Germany’s Biblical Identity
In 1871, Otto von Bismarck forged the territories of Prussia into a single state.
Today, we call this state Deutschland or Germany.
What is the ancient identity of the German people?
The term “Germania” was first used by the Romans to describe the people settled on the east side of the Rhine River.
Germani (Latin) also means “war man.”
The Germani were known for their fair skin and warlike spirit.
The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that the Germani had “warlike ardor.”
But where did the Germani tribes of the first century come from?
In Ancient Mesopotamia there was a tribe, fair-skinned and warlike.
They were called “Assyrian” or “White Syrian.”
Greek and Roman historians record the Assyrian people migrating in three stages:
- Sixth century b.c. to Asia Minor
- Fourth century b.c. to Scythia
- First century b.c. to lands east of the Rhine River
The Germani descended from the ancient Assyrians.
This is key to understanding end-time Bible prophecy.
Anciently, God used the Assyrians to correct His nation Israel.
“Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years” (2 Kings 17:5).
Bible prophecy says God will use Germany to correct America and Britain.
“O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation …” (Isaiah 10:5-6).