European Commission Unveils a Path to a European Superstate

European Commission Unveils a Path to a European Superstate

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Eurozone leaders have already decided they’re heading toward a superstate. Now they’re working on the details of how to get there.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso unveiled “substantial” and “ambitious” plans to move the eurozone further down the road to become a superstate, on November 28. Calls for closer integration have become increasingly common. Barroso’s report shows how those calls can be put into action.

Barroso “breached a taboo over a ‘two-speed Europe,’” wrote Reuters. The report is one of the first times a senior EU leader has called for the eurozone to move forward, leaving the rest of Europe behind. “The euro area must be able to integrate quicker and deeper than the EU at large,” Barroso told reporters. This, he argued, was the only way to create a stable eurozone.

In the medium term (18 months to five years), the eurozone must work more closely together on areas like taxation, spending and employment, Barroso said. This “progressive pooling of sovereignty” should continue into the longer term, he said. Integration toward “a full banking, fiscal and economic union” should be complemented with a “political union.” The eurozone should have its own budget and release jointly-backed bonds.

Much of what Barroso said has become mundane—which is in itself remarkable. He called for nations to share—which means give up—power over their taxation and spending. He even said it was possible that eurozone officials could “require amendments to national budgets or … veto them.” He’s talking about sovereign democracies handing over their most important and fundamental power—how the nation’s money is collected and spent. But that has become routine. Politicians frequently make these calls now. Eurozone leaders have already accepted that their nations are on their way to merging into a superstate.

Eurozone leaders will now quibble over the details. But few with any real power disagree on the overall direction.

As Reuters points out, the new part of this proposal isn’t the calls for superstate-like powers. It’s that the eurozone could move forward with this, leaving the rest behind. World events may not give Barroso the luxury of five-years-plus to forge his superstate. But watch for Europe to continue on the path to creating a superstate out of a smaller group of EU nations.

The Terrifying Darkness Before the Eternal Dawn

America is rapidly headed into its darkest hour ever. But that black hour leads immediately into an everlasting joy!
From the January 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

What will the next four years bring America?

A majority of American voters chose to reelect Barack Obama presumably because they believed the United States would have a brighter future with him leading the country.

Many others were convinced the country would have been far better off if the Republican candidate had won. His loss left a lot of people deeply discouraged, even depressed.

People see the terrifying problems facing the U.S. and this world—and see no solutions. They don’t have hope. But believe it or not, this is the greatest era of hope in mankind’s history.

There Is Reason to Fear

What can we expect to see happen in America during this next presidential term? I believe that many people who voted for Mr. Obama seriously underestimate the severity of the crises and threats facing this country and the world today. We need to look honestly at the dangers.

Here is how Melanie Phillips, an excellent British commentator, reacted to the president’s reelection: “With four more years of Obama in the White House, Iran can now be sure that it will be able to complete its infernal construction of a genocide bomb to use against the Jews and the West. World War iii has now come a lot closer” (Nov. 7, 2012; emphasis mine throughout).

This is the view of many influential people, both inside and outside the U.S. In her article “America Goes Into the Darkness,” Phillips continued, “It is said that, with likely gridlock in Congress over domestic issues, Obama will concentrate on foreign policy. We should all shudder. So far, Obama has empowered Iran to destabilize the region; supported Islamist takeovers in Egypt and Libya; is backing al Qaeda affiliates in Syria; refused to come to the aid of Americans being attacked by al Qaeda in Benghazi as a result of which four American officials were murdered; and hung Israel out to dry against its genocidal Palestinian attackers.”

There is a lot of evidence to support Ms. Phillips’s statements. The president’s first term saw a rise in power for many enemies of the United States, while America’s power and influence declined. This president has talked a lot about how he would improve America’s reputation in the world. But the facts show this has not happened. More and more, other nations openly work against America’s interests with no fear of any repercussions. America’s reputation is being ravaged.

America has been going into the darkness for many years. President Obama and the radical left are just leading us into the nation’s worst darkness ever, and much faster than at any time in our history.

Would Romney Have Been Better?

