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The Missing Half a Trillion Pounds

Britain recently realized that the nation is half a trillion pounds poorer than previously thought. Meanwhile, a Berkeley economist warns that America’s crumbling alliances will lead to a crumbling of the U.S. dollar. TheTrumpet.com assistant managing editor Richard Palmer examines the future of these two economies.

Ignore the Chatter. Britain Will Leave the EU.

https://www.thetrumpet.com/16358-ignore-the-chatter-britain-will-leave-the-eu

The real story in the Brexit negotiations is that it was predicted over half a century ago.

BY KIEREN UNDERWOOD • OCTOBER 13

These discussions are all distractions to the essential point which the Trumpet has proclaimed for decades.

Ignore all the chatter. Britain will leave the European Union.

That is the message the Trumpet has proclaimed since its genesis in the 1990s. Before that, its predecessor, the Plain Truth, had been forecasting that Britain would not be a part of a united European project since the 1950s. That’s how the front cover of the Trumpet magazine immediately after the June 23 referendum could feature this amazing quote from Herbert W. Armstrong, dating back to 1956: “Germany is the economic and military heart of Europe. Probably Germany will lead and dominate the coming United States of Europe. But Britain will be no part of it!”

Amid all the chatter of Brexit and its details, the amazing truth is that Herbert W. Armstrong had forecast, based on the Bible, that it would happen more than half a century earlier. It is why, on the night the results of that historic referendum were released, the Trumpet could publish articles such as “Today’s Headline out of Britain Was Written Over 40 Years Ago!” and “Bible Prophecy Foretold a Brexit!

Britain will leave the EU. It will happen despite the insinuations that Brexit could be reversed; despite the fact that Theresa May who is leading the exodus never was a “Leaver”; despite the conveyor belt of commentary produced by Britain’s media, lambasting every action taken by the government and blaming every move of the stock market on the decision of the people on June 23.

And when Britain has completed the process, editorial staff will update the booklet He Was Rightwhich documents the accurate prophecies of Herbert W. Armstrong—with another fulfilled forecast, proving that the Bible is the only reliable source for prediction.

In the meantime, ignore the Brexit chatter. Whether it’s hard or soft or difficult or easy, Britain’s people decided—and they won’t be part of an ever growing unified Europe.


TRENDS

Europe’s Many Crises and One Solution

Europe is being hit by many crises all at once. The far right is sweeping the Continent. Germany faces political paralysis. Spain is struggling to deal with Catalonia’s bid for independence. And the euro crisis threatens to resume at any moment. But an election in Austria yesterday gives us a glimpse of the solution. TheTrumpet.com assistant managing editor Richard Palmer examines where these crises are leading and where they are pushing Europe.

To learn more about the events discussed in this program read our free books The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy and Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

A Powerful Example of Faith

The life of Herbert W. Armstrong is a powerful example of faith. Learn how his mission of proclaiming the true gospel message grew from humble beginnings to a globe-girdling work—next, on The Key of David, with Gerald Flurry.

The Bible describes faith as the evidence of things not seen. It is the assurance of a particular outcome despite a lack of physical proof. Request our free booklet What Is Faith? to learn how to build this powerful character trait in your life. Millions lack faith to receive answers to their prayers—to free their minds from fears and worries. Often, this is due to a lack of understanding what faith is. Read this simple but thorough explanation of the subject. Examine the deep faith of Jesus Christ. Learn how to align your life with God’s will. Read What Is Faith? to understand the kind of faith required for spiritual salvation.

Millions of people around the world are familiar with the expansive humanitarian and evangelistic work of Herbert W. Armstrong. Tens of thousands are aware of what happened to that organization after he died in 1986: his successors rejected his teachings, deserted his worldwide mission and reduced the church to a small, mainstream Christian denomination with practically no work. But very few know what happened behind the scenes of this destructive transformation.

Mr. Armstrong’s successors presided over the worst spiritual shipwreck since the first-century church splintered on the rocks of apostasy. Read Raising the Ruins to uncover the scandalous, post-mortem betrayal of Herbert W. Armstrong. Learn how a miraculous worldwide work built on living faith was treacherously dismantled.

But this story doesn’t end in ruin. There is a work today that is reviving Mr. Armstrong’s legacy and once again proclaiming the good news of the coming kingdom of God to the entire world. Read Raising the Ruins to discover the identity of this work. Learn how faith played a central role in keeping Mr. Armstrong’s message alive.

You will also be enrolled in our 36-lesson Herbert W. Armstrong College Bible Correspondence Course. This course includes an entire lesson on the subject of faith. Learn how the Bible is more relevant today than ever. Increase your understanding of the world’s most important textbook. Join approximately 100,000 others who have taken this course and changed their lives.

