The Good News Behind a German-Dominated Europe
In the August Trumpet, I wrote an article about how Germany is once again dominating Europe. In response, I received a letter from an author we have quoted frequently. He wrote:
“Dear Mr. Flurry,
“I was overjoyed to read that there is at least someone in America who understands the evil which is being perpetrated by ‘German Europe.’
“Your article in the Trumpet of this month could have been written by myself—except that no major publication in Britain would have published it—so much has our resistance work been censored over the last 20 years.
“I am sending you herewith a copy of my books Treason at Maastricht (written with Norris McWhirter) and Europe’s Full Circle as well as my leaflet ‘Yugoslavia and Its Enemies’ [republished on page 20 in this issue]. They are all best-sellers among the ordinary voter and gradually a few politicians are realizing the groundswell of opinion and are beginning to run round saying, ‘Quick, quick, I am their leader, I must follow them!’
“My friend and fellow activist Norris McWhirter was the founder editor of the Guinness Book of Records and he and I hope to arrange a trip to the U.S. later in the year in order to promote the ideas of those who wish to leave the European Union. So much of the tragedy over here is due to ignorance among politicians and journalists over there! Could you help us in locating publicity agents, speaking engagements, journalists and politicians to influence? We would be most grateful. We would be concentrating on New York and Washington D.C. but are willing to travel elsewhere.
“I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely,”
Rodney E.B. Atkinson
UKIndependence Party candidate
We are doing what we can to help Mr. Atkinson. We are scheduled to tape an interview with him this month and plan to air excerpts on our weekly television program, The Key of David.
Rodney Atkinson is perhaps the one politician in Britain closest to playing Winston Churchill’s role of warning Britain (and America) about the coming danger of a powerful Germany—again.
Germany started World Wars I and II. Immediately after World War II, our leaders vowed that Germany would never rise to threaten world peace again. But what a different attitude American and British leaders have toward Germany today.
Other people in Europe are beginning to see the dangers of a new, militaristic Germany. But there is a deeper and very inspiring message that our peoples must see.
In an article titled “France’s German Jitters,” John Vinocur wrote for The International Herald Tribune, “A leading figure of the French establishment says that France’s great problem early in the next century will be Germany, and that he believes the French-German relationship risks becoming a confrontational one.
“Maurice Druon, permanent secretary of the French Academy, sees the post-war given of close French-German cooperation diminishing into a thing of the past. Germany, he believes, is re-emerging as an imperial, dominant force in Europe.
“‘I realize I’ve broken a taboo in saying this,’ Mr. Druon said in an interview after publishing an article in Le Figaro that laid out his concerns about Germany. ‘I’m not the only one in France, obviously, to see things this way. But the others aren’t saying it in print.’…
“Germany [has] ‘become more and more demanding, dominating, and imperial again, and on top of that surprised and offended when this is pointed out.’…
“Mr. Druon, who has close ties in Britain—he refers to the United States as being ‘congenitally ignorant’ on the subject of European history…. He hoped that the United States, ‘with its short-term pragmatism, does not see the new Germany as the only interesting partner’ in Europe” (Sep. 8).
Why would he even say that he hopes the U.S. doesn’t see the new Germany as the only interesting partner in Europe? Because this has been the policy of the present U.S. political administration since they came into power.
Germany has become America’s closest ally in Europe, even though they were our deadly enemies in both world wars. Britain and France were our closest allies. That history ought to teach us that something is dangerously wrong. History alone should reveal that the U.S. is treading on a mine-field. God prophesied that He would give America and Britain children to rule over them in this end time (Isa. 3:4). No policy illustrates this prophecy more effectively than our foreign relations with Germany.
But there is still a much greater lesson that should inspire Britain, America and France, if they would only look even deeper into their own history.
Many in Europe can see the danger of a new and powerful Germany. But as Mr. Druon says, “the others aren’t saying it in print”! Germany is already so powerful and domineering that people fear to speak out against them! They timidly avoid Germany’s wrath.
And because of those timid and fearful leaders, the people are in for a dreadful shock. Real leaders wouldn’t allow speaking the truth about Germany to become a “taboo” in the first place. It is such weak leadership that allows Germany to rise to power again and again.
America Builds Germany
The U.S. has indeed been “congenitally ignorant” about European history. But we have never been so dangerously ignorant as we are today! Not only do we not try to restrain Germany, we have helped to build them into a superpower for the purpose of leading Europe!
It is clearly documented that our World War IIleaders thought the U.S. would keep Germany in check as it united with Europe. Then, the theory was, Europe and the U.S. could lead Germany. Just the opposite has happened! And America is the main reason why. It has been the present administration’s vision of how to keep peace in Europe. Expect the opposite. It will cause the greatest nuclear war and suffering this earth has ever seen!
Using Germany to keep peace in Europe is really inexcusable political madness. But that happens when you are “congenitally ignorant” of German and European history!
Or worse yet—you may know the history and learn nothing from it!
Yes, Germany has “become more and more demanding, dominating and imperial again.” And what’s more, they are so arrogant that they become offended if you tell them so! That observation alone reveals serious trouble ahead for America, Britain and the world.
