Why the ‘Berlin Ten’ Are Not the Ten!

Why the ‘Berlin Ten’ Are Not the Ten!

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The number is right but the makeup is wrong. Which nations will comprise the final 10 prophesied to dominate Europe?

For 70 years we have declared that Europe is destined to morph into the biblically prophesied 10-nation combine under one overarching politico-economic and military power, spiritually inspired by Rome.

In recent months a group of 10 nations giving themselves the name the “Berlin Group” or “Berlin Club” have been meeting under the leadership of one of Germany’s least-popular and least-successful politicians, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Perhaps, realizing that his political career is on the skids, this is Westerwelle’s final effort to leave behind some sort of political legacy. Yet it is destined to ultimately fail, at least in its current form.

Despite Westerwelle’s efforts, the one thing that he has highlighted that has gained the attention of students of Bible prophecy is the number of nations involved in his initiative to enact a two-tier Europe. Present at the most recent meeting of the group—once again chaired by Westerwelle—were his counterpart foreign ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

The number ten aligns with the prophecy of Revelation 17. But do the particular nations that comprise the Berlin Club gel with our understanding of the nations that will comprise the ultimate 10 powers that fulfill that prophecy? To answer this question, we must comprehend and accept a key element of interpreting Bible prophecy. Biblical revelation is only delivered by God through the minds of His prophets and apostles (Ephesians 2:19-22).

The understanding of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation that reveal the rise of a great conquering northern power to dominate the world scene in our time was delivered by God through the mind of His 20th-century apostle, Herbert Armstrong. Those same prophecies are consistently taught, as revealed to Herbert Armstrong, via this website, under the direction of our editor in chief, Gerald Flurry.

What did Herbert Armstrong teach would be the makeup of the final 10 nations comprising the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire?

He began by going to Daniel 2 to explain that the two legs of the great image, representing the world empires prophesied to rule the world from the time of Babylon-Chaldea, were a type of the traditional division of the “iron empire”—the Holy Roman Empire—between east and west, destined to be resurrected seven times. He demonstrated that the 10 toes of the image would be a final 10-nation combine, comprising five powers from Western Europe and five from the Eastern nations of that continent.

If the prophecy that the nations of Israel will be enslaved by this northern power in the future (Daniel 11) is all-embracing—that is, if it includes the Israelite nations of northwestern Europe in addition to Judah and the Anglo-Saxon nations—then, as Mr. Armstrong showed, the final 10 nations which dominate Europe must be drawn from the Gentile nations of East and West Europe!

In a co-worker letter dated Sept. 20, 1979, Mr. Armstrong stated: “Many of the present Pope John Paul ii’s activities point to the fact that he can be the pope that will initiate this European reunion, in a ‘United States of Europe’” (emphasis added throughout).

Within three years of that prophecy, its fulfillment was there for all to see. The Soviet Union imploded and Eastern European nations clamored to enter the European Union. By the time of John Paul’s death, most of the previous Eastern Europe satellite nations of the defunct Soviet Union were members of the EU. Then the headlines began to emerge incorporating those very words used by Herbert Armstrong—the pundits observed that the EU was becoming a “United States of Europe”!

In the same letter, Mr. Armstrong went on: “As a matter of fact, his [John Paul ii] having come from Poland, and the effect of his visit there, indicate that instead of the coming ‘resurrected’ Holy Roman Empire including such nations of Israelitish ancestry as Holland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the 10 nations to compose it may include such nations—now Russian satellites—as Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia …. It does seem that the nations of Israelitish ancestry, in western and northwestern Europe, would likely be excluded from the coming 10-nation ‘Roman Empire.’”

Two years later, Herbert Armstrong, speaking in a message to his supporters declared: “… God is going to let things speed up very quickly from here on. If not now, when it does happen it will happen suddenly—so quickly it will take your breath, and the whole world will gasp in awe and wonder when they see the things that are prophesied. For example, 10 nations in Europe—probably five of them in Western Europe and five in Eastern Europe—reviving, resurrecting the so-called Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages; and that is going to happen very soon now” (sermon, Oct. 13, 1981).

In 1983, with Pope John Paul ii moving aggressively to revive the political voice of the Church of Rome in Eastern Europe, Herbert Armstrong had this to say: “The pope’s visit to Poland, terminating tonight, is a MOST SIGNIFICANT event in breaking loose probably five Soviet satellite nations in Eastern Europe, so they may be united by the Catholic Church with five Western European nations. It will become a colossal third world power, possibly greater than either the Soviet Union or the United States.

“On nbc News, Marvin Kalb reported, ‘Throughout this trip the pope has come through as a type of spiritual superpower’” (member and co-worker letter, June 22, 1983).

