Restoring Europe’s Latin Empire

Restoring Europe’s Latin Empire

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For the first time in history, the pope hails from Latin America. The religious bonds with Europe are long and deep. What will happen when they are revived?
From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

To grasp why Pope Francis’s election is significant historically and prophetically, we must see the political thread.

The Vatican is more than just the headquarters of a religion. It is a political power. British political economist Rodney Atkinson placed it in its true historical perspective when he recently wrote, “Imperial politics rather than the religion of the Roman Catholic Church has been its critical characteristic.” Even more than Roman Catholicism itself, the Vatican’s chief characteristic throughout its centuries of operations has been political maneuvering—geopolitical machinations involving empires.

Take, for merely the latest example, Pope Francis’s Easter message, “Urbi et Orbi.” What did this religious leader highlight on this religious day? Almost every current combat zone on the planet. This great church is not silent on the politics of power—and it never has been.

The important political thread in this case is a centuries-long cord that intertwines the Vatican with Latin America.

This thread tightened with Pope John Paul ii’s first overseas visit, to Mexico and the West Indies, in 1979. It was strengthened by Pope Benedict xvi’s 2007 visit to Brazil. It now consummates with the election of a pope from Argentina.

Understanding Vatican politics and its connection to Latin America is much more than an intriguing academic exercise. When you overlay it with Bible prophecy, it becomes a way to see the future.

One Main Language, One Main Religion

From Mexico to the southern tip of South America, the population of Latin America generally speaks one common language, Spanish. (Brazil’s Portuguese is related.) This population also practices one universal religion, Roman Catholicism.

In 1494, Pope Alexander vi divided South America between the Spanish and Portuguese via the Treaty of Tordesillas (clarified in 1529 by the Treaty of Zaragoza). This pontifical decree helped divide the entire Western Hemisphere between two Catholic nations: Spain and Portugal. From that time on, a lasting cultural and religious bond was forged between Rome and the vast continental region south of the Rio Grande (sidebar, “A Brief History of Catholicism in Latin America,” page 15).

Apart from Europe—where the Holy Roman Empire has repeatedly resurrected and re-resurrected itself—it is Latin America that holds the greatest promise for returning Rome to the glory days of the papacy. In tandem with the political leadership of the European Union, Latin America offers a place where Rome and the EU can extend their intercontinental influence and imperial reach.

During his papacy, Pope John Paul ii visited 24 countries in Central and South America. This was part of an effort to stabilize the region and strengthen its political and trade obligations to the EU as well as its religious unity with the Catholic Church.

The post-Vatican ii era in the Catholic Church in the 1960s had seen a surge of liberalism sweep across Latin America. The pope was profoundly concerned about this trend, and sought to stop it—with the help of his chief enforcer, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—by removing its main instigators from positions of influence.

One of the driving forces of liberalism in the Roman Catholic Church was the council of bishops of Latin America, known by the acronym celam. In a visit to the 1979 celam conference, John Paul ii challenged the liberation theology movement that had permeated the church in Latin America and rippled around the world since Vatican ii. Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict xvi, followed through, gradually dismissing Latin American leaders who were tied to the liberation theology movement. Thus the Vatican initiated the process of returning the church to conservative Catholic dogma, policy and practice.

These two men worked throughout John Paul ii’s papacy to revive traditionalist thought and liturgy within Catholicism. In the process, they appointed a record number of cardinals from the most conservative ranks of the priesthood.

This prepared the way for the second part in this strategy to rope in Latin America and return Rome to prime global position. That would entail Pope Benedict personally addressing the issue with the Latin American bishops on their home turf.

How Deep Is European Influence in Latin America?

Benedict in Brazil

In 2007, Pope Benedict xvi visited Latin America’s largest and one of its most progressive nations, Brazil, to attend the celam conference.

Even before he touched the deck in Sao Paulo, the Vatican’s imperial politics were at work. Just two weeks earlier, Mexican legislators had indicated their approval of legal changes that would permit abortion to be carried out in Mexico City. This was such a hot issue with the pope that he told reporters on board his flight to Brazil that the politicians endorsing this legislation risked excommunication from the church. While the pope was still in the air, Brazilian President Lula da Silva made a very political public statement. He declared that he would oppose any liberalization of the current Brazilian law against abortion and any referendum taking the matter to the public. The statement was clearly calculated to place da Silva in the pope’s good graces on the eve of his visit to this Catholic country.

