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The Sun Declares God’s Glory

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The Bible also gives us important information about the sun. Notice Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” The universe is actually declaring a message from God! The psalm continues: “Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (verse 2-3; Revised Standard Version). Though it is an unspoken message, it becomes loud and clear if only we are willing to open our eyes to see it. Modern scientific instruments like the sdo and Hubble telescope make it possible to more clearly discern these messages from God’s majestic handiwork.

In her book, Green explains that all this new data “has literally expanded our horizons and even shown that the atmosphere of the sun reaches out to a staggering 18 billion kilometers beyond us …”! That’s 120 times farther out than the Earth’s orbit! That means that “we are living in the sun’s atmosphere!” (emphasis added throughout).

Our massively dominant star gives life to planet Earth. “Not only does sunlight allow us to see,” she writes, “but it made our rocky planet habitable for millions of species of animals and plants. It grows our food, it drives our weather, and it can even be utilized to generate electricity to power modern society. Sunlight is amazingly versatile, but above all there is something about sunlight that means it is able to keep us alive. We literally could not live without it.”

There is an amazing spiritual parallel that God’s creation is declaring about the First Commandment. Malachi 4:2 calls Christ the “Sun of righteousness,” and numerous New Testament passages refer to the spiritual light that He brings to this dark world. Just as everything revolves around the sun, we must revolve our lives around God the way our planet does the sun. God must be at the very center of our lives—He must completely dominate our lives the way that the sun dominates our solar system.

Paul wrote in Acts 17:28 that “in him we live, and move, and have our being.” Moses commanded us to love, obey and cleave to God, “for he is thy life, and the length of thy days” (Deuteronomy 30:20).

These are so many lessons that we can draw from studying our great star. The heavens declare God’s great power, and even the way that He orders the universe. If you would like to hear more, you can listen to my Trumpet Daily Radio Show where I delved into more on this inspiring subject.

If you haven’t done so, I’d also encourage you to read Our Awesome Universe Potentialby Joel Hilliker. This inspiring booklet will help you to observe the Creator’s handiwork and will give you a universe-sized vision.

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The EU’s Superpower Ambitions Exposed

Britain is quitting the European Union. Across the Continent, more and more are saying they want less Europe. Euroskeptic parties are rising in power. Some are saying the EU is dead.

Is it?

On today’s show, theTrumpet.com assistant managing editor Richard Palmer examines the ambitions of the EU leaders, the practical steps they’ve taken just in the last week toward a superstate, and where this is leading.

Will Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Lead to Trade War?

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With America pulling away from globalization, Germany is looking to China and other Asian nations instead. Germany and China are getting more and more friendly, and Bible prophecy indicates that this trend will continue. Ezekiel 27 prophesies a temporary Europe-Asia economic alliance that will arise in the end time. This alliance will not include America and Britain—in fact, it will be against these nations.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has shown that, as prophesied in Ezekiel 5, this Eurasian “mart of nations” will actually “besiege America, Britain and the Jewish nation.” How will they besiege America? Through a trade war. He writes in Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet:

The United States and Britain are going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Asia, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce. These nations of Israel are going to be literally besieged—economically frozen out of world trade!

Herbert W. Armstrong prophesied this coming trade war as well. In the March 1971 Plain Truth, he wrote:

Either we start raising high tariff barriers against other countries, starting a trade war which in time will trigger the nuclear war that will destroy us—or American workers are going to have to meet the competition of the workers in other countries, by lowering living standards. Obviously American workers are not going to choose to do the latter. And if they don’t—well, the handwriting is on our national wall.

That is exactly what we are seeing happen today! America is raising its tariffs against other countries. This move could lead to the trade war and economic siege that will destroy us! “We are clearly in the early stages of the trade war that precedes this siege!” Mr. Macdonald wrote. President Trump’s tax reform plan is leading toward that siege, although he doesn’t know it yet.

Trade war is not just a fantasy. It is fast becoming a deadly, dangerous reality. To learn more about the prophesied trade war and where it will lead, read Brad Macdonald’s article “Trade Wars Have Begun.”

The EU’s Superpower Megalomania

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Of course, here at the Trumpet we never had any doubt this would happen. The development of the European Union is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

The Bible clearly foretells of a 10-nation superpower rising up in Europe as a continuation of the Holy Roman Empire. This is where Europe is heading.

It means some big changes are coming, and only as a result of major crises. The EU is currently 28 nations, not 10. Shrinking down won’t be smooth sailing. Even when it reaches this destination, its power “shall be partly strong, and partly broken” (Daniel 2:42). This multinational behemoth will never completely overcome national differences.