Little did that nbc reporter know that Bible prophecy forecasts a spiritual leader of mother Rome actually becoming a type of superpower in the very near future (Revelation 13 and 17).

In the meantime, with “10 nations” becoming a fashionable term in European headlines courtesy of the Berlin Group of 10, we look for the final makeup of the prophesied 10 which will yield up their power to one dominant, predominant, overarching power, described in your Bible as “the beast.” That the crisis in Europe, now rapidly reaching its climax, will be a catalyst accelerating the forging of this final 10-nation resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire we have no doubt.

Whatever the outcome of this week’s most crucial EU summit in Brussels, you can be sure that it will take us one major leap forward to the rise of that prophesied 10-nation combine—five nations from Western Europe and five from Eastern Europe—that Herbert Armstrong so presciently and tenaciously prophesied throughout his long ministry.

When that does occur, it will be but a brief moment before we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies (Luke 21:20). That’s the very sign that Jesus Christ gave to demonstrate the proximity of the coming Great Tribulation on the Israelitish nations (Matthew 24:21-22), and the very signal indicating that it will be time for His brethren to flee to a place of safety (Luke 21:21).

The EU summit this Thursday and Friday will work to advance the proximity of these momentous events leading up to the very return of Jesus Christ to this Earth to set up His Kingdom over all other kingdoms on Earth!

Watch Brussels this week! (Luke 21:36).

Moody’s Goes on Downgrading Spree

Moody’s Analytics downgraded its ratings for 15 of the world’s largest banks late Thursday afternoon. Moody’s stated that each of the banks has “significant exposure” to the volatility of the capital markets.

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs were among the American banks affected. Some of Europe’s largest banks, including Barclays, Deutsch Bank and hsbc, were also downgraded.

A downgrade usually makes it more costly for banks to raise money by selling debt. When a bank’s credit rating is downgraded, it is considered to be a riskier investment; therefore investors demand higher interest.

However, with interest rates already at rock-bottom, Moody’s downgrades might actually have little effect on the banks’ cost of funding. In a sign that investors shrugged off the downgrades, the stock market actually rallied after the news was announced.

Moody’s was essentially adjusting its outlook to something investors were already well aware of.

Yet the announcement highlights the fact that American and European banks have still not fully recovered. The Trumpet does not believe they will. Although the banking system is experiencing a protracted disaster, much more important than the financial repercussions are the political repercussions. Watch for European leaders to actually use this crisis to transform the structure of the European Union. A federal European superpower will emerge soon.

Egypt in Chaos

Egypt in Chaos

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Who will win the showdown between the military and the Islamists?

The “yuppie revolution” may have taken down the dictator. But as one commentator noted at the time, history did not end the day Hosni Mubarak stepped down. It continued on. And today, Egypt’s transitional government has plunged headfirst into chaos.

The official results for Egypt’s first free presidential election, a run-off between the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, the prime minister who previously served under Hosni Mubarak, were supposed to be announced yesterday. But with both campaigns disputing the final tally, the election commission decided to delay the announcement and did not offer a new date for the official decision.

This comes one week after Egypt’s military court prepared for the possibility of an Islamic takeover by dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament, reconfirming de facto martial law and assuming full legislative control.

On Sunday night, shortly before Morsi declared himself the winner in the run-off, the military council issued an interim constitution that severely limited presidential powers. According to the New York Times, “Their charter gives them control of all laws and the national budget, immunity from any oversight, and the power to veto a declaration of war” (June 18).

Yet, even as the military council fights to maintain control over Egypt’s political institutions, it appears to have given up the battle against Islamist terror cells that are now popping up all over the Sinai Peninsula. The same day Morsi declared victory, a terrorist squad infiltrated Israel’s southern border with Egypt and ambushed a vehicle of workmen Israel had contracted to build a much-needed security fence along the Israeli-Egyptian border. One Israeli citizen was killed in the attack.

This well-organized, cross-border raid followed Saturday’s double rocket attack against Israel—a strike that also originated in the Sinai.

Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said the attacks signaled a “disturbing deterioration in Egyptian control of the Sinai.”

According to an Israeli security official cited in Haaretz, the weekend rocket strike was carried out by Hamas, but at the request of the Muslim Brotherhood. Whether or not that’s true, both incidents were clearly not random attacks. They were carefully planned to coincide precisely with Egypt’s presidential election.

Monday’s ambush, incidentally, was the work of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that is backed by Iran. This is a recurring theme that Trumpet readers are well familiar with. Wherever there happens to be chaos or instability in the region, Iran always seems to be working behind the scenes. It may often clash with much of the Sunni Arab world, but in Egypt—specifically the Muslim Brotherhood—Iran sees a critically important strategic ally that will greatly strengthen the forces of radical Islam and further isolate Israel.

