UN Warning: Locust Plague Coming to Egypt’s Neighbors

A man on a rooftop tries to catch locusts swarming over Sanaa, Yemen, on July 28.
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UN Warning: Locust Plague Coming to Egypt’s Neighbors

The potential for destruction is immense.

What has often been dubbed the ultimate Bible plague is coming to Egypt’s neighbors: the devouring locust. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned on July 25 that desert locusts are on course to wreak havoc on agricultural production in Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

“There is a moderate-to-high risk of the desert locust situation escalating further in the interior and coastal areas of Yemen and in the interior of Sudan, causing swarms to form that would threaten agricultural production by the end of the summer,” the Food and Agriculture Organization wrote. “This will be followed by further increases along both sides of the Red Sea during the upcoming winter from November onwards.”

Yemen is the organization’s greatest concern of all the nations facing the pestilence. It is already facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the aftermath of an insurgency by Iranian-backed rebels, and an invasion by a counterattacking Saudi-led coalition. Now it is facing an aerial and ground invasion of locusts with a mission to devour any edible greenery in their path.

The desert locust’s potential for destruction is immense.

For each of the 60 days of its life, a single female locust will eat its body weight in vegetation. During that lifespan, it will lay about 300 eggs, contributing to a dramatic population explosion. A small swarm of millions of these will eat as much food as 35,000 people—each day.

Larger swarms can be 40 miles wide, containing billions of locusts, traveling 90 miles a day, and devouring hundreds of tons of vital vegetation.

Regarding the locusts that plagued ancient Egypt, the Bible records: “And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they …. [T]hey did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees … and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt” (Exodus 10:14-15).

As devastating as these locusts were, the biblical account shows that God has the power, both anciently and today, to subdue an army of insects—far beyond what any man-made pesticide could.

And God can also conquer an army of human soldiers, often figuratively represented in the Bible by locusts.

Through the Prophet Joel, God prophesied of a soon-coming time when He will powerfully intervene in the affairs of men and save us from the plague of both figurative and literal locusts: “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that … I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed” (Joel 2:25-27).

Verse 13 shows that God conditions all these blessings on obedience to His law. Referring to that scripture, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes in his free booklet The Prophet Joel—Christ’s Bride and the Day of the Lord: “There is towering hope in this verse. God may ‘repenteth … of the evil.’ He may change many of our problems immediately. ‘Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?’ (verse 14). Who knows, God may remove the big trial you have now. Your whole life could be revolutionized today! God promises forgiveness as well as punishment. And He never lies (Hebrews 6:18).”

Whether it’s ancient Egypt’s or modern Egypt’s neighbors, God can protect people from locusts, both figurative and literal. When mankind starts learning true repentance, he will “eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God.” Thank God that time is nearly upon us. Learn more about that time by reading The Prophet Joel—Christ’s Bride and the Day of the Lord and The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.

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Boris Johnson Vs. Europe

The cover of this week’s Der Spiegel magazine shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman. Stern magazine also features Johnson.
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Boris Johnson Vs. Europe

The arrival of Boris Johnson at Number 10 Downing Street has elicited plenty of jokes, chuckles and sneers in Europe.

The front cover of Der Spiegel depicted Britain’s new prime minister as Alfred E. Neuman, the goofy fictitious character from the cover of Mad magazine. Stern showed a photo of Mr. Johnson with the headline “What?! Britain, what’s going on with you?” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung dismissed Mr. Johnson as “the clown who wanted to be king of the world.” Libération, the left-wing French daily, called Mr. Johnson the Queen’s court jester, as well as an egocentric liar. Politico wrote, “After years of laughing at him, Europeans simply don’t take Johnson seriously. At this state, it’s difficult to imagine what could change their minds.”

Actually, it is easy to imagine what could change Europeans’ minds regarding Boris Johnson. You can describe it in one word: Brexit.

