News Review - 8 Dec 2017

To Watch… with Wisdom

We see preparation for wars… we see threats of war… we see God’s church shattered and scattered… we are entering a time of world trouble – utter WORLD chaos… we are told to watch world events… but what are we looking out for?

The vast majority of people today have no idea of what is to shortly take place. Some see danger, and try to warn the masses.

Can’t you see war on the horizon?” asks political analyst Paul Craig Roberts.

“According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production.

Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that the prospect of war with the West was real.

For some time I have emphasized in my columns that the consequence of years of hostile actions taken by Washington and its European vassals against Russia was leading to war. It is easy to understand that the massive US military/security complex needs a convincing enemy in order to justify its enormous budget…

We have to ask ourselves why it is not the top item of public and political discussion that Washington has convinced Russia, a premier nuclear and military power, that Russia is going to be attacked. Instead, we hear of football players who kneel for the national anthem, fake news about Russiagate, a Las Vegas shooting, and so on.” (

In 1982, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Let me say right here: I know of no prophecy in the Bible that speaks specifically of any war between Russia and the United States; and I have been saying for years and years that is not the way that World War III will come.” ( Sermon - November 27, 1982)

Russia v North Korea

According to the following article, Russia is preparing for conflict with North Korea, not the USA!

Russia is looking at the possibility of military intervention in North Korea to stop a nuclear fallout, according to a member of the Russian security council. Following North Korea’s declaration earlier this week that it now has nuclear capability to target the whole of the US, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has confirmed Russia is considering its options.

Mr Patrushev admitted that Pyongyang’s actions had put Russia at risk due to the potential of an outbreak of war.

He said: ‘If there is military action – and you know some countries do not rule it out – this would create all sorts of problems, including for us.’

Mr Patrushev also said that Russia was getting ready for a military standoff between its unruly neighbour and other states around the world.

He said: ‘We are assessing this and preparing ourselves. We will not be taken by surprise.’

He added: ‘We basically share a border with them. That’s why we are interested in a political and diplomatic solution’.(

Saudi Arabia v Iran

Sunnis and Shia: Islam’s ancient schism threatens war…

“Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) has been kicking up a lot of sand since being made Saudi Crown Prince in June and heir apparent to the throne. Unfortunately, his latest initiative, an ‘Arab NATO,’ promises to be just as successful as his other efforts to date.

…It is interesting and not a little worrisome that this Saudi-inspired military bloc is being dubbed the ‘Arab NATO.’ Aside from NATO being guilty of its own series of serious misdeeds, which run the gamut from Serbia to Iraq, and many places in between, it appears MbS’s recent moves are not without some heavy American influence.

According to Foreign Policy, Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, has had three trips to Saudi Arabia ‘since Trump took office.’

If the past behavior of US-led NATO is any indication of things to come, the world has some good reason to be very concerned about this ‘Arab NATO’ and where it will lead us.

Is the goal of Saudi Arabia to use this military bloc to really fight against the scourge of terrorism, or does it have far more dangerous objectives in mind?

The answer is of consequence for every person on the planet. If the world escapes the latest brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman with nothing more serious than a regional fender-bender we should count our lucky stars.” (

The Great Asian War Game

“The latest issue of the National Interest asks if we are looking at ‘ war in Asia’ within the next decade or so.

The question asked collectively by the headline articles is whether the multi-sided contest between China, the Koreas, and Japan can be resolved without someone, somewhere, pulling a trigger. The urgent question for US policymakers is whether America can do anything to make overt hostilities less likely.

Obviously, North Korea is in the spotlight right now, but writer Michael Auslin makes an interesting case that China versus Japan is the simmering conflict to watch as the first half of the 21st century plays out.

Auslin notes that China and Japan have centuries of history behind them, with the Korean Peninsula a perennial battleground. Japan’s alliance with the United States is a major factor in regional politics today, China and Japan would likely be adversaries even if the US was not a factor at all, and Korea would be a factor even without the North Korean nuclear missile crisis.” (

Ground Zero: Israel

There has been much talk about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. But this is easier said than done! Surely this could lead to war?

“A prominent Israeli journalist tweeted on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s government expects the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘perhaps as early as Sunday.’ Dana Weiss, the chief political analyst for Channel 2 News and the anchor of her own prime time weekly television magazine program, also wrote that her sources had told her the US would announce plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

According to the information she shared, the impetus for this move came on the back of pressure from Trump’s Christian evangelist supporters. East Jerusalem’s walled Old City is home to the sites holiest to all three monotheistic religions. These include Al Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam; and the Kotel, or Western Wall (a retaining wall of the ancient temple), which practicing Jews view as their holiest site. Both sites hold cultural and political significance even for non-believers.

