Teach Your Teen to Say Hello

Teach Your Teen to Say Hello

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Young people need to learn to talk as well as they can text!
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Most people love social networking. The technology of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter is stupendous, keeping us in contact on our computers and our cell phones. Yet, there can be real problems with these technologies—especially for young people. Why? Because it can lure them into a culture of isolation.

Don’t let this happen to your son or daughter.

In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that young teens have great difficulty talking one-on-one with each other, yet will send more than 300 text messages back and forth every day. Parents should be alarmed!

Texting has become an integral part of life. Just go into a restaurant and notice how many people are texting—and not talking. You may be shocked.

Why is it that so many of our youth do not know how to say hello, or relate one-on-one with others? The answer is simple: They are not being taught these important skills. This kind of education must begin early in life, and parents must be the educators.

Here is how to ensure your teen will say hello!

Go Against the Flow

Children, tweens (adolescents) and teens need to have a strong relationship with their parents, founded on emotional warmth, touching and verbal communication. That’s far more involved than shoving a cell phone into their hands and saying, “I’ll text you later.”

In March, Good Housekeeping reported that recent medical studies show “the more hours teenagers spend using a computer or watching tv, the weaker their emotional bonds with their parents.” Quoting a 2010 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the article reported that most adolescents average 25 to 30 hours per week watching tv and using computers. Many parents insist they limit screen time, but even their children disagree.

We no longer live in the age when restricting media use means simply turning off the tv in the den. Most tweens and teens have smartphones, laptops, tablets, and iPods with them 24/7. It is growing more difficult to even measure the screen time tweens and teens are getting. Adding up the total time young people spend on their electronic devices, experts believe the numbers are staggering. The average American ages 8 to 18 spends over seven hours a day looking at some kind of screen, a Kaiser Family Foundation study reports. Five years ago, when that same study was conducted, its coauthor Donald Roberts believed children’s screen time couldn’t rise any higher. “But it just keeps going up and up,” he now says.

Don’t let television and gadgets bring up your children.

Your children need your love. They need you to be deeply involved in their lives. This is the first and most important step in the social education process: Children learn how to relate to others from parents who spend a lot of time with them.

If you provide all the latest computer gadgets for your child, you will limit valuable companionship time with your child.

Youths Need Activities

Parents should take the responsibility to provide an affordable, exciting and interesting social life for their children. Youth need to be actively involved with other young people and adults. During a child’s infant years, his or her social life is very simple: playtime with Dad and Mom. When parents play frequently with their children—having fun, laughing, talking and teaching—children develop a positive outlook, social confidence and competence. Children who experience consistent parental involvement are warm and friendly to other children and adults, making the establishment of future relationships easy.

As a child grows through the adolescent years, parents must widen his social experience. This means getting your child involved with other children. What are some of the best social activities to provide your child? Team sporting activities top the list. It is becoming uncommon for many children to be out of doors playing, let alone doing team sports. Too many children are indoors playing computer games, texting their friends or watching television. This is one of the major reasons why so many of our young people are unhealthy and overweight—and why their social lives are equally unhealthy.

Of course, if you want your children to be active, you need to be active yourself.

Encourage your child to participate in team sports. This will open up many practical opportunities for developing social skills. Team sports teach, emphasize and reinforce vital social skills such as cooperation, following directions, leadership, sharing and teamwork, skills that greatly enhance a child’s success in life. When learned early, they are even more valuable.

Other group activities will also help your child socially: marching band, orchestra, chess club, scouting—the possibilities are just about endless.

Choose Friends Wisely

Getting your child involved in social activities does not mean that you can step out of the picture. In fact, when your child gets involved with other children, you will need to be even more involved. This becomes most important in the teen years. When your teen interacts with other teens, challenges and difficulties are sure to arise.

There is no one better for your child to talk things over with than you. All youth, especially teenagers, need to know that their parents have a special interest in them. Give your son or daughter ample time to talk with you about what is going on in his or her life. Give constructive guidance on how to get along with others. Be sure to discuss with your child the personal weaknesses he must overcome in himself. Above all, show him his strengths and how he can build on them. When you show this kind of real interest in your teen, you may be surprised how readily he will turn to you when he needs help.

When teens are actively involved with other teens, parents must provide guidance on how to choose friends wisely. This is so much better when your child knows them in person: Making new friends on the Internet is really a dangerous activity—especially for children, tweens and teenagers. Who has not been thoroughly disgusted by news reports of young people being kidnapped, abused and murdered by a sexual predator posing as another child on the Internet? Parents must monitor carefully all online chatting. Insist that your teenager only make friends with those young people you both know.

Fully involved parents not only know their children, they know their children’s friends. In fact, involved parents help their children choose their friends.

Besides attending your child’s activities, the best way to get to know your child’s friends is to have them into your home for an activity. As you get to know your child’s friends, be sure to teach your child to associate only with teens who have high goals and good character. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’” (1 Corinthians 15:33; English Standard Version). Another teen’s bad character could do significant harm to your teen.

Sponsor Coed Activities

One enjoyable in-home activity you could sponsor is a board-game night. If you plan a game night for your tween or teen, provide a mixture of boys and girls. This will ensure that your child learns how to communicate with, relate to and respect members of the opposite sex.

When choosing a game, look for one that will get all the players actively involved. Find a game that challenges the participants to think, to exchange ideas—in other words, to talk. Make sure all cell phones, smartphones, iPods and iPads are turned off and out of sight.

Be sure to give your full attention to any activities involving mixed company. Allowing a group of teenagers to hold activities on their own can lead to real trouble. Drinking, abusing drugs and illicit sex can do far worse than mar an evening—they can ruin an entire life.

During these group activities, take the time to notice how your child relates to his or her peers. Then be sure to talk about the activity when it has ended. If your child was shy, tell her so. If he was domineering, discuss that as well. If your child did not work to get along with everyone present, show how that impacted the other teens. Teach him how to be loving and giving to others. Make it your goal to have your children be respected and liked by their peers—for all the right reasons.

Practice Inside Family

It is important that parents teach their tweens and teens how to greet and converse with adults. Young people must be taught how to be warm and friendly with adults. Many teens today will hardly look at an adult, let alone talk with one.

Your children can practice conversation skills with adults they feel most comfortable with. Sadly, because there is such a criminal element in our society, the safest way to do this is to begin the education process with grandparents, aunts and uncles—adults you know well.

Besides talking about their day with you, your children should be able to discuss the events of their day with other adults. When asked, “How was your day?” your child should be able to respond with more than a one-word sentence. He should be able to engage in small talk, telling what happened to him at school or at a sporting event. He should feel at ease telling another adult what he is excited about. You should encourage your child to talk with other adults often.

Such conversation skills are more valuable than most people realize. They will greatly add to your children’s success in their future careers. They will develop their character and help them grow to become contributing members of society. The stability of any culture hinges on the ability of its people to relate to one another in mature, responsible ways.

The best environment for teaching social skills to children is inside the family. Children cannot learn these vital skills on their own. God charges all parents to nurture their children to become successful members of society (Proverbs 22:6). To become successful, your child has to know how to say hello.

Russia’s Dark Rider

Russia’s Dark Rider

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The stage is set for Vladimir Putin to take on a new role.
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

The final count had Vladimir Putin crushing all his rivals with 63.6 percent of the March 4 vote for Russia’s president. Yes, he rigged the elections a little. After all, it is Russia. There, even if a strongman’s victory is certain, he still pulls some levers behind the scenes, if only out of political tradition. But monitoring agencies agree that, even without cheating, Putin would still have garnered about 53 percent of the vote—placing him head and shoulders above the second-place contender’s 17 percent.

