The Holy Roman Empire Is Back!

The Holy Roman Empire Is Back!

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A foundational prophecy of your Bible has just been fulfilled. The perfect military storm is about to explode. Let the world beware!
From the February 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

The Holy Roman Empire became official January 1, 2010. On that date, the European Union implemented its diplomatic service and appointed other officials. That made the Holy Roman Empire official.

Now they have already begun to build their own military, which is destined to become a world-shaking superpower!

The EU constitution was signed in November 2009. It is far from being a democratic constitution. The EU is absolutely domineered by Germany—a nation that started World Wars i and ii!

The empire is to be guided by the Vatican. That makes it a church-state combine—hence, the name Holy Roman Empire. But if you look at the previous six heads of that empire, you will see that it was the opposite of holy! (Request our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)

The Holy Roman Empire has seven heads. The seventh is now on the scene. The first head began in a.d. 554 and was ruled by Justinian. The sixth head ended at the conclusion of World War ii in 1945. It was ruled by madman Adolf Hitler, one of the bloodiest tyrants in the history of man.

According to your Bible, the seventh head will be the bloodiest one of all—by far!

We have been prophesying this for 65 years! Now it is here.

The world is so ignorant about the Holy Roman Empire that people don’t see what is happening. Even most Europeans don’t understand.

Otto von Habsburg was a member of the European Parliament only a few years ago. Here is what he said: “The [European] Community is living largely by the heritage of the Holy Roman Empire, though the great majority of the people who live by it don’t know by what heritage they live.”

The undemocratic constitution the EU signed was called the Lisbon Treaty. Few people even understand what this treaty is. Such deceitful tactics are why most people in Europe and the world are unaware of what is really happening. The EU has just created a constitution for the Holy Roman Empire.

The EU is now comprised of 27 nations. But your Bible says it will have 10 kings. That means this political-religious union is about to be radically reduced. Perhaps another financial crisis, or some other disaster, will produce that result.

Making the EU smaller will make it much less democratic, more unified, and more powerful—so powerful that it will start World War iii!

It is high time people understand what is happening in Europe!

The world is about to be bludgeoned into this reality. The Holy Roman Empire has risen six times in Europe. Each time, it has soaked the continent in blood. The seventh head is going to shed blood around the world. Its past strongly indicates what it will do in the future. Its history alone should make people tremble with fear today!

Thankfully, this will be the seventh and last head of this empire. Then this world is going to be filled with peace, joy and abundance forever! That too is prophesied in the Bible and must be fulfilled—just as the prophesied seven heads of the Holy Roman Empire have been.

History Has Been Forgotten

Here is what Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt stated in a document signed in February 1945, toward the end of World War ii: “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world” (emphasis mine throughout).

Why were they determined to never let German militarism disturb the world’s peace again? Because that military had started two world wars! (It also started a war with France in 1870 and conquered one half of that country.)

Churchill and Roosevelt knew the history of Germany. But most of our leaders today have forgotten that history—if they ever knew it.

Here is what Herman Hoeh, a German, wrote in the Good News magazine of April 1952, seven years after the war: “The question that President Truman and Secretary Acheson and you face is causing careful observers to tremble!

Does America dare arm Germany?

“Can we unite Europe and guide the colossal military machine we envision there by 1955? …

Our leading generals in Europe adamantly warn that Germany is a calculated risk. What will a Germany, armed with American help, think of her new power?

The hour of decision struck at Lisbon when it was decided to rearm Germany. Your future is at stake! How are you going to know what will happen in Europe? …

Why will the diplomats think thatTODAYthe hearts of the people in Germany are different from yesterday? Every one of those undemocratic nations when once armed has turned upon us. We are the hated ‘have’ nations, the ‘capitalist’ nations, the ‘imperialistic’ nations.

The heart of the German people, indoctrinated with Nazism, has not been converted to our way of life. If they really … have come to love us since their defeat, would they now be trying to bargain for domination in Europe, and threatening to withhold support from the cause of democracy against Russia? Is that the way love is manifested? Can we purchase love with money?”

Remember, this was written 58 years ago!

As I mentioned, Dr. Hoeh was also a German and understood the German mind.

Even back in 1952, Germany was fighting for domination of Europe—and America didn’t understand what it meant, or chose not to understand. That has been Germany’s goal from the beginning!

German Industrialists’ Secret Plan

Was Germany really trying to dominate Europe in 1952? Let’s take a look at some evidence that proves it was.

