Syria in Civil War

Syria in Civil War

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Bible prophecy comes alive in Syria and the Gaza Strip.

On June 26, Syrian President Bashar Assad declared that Syria is now officially at war. “We live in a real state of war from all angles,” he announced during a speech broadcast on state television. “When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to be directed at winning this war.”

In one sense, Assad was just stating the obvious. Much of the country is locked in war, and has been for many months. But in another sense, his announcement marks an escalation in the conflict. Even more than that, it may also indicate a sense of growing desperation within the ruling regime.

The death toll in Syria now exceeds 16,500, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The United Nations no longer publishes estimates. That number includes more than 11,000 civilian and rebel fighters, over 4,000 government troops, and more than 800 army defectors.

Just over the past week, nearly 800 people were killed. It was one of the bloodiest weeks since the uprising began in March of 2011. Deaths have typically averaged closer to 900 per month.

Obviously the UN’s plan for a negotiated peace is failing. Russia, China and Iran back Syria and say no one should force Assad out. Europe, most of the Arab nations, America and—most importantly—the rebels say Assad must go.

For both sides, it seems to be all or nothing.

On Monday, leaders of various groups exiled from Syria over the years met in Cairo to construct a vision for political compromise in Syria in which a deal could be reached with Assad. Nasser al-Qudwa, deputy to UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan, urged them to “unify your vision and your performance.”

Yet, though there were some 200 attendees, the most important group, the rebel Free Syrian Army—the people actually fighting Assad—and the group claiming to represent the majority of Syrians—boycotted the meeting. Its statement read: “We refuse all kinds of dialogue and negotiation with the killer gangs … and we will not allow anyone to impose on Syria and its people the Russian and Iranian agendas.”

The Free Syrian Army’s position seems clear: Assad must go—and Iran and Russia with him.

The pressure for Assad to leave is growing.

On June 26, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan branded Syria “a clear and imminent threat” as he vented his anger over the downing of a Turkish F-4 fighter jet by Syrian forces. “The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development,” he told his parliament.

So far, Turkey has refused to invoke Article v of the nato Charter, which would require the alliance to consider Syria’s attack on Turkey an attack on themselves. However, as the analysts at Stratfor write, “Now that Turkey has officially confirmed the downing of its aircraft by Syrian forces, it has no choice but to respond …. [It] may warrant a conventional military response.”

So far Turkey has remained restrained. Reports indicate, however, that it has moved heavy armor units to its border with Syria. It has reportedly also asked nato about establishing a no-fly zone in Syria—which may also be a prelude to military action. As Mehmet Ali Birand, writing in Hurriyet, said, “Now it is Syria who should be thinking ahead because from now on life will be more difficult …. Up to now, a verbal dispute was being experienced. Now it is two enemy nations openly confronting each other.”

Things may be moving toward open confrontation.

Turkey is currently hosting some 33,000 Syrians who have crossed into the country to find refuge from the fighting.

Those refugees now also include Ghatan Sleiba, a high-profile presenter from the Syrian regime’s main television channel. Sleiba defected on June 27 and claims to have been providing information to the rebels for seven months.

Turkey is also providing supplies, weapons and a safe base of operations for the Free Syrian Army.

And even as Turkey is now openly working against Syria, other nations are working in confederacy with Turkey.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (gcc) has been overt with its support for the Free Syrian Army. Led by Saudi Arabia, these countries have become the military equipment procurement and financing wings of the Free Syrian Army. Earlier this year, these Arab nations helped convince Turkey to open up its weapon stockpiles to the rebels by promising it diplomatic cover. Additionally, Saudi Arabian bank accounts pay for the weapons and the salaries of soldiers of the Free Syrian Army—which has also been a huge recruiting tool for the rebels.