Thus, Mr. Putin has made his rule of Russia official once again, and Russians, by and large, are happy about it. But that doesn’t mean that Putin is returning to the Kremlin exactly as he left it.

At his victory rally in Moscow Square, Putin gently wept (his spokesman insisted his tears were the result of wind, not emotion) as he spoke to multitudes of flag-waving citizens. He said their decision to reelect him was “a sign of Russia’s growing political maturity.” A few days earlier, Dmitry Medvedev—still Russia’s official president until May—had said Russian society is growing up.”

Is the Russian bear maturing? Certainly, change is under way in Russia.

A ‘White Rider’ Resurrects a Dead Empire

When Putin took the reins in 2000, Russia had fallen into chaos after the Soviet collapse and resulting financial crisis; the nation was threatened internally and externally. But the former kgb agent aggressively consolidated the country socially, politically and, above all, economically. During Putin’s eight years in the Kremlin, Russia’s industry increased by 76 percent and investments grew by 125 percent. Real incomes of Russian citizens grew by over 100 percent, and the average salary increased from $80 per month to $640, a staggering sevenfold. The middle class swelled from 8 million to more than 55 million, and the percentage of Russians living below the poverty line fell from 30 percent to 14 percent. Moscow’s oil exports steadily climbed throughout Putin’s presidency, and in 2009, Russia overtook Saudi Arabia to become the world’s top energy exporter.

The advancements were stark, and the nation rallied around Putin as Russia’s “savior,” with many even espousing the belief that he is the heartbeat of Russia.

Constitutional term limits mandated that Putin leave office in 2008, and he officially handed the reins to Medvedev. But he assumed the position of prime minister and remained Russia’s de facto ruler throughout Medvedev’s term. Though most facets of Russian life continued to improve, dissatisfaction with Moscow’s leadership began to emerge in some circles. The dissatisfaction gave way to some dissent, and many pundits have regarded it as evidence that the “savior Putin” days are over.

Is a ‘Slavic Spring’ Under Way?

The dissent became stark in September of last year when Prime Minister Putin and President Medvedev somewhat casually announced that, come election time, they would swap places, returning the presidency to Putin. The anti-democratic nature of the announcement soured the mood of some Russians, and the popularity of Putin’s United Russia party slid. In the December 2011 parliamentary election, United Russia lost its supermajority in the Duma. The week after the vote, demonstrations against alleged election rigging started stirring and coalesced in a December 24 rally of over 80,000 protesters.

Some nations, especially the United States, strive to paint this uproar as evidence that Putin and the Russian bear are weakening. Western groups have openly supported the anti-Kremlin movements, and Western journalists have rushed to interview Russia’s minority of smart, English-speaking, self-confident opposition supporters—while ignoring the less-affluent majority. In one instance revealing the Western media’s exaggeration of Russia’s protests, Fox News “accidentally” aired video footage of fierce riots in Athens, Greece, while reporting on what was actually a peaceful rally in Moscow.

The truth is that the various anti-Kremlin protest groups have never blended into a unified force that could threaten Putin’s reelection. The demonstrators—everything from free-market reformers and radical feminists to unapologetic Communists and far-right ultranationalists—are not at all linked in their ideologies or goals. Despite Western hopes that Russia’s protest movements are signs of a “Slavic Spring,” the hodgepodge is far less like the effectual Middle Eastern uprisings than it is like the flaccid Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Russians who hate Putin are mostly from among the urban elite in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and they loudly criticize him from atop their ivory towers. But the average low-income Russians in Omsk, Dagestan and Chechnya and beyond continue to view Putin as Russia’s savior. They are the silent majority who made their support inescapably clear during the March elections. These politically silent masses have seen their incomes dramatically increase since 2000, and they can’t but attribute their improved standard of living to Putin’s leadership.

Russia is still overwhelmingly supportive of the white rider who lifted the nation from the doldrums of the Soviet collapse. But has that white rider now served his purpose?

The Russian Cycle

A look back through the annals of Russian history reveal that the country operates on a four-phase cycle. First comes a national calamity—usually the result of foreign invasion or poor internal planning. Second, from out of the ruins emerges an idealistic “white rider” ushering in an era of the thing Russians crave most: national stability. Third, after the white rider succumbs to political frustration, he hands the reins of rulership to a dark rider—bent on internal control and external aggression. The dark rider ruthlessly quashes domestic opposition and expands Russia’s unsecurable borders until the overextended empire collapses into the final phase: stagnation and decline. It declines until finally collapsing into the first phase of calamity once again, and so the cycle goes.

Where is Russia in this cycle now?

In the 1990s, Russia suffered great national calamity with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Then, Putin emerged as the heroic white rider to resuscitate the dying bear. But Russia’s changing landscape indicates that the white rider phase is rapidly nearing its end.

Does this mean White Rider Putin is soon to be replaced by another Russian ruler—a dark rider? Or does Mr. Putin have something else in mind?

In 2007, as it became clear that Putin would install a puppet ruler in the Kremlin while he plotted his return to official rule, Stratfor wrote this about the Russian cycle: “Russia’s current white horse period is coming to an end. Putin’s efforts to stabilize Russia have succeeded, but his dreams of Westernizing Russia are dead. The darkness is about to set in. … In particularly gloomy periods in Russia’s past (which is saying something) the white rider himself actually has shed his idealism and become the dark rider.”

These were sobering words in 2007, and much more so now that Putin has confirmed all suspicions that his departure from the Kremlin was temporary and largely artificial.

Even during Putin’s white rider days, his economic sunshine often cast dark political shadows. He restructured Russia’s political architecture to amass his personal power, he created policies whereby the Kremlin can prevent whomever it pleases from participating in politics, and he altered the constitution to expand presidential terms from four years to six—just in time for his next term. Putin is no stranger to corruption, and now the stage is set for him to exchange his white robes for black.

Putin is well aware of Russia’s changing political landscape. It may not be “maturing” as he and Medvedev recently said it is, but it is changing, and he will use the change to his advantage.

In February, Stratfor wrote this of the shift under way in Russia: “[M]uch of the generation now coming of age was not raised under the Soviet Union or during the chaotic years immediately following its collapse. An extremist brand of nationalism has also risen across the country, leading more Russians to have no interest in a balanced government. … Now [Putin] is beginning to form a strategy to deal with the crises in the short term and formulate long-term political and social policies to take into account the shifts in Russia” (February 1).

In 2004, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained that the most significant aspect of Russia’s resurgence would be its catalytic effect on European unification: “A more dictatorial Russian government is coming fast …. That power will be able to challenge Europe when nobody else can, including the U.S. … Russian elections have recently moved President Vladimir Putin much closer to becoming a dictator. This strikes intense fear in Europe. The Europeans still remember how violent Russia was in World War ii, and Russia is a close neighbor with massive piles of nuclear weapons. … The Russian election is triggering a fear that will hasten the uniting of the European Union. The Russian election will cause Germany and other European nations to want a stronger leader. Throughout history, Germany has often sought a strong leader. Bible prophecy says it will do so again—for the last time!” (January 2004).

As Vladimir Putin enters into the Kremlin once again, he does so with more power than any Russian since the collapse of communism. And the stage is set for him to take on a new and much more dictatorial role.