The city is a tinderbox, and no one wants to set off a fatal spark.(

The World’s Most Dangerous Flashpoint?

“With the world’s attention firmly fixated on North Korea, the greatest possibility of nuclear war is in fact on the other side of Asia. That place is what could be called the nuclear triangle of Pakistan, India and China.

Although Chinese and Indian forces are currently engaged in a standoff, traditionally the most dangerous flashpoint along the triangle has been the Indo-Pakistani border. The two countries fought three major wars before acquiring nuclear weapons, and one minor one afterwards. And this doesn’t even include the countless other armed skirmishes and other incidents that are a regular occurrence.

At the heart of this conflict, of course, is the territorial dispute over the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the latter part of which Pakistan lays claim to. Also key to the nuclear dimension of the conflict is the fact that India’s conventional capabilities are vastly superior to Pakistan’s. Consequently, Islamabad has adopted a nuclear doctrine of using tactical nuclear weapons against Indian forces to offset the latter’s conventional superiority.” (

The World Today: Chaos And Conflict!

While we have major conflicts involving Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, North Korea, China, Japan, Pakistan, India, USA, the UK, and Israel… we also have to keep in mind ongoing conflicts in Syria, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Ukraine, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Mali, Mozambique… the list seems endless!

While the world is focused on war in the Far East, their attention is being diverted from the real problem areas, Europe and Israel!

Add to all this the internal political strife in the USA, between Republicans and Democrats, in the UK over Brexit, in Germany, still without a government, in the EU, with several countries threatening to leave… this world is a world of chaos, conflict and confusion. The question is… WHY?

No understanding of world events!

“This may sound incredible, but it’s true. Editors, newscasters, foreign correspondents do not understand the real meaning of the world news they report, analyze and discuss.

Heads of government are utterly unaware of the true significance of the very world-shaking events with which they deal.

They have no conception of where these events are leading.

Incredible? Perhaps - but true!( US and GB in Prophecy - Chapter 1)

Our Spiritual Heritage

From the very beginning of the end time work, Jesus Christ revealed the outline of future events to His end time Apostle. From the beginning, the focus was on the rise of the Holy Roman Empire, and the fact that God was going to use that power to punish His people, the USA and Britain, destroying their nations and enslaving the survivors.

The message has not changed!

1934-1939: “The February-March, 1939, issue of The Plain Truth contained another article on the resurrection of the Roman Empire to come. We have warned our radio listeners of this prophesied event since the first year we were on the air – 1934. We have shouted this prophecy ever since 1934 in The Plain Truth. This issue carried a full-page map, which I sketched and traced on the mimeograph stencil, showing the territory of the original Roman Empire.” ( The Autobiography - Chapter 40)

1955:- Talking about the Holy Roman Empire, Mr Armstrong wrote… “In its final phase, to appear in our day, will merely be a restoration of that ancient Roman Empire – a United States of Europe which we are beginning to foster within the confines of the ancient Roman Empire! We are building the Frankenstein Monster that is destined to destroy us!” ( The Plain Truth, June 1955)

A German led Europe foretold…

1964: "Germany — a UNITED GERMANY with her former territories restored — is ready to emerge as the strongest nation on earth at the head of a revitalized… Europe! This power colossus is then going to deal a death-blow to the United States and Great Britain…” ( The Plain Truth, October 1964)

Britain not a part of the final 10 nation Europe.

1965: “In spite of Mr Churchill’s farsightedness… he could not foresee that this great politico-religio-economic power bloc of ten nations not only would refuse Britain membership [in the final United States of Europe — the ten], but would ultimately prove the undoing of the Anglo-Saxon people of America, Britain, and the Commonwealth countries.” ( The Plain Truth, April 1965)

1978: “Undoubtedly GERMANY will head the new resurrected ‘Holy Roman Empire.’ Who conquered the German armed fist twice – in the two great world wars? It was Britain with the United States pouring in the real knockout power! Who will they go forth to DESTROY? Britain and the United States!” ( Co-Worker Letter – August 14, 1978)

Europe to turn against the USA…

1984: “Politics will enter into it and I can see where it is going to cause Europe to unite and turn against the United States. And if you want to know what will happen … read the last chapter in the book ‘ United States and Britain in Prophecy.’ Now you may have read it, go home and read it again. Brush up on it and refresh your mind on it, because we’re coming to the time when it is going to happen.” ( Sermon - 7 July 1984)

In his book, ‘ United States and Britain in Prophecy’, Mr Armstrong gave this overview:

“God will use a Nazi-Fascist Europe to punish Britain-America. Then He will use the Communist hordes to wipe out the Roman Europe.