The gcc countries (which are expanding to include Jordan) see the battle in Syria as really a battle against Syria’s big brother, Iran. They have chosen to ally with Turkey, which also sees Iran as its main opponent to regional dominance. Iran, however, has not taken the meddling lying down. While the gcc works to overthrow Iran’s biggest ally, Iran has responded by activating terror cells within Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which are all Saudi allies and members of the gcc.

Another potentially significant development has been Hamas’s break with Syria and Iran.

Hamas is the terrorist organization that governs the Gaza Strip. On June 28, Stratfor reported that Hamas military official Kamal Hussein Ghannaja was assassinated in his residence in Damascus. Although most of the media blamed Israel, it is likely that it was actually a hit by the Syrian government—at least, that is what Stratfor’s Hamas contacts believe.

In the past, Hamas and Syria have had a close relationship. However, signs of a falling out have emerged since the start of the rebel uprising in Syria. Hamas appears to be closing its official offices in Syria. Ghannaja’s killing was the latest evidence of a rift.

Apparently Syria and Iran were pressuring Ghannaja to orchestrate violence in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria to distract the Lebanese Army from an escalating battle over rebel supply lines in Northern Lebanon. He refused, and instead worked with Fatah (another Palestinian terrorist group formerly allied with Syria and Iran) to prevent Syrian operatives from stirring up trouble. Stratfor says that Ghannaja’s death was a message to Hamas that there is a cost to withdrawing its support of the Syrian regime.

The war in Syria is prophetically significant because Bible prophecy describes two main Middle Eastern alliances that form just prior to the Great Tribulation. The civil war in Syria is spurring the Middle East to divide into those two biblically prophesied alliances.

Psalm 83 describes one of these alliances. This alliance has never before existed in history—it is a prophecy for the end time. Verses 5-8 read: “For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them ….”

Here are the modern names of these nations, as was taught at Ambassador College under Herbert W. Armstrong. Edom is Turkey, and the Ishmaelites are Saudi Arabia. Moab is Jordan. The Hagarenes anciently dwelt in the region known as Syria today. Gebal is Lebanon, and Ammon is Jordan. Assur is Germany.

There are several prominent Middle East nations absent from this list. This is because other Bible prophecies indicates they are part of a second hostile alliance led by Iran that includes Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia.

According to Psalm 83, Syria (the Hagarenes) will eventually join this alliance that is against Iran.

Currently, Syria is Iran’s biggest ally. Will Syria’s civil war be the turning point for this country? Will Bashar Assad be overthrown by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other nations of the emerging Psalm 83 alliance? Will he be replaced by the anti-Iranian Free Syrian Army?

Back in May, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry said, “Every indication is … Syria, and at this time it’s closely allied with Iran, [is] about to have a break with Iran and it’s going to have some domino effects on other nations, which is going to really shake this world and change the course of world events in a way that hasn’t happened in quite a long time.”

Those domino events are now happening. Syria may soon switch sides. The map of the Middle East is being radically redrawn.

The Psalm 83 alliance also includes “the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre.” Tyre is located in southern Lebanon, a stronghold of the Hezbollah terrorists that are currently allied with Iran and Syria.

But the Philistines are inhabitants with Tyre. Back in May, Gerald Flurry also noted that the Philistines (as mentioned in Psalm 83) are in the Palestinian areas of the Gaza Strip (the ancient area of the Philistines) and the West Bank. “[I]t looks very much like that Iran is going to also lose the Gaza terrorists, and they’re going to shift their alliance … as well,” he said.

It is possible we are already seeing the first signs of this today with the fallout between Hamas and its former sponsors in Syria and Iran.

When Syria switches teams, Lebanon will not be able to stand on its own, and at that point the Psalm 83 alliance of Middle Eastern nations will be complete. And Bible prophecy will move on to the next step in the lead-up to the best event ever to occur on Earth: the return of Jesus Christ.

Be sure to watch Gerald Flurry’s May 23 broadcast of the Key of David, titled: “Psalm 83 Is Being Fulfilled.” And for more information on the emerging Psalm 83 alliance and what it means for America, Britain and the tiny nation of Israel, read The King of the South, especially Chapter Two.

