-and-branch reform of the transatlantic alliance, voiced exasperation with nato bureaucracy and said it was becoming increasingly difficult for the U.S. and Europe ‘to operate and fight together’” (February 24).

Just how real is this vision of a “pacifist Europe”? Dig below the surface of the journalese of the day and we find another story emerging.

Germany’s Power Within the EU

The Germans have a history of embracing authoritarian rule. As the German philosopher Hegel said, “The state says … you must obey …. The state has rights against the individual; its members have obligations, among them that of obeying without protest” (Ralf Dahrendorf, Society and Democracy in Germany).

Look at how this tendency has manifested itself within today’s Europe. The Lisbon Treaty—which in reality is the constitution for a revived European empire—defines those powers that the EU state holds over its members. Greece is but an early example of a country being brought to book by the EU centralized state. It will not be the last. (Even so, Greece has exposed deep divisions within the EU camp as its members have considered how to deal with it. Germany itself has been split over how to treat the issue. This again reflects the inherent weakness of current EU and German leadership.)

The member nations of the German-created EU imperial state have handed over their individual national sovereignty to the EU institutions. Constitutionally, the EU now wields tremendous power over its member states—with one singular exception: Germany. On the eve of the full ratification by all member states of the EU constitution, the German Constitutional Court rushed through a judgment that recognizes German law as trumping EU law. Thus Germany stands alone as not only the most dominant member of the European Union, but also as the only one that retains the power of its own sovereignty. While ensuring the loss of the very definition of the nationality of all other EU members, reducing them to vassal states of the European empire, the German elites have been careful to protect their own nationhood.

Now Germany possesses a legal, political and economic power within Europe of an extent it never gained through past military aggression.

Meanwhile, those icons of past German heritage—the statues and memorials of pre-world war imperial glory brought back to the public gaze some years ago—remind the average German of an imperial national heritage. The nation possesses a latent national spirit that history proves only lacks at this moment the spark to light the fires of a revived nationalism.

Four Things That Stir German Nationalism

Kurt P. Tauber, in his analysis of the German national character called Beyond Eagle and Swastika, analyzed and recorded the potency of the energy suddenly released from within Germany by the appeal of National Socialism in the 1920s and ’30s. He also noted the latent nationalism bubbling under the surface in postwar Germany. In his conclusion, he mused, “We have analyzed the myriad difficulties and disappointments of postwar nationalism, but we strongly doubt that we have written its epitaph.”

What have been the main stimulants to the rise of German nationalism in the past? Four things: an ideology that appeals to the innate desires of German imperialism, the power of a charismatic personality, utilizing a compliant cabal of industrialists, and a powerful cadre of military officers to propel the nation to dominance in Europe.

In the 1930s, these stimulants were manifest through the ideology of National Socialism (Nazism), the personality of an Austrian by the name of Adolf Schicklegruber, the dynasties of German industrialists that produced his military machinery, and the powerful Prussian aristocratic military High Command that supported their führer’s imperial vision.

Today, Nazism and Hitler are the whipping boys of German politicians and commentators who squarely blame the horrors of German extremism in World War ii on both of them. This is a convenient way of absolving the German nation per se of any collective guilt.

Only two of those aforementioned stimulants to German nationalism are obviously extant today: those same dynasties of German industrialists (article, page 13), and a cadre of military officers modeled on the old German military High Command revived under the name Joint Operations Command.

That leaves us to wonder whether there exists a personality and a latent ideology that would have mass appeal to the German population such that it could unleash the dormant fires of German nationalism in a time of crisis as has been the habit of the German nation in the past.

We believe the answer to that is a clear and resounding YES!

Let us consider personality first.

Two Bavarians to Watch

The Trumpet has noted two Bavarians who have the potential to powerfully influence Germany in times of crisis such as it has now entered.

Edmund Stoiber, mentored by the powerful postwar Bavarian politician Franz Josef Strauss, was the political leader who appeared likeliest to replace Gerhard Schröder as chancellor in Germany’s 2002 federal election. But on the eve of the election, Schröder managed to swing the vote in his favor. Stoiber was narrowly defeated.

Then in 2005, it seemed Stoiber would gain the coveted foreign minister’s job and hence the vice chancellorship in Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet. But Merkel offered Stoiber the poisoned chalice of the economics portfolio. He declined and withdrew from the coalition—then became an eminent EU technocrat charged with slicing through the wasteful billions of euros of red tape in the EU bureaucracy.

Edmund Stoiber remains a powerful, if presently latent figure in German politics. He first garnered political strength from the years he spent as personal aide to Franz Josef Strauss. Then, as prime minister of Bavaria, he became renowned for running the most economically successful state in Germany. He is now in an interesting situation. Having presented his conclusions to the EU on methods to cut billions of euros of wastage out of the cumbersome and deeply corrupted EU bureaucracy, he is in a prime position to be invited to consider a senior advisory post in the German government.

Stoiber has proven himself in the field of economics at the state level in Germany. But the plum job he sought in Germany’s coalition government was the foreign policy portfolio. That is a ministerial post under great pressure for change as Vice Chancellor Westerwelle flounders. Stoiber, with his statesmanlike bearing, vast political experience and papal favor, would seem to be an ideal candidate for the foreign policy portfolio, if not a position as a chief adviser in this area.

Yet there is another Bavarian—mentored by Stoiber, even as Stoiber was previously by Strauss—who previously, though briefly, successfully filled the economics post in the Merkel government. He now heads up the defense portfolio in the Merkel coalition: Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

This man’s meteoric rise within German politics came about as a direct result of last September’s elections. And the subsequent instability in the nation’s ruling coalition has only bolstered his political profile all the more! Thus we track his progress with growing interest in light of Mr. Flurry’s prediction regarding that election.

