The Battle for Bahrain and the Future of the Middle East

The Battle for Bahrain and the Future of the Middle East

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America is out, Iran is up, and Saudi Arabia is scrambling for new friends.

A massive geopolitical earthquake is shaking the Middle East. For more than six decades, Saudi Arabia has bound itself to America for security. But a series of strategic blunders and missteps in the region has broken Saudi confidence in the United States. Consequently, the Saudis are striking out on their own—cobbling together their own alliance to face off against Iran. That may not sound like such bad news, but it is actually a signal that time is running out for America, Britain, and the tiny nation of Israel.

According to the Washington Post, a split has taken place between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. A string of missteps by America since September 11, its abrupt abandonment of its long-time allies, its “refusal” to completely crack down on Israel, and a new unwillingness to confront Iran, have all conspired to drive America’s special relationship with Saudi Arabia to a new low, says the paper. In short, “Washington has shown itself in recent months to be an unwilling and unreliable partner.”

“U.S.-Saudi relations have soured over the past decade,” confirms the Wall Street Journal. And there is “increasing friction with the Obama administration” (May 27).

In essence, Saudi officials feel that America has proven to be at best an incompetent ally, and at worst, incapable of conducting a coherent foreign policy. The list of grievances includes America’s removal of Saddam Hussein—which not only eliminated the biggest bulwark against Iran, but also turned one of the world’s largest oil exporters into a virtual Iranian vassal state. If that wasn’t bad enough, President Obama compounded President Bush’s error by doing the same thing in Egypt by driving longtime U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak from power. In Libya, America’s interference has encouraged dissatisfied elements in Saudi Arabia to stir up trouble. Plus, if Qadhafi hangs on, he has threatened to join the Iran alliance. On the other hand, the nato-backed Libyan rebels are most well known for their radicalism—and would also be dangerously susceptible to Iranian Influence. Conversely, in Syria (Iran’s most important ally), America is doing little to support the “democratic” uprising.

More recently, America’s heavy criticism of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Bahrain may have been the last straw.

Although Western media have largely missed it, there is a gigantic power struggle going on in the Middle East—and the tiny Gulf nation of Bahrain is ground zero.

There, the 200-year-old monarchy is fighting for its survival. Massive protests have swept the little kingdom since the Tunisia uprising. About 70 percent of the populace is Shiite, while the ruling monarchy is Sunni—like the majority of Saudis.

Historically, Bahrain has at times been part of the Iranian empire, and Iran has never formally given up its claims to the kingdom. Even this year, high-level Iranian officials have made statements about retaining control of the country. This is something that Saudi Arabia cannot permit if it hopes to survive.

Although Bahrain is not a major oil exporter, almost all of Saudi Arabia’s major oil fields are located in areas close to the Bahrain border—and all these regions are majority Shiite. Saudi Arabia fears—and with good reason—that a revolution in Bahrain could easily spread to its own oil-producing regions, which are its primary source both of revenue and, more importantly, of geopolitical power. Iran knows this reality and is doing all it can to topple the Bahraini monarchy and replace it with an Iran-friendly Shiite “democracy.”

The fear of Iran, and lack of trust in America, is now so great in Saudi Arabia that it is taking action. “Saudi Arabia is rallying Muslim nations across the Middle East and Asia to join an informal Arab alliance,” writes the Wall Street Journal. The battle for Bahrain “has become a symbol of Arab defiance against Iran.”

In what Saudi Arabia said “was a message to Iran not to meddle in other nations’ affairs,” Gulf Cooperation Council (gcc) members joined Saudi Arabia in sending troops to Bahrain to counteract Iran’s push.

The Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, seems to be an alliance whose primary purpose of late is to counteract Iran. “The six-nation bloc is trying to bolster its defense,” says Middle East economist Ayesha Sabavala.

And Saudi Arabia is seeking to expand the alliance. In a sign of just how worried Saudi Arabia is, this month it reached out to Jordan to join. Jordan has twice applied for membership (most recently in 1996), but was denied both times, probably due to its more moderate approach to Israel. “There is greater uncertainty in the region and a lot of shifting alliances,” says Taufiq Rahim, a visiting fellow at the Dubai School of Government. “The nature of the Arab League is changing.”

“Greater Gulf Cooperation Council integration will lead to a more united front in terms of foreign policy in the region,” he added.

The Middle East is increasingly dividing into two opposing and distinct camps.