Storms Leave More Than a Million Without Power

More than one million households in Washington d.c. and the state of Virginia are still without power after strong rainstorms swept the eastern United States this past weekend.

The rainstorms packed hurricane-force winds gusting at more than 60 miles per hour and knocked down numerous power lines. Last Friday, 1.4 million Virginians were without power. Since then, temperatures have risen into the high 90s.

Washington d.c. and four states all declared states of emergency after the storm. Meteorologists are forecasting that the sweltering temperatures will continue into the next few days. They also expect that the eastern seaboard may experience many more rainstorms this hurricane season.

The extreme weather conditions America experiences are not random or senseless. If you want to know the real reason for these constant weather disasters, read our article “Why All the Weird Weather?”

The Riches Herbert W. Armstrong Gave Singapore

The Riches Herbert W. Armstrong Gave Singapore

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God’s gospel message that Yusof bin Ishak, Ong Pan Boon, George Thompson and Lee Khoon Choy wanted to hear

Singapore is rich!

This Southeast Asian city-state is the wealthiest in the region, boasting the highest standard of living, near $60,000 per household, top education standards and hosting one of Earth’s pinnacle water ports and stock exchanges.

“I have traveled over the four quarters of this globe we call Earth. I have rubbed shoulders with the rich and the very poor and those in between,” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his final work, Mystery of the Ages.

Surrounded by Second and Third World nations, Singapore was another country Mr. Armstrong served in the Eastern Hemisphere with Christ’s gospel message. It opened its arms of friendship to him and as a result, God’s work grew and took hold in the minds and hearts of those of its populace who had ears to hear.

As far back as Dec. 24, 1941, Mr. Armstrong declared to his co-workers amid World War ii that “it is probable Japan will take the Philippines—that Singapore will fall.”

To the British, Singapore was the “Gibraltar of the East” and a key sea gate in Southeast Asia. Mr. Armstrong’s prediction was correct, and in under three months, on Feb. 15, 1942, the British surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Forces. Many British and Commonwealth soldiers died as prisoners of war on that island, along with Singaporean citizens caught in the crossfire of conflict.

As the tide of war turned in the Allies’ favor, Japanese surrender came before the British could recapture its fallen possession on its own terms. Singapore would ultimately return to British rule.

It was about this time that its citizens began to hear Mr. Armstrong’s voice via Radio Ceylon, as he declared the good news of the coming Kingdom of God and the imminence of the World Tomorrow to his audience.

The evening of March 17, 1954, after a broadcast featuring comments about man’s planned moon flight, a listener from Singapore wrote, “[H]e mentioned that a free copy of the Plain Truth could be obtained from you, and I would be grateful to receive a copy. Please convey my thanks to Mr. Armstrong for his excellent sermon” (co-worker letter, April 26, 1954).

By May 11, 1955, Mr. Armstrong was able to notify co-workers around the world, “I have requests to appear and speak publicly in Singapore ….” His travels continued in and out of the region, and it would be seven years later that The World Tomorrow was able to broadcast on a station hosted in Singapore.

Throughout the 1960s, change was in the wind in Singapore as the process of decolonization hastened. By mid-decade, the country was an independent republic. During this time subscribers to the Plain Truth magazine grew, as did Mr. Armstrong’s profile among Singapore’s elite, enabling him to notify supporters by the summer of late 1970, that “conferences had been setup for me” with Yusof bin Ishak, the prime minister of Singapore (ibid, Sept. 3, 1970).

Arriving for the visit, Mr. Armstrong found the prime minister abroad in Europe, and as such he met with his second in command, longtime assistant secretary-general of the ruling pap and minister of education, Ong Pan Boon.

Mr. Armstrong was surprised to see that he already had a copy of the booklet This Is Ambassador College, and told co-workers on Sept. 28, 1970, “I presented him with a copy of The Envoy,” the annual pictorial of college faculty, students and campus life.

