Royal Family Rocked by Unexpected Divorce

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Royal Family Rocked by Unexpected Divorce

Why is Britain’s royal family falling apart?

The Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips was devastated when his wife Autumn announced on February 10 that she would divorce him after 12 years of marriage.

Peter Phillips is the son of Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips, who are themselves divorced. Peter is “very upset” with the announcement, according to the Sun.

This divorce comes on the heels of a troubled 2019. Many believe the past year has been one of the Queen’s hardest—the other being her “annus horibilis” of 1992, when Princess Anne divorced Captain Phillips.

The announcement was a complete surprise to the public. According to one friend of the couple quoted by the Sun, even Phillips was “absolutely devastated” and “didn’t see it coming. The couple appeared to be happily married. They had two daughters, and Autumn was “a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman.” However, she had been “telling her friends for some time that there were issues” in the marriage.

These events have weighed heavily on the Queen. Autumn is a “favorite of the Queen” and “Her Majesty will be very upset,” said the Sun. This is “the last thing she needs after all her recent troubles, and you get the feeling that the royal family is falling apart a little bit.”

On January 8, Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they would step back from senior royal duties. Many believe that their exit paved the way for other royals to express discontent. Autumn’s decision to go public and divorce her husband may have come after seeing Meghan’s controversial decision to step down and move to Canada.

Another senior source who spoke to the Sun agreed that the Queen would be “crestfallen,” and said “it makes you wonder what’s going to happen next.”

Many are asking the same question. Members of the royal family have previously embarrassed themselves, as Prince Andrew did in his car-crash bbc interview in November 2019. Prince Phillip was in a literal car crash in January 2019. And Prince Harry and Meghan’s exit came as a shock to the royals. But so far, divorce has not been as common. Will there be more before the year is over?

The last divorce in the royal family happened in 1996, when Prince Andrew divorced Sarah Ferguson. Prince Charles also divorced Diana that same year. Is history repeating itself? So far, it looks as though 2020 will offer the embattled Queen no rest from the family breakdown that plagues the House of Windsor.

What is behind the recent rash of royal scandals and family troubles?

The reason goes back further than most realize. To understand why the royal family is “falling apart,” you need to understand the origins of its throne. Our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy proves that the British royals are the descendants of Israel and the line of king David.

The throne of David is God’s throne. He promised blessings when the rulers on that throne obeyed His law. By contrast, curses would come from disobedience.

In his book The New Throne of David, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry shows that the royal family has rejected God’s law and rule. As a result, God no longer views them as royalty. Mr. Flurry writes that this “was a signal of terrible things to come upon Britain …. It was also an indication that we would see a rapid decline in Britain’s royal family.”

Since 2017, when that statement was first made, the royal family’s decline has been on display for the entire world to see. It has captivated the nation. And it will continue until Britain acknowledges God’s supreme rule.

Understanding the history and future of Britain’s throne is vital. For more on this subject, request your free copy of The New Throne of David, by Gerald Flurry.

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Political Earthquake Shakes Germany

Leaderless Germany fears parallels with Nazi Germany.

It’s been a huge week in German politics.

On February 5, Germany was hit by a political earthquake. A far-right party—the Alternative für Deutschland—played a role in electing a leader in the German state of Thuringia. Working with the far right has been a taboo in Germany since World War ii. On February 5, the taboo was broken.

There was swift backlash. The leader elected in Thuringia quit after a day in the job. Then on Monday, the earthquake claimed its biggest victim.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already announced she will not stand in another election—meaning she’ll be out of her job by the end of next year. On Monday, her chosen successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, quit.

Germans are deeply worried about their future right now.

“Democracies don’t die overnight,” warned Spiegel Online. “They don’t flourish one day and then get uprooted by a coup d’etat the next. They decay gradually, until the ground is fertile for an authoritarian seizure of power.”

The media can clearly see Germany’s democracy is in decay. Spiegel Online warned that “what happened in Thuringia must be seen as a warning shot, a harbinger.”

There are other things for Germans to worry about, however. The migrant crisis has created tensions that still haven’t be resolved—and could break out with each new crisis in the Middle East. Germany’s manufacturing sector is suffering its largest decline in orders in a decade. Many fear the economy could easily tilt into recession. All of Europe has not yet solved the problems exposed by the 2008 financial crisis.