America has $16 trillion in debt—more debt than any nation has ever had—but that’s just the beginning. America has promised people tens of trillions more in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Laurence Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University, says America’s total liabilities are actually $222 trillion!

Meanwhile, unemployment is high, productivity is stagnant, and inflation is rising. Yet all of the government’s efforts to fix the economic crisis have aimed at trying to soften its effects rather than solve its causes. That is only making things worse. Even in these crushing conditions, the government just keeps growing and spending more and more money. This administration has grown the national debt a trillion dollars a year for all four years. No nation has ever borrowed and printed money the way America has. A study in 2010 by John Kichen of the U.S. Treasury and Menzie Chinn of the University of Wisconsin showed that if trends continue, by 2020, funding America’s debt would take 19 percent of the gross domestic product of the entire world!

These facts ought to shock Americans to their senses, but most people are too involved in their sports and pleasures to notice. The debt doesn’t bother them. In fact, the way people voted in this election shows that they want more of it. Already the total price tag for federal and state welfare programs came to almost $1 trillion in 2011—almost a third of America’s yearly budget. A record 47 million Americans—one in seven—are on food stamps, and the government is actually encouraging more people to join.

I guarantee you, America’s financial problems will intensify until they get our full attention!

The dollar is going to collapse. I believe the chances are high this will happen within the next four years.

Would America have solved this problem under a Romney presidency? He offered no plan to pay off the debt—and Paul Ryan’s plan wouldn’t have balanced the budget for another 28 years!

This crisis is far bigger than just one candidate or political party.

An expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Josef Braml, said this before the election: “The weight of the usa’s total debt has become unsustainable both economically and politically,” he said. That reality has many crucial consequences; one that Braml mentioned is that the country can no longer maintain its global “strategy of massive military presence to secure energy resources and trade routes.” Couple that weakness with the fact that we won’t drill domestically, and you have a catastrophe for America.

Are we willing to listen to our critics?

This man studies the U.S. and recently published a book called The American Patient. The perception of America has changed a lot since our days as a superpower. Now we are looked upon as a sick patient on our deathbed.

The Real Problem

In the past, many nations looked to the U.S. for protection. But that trust is rapidly fading. Nations like China know that Americans are too fearful to fight. We do all we possibly can to avoid any human casualties. We do this to the point where we have become a nation of cowards.

Adolf Hitler preyed on that kind of weakness before World War ii. In fact, Winston Churchill believed that weakness caused World War ii! So few nations opposed Hitler that he thought he could conquer the world. He almost did! Weakness only encourages strong, dictatorial leaders.

How can we correct this deadly disease of a broken will? America gained its freedom through much bloodshed and courage. And our freedom cannot be sustained by cowards. We can easily deceive ourselves. But our enemies know the truth and will one day soon put us to the test!

The further we get from God, the more cowardly we become. How serious is this problem? The repercussions will be worse than we can imagine.

We learned a lot about America in this last election. For example, for the first time in American history, people voted to legalize same-sex “marriage.” They voted it down 32 previous times, but this time, laws permitting same-sex unions passed in Maryland, Washington and Maine. Minnesota rejected a measure constitutionally defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Also, Wisconsin elected a lesbian to the Senate, the country’s first openly homosexual senator.

America’s moral state has never been more base.

On abortion, a recent Rasmussen poll found that 54 percent of Americans now call themselves pro-choice, while only 38 percent say they are pro-life. Fornication is accepted; adultery is common. Pornography is mainstream—it is even studied academically in our universities!

There will be some serious consequences for America that come from this president receiving a second term. But Americans must not make the mistake of thinking that the problem is just with that man, or a small group of radicals, or the Democrat Party, or the liberal left.

America is experiencing problems because of the sins of the people!

The Root Cause

God revealed through Herbert W. Armstrong that the United States and the British peoples are prophetically known as the nations of Israel in the Bible. Others understood that truth, but only in a shallow way compared to Mr. Armstrong. God also revealed to Mr. Armstrong that the modern-day Israelis are prophetically known as Judah in the Bible.

These are God’s own nations, called to set an example for the world. Our nations have failed miserably to live up to God’s standards. Our crime rates are some of the highest in the world—and our morals are the lowest in the world!

