Rome’s Jesuit Hat Trick

Rome’s Jesuit Hat Trick

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Rome is about to exert powerful influence on Europe once again.

“Eurocrisis contagion out of control, all eyes on Super Mario—Mario, fire your silver bullet!”

That was one of the comments made by a cnbc commentator following the close at last Friday’s New York Stock Exchange.

During this week’s Monday afternoon coverage of the world’s stock markets by cnbc, all eyes were still centered on Europe. Commentator Brian Sullivan made what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek comment indicating that “all you have to know to understand Europe is that it has an Italian central banker and a German pope.” Well, he may not be far off the mark.

The whole world looks now to the German pope’s man presiding over the European Central Bank, Italian Mario Draghi, to come up with a rescue plan for the imploding global financial system.

But, as of Monday, Mario still held his fire. Result? The markets tanked on Monday. The blame? Escalating euro crisis!

What’s really going on behind the scenes in Europe? Why is no one yet overtly moving to “solve” this rapidly worsening financial chaos?

Who’s really pulling the European Central Bank’s strings while the whole world looks to its president Mario Draghi for an answer?

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

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

Given today’s chaotic global financial and economic scenario, an increasing number of market commentators point to such an event as being inevitable.

Just how close could that event be? And who has the answer to it?

We posit that there is one high-level group of global elites who remain unperturbed by the current global financial crisis—those who triggered it from its beginning! For they simply await the opportunity to impose their imperial solution on it.

In one of the clearest-eyed observations of the current scenario, Magellan Financial Group’s Hamish Douglass, responding to an Australian Broadcasting Commission’s interviewer, declared: “It’s our judgment that the Germans are actually fully in control of this situation …” (abc News, November 20).

Knowing the history, that has been our judgment all along. But one has to know of the strategy and its divinely revealed outcome to fully understand just what’s truly behind it all and where it is leading.

Hamish Douglass continued:

There is no doubt in order to get this on a stable footing in the long term, some very drastic action and painful action has to be taken, and I think you’re really seeing here the rise of Germany. … [W]e are seeing the rise of Germany, who is dictating policy in Europe. … Germany at the moment is running the largest trade surplus in the world. … [T]his is the rise of Germany, and because of this crisis, more power is being centered in Europe in Germany. And whilst we have others lecturing the Germans, I think the Germans think they are fundamentally in control of the situation, and that’s why I said you are seeing the rise of Germany and I just don’t think people can see it at the moment, what’s actually happening.

Yet while Hamish Douglass does see the very obvious power of Germany in all this, he apparently does not see the spiritual influence behind it. That spiritual influence was partially revealed last week in a brief allusion made to it by the European Council president, Herman van Rompuy, in a speech in honor of Prof. Paul de Grauwe: “Welcome [to] the club! Today, Mario Draghi, Mario Monti and myself are all three alumni from the Jesuits. Back to basics” (Office of the European Council President, November 17). Those basics are “Holy” Roman basics!

Van Rompuy then alluded to his two Jesuit-educated technocrat compatriots as sharing with him “an idea of a humane market economy, an area where I have always dwelled.” What they all share is the global economic vision of Rome encapsulated in Pope Benedict’s 2009 encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate.”

This hat trick of Jesuit-trained technocrats is but the tip of the iceberg. Yet another Jesuit-educated leader, Spain’s new prime minister-elect, Mariano Rajoy, will soon be added to that list.

As an aside, what is it about the names of three of these, two Marios and a Mariano? That name, be it the Italian or Spanish rendition, is derived from Mars, the pagan god of war! Add to that the meaning of Van Rompuy’s first name, the Germanic Herman, with it’s similar meaning of “war man,” and you have to ask, is this all coincidence? Perhaps so, but it’s interesting to note in the light of the prophecy contained in Revelation 12:17.

We see a team of Jesuit-trained papists emerging at senior level in the European Union, all possessing Rome’s vision of the world. Is this not extremely strong evidence that the prophesied woman of Revelation 17 is speedily mounting her prophesied “beast”?