Since he assumed office last Wednesday, Mr. Johnson has completely overhauled Britain’s approach to leaving the European Union. He has surrounded himself with serious Brexiteers, politicians who want to adhere to the democratic mandate and leave the EU. He has created committees dedicated solely to getting Brexit done. He has dispatched officials to Europe with hard-line messages. He has allocated buckets of money to generate positive publicity around Brexit. He has even installed a Brexit countdown clock at the Conservative Party headquarters in Westminster, and is reportedly having one installed in his personal office at Downing Street. For the first time ever there is a palpable, upbeat, optimistic, “can do” spirit coursing through the British government.

Does anyone doubt that Europe’s leaders have started to take Boris Johnson seriously? Brussels isn’t accustomed to such action and energy from Britain or its mainstream leaders.

The Spectator’s James Forsyth wrote an article today titled “Who’ll Blink First—Boris Johnson or the EU?” He explained how serious Britain’s prime minister is about Brexit, even if it requires a “no deal” departure, and how tension is growing between Britain and the EU.

“There is an intensity to these preparations that was not there before,” explained Forsyth. “When Dominic Cummings [the architect of Vote Leave, now a top adviser to Mr. Johnson] met with special advisers at 6 p.m. last Friday, he apologized that the meeting was taking place at that time (many in Whitehall have become used to ‘working from home’ on a Friday or at least scooting off early). Cummings then offered to move the meetings to a Saturday or a Sunday if that was more convenient.”

Invited to Germany, France and Belgium for meetings about Brexit, Boris Johnson told his European counterparts that he wouldn’t visit until the EU showed itself willing to compromise on the Irish backstop. Yesterday he dispatched David Frost, his chief Europe adviser, to Brussels to deliver the message that Britain is leaving the EU on October 31 “whatever the circumstances”—with or without a deal.

Johnson has made it absolutely clear to Europe that he is prepared to implement a no-deal Brexit. In the Sunday Times last weekend, Michael Gove, an ardent Brexiteer and top-level minister in Mr. Johnson’s government, wrote that the “entire machinery of government will work flat-out” on Brexit. “Planning for a no-deal is now this government’s No. 1 priority,” he wrote.

On Sunday, the prime minister announced the creation of a new Exit Strategy Committee that will focus solely on preparing for a no-deal Brexit. The committee will meet twice a week and will consist of six top governmental leaders, including the prime minister himself, as well as Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove. He also announced the creation of the Daily Operations Committee, which will meet every weekday to implement decisions made by the Exit Strategy Committee.

“It will soon be clear to Jean-Claude Juncker and the other main players on the EU side that the government really is taking take no-deal planning seriously in a way that it never has before,” wrote Forsyth.

Johnson is the antithesis of his predecessor. Where Theresa May was disinterested, disingenuous and disgraceful, Mr. Johnson appears engaged, energetic and earnest. EU leaders have never had to deal with a British prime minister quite like him. They might laugh and mock, but behind the chortling, there is surely some anxiety and dread.

Prime Minister Johnson has “acted with decisiveness and his government has a clarity about its aim that stands in stark contrast to the May ministry,” wrote Forsyth. “If this government can maintain its current pace and intensity, it will at least force the EU to decide whether it is prepared to compromise with Johnson to avoid no deal.”

“Force the EU” is not something Theresa May ever really did. With Mr. Johnson, Europe will be pushed, prodded, probed, poked and piqued.

The next few weeks and months will see momentous, perhaps historic, change in Britain, especially concerning its relationship with Europe. For months, even years now, Britain’s divorce negotiations with the EU have been paralyzed, stuck in a debilitating quagmire of bureaucracy, legal convolutions and simple lethargy. Not anymore.

Will Europe concede ground and work sensibly with Mr. Johnson? Will it become vindictive and attempt to inflict pain on Britain? If the EU plays dirty, how will the prime minister respond? Can an agreement be secured that will allow both sides to dwell side by side peacefully? Are Britain and the EU destined to become archenemies? We don’t know the details, but two things are certain.