At the celam conference, Benedict challenged Brazil, and all of Latin America, through the assembled bishops, to a campaign of evangelizing the continent back to its traditionally religious roots. “The greatest gift the church can offer to Latin America is the Catholic faith,” the pope declared. “Only from the Eucharist will the civilization of love spring forth which will transform Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Catholic World News reported, “The pope stressed that evangelization must be the top priority for Catholic leaders in Latin America, and the church’s social action should flow from and serve that primary mission” (May 14, 2007; emphasis added). By specific papal command to the assembled bishops, Pope Benedict launched a strategy destined to draw powerful support from Latin America, a resource-rich continent that will ultimately prove of great value to the resource-needy continent of Europe.

Thus revived the symbiotic relationship between the two continents that Rome once enjoyed during its Holy Roman Empire heyday.

Now, that revival will receive fresh energy with the election of a Latin American pope.

Cementing the Bonds

The economic and political ties between Europe and Latin America in recent decades are well documented. In October 1957, the Plain Truth said, “During World War ii, Argentina was an outspoken friend of Hitler, sheltering Nazi officers and men, offering safe haven for Nazi ships and submarines. Many Nazis found their way to Argentina and safety while Hitler’s regime was collapsing under the steady rain of Allied bombs.”

As we wrote in our booklet He Was Right (request a free copy), “German influence began to dominate Latin America by the late 1940s. The Germans had high-level military presence in Argentina, Krupp industrial strength established in Brazil, Hitler’s Croat Ustashi chief Ante Pavelic influencing security in Paraguay, Nazi intelligence agents of Farben Bayer in Chile and Venezuela, and Nazi Party organizers of Brueckmann and Co. on the ground in Ecuador.

“Since then, German businesses, with the support of the Vatican, have led European efforts to penetrate key industrial, agricultural and corporate industries in Latin America. Many German corporate giants such as Krupp, Siemens, Bayer, Volkswagen, I.G. Farben and Deutsche Bank steadily became household names south of the Rio Grande, across Panama and clear down to southern Argentina. From 1990, with a united Germany and other EU members now ‘on side,’ all levels of EU trade and investment to the Latin region dramatically increased.”

Why is this trend so significant? Because it aligns exactly with what Herbert W. Armstrong predicted during his lifetime, and what the Trumpet has continued to predict since its inception in 1990.In Revelation 17 and 18, God labels the German-led, Vatican-influenced empire currently emerging in Europe as “Babylon the Great.” In the corresponding Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah 23 and Ezekiel 27, the same empire appears under the name Tyre, the most powerful trading center of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Based on these scriptures, Mr. Armstrong long said that the alliance between Europe and South America would grow strong. The May 1962 Plain Truth predicted, “The United States is going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Latin America, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce.”

This shocking prophecy is unfolding before us.

The most significant factors that will cement this transatlantic alliance are the Roman Catholic religion and the Spanish language. This union, however, will not be a union of equals: The Latin American countries will again become vassal states to the Holy Roman Empire!

As the July 1965 Plain Truth foretold, “Flowing across the Atlantic to feed the hungry furnaces of the Ruhr and the other industrial complexes of Europe will come the rich mineral wealth of Latin America.”

“Herbert Armstrong knew far in advance that communism would fail to entice the Latinos and that British and American influence would dwindle,” we wrote in He Was Right, our booklet on Mr. Armstrong’s many fulfilled prophecies. “He knew it was Europe that would ultimately achieve its long-term goal of economic and religious domination of Latin America. Today, Europe has significantly achieved that goal.”

German leaders learned from the experience of two world wars that aggression as a means of empire-building was counterproductive. For their third attempt at global domination, they chose to start with trade. The outcome in Europe was the original common market that morphed into today’s German-dominated European Union.

Berlin and Rome are using a similar method to create their alliance with Latin America. Analysts such as Stratfor’s George Friedman observe that Latin America is positioned to supplement China as a low-wage, high-growth world epicenter (Beyond the Post-Cold War World). That resource is not lost on Europe, which is seeking to replicate its European common market endeavors with the Mercosur trade bloc.

The Mercosur alliance includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are associate members. The EU has built formidable free-trade ties with this bloc since signing an agreement in June 1999 that provided for “the bilateral, progressive and reciprocal liberalization of trade, with no sector excluded.” The agreement has had its ups and downs, but it has undeniably been the EU’s main means of cementing trade interdependence with Latin America.

But this is not an end unto itself. It is a means to achieve the much greater imperialist vision of the Rome/Berlin axis. With trade interdependence well established, Rome now seeks to cement its religious and political power over Latin America.

Enter the new pope.