Anciently, Manasseh “seduced” Israel into being more evil than other nations (2 Kings 21:1-3, 9, 16). He destroyed the righteousness that his father Hezekiah had established. In the same way, America today has led the rest of Israel and much of the world into great evil also!

This is what we have done with the enormous blessings God has given us. Now God is sending curses because of our sins.

God always warns people before He punishes them. In Ezekiel 33, God says He sends a watchman to warn the nations of the United States, Great Britain and Israel. (For proof, ask us for a copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. We will send it to you absolutely free of charge.) In verse 11, He says, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked;but that the wicked turn from his way andlive:turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

Do you believe that scripture? God wants people to stop disobeying Him! He doesn’t want us to suffer the evils of our addiction to drugs and pornography that destroys families. He doesn’t want us to have to live in poverty because of our corrupt economic and political systems. He doesn’t want us to be abused by corrupt religions. He wants us to turn from those evils—so we can reallylive!

Many people want to blame the country’s problems on the misguided policies of certain politicians. But that is not the root cause of our problems!God is sending curses on us because of our sins! He wants us to change our ways and turn to Him. Unfortunately, it is going to take a lot of suffering for many people first.

If you feel anxiety about the direction of the country, that is actually a good thing. It is the beginning of the right kind of change, because you will realize that you need to look for a real solution. There is hope, but most people refuse to see it.

The Next Four Years

“Obama’s agenda has been crystal clear from the get-go: to increase the power of the state over the citizen at home, and to neutralize American power abroad. Four more years of this and he’ll almost certainly have succeeded,” Melanie Phillips wrote. “The impact upon Western security could be cataclysmic. … With the reelection of Obama,America now threatens to lead the West into a terrifying darkness.

I have to emphatically agree with Phillips on this point. Why? Because it is exactly what Bible prophecy says is going to happen!

Our elected leaders are going to help bring about some of the worst violence the world has ever known. The Bible is full of prophecies of what is about to happen to the United States. Most people would ridicule that statement, but the fact is, we are already seeing these prophecies coming to pass.

God specifically foretold America’s decline in strong leadership, both nationally and within families (e.g. Isaiah 1:4-6; 3:1-12). He prophesied that sexual perversions would abound—comparing American and British society to ancient Sodom (Isaiah 3:9). He foretold the loss of military strength and will (Leviticus 26:17-20). Several prophecies speak of the nation being rocked by economic crises, social breakdown, racial hatreds, widespread crime, judicial corruption and other problems. He warned in advance of the increase in floods, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and other nature-related catastrophes. He forecast our descent into materialism, greed, godlessness, rank idolatry, arrogance and self-promotion.

So many of these passages in Scripture—which specifically speak about the end-time nations of Israel—are perfect descriptions of America today. But the prophecies get far worse and even more specific.

Ezekiel prophesied that a third of the people in America and the British nations will die by a plague of violence or burning (that’s what “pestilence” refers to) and famine (Ezekiel 5). That could result from terrorism, or economic disruptions that spark riots and racial violence. Ezekiel said cities are going to be “laid waste” and “desolate” (Ezekiel 6:6). He discusses the great cities of America and Britain becoming “without inhabitant.” That means nuclear fire is going to reduce our major cities to ashes! It is hard to imagine God giving us a stronger warning! But the prophecies continue in even more detail.

We are heading into a terrifying darkness in this country, as Melanie Phillips put it. I do believe the next four years may well see the fulfillment of the worst of these prophecies.

But that is not the end of the story. In that darkness is the hope! That darkness is the very thing that will ultimately make us get to know God!Then shall they know that I am the Lord, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed” (Ezekiel 33:29).

The recent election showed that millions of Americans are ignorant of the dangers we face—and are complacent or even happy about the downward spiral this nation has entered. It showed that millions more are bitterly opposed to their neighbors. But more than anything, it proved that neither ideology has the solutions to our problems.