The surprises kept coming as the minister conveyed his desire to enroll his daughter in Ambassador College in Pasadena, California!

As the college founder and chancellor, Mr. Armstrong asked to interview her. “He had her in his office within 10 minutes,” he recalled. Despite the academic year having already been begun two weeks prior, Mr. Armstrong decided to accept her, and the minister sent his daughter to Ambassador immediately.

During this eventful trip, Mr. Armstrong was invited to speak at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club. He was followed by another speaker, chief of a local college, who told the assembly he was “a subscriber to the Plain Truth, praising it highly, telling the local Rotarians they should all become subscribers” (ibid, May 28, 1971).

Within two months, King Leopold of Belgium was accompanying Mr. Armstrong on a European-Southeast Asian trip which included a visit to Singapore.

The following year, work was under way to establish the World Tomorrow television program on air over the country to serve the amassing Plain Truth readership of nearly 180,000 in the Far East region.

In addition, Mr. Armstrong confirmed that same year that high government officials from various European and Asian countries were visiting Ambassador College. One such visitor was Singapore’s deputy foreign minister, George Thompson.

By 1973, Plain Truth staff were recommending their editor in chief establish a special Asian edition of the magazine to be printed in Singapore.

The following year, preliminary work was under way for a public appearance campaign for this city-state in the South China Sea. By this time, the Singapore congregation of the Church numbered almost 50. However, the next few years saw the planned campaign stall amid increasing pressure in the region from surrounding Communist nations along with the complications of Mr. Armstrong’s total heart failure and lengthy recuperation.

Drama unfolded in 1982. After arriving in Malaysia to speak to 800 Church members and Plain Truth subscribers, many of which had made the trip from neighboring Singapore, Kuala Lumpur authorities barred Mr. Armstrong from speaking, citing that the state religion was Islam and appraising him that the Gulfstream ii aircraft could be impounded and him jailed if he proceeded in speaking to the assembly.

A year later, he would return and speak to around 400 members and subscribers from Singapore and the surrounding areas.

A major historical highlight for Singapore and the unofficial ambassador for world peace came in 1984, shortly after Mr. Armstrong’s arrival at Changi airport. On the evening of January 17, he was joined at dinner by Lee Khoon Choy, senior minister of state from the prime minister’s office. Mr. Lee was also deputy chairman of the People’s Association, which boasted over 130 branch locations offering Singapore’s citizens a blend of education and cultural experiences.

After discussion about concerts and performances hosted at Ambassador Auditorium and outlining the humanitarian work of Ambassador International Cultural Foundation, Mr. Lee offered to host a small concert of Chinese music for Mr. Armstrong during his stay.

Two days later, Mr. Armstrong attended the small Singaporean performance. The Worldwide News of January 30 reported, “[T]he concert featured Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Western style symphony pieces—all played on Chinese instruments.

“Afterwards, Mr. Armstrong discussed arranging a performance by the group in the Ambassador Auditorium.”

Two years later, Mr. Armstrong was dead, and the charitable, humanitarian endeavors and the gospel message of Christ’s return and establishment of His Kingdom quickly faded as a hostile administration seized control of all enterprises he had so painstakingly built (Matthew 24:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3).

It was not until Dec. 7, 1989, that this present continuation of Mr. Armstrong’s life work began to be revived. Since that time, Gerald Flurry has labored to enliven not only the Church, but the educational and humanitarian legacy long established through the selfless sacrifice of Mr. Armstrong and his supporters.

Today, this publication’s sponsor serves a small congregation of members and a few hundred subscribers in Singapore who collectively remain faithful and “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered” (Jude 3).

For though Singapore is rich, true wealth cannot be found in the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10), but in the riches of the Word of God, which was showered on that nation via the gospel message originally delivered by God through Herbert Armstrong. The few remaining faithful in Singapore continue to work in preparation for a new government that will bring not only to South Asia, but to the whole globe, health, wealth and happiness for all.

