News Review - 12 Oct 2018

Brexit… followed by the European Parliament elections… a new Commission… a new President of the European Commission… a new President of the European Council… a new President of the European Central Bank…

Europe 2019… Chaos?

The very first issue of the Plain Truth magazine in the beginning of 1934, asked the question:

“Is a World Dictator About to Appear?”

That focus hasn’t changed. As we approach the end of the age, that dictator cannot be far off. With all of the upcoming changes in Europe, the political landscape seems chaotic in 2019!

When Does Britain Leave The EU?

11pm on Friday, March 29, 2019

“Between that date and December 31, 2020, there is expected to be some form of a transition period. This will allow businesses and others to [prepare] people for the moment when the new post-Brexit rules between the UK and the EU begin. Free movement will continue throughout the transition period. The UK will be able to make its own trade deals, however, they will not come into force until January 1, 2021.” (

We Were Warned!

Over 50 years ago, the Plain Truth magazine warned that Britain would not be part of the final United States of Europe:

“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)

Europe: All Change In 2019

“Europe in 2019 will not just be the year of Brexit. It will also witness the election of a new European Parliament (23–26 May), the choice of a new president of the European Commission and of a new Commission, as well as the appointment of a new president of the European Council and of the European Central Bank. All this under the spell of the next ‘Multiannual Financial Framework,’ a five-year budget plan for the years 2021-27, which will be under discussion throughout the year.” (

EU-wide Break-up: Europe Fears ‘Nightmare’

“The biggest threat to the EU is the imminent collapse of Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition, which would lead to a Europe-wide breakup ‘in an uncontrollable way’ according to a leading left-wing and pro-EU commentator. The political instability that has rocked the German government could set in motion the breakup of the European Union, according to Paul Mason, a left-wing commentator.

Mason explained: ‘I think the big danger in all of our nightmares whether you are pro- or anti-European Union, the nightmare is that it breaks up in an uncontrollable way. The way it does that is if the Merkel government falls and switches to the right, as the Austrian government did’.” (

We Are Watching For Dramatic Change In Europe

All this on top of a financial disaster could lead to a massive crisis – paving the way for a more right wing government in Germany – formed with “spiritual help and guidance” from the Roman Catholic Church… who would stress the need for “strong leadership” in a crisis, not only in Germany, but in Europe.

Be Aware!

When pressure reaches breaking point, change happens suddenly!

Remember The Warning We Were Given

The 1335 day marks… “ apparently that is the time when OUR WORK SHALL END.

That will be a time when the UNITED EUROPE shall appear - THE REVIVAL OF THE MEDIEVAL ‘HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE’.

We shall then be warned, and readied to be taken to a place of refuge and safety from the Great Tribulation.( Pastor General’s Report - 1979-11-20)

Financial Disaster Under Construction In Europe

“Italy is facing a major debt crisis as the eurozone lurches once again towards financial disaster, an expert has warned. Traders have expressed mounting fears for the country’s financial health, and the potential knock-on effects for its European neighbours. Rome’s government debt stands at 130 percent of GDP, just below that of the eurozone’s perennial economic basket-case Greece.” (

Another Economic Crisis Would COLLAPSE Euro And Brussels

“Professor Alan Sked, co-founder of Ukip, has claimed the European Union is ‘split’ on a number of issues during a scathing rant. Speaking exclusively to, Mr Sked warned the Brussels club was split on migration, foreign policy, and the future of the eurozone. He said: ‘The EU is split in many different ways really, right now.’

‘It is split over the future of the Eurozone, it is split over migration, it is split over the power of the Commission to enforce what it sees as its rules in eastern Europe. I think it may split over foreign policy, for example, reacting to Trump on various fronts. I think [we] are in a very serious situation.’

‘If there is another economic crisis, whether it comes because of a crash in the Chinese economy, or because of tariff wars that are begun by President Trump, there is a danger the eurozone would collapse. If the euro collapses then the whole caboodle collapses I think, that is a very real threat.’