With this unprecedented political crisis, and all these potential dangers, where can Germans look for leadership? Currently, the country is being run by two lame-duck leaders. Under the current schedule, Germany’s main governing party won’t sort out its leadership problems until the summer, and Germans aren’t particularly enthusiastic about any of the candidates. The nation’s main left-wing party doesn’t have a leader—it has two: a man and a woman, neither of whom are particularly prominent.

I don’t think there’s any time in recent history where Germans have been more worried about their political situation. And at the same time, I can’t think of any time in recent German history where there has been a bigger leadership vacuum.

Anyone familiar with the Trumpet’s message will recognize the situation we’re in right now. One of the biggest predictions we’ve made—based on Bible prophecy—is the rise of a German strongman.

The Bible forecasts this strongman. And it has a lot of specifics about how he will come to power.

Daniel 11:21 tells us to watch for the arrival of “a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” You can study this word “flatteries” and see that it means he’ll come in in an unorthodox way.

With Germans desperate for a strong leader, and none on the horizon, circumstances are almost perfect for someone to come into power in an unorthodox way.

This strongman could come to power very fast, and he will change your world. You need to understand what the Bible says about him.

In our January Trumpet issue, we published an article titled “Is KT zu Guttenberg About to Come to Power?” This cover article, by editor in chief Gerald Flurry, will help you understand what is going on in Germany, why it is so significant, and where all these parallels with the 1930s are leading. It will show you what the Bible says will happen in Germany, and who we think will get the job.

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United States Diplomatic Resurgence on Display Over ‘Deal of the Century’

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United States Diplomatic Resurgence on Display Over ‘Deal of the Century’

Lacking international support, the Palestinian delegation departs the UN without a vote against President Trump’s peace plan.

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In December 2016, literally days before United States President Barack Obama left office, a vote came before the United Nations Security Council on a resolution passing judgment on the future borders of Israel and a Palestinian state. By virtue of a U.S. abstention, the resolution passed through the body and enshrined the 1967 lines as the basis for borders of the two states.

This meant that it was now the international community’s position that Israel was illegally occupying the Old City of Jerusalem as well as the West Bank, the heartland of biblical Israel. The critical abstention by the U.S. that allowed the anti-Israel resolution to pass was seen as a parting shot against the Jewish state from a notoriously hostile Obama administration.

Fast-forward to Tuesday this week, when the Security Council met once again, expecting to vote on another resolution about Israel and a future Palestinian state.

This time, the vote was meant to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently released “Vision for Peace,” which abrogates the 1967 lines from having any bearing on the borders between a future Palestinian state and Israel.

In Mr. Trump’s plan, Israel gets 30 percent of the West Bank, as well as sovereignty over Jerusalem. In effect, Trump’s plan obliterates the Obama-era unsc resolution.

On Tuesday, the unsc was meant to strike down Trump’s plan with the resounding ring of anti-Israel consensus that the UN has come to represent. Instead, the 15 members of the Security Council didn’t even get the chance to vote.

In the preceding days, the U.S. government worked overtime with member states to convince them to vote against the forthcoming resolution. It also successfully lobbied to change the language of the resolution to ensure that there was no mention of President Trump, the U.S. or even the “deal of the century.”

With the resolution gutted of its strong language, and with support lacking from other nations, the Palestinian delegation attempted to hide its embarrassment by deciding not to go forward with the vote.

All that Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas could do was deliver the usual anti-Israel speech, as well as give a follow-up press conference to an enamored international press alongside former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

But there was no vote; no declaration of international condemnation of Mr. Trump’s plan. Instead, it was the Palestinians who looked isolated—a notable first for the UN.

This was a resounding defeat of the Palestinian Authority (and international anti-Trump sentiment), and a major victory for President Trump in his rollout of the peace deal.

Such a result was shocking to the Palestinian delegation. “There is an atmosphere of bitter disappointment among the members of the delegation who went to the UN with Abbas,” said one member of the delegation. “The sense is that we are coming back with our tails between our legs. We were caught unprepared, and we didn’t properly assess the American pressure on the members of the Security Council.”

As even the Guardian admitted, “[B]locking the vote is likely to be seen as a rare diplomatic success for the U.S. at the UN on the Middle East issue.”

Hints that the UN resolution wouldn’t have enough support should have been obvious based on a similar situation last week, this time with the European Union. According to sources, the officials of the 27-member body sought to issue a unanimous statement declaring broad opposition to the U.S. plan. However, many European nations refused to speak out against the plan, leading EU High Representative Josep Borel to issue his own statement of contempt of the deal.

