Newly Elected Somali President Has Ties to the Muslim Brotherhood

Newly Elected Somali President Has Ties to the Muslim Brotherhood

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As democracy sweeps across North Africa, Hassan Sheikh Mohammed was elected president of Somalia on Monday in a contest that even his defeated rival called the first fair election since 1969.

Described as a moderate Islamist, the new president is said to be fiercely opposed to the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militia, but closely tied to the Union of Islamist Courts and to al-Islah—the Somali branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Indeed, many of his supporters claim he will support whoever has the best chance of bringing stability to Somalia.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamed worked closely with al-Islah in the early 1990s to rebuild the Somali education system after it was destroyed by tribal conflicts. The schools that he established follow Muslim curricula similar in fashion to the schools of Sudan and Egypt, but are strongly opposed to al-Shabaab’s brand of Islam.

While many might view the new president’s ties with al-Islah as a preferable alternative to the radical views of al-Shabaab, it is easy for them to forget that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Mogadishu may bring Somalia into close alliance with the radical Islamic regime that now rules Egypt.

Six weeks ago, the head of al-Islah in Somalia, Ali Basha Umar, traveled to Egypt to meet with the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Badie. At this meeting, Muhammad Badie reaffirmed Ali Basha’s position as leader of al-Islah and congratulated him on the work he is carrying out in Somalia in difficult times.

In a recent Key of David broadcast, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry predicted that, based on Daniel 11:42-43, Egypt would help swing Libya and Ethiopia into a radical, Iranian-led Islamic caliphate. The Muslim Brotherhood has been called the mother of Sunni Islamist movements, and it is joining with the Shiite Iranian mullahs in an alliance-of-convenience to undermine both Israel and the United States.

Expect other strategically located Islamic nations—such as Eritrea, Somalia and possibly Yemen—to follow Egypt right into the Iranian camp!

What We Said About the ‘New and Democratic Libya’

What We Said About the ‘New and Democratic Libya’

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It would be a thousand times worse.

Libyan chaos is now the ideal setting for Iran to bring that nation into its deadly terrorist web. It would be one thing for a discerning commentator to make a statement like that today—the day after a gang of Islamist militants attacked the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi with machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenades, murdered the U.S. ambassador and then celebrated his death by dragging the corpse through the streets.

But this is a statement my father made one year ago, even before the death of Muammar Qadhafi. Notice what he wrote in the Trumpet’s October 2011 feature story:

Now America and the West have paved the way for another Iranian victory in Libya. We are rejoicing about the overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Qadhafi, while we should be mourning. Libyan chaos is now the ideal setting for Iran to bring that nation into its deadly terrorist web. The government that replaces Qadhafi will be a thousand times worse.

Over the past 24 hours, the Iranian-dominated, post-Qadhafi Libya formally introduced itself to the rest of the world. Make sure you read Joel Hilliker’s important column about how these chilling events were all prophesied in your Bible. This, of course, is how my father knew the post-Qadhafi era in Libya would be much worse.

Western leaders, on the other hand, celebrated the fall of Qadhafi as a tremendous victory for democracy.

“We came, we saw, he died,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joked with a cbs reporter.

President Obama said Qadhafi’s death marked the end of a long and painful chapter in Libya. He said the people in the “new and democratic Libya” now had a chance to determine their own destiny. This is what the leaders of the United States of America were saying about the new Libya in October 2011—the same month my father’s warning was printed in the Trumpet magazine.

Watch the entire speech President Obama gave in response to Muammar Qadhafi’s death 11 months ago. Then go back and read “Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network.”

It makes for a stunning contrast.

German Court Bows to Draghi

German Court Bows to Draghi

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Germany’s Constitutional Court has made a political decision in support of Mario Draghi’s imperial vision.

At 10 a.m. Central European Time, Germany’s Constitutional Court delivered its verdict Wednesday on the legality of Mario Draghi’s fiscal pact for Europe. The decision was an endorsement of the European central banker’s plan for the further federalization of the European Union, and the further loss of the national sovereignty of its member states.

Though the German court’s ruling does contain some caveats deferring to the will of the German electorate, it allows EU elites to now advance one more giant step toward the creation of a form of Holy Roman Empire, most especially in the fiscal and political arenas.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “The court decided that the region’s $640 billion permanent rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, or esm, was not in danger of breaching the German nation’s explicit ability to control its own budget. Germany, it seems, will carry on contributing about a quarter or more to this safety net” (September 12).