Reviving an Empire

Taking the papal throne under the watchful eye of Pope Emeritus Benedict xvi, Pope Francis looks set to begin the third and final act in Rome’s effort to draw the continent of Latin America under its influence and forge an intercontinental empire—in reality the biblically prophesied seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

Pope Francis’s role in absorbing Latin America into Europe’s imperialist drive is crucial. As Langley Intelligence Group Network said, “he will be very strong towards bringing Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba into the Catholic fold.”

Jorge Bergoglio grew up in the Latin American nation most sympathetic to Hitler’s vision of world conquest. Argentina was a chief recipient of Nazi gold, and indeed of Nazi personnel, courtesy of the Vatican Ratlines (in which Joseph Ratzinger was heavily involved under the papacy of Pius xii). Its politics inevitably became heavily influenced by this connection. In fact, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner (who preceded the current president, his wife) was the son of a Nazi.

Many Nazis who escaped the Allies’ war crimes tribunals ended up as active participants in the Argentine security, police and military forces and helped shape the postwar development of these institutions.

Pope Francis’s anti-British attitude, reflected in his aggressively outspoken statements against British possession of the Falkland Islands, no doubt springs from his education in the postwar, anti-British, pro-German Argentine culture of his youth. His ready deference to the Bavarian pope emeritus, Benedict xvi, may as well.

Either way, this new pope, conscious and proud of his Italian roots, and hailing from one of the most German-influenced cultures in Latin America, would seem to be of a ready mindset to identify, together with his brother pope emeritus, with another man that biblical prophecy speaks of: the populist political leader of the Rome/Berlin axis. All indications are that this political leader will soon emerge on the world scene; as editor in chief Gerald Flurry has observed, he could even come to power as a result of the upcoming federal elections in Germany in September.

‘The Holy Roman Empire Is Back’

Three years ago, our editor in chief made a startling announcement: “The Holy Roman Empire Is Back!”

“The Holy Roman Empire became official Jan. 1, 2010,” he wrote in the February 2010 edition. “On that date, the European Union implemented its diplomatic service and appointed other officials. That made the Holy Roman Empire official.

“Now they have already begun to build their own military, which is destined to become a world-shaking superpower!

“The EU constitution was signed in November 2009. It is far from being a democratic constitution. The EU is absolutely domineered by Germany—a nation that started World Wars i and ii!

“The empire is to be guided by the Vatican. That makes it a church-state combine—hence, the name Holy Roman Empire. But if you look at the previous six heads of that empire, you will see that it was the opposite of holy!” (You can read more about this history in our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)

Belatedly, some of the press and mass media have come to this realization. The sensationalist conservative British tabloids Daily Mail and Express have more recently featured articles on the rise of the Fourth Reich. The pundits are late in catching on to this prophesied reality, and the Anglo-Saxon politicians are way behind them. It was ever the case in Britain and America.

Now it is time we faced the reality.

This political backdrop, viewed in light of the history of the Holy Roman Empire and its prophesied final resurrection, shows the true significance of the installation of a Latin American pope of Italian heritage linking with the spiritual vision of an incumbent German pope emeritus.

At the helm in Rome we have a historic duo, each having his ethnic and cultural roots deeply entrenched in the nations that produced the fascist and Nazi populist leaders of yesteryear. Veteran Vatican watcher Robert Moynihan has observed that by his behavior to date, Francis is giving every indication that he will tenaciously follow Benedict’s spiritual vision. These papal representatives share a common vision for cementing relations between Latin America and Europe.

Indications are that it is time for the prophesied northern power to cross the ocean and forge the imperial link that will empower it as a real intercontinental empire, in a true déjà vu Holy Roman Empire moment!

Bible prophecy declares that the interdependence between the EU and its trading partners will inevitably lead to the latter’s total trade dependence on the former (Revelation 13).

More is prophesied for this European empire, however, than a mere trade alliance with Latin America. In Isaiah 10, God says Assyria (modern-day Germany) would be the rod of His anger used to punish the hypocritical nations of Israel (modern-day America, Britain, and its dominions) and Judah (the Jewish state of Israel).

How might Latin America factor into this scenario?

Deuteronomy 28 describes several curses coming upon these modern-day descendants of Israel because of their disobedience to God. Verses 47-51 describe a devastating assault by “a nation of fierce countenance”—revealed in other prophecies to be Germany. “And he shall besiege theein all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee” (verse 52). These “gates” refer to land and sea gates, such as the Panama Canal, through which America and these other nations receive so much of their imports. This is a prophecy of a besiegement that will reduce these nations to conditions of dire poverty! Isaiah 23 sheds further light on this prophecy by foretelling a great economic siege against the United States.