In both cases, several European nations either like the Trump plan or were unwilling to break with President Trump over the deal.

But it is not just Europeans who are mute; several Arab states are showing signs of support for Trump’s deal.

This started with the highly unusual Arab presence in the White House for the deal’s announcement on January 28. Representatives of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain were singularly called out by President Trump during the ceremony, indicating their support for the deal.

While there was the obligatory statement from the Arab League on February 1 expressing disapproval of the deal, the lack of significant follow-through by the individual Arab nations reveals a deepening alignment with the U.S. On February 9, Brig. Gen. Res. Yossi Kuperwasser characterized the Arab response to the deal this way:

They cannot say it out loudly in a forum like the Arab League, but the participation of some of them in the ceremony, their national leadership reactions, and their diplomatic messages are clear. Because they want the best for the Palestinians and for themselves, they actually support the plan at least as a basis for negotiations. The Sudan move that was not criticized by the pragmatists says it all. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Arab Republic of Egypt are in a more sensitive situation but it seems that as long as Israel is coordinating its moves regarding the plan with the United States they will not harm their delicate relations with Israel.

The radicals are of course against the plan since they are against anything that strengthens the pragmatists and Israel. This explains Iran’s, Turkey’s and the Islamic State’s harsh reactions. They don’t care about the Palestinians and their well-being, they only care about their own imperial aspirations, which are going to be hampered if Israel is secure, makes peace with the Palestinians, and establishes normal relations with the pragmatic states.

As Kupperwasser relates, the Arab world is currently divided between those radical regimes pushing for their own regional hegemony, like Iran and Turkey, and the pragmatists, who don’t necessarily like the Jewish state but recognize the benefits of such a relationship in the face of the radical threat.

These pragmatic states, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Jordan, recognize the need for U.S. support in the face of threats. This alignment is causing these nations to act far more favorable to the United States, opening the door for greater relations with Israel.

Faced with growing threats, these Arab states cannot afford to upset President Trump over a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. For example, Tunisia fired its ambassador to the UN, Moncef Baati, last week after he came together with Indonesia’s representative and drafted the Palestinian resolution. Tunisia’s president fired Baati because he was worried that support for the Palestinian Authority would damage his nation’s relations with the U.S., according to diplomatic sources.

One member of the Palestinian delegation to the UN confirmed this shift in Arab support toward Trump. “We are still in shock from the cold shoulder we received from Arab states, chief among them the Gulf emirates, Egypt and Saudi Arabia,” the source told Israel Hayom.

Put together, the retreat of the anti-Trump resolution at the unsc, the inability of the EU to reach its own consensus against the deal of the century, and the lack of Arab support for the Palestinian Authority all testify to a massive change in how the international community is treating the United States under President Trump.

As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry recently wrote, the deal of the century has literally no chance of being successful in the long run. Nevertheless, the lack of international condemnation against the deal highlights a separate and compelling trend—the resurgence of the United States under the leadership of President Trump.

“Donald Trump has proved himself willing to take a stand where others have not. It is quite something to behold him resisting these anti-American forces!” Mr. Flurry wrote in his 2018 article “Saving America From the Radical Left—Temporarily.” The prophecy of America’s temporary resurgence under the leadership of President Trump is detailed in Mr. Flurry’s free booklet Great Again.

This resurgence was on display at the United Nations this past week. And it is on display in the newfound respect nations have for the United States.

Clearly, many in the international community might not like President Trump’s personality or all of his pro-American flag-waving, but the events of the past week show that there aren’t too many who will go against him. At least not in the near future.

If you would like to understand more about the resurgence of the U.S. under President Trump and where it is leading, please take the time to read Mr. Flurry’s booklet Great Again.

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Iran Prepares for Hard-line Parliament

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Iran Prepares for Hard-line Parliament

With elections looming, Iran’s radicals are leaving nothing to chance.

As Iran’s February 21 parliamentary elections draw near, its parliament looks set to become more extreme. The 2016 election has been called the “reformist” election because of the success of leaders who put themselves forward as moderates. Yet these “moderates” are being swept away before this year’s voting begins. The power grab is being orchestrated by the hard-line Guardian Council, the 12-man body charged with vetting all parliamentary candidates.