Though a preliminary ruling pending a final ratification in December, the court is expected to rubber stamp today’s decision at the end of the year. Meanwhile, the stage is set for the greatest delegation of power to Draghi’s European Central Bank (ecb).

According to documents released today in preparation for the establishment of Europe’s new banking union, the ecb is to be granted “sweeping powers to carry out spot checks and withdraw banking licenses, previously the preserve of national supervisors ….

“The proposals—which still face months of negotiation between governments and the European Parliament—give the ecb the power ‘to authorize credit institutions and to withdraw authorization of credit institutions’” (Euractiv, September 10).

To give an idea as to how far-reaching the ecb’s extended powers will be, Euractive reports that the draft documents establishing those new powers include “the right ‘to be able to exercise supervisory tasks in relation to all banks’ within the eurozone, a move resisted by Berlin …. Meanwhile, the potential reach of the ecb’s supervisory control into non-euro states is also covered by the draft, which says that such states would be pushed to enter into formal ‘close cooperation’ agreements with the ecb.

“Such agreements could allow the ecb to use the same spot-check powers within non-eurozone states as in eurozone countries.

“These include the right to require the submission of documents, examine and take records, quiz staff members and carry out unannounced on-site inspections” (ibid).

This proposed seizure of unprecedented power by the ecb will face much opposition from both eurozone and non-eurozone nations, chief of which, no doubt, will come from Britain. In fact, this could be the thin end of the wedge which sees the UK finally ousted from the EU.

Keep a close eye on the fallout from this major EU initiative. It is destined to aid powerfully the dislocation of the present form of the EU and its ultimate reformation into the prophesied 10-nation combine of Revelation 17.

Attacks in Libya, Egypt Confirm Link With Iran

Attacks in Libya, Egypt Confirm Link With Iran

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News of the attacks on America’s embassies in Libya and Egypt bring back painful memories—and spotlight a nightmarish and rapidly burgeoning anti-American alliance.

Tuesday afternoon—on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks—an armed mass of around 2,000 angry Egyptian protesters stormed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. They burned the U.S. flag and hoisted in its place a black Islamic banner similar to the one used by al Qaeda. By that evening, thousands of protesters remained, chanting, “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.”

Meanwhile Tuesday evening, a more violent scene unfolded at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as a mob carrying guns and rocket-propelled grenades burned down the building. After American staff were evacuated to a building deemed safer, that building too came under attack. In the melee, the United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed, along with three other U.S. personnel.

This is the new reality in these two north African countries, neither of which had ever hosted such an attack before yesterday.

Last year, the United States, for shortsighted political reasons, embraced the Arab spring and supported the ousting of Libya’s and Egypt’s longtime leaders, Muammar Ghadafi and Hosni Mubarak. Now, behold what has taken their places.

These attacks vividly prove that what filled the vacuum those leaders left is far from being the West-friendly, peace-loving governments that U.S. officials hoped for. Instead, the most radically Islamist and anti-American elements have burst to the fore.

Certainly these events unfolding on September 11 made them resonate with echoes of the devastating terrorist attack of 2001. But the real history these attacks evoked was what happened to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran some 33 years ago.

In fact, the whole scene bears uncanny resemblance to events in 1979—which, coincidentally, was the last year that a U.S. ambassador was killed. At that time, the U.S. helped drive the pro-West shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, from power in favor of a popular rebellion. Soon Ayatollah Khomeini came to power, and quickly the frightening nature of the Islamic Revolution became clear when Islamists stormed America’s embassy in Tehran and seized its staff.

Now America is once again mere months removed from having pushed autocrats from office and is already being bloodied by radicals that took their place—and that we helped legitimize.

The Islamic Revolution of 1979 empowered the Iranian regime that the Trumpet has repeatedly pointed to as fulfilling the role of “king of the south,” prophesied of in the biblical book of Daniel.

A study of that prophecy, along with other related prophecies, reveals Iran’s leadership over an alliance of nations bound together by radical Islam. Among those allied nations are Egypt and Libya.

There could be no more poignant illustration of the rapid fulfillment of this prophecy—the alignment of these two nations with the king of the south—than these attacks on America on September 11, 2012.

Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network,” read the headline of the Trumpet’s October 2011 cover story. Yesterday, this exploded in Technicolor before our eyes.

“Egypt is rapidly moving into the Iranian camp,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned in that article. “That means Egypt, which borders Libya, will now help bring that nation into Iran’s terror network.”

“The end result is going to be that we exchanged Mubarak and ‘the only successful Middle East peace treaty’ for the Muslim Brotherhood—allied with Iran,” Mr. Flurry continued. “It shows that Egypt is already allying itself with Iran in its bloody terrorist war. This has the potential to cause the Middle East to explode and drag all the Earth’s inhabitants into World War iii!”

On his Key of David program that aired just this past weekend, Mr. Flurry further expounded on the point. He began by talking about how the growing alliance between Egypt and Iran is fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy—and sadly, it was shortsighted U.S. foreign policy that made it all possible. “Until recently, Egypt has been at peace with Jerusalem for like 30 years, and then the last 20 of those 30 years we have been prophesying that Egypt and Iran were going to become allies, and that peace with Jerusalem and with the U.S. was going to change into becoming violent enemies against us,” he said. “In the month of August 2012, the Daniel prophecy that we’ve been talking about for nearly 20 years was fully and totally fulfilled! It is now reality! Egypt and Iran are allied. Egypt is allied with the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

Mr. Flurry then warned that, according to Daniel’s prophecy, Egypt is going to lead Ethiopia and Libya into the radical Iranian camp. “Egypt is only a part of a huge, devastating prophecy that is unfolding in the Middle East,” he said. “Iran and Egypt are going to have a great deal to do with sweeping Libya and Ethiopia along into that radical Islamic camp, and that, too, is prophesied right there in Daniel 11.”

Egypt and Libya are rapidly taking the path pioneered by radical Iran. As Daniel’s prophecy shows, they are “at his steps,” or following in the train of the king of the south!

The two embassies being attacked back to back was a direct message from radical Islam to America.

Hardline Muslims orchestrated these angry, violent and even lethal attacks—over what? Supposedly they were upset about a low-budget video that insults the Muslim prophet Muhammed made by a filmmaker in California and promoted by a religious man in Florida. Excerpts were dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube. Islamists apparently felt that act implicated all American officials worldwide—and spontaneously decided to riot. On September 11, of all days.

(America’s “ally” in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai, agreed, condemning not the attacks, but the video, as an “inhuman and abusive act” that “caused enmity and confrontation between the religions and cultures of the world.”)

How did America respond? Essentially, by apologizing for inciting the attacks. “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims. … We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Even President Obama, in his statement about the attack, implicated the filmmaker by mentioning that “the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”

That is how America responds to an attack on an embassy, the destruction of a consulate and the murder of an ambassador and three other officials. That response springs from the same broken national will that produced the weak foreign policy that helped create this nightmare in the first place. That too is a prophecy in Scripture the Trumpet has drawn readers’ attention to repeatedly over the past two decades.

Don’t expect America to take any substantive retaliatory action against this egregious provocation by Islamists. In Daniel’s prophecy about the king of the south, this radical power aggressively pushes and pushes until it provokes a mightier power to respond—but that power is not the United States!

This is a watershed moment showing how rapidly the Bible’s prophecies are being fulfilled.

Russia’s Rise Congeals Europe

Russia’s Rise Congeals Europe

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Putin’s goal of reversing the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” underpins the lion’s share of Russian policy. Europe is taking note.

The Soviet Union’s 1991 collapse reversed a development that had been in the works since the 17th century when the Russian Empire first emerged. This development was the systemic integration and centralization of Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Siberia and the Caucasus. Its core was Moscow. Its goal was challenging European powers.

Although economically brittle, the Russians were militarily powerful enough to defeat Napoleon and Hitler. They even stood their ground against the immensely powerful United States for over four decades during the Cold War.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Western world rejoiced, greeting the event as a triumph for liberty, and a victory of democracy, and evidence of the supremacy of capitalism over socialism. Former Soviet nations, for the most part, were also optimistic and filled with dreams of democratizing and rebuilding.

But not everyone viewed the collapse as a positive event.

“First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said back in 2005.