First, Britain is moving on from the Brexit-induced paralysis of the past three years—one way or the other. If it leaves the EU by the October 31 deadline, then its relationship with the Continent will change profoundly, affecting the British at every level. If it does not leave, then even Boris Johnson will have failed and the British public will wallop the Conservative Party into oblivion. With democracy broken and Jeremy Corbyn as the likely prime minister, British politics would enter dangerous, uncharted territory.

Second, Britain is better positioned than ever to fulfill biblical prophecy in a stunning and inspiring way. The Bible has a lot to say about Britain in the end time. The book of Hosea, for example, prophesies that Britain will have a love-hate relationship with Germany (and Europe), but will fall in the end time to a German-dominated federal European power. It’s not hard to see the seeds of this future event in Brexit.

Another prophecy, this one in Amos 7 and 2 Kings 14, forecasts that the end-time nations of ancient Israel (America and Britain) will experience a national resurgence, one final moment of prosperity and power. After this brief renaissance, these nations will be overpowered by enemies and fall into captivity. It doesn’t take much imagination to see a short-lived resurgence under Mr. Johnson followed by a precipitous fall (initiated by Germany and Europe, likely in response to Brexit).

Whatever happens over the next few weeks and months, there can be no doubt: Britain under Boris Johnson is entering a sensational new epoch.

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Migrant Murders Spark Outrage in Germany

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Migrant Murders Spark Outrage in Germany

Crimes committed by immigrants bring more unrest to Germany.

An Eritrean citizen shoved a mother and her 8-year-old son into the path of an express train entering Frankfurt’s main station shortly before 10 a.m. on July 28. The attack caused major chaos and ignited outrage from citizens and government officials, adding fuel to an already raging debate over immigration and the status of foreigners in Germany.

The mother was able to roll out of the way of the oncoming train; however, she was unable to save her son.

The attacker then tried to push a 78-year-old woman onto the tracks, but the woman successfully defended herself.

Witnesses immediately pursued and detained the suspect until police arrived.

Crowds of commuters, including children, witnessed the attack. Reports emerged that witnesses “collapsed howling.”

In the aftermath, a large police force guarded the scene. Firefighters, a helicopter and 16 ambulances also responded. Six platforms—a sizable part of the station—were closed off until the evening, delaying and canceling trains.

The Eritrean attacker has lived in Switzerland since 2006, when he applied for asylum there. Eritrea is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer urged the public to avoid drawing conclusions about the attack, saying, “I note that some parts of the public have already formed a judgment of this incident.”

Seehofer interrupted his vacation to address the attack, citing “several serious crimes” recently. This may refer to a similar attack perpetrated almost a week before, when a 28-year-old man from Kosovo, previously known to police, killed a 34-year-old mother by pushing her in front of an oncoming train at Voerde Station in the province of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Both attackers were from predominantly Islamic areas. Kosovo is 96 percent Muslim. In both cases, the attackers did not know the victims nor were they intoxicated or using drugs.

Whether or not the suspects were motivated by Islamic ideology, the effect on the German public has been the same. The crimes are perceived as attacks on German society by a hostile, outside culture.

Alice Weidel, leader of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party, called the most recent attack a result of the “borderless welcome culture in Europe.”

North Rhine-Westphalia, where the first attack took place, has more Salafists (those who advocate for Sharia law) than any other province in Germany. According to Deutsche Welle, some Salafists “do not reject the use of violence, but consider it a legitimate way to realize their religious and political views. They view not only the West as their enemy but also other Muslims with different views.”

In 2016, Germany’s Interior Ministry banned Salafist groups from promoting themselves on public streets. The groups did not go away—they are merely in hiding.

Whatever further details come to light about the most recent attack, the fact that the attacker was Eritrean will only stir public concern over violence committed by migrants. “With the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg heading for parliamentary elections on September 1,” Deutsche Welle wrote, “the apparent attack in Frankfurt is likely to fuel the emotionally charged discussion about refugee policy spearheaded by Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

In a contributing article to our booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, Brad Macdonald wrote, “Angela Merkel isn’t genuinely liked. Merkel might have the most important job in Europe, but it’s also the most dangerous. The Continent is experiencing a complex and historic crisis …. Angela Merkel has the impossible task of fixing Europe, and in a way that satisfies everyone.” The migration crisis in Germany has done more to hurt Merkel’s popularity than perhaps any other problem.

