Sunday, August 31, 2008

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela: Two Black Eyed Peas in a Pod

Barack Obama has mesmerized the masses with his mantra of "Change We Can Believe In" as terrorist Nelson Mandela fooled folks with his snake oil of "A New South Africa".

Educate yourself about harsh reality, don't be fooled by pretty platitudes, and beware such wolves in sheep's clothing, such Black racists pretending to be color-blind, such Marxist preachers abusing useful idiots to aid and abet them.


The New South Africa
blog attempts to chronicle the extreme violence and secret genocide being committed against the white minority of South Africa. Tens of thousands of whites have been murdered since 1994. Brutal torture and rape is common and not even the young or elderly are spared. | |

There Goes The Nation

It's A Sin To Vote For Obama!

Friday, August 29, 2008

South Africa Ruled By Barbarians, America Next?

And ignorant and naive Americans want to vote Obama into power, a Black Supremacist who was indoctrinated by Black racist preacher Jeremiah Wright for over 20 years and only recently distanced himself for political purposes? Because Obama has "learned to talk to White people"? Because Obama has learned how to pull the wool over their eyes! Useful idiots, a danger to themselves and others.

South Africa Ruled By Barbarians, America Next?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's A Sin To Vote?

Re: It's A Sin To Vote For Obama! [ Post 296445614, reply to 296428113 ]

I used to believe it was a sin to vote, as Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God so taught. Now I know better, having lived and learned and prayerfully written about it.

Separation of Church and State? Says Who?
God calls upon our Israelite family of nations to RESTORE HIS LAW AND ORDER, and we'll receive blessing to the degree we love and obey and He will bless our NATIONAL EFFORTS that reflect national repentance, learning to go by God's Word as LAW, trusting in His wisdom, rather than leaning to our own understanding with all our different political parties of men.

God's One Government Has Two Branches!
The Sabbath-keeping Church of God (that remains faithful to the plain truth of the Bible that Herbert W. Armstrong taught) has heard a lot about government, but many seem to have forgotten that God's ONE government has TWO branches: Church (Priest) and State (King).

Should Christians Judge?
All judgment must be tempered with mercy. Jesus clearly taught that we can see others imperfections (the "mote" in their eye) and help to remove it once we have first gotten the "beam" out of our own eye. The purpose is to help and not hurt: constructive criticism, not self-righteousness or sinister motivations.

Onward Christian Soldiers!
Why did ancient Israel have an army? Was it because they didn't have faith? Did they believe in themselves instead of trusting God? Did they insist on fighting their own battles, rather than let God wage war for them?

Blind to Joseph's Identity!

Re: Historic Fraud: Indian Bnei Menashe
Post Date: 2008-08-25 20:12:10 by David Ben-Ariel

18. To: Magician (#13)

None of the ten tribes landed up in northern Europe or Britain, despite the claims of such insane persons as Herbert Armstrong - and yourself.

Joseph's brethren were also blind to his identity and Joseph stood right in front of them. Nothing new under the sun, eh? Foolishly calling Herbert W. Armstrong or myself "insane" because you're apparently willfully deaf, dumb and blind to the Hebrew roots, the Israelite origins, of the White peoples of Northwestern Europe and the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples doesn't change the facts. Was Orde Wingate "insane" too? And other Christian Zionists too? What lashon hara! (evil tongue, slander). Your prejudice, your bigotry against White Israelites (who are not Jewish and never have been) blinds you.

May God grant you repentance and help you to see, rather than continue to wander in the wilderness fooling yourself that Asian and African converts to the religion of Judaism have somehow changed their race, their ethnicity, and become - presto! - Israelites! Again, if they're ethnic Israelites, you're not! You can't have it both ways. Your Indian emperor has no clothes! Your Indian converts are not Israelites any more than the "Black Hebrews" that pollute Dimona with their unclean presence are Israelites.

If you knew the Bible and history, or weren't in denial of it, you would know that the Northern Ten Tribes of ISRAEL (not Jews, not Jewish, not of Judah), were not to remain in those areas but were foretold to migrate NORTH and WEST and into the ISLES. "We The People" (Am Yisrael) have done so, as the Law and Prophets testify. To ignorantly imagine Israelites have stayed put in the Middle East only is like saying the only true Jews (not Israelites) are in the Middle East (as some do say).

Yair Davidiy, a Torah-observant Jew, founder of Brit-Am Israel in Jerusalem, Israel, offers a treasure trove of rabbinical sources and Jewish information that help reveal Joseph as the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples. Truly, Jews like Yair Davidiy (and Avraham Feld, rabbi) are wonderful pioneers and help hasten the process of redemption that calls for the restoration and reconciliation between Joseph (Northern Ten Tribes of ISRAEL, capital Samaria) and Judah (Southern Kingdom of Judah, capital Jerusalem), that we may ultimately become One Nation Under God, a truly United Kingdom.

Israel in the Isles "LISTEN, O isles, unto me: and hearken, ye people from afar" (Isa. 49:1); and then makes the declaration: "Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified." (v. 3)

The Plain Truth about the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel

Israel and Judah Must Get House in Order Before King Messiah Arrives

David Ben-Ariel posted on 2008-08-28 08:32:10 ET Reply Trace

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Native Americans Against Obama For Good Reasons

Mike Graham (Founder, United Native America)

The more Obama talks about "Change", Native Americans see "No Change Nor Commitment" for them with Obama as president.
Native Americans Against Obama For Good Reasons

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly (de Shay)

Spider Rock, in Arizona's Canyon de Chelly (de Shay), is considered sacred to the Navajo and is associated with Spider Woman who taught the Dineh (Navajo) how to weave.

Spider Rock is an "800 foot sandstone spire that rises from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley"...

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly (de Shay)

Berlin's Secret Pact With Moscow

Stephen FlurryColumnist
August 22, 2008 | From
What it means for the United States and the rest of the world.

In a speech given on Monday to students at Herbert W. Armstrong College, editor in chief Gerald Flurry said that Russia’s attack on Georgia earlier this month signaled the beginning of a dangerous new era in history. As columnist Robert Kagan put it, “Historians will come to view Aug. 8, 2008, as a turning point no less significant than Nov. 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Russia’s attack on sovereign Georgian territory marked the official return of history, indeed to an almost 19th-century style of great-power competition, complete with virulent nationalisms, battles for resources, struggles over spheres of influence and territory, and even—though it shocks our 21st-century sensibilities—the use of military power to obtain geopolitical objectives.”