Maybe you are one of those who are apprehensive about the next four years. You probably see some of the same dangers that Phillips sees. Those dangers are real—and they’re even worse than you think. Yet there is real hope, and it is much greater than you think! It’s far greater than Mr. Romney or the Republican Party. It’s greater than conservatism. The real hope is repentance toward God! Strange as that may sound, the same Bible that precisely prophesied America’s decline and its coming collapse also prophesies that there is dazzling hope ahead!

There is only one answer. It is only by obeying God, by applying His laws and principles of life that we can bring real hope and joy into our lives. We do need real change to solve our problems. And even though we will go through some dark times, God will bring that to pass. He is about to effect a revolution by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to rule this Earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Bible also prophesies about that—and those prophecies are sure. We are almost there! Take hope in that.

Greek Band-Aid and German Delay Tactics

Greek Band-Aid and German Delay Tactics

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Yet once more EU elites have staved off the inevitable Greek default by a band-aid approach to that nation’s unsolvable debt crisis.

Same crisis, same players, same old approach.

But what’s it all really about?

Facing a Friday deadline on a €5 billion bond redemption, Greece was saved by the ringing of the bell by the European Central Bank (ecb) permitting a late redemption of asset-backed securities in exchange for funds to enable it to survive to grind on another day toward fiscal oblivion.

What is really going on here? Why does the EU insist on staving off the inevitable day of Greece’s financial collapse?

To understand these delaying tactics, one must understand the thoroughness of the German mind, for in fact it is Germany which is really calling the tune here in concert with the ecb.

Whichever way the Greek collapse occurs, German elites are determined to be prepared to cash in on the result. The delay in a Greek solution is simply being occasioned by the time it is taking for Germany to position itself to profit from the outcome.

Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has recently signaled Germany’s preparedness for action in its own interests in the event of a Greek default.

This is not the first time that Schäuble has hinted at Germany supporting a Greek exit from the eurozone, and being well prepared for that possibility. The concern is that it is Germany which is holding most of the coverage for eurozone debt, with the nation being currently exposed to the tune of its total gross domestic product.

The fact is that within Germany’s contingency plans for the future of the euro, as we have reported in the past, is a strategy for Germany itself to leave the eurozone, should that prove to be in the best imperialist interests of the nation.

From a number of perspectives, the coming year, 2013, will be a crucial one for German elites in pursuing their Holy Roman imperialist vision. The future of not only Greece, but of the entire eurozone will be held in the balance. What will be the catalyst that tips the delicate balance one way or the other?

Aided with the “more sure word of prophecy,” we would do well to watch and pray daily for understanding of that which is currently ongoing in Europe.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed to handle the outcome!

Read and study our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for a solid foundation upon which to build your understanding of current events in Europe.

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The Overlooked Case for Marriage

The Overlooked Case for Marriage

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There is something to be said for saying ‘I do.’
From the January 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

For nearly four decades, marriage has been cast into considerable controversy. Psychologists, sociologists and marriage “experts” have viciously—and successfully—attacked the most valuable institution given to mankind. As a result, marriage has come to be considered an injurious undertaking, especially for women. The marriage institution is in near fatal decline: Divorce is common, and more and more people are choosing not to marry at all.

In 2011, a study by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia revealed Americans’ disenchantment with marriage. From 1970 to 2010 there was a 50 percent decline in the annual number of marriages per 1,000 unmarried adults. Current statistics indicate that roughly half of American marriages end in divorce.

But there is hope. There exists a renewed effort by many to restore marriage’s good reputation. More and more books and articles are highlighting the benefits and the importance of marriage. Even an avowed supporter of cohabitation-without-marriage stated in the New York Times in June 2012, “What I have learned is this: While ‘happily ever after’ may indeed be a farce, there is something to be said for uttering ‘I do.’”

What is to be said for marriage? Consider what some of the latest research is saying on the subject.

Healthier Finances

Financial strength is often mentioned as the most important benefit to marriage. A Rasmussen poll released in January 2012 showed that marriage offers better financial prospects. Families where the couple is married typically have higher household incomes than those with unmarried couples. This is true even when only one spouse holds a job. Statistics show that married men make 11 percent more than men who have never married. Economists and social scientists call this effect the “marriage premium.”