As Seehofer implied, many have blamed the recent attack on Merkel’s immigration policies and radical Islam.

“A strong German leader is imminent!” writes Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his booklet by that title. “When he comes to power, this world will be shocked as it has never been shocked before.” By using the sure word of Bible prophecy, Mr. Flurry is able to make such a statement about a country often viewed as modern, enlightened and tolerant.

Germans are searching for better and stronger leadership. Major changes are coming. Bible prophecy says that these changes will bring a radically different Germany in a very short span of time. Mr. Flurry calls this prophesied transformation “one of the most astonishing prophecies in the Bible!”

The Bible says that Germany will be led by a “king of fierce countenance” (Daniel 8:23). “This soon-coming ruler could literally be called a king,” Mr. Flurry explains. “Even if he is not, the Bible gives him that label.” He shows that this leader will be invited in during a crisis (Daniel 11:21). He wrote in 2015 that, “given the atmosphere of crisis and the political climate in Germany today, we should watch for this prophecy to be fulfilled at any time!”

The Bible prophesied what we see in Germany today. And it reveals the outcome of Germany’s leadership crisis ahead of time. Request a free copy of A Strong German Leader Is Imminent to see beyond today’s headlines with the proven insight of Bible prophecy.

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Israel Preemptively Strikes Iranian Missiles in Iraq

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Israel Preemptively Strikes Iranian Missiles in Iraq

Missile threat spurs Israel to open a new front against Iran.

On two different occasions last month, Israeli F-35 fighter jets struck Iranian missile depots north of Baghdad. This marks Israel’s first air strikes in Iraq since Operation Opera in 1981, when it bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor. This escalation reveals the increased severity of the missile threat that Israel is facing. It also indicates that the United States may have given it the green light to open a new front against Iranian targets in Iraq.

The first attack, on July 19, occurred on a warehouse about 110 miles north of Baghdad. The Israeli Air Force targeted the Shiite militia base just after a shipment of Iranian-made short- and medium-range ballistic missiles was offloaded from a truck, which was supposedly transporting refrigerated food. A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force was killed in the air strike.

The second strike, on July 28, was aimed at Camp Ashraf, another suspected Iranian rocket depot 25 miles northeast of Baghdad and 50 miles from the Iranian border. The proximity makes it a strategically important location for Iran to transport ballistic missiles. The base is in an area heavily influenced by Iran and is close enough to limit transport time reducing the chance of exposure.

The air strikes on these bases are a significant victory for Israel.

At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated:

Israel will do whatever it must to defend itself against Iran’s aggression. We will continue to act against you in Syria. We will act against you in Lebanon. We will act against you in Iraq. We will act against you whenever and wherever we must act to defend our state and defend our people.

Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, but as the threat against Israel expands, the Israeli military is expanding the scope of its attacks. However, Israel likely would not attack Iraq without American support, indicating U.S. President Donald Trump gave Netanyahu the green light to attack. Also, the F-35 is an advanced model supplied to Israel by the U.S.

Since September 2018, Iran has been deploying short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, placing both Israel and Saudi Arabia within striking distance.

American intelligence agencies estimate that Iran has the largest ballistic missile inventory in the Middle East. Since June 2017, Iran has launched 19 short-range ballistic missiles into the territory of its neighboring Arab countries.

This February, Iran released its newest upgrade to the Fatah-110, a single-stage, solid-fuel, short-range model—and the most accurate missile in Iran’s arsenal. Fatah-110 missiles have been confirmed in Iran’s shipments to its Shiite proxies in Iraq, meaning Iran’s most accurate missile could already have Israel within range.