History proves that once a dark rider becomes Russia’s ruler, he uses every possible measure to secure the nation: Domestic challengers are crushed, economic life is completely subjugated to Moscow’s needs, and Russia’s military is built up with the goal of securing and expanding the nation’s borders. Putin has long been working to rebuild Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery, and analysts believe his reelection will intensify these efforts. Such moves in Moscow will frighten Russia’s European neighbors and hasten their unification.

Although these trends have sobering implications for the short term, biblical prophecy makes plain that they immediately precede the most hope-filled event ever to occur: the return of Jesus Christ! To understand how today’s headlines about Russia intricately connect to this awesome future, order a free copy of our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

Beheading Mexico

Beheading Mexico

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Decapitation. Rape. Murder. Mass corruption. National chaos and destruction. If only America’s illicit drug users knew the cost of their love for getting high.
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Imagine. You’re sitting on a bus, listening to music, staring sleepily out at the Mexican countryside. Suddenly, the bus screeches to a halt, and there follows a lot of shouting and some random gunshots. Seconds later, gun-wielding gangsters board the bus and demand the passengers get off.

The terrified travelers are divided into groups. The elderly are promptly executed, shot in the head in full view of the onlookers. Next, select women are pried from the arms of their children and one another and dragged kicking and screaming behind the bus. Everyone knows their fate. The old are gone, the women and children are dead or paralyzed with shock. Attention turns to the able-bodied males.

The men are herded into a group and surrounded by smirking, laughing cartel members. Each man is given a weapon: a rusty old knife, a machete, a framer’s hammer; the unlucky are handed a stick or rock. Now armed, the bewildered men are told to fight. Not the monsters from the cartel—one another.

Their hands tremble with fear. They hesitate to kill an innocent man, someone they were chatting with only minutes earlier. But the men quickly realize that the only way to survive is to kill. Soon these normal men—husbands and fathers, farmers, bricklayers and factory workers—become callous gladiators. Unskilled in the act of murder, their arms flail wildly. Chunks of human flesh fly, the dust turns deep red, and hemorrhaging bodies begin to collapse. Thirty minutes later, all that remains is a handful of blood-soaked, exhausted, hollow-eyed men. The victims are now victors.

The criminals, members of Mexico’s deadliest cartel, Los Zetas, whoop and holler and sing Mexican folk songs as they pile the corpses in the ditch beside the road. They’re elated. They’ve grown a little richer, satiated their lusts, and now they’ve stolen some new recruits. In the coming days, each male captive will be given a mission: infiltrate enemy cartel territory, assassinate rival cartel members, go to war with the Mexican Army, or get saddled with drugs and dispatched across the border into America. No matter the assignment, each will meet the same end: death.

Tierra de Horror

The above scenario is not fictional. It happened, and was recounted to U.S. authorities last year by a drug trafficker. As difficult as it might be to imagine, horrific acts like this are occurring regularly. Not in Afghanistan, or Iraq, or Zimbabwe, but right across America’s southern border, in a nation adored by Americans for its cheap beer and enticing beach resorts. This is Mexico’s ugly side: extreme barbarity, kidnappings, rape, torture, deep-rooted corruption, and a total breakdown of civilization.

It’s the Mexico most Americans rarely see and seldom think about—even though America is causing it!

Over the past six years, more than 47,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico. In 2006, there were 2,119 cartel-related murders. In 2010, it was 15,273. The 2011 total is expected to add up to somewhere around 17,000. Between the cartel-versus-cartel bloodbaths and the cartels-versus-Mexican military battles, Stratfor says, “Some parts of Mexico can credibly be described as a war zone” (March 5).

The violence exists in every corner of Mexico and runs the gamut of sadistic. Murder victims who are shot once or twice and die quickly are considered lucky. Some of the favored forms of murder among the cartels include decapitation (after which the victims’ heads are often paraded in public spaces as a warning), disfigurement and dismemberment (including cutting open the victim’s chest and ripping out his heart), and burying the victim alive head-first.

Some cartels kill so many victims that they have a department devoted to corpse removal. For the Tijuana Cartel, dealing with dead bodies was the job of Santiago Meza López, until he was arrested in 2009. Known as “The Stewmaker,” López was famous for the thoroughness with which he performed his job. He’d fill a 55-gallon drum with water, dump in two sacks of caustic soda, bring it to a boil over an open fire and then dump in dead bodies one after another. Within eight hours the only remains left were teeth and bones. He disposed of hundreds of bodies this way.

Victims of these horror stories include local, state and federal government employees, law enforcement officers, uncooperative businessmen and informants and witnesses—not to mention drug dealers and cartel rivals. Beyond the intentional killings, thousands of innocent Mexicans in towns and cities across the nation have been caught in the crossfire, wounded and killed. The cartels are fearless and have no regard for authority. They start gun battles in broad daylight in downtown areas of cities, or in neighborhoods filled with elderly and children. Drug-related violence is so common, many schools have drills in which children are taught to dive to the floor in order to dodge flying bullets.

The violence is all the worse because of the cartels’ weapons: tons of high-powered ak-47s, ar-15s and .50 caliber rifles. Oftentimes even the lowliest gangster has access to assault rifles, high-tech telescopes, infrared goggles, grenades, grenade launchers and high-caliber ammunition. According to stats released by both the U.S. and Mexican governments, 80 to 90 percent of the weapons used by Mexico’s drug cartels come from the U.S. Providing cartels with weapons is a multimillion-dollar racket, and U.S. residents are purchasing state-of-the-art weapons and selling them to the cartels, which then smuggle them into Mexico.

Mexico a Failed State

This is a grave situation that is bringing destruction, suffering and death to Mexicans everywhere—and maybe the nation itself. By definition, a successful sovereign government must be able to maintain control over its territory, and preserve the general peace in states and towns and cities. In Mexico, enormous chunks of territory are basically controlled by drug cartels, while countless local and federal government departments have either been infiltrated by cartel members, or are on the payroll of one or more cartels. In some regions and cities, Mexican authorities flat-out lack the loyal manpower, judicial control or simply the courage to administer justice and uphold the rule of law.

Take Mexico’s justice system. It is so out of hand that even if a cartel member is actually arrested, brought before a judge not on the payroll of the cartel, sentenced by a judge who doesn’t fear reprisal, and put in jail, he still has no reason to stop. Why? Because as Pedro Arellani, an expert on Mexico’s prisons, explained, “The authorities no longer control the prisons—the drug lords do.”

Last February, inmates at a state prison in Apodaca rioted and broke free. It turns out the riot was initiated by members of the Los Zetas cartel. During the melee, Zetas inmates killed more than 40 members of a rival cartel before escaping. When authorities investigated the prison break, they found that the prison guards had been bought off by the drug cartel. In a 2009 prison break, security cameras caught 53 prisoners belonging to Los Zetas literally strolling from prison as the guards stood by and watched.

In July 2010, it was discovered that guards at a prison in Durango were allowing cartel members to leave jail temporarily so they could carry out hit jobs commissioned by their employers. After murdering their victim, inmates would return to the sanctuary of their cell. For cartel members, Mexico’s prisons are more like hotels than jails. Should they end up in jail, cartel members, especially high-ranking leaders, are allowed to wear designer clothing, given access to cell phones and the Internet, and enjoy perks such as fine food, alcohol, flat-screen televisions, and regular visits from wives, girlfriends and prostitutes.

Ted Galen Carpenter suggests that “Mexico’s notoriously corrupt prison system … is now totally out of control. Whichever drug cartel is ascendant in any given region appears to exercise far more power than the Mexican government in those institutions” (National Interest, March 5; emphasis added throughout). If you belong to a cartel, the threat of jail time isn’t even the slightest incentive to give up criminal activity.