Germany and the Vatican are building a transcontinental alliance that will ultimately include 10 European kings, an anti-Iranian alliance of Arabic regimes, and a loyal network of Latin American vassal states. With its left arm, this Vatican-dominated conglomerate will reach down southward and eastward into the Middle East to conquer the Holy City, Jerusalem. Then with its right arm, this “Holy” Roman Empire will reach southward and westward across the Atlantic to take control of Latin America and besiege the United States!

Recent events are destined to accelerate the onset of some of the greatest end-time prophecies in your Bible—prophecies leading up to the fulfillment of that greatest of all prophecies: the return of the Savior of humankind to set up His Kingdom of glorious peace and plenty—forever!

The Mystery of President Obama’s Visit to Israel

The Mystery of President Obama’s Visit to Israel

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On the president’s recent historic trip, many people were impressed by his strong statements of support for the Jewish state. But the truth about this man’s relationship with Israel goes deeper than mere words in front of a camera.
From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

In March, Barack Obama made his first visit to Israel since being elected president in 2008. The media provided pictures of the president with Israeli leaders talking and joking together. Mr. Obama assured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel has a friend in the U.S. “We have your back,” the president said.

Later, however, he talked about Israel’s “foreign army” in part of the Palestinian territory. What “foreign army”? Even if you don’t believe that God gave them that land, the fact is that the Arabs attacked the Jews, and in the war that followed, Israel won some of their land. The president could just as easily say that America has a “foreign army” in California, New Mexico and Arizona—after all, that territory did at one time belong to other people.

President Obama made these anti-Israel remarks to Palestinians while a large picture of Yasser Arafat hung over his head in the background. It is well established that Arafat, even while shaking hands and making agreements with Jewish leaders, was inciting his own people to engage in terrorism. The president was addressing Palestinians who are considered moderate and friendly, yet that terrorist spirit is still there.

What was President Obama’s purpose for going to Israel? This is a real mystery to Israel. But it’s not a mystery to me.

A ‘Mystery’ Visit

The president’s negative record on Israel is lengthy and unmistakable. He has done much to isolate the Jewish state and to weaken the long-standing alliance between our two nations.

For example, when Prime Minister Netanyahu came to the White House in 2010, Mr. Obama insulted him terribly. The president wanted to bolster Palestinian confidence in a possible two-state solution, and he did so by giving Prime Minister Netanyahu a list of 13 demands. One of them was that Israel immediately stop building in East Jerusalem. When Netanyahu didn’t immediately agree to his terms, the president got up and left, leaving Netanyahu and his aides sitting in the White House for an hour. The Jews considered it humiliating. I’ve never heard of such behavior on a state visit to the U.S. in my life.

As recently as last September, when Netanyahu visited America and requested a meeting with Obama, the president refused to see him. Reuters called it “a highly unusual rebuff to a close ally.”

Why, then, would President Obama visit Israel now, at the beginning of his second term in office?

Caroline Glick, who I believe is Israel’s best columnist, expressed bewilderment over it: “Given that all of these [policies toward Israel] are positions he has held throughout his presidency, the mystery surrounding his decision to come to Israel only grows,” she wrote in a March 20 column. “He didn’t need to come to Israel to rehash policies we already know” (emphasis mine throughout).

She noted that the president also didn’t come to apologize for the anti-Israel policies of his first term. His administration still speaks about its support for the Arab Spring as if it was excellent policy, even after we can see how it empowered radicals within Libya, Egypt and other countries. This has put Israel’s very survival in jeopardy!

Glick drew attention to one revealing detail of the trip: the president’s choice of speaking venues. On one hand, he turned down an invitation to speak before Israel’s elected representatives at the Knesset, which is highly unusual. On the other hand, he chose “to address a handpicked audience of university students—an audience grossly overpopulated by unelectable, radical leftists.” President Obama really identifies with academics, intellectuals and radicals. He went to Israel to speak to these radical leftist students, and that is where he got a lot of the television coverage. He actually denied a couple of colleges that wanted to send students that were more on the conservative side.

As Glick pointed out, “What we can say with certainty is that the administration that supports the ‘democratically elected’ Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and did so much to clear all obstacles to its election, is snubbing the democratically elected Israeli government, and indeed, Israel’s elected officials in general.” Mr. Obama has invited the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House. He visited Cairo to address all of Egypt and insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood attend, against then President Hosni Mubarak’s wishes. Yet he won’t visit the Knesset in Israel! Isn’t that strange? It certainly proves that we can’t take what this man says at face value.

Glick considers it a mystery. But there is a definite reason behind the president’s choices.