Soon, very soon, the world will wake up to the reality that the dream of the Holy Roman elites did not die in 1945. Over time it was carefully resurrected to spread its controlling tentacles around the whole postwar European unification project and bide its time till the aristocratic elites of Rome and Berlin were ready to reveal their true hand.

That time is just about ripe.

We have been in the midst of financial crisis since 2008. The massive global financial catastrophe prophesied by Herbert Armstrong that will finally see the Holy Roman imperial phoenix arisen from the ashes of World War ii is almost completely upon us.

When it happens, let the gainsayers eat their words. Herbert Armstrong will be vindicated. The Eternal Creator of man will have His way. The enlightened will be there to rejoice at their Savior’s return to bury the Holy Roman dream forever and join with Him in raising up His glorious Kingdom of peace on Earth—forever!

Plugging Up Our Own Economy

Plugging Up Our Own Economy

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Canada wants to open the tap for a huge supply of oil to America—but we won’t let it.

What if America discovered it had a Saudi Arabia worth of oil under its own soil? It could change global energy politics overnight. At the very least, it would make the United States much less vulnerable to Middle Eastern oil powers.

Guess what? We found that oil—rather, the Canadians did. Reserves are already drilled and measured. And new advances in technology make it ours for the asking. It just needs a way to get to market.

But here is the catch: The oil is trapped in Canadian oil sands and will stay there if we can’t disentangle ourselves from a mess of special interest politicking, bickering and environmental tunnel vision.

The question went all the way to the highest office in the land. But on November 10, President Obama announced he will postpone his decision on the TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline until after the 2012 elections. With Obama’s environmentalist base at war with his labor union supporters (who want the jobs), the delay might have been a keen political move—but at the detriment of the oil project.

The Keystone pipeline was to deliver a whopping 700,000 barrels of oil a day—each and every day—for at least the next 50 years—to U.S. refineries in Texas.

Besides the thousands of construction jobs, it would have brought decades of annual revenue through transit levies and taxes for the U.S. economy. Plus it would have created thousands of operation and maintenance jobs, and thousands of new refinery jobs, and would have provided new pipeline capacity to fully harness all the new oil being produced in the massive Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana.

Best of all for consumers, all the extra supply would be almost guaranteed to push gasoline prices down.

Who doesn’t want energy security and lower gas prices?

Only radical environmentalists.

Those fighting the Keystone pipeline cited risks to Nebraska’s ecologically fragile and barren Sandhills region. Oil leaks could contaminate the groundwater there, they said.

Fair enough. There is always a risk of a leak with pipelines, even if just a small one.

So TransCanada’s alternative route skirting the Sandhills should be acceptable then? Not according to the greenies, and apparently not according to the Obama administration.

The real reason the environmentalists oppose the Keystone is because of their belief in global climate change—not their concern for the “ecologically sensitive” Sandhills. They believe, the New York Times points out, that if the oil is allowed to reach market the extra gas emissions will be “devastating for the planet.”

It doesn’t matter what route the Keystone would take. Activists don’t want a different pipeline route. They want no pipeline at all. Their goal is to replace dirty but inexpensive oil with clean but expensive renewables.

And unfortunately, the leftist green movement is driving the Obama administration. “We don’t think that we will be able to effectively mobilize our members until the president keeps his promise to fight climate change effectively and stand up to big polluters,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune told reporters late last month.

That “mobilization” means votes for Obama—badly needed this coming election year.

So the State Department, which had previously approved the Keystone pipeline, issued a newly worded statement concerning the rerouted pipeline. It would review “whether the proposed pipeline was in the national interest, considering … environmental concerns (including climate change), energy security, economic impacts and foreign policy.”

It is that phrase “environmental concerns (including climate change)” that has the environmentalists rejoicing. “In all likelihood this will kill the pipeline project,” wrote Green Conduct News.

But even if the Obama administration did not officially stop the pipeline project, the delay may produce the same effect.