The council—picked by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—has been hard at work vetoing anyone who doesn’t fit its strict radical mold. So far, 90 of the parliament’s 290 members are barred from reelection. The purge has also extended to applicants in the field. Of the 16,000 who applied to run, 9,000 have been disqualified.

Vetoing is nothing new. In the 10 parliamentary elections since the 1979 revolution, the Guardian Council has vetoed 15 to 49 percent of candidates. However, this year looks set to be the most stringent purge of all. Coming off the heels of the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, the Guardian Council is weeding out any candidates it deems too soft to stand up to America.

The parliament is already extreme in its views. But the elections show the supreme leader is making it even more hard-line.

In the 2016 election, the most extreme hard-liners won just 29 percent of the seats, and independents, another 28 percent. The rest were filled with those considered by the world to be reformists, centrists and moderate conservatives. The bbc called it a landslide when Hassan Rouhani’s cohorts won all 30 seats in Tehran, and many more beyond. “This stunning election result will make a difference in Iran’s engagement with the wider world,” the broadcaster proclaimed.

Fast-forward to the current political purge.

Despite the media’s jubilation, not much has come in the last four years of the “reformist” movement. One reason is that the parliament doesn’t hold independent sway over foreign policy. The multilayered government above the parliament is well-and-truly ruled by Khamenei. Even with President Rouhani in power, any “moderate” movement was dead in the water.

Another reason is that the body is anything but moderate. Following the death of Suleimani—Iran’s top terrorist—the unified parliament stood and chanted a rousing “Death to America.” Since 2016, the body has dramatically increased Iran’s military spending. The leaders labeled “moderate” by the media are still extreme. Even so, Iran’s hard-liners are moving to expunge the more moderate of these leaders.

Those barred from reelection are bemoaning their treatment. They claim to have no candidates in 230 of the 290 seats. In 160 constituencies, there wouldn’t even be a competitor—turning the voting process into a one-horse race. In another 70 seats with multiple names on the ballots, it will only be hard-liner verse hard-liner.

Iran’s elites are looking ahead. While the parliament is subservient to Khamenei, it does play a role in shaping the future. Sanam Vakil, deputy director for the Middle East program at Chatham House, told the Guardian, “The results will also set the context for the presidential elections next year, and for the succession to Khamenei.”

Therein lies the aim of the hard-liners. By dominating parliament with their own ilk, the radicals are ensuring a radical future for Iran.

And what is that future? One need only read the inscription on Iran’s rockets: “Death to Israel.” The mullahs desire for control of Jerusalem and the destruction of Israel is obvious. In 1997, Iran conducted major war games code-named “Road to Jerusalem,” in which at least 150,000 soldiers participated—some reports said it was as many as half a million. Iran has funded Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist organization that is sworn to Israel’s destruction, and has started at least three wars in search of that aim.

The Trumpet has long warned that any “reformist” movement in Iran would be a fleeting facade. The writing is on the wall—or missile. Iran’s leaders have radical genocidal goals. And Bible prophecy states that many of those goals will be achieved!

As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2011:

I believe Jerusalem is more important to Iran than the oil is. The Islamic people have fought the Catholic Crusades for about 1,500 years over control of Jerusalem. Bible prophecy says one final crusade is about to erupt.

Iran conquering Jerusalem would suddenly galvanize the whole Islamic world! It would spread radical Muslim influence to many countries outside the Middle East.

Daniel 11:40 talks about this king of the south as “pushy.” It’s not moderate. And as this chapter brings out, its pushing revolves around the “glorious” land—Israel and Jerusalem. Iran fulfills that role of the king of the south perfectly. (Be sure to request our free booklet The King of the South for more on this amazing prophecy.)

Everything in Iran is moving toward this end: the radicalization of politics, the growing pressure of sanctions, the scrapping of the nuclear deal, the return to nuclear weapons development. For too long, mainstream media and liberal elites have sought to paint Iran as reasonable or capable of reform. The clerics and ayatollahs are proving them wrong.

There will be a time for reformation, a time when politicians won’t chant death to any nation. But it won’t come until Iran, and the whole world, learns that man’s systems of self-government do not work. Only then can the right kind of peace and flourishing reform begin.

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Russia Threatens America’s East Coast

With its stealth submarines, Russia is revealing how vulnerable the world’s once-great superpower is.