There is something almost dynastic about the Strauss-Stoiber-Guttenberg connection. Strauss penned the vision that all three hold of the future of Germany leading a united Europe in his visionary book The Grand Design.

In the conclusion to that book, Strauss admitted that Germany used the cloak of a postwar uniting Europe to hide behind while undergoing its revival as a national power. He wrote, “[I]t was going to be much easier for Germany to make a comeback as a member of an international family, as a member of a European Federation, than as a German Reich, a single national state. Therefore we should not insist too much on what good Europeans we are; we must understand that our European attitude was the only escape hatch we had, the only approach that made a comeback possible.”

Well, now Germany can play it both ways. It is a member—in fact the leading member—of a “European federation,” the EU, having cleverly also retained its status as “a single nation state,” the only nation to have done so within the entire 27-member union!

If we accept that Germany has two powerfully charismatic personalities that it can call upon in time of crisis to rally the nation, there is only one of the four previously mentioned elements that is lacking in the formula that has historically sparked the German people’s innate nationalistic fervor: an overarching ideology preached by a revered icon.

Enter yet a third Bavarian.

The Vatican Connection

Franz Josef Strauss, Edmund Stoiber and Baron zu Guttenberg all exhibit one thing in common: dedication to Roman Catholicism. Bavaria is the heartland of Rome’s religion in Germany. Coincidentally or otherwise, Bavaria’s capital, Munich, was also the birthplace of the National Socialist movement in German politics back in the 1920s and ’30s. It was in Munich that Hitler and Ludendorf initiated the famous Beer Hall Putsch in 1923.

Of all German states, Bavaria was the least denazified. It is said that from the mid-1940s through to the 1970s, Bavaria’s government agencies and professions retained many of the same personalities in office as during the Nazi era. As they reached retirement age by the 1970s, they handed over to a generation they had taught and trained. Thus the National Socialist spirit remained alive, though cleverly masked under the veil of “democracy.”

Amid that process there arose a third Bavarian who had lived through both those generations, a man now greatly revered in Germany: Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict xvi.

Bavarian by birth, Benedict xvi’s first visit back to his beloved Fatherland after he was elected pope was to the University of Regensburg in Bavaria where he had taught as a young priest. On that occasion, in a now infamous speech, he laid down the gauntlet to both the anti-church secularists and the entire Muslim community.

Over the five years of his papacy, Pope Benedict has proven himself the most articulate of modern popes, publishing a vast array of homilies, treatises and books. He is the archetypal conservative, right-wing and German to the core. He is backed by a strong rightist curia, the legacy of both his and his predecessor John Paul ii’s efforts to swing the church hierarchy away from its 20th-century liberal bent toward a more traditional “Holy Roman” orientation.

Benedict has a dogged determination to see his religion returned to its previous status as the force that binds the whole culture of Europe together. His vision is to see Europe, newly federalized under the Lisbon Treaty, return en masse to the religion that has bound imperial Europe together as the Holy Roman Empire in six previous resurrections since Justinian’s restoration. Benedict knows that his home nation is the only power on Earth that can bring that about. He is, after all, an avid student of history.

James Bryce, in his work titled The Holy Roman Empire, notes that it is recorded in the Speculum Saxonicum, the great North German law book written in a.d. 1240, that “The Empire is held [by] God alone …. Emperor and pope are supreme each in what has been entrusted to him: the pope in what concerns the soul; the emperor in all that belongs to the body and the knighthood.” This was at the time of Frederick ii, imperial ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.

The German Eike von Repgow, contemporary of Frederick ii, stated in his treatise The Saxon Mirror that “God has successfully created four empires and the present one is the continuation of the old Roman Empire. Caesar had conquered Germany, and the [German] Franks had then inherited the empire from the Romans” (Frederick Hertz, The Development of the German Public Mind). The statement “God has successfully created four empires” is a reference to the four empires prophesied in Daniel 2:36-40, with the fourth kingdom being the iron kingdom that was to crush all others.

Of the later Habsburg dynasty, historian A.J.P. Taylor noted that the Holy Roman Empire of the time was “In the eyes of its rulers … a supranational organization, ordained by God, and ruled over by God’s nominee” (The Habsburg Monarchy).

Otto von Habsburg, of that same dynasty, referred to the symbol that Europe possesses which “belongs to all nations equally. This is the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne …. [T]he crown represents not merely the sovereignty of the monarch, but also the ties between authority and the people” (The Social Order of Tomorrow). That crown represents the only power that has succeeded in binding Europe together in unity throughout history as a union of church and state: the Church of Rome and the German sovereign state! The crown of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation!

The EU has its ideology, even more potent than the now discredited National Socialism. It is a religion that has, over many centuries in the past, enlivened the whole nation with a religious zeal to crusade for the dominance of the Holy Reich over the whole world. It’s a religion that inspired German soldiers with a crusading zeal in battle with the words “Gott mit uns”God with us—embedded in their belt buckles as they fought in the trenches and in the desert in World War i.

Gearing for Battle

The Balkans provided the test case for public acceptance of the German military deploying in combat outside of the nation’s borders when the Luftwaffe was drafted over Kosovo in 1999. Ten years later, the Bundeswehr operates in over a dozen countries around the world.

Even the Greens in Germany endorsed the Luftwaffe mission in the Balkans. Now, Afghanistan is providing the pressure point for German elites to begin conditioning the public’s mind to accept an even wider and a stronger role for Germany in theaters of active or potential combat.

Since taking office last October after that pivotal election, Defense Minister Guttenberg has overseen certain changes in the government’s stand on Germany’s military force. He is spearheading changes to the Bundeswehr’s rules of engagement in Afghanistan. Even months before that, Guttenberg had made it known that the public must be enticed to change its collective negative view of German troop deployment in Afghanistan so as to demonstrate public support of the nation’s troops involved in active combat roles.

