During an in-flight press conference on September 10, Pope Francis told reporters he was praying there would be no schism within the Catholic Church but was not afraid of facing one. The pontiff made this statement after New York Times journalist Jason Horowitz asked him, “Are you afraid of a schism in the American church?” After noting that he was unafraid, Francis went on to accuse some of his critics in the United States of stabbing him in the back.
“Criticisms are not coming only from the Americans, they are coming a bit from everywhere, even from the curia,” the pope said. He continued:
At least those that say them have the benefit of the honesty of having said them. I do not like it when criticism stays under the table: they smile at you letting you see their teeth and then they stab you in the back. … I am not afraid of schisms; I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health. … A schism is always an elitist separation stemming from an ideology detached from doctrine. It is an ideology, perhaps correct, but that engages doctrine and detaches it …. And so I pray that schisms do not happen, but I am not afraid of them.
But why is the pope even talking about a schism?
Jason Horowitz’s question about “schism in the American church” was prompted by the release of a book by French journalist Nicolas Senèze, titled How America Wants to Change the Pope. The book quotes Prof. Massimo Faggioli of Villanova as saying that wealthy conservative Catholics are exploiting the moral crisis caused by the Catholic sex abuse scandal to become the de facto leaders of an Americanist Catholic Church.
According Senèze, these American Catholics oppose Pope Francis because of his opposition to capitalism and his obsession with reducing fossil fuel emissions to combat climate change. Their goal is to use the sex abuse scandal to push Pope Francis to resign, thus triggering a conclave to elect a new pope more aligned with American interests.
Yet Pope Francis has been dismissive of American criticism. “[T]he social things that I say are the same things that [Pope] John Paul ii said, the same things,” Francis told Horowitz. “I copy him. But they say: The pope is a Communist.”
Earlier this month, when Senèze presented a copy of his book to Pope Francis, the pontiff replied, “Per me è un onore che mi attaccano gli americani (For me, it’s an honor that Americans attack me).”
It currently seems unlikely that U.S. Catholics will actually split from the Roman Catholic Church over disagreements about capitalism, climate change, and the ongoing Catholic sex abuse scandal (it’s a lot easier to just wait for the next conclave). But the division between U.S. Catholics and the Vatican is deeply significant.
Senèze points out in his book that at the time of the Declaration of Independence, America’s founders were dedicated to religious freedom but suspicious of the country’s Catholic minority (which was viewed as more loyal to the Vatican than the American Republic). So, over the next few centuries, U.S. Catholics developed their own unique culture—one that deferred to the pope on ecclesiastical matters, but not necessarily on political issues.
In 1898, Pope Leo XIII wrote a papal letter, Witness to Our Goodwill, declaring “Americanism” as heresy. In particular, he condemned American ideals of individualism and separation of church and state to be heretical fallacies.
In some ways, the Catholic Church in the United States has been in pseudo-schism with the Vatican for centuries. So even if a new pope is elected who is more conservative on certain points of Catholic doctrine, American Catholics will still go their own way on economic, environmental and many other issues.
Bible prophecy reveals that there is a lot of significance in what is happening between America and the Vatican. A clash of civilizations is coming between Anglo-America and a Vatican-dominated empire. And yet most people are completely unaware.
It is important to recognize that Pope Francis and the College of Cardinals are actively working to establish a new system of world government. The Roman Catholic Church doesn’t believe the Kingdom of God is a literal kingdom to be established on Earth by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. The Catholic Church’s position is that the Kingdom of God is a modern-day church, ruled by the vicar of Christ. Biblical prophecy describes a church existing in the end time that holds significant political influence with “the kings of the earth.” It will have particular power over a political-military union of nations described in symbolic terminology as a “beast” (Revelation 17). This description can only apply to one church in modern history—a church that meddles in the affairs of nations and considers itself mother to all.
In Isaiah 47, God calls this church the “daughter of Babylon” and the “lady of kingdoms.” Verse 6 of this chapter prophesies that God will deliver His people—speaking of the Anglo-American peoples—over to this “lady of kingdoms” because of their many sins. The Catholic Church and the U.S. are fundamentally part of two different and mutually opposite power blocs.
Division between America and the Vatican will escalate until a transnational alliance dominated by Germany and the Vatican attacks the U.S.
Has America Become One Of The Most Evil Nations On The Entire Planet?
September 12, 2019September 12, 2019 by Michael Snyder
How will history remember us? As Americans, we like to think that we are a light to the world and that other countries should be using us as a model for how to properly do things. But the truth is that we have become unspeakably evil, and after reading this entire article I doubt that there will be anyone that will disagree with me. And while it is certainly true that there are quite a few other nations that are also tremendously evil, none have fallen harder or faster then we have. At one time America truly was “the hope of the world”, but now just about every form of wickedness that you can possibly imagine is exploding all around us, and very few of our national leaders seem to care.
The first example that I would like to discuss is something that came out in court on Thursday…
The CEO of StemExpress essentially admitted in court Thursday that her biotech company supplies beating fetal hearts and intact fetal heads to medical researchers.
She also admitted at the preliminary hearing of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress that the baby’s head could be procured attached to the baby’s body or “could be torn away.”
This is Nazi-level evil, and it is happening all across the United States every single day.
Of course the mainstream media is completely avoiding this story, because they fully approve of what is happening and they don’t want to cause any sort of an uproar. And most “conservative” media outlets are avoiding this story as well, because the truth is that they aren’t actually very “conservative” at all.
Companies such as StemExpress are making a tremendous amount of money selling baby body parts to medical researchers, and the “research” that is being conducted is incredibly sick and disgusting.
So where does StemExpress get their specimens?
Needless to say, they get them from abortion clinics, and the “procedures” that must be done in order to extract such specimens are acts of unspeakable brutality…
“That is an especially gruesome admission, but it begs the question: how did they get these fully intact human children?” says Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society, which is representing Daleiden at the hearing.
“If you have a fetus with an intact head and an intact body, and intact extremities, that is something that would indicate that child was born alive, and then had their organs cut out of them, or that that child was the victim of an illegal partial-birth abortion,” he told LifeSiteNews.
I am not going to go on and on about the horrific details, and so if you want to learn more I would encourage you to read the LifeSite article about this case.
But I do want to make a point that nobody else is really making.
Today, every single one of our political leaders in Washington knows that baby parts are being harvested, sold to the highest bidder, and used in some of the sickest scientific experiments imaginable.
So who is trying to stop it?
Even after the changes that have recently happened, Planned Parenthood will still receive more than 500 million dollars from the federal government this year, and those conducting this sort of “scientific research” will receive more than 100 million dollars from the federal government this year.
We all know that the Democrats are totally on board with what is happening, and so none of them are going to do anything about this.
But the Republicans control the U.S. Senate and the White House. Every single year, the U.S. Senate has been passing bills that contain this funding, and every single year those bills have been signed by President Trump.
That makes them personally responsible for what is happening.
That is why it is so dangerous to run for public office. Because if you know of the evil that is happening and you don’t do anything to stop it, then you become responsible for it.
No, there aren’t any excuses. They have willingly chosen to fund these activities year after year, and yet they seem to think that they won’t be held accountable.
But let me ask you a question.
If the government of a nation endorses and funds the exceedingly sick and evil things that I have discussed in this article, what does such a nation deserve?
It may not happen this week or this month, but in the end America will reap exactly what it has sown.
Of course it just isn’t our government that is engaged in acts of great evil. In an article that he recently published, Paul Joseph Watson discussed the fact that some people out there are actually purposely getting pregnant just so they can have abortions…
In a Reddit post entitled ‘Question regarding abortion and breeding fetish’, one user reveals how she has “a female friend who has a really powerful fetish for breeding” and never used birth control.
“She is with a male partner currently who is just like her, into breeding and they have been practising their fetish for quite a few abortions,” the post reads.
In response to that post, another Reddit user chimed in and excitedly admitted that he and his girlfriend “have the same fetish”. In fact, he actually admitted that his girlfriend prefers to wait until “between 20 and 24 weeks of gestation” to abort the child…
“I know this fetish. My girlfriend and me have the same fetish. My girlfriend enjoys her pregnancies and she enjoys the abortion. Her preferred date to abort is between 20 and 24 weeks of gestation. I enjoy making her pregnant. And I enjoy the time of her pregnancy. She has no menstrual period and she is sexually very active,” he writes.
“In the last ten years in our relationship we have done seven abortions and my girlfriend is pregnant again with a little girl,” he adds.
And all of this is perfectly legal in the United States, because that is the sort of society that we live in.
Paul Joseph Watson summed things up very well when he made the following statement on Twitter about this story: “We live in hell.”
If we stay on the path that we are currently on, there isn’t going to be a future for America, and at this point it doesn’t appear likely that our nation will reverse course any time soon.
Pope calls Trump, "Hitler
August 27th, 2019
Jesuit/communist Pope Francis issued some startling criticism of United States President Donald Trump recently, implying that America’s leader is like Adolf Hitler.
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, published August 9, he singled out those who talk about putting their own nations first: “I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934. ‘Us first, We … We …’—these are frightening thoughts.”
Which world leader famously uses an “us first” slogan?
Italy’s Lega Nord Party has adopted the slogan “Italia first.” I’m sure the pope was including it in his criticism. But he clearly did not have just that one party in mind. According to the pope’s statement, anyone who says “America first” is “like Hitler.” AmericaMagazine wrote, “Pope Francis’s remarks were read by observers in Rome as also alluding to the politics of U.S. President Donald Trump and his ‘America first’ policies.”
Why would the pope be so critical of President Donald Trump?
It’s not just the pope. Catholic bishops in the U.S. are becoming increasingly critical of President Trump. In fact, the Catholic hierarchy has never been so opposed to an American President since Pius IX had an open animosity for Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Constitution.
At the end of July, President Trump drew a lot of criticism for tweeting that Baltimore, Maryland, is a “rat and rodent infested mess.”
According to the radical left communists in the Democratic Party and mainstream media, the statement was racist—despite the fact that Bernie Sanders, former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Associated Press, among many others, have all said similar things.
Catholic Church officials also joined in the attack.
On August 1, Archbishop of Washington Wilton Gregory publicly criticized President Trump’s comments on Baltimore, along with Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and Baltimore, saying, “I fear that recent public comments by our president and others, and the responses they have generated, have deepened divisions and diminished our national life.”
“Our faith teaches us that respect for people of every race, religion, gender, ethnicity and background are requirements of fundamental human dignity and basic decency. … Comments which dismiss, demean or demonize any of God’s children are destructive of the common good and a denial of our national pledge of ‘liberty and justice for all,’” he said. The implication and innuendo is that President Trump does not respect people of every race, and thus is racist.
On July 29, a collection of religious leaders in Maryland, including Catholic Archbishop William Lori and leaders from the United Methodist Church and the Evangelic Lutheran Church in America, released a statement. They said President Trump’s comments on Baltimore were “horrible, demeaning and beneath the dignity of a political leader.” They said Mr. Tump failed to see the “beauty” in “cities, which bring together diverse races”—another implied accusation of racism.
“Mr. President, as religious leaders, we implore you: In the name of all that is good, healthy and decent, stop putting people down,” they wrote. “Enough of the harmful rhetoric that angers and discourages the people and communities you are called to serve—more than you know.”
Then last week, Archbishop of San Antonio Gustavo Garcia-Siller issued the most direct criticism of the president. In the wake of the mass shootings just over a week ago, He joined the left-wing media in pinning the blame on President Trump. He told Mr. Trump to “stop hate and racism, starting with yourself.”
He also tweeted, “President, you are [a] poor man, a very weak man. Stop damaging people. Please! … President stop your hatred. People in the U.S. deserve better.” He then followed that tweet up with, “Please stop racism. Please stop hatred. Please be people of good will. Please stop fake prayer. You have caused too much damage already. You have destroyed people’s lives. Stop, stop, stop. Please, please, please.”
These kinds of statements are shocking enough coming from an opposing presidential candidate. If a democratic politician had called the president a racist five or 10 years ago, it would have been big news. But now a Catholic leader, supposedly nonpolitical and completely neutral, is calling President Trump a racist.
The Catholic Church has to be careful, however. When President Trump was elected, 52 percent of white Catholics said they supported him. Meanwhile, following the child abuse and pedophilia scandals, the Catholic hierarchy’s standing has never been lower in the U.S.
This Catholic support for President Trump is probably why the archbishop of San Antonio later issued a non-apology and deleted his tweets. He didn’t say that what he said was incorrect or wrong, but that he was wrong to focus on the individual the way he did and that the office of the president deserved respect. The Catholic leadership has to be careful not to alienate its own members.
But it is still shocking to have the pope come out and say that anybody who says “Our nation first” is like Hitler. That is an extreme level of opposition to the U.S. president and America.
There has always been a heavy strain of anti-Americanism in Europe, but it is now being exposed.
The European media is helping stir its populations into an anti-Trump frenzy. Take, for example, the covers of Der Spiegel, Europe’s largest newsmagazine. It has portrayed Donald Trump as:
- a middle finger to Europe,
- a terrorist beheading Lady Liberty,
- a subhuman ape,
- a baby riding a nuclear bomb,
- a meteor about to destroy Planet Earth,
- a tsunami destroying Washington, D.C., and
- a golfer striking a flaming Earth
Stern, a prominent German magazine, depicted President Trump as a Nazi. The Berlin Courier portrayed the whole world swearing at President Trump.
One study found that Germany’s public broadcaster, the ARD, covers the American president more negatively than any other news source in the world—even more than CNN.
If you think that you are pounded by an anti-Trump message in the U.S. from CNN and MSNBC, it is even worse in Germany. And now even the pope is adding to it by implying that President Trump is like Hitler.
