Germany’s Self-inflicted Far-Right Problem

An election campaign poster for Robert Sesselmann, candidate of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD).
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Germany’s Self-inflicted Far-Right Problem

Over the weekend, Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party took second place in national polls, overtaking the Social Democrats, the party of Chancellor Olaf Scholz. On Sunday, Robert Sesselmann became the first AfD politician to be elected district administrator. This is a big victory; though unsurprising considering the government’s current policies.

In a runoff election in Thuringia’s Sonneberg district, Sesselmann received 52.8 percent of the vote, defeating Christian Democrat candidate Jürgen Köpper. The victory is most astonishing considering all opposing parties (the Greens, Social Democrats, Free Democrats and Left) called on voters to support Köpper. Many responded, with voter turnout increasing from 49.1 percent in the first round two weeks ago to 59.6 percent. Yet the AfD candidate maintained his lead.

While Sonneberg only has 57,000 inhabitants and around 48,000 eligible voters, the AfD now has a chance to prove that it is able to successfully govern.

The AfD does not shy away from drawing support from neo-Nazis and others who seek a revival of the old Reich. Yet Sesselmann’s campaign slogans show that his party doesn’t only cater to far-right beliefs. Spiegel Online wrote: “Sesselmann and the AfD contested the election campaign primarily with federal issues such as the controversial heating law, high inflation or increased refugee numbers.”

The heating law refers to government mandates that seek to regulate residential heating systems in the name of climate change. Inflation is raging in part because most of Germany’s domestic energy sources have been shut down and cheap gas from Russia has been suspended. Germany has also registered a record number of refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine. Refugees crossing over the Mediterranean have brought high levels of crime. Yet to speak out against these issues makes you a far-right extremist.

Yet there is a danger in every fifth German voting for the far right. Notice the following exchange from a recent Spiegel tv documentary in Thuringia:

Citizen: “If the nsdap [Nazi party] leads again in the elections, then I’ll come back.”

Reporter: “Well, you can’t say that.”

Citizen: “Yes, you can.”

Reporter: “The nsdap … killed 6 million Jews.”

Citizen: (shoulder-shrugging)

Reporter: Do you really think it would be good to have fascists again in parliament?

Citizen: Well, do you think it’s better in today’s parliament? Look, [they] just talk and don’t do anything.

A minority of AfD voters would agree with this dialog. But it shows an alarming trend. The more incompetence Germany’s government displays, the more willing Germans are to accept the extreme. Germans want more national pride from their government; if that requires voting for an extreme party, that is what they will do.

Watch this trend. It correlates with many biblical passages that warn of a drastically different Germany rising in our day. And even though Germany’s current government bears most of the blame, the Bible reveals a much larger picture of why this is happening.

In Habakkuk 1:6, God says: “For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.” God is orchestrating events to raise up a nation for His will. Notice what is revealed in verse 7: “A people feared and dreaded, from their might proceeds their right, their greatness” (Jerusalem Bible).

“If you know anything about secular and biblical history, you know about whom God is talking,” our book the Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy explains. “The German people are warriors whose strength gives them the ‘right’ to do anything they want, anytime they want.”

In recent decades, Germany has been weak willed on the world stage. But both within and outside of Germany, there is an appetite for a stronger, more powerful German nation—the kind of nation described in these prophecies.

Watch how these changes take place and how God raises up Germany to perform His will. To understand what God is doing and more importantly why He is doing it, request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.