To what can this male marriage premium be attributed? Married men tend to be more conscientious and productive than their unmarried counterparts. A man who is married is often thinking more responsibly, since he has a family to support, so he is 1) likelier to go after a higher paying job, and 2) a more responsible individual and thus better capable of holding down a higher paying job. In addition, married men generally have wives who spend more time with household duties, which allows their husbands to devote more time to job responsibilities. Advancement and increased pay are the likely result. This means that even if the wife is not employed outside the home, her work in the home contributes to the overall income of the marriage. Two are better than one.

It is also well documented that married couples tend to have a greater accumulation of wealth. In their book The Case for Marriage, Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher show that the longer people remain married, the greater their wealth. Conversely, the longer that divorced people remain unmarried, the fewer their assets. For example, many married couples tend to own their own home, adding to their assets. Studies cited by Waite and Gallagher showed that couples married less than five years had a median net worth of $96,000. Spouses married 15 to 19 years had a net worth of $125,000, while couples married 35 years or more had assets totaling nearly $158,000. In contrast, people who had been divorced less than two years held a net worth of $41,900. Those divorced for 15 to 19 years had a net worth of $21,400. Those who remained single more than 20 years or more were worth only $7,200.

Ample evidence shows that the majority of single-parent families, especially those headed by a single female, struggle financially. The 2010 Census showed that “Of the single-mother families with children under 18, nearly 41 percent were living below the poverty line.” Single-father families do better. The census also found that only 9 percent of the married-couple families with children under 18 fall below the poverty line. So, explain the marriage advocates, if you’re married, you are likelier to be better off financially.

Promotes Good Health

Evidence proves that a happy marriage is good for your health. Medical studies show that married couples who spend a lot of time together and share an emotionally supportive relationship tend to have lower blood pressure. (Couples in negative marriages tend to have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular ailments such as thicker heart walls.) This suggests that loving couples help each other better meet the challenges, stresses and strains of life. In addition, compatible marriages strengthen each partner’s immune system, digestive system and prevent emotional problems like anxiety and depression.

In 2010, the New York Times, citing a study from The Journal of Health and Social Behavior, reported that “when the married people became single again—either by divorce or because of the death of a spouse—they suffered a decline in physical health from which they never fully recovered. These men and women had 20 percent more chronic health issues, like heart disease and diabetes, than those who were still married to their first husband or wife by middle age.” The Times also reported that divorced and widowed people aged less gracefully.

Medical experts believe that marriage is especially good for younger men. Young married men tend to be more cautious of their health, get regular check-ups and greatly improve their diet. Single men are three times more likely to die of cirrhosis of the liver, the California Healthy Marriages Coalition reports. And the U.S. Department of Justice says that male victims of violent crime are nearly four times more likely to be single than married.

Married sex is also better for a young man’s heath—and a woman’s too. Monogamous sex eliminates the chances of catching a sexually transmitted disease. The stress, uncertainness and emotional ambiguity that comes from promiscuous sex has been well publicized, but unfortunately, not believed. Married sex is better sex. The mental, emotional and physical satisfaction that is produced by bonded and committed love has no parallel.

On top of all that, marriage tends to have a noticeable dampening effect on risky behavior in young men, decreasing participation in activities like bungee jumping, parachuting and drunk driving.

The Overlooked Benefit

Above all, marriage offers awesome benefits to children. Nurturing, teaching and properly rearing children is the most important case for marriage. The 21st-century liberal media have gone over the top in insisting that same-sex “marriage” is better for children. Time is showing that this is a terrible lie foisted on a deer-eyed public. No other form of marriage has the incredible power to bring into being a new human life as does the sexual union between a man and a woman. No other union other than that of two opposite-gendered parents can produce healthy, emotionally stable, successful children.

The well-being of children has plunged with the decline of marriage. The rates of child abuse (physical and sexual), neglect, adolescent and teen crime, adolescent and teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed as adults have divorced and forsaken marriage. The problem is growing worse.

In February 2012, the New York Times reported that more than half of the births to white, American, middle-class women under 30 occur outside of marriage. These figures represent a shift of unwed pregnancy from poor women and minorities to white women with some college education. “The shift is affecting children’s lives,” the article stated. “Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.” As a nation we must come to see how adults, in full pursuit of private selfish desires, are crippling the future generation.