Guttenberg is determined to change the Bundeswehr’s image into that of a legitimate combat force with broad public acceptance. At the February Munich Security Conference, he laid his cards on the table. He “spoke about the need to take action. What was important, the minister pointed out, was that progress be made regarding the long-overdue reforms of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (nato). ‘We talk too much and act too little,’” he said (Munich Security Conference, February 6).

This was an effort to apply pressure to nato to revamp its charter by the end of the year, implicitly integrating German imperial goals with nato objectives. Guttenberg is particularly interested in eliminating overlap between the developing imperial European military force and nato. Ultimately, German military elites will be eyeing either a merger with, or takeover of, the nuclear-armed nato. This vision is helped by the fact that the majority of nato members are overwhelmingly EU member nations. The EU is empowered under the Lisbon Treaty to develop a continental military force. That this force will have nuclear potential is quietly taken as a given by certain German military and political elites.

Germany has come a long way since the Luftwaffe was the first Bundeswehr force to return to active combat outside of the nation’s borders in the skies over Kosovo in 1999. Each step—from bombing runs over Kosovo to combat on the ground in Afghanistan; from arresting pirates in the Gulf to deployment in Sudan, Libya and Gabon, or securing the Mediterranean Sea and engaging in naval exercises off the coast of South Africa; from tank training in Canada and Luftwaffe training in the U.S.—is helping to fine-tune the Bundeswehr and make the public comfortable with its expeditionary roles.

It is important now to watch for the new nato charter, which should be tabled by the end of this year. An appeasing Washington is being juggled out of the European sphere of influence. Europe’s future security won’t depend on an alliance with the U.S. Rather, it will be a forthcoming alliance between a German-led European Union and—believe it or not—America’s nemesis, Russia.

Where Is It All Leading?

The outcome of Germany’s return to global power status is bound to amaze many in the near future. Mr. Flurry’s prediction of “devastating consequences” to emerge from the last election and events unfolding from it was based on sure biblical prophecies describing Germany’s role in events just ahead of us. We have since witnessed an unmistakable ripening of the conditions—in several specific areas—that will lead directly to the fulfillment of those prophecies.

Amid the present crisis and confusion, watch Germany closely. The German mind delights in creating order out of confusion. The trouble is that in the past it has often been guilty of creating the chaos out of which it then finds opportunity to impose its own solution. The Balkan wars of the 1990s were triggered by Germany unilaterally—speedily supported by the Vatican—recognizing Croatia and Slovenia as separate nation-states to the Yugoslav federation. The intent was to solve the resulting crisis by imposing German-led rule over the Balkan Peninsula. This plan is now well advanced.

The classic crisis of all that German and Vatican elites would dearly love to grab on to and then impose their own solution on is the Middle East peace process. That is what Bible prophecy forecasts will actually happen. The result will be the surrounding of Jerusalem by an international “peacekeeping” force, which will prepare the way for the pope to move his headquarters to the city that Rome has lusted to possess ever since the failure of its last crusade.

But the good news is, it doesn’t end there.

The surrounding of Jerusalem by armies is the most potent sign of the imminence of intervention by a military power of incredible force to impose the greatest era of peace on this Earth that can ever be imagined (Luke 21:20).

Eike von Repgow understood that the biblically prophesied fourth kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s great vision was the Teutonic iron empire, which later became known the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. But did he foresee the fifth kingdom? In Daniel 2:44 we read: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever.”

Leaders of the German people have sought throughout history, in association with the Vatican, to set up a thousand-year Reich. It has always failed, despite six determined efforts to resurrect it. The seventh and final effort to resurrect that old Holy Roman Empire—the Fourth Reich—became an operating entity, despite its apparent sputtering start, on Jan. 1, 2010. Though it is destined to rain terrible destruction on old Persia and the Anglo-Saxon nations in particular, it will be the shortest-lived resurrection of that old empire in history.

Believe it or not, an actual thousand-year rule of a great imperial government is about to consume all the nations on Earth and take them under its wing. This government will teach all nations how to finally live in peace and harmony with each other. That is the very same kingdom that a small and loyal group was set up by its King to publicize way back in a.d. 31. This they did for 40 years until forced to disperse and flee persecution and martyrdom under the old iron rule of Rome.

Just over 80 years ago, a man named Herbert Armstrong was ordained by God to begin publicizing that same message. During the latter half of the 20th century, he fulfilled Christ’s prophecy of Matthew 24:14, reaching all nations on Earth. Mr. Armstrong even took that message personally to many world leaders at the time.

Then, just as prophesied in your Bible, powerful forces destroyed that organized work.

But God had prophesied that the group He set up to publicize the message of His coming Kingdom would never die out.

And it never did. It exists today, still small, yet powerful in its potential to prophesy that same message of the coming of the Kingdom of God one final time around this globe. You hold that message in your hands: a message prophesying the great clash of civilizations that is the forerunner to the return of the Savior of mankind to enforce global peace under His government over the whole Earth! That is a message no man can shut down.

It is that reign—that kingdom—which needs our attention today, even as we see Germany rising one more time to global prominence to lead that final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire for its brief yet powerful moment in history immediately before the establishment of the fifth kingdom of Daniel’s prophecy!

To find out more about the final resurrection of that fourth kingdom, request our free booklets Germany and the Holy Roman Empire and The Rising Beast.

To really understand the prophesied all-powerful fifth kingdom and what to do about preparing for its coming, request our booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like. It explains in detail the same message of hope that the ruler of that coming kingdom personally broadcast when He trod this Earth 2,000 years ago. It’s a message that prophesies of two nations that have been the traditional enemies of Israel from ancient times actually reconciling and living in harmony as an example to all peoples. That kind of peace on Earth is only possible under the direct rule of the Creator of humankind Himself!

