Once Again, It’s All About Jerusalem

From the May 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

Yet again, in the latest storm brewing in the Middle East, Jerusalem is at the center.

The conflagration surrounding Israel licensing construction on 1,600 homes in a north Jerusalem neighborhood revealed why Jerusalem is destined to again become a theater of war very soon. Bible prophecy says it will happen. The Trumpet has been warning about it for nearly two decades. The peace process will always break down over the Holy City—until that city convulses in violence that provokes world war.

On one side, the way Israel has handled the matter is prophetically significant. Though Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Washington for the timing of the announcement on construction, he also made clear that he wouldn’t stop the building. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat made his own stance clear by quickly unveiling a blueprint for another 50,000 apartments in the city. Netanyahu gave a speech during his visit to the U.S. where he said, “The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital!” (emphasis mine throughout). Strong words for a man scheduled the next day to meet the American president who called it a settlement. But Netanyahu is determined to preserve Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem. And he has his people behind him. This is no trifling issue to the Jews. As pressure grows, they’re not backing down—they’re digging in.

On the other side of the conflict, the Palestinians eyeing Washington’s hostility toward Netanyahu’s government recognize an opportunity. They seek to exploit the rift and hit Israel while it is isolated. Arabs rioted in Jerusalem and elsewhere on a scale unseen in a decade. The Gaza Strip has again become the launching pad for lobbing Kassams into Israel; one rocket strike in March killed a man. Iran—never far from the action wherever nefarious activity is going on in the region—announced on March 14 its intent to mediate a reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the two rival Palestinian factions. “The overall goal is thus to exploit the breach in the U.S.-Israeli relationship to reunify the Palestinian leadership and encourage Israeli military action in the territories that would further undermine Israel’s diplomatic efforts in building a coalition against Iran,” Stratfor wrote on March 22.

To think that all this sound and fury is a response to Israel’s plan to build 1,600 homes is ludicrous. Anger over “settlements” is just the latest of a string of pretexts the Palestinians have used to try to weaken Israel’s position over the years. In the past it has been land purchases (of unused wasteland) or immigration. If settlements were the real problem, then the Gaza Strip—from which Israel removed every last Jewish resident five years ago—would be a picture of neighborliness and peace. The Palestinians’ goal is the same as it always was: to eliminate the Jewish state. The Palestinians will never negotiate and abide by an agreement to accept Israel’s existence as a state.

These remarkable events may remind long-time Trumpet readers of a prediction our editor in chief made back in December of 2005, in a letter to Trumpet subscribers and in a Key of David program he taped about the same time.

Based on a prophecy in Zechariah, which speaks of half of Jerusalem being taken in what looks to be a violent siege, Gerald Flurry speculated about the political climate that could prevail within Israel in the days before that event occurs. We could soon witness the two sides of the Arab-Jew conflict each shift back toward their respective hard-line camps, he said, driving them apart and pushing the possibility of a peace deal out of reach. He suggested that the Palestinians could be taken over by the radical Hamas movement—while the security-conscious Jews vote in a more conservative government.

An Israeli election was scheduled for March 28, 2006. Based on the biblical evidence, Mr. Flurry believed Netanyahu’s Likud party, then performing poorly, might bounce back and take the election.

Within a short time after those statements, Hamas scored a startling victory in Palestinian elections, snagging 74 out of the 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council. Then, even more shocking, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon—who had planned more unilateral concessions to the Palestinians similar to the Gaza withdrawal he orchestrated—suffered a massive stroke and was removed from the scene. Suddenly, it looked like Mr. Flurry’s prediction had lurched dramatically closer to being fulfilled. “These two events [Hamas’s victory and Sharon’s departure] will make the conservative position look more attractive for Israelis,” he wrote in the March 2006 Trumpet edition. “Whether or not they elect Netanyahu, it is almost certain the new government will act with more caution toward the Hamas-dominated Palestinian government. That is going to bring the crisis to a head much more quickly.”

The prophesied explosion over Jerusalem, he believed, would likely be precipitated by Arab radicalization, coupled with Jewish inflexibility.