Undermining Netanyahu

When President Obama spoke to those Israeli students, he talked about the need to give the Palestinians a state. “[T]he Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, their right to justice, must also be recognized. And put yourself in their shoes. Look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own—living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements not just of those young people, but their parents, their grandparents, every single day. It’s not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It’s not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands or restricting a student’s ability to move around the West Bank, or displace Palestinian families from their homes. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”

During this part of the speech, the audience cheered and applauded several times. It was as if, in their minds, the Palestinians are yearning for peace through negotiation—if only Israel would cooperate. That is an egregious delusion.

President Obama then told those students, “[L]et me say this as a politician, I can promise you this: Political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks. You must create the change that you want to see.” That was rather insulting. He was obviously talking about interfering with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies. I don’t think that would have made Mr. Netanyahu very happy.

Mr. Netanyahu was recently reelected, but not by near the margin he thought he would be. This meant he had to form a weaker coalition government. The new government includes some liberals who are pretty far left, which is going to cause him problems.

President Obama spoke about “the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.” He emphasized the need to keep trying to solve the problem through diplomacy. But then he said, “Iran must not get a nuclear weapon. This is not a danger that can be contained—and as president, I’ve said all options are on the table for achieving our objectives. America will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”

That sounds good, and Israel likes to hear that. But forget the words for a moment and look at the reality: This administration has done nothing to prevent Iran getting a nuclear bomb!

You can be sure that Israel’s liberal leaders, hearing Mr. Obama making these statements, will put more pressure on Mr. Netanyahu. They will argue that he doesn’t need to worry so much about Iran since America has his back. The president of the United States has guaranteed our national security, they’ll probably say. He’s going to ensure Iran doesn’t bomb us. If Netanyahu was considering attacking Iran’s nuclear program, he’s going to have more opposition now.

However, I would be absolutely shocked if President Obama did anything to stop Iran! Here is a man telling Israel, America has your back; we’re right there with you. But he wouldn’t even pay a visit to the Knesset. That’s almost unheard of when a nation has serious problems like Israel has today!

What is behind America’s foreign policy today? If you study the decisions this administration is making on a wide range of international issues, you would be hard pressed to think of any that don’t have the effect of undermining America’s alliances, weakening America’s global power, and strengthening the forces of evil in this world.

There is a specific reason why this is the case.

The Spiritual Dimension

In the March edition of the Trumpet, I explained “The Hidden Cause of Society’s Deadly Decline.” There is an evil spiritual force on Earth that is working to bring down America as well as the Jewish state.

You cannot understand America’s foreign policy today if you don’t see this spiritual dimension.

This subject is so important and urgent, I have produced a new booklet about it: America Under Attack. It reveals the hidden dimension to events in this country and helps you to make sense of what would otherwise be a mystery.

This understanding exposes the reason for the common thread in the current administration’s dealings with Israel and other countries in the Middle East. It also specifically reveals the biblical reasons for the president’s anti-Israel views.

Syria has been embroiled in turmoil for about two years, as people have risen up to try to get rid of the violent dictator Bashar Assad. Yet America has done nothing to help those people. In fact, as Glick explained it, the president’s “feckless handling of Syria’s civil war ensured that the moderate opposition forces would be eclipsed by radical Islamists affiliated with al Qaeda, as has happened.” You could say almost the same thing about the popular uprising in Iran in 2009: The people rose up to dispute a phony election result that favored radical Islamists—and America did nothing. President Obama said it wouldn’t be appropriate to meddle in Iranian affairs.

Contrast that with what happened in Egypt. There, when the public began protesting in Egypt to get rid of Hosni Mubarak, this administration stepped right up to turn its back on Mubarak and to support the protesters! “It is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful … and it must begin now,” he said publicly. Egypt was at peace with Israel for 30 years! Yet America had a lot to do with removing Mubarak and bringing the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood to power.

The same is true of Libya. True, Muammar Qadhafi was obviously unstable, but at one time he did get rid of nearly all of his weapons of mass destruction to cooperate with the West. But when protests started there, America decided that, again, it needed to strengthen their cause. Now, al Qaeda groups rule Libya and are talking about allying with Iran. Nothing yet has been done about the terrorist attack on America’s outpost in Benghazi, and it is clear that America isn’t going to do anything. So the terrorists are encouraged and keep getting stronger and stronger.

These geopolitical shifts have created a far more dangerous world, especially for the tiny nation of Israel! The president’s foreign policy is largely responsible for these developments, but he won’t take the blame for any of it. Instead, he travels to Israel and says that America will do whatever it must to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Nonsense! How long will Israel believe such diabolical nonsense? The nation’s survival is at stake!

Biblical prophecy shows that very soon, Israel will know for certain that America is of no help, and it will instead turn to Germany (ancient Assyria) for help (Hosea 5:13). We are already seeing this prophecy racing toward fulfillment.