Israel was forced to act. But because the Shiite militias have begun integrating with the Iraqi Armed Forces, the air strikes could also be considered attacks on Iraq itself. This is probably why Israel has not commented on or even confirmed the attacks. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy stated on May 13 that “overt Israeli action would complicate U.S. relations and interests in Iraq, not to mention Israel’s own regional relations.” The strikes will likely further separate Iraq from Israel and the U.S., pushing it further toward Iran.

For more than two decades, the Trumpet has warned that Iran could gain control of Iraq. On March 14, Iran conducted its largest drone exercise, “Toward Jerusalem 1.” An old Iranian slogan “the path to Jerusalem runs through Karbala,” an Iraqi city, shows that Iran has always seen Iraq as a stepping-stone toward Israel. Iran is vehemently seeking the destruction of Israel, and Iraq is a crucial step toward its goal.

In the 1990s, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry identified radical Islam, led by Iran, as the biblically prophesied “king of the south.” (Request your free copy of The King of the South.)

The Prophet Daniel recorded the part that this Middle Eastern power bloc will play in end-time events: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40). “The king of the north” refers to a united, German-led Europe.

According to this prophecy, Iran’s push is what causes this European superpower to react. In Jerusalem in Prophecy, Mr. Flurry writes, “This push by the king of the south [Iran] will probably be a clash directly related to Jerusalem.” Zechariah 14:2 further reveals that half of Jerusalem will fall under Arab control.

Iran is a radical, aggressive nation that pushes with violence, endures retaliation, and then pushes with more violence. As Israel increases the scope of its attacks and begins striking Iranian targets in Iraq, watch for an even more violent response from Iran as it aggressively works to conquer Jerusalem.

For more information about Iran’s plan to use Iraq to conquer Jerusalem, read “Iraq Is Conquered—On to Jerusalem,” by Trumpet Jerusalem correspondent Brent Nagtegaal in the May-June 2019 Trumpet.

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Antifa Wants to Destroy the United States

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Antifa Wants to Destroy the United States

President Trump says Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization. Is he right?

An Antifa terrorist threw firebombs at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Tacoma, Washington, on July 13. The terrorist, Willem Van Spronsen, also lit a car on fire and pointed a rifle at police officers. After police killed him in a shootout, pro-Antifa social media accounts praised Van Spronsen as a martyr.

“Willem Van Spronsen just became the first martyr attempting to liberate imprisoned refugees from a for-profit detention center in Tacoma, Washington,” Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King posted two days after the attack. The Twitter post has since been deleted.

Journalist Andy Ngo had a different take on Van Spronsen’s actions. Ngo was hospitalized last June after being beaten by Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. After this latest attack, Ngo wrote an article for the New York Post identifying Von Spronsen’s attack as “a new chapter in the return of armed left-wing terrorism to the United States.”

Van Spronsen wrote a manifesto before his attack, characterizing it as an attempt to liberate a “concentration camp” from “the forces of evil.” He referenced the famous Marxist Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States, as proof that fascism is rampant in America today. Conservative journalist David Horowitz has called Zinn’s book “the Mein Kampf of the Hate-America Left.” It paints America as a fascist power and inspires Antifa radicals to believe that detention centers for people trying to illegally emigrate to the U.S. are the same as Nazi concentration camps.

Antifa and the radical fringes of Black Lives Matter believe a twisted version of history, one in which America has done more harm than good in the world. This is a primary reason many of these radicals are willing to commit acts of terrorism. Like Van Spronsen, they believe they are at war with “the forces of evil” when they attack police and conservative journalists.

Sen. Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution five days after Van Sprousen’s attack that would brand Antifa as “a domestic terrorist organization.” President Donald Trump expressed support for the move in a July 27 tweet, saying that it would be “easier for police to do their job” if Antifa was designated “a major Organization of Terror.”