“Zechariah’s prophecy implies that there will be an impasse over the Temple Mount—which the Palestinians ‘resolve’ by taking East Jerusalem by force,” he continued. “That is why I believe the conservatives could regain control in Israel. They have a stronger will to fight for the land they believe belongs to the Jews.”

As it turned out, that prediction was not fulfilled at that time. The Israelis went on to elect the dovish Ehud Olmert, and the Palestinians became preoccupied with infighting. Tension over the fate of the Holy City gave way to other, more immediate concerns.

Now, however, conditions look to be shaping up just as Mr. Flurry predicted. Even Israel’s prime ministership is now occupied by the man he believed it could be. The pressure on Israel is enormous—yet the leader is standing firm on the territorial issue that most resonates with his countrymen. This is fueling Arab anger and impatience, which appear to be building toward violence.

And it all centers around Jerusalem. Just as Zechariah said it would.

The most remarkable thing, though, is the sequence of events Zechariah prophesied would be triggered by the war over Jerusalem. It is the most exciting news you could hear!

Muslims March, Europeans Chafe

From the May 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

Islam and Christianity are incompatible religions. Each is imperialist and universalist in its mission.

These two have been set to collide since the postwar revival of Islam, especially in its most extreme form. The increasing penetration by pan-Islamism into European and Anglo-Saxon society was always destined to end in what Samuel P. Huntington described in his 1996 best-selling book of the same title as the clash of civilizations.

The histories of these religions show that, at heart, neither Roman Catholicism—mother of the world’s form of Christianity—nor Islam are peaceful religions. Each has a crusading past. Only since the end of World War II has the Roman church appeared benign and, at least on the surface, unaffiliated with any political power bent on global domination. As for Islam, following the end of the Ottoman Empire—the Allies having gained victory over Turkey and Germany in World War i—little was seen of its militant form until the rise of Islamist terror in the 1970s. Its confrontational nature has become clear through the impact of its most extreme forms on Western society since that time.

With minarets increasingly spiking city skylines and the call of the muezzin to prayer rising incessantly across the cities of the West, Western traditionalists are crying out “enough.” From Denmark to France and the Netherlands, electorates are voting in referenda or local elections—or by government regulation in the case of France and Belgium—to stem the onward march of non-assimilative Islam across their respective cultures. People are awakening to the reality that just as London is the banking house for the support of Islamist extremism and terror, Germany is its training ground in weapons of mass destruction and the human instruments of their delivery.

Two recent cases in Europe—one in the Netherlands, the other in Germany—demonstrate just how extreme the tension between Christian and Muslim is becoming on the Continent.

Swinging Right

For a decade, Europe’s right wing has been growing in force. Signs show this trend is accelerating.

The Netherlands is embracing politics’ brashest spokesman against Islam. In regional elections in March, far-right politician Geert Wilders scored major gains that suddenly made him the frontrunner to become the next Dutch prime minister. An election poll just days later showed that Wilders’ Freedom Party (pvv) had overtaken the party of Prime Minister Jan Peter in public popularity.

He owes his meteoric popularity to his stance against the spread of Islamic influence in his country. “[He] has called Islam a backward religion, wants a ban on headscarves in public life and has compared the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf,” reported the Telegraph on March 4. It appears the Dutch are expressing their desire that Islamist impact on their society be curtailed.

The same trend is unfolding in next-door Germany. A recent incident shows how the bnd, Germany’s secret service, is doubling its efforts to track down extremist Islamist cells that for years have used that nation as a training ground, and Germany’s courts are publicizing their intent to place such miscreants behind bars.

A quartet of terrorists from a German Islamist cell was discovered in 2007 to have been plotting to blow up the Ramstein U.S. air base in Germany. This past March, the German court trying the men condemned them for seeking not only to attack Americans, but also to influence a German parliamentary vote regarding the nation’s military mission in Afghanistan. The court’s stern judgment was clearly intended to send a message to other Islamists taking refuge in Germany. It also came at an opportune time for the German military: just as certain elites are seeking to convince the public to support German troops assuming a more aggressive role in Afghanistan.

