Monthly Archives: October 2016

Is Big Government the Solution—or the Problem? 

Thirty-five years ago, United States President Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher shared that same skepticism of government.

Today we are living in an era of big government, and few people are denouncing it like Reagan and Thatcher once did. There is virtually no limit on the ever-expanding size and scope of government in nations around the world.

On this episode of the Trumpet Daily, we explain why government overreach is a massive problem, how too much government power leads to more troubles and what you can do personally to weather the impending storm.

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Hope in the Midst of Aleppo’s Battlefields

The hope does not lie in today’s politicians but rather in a Bible prophecy which politicians and policymakers reject.

In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ’s disciples asked Him when He would return and bring an end to this present violent age. In reply, Christ gave them a timeline of the events that would precede His coming. Among others things He warned of deceit, wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes and much tribulation. But He also told them these comforting words: “See that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass” (verse 6).

Christ knew that conditions would appear hopeless in these last days before His return. But wars such as the ongoing carnage in Syria actually indicate the imminence of His return! Christ actually says that His Father’s plan for mankind is to save the overwhelming majority of all human beings. If you understand that long-term plan, there is much reason to have hope.

Behind the dark headlines lies great hope! To understand the great hope each of these children shares with you, watch Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s Key of David episode: “Matthew 24 Unlocks the Seven Seals.” 

While America Fixates on Political Theater, the Rest of the World Prepares for War 

Houthi Attacks on U.S., Russia Hacked, Duterte Walks Tightrope, American Segregation, and Much More

• Forces in Yemen launched anti-ship missiles at American warships stationed in the Gulf of Aden. It’s a stunning illustration of Iran’s strategy to control the Middle East.

• A major trade deal between the European Union and Canada was almost derailed because of objections by one small region in one small nation—a sign of just how unstable the current EU structures are.

• The president of the Philippines is walking a difficult tightrope as he negotiates his nation’s relationship with regional rivals China and Japan—and seeks to undermine the alliance with America.

• We’ll also talk about hacked Russian e-mails that may reveal a Russian plot to further destabilize Ukraine—a message from ancient Jerusalem to today’s United Nations—how segregation is returning to American universities—and how Iceland is being taken over by pirates!

All this and much more—on the next: TRUMPET HOUR.


The UN’s attempt to erase 1000 years of Jewish History in Jerusalem 

An important panel at the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday morning approved a controversial resolution that ignores Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount. On today’s program, Jerusalem correspondent, Brent Nagtegaal discusses the farcical decision in light of recent archaeological discoveries. He also looks at Iran’s continued pushiness in the Gulf of Aden, Strait of Hormuz and the Bab El-Mandab strait.

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The Coming World Government 

God is going to force this world, even against its will, to be happy. He’s going to force this world to live in a way that will make us happy, that will bring us universal prosperity, will bring us universal good health, and will bring us, and open up for each one to choose eternal salvation.


Will Europe Rediscover Its Christian Identity?

A Biblical Prophecy

The pattern of the Catholic Church granting legitimacy to a rising European power is familiar to historians. It should be familiar to students of the Bible too. It describes a political power led by a church, a model that continually recurs in Europe’s history. For an in-depth study on this, request our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

Herbert W. Armstrong described how this empire would function in modern times. The leaders of Europe, he wrote in 1980, “talk continually of POLITICAL union—which means, also, military. So far they have been unable to bring about full political union. This will be made possible by the ‘good offices’ of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look” (The United States and Britain in Prophecy; request your free copy).

That is Europe today—unable to bring about full political union. Among its elites, the desire for union is stronger than ever, and they have tried just about every other option for unity and seen each of them fail.

The church may have to compromise to bring about this church-state entity. Mr. Armstrong wrote in 1978 that “liberals will object to this enforcement of the Catholic faith, if it is to enforce the traditional conservative doctrines” (Good News, Aug. 28, 1978). Mr. Armstrong was speculating about the outcome of a specific conclave, but it’s clear he considered this a possible outcome more generally.

“The conservative cardinals may give some ground,” Mr. Armstrong wrote, noting that the church “may emerge with a slightly changed Catholic doctrine” to facilitate the church’s leadership in Europe. However, he still believed that “traditional conservatism will probably carry the balance of power” within the church.

Just as in the past, this will not be a harmonious marriage or meeting of minds. Church and state will still have their own ambitions and will disagree on who is in charge. Their alliance will vault both of these entities into great power. But once that power is attained, the nations of this coming European superstate “shall hate” the Catholic Church (Revelation 17:16). They “shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”

“One of the most remarkable aspects of the Revelation 17 prophecy,” notes our book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy, “is that in addition to forecasting the unity” between church and state, “it says that there would also be tension and confrontation.”

The fact that Europe has moved away from the Catholic Church in recent decades is not a sign that the two can never cooperate. But it is a foreshadowing of their eventual fallout.

Europe has hosted the bloodiest empires the world has ever seen. Autocratic powers have repeatedly arisen, claiming the mantle of Rome and working with the Catholic Church to further their power.

The Bible says only one more of these destructive empires is to come, and it will only last “a short space” before it all falls apart (Revelation 17:10). Ultimately the history of Napoleon and of other “holy” Roman emperors shows that European powers have a strong incentive to work with the Catholic Church, but also that that power cannot last long.

That is the good news behind Europe’s migrant crisis. It is hastening the arrival of the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. With today’s modern technology, that empire will be able to inflict more destruction than ever before. But after a short span, that empire will be gone forever.

The Bible clearly prophesied of this repeated church-state empire. Details about this empire recorded in Revelation 13 and 17 and elsewhere have proven correct.

These same prophecies foretell what happens afterthis final empire is destroyed. Jesus Christ will return and set up His benevolent empire. It won’t be an empire that uses religion to dominate men. Instead it will use religion to finally bring peace to the world.