Britain’s Banking System—Destroyed by Dishonesty

Britain’s Banking System—Destroyed by Dishonesty

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What happened in the Barclays scam and how it shows the end of Britain’s banking system

British and American regulators imposed fines of nearly half a billion dollars on Barclay’s bank on June 27 as the bank settled a massive corruption case with bank regulators. Its share price has fallen 15 percent since the scandal broke, knocking $5.6 billion off.

The Royal Bank of Scotland has also been implicated in the scandal, according to leaked documents, and “most of the world’s other largest financial institutions” are under investigation, according to Reuters. They are accused of lying and manipulating the interest rates that consumers pay on just about everything.

Interest rates on things like mortgages, credit cards and savings accounts are often set by examining the interest rates that banks charge each other. In London this rate is called the London Interbank Offered Rate, or libor.

A selection of big banks tells Thomson Reuters how much interest they had to pay to borrow money. Reuters, acting on behalf of the British Bankers Association, uses this data to publish the London Interbank Offered Rate.

This creates a huge conflict of interest. In one part of Barclays a group of people are trusted to accurately report how much interest the bank pays on the money it borrows. In another part, traders speculate with billions of pounds and make huge profits or losses based on, among other things, the London Interbank Offered Rate—which is partially determined by the data Barclays reports.

To boost their profits, Barclays lied.

Faced with massive losses, one trader e-mailed a submitter asking him to “fix” the interest rate so it was lower than it should have been. On other occasions they’d ask for it to be raised. Then they’d invite the submitters over for Champagne after work.

The scam changed slightly once the financial crisis hit. Lenders feared Barclays was becoming a risk and started demanding high interest rates when loaning it money. Senior management didn’t want to admit that other banks saw it as risky, so it told the submitters to lie and pretend they were being charged a lower interest rate.

This cheating meant that Barclays traders got bigger bonuses than they should have at the expense of mortgage holders, savers and the general public, who had their interest rates tampered with. An independent analysis shown to American courts says the cheating could have cost $45 billion during the financial crisis alone, with most of this cost being borne by pension funds and investors.

Industry insiders say this type of behavior was common. It was “common practice” among senior employees, a former Royal Bank of Scotland trader said. At least 20 other banks are being investigated—Barclays just owned up first to get a lower fine and to try to avoid criminal charges.

The scandal is destroying the trust in Britain’s entire banking system. The assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Warner, writes:

Many have already said it, but it is one of those observations that bears constant repetition: In all my years as a financial journalist, it’s hard to recall a case quite as shameful as this—and I’ve certainly seen a few.There is no industry in all commerce that relies as much on public trust and reputation for probity as banking. We have seen what happens when trust is lost: We get the legion of banking runs that lie at the heart of the financial crisis; people run for the hills and the economy grinds to a halt.To have American regulators accuse Barclays of lies, deception and manipulation is an appalling indictment of one of the oldest and most respected names in British banking. It is like discovering that your local branch manager has routinely raided your hard-earned savings to finance his champagne lifestyle.

He warns the crisis could mean the end of Britain’s banking system, and with it Britain’s position as a powerful economy:

When the history books are written, this may be seen as a defining moment, the point at which public anger with the banks bubbled over into something much more seismic in its consequences than the general atmosphere of bank bashing we have seen to date. Despite the crisis, there has been a sense of back to business as normal for the City these past three years. There have been few signs of behavioral change. But this may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back ….Finance’s golden age may be drawing to a close; with no new industry or manufacturing renaissance coming up in the wings, it is not entirely clear what’s going to take its place as a source of British wealth, jobs and tax revenues. It is not just finance for which hard times lie ahead.