That tension would be rising between Germany and radical Islamists is not surprising to students of biblical prophecy, for the prophecies foretell of a moment in history when a “king of the south” will push at a “king of the north” (Daniel 11:40). We have regularly identified Iran as that king of the south and Germany as the prophesied leader of a rising imperial northern power. Simply put, the conservative stance of Pope Benedict xvi and the increasingly anti-Muslim expressions of the European community—of which Iran perceives Germany as leader—are just too reminiscent of the combined anti-Islam stance of both throughout history, particularly the history of the Crusades of the Holy Roman Empire, led spiritually by the pope and militarily by Germany.

In reality, it is not so much Islamist terrorism the Anglo-Saxon nations should fear. It is the power that is prophesied to blow the Islamist “king of the south” away like a whirlwind—a whirlwind that has its source in the north, the biblical “king of the north”! And that whirlwind is stimulated by Islamic extremism provoking a reaction from this overwhelmingly more powerful “king of the north” by its incessant poking and pushing.

The trends in Europe are right on target in terms of fulfilling an overarching plan that was laid out millennia ago and prophesied in your Bible. Our free booklet The King of the South explains how in more detail. Request a copy today.

The Week in Review

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Who is Egypt appeasing; who wants control of Europe’s skies, roads and rails; why are 90,000 Japanese outraged; and what is big, black, noxious and infiltrating the Louisiana coast?

Middle East

On Wednesday, Hezbollah operatives were found guilty of plotting attacks in Egypt. According to Stratfor, however, the Egyptian government caved to Hezbollah on the issue of sentencing the men. While the public sentences handed down for the 26 convicts were harsh—prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years—a Stratfor source says that back-channel negotiations between Cairo and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah resulted in Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak promising to rescind the verdicts and release the two Hezbollah operatives who were given the longest sentences. “Egyptian authorities reportedly were concerned that the roughly 100,000 Egyptian workers in Lebanon would lose their jobs or come under attack by pro-Hezbollah Shiites if they did not take care to work out a compromise with Hezbollah beforehand” (April 28). Mubarak also reportedly stressed his desire to develop good working relations with Hezbollah. While analysts see this as being motivated by a desire to undercut Iran’s influence, in the end, Bible prophecy reveals that Egypt will actually be aligned with Iran.

Iran announced Monday that its large-scale military exercise in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz that concluded the previous day was successful. During the four-day naval, air and ground exercises, which coincided with the 31st anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a new high-speed boat was tested and a range of Iranian-made missiles were test-fired. Iran’s Press tv said the military exercise was held to demonstrate the country’s defense capabilities and its determination to maintain security in the region. A senior aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the naval exercises as a specific response to Washington’s “nuclear threats.” The Pentagon, meanwhile, claimed that Iran’s military drills were “somewhat routine.”

Zvi Bar’el, writing for Haaretz.com, said the military exercises were in fact “part of a passive deployment.” “[T]he Revolutionary Guards’ navy—a separate and much more sophisticated naval force than that of the Iranian Army—dropped naval mines, practiced blowing up ships, photographed underwater targets and carried out exercises in electronic warfare and the operation of Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles,” Bar’el wrote. Moreover, a high-level military delegation from the Persian Gulf state of Qatar was present during the exercise. Adm. Abed al-Rahim al-Janahi, who headed the Qatari delegation, said he was planning joint military exercises for the two countries in the future. Qatar has been an important ally of America’s since the late 1990s and particularly since the war on terror began, today hosting the biggest U.S. airbase outside of America. A large part of America’s strategy to contain Iran relies on the military deterrent provided by Persian Gulf countries. When those same countries cooperate with Iran, it clearly demonstrates the unreliable nature of America’s “moderate” Arab allies.