The first is centered around Iran and currently includes Iraq and Syria. Evidence indicates that it now also increasingly includes Egypt and may shortly incorporate Libya and the Ethiopia/Horn of Africa region too.

The second camp is the Arab alliance being assembled by Saudi Arabia.

This is exactly what is prophesied in the Bible. Psalm 83 gives us an insight into what is coming in the very near future.

This Psalm contains a prophecy of a group of nations that ally themselves together with the purpose of destroying Israel and the modern-day descendants of ancient Israel, which include America and Britain (for proof, read The United States and Britain in Prophecy by Herbert W. Armstrong). The Psalm 83 nations are distinct from a more powerful region-wide dominating power (the Iran-led camp). This prophecy is fulfilled after a German-led European power conquers Iran and its allies (Daniel 11:40-43).

Psalm 83:5-8 list who is in this non-Iranian alliance that readily allies itself with the invading Europeans. “For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur [Assyria or Germany] also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.” Here are the modern names of these nations, as taught at Ambassador College under Herbert W. Armstrong: Edom—Turkey; Ishmaelites—Saudi Arabia; Moab—Jordan; Hagarenes—anciently dwelt in the land known as Syria today; Gebal and Tyre—Lebanon; Ammon—also Jordan. This is not extremely precise, but it gives a good general idea of where these nations are today. The small Arab nations on the Arabian Peninsula making up the gcc would biblically speaking be considered part of Saudi Arabia because of their Ishmaelitish origin. Now Jordan appears to be lining up in their camp.

The reason Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia are missing from the Psalm 83 list is that they are allied with Iran when it is conquered by a German-led Europe (Daniel 11:42-43).

As we see Saudi Arabia and the other gcc member states seek to incorporate more allies to protect themselves from Iran, also watch for them to begin reaching out to Germany and the Europeans for protection.

Additionally, watch for a change in Syrian politics. Bible prophecy indicates that at the time of the Daniel 11 European invasion, Syria and Lebanon will not be allied with Iran. Since in many ways Lebanon is controlled by Syria, watch for it to abandon Iran, too.

Radical events are on the move in the Middle East. America is shrinking in influence. Iran is becoming the undisputed king of the region, and Saudi Arabia is banding together with new allies for protection. Prophecy is being fulfilled, and despite the troubles ahead, it is all leading to the best news ever: the return of Jesus Christ.

For more information on the Psalm 83 alliance, read “A Mysterious Prophecy” by Gerald Flurry.

‘Largest Audience Possible’ nearly sets record

Friday’s Trumpet Daily, “The Largest Audience Possible,” generated 134 phone calls—just three shy of the Trumpet Daily record set the previous week with “What’s Wrong With the Weather.” Previewing The Key of David on Friday’s Trumpet Daily is providing a nice boost to the overall call volume for The Key of David each weekend.

Besides telephone calls, we had another strong showing for website downloads last week. Our most popular pdf was a Trumpet Daily Series reprint we offered on last Monday’s episode: “This Is the Life! Real Abundant Living.” We had 465 downloads for that reprint, followed by 443 for “How to Be an Overcomer,” offered on Wednesday, May 25.

For the week, we distributed 2,024 pieces of literature, counting pdf downloads and requests made on the website and over the phone.

The most popular program last week, judging by views and downloads on theTrumpetDaily.com, was “Are We Living in the Last Days?” For that episode, 1,053 people streamed the program, 146 downloaded the video and another 52 downloaded the audio.

One programming note for this week’s episodes: Tomorrow, we will be repeating the very first Trumpet Daily episode: “The Book Nobody Knows.” After that, the three remaining programs for the week will be new. All of them were recorded last week.

Greece—the German Solution

Greece—the German Solution

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Germany started the Greek financial crisis—now it’s imposing its solution.

“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.”

So wrote our editor in chief in our February 2009 print edition.

That solution is now being imposed on Athens by Berlin.

As we predicted, Germany is now demanding that Greek assets be sold off in a fire sale to offset Greek debt. There is simply no alternative. Germany holds the whip hand in the eurozone and dictates conditions for the bailout of any country within the European Union. Berlin now has a complicit and compliant central banker heading the European Central Bank based in Frankfurt, the Jesuit-trained Mario Draghi. When the whole euro crisis is over, it will be game, set and match to Berlin and Rome—your Bible prophesies that result (Revelation 13).