To counterbalance the revival of Russia’s imperialistic aims, as we have been warning over the past two weeks, look for the German-led European Union to rapidly accelerate its drive toward militaristic unity! And as we have been saying for years, this resurgence of both power blocs—called the king of the north and the kings of the east in Bible prophecy—will result in a non-aggression pact between Germany and Russia modeled after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop agreement.

This has been the lesson of history. As my father told HWAC students during his lecture, every time competition intensifies between Russia and Germany, the two historic foes form an alliance with one another. But they don’t last long. The strategic agreements are made just before the outbreak of full-scale war!

Where We Are Headed

Basing his projection on the sure word of Bible prophecy, 47 years ago, Herbert W. Armstrong said that Russia would one day frighten Germany and the rest of Europe to “lose confidence” in America’s ability to protect them from the Russian bear (co-worker letter, Oct. 23, 1961). This, he said, would result in two things: hastening the development of European unification and the establishment of a non-aggression pact between Germany and Russia.

Mr. Armstrong’s flagship publication, the Plain Truth, offered this analysis in May 1962: “When a Russo-German deal is made, you can be sure that the doom of the United States and Great Britain is on the horizon. A German-Soviet agreement—a second Rapallo—would be the greatest disaster which could befall the West.”

After Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986, the Trumpet magazine lifted his mantle and continued proclaiming his same prophetic warning. Even before Vladimir Putin grabbed hold of Russian power and revived its imperialist goals, the Trumpet declared: “Russia is back, albeit economically wounded, and swallowing its pride momentarily ….”

You would be hard-pressed to find any other news source predicting the resurgent rise of Russia in 1999, when it was entangled in civil war and wallowing in economic impoverishment. The Economist, for example, wrote on Dec. 18, 1999—on the eve of Russian parliamentary elections:

Reform of Russia’s dreadful economy—smaller now than that of the Netherlands—has, for instance, barely been mentioned [in parliamentary debates]. … Cynicism abounds, especially about the corrupt new order that has replaced the coercively deadening old one. It is matched by dismay at the degradation into which Russia has sunk, even though most Russians—Communists included—know that a return to a Soviet-style past is unthinkable.

What a different take than what we had at! “With Russia looming again on the horizon across the Polish plain, Germany gets the jitters,” we wrote in June 1999.

Germany will never trust nato in a European adventure again. Apart from this, Germany has never, ever trusted Russia! So—revive the old Ribbentrop-Molotov pact! … We believe that a similar pact will soon be concluded between Russia and Germany.

Four years later, in August 2003, we wrote,

Russia currently faces a choice between a stronger alliance with the EU or the U.S. Putin is at a crossroads, but political and economic possibilities reveal which direction he will take. Now the strategic partnership between Russia and German-led Europe will further solidify both power blocs’ global weight. It will help propel Europe to superpower status.

Then, just last year, we posted an article under the headline, “Russo-German Pact Imminent.”

In April of this year, we wrote about the prophesied rise of both Germany and Russia. “Germany is conquering the Balkans, and Russia has its eye on Georgia,” we said four months ago. “As these powers compete against each other, watch for a new Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to emerge. It may be that dealings are already under way to conclude such an agreement.”

This week, my father made this statement to our HWAC students: “I believe it is very likely Germany and Russia have already cut a deal.” He continued,

I believe Germany may well have been complicit in Russia’s plan to attack Georgia! If Russia formed an agreement with Germany over the Georgia situation, then Russia would know the only possible other nation it would have to be concerned about is the U.S. And Russia knew that America was too weak to do anything about it!

That was Monday. On Wednesday, Stratfor filed this prophetically electrifying report about the crossroads Germany is now at in Europe:

Berlin is now reassessing its allegiances to Washington and NATO, which would keep the country locked into the policies it made as an occupied state. Or Germany could act like its own state and create its own security guarantee with Russia—something that would rip NATO apart. …

Stratfor sources in Moscow have said that Medvedev has offered Merkel a security pact for their two countries.

Stratfor has yet to confirm the report, but history and prophecy tells us everything we need to know, even if there is still some question about the timing.

What we know is this: Germany’s relationship with nato is nearing its end! As Stratfor notes, “[I]f Germany and Russia make some sort of deal, it will be open season on American influence in Europe.” An independent, 10-nation superpower is rising out of Europe that will soon force all American military personnel to withdraw from the Continent.

Then, the German-led Euroforce is prophesied to turn against the West, catapulting the whole Earth into a nuclear World War III— so says your Bible!

Now understand the significance of these latest prophetic developments. Over the past two centuries, every time Germany has double-crossed the West, it has first entered into a non-aggression pact with Russia in order to shore up its defenses to the east.

What this means, as my father told our students on Monday, is that the secret non-aggression pact between Germany and Russia—a deal that may already be in place—is not a sign of peace.

It is a precursor to war!

(Gerald Flurry’s August 18 speech will be excerpted in the October print version of the Trumpet. For a free subscription to the magazine, go here.)

Bible Prophecy States EU to Form Core Group
EU industry commissioner Gunter Verheugen, when asked by the German daily Die Welt how he sees the European Union in 20 years' time, responded: "I believe… we will have a political union, but maybe not with all states that now form part of the EU."

Is Germany in Danger of Backsliding?
We left it up to the Germans to "deNazify" their country! Now Germany appears to be backsliding as the Nazi German spirit is beginning to stir again, getting ready to break free from imposed shackles with a fury, and come back with a vengeance from the abyss, threatening to wreak havoc upon the world.

The Secret Nazis
Herbert W. Armstrong warned the Nazis only went underground and a declassified US document confirms it...

Germany Behind the Mask
For over 50 years, Herbert W. Armstrong warned that a German-led European combine would thresh the nations. When Germany lay in ashes after WWII, Mr. Armstrong had no doubt Germany would be back with a vengeance and he pounded this theme home through the pages of The Plain Truth magazine read by millions worldwide.

Will The Atlantic Times address the German threat?
It is not in Germany's mind today, or its present peaceful people, to wage war against us, but that will all change overnight, after a head-on collision with the Islamic leader of a confederation of Muslim states, their mahdi, whetting Europe's appetite for more blood and morphing the...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Does The Bible Teach There Were Human Prototypes?

Questions about ancient peoples, even cavemen, possible human prototypes, were brought up in my mind since I've just returned from visiting the Navajo Nation and regions known to Comanche, Ute, Cheyenne, Kiowa nations/tribes (Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Four Corners, Palo Duro Canyon, Washita River Battlefield, etc.), and because of a recent discovery in the Galilee mentioned in Israel National News, which prompted me to write a rabbi friend, Yehoshua, in Israel.