Mexico’s prisons aren’t punishment, they are sanctuaries.

What do you call a nation in which drug cartels have infiltrated the justice system and run the prisons, the very institutions created to suppress criminal activity?

A failed state.

Coming to América

If you live in America, there’s a chance you’ve heard a little about Mexico’s drug wars. But what you probably haven’t heard much about is the fact that Mexico’s cartels—including Los Zetas, which hijacked the busload of innocent Mexicans—are deeply entrenched in the United States.

It’s not your fault if you don’t know. The U.S. government and mainstream media have been astonishingly silent about this issue. This is an angle to this story perhaps as significant as the cartel violence and infiltration itself.

In 2008, the U.S. Justice Department warned that “Mexican dtos [drug trafficking organizations] are the most pervasive organizational threat to the United States. They are active in every region of the country and dominate the illicit drug trade in every area ….”

That was four years ago.

Today, Mexican drug cartels have established a foothold in every U.S. state. They are active in more than one thousand American cities.

In a 2009 interview with a local cnn station in Atlanta, William Newell, the special agent in charge of the Phoenix branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (atf), explained the ultimate ambition of the cartels. This warning, from an official stationed on the front lines of the drug war, ought to have deeply alarmed the U.S. government and made prime-time national news. The goal of the cartels, Newell warned, “is to come to the United States and take over.”

Why aren’t Americans being told about this by the White House and the media?

The way these cartels take over “is very violent,” Newell said. “We’re seeing signs of people being tortured and brutally beaten all across the U.S.,not just along the southwest border.” In August 2008, five bodies were discovered in an apartment in an affluent neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama. The victims had been tortured before being murdered by cartel members. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Gregory Borland worked the case and told reporters the violence was at a “level we’ve never seen before.”

“People make themselves feel better by saying, that’s not really a part of my world,” Borland said. “[O]ne of my jobs is to say, ‘No, it is a part of your world.’”

The number of cartel-related deaths inside America isn’t high—yet. But this isn’t a crisis of numbers—it’s about the presence of exceptionally violent drug cartels inside America and their goal to “take over.” They aren’t hanging people from bridges or decapitating Americans by the hundreds, but all of Mexico’s largest cartels—the Sinaloa Federation, Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana, the Gulf Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, the Tijuana Cartel—are operating in America’s major cities, from Phoenix to New York City, Boise to Anchorage.

Large cities such as Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New York, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego are drug hubs. Cartels transport bulk loads of cocaine, marijuana and meth to warehouses in these cities where they re-process, re-package and dispatch the drugs to smaller markets. “The same folks who are rolling heads in the streets of Ciudad Juarez are operating in Atlanta,” warned Jack Killorin, the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In America, “they are just better behaved.”

For now.

In Cartel, Sylvia Longmire gives an eye-opening glimpse into this crisis: “[F]or [Americans] living in or near a decent-sized metropolitan area, chances are pretty high that their hometown is infested with drugs being managed by one of the Mexican cartels.” If you live in a decent-size American city, chances are you’re sharing roads and stores and restaurants with Los Zetas and the other cartels!

In many cities, the cartels have teamed up with local gangs and criminal organizations. The gangs provide the cartels with storage and transportation, and the cartels supply the gangs with a wholesale supply of drugs. These are deadly relationships. In an interview with Lou Dobbs, Stratfor intelligence expert Fred Burton warned, “Street violence in Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York City or Washington, d.c., is directly attributable to the violence that’s taking place in Mexico. Meaning, the cartels are working with criminal gangs inside the United States,and they’re carrying out these violent murders and crimes on the streets of America.”

That’s quite a headline: “Mexican Drug Cartels Operating on America’s Streets.”

So why haven’t we seen it from the White House, or the New York Times or Fox News?

So far, cartel-related violence tends to be worse in regions and cities close to the southern border. Some areas of U.S. territory along the border are actually controlled by the cartels. In these areas, cartel gunmen are stationed on hills and ridges, monitoring the border with high-tech binoculars and shooting dead any illegals who dare to cross onto U.S. soil without cartel approval.

Is this America’s strategy for dealing with illegal immigration—subcontracting border control to the drug cartels?

This also raises the question of American sovereignty. Can a nation that cedes control of its border and territory to an outside power really be considered sovereign?

Right now, it’s in the best interest of cartels operating in the U.S. to lie low. With so much money at stake, they try to avoid local and federal authorities, resorting to violence only when absolutely necessary. But how long can we expect it to remain like this?

Think about the deadly concoction festering in hundreds of U.S. cities: growing unemployment, especially among the youth; gang violence and organized crime; racial tension; rising food prices; political animosity and ideological division. Now, add to that mix some of the most vicious organizations on the planet.

It’s another horrific crisis waiting to explode.

It’s likely to be okay as long as the cartels inside the U.S. are left to ply their trade. But what happens when they want to expand, or the gangs get testy, or another cartel pushes in on their territory—or state or federal authorities decide to crack down? In Mexico, the violence began to intensify in 2006, when President Felipe Calderón decided to confront the cartels. Over the past six years, Calderón has employed tens of thousands of soldiers to combat the cartels. But instead of solving the problem, Calderón’s commendable attempt at justice has resulted in more chaos, more murders, more kidnappings, and more mass graves.

Imagine the anarchy and violence if the U.S. government decided to take on the cartels.

Then again, imagine the inevitable violence if America continues to cede its southern border, inner cities and leafy neighborhoods to Mexico’s drug lords.

Americans Get High, Mexicans Die

Meet Billy. He’s an American college student who likes to get together with his buddies and smoke a little weed, or on occasion, snort a little cocaine. Billy doesn’t go “overboard.” He never sells drugs, or steals cars, or robs the elderly to support his hobby. In his mind—and the minds of many Americans—his drug use is simple, cheap fun, and mostly harmless.

Truth is, Billy is an ignorant, selfish fool whose actions are killing people. Neither Billy nor the millions of Americans like him give any thought to the poor Mexican farmers forced at gunpoint to grow marijuana or poppy crops. Or the barbaric cartels that supply him with this dope. Or the wreckage these cartels are causing in Mexico: collapsed businesses, abandoned towns and cities, countless mothers who fear letting their children play in the front yard. Or the tens of thousands who have been killed, kidnapped or wounded in drug-related violence. Or the brave U.S. border agents doing battle with drug cartels.

Obsessed with his own gratification, Billy the American doesn’t realize he’s the cause of so many of Mexico’s dire problems.

This crisis exists because there are tens of millions of Billys in the U.S. About 119 million Americans have used an illicit substance at least once. That’s 47 percent of Americans over the age of 13. In its 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discovered that roughly 22 million Americans over the age of 12 were regular drug users, meaning they’d consumed an illicit drug in the previous month.

Nearly 9 percent of Americans use illicit drugs regularly.

The study found that 17 million people abuse marijuana, an increase of about 7 percent since 2007. The survey also found that drug use among teens and college-age students is increasing. About 22 percent of 18-to-25-year-olds use drugs, along with 10 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds. Whether it’s folks like Billy looking to get high only occasionally or hardcore Skid Row addicts craving their daily fix, America’s appetite for drugs like marijuana, cocaine and meth is almost beyond imagination.

For Mexico’s drug cartels, this is one colossal opportunity.

In 2006, the National Drug Intelligence Center estimated that the cartels take anywhere from $8 to $35 billion per year from American customers. With billions of dollars up for grabs, there’s nothing these cartels won’t do: take over prime agricultural regions; import massive armories of high-powered U.S. weapons; battle rival cartels; war against the Mexican army; bribe or murder thousands of Mexican government employees; destroy entire towns and cities; claim parts of an international border; even set up camp right inside every major American city. They’re prepared to wreck a sovereign nation of 112 million people.