The appointment of Draghi—already holding the top position in the most powerful financial regulatory authority, the Financial Stability Board—to the world’s most powerful central banking presidency, brings with it a vital piece of the equation that is guiding the European imperial project. It’s a piece of the equation to which the press and mass media remain blinded, yet the record—which we have been documenting for over 70 years—speaks for itself. As Gerald Flurry wrote in the article quoted above, “[T]he Vatican obviously approved of the EU plan to take more power for itself. The real power of the EU revolves around Germany and the Vatican—as it has throughout the history of the Holy Roman Empire.

“That spells real trouble for this world—as it has for over 1,500 years! Any student of European history knows about the violent past of the Holy Roman Empire.” (Read our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for insight into that history.)

Greece finds itself with no good alternatives. No amount of political or economic squirming will register now with Berlin. The chips are down and the banker is calling in the debt.

As Gerald Flurry wrote, for Greece, “There is no way out—and, according to some analysts, it was designed from the beginning to become that way. Those analysts agree with the brutal facts unfolding in Europe” (ibid.).

So, it was no surprise to read the latest insight from our friends at German-Foreign-policy.com. “German enterprises are preparing themselves to take over big Greek state companies up for sale under pressure from Berlin” (May 27; translation ours throughout).

Two Greek state assets that German business and bankers are seeking to devour are the telecommunications enterprise ote, and Athens airport. German-Foreign-Policy.com comments that German telecommunications giant Telekom “started investing in ote in 2008 with a 30 percent share. However, at the time, it had to prevail through a good deal of resistance. Beyond this, the Airport Fraport in Frankfurt am Main has declared an interest in investing in the Athens airport. Fraport is enhancing its position as one of the biggest airports worldwide” (ibid.).

German interests literally are holding Greece to ransom. They are demanding the sale of vital Greek assets in exchange for bailout money.

German-Foreign-Policy.com further comments, “While sales of Greek state property have begun, the debate about possible EU support measures for Greece continues. Experts point to the fact that Germany profits from the euro, and advise Berlin to assist Athens. However, an ever stronger faction within German industry is not convinced, due to the weakening of business within the eurozone and debate about the schism within the currency region.” German industrialists have been a vital part of the Teutonic imperial vision on two previous attempts at world dominance.

So what is going to be the end result? Greece will be forced to sell off its principal assets to survive. In the process, it will devolve to a low-cost-labor vassal state of the rising Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation! “Mediators say that Greece could be transformed, with the help of a ‘Marshall Plan,’ into a low-salary location for foreign enterprises” (ibid.).

But this will be no benevolent Anglo-Saxon Marshall Plan. No, indeed not! This will be the further ongoing enactment of a plot to bring all the nations weakened by the imposition of the European Monetary Exchange into complete subservience to Berlin and Rome.

We’ve been telling you this for years. Greece is but a prototype for other EU dominoes that will soon fall before the might of Berlin and Rome in submission to a rising, 10-nation combine which is destined to dominate not only European trade, but even global trade for its brief moment in time (Revelation 17:12).

That these unfolding events are but glaring harbingers of the imminence of our Maker’s intervention in world affairs—to arrest the prospect of global destruction that a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire will leave in its wake—is clearly prophesied in your Bible. Read our booklets The Rising Beast and Daniel Unlocks Revelation for deeper insight into these prophecies. For a vision of the great hope that they foreshadow for the future, read our book The Incredible Human Potential.

California—Carnival in Fairyland

California—Carnival in Fairyland

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The United States’ once most prosperous state teeters on the brink of collapse.

“It’s 4 a.m.!” My oldest son awoke to that exclamation one day last week as we rushed to get him to his school for a pre-dawn start to a music field trip. First they traveled to Los Angeles where he and his fellow jazz band members recorded a short album at a famed studio. Then it was off to Hollywood for a musical tour and then later to a workshop conducted by a famous area jazz icon.

“Only in America!” We’ve gotten used to saying that over the years as we’ve taken advantage of the wonderful blessings that residing in this land has offered. Where else in this world can a teenage boy soak up such spectacular experiences and be afforded such unique opportunities for growth and development than California? Tourists are often regaled with the state’s colonial history when in the 1700s the first Spanish missionaries set foot on its soil sampling the bounty of Las California, as it was named by the viceroyalty of New Spain. The conclusion of the Mexican-American war brought territorial recognition in 1848. A year or so later miners struck gold and a bevy of settlers forged new lives by traveling west in search of fortune. In 1850 California became the 31st state, and is now the third largest behind Alaska and Texas. Boasting millions of acres of farmland, California is home to famous institutions and landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Mojave Desert, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland and Hollywood.