‘France and Germany have to send a strong signal to the Commission that we need to negotiate a pragmatic and sensible outcome that protects jobs on both sides of the Channel because for every job lost in the UK, there will be jobs lost in Europe as well if Brexit goes wrong. There would not just be economic consequences for the UK, there would be profound economic consequences for the rest of Europe’.” (

Eurozone And The Euro Are Both Doomed

Charles Hugh Smith writes: “Beneath the permanent whatever it takes ‘rescue’ by the European Central Bank (ECB) lie fundamental asymmetries that doom the euro, the joint currency that has been the centerpiece of European unity since its introduction in 1999. The key imbalance is between export powerhouse Germany, which generates huge trade surpluses, and its trading partners, which run large trade and budget deficits, particularly Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Those outside of Europe may be surprised to learn that Germany’s exports are roughly equal to those of China ($1.2 trillion), even though Germany’s population of 82 million is a mere 6% of China’s 1.3 billion. Germany and China are the world’s top exporters, while the US trails as a distant third.

If public and private debt in the troubled nations keeps rising at current rates, it’s possible that even mighty Germany may be unable (or unwilling) to fund an essentially endless bailout. Be wary of endless ‘fixes’ to a structurally doomed system.” (

Chaos In The Roman Catholic Church

The other main player in end time events, the Roman Catholic Church, also seems to be in total confusion. The Pope faces mounting pressure to quit! The Roman Catholic Church is mired in sex scandals. People are even asking the question – is the Pope really a Catholic!

“The pope is facing mounting pressure to quit as ultra-conservative members of the Catholic Church hierarchy continue to accuse him of covering for a cardinal in a sex abuse scandal. The timing of the letter’s release - right in the middle of Francis’s landmark trip to Ireland - immediately raised speculation about a possible plot against the Argentine pontiff.” (

The Clergy Abuse Crisis Has Cost The Catholic Church $3 Billion

Keep in mind that this article refers to just the USA. The Catholic Church faces many lawsuits around the world. Thousands of victims are claiming compensation… hundreds of priests stand accused!

“Sixteen years after an investigation in Boston highlighted the dimensions of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic priesthood, the financial and reputational cost to the Catholic church continues to grow. Lawsuits by abuse victims have so far forced dioceses and religious orders in the United States to pay settlements totaling more than $3 billion, and at least 19 have filed for bankruptcy protection.” (

“Is The Pope A Catholic?”

“That joking retort we heard as children, ‘Is the pope Catholic?’ is starting to look like a serious question. Asked five years ago about a ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican, Pope Francis responded, ‘If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?’ As judgment was thought to be part of the papal job description, traditional Catholics were startled at what the new pope had volunteered.” (

Pure Hypocrisy

“The Vatican denounced the scandal of child abuse before the UN General Assembly Monday but made no mention of the Church’s own crisis with allegations of mishandling abusers pointing to Pope Francis himself.

It ‘is urgent to promote the protection of children today, as children are regularly victims of armed conflict, violence, various forms of exploitation and abuse, and are exposed to hunger and extreme poverty,’ said the head of the Vatican delegation, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, in his address.

‘The way we care for every child shows the depth of our humanity and of our appreciation for the dignity and rights of every person,’ Gallagher said.” (

Major Change Needs A Major Crisis

In the last days of World War II the nations of the “free world” got together in a huge Conference in San Francisco. They had the major crisis, with over 60 million killed in the war, plus millions maimed! This forced the nations to talk – to seek a solution. This led to the founding of the United Nations that we see today.

At this event, Mr and Mrs Armstrong witnessed an event where the Roman Catholic Church tried to show the nations that the Church was the only way to real peace. They failed! But it shows the approach they used… and history has a strange way of repeating itself!

Sunday, April 29th 1945 - The “Solemn Pontifical Mass”

“But back, now, to that most significant special meeting this morning. It was not an official United Nations meeting – it was not a secret meeting – it was a ‘Solemn Pontifical Mass,’ staged by the Roman Catholic Church. It was held at the great Municipal Auditorium, seating a vast audience of 10,000. Every seat was filled. Mrs Armstrong and I were allowed to sit on aisle steps near the front of the balcony, which provided very good seats.

It was the sermon that shot forth that spark, impregnating the minds of world leaders in attendance. This amazing sermon was delivered by a foremost radio speaker of the Catholic Church; Bishop Duane G Hunt of Salt Lake City. He possesses a marvelous voice, is a master of stirring oratory, an effective and powerful speaker. And most important, seated before him was a special section of some two or three hundred delegates to the Conference – important political leaders from Europe and South America – men in whose hands may rest the destiny of the western world.

Holding Out A Last Straw

The Catholic hierarchy was well aware that the United Nations Conference was producing nothing but strife and bickering, and was destined from its inception to end in total failure. Yet world leaders were pronouncing it ‘The world’s last hope’ – with the only alternative annihilation of humanity!