All so Americans can get high!

Ending the Drug War

It can be easy to look at Mexico’s drug trade and its corollary problems and be utterly overwhelmed and discouraged. Today, many experts generally agree with Sylvia Longmire, an expert on the subject, who believes Mexico’s drug war “cannot be won.” It “must be viewed as a conflict that can only be managed,” she writes.

Pragmatic. Understandable. Hopeless.

She and others are advocating a strategy that will only ever deal with the effects of the problem, and never address the cause. Granted, solving the cause of Mexico’s drug wars—quenching America’s appetite for illicit drugs—is a Mt. Everest-sized challenge. But it is the only permanent solution.

America has tried to cure itself of its addiction to illicit drugs for years. It has tossed billions of dollars at the problem. It has created all sorts of new agencies to discourage drug use. It has trained a small army of doctors, nurses and counselors to specialize in drug abuse. It has produced countless anti-drug ads and handed out millions of pamphlets in schools and universities.

Yet Americans still love their drugs.

Why? First, every attempt at stopping drug use is undermined by a culture that glamorizes drugs. The government can prattle on all it wants, but the message coming from the true authorities in American life—Hollywood stars, tv personalities, pop music icons—is that recreational drug use is hot and hip. Drug use is rampant in high schools and colleges because many parents and teachers and professors—themselves ex-hippies and recreational drug users—accept and embrace it as a rite of passage for the teenager and college student.

The government can throw trillions of dollars at the problem, but America’s desire for drugs will never be quenched as long as its culture considers drug use trendy and sophisticated!

Most importantly, America’s cultural acceptance of illicit drugs is a function of its overall rejection of absolute law and morality.

The laws and values that once formed the foundation of American justice and morality—laws rooted in the Bible and embraced by most Americans—are now considered irrelevant and passé. In modern America, there’s no absolute authority on morality, no broadly accepted body of laws to govern human conduct. No person or government or Higher Being is thought to have the authority to define right and wrong in human behavior. Modern America is an amoral, government-hating, lawless society.

When it comes to morality, to right and wrong, Americans believe that each individual has the inalienable right to form his own opinion. He can define right and wrong. Self-mastery, restraint, moral uprightness, integrity, lawfulness—values that would prevent drug use—have been pushed aside or destroyed. These fundamentally Christian virtues have been replaced with new-age “values” of permissiveness, tolerance and instant self-gratification.

For most Americans, recreational drug use simply isn’t morally or spiritually wrong.

America’s appetite for drugs is the result of a spiritual sickness. This sickness is detailed in the first chapter of Isaiah, among many other prophecies. God likens Israel (the prophetic term for America) to an ox or donkey. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord has spoken. Sons have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people does not understand” (Isaiah 1:2-3; Revised Standard Version). Modern America is dumber than an ox, which at least knows that it must rely on its master for nourishment and protection.

There was a time America recognized the existence of God and embraced many of the principles and laws outlined in the Bible. As a result, many had purpose and a certain clarity in their lives. Most people didn’t need illicit drugs! They had a moral compass that directed them away from such activity.

That time is over. America has rejected God’s laws and the morality that once underpinned American culture, families and institutions. The result of this rejection of God and His law is obvious. “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. … The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and bleeding wounds” (verses 4-6; rsv).

America’s exile from God has left it morally and spiritually sick!

Lacking guidance and nourishment from a Supreme Authority, modern America is aimlessly seeking happiness by groveling in its vices, including drug use. Because you’ve left me, God continues in Isaiah, “Your country lies desolate, your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence aliens devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by aliens” (verse 7). “Aliens” means strangers, foreigners.

God warned 2,500 years ago that foreigners—like Mexico’s drug cartels—would prey on America if it forsook Him!

As you watch the travesties prophesied in Isaiah 1 unfold, don’t forget why they are happening. The most important part of Isaiah 1 is verses 2 and 3, which explain why America is sick and suffering these horrible plagues. The reason this nation is morally, spiritually and even physically sick is that it is cut off from God!

To those willing to accept this reality, the cure is simple. God gives it in Joel 2: “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil” (verses 12-13).

That’s it! That is the solution to America’s drug addiction, and to Mexico’s drug wars. That is how we can stop Mexico’s collapse, how we can eradicate the cartels from American cities, how we can stop the torture, the rape, the beheading, the mass murder. That’s how we can ensure busloads of people are no longer terrorized by sadistic thugs.

If we would only turn to God, to His laws and truth, to His pure, wholesome, happy lifestyle—and away from fleeting drug-induced moments of euphoria—then the chaos and anarchy and violence would end. In Mexico, in the United States—and across the world!

Cleansing the German Conscience?

Cleansing the German Conscience?

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The nation’s elites are going all-out to admit Germany’s past guilt—why?
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Some denied it. Many knew it, but for decades it was still too taboo to talk about. Now, the German government has acknowledged it outright: After the Nazis lost World War ii, the new government of Germany was filled with—Nazis. Government officials with ties to the Nazi Party “were the rule rather than the exception,” Deutsche Welle reported on March 3.

Students of this subject have known for years that the postwar Adenauer government was riddled with Nazis. Since 1961, when T.H. Tetens published The New Germany and the Old Nazis, it has been common knowledge that “Hitler’s own” managed to return to power in almost every walk of life: industry, banking, education, foreign office, police, the courts and especially Germany’s postwar secret service. All after the Nazi scourge was defeated and supposedly eliminated by the Allies.

Now this is becoming more and more well documented and well known. And German leaders are reacting. But not the way you might think. Berlin is undertaking a thorough investigation of this dark chapter in its history and is publicly airing the details. Why? And, after waiting almost 60 years to mount such an investigation, why now?

Cover-Up

The fact that masses of Nazis penetrated Germany’s postwar government was well known to the U.S. government. However, after the war, Russia emerged as an overt hegemonic power intent on global domination, and America’s foreign policy quickly became stridently anti-ussr. That Nazi element within Germany was viewed as being powerfully resistant to the encroachment of Soviet communism during the Cold War.

Thus, the Allies, of all people, actually went to great effort to cover up these Nazi roots of Germany’s postwar administration.

The upshot was this: Nazi war criminals were released en masse from Allied-controlled prisons, their sentences commuted. Unrepentant Nazi-oriented persons carefully merged back into German society.

Less than 15 years after the Allies defeated the Nazis, Kurt Tauber observed in the New York Times Magazine that Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s leadership oversaw “the return to social, economic and political power of precisely those commercial and industrial elites who supported a megalomaniac imperialism under the [Hitler] empire” (Dec. 27, 1959).

Getting rid of Hitler did not get rid of the German aristocratic elite, nor did it terminate their pursuit of a new Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. After the war, these elites were quickly returned to positions of power and influence in German society. Though they failed to resurrect their old imperialist vision with Hitler, they would try again—this time in the guise of a European union.

We have seen this vision playing out in the headlines ever since. Europe is now undeniably led by a politically, industrially and economically resurgent Germany. The signs are it will soon add military dominance to that power.

As Tauber correctly observed of these imperialist German elites and their lust for power, “They do not much care whether they hold it under a monarchy, share it with a petty bourgeois dictatorship or wield it in a conservative republic.” They remain “what they always were: fiercely anti-socialist, largely anti-democratic, authoritarian in their social views and habits of thought, opposed to what they call the excesses of party democracy. … They tend to be anti-Semitic in a generalized way and they are intensely patriotic” (ibid). He could also have added the fact that, overwhelmingly, their religious loyalty is to Rome.

