Economic Crisis Helps Germany Reshape EU

Economic Crisis Helps Germany Reshape EU


Financial crisis amid Prussian profiteering

“Nothing can get done without the approval of Germany, and frankly, Germany would be insane to mess with the current status quo, given how much it’s outperforming the rest of the eurozone. Just insane,” wrote Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider.

“Who else can boast that its unemployment rate is substantially below where it was before the financial crisis? So, tight money, low inflation, austerity. It’s working great for the country that has the power,” he opined, pointing to a blatantly lopsided European unemployment chart produced by Danske Bank.

The weak euro currency and flagging continental export market are directly profiting one nation specifically—Germany. A continental bloc the West thought would bring equality, impartiality and equity for all, has become a cash cow for its largest and most dominant country.

Make it in Germany agrees: “Indeed, both domestic and foreign media are already using the word Jobwunder to describe the exceptional performance of Germany’s labor market.”

Seven years ago, Germany’s unemployment rate was near 12 percent. Since that time, compounded by the European financial crisis, it has been in free fall, now at near 5 percent. “If you are thinking about working in Germany, you have made an excellent decision—Germany is Europe’s largest, and the world’s fifth-largest, economy,” says InterNations.

The Continent is undergoing a labor migration of historic proportions as millions pack their bags and head for prosperous Deutschland, Europe’s job engine. With low population growth, Germany is in pressing need of qualified candidates to fill its burgeoning job market.

This comes as the country boasts an explosive export market, which has boosted gross domestic product and fueled strong employment opportunities. In 2012, the EU Blue Card was introduced to speed visa applications of the wealthy and their highly skilled employees. Money- and employment-creation laws were softened for investors looking to establish companies in Germany.

Like iron filings to a magnet, immigrants from the most fiscally depressed countries fled to the Teutonic promised land last year at levels not seen in the past 17 years, according to data released last week. “The report from the German statistics office was sure to fuel a debate over the consequences of immigration for the country. In all, 1.08 million people moved to Germany last year, or 13 percent more than in 2011, Germany’s statistics office said, indicating that the eurozone’s debt crisis is reshaping the fabric of European society as well as the economy” (Wall Street Journal, May 7).

Currently, 27 nations comprise the trading mart and 17 trade in the euro currency, while Germany has made no secret of its desire to reduce this number to a more dedicated German-centric core. The Trumpet has continually reminded readers of the words of the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: “You have not anchored Germany to Europe. You have anchored Europe to a newly dominant, unified Germany. In the end, my friends, you’ll find it will not work.”

“Although all wealth comes from the ground, prosperity and affluence on a national scale always have come also by industry and commerce,” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his acclaimed book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

It is such “prosperity and affluence on a national scale” that Germany continues to procure through its policy, led by its corporate elites, of leadership through domination of industry and commerce as the fiscal gatekeeper of EU fortunes.

The Trumpet’s editor in chief has drawn particular attention to the domineering of Europe by Germany, from domestic to foreign policy, finance, trade, religion and military expansionism. On the surface, to the ignorant observer, the ever increasing overt actions of German elites appear to be just another business plan. However, to the non-ignorant of recent geopolitical past, such aggressiveness, exploitation, regional expansionism and blatant Euromart domineering reveal the scale and impact of an aggressive continental and globally unchallenged economic policy whose scope has disturbing, far-reaching, historic implications.

Request Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? along with Gerald Flurry’s Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans for a deeper comprehension of these concerning developments.

Europe’s Unemployed: An Army Waiting for a Leader

Europe’s Unemployed: An Army Waiting for a Leader


As Europe edges toward mass anarchy and chaos, the Catholic Church is emerging as the key mediator between Europeans and their leaders.

Europe’s unemployment crisis is one everyone knows about, but no one is thinking seriously about.