Does The Bible Teach There Were Human Prototypes?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Joe Biden: a la carte Catholic

Joe Biden isn't Jewish?

Historic Fraud: Indian Bnei Menashe

"Historic: Bnei Menashe Permitted to Move to Israel"- so reports Israel National News, participating in the BIG LIE of Indian converts to Judaism pretending to be descendants of Bnei Menashe - the sons of Menashe (Manasseh, the son of Joseph) - while bearing none of the biblical birthmarks that prove Israelite identity.

Historic Fraud: Indian Bnei Menashe

Jerusalem speaks to Hinton's heart

Gershon Salomon came from Jerusalem to what he said (with a smile) felt like "the ends of the Earth" - Hinton, West Virginia. It is beautifully described on Hinton's official website as a place, "Woven into the mountains of Appalachia, along the scenic New River in Southern West Virginia...."

Jerusalem speaks to Hinton's heart

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obama to Africa, Biden to Israel

May Afro-centric Obama return to Africa (never forget he faithfully attended a Black Supremacist church for over 20 years at the feet of black racist Jeremiah Wright) where he belongs, and may Joe Biden end his self-imposed exile and become a better Jew by following Judaism to the Jewish Homeland of Israel.

Obama to Africa, Biden to Israel

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Homestead Act For Greater Israel

What part of the Promised Land of ISRAEL don't some get? It does not say "Palestine" for the holy land in the prophecies, it does not refer to the Promised Land of Ishmael - it clearly calls for and supports the Promised Land of Israel. Intelligent people start with this strong biblical basis and foundation while others build their vain beliefs upon sand, failing to submit to the Will and Word of God, and suffering the consequences as perpetual losers.

It is the hateful, murderous and covetous Arabs who steal and occupy too much of the Jewish Homeland. Remember the Promised Land of Israel includes GREATER ISRAEL (Eretz Yisrael HaShlema), much of which presently lies under a sea of Arabs, waiting to be reclaimed and liberated from Arab occupation. The sooner Israel evicts the Arab squatters, removes the Nazi-Muslim threat such sworn enemies present, and the sooner the US realizes the terrorist Arab regimes are not our friends, and acts accordingly, wholeheartedly supporting Israel's expulsion of Arabs (not Jewish pioneers and faithful settlers] - THE BETTER.

"We The People" (Israel and Judah) could also agree to some new Homestead Act where those Jews and British-Israelites - White Israelites - who so desire, whose spirit our Great Creator inspires as He did our forefathers (Israel in the Isles), can receive worthy incentives to settle our biblical inheritance that will have been cleared for them of wild beasts, peace through strength, to take root and grow and prosper in our Holy Land of ISRAEL, bearing fruit that glorifies God and blesses the entire world.

When Yeshua returns and reigns as the King of the Jews, He will see to this complete defeat and relocation of the enemies of God and Israel if we've failed to do as Moses commands. Rest assured!

It is imperative that there begins, today, a campaign among world Jewry to explain the full extent of the Arab hatred and danger. The complete truth must be told to the masses of good Jews both to justify the need to remove the Arabs and to expose the dangers of the liberal Establishment bloc.

Peace Now: Arabs and Jews Must Go Their Separate Ways
Genesis 15: 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants [through Isaac] I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates: 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."

Don't Expel Jews From Gaza!

Ariel Sharon: From Zionist to Traitor

Christian Zionists, Jews, and Israel

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Living Church of God website

Click here to see the new website.

People of White Color

Originally Posted by Merrygold View Post
I don't hate white people .

So you're in denial? Your posts against White people appear to prove otherwise.

What I do detest are the numerous comments that you've posted claiming white supremacy over anyone of color

Again, typical politically correct double standards, reverse discrimination, glaring hypocrisy - "anyone of color." How racist! Don't you realize WHITE is a COLOR? White people are people of WHITE color. To get technical, black is actually the absence of color!

As far as White supremacy goes, it should go without saying to honest folks. Why do you detest THE PLAIN TRUTH? To which countries do folks clamor to emigrate? Black Africa? Asia? Mexico? What race of people have created more inventions enjoyed by folks of every color and creed? Arts? Literature? CIVILIZATION. THINK about it.

including those of us of Native American descent
I mentioned to the descendant of Cheyenne Peace Chief Black Kettle how the various "First Nations" were brutally at each others' throats and weren't living in peace and harmony before the militarily superior White tribes came and conquered them all. Why vainly deny these FACTS? Why should facts disturb folks? Because such folks are racist against White people! THINK about it.

while spouting Scripture mingled with Fred Phelps - style propaganda .
Spouting? Prejudicial use of propaganda language there, but the facts remain the same that I dare to share the plain truth of the Bible and history and it doesn't sit too well with those who prefer their darkness.

Not interested in your pictures
Your prerogative and loss.

It's rather revealing that instead of appreciating I've posted something that could put White Israelites in a bad light (although I've stated we're sinners like others but God's Purpose goes forward), I've helped publicize Black Kettle and the controversy surrounding his death, a few have chosen to ignore all that and go on the warpath over imagined injustices. So much for peace and reconciliation!

The English-Speaking Nations of White Israelites

Mormon Madness

Of Baptists and Mormons

The Mormon Book of the Dead

and for good measure...

What Church Members Should Know About Masonry

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Black Kettle Bridge or Massasoit Boulevard?

Cheyenne Peace chief Black Kettle is believed to have worked for peace among the Indian tribes and our White Israelite tribes. As I mentioned to his descendant while visiting the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma, it's disgusting to see Martin Luther King and Communist Rosa Parks' names littered across the United States on bridges, boulevards, ad nauseam, and that if we truly wanted to honor those who sought peace and proper understanding between our respective tribes, our diverse peoples, we should have things named after Massasoit (sought peace between Indians and pilgrims) or other truly worthy folks, not documented frauds.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

America's Greatest Threat

Every time violence erupts somewhere in the world, our national leaders and news media make it sound like that particular outbreak is America's greatest threat. The conflict between Russia and Georgia is no exception. Almost as soon as news of the conflict broke, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain, was suggesting that the United States (or the United Nations) should send troops to the scene. I guess two wars are not enough for McCain; he now wants to start a third. (And with all his talk about bombing Iran, make that four.) And talk all over Washington, D.C., was mostly about what kind of military response the United States should take.