All our literature is available free of charge, at no cost or obligation to you. Request What Is Faith? and Raising the Ruins, and enroll in our Bible correspondence course. Order now!

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IRAN AND EUROPE HEADING FOR A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS

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The Source of the Forecast

Why did Mr. Flurry forecast that Iranian-led radical Islam would dominate the Middle East? What were his sources? Why was he so consistent and so confident in that forecast? And why is it important?

Mr. Flurry derived this forecast from the Holy Bible.

Daniel 11:40 says this:

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.

This is the key Bible verse that describes the existence of a northern bloc and a southern bloc and a massive clash between the two. Daniel wrote this forecast in the sixth century b.c.—but he said it would occur a long time into the future: “the time of the end.” Just when is the end? There are many tangible proofs that it is the time we are living in today, and immediately before us!

Is it really possible that this 2½-millennia-old prophecy accurately describes 21st-century Iran? Compare these scriptures to what has actually happened over the past couple of decades.

Daniel’s prophecy shows that the provocative king of the south is going to push at the king of the north. Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon says push means “to strike—used of horned animals,” or “to push with the horn.” It is “used figuratively of a victor who prostrates the nations before him.” It also means “to wage war with anyone.” Push is a violent word!”

In 1998, Mr. Flurry wrote this in an article called “The King of the South”:

The stage is being set for an Islamic group of nations to be led by Iran as the prophesied king of the south which will push at the king of the north, the European Union. Iran has a foreign policy with a lot of “push.” … Iran’s main strategic aim is to be the dominant power in the Middle East. Becoming the undisputed leader of the radical Islamic camp is a step in that direction.

Looking around the Middle East, Iran clearly has a foreign policy with the most pushiness.

Iran’s Red Sea Strategy

The Trumpet has noted that Iran’s push will likely come in part from its having gained control of the Red Sea passageway and thus the ability to stem the flow of oil and other precious commodities into Europe.

This strategy first came to light in 2011, just before the “Arab Spring” wave of radical Islam spread across North Africa, toppling governments in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. At the time, in his article “Libya and Ethiopia Reveal Iran’s Military Strategy,” Gerald Flurry showed how Iran’s interest in forming an alliance with or even controlling Libya and Ethiopia (as well as Egypt and Tunisia) would stem from its desire to have power over the crucial trade route linking the Mediterranean with the Red Sea.

Controlling the Suez Canal is not enough. Egypt tried that in 1956, when Britain, France and Israel kicked it out in one attack. But what if you have radical Islamic nations along this sea trade route with real air power—including missiles?

That could give Iran virtual control of the trade through those seas. Radical Islam could stop the flow of essential oil to the U.S. and Europe!

Iran already dominates the Persian Gulf. Now it is working to take over the Red Sea. You can see this by how involved it is in Yemen, the heavy influence it has gained in Somalia, and the long-standing relationship it has had with Sudan. This biblical prophecy reveals that it will gain control of Ethiopia and of Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal, the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea.

Mr. Flurry has repeatedly pointed to Daniel 11 to explain this trend. He wrote in the July 2016 Trumpet:

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape” (verse 42). As we have said for 20 years, this indicates that Egypt will join in an alliance with Iran. But notice who else will be in that alliance.

“But he [the king of the north] shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.” “At his steps” means they will join his army or be under his authority. Why would Libya and Ethiopia be subjugated like this by the king of the north? They too were allied with the king of the south.

Iran already dominates the Persian Gulf. Now it is working to take over the Red Sea—a crucial passageway for the flow of oil and other precious commodities into Europe.

Connect the dots on the map, and you can see that Iran seeks to control the greatest trade route in the world, which will give it leverage to push powerfully against Europe.

However, history and prophecy indicate that there is another, more potent reason for the clash between these kings: They both want Jerusalem.

The Whirlwind Attack

Daniel 11:40 reveals that as the Iranians push their own agenda—growing more and more confident by other nations’ weakness and inaction—they will be blindsided by a whirlwind attack that will wipe them out!

Based on this prophecy, the Trumpet has forecast for 25 years that Iran and its radical Islamist allies are going to be conquered. The Bible even tells you how this will happen! Daniel 11:40 speaks of a “whirlwind.” This one word exposes how this clash with Iran will unfold. It reveals in detail what is about to happen in the Middle East—and in Africa, southwest Asia and Europe.

Daniel 11:40 describes how the king of the south will be violently invaded by the “king of the north”: “At the time of the end”—again, the time immediately ahead—“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.”