We’ve all seen the atrocious figures and statistics, the long lines of grumpy, unemployed Greeks and Spaniards. But how many have actually thought about what this means, for Greece and Spain, for Europe, and even for the international community? Historically, mass unemployment has resulted in extreme social and political upheaval, followed by the rise of tyrannical ideologies and government, followed by the outbreak of large-scale war.

Considering the history, isn’t this worth thinking on?

Unemployment can be a frightening phenomenon. When a working-age person has meaningful daily tasks—be it making a cappuccino, laying bricks or creating spreadsheets—his mind tends to be active and occupied. Added to this, the employed person has income, which means food on the table, a roof overhead, clothed children and a hopeful future. Basically, he or she tends to be happier, more content, more stable, more hopeful.

Take employment away and two things begin to happen psychologically: First, as the bills mount and his stomach aches, the unemployed person becomes stressed, anxious and frustrated. Soon, the stress evolves into desperation and hopelessness, even despair. Second, disenfranchised by his deteriorating circumstances—the loss of the family home, his decline in status, marital tension—the unemployed person finds himself emotionally and intellectually vulnerable. The one commodity he does now have is time—time for his vulnerable, frustrated mind to entertain new, often extreme or radical “solutions” that promise to rescue him from the system that has failed him. Dismayed by the status quo, he pines for something new. A new political party, new ideologies, new leaders, new policies—a whole new system.

When unemployment is low, the threat of social unrest and political change is marginal and easily mitigated. But if the unemployment level rises, it creates a veritable army of disenfranchised, desperate, angry people. An army ready and willing to embrace extreme political ideologies. An army ready to support a leader who promises salvation. An army willing to overthrow the established system. When this happens, unemployment is no longer an unfortunate economic issue, it’s a terrifying social and political crisis capable of initiating major catastrophe!

So, where is Europe on the unemployment spectrum?

The combined March unemployment rate of eurozone states was 12.2 percent. Expanded to include all 27 EU states, the unemployment rate is steady at 10.9 percent. These figures are bad, but they’re not dire. But look a little closer at the unemployment rates on the national level.

In Greece, unemployment is just above 27 percent, up from 21.5 percent 12 months ago. Spain’s rate is 26.7 percent. In these two countries, more than one quarter of people who want to work cannot find a job. Unemployment in both countries is worse than it was in America during the Great Depression.

Other European countries are moving in the same direction. Portugal’s unemployment rate is 17.5 percent and rising. Slovakia’s is 14.5 percent and rising. I was in France over the weekend and spoke with three employed friends, each of whom told me that their company would be laying off employees over the next few months. One friend, an accountant who is privy to the finances of numerous businesses, said that nearly all her clients are making plans to lay off employees. France’s unemployment rate is currently 11 percent, but it’s about to get much worse.

These figures take into account only those who are willing and able to work. They don’t include people who no longer receive unemployment benefits. Or people who have given up searching for a job or have taken up part-time employment. They don’t include those in education. And they do not take into account those who have left the country to look for work elsewhere. (I was recently in Cyprus and was shocked by the number of people, especially the young, bolting to greener pastures.) In the last 12 months, more than 1 million have moved to Germany in search of work.

Stratfor ceo George Friedman has a guideline when analyzing unemployment: “A rule I use is that for each person unemployed, three others are affected, whether spouses, children or whomever. That means that when you hit 25 percent unemployment virtually everyone is affected.” By this measure, unemployment is affecting every person in Spain and Greece. In many other states, half to two thirds of the populace is touched by unemployment.

The more we dissect the figures, the grimmer the picture. In Greece, 34.2 percent of individuals ages 25 to 34 are unemployed. Nearly 60 percent of workers between 16 and 24 are out of work. In Spain, the unemployment rate for 16-to-24-year-olds is 57.2 percent. In Italy, nearly 40 percent of under-25s are unemployed. In Slovakia, it’s nearly 35 percent of under-25s; in Portugal, 28 percent. The under-25 unemployment rate across the EU is 23.5 percent. According to unemployment rates submitted to Eurostat, only two European countries currently have an under-25 unemployment rate under 10 percent: Germany and Austria. Europe is brimming with millions of young people disenfranchised by the established system, yearning for change, and ready to throw their support behind someone with radical solutions for a brighter future!