The aftermath of the collapse presented trials, not just to Russia, but also to many of the former Soviet nations that initially celebrated the union’s collapse. Those nations without energy to export underwent a massive decline in standard of living, followed by an era of stifling economic stagnation. The strain has been enough to prod some of these countries back into Moscow’s arms. The most notable of such reconciliations was the creation of the Eurasian Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. In April of this year, Putin called the establishment of this economic union the most meaningful geopolitical event in Asia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Putin intends the partnership between these three nations to be a permanent feature inside the sphere of the former Soviet Union. For former Soviet states, it is an attractive alternative to the European Union, and Putin intends to recruit other states into the fold: “We hope that other partners who are interested in more advanced cooperation will join Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan,” he said.

Under Putin’s rein, Moscow is laboring to recreate the geography of the Soviet Union, and to reassert Russia’s influence in the region. The goal of reversing the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” underpins almost every facet of the Kremlin’s foreign policy. And Russia’s focus is not lost on Europe.

Finland’s Dilemma

Many Finns desperately want their nation to leave the EU. From its earliest months in the Union, Finland has fastidiously followed EU economic guidelines and watched while other nations flouted the system. Finns are now outraged that they have to finance the extravagance of profligate nations like Greece and Spain. That outrage has them eager to call it quits. “[A]fter all the lying, dishonesty and malfeasance in Europe, we are being asked to bail out their banks,” said Timo Soini, leader of the True Finns party. “This is the last straw.”

But despite the grumbling, Finland isn’t going anywhere.

There’s no doubt that if Helsinki struck out on its own, it could thrive economically. Finland is the last untarnished aaa state in the Union, and has a public debt of only 51 percent of gross domestic product. That would be robust even if a continent-wide economic crisis was not under way. But the economy isn’t the only factor Helsinki has to consider.

Enter: Russia.

Looming in the collective Finnish memory is the Winter War of 1940 when Russian forces conquered what was then Finland’s second-largest city, Viipuri. Moscow changed the city’s name to Vyborg, and it remains part of Russia to this day. In 2008, Finland also saw Russia overturn Europe’s postwar borders, attack Georgia and annex South Ossetia. Even as recently as this June, Moscow made veiled threats to Finland when Nikolai Makarov, Russia’s armed forces chief, compared Finland’s military maneuvers near Russia’s east to those of Georgia in South Ossetia before the 2008 war.

The inescapable implication was that Russia would have justification for aggression against Helsinki.

Fear of Russian aggression was a primary reason Finland joined the EU in the first place. “Membership of the EU and the euro is all about getting as far away as possible from Moscow,” said Tampere University Prof. Tapio Raunio. “That has affected how we think for the past 20 years.” In order to protect Finland from the Russian bear, leaders aimed to entwine the country as deeply as possible into all facets of the Western system. Now, that same fear is the main force keeping Helsinki locked into the Union, despite the economic drain EU membership represents for the Finns.

Europe’s Barometer

On August 22, German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Moldova to meet with the nation’s leaders. The trip raised media attention because it is fairly uncommon for Germany to engage in such high-level diplomatic activity there.

What prompted the visit?

Shortly after the Soviet Union’s collapse, the territory of Transdniestria split off from Moldova proper. Since then, Russia has backed the small territory, stationing more than 1,000 soldiers there and subsidizing a hefty chunk of its budget. The territory is strategically located on the Bessarabian gap, which makes Russia’s tenacious position there quite valuable. But Moldova wants Russian forces out of Transdniestria, and, in recent years, Berlin has postured itself as a mediator on the matter. Unsurprisingly, Germany has taken Moldova’s side.

In July, Russia indicated for the first time that it might consider pulling out of Transdniestria, and, although Merkel’s August visit didn’t result in any overt breakthrough deal, its timing—not even a month after Russia’s unprecedented indication—is beyond coincidence. Stratfor said Berlin’s recent diplomatic activity in Moldova was designed to “remind Russia that Germany is an important player there” (August 21).

Eastern Europe has long functioned as a barometer of the geopolitical temperature of the broader European continent, vis-à-vis Russia. Although it remains difficult to tell what Transdniestria’s ultimate alignment will be, it is clear that Berlin jockeyed into the position of mediator in the controversy because it wants to counter Russian influence there. Merkel’s recent activity in Moldova indicates a rising German awareness of Russia’s resurgence.