U.S. media, more than European journalists, should know the truth about what is happening in America. Yet their coverage of the recent mass shootings was incredibly deceitful. They are making it easy for anybody who doesn’t like the U.S. to paint Americans as Nazis and their leader as Hitler.
This demonizing of America within Europe is dangerous.
Europe is already an economic superpower. Its economy rivals the U.S., and Germany is an export powerhouse. With this strong economic foundation, Europe could quickly become a major global military power. It already has far more military capability than people give it credit for. It would only take more unity and a stronger leader to utilize it. And things can change quickly.
Pope Francis is pushing for this unity. In his August 9 interview, he said:
Europe cannot and must not break apart. It is a historical, cultural, as well as a geographical unity. The dream of the founding fathers [of Europe] had substance because it was an implementation of this unity. Now we must not lose this heritage. … This unity has weakened over the years, partly because of administration problems and internal disagreements. But it must be saved. After the elections, I hope that a process to relaunch it begins and continues without interruption.
A united Europe that is against America would be a major shift in world politics.
America views Europe as a friend and ally, despite all the anti-American rhetoric. The U.S. depends on Europe and trusts European powers so much that it has given them nuclear weapons. Europe is basically a nuclear power because it has America’s bombs. That is a huge amount of trust. If someone is within your camp, they don’t even have to be all that powerful to take you down.
The Bible warns specifically about this danger.
In Jeremiah 30:14, God warns America, “All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not ….” America has lovers that it trusts, but in the end, those lovers will turn against it.
God also tells America, “They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom” (Ezekiel 16:33). What greater gift could America give than nuclear weapons?
In verse 37, God says, “Behold, I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee ….” God will use the very same nations that America has trusted to punish America for its lack of faith in Him.
The Roman Catholic Church will play a major role in uniting Europe and leading it against America. Now the pope is getting behind the Trump-is-like-Hitler narrative, while calling on Europe to unite.
The events we see taking place right now are prophesied in your Bible, and that fact is critical to remember because it shows that God is behind all of these events.
All of this will happen because, as Ezekiel 23:35 says, America has forgotten God. It has not trusted God for protection; it has instead looked to foreign powers.
June 26, 2019
Was the election of Trump an act of God? If so, why?
Since Donald Trump became president, a dangerous level of corruption has been exposed in America's federal government. Officials within several powerful government agencies have worked actively to sabotage Mr. Trump and overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election. This is treasonous behavior, and a bigger threat to America than most people realize! The facts reveal widespread complicity within the CIA and the Justice Department, including the FBI, along with other government agencies, with direction from the White House-and total support from the mainstream media. We see that the Obama administration got a frightening degree of control over those agencies. And we see officials who consider themselves above the law, who are willing to use deceit, slander and practically any other means necessary to hold or to reclaim power at any cost.
To make this reality more alarming, none of it would have seen daylight had Mr. Trump not won the election. But God wanted it exposed-and I will explain why.
Now, it seems that the harder the president's enemies work to destroy him, the more their own wicked ways are uncovered.
Isaiah 1:4-6 is an end-time prophecy that applies directly to America. It says "the whole head is sick"-talking about corruption in the government. We are getting a stark look at just how grave this sickness is!
Robert Mueller ran a massive investigation for two years into whether President Trump colluded with Russia. He found no wrongdoing by the president-but he inadvertently unveiled a great deal of corruption by the president's enemies!
Now the new attorney general, William Barr, is doing some investigating of his own. So we are going to learn even more about just how deep the rot goes.
Biblical prophecy indicates that there will be something of a turnaround, though, and that President Trump will actually gain more control of these government agencies that have been working to unseat him.
To understand this prophecy, we must first look at what was happening to the country under his predecessor-and what prophecy says about it.
The Obama Legacy
When Barack Obama became president, he said that he wanted to fundamentally transform America. He succeeded on a dangerous scale.
The damage his administration did to this country is immeasurable.
The Obama administration had a vice-grip on the law and intelligence departments. It authored scandals like Fast and Furious, which put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. It used the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative organizations. It used its intelligence infrastructure to spy on journalists and other media members. It abused law enforcement powers to punish political opponents and expand its power. And as it became clear, it spied on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. It was an attempt to stop Mr. Trump's campaign to win the Republican primary election. Then later it made a treasonous attempt to overthrow his presidency!
That plot continues to this day.
These are just a few of its deadly abuses of power-to say nothing of the racial strife it stirred up, and the cultural and moral decline it encouraged.
During Obama's second term, Peter Strzok was chief of counterespionage at the fFBI. He led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail server, and also the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. At the same time, he was having an affair with a colleague named Lisa Page. The two exchanged text messages during both investigations that revealed a sinister double standard: a clear bias in Clinton's favor and against Trump. Their texts also revealed that White House officials-even President Obama-were seriously interested in the investigations and directed them.
After an Aug. 5, 2016, meeting, just a few days after the Trump-Russia investigation began, Strzok texted that someone at the meeting said, "The White House is running this." It's unclear whether this referred to the Clinton e-mail investigation or the Trump-Russia investigation, but either would have been unlawful. And on Sept. 2, 2016, as the fFBI was filing reports about the Clinton e-mail investigation, Page texted Strzok: "POTUS [President of the United States] wants to know everything we are doing." If President Obama wanted to be involved, how do you suppose that would affect the investigators, knowing they had the backing of the highest office in the land?
This shows there was a clear political motive guiding the nation's lead investigative agency.
This should alarm every American! The Justice Department, including the FBI (one of the DOJ's agencies), is duty bound to be impartial. FBI officials are to uphold the standards of the bureau and apply the law equally and justly, not use their power to alter politics.
Not only that, but President Obama promised many times that he never got involved in Justice Department matters. His staff repeatedly emphasized that his administration scrupulously avoided even the appearance of political interference in investigations. Those same officials said they never directed the FBI to open investigations. They didn't interfere period, they said.
The texts between Strzok and Page tell a different story. Aside from exposing the bias of the investigators, they show that the Obama White House wanted to be involved and had even been directing how the FBI handled the two biggest investigations in modern U.S. history!
Despite that fact, in April 2016, President Obama told Fox News's Chris Wallace, "I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line and always have maintained it .... I guarantee it." That was a rank lie! This from the man who said in 2012: "You know I tell the truth." He and his staff repeatedly lied, and most people just believed them. Those individuals are heavily influenced by the father of liars (John 8:44).
On Jan. 5, 2017, just days before Trump's inauguration, President Obama gathered his top intelligence leaders to discuss how to continue the investigation into Trump even after he took office! Donald Trump was about to become their boss and could have shut down their investigation and fired all of them had he known about it. So they strategized about how to downplay it, assure him he wasn't a target, and caution him that interference with investigations could bring accusations of obstruction. Just before Mr. Trump's inauguration, the Obama administration obtained a new court warrant for 90 more days of spying. And their primary target was the president. Even though there was no verified evidence of a crime.
The CIA looks for terrorists overseas. However, more recently, it has been looking for terrorists in the Trump administration, accusing the U.S. president of being a Russian agent. When Trump came to office, nearly all of these powerful intelligence agencies were being used against him!
The whole investigation into Mr. Trump was based on a fraudulent, unverified dossier that was paid for by Hillary Clinton and her supporters. That was how these people obtained warrants to begin spying on Carter Page, a man in Trump's presidential campaign who never was convicted of anything. Then they used that phony dossier to rally the media and radical Democrats. It was all an attempt to somehow overturn the election and overthrow the president!
It was treason of the highest kind.
The federal agencies the Obama White House weaponized wield incredible power. If they are not held accountable, then what is to stop them from being used against the very people they are meant to protect?
Joe Biden, who is now running for president, recently told the View that in his eight years of serving with Mr. Obama as vice president, he was most proud of the fact that there was not even "one single whisper of scandal." Yet those eight years were filled with scandal! And worst of all, they were laying the groundwork to overthrow their successor.
They wanted to overthrow the law and government of the land. Robert Mueller, along with his cadre of unelected, extremely biased lawyers, were attempting to overthrow the man who received the votes of 63 million people. That is treason!
They did it without any real evidence of a crime!
The way these officials are evading their responsibilities and disdaining the law is extremely dangerous. It undermines the pillars of the rule of law and of freedom in this country! It is turning America into the sort of despotism that plagues dysfunctional nations all over the world!
The media are supposed to help expose and constrain such abuses of power. But the mainstream media was fully complicit in this treasonous plot! Those agencies could never have pulled off what they did without the mainstream media's fervent support. The media are not fulfilling their traditional role as impartial observers and watchdogs. It's not about finding the truth or getting the message out to the people. They are casting truth aside. They had a political agenda in lockstep with Barack Obama. Like much of the media in Abraham Lincoln's day, these people are treasonous to their own country!
The radical left, which is essentially a satanic attack on this land, has grown in power. Now it seems about half of the country accepts many of their lies.
This is not just the work of a cadre of corrupt officials. The real danger is that an evil spirit power wants to bring America down, and it influences and uses human beings. President Obama was, in type, an end-time "Antiochus" who attacked America. We are living in the time prophesied in Revelation 12:9 and 12, when the devil and his demons are cast down from heaven and confined to Earth! This is creating terrible problems for America in particular, against which Satan is especially wrathful.
Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh made this insightful statement last September regarding the way the radical left is treating President Trump: "An obsession has gotten hold of these people. There's almost like a demonic possession that has come over these people. It's becoming increasingly difficult, nigh on impossible to even describe, much less comprehend." That is a fair description of what is prophesied in Revelation 12!
There are numerous other prophecies about this event in your Bible. But how many people understand much of anything about the Bible today?
Those people were getting control of the government. Justice in the land was destroyed. Rule of law was twisted and perverted. People were losing faith in the government. If this trend had continued, it would have meant the end of our republic!
But God was not ready for that. He was going to save America-along with Britain and the Jewish nation. However, this would be only temporary, unless they deeply repent. There is no evidence this is going to happen.
Some ancient history-that is actually prophecy-reveals what God did.
Anciently, the northern 10 tribes of the nation of Israel rebelled against Judah [the Jews] and the throne of David and formed a new non-Jewish led nation, the kingdom of Israel. Following this rebellion, they suffered an unbroken string of curses and eventually succumbed to conquest and captivity. One of Israel's last kings before its fall was Jeroboam II. This king was evil (2 Kings 14:23-24), yet Scripture records that God actually used him to save the nation temporarily. Notice carefully: "He [Jeroboam II] restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain ..." (verse 25). Israel became more powerful than at any time since the days of Solomon. Despite its continued sin and rebellion, God blessed Israel with a resurgence. Why? "For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel [In Bible prophecy, the name of Israel was given specifically to America and Britain.].... And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash" (verses 26-27). Israel was nearing collapse! Had God not intervened, then the devil would have realized his plan to blot out the very name of Israel! But God was merciful, and used Jeroboam to oversee one last age of prosperity. It was only temporary. God used it to give one final warning. Israel was soon after conquered and its people taken captive by the Assyrians. At that time, Satan was trying to "blot out the name of Israel." If you understand it, Israel has everything to do with God's master plan to save humanity!
The book of Kings is one of the former prophets. That means it is prophecy for today. Satan still wants to blot out Israel-of which America is the most powerful modern descendant. The devil wants to blot out the Constitution of this land and destroy this country!
This prophecy shows that the primary problem in America that God has to save Israel from today is the spirit of Antiochus! That man's influence continues to plague America today through the "deep state," which he largely controlled. Look at the corruption within the government that had taken hold. In a democracy, it is very hard to get those rotten people out of office.
For America to be saved, those agencies need to be cleaned up and made to abide by the rules. If they are driven by ideology rather than the Constitution and the law, then they will quickly turn America into a tyrannical state! That is what happens without government to implement the law-and that is what America was close to experiencing! But something happened to stop that-at least temporarily.
The Kingdom's Court
An end-time prophecy in Amos 7 refers to the leader of modern-day America as Jeroboam. Who Is the Modern-Day Jeroboam? This prophecy is being fulfilled by America's current president. As He did anciently, God is orchestrating a temporary resurgence in Israel by the hand of a "Jeroboam."
This prophecy describes a confrontation between "Amaziah the priest of Bethel," who speaks on Jeroboam's behalf, and a prophet of God, typed by the Prophet Amos. Amaziah tells Amos, "O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there, But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court" (verses 12-13). This is a very important scripture.
When Amaziah talks about "the king's chapel," this implies that Jeroboam has the backing of the nation's religious people. Amaziah is saying, Get out! This is the king's chapel-his religious place. We don't want your religious message here! The word translated king's refers to a man-the king, or president in this case.
Then Amaziah says "the king's court." Here the word for king's is actually the Hebrew word meaning "kingdom." It should read, "it is the kingdom's court." And the word court can refer to an assembly of buildings, or an area where the law is taught and practiced and used. Webster defines "court" as a "place where justice is dealt." The Hebrew word could also mean "household"; one definition is, "a moveable house, a tent with a covenant in it." Another source says, "place of any kind." So this is very broad, and it is discussing the national power as governed by the president.
In Washington, D.C., is the Supreme Court building, where judges are to interpret the law. In the same area are buildings for the CIA, the FBI, the Justice Department, the State Department, the Pentagon and others. Most of them were built during and after the Great Depression, when they had a lot of manpower to use, so they built some truly impressive structures for the government.
It is logical this prophecy is talking about these government structures, or agencies. After all, if Jeroboam is going to be used to save Israel, he would need the law on his side. He wouldn't be able to use the government like he needed to without the legal structure behind him. He needs that power. The leader of end-time Israel in Amos 7 has a lot of power, but he has had to fight to get that power and hold it.