Looking at these figures, it’s a marvel countries like Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy have not already experienced mass unrest and riots. Indeed, as Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca, research director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, recently asked: Why have the Spanish people not revolted? For now it seems the masses of unemployed are being sustained on state handouts. This is untenable. What will happen when the benefits inevitably dry up? Already, thousands of people are being cast from their homes and food banks are running dry.

We need to think about this because it’s real and happening right now. Across Europe, and especially in the southern Mediterranean, there are millions of disenfranchised, frustrated people with the time and desire to entertain any person, or party, or ideology that can promise them a return to a better life. This massive army is ready right now to get behind the individual, ideology or government that can promise salvation!

Michael Collins, investment journalist with Fidelity Worldwide Investment, warned last month: “The rise of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini during the 1930s depression shows how an unemployment crisiscreates political chaos that demagogues can exploit.”

Friedman recently delivered a similar warning: “It is important to understand the consequences of this kind of unemployment. … Fascism had its roots in Europe in massive economic failures in which the financial elites failed to recognize the political consequences of unemployment. [The elites] laughed at parties led by men who had been vagabonds selling postcards on the street and promising economic miracles if only those responsible for the misery of the country were purged. Men and women, plunged from the comfortable life of the petite bourgeoisie, did not laugh, but responded eagerly to that hope. The result was governments who enclosed their economies from the world and managed their performance through directive and manipulation” (March 5; emphasis added). We’ve already seen evidence of this with the rise of far-right and far-left parties in Greece and elsewhere.

On Sunday, Telegraph columnist and economist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote an excellent article on a subject the Trumpet has long been anticipating. Reporting from Toledo, Spain, Evans-Pritchard noted how the Vatican and the Catholic Church are taking a keen interest in Europe’s economic crisis, specifically Europe’s unemployment problem.

Before we note some high points of that article, recall what Herbert W. Armstrong wrote about the role of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in uniting Europe. In August 1978, he wrote: “Europeans want their own united military power! … They have made a real effort toward union in the Common Market. … But they well know there is but one possibility of union in Europe—and that is through the Vatican” (Good News, emphasis his). Two years later, he warned that “world conditions may force European nations … to unite, bringing to pass the revived ‘Holy Roman Empire’ …. [European nations] have wanted to unite politically, with a common currency and common military force, for some time—but have been unable. It can be accomplished only through the Vatican” (Worldwide News, June 1980).

In 1979, Mr. Armstrong described a scenario that is remarkably prescient. “The nations of Europe have been striving to become reunited. They desire a common currency, a single combined military force, a single united government. They have made a start in the Common Market. They are now working toward a common currency. Yet, on a purely political basis, they have been totally UNABLE to unite” (Plain Truth, January 1979). In spite of these conflicting political interests, Mr. Armstrong explained, European countries will find a way to unite. How? “In only one way can this resurrected Holy Roman Empire be brought to fruition—by the ‘good offices’ of the Vatican, uniting church and state once again, with the Vatican astride and ruling.”

Gerald Flurry and the Trumpet have been echoing this forecast by Mr. Armstrong ever since Europe’s economic crisis began: The Vatican will be the glue that unites Europe under German leadership!

Now consider the following recent remarks by Braulio Rodriguez, the archbishop of Toledo and the highest Catholic official in Spain, as reported by Evans-Pritchard. “We have to change direction, otherwise this is going to bring down whole political systems,” he said in an interview with the Telegraph. “It is very dangerous. Unemployment has reached tremendous levels. … There is a deep unease across the whole society, and it is not just in Spain. We have to give people some hope or this is going to foment conflict and mutual hatred.”

Archbishop Rodriguez apparently explained how the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (comece), a forum of leading European bishops, is currently gearing-up to play a greater role in helping solve the crisis.