“In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, blessed be Egypt, my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance” (Isaiah 20:23-25).

Is There Hope in an Earthquake?

Yes, there is—more than you could ever imagine.
From the March 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

Intense tragedy often comes with a beautiful yet fleeting byproduct: humility. In the days after the earthquake, hundreds of thousands of blood-spattered Haitians were hurt, dazed and vulnerable.

While God took no pleasure in witnessing the earthquake and its aftermath, He loves the state of mind that such disaster often produces. In Isaiah 66:2, God says, “[T]o this man will I look, even to him that is poor [needy, humble] and of a contrite spirit ….” Surely the tragedy in Haiti created a comparatively humble attitude and a “contrite spirit” in many Haitians, and even some onlookers.

Overwhelming crises have a tendency to remind us of how small, how vulnerable, how insignificant we truly are. Sadly, such meekness is often short-lived. Nevertheless, God Himself looks to the person with such an attitude. He considers true humility gained through catastrophe a primer for greater understanding.

And He gives that understanding in abundance. Through the pages of the Bible, God explains in detail why such catastrophes happen. The causes are spelled out from Genesis through Revelation for those with humble and open minds (article, page 6).

For some perspective, consider the Haiti quake in the context of a prophecy in Matthew 24.

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is discussed in both the Old and New Testaments. In Matthew 24, Christ’s disciples asked what specific signs would precede His Second Coming. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars … For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in [different] places” (verses 6-7). Notice, in addition to the “wars and rumors of wars”—surely an apt description of the current state of international relations—Jesus told His disciples that His return would be preceded by an uptick in natural disasters.

In fact, Christ stated specifically that before His return there would be earthquakes in different places!

Notice also, Jesus told His disciples that famine—a shortage of food and water—and then pestilences, or disease epidemics, would accompany these natural disasters.

Can you begin to see the hope in the tragic earthquake in Haiti? This earthquake points to this prophecy from nearly 2,000 years ago, and is a sign that Jesus Christ is about to return!

Perhaps that sounds preposterous—a callous attempt to spiritualize away the pain and anguish suffered by millions. Sadly, many people, including “Christians,” will discard Christ’s warning in Matthew 24. Many, especially the scholarly, will mock.

But that is exactly what Jesus Himself prophesied. When we understand and believe the Bible, natural disasters like we witnessed in Haiti take on added significance. While our eyes well and our hearts ache for the victims of earthquakes, the tragedy stirs a renewed hope and confidence in the Second Coming.

Remember the instruction from Christ’s own mouth: Natural disasters are a sign that this present evil world is about to end. In Haiti’s rubble lies invigorating hope. Emotionally, the Haiti earthquake is gut wrenching. Prophetically, it’s a sign that the most exciting event ever to occur in the age of man is imminent! Jesus Christ is about to return!

America’s Next Iraq

From the March 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

The timing of the Haiti tragedy was of particular interest to us at the Trumpet because of its proximity to an anniversary we often draw attention to.

In August 1990, after Saddam Hussein invaded the little nation of Kuwait, the United States began mobilizing its military across the Middle East. On Jan. 12, 1991, the U.S. Congress authorized the use of military force against Iraq to drive it out of Kuwait. Four days later, on January 16, Operation Desert Storm officially began.

A year earlier, we had asked our readers if “some dramatic event in the world” might happen Jan. 16, 1991, because that happened to be the anniversary of Herbert W. Armstrong’s death.

Soon after the Gulf War started, our editor in chief, Gerald Flurry, highlighted the repercussions the war would have on the Middle East and the United States. “The truth is we won a battle in Kuwait,” he wrote in May 1991. “[But] we did not win a war. The job was left unfinished.”

To this day, Iraq hangs as a millstone around the neck of the United States. In fact, removing Saddam Hussein from power in 2003 only cleared the way for Iran to emerge as the king of the entire region, which fulfills another Bible prophecy we have highlighted for over 15 years.

What about the timing of the Haiti quake? In the Trumpet’s last issue, we again noted the significance of January 16. Four days before that date, Haiti was ravaged in the earthquake. On January 14, President Obama pledged $100 million to support the relief effort. The next day, the USS Carl Vinson reached Haiti, and the president promised that much more help was on the way.

On Saturday, January 16, Hillary Clinton became the first White House cabinet member to arrive on the scene. That same day, in Washington, President Obama met with former presidents Clinton and Bush to discuss how to enlist the support of the American people in rebuilding Haiti.

After their meeting, President Obama announced that he was “moving forward with one of the largest relief efforts” in U.S. history. It will be a long-term effort, he said, that will not be measured in days or weeks, but in months and even years.

Will this nation-building endeavor, which effectively began on Jan. 16, 2010, become another millstone that ends up sinking America?

The Greek Crisis Was Planned!

As an EU member state implodes, look who stands to benefit.
From the April 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

Europe is at a crossroads!

Greece is on the verge of collapse. This Mediterranean nation cannot pay its debts without massive restructuring.

Both French and German ministers have announced that they will not bail out their Club Med neighbor. Instead, EU monetary authorities are pushing Greece to massively slash its budget. But if Greece were to implement the severe spending cuts needed to get its deficit under control, it could easily plunge into an even deeper recession. Also, loss of government handouts has already created mass strikes and social unrest—a trend certain to get worse as the cuts become more steep.

Yet if Germany and France allow Greece to continue defying its monetary agreements, there will be little to stop other deeply indebted countries like Spain, Portugal and Ireland from also reneging on their monetary commitments. The credibility of the euro would be thrown into doubt.