Revering the Law
On February 14, William Barr became United States attorney general. He seemed to come from nowhere. The timing of his nomination, hearings and confirmation is interesting. He was nominated by President Trump on Dec. 7, 2018.
Mr. Barr was already attorney general once before; it is remarkable that he would take the job again. He is only the second man to serve two separate terms as attorney general; the first served back in the mid-19th century.
Barr loves the Constitution and understands it as few men do. During his confirmation hearing, he said he reveres the law. It has been a long time since America has had someone like this in the Department of Justice. It is refreshing to have someone praise and uphold the law at a time like this! This should be uncontroversial-but in a way, it has challenged the whole government structure in Washington!
Barr is very concerned about what Obama-era officials did to Donald Trump. He sees that something terribly wrong has been going on. He wants to understand why government officials were spying on an incoming president. He wants to know why the DOJ withheld information from the president regarding what the Russians were doing and regarding its investigation of him. Mr. Barr chose John Durham, a prosecutor who specializes in corruption and has a reputation as a "hard-charging bulldog," to look into the origin of the Russian investigation. That has a lot of people on the Democratic side nervous, as it should! When you begin to apply the law, as Barr is, lawbreakers get nervous.
On June 8, 2018, William Barr sent a 19-page memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that stunned the Mueller team. It is a masterpiece about American law. And I believe God's hand was in it.
Barr's memo shows where Satan really got control of the Mueller investigation. It exposes what Mueller and his team were really doing. It dismantles their efforts to indict Mr. Trump for obstruction of justice, which he didn't do. And it shows that those men have no love for the law-they were abusing and twisting it for evil purposes!
If you don't think this is serious, think again. What is happening in the U.S. government is deeply important to all of us.
Mueller essentially took that final clause to include anything the president might do that could be interpreted as even influencing an investigation. He plucked it out of its context about a witness tampering with or destroying evidence, and turned it into, in Barr's words, "a free-standing, all-encompassing provision prohibiting any act influencing a proceeding if done with an improper motive." This cannot possibly be what the clause means, because that would make it impossible for the president to do his job!
The president of the United States is the head of the executive branch of government. "The Constitution vests all federal law enforcement power, and hence prosecutorial discretion, in the president," the Barr memo states (his emphasis). "Under the Constitution, the president's authority over law enforcement matters is necessarily all-encompassing"-including the powers of appointment, removal and pardon.
Mueller said that one clause criminalizes otherwise lawful actions the president would take, such as firing someone or shutting down a case. Barr argues that this "would impermissibly infringe on the president's constitutional authority and the functioning of the executive branch." The idea that "any act that influences a proceeding" is criminal obstruction would completely bind the government of the land! "[T]he Constitution vests plenary [or full and complete] authority over law enforcement proceedings in the president, and therefore one of the president's core constitutional authorities is precisely to make decisions ‘influencing' proceedings," Barr wrote. "The crux of Mueller's position is that whenever the president exercises any of these discretionary powers and thereby influences a proceeding, he has completed the [guilty act] of the crime of obstruction," Barr wrote. "To establish guilt, all that remains is evaluation of the president's state of mind to divine whether he acted with a ‘corrupt' motive." Mueller believes that if he can find a "corrupt" motive in the mind of the president, then the president is guilty of obstruction.
This is diabolical, satanic reasoning that would destroy the president's authority to enforce the law!
That is not the way the law works. These men who are bringing down America are psychoanalyzing people, searching for corrupt motives. But that isn't the way the law is; it deals with clear and specific actions.
These men think they can "divine" whether Trump acted with a corrupt motive. That is a well-chosen word William Barr used, and it really is appropriate for what they are doing. It means "to prophesy, to guess, to find out by intuition." Mueller thinks he can perceive corrupt motive based on intuition-and is basing his case against the president of the United States on intuition! Ludicrous! And he has over 15 lawyers who have an extremely biased, even hateful, view of President Donald Trump. How could these radical-left lawyers ever reach a just verdict with their intuition? As Barr wrote, "[I]f a DOJ investigation is going to take down a democratically elected president, it is imperative to the health of our system and to our national cohesion that any claim of wrongdoing is solidly based on evidence of a real crime-not a debatable one." How true!
Another definition of divine, as an adjective, is, "of, like, or from God or a god." That too is appropriate, because these men are acting as if they are God! Do you really want to be ruled by someone who thinks he can sit there and act like God, telling you that you have a corrupt motive? Do you want these men with corrupt minds judging you?
Barr continued, "Mueller seems to be claiming that the obstruction statute effectively walls off the president from exercising constitutional power over cases in which his own conduct is being scrutinized. This premise is clearly wrong constitutionally. The Constitution itself places no limit on the president's authority to act on matters which concern him or his own conduct. On the contrary, the Constitution's grant of law enforcement power to the president is plenary. Constitutionally, it is wrong to conceive of the president as simply the highest officer within the executive branch hierarchy. He alone is the executive branch. As such, he is the sole repository of all executive powers conferred by the Constitution. Thus, the full measure of law enforcement authority is placed in the president's hands, and no limit is placed on the kinds of cases subject to his counsel and supervision."
Beyond all this is the issue of whether President Trump could even obstruct justice if he didn't commit the initial crime, collusion with the Russians. Mueller found no evidence of collusion. And since Mr. Trump didn't collude, then he had nothing to cover up. William Barr addresses this issue as well: "[I]f an investigation was bogus, the president ultimately had legitimate grounds for exercising his supervisory powers to stop the matter." President Trump wasn't obstructing justice; he was trying to destroy a witch hunt that was wrong and evil. Barr concluded, "Either the president and his campaign engaged in illegal collusion or they did not. If they did, then the issue of ‘obstruction' is a sideshow. However, if they did not, then the cover-up theory is untenable."
Mr. Mueller is called "Mr. Integrity." But is that true? These men are so self-righteous they can't see any problems with themselves. Their reasoning is right out of the mind of the devil!
Last year, newly FBI-released documents showed that back in 2002, when he was FBI director, Mueller opposed pardons for four men whom the FBI had wrongfully imprisoned for decades-because he didn't want the bureau's misconduct exposed. For political purposes, he purposefully let those innocent men rot in prison! Two of them died there. The other two exposed what happened and successfully sued the U.S. government for $102 million.
Who wants to live in a world where evil men will jail you and leave you there to avoid exposure? They act like they are full of compassion. These unelected men parade themselves as if they know everything and can lead the country competently. But in reality, their thinking and actions are diabolical! Pure evil!
Many Democrats thought Mueller would be able to prove absolutely that the president obstructed justice. That was Mueller's goal. But Barr somehow understood what Mueller was doing and produced this memo, a masterpiece of law-based reasoning that exposed and condemned everything they were doing. Then Barr became attorney general, and Mueller was made to look like a fool! Between that memo and Barr's quick ascension to attorney general, the Mueller team had to change their strategy.
Mueller's efforts were part of the deep state that flowed from President Obama's administration right into Mr. Trump's presidency. Those unelected lawyers think they know better than everyone. I think God set them a trap-and then shredded the case for obstruction that Mueller was trying to prove. That is part of God temporarily saving America by the hand of Jeroboam.
Now they are being pursued by a man who reveres the law and loves the Constitution. I believe we are going to start to get an even clearer view of the rot that was there, and it will be significantly cleaned up! There are already whistle-blowers who see what Barr is doing and are coming forward to reveal the wrongdoing they are privy to.
I believe that God had a hand in Mr. Barr coming along. Somebody had to come in, reverse what the Obama administration had done, and help Jeroboam save Israel! And Amos 7:13 indicates that the president is going to gain control of what is done in those powerful federal buildings and be able to rule the country.
Restoring Rule of Law-Temporarily
It is refreshing to see America regaining some sense of sanity thanks to an attorney general who honors the law and the Constitution. But remember, the national resurgence brought about by this end-time Jeroboam is only temporary. Prophecy is clear that America's ultimate fate is just as devastating, and even far worse, than the kingdom of Israel's was anciently!
Why is the land only being saved temporarily? For the same reason this occurred anciently: because of the people's rebellion against God!
King Jeroboam II "did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin" (2 Kings 14:24). The original Jeroboam had rejected God's rule from the throne of David and changed the nation's religion to suit his own purposes. Jeroboam II led the nation in the same false religious practices. Currently the Supreme Court - the King's Court, is full of Roman Catholic Papists - Jesuits, and Mr. Trump has surrounded himself with false preachers espousing a false gospel.
A movement in America today that supports the president has the appearance of religiousness and piety, but you cannot judge true religion by appearances! You must "prove all things" from the Bible, and very few are willing to do that! (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
History is prophecy. Whether or not people realize it, this modern-day Jeroboam and his supporters are committing the very same sin that their ancient counterparts did: rebelling against God's throne and His righteousness! The confrontation prophesied in Amos 7 underlines that fact; a similar confrontation with a true messenger of God will happen again.
The resurgence in America will not last long - I give it about 5 years. God will then begin chastening the nation and its leader, using the power of his creation and our enemies, in order to bring the proud deviants and unrepentant to repentance.
WARNING TO ALL: If we do not protect innocent children from abortion and LGBT mutilations, God will unleash fire and fury upon America
(Natural News) Defenseless, self-aware human babies and children are being systematically mutilated and murdered by the gleeful, demonic abortion advocates across America. In their acts of pure malice, there is no remorse, no compassion and no recognition of the life of the child. These abortionists and post-birth infanticide proponents are nothing less than serial murderers and baby butchers, and it is our duty as conscious, capable human beings to stop them from mutilating and murdering innocent human children, whether inside the womb or out.
In the name of "women's reproductive health," the mass murder abortion industry absurdly claims that human babies are not human at all... at least until someone decides to keep the child. Even then, that same child can be terminated by the parent after birth, achieving what is essentially "fourth term abortion" that flat-out consists of murdering a living, breathing human being. This is all justified by Leftists who tell themselves that pro-life Christians are mean, while life-destroying abortionists are compassionate.
We already know that Leftists will not stop their LGBT mutilations and systematic murder of children. In fact, they take great pride in their acts of extreme violence against the unborn and recently born. This annihilation of the life of an innocent young human somehow gives meaning to the empty, pointless lives of "progressives" who apparently exist for no reason other than to carry out acts of murder, violence, destruction, censorship and sabotage against others. Their entire existence is rooted in the destruction of life, liberty and happiness, which is why they hate the very nation founded on those Christian principles.
Every abortionist is a serial murderer, and every serial murderer will be judged by God, if not judged by society first. The warning here is that if We the People do not protect the innocent against abortion violence and LGBT mutilations, God will judge our nation as a whole, and few will be insulated from at least some of the effects of God's fury being unleashed upon the wicked that now infest our society like demonic, anti-human ghouls.
The mass murder and mutilation of conscious human babies, all in the name of "progressivism"
With our public schools being turned into pedophilia grooming centers, and with universities now functioning as LGBT indoctrination / brainwashing factories for young adults, Leftists have turned America into a demon-infested Hellscape that defies morality, human biology and human decency. No child is safe in a nation run by tech monopolists, media propagandists and left-wing lawmakers who demand the "right" to murder children after they are born (or to physically castrate them via LGBT DIY "gender reassignment" home surgery carried out by their murderous, mentally ill parents).
What the progressive Left is doing to children across America today isn't merely sick. It's Satanic. It is an affront to life and God.
And it will not go unanswered.
How will God unleash his fury upon us? The Bible already tells us how
I have not yet read the entire Bible, but I'm making my way through its various books and chapters, and what strikes me as astonishing is how God unleashes his vengeance on evil populations, evil cities, evil nations or evil groups of people. He does not wave a magic wand and simply cause those evil people to vanish or explode in a ball of fire. Rather, God unleashes the power of natural phenomenato annihilate the intended target.
Yes, God kills the wicked. Repeatedly. Although this is rarely talked about at popular churches, such accounts are found throughout the Bible. But God does not kill out of wickedness or vengeance. Rather, he eliminates those who are enemies of God and the goodness that He represents.
Throughout the Bible, there are accounts of God using meteors from space (Sodom and Gomorrah), insect swarms, winds, oceans, rain, fire, earthquakes, pestilence, tornadoes and floods to reshape Earth and eliminate those who stand in opposition to the sanctity of life itself. It's no exaggeration to say that God works through Mother Nature to annihilate those who are enemies of Life and God.
He also tends to spare the innocent, and his word promises that those who embrace God will stand unharmed even as thousands around them are destroyed. (See Psalm 91, below.)
The Bible is full of judgments from God where natural catastrophes are involved. In Isaiah 29:6 He thunders, "the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire." In Genesis 6:11-12, "the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways."
Revelation 16:18 "Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since the human race has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake."
Isaiah 29:6 "the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire"
Genesis 6:17 "I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish."
Ezekiel 20:48 "'Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to set fire to you, and it will consume all your trees, both green and dry. The blazing flame will not be quenched, and every face from south to north will be scorched by it."
This passage from Job (Job 37:9-13) also seems to describe God's weather control capabilities, where He is harnessing and controlling the power of nature to protect his followers and destroy his enemies. Read this carefully and understand that the Bible is describing a divine being taking control over natural phenomena:
2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. 3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. 4 After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back. 5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. 6 He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.' 7 So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor. 8 The animals take cover; they remain in their dens. 9 The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds. 10 The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. 11 He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them. 12 At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them. 13 He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love. 14 "Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders. 15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? 16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? 17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, 18 can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze? 19 "Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness. 20 Should he be told that I want to speak? Would anyone ask to be swallowed up? 21 Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. 22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. 23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. 24 Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?"