But that doesn’t stop America’s continuing support! In fact, that support keeps growing very fast.
The Associated Press wrote on September 4, “U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert met Saturday with the governor of Bavaria in Munich for talks on American high-technology cooperation with the states…. Bavaria is involved in high-technology cooperation with California, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina and West Virginia, and officials hope to expand on those contacts.”
Now we are merging German and American military technology, with no idea of where it is leading and why. And Germany has far more to gain from that exchange than we do.
Bible prophecy reveals where it is leading. We have been showing America and Britain for over 50 years where our relationship with Germany is taking us.
And behind all that bad news is the best news you could possibly hear!
A Revealing Prophecy
If you haven’t read our new booklet on Jeremiah, please write for a free copy. You will find its prophecies shocking and at the same time very inspiring. Jeremiah was written in a book specifically for this end time (Jer. 30:1-9). “And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life” (Jer. 4:30).
In this revealing verse, God is addressing Israel (v. 1)—primarily America and Britain today.
Who are our lovers today? We must know, because these lovers will seek our life—to totally destroy us! Who could they be? If we have only an ounce of godly fear, this verse should strike terror in our hearts!
And why is God so contemptuous of that relationship? Anciently God chose Israel to lead the world in His way of life. They were not God’s favorite people; God is no respecter of persons. They were chosen to do a job—the most important job on earth. Anciently they failed. Today that failure is far worse.
Israel has not only scorned God, we have taken the great wealth and birthright blessings that God gave us and used them to teach the world rebellion against God.
Israel was chosen to be God’s “lover” and to trust Him—not Germany. You can almost feel God’s emotional anger when reading this verse. The same feeling a loving husband has when his beautiful wife commits adultery! Only this is a million times worse.
Remember, this is God speaking. And He won’t change His plan. He will punish Israel until they are willing to fulfill their chosen role. Germany—our lover—will be used by God to punish Israel (Isa. 10:5-7).
God is even angrier with spiritual Israel, or His Church. They were chosen to do what the nations of Israel failed to do. But they too have failed God. They were called to warn the nations of Israel about their rebellion (Ezek. 33:1-9). Instead, the Church became Laodicean and rebelled against God (Rev. 3:14-19). “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers” (Jer. 4:31).
Zion in the Old Testament represents God’s Church. They too will be plunged into German concentration camps because of their evil. They are portrayed as a woman giving birth to a child. This tribulation pictures her birth pangs. And the birth it pictures is far greater than anything physical! Their salvation is at stake. That is not true of the nations of Israel, since God hasn’t yet called them (John 6:44). But God’s Church has been called. And He must punish them this way to save 50 percent of them (Matt. 25:1-10). The other 50 percent will be lost forever! What a painful birth. But God never gives up. Only men do.
The nuclear holocaust is so bad that all the birds flee from the major cities! (Jer. 4:25-27). Not a man is left alive in the bigger cities! (v. 29). Can you and I afford to ignore this mind-staggering prophecy? It is time for all men to awaken or face a nuclear holocaust!
Most of God’s own people fail to understand. They don’t get it! Do you deeply see what is about to affect the nations of Israel? Do you get it?
Still, this is good news. Zion is giving birth. Fifty percent of God’s people are to be born into God’s family—eternal glory! That is the greatest good news we could hear! But what labor pains they must experience to attain that birth. It certainly is worth the pain, however, if you see the eternal majesty in God’s Kingdom.
Germany is God’s instrument to awaken God’s Church and the nations of Israel. “O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets” (Isa. 10:5-6).
We have proven for years that Assyria is Germany. Remember, the book of Isaiah was also written precisely for the end time (Isa. 30:8).
Who reveals the identity of Assyria today—and of Israel? That is one indication of where God’s Work is, because these prophecies must be proclaimed now! Not later. Now!
God is sending Germany “against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath.” Do we believe God? He is full of wrath against Israel because of their giant hypocrisy. They act so godly and righteous as they lead the world into Sodom and Gomorrah!
Never has the world seen such gross, inexplicable immorality as in the nations of Israel—the very people who were chosen to lead the world to God! How we love to act righteous—instead of being righteous. Unless we repent, God will tread us down like the mire of the streets!
The nations of Israel have chosen Germany as their lover. And Germany will betray us, as they have often done in the past. They will “seek your life.” They will destroy the great nations of Israel unless we repent!
God is about to show us who Israel’s lover should and must be, if we are to have a future. But soon our nations will repent and let God use them to lead the world. God is still going to use Israel mightily. That is good news.
I realize that many don’t like what I write about prophecy. But that too is prophesied.
“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever” (Isa. 30:8). The expression “time to come” should read latter day. The book of Isaiah was not written for 1000 a.d. or 1500 a.d. or 1800 a.d.—it was written for now! Today. This very minute.
“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord” (v. 9). “Lying children” in the Interpreters Bible reads, “Sons who deny their sonship.” About 95 percent of God’s people in this end time are denying their sonship. Why? Because they will “not hear the law of the Lord.” That means they reject the government of God which implements that law. It always gets back to government. Where you find God’s Work, you will always find God’s government. God guides His Work by His government.