All eyes are on Europe. Can the euro survive if Greece leaves or is kicked out of the monetary union? If a bailout comes, who will fund it, and at what cost?

There are no good choices. All of them will be very costly. Greece’s massive debt problems threaten the very viability of the European Union.

The disparate nations of Europe are desperately seeking a savior.

The truly remarkable thing is, this crisis was no accident. Not only was it eminently foreseeable long ago, but evidence suggests that it was deliberately planned. And its outcome promises to unfold just as its authors hoped.

What is happening in the European superstate is a mystery to most of the world. Yet while stock markets gyrate and bond investors panic, Trumpet readers know the ultimate result.

“The crisis in Greece is a forerunner of a whole rash of similar crises set to soon break out across Europe,” editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the February 2009 Trumpet. “They will provide the catalyst for the EU’s leading nation,Germany, to rise to the fore with solutions of its own making.”

For more than a decade, the Trumpet has warned about the rotten heart of Europe. We have specifically noted the flawed currency exchange rate mechanism and how the structure of the EU was a Trojan horse for stealthy German ambitions.

“Who will get control of this great superstate?” asked Mr. Flurry in June 2000. The battle comes down to two nations—France and Germany, he said. But it will be the nation that controls the money—Germany—that will ultimately reign supreme.

Today, events unfolding in Europe are proving that forecast uncannily accurate.

Created to Fail?

From the beginning, the euro was destined—maybe even designed—to fail. At least that is the conclusion of some analysts.

Back in 1992, the power elites in Europe enticed the hapless member nations of the EU at that time into signing up to the Maastricht Treaty on European Union. The treaty contained a vital clause creating the foundation for an economic and monetary union—emu. This has become synonymous with the subsequent European Monetary Union, also called the emu.

The emu was glued together by a single currency. The euro was introduced in 1999, with notes and coins entering circulation in 2002. To date 16 EU member nations have joined the emu, sacrificing their individual national sovereign means of exchange—and in the process setting themselves on a course that would lead to the total sacrifice of their national sovereignty on the altar of the imperialist project of the European Union.

After the EU single currency system was implemented, certain voices predicted the failure of the euro. A handful theorized that the euro may well even have been deliberately created to fail by certain German elites. The theory was that Germany would bide its time and allow the unworkable monetary union to prevail till it reached a point of collapse and then, having wrested control of the European Central Bank (ecb) out of any competitor’s hands (read France, in particular), move in quickly and take direct control of emu administration. Germany could then ensure that a preferred core of EU member nations would receive ecb favor, with the disfavored reduced to vassal status or worse.

Why, if the theory is correct, would Germany deliberately create an economic and monetary union that was destined, from all the tests applied by the clearest thinking observers at the time, to fail?

Unification Through Stealth

When the eurozone’s founders began working toward pan-European unity, they knew it would be virtually impossible to unite the Continent. Jean Monnet, one of the forefathers of the European Union, was well aware of the difficulty of convincing voters to willingly relinquish their national sovereignty. Monnet felt that the only way to achieve unification, without war, was through stealth. The people must not know that sovereignty has been surrendered until it is gone.

English conservative and author Adrian Hilton described Monnet’s intentions for Europe this way: “Europe’s nations should be guided towards a superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation” (The Principality and Power of Europe; emphasis ours throughout).

As Monnet said on April 30, 1952, “The fusion [of economic functions] would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European state.”

Peter Thorneycroft, former chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom and Europhile, described the Monnet unification method in a 1957 Foreign Affairs article: “The idea of a united Europe is not new. It has exercised the minds of the soldiers and sometimes of the statesmen of Europe for many centuries. … Torn by war and conquest, weakened by internecine strife, Europeans have yet found the time and the capacity to leave an incomparable legacy ….

“Yet men do not live easily within the same institutional arrangements. National patriotisms are strong ….”

In an earlier booklet, Design for Europe (1947), Thorneycroft wrote: “No government dependent upon a democratic vote could possibly agree in advance to the sacrifice which any adequate plan must involve. The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into the abandonment of their traditional economic defenses, not asked, in advance ….”

Economic integration, once initiated, would become self-sustaining, it was hoped. Monnet theorized that economic interdependence would drive integration until eventually, Europe would end up with de facto political centralization and unification.

Today, Europe may be at a tipping point where economic integration finally meets political unification.

“The European experiment with a trans-sovereign currency is facing its first acid test,” wrote Euro Pacific Capital’s John Browne. “In essence, the euro was created as a lever to encourage a complete European political union rather than as a currency representing … an already unified economy” (February 10).

According to Browne, who is a former British member of Parliament and close associate of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the euro has largely succeeded in creating the will for a federal Europe among the political classes even though European citizens have voted again and again to maintain their individual country’s sovereignty.

“Whoever controls the currency controls the government,” said economics guru Maynard Keynes. To him, that was not just a law of economics; it was a law that underwrote power politics.

Anticipated Crisis

When the euro was created, a chain of events was set in motion. For nations like Greece, a future debt crisis was almost inevitable.

By joining the eurozone, Greece traded its inflation-prone drachma for the stability of the euro. It also gained the economic borrowing clout of a superstar, even though it had the economy of a small supporting actor.

Initially, these two advantages vastly improved the standard of living for the people of Greece. They allowed corporations, individuals and government to borrow money at the low rates typical within large developed countries like Germany. The new low interest rates were more than Greece could resist. All levels of society binged on seemingly cheap money. The government, for its part, embraced a massive welfare state, also made possible by easily obtained low-interest loans.

But as lenders to Greece are beginning to remember, there was a good reason Greece paid far higher interest rates to borrow money when it was not a member of the Union. Greece has a history of borrowing too much. According to analyst John Mauldin, Greece has been in default in one way or another for 105 out of the past 200 years.