The ‘Spark’ to Unite Europe

More and more European policymakers recognize Putin’s determination to recreate the Soviet Union’s former glory. In February, British Member of the European Parliament Edward McMillan-Scott said: “For the European Union, Russia is the elephant in the room—something that everyone is seeing but nobody wants to discuss. Russia is the bear on EU’s doorstep but what we say in our official statements does not reflect our real attitude towards it.”

So what is Europe’s “real attitude” toward Russia?

Russia and Europe wield crucial influence on each other, which forces them to choose either to respect each other as friends, or to compete as enemies. For now, the two are cooperating, but German-led Europe is increasingly anxious about the Kremlin’s aspirations. The more pushy and power-thirsty Moscow grows, the more the European nations feel forced to forfeit political and economic autonomy in exchange for the EU’s militarily assurance. The example of Finland illustrates this powerfully.

“What Russia is doing will be the spark to bring the heads of nations in Europe together with the Vatican to form a ‘United Nations of Europe,’” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong (co-worker letter, Jan. 23, 1980).

Russia’s belligerence is spawning fear among Europeans that will hasten the rise of a European Union that is sufficiently unified to confront Putin and the Kremlin. The more advances Putin makes in his quest to recreate the Soviet sphere, the greater Europe’s urgency toward this unification will become.

Putin said the recreation of the Soviet empire is “inevitable.” And Bible prophecy corroborates this view—though the Asian bloc that is prophesied to congeal will be quite different from the Soviet Union, primarily in that it will include China. These prophecies make plain that Asia’s rise and the unification of Europe will lead into the darkest and bloodiest chapter in mankind’s history. But the same prophecies say that just beyond this bleak future lies an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for Asia, Europe and the whole world! To understand the awe-inspiring details of Russia’s resurgence and how it ties to this future time of true peace, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

Herbert W. Armstrong, the Holy Roman Empire and Italy

Herbert W. Armstrong, the Holy Roman Empire and Italy

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How Milan, Rome, Naples, Sicily, Vatican City and Italy’s ambassadors received God’s gospel of Matthew 24:14

The unofficial ambassador for world peace long sought to reach Italians with the good news of Christ’s message of the coming Kingdom of God. One of his paramount strengths was documenting those efforts and sharing them with his worldwide audience.

With the debut edition of the Plain Truth magazine in January 1934, Herbert W. Armstrong forecast the final revival of the Roman Empire, to be known as a “United States of Europe” under the spiritual sway of a universal church-state power which has long rested on the city of seven hills.

As early as 1944 Mr. Armstrong’s mind was on Italy amid the smoldering embers of World War ii, writing to co-workers January 19 of that year, “Last fall I foresaw a possibility of this war being brought to an armistice (temporary recess) in Europe, by conferences behind closed doors. I foresaw the possibility that the ‘trial balloon’ thrown up in Italy, in which the Italians received not only a separate peace but actually a ‘co-belligerent status’ with the Allies, might be tried out in Germany.”

His desire to reach the country expanded into communications between his emissaries and “men whose acquaintance I have made in the British foreign and colonial offices, and top government officials of Arabian and Syrian governments whom I know” (ibid, Feb. 21, 1952).

His mind was on pivotal prophecies of the Bible directly impacting the host country of the Catholic church-state. He continued, “They will study conditions in Europe, Germany, Italy, Palestine, the Near East. They will seek, and I know they have ability to obtain, inside information and facts about this ‘beast’ power in Europe which you never read in newspapers or hear in newscasts.”

Next, Mr. Armstrong visited Vatican City. He reminded Church members in a Dec. 28, 1982, sermon titled “Mark of the Beast”: “I’ve been inside of the Vatican library, and I’ve examined pages of one of the three oldest copies of the Bible in existence. The Codex Vatikinus, and I had to have a letter from—it was Mrs. Clare Luce who was the American ambassador in Rome at the time (1953-56), to sponsor me and guarantee that I wouldn’t destroy it or steal it or take it out or anything of the kind. And so they were very polite and they let me have it and hold it in my hands and read it. I could have spent two or three hours there reading it if I’d wanted to. But I just wanted to see it for the novelty of it, and because it’s one of the oldest copies. And it may be the oldest on the face on the Earth, of the Bible.”

