Weekly News Summary 12 April 2018

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On Sunday, the Hungarians re-elected Viktor Orban as their Prime Minister. Some see his victory as a sign that “strongmen” will rise up in Europe (see BBC: Viktor Orban victory in Hungary: German minister warns EU; CNN: Beacon to Strongmen). At least one, called the Beast, will do so according to Bible prophecy (Revelation 17:12-13). Viktor Orban sees “sees himself as a defender of “Christian” Europe” (see BBC: Viktor Orban victory in Hungary: German minister warns EU; CNN: Beacon to Strongmen).

On Monday and Wednesday, respectively, we also saw leaders in France and Germany make Catholicism-supporting statements in Europe this week (see also Germany’s Dobrindt decries Islam after France’s Macron promotes Catholicism: Steps towards a new ‘Holy Roman Empire’?). A church-state alliance, with a strongman dictator, will arise in Europe (Revelation 13 & 17) and we keep seeing reports that more in Europe are inclined to support that. Supporters of the Church of Rome, while supporting such an alliance, do not understand that the Bible shows that the supporters of the Beast will turn against their Church of the City of Seven Hills (Revelation 17:16-17). This is something that many in the other COGs do not seem to realize.

In the Middle East, there are more rumors of war. The USA has been indicating that it expects to take military action against Syria for a claimed use of chemical weapons (see Chemical weapons: Is the USA signalling it is about to bomb Syria again?). Israel attacked Syria at least once this week, and wants Iranian forces out of Syria. The Bible is clear that the time will come when Syria’s capital will be destroyed (Isaiah 17:1). The stage for that is now being set.

Speaking of wars and rumors of war (cf. Matthew 24:6), the Chinese may be curtailing purchases of US debt as part of their strategy to deal with the beginnings of a trade war that has been going on (see Trade War? China has seemingly stopped purchasing US Treasury notes).

The world does not need more wars, but the return of Jesus and the establishment of the millennial portion of the Kingdom of God.


Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.

News sound effect: Recorded by Maximilien.