Europe

The survival of the Economic Monetary Union is in jeopardy after Greece’s credit rating was relegated to junk status, and Portugal’s cut to an A- on April 29. The next day, Spain’s was downgraded from AA+ to AA, as economists worried that Greece’s woes could spread to the rest of southern Europe. Default is a serious possibility for Greece. Standard and Poor’s lowered its credit rating from BBB+ to BB+. This is the first time that a euro nation has lost its investment grade. Germany could bail out Greece if it wanted to—but could it bail out Greece and Portugal and possibly other countries? Probably not. Would it be willing? Almost certainly not. Economists are now talking about more than the collapse of Greece’s economy. This could be the end of the euro. Germans now look wistfully back at the deutsche mark. Some have even suggested a new European currency for stable countries only: the euromark. No one can know exactly how this situation will play out. Germany may come to Greece’s rescue after all. Greece, and other states, may be forced to leave the euro. Or the common currency could be destroyed. But biblical prophecy reveals certain longer-term outcomes. After the smoke has cleared, Germany will emerge at the head of a single currency.

The Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah met with Chancellor Angela Merkel and German businessmen on April 28. He is currently engaged in a European tour that will concentrate on developing closer relations with Germany and the Vatican. During his meeting with Chancellor Merkel he is reported to have discussed “a host of bilateral relations that would cement partnership between Kuwait and Berlin” (Kuwait Times, April 28). A small but relatively rich state, courtesy of its healthy oil reserves and high prices for that commodity, Kuwait nestles at a vitally strategic point at the northern extremity of the Persian Gulf. With the imminent drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq, Kuwait is obviously concerned about the prospect of having a worse headache than Saddam Hussein on its doorstep in the form of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. With an ongoing war in neighboring Afghanistan, instability in Iraq, threats from Iran to Kuwait’s Gulf coast, plus an increasingly reluctant protector in Washington, this tiny Arabic nation is rethinking its foreign policy. The alignment of certain Arab states with Europe is something the Trumpet has forecast for years based on biblical prophecy.

The European Union is poised to quickly abolish Europe’s fragmented national airspaces, which it says exacerbated disruptions in air travel recently when more than 100,000 flights were grounded because of ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Analysts point to the structure in which each country made its own airspace decisions as the primary source of confusion during the volcanic ash crisis. German officials invited EU leaders, aviation experts and industry representatives to Berlin for a meeting on April 27 that aimed to plot a course to establish a unified airspace system. EU transport ministers are also scheduled for an emergency meeting in Brussels on May 4 for discussions about fast-tracking the plan. Under the desired wholesale reform of Europe’s air traffic system, all of the continent’s skyways would be under a single regulatory body rather than being governed by individual countries. The single European sky concept would transform Europe’s separate systems into a seamless model similar to that of the United States. News of Europe streamlining its skyways, and Germany spearheading the project, will come as no surprise to regular Trumpet readers who have seen Germany steer the continent toward unification with increasing speed over the years.

The German government just agreed to purchase Britain’s biggest train and bus firm. The $2.44 billion deal will put 44,000 Arriva employees in multiple European countries under the control of Deutsche Bahn. It is the loss of yet another British crown jewel—and a big one at that. According to Arriva’s website, the company is one of Europe’s leading transport services, with bus and train operations in the UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Arriva also has bus networks in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain, and operates rail services in Poland. Over 1 billion passengers each year ride Arriva’s extensive transport networks. It is rude irony that Deutsche Bahn—the successor company to Deutsche Reichsbahn, which operated the trains that ran to the World War ii extermination camps—will now own British Rail, a company whose predecessors did so much to transport the war stores to those who opposed the Nazis. What the Nazis were not able to accomplish through war, Germany is now accomplishing through more peaceful means. British trade union leader Bob Crow warned that the German government is on its way to having a monopoly of Europe’s strategic transport networks. For more information on this trend, read our articles “Selling Britain’s Corporate Crown Jewels” and “Germany’s Corporate Blitzkrieg.”

Asia

To reflect China’s growing economic power, Beijing’s voting power at the World Bank has been increased from 2.77 percent to 4.42 percent. The shift puts China ahead of Britain, Germany and France and gives it the third-largest share of any nation. China is now behind only the U.S. and Japan. World Bank President Robert Zoellick said, “China’s share has increased because of its growth in the world economy.” Similar shifts are on the horizon within the International Monetary Fund, which is positioning itself to be protector of global economic stability.