America's Greatest Threat
by Chuck Baldwin

Friday, August 15, 2008

Reflections on Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

I've been out to our American Southwest recently, and I enjoyed a wonderful discussion with a descendant of Cheyenne chief Black Kettle at the Washita River site where he was killed with his wife, Medicine Woman Later - both having survived the Sandy Creek Massacre - and when I asked her where she thought the Indians came from, even mentioning how I write on forums I'm a Native American since I was born here, she said from the Bering Strait and that they've heard they probably have relatives up there!

Reflections on Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's A Sin To Vote For Obama!

Erasing The Race Factor
Obama's best hope is to face the race issue explicitly.
- By Peter Beinart

We definitely should not ignore the race factor or even pretend it's possible or desirable. Some of us refuse to submit to the dumbing down replacement theology of the self-righteous politically correct cult that would advance every race at the White people's expense; that always "understands" how others want their kind in positions of power and clearly vote that way; how others want to preserve their heritage, but scream bloody murder whenever a White person dares to expose the hypocrisy, the double standards, the institutionalized reverse discrimination of quotas, "affirmative action," ad nauseum. The PC emperor has no clothes!

The Curse of Jeremiah Wrights
Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and others all represent the curse of reverse discrimination, the tail wagging the dog, the animals running the farm, the serious consequences for White Israelite disobedience to God (Deuteronomy 28:43).

President Barack Obama sound good to you?
Sounds good for Africa, Asia or some Arab country - but not for the United States of America. I'm not some silly woman all googley-eyed over Barack Hussein Obama (sounds like Osama, doesn't it?) or some self-hating or misguided white person who feels I must vote for the black man to prove to the racist PC masters I'm not racist.

Diversity Demands: Segregate Now!
The more white Israelite people try to ignore the issues of race, the more race will get in our face (Daniel 9:11). It is in the best interests of every race to SEGREGATE NOW.

The English-Speaking Nations of White Israelites
Is God a racist? Does He discriminate? Did Jesus hate Gentiles? Was Paul prejudiced? Are Israelites and Jews superior to other peoples? Is God's favorite color white?

The Plain Truth About Race And Responsibility
Why leave others with distorted views of what the Bible says? Why not present our God-given understanding of cause and effect for today's increasing racial divides? Precisely because it is a BOMBSHELL to those who have been lulled to sleep, drugged by PC poison and who, once awakened would be enraged and shoot the messenger!

Race Matters
It seems evident that the resurrected Noah will head a vast project of the relocation of the races and nations, within the boundaries God has set, for their own best good, happiness and richest blessings. This will be a tremendous operation. It will require great and vast organization, reinforced with power to move whole nations and races. This time, peoples and nations will move where God has planned for them, and no defiance will be tolerated.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Remember Solzhenitsyn’s Warning

Gerald FlurryEditor in Chief
Remember Solzhenitsyn’s Warning
August 5, 2008 | From
The great Russian Nobel Prize-winning author died Sunday. Here is a look back at a critical message he had for the United States.

The Communist system of the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The world was stunned.

Many people believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn did more to bring down that system than any other Russian.

He died in Moscow on Sunday at the age of 89.

Few people are aware of the flood of horror and bloodshed that started after the 1917 Russian Revolution and continued until Stalin’s death in 1953. The Communist regime caused the deaths of about 66 million people from 1917 to 1953—a period of 36 years! (That figure does not include the 31 million who died in World War ii—about one fifth of their population.) The Soviet Union was slaughtering its own people.

One prisoner by the name of Shostakovich gave this testimony: “I was remembering my friends, and all I saw was corpses, mountains of corpses. I’m not exaggerating, I mean mountains. … I’m grieving all the time.”

The revolution began with inspiring hope. That hope was drowned in a sea of suffering and bloodshed. Russia became a massive graveyard.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn was a victim of the brutal Communist regime. He was in the Russian prison system, the Gulag Archipelago, for eight years. After that, he was exiled in his own country for another three years—a total of 11 years in prison.

He saw that prison authorities did not have serious communist or socialist ideals. They were gangsters and thugs who had gained control of the revolution. Stalin was the chief gangster.

Speaking Out

Solzhenitsyn began to think about the Russian Revolution while in the Gulag. Before and after he was released, he knew that somebody had to report the truth. Who would it be? He decided it would have to be himself. It was his life that would have to be risked by writing about a prison system that reflected a revolution gone mad.

In his autobiography, The Oak and the Calf, he said (emphasis mine throughout),

At last I was beginning to see revealed the higher and hidden meaning of that suffering for which I had been unable to find a justification, that sharp reminder from the Supreme Reason which no mere mortal can at first understand. This was why my murderous misfortunes had been sent to me—to deny me all possibility, snatch from me any chance of lying low and keeping quiet, to make me desperate enough to speak and act.

Solzhenitsyn believed that God had a hand in his suffering and in his speaking out. Certainly he revealed the evils of Russian Communism more than anybody else ever did.

His experiences made him desperate enough to speak out against what some have called the greatest tyranny ever. In the midst of that suffering, he developed character and values he would not compromise, even if death were the result.

One man of incredible character changed history. Behind this character was a strong religious morality.

“Once again, my vision and my calculations are probably faulty,” he wrote. “There are many things which I cannot see even at close quarters, many things in which the Hand of the Highest will correct me. But this casts no cloud over my feelings. It makes me happier, more secure, to think that I do not have to plan and manage everything for myself, that I am only a sword made sharp to smite the unclean forces, an enchanted sword to cleave and disperse them.

“Grant, O Lord, that I may not break as I strike! Let me not fall from Thy hand!” (ibid.).

His life was seriously threatened several times. But he continued to write books and speak out against Communist rulers. Here is what George Steiner wrote in the New York Times Book Review, March 1, 1998:

To use a Shakespearian image: during the late 1960s and throughout the ’70s, Alexander Solzhenitsyn bestrode the world like a colossus. The winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature in October 1970, his expulsion from Russia in February 1974, the publication in the West of The Gulag Archipelago the same year, made him not only the world’s most famous writer, but a spiritual guide, a prophet, an exemplar unrivaled since Voltaire or Tolstoy. His every movement, his most occasional pronouncements, were the object of frenetic attention in the news media. Crowds blocked the airports at which Solzhenitsyn arrived. In the “free world,” Cancer Ward and The First Circle sold by the million; in Russia and Eastern Europe, clandestine copies passed from hand to hand, keeping fiercely alive “hope against hope.”