One significant finding in Germany’s recent investigations is the nature of its secret service. From the outset, with the connivance of senior American bureaucrats, ex-Nazi SS officers were recruited into the ranks of the new spy corps (today known as the bnd—Germany’s cia). This intelligence entity was originally headed by Reinhard Gehlen, a general in Adolf Hitler’s army, who recruited other high-ranking Nazis into the fledgling bnd.

The German government commission investigating the Nazi penetration of Germany’s postwar administration has found that, for West Germany, “after the war’s end, ‘continuities in personnel among civil servants were relatively high.’ Experts estimate that on average 70 percent of the personnel were able to continue their work without problems after 1945 despite having been employed in ministries and agencies during Nazi rule. Some even suggest that figure could be closer to 90 percent” (emphasis added throughout).

Spiegel reported on March 6 that “No ministry in West Germany was spared the army of surviving accomplices, helpers and accessories.” Even “parts of the government that were seemingly above suspicion began recalling their own problems.”

The Spiegel article quoted Karl Jaspers, the philosopher of West Germany’s formative years, saying in 1966, “This continued activity of the old National Socialists is a fundamental affliction of the inner constitution of the Federal Republic.”

Purging the Blot

This flurry of belated investigative activity into the Nazi penetration of Germany’s postwar government was ostensibly triggered by a series of racially motivated murders committed by a neo-Nazi terror cell. “Critics allege that security agencies like the police and particularly the Office for the Protection of the Constitution had failed completely—and that they had possibly even turned a blind eye to the neo-Nazi terrorists,” Deutsche Welle reported. “The question that worries many is whether neo-Nazi sympathizers may still occupy high German offices” (op. cit.).

The same source went public on the fact that “The better part of the Nazis’ bureaucratic apparatus and personnel was simply reinstated after 1945, and silence about officials’ own past shaped the intellectual climate in government institutions. … But it is significant that systematic investigations into continuities within the government’s personnel came so late after the end of the war.” Significant, yes—and most convenient. For when questions were finally raised, the damage was already done. A whole generation of government administrators and bureaucrats had been schooled in the imperialist mindset of the German elites. Many of the bureaucrats later moved on to Brussels to help mold the EU into the Teutonic enterprise it has become.

Deutsche Welle further observed, “There is still much research to do when it comes to uncovering how careers in German bureaucracy continued before and after 1945. The German Foreign Ministry led the way in 2005, when then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer commissioned several historians to investigate the ministry’s past. The result was published in 2010, under the title Das Amt und die Vergangenheit (The Office and the Past).”

This information was suppressed for decades. Then the Left Party demanded full disclosure, and the lid was lifted off the can of worms. But remember, those German elites are entrenched deeply in Berlin. So why would they allow such a confession?

Given the control these powerful elites have over the German government, any exposure of the facts would have to be suppressed until the timing fit their agenda.

That time is now. And that agenda is to mold public opinion to support a newly moralistic regime—a regime that has “come clean” and is thereby seemingly divorced from its Nazi past and free to pursue a future freed of that dark legacy.

These elites do have to contend with public opinion, both at home and abroad. To this end they know that in order to have the newly dominant German nation treated with respect domestically and internationally, it needs to achieve two goals. The first has to do with the revival of pride in the postwar achievements of Germany as a nation, especially its rise to power since reunification in 1990. The second has to do with its legitimate acceptance as a world power on the international stage.

One huge blot continues to inhibit both of these goals. It is the most brutally horrific page in Germany’s war-stained history—the legacy of the Nazi era, culminating in the Holocaust.

This is why German elites are now pushing to salve the national conscience and soothe other countries’ concerns of a return to that ghastly past. These elites are, for the first time, going public in admitting that the Adenauer government collaborated with certain underground Nazi elements—and certain sympathetic Allied leaders—to free condemned Nazi criminals and weave them tightly into the new political, economic and social fabric of postwar Germany.

This is a masterful stroke of Nietzsche-like psychology. Its timing perfectly coordinates with the rise to power of a newly assertive Germany. It is a great public relations stunt that no doubt will convince many to believe what they want to believe: that Germany’s full confession of guilt will finally bury the last vestiges of any attachment that today’s Germany has with its dark Nazi past.

Yet to believe this is to be blind to the inevitable cycle of history—let alone to biblical prophecy for our times.

A Symbolic Building

Not far from the center of Munich, there is a construction site. There, a building is being erected on the old site of the Brown House—formerly Nazi Party headquarters.

This new building, rising from a hugely symbolic site in the very city that Hitler called the capital of his regime, will be Munich’s Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism. “The center will give a detailed history of the Nazi regime, from the very place where the crimes and terror were once organized,” Deutsche Welle reported on March 10. “An impressive working group of experts, historians and architects have been working on the design of the new center.” The basic design seeks to incorporate the remaining aspects of the original building into the presentation. One of the project’s managers said, “It’s hoped a link between past and present Munich can be achieved.”

The link between past and present will be hard to miss. As Deutsche Welle reported, “The foundation stone of the new building was laid March 9—directly next to the Munich University of Music and Theater, also a building from the Nazi era” (ibid). In fact, that building was constructed as Hitler’s headquarters. His office on the second floor is now used as a rehearsal room for young musicians.

“Nearby are a number of buildings with historical relevance as well,” this report continued. “There are the neo-classical museums of Königsplatz—it was on this square that the Nazis burned outlawed books in 1933—and the city’s Ludwig Maximillian University, where Hans and Sophie Scholl and others from the ‘White Rose’ student protest group distributed anti-Nazism flyers.

“The new documentation center will look very different to the surrounding buildings. It’s designed as a cube with large windows that allows passers-by to look deep into history. It will be modern, simple and not too ostentatious—a building very different to the ‘Brown House’ that once stood here.”

Just how the public will perceive these reminders of history will be interesting to observe. Rather than distance itself from memories of the Third Reich by seeking a building site for its Nazi archive in Munich in a city zone free from much of the city’s past Nazi activity, German elites have placed their museum right at the very heart of where so many infamous deeds of Hitler’s regime were perpetrated.

It’s an interesting psychological angle—very Nietzsche-like in its warped mentality.

Some think that this museum will contain findings from the current government’s investigation into its Nazi past—facts that past governments went to great pains to hide. If so, German elites will then rest in the hope that, in their minds, the demons of Germany’s Nazi past are purged. A fresh new chapter for the nation’s newly dominant role in Europe and in the global arena will then be open.

Allegiance to Rome

What will that new chapter bring? This regime will replace memories of the Nazi swastika with the crusading cross. Germany’s old moral arbiter, the religion of Rome, will rise to prominence. Rome is even now launching a new crusade to evangelize Europe and revive Catholicism to its dominant position, especially in the homeland of Bavarian Pope Benedict xvi.

The vision of German elites—both today and in the Nazi-saturated postwar years—is about to be realized. How? By the reassertion of Rome’s religion over the rising Fourth Reich. Such a short time on from when Allied leaders had vowed that an industrialized, militarized Germany would never be permitted to rise again to wreak havoc on the globe, the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation will be a fact once again.

But this time, that old empire in its seventh and final prophesied resurrection, though it be terribly destructive—first on old Persia and its allies, but most especially on the Anglo-Saxon nations—will be brief. Within 2½ years of its seizing power, it will become the victim of another great imperialist force, led by Russia and China.