About the archbishop’s remarks, Evans-Pritchard wrote: “Europe’s churches are emerging as a powerful pole of authority, filling a vacuum left by political parties of all stripes tainted by the crisis. German leaders may be more ready to heed criticism from the Vatican and their own clergy than from Club Med politicians” (emphasis added).

Note that last point: German leaders won’t listen to other European politicians, but they will listen to the Vatican!

This is precisely the scenario that Mr. Armstrong forecast. You need to watch and think about this. Europe’s economic crises are going to get worse. The unemployment lines will grow, and so will the army of disenfranchised Europeans searching for someone to rescue them. Don’t be surprised if we see massive protests and riots this summer. But as mass unemployment and mass disgruntlement grow, don’t take your eyes off the Catholic Church.

As Europe edges toward large-scale anarchy and chaos, the Vatican will emerge to mediate a new relationship between Europeans and their leadership.

Germany Ready to Accept Lead in Europe

Germany Ready to Accept Lead in Europe


Once again, Germany is embracing its militaristic roots.

Following a double bombing in Turkey on Saturday that killed 46 people and left 100 injured, the German media is speaking out. When Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday, “It is time for the international community to act together against [the Assad] regime,” many of Germany’s leading newspapers from both the left and right jumped on board in backing his comments. The bombing, which took place in a town near the Syrian border, is believed to have been carried out by individuals with ties to Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s administration.

On Monday, Spiegel Online reported, “German commentators decried the bombing, as well as the failure of the West to take a unified position on the worsening situation in Syria. Though several commentators warned against full-scale intervention, they seemed to agree that the bombing … will increase the pressure on the U.S. and its nato allies to attempt to contain the violence.” The article then went on to quote both liberal and conservative German newspapers, all of which agreed that the West needs to step in.

This action by the German media to impress upon the German people the need for Germany to step forward as a leading nation is important. For years, Germany has been content to sit back and let other nations take the lead in conflict resolution. In a recent interview, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière “defended Berlin’s reluctance to put combat troops on the ground over the last 20 years, and its refusal to join the military effort to overthrow Muammar Qadhafi” (, April 22).

But now times are changing.

De Maizière admitted that “Germany had to learn that fighting is important.” He believes that Germany once again has to learn that force is acceptable and that it no longer needs to be ashamed of its war-like past. He defended German troops in Afghanistan, saying, “Some of our partners thought we were ‘cake-eaters,’ and not up to the task. … But the German armed forces proved to be able to fight.”

Europe and America realize that Germany has the capacity to be a dominant player in the world, and have begun to push Germany to take on more of a leading role in European and nato affairs. The world is signaling to Germany that it no longer needs to be ashamed of its militaristic past. The world is encouraging German militarism. Right now, Britain and France are in strategic retreat in Afghanistan. One big reason: They can’t afford a war anymore. Britain announced that it plans to withdraw 3,800 soldiers from Afghanistan this year. Meanwhile, Germany and Poland are the only two large European nations that have not made any significant cuts to defense spending.

Germany is in perfect position to fill the power void. When German newspapers call for Europe to take action in Syria, what they are saying is that it’s time for Germany to take action. The U.S. has shown little desire to intervene, despite “red line” promises of action if chemical weapons were used; Britain and France are downsizing; Israel faces retaliation from Hezbollah. That leaves Germany.

The German newspapers speaking out on the issue is conditioning the minds of the German populace to accept that Germany is the new dominant power in Europe and the world, and that it is the one that needs to take action.

Since the defeat of Germany in World War ii, Herbert W. Armstrong repeatedly warned that Germany would rise from the rubble to initiate nuclear World War iii. Back in 1945, he warned, “We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War ii, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first—and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round—World War iii! Hitler has lost. This round of war, in Europe, is over. And the Nazis have now gone underground. … They plan to come back and to win on the third try.”

This time, Germany will succeed, for a short time, before Jesus Christ returns to put an end to all war. Read “Germany—Reverting to Militaristic Type?” to see where German militarism is leading and the good news that lies at the end.