This is what Egypt’s military council is going up against. It’s facing intense pressure—from within and without—which is why it has taken such desperate action over the past week. It’s losing its grip on power!

Keep in mind that Hosni Mubarak’s regime—which brutally suppressed Islamic extremism, by the way—has only been gone for 17 months. And during that time, the Muslim Brotherhood has hijacked the “Arab Spring” uprising, secured 70 percent of Egypt’s parliamentary seats and re-worked Egypt’s constitution, basing it on sharia law. Now it appears to have won the presidency.

It’s possible, of course, that the power struggle between the military and the Brotherhood might continue on for a few more weeks or months—maybe a year or two.

But the Brotherhood will win in the end, just as Mubarak himself said would happen, shortly before he resigned last year.

If you remember, right at the start of the popular uprising in January of 2011, Mubarak agreed to step down after seven months, so that he could set up an orderly transition of power for his successor. But President Barack Obama quickly responded to that plan by insisting that the transfer of power begin immediately.

“You don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now,” Mubarak told abc in early February 2011. He said a hasty departure would only result in a chaotic political scene that would enable the Muslim Brotherhood to grab hold of power.

“They may be talking about democracy, but … the result will be extremism and radical Islam,” Mubarak also said on the eve of his resignation.

A few days later, President Obama said the United States shouldn’t worry about the Muslim Brotherhood. They didn’t even have majority support in Egypt, the president told Fox News on Feb. 6, 2011.

And now look. Assuming the election results hold, this will be the first time an Islamist has been elected as head of state in the Arab world.

What a stunning and rapid transformation this has been.

On Tuesday, I attended a press briefing for Mosab Yousef, the eldest son of one of the seven founding fathers of Hamas—the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that controls Gaza. He said the Egyptian election effectively means that Hamas now controls Egypt. “The southern border of Israel right now is in danger,” Yousef said. “And we’ve witnessed the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood not only in Egypt; we see it in Jordan, we see it coming in Syria, we see it in [the] Gaza strip, in the West Bank, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco—one unity for the first time.”

All the talk in the world about democracy will not alter this harsh reality. Religious fanaticism is on the march. And just as we told you almost 20 years ago, from Iran’s vantage point, Egypt is the grand prize.

We knew this was coming because in Daniel 11, it says Egypt will not escape the wrath of the German-led Euro-beast, which will soon “come against” the forces of radical Islam like a whirlwind (verses 40-42). This is why we have long known about Egypt’s radical transformation—and that it would eventually ally itself with Iran.

We repeated this forecast three years ago, during President Obama’s Islamic outreach tour. Remember what we told you about the president’s “new beginning” speech in Cairo—how Muslim Brotherhood members were in attendance, but not Hosni Mubarak?

The Muslim Brotherhood had been trying to overthrow Mubarak’s pro-American administration for years, my father wrote soon after Obama’s speech. And yet, here they were sitting in on the speech! The handwriting was on the wall then, but no one could see it. At the time, the Wall Street Journal was reporting that Hosni Mubarak had tightened the noose around the neck of radical Islam in Egypt.

“But Daniel’s prophecy states that the radical terrorists are going to get the upper hand in Egypt,” my father wrote. “That is certain to happen!” (June 22, 2009). My father went on to say, “No doubtthe Muslim Brotherhood is going to gain control of Egypt.”

Add that statement to the long list of stunning prophetic predictions we’ve been making over the last two decades.

While he was at the helm in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak almost single-handedly kept the forces of religious extremism at bay in the country. For three decades, he honored the peace agreement Anwar Sadat made with Israel. And yet today—just as my father warned 19 years ago—the forces of radicalism are now taking over. And Bible prophecy shows that Egypt, the Middle East, and the whole world will be far more perilous because of it.

Report: 10 EU Nations Call for Economic and Political Union, and a European Army

Report: 10 EU Nations Call for Economic and Political Union, and a European Army

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Euro crisis is a ‘wake-up call’ for closer integration.

In order to solve the euro crisis and survive in the modern world, European Union nations need to give up more powers, forge a political union and create new institutions like a European Army, 10 EU foreign ministers said in a report presented to EU officials on June 19.

Several of the finance ministers also called for the creation of what has been termed a “super-president” as a single figurehead for the union.

Sometimes called the “Berlin Group” or “Berlin Club,” the group began meeting at the suggestion of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to reinvigorate European integration.

“We take the current crisis to be a wake-up call,” its interim report said. “Time for far-reaching reforms is short …. What we are ultimately talking about is making the European Union and the euro irreversible.”