Most of God’s people and the nations of Israel abhor God’s law and government. That is why they are headed for disaster. These horrifying prophecies will explode on the world scene before they even recognize what is happening. That is the fruit of their own rebellion.
“Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (v. 10). Most of God’s people and the nations of Israel don’t want to hear the prophecies about Israel and Germany. They want to hear “smooth things” from the false ministers. They want to hear deceits, even though it will lead to disaster.
It is so clear where God’s revealed prophecy is today. You will find it only in one place. You don’t find God’s revelation among people who say “prophesy not”!
It is the deceitful ministers who refuse to prophesy. God’s true ministers feel compelled to prophesy (Amos 3:7-8).
It is time that we think like adults. We can’t hide like children from the real world! Does anybody believe that the great ebb and flow of world events will be controlled by childish people wanting to hear “smooth things”? Will that attitude
remove Germany as the number-one power in Europe? Will it make Germany less belligerent?
Will God’s great master plan be governed by a childish leader hiding from the truth?
Will a childish press change Germany’s move to control Europe and the world? It didn’t stop Hitler in World War II. The press berated Winston Churchill as he tried to warn the world.
We see Israel’s collapsing family structure and national immorality all around. If we deny it is happening, does that mean God won’t sweep us into a nuclear tribulation because of those sins? Foolish and childish ideas won’t change the force of world events! And it won’t change the force of God’s prophesied plan. To think so is spiritual madness!
“Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us” (Isa. 30:11). The Laodiceans drove God from their midst by rejecting His law and government. Does that mean the Creator of the universe will change His plan?
Maybe you need to read that verse again. They had God in their midst. And then their rebellion drove Him away!
If God’s people and the world hate what I’m teaching from the Bible, does that mean it won’t happen? Will their rebellion change God’s prophecies?
The rise of Germany to power will lead directly to the return of Christ. Does rejecting that prophecy mean that Christ won’t come? Does their rejecting our only hope mean there is no hope?
How childish—and dangerous—such views are. But most people think just that way! And it can only lead to the most vile kind of shame.
What we need now is the courage to accept God’s law and government. Then we can face any prophecy and be greatly inspired by God’s hope.
“Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant” (v. 13). Soon those deceitful walls and philosophies that have been erected will fall “suddenly at an instant”—like a house of cards in a hurricane!
No amount of childish desire for “smooth things” will change that.
“And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit” (v. 14). The whole world is about to be shattered by the Great Tribulation and Christ’s return. Then the world will be filled with peace, joy and abundance. And it’s all tied to Germany’s rise to power!
If we refuse to talk about it, does that make it go away? No, that just makes events in our lives about 100 times worse!
“For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers” (vv. 19-20). Today God gives us “bread of adversity”—trials. Why? To prepare us to teach the whole world—if we heed God’s words today. Then the world will see their teachers and not push them into a corner as they do today. We shall help Christ remove all weeping from this earth!
How could we even imagine refusing to prophesy about such magnificent, royal events?
This is all more real than what is around you. But how real is it to you? Time will soon reveal the answer to that question.
No Private Interpretation
We are not dependent upon men to understand prophecy. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (II Pet. 1:19). We have a more sure word of prophecy—God’s view. We can’t even rely on our own view.
This is a prophecy about the day star (or the sun, a type of Christ) arising in our hearts—about what happens in your mind now! When God reveals His prophecy to us, it lights up our whole world. We are no longer in darkness. The day star begins to rise in our hearts. We see God’s master plan—how He will use Germany to correct Israel. Then God will destroy their military machine forever.
We see, in vision, the return of Christ and His rule over mankind. Those who respond to this message now will become Christ’s bride and will help Him teach the world when He returns. Then His spiritual light will fill the world. We help usher in an eternal sunrise! We see all this in our minds now. It illuminates our life. We gear our whole life to this vision.
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (v. 20). First you must know this: No true prophecy comes from man. It’s revealed by God.
This you must know first and most of all. You build on this foundation. Once you have prophecy from God, you must treat it as prophecy from God! Most of God’s own people today treat God’s prophecy as if it came from man! And here is the heart of what deep conversion is all about. Deeply converted people treat God’s prophecy as if it truly came from God. Whether it’s about Germany or the return of Christ, it’s still revealed prophecy.
Revelation comes from God and only from God. Many other scriptures tell us that when we have God’s revelation, we must proclaim it to the world!
That is why we publish books and booklets by Herbert W. Armstrong. God revealed these truths to him to reach “the largest audience possible.” Revealed truth is not just for the Church; God reveals it for the world. We must deliver His message. That is God’s Work.
Most of God’s people have refused to do His Work today.
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy [Spirit]” (v. 21). Whomever God reveals the truth to must speak for God. The message came through God’s Holy Spirit—not by the will of man.
God gives us some painful prophecies about Germany and Israel today. But if we see His master plan, we know these prophecies are a prelude to filling the entire earth with God’s spiritual light. Understand this, and the spiritual sun rises in our hearts. Our whole life is illuminated by God’s majestic plan. Then we know that very soon the whole earth will be filled with joy and abundance.
Even in this dark world, that vision fills our lives with hope.