That is not to say that children who grow up in a single-parent family or divorced family are doomed; many have been successful. Yet, children living with happily married parents have distinct advantages that last long into adulthood. Statistics show that children of married couples are healthier physically and that they maintain their health throughout adulthood. Children of married couples grow up in a stable environment, often living in the same house until ready to move out on their own. A family history of living in one home lays the foundation for children to want to build their own families. Most importantly, children of married couples experience specialized attention from both Dad and Mom. Moms provide the nurturing that all children need. Dads provide practical know-how and crucial emotional stability. It is support from Dad and Mom that gives children the emotional strength and physical confidence to meet the challenges of life.

Children’s access to Dad is of prime importance for the development of self-esteem and confidence. Fathermag.com reports, “An increased amount of father-child involvement has proven to increase a child’s social stability, educational achievement, and even their potential to have a solid marriage as an adult.” Studies show that children are more likely to enjoy school and participate in extracurricular activities when their fathers are involved in their education. Waite and Gallagher cite a national study that shows that 81 percent of children in two-parent families said they get help with homework from their dads, while just 56 percent of children from single-parent families made the same claim. Lack of support from Dad could be one of the main reasons why children of single-parent families tend to do less well in school.

The vital importance of marriage can never be overstated. When the love between a man and a woman blooms into a marriage, an incredible power for great good is unleashed. A well-mated couple—the blending of two lives into one—produces a shared personal completeness that cannot be achieved any other way. Marriage stands firm as an honored institution that cannot be tarnished with human misuse.

While married love is incredibly good for men and women, it is critically necessary to raise happy, healthy and successful children. Looking at the lives of children, we see the future of humanity in the making. What will that future be like? Only those who understand the importance of marriage can ensure that future is bright.

Germany Emerging as Key Player in Middle East

Germany Emerging as Key Player in Middle East

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As America’s presence in the region shrinks, Germany is quietly filling the vacuum.

Give Germany credit. As America unwisely abdicates its leadership role in the Middle East, Berlin is quietly and steadily positioning itself to play a decisive role in the future of this important region. Right now, German foreign policy in the Middle East isn’t controversial, overtly dramatic or eye-catching. Especially not compared to events in Egypt, Gaza, Syria and Iran.

But you watch: Germany is about to emerge as the key player in the Middle East.

Germany’s presence in the Middle East, politically, commercially and militarily, is probably more significant than most people realize. Germany contributes to the war in Afghanistan largely because, as Ron Fraser has explained, doing so gives Berlin a military toehold on Iran’s eastern flank. German naval forces are patrolling the waters off the Horn of Africa, and German naval vessels are also patrolling Lebanon’s coastline as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (unifil). Germany is selling military hardware, tanks, weapons, missiles and the like to multiple Gulf States. More recently, Germany has stepped up its involvement in Syria’s civil war. Berlin recently said it’s ready to send surface-to-air missiles to Turkey (to defend itself against Syria) and will dispatch up to 170 Bundeswehr personnel to operate these missiles. Earlier today, Germany defied its European peers and stated that it would not support the bid to upgrade the Palestinians status at the UN. In nearly every instance, Germany is assuming a responsibility that America has shirked or is in the process of shirking.

When it comes to leading the Middle East, and in particular, supporting Israel and opposing Iran and its radical Islamist allies, Germany is the new America!

This is the context in which we must view Germany’s participation in the recent Israel-Hamas conflict. From the moment war broke out, Berlin made it clear whose side it was on. On November 16, a spokesman for the German government expressed empathy for Israel and placed blame squarely on Hamas. “Hamas in Gaza is responsible for the outbreak of violence,” spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters. “There is no justification for the shooting of rockets at Israel, which has led to massive suffering of the civilian population.” Streiter also stated that Israel’s government had the “right and obligation” to protect its population.

On November 25, Germany’s chancellor restated Berlin’s position and pledged moral and political support to Israel. “Every country has the right to defense, self-defense and the protection of its citizens,” Angela Merkel stated. The chancellor later stated sovereign governments don’t merely have a right to protect citizens, it is their moral and political duty.