Even as luxury swiftly came to Greece, so now have the first whiffs of poverty.

With a projected budget deficit of 12.7 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, Greece is far out of compliance with the eurozone’s mandated 3 percent maximum. With the world in recession, investors are wondering how Greece will pay its bills.

Typically when a country takes on too much debt, it contracts Argentine-disease. Known also as “quantitative easing,” countries devalue their currency by turning on the money printing presses and simply creating the currency to pay the bills. This of course upsets creditors, but at least the bills get paid. The economy also gets a short-term kick-start because a devalued currency makes exported goods less expensive; thus foreigners buy more domestic products.

Greece, however, does not have this option. Since it is locked into the euro, it does not control the printing presses. Germany does.

Analysts worry that Greece may be reaching the point where a debt spiral could bankrupt the government. What will Europe do?

It’s true that the Greece crisis will necessitate some difficult and costly decisions. But in some respects, as far as the European political class is concerned, it matters not whether Greece stays or goes. Greece is a peripheral country, immaterial to the desire for a federalist Europe. What is material is that the current crisis be exploited to its maximum—and that means that it be used to foster further integration of core Europe.

Will the Eurozone Be Pared Down?

The Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote on January 31 that the solution to the crisis could involve a paring down of the eurozone. He noted the possibility of a bloc of nations centered on Germany leaving the eurozone and creating a new currency: the Deutsch mark 2. The rest of the eurozone countries would then be free to devalue the euro (turn on the printing presses) to pay down debts.

Although Evans-Pritchard noted that Germany is currently happy with its advantageous position within the euro, he also said there would be certain benefits to a newly created German-led bloc.

Events in Greece bear close watching, especially in light of the advent of the seventh revival of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe, which officially began on January 1 with the onset of the Lisbon Treaty.

The first major reason to watch this issue is that the Bible indicates that this final Roman imperial resurrection will be composed of 10 nations or groups of nations (as indicated in Daniel 2). Whether or not the current 27 EU nations get regrouped into new political regions remains to be seen, but the economic crisis in Greece may well provoke a vast restructuring or paring down of the European Union.

Far from heralding the end of the European unification project, the current crisis in Greece may actually signal a new beginning.

Forcing the Pace of Political Union

Back when the euro was first created, the European Commission’s top economists warned politicians that the new currency might not survive a serious crisis. They knew that because the eurozone had “no EU treasury or debt union to back it up” and a “one-size-fits-all regime of interest rates [that] caters badly to the different needs of Club Med and the German bloc,” the day would come that economic crisis would threaten the EU (Telegraph, Oct. 1, 2008).

The fathers of the euro did not dispute this. They knew European economic union was risky, but they saw it as an acceptable risk—even desirable—as a last-ditch option to force the pace of political union. As the Telegraph said, “They welcomed the idea of a ‘beneficial crisis.’” And as “ex-Commission chief Romano Prodi remarked, it would allow Brussels to break taboos and accelerate the move to a full-fledged EU economic government” (ibid.).

Mr. Flurry’s words from that February 2009 article ring out: “Berlin has been planning for this crisis before it even adopted the euro. European elites knew it would eventually come. And they will soon present a solution.”

Sure enough, in the midst of the Greek crisis, an increasing ensemble is crying for a federalized European economic government—one with not just a common currency, but one with a common debt union and power structure—kind of like a United States of America in Europe.

It is “Time for the Eurozone to Grow Up,” headlined the Wall Street Journal on February 8. There is a way out of this dilemma, it wrote. “It would require a European federal government with substantial taxing and spending power, with the ability to redistribute resources and impose fiscal discipline across the continent. In short, it would require a far greater degree of political union …. Yet the choice is now clear and inescapable.”

That is exactly the kind of talk that political elites are looking for. It is also a sentiment echoed in Europe.

“The crisis has revealed our weaknesses,” said European Union President Herman Van Rompuy in February. “Recent developments in the euro area highlight the urgent need to strengthen our economic governance.” Europe needs a powerful “economic government,” he said.

The EU’s foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, agrees. More political union is needed, she said on February 6 at the Munich Security Conference. “We must mobilize all our levers of influence—political, economic, plus civil and military crisis management tools—in support of a single political strategy.”

“The days when a common EU foreign policy was regarded as mere talk are numbered,” Ashton said.

Yes, the days when the free nations of Europe charted their own destiny are indeed numbered.

Victory for Berlin

Consider the success of the euro project in the grand scheme of things. By gearing a whole continental economy to a single currency—imposing rules for membership of monetary union that it was clear no member nation could reliably and consistently fulfill—the German elites crafted a scheme designed to create a continental crisis. If they come to control the ecb (and judging by the top candidates for the presidency, which is due to change hands next year, this looks to be a done deal), they will be positioned to respond to that crisis by enacting, at their will, a totally reconstituted European monetary union.

Such a union will vest financial and economic power in the hands of a select group of nations. These core nations will act in consortium under Berlin and Rome’s direction to propel the Holy Roman imperial vision to reality. They will no longer be frustrated by having to seek a majority vote from 28 fractious, disparate EU member nations. The weaker nations will simply become slaves to the beck and call of the ecb, beholden to it and its governing authority for their economic survival—a literal fulfillment of the prophecies of Revelation 13.

Whether or not the euro fails under its present stress doesn’t change this reality: Given the likely imminent placing of a German in charge of the ecb, Germany is about to directly control the bullion hoard stashed in the vaults of the ecb and beyond. The ecb is headquartered in Frankfurt; the importance of the German elites ensuring the bank lies in Germany’s heartland will prove a vital key in securing the bank’s wealth in times of crisis. When financial crisis arises, Germany will control the EU’s singular currency and hence imperial power over the whole of the EU. It will be a case of game, set and match to Germany.