How can we know with such specificity and certainty? This is all prophesied in detail in your Bible.

The scenario now building before your eyes in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East is creating a great global disorder that will culminate with the greatest war man has ever witnessed. That devastation will finally end in the grand-smash climax: the armies of the world attacking a force they will find impossible to overcome—the armies of the King of kings!

These events, which we have broadcast and published for over 70 years, are unbelievably close!

How do we know? Because we have been tracking world events and lived through their detailed fulfillment of absolutely inerrant Bible prophecies—forecast, in some instances, over 3,000 years in advance!

Time is now so crucial to the fulfillment of the last remaining prophecies that lead to the coming of the King of kings, who will rule over all mankind, put down all rebellion and end all wars. You need to prove these things and prove them now! Without delay, request and study our booklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation to get the big picture about the world you are living in and just how you can survive and even thrive within these rapidly moving prophesied world events.

Race to War

Race to War

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Throwing gasoline on the flames of racial division
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Everywhere we look, we see ethnic division and racial hatred accompanied by gruesome acts of violence and war. And it is intensifying! It seems as if we are reminded daily that man’s never-ending attempt to solve the problems of this world—apart from God and His immutable laws—has utterly failed! The “solutions” men propose only incite more violence and more hatred. Soon, these simmering tensions, passions and hatreds will boil over into full-scale race wars!

God has warned about all of this well in advance of it actually happening, which is why the Trumpet follows these disturbing trends so closely.

Our March Trumpet issue, for example, featured an article on the race bomb recently ignited by Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. At least 300 Mexicans and one federal agent have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons. But according to Mr. Holder, those searching for facts about the ill-intentioned operation and the disgraceful cover-up that followed are motivated more by racism than by getting to the bottom of the scandal. This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has used the race card to shield itself against criticism—and it probably won’t be the last.

This same race card is also frequently used as a weapon. In March, for example, the Department of Justice hopped into the middle of a raging controversy over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, in Sanford, Florida. Even before the facts in the case had been revealed, the left-wing media and race-baiting civil rights groups stepped in front of the microphone and rendered a guilty verdict. The black victim was unarmed, on his way back from buying candy at a convenience store, when the “white” perpetrator shot him in cold blood—because he was black.

In fact, the shooter was a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman. He was a “Neighborhood Watch” volunteer patrolling a gated community that had suffered a recent spate of break-ins and robberies. After seeing the black youth, Zimmerman dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that Martin looked suspicious—a call you wouldn’t expect a cold-blooded killer to make.

At some point after he telephoned the police, Zimmerman and Martin got into a fistfight, which then led to Zimmerman drawing his gun and firing the fatal shot. The shooter maintains that he fired in self-defense, which, if he is telling the truth, is lawful according to Florida’s “stand your ground” law—a provision that allows people to use deadly force if they are in a life-threatening altercation.

According to the Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee, who resigned temporarily under heavy pressure from civil rights groups, the attack happened after Zimmerman had lost sight of the youth and was returning to his sport utility vehicle to meet with the police officer who had been dispatched to the scene. Zimmerman’s story, the police chief insists, was “supported by physical evidence and testimony.”

None of these details, however, prevented the race-obsessed liberal media, civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson—even the White House—from fueling the inferno of racial hatred across the United States.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Obama said, stressing the racial component of this controversial case. In fact, in order for the Department of Justice to even prosecute the case, Zimmerman needs to be a racist for the death to be considered a hate crime.

“I, personally, really truly believe this is a hate crime,” Rep. Maxine Waters said during a television interview on March 28. Her colleague, Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush, caused a chaotic scene on the House floor when, in a despicable show of race-baiting, he removed his suit jacket to reveal a grey hoodie, similar to the one Trayvon wore the night he was shot.

“Too often, this violent act that resulted in the murder of Trayvon Martin is repeated in the streets of our nation,” Rush said before pulling the hood over his head and donning sunglasses. He applauded those who were wearing hoodies to make a statement about the real hoodlums in society—presumably white people who are hunting down blacks.

“Blacks are under attack,” Jesse Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. We may have thought we were moving beyond racism when we elected President Obama, Jackson explained. But Obama’s victory triggered a tremendous backlash. Targeting, arresting, convicting and even killing blacks is still “big business” in America, he said.

So blacks better fight back. That’s the message coming through loud and clear from their leaders and from those who amplify that message for all to hear.

The real significance of the Trayvon Martin case isn’t whether the shooting was racially motivated or not—or if the watchman acted in self-defense. The real significance is that media outlets, black activists, celebrities and even leaders in government are collectively using this incident—whether they realize it or not—to incite race wars!

Breakdown in the Black Community

Of course, many young blacks in America are being attacked—it’s just that their attackers come from the black community, as a few lone voices in the media have courageously pointed out. Ninety-three percent of black murder victims in America are killed by other blacks.

“The epidemic is truly black-on-black crime,” says C.L. Bryant, former leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Bryant said Trayvon Martin’s family should be outraged that liberal politicians and black leaders are using the Florida shooting to inflame racial passions.

“The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men,” Bryant told The Daily Caller.In fact, if you look at murder rates across the board, you find that 53 percent of the homicide suspects are black—according to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. With blacks comprising just 13 percent of America’s population, one would hope media outlets across the nation would be sounding the alarm about the near-total breakdown of the traditional family within black communities. But unless there is a white-on-black angle to the tragedy, the media’s coverage is dispassionate at best—assuming it’s even covered at all.

Consider the case of Allen Coon, a white youth from the Midwest who was nearly burned to death by two blacks. It happened within days of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

“You get what you deserve, white boy,” one of the attackers said to Coon, after dousing him with gasoline and setting him on fire. Coon managed to save his life by smothering his burning head with the shirt he was wearing.

His mother told columnist Selwyn Duke that the vicious attack was just the violent culmination of the incessant racial harassment her son had been subjected to ever since he enrolled in the predominantly black school on the east side of Kansas City.

“Even more damning,” Duke wrote, “is that multiple educators were complicit in the harassment” (emphasis added throughout).

Outside of Kansas City, the media coverage of this politically incorrect hate crime was sparse, to say the least. And aside from a few outspoken voices, local media and law enforcement officials in Kansas City downplayed the obvious racial component to this crime. Some even went so far as to ignore the fact that the perpetrators were black.

During his interview with Coon’s mother, Duke got the distinct impression that local law enforcement officials were steering clear of any hate-crime charges for fear of setting off a “powder keg.”

But by not applying hate crime laws equally, big media and law enforcement officials are only adding more explosives to the powder keg. Whites will resent the double standard and begin taking matters into their own hands. And blacks, viewing themselves as the only ethnic group in America routinely victimized by racism, will feel justified in lashing out at whites.

Worldwide Epidemic

“This is no light matter to pass over casually,” Herbert W. Armstrong wrote way back in October 1963. “Race war is coming! Racial tensions, passions and hatreds are being deliberately stirred by organized planning. It will explode into mass violence that will stagger the imagination! It will be whipped into an accelerating crescendo until human blood runs like rivers!” (Plain Truth).

Yes, it is coming. And it’s not just a local matter, Mr. Armstrong stressed. It’s a worldwide evil!

Look at Afghanistan. Remember the widespread anti-American protests in February after reports of a Koran burning on a U.S. military base? Those protests sparked several incidents of violence that left 30 Afghans and six U.S. service members dead. In one case, two U.S. servicemen were shot from behind by a supposed Afghan ally.