Communist leaders intensified their persecution. How did Solzhenitsyn survive all this evil? Here is what Michael Scammel wrote in his book Solzhenitsyn: “Solzhenitsyn’s moral purity, his absolute refusal to compromise on fundamental issues, was his greatest asset, which gave meaning to his life and work.”

In February 1974, Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union. In 1976, he made his home in Vermont.

Then in June of 1978, Harvard, America’s most prestigious educational institution, invited him to give its commencement address.

Never has such a massively murderous government as the Soviet Union been so deeply exposed by one man. And the West agreed with his conclusions. But it didn’t end there. Solzhenitsyn also exposed America and Britain! And we have rejected almost 100 percent of his severe criticism. That Solzhenitsyn was so accurate in exposing communist flaws should have made us do some serious thinking about his correction for the West. But it didn’t. Today, Solzhenitsyn’s name is rarely even mentioned.

His Harvard speech sent shock waves throughout the West. Most politicians, educational institutions and the media turned bitterly against him!

This is a chapter in our history that we desperately need to understand.

Moral Poverty

Alexander Solzhenitsyn had a strong belief in God. In the Harvard speech, “A World Split Apart,” he showed that we are condemned by our own history:

The humanistic way of thinking, which had proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on Earth. It started modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend of worshiping man and his material needs.

Thus gaps were left open for evil, and its drafts blow freely today. Mere freedom per se does not in the least solve all the problems of human life and even adds a number of new ones.

And yet in early democracies, as in American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted on the ground that man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. … Two hundred or even 50 years ago, it would have seemed quite impossible, in America, that an individual be granted boundless freedom with no purpose, simply for the satisfaction of his whims. …

The West has finally achieved the rights of man, and even excess, but man’s sense of responsibility to God and society has grown dimmer and dimmer. … All the celebrated technological achievements of progress, including the conquest of outer space, do not redeem the 20th century’s moral poverty, which no one could have imagined even as late as the 19th century.

What happens when we make a foundational change in our belief about the evil in man? As we put more and more trust in man, we push our responsibility to God aside. This fatal flaw in our thinking is one that destroys nations!

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5). Because we have placed our trust in man, we are under a dreadful curse. The evidence is all around us!

As many child-rearing authorities condemn any spanking of our children, we have seen an increase in unruliness and even violence and brutality to the point of murder in our children and teenagers. There is evil in those youthful thugs, in most cases, that was not dealt with properly in love and discipline—God’s way.

Our families are upside down. “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths,” said the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 3:12). This is an end-time book of prophecy (see Isaiah 30:8).

God warns against following our leaders who cause us to err!

Women rule our families. Our boys lack strong, masculine role models. Our society is becoming more effeminate and female-dominated.

Young boys become frustrated and sometimes violent without proper family guidance, especially from their fathers. Our forefathers had a much more God-oriented family life; their faith in God was much stronger.

How much more do we have to be cursed before we learn the ugly truth about our families?

Our people care little about the morals of our leaders today. That was not the case even a few years ago. We don’t understand or even care that bad morals destroy families. It is through the family most of all that strong, godly morals should be taught!

Deceived About Human Nature

“The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals,” Solzhenitsyn continued.

This tilt of freedom toward evil has come about gradually, but it evidently stems from a humanistic and benevolent concept according to which man—the master of the world—does not bear any evil within himself, and all the defects of life are caused by misguided social systems, which must therefore be corrected. …

Voluntary self-restraint is almost unheard of: Everybody strives toward further expansion to the extreme limit of the legal frames.

As he says, we blame the social systems rather than our own evil human nature. (Read our booklet Human Nature: What Is It?)

We are talking about thinking that makes or destroys individuals and nations!

Here is why: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). This is the evil in man that Solzhenitsyn discussed. The human mind “is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” And yet, in America and Britain, we usually reason that human nature is good. That diabolical philosophy is destroying our nations!

Imagine what our evil minds would do with no obligations and no laws in society. As it is, there is usually no teaching of character to control our thinking. We live in a world of fantasy and illusion. As a result, our society is being fragmented. The mind of man—human nature—is “desperately wicked.” We should be building God’s character by overcoming this carnal mind—not trusting and relying on it! No nation can long endure on such a vile foundation.

Can this Nobel Prize winner teach us about our own history?

Harvard began as a religious institution. Its number-one goal was to teach character. Today character is hardly even an issue in education, politics or the press. Harvard is certainly not a religious institution today. Even if it were, most religions have succumbed to this fatal and false reasoning about human nature also.

America has made radical, far-reaching changes from what our forefathers believed. Those men repeatedly said that our Constitution could work only if our people had character and kept the Ten Commandments.

Today we are lost in the present—rejecting the past and blind to the future! We have lost the big overview. Our nations are like the Titanic, speeding into the darkness, as we ignore the warnings from history and prophecy.

The Press

Who has the power to lead us today? Where does the real authority lie? Solzhenitsyn had some strong views on that subject in his speech.

Hastiness and superficiality—these are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this is manifested in the press. In-depth analysis of a problem is anathema to the press; it is contrary to its nature. The press merely picks out sensational formulas.

Yet one would like to ask: According to what law has it been elected, and to whom is it responsible? In the Communist East, a journalist is frankly appointed as a state official. But who has voted Western journalists into their positions of power, for how long a time, and with what prerogatives?

If we understood that we are the nations of Israel today, this problem could be better understood. Whereas the Gentiles are prone to be led by a dictator, we naturally degenerate to little or no government.

We are not truly ruled by those people we vote into office. The press has the greatest power! But this is a symptom of a far deeper problem.

Ancient Israel—our forefathers—came to this same condition just before it collapsed and was conquered by an enemy. “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). The press had the most power then too—not the elected officials. And soon, every person did what “was right in his own eyes.” There was no real leadership. And there is almost none today. It is a terrifying reality!

What is happening today in America and Britain is what happened routinely to our forefathers! We are making the same mistakes they made.

The book of Judges is a part of the former prophets. That means this is prophecy for us today! But we pay little attention to history and even less to Bible prophecy—until it is too late.

Why were our people so offended by Alexander Solzhenitsyn? Can we afford to so rudely push aside the warning of a Nobel Prize winner—a man of such deserved stature? A man who was forced to face the ugly reality of his own land?

What Is Freedom?

Here is something else Solzhenitsyn said in that speech at Harvard:

The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless against certain individuals. It is time, in the West, to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.