Some have even mused that, as the day of monetary crisis approaches, the German elites, having positioned themselves to seize control of the ecb, would use an appropriate global institution under EU dominance as a regulator to both control and regulate global trade in the EU’s favor.

As regular Trumpet readers know, the Bible indicates that a king will soon arise in Europe who will deceitfully gain power and force his authority on Europe. The machinations for this pan-European federalist hijacking are falling into place.

Dictating Europe’s Destiny

The second reason the Greek crisis bears close watch is that the Bible indicates that this European superpower will be dominated by Germany. If this crisis in Europe has shown anything, it is that, at least economically, Germany holds ultimate power in Europe.

Bailout or no bailout: Either way, Germany wins. If Germany and Europe bail out Greece, what will be the cost? If Germany has to ask its citizens to reduce their standard of living to subsidize Greeks, what will it ask Greece for in return? The price is sure to be steep. Conversely, if Germany were to work to remove Greece from the EU, the result would be a slimmer, economically healthier, core Europe with one less voice to dilute German political clout.

Sixty-five years after World War ii, Germany is again dictating the destiny of Europe. This should startle the world.

As Britain’s Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, warned in 1993, “You have not anchored Germany to Europe. You have anchored Europe to a newly dominant, unified Germany. In the end, my friends, you’ll find it will not work.” It is Germany’s national character to dominate, she said.

Germany has hijacked Europe. Greece knows it. Portugal and Ireland will find out next. And probably Britain soon thereafter.

But remember: You read it here first.

Prophecy Fulfilled!

The true portent of all that is happening in Europe will only be obvious to those who understand the reality of the prophetic words of that once “ambassador for world peace without portfolio,” Herbert W. Armstrong.

Relying on the Bible for his vision of the future—and on a deep understanding of world events, coupled with his high-profile discourse with the upper echelons of international leadership—Herbert Armstrong powerfully proclaimed these events that have occurred in Europe, especially since the unification of Germany, itself one of his most oft-repeated prophecies. Fully five years before World War ii, Herbert Armstrong prophesied these events. He continued to air those same prophecies while Germany lay in abject defeat, then on throughout the wirtschaftswunder—the German economic miracle of postwar revival—clear on up to his death four years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the resultant reunification of Germany.

Ten years before the wall fell—13 years prior to the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which created the European Monetary Union—Herbert Armstrong declared, “I have been proclaiming and writing, ever since 1935, that the final one of the seven eras of the Holy Roman Empire is coming in our generation—a ‘United States of Europe,’ combining 10 nations or groups of nations in Europe—with a union of church and state!

“The nations of Europe have been striving to become reunited. They desire a common currency, a single combined military force, a single united GOVERNMENT. They have made a start in the Common Market. They are now working toward a common currency. Yet, on a purely political basis, they have been totally unable to unite. …

“This new united Europe will be, militarily and economically, as strong, or even more powerful, than either the United States or the ussr. It will be a third gigantic world power! But it will be exceedingly short-lived (Revelation 17:10, 12)—as iron and miry clay are not adhesive, and will not stick together (Daniel 2:42-43)” (Plain Truth, January 1979).

In our February edition, our editor in chief proclaimed that, as of Jan. 1, 2010, “The Holy Roman Empire Is Back!” That ought to be a call to action to those who once heard and believed Mr. Armstrong’s words. If those words ring in your ears today, then you ought to realize the time for delay in your returning to the only way of life that guarantees true freedom, safety and protection from this seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is up! The words we publish are a powerful warning to you in particular!

The ball is in your court. The door is before you. Christ said all you have to do is knock, and He will open unto you!

SocietyWatch

From the March 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

Britain to Educate Teens on Parenting

Britain has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe. Four of every 100 British girls under age 18 become pregnant every year. An average of 22 girls under 15 become pregnant every day. The government’s solution? Require all British teens to take lessons on how to be a parent.

Under Children’s Secretary Ed Balls’s proposal, all 14-year-olds will receive parenting lessons starting in 2011. They will be taught parental responsibilities, stages of child development, and techniques for controlling unruly children. Balls hopes his strategy will discourage teens from having children—but it risks sending the message to children that teenage pregnancy is natural and normal.

The plan appears to be based less on right teaching and more on the political correctness that has contributed to Britain’s moral mess. For example, a government leaflet on how parents should teach their children about sex warns parents not to educate their children about right and wrong, as it “may discourage them from being open.”

Some educators say sex education does nothing to slow teen pregnancy rates. That is likely true of such misguided programs as this one. Educate children with the right education, however, and pregnancy rates will fall. To learn what is conspicuously absent in Britain’s education, request a free copy of a detailed book dedicated to true education on dating, marriage, pregnancy and family: The Missing Dimension in Sex.

Race Policy Dumbs Everyone Down

Americans perform poorly on science tests. America also issues thousands of science visas so foreign graduates from China, India and elsewhere can come to the United States and fill chemistry and physics positions that Americans can’t. However, the Berkeley High School Shared Governance Committee approved a proposal in December 2009 that will cut the school’s science labs and five science teachers. The reason? Not because of lack of funds or science students, but because the school lacked science students of the right race.

Authorities deemed that the science classes mostly benefited higher-achieving white and Asian students, and felt resources should instead be diverted to help black and Hispanic students that were deemed to be struggling. “Berkeley High was identified as the high school with the largest racial equity/achievement gap in the state,” an internal study reported.

There are several reasons for the difference in test scores between races, including lack of discipline, broken family life, single parenting and alcoholism. A San Francisco Examiner report on the issue also blamed the test score differential on gangster rap and the crack-cocaine epidemic.