In Canada there is a strong movement to diversify away from America. Canada is the only major oil producer in the world that does not have an outlet to the global oil market. And up until this time, with the U.S. being a loyal customer, none was needed.

Yet now, Enbridge’s competing Northern Gateway pipeline project to the Pacific Ocean—and the Asian market—is getting huge domestic support.

President Obama’s decision is “disappointing,” said Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. “This project would have provided thousands and thousands of jobs in the United States.”

“We hope it will still happen,” he said, but it “may mean that we may have to move quickly to ensure that we can export our oil to Asia through British Columbia.”

Shell Canada, Enbridge, and hsbc bank president Lindsay Gordon have all come down on the side of a pipeline to the Pacific. And now the heavyweights in China may be backing them too.

China has spent tens of billions snapping up large tracts of Canada’s oil sands in recent years. And now that it is mastering oil sands technology, it is also working to get the oil home. China is undoubtedly using this opportunity to capitalize on American environmentalism and apply political pressure for the pipeline to the Pacific. If Canada chooses to take its oil to the Pacific, America would be cut off from most of this oil too because environmentalists have shuttered much of California’s refining capacity.

America’s loss is China’s gain.

For Americans, that loss includes thousands of jobs, billions in revenue and gasoline savings that would trickle into almost every industry. And most importantly, it includes losing the lock on Canadian crude coming to the American market at a time of constricting global oil supplies.

In February it was reported that China was financing the construction of a railway from Venezuela through Colombia to the Pacific. It would allow Venezuelan oil to avoid the Panama Canal, which is too small for the largest of oil tankers. Currently, Venezuela provides 10 percent of America’s oil imports.

Canada is currently America’s largest oil provider. Venezuela is America’s fourth-largest oil provider. Both of these countries may soon have an alternative market with a huge appetite. This does not bode well for America, especially since oil is already near $100 per barrel.

And this was a situation that was completely avoidable.

Wouldn’t it be nice if one of our leaders would actually take a stand on his principles? If you believe your job is to save the world from something you believe is dangerous, then stand up and say “no,” we are not going to build this pipeline now or ever. But if you think that oil still needs to play an important role in the economy, then say that. But say what you believe.

More than anything, in today’s volatile and combustible world, America needs direction—it needs strong, decisive leadership.

America needs a healthful environment, but it needs a strong economy too. Leaders should stand up and be counted for their beliefs and then let the voters decide, instead of deceitfully pushing agendas while misleading supporters for political gain.

“Weak people try to force others to follow them. In this they are very strong!” wrote Gerald Flurry in his booklet Winston S. Churchill—The Watchman. “Their reasons are very weak because they don’t have the truth. That leads them to demonize those who oppose them.”

As Gerald Flurry pointed out, “That condition is rampant in American … politics today.”

That is sad, because with all the natural wealth and abundance of natural resources available to America, there is no reason America should not be the most prosperous nation on Earth. Sadly, those blessings seem to be draining away faster than oil into the sand.

Muslim Brotherhood on the Rise in Egypt and Libya

Muslim Brotherhood on the Rise in Egypt and Libya

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In April, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said, “[M]any of the Western world’s leaders see what is happening in Egypt as good news. They fail to see the strength of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood …. [T]hat radical, violent organization is about to get much more influence and control in Egyptian politics.”

In the same article, Mr. Flurry said Libya would also “make a severe and rapid turn into the radical Islamic camp.”

These statements represent a forecast of Egypt and Libya the Trumpet has long maintained, and recent headlines prove both predictions to have been accurate.

Poll: Egypt’s Islamist Parties Would Fair Best in Elections

On Sunday, the Jerusalem Post reported on a survey showing that Islamist parties are the most popular in Egypt. According to the unofficial poll, conducted on the social-networking website Facebook, 38 percent of Egyptians would vote for the Freedom and Justice Party, which is the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, and the largest and best organized of all political forces in Egypt. An additional 12 percent said they would vote for the Al-Nour party, a Salafi Islamist party.