When God unleashes His judgement upon the wicked, those who believe in God shall be spared, according to the Psalm of Protection (emphasis added):
1 "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, "The LORD is my refuge," and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Do not be surprised if "natural" disasters remove the wicked from this Earth
If a magnitude 9 earthquake destroys every building on the West Coast of California while, miraculously, those of faith are spared and saved, do not be surprised. This might be God working through Mother Nature to eliminate the wicked who have betrayed God and life.
If an infectious disease is unleashed in America and takes hold in the filthy cities run by Democrats, leading to mass infections and millions of deaths, don't be shocked, either.
If you did not realize that God kills the wicked, you are woefully uninformed about the history of our planet, the plan of God and the cosmic battle now taking place between good and evil. Fallen angels are quite real, and Satan has achieved surprising control over nearly every institution in modern society, including the news media, public education, the tech giants, politics, pop culture, banking and finance. The Antichrist is about to be revealed as a globalist political figure promising world peace, and the Mark of the Beast may very well be Mark Zuckerberg's new global cryptocurrency scheme that would enslave humankind just as described in the Book of Revelation. Signs of the End Times are all around us, for those willing to look. (Look up!)
God is watching, waiting to judge this nation for the choices we make. Just yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Christian cross may remain standing on public lands. This seemingly small decision may have just saved America from annihilation at a cosmic scale, because it reaffirms that America is a Christian nation which still embraces the cross. Satan lost that court case, but the evil one is gaining ground in many other ways, having now infiltrated Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Google, YouTube and nearly every Hollywood studio, broadcasting putrid filth and demonic propaganda into the minds of our children. Even Disney has joined with evil and is now pushing abortions and LGBT activism onto children as young as seven.
No one can know the day upon which God will unleash judgement upon America, but when that day comes, you do not want to be standing anywhere near "the wicked" - child murderers, molesters and traffickers. Namely, the upper echelon of the Democrat party, along with all the corrupt judges, journalists and political jokers who protect the wicked from facing real justice.
But real justice is coming, and it is supernatural in its origin. Whether the justice of human society succeeds or fails, God's justice is inescapable by all. The wicked falsely believe they have all the power now, as they rule over human society. Yet their power is but a shadow of the real, divine power which will judge them all.
If We the People wish to stop the coming judgement that shall be handed down upon this nation, we must stop the wicked from exploiting, abusing, mutilating and murdering innocent children. Because they are all God's children - both from a spiritual and ancient civilizations point of view - and God will not stand by forever and watch his children have their limbs and reproductive organs ripped from their bodies in the name of "progressivism."
To stop God's wrath, in other words, stop the Democrats.Overturn Roe vs. Wade. End the LGBT mutilations, chemical castrations and child abuse. Dismantle the Hollywood child programming factories. Restore basic principles of morality and ethics to our schools, our town halls and our families. Only then may we earn favor with God and pray for forgiveness for the tens of millions of children already murdered in the name of "women's rights."
Every action in this universe has a consequence, and every conscious being is a divine being. The systematic destruction of life has already set into motion cosmic, supernatural events of such magnitude that their materialization can only be called "Biblical."
Pray for forgiveness for what we have allowed to be done in our nation, to our children, in the name of "progress." Pray that God decides we are a nation worth saving rather than one that must be destroyed.
June 11, 2019
A colossal Eurasian supercontinent is forming. From Tokyo to Lisbon, groups of Asian and European nations are hammering out history-altering trade deals and building billions of dollars' worth of infrastructure to better bind themselves together. With the ideological lines that divided East and West during the Cold War fading away, the links between Asia and Europe are solidifying at hypersonic speed. Latin America, too, is being drawn deeper into the Eurasian orbit.
All of these trends, deals and projects have one common denominator: The United States is excluded.
And this is all happening in fulfillment of specific end-time biblical prophecies.
Rebuilding the Ancient Silk Road
China has taken the lead in working to integrate Eurasia. It is accomplishing this largely with the Belt and Road Initiative (bri), the brainchild and foremost national priority of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The project was enshrined into the Chinese Constitution in 2017 as part of Xi's "Chinese Dream." It aims to rebuild the ancient "Silk Road" network of routes that facilitated the flow of goods and ideas across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Xi has been working to convince nations in those regions to cooperate with China to build roads, rail networks, bridges, ports, pipelines and Internet systems to rebuild and greatly expand those ancient routes. If the Belt and Road Initiative comes together as planned, its infrastructure will connect more than 60 percent of the global population and about 36 percent of total global gross domestic product-to China. And it is all for the purpose of reshaping the international system to place China at the center.
Many countries, especially in poorer parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, immediately signed on. They calculated that accepting Chinese loans and granting China the right to build road, rail and port infrastructure might be risky, but the benefits to their economies would be worth it.
But in Europe, most nations were skeptical. They worried about China's human rights abuses and deceitful trade practices, including its tendency to steal the intellectual property of foreign investors. Europeans also feared China's debt trap diplomacy, by which it uses loans to gain leverage over borrowing countries and force them to make concessions they would never make otherwise. They worried about how the expansion of Chinese interests globally sometimes precedes the expansion of Chinese military assets and deployments.
On top of all that, Europe's historical postwar alignment has been toward the United States. And American leaders view the bri as a dangerous drive for Chinese global hegemony, and often encourage nations in Europe and elsewhere to shun it. These factors combined to darken EU countries' view of the initiative, and to initially dissuade them from integrating more deeply with China.
But over the years, especially as Europe's anti-American sentiments grew stronger, some of the less powerful, mostly southern European nations rejected U.S. warnings and joined the Chinese project. And in March a major European power made the extremely significant decision to follow suit.
When in Rome
Italy normally reserves its most lavish welcomes only for close allies. But on March 21, it hosted Xi for a state visit in Rome, including an elaborate, red-carpet reception, state dinner and private concert by an opera megastar. But the highlight of the visit for Xi was Italy's signing up to the Belt and Road Initiative.
"Xi Jinping's dream," Business Insider wrote after the signing, "just claimed one of its biggest victories yet."
The victory was enormous, not just because Chinese ships will be able to easily unload cargo at Italy's choicest ports, but also because Italy is a member of the G-7. This group of democratically governed, advanced economies also includes Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The G-7 are powerful nations that help shape global policy. Now that one is on the list of Belt and Road participants, other European nations are seriously considering joining.
Quartz noted that Italy's move was partly motivated by its desire to break with traditional partners, including the U.S., which has been its ally since the founding of nato 70 years ago. "[An] endorsement for bri ... can signal the likelihood of a country breaking ranks with traditional allies to side with China over politically charged themes," it wrote (March 19, 2019).
Italy's "signal" of anti-Americanism is sobering. And European, Asian and African countries are not the only ones demonstrating that they are eager to side with China. Alarmingly, it is also happening with more and more countries in the U.S.'s periphery.
Crashing America's Neighborhood
The Belt and Road infrastructure development initially concentrated on Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, the same regions that were linked by the ancient Silk Road. But in 2017, Xi said he views Latin America as a "natural extension" of the project and invited nations there to join. Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Panama, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago have already signed on. More Latin American and Caribbean nations are preparing to follow.
Chinese money has already built a port in Trinidad and Tobago, railways in Argentina, and roads in Costa Rica and Jamaica. As China persuades more Latin American and Caribbean nations to join the project, this region, which is vital to U.S. security, will become increasingly aligned with Beijing and its partners.
And the Belt and Road Initiative is just one of many ways that China and its anti-American partners are deepening their influence in Latin America.
In the case of China's closest comrade, Russia, the influence is becoming overtly militaristic. In recent months, Russia has modernized Nicaragua's military, loaned Cuba $43 million for military gear, and said it may build a base there. In Venezuela, Russia has sent soldiers and military gear to prop up the regime of failed dictator Nicolás Maduro, and Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta has reported that Moscow may build a permanent military base there.
Given the proximity of these Latin American nations to the U.S. and to the Caribbean shipping lanes that the U.S. economy depends on, the deepening influence of Russia and China there should be red flags to U.S. policymakers.
The World Is Banking on China
On Jan. 16, 2016, while inaugurating China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Xi told the assembled dignitaries they were witnessing "a historical moment."
The bank was established mainly to support Belt and Road projects and to advance China's broader goal of asserting leadership on the world stage. The bank offers nations an alternative to the post-World War ii U.S.-dominated institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It is another economic weapon for China to openly challenge American leadership.
Despite U.S. pressure, several of America's Asian allies and partners joined China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, including the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Several of America's closest allies outside of Asia-Britain, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and France-also joined.
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wrote in the lead-up to the Bank's inauguration: "[T]his ... may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system." Summers also stated that America's failure to persuade allies to stay out of the Chinese initiative is a "wake-up call."
Luxembourg's finance minister said in 2016 that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is "further proof of the rebalancing of the world economy."
Trade Blocs Blocking Out the U.S.
"[G]overnments have proven eager to move forward with trade negotiations as a way to counter some of the uncertainty in the global trading system today," John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told usa Today last November.
As a result of this push, major new trade blocs are emerging around the globe.
The European Union has been especially aggressive. In recent years, it has signed new agreements with Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ukraine and South Korea. In December, Europe announced two deals with Japan: the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement and EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. The latter integrates 635 million people and one third of the world's GDP, making it the largest trade bloc on the planet. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the deal brings EU-Japan trade and political ties "to a whole new level."
On April 9, the EU hailed a "breakthrough" in its push for a trade agreement with China. The two sides agreed to dramatically boost their trade volumes, broaden market access, work together on World Trade Organization reform, and for China not to force EU companies operating there into divulging sensitive knowledge. "It is a breakthrough," said European Council President Donald Tusk. "For the first time, China has agreed to engage with Europe on this key priority for wto reform."
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said of the deals: "Not only will this be conducive to China's reform and opening up, but also Europe's unity and prosperity."
China also recently signed a free-trade agreement with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union. This group includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in April that the bloc's goal-facilitating the free movement of goods, labor and capital in the region-perfectly aligns with the aims of the Belt and Road Initiative. Putin said the Eurasian Economic Union member countries "unanimously supported the idea of linking the construction of the Eurasian Economic Community" and the Belt and Road.
Meanwhile, in December, the Japan-led Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership came into effect. This deal includes Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Chile, Peru and Malaysia. The 500 million people living in these nations, constituting 13.4 percent of the global economy, can now trade nearly tariff-free.
And all the while, the EU has been frantically working toward a landmark free-trade deal with the Latin American trade bloc mercosur, which includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. "This trade agreement will impact the whole world!" Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote of the EU-mercosur deal in our March issue.
These agreements are fundamentally altering the world economy. And they all have one thing in common: They exclude the U.S.
In the case of some of the agreements, America chose not to participate. Nevertheless, the trend is undeniable: More and more nations are forging massive economic alliances-and America is out.
Many of these history-altering trade deals have been under negotiation for years. And now they are suddenly becoming reality. "Analysts attribute that to the Trump administration's policies," (usa Today, op cit). In reality, the anti-American sentiments that helped shape these trade deals predate the Trump administration, but his leadership has intensified such feelings and made more world leaders feel urgent about acting on them.
The Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the multiplying number of U.S.-excluding trade blocs are reorienting the world economy-to the detriment of the United States. These trends take on extraordinary significance when viewed through the lens of Bible prophecy.
'The Times of the Gentiles'
During His ministry on Earth, Jesus Christ prophesied of a global era that would begin shortly before His return. He called this era "the times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24).
These 'times of the Gentiles' are yet to be fully realized. However, we are in the outer edges of this catastrophic storm.
The term Gentile refers to "non-Israelite peoples." The Israelite peoples make up a lot more than the little nation in the Middle East, in end-time prophecy, Israel means mainly modern-day America and Britain.
Once you understand who Israel is, then you can understand how the Gentiles-the non-Israelite peoples-have started to take charge of the world right now.
For decades, American and British leadership stabilized much of the world and advanced civilization. But during "the times of the Gentiles," the reins of world power will be taken up by two groups of non-Israelite nations. While there are many Gentile nations around today, when this prophecy is completely fulfilled there will be two major powers. One of these will be led by Germany, and the other by Russia and China.
China's rising power and the increasing number of trade blocs that exclude the U.S. are shifting global power away from "Israel" and toward these non-Israelite nations. Prophecy shows that as this shift continues, cooperation between China, Europe and several other Gentile nations will be consolidated and take a sharply anti-American turn.
A 'Mart of Nations'
Around 2,700 years ago, God inspired the Prophet Isaiah to write about a massive trade bloc that would emerge shortly before Christ's return. He described it as "a mart of nations" (Isaiah 23:3).
Verse 1 shows that "Chittim" will be a head country in this trade bloc. Chittim, or Kittim, is an ancient name for the Han people that constitute the majority of modern China's population. They descended from Noah's son Japheth: "Genesis 10:4 lists the sons of Japheth's fourth-born son: 'The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim' (New King James Version). Kittim is synonymous with the Chittim of Isaiah's prophecy. ... After their migration through Central Asia, the Kittim made their appearance in modern-day northeastern China and Mongolia under the name of Khitan in the fourth century a.d."
Isaiah 23 names "Tyre" as the other primary power in this mart of nations. This city represents "the commercial center" of modern Europe. The spiritual center of the [modern European] Holy Roman Empire is called Babylon in your Bible (Revelation 17:5; 18:1-3). But here in Isaiah, the Bible refers to Tyre (and its allies Zidon, etc) as the commercial center of this European power. By understanding the spiritual and the commercial powers, you can understand what a colossus is rising in Europe.
Verse 1 also mentions "Tarshish," which in this context is an ancient name for modern Japan, showing that Japan will play a major role in this anti-U.S. bloc despite its current alignment with America. A companion passage in Ezekiel 27 mentions ancient names for modern Russia (Tubal and Meshech), showing that it will also be a part of this future "mart."