United States of Violence: Shooting at Mother’s Day Parade

Video released early Monday by New Orleans police shows a suspect in the Mother’s Day gunfire that wounded 19 people during a neighborhood parade. The grainy surveillance video shows a crowd suddenly scattering in all directions, with some falling to the ground. They appear to be running from a man who turns and runs out of the picture.

Police believe more than one gun was fired in the burst of Sunday-afternoon violence. The scene is about 1.5 miles from the heart of the French Quarter, which is popular with tourists.

Sunday’s violence comes at a time when the city is struggling to pay tens of millions of dollars to comply with federal requirements to reform the police department and the city jail. Shootings at parades and neighborhood celebrations have become more common in recent years as the city has struggled with street crime, sometimes gang-related.

Ezekiel 7:23 says “the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.” Does that sound like the United States today? The Prophet Ezekiel actually forecast exactly what is happening today in the violent cities of the United States. God also used him to prophesy what would happen to Britain and Israel. Request our free booklet Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet and read it alongside your Bible to see where all this craven violence is leading.

Japanese Defense—Going Nuclear?

Japanese Defense—Going Nuclear?


Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is Japan to become a nuclear-armed military power?

Recent reports about the imminence of the opening of a massive reprocessing facility in Rokkasho, northern Honshu, have analysts wondering about the Japanese government’s intent for its use. The real concern is that the plant could produce weapons-grade plutonium for manufacturing nuclear weapons.

Japanese officials and nuclear-industry experts claim that the Rokkasho reprocessing plant “is capable of producing nine tons of weapons-usable plutonium annually … enough to build as many as 2,000 bombs …” (Wall Street Journal, May 1). Global Research expresses the concern that “A nuclear-armed Japan would dramatically alter relations in Asia, as it would be less dependent on the U.S. militarily and more able to independently prosecute its economic and strategic interests” (May 7).

The oriental mind is known for being far-sighted in its vision. A nuclear-armed potential has been on the minds of Japanese defense strategists for quite some time. In fact, the Global Research claims that “Within Japanese ruling circles … there has been a barely concealed ambition to have a nuclear arsenal. Japan’s extensive nuclear industry was established in part to ensure that the country had the capacity to build such weapons” (ibid).

Costing over us$21 billion to build—making it “the world’s most expensive nuclear facility”—construction of the Rokkasho facility was started 20 years ago. So the imminence of its commissioning should be no real surprise to Washington. Yet the hue and cry over the prospect of a nuclear-armed Japan is only now rising in volume.

Any astute foreign-policy analyst familiar with history and the specifics that govern international relations ought to have predicted that Japan would ultimately have to consider cutting its dependence on America for its national security. Given that three of Japan’s neighboring nations—China, North Korea and Russia—are nuclear powers, it was only a matter of time before Japan proceeded to develop its own nuclear defensive capability.

In their book The Coming War With Japan, George Friedman and Meredith Lebard observe:

Japan is dependent on imports for almost all of its raw materials. The more it produces, the more raw materials it needs to import …. In order to import raw materials, Japan must have access to the country that supplies them, as well as secure sea-lanes for transporting the goods. Securing these resources and the sea-lanes is both a political and a military problem, one that Japan has depended on the U.S. to solve. The issue is whether Japan can continue to rely on the United States and if not, how it can go about securing these supplies itself.

This issue has become even more critical under the current U.S. administration which appears to be so adept at constructing foreign policies destined to abject failure.

Germany has obviously read this and is responding by cranking up its behind-the-scenes maneuvers on developing a more assertive military strategy.

Now, Japan’s conservative leader, Shinzo Abe, and his even more conservative supporters in the area of foreign policy and defense, is starting to react as well.