Left-wing activists from across the U.S. and Germany have used the president’s tweet to rally to Antifa’s defense, with many using the hashtag #IchBinAntifa (I Am Antifa) to express their support. This German-language hashtag is a reference to Antifa’s roots in 1920s Germany as a street gang that fought the Nazis. Few people bring up the fact that the original Antifa fought the Nazis as the paramilitary arm of the Communist Party of Germany. It was a violent part of a political force trying to transform Germany into a Communist dictatorship.

Like the original party, today’s Antifa is dedicated to using violence to achieve its political goals. But since there are so few actual fascists in the U.S. to fight, Antifa members instead target libertarians and constitutional republicans. Their goal is to launch a violent socialist revolution against the Trump administration.

“America desperately needs healing,” editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in the November-December 2017 Trumpet issue. “Serious people are sincerely considering the possibility that America could erupt in a second civil war! … Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also a historian, said in a Fox News interview, ‘I think we should take the threat of civil war very seriously.’ ‘What you’re seeing with Antifa, what you’re seeing on college campuses, what you’re seeing, to some extent, in the bureaucracy, is a real division of the country,’ Gingrich said. ‘As a historian, my view is pretty straightforward: One side or the other wins.’”

Journalists and politicians like Ngo and Gingrich know history, and they recognize that terrorism and urban riots are coming to America. The Bible predicts a second civil war in America that will come because of the sins of the American people.

“Republicans and Democrats are divided like never before,” Mr. Flurry wrote in the October 2017 Philadelphia Trumpet. “Rather than trying to solve the nation’s problems, the radical left is stirring them up. Some people believe they are bringing down President Donald Trump, but are they instead bringing down America itself?”

The Bible prophesies this about America’s near future: “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers” (Isaiah 1:7). Why would God allow such devastation? Because Americans have rebelled against His law.

The extent to which Antifa will contribute to the unfolding of this nightmarish scenario remains to be seen. But its openly subversive aims and its revolution-oriented violence are beginning to gather dangerous momentum. Expect American society to grow far worse until people wake up to their need to repent of the sins that brought about this conflict.

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The German Wehrmacht Returns

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The German Wehrmacht Returns

Army leaders demand a return to Germany’s military tradition.

Germany’s military needs to return to its historic traditions. The nation must stiffen its spine, and it must have nuclear weapons. That’s the conclusion of a new book by Col. Richard Drexl (Ret.) and Josef Kraus, a long-standing member of the Germany Ministry of Defenses Internal Leadership Advisory Council.

This kind of rhetoric typically comes from Germany’s far right, including the Alternative für Deutschland party. Now it is being taken up by senior military officials.

In their book Not Even Contingently Ready for Defense—for which former German Defense Minister Prof. Dr. Rupert Scholz wrote the foreword—Colonel Drexl and Kraus discuss some of the problems with the German Army.

The authors state that if Germany doesn’t “want to be a mere recipient of orders from the U.S.-Americans,” it needs to be closely connected to “a second-strike nuclear-weapon state.” The book argues that this means close cooperation with France, the creation of a crisis intervention force, and a European security structure that has shared access to nuclear arsenals.

The main idea behind the demand is that Europe cannot trust America, and it must therefore provide its own nuclear deterrence. Over the years, many military experts have made similar demands based on the same argument. Others doubt that France would share its nuclear arsenal and argue that Germany should become not only Europe’s strongest conventional military force, but also an independent nuclear power. Germany has the ability to do just that and could thus lead Europe to become a powerful military power. Why then has this not yet happened?

Drexl and Kraus claim to have the answer. They write that the army’s main problem has less to do with “equipment deficiencies,” and more to do with the “reeducation of Germans after 1945.”

“Auschwitz,” they claim, “was stylized as virtually the sole founding myth of the Federal Republic of Germany.” The country’s past guilt led to a “guilt complex” that permanently prevented Germany from fulfilling its national interests.

The authors’ solution is to uphold military traditions, claiming that National Socialism was a problem caused by politicians, not the army. They claim it was a mistake to “cut off almost all traditions from 300 years of German military history.” The most recent Bundeswehr tradition decree of 2018 eliminated all “heroic role models” for the army today, they claim. Their criticism is a direct attack against then Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who was recently appointed as European Commission president.