This prophecy describes Germany and a resurrected, 21st-century iteration of the Holy Roman Empire. The Germans are excellent war strategists and warriors. They are savvy enough to realize that they will never have peace with Iran. They know that sooner or later, their two religions—their two civilizations—will clash.

This scripture describes a time when Germany’s Catholic empire will wage all-out war, throwing everything it has at radical Islam—and dominating it like a violent flood pouring in!

How could Germany do this so easily, so effectively and so quickly?

Such a devastating offensive could not be summoned overnight. Think about the keyword in Daniel 11:40. The verse talks about an attack from the king of the north, but the emphasis is on the strategy of this military attack.

If you’re in a whirlwind, it whirls all around you. It whirls you away! Look at the map and you can see the German strategy: to surround Iran and its allies.

Germany’s strategy to deal with Iran aligns perfectly with Daniel’s prophecy: “… and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind” (Daniel 11:40).

A careful study of Germany’s military activity shows that it is already positioning itself to carry out just such an attack in the future. Gerald Flurry has written a booklet explaining this that you can read online: Germany’s Secret Strategy to Destroy Iran.

The Iranians are so focused on conquering their own objectives that they don’t see what the Germans are doing. They don’t recognize how Germany is planning for the bigger war to come! Germany has expected to clash with Iran, and it has been working on a strategy for a decade or more. That strategy is almost complete. Germany has surrounded Iran.

Daniel 11:40 is already in the early stages of being fulfilled! Iran and its Islamist allies are caught inside a whirlwind!

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Prophesied End

The gigantic clash the Trumpet is expecting, in fulfillment of these biblical prophecies, all begins with pushy Iran.

This is the same nation that is about to get the nuclear bomb. Iranian leaders and many of their people believe the 12th imam—their version of the Messiah—is about to return. They think his return can be hastened by creating violence and chaos. Several nations have nuclear weapons—but only Iran has leaders who harbor such dangerous religious thinking! What will happen when they achieve nuclear capability? What sort of chaos would they stir up if they thought it would cause their messiah to return? In the thrall of religious zealotry, they would not even care about their own destruction!

But who is going to stand up to Iran? If no one will stand up to it today, when it does not yet have nuclear bombs, who will stand up to it when it actually has the bomb?

The Bible does reveal that finally, after being pushed too far, the German-led European power will stand up to the king of the south.

But who is going to stand up to Iran? If no one will stand up to it today, when it does not yet have nuclear bombs, who will stand up to it when it actually has the bomb?

However, the clash between the king of the north and the king of the south all has a wonderful conclusion.

Following the prophecy of Daniel 11 into chapter 12, which is a part of the same vision, we see that this clash will lead to catastrophic world war—“a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” (verse 1). Many other Bible prophecies talk about this period. Jesus Christ described it as “great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21). This is the dramatic climax of this age of man. Once it is over, God will begin to intervene in world affairs in a powerful way.

Daniel 12:11 mentions an event toward the beginning of that “great tribulation,” when “the abomination that maketh desolate [is] set up.” Christ referred to this statement from Daniel in His famous Olivet prophecy (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14). He revealed that this “abomination” is actually “Jerusalem compassed with armies”—armies that are about to destroy the Holy City! (Luke 21:20). Putting all the prophecies together shows that these are the European armies of the king of the north after they have conquered the king of the south.

And notice the conclusion to Daniel 12:11: From the time that these armies are set up, “there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”

Think about that! This prophecy reveals we are getting to a time where you can actually start counting days until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

And it all begins with a push.

IRAN WILL GO TO WAR—BUT NOT WITH AMERICA

The Trumpet has watched Iran for more than 25 years. It projected the rising aggression of its terror-powered foreign policy. Today, the world has begun to recognize that Iran is becoming what the Trumpet forecast in 1992: the “king of the south.” Yet analysts still do not realize what Iran’s future holds: Its aggressive foreign policy will explode into war—not with America, but with a new superpower!

Why has Iran risen so powerfully? Why won’t America confront it? And who is this new superpower? The Trumpet has no special insight into the answers—except for its one “inside source.” That source is the Holy Bible. Find out how the Bible identifies Iran and what it forecasts for the future. Request Gerald Flurry’s insightful free booklet The King of the South.

EUROPE’S ONGOING UNIFICATION PROJECT

https://www.thetrumpet.com/15677-europes-ongoing-unification-project


Bundeswehr soldiers and tanks of the armored infantry battalion Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 deploy to Lithuania in early 2017.
Johannes Simon/Getty Images; Sean Gallup/Getty Images

How accurate Mr. Armstrong’s forecast was of Germany being the “heart and core of the united Europe”!