On the 60th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Christian Science Monitor observed that “Abe has often said he became a politician to help Japan ‘escape the postwar regime’ and throw off the shackles of wartime guilt. To him, that means revising the Constitution to remove restrictions on Japan’s military, specifically its right to collective self-defense—or coming to the defense of an ally under attack. … With the technical means to build advanced nuclear weapons within six months, what remains is the political judgement of the ruling elite of Japan first to assess its strategic imperatives and then the political consequences of going nuclear” (April 25, 2005).

Eight years following that assessment, “the political judgment of the ruling elite” in Japan appears to be wholeheartedly supporting the nation advancing toward possessing its own nuclear-armaments capability. The commissioning of the Rokkasho facility will send a powerfully dramatic signal to not only Japan’s neighbors, but to the whole world that Japan is returning to its old militaristic traditions.

In a quite prescient observation, the Monitor stated back in 2005, “The prospects of Japan moving further toward nationalism and militarism are made worse by the possible successor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Shinzo Abe” (ibid).

That has become today’s reality.

Abe lost little time in elevating Japan’s postwar Japanese Defense Agency to full ministerial status during his first term as prime minister. Now, early in his second term in Japan’s chief office of government, he appears intent on pursuing a more aggressive, nationalistic—even militaristic—foreign policy than Japan has known since the close of World War ii.

Global Research reports that “Abe has already announced the first increase in Japan’s defense budget in a decade and has declared his determination to counter, including militarily, any Chinese move to claim disputed islands in the East China Sea” (op. cit.).

Perhaps none of this would be so unsettling if not for the imminent commissioning of the Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant giving the nation the capacity to begin producing up to 2,000 nuclear weapons per year within five months of start-up.

According to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission and the Rokkasho plant operator, Japan Nuclear Fuel, the reprocessing facility could be commissioned as early as October this year.

Should Japan then indicate it is intent on building its own nuclear arsenal, “it would trigger a nuclear arms race in the region. A nuclear-armed Japan would dramatically alter relations in Asia, as it would be less dependent on the U.S. militarily and more able to independently prosecute its economic and strategic interests” (ibid).

Shinzo Abe could just prove to be the wild card in Japanese politics who decides that it’s time for Japan to return to its pre-war imperialist foreign policy, just as certain German elites are seeking the same in the Western Hemisphere.

In their book, Friedman and LeBard observe that “Japan’s need for physical security requires that it take control of its regional environment, the Northwest Pacific …. Japan’s need for raw materials demands that it adopt a much broader policy, reaching far beyond the confines of the northwestern Pacific” (op. cit.).

This is the conundrum that led Japan to become an imperial power once it had industrialized pre-World War i.

Up to now, these authors comment, “the heart of Japan’s defense policy has been to allow the United States to take care of it.” They then observe that “Japan knows full well, counting on America’s good nature is precarious ….”

This is particularly the case with the current U.S. administration.

Given that, in the light of its foreign-policy imperatives mentioned above and the “precarious” nature of continuing to rely on the U.S. as its protector, Friedman and Lebard observe that “Japan must return to history and live the place assigned to it on Earth, living by its own wits and its own powers ….”

That is exactly what your Bible prophesies will happen to Japan.

The grand clash of powers that will consummate the present state of global disorder is prophesied to be between a European empire—in reality the seventh and final resurrection of the old Holy Roman Empire—and an alliance of three dominant Eastern powers (Revelation 16:12).

The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38) identifies these powers as China (Gog) and Russia (Meshech and Tubal) in alliance, joined by Japan (the house of Togarmah of the north quarters) and its imperial possessions (Gomer and all his bands—Southeast Asia).

Together they are able to muster a military force 200 million strong (Revelation 9:16).

Should Japan become a nuclear-armed power, then one can only wonder at the extent of devastation that three nuclear powers in a defensive alliance could unleash on the world.

Friedman and Lebard have it right, consistent with Bible prophecy, when they claim that “the three-player game between the U.S., the Chinese and the Soviets [Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States] will be replaced by a three-player game between Japan, China, and the Soviets [Russia etc.] ….”