You absolutely need to understand the truth about what is happening to America today. We have been protected in this country for a couple hundred years. We have not experienced the turmoil that many other nations have. Yes, we were involved in two world wars, but God has given us a lot of peace. As a result, our people have kind of settled into an unreality about what is really happening around us. They don’t understand how deadly dangerous this world is!

This is not God’s world. There’s a lot of evil in this world. It is full of tigers waiting to tear somebody apart. It has always been that way. As Winston Churchill said, the history of man is the history of war. Yet somehow we can’t come to grips with that today.

Are you willing to face reality? Most people are not. A haze of deception enshrouds our world. It is absolutely stunning how easily the people in this land today are duped.

Many people are alert to the problems in America today, but have only become deeply discouraged and anxious as a result. But if you open your eyes to the spiritual dimension, then you will see the tremendous hopebeyond the tragedy that is unfolding. Putting these events in their full prophetic context shows how God is using these events to serve His purposes—and how they are quickly leading to the greatest event ever: when He will intervene to establish His rule on Earth!

Please request my booklet America Under Attack—you will clearly see that President Obama’s trip to Israel was no mystery!

German Domination: An Accidental Empire?

German Domination: An Accidental Empire?

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Germany is filling a power void in Europe. Coincidence?

“Germany has created an accidental empire,” German sociologist Ulrich Beck said on March 25. In an interview with europp editors Stuart Brown and Chris Gilson, the professor at both Munich University and the London School of Economics invoked the memory of the last “accidental empire,” Great Britain. But he stopped short of calling Germany a military power—which Britain was. Germany’s de facto empire has an economic power base, not a military one, he proposed.

In the turbulence of the ongoing European financial crisis, one nation has emerged from the storm as the clear leader of the Continent. For the third time in a century, Germany has set itself apart as the top dog in European economics and politics. The Berlin-led bailout of Cyprus proved that point in a tangible way.

That’s just the way it happened to turn out, some may argue. But is this true?

Other analysts are beginning to catch on to what the Trumpet has forecast for years. Jakob Augstein’s Spiegel Online column gives a slightly different take than Beck: “Out of this euro crisis is emerging a conflict over German hegemony in Europe. It looks to be based on economics, when in fact it is based on the politics of power. … Indeed, Merkel’s idea of European integration is simply that Europe should bend to Germany’s political will” (March 25).

Could Germany’s power position be somewhat intentional? Several European countries think so, and they have cried out against Germany in the past year. Greeks and Cypriots protested German-backed austerity, going so far as to make a caricature of Chancellor Angela Merkel with the infamous mustache of a previous chancellor.

Germany called the shots in the bailout of the tiny island nation of Cyprus. When the terms were announced, Cyprus balked. Even Western media outlets recognized the potential for the bailout to bring down the eurozone. However, Germany didn’t back down, and for the first time in bailout history, a large portion of the money to finance the nation’s end of the bargain came directly from its own bank depositors—and it was largely Germany’s idea.

A controversial statement by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chair of the eurozone finance ministers, caused some Europeans to worry that the same method used in Cyprus would be implemented in other financially floundering countries like Spain or Italy. The spread of that idea could cause panic leading to massive bank runs in crisis countries—definitely something the EU wants to avoid. Dijsselbloem later “clarified” the statement, which only served to cause more of a muddle over future bailout procedures.

On the other side of the controversy, Germany feels the tension. And Germans feel they should be receiving support, not criticism.

“Germany is bringing a spirit of solidarity so that ultimately there is a perspective for crisis countries,” German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told Muencher Merkur last Wednesday. “So I wish that individuals at the highest levels of the EU—the Commission president and the Council president—would also show solidarity with us and defend Germans against unjust accusations.”

Germany has become the creditor of Europe. And “the borrower is servant to the lender,” as the proverb says. If a eurozone member needs a helping hand, Berlin will offer it—but at a price.

Are these recent events just the early stages of an economically-tiered European structure? Just a week ago, Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser wrote of the possibility of a “two-speed” Europe, referencing German think tank Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Mr. Fraser wrote that “the foundation believes that the most likely outcome of the current euro crisis will be ‘the formation of a smaller union around the German center (“Kerneuropa”), while the EU continues parallel in the form of a sort of greater free trade zone.’” The events of the last two weeks show an increasing trend for European policy to revolve around Berlin. Is that a coincidence?

Germany Soon to Rule Europe,” headlined the front page of the Trumpet website back in June 2005. The prophetic headline was written before Merkel had even been elected. The lead paragraph says it all: “Germany is the most powerful nation in the EU—certainly the most populous and arguably the most influential. But its influence till this point has been relatively subtle compared to the position of power it will attain in the near future.” Suddenly Germany’s influence doesn’t appear to be so subtle. Is that simply happenstance—or something more?