An estimated 90,000 Japanese citizens joined local politicians in the streets of Okinawa on April 25 to protest allowing the U.S. Futenma Marine Corps Airbase to remain in the Okinawa prefecture. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has vowed to settle the issue by next month, but a growing number of Japanese are growing impatient with the central government for having dragged out the issue for so long. “Some cabinet ministers have indicated their tolerance for the possibility of Futenma airfield remaining as it is, but I say absolutely no to that,” Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said. “I want the prime minister to never give up and to honor his pledge.” This is the second protest about the matter in three months. Regardless of Tokyo’s decision on this particular matter, it is becoming obvious that Japan is not the staunch and reliable U.S. ally that it has appeared to be since the Second World War.

Africa

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a visit to fellow despot Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe last week. Ahmadinejad arrived in Harare on April 22. The two leaders chatted together about how evil the West is. Ahmadinejad opened a trade fair in Bulawayo the next day, before attending a state dinner hosted by Mugabe.

Anglo-America

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. Since a massive explosion sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast last week, killing 11 workers, an estimated 1.5 million barrels of crude oil have gushed out of the wellhead 5,000 feet below. Cleanup crews have dispatched 69 vessels, boom oil-collection barriers, helicopters, remote submarines and other equipment to the slick, but despite the massive deployment, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and said the effort “has not slowed the diffusion of the oil, which has reached over a 600-square-mile area.” The White House said the military would be available to try to contain the oil, which hit Louisiana’s ecologically sensitive barrier islands and coastline on Thursday. If not contained quickly, the West Virginia-size spill will become the worst in U.S. history.

The Obama administration is seeking to soften proposed sanctions against Iran. The White House is pushing Congress to provide exemptions for countries like China and Russia in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act.

On Wednesday, the Defense Department lifted its ban on women serving on submarines. Women have served aboard Navy surface ships since the mid-1990s. About 15 percent of sailors are women. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, “We literally could not run the Navy without women today.”

A new Arizona law is making headlines this week. The measure makes it a misdemeanor to fail to prove lawful residence in the United States. Lawmakers are trying to decrease the state’s illegal immigrant population. It peaked in 2008 at 560,000, when non-citizens held an estimated 280,000 full-time jobs, mostly paid under the table and not subject to taxes. Much of the earnings were then sent out of the country to Mexico.

A new Pew Research poll has found that the American public seriously doubts that the stimulus and tarp economic recovery act did any good. The poll found 88 percent thought of current economic conditions as fair to poor. More than half (55 percent) believe the economy will stay the same or get worse a year from now. Less than a third felt the government has made progress in fixing the causes of the 2008 financial crisis.

Playing the Race Card in Arizona

Playing the Race Card in Arizona

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It’s only fanning the flames of hate.

Fed up with Washington’s feckless attempts to secure America’s southern border, last week Arizona lawmakers took matters into their own hands. Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law an immigration bill that requires policemen, during law-enforcement action like traffic stops, to act on “reasonable suspicion” in order to verify a person’s immigration status.

“We in Arizona have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act,” Brewer said last Friday. “But decades of federal inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”

Democrats and civil rights leaders were quick to denounce the bill, saying it would lead to widespread racial profiling.

Arizonans, meanwhile, are justifiably frustrated—and scared. Their state has been flooded with illegal aliens. In just the last three years alone, nearly 1 million aliens have been caught trying to sneak into Arizona. That amounts to about 900 per day.

Those who aren’t caught are free to roam throughout Arizona—and the rest of America. In Arizona, the estimated number of illegal immigrants is just under a half million. Embedded among them, of course, are who knows how many violent criminals, drug traffickers and human smugglers. There must be thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—judging by the massive quantities of illegal drugs seized by federal agents. Every day, on average, law enforcement officials confiscate 1.5 tons of marijuana alone.

And in the high-stakes game of drug trafficking, it’s no wonder illegal immigrants are becoming more aggressive and reckless in their behavior. Earlier this year, for example, Arizonans were outraged when a prominent rancher was murdered while patrolling his property 20 miles north of the Mexican border. Footprints at the crime scene revealed that the assailants fled to Mexico after the senseless attack.

Arizona’s capital city, Phoenix, also has the dubious distinction of being the kidnapping capital of North America. “The city has averaged about a kidnapping a day in recent years,” reports the Associated Press, “some resulting in torture and death. Victims’ legs have been burned with irons, their arms have been tied to the ceiling, their fingers broken with bricks.”