To see China, Europe and these other powers linked in end-time Bible prophecies-and then to see the Belt and Road Initiative, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and numerous trade blocs linking them economically today-is astonishing. In today's newspaper headlines, we are seeing the groundwork being laid for this history-altering "mart of nations," prophesied thousands of years ago, becoming reality!
Even more astonishing is what the Bible shows that this mart of nations will do in the very near future.
The U.S. Under Siege
The Bible contains many prophecies of that European power attacking America-and many other prophecies of America being besieged. The besiegement will be accomplished by the mart of nations. Europe will wage this attack with the help of the other countries that make up the mart of nations of Isaiah 23 and Ezekiel 27, including China, Russia and Japan. All of them are going to besiege America, Britain and the Jewish nation.
China and the giants of Asia will form a "brief alliance" with the European bloc. "Should Europe, the resurrected Holy Roman Empire, find a way to take advantage-even for a moment-of key resources and strategic holdings of China, Russia and Japan, it would have more than enough power to besiege the Anglo-Saxon nations. This is why Isaiah's prophecy of an end-time 'mart of nations' that includes both European and Asian powers is so intriguing. And why the trend of collusion between these two great economic blocs is worth watching.
The alliance between Europe and South America will grow extremely strong. Europe already has considerable influence in parts of Latin America. And once China and Russia enter into this brief alliance" with Europe, the influence that Beijing and Moscow are now building there will translate into even greater European control over the region. The finalization of the mercosur deal will also greatly boost EU power in Latin America.
The situation will morph into a European subjugation of Latin America. The Latin American countries will become vassal states to Europe!
With this level of control in Latin America, the European and Asian powers will be geographically situated to lay siege to the United States. With a German-led Europe possessing great maritime power, North America will be surrounded on the east by Europe and the south by Latin America.
More details about the besiegement of the United States and United Kingdom by the "mart of nations" conglomerate are laid out in Deuteronomy 28:52: "And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee." When God was actively blessing the U.S. and the UK, essentially from 1800 - 1948, He gave them control over numerous sea "gates," including Panama, Singapore, Malta, Cyprus and Hong Kong (Genesis 22:17; 24:60). Now these strategic locations are under the control of the "mart of nations" powers or are rapidly headed that way.
The importance of China's growing dominance of world trade, and its strengthening links to Europe, Russia, Japan and Latin America, is revealed in these Bible prophecies.
The world has already entered into the outer edges of "the times of the Gentiles." And these developments are setting the scene for the prophesied siege against America.
June 6, 2019
Why we will never win another D-Day
D-Day could have been the disaster that lost the Allies the war. It was the biggest, most ambitious amphibious landing in history. And other Allied landings during World War II had failed. For two years, 2 million slave laborers had worked under the Nazis to fortify the French coast against exactly this type of assault. They had used 18 million tons of concrete to build bunkers and other fortifications. They had mined the beaches and coastal waters and filled the fields with pikes to thwart glider attacks.
The rehearsals for D-Day were less than promising. Operation Tiger, in April 1944, was a large-scale dress rehearsal held on the beaches of Dover. It was a disaster. German torpedo boats found their way in among the land craft and attacked. Around 800 American servicemen died. Authorities were so concerned about its effect on morale that they covered up the incident-and it remained secret for 40 years.
Operation Eagle was less of a debacle, but that's not saying much. The dress rehearsal for the paratroopers who would land the night before D-Day ended with a lot of pilots getting lost. The transport planes ran into a German bombing raid. They scattered, and many couldn't find the drop zone. Twenty-eight planes returned to base without having dropped off anyone. Five hundred of the paratroopers suffered broken bones, sprains and other injuries. In his book Band of Brothers, Steven Ambrose wrote, "The only consolation the airborne commanders could find in this mess was that by tradition a bad dress rehearsal leads to a great opening night."
The stakes were huge. If D-Day failed, the Allies would be unable to launch another attack for at least a year. In that time, a lot could happen. Winston Churchill could have been pushed out of office. Joseph Stalin may have made peace with Adolf Hitler. Or Stalin could have beat the Nazis-and extended the Soviet Union's Communist tyranny all the way to Western Europe, winning the Cold War before it even started. Meanwhile, Hitler's new weapons-rockets, jet aircraft and advances in submarine warfare-would have made the Allies' task even harder.
No wonder Allied commanders were worried. Chief of the Imperial General Staff Alan Brooke wrote in his diary, "I am very uneasy about the whole operation. At the best it will fall so very, very short of the expectations of the bulk of the people, namely all those who know nothing of its difficulties. At the worst it may well be the most ghastly disaster of the whole war. I wish to God it were safely over." Supreme Allied commander Gen. Dwight Eisenhower told his staff, "I hope to God I know what I'm doing."
It was a real possibility that we could have looked back on June 6, 1944, as the day that hope for a free world died.
Instead, we look back today on the sacrifice thousands of young men made to win the day-so that we can be free.
Why did the Allies win? We certainly owe a lot to the bravery and heroism of those British, Canadian and American soldiers, as well as others, who stormed the beaches. But there's another vital cause that our nations no longer pay much attention to: God.
Knowing what was at stake, leaders of all the nations made earnest appeals to God for help.
"I desire solemnly to call my people to prayer and dedication," said England's King George vi. "We are not unmindful of our own shortcomings, past and present. We shall ask not that God may do our will, but that we may be enabled to do the will of God; and we dare to believe that God has used our nation and empire as an instrument for fulfilling His high purpose.
"At this historic moment surely not one of us is too busy, too young or too old to play a part in a nationwide, perchance a worldwide, vigil of prayer as the great crusade sets forth."
United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a public prayer before the nation on June 6: "Help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts."
How different from our leaders today. When U.S. President Donald Trump recited this prayer in Normandy, he left out the part quoted above. We don't even acknowledge that part of history. It's almost unthinkable for a modern leader to pray for our nation to act as an expression of God's will-or to call on the people to pray twice daily to God.
This reliance on God was shared by many of those involved in the operation. "We shall require all the help that God can give," wrote Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay, commander of all the naval forces involved in D-Day. "I cannot believe that this will not be forthcoming."
And the result? Again, I'll let those in command of D-Day do the talking.
"If there were nothing else in my life to prove the existence of an almighty and merciful God, the events of the next 24 hours did it," said General Eisenhower.
"Such a historic march of events can seldom have taken place in such a short space of time," wrote Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. "Let us say to each other, This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes."
Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan did most of the planning for D-Day in his role as chief of staff to the supreme Allied commander. History Net called him "one of World War ii's forgotten heroes." On April 7, 1947, he published an article in Britain's Telegraph newspaper titled "The Miracle of D-Day." He wrote
As the old adage had it, "Man proposes, but God disposes." There comes a point in so many of our affairs at which we hope so often for a miracle.
And miracles happen still. How many of them have we not seen enacted before our eyes in these past few years. ... There was Dunkirk and its flat, calm sea. Who planned that? During those fateful hours I was riding up to battle, south of the Somme ... our main army was hemmed in on those northern beaches. There were many others who, like us, saw no way out barring a miracle. There came a miracle. Then, two years later, a U-boat caught sight of the tail ship of one convoy [carrying troops from America and Britain to invade North Africa]. The German observer, apparently, thought what he saw merely worthy of routine report.
Then, but a day before General Patton was due to land on the Casablanca beaches, open to the full Atlantic swell, just as it seemed inevitable that his whole affair must be called off, the wind changed from onshore to offshore and let the small craft in.
The history of our other theaters of war will inevitably tell of many similar happenings, but I doubt if any will be such as to compare with the miracle of D-Day in 1944. ... There had already been one short delay, caused by bad weather, which meant that any further postponement must have been of weeks to await the right conjunction of light and tide. ... There was something more than ordinary, surely, in that decision to attack and in that spirit of success that permeated the ranks.
The most immediate and obvious miracle on D-Day, which Morgan drew attention to, was the weather. The different branches of the service all desired different types of weather in order to conduct their operations on D-Day. Chief meteorological officer James Stagg complained that he put all these requirements together: "I found that they might have to sit around for 120 to 150 years before they got the operation launched."
They didn't get exactly the weather they wanted-but they got the weather they needed.
June 6 came during a break in tempestuous weather. The rougher seas and stronger winds had some downsides. The American soldiers transferred into their landing vessels much farther out at sea than their British and Canadian allies-and suffered in the rougher waters as a result. However, as the Times wrote in 1944, "The German commanders were advised by their meteorological service that there could be no invasion in the period including June 6 because of continuous stormy weather. That is why D-Day forces landing during a brief break in the windiest month in Normandy for at least 20 years found so many German troops without officers, and why other enemy coastal units were having exercises at the time of the landing."
The weather also kept the German Navy away. "The crews of the minesweepers and Admiral Ramsay could not believe their luck when, having accomplished their task"-preparing the way for the invasion fleet-"they turned back without a shot fired," writes Antony Beevor in his history of the Second World War. "The rough seas which had persuaded the Kriegesmarine to remain in port had proved their greatest blessing."
The Allies also got "lucky" in that they managed to catch the Germans by surprise. War planners did all they could to deceive the Germans. D-Day was preceded by operations Fortitude North and Fortitude South. The aim was to confuse the Germans about when and where the attack would take place. Andrew Roberts writes in The Storm of War, "The two Fortitude operations constitute the most successful deception plan in the history of warfare."
The Allies acted as if they were going to land in the Pas de Calais. They had a fake U.S. Army group, fake tanks, fake landing craft and even a fake General Montgomery to deceive the Germans. But all the same, keeping the largest amphibious attack in the history of the world a surprise was a huge challenge.
Yet the Allies came close to losing the surprise. They had arranged a signal with the French Resistance-to let them know the invasion was about to take place. When the landings were imminent, the bbc would broadcast a line from a poem: "Wound my heart with monotonous languor" (it was a French poem). However, the Germans had captured and tortured a resistance leader and forced him to divulge the signal. The signal was broadcast at 11:15 p.m. on June 5. The invasion was about to start.
The leader of the German 15th Army in the Pas de Calais put this troops on alert. But crucially, the message did not get passed along to the German 7th Army at Normandy. And that is where the invasion force was bound.
Even some of the Allies' mistakes ended up "luckily" helping them. Planes carrying U.S. airborne troops got lost, with many paratroopers coming down far outside the drop zones. But instead of being a disaster, the dispersion of forces confused the Germans about the target of the operation. They also ended up believing that 100,000 paratroopers were landing, when the real figure was only a quarter of that.
But there's one massive miracle that made D-Day possible that is not related to the events of the day itself. D-Day was a triumph of the British, Canadian and American soldiers. It was also a triumph of the Royal Navy, the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) and the Royal Air Force (RAF). But it was also a victory for American manufacturing.
There were 7,000 ships involved in the landings, including 1,200 warships and 4,000 landing craft, eventually landing 2 million men on the beaches of France. The skies above were guarded by 11,500 aircraft.
All this required a massive logistical operation. The United Kingdom had 57 million square feet of storage area filled with supplies-including half a million tons of ammunition. German intelligence believed that any landing would have to take place at a major port in order to facilitate the flow of this massive amount of supplies. This was another reason they were surprised by the attacks in Normandy.
To get around the problem, the Allies built two artificial harbors. These would be towed across the English Channel and sunk at the beaches. It took 600,000 tons of concrete-enough to build more than 2,000 houses-1.5 million yards of steel and 20,000 men working in eight dry docks. To fuel the invasion, the Allies specially constructed an undersea pipeline that ultimately carried 172 million gallons of fuel to France.
Then there's the air battle and bombing campaign that made D-Day possible. Allied air supremacy was crucial. Allied pilots flew 13,688 air sorties, the Germans flew 309. Lt. Cmdr. Cromwell Lloyd-Davis describe the scene out at sea. "It was almost like Piccadilly Circus-there were so many ships there, and it was incredible to us that all this could be going on without the Germans knowing anything about it. But we never saw a German aircraft the whole time." Only around a dozen German fighter bombers made it to the beaches, and they could only stay long enough for one attack each. If German planes had made it through, it could have been a disaster. The huge concentration of men landing on the beach could have been bombed into oblivion.
Instead, the Axis suffered without air cover. German Gen. Erwin Rommel later described the experience:
Even the movement of the most minor formation on the battlefield-artillery going into position, tanks forming up, etc-is instantly attacked from the air with devastating effect. During the day fighting, troops and headquarters alike are forced to seek cover in wooded and close country in order to escape the constant pounding of the air.
Earlier in the war, the Germans had been known for their rapid blitzkrieg warfare. Now their tanks could only creep and crawl toward Normandy. Any open movements drew destruction from the air-or attacks from the French Resistance on the ground. Roberts writes:
D-Day once again saw a determined German counterattack on the ground being staved off by Allied airpower. The capacity and willingness of the Wehrmacht to try and push the Allies back into the sea were still there, but were overwhelmed by the ability of the raf and usaaf to attack the unprotected armor from above, where it was weakest. The bombing campaign against Luftwaffe factories and the attritional war against German fighters once they had been built had paid off spectacularly.
Then there was the battle of the Atlantic. German submarines had to be kept away from the Royal Navy that was supporting the invasion. If they weren't, it would be a massacre. This required victory in submarine warfare. Then there's the massive logistical operation to get supplies over from the UK-and the massive construction of merchant shipping was necessary.
This is where American industry was crucial for D-Day. Once the giant industrial machine was cranked up, America made the same number of planes that it lost at Pearl Harbor every two days. In 1944, Germany built 40,000 airplanes; America built 100,000.