A senior United States Navy admiral warned on February 4 that America’s East Coast has been left vulnerable due to the increased presence of Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean.

At a gathering of the U.S. Naval Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Navy Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis said, “Our new reality is that when our sailors toss the lines over and set sail, they can expect to be operating in a contested space once they leave Norfolk. Our ships can no longer expect to operate in a safe haven on the East Coast or merely cross the Atlantic unhindered to operate in another location.”

Admiral Lewis is commander of the Navy’s 2nd Fleet, which resumed operation in 2018 to handle the threat of Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean.

This threat was highlighted in October 2019 when Russia began its largest underwater exercises since the Cold War. Ten Russian submarines took part, of which eight were believed to be nuclear-powered, in attempting to slip undetected through the gap between Greenland, Iceland and the United Kingdom. This stealth technology allowing submarines to operate undetected leaves nations on either side of the Atlantic, including the U.S.’s East Coast, vulnerable.

“We have seen an ever increasing number of Russian submarines deployed in the Atlantic, and these submarines are more capable than ever, deploying for longer periods of time, with more lethal weapons systems,” Lewis continued. “Our sailors have the mindset that they are no longer uncontested and to expect to operate alongside our competitors each and every way.”

The Navy has not reported how many Russian submarines are operating in the Atlantic, or whether they even know how many are operating there.

The Drive reported that “a large number of Navy submarines, ships and maritime patrol aircraft spent weeks in the fall of 2019” attempting, unsuccessfully, to locate Russia’s guided missile submarine Severodvinsk “after it reportedly deployed into the North Atlantic. The type, which can carry up to 40 Kalibr missiles, among other weapons, is known for having an especially low acoustic signature.”

Russia is continuing to develop this kind of game-changing technology. It is quickly advancing its underwater military powers. These include spy submarines, greater noise-reduction technology, and the ability to carry more advanced missile systems, including Poseidon, the nuclear-powered “doomsday” torpedo.

These capabilities, especially Russia’s ability to operate undetected, leave the U.S. extremely vulnerable and reveal how weak it is.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia’ warns of Russia’s dangerous rise and America’s even more dangerous pacifism. Regarding America’s inaction toward Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, he wrote:

The Ukraine crisis exposed U.S. weakness most of all. It demonstrated how the American superpower has almost disappeared from the world scene! Where is America providing any real leadership in the world? All we see is shameful retreat. … President Putin has military might and the will to use it. America has the power but lacks the will to use it. That is why we grovel before this “evil empire”—as President Ronald Reagan once called it. No leader in Russia has equalled Putin’s diabolical evil since Joseph Stalin.

America might have the greatest military in the world, but its will to use it has been broken (Leviticus 26:19). This withdrawal inward has only worked to embolden America’s enemies, leading to situations such as Russia feeling confident enough to threaten America’s East Coast.

These events portend the end of America’s power, and they also point to Russia’s rapid rise. Mr. Flurry continued:

Under Putin’s reign, nuclear-armed Russia is also transforming its military machine into a modern, technologically advanced, 21st-century force. (America’s military has become dangerously depleted and much of it is obsolete.)

By all of these heavy-handed tactics, President Putin has not only brought Russia back into play as a world power, he has also secured his position at the nation’s helm.

This world has a lot of authoritarian rulers. But Vladimir Putin is one we need to keep a particularly close eye on. His track record, his nationality and his ideology show that he is fulfilling a linchpin Bible prophecy. The time frame of his rule also shows that nobody else could be fulfilling the Ezekiel 38 and 39 prophecy.

Putin’s actions make it clear that we need to closely watch this man. He is expanding his nation’s power and reach to dangerous levels, and it was prophesied. As the leader of Russia, Putin is about to lead a massive Asian military bloc called “the kings of the east” in Revelation 16:12 and described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

For more information on Putin’s prophesied role in this end time, read The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’

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In his book The Europeans, the late Italian author and historian Luigi Barzini likened Germany to Proteus, the sea-god of Greek mythology. Proteus was unpredictable and changeable, like the ocean; he had a mysterious talent for assuming many forms.

Proteus couldn’t be “pinned down easily” and it was impossible to know “the shape of things to come.” He “could be a roaring lion, a harmless sheep, a slippery serpent, a charging bull, or in turn, a rock, a tree, a brook, a bonfire.”

What an apt description of Germany past and present.