The poll, which had surveyed 38,071 Facebook users at the time the Post’s article was published, indicated that secular and liberal parties are the least popular in Egypt. The most popular secular party was projected to receive only 2 percent of votes.

Many in the West hoped to see Egypt become a bastion of peace and democracy. But that is not what the people of Egypt want.

Muslim Brotherhood Goes Public in Libya

After being outlawed in Libya for decades, the Muslim Brotherhood conducted its first public meeting on Libyan soil last Thursday, and called for a sweeping national reconstruction effort.

Reuters reported on the landmark conference, saying, “As Libya emerges from a bloody civil war, many observers believe the next elections could pit religious political groups against secular parties, with better-organized Islamists such as the Brotherhood having a tactical advantage” (emphasis added). At the summit, Islamist leaders said they were anxious to demonstrate to the Libyan public that there is nothing sinister about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot groups, and called for other parties to rally behind them.

The Brotherhood is the most popular and best-organized political force in both Egypt and Libya, and its power in both nations is poised to rapidly increase. To understand the significance of radical Islam’s mounting power, read “Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network.”

Mubarak’s Downfall a Tragedy for Egypt’s Christians

Mubarak’s Downfall a Tragedy for Egypt’s Christians

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As Egypt descends into chaos again, watch the Coptic Christians.

At least 33 people have died in violent protests in Cairo since Saturday, according to local reports. Egypt’s Health Ministry says over 1,500 have been wounded. The protesters believe the ruling military council—the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces—isn’t doing enough to hand power back to the people.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Islamists marched peacefully through Tahrir Square. A few remained overnight in tents, and when police tried to remove them the next day other protesters supported them, leading to fights between police and protesters that spread to other cities.

As protesters call for more democracy and less military rule, it’s worth looking at how this has affected Egypt’s Christian population so far. Not just because they are a persecuted minority. The Middle East’s small and increasingly persecuted group of Christians are of great geopolitical importance.

Ninety–three thousand Copts have fled Egypt since March. After the military attacked Coptic protesters in Maspero, Cairo, in October, “it is thought that another 150,000 Copts may leave their ancestral homeland by the end of 2011,” writes André Aciman in the New York Times Sunday Review.

The events of October made a lasting impression on the Copts. “When liberal Muslims joined Coptic Christians as they marched through Cairo’s Maspero area on October 9 to protest the burning of a Coptic church, bands of conservative Muslim hooligans wielding sticks and swords began attacking the protesters,” writes Aciman. “Egyptian security forces who had apparently intervened to break up the violence deliberately rammed their armed vehicles into the Coptic crowd and fired live ammunition indiscriminately.”

“Egyptian military authorities soon shut down live news coverage of the event, and evidence of chaos was quickly cleared from the scene,” he continues. “But the massacre, in which at least 24 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded, was the worst instance of sectarian violence in Egypt in 60 years.”

The persecution still goes on. Hundreds of Copts marched last Thursday and, according to a Ministry of Health spokesman, 32 were injured.

The president of the American Coptic Association, Monir A. Dawoud, wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for protection against persecution and warning that the Muslim Brotherhood is an enemy of the United States.

But America will not be a champion for the Copts. It has already sided with the protesters. However, a new Christian champion in Europe is emerging.

This is why Coptic persecution is so significant. Persecution of Middle East Christians was one of the triggers, or excuses, for the Crusades. As radical Islam rises in power, expect the Middle East’s Christians to appeal to a Catholic European power for help.

Foreign Hackers Attack U.S. Water Plant

Foreign Hackers Attack U.S. Water Plant

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Federal investigators are examining a report that foreign hackers managed to remotely shut down a pump at a central Illinois water plant on November 8. If confirmed, this attack would be the first known foreign cyberattack on an American industrial system.

According to the Washington Post, news of the incident became public after Joe Weiss, an industry security expert, obtained a report dated November 10. This report describes how a series of minor glitches with a water pump gradually escalated to the point where the pump motor was being turned on and off frequently, causing it to burn out.