On the other hand, destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society has turned out to have scarce defense against the abyss of human decadence, for example against the misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, such as motion pictures full of pornography, crime and horror. This is all considered to be part of freedom.

Solzhenitsyn accused America of losing our balance. We vigorously defend human rights, but neglect human obligations, responsibility and character.

Are we free if we are in bondage to pornography? Or drugs? Or alcohol? Or sleazy, violent, mind-bending television and movies?

Are young people free if they have virtually no restrictions? Would it be freedom to drive our cars without any stop signs or signals?

Is it freedom to desert the little children we bring into this world? If we do so, are they not destined to be in bondage to the evils of this world without parental guidance?

These are questions that are not being answered. Our “free” societies are descending into chaos and anarchy—individually and collectively.

There is no freedom without law! But whose law? Men have adopted many foolish and dangerous laws. We need a perfect law. And that is exactly what God gave us.

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:21-25). God gave us ten perfect commandments to make us responsible. We must let the Ten Commandments show us where we are in bondage.

Most religions are in bondage because they reject God’s law and call it freedom! Men almost routinely think bondage is freedom—intellectually and spiritually!

“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (2 Peter 2:19). There are always deceived leaders who want to give us “freedom,” but actually bring us into their corruption and bondage. They want us to accept their anti-God ideas and rebellion.

Only the truth will set us free (John 8:32). And God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).

A Model Nation

Here is another statement made to the Harvard audience:

After the suffering of decades of violence and oppression, the human soul longs for things higher, warmer and purer than those offered by today’s mass living habits, introduced as by a calling card by the revolting invasion of commercial advertising, by tv stupor, and by intolerable music.

All this is visible to numerous observers from all the worlds of our planet. The Western way of life is less and less likely to become the leading model.

That is a remarkable statement. So few people realize that ancient Israel—the nation of our heritage—was chosen by God to be a model nation for the rest of the world! Israel was not a favorite people; it was chosen to be an example nation to show how wonderfully God would bless an obedient people. But Israel always rebelled against the greatest calling any nation ever had.

Our failure today is far more horrendous. Solzhenitsyn abhorred our example! Many other observers around the world still do. And they should. It seems that everybody but our own people sees our deadly degenerations!

Is it any wonder that Solzhenitsyn would have looked around for a model nation after nearly 100 million Soviet citizens died in 36 years?

Mankind should have learned, from such murderous examples, that we are incapable of ruling ourselves!

Now, with our nuclear weapons, we are about to face the worst disaster in man’s history—World War iii with nuclear weapons. This is the pinnacle of mankind’s “achievement”!

When that happens, man will finally begin to learn that only God can rule over him.

Solzhenitsyn continued,

There are telltale symptoms by which history gives warning to a threatened or perishing society. Such are, for instance, a decline of the arts or a lack of great statesmen [Isaiah 3:1-4]. Indeed, sometimes the warnings are quite explicit and concrete. The center of your democracy and of your culture is left without electric power for a few hours only, and all of a sudden crowds of American citizens start looting and creating havoc. The smooth surface film must be very thin, then, the social system quite unstable and unhealthy.

This is all done under the guise of freedom. It is a deadly deception and we should know better. Unrestrained “freedom” is the most grotesque kind of bondage. Is a heroin addict free? Most of those leaders promising liberty are spiritually corrupt.

Are we a “perishing society”? The answer is a thunderous yes!

Mr. Solzhenitsyn knew that “history gives warning.” But today we are so shallow that we almost ignore the subject. More and more of our universities fail to effectively teach this vital subject.

That is why we don’t see and heed the thunderous lessons of history! Great leaders of the past like Winston Churchill and Edward R. Murrow believed that history was our most important subject. Most of our people don’t know that today. Nor do they care to know. In fact, they usually refuse to know.

We are going to pay some mind-splitting penalties for this attitude. It is time to wake up!

How could Alexander Solzhenitsyn have been so right about the Communist system and so wrong about the Western system—as most Westerners reason? Are we so sure we’re right that we won’t even listen to objective criticism? Why would Solzhenitsyn have even given such a speech? All it got him was ridicule and scorn. Isn’t is possible he wanted to help us save our nations from disaster?

He suffered as few people have in this modern world. And he learned some profound lessons in the process.

Because we failed to listen to the warnings—especially God’s—we have left God with only one option. He is going to get our attention the only way He can!

Where Is Our Courage?

This Nobel Prize winner struck at the very heart of what makes a nation great—or what causes a superpower to fall. He continued in his Harvard speech,

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life.

Political and intellectual functionaries … base state policies on weakness and cowardice. And the decline in courage, at times attaining what could be termed a lack of manhood … [means] they get tongue-tied and paralyzed when they deal with powerful governments and threatening forces, with aggressors and international terrorists.

That last line truly disturbed many people! Mr. Solzhenitsyn stated a great truth of history that has been demonstrated repeatedly, but that few men have learned. It has been proven again and again since “ancient times.” A radical decline in courage is a frightening symptom of the end of America and Britain!

He was discussing the death of our nations! History thunders that he was right. So does Bible prophecy. What a powerful warning!

America has suffered many foreign-policy setbacks in recent years. Nobody fears the great American superpower anymore.

America is called the world’s only superpower. We do have the military might. But Solzhenitsyn saw that we lack the will to use it.

In this world full of tigers, a superpower can’t resign or sneak off into the night. Other nations know that if they can destroy a superpower, they become a superpower themselves.

This is a sobering thought that America should realize!

A Broken Will

Solzhenitsyn made other condemning statements about the West, but they were made over a long period of time. Mostly they were unnoticed or ignored. But his speech at Harvard was different. On that hot summer day in 1978, he had the attention of America’s intellectual elite. The press was there, listening intently. A speech like that, so concentrated and focused, and with such an attentive audience, could not be ignored!

Several years earlier, Solzhenitsyn said, “We see [the West] today, crawling on hands and knees, its will paralyzed.

This Nobel Prize winner spoke more forcefully than others. But haven’t we noticed the many other critics outside Britain and America today? Many nations slander us, ignore us, and treat us with contempt. Even our allies, such as they are, consider us unreliable and are looking elsewhere for support.

That kind of thinking would disturb us mightily—if we were a real superpower! But we are too weak to be stung by such trends, much less demonstrate to the world that they are wrong. The weaker our foreign policy, the more an anti-American tide rises around the world.

Here is what Solzhenitsyn said in The Oak and the Calf:

Unmoved by all the misfortunes and threats that hemmed us in, I knew that it was time: time to find some way of shocking the West into the realization that it could not look after its own interests, that while it raged implacably against the weak, it invariably lost, invariably surrendered to rock-hard tyrants.