Small wonder that 70 percent of Arizonans support the new immigration bill. Law enforcement agencies have also voiced their support for the legislation.

But not the race baiters. They see the law’s passage as yet another opportunity to fan the flames of racial hatred and division. The mayor of Phoenix called the measure “racist and unjust.” Civil rights activist Al Sharpton said the bill effectively “sanctions” racial profiling.

Even President Obama joined in on the chorus of criticism. Within hours of Governor Brewer’s signing last week, Obama scolded Arizona lawmakers for their “misguided” work. He said the bill threatens to undermine the “basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”

The president’s reaction, Kris Kobach wrote at the Washington Times, was true to form. “Just as with the Cambridge, Mass., arrest fiasco last year, he rushed to the microphone without knowing the facts in order to stir up and capitalize on accusations of racial profiling.”

That’s what much of the backlash against the Arizona law amounts to: stirring up racial discord. And as it happens, it comes at a time when hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants—an increasing number of them hardened criminals with sophisticated weaponry—are flowing across America’s porous borders every year.

It’s an explosive mixture that will soon blow up in our faces.

Earlier this week, with an eye on the upcoming midterm elections, President Obama appealed to the same people who “powered” his victory in 2008—young people, African Americans, Latinos and women. According to Politico, Capital Hill’s newspaper, the appeal for help was delivered with “unusual demographic frankness.” Columnist Wesley Pruden sees it as a sign of desperation coming from a president who eloquently vowed not to use the race card in 2008 and promised to bring the races together as president.

Instead, the nation is becoming more divided by the day.

Two years ago, when then-Senator Obama was being lavished with praise for his efforts to heal the many race-relation breaches in America, my father warned that in the long run, it would only inflame more racism. “Poisonous race relations have everything to do with Bible prophecy,” he wrote on June 12, 2008.

This dangerous buildup within our society is a racist bomb that most of us will see explode in our faces!Many people believe that Mr. Obama is going to greatly improve race relations. But our racial problems are going to rapidly get much worse!

Then, he added, “The race card is going to be played often for political gain!” (emphasis mine; excerpts of that letter were later posted here).

So often, in fact, that even in the midst of a national emergency that has some Americans living in fear of being kidnapped, tortured or murdered by illegal aliens—and after Arizona passes a law that effectively makes it illegal to do something that has always been illegal—playing the race card and fanning the flames of hatred is what our leaders are concerned about most.

You know what? We’re completely unqualified to be parents.

Abc News reports on an emerging trend in “education” that represents a new low in parenting. It’s aptly called “unschooling.”

The reality is, this is merely the most extreme example of what has been the general trend in parenting for the last few generations. Many parents are increasingly uncomfortable with being authority figures in their children’s lives, and the kids are basically left to figure things out on their own.

The idea that a child’s best education can be found by being a slave to his natural impulses dooms that child to a small, self-absorbed life dominated by trivialities.

It used to be common sense, but today the wisdom in the Proverbs is being forgotten: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child,” and “a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 22:15; 29:15).

The Arabian-German Alliance

The Arabian-German Alliance

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Certain meetings taking place right now foreshadow the imminent development of an alliance between Germany and key Middle East nations.

The Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah met with Chancellor Angela Merkel and German businessmen on Wednesday. He is currently engaged in a European tour that will concentrate on developing closer relations with Germany and the Vatican. During his meeting with Chancellor Merkel he is reported to have discussed “a host of bilateral relations that would cement partnership between Kuwait and Berlin” (Kuwait Times, April 28).

In reference to the emir’s upcoming visit to the Vatican, the Times also reported that a Vatican official stated, “The visit of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the Vatican is an expression of friendship which would strengthen the good relations that exist between the Holy See and Kuwait.”

Why would the leader of tiny, Islamic, oil-rich Kuwait be visiting Germany and the Vatican?

A small but relatively rich state, courtesy of its healthy oil reserves and high prices for that commodity, Kuwait nestles at a vitally strategic point at the northern extremity of the Persian Gulf.