During his trip to the United States in the summer of 1929, Winston Churchill traveled west to sample its sights and sounds. The whirlwind trip took him to Crescent City, Eureka, the Redwoods, Sacramento, San Francisco, Hearst Castle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Hollywood. In his book Churchill and America, Martin Gilbert republishes a letter written by Winston to his wife, Clementine, in which he told her, “You motor 10 miles to luncheon in one direction and 10 miles to dinner in another. The streets by night are ablaze with electric lights and moving signs of every color. A carnival in fairyland.”

Eighty-two years on from Churchill’s visit, California is a very different place. Yet in many ways it has become even more of “a carnival in fairyland.” Throughout the 1970s, California ranked seventh among the world’s economies. From 1984 to ‘85 it ranked as high as fifth. The year 2000 saw the state push ahead of Italy to number six, but it fell back one spot in 2002 when it was overtaken by China. Then in 2003 California was shoved back one more spot by Italy. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Commerce calculated this state’s gross domestic product at $1.89 trillion, which kept it in eighth place ahead of Brazil and Spain. According to EconPost, California is still the only U.S. state ranking among the top 10 economies of the world.

California feeds a nation. Its farmers account for more than half of all fruits, nuts and vegetables served on American tables. It leads the nation in agri-exports, shipping more than $6.5 billion in food and agricultural products around the world. The state grows more than 350 commodities, including all of the country’s almonds, artichokes, brussels sprout, dates, dried plums, figs, kiwifruit, strawberries, nectarines, tomatoes, olives, pistachios and walnuts. Billion-dollar commodities include milk and cream, grapes, nursery products and lettuce, along with cattle, flowers, foliage and hay. California has remained America’s number one agri-state since 1948 and lays claim to eight of America’s top 10 agricultural counties. Behind this, though, is the reality of over 3 million illegal immigrants currently in California and the reported $9 billion they cost taxpayers. Many of the state’s illegal immigrants work in the agricultural sector and, as such, enforcement of immigration law would in fact work to decimate the labor sector that largely keeps the nation’s bellies full.

Judging by these statistics, it would appear that California has a rosy future. Don’t you believe it! In 2011, California is in deep trouble. With a population of over 37.5 million, the state is in fact becoming rapidly unsustainable. These are the financial facts according to US Debt Clock.org:

  • Over 2 million workers unemployed
  • Almost 4 million citizens reliant on food stamps
  • State debt of over $370 billion—a debt to gdp ratio of 18.8 percent, equating to debt per citizen of $9,912
  • It was once known as the Golden State with its abundance, its Gold Coast and gold rush days. That all now seems but a fairy tale in “a carnival in fairyland” as the state spends billions it does not have.

    There is a saying here in the U.S., “As goes California, so goes the nation.” One is left asking the question that our editor in chief answered in an article titled “Is California Under a Curse?” Whether you know it or not, God declares in Bible prophecy to California and to all English-speaking peoples of the Earth that they are reaping the bitter fruits for sowing sin. “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed [shall be] the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou go out” (Deuteronomy 28:15-19).

    California openly and unashamedly declares its lawlessness and irresponsibility to the nation and the world. Already this year has seen former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger embroiled in a bitter divorce scandal involving an extramarital affair. His wife, related to the famed Kennedy family, has now hired a private investigator to seek out other examples of alleged extramarital affairs in which the political and Hollywood star may have been involved. In Schwarzenegger’s place sits current Gov. Jerry Brown, who also previously led the state from 1975 to 1983.

    Brown has taken over a state that is in a very different condition to that which he led three decades ago. He currently battles Sacramento lawmakers in an effort to reduce the state’s debt and its headlong rush into fiscal insolvency. In addition, the U.S. District Court’s Ninth Circuit has ruled that the state’s prison population must be cut by 33,630 hard on the heels of a recent cost-cutting law decreeing that prisoners convicted of crimes deemed “non-serious, nonviolent and nonsexual” must be released from county jails. One can but imagine the negative impact on Californian society.

    All this largely in an effort to urgently address the state’s $9.6 billion budget shortfall.