Today we see how the West has “surrendered to rock-hard tyrants” like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president who continues to scorn Western pressure to halt his nuclear program. We are going to see this type of shameful surrender increase, as more and more tyrants storm onto the world stage in the time ahead!

Still, America likes to nurture the illusion that we are the world’s only superpower.

“During my time in the camps, I had gotten to know the enemies of the human race quite well: They respect the big fist and nothing else; the harder you slug them, the safer you will be. (People in the West simply will not understand this …)” (ibid.).

We refuse to understand because of our weak will!

There were many mistakes made in the Vietnam War. But we rarely ever discuss why President Kennedy got us involved in the first place. The president knew we were not taking a stand against the rock-hard Communist tyrants at that time the way we should. He said, “We must show some resolve to the Communists.” We did just the opposite in Vietnam. And to this day we still haven’t shown them that “resolve.” And what’s more, we are not going to in the future.

Herbert W. Armstrong said after World War ii, “America has won its last war.” I agree completely. So does Bible prophecy.

What Is the Solution?

Let’s look at a prophecy that is for this end time. Leviticus 26 is called the blessings and curses chapter. God promises blessings upon Israel for obedience, curses for disobedience. Israel today is primarily America and Britain. (You can prove this by reading our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)

“But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments … I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you” (Leviticus 26:14, 17). It’s a dreadful condition to have God “against you.” “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power” (verses 18-19). If we disobey God, He has promised to break the pride of our power. That means we would be a great power in the end time, but our will would be broken. That has happened exactly as God prophesied!

And that is exactly the way Alexander Solzhenitsyn and others have described Britain and especially America today.

God often agrees with our foreign-policy critics. Our weakness is directly tied to the all-powerful God! That should cause us to pause and think.

Daniel prophesied that the words of Moses, like the book of Leviticus, were for this end time (Daniel 9:13). Our broken will is just one of the curses upon us.

Daniel was written for this end time (Daniel 12:4, 9). And he says the book of Leviticus, which Moses wrote, is for the nations of Israel in this end time as well.

Most people don’t even know who the nations of Israel are today. But these prophecies indicate that God’s very elect would know and proclaim to the world who they are. It is a critical job that must be done.

Why don’t we understand God’s truth and prophecies? Daniel says it is because we won’t repent and turn from our sins. God would give us understanding if we would just repent of our sins. God commands us to turn to His righteousness and blessings. We will never understand who we are and what is happening to us until we turn to God. That includes religion.

The whole world is deceived (Revelation 12:9). Religion most of all!

“Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice” (Daniel 9:14). God is actually bringing all the evils upon us because of our sins. And the Leviticus prophecy says the problems will intensify until we repent or die!

That is what it means when it says God is “against” us!

Ezekiel is also an end-time book addressed to Israel. “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations” (Ezekiel 5:8). “I, even I” am against you, God says. This repetition is to emphasize the horror of the statement.

Who could be in a more horrifying state? God is going to punish us in the sight of all nations!

“And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations” (verse 9). Our punishment will be the worst ever inflicted on any nation! (Matthew 24:21-22; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1). It will happen because of all our “abominations.”

Our punishment is going to be the worst ever because our sins are the most abominable in our history!

There is a great cause behind God’s punishment. “Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them” (Ezekiel 5:13). We are going to get to know God. We don’t know Him today because Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:1-4). Mankind worships him rather than the true God.

How grotesque can our deception be? Being so deeply deceived shows that we refuse to accept God’s truth. People love living in deceit!

Future Filled With Hope

America, Britain and all the nations of Israel have failed God. Now God is using spiritual Israel—His Church—to do His work. But God chose the tribes of Israel to do His work, and He will yet choose them to lead all the other nations to God!

“For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel” (Jeremiah 31:6-7).

Jacob (whose name was later changed to Israel) is going to be “chief of the nations.” He will lead the world “unto the Lord our God.” Our nations should be doing this now. But God is merciful and will still cause Israel to fulfill His will.

Then Israel will have the respect and love of the world. It receives contempt from many other nations today. An inspiring change is about to occur. What a wonderful, loving God we have!

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The EU and Israel

Ron FraserColumnist
August 11, 2008 | From
President Sarkozy’s mooted Mediterranean Union may have seemed a sore point with Germany’s chancellor. The reality is it may bring her nation one step closer to achieving a long-cherished goal.

Our long-time readers will be familiar with the Trumpet’s early and continuing exposure of the European Union’s strategy to expand south and east. Our early warning of this strategic move by the EU was predicated on an ancient prophecy for our times recorded in the book of Daniel which speaks of a northern power that will grow “exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land [Jerusalem]” (Daniel 8:9; New King James Version). The relevance of that prophecy to the times of global disruption through which we are presently living is clearly explained in our booklet Daniel—Unsealed at Last!

The first obvious indication of the EU’s intentions to expand its power toward the south, toward the east and toward Jerusalem was the strategic move in 1991 by Germany, followed by the Vatican, to disrupt Yugoslav unity through bilateral recognition of Croatia and Serbia as sovereign nation-states separate from the Republic of Yugoslavia. That is an initiative that is now well advanced toward the EU taking direct administrative control of the Balkan Peninsula.

Ever since that move, the EU has steadily expanded its reach south and east, inching ever closer toward the “Glorious Land.”

The latest initiative in this direction was that of France’s President Sarkozy, bringing together 43 representatives of Mediterranean nations in June to form a Mediterranean Union, in association with the ever-expanding European Union. In the process, the current president of the EU may be unwittingly aiding in achieving a long-held national goal of imperialist Germany.

Way back in the eighth century a.d., emissaries were sent to Jerusalem by Emperor Charlemagne to negotiate an agreement with the Muslim Caliph Haroun. The result was that Jerusalem became a protectorate of the Holy Roman Empire.

Historical records indicate that such a protectorate was limited to the oversight of the welfare of Christians, the care and protection of designated holy sites, and the properties of the Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem. The fact that the caliph would be a beneficiary financially to this enterprise was a given. Muslim support of the Kaiser’s army in World War i, and again of the Nazi regime in World War ii, was the end result of a long historical nexus between the Muslims and the German nation.

From the time of the Charlemagne/Haroun pact to this day, elements within the German nation have historically viewed themselves as protectors of the Roman Catholic Church, though having been mostly denied the plum job of protector of Jerusalem.

