Germany Intensifies Its Military Cooperation With Cyprus
The armed forces of Cyprus and Germany will work more closely together in the future, particularly in training, exercises, research, development and medical services. The countries’ defense ministers signed a corresponding agreement at a meeting of European Union defense ministers on November 14 in Brussels, Belgium. Germany’s increased cooperation with Cyprus came in direct response to the recent terrorist attacks on Israel.
“We want to further deepen and expand our good relations,” explained German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.
Camp Castle in Limassol, Cyprus, has housed German troops as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon since 2006. This laid the foundation for Germany’s military cooperation with Cyprus, which is quickly expanding. In mid-October, Germany stationed special forces units and equipment in Cyprus to prepare for military missions in the Middle East.
As a regional hub, Cyprus is currently also supporting the deployment of forces for a possible evacuation mission in the Middle East.
—German Defense Ministry, November 14
Following a five-day drill in September that involved naval and air forces, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus has “particular geostrategic significance” for the EU.
Few understand this “particular geostrategic significance” because they do not understand Germany’s long-term ambitions, which happen to clash with those of Iran-backed Hamas terrorists. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said on October 7 that the terrorists slaughtering Israelis were “leading a heroic campaign aimed at defending the al-Aqsa Mosque, the holy places and the [Palestinian] prisoners.” In other words, they want control of East Jerusalem where the al-Aqsa Mosque is located.
If you understand Germany’s history as part of the Holy Roman Empire and the Bible’s prophecies about this nation, you can quickly see why these goals clash with Germany’s interests.
Based on prophecies in Daniel 2 and Revelation 17, an August 1998 article by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explained:
The EU is prophesied to be ultimately comprised of 10 nations, dominated by Catholicism. Already the EU is being called the Holy Roman Empire. They have traditionally been the enemies of the Muslims. …
[Y]ou can be certain that the EU is thinking about how to protect the holy places in and around Jerusalem. They have thought like this for almost 2,000 years!
In a 2019 article “Why Germany Conquered Cyprus,” Mr. Flurry explained Cyprus’s role in these preparations. He wrote:
Look at a map, and you can see [Cyprus] is a stepping-stone between Europe and the Middle East. It is near Jerusalem, it is near Rome, and it is near Berlin. Understand its proximity to these important cities and to strategic areas, and you begin to understand why Cyprus has played such a crucial role in history.
He also alluded to the island’s historic significance: “During the Crusades, when European warriors descended on the coasts of Israel and Lebanon, at times they relied on Cyprus for a base.”
The Bible reveals history will repeat itself. Daniel 11 revolves around a power struggle over Jerusalem. The final war over this city will occur in the end time between “the king of the north” and “the king of the south” (verse 40). After destroying the king of the south, the armies of the king of the north will “enter also into the glorious land” (verse 41).
Given that this prophecy is for the “time of the end,” we need to understand who is involved. As Mr. Flurry explains in The King of the South, this clash is between radical Islam led by Iran and Catholic Europe led by Germany.
These two power blocs will battle over Jerusalem, triggering “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation” (Daniel 12:1). But as a parallel prophecy in Matthew 24 shows, these events will ultimately lead to the return of Jesus Christ.
Germany is now preparing for its last crusade; once again, it is using Cyprus as a launching pad. To understand where these events are leading, read “The Last Crusade” in Mr. Flurry’s book The Eternal Has Chosen Jerusalem.