Those prescient words were paralleled with stunning accuracy in a 2009 statement by Philip Murphy, America’s ambassador to Germany. “Germany is the centerpiece of the European Union,” he said in Berlin on December 1 of that year.

Europe’s history tells us to expect a European power to play a major role in the world. Germany’s economic and geographic dominance of the Continent tells us that it will be Europe’s leader. But why expect a 10-nation conglomerate?

This forecast is underpinned not just by more than 1,500 years of European history but by biblical prophecy.

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The Source of the Forecasts

At the mention of prophecy, many people immediately tune out. But before you do, realize that all of those forecasts that have already come to pass were based on the prophecies that so many people would dismiss out of hand.

Europe today is living, pulsing proof of the relevance and veracity of biblical prophecy!

Look at this statement Mr. Armstrong made in 1962: “Prophecy shows 10 kings … will arise in Europe and give their power to Germany.” It was because of biblical prophecy that Mr. Armstrong knew a 10-nation union would rise out of Europe in these latter days.

Revelation 17 describes in vivid detail this seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. “There is going to be a resurrection of that old Roman Empire. Not very many people believe it because people have gotten completely beyond really believing the Bible means what it says,” Mr. Armstrong said over 50 years ago. “You’re going to have to live and see it, and you’re going to have to know that God was speaking when He said that this thing was coming.”

Beast of Revelation 17

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The Bible prophesied that after the Roman Empire collapsed in a.d. 476, its “deadly wound” would be healed (Revelation 13:3) and that there would be seven resurrections of a “Holy” Roman Empire to rise out of the territory of the Roman Empire of old.

Emperor Justinian recognized the supremacy of the pope in a.d. 554. Thus, when we come to these prophesied resurrections in Revelation 17, there is a whorish “woman” straddling this resurrected Roman “beast.” This is a prophetic symbol of the great false church that heavily influences and rules over the political empire. It is an unholy union of church and state.

Beast of Revelation 13

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“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3). These seven heads and 10 horns are the biblical terms used to describe the Holy Roman Empire in its seven specific stages, culminating in the final union of 10 nations (or groups of nations) at the end of this age.

Here the Bible is plainly speaking of a great political beast rising in Europe, which will be led by a great European religious beast in an unholy alliance that sets out to conquer the world!

These seven successive resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire would have lapses in between, pictured by the mountain peaks and valleys in Revelation 17. As H. G. Wells wrote in The Outline of History, “The Roman Empire staggers, sprawls, is thrust off the stage, and reappears, and … it is the church of Rome which plays the part of the magician and keeps the corpse alive.”

The 10 horns mentioned in Revelation 17 are part of the seventh head. These 10 horns are 10 heads of state in Europe that will join together 10 nations or groups of nations as part of the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

Many other prophecies align with these in Revelation. Daniel 2 describes in symbol four world-ruling empires, traceable through history, the fourth of which is the Roman Empire, “strong as iron” (verse 40). The prophecy shows that right at the end, this empire will have 10 parts, pictured by 10 toes of this statue. Daniel 7 portrays the same four empires, but with different symbols; it emphasizes the repeated resurrections of the Roman Empire. (These prophecies are explained in our free booklet Daniel—Unsealed at Last!). Additional prophecies that provide still more detail can be found in Isaiah 10, Habakkuk 1 and many other passages.

Notice what one popular writer in Britain, known by the pseudonym Archbishop Cranmer, wrote in 2011: “The European Union is essentially the re-creation of the old empire of Charlemagne: from the moment the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1951, the European Coal and Steel Community bound together the economic and political destinies of France and Germany.” This commentator recently recognized this fact. But who besides Herbert W. Armstrong was writing about it more than half a century ago?

Mr. Armstrong was on the scene during the sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, and he prophesied of the seventh and final resurrection. We are witnessing that final resurrection today!

The Bible prophesies that this final resurrection would continue for a short time—only 2½ years. All of the prophecies that have come true and are coming true make very clear what will happen at the end of that short period. Though the final reign of this unholy empire will be brutal and bloody, it will end after a short time in the most exciting and hope-filled event in human history: the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

EUROPE’S UNSTOPPABLE EMPIRE

Not only has unified Europe endured decades of ups and downs, it has actually endured death—and then it has resurrected itself seven times over thousands of years. The Bible forecasted this in detail—and European history shows that it came to pass. Some of the Bible’s descriptions of this history are so detailed and so accurate, that critics insist that they must have been written after the events happened, not before.

Yet these Bible prophecies revealed events that happened long after the Bible was finished. In fact, this European history contained in the Bible is still unfolding. Find out which parts of the Bible describe the history of Europe, and whether its current unification effort will succeed once again. Request your free copy of The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.