Apparently the hackers broke into a software company’s database and retrieved user names and passwords of control systems that run water plant computer equipment. Using this data, they were able to hack into the Illinois plant and attack the water pump system.

The United States has been subject to cyberattacks before, but these attacks have usually been attempts to steal information or interrupt the functioning of websites. This attack was unique in that it targeted one of the physical infrastructure systems that supply Americans with water.

The report pinned the damage on somebody using a computer registered to an Internet address in Russia. “This is a big deal,” said Weiss. “It was tracked to Russia. It has been in the system for at least two to three months. It has caused damage. We don’t know how many other utilities are currently compromised.”

Dave Marcus, director of security research for McAfee Labs, commented that the computers that control many critical systems in the United States are vulnerable to attacks that come through the Internet, and few operators of these systems know how to detect or defeat these threats.

An organized cyberattack on America’s industrial systems could easily damage sewage systems, shut down transportation lines, upset communications systems, disrupt the economy, ruin investor confidence and cause massive social chaos.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in his booklet Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet how Bible prophecy foretells of a time just ahead when violence and burning in the cities will become a common sight in America and its fellow Israelitish nations. A targeted, sustained cyberattack could play a major role in exacerbating this chaos!

For more information on the threat cyberwarfare poses to American national security and how you can escape the consequences, read “America’s Achilles Heel—and Germany” and Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

Leaked: Germany’s Latest Plan to Dominate Europe

Leaked: Germany’s Latest Plan to Dominate Europe

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Why does Germany see Ireland’s budget plans before the Irish Parliament does?

Germany wants highly-indebted eurozone countries to be subject to automatic sanctions and a European Monetary Fund to manage the bailouts, according to a German Foreign Office memo leaked to the Telegraph. Germany is plotting to make these changes in such a way that they don’t trigger a referendum in the UK.

“Further development in the area of fiscal policy in the eurozone is essential for the permanent stabilization of the euro, and also of utmost importance for the entire EU,” states the memo.

Under the proposal, nations that violate the Stability and Growth Pact could be taken before the European Court of Justice.

“To what extent persistent violation of the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact could result in intervention in the budgets of member states should be fully assessed,” says the memo. “In the discussion it has been suggested that the post of a European ‘stability commissioner’ could be established, who would have the right of direct intervention in national budgets in the event of permanent breaches of the Stability Pact, or could make suggestions for relevant Council decisions.”

If a nation receives a bailout, the European Union should have the power to veto its budget before it is presented to the national parliament, the document says. If that nation cannot stick to the terms of the bailout, “it can have concrete budgetary measures imposed upon it.”

“Furthermore, it should be checked—as a last resort—if even more stringent measures are required,” it states.

The memo also says that Germany wants to make the changes to EU treaties to affect mainly the eurozone, to try to prevent the changes triggering a referendum in the UK.

Another leak appears to demonstrate the power over national budgets that Germany has already. Reuters reports that the Bundestag budget committee received details of Ireland’s budget before the Irish Parliament did.

The possibility that Germany gets to see the Irish budget before the elected representatives of the Irish people raises important questions about who really runs Ireland.

Europe is undergoing a metamorphosis. “The old EU is finished,” writes Der Spiegel.

“Old Europe, that construct of unity housed in imposing buildings in Brussels, that visionary collection of ideas about peace, freedom and prosperity, the Europe of big words and impenetrable treaties, the Babylonian monster that spits out tons of paper in 23 languages every day, meddles in everything and tries to spoon-feed its citizens. That Europe no longer exists,” it writes.

“There are many other big thinkers in the most influential nations of the European Union, people who are hard at work developing plans for a European house, one that will be better, more democratic, more unified and more impervious to crises than today’s Europe,” it continues.

It is right in many ways. The big thinkers of Germany and the Catholic Church are hard at work developing plans for a new Europe. It will be bigger and grander, in its way, than the European Union. But look at its beginning. It will not be democratic.