The statistics on the total U.S. war effort are overwhelming: Nearly 300,000 aircraft built, 351 million metric tons of aircraft bombs, 88,000 landing ships, 5,200 merchant ships, nearly 150 aircraft carriers, nearly 100 warships, 12.5 million rifles and over 86,000 tanks. Roberts wrote, "Grossly to oversimplify the contributions made by the three leading members of the Grand Alliance in the Second World War, if Britain had provided the time and Russia the blood necessary to defeat the Axis, it was America that produced the weapons."
The raw materials and massive industrial capacity necessary for D-Day were a blessing from God, just as surely as the weather. This is what it took to make D-Day a success: the waning British Empire working with the rising superpower of the U.S.
God promised these material blessings to Britain and America thousands of years ago. "And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath ... And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills" (Deuteronomy 33:13, 15). Thousands of years later, the descendants of Joseph received those blessings-and used them to fuel the massive war machine necessary to defeat Adolf Hitler.
In Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26, God lists the blessings that would be poured out on our nations. These include the material blessings mentioned earlier, but also blessings in industry and manufacturing. "Blessed shalt thou be in the city," says God (Deuteronomy 28:3). He promises to "bless all the work of thine hand" (verse 12). Verse 8 says, "The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto ...."
Those blessings were on display on D-Day.
But those blessings are being taken away today.
We didn't receive those blessings, turn to God, and show the world an example of righteousness. Instead, we have drifted so far from Him that it would be unthinkable for one of our leaders to call on our people to pray daily, the way our leaders did during World War ii.
And so God is sending curses. There are dark forces rising again in the world. This time, we won't be able to stop them. There won't be any more Normandy successes; we've lost that asset that was so vital the first time-God's help.
But the biblical passages that list the curses for disobeying God give us hope. God says of the modern descendants of Israel, "I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly ..." (Leviticus 26:44). He will punish, but "if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob ..." (verses 41-42).
This is the great lesson from D-Day. As Winston Churchill himself said, "There is a purpose being worked out here below." God has a plan for mankind-and as part of that plan, the Allies won on D-Day.
June 6, 2019
History is real - learn from it
The coast of Normandy, France, is streaming with former soldiers, politicians, reporters and tourists this week. June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the largest amphibious landing in history. More than 156,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied troops crossed the English Channel and broke upon Adolf Hitler's fortifications to try to wrest Europe away from Nazi Germany.
It should be etched in our minds how important it is that we remember history. We must make it real-because it was real. Whether it's Normandy on June 6, 1944, or the turmoil of mid 19th Century America or ancient China or any other event, history can feel distant, sterile. It's text on a page or images on a screen. You don't understand the reality of the past-or the future, or even the present-unless you project yourself into it by an act of imagination. Not daydreaming or fantasy, but well-informed, purposeful, life-changing imagination.
Fail to do so, and one day reality will brusquely intrude without warning and impose its inescapable lessons firsthand.
When one visits the places of the actual invasion, our imagination should be jolted at Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Juno, Gold, Sword and Omaha Beach. Leaving footprints in those sands-so easy to walk now, so stained with blood then. Peering out from inside the cold concrete German bunkers at the gray seas once dotted with thousands of Allied ships. Traversing craters 40 feet wide and 20 feet deep caused by Allied shelling. It is awe-inspiring and humbling to think of the college-aged boys who traveled to this remote shore, swallowing their fear, summoning the willingness to kill and be killed, to liberate people they had never met.
They faced artillery, drowning, mines, bullets, mortars, falling and other perils in a strange land. And for many, that was where they remained, never to return home.
The exact number of men drowned, shot and otherwise killed that day and in the action that followed is unknown. But the loss of life was at least 4,500, probably more than 10,000. Today, 9,386 Americans are still there, buried near Omaha Beach at the American Cemetery in Colville-sur-Mer. Canadians buried their dead at Bény-sur-Mer; the British at Bayeux. More gravestones can be found elsewhere.
It is emotionally overwhelming to stand in a green field among thousands of white stone monuments-standing in perfect attentive formation like the soldiers over whose bodies they stand, inscribed with dates of death clustered mostly around a few blood-soaked months in 1944.
These men were willing to do whatever was needed to get the job done. And the job was saving civilization as we know it. The flame of freedom in Europe had been extinguished. Adolf Hitler, the Nazis, the German nation, its allies and collaborators in government, society and even religion had taken over. Albanians, Belgians, Czechs, Danes, Dutch, Finns, French, Hungarians, Slovaks and populations beyond were controlled by National Socialists in Berlin.
At incomprehensible cost, these young men did it: By day's end, they had taken control of the beachhead, the literal starting point of victory in Europe and Allied victory in the Second World War.
Driving through the coastal towns, you still see signs proclaiming the gratitude of the French to the Americans, the British and the Canadians for sending their sons-to fight, to die, to set them free.
D-Day was real. But it happened 75 years ago. Only the ancient among us remember this history firsthand. The men still living who stormed those beaches in their early 20s are now in their late 90s. Amazingly, there are still about 300 who traveled to Portsmouth, England, on the 75th anniversary, and crossed the Channel and arrived early in the morning in Normandy, France. By the next major anniversary, many of them will be gone.
For 93 percent of humanity, remembering and knowing that D-Day was real requires an act of imagination. Most of us are far removed from the clamor of war. Our wars are fought by professionals, on small scales in faraway, obscure theaters. We see 90-second reports on them every now and then. For most of us, wars and the reasons they are fought are a hum in the background, easy to ignore.
Because men fought and bled and died for France and for all of us, our world is much different from what it would be otherwise. We have the luxury to devote our attention to other concerns. We have the luxury of fighting far pettier battles. We have people waging battles for the "right" for a man to be called a woman, for college students to be protected from hearing people disagree with them, for the destruction of traditional family and "toxic masculinity." We feel so insulated from war that we have a 29-year-old near-idiot member of Congress claiming that carbon emissions are our generation's World War II. We have presidential candidates saying that climate change is their primary political concern.
Entrusted with the future of our country, these leaders-and many others, less directly-are squandering our time, our resources and the sacrifices of our predecessors to serve their ideologies, their careers or even just their bank accounts. They are leading us back into the dangers that ultimately cause world war.
They forget history. Through neglect, they make what was real unreal, simply because it occurred one lifetime ago.
The last world war ended 14 months after D-Day with America's atomic strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The explosions and radiation, which killed hundreds of thousands, cut short the war and saved hundreds of thousands of other lives, but they also thrust the world into a new era: the age of weapons of mass destruction.
Few people alive are old enough to remember that. The rest of us must imagine the reality of an entire city being destroyed by a single bomb. But few make the effort to do so.
Especially since the end of the Cold War, the risk of nuclear war has almost disappeared from most minds. But the number of nuclear weapons has multiplied, the number of countries possessing them is far greater-and the destructive power of nuclear weapons has increased exponentially. A single bomb can be far more powerful than all the bombs dropped during World War II combined.
The Global Challenges Foundation says the world now contains 15,350 nuclear weapons. "Right now, 4,000 of these weapons are in active deployment, meaning that they are available for use at any time," it says. "A nuclear war could be just moments away."
More and more nations have been working to build or improve nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them. Among them are Germany and Japan, Axis powers of World War II. Also among them are radical nations like Iran and North Korea. Many of them are becoming increasingly belligerent, like Russia and China. Russia's new "Satan 2" missile is the largest ballistic missile in history and can basically destroy not just a city but any European nation or an area of the U.S. as large as Texas. Several major nations are developing missiles that can fly triple the speed of any bullet and can maneuver to avoid interception. China and Russia claim to have a missile that will sink a super-carrier.
These nations-and perhaps smaller groups, like terrorists-can unleash suffering and death orders of magnitude beyond D-Day, Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.
But our leaders-and we ourselves-have forgotten what it means to wage war, to suffer and die. We skim past the news of current wars, and we ignore the proliferation of nuclear weapons and people willing to use them. We spend our imaginations on entertainments, not history. We fill ourselves with bread and circuses.
The warning signs were there before World War II. They are certainly here now. It is far more comfortable to insulate ourselves from that reality, but very soon, reality will intrude.
The threats facing our world are about to erupt into actual disasters-disasters that shatter our illusions.
The Bible prophesies that Europe is about to be swallowed in tyranny again-one even more barbaric and oppressive than that of World War II.
Back then, a generation of young Americans, British and Canadians rose up to defend Western civilization-at the greatest cost they could pay. But these end-time prophecies contain not a word about any resistance coming from these countries. They indicate that they will be largely engaged in civil war against themselves. These nations are explicitly counted among the victims of a new German-led empire that will dominate the Continent.
Compare our nations today to even what they were at the time of the last world war, and it is not difficult to see why the multiplying threats will easily overcome us this time. We not only lack any semblance of faith in God, we lack moral fiber, we lack historical memory, and we lack even the sense to know that transgender rights, racist police and carbon emissions are phony battles.
The Bible is also clear that nuclear war is coming. Jeremiah 2:15 discusses cities "burned without inhabitant." Habakkuk 3:17 describes plants stripped of blossoms and fruit, fields that yield no food, and stocks of animals wiped out. Verse 16 says this is the work of invading soldiers. Amos 5 describes an attack destroying 90 percent of a city's population.
The weapons we possess could bring these prophecies to pass overnight. The Outrider foundation says "only 100 15-kiloton bombs-out of the current global stockpile of almost 15,000 nuclear weapons-need to detonate in order to create 'nuclear winter' and make life on Earth uninhabitable."
In Matthew 24:21-22, Jesus Christ prophesied, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved"-not one person on Earth would live!
That time is coming. Those nuclear weapons will be used. And the signs Christ gave of when this warfare would break out are being fulfilled right now!
You must study history and you must work your imagination to recognize that these warnings are real.
Isaiah 33:18 states, "Thine heart shall meditate terror." God says to meditate on the terror to come. We must face it. If we don't, we become susceptible to deception, complacency and other nation-destroying threats.
Work your imagination. Realize that what happened 75 years ago in Normandy was real. Realize that what is happening to our nations and our world today is real. Realize that we are seeing the prophesied destruction of human civilization beginning to unfold. Learn the ultimate lesson of history: We must each turn to God. Then work your imagination to realize this: A better world ahead for all mankind, too, is real.
May 30, 2019
Like America and Britain, the Jewish nation is in an unprecedented state of political chaos. Earlier today, May 29, 2019, we learned that Israel will conduct a national election on September 17, 2019-its second in less than six months. The election is necessary because, for the first time in Israel's history, a prime minister designate failed to form a coalition government.
This announcement caught many by surprise. In the April 9 election, Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party won 35 seats in Israel's 120-seat parliament. Following this victory, Netanyahu had six weeks to form a coalition with other political parties. (No single party has ever won a majority of parliamentary seats; Israel's government has always been some form of coalition government.) Coalition negotiations are always tricky, but almost no one thought Netanyahu would fail to form one-until this week.
Enter Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman leads Yisrael Beiteinu, a hard-right political party that won five seats on April 9. Lieberman, a former foreign minister and defense minister, has a long and tempestuous history with the prime minister. Once a member of Netanyahu's government and a firm supporter, Lieberman has in recent years turned into one of his harshest critics and a perpetual thorn in his side. Lieberman's refusal to join Netanyahu's coalition yesterday left the prime minister with only 60 seats, one short of the required 61-seat majority.
"Lieberman hates Netanyahu," explained Caroline Glick today. While there is obviously a great deal of personal history between these two, the other key factor was a law that allows ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid military conscription.
In Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jews are allowed to postpone mandatory military service so long as they are studying in a Yeshiva (a school that focuses on Jewish religious texts). The law dates back to an agreement between the Haredi Jews and David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, at Israel's establishment in 1948. That year, the Torato Umanuto legal arrangement allowed 400 Jews to abstain from military service. Today, more than 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews abstain from military service.
This issue has become a major point of contention, both politically and among the public. Many ultra-Orthodox also receive financial support from the government (meaning Israeli taxpayers), and they don't have to work. This has angered many traditional (Orthodox Jews) and secular Jews, many of whom work and pay taxes, and all of whom are required to join the military at 18. Many believe the ultra-Orthodox Jews abuse the law to avoid the dangerous job of defending the nation.
Avigdor Lieberman sides with the traditional and secular Jews. He wants the law overhauled to require more ultra-Orthodox Jews to enter military service.
Lieberman's position on this issue poses a problem for Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud. Israel's ultra-Orthodox political parties, which obviously support this law, are pivotal allies. Shas and the United Torah Judaism, two of Israel's largest religious parties, have 16 seats in the Knesset. Without these seats, Netanyahu has no chance of securing a ruling coalition government. On the other hand, Lieberman says he can't support Netanyahu until he's prepared to change the law.
Over the past six weeks, Netanyahu made every effort to court Lieberman, even offering him top jobs in government, including the Defense Ministry. Netanyahu and the ultra-Orthodox parties even indicated their willingness to compromise on legislation for requiring more ultra-Orthodox Jews to serve in the military. But it wasn't enough to bring Lieberman to the table. This has led some, such as Glick, to believe that Lieberman's true motive here was "to bring down Netanyahu."
Whatever his motive, the result is that Israel is in a state of political uncertainty and chaos. It's important to note too that Israeli politics-especially the politics surrounding Netanyahu-are already in a state of disruption. This development moves the Israeli political chaos level from Category 3 to Category 4, or worse.
Avigdor Lieberman is far from the only Israeli who despises his prime minister. Netanyahu remains popular, particularly among regular Israelis, but he is deeply resented and hated by Israel's left and especially the nation's left-wing media.