Will Germany’s aggressive policies precipitate bank runs in other failing European economies? A real possibility for panic lies in the European financial sector, which is the reason for Cyprus’s extended bank holiday and the numerous financial restrictions imposed since its banks reopened. We are witnessing an economic situation where Germany holds the key to other nations’ financial stability or collapse—and it no longer even hinges on policy, but on perception! One word from Berlin could potentially trigger economic implosion in faltering countries.

“One of the greatest miracles this world has produced in our time is the resurrection of Germany: the rise of Germany from rubble to the greatest power in Europe—and soon to be the greatest power in the world! It is mind-boggling,” wrote Gerald Flurry in Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

“The German Federal Constitutional Court, the Bundesbank and Chancellor Merkel are acting like the center of Europe, to the exasperation of our neighbors,” said former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Schmidt also feels that part of the German public is prone to have a “national-egotistical view” of their country. As Augstein brought out, a man who lived through the entirety of fascist Germany and World War ii would not use those words lightly (op. cit.).

Germany has created an empire, and it is not by accident. It may be economically driven right now, but it will soon have organized military might behind it. This may take the world by surprise, but it won’t shock those who understand the prophecies in the Bible.

The German people have a tremendous capacity for innovation and engineering, as well as unquenchable loyalty to a strong leader—all qualities that the Almighty God will use powerfully in the coming era of peace that will soon be ushered in by the living Jesus Christ. But before that time can come, that war-prone nation is prophesied to become a great conquering power in not just the European continent but the entire globe.

For further explanation, read Germany and the Holy Roman Empire and The Wonderful World Tomorrow: What It Will Be Like.

How Germany Conquered Cyprus

From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

It is now well known that the euro, Europe’s common currency, was, from the start, designed to fail. This failure would ultimately force reluctant European nations to relinquish power to a German-controlled central authority. A common currency creates economy-crashing imbalances—unless and until it is administered by a common government. Since 1829, Greece has spent about half the time in default. Giving countries with this type of bankruptcy record access to the eurozone’s cheap credit is inviting disaster. For European imperialists, the trick is not to let the disaster go to waste.

  • Jan. 1, 2002
  • The official beginning: euro coins and notes become legal tender.

  • May 1, 2004
  • Cyprus joins the European Union.

  • Jan. 1, 2008
  • Cyprus adopts the euro as its currency.

  • Sept. 15, 2008
  • The bank Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy. The cascading financial crisis exposes weaknesses not only in the U.S., but also at the heart of the eurozone.

  • May 2, 2010
  • The Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to Greece’s first bailout.

  • Nov. 29, 2010
  • The EU finances a bailout for Ireland.

  • May 16, 2011
  • The EU finances a bailout for Portugal.

  • Feb. 21, 2012
  • The EU finances a second bailout for Greece. Its terms dictate that anyone who owns Greek debt will get just under half what they are owed. Cyprus’s banks, which are already shaky, have lent a lot of money to Athens. Their balance sheets skew wildly. The nation is all but doomed to become the next to need a bailout.

  • Dec. 4, 2012
  • Cypriot President Demetris Christofias announces that Cyprus has no choice but to accept a bailout. Spiegel Online says Cyprus “will effectively lose its sovereignty.”

  • Feb. 24, 2013
  • Backed by Angela Merkel, Nicos Anastasiades wins Cyprus’s presidential elections by a landslide. “We will be absolutely consistent and meet our promises,” he says. “Cyprus belongs to Europe.”

  • March 15
  • At an EU summit, Angela Merkel reassures Anastasiades that the bailout terms won’t be too harsh. She gets him to agree to a small tax on bank deposits. This establishes the principle of withdrawing money from people’s personal accounts.

    That evening, EU leaders depart, leaving their finance ministers behind to negotiate a bailout for Cyprus. Anastasiades stays behind, but is reportedly not allowed in the meeting.

    Friday evening and Saturday morning: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble tells Anastasiades that if he wants a bailout, he must remove €6 billion (US$7.8 billion) from the bank accounts of account holders. Anastasiades refuses and walks out. “The president said, ‘I can’t do that,’” one member of the Cypriot delegation told the Financial Times. A German board member of the European Central Bank (ecb) gives Anastasiades the ultimatum: It’s this, or the ecb cuts off its emergency lending to Cyprus’s banks and lets its economy collapse, leaving the government with a bill of tens of billions of euros. Anastasiades gives in. The original plan taxes everyone with over €100,000 ($131,260) in the bank. Fearful of how Russian depositors will react, Anastasiades changes the terms so that everyone has to pay.