The founder of the Plain Truth magazine, Herbert W. Armstrong, once recounted an encounter with entrepreneur Roger Babson. Babson, who went on to forecast the 1929 stock market crash, described his way of predicting the economic future:

It is now mid-winter. If I want to know what the temperature is, now, in this room, I go to the wall and look at the thermometer …. But if I want to know what the temperature in this room is going to be, an hour from now, I go to the source which determines future temperatures—I go down to the boiler-room and see what is happening down there. You gentlemen looked at bank clearings, indexes of business activity, stock car loadings, stock market quotations—you looked at the thermometers on the wall; I looked at the way people as a whole were dealing with one another. I looked to the source which determines future conditions. I have found that that source may be defined in terms of “righteousness.” When 51 percent or more of the whole people are reasonably “righteous” in their dealings with one another, we are heading into increasing prosperity. When 51 percent of the people become “unrighteous” in their business dealings with their fellows, then we are headed for bad times economically!

In Britain’s banks, it’s not a case of 51 percent being “unrighteous”—it is much higher than that. And that “unrighteousness” is killing the whole industry. As we wrote back in 2008, the root cause of the financial crisis was “greed and its associated sins. Lying. Stealing. Coveting.” Those causes have not been addressed.

This immorality is the root cause of Britain’s financial problems, and through this crisis this immorality is dealing a huge blow to Britain’s whole economy.

For more information on morality’s effect on the economy, see our article “The Cause of the Crisis People Won’t Face.”

EU: Draghi, Monti, Merkel Win—Hollande Loses

EU: Draghi, Monti, Merkel Win—Hollande Loses

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ECB head Mario Draghi, Italian PM Mario Monti and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel all landed goals at last week’s crucial EU summit. France’s President François Hollande came away the big loser.

It was a complex web of intrigue, that EU summit last week. But in the end, the deals struck strengthened the hands of Rome/Berlin at the expense of France. In fact, this was the latest in recent moves to strengthen the Rome/Berlin axis at the expense of Germany’s long-time Berlin/Paris postwar alliance.

Students of Bible prophecy should not find this outcome surprising, for the alliance between Rome and Berlin was foretold in Bible prophecy two millennia ago. Now it stares us in the face.

But you have to dig deep, with a true prophetic perspective, to perceive all this.

If one only had media reports as a guide to the outcome of last week’s summit, one would be very confused indeed. Here’s a sample of the headlines:

EU summit deal leaves many questions open. A leap forward. Italy and Spain get “breakthrough deal” on bailout funds. Merkel’s tactical victory. How Italy and Spain defeated Merkel at EU summit. Are we heading for a “half-Europe”? What really happened at the European summit?

Well, what really did happen at last week’s EU summit?

Few, if any, of the media pundits really caught it, but the wash up of the whole affair is that the Rome/Berlin axis was strengthened, to France’s continuing demise as an influential power in the EU combine.

With Germany’s Angela Merkel having met behind closed doors with the Italian, Spanish and French prime ministers before the summit of 27 EU nations convened on Thursday, June 28, one would have to assume that if a deal was not then struck between these leaders then at least their tactical positions were discussed.

As it happened, when a deal eventually seemed imminent following many painful hours of sometimes acrimonious debate, it was three of these leaders—Italy’s Mario Monti, Spain’s Mariano Rajoy and Germany’s Angela Merkel that stood in the way of its conclusion. This forced the final tactical play by each. Merkel appeared to concede a key platform in her euro stance, while the impression was given that Monti and Rajoy were granted concessions to ease their respective bailouts.

But what really did happen to enable European Council President Herman van Rompuy to issue an official statement Friday morning seemingly affirming agreement by the 27 EU member nations to quell the euro crisis?

Well, three key players were strengthened in their positions—Italy’s Monti, the European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi, and Angela Merkel. One was significantly politically weakened—France’s Hollande.

Among the plethora of confusing views that flowed in the summit’s wake, Spiegel also carried its share. But one, in particular, was most astute and the clearest of all summations of this crucial summit.