We are entering a time of world trouble – utter WORLD chaos!There is war, strife, violence in Asia, Africa, South America – as well as Europe and North America. The population explosion is a worldwide threat to human existence. Crime, violence, sickness, disease, inequality, poverty, filth, squalor, degeneration, suffering – these infest ALL nations!

But, as salvation is given first to Israel, so is corrective punishment!” ( Chapter 14)

Where Are We Now In Prophecy?

The question is, are we near to that time of “world chaos?” The nations of the world are full of “crime, violence, sickness, disease, inequality, poverty, filth, squalor, degeneration, suffering…”

When we look at Matthew 24, can we see the scripture being fulfilled? The world is full of religious confusion. God’s own church is shattered and scattered. The whole world is deceived - they think they are worshipping God when they are actually worshipping Satan!

We are surrounded by wars and rumours of wars, nations are rising against each other. We see famines – 20 million people need feeding according to the UN. We see pestilence – the dreaded Black Death returns … the earth is being shaken – volcanoes and earthquakes are on the increase…

These things are all coming to pass!
But could we be missing something?
Something serious?

Beware The Black Swan…

We have our spiritual heritage. We have been given understanding of end time events. But we need to be careful! Sometimes the unexpected happens – the Black Swan event.

We understand that a German-led resurrected Holy Roman Empire is going to be centre-stage very soon now. We know that this great European power is going down into the Middle East, and particularly into Israel, where the Roman Catholic Church will set up its headquarters. We know that God is going to use this “beast power” to punish modern day Israel, Britain and America, destroying both countries, and the survivors to be taken into a harsh captivity.

We know WHAT happens, but the question is, HOW?

How does all this come about?

Enter the Black Swan – the totally unexpected event that catches people off guard!

For example, Mr Armstrong warned that after he died, some of the leading men whom he had disfellowshipped would return and try to take over the church. The event occurred, the church was destroyed, but not in the manner we all expected. The attack came, not from the outside, but from the inside – at the very top! We were caught off guard, watching for the wrong area of attack.

When it comes to end time events, we not only need to be watching – but watching carefully.

Now consider: In I Corinthians 10:11 the Apostle Paul informed us that Old Testament events happened for our admonition…

How Did Israel End Up In Egypt?

Look at the events that occurred when Israel went down into Egypt, and ended up as slaves. They left the land of Israel because it was made totally desolate by drought. This drought hit all nations (Genesis 41:57) so they went to Egypt to buy food. Eventually, with 5 more years of famine ahead, they moved to Egypt (Genesis 45:9).

They were rescued by Egypt – but not for long. Soon they became enslaved and after several hundred years of slavery, they cried out to God. God rescued them from Egypt and at the same time totally destroyed the then world superpower.

There are several other scenarios which could be alternatives to a direct attack by the Beast Power, which many are expecting:

Could this be a possibility?

It is feasible that the attack on the cities of the USA and Britain could come from terrorists, using nuclear weapons.

In a Co-worker Letter dated April 21, 1982, Mr Armstrong warned:

“In addition to terrorist groups, experts fear that unstable regimes in various countries could also get the bomb. An unbalanced Third World dictator with a nuclear device could kill millions of people. ( Co-worker Letter - April 21, 1982)

Then Europe and other nations step in to rescue the survivors. Once rescued, they become enslaved. When some cry out to God for help, He comes and rescues them and destroys this world’s superpowers.

It is possible that the USA could be hit by a series of natural disasters, earthquakes, tsunamis… making the country uninhabitable.

An EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack, even possibly by North Korea, could destroy the electricity grid and “fry” all computer chips, according to some authorities. This would also make America uninhabitable…

It could even be that the “attack” could come surreptitiously from within, at the top, causing civil war to break out in the US – leading to the destruction of cities and drastic food shortages.

Prophetic Events WILL Occur

Modern day Israel WILL go into captivity!

Jesus Christ WILL return, to set up the Kingdom of God!

We need to ask God for wisdom… so we can watch correctly… so we can understand end time events!

In Revelation 17:9 we read:

And here is the mind which hath wisdom…

The rest of the chapter gives an overview of upcoming events. To have a clearer understanding of this vital information, read ‘ Who or What Is the PROPHETIC BEAST?

So we must watch - but watch with wisdom including the desire to be ready - to be spiritually fit to serve in the coming Kingdom of God!

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that SHALL come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them” (Luke 21:36-37).