    Even Major League Baseball was forced to intervene and take over management of the famous LA Dodgers team as its owner and his wife became mired in a bitter divorce which threatens the financial stability of the franchise.

    Only last year, a San Francisco judge overturned Proposition 8 and declared same-sex “marriage” constitutional and homosexual marriage legal.

    Adding to its tainted, perverse “fairy tale,” Hollywood produces scandal after scandal as actors, directors and producers battle on and off the screen with their sex, alcohol and drug addictions.

    Amid this backdrop of a deepening financial abyss, rampant sexual scandals, accelerating crime wave, immigration crisis and a litany of other horrendous governmental, social, economic and moral issues, California struggles to breath what will, inevitably, soon become its final gasps, in the winter of its life.

    “Dad, I had no idea just how dirty, dangerous and decrepit Hollywood is. I figure it used to be beautiful once,” said my son as I picked him up later that evening from his musical field trip. He recounted sights and sounds of his one-day trip with accounts of seeing the homeless, homosexual, lesbian, alcoholic, gangster and drug-soaked detritus of the city, blatantly declaring their sin as Sodom, as the prophet wrote of these times in Isaiah 3:9.

    Musically, being an avid trumpeter, my son had a wonderful day full of privilege and opportunity. However, the impact on him of viewing evidence of the progressive demise of 37 million people attached to the eighth-largest economy in the world was undeniable. California truly is a perverse “carnival in fairyland.” The answers to its most pressing problems and search for enduring happiness cannot be found in the fairy’s fables of its famously escapist Disneyland. They rest alone in God’s eternal word of truth (John 17:17).

    Before bed that night my son picked up from his bookcase a book that provided the answers to his fresh observations and searching questions. It contains revelatory truth that will explain the reasons for what he saw on the streets of Hollywood, and the solution to not only California’s, but the whole world’s problems. It’s titled The United States and Britain in Prophecy. That lad is but one of over 6 million others who have reached for the same book to make sense of the current state of the Anglo-Saxon nations today. Read it. It will not only help you grasp the reality behind the descent of the English-speaking peoples today, it will give you firm hope for their future!

    Iran Working on Nuclear Trigger

    Iran Working on Nuclear Trigger

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    The argument that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes loses even more credibility.

    Iran has conducted work on technology to place nuclear material on a missile and detonate it, the International Atomic Energy Agency (iaea) wrote in a nine-page report published May 24.

    Documented evidence suggests that Iran has done “studies involving the removal of the conventional high-explosive payload from the warhead of the Shahab-3 missile and replace it with a spherical nuclear payload,” the report states.

    The iaea also said that it has asked Iran about evidence that it had begun “experiments involving the explosive compression of uranium deuteride to produce a short burst of neutrons.”

    This type of device would be used as a trigger for a nuclear bomb, a way of producing the neutrons necessary to start the nuclear chain reaction. Pakistan uses this method in its nuclear weapons, and China has also experimented with it, according to nuclear experts.

    Former director of the Los Alamos weapons laboratory Harold M. Agnew said, “I don’t know of any peaceful uses” of this devise.

    The director of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, David Albright, says that agency believes Iran has been working on this project for four years or more.

    “And it also shows that Iran is working on fairly sophisticated components of a nuclear weapon,” he said. “I mean there’s a much simpler way to do it. If you want to perhaps do it more secretly, you may want to go this route of uranium deuteride neutron initiator.”

    At the end of 2009, the Times of London said it had intelligence documents showing Iran was working on a uranium deuteride trigger.

    Iran claims that it is developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes—so it may have a hard time explaining what it needs a trigger for.

    The New York Times reports that “Statistics in the report also indicated that Iran has begun to recover from the effects of the Stuxnet computer worm, which first struck the country nearly two years ago in an apparent effort to cripple its production of nuclear fuel.”

    Iran’s Natanz plant is now producing low-enriched uranium at a rate slightly higher than it was when it was hit by Stuxnet.

    Another report by the iaea laid out details showing that Syria was “very likely” working on a secret nuclear reactor at the location that was later bombed by Israel in September 2007.

    Official estimates from the U.S. and Israel suggest that Iran is at least a year away from creating a bomb, and is probably seven years away.

    Expect Iran to continue to push toward building a nuclear weapon.

    The Valley of Causing Sorrow

    When ancient Israel began its conquest of the Promised Land, it had to learn a hard lesson because of the sin of one man. This lesson of Achan at Ai still applies today.