Christian Rickens, the 41-year-old managing editor of Spiegel, in his most balanced overview of the EU summit made the following keen observations:

“[A]id will only begin flowing to the banks once an effective European banking supervision mechanism, under the auspices of the ECB, has been put in place” (June 29, emphasis added throughout). That move effectively adds to the regulatory power of Europe’s chief banker, European Central Bank chief, that son of mother Rome, Mario Draghi.

“If the ratification process goes smoothly, the fiscal pact will grant Merkel the tool she needs to impose strict austerity measures on highly indebted states” (ibid). Thus, Germany’s position is also further strengthened in steering the outcome of the crisis in favor of its own imperialist motives.

“It is also clear to Merkel that she can do no better in the euro crisis than prime ministers Mario Monti in Rome and Mariano Rajoy in Madrid. Both have pushed through far-reaching reforms, to the point that they have come under strong domestic resistance. In Italy, elections are scheduled for next spring. As such, it was vital that Merkel allow Monti to land a punch or two” (ibid).

That was the deal concluded between Merkel and Monti—with Rajoy in support—in Rome a week before the summit was convened. Monti was always going to get his political concession out of this summit. The fact that it was carried out with such high drama, in the wee small hours of the morning last Friday, only added to the impression in Italy that Monti had held out for a deal in Italy’s best interests at Germany’s expense. This should give Monti much political capital in the run-up to the Italian elections.

Finally, France’s Hollande came away from the summit a patent loser. Rickens correctly observes that, in yet another deal struck by Merkel in the Rome pre-summit meeting, “Merkel’s concession [to Monti] is more than compensated for by a diplomatic victory she scored in the run-up to the summit: Late last week, she managed to get new French President François Hollande to sign off on her fiscal pact, which is deeply unpopular in Paris” (ibid).

It was thus symbolically fitting that the only real deals of consequence affecting the 27-nation European Union amid recent crisis talks, apart from the expected strengthening of the hand of Mario Draghi, were concluded not in Brussels, but in Rome, spiritual headquarters of this resurrecting Holy Roman Empire. For the upshot of the events surrounding and involving the latest EU summit is that clearly the power of Rome and Berlin is enhanced, and that of France diminished.

As we have recently observed, this will be the trend in Europe from here on. France is destined to increasingly be led on the leash to dance to the tune of Rome/Berlin.

Watch for this trend to continue at the next vital EU summit in October. As you watch, realize that what you are actually seeing amid this ongoing euro crisis is the 27-nation European Union evolving toward its destined structure of a 10-power combine, under the aegis of Rome/Berlin, in exact fulfillment of the Bible prophecies for our time!

What You Don’t Know About the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War

What You Don’t Know About the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War

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How the 1967 war stopped Herbert W. Armstrong broadcasting on Jerusalem Radio and fulfilling a dream of King Hussein of Jordan

By 1967, the Old City of Jerusalem was part of the Hashemite kingdom. At this time, Jordan’s King Hussein planned a major surge in power of Jerusalem Radio, boosting it to a million-watt station rivaling Egyptian President Gamal Nassar’s Cairo-based broadcaster.

However, for the king to attain his broadcast aspirations he needed the help of unofficial ambassador for world peace Herbert W. Armstrong. Even as political tensions rose in the Mideast, negotiations culminated between the Jordanian government, Mr. Armstrong and officials of the World Tomorrow program.

In a captivating co-worker letter from Sept. 24, 1973, Mr. Armstrong told his supporters, “[L]et me brief you.”

“A four-year contract had been negotiated, the cost of which would finance the new equipment to that tremendous power” of Jerusalem Radio’s million watts, Mr. Armstrong wrote. “It was the very next morning after the funeral and burial of my wife, after 50 years, less three and one half months, of happy marriage, that I boarded a PanAm polar flight for Amman, Jordan.” Here he met Ambassador College officials from England, en route to final negotiations with Adlay Muhtadi, communications representative for the Jordan government.