In “German Militancy,” German-Foreign-Policy.com summarizes the authors’ demands and shows how these calls have long circulated in national-conservative circles. The AfD is now “increasingly becoming the mouthpiece of this movement” and of the military members that are associated with it, the article claims.

In 2017, AfD leader Alexander Gauland said, “If the French are rightly proud of their emperor and the Britons of Nelson and Churchill, we have the right to be proud of the achievements of the German soldiers in two world wars.”

Another influential AfD leader, Björn Höcke, told a cheering crowd in January 2017 that Germany should be proud of its history and make a “180-degree reversal on the politics of remembrance.” “German history is handled as rotten and made to look ridiculous,” he said, lamenting that Germans are “the only people in the world to plant a monument of shame in the heart of its capital.” The crowd responded enthusiastically, shouting: “Deutschland! Deutschland!”

No wonder proud military leaders sympathize with the AfD.

More than any other party, the AfD is representing the army’s nationalistic military mindset in the German parliament. Because Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats oppose these viewpoints, more and more members of the police and army are supporting the far right, as prominent Christian Democratic leader Friedrich Merz lamented recently.

Tension between the military and government is rising. Some blame the army’s recent incompetence on bureaucratic mismanagement. Many others, like Drexl and Kraus, believe that the entire mentality toward the military has to change. But the military sees the problem with the political leadership.

It’s obvious that these tensions will only increase. In the era of United States President Donald Trump and Brexit, German hostility toward the victors of World War ii is rising. The belief that the Allied forces are responsible for suppressing German pride is gaining wider acceptance.

More and more politicians demand a stronger German military to increase their political leverage. From a European perspective, the U.S. is withdrawing its military support from the Continent. Trust in nato is eroding. With Brexit, the prospect of military cooperation with Britain is decreasing significantly.

Europe cannot defend its economic interests against Russia and China without the necessary military deterrence. Europe and Asia are both dependent on imports from Africa and the Middle East. Crises in these regions demand a strong military presence to ensure political and economic interests are met.

For these reasons, Germany is urgent to revitalize its army. But increasing its military budget will not suffice. High-ranking Bundeswehr generals have repeatedly criticized this fallacy. They demand that Germany needs to regain a military mindset. The question is, when—if ever—will politicians follow their demand?

Bible prophecy speaks in great detail about the future of Germany. The Bible foretold many successive resurrections of a military power known as the Holy Roman Empire. You can read about this empire in The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

The Bible foretells that Germany will soon lead the final resurrection of this empire. “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” (Revelation 17:8).

The very same empire that brought the perils of World War ii will rise again. Highlighting this prophecy, the late theologian Herbert W. Armstrong made this stunning claim right after Germany surrendered in 1945:

The war is over, in Europe—or is it? We need to wake up and realize that right now is the most dangerous moment in United States’ national history, instead of assuming we now have peace! … 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!

Germany’s warlike mentality has never died. The country’s political leadership may have lost sight of it, but this military spirit is alive in the army corps. Calls to revive Germany’s Wehrmacht tradition are demands to revive an empire that revolves around its army. That is Germany’s history.

The Bible prophesies that Germany will get a political leader that arouses that military spirit more than ever before. “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many” (Daniel 8:23-25).

This man will take Germany’s military spirit much further than Germany’s military leaders demand today. He will not only inspire military pride, he will lead them to total war. And like the time of Adolf Hitler, the army will follow. But this future German strongman will command not only Germany’s army, but also the European army that is currently being forged.

The Bible reveals that this man will detonate nuclear weapons, leaving cities without inhabitants (Isaiah 6:11). But unlike Hitler, he will not be stopped by the Allied forces. Jesus Christ Himself will return to this Earth to end mankind’s madness!

There is a wonderful conclusion to these prophecies, and you need to understand why they are happening! Request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to understand why Germany is again returning to its military tradition and why God allows it.