How does that three-player game end, and how does this all affect the United States, Britain, its dominions and the rest of the world?

Your Bible fills in the details. Our booklets Russia and China in Prophecy and Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany are great study guides which will aid you in understanding the outcome of these powerful end-time prophecies.

Suffice it to say that this Far East alliance meets its nemesis on the great plain of Megiddo (Revelation 16:16), overwhelmed by a far, far superior force. This is the final great battle that ushers in the peaceful rule of Jesus Christ and the saints for a whole millennium on Earth (Revelation 20:4).

And it doesn’t stop there.

At the end of that millennium we see the Eastern hordes on the rise again, militarily, only to—once again yet with finality—be defeated by the same mighty force that dispensed with them 1,000 years earlier (Revelation 20:7-9).

Then comes the greatest chapter of all in the history of man, when every man, woman and child who lived and died previous to the onset of the millennial rule of Jesus Christ and the saints are resurrected to learn how to live and truly fulfill their incredible, God-ordained, human potential!

The true, biblically revealed history from Eden to Armageddon is a stupendous story, gigantic in its true proportions. Yet its capstone will be that all that has gone before will be but a forerunner to the greatest era yet to come in the unfolding history of the family of man!

Mission to Mars Becomes Most Desired Job in History

Mission to Mars Becomes Most Desired Job in History


What’s behind mankind’s deep-rooted urge to explore and push beyond what is known?

Mars One—a project aiming to build a permanent human settlement on Mars—announced on May 7 that it had already received 78,000 applications from people seeking to participate in the milestone program. This staggering number of applicants, received in the space of just two weeks, makes it the most applied-for job in human history.

Mars One plans to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the first phase of a permanent Martian colony, and to send more astronauts every two years thereafter. Although plans for the colony are still in preliminary phases, the designs show that it may look something like this.

But the catch is that participants would spend the rest of their lives in the tiny, tiny colony on Mars, with no chance of ever returning to Earth. It is largely this detail—the permanence of the position—that makes the high number of applicants so significant.

Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said he was surprised by the number of hopefuls. “The fact that we are already at such a significant level in just two weeks time surprised us positively,” he said, explaining that they hope to attract a total of half a million applicants before the deadline.

The staggering number of hopefuls takes on even greater significance in light of the application fee, which ranges from $5 to $75 depending on the prosperity of the applicant’s home nation.

Why are so many people from so many nations eager to leave Earth forever behind and live out the rest of their lives in the most spartan of circumstances on Mars?

The earliest chapters of history show that mankind is imbued with a deep-rooted urge to thrust beyond what is known, and to discover new domains and opportunities. Man’s restless spirit has pushed us to the highest peaks and the deepest ocean depths; sailing to the planet’s every corner and then soaring off Earth altogether. Fame, adventure, escape and myriad other considerations factor into the allure of Mars One and other exploration opportunities. But there is another key aspect of man’s drive to discover.

King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God “has put eternity into man’s heart” (English Standard Version). About this verse, Barnes’ Notes on the Bible says, “God has placed in the inborn constitution of man the capability of conceiving of eternity, the struggle to apprehend the everlasting ….” Our Creator planted within us a longing for something beyond ourselves, something transcendent. It is actually a longing for God, and a desire to realize our potential with Him (though very few presently know anything about the incredible potential mankind has).

Isaiah 45:18 shows that God’s desire is for mankind to move out onto Mars and beyond. “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited.”

This jaw-dropping verse, alongside Hebrews 1 and Romans 8, reveals that God designed the whole universe—not just Earth—to be inhabited. He did not create it in vain, just to be an ornament.

Of the half a million people expected to apply for Mars One, only four will ultimately be accepted. But each one of those people—and the vast majority of all men who have ever lived—have the potential to go far beyond Mars, and to inhabit the whole universe!

Mankind’s ultimate destiny lies out among the stars.

To understand more details about this life-changing truth, read Our Awesome Universe Potential. This video offers a glimpse into the awe-inspiring booklet.