“We drove to the station just outside Jerusalem and back. The contract was signed,” Mr. Armstrong recounted.

“But on the Sunday morning in June 1967, when I was en route from the campus in England to London airport, to go to Jerusalem and put on the first broadcast in person, the Six-Day War with Israel had started. Six days later, Jerusalem and that station were in Israeli hands!”

Following this dramatic chain of events, Mr. Muhtadi traveled to England, and upon arriving at the college in Bricket Wood, offered Mr. Armstrong half the price of the original contract for airtime, but now on Radio Amman. A deal was struck! The pair came to terms and as such, Mr. Armstrong made a major humanitarian charitable contribution to the Hashemite kingdom, as the funds were used to aid refugees of the Arab-Israeli war.

Perhaps one of the most astounding outcomes of this historic drama came in the form of the mind change of Mr. Muhtadi. He would return numerous times to the beautiful college grounds in the British countryside in an effort to become more acquainted with the international cultural and humanitarian endeavors headed by Mr. Armstrong. These endeavors Mr. Armstrong termed at the time, “our extension program of education worldwide,” in reference to what was to formally become, two years later, the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation (aicf).

Mr. Muhtadi “came to believe wholeheartedly in the message and what we were doing,” Mr. Armstrong recalled. In 1972, “he joined our organization, moving his family to Bricket Wood, England.”

This Jordanian dignitary set about promoting Mr. Armstrong’s various activities by bringing other “high-ranking men of the Arab world” onto the Ambassador College campuses in England, Texas and Pasadena.

It was through these series of miraculous events that other doors opened for Mr. Armstrong to preach Jesus’s prophesied gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to Jordan and Lebanon.

In retrospect, 1967 was a most dynamic year for this unofficial ambassador for world peace. After the sudden death of his wife, the Jerusalem Radio incident and Jordanian breakthroughs, he would later meet with King Leopold of Belgium, President Shazar of Israel and Prince Mikasa of Japan.

Through these events he was catapulted forward into a new and dynamic phase of his life’s work. The ensuing 17 years would be spent in the relentless pursuit of reaching world leaders in person with Christ’s commissioned message of Matthew 24:14.

During January 1986, when the news of the death of this unofficial ambassador for peace reached King Hussein and Queen Noor, his friend Adnan Abu Odeh wrote, “Their majesties instructed me to convey their heartfelt sympathies and condolences on the passing away of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong and their hope that the life of benevolence, altruism and the drive for a better understanding among peoples which Mr. Armstrong led will continue to be the inspirational path for others to follow” (Good News, May 1986).

Following its humble beginning back in 1996, the reborn and refreshed extension of aicf, Armstrong International Cultural Foundation, under the direction of the Trumpet’s editor in chief, Gerald Flurry, first set about to serve the Mideast kingdom of Jordan by collaborating with the Al-Hussein Society, reviving the support Mr. Armstrong had previously given it.

As founder and chairman of the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation, Mr. Flurry then lent support to the Petra National Trust, with its vision and mission of conserving, preserving and sustaining the historic city of Petra and joined in supporting its “projects and programs to safeguard and maintain site significance and integrity for Jordan and the world.”

Foundation efforts over the past two decades, initially serving Jordan and more recently Israel, plus its excellent concert series performed at the Armstrong Auditorium in Oklahoma, offer proof that Mr. Flurry is honoring the Jordanians’ royal “hope that the life of benevolence, altruism and the drive for a better understanding among peoples which Mr. Armstrong led will continue to be the inspirational path for others to follow.”

In their messages of condolence upon Mr Armstrong’s death, that was also the request of emperors, kings, queens, princes, presidents and prime ministers, along with a myriad of dignitaries from around the globe who met and worked with Mr. Armstrong and the foundation during his life.

Through its current efforts, Armstrong International Cultural Foundation continues its contribution toward bringing about understanding between all peoples in the march toward the soon-coming world peace to be imposed by the King of kings.