European Leaders Call for a Wartime Economy

More and more influential men in Europe have issued calls in recent weeks for the European Union to shift its economy into wartime mode.

We need—even if the term is not a simple one—a kind of war economy in the EU in order to be able to guarantee stability and security. … We see the problem in Germany: We have €100 billion from the special fund on the table—and hardly anything happens because the bureaucracy is paralyzing.
—Manfred Weber, president of the European People’s Party

The war in Ukraine has been a brutal wake-up call for many of us. For years, we have been under-investing, and this has meant that our stockpiles have been quickly depleted due to the fact that we are providing them to Ukraine.
—Josep Borrell, EU high representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

The need for equipment and ammunition for the Bundeswehr and for Ukraine is urgent and huge. Therefore, appropriate priorities must be set.
—Wolfgang Ischinger, former German ambassador to the United States and retired head of the Munich Security Conference

A war economy: In wartime, a country is often forced to reduce its economic output to the essential while focusing all available resources on defense. This could be how Germany, one of the largest economies in the world and owning one of the most advanced military industries, could suddenly become an exceptional military power. Historically, similar measures have transformed a peaceful Germany into a fierce war machine.

Prophecy says: The Bible reveals that we need to closely watch the world’s preparation for war. Jesus Christ Himself warned that our world is stirring toward Great Tribulation. Revelation 13:4 prophesies specifically of an empire of unprecedented military strength and asks, “[W]ho is able to make war with him?”

As the late educator Herbert W. Armstrong proved in detail in Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?, this military power is the resurrected Roman Empire, prophesied to rise in the heart of Europe. As we wrote in “Forging a Superpower,” “Germany has the industrial capacity. It only needs the willpower, the incentive—and it could transform militarily from dwarf to formidable giant virtually overnight!”