Rescued by U.S. intervention in 1991 from being overrun by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Kuwait has rebounded from the setback that war inflicted on its territory to weather the global economic storm comfortably. Last year it posted its 11th consecutive budget surplus. That year also saw an apparent marked improvement in relations between Kuwait and Iraq with the former appointing an ambassador to Baghdad.

However, the Kuwaiti regime recognizes that it has a need to hedge its bets when it comes to foreign policy. With the forecast drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq, Kuwait is obviously concerned about the prospect of having a worse headache than old Saddam on its doorstep in the form of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Arabic nations are deeply concerned about the possibility of Iran quickly moving to fill any power vacuum created by a peremptory withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Additional concerns are being raised in the wake of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s unreliability in his declared allegiances.

Recently Kuwait was given extra cause for concern when Iran conducted naval exercises in the Gulf, even detaining and boarding foreign ships in Gulf waters in the process. Analysts clearly saw this action as Iran sending the signal that, if it chose to do so, it could easily seal the Gulf off to shipping and send the shipment of oil via the Persian Gulf into a tailspin.

So it is that with an ongoing war in neighboring Afghanistan, instability in Iraq, threats from Iran to Kuwait’s Gulf coast, plus an increasingly reluctant protector in Washington, this tiny Arabic nation is rethinking its foreign policy.

The Kuwaitis are of Arabic, Ishmaelitish stock. Together with their brother Arabian nations, they stem from the 12 princes fathered by Ishmael, son of Abraham and brother of the Israelite patriarch Isaac (Genesis 25). Thus, in predicting their foreign policy for today based on biblical prophecy, we must look to a clearly delineated forecast embedded in Scripture that names them and identifies the alliances they will form in the time we are living through today.

Believe it or not, there is such a prophecy that clearly shows the reason why the emir of Kuwait would be holding foreign-policy discussions with Germany and the Vatican this week! Though penned 3,000 years ago during the time of King David’s reign over the kingdom of Israel, this prophecy is in the process of beginning to be fulfilled at this very moment!

In Psalm 83 we read of a time just ahead when a confederation of Middle Eastern nations will together join in an alliance with each other in an attempt to wipe the nation of Israel off the map! In verses 3-7 we read, “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people …. They have said, Come and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee. The tabernacles of Edom [Turkey], and the Ishmaelites [Arabians]; of Moab [Jordan], and the Hagarenes [Syria]; Gebal [Lebanon], and Ammon [Jordan], and Amalek [Turkey]; the Philistines [Palestinians] with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon]” (Psalm 83:3-7).

Yet there is one other nation—a nation which today carries far more power economically and politically than any of these Arabic nations individually or collectively can project today—with which they join in confederation against Israel in the near future in an alliance which is even now beginning to form. In verse 8, we read, “Assur also is joined with them.”

To which nation today does the Bible ascribe the name of its patriarch Assur (Asher)? None other than Germany!

Which nation do the prophecies indicate will dominate in the north of the globe, as “the king of the north” (Daniel 11), in our time? The very nation that currently holds the world to ransom as it insists on attaching certain conditions to the Greek financial bailout—Germany!

Which great spiritual power do the prophecies indicate, despite the lurid headlines swirling around it today, will be in alliance with Germany leading a great united European empire against the Anglo-Saxon and Judaic peoples, even to the point of surrounding Jerusalem with armies just prior to Christ’s return? (Luke 21:20). The very spiritual power that can trace its roots back to ancient Babylon—the religion of Rome!

Can you see now why little Kuwait is going cap in hand to Rome and Berlin this week? This is but a harbinger of the formation of the Psalm 83 alliance of Middle Eastern nations which will join in confederacy against the Anglo-Saxon and Judaic peoples in an effort to “cut them off from being a nation”!

Read our booklet The King of the South and face up to the reality toward which these events are leading. Truly, what is today developing in the Middle East and Europe is about to shake the nations! (Haggai 2:7). These events are destined to shake the very nation in which you are living, right up to your very own doorstep! Yet this is but a sign of the soon-coming realization of the desire of all nations. For as the Prophet Haggai declares, “And I will shake all nations and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.”