The more you look into this, the more parallels you see with United States President Donald Trump and his relationship with America's radical left. Like Mr. Trump, Israel's prime minister faces a deeply and openly hostile media that is more interested in giving opinions and pursuing agendas than it is in exploring and reporting facts. When it comes to Netanyahu, many in Israel's media seem to be almost overwhelmed by hatred. Take this opinion piecefrom Haaretz, one of Israel's leading newspapers: "Benjamin Netanyahu's darkest, deepest fear is coming true. We, an entire country, can suddenly see him for what he really is: A loser." And that is one of the tamest sentences in the article.
Netanyahu and his family have faced a torrent of accusations and criticisms, particularly prior to the April election. The prime minister has been accused of pandering to the far right, of conspiring to thwart political opponents, and of numerous acts of corruption. Earlier this year, Israel's attorney general said that he plans to charge Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery.
Of course, there might be merit to some of these claims, in which case the media has a responsibility to report the facts. (Just this week Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, reportedly agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors over allegations she misused state funds.) Netanyahu is an imperfect man and an imperfect leader. He has no doubt made mistakes. But as it is with Donald Trump, when the mainstream media and leftist politicians talk about Benjamin Netanyahu, there is so much emotion, so much opinion and ideology, so many unsubstantiated accusations and inferences-and so little fact, evidence and reason-that it is hard to know what is truth and what is fiction.
The result? Israel has an increasingly dysfunctional government that is at war with itself. And like Brexit and like the radical left's war on President Trump, this dysfunction is steadily destroying the average Israeli's trust in government, the media and Israel's entire democratic system.
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, said this about the need for another election: "This is devastating to the average Israeli, who is really tired of such selfish politics. There is no way to explain this situation to the average Israelis, who are saying their politicians aren't working for their interests."
You could make the same statement about the people of Britain and America! Who isn't tired of selfish politicians and political parties putting their own agenda, ideologies and ambitions before the democratic will of the people, before tradition, and before the rule of law?
Isn't it also remarkable that the people of Israel, America and Britain are all simultaneously experiencing a growing hopelessness about the state of their governments and political systems?
More than any other Western nations, these three countries (as well as Commonwealth nations like Australia and Canada) have been beacons of democratic governance and political stability and constancy. Politics in these nations have always been imperfect, with plenty of clashing, abuse, corruption and scandal. But there has always been an underlying faith in the system overall. All three nations have a political system based on the rule of law and with effective judicial and legislative institutions. All three political systems have built-in checks and balances, which limit the quantity and potency of conflicts, injustices and scandals. All three nations have a journalistic tradition that, for the most part, values facts, truth and law over ideology and opinion.
But all these critical elements are currently being undermined, refashioned or completely destroyed. Today, a palpable and lethal dysfunction pervades the politics and political systems of all three nations. In all three, there is a growing feeling, especially in the general public, that the system is broken beyond repair.
In America, the radical left is actively, openly seeking to destroy a president constitutionally elected by 63 million people. Mr. Trump currently has the upper hand and is restraining the radical left, but the forces of lawlessness are strong and growing stronger. Meanwhile, Britain's politics are in unchartered waters. Brexit hasn't just broken two prime ministers, it is destroying the nation's two largest, longest-established political parties.
What is going on here? Is there a common cause for this collapse into lethal dysfunction?
That is a big question, and one that requires deep study and meditation to answer well. But it is an important question. In Hosea 5:5, the prophet says, "And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them." This prophecy is referring to Britain, America and the Jewish state in the end time, the time immediately prior to the return of the Messiah.
This prophecy says that these three nations will actually collapse at the same time! I believe that this collapse is taking place in progressive stages now.
The Bible also explains that the reasons for the fall of these three nations is the same. God is against three nations in particular-America, Britain and the Jewish nation-because of their history with God, the birthright and scepter blessings today, and their unparalleled rebellion. NOT ONLY IS GOD NOT HELPING US, HE IS AGAINST US!" (Lev. 26; Deut. 28; Isa. 1; Ezek. 23)
May 30, 2019
A secretive group of some of the world's top politicians, bankers and businessmen met today, May 30/2019, for its 67th annual conference. Since its inaugural meeting in May 1954, the Bilderberg Group has been an annual forum for elites from Europe and North America to discuss important issues away from the eyes and ears of the press.
According to the group's website, "Every year, between 120-140 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, labor, academia and the media are invited to take part in the meeting. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately a quarter from politics and government and the rest from other fields." This year's meeting in Montreux, Switzerland, lasts from May 30 to June 2.
According to a press release, topics for discussion include China, Russia, Brexit, the future of Europe, climate change, the future of capitalism, the weaponization of social media, the importance of space, the development of artificial intelligence, and the danger of cyberthreats.
The chairman of Bilderberg 2019 is Henri de Castries, a French count and retired insurance tycoon. Other noteworthy guests include German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Google chief Jared Cohen and Microsoft ceo Satya Nadella.
The meetings are held under Chatham House Rule, meaning participants may use the information that is presented, but they may not reveal the identity of the speaker.
Due to the secrecy surrounding Bilderberg discussions, the conference has become a popular target of conspiracy theorists claiming that Bilderberg members secretly work with the Illuminati, the Freemasons or a secret cabal of shape-shifting lizards founded by the ancient Babylonian sorceress Semiramis.
Back in reality, it is true that the group was cofounded by two controversial figures: Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Polish political adviser Józef Retinger.
Bernhard, the former German prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld, was an SS intelligence officer attached to the main industrial supporter of the Nazi regime, I. G. Farben. The prince resigned from the Nazi Party in 1934 and married Princess Juliana, the future queen of the Netherlands.
Józef Retinger was thought to be an agent of the Vatican. According to British political commentator Rodney Atkinson, he was expelled from the Allied countries during World War I on suspicion of helping the superior-general of the Jesuits, Wlodimir Ledóchowski, plot the creation of a Central Europe Catholic federation. Retinger founded the European Movement in 1947, leading to the establishment of the Council of Europe in 1949.
Prince Bernhard and Retinger founded the Bilderberg Group primarily to create trans-Atlantic support for the idea of a United States of Europe.
Richard Aldrich, a professor at the University of Warwick, wrote in 1997 that the three groups most responsible for the European Union are: the Bilderberg Group, Retinger's European Movement and Jean Monnet's Action Committee for a United States of Europe. "Bilderberg was founded by Joseph Retinger and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1952 in response to the rise of anti-Americanism in Western Europe and was designed to define some sort of Atlantic consensus amid diverging European and American outlooks," he wrote in Diplomacy and Statecraft. "It brought leading European and American personalities together once a year for an informal discussion of their differences."
Belgian viscount and former Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon bragged in the 1990s that the Bilderberg Group helped create the euro currency.
While the Bilderberg Group may not be the secret world government of conspiracy theory lore, it is still a highly influential group. "[T]his group is not a tight-knit group of conspirators setting out to destroy nations," explained Rodney Atkinson in a 2001 interview. "They're the kind of people selected on the basis that they might say yes to international supernational corporatism, which is the foundation, of course, of the modern European Union ... ."
While many Bilderberg supporters have legitimate concerns about the need for a trans-Atlantic alliance to counter the rise of Russia and China, Bible prophecy reveals that America's relationship with Europe will end in disaster.
Tragically, America is responsible for creating many of the globalist movements that threaten it today-and nowhere is that more true than in Europe.
The U.S. government cooperated with the Catholic Church, European politicians and even former members of the Nazi Party to build a European superstate capable of helping it oppose the Soviet Union. Instead of trusting God and striving to obey His law, the people of Britain and America have trusted in nations that will turn out to be enemies. Building up the EU and Germany will prove to be one of the most foolish decisions these nations have made.
The Bible prophesies of a corporatist empire that will straddle the Atlantic Ocean in the time just before Jesus Christ's return. This resurrected Holy Roman Empire will be led by Germany and the Vatican, and it will cause the "merchants of the earth" to wax "rich through the abundance of her delicacies" (Revelation 18:3-13).
Both America and Britain will be suddenly and violently conquered by this rising superpower.
God allows this to happen because these nations have turned away from Him. But God also reveals how individuals can be protected from this unparalleled disaster. The book of Ezekiel was written specifically for this end time.
Ezekiel 33:10-11 state: "Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
There is only one way that God will protect us. Our people must turn, turn, turn from our evil ways. History proves that those nations that do will be blessed with long productive life. Abraham Lincoln knew this to be true.
"Why will ye die, O house of Israel?" What a terrifying question! Yet even if the nations of Israel reject God's warning, they will eventually repent after they have experienced the worst suffering ever. No amount of prepping as advertised by people like Steve Quayle or Alex Jones will help prevent the wrath of God on those who refuse to change their attitudes or lifestyle.
May 28, 2019
Pope Francis just became the first pontiff in history to visit the Arabian Peninsula. Around 180,000 people flocked to a sports stadium in the United Arab Emirates on February 5, 2019 to hear him speak. Attendees came from 100 different countries, including large numbers of Catholics from India and the Philippines. Some 4,000 Muslims also attended the event, which was designed to promote interfaith dialogue between Catholicism and Sunni Islam.
The day before Pope Francis delivered his homily, he met with the grand imam of Al-Azhar University and signed a joint declaration appealing for peace between nations, faiths and races. "[W]e resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood," the document reads. "These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings."
The Muslim Council of Elders, an organization that allegedly works to counter religious fanaticism and promote a moderate form of Islam, sponsored this interfaith meeting. Pope Francis condemned regional wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya, and he called for greater cooperation between Christians and Muslims.
Like other Gulf Arab monarchies, the U.A.E. outlaws unsanctioned religious gatherings and forbids non-Muslims from proselytizing. This makes the fact that Pope Francis was invited to the nation by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi all the more significant.
For decades, the Gulf Arab monarchies have tolerated-even sponsored-radical Islamic sects like al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. But now, these radical sects and their offshoots are calling for the eventual overthrow of the Gulf Arab monarchies. So the kings and princes of these Arab states have changed strategies. Instead of appeasing radical Islamists, they now seek to crush them. This is why they are promoting organizations like the Muslim Council of Elders, and even reaching out to Europe and the Vatican.
"The pope's visit was advertised as the U.A.E.'s gift to the many thousands of Catholic guest workers, including nearly 700,000 from the Philippines alone," Graeme Wood wrote for the Atlantic. "That was only part of its purpose. Freed from any obligation to Islamists, and faced with the promise that those Islamists would work implacably to end the monarchies, the Gulf States have everything to gain from embracing the West, opening further, and reaping the benefits of cooperation against Islamists. The visit was not a concession to Christianity but a strategic calculation, and a canny one at that."
Vatican geopoliticians have been trying to forge a strategic alliance of civilizations between Catholics and Muslims against radical Islamists for more than a decade. In 2009, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice lamented that a radical form of "Shiite messianism" was corrupting Iran and making it difficult for the Islamic republic to integrate with the West. This "Shiite messianism" is a belief that the return of the 12th imam-Islam's version of the Messiah-can be hastened by creating violence and chaos. In order to create such chaos, Iran has become the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.
In response, Iran's rivals on the Arabian Peninsula are looking for help from European nations and the Catholic Church.
This alliance of civilizations heralds the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy recorded by the Prophet Daniel shows that Jesus Christ's return will be precipitated by a clash of civilizations.
"And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over" (Daniel 11:40). The "king of the south" refers to radical Islam led by Iran; the "king of the north" is a German led, 10 nation European superstate that will operate under the influence of the Catholic Church.
The key word in Daniel 11:40 is push-the Hebrew word means to gore, thrust at or wage war. This verse shows that the king of the south will goad the king of the north into war, and the king of the north will destroy it.
A related prophecy, recorded in Psalm 83, shows that the end-time descendants of the ancient Assyrians will make an alliance with the end-time descendants of the Edomites, Ishmaelites, Moabites, Ammonites, Gebalites, Hagarenes and others to destroy the modern nations of ancient Israel. This is a prophecy that Germany will ally with a confederation of Arabic and Turkish regimes to destroy end-time Israel, particularly America, Britain and the Jewish state.
This confederation won't fully form until after the king of the south has been destroyed, but the pope's efforts to partner with Arab monarchies against radical Islamists is a step toward this prophecy's fulfillment. The Middle East is dividing into anti-European and pro-European factions. As astonishing as this sounds, the Bible reveals that Europe and its Middle Eastern allies will conquer the forces of radical Islam, then betray the United States, Britain and the State of Israel.
May 22, 2019
Is the president of the United States a racist? According to Sen. Kamala Harris, the answer is yes. In an interview with the The RootSo you definitely agree that he's a racist?" She replied, "I do, yes. Yes."
Other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates agree. In fact, Sen. Bernie Sanders came on stronger in his presidential announcement. He called the president "a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction." Sen. Sherrod Brown unabashedly told nbc's Meet the Press, "We have a president who's a racist." Sen. Cory Booker was slightly more circumspect, saying, "I don't know the heart of anybody," before saying the president uses "bigoted language."
In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen joined the fray and accused him of being a racist who courts white supremacists.
In spite of all these accusations of racism, the president's approval rating among black and Hispanic voters continues to climb. One poll indicates that President Trump may receive close to 20 percent of the African American vote on Election Day 2020-almost three times the share he received during the 2016 presidential election. Another poll shows that his support among Hispanic adults jumped from 31 percent to 51 percent soon after he ramped up his push to get funding for a wall on the southern border.
These figures seem strange to those who believe that blacks and Hispanics universally hate the "racist" Republican Party. But many black voters approve of the way the Trump administration has handled the economy, and many Hispanic voters are worried about illegal immigration. If President Trump gets 20 percent of the black vote and 50 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2020, there is almost no way for the Democrats to win the election.
This is why Democrats are vociferously condemning President Trump as a racist.