  • March 16
  • Cypriots rush to get what money they can out of atms, and take to the streets in protest.

  • March 19
  • After repeated delays, Cyprus’s parliament votes on the deal. It is defeated: 36 no votes and 19 abstentions; zero yes votes.

  • March 22
  • The parliament gives the government power to break up banks and impose capital controls. Anastasiades can now go back to Europe to negotiate a new deal without having to get parliamentary approval afterward.

  • March 25
  • Monday morning, Cyprus finally agrees to a bailout deal. Germany gets its way. The EU doesn’t have to provide any extra money. Instead, those with over €100,000 in Cyprus’s top two banks will lose a huge chunk of their savings. Those with money in the Bank of Cyprus would lose around 40 percent of all savings over €100,000. At Laiki, they could lose up to 80 percent.

    Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem indicates that the Cyprus bailout could be a template for future bailouts. Others deny his statements, but investors are left worried that the Cyprus model will be copied in other countries.

  • March 27
  • Cyprus announces capital controls: Those with Cypriot bank accounts are severely limited in what they can take out of the country. This puts Cyprus halfway out of the eurozone, as Cypriot euros can no longer be freely exchanged with euros from another country.

  • March 28
  • Banks open after being shut for almost two weeks.

    Put First Things First

    Put First Things First

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    From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

    In one of his books, author Stephen Covey related a story about a professor who placed a one-gallon container on a table in front of him. He then set about a dozen fist-size rocks on the table and, one at a time, placed them into the jar.

    After putting all the rocks inside the jug, he asked, “Is this jar full?”

    “Yes,” the class said.

    He then grabbed a bag of gravel from under the table and proceeded to dump these smaller rocks into the jar. He shook the container, working the smaller pieces into the spaces between the bigger rocks.

    “Is the jar full?” he asked again.

    “Probably not,” the class said, sensing that he was going to take it a step further.

    He then poured a bag of sand into the container and again shook the jar to help the sand fill in all the cracks between the larger rocks and the gravel. Finally, the professor grabbed a pitcher of water and emptied it into the jar, filling it all the way to the brim.

    “What is the point of this illustration?” he asked the class.

    “No matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!” one student blurted out.

    “No,” said the professor. “The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

    Spiritually speaking, the two biggest rocks we must place into the jar every day have to do with our relationship with God. Prayer and Bible study are our most important activities each day. And unless we get into the habit of placing those two rocks in the jar first, they may not fit into the jar later as it fills with other material.

    Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” As any farmer knows, in order to reap a bountiful harvest, you must first prepare and work the soil, carefully planting each seed and nurturing each plant as it sprouts, protecting it from weeds, watering it, and so on. Then, at the absolute end of that process, you will finally be able to reap the fruit.

    The principle God is teaching with this parable is that diligent work and effort always precede fruitful blessings and rewards. And sometimes, those blessings don’t appear until after many months or even years of hard, diligent labor.

    We can’t skip all the hard work and rush to the harvest! God says that if we want to reap the blessings of growth and prosperity, we must sow the right way. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

    “The light of the body is the eye:” Jesus taught, “if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). If your mind is focused right, then your whole life will be full of light!

    Later, Jesus said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” (verse 25). God knows we have physical needs (see verses 31-32). What Jesus is saying is that God will help to supply those needs as long as we tend to the spiritual needs first.

    Notice! “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (verse 33).

    After establishing the right priorities, we must maintain our focus on each of those priorities. “Focus is the most important factor in determining whether you’ll achieve a goal or stick to creating a new habit,” Leo Babauta wrote in The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential … in Business and in Life. “If you can maintain your focus on a goal or habit, you will more often than not achieve that goal or create that habit. If you can’t maintain your focus, you won’t achieve the goal, unless it’s such an easy goal that it would have happened anyway. It’s that simple.”

    Our overarching spiritual goal is to seek first the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness. But we must go after it! As Mr. Armstrong wrote in The Seven Laws of Success,You must make the decision. You must set this right goal. You must set your will. You must expend your full effort. You must work at overcoming, growing and developing spiritually, and sticking with it. Yet God supplies the all-important ingredient—His power, His love, His faith—His guidance—His life!”

    What a fantastic, life-altering promise! Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Make that your first goal—your biggest rock. Then, work to maintain your focus on that singular objective. Put God first, and everything else will fall into place.

    Then, at the end of the day, you will have squeezed more into the jar than you ever thought possible!

    History of the Papacy

    From the May 2013 Trumpet Print Edition