And in this solemn hour, amid the psychological build-up of this impressive service, this dynamic Catholic speaker with ringing voice offered these world politicians the last straw for their drowning nations to grab, when they should later see their world Organization sinking into oblivion!

Without divine help, he assured them, the United Nations structure is doomed to collapse. That divine aid was offered through the Roman Catholic Church. Without the guidance, supervision, authority of the Catholic Church, he told these men, they were laboring in vain.

There could be only one appraisal of his sermon – it was a masterpiece!

Few of the ten thousand in that vast audience recognized that they were actually seeing launched before their very eyes a campaign to rule the world!

Here in this masterful address, so impressively delivered before world leaders, was the psychological seed destined to unite under Catholicism a Europe that will resurrect the ‘Holy’ Roman Empire!

Government Is Of God

To the individual citizen, he continued, the Catholic Church, says: ‘You must understand that civil government is ordained by God, deriving its authority from Him. You must obey its laws. Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.’

Then to the civil governments – meaning those world statesmen high in authority in many nations seated before him – the Catholic Church says: ‘You must understand your place in the divine scheme of things! God is first.’

Do you grasp what he meant by that? The Catholic position is that God speaks and rules on earth though the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church! Whatever the pope binds on earth is bound in heaven. Whatever he looses is also approved in heaven. His title is ‘Vicar of Christ,’ which means actually, ‘Ruling in place of Christ.’

In effect, then, he is Christ on earth. The Catholic position is that the pope is, therefore, supposed to be the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, by divine authority. He is supposed to be in authority over all kings and civil governments.

But, his words rang out with great oratorical power, if the Lord build the house, they do not labor in vain who build it. There is no other way to peace!

Unfortunately, he said, the Roman Church is not free, now, to rule and check aggressions of war-like nations – but he said they were ‘Hoping and praying for it.’ And, since the Church is not free to sit in authority over nations – since thru them the Lord is not building this United Nations structure for world peace, his conclusions were plain indeed:

The United Nations Organization will fail. It is doomed before it starts! This was the Roman Catholic bid to resurrect the so-called ‘Holy Roman Empire’! And prophecy says they will succeed!( The Plain Truth, December 1948)

End Time Events Proclaimed!

Fifty years ago, the Plain Truth magazine warned:

“The 17th chapter of Revelation plainly describes a spiritual-political union of TEN KINGS, ten military/political leaders, and a great spiritual leader. For decades, we have been proclaiming the eventual creation of some form of United Europe – showing the many difficulties to be resolved, the ancient nationalistic antagonisms, the memories of Germany’s neighbors of World War II, and the various religious barriers. We have proclaimed repeatedly that the ultimate unifying force would be religious. We have shown how the prophecies of your Bible proclaim a great universal religious fervour will finally break down all remaining barriers to a full economic-political-military-religious union in Europe!( The Plain Truth, August 1968)

Europe: Chaos Under Construction!

As we watch the news, we can see that what Jesus Christ revealed to His Church is coming to pass. Germany has destabilised Europe by allowing over one million young Muslim men to migrate to Europe. Europe is in turmoil as a result.

Just 70 years after the end of World War ll, an extreme right-wing movement is back, as the largest opposition party in the German government.

The European leaders have gone to the Pope, seeking help and advice to save their faltering dream. The political chaos in Europe is crying out for strong leadership. Strong leaders are needed in time of extreme crisis.

There is no overall vision for Europe at the moment. No one has one.

Jan Techau, from the German Marshall Fund of the United States (

The Cause Of Chaos?

In view of what many financial analysts are predicting for the VERY near future, we would do well to review what Mr Armstrong said back in 1984:

July 7th 1984 “…I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come.

…I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

Well, now I think I can see what may be the very event that is going to trigger it and that is the economic situation in the world.

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down. I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!( Sermon - 7 July 1984)

Recipe For A Dictator

In 2018, We gave the “recipe” to make a dictator. Here is an updated version for 2019:-

Start off with a nice big juicy financial disaster. Then add the main ingredients; political confusion, a fearful confused population, a few “natural disasters”, stir in some hot trade wars and bring to the boil!

Add to the mix a large dose of moral degradation and a large amount of fake news, along with some hyperinflation and poverty, you have now created chaos, the perfect environment from which a dictator can arise.

Then supply a strong leader, backed and controlled by an apparently miracle working religious leader. They will both be accepted by the vast majority of the people…

They will give the people of Europe new hope… a new direction…


"And he spake to them a parable; ‘Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand’.(Luke 21:29-31)