It was because of biblical prophecies that Herbert W. Armstrong forecast what this power would be like. The European Economic Community—the precursor to the EU—began in 1958. In 1959 the Plain Truth wrote, “And so a gigantic trading bloc is being built—to fulfill the Bible prophecies ….” Under the subhead “The United States of Europe” it wrote:

The U.S. News and World Report printed a special interview with Jean Monnet, who has been called the “Architect of a United Europe” in its Feb. 20, 1959 issue.

When asked what he saw ahead economically for West Europe, since the forming of Euromart, Mr. Monnet replied he saw much more than just the removal of age-old trade barriers—that these nations are now pooling their resources—and implied this is just a beginning, that the European Economic Community is open to other nations!

It’s time to wake up! The European union is the world’s number one importer, the world’s number two industrial power, already out-producing Russia! It is destined to grow by leaps and bounds in the future. Your Bible says so!

Konrad Adenauer stated in 1950, “A federated Europe will become a Third Force in the world … powerful enough to intervene successfully—in a decisive moment—to safeguard the peace …. Germany has again become a factor with whom others will have to reckon in international affairs ….”

When Britain joined this community in 1973, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “Britain is going to look back on Monday, Jan. 1, 1973, in all probability, as a most tragically historic date—a date fraught with ominous potentialities! For that date marked the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community.”

It was certainly a decision that many in Britain later regretted. And even now that Britain has voted to leave, it is still experiencing those “ominous potentialities.”

These forecasts and many more are made because of biblical prophecy. The Bible has already proved to be an accurate guide to the character of this union.

Any power led by people who believe they are infallible is a dangerous one. But the Bible tells us precisely where this one is leading. To learn about the ultimate fate of this union, read our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy—especially the chapter on modern Europe: “The Seventh and Final Resurrection—Now Here.”

The National Debt Is a Domestic Security Threat

Why Is Debt a Threat?

The gross domestic product of the United States is $19 trillion. But since the nation carries $20 trillion in debt, America owes more than it makes in a year. In fact, America’s current debt-to-gdp ratio is higher than it has been at any point since the end of the Second World War.

During World War ii, however, the government was going into debt paying for a war that was going to end. Today, the government is going into debt paying for retirement and health-care programs that are expected to grow more expensive. According to Congressional Budget estimates, the national debt is projected to soar to an unfathomable $92 trillion over the next 30 years. By the end of the decade, the U.S. could be spending nearly $800 billion a year just on interest payments.

Financial historian Niall Ferguson has warned that nations and empires usually fall apart when the cost of servicing their debts exceeds the cost of defending their borders. Based on current budget projections, America will be spending more on interest payments than on national defense within five years. If interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds increase, the nation could reach this point much sooner.

What Does the Bible Say?

In ancient times, God instructed the Israelites that blessings come from obedience to His laws, just as curses come from disobedience. In Deuteronomy 28, God specifically warned that debt problems are one of the many curses that come from disobedience. Specifically, God warned that if Israel turned away from Him, strangers would lend them money, but they would not lend to others.

America’s current economic woes are not the cause of its problems. Instead, they are one of many symptoms that point to the greater problem of rebellion against God’s law.

To learn more about the dangers of out-of-control government spending, request our free reprint article “The Biggest Threat to America’s National Security,” by Joel Hilliker.

Putin’s Victory Lap in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Syria yesterday to visit his ally Bashar Assad and declare victory against the Islamic State. Putin is the first foreign leader to visit Syria in seven years. Russia has two bases in Syria, and there is no sign the Russians will be leaving soon. In October 2015, then United States President Barack Obama told Putin that getting involved in Syria was like entering a “quagmire.” Russia has proved its ability to maneuver through the Middle East to the embarrassment of the U.S. Putin’s victory in Syria is part of a larger trend that sees a weakening and inept America being pushed out of the Middle East. We discuss this and more on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

Presidents and Their TV Preferences

Yesterday the New York Times printed an unflattering, 4,300-word profile of U.S. President Donald Trump’s love for cable news television, tweeting and desert. The Times insists that this president only has the attention span of a “jack-rabbit.” So he’s forced to rely mainly on verbal meetings and Fox News to get most of his information. Of course, when Barack Obama watched television—and he watched a lot—it was always a much-needed break from a long, grueling day at the Oval Office. Trump does it because he’s shallow. That’s how the Times sees it. On today’s program, we look at the TV-viewing preferences of the past two U.S. presidents—as well as the other important stories of the day.