To combat the euro crisis, the report says the EU must overcome a “fundamental flaw—monetary union without economic union.” Europe should “look into the possibility of a stronger role for European institutions regarding national budgets.” More decisions need to be taken at the European level, it says, and a nation’s power to veto these decisions needs to be cut back.

But the recommendations go beyond the current crisis. “New political and economic global players are gaining more influence,” said the report. “In dealing with these new powerhouses, we Europeans will only be able to uphold our values and pursue our interests effectively if we pool our strengths much more, both internally and in dealings with the outside world.”

In the long term, this means a “European Defense Policy,” which could include a “European Army” for some nations, the report said. When it comes to defense policy, “most foreign ministers feel that we should be more ambitious,” says the report.

In the shorter term, the European External Action Service (eeas)—the EU’s diplomatic, intelligence and military unit—must “be strengthened more.” The EU also needs “a more dynamic Common Security and Defense Policy, stronger eeas planning and command capabilities for civil-military operations, more pooling and sharing.”

The report also says, “We should also aim for a common seat in international organizations,” presumably referring to the EU’s longstanding goal of gaining a seat on the UN Security Council.

The group plans to continue meeting, focusing especially on how to make Europe “a global player.”

The 10 foreign ministers endorsing the report are from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. French representatives also attended some of the meetings.

These are some of the most influential nations in the EU. Watch for their recommendations to be acted on quickly, as the euro crisis forces eurozone nations closer together.

China and India Cozy Up at UN Rio Summit

China and India pledged to tighten their relationship at a United Nations conference on Wednesday. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that the two countries should boost their mutual trust both politically and strategically.

Wen’s statement came as he met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference is also known as the Rio Plus 20 Summit.

Wen said that China and India have established and developed a strategic and cooperative partnership over the past decade. Since bilateral trade volume has rapidly grown over that period, now is the time to consolidate political and strategic mutual trust, he said.

Singh responded by saying that India attaches great importance to its relationship with China. He said that India views China as a key part of India’s modernization strategy and as a pillar of global stability.

The prime minister said his country would not work to contain or besiege China, nor would it allow anyone to use its territory to wage operations against its eastern neighbor.

China and India have the world’s fastest-growing major economies. China is now the world’s second-largest economy, and India is ranked at number four. These Eastern giants, which together contain 40 percent of the Earth’s population, are replacing heavily-indebted Western nations as the engines of global growth. To understand where the warming relationship between China and India is leading, read our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

Mr. Mom Numbers Doubled Over Last Decade

Mr. Mom Numbers Doubled Over Last Decade

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Attitudes toward being a stay-at-home dad (sahd) have changed for many men over the last decade. What was once considered a stigma is now considered a badge of honor.

Fox News reports that nationwide, the number of stay-at-home dads has more than doubled in the past decade, as more families redefine what it means to be a breadwinner. In 2001, there were only 81,000 Mr. Moms. This number represented about 1.6 of all stay-at-home parents. In 2011, that number rose to 176,000 or 3.4 percent of stay-at-home parents, according to U.S. Census data.

Some assume that the rising number is due to the recession—dads being laid off from work. However, a new study titled “The New Dad: Right at Home,” by Boston College, suggests that the rising number is due to choice and changing views toward the gender roles of parents.

Brad Harrington, research professor and executive director of Boston College’s Center for Work and Family, told FoxNews.com, “The hype around stay-at-home dads is due to the ‘man-cession,’ but the Census data shows that during the economic downturn the numbers were down.”

Harrington also said, “We found a distinction from dads who were laid off and those who chose to leave their jobs.” The reasons men gave for leaving their jobs include: maximizing household income, avoiding daycare, and staying home to raise their children.

Harrington sees no problem with this trend. He believes that, just as society has embraced women as workplace equals, it should also view fathers as being just as effective as mothers in the role of caregivers.

“It’s really about who is in a better position,” Harrington said. “It’s a pragmatic approach being made by many couples.”

Just because society accepts a new gender role for men, doesn’t make it right or good. There is a reason God designed the man to be the provider for his family. Here is what we wrote on theTrumpet.com in an article titled “Recapture Value in True Manhood”:

The Prophet Isaiah wrote this about our current social values: “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding” (Isaiah 29:15-16). Isaiah criticizes our leaders—the men and women who influence our culture—by showing they are guilty of turning things upside down. “Upside down” is an apt description of our society and its values. It is a perfect description of many of today’s marriages and families. The new roles carved out for men and women today are not as God designed them to be.

Be sure to read the entire article, along with its companion article, “Recapture Value in True Womanhood.” Also, order or download a copy of The God Family Vision.