Germany today is one of the most peaceful and open-minded nations in the world. It is outward thinking and globalist, and is at the vanguard of all the great exertions, like tackling climate change and inequality and making the world more accepting and inclusive. Germany is tolerant and multicultural, opening its doors to millions of migrants. It is so pacifist that other nations, like the United States, are trying to compel it to be more aggressive. It has no great interest in nuclear weapons, and its military is underfunded and underdeveloped. It has little interest in engaging in martial adventures.

Germany’s capital, Berlin, is one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. It’s a hub for start-ups and tech companies. Fifty-five percent of its population is under the age of 45, many of whom are university educated and have been raised on a diet of enlightenment and liberalism.

But all is not as it seems.

There is another Germany. One aspect of this Germany is its long-standing problem with intense anti-Semitism, which is reviving once again. Some believe this present bout of Jew hatred is a function of Germany’s large Muslim population. The facts dispel this belief. Anti-Semitic attacks by native Germans are rising all across Germany, especially in Berlin. Several surveys and investigations in the last few years have shown that anti-Semitism is firmly rooted in Germany’s government and many of its institutions, including its military.

Underneath its well-known globalist multicultural skin, this Germany holds increasingly extremist ideologies. The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is now its third-largest political party. According to one recent survey, nearly 50 percent of Germans expect this far-right group to enter the national government within the next 10 years. Last week’s elections in Thuringia saw the extremist AfD play a role in forming a state government.

These radical tendencies are not only in those on the far right and far left. [A]n undercurrent of right-wing radicalism has always infected German politics, including the cdu [Christian Democratic Union],” noted this Foreign Policy article from today. The cdu is the mainstream party of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The article also noted that “a number of long-term sociological investigations have found widespread support for right-wing radicalism within the German populace.”

The article addressed German politics, which are in total shambles right now. Chancellor Merkel has her hand on the door to leave, and the woman she prepared to succeed her just resigned, casting the whole government into chaos. Be sure to read “Germany Sails, Leaderless, Into the Storm” to see how fearful Germans are about their national leadership right now.

Barzini’s comparison of Germany to Proteus is just as relevant as ever. Germany can seem as stable as a rock, then abruptly become more like a trembling volcano. Will it settle down again, or will it erupt? No one seems to know!

This changeability exists in many ordinary Germans as well. Right now, many Germans are experiencing a deep, destructive identity crisis. Who they aspire to be conflicts with who they actually are. How they want to feel about Islam, about the AfD, about the Jews, about the migrants, about Germany’s traditional culture and heritage, struggles against how they actually feel.

The 21st-century German abhors war, defends the environment and human rights, and values international cooperation and collaboration. He is enlightened and sophisticated, liberal and democratic, progressive and open-minded. This is the type of person (and nation) many Germans aspire to.

But there’s a problem. In addition to the fact that these “enlightened” ideologies have major flaws, Germans are now facing major challenges in their national leadership, in the European Union, in trans-Atlantic relations and in Russian relations. The German, who craves order and stability more than most, isn’t getting it.

Meeting the challenges of reality necessitates compromising the aspirations of progressive ideals. Being tolerant feels good, until hundreds of thousands of foreigners enter your nation and you must pay for them. Being multicultural is wonderful, until Muslims waving Islamic State flags settle into your village and stalk your wife and daughter. Being anti-war feels righteous, until the nations around grow feisty and belligerent.

Germany right now is a nation where dreams are dashing against the shoals of reality. Harsh truths are forcing more and more Germans to reconsider their postwar values and reconcile them with more basic human urges. Tolerance is being replaced by prejudice, multiculturalism by patriotism, community spirit by self-preservation and self-advancement.

This is why we watch Germany so closely and passionately!

Germany is changing—into something terrifying!

Many biblical passages forecast that modern Assyria (Germany) will rise to the forefront of European politics and forge itself—at first subtly and cunningly, but then forcefully and violently—into a beast power! Bible prophecy shows that Germany is about to lead a United States of Europe (see Isaiah 10; Daniel 2, 7 and 11; Habakkuk 1; Nahum 2; Hosea 8; Matthew 24; and Revelation 13 and 17).

Without history and Bible prophecy, it is impossible to know “the shape of things to come” in Germany. This Proteus-like quality makes the Germans impossible to predict. But those willing to use the Bible and trust God’s revelation can pin down the Proteus and know what is ahead. And we should all thank God for that.