Radio Luxembourg began airing the World Tomorrow program across Europe beginning 1953. A year later, one listener wrote from Genoa, Italy: “Dear Sir: Last Monday night I heard your very interesting broadcast and the sweet voice of your daughter singing. The program was a rather unusual one. I should like to know something more of it. It appears to be both religious and scientific. I have never heard a program like yours. Thanks for the broadcast. Perhaps you would send the magazine” (co-worker letter, March 17, 1954).

By March 5, 1957, Mr. Armstrong was concerned about the overall impact of the work, informing supporters, “But—we have not yet reached Germany, Italy, Spain.” By 1959 he was traveling into Italy seeking greater avenues of expansion of God’s gospel witness.

A breakthrough came two years later to reach larger sections of Italy. “Here is the tremendous news!!” exclaimed Mr. Armstrong as he wrote to co-workers Feb. 23, 1959.

“Radio Monte Carlo has just opened to us a choice half-hour broadcasting time every Saturday,” he continued. With its 400,000 watts of power, combined with two other strong shortwave stations, the three joined to blast the World Tomorrow program throughout Europe and Russia simultaneously at 7 a.m. Monaco time.

On May 22, 1963, he remained unsatisfied with overall progress, writing, “Somehow, Italy must be reached,” motivating supporters by appealing, “We still have much to do. And it is getting late! Freedom to proclaim Christ’s truth will be gone, over most of the world, in a very few years!”

In 1965 he was traveling the Italian Riviera, continuing negotiations for broadcast avenues reaching deeper into the country.

As with Radio Monaco in the ’50s, Cyprus radio opened up to The World Tomorrow in 1968 with a daily nighttime slot that reached other nations in Europe and the Mediterranean, including southern Italy.

By the decade of the 1970s Italy received God’s gospel via radio, television and publishing and most notably through its government’s ambassadors attending banquet dinners in Mr. Armstrong’s honor around the world. There, the country’s foreign representatives heard the gospel in person.

Throughout the decade he continued warning of the final, seventh recurring of the medieval Holy Roman Empire, writing April 22, 1976, to co-workers worldwide, “Here in Rome the big news is the Italian political crisis. Combined with other events, this could lead to an explosive world crisis such as never shook this world before.”

He reminded supporters that prophecies from the Bible reveal that a “new pope of iron will” will help guide Europe to a successful unifying of core nations.

“Sooner or later such a European union will take place. I have predicted this for 43 years!” He concluded, “It will astound and dumbfound the whole world when it happens. The time is now ripe!”

In the summer of 1980, Mr. Armstrong’s millions of readers continued to read of the coming 10-nation Catholic combine. “It now looks entirely feasible that Yugoslavia may be included in this revived Roman Empire. Also the pope’s native Poland and Romania, and possibly Hungary. Add Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. There will be a union of ten nations in the general area of the medieval Roman Empire in the new united Europe. Probably Holland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden will not be included. But Ireland may. Britain will not! Ireland would make up the ten!” (ibid, June 10, 1980).

So, intent on seeing the the reverberations of God’s gospel warning to Italians, he pleaded with supporters Dec. 18, 1983, “I had to make severe cuts in getting [out] the gospel by tv, radio and the Plain Truth ... Italy had suddenly opened to us. I have had to cut tv and the Plain Truth circulation in half there ….”

By late 1984 there were 14 baptized members in Italy—six on the mainland and eight on the nearby island of Sicily—plus 29 co-workers and 192 donors.

Circulation of the Italian-language version of the Plain Truth, La Pura Verita, reached 55,690 subscribers in 32 countries, with the greatest penetration in Naples, Rome and Milan.

Advertising through Reader’s Digest and major newspapers had succeeded in generating over 20,000 requests for the monthly magazine.

By 1985, television viewers throughout Monaco, northern Italy and the west coast of the country, including Rome, returned to watching the unofficial ambassador for world peace fulfilling Christ’s prophecy of Matthew 24:14 declaring the gospel witness message to all nations via the World Tomorrow program.

Italians can be thankful for the life service and sacrifice of Mr. Armstrong and his supporters who worked so hard to ensure they received God’s gospel message and the warning of the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

Today, editor in chief Gerald Flurry continues in that same example and legacy, sounding the imminent warning of this biblically prophesied 10-nation church-state combine forming at this very moment in Europe.