Regardless of the causes, eliminating the achievement gap by bringing down America’s few science achievers is not the answer.

Ignorant of Basic U.S. History

A study by the Libertarian Lexington Institute shows that de-emphasizing U.S. history in American schools’ curricula has brought about “appalling results.” The report, “The Teaching of American History: Promise and Performance,” analyzes data collected from an American Revolution Center (arc) survey conducted in December.

The arc’s study shows that 83 percent of Americans failed a basic test on the American Revolution.

More than a third of the Americans surveyed believed the American Revolution occurred after either the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, or War of 1812.

Many more Americans knew that Michael Jackson wrote the song “Beat It” than knew that the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution.

A 2006 study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress proved the knowledge gap begins early. Only a quarter of American elementary, middle and high school students surveyed were deemed “proficient” in U.S. history at their grade level.

Robert Holland, author of the Libertarian Lexington Institute’s report, said, “The success of our democratic republic depends upon citizens who believe in a common set of ideals as originally expressed in the founding documents.”

Holland identified the 1960s and 1970s as the time when the focus in American history began to shift away from traditional subject matter—such as the founders and the Revolutionary War—and toward less central subjects like “women, racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants.”

“Whatever might be said for or against a broadening of the study of history,” Holland said, “there is no doubt that the sharp switch led to declines in knowledge of the founding of the American republic, its enduring principles, and its accomplishments.”

What is the real danger in an educational system that produces students and adults ignorant of history? Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has recognized this tendency to de-emphasize history as “an extremely dangerous trend that may be too entrenched ever to correct” (January 2006; also see article, page 1).

American history will continue to fade as political correctness and apathy increase. This approach will weaken the nation and leave entire generations ignorant of and vulnerable to the dangers that history warns against.

Man Does Not Know His Greatest Enemy

You can’t conquer your enemy if you don’t even know him.
From the April 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

No matter how bad the news is, most of our leaders in this world still believe they have a solution to world problems. The terrifying truth is, not one of them knows how to solve the world’s evils, especially our number-one problem of human survival.

Man does not understand the basic cause of our extreme immorality, violence, crime and war. He doesn’t understand why we are on the brink of obliterating all human life from this planet.

Here is a paragraph from our booklet Human Nature—What Is It? (request your free copy):

The human mind: What a wonder! It can produce the most sophisticated computer technology imaginable. We have sent men to walk on the surface of the moon—a robot to crawl on the surface of Mars, photographing the terrain for us to examine. Yet the same minds which produce such marvels of science and technology cannot solve human evils, like war, violence, crime, immorality, dishonesty and deceit. The awesome mind of man has not brought about lasting peace. Indeed, the mind of man, contrary to what some modern scholars might think, has produced an abundance of evil, heartache and bloodshed. The question is, why? How can a mind that produces such incredible technology utterly fail when it comes to solving world problems?

Man is facing total annihilation of all human life, perhaps in a decade or less. That is especially true when you consider the mad leader of Iran, who is about to get nuclear weapons and is eager to use them. Iran is by far the greatest terrorist-sponsoring nation in this nuclear world—madness that no nation or group of nations has been willing to take a stand against—yet. The country’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes a nuclear war would hasten the return of his version of the Messiah.

His philosophy has radically changed the nuclear equation! But how many people really understand that deeply enough to do something about it?

The irony of Ahmadinejad’s belief is this: It is a sick perversion of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, who is going to return to save man just before we destroy all human life, mainly with nuclear bombs. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).

What a shameful paradox. Millions of people in Iran will believe a sick counterfeit of Christ’s Second Coming, but you can’t get most Christians to believe what Christ, who is supposed to be their leader, teaches about nuclear warfare. And He prophesied the exact nuclear conditions we face today, about 2,000 years ago! That fact alone should stagger the minds of truly educated people.

No book in this world even remotely compares with the Bible. That is because God inspired the Old and New Testaments, and you can prove it. One third of the Bible is prophecy, and 90 percent of that prophecy is being fulfilled today. Comparing other books to the Bible is like comparing man to God!

Most educators have closed their minds both to the Holy Scriptures and to understanding their chief enemy (Matthew 13:15). But true education is about opening minds—not closing them!

How can it be anything but ignorant and barbaric if you close your mind to the only way human beings can survive?

All the red lights are flashing and all the sirens are blaring! But where is the urgency to deal with this life-exterminating problem?

Nuclear bombs are real. They stand ready to erase all human life from this planet. That is not a fantasy!

Educators have not yet learned that true education begins with being childlike and humble so you can be taught. God only reveals to babes (Matthew 11:25)—that is, humble people who will be taught. Only then does a person become truly qualified to teach others.

Many of our deceptive educators are the same brilliant geniuses who have led us to the point where we’re about to blow all human beings to smithereens! I’m sure you can understand why such scholarly leaders exalt themselves to high heaven. Look at what they have accomplished!

The basic cause of world evils is human nature. That includes the evil of a coming nuclear conflagration. But we don’t understand our human minds well enough to even know what human nature is.

Just what is human nature? How evil is it? Only God can answer those questions. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Every human heart has this capacity for evil under the right circumstances. Here is man’s greatest enemy that he must face and conquer. Only then can he enter into the righteous and peaceful Family of God.

Throughout history, God has tried to educate us about our greatest enemy. But man has refused. And today, because of that massive rebellion, you see the most frightening scenario man has ever faced!

Man is going to get dangerously close to annihilating all human life, just before Christ returns to save us from ourselves.

Every human being who has ever lived is going to be resurrected to face his own human nature. Man must either conquer it or be conquered by it, before God is finished with him.

That is the inspiring truth of your Bible. But that book is banned from most classrooms today. Thankfully, new educators are about to come on the scene to help God change this world and its educational system.