The extent of Charlemagne’s largesse under his treaty with the caliphate of Haroun included the building of an abbey on the Mount of Olives, the church of Haceldama, the Latinity, an extensive hospice for pilgrims, the church of the Holy Mary, a library, and a market place. The whole district under the protection of Germany was autonomously administered, supported by taxes from the Holy Roman Empire.

In a.d. 1009, the Tatimite caliph of Egypt reversed Caliph Haroun’s policy of benevolence toward the Holy Roman Empire’s presence in Jerusalem and ordered the destruction of Christian establishments in Jerusalem. Persecution of traditional Christianity in the Middle East ensued.

With Pope Urban’s call to a crusade in an effort to wrest back control of Jerusalem into the hands of what became known as Christendom, a history of bloodletting in the name of religion was unleashed.

With the First Crusade of a.d. 1095-1099, the Franks were successful in seizing control of Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks, establishing the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Frankish rule of Jerusalem was to last less than a century. By 1187, Saladin, sultan of Egypt, had wrested back control of Jerusalem. The city was to remain in Muslim hands till a German king initiated the Sixth Crusade to return Jerusalem as a Holy Roman imperial possession.

In 1228, Frederick Barbarossa (Frederick ii), emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, paid a state visit to Jerusalem. There he gained by diplomatic means what previous crusades had been denied. Frederick made a treaty with the Ottomans via which they surrendered Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem to the Christians, with the Mosque of Omar remaining in the hands of the Muslims. He then crowned himself king of Jerusalem.

By 1244 the Muslims had laid siege to the city, retaking it as a Muslim possession. It was to remain in their hands until centuries later an interesting event, again involving a German emperor who paid a state visit to Jerusalem, changed the whole complex of the city.

In 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm visited Jerusalem. From then on, things never were the same for the City of Peace.

Having long languished as a backwater under Ottoman rule, the Kaiser’s triumphal entry on horseback into Jerusalem was greeted with enthusiasm by its majority Muslim population. They conferred upon him the freedom of the city.

The Kaiser and his wife visited the “holy” sites which the Empress Helena, Charlemagne’s mother, had “identified” over a millennium earlier and which since had become venerated as icons of the Catholic faith.

At the church known as the Holy Sepulcher, the Kaiser and his wife were welcomed with much Romish pageantry as they entered the sepulcher to pray.

The parting gift granted the Kaiser for his high-profile visit to Jerusalem was permission by the ruling Ottoman caliphate to a repeat building of a Catholic icon atop Mount Zion, the Domitian Abbey.

Unfortunate for the builders, they initiated a world war in 1914, which led to a mighty mounted charge by Australian and New Zealand infantry liberating Beersheba from the Turks and opening the way for General Allenby’s famous march into the city of Jerusalem at the head of a contingent of troops of the British Empire. A mandate was then issued to the British to become protectors of Jerusalem.

Once again Germany had failed to deliver the goods to Rome.

Israel was subsequently established as a sovereign state, to become home to Jewish refugees from two great world wars and from the tyranny of the Soviet Union, among many others who already were established there or who chose to make the Levant their home, migrating from all over the world.

As a sign of Germany’s continuing interest in Jerusalem, in 1982, the Kaiser’s grandson visited the city that had so captured the imagination of Wilhelm and his wife.

Then in 1996 came an unprecedented event.

For the first time in history, the head of the Roman Catholic Church visited Jerusalem. John Paul ii, who did more during his papacy than any other to heal the deep wounds and offenses of centuries ingrained between Rome and international Jewry, paid homage to the Jews in the City of Peace.

Twelve years later, a greatly expanded European Union, dominated by a newly strident Germany, just beginning to feel its oats as a revived world power, looks south and east for lebensraum.

Enter Nicolas Sarkozy.

Just a few weeks ago, on Sunday, July 13, Sarkozy addressed an unprecedented assemblage of delegates, mostly comprising presidents or prime ministers from an array of nations, many hailing from “the south, the east, and the Glorious Land.” “‘The European and the Mediterranean dreams are inseparable,’ Sarkozy told leaders from more than 40 nations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. ‘We will succeed together; we will fail together.’ The union Sarkozy championed as a pillar of his presidency brought together around one table for the first time dignitaries from such rival nations as Israel and Syria, Algeria and Morocco, Turkey and Greece” (Associated Press, July 13; emphasis mine throughout).

Holding up the EU’s accomplishments as an example toward which the Mediterranean countries should aspire, Sarkozy stated, “We will build peace in the Mediterranean together, like yesterday we built peace in Europe” (ibid.).

“Peace … peace.” The double employment of the word in this context brings to mind the Apostle Paul’s prophecy, “For when they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Compare that prophecy with the fact that “A draft declaration obtained by the Associated Press shows that summit participants will announce ‘objectives of achieving peace, stability and security’ in the region” (ibid.). Given the context, the participants and the timing, that statement ought to electrify any student of international relations who is even partway familiar with Bible prophecy for these days!

The draft declaration issued by the conveners of the Mediterranean Union states that the union will be jointly run by all of its members, having a dual presidency. This presidency will be shared jointly, in rotating terms, by one EU member nation and one Mediterranean nation. That’s shorthand for declaring that the EU, by far the most powerful bloc of the two, will hold the whip hand.

This has been assured by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel insisting that 27 EU nations be represented in the Mediterranean Union. The chancellor, foreshadowing one of the prime reasons for the creation of the Mediterranean Union, called the union’s first meeting “‘a very good start’ and said it could help the Middle East conflict” (ibid.).

The Mediterranean Union replaces a trial at EU Mediterranean union launched in 1995 termed the Barcelona Process. For the EU, that process has not moved quickly enough to bring Southern Mediterranean nations to heel, hence the new Franco/German initiative, which is designed to be fully up and running by year’s end.

Note that the United States is excluded from this process. The reason is simple. The EU seeks to use the new Mediterranean Union to muscle in on the Middle East, in particular so as to influence the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel, which the EU sees as going nowhere under U.S. jurisdiction.

With eyes ultimately on Middle Eastern oil, the EU is cranking up its diplomacy in the Mediterranean and Middle East, sidelining the U.S. in the process. In the meantime, certain elements within Germany see the Mediterranean Union as a process that moves their nation one step closer toward the ripest plum of all, the greatly coveted city of Jerusalem.

Will the resurrecting Holy Roman Empire, in the guise of the European Union, succeed in seizing for Rome that which Kaiser Wilhelm failed to deliver? Read our booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy for the answer!

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