A few days later, a U.S. Army staff sergeant left his post in the Kandahar Province and went on a barbaric shooting spree in nearby villages, murdering 17 Afghanis, including 9 children. This random act of senseless brutality prompted Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai to call on Afghanis to pray for God to deliver his nation from the American “demons.”

After more than a decade of fighting alongside Afghans in the war against terrorism, tensions between Americans and Afghanis could not be worse.

Then there was the Toulouse massacre in France on March 19. The killer was a jihadist named Mohammed Merah, who wanted to post his genocidal rampage on the Internet. So before attacking a Jewish school in Toulouse, he strapped video equipment around his neck and then proceeded to execute as many Jews as he could find.

The first three victims he gunned down were a rabbi who taught at the school and his two sons—Aryeh, age 6, and Gavriel, who was 3.

After mowing down the father and sons, Mohammed then took off across the school playground, chasing after little Miriam Monsonego—a blond-headed, 8-year-old girl, screaming for her life. After catching up to the helpless child, he then videotaped himself shooting her in the head three times.

He filmed it all, as Caroline Glick noted, because he “took pride in killing Jewish children.” And beyond that, “he was certain that millions of people would be heartened by his crime. By watching him shoot the life out of Jewish children, they would be inspired to repeat his actions elsewhere.”

Given the popularity of such videos on jihadist websites, it’s hard to argue with Glick’s conclusion.

After the gruesome attack, Israeli Member of the Knesset Ya’akov Katz called on the 600,000 Jews living in France to leave France. “There is no Jewish future in France,” Katz said, adding that Jews should not trust their fate to “Sarkozy, Obama or other world leaders.”

This, keep in mind, is not some gruesome tale from the Dark Ages or some backward Third World nation. Jews in Francein the 21st century—are being encouraged to flee the country because racial hatred and violence is intensifying!

After the school shooting, by the way, French authorities quickly connected the attack to one that happened a few days earlier—another shooting that left three black French paratroopers dead.

Media coverage of this appalling incident also followed a predictably shameful pattern. Since the victims were Jews and blacks, the initial reporting suggested the perpetrator must have been a right-wing Caucasian. After we learned that the perpetrator was an Islamic jihadist—one with links to al Qaeda—Western media outlets rushed to the defense of Islam by parroting the deranged propaganda we hear daily on Arab networks like Al Jazeera: that Israel deliberately targets Palestinian children too!

And so the terrorist named Mohammed was somewhat justified when he took aim at those three little children. At least that’s what we’re told by the ignorant apologists who control the flow of misinformation coming out of most news organizations.

This diabolical discourse is accelerating the cancerous spread of racial hatred. The Bible says it will ultimately lead to the virtual annihilation of entire peoples. Study Ezekiel 5:1-12, Jeremiah 25:30-33, Isaiah 24:1-6, Matthew 24:21-22 and Revelation 16 and 18.

We are living in a tinderbox loaded with a lethal mixture of hatred, violence and every imaginable evil—and it’s about to explode in our faces!

This is why God must intervene supernaturally in the affairs of mankind—a prophesied reality that most people, even in the religious world, simply refuse to believe. But it is true—and it will happen.

Jesus Christ will soon intervene in world affairs and stop mankind from committing suicide! Isn’t it about time you learned much more about why this world is the way it is—and how God intends to forcefully establish law-abiding order in this chaotic, hate-filled world? If you want answers to life’s most important questions—answers retrieved from the pages of your own Bible—then request your free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s eye-opening work Mystery of the Ages.

Britain and the U.S. Will Lead the World Again

Britain and the U.S. Will Lead the World Again

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It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but these former superpowers have another day in the sun coming.
From the May 2012 Trumpet Print Edition

Darkness is descending on the long, historically extraordinary Anglo-American age. Britain, once a globe-girding empire, is now being bullied by a growing European superstate. America, once the greatest superpower on Earth, is economically battered and is losing its global influence.

History teaches that world orders don’t last. They come and they go. This present one is giving way to something very different—and it truly will be the world’s loss.

However, Britain and America’s brightest days are not history. Glowing within their remarkable past is the promise of a far more luminous future.

The British and the Americans have long believed they were duty-bound, even destined, to lead the world. “The glory of the British Empire was its service to a cause that transcended Britain, that transcended history, that transcended time itself,” wrote Kirk Emmert in Winston S. Churchill on Empire. That cause was “to lift human life away from barbarism and savagery towards civilization and human excellence.” Churchill passionately devoted himself to promoting that empire and considered “the fostering of civilization” as its highest purpose. “Empire civilizes both the ruled and their rulers,” he wrote.

The United States’ founders sought to establish a lasting beacon of liberty and democracy to the nations. Lyman Beecher said the nation was “destined to lead the way in the moral and political emancipation of the world.” Lincoln said America must ensure “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the Earth.” Since its entry into World War ii, the United States has essentially served as the guarantor of peace in the world.

All such human efforts are imperfect. But until recently, the fruits of the Anglo-American effort to benefit mankind have been more sweet than bitter.

Bible prophecy reveals that there is an awesome reason for this—one that points back to ancient history, and yet illuminates an inspiring future. You can read about it in Herbert W. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy (request a free copy). The reason is this: These nations are the modern descendants of ancient Israel!

The Bible shows that Israel was given a great responsibility. God chose this nation to represent Him, and to set an example for the rest of the world! Biblical history and prophecy show that God still intends for Israel’s descendants to fulfill this glorious purpose.

There is an outstanding example of this in Jeremiah, which was written for the “end time.” Chapter 13, verse 11, describes God wearing the nation of Israel, like a man wearing a waistcloth or belt as a handsome ornament. “Here is the big overview. God created the tribes (later nations) of Israel for an incredible purpose,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes. “They were created to be ‘a praise, and a glory’ to God. The nations of Israel were to cause the whole world to praise and glorify God!” (Jeremiah and the Greatest Vision in the Bible; request a free copy). This waistband was linen, just like the garments of Israel’s priests, which were made “for glory and for beauty” (Exodus 28:2). The nation of Israel had a priestly calling (Exodus 19:5-6), which means a responsibility to serve other nations and point them to God. Israel was like a priestly garment worn by God Himself!

Yet look at what God was illustrating here. God told Jeremiah not to wash the waistbelt (verse 1), and to even stick it into a rock beside the river for a time until it was ruined and unusable. God was vividly depicting how Israel failed in its beautiful calling.

Yet notice: Verses 9-10 also apply to Israel’s modern descendants, nations God condemns for arrogance, evil, disobedience, self-will and idolatry. They became worthless to God, and God says He will dispose of these rebellious nations like a rotten girdle.

When John Winthrop spoke of America as a “city on a hill” in 1630, he issued a warning based on prophecies such as this: “We must consider that we will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.”

This is where Britain and America find themselves today—and it is going to get worse. The sun is setting on Anglo-American dominance. And when these nations fall, the world will plunge back into the blackness of barbarism and savagery.

However, the Bible that prophesied this fall also prophesies that Britain and America’s brightest days are yet to come. Jeremiah 33 depicts a time yet future, after America and Britain have endured a nightmarish tribulation intended to correct them for their sins. It contains God’s promises to restore to them fantastic prosperity—and make them a positive example. They will become “a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth” (verse 9).

God is promising not only to restore these nations to fantastic prosperity—but also to help them become the positive example they have always struggled and failed to be. But it won’t be Pax Americana or the British Empire these peoples will be promoting—but the peace of God, and the Kingdom of God. The King of kings will lift all human life toward civilization and excellence, and Britain and America, finally, will submit to Him—and become the beautiful, godly ornaments they were always intended to be.