"To keep blacks voting Democratic, it is necessary for the party and its supporters to keep alive the idea that racism is prevalent in America and to portray the Republican Party (as well as independent challengers to the Democrats, such as the tea-party movement) as racist," wrote James Taranto in a Wall Street Journal editorial. "The election of Barack Obama made nonsense of the idea that America remains a racist country and thereby necessitated an intensifying of attacks on the opposition as racist."
The "rainbow coalition" of the Democratic Party coalition is full of paradoxes. Feminists vote alongside Islamists. Hispanic Catholics vote alongside atheistic abortionists. Working-class blacks vote alongside open-borders activists. Many people selecting "Democrat" at the ballot box actually vote against their own values and interests because they regard the Republican Party as the greater-racist-evil. Now that an increasing number of blacks and Hispanics are abandoning the Democratic Party, party leaders are doubling down on their message that "the Republican president is a racist." If many more Democratic voters stop viewing politics through the lens of the "racism" accusation, the rainbow coalition will dissipate.
But doubling down on accusations of racism will have devastating consequences. Make no mistake! This is no light matter to pass over casually! Race war is coming! Racial tensions, passions and hatreds are being deliberately stirred by organized planning. It will explode into mass violence that will stagger the imagination! It will be whipped into an accelerating crescendo until human blood runs like rivers.
Racial violence in America is not happening because of an innate hatred between races. It is being stirred up by politicians, many of whom are trying to scare people into voting for them. In the 1960s, this tactic spiraled out of control as hundreds of people took to the streets to riot. And it is about to spiral out of control again.
Bible prophecies make clear that more violent riots are going to erupt in U.S. cities.
Isaiah 1:7 states: "Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers."
So, this verse is about a time when "strangers," illegal aliens, destroy and burn down the cities of the land. God allows this to happen as punishment for the people's sins.
The racially charged rhetoric being hurled by politicians is stirring up negative emotions and anger. This rhetoric may be intended as a vote-getting ploy, but it is already starting to boil over into riots and protests. Unfortunately, America and the rest of the world will have to endure an immense amount of suffering before it is willing to embrace the way to true peace.
How 67,000 Socialists Hijacked the Democratic Party
May 22, 2019
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be the most famous person in Congress. In a March 15 Gallup Poll, 7 in 10 people had heard of the 29-year-old, who is the youngest member of Congress in history. That is remarkable recognition for a representative from a small district who was waiting tables barely a year ago and has been in office for only 78 days. Despite her lack of political experience, Ocasio-Cortez repeatedly makes headlines, calling for open borders, free health care, free college, a federal jobs guarantee, a 70 percent tax rate for incomes above $10 million, and a "Green New Deal" that eliminates fossil fuel-powered electricity and requires retrofitting "all existing U.S. buildings."
Such radical proposals by someone who admits she is a socialist would have rendered a candidate unelectable just a few years ago. But Ocasio-Cortez defeated in a landslide Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, a powerful 10-term congressman whom many said would become the next speaker of the house. But Ocasio-Cortez did not defeat Crowley alone. She was recruited and supported by a political organization working to hijack the Democratic Party.
In 2016, a political action committee called the Justice Democrats held auditions for candidates willing to endorse their far-left platform. It received over 10,000 nominations. Ocasio-Cortez's brother submitted her name for the position while she was working at Flats Fix, a taco restaurant in Manhattan. The Justice Democrats selected Ocasio-Cortez and 78 other candidates to run against moderate Democratic incumbents.
Of these candidates, seven won seats in the House of Representatives: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th District, Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th District, Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th District, Pramila Jayapal for Washington's 7th District, Rashida Tlaib for Michigan's 13th District, Raúl Grinalva for Arizona's 3rd District, and Ro Khanna for California's 17th District.
It is not unusual for political action committees to audition candidates. What makes the Justice Democrats unusual is that it has partnered with another political action committee: Our Revolution, the largest Marxist front in America. The goal of both committees is to transform the Democratic Party from within. The Justice Democrats and Our Revolution were formed out of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Claiming more than 100,000 members in 50 states, Our Revolution acts as a front for the three most influential Marxist organizations in America: the Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party usa, and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Our Revolution is recruiting far-left candidates to run as Democrats in state and local elections, while Justice Democrats are recruiting potential far-left candidates for federal office.
Of the seven current congressional representatives that the Justice Democrats helped win office, two are card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists of America: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
Most of the Our Revolution leadership comes from the Democratic Socialists of America. But some are members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization or Communist Party USA. Communist Party USA leader John Bachtell explained their strategy for hijacking the Democratic Party in an online webinar on May 23, 2018, when he told an audience of activists from the Democratic Socialists, Freedom Road and Communist Party USA that they must campaign for openly socialist candidates within the Democratic Party as a means of challenging President Donald Trump.
Combined, the Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialists and Communist Party usa have only about 67,000 members. Most of them are not the type of people who could be elected to office. But by using groups like the Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, these 67,000 socialists can recruit more charismatic, more electable personalities like Ocasio-Cortez to espouse their ideals.
Largely as a result of the work done by the Justice Democrats and Our Revolution, the Congressional Progressive Caucus increased its membership from 78 to 96 members. That means 22 percent of the House of Representatives and 41 percent of the entire Democratic Caucus is controlled by the radical left.
It is not a coincidence that nearly every major proposal of today's Democratic Party-from single-payer health care, amnesty for illegal aliens, normalization of relations with Communist Cuba, $15 per hour minimum wage, etc-originated with the Communist Party USA or Democratic Socialists of America. Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib may be the only official dsa members in Congress, but all 96 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are affiliated with political action committees that are effectively part of the world Communist movement.
Communism is stripping America of its blessings-the greatest blessings ever conferred on any people-not because socialists outmaneuvered conservatives, but because the American people as a whole have turned away from God's law. In particular, Communist thought is perverting America's morals, sabotaging its educational system, wrecking its social structure, destroying its spiritual life, and weakening its economic power.
Why are our people unable to recognize the Communist line-the Communist plan and conspiracy-in college and university riots, in propaganda accusing 'police brutality,' in 'black power,' 'black panther' and other slogans, even in 'civil disobedience' and 'nonviolent' movements of protest which lead to violence? The answer is this shocking truth: The guiding hand in student revolt is the Communist Party. Many students, their emotions stirred and enraged to violence, do not themselves realize this. Yet actually, these young leaders of the 'New Left' movement are going beyond the Communist Party. Their plan is to stir up college-age students to revolt first, and pervert the teenage high school adolescents. If they can corrupt and/or win over tomorrow's students, they will gain control.
This understanding of events that are changing America is based on Bible prophecy, which says that end-time Israel would become "mixed up" ideologically "with foreigners." In particular, Hosea 7:8-13, which warns that Israel would "seek alliances with foreign nations, forsaking God"-foreign alliances that would "eat away" their strength "unknown to him". The modern descendants of ancient Israel settled primarily in the United States and Britain, and they have indeed been forsaking God and turning to foreign-sponsored, false ideologies like communism.
Today, the 1960s New Left student radicals are the leaders of the modern Democratic Party and its affiliated political action committees. These radical leaders are now shifting their party even further left to gain the support of the millennial generation, a demographic that leans overwhelmingly Democrat and even socialist. This strategy can only lead to civil unrest and economic collapse.
Why you should keep track of Catholic European politicians
May 16, 2019
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Member of European Parliament Manfred Weber, who is running for president of the European Union Commission, attended a Christian-themed camp in Germany on May 4. The event was hosted by the junior staff of the Christian Democratic Union in Germany.
The Young Union represents the next political generation of the Christian Democrats. With their membership averaging around 30 years old, Weber (46) stands out as an older politician. Kurz, only 32, fits right into the group and has thus received the nickname "Chancellor of Our Generation."
Weber described the bird's-eye view of Europe to the Young Union. He described the diversity in cultures, languages, foods and historical backgrounds. But his audience really celebrated "what he identified as a unifying commonality: the fact that in almost every village, in every city, is a Christian church at the center," faz.net noted. "The rest of his sentence drowned in the cheers of the young Christian Democrats. He only got more applause with his announcement that he would end the accession negotiations with Turkey ... ."
Weber's appeal to religion has previously received particular attention. His campaign video shows him taking the holy water in a Catholic church. "No segment like the one with the holy water has caused so many responses, even in Cyprus and France," he said in an interview with Germany's Tagespost. "It wasn't meant to be missionary, but a commitment to one's own identity."
His religious identity shapes his political thinking. His belief that religion is what unifies Europe automatically excludes some countries, such as Turkey, which is Muslim. Faz.net paraphrased Weber as saying that "you have to be honest about what the European neighborhood is about. There is a sense of belonging on this Continent. And a state that reaches to the Iraqi border just doesn't belong to it."
"This Continent is deeply influenced by Christianity," Weber told Tagespost. "That is a fact that can, of course, not be brushed aside. But the question is, what does that mean for us today? This is not for the museum, but it is rather a leitmotif that provides orientation for the future."
The rise of Catholic leaders like Weber, Kurz is also a devout Catholic. After his election in 2017, the British Catholic Herald called him "Europe's Christian Chancellor." Kurz surrounds himself with a team of practicing Christians, he sought the counsel of a priest during the refugee crisis, and is, to this day, in close contact with Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. With this in mind, it is no wonder that the topic of Christianity played an important role as Weber and Kurz appeared together. Faz.net recounted:
One participant brought the subject back again to Weber and Kurz. He thinks it's very good that there was a lot of talk about Christian values that evening; but he wondered how the identity evoked by Weber could be preserved. It's enough to look into certain quarters of major German cities to see that it is not unchallenged. Kurz, who rules Austria with the right-wing populist fpö party, responded with a number: In Vienna, every second practicing Christian immigrated, he said. Resistance to Christian life does not come from immigrants or Muslims, but from the left, according to the chancellor.
Kurz was Austria's foreign minister during the refugee crisis, and he was primarily responsible for stopping the flow of refugees through the Balkans. This direct opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel gained him popularity in Austria. Today, Kurz's party governs with an anti-immigration party. Despite this, he believes that a greater threat to Europe's Christian roots comes from left-wing Austrians themselves.
A former prominent German politician, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has voiced similar fears. In a party campaign speech for the Christian Social Union, he told Bavarians to remember their history "with its dark and bright sides" and to take a "non-apologetic stand for our culture." He warned them that if they don't, other cultures and religions will come and define the Continent.
Evidently Weber, Kurz and Guttenberg all believe that Christianity is still important for Europe today. Weber sees it as Europe's unifying factor, Kurz as a directive for his politics, and Guttenberg as a way of life that needs to be embraced.
These men, along with several other religious politicians, are bringing the "Christian church" back to the center of European politics. Their speeches, campaigns and politics are already laying the foundation for the fulfillment of a major Bible prophecy: the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Holy Roman Empire has ruled Europe over a period of 1,500 years. Its rule is marked by ups and downs-mountains and valleys-as governments rose and fell. The Bible reveals that the Roman Empire would be resurrected 10 times (Daniel 7; Revelation 17). The last seven would be ruled by church and state and thus called the Holy Roman Empire (though nothing is holy about this empire). Bible prophecy along with secular history clearly show that six of these final resurrections have already occurred. But the seventh has not yet come.
The Bible reveals that this final resurrection will again bring much suffering. It will again lead a crusade against violent Islam (Daniel 11:40), and it will again seek to conquer Jerusalem (verse 45). But unlike previous resurrections, this final resurrection will be destroyed by Jesus Christ Himself! This is the good news that concludes all the Bible's end-time prophecies.
But before all this will happen, Europe will return to its Christian roots. That's why we watch men like Weber, Kurz, Guttenberg and other "Christian" leaders very closely.
May 15, 2019
As a teenager, I visited Washington, D.C., for the first time. Seeing the monuments and memorials filled me with gratitude and awe. The Jefferson Memorial made a deep impression, particularly the audacious battle cry of the Declaration's author etched in capital letters inside the rotunda: "I HAVE SWORN UPON THE ALTAR OF GOD ETERNAL HOSTILITY AGAINST EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN."
It happens that Thomas Jefferson is under attack today-and that a particularly pernicious form of tyranny over the mind of man is on the march. In just the last couple of weeks:
British Columbia's Supreme Court ruled that a father who won't call his gender-confused daughter a boy is guilty of family violence. It issued a "protection order" for officers to arrest him if they have "reasonable" grounds to believe he has called his daughter a girl, even in private.
California politicians voted for guidelines encouraging public school teachers to talk about gender identity with kindergartners.
The U.S. House of Representatives is considering adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This could force public schools nationwide to allow boys into girls' bathrooms, and to teach sexual preference and transgender theory beginning even before kindergarten.
Twitter temporarily blocked the account of an expert who helped write the official psychological position on transgender identity after he tweeted that he opposed sex-change surgery for children who may change their minds.
Such stories are accumulating with avalanche force. Transgenderism has gone from universally recognized perversion to movement to revolution. Those who just a few years ago claimed that all they wanted was to be left alone are now leaving no one alone-not even kindergarteners-as they force their views on the world.
Tyranny over the mind of man. And over the minds of kindergarteners.
This tyrannical, oppressive movement is powered by lies at every level. It defies logic, facts and truth. Yet it demands strict compliance from everyone.
No trend in society better exposes the deceit, moral bankruptcy, duplicitous opportunism, authoritarian inclinations and downright evil of the left. If you want to know how the devil does business, pay attention to what this movement is doing. By their fruits you shall know them.
It will keep growing in power-and in hostility to resistance. The stories will keep coming. What was shocking yesterday is routine today, and what shocks today will be common tomorrow. Why? Because in the face of this rising tyranny over the mind of man, we simply are not summoning enough righteous intellectual, emotional and moral hostility. As a result, more and more of us are certain to feel its steel. Like the dad who now risks being jailed if he "incorrectly" addresses his daughter in his own home.