On November 19, two days before Secretary Clinton arrived in the region, Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, traveled to Israel to meet with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian president. Following his meeting with Netanyahu, Westerwelle said brokering a ceasefire is a top priority for Berlin. Israel’s prime minister was encouraged by the visit and invited Berlin to play a key role in peace talks. “I believe that Germany can have a constructive role in seeking an end to this conflict and a long-term arrangement, such that these terror weapons are not introduced into the Gaza Strip,” he stated.

From the moment the war started, Germany’s position was clear and consistent: Hamas initiated the war, and Berlin would stand by Israel as it exerted its right and responsibility to defend itself.

Compare Berlin’s response to that of the White House, which, as Stephen Flurry recently noted, pledged support for Israel initially, but within a day or two had begun sending signals that Israel needed to pull back its Gaza campaign.

Even now, with the war over and a cease-fire in place, Germany remains interested. On Tuesday, Süddeutsche Zeitung, a popular German-language paper, cited a report from the German foreign ministry that said Berlin continues to monitor the situation closely, and is seeking the “rapid reactivation” of the European Union Border Assistance Mission (eubam) at the Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing. (eubam existed for two years between 2005 and 2007, and ended when Hamas took power of the Gaza Strip.) Germany wants a EU contingent stationed at the crossing to stop the flow of weapons into Gaza. According to Zeitung, the German foreign ministry document distributed to EU member countries this week stated that “a special European force must be activated for the mission.”

Germany, it seems, is ready right now to dispatch EU soldiers (“peacekeepers”) to Gaza!

Consider too: While the news of a possible EU mission at the Rafah crossing only broke this week, the purpose of the proposed mission gels almost perfectly with a statement made by Israel’s prime minister nearly 10 days ago following his meeting with Germany’s foreign minister. On November 19, Netanyahu stated, “I believe that Germany can have a constructive role in seeking an end to this conflict and a long-term arrangement, such that these terror weapons are not introduced into the Gaza Strip.”

Add it all up, and it appears this week’s plan for a EU border mission was quite likely formulated by Germany and Israel during the height of the recent war. If this is true, then this suggests some significant realities. First, it indicates that the German-Israel relationship is stronger and more advanced than most people know. Second, it shows that Israel clearly believes Germany possesses the desire and the means to preserve and defend Israel’s interests. Third, it indicates that Germany is replacing America as Israel’s go-to ally in the region.

There’s also a fourth reality: Israel’s growing reliance on Germany marks the thrilling fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

If you’ve been reading the Trumpet for a while, you probably know the prophecy well. We find it in Hosea 5:13: “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.” The “wound” here, as Gerald Flurry has explained, refers to Israel’s peace process with the Palestinians. Like an infected wound that weeps and oozes and won’t heal, Israel’s “land for peace” process grows more and more painful, even to the point of jeopardizing the health of the body. Eventually, as it becomes painfully obvious that peace is impossible—and with the Jewish state likely facing annihilation from Iran, Egypt and their radical Islamist proxies—Israel (biblical Judah) turns to Assyria (biblical Germany) for help and protection.

This, in essence, is exactly what has happened over the past few weeks!

Just watch and see: Regional trends are only going to intensify and accelerate Israel’s reliance on Germany and Europe. Think about it. The peace process has not only failed spectacularly, it has actually strengthened the position of Israel’s enemies. Radical Islam—be it in the form of Hamas or Hezbollah, or states like Iran, Egypt and Libya—is quickly encroaching on the Jewish state, making further conflicts like the recent one inevitable. Next, Israel’s relationship with America, once a powerful ally, is at its lowest point in decades, and will only deteriorate under four more years of the current administration. Meanwhile, Germany is steadily developing a stronger reputation and presence, politically and militarily, throughout the Middle East, and is emerging as an increasingly capable opponent of Iran and radical Islam.

When you look at it like this, Israel really only has two options: It can turn to Germany, or it can turn to God.

Sadly, there’s no indication it’s about to turn to God.