In 1996, a shocking World War ii intelligence document was made public. The document, detailing an August 1944 meeting between top German industrialists, reveals a secret postwar plan to restore the Nazis to power. Several of Germany’s elite industries were represented, including Messerschmitt and Volkswagenwerks. These companies, the document asserts, were to “prepare themselves to finance the Nazi Party which would be forced to go underground.” When the U.S. declassified this document, it received only sparse news coverage. Yet even more disturbing than the deep stupor of the media is the fact that the U.S. government did not make it public until 1996—over 50 years later!

By 1944, the Germans knew they would lose World War ii and were already planning for the next round! “Existing financial reserves in foreign countries,” the document says, “must be placed at the disposal of the party so that a strong German Empire can be created after the defeat.”

The U.S. government knew all about this treachery and shamefully kept quiet. How utterly condemning!

Those at the 1944 meeting understood that the most prominent members of the Nazi Party would be condemned as war criminals. “However,” the document maintains, “in cooperation with the industrialists it is arranging to place its less conspicuous but most important members in positions with various German factories as technical experts or members of its research and designing offices.”

How alarming! Why was so little written about this in 1996? Why did it take so long for it to be declassified? Or better yet, why was it even declassified in the first place? America and Britain have fallen asleep—our people don’t understand what is happening behind the scenes!

That is why we at the Trumpet feel compelled to return to these issues again and again. Hardly anyone else will!

Historians have long debated whether or not a secret Nazi plan was made for a postwar, international network. Now that it has been confirmed, as Elan Steinberg of the World Jewish Congress said, “the central question is whether it has been carried out.”

The obvious answer is, it has!

That Nazi intelligence document was written in 1944. Here is what Herbert W. Armstrong said on radio, May 9, 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!

“Men plan, here, to preserve the peace of the world. What most do not know is that the Germans have their plans for winning the battle of the peace. Yes, I said battle of the peace. That’s a kind of battle we Americans don’t know. We know only one kind of war. We have never lost a war—that is, a military war; but we have never won a conference, where leaders of other nations outfox us in the battle for the 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! Hitler has lost. This round of war, in Europe, is over. And the Nazis have now gone underground. In France and Norway they learned how effectively an organized underground can hamper occupation and control of a country. Paris was liberated by the French underground—and Allied armies. Now a Nazi underground is methodically planned. They plan to come back and to win on the third try.”

That intensely galvanizing prophecy was proclaimed in 1945! It ought to stir us to action like a thousand volts of electricity. Our response must be immediate or it will be too late.

Mr. Armstrong sent that message around the world for over 30 years. He was on over 400 tv stations, often broadcast on radio and had a Plain Truth magazine circulation of over 8 million—more than Time and Newsweek combined at that time.

This world has been warned! There is no excuse for people to be ignorant. When we ignore God’s strong warning, we pay a dreadful price! For a full understanding on this subject, request our free booklet The Rising Beast.

How many of our people can face the dangerous truth before it’s too late?

The Danger in a United Germany

Brian Connell, in his 1957 book A Watcher on the Rhine, offered abundant proof of that Nazi plan being carried out. He drew attention to a watershed event in 1947, just two years after the war, when Allied authorities foolishly handed over denazification responsibilities to, of all people, the Germans! After 1947, denazification in Germany, according to Connell, was a farce!

British newspapers jumped on the story when documents were released last September disclosing Margaret Thatcher’s vigorous opposition to German unification in 1989.

In one Kremlin transcript, the former prime minister was revealed as telling Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in off-the-record meetings in September 1989 that the “reunification of Germany is not in the interests of Britain and Western Europe.” While that might appear different from public pronouncements, she stated, Britain does “not want a united Germany.”

The documents reveal French President François Mitterrand telling Thatcher that a united Germany could “make even more ground than had Hitler.” If Germany expanded, he said, then Europe would be in the same position that it had been in before World War i. He also said that reunification could turn Germans into the “bad” people they used to be.

The documents also show Nikolai Ryzhkov, the premier of the Soviet Union, telling Gorbachev that if Germany was allowed to reunify on its own terms, “then in 20 or 30 years Germany will start another world war.”

Jacques Attali, adviser to the French president, was equally concerned. He told a Gorbachev aide that French leaders questioned whether Russia’s lack of interference in the fall of the Berlin Wall meant that “the ussr has made peace with the prospect of a united Germany and will not take any steps to prevent it.” He said, “This has caused a fear approaching panic.” Attali later told Mitterrand that he was so fearful of a united Germany that, should it come to pass, he would “fly off to live on Mars.”

These documents reveal that Mrs. Thatcher was far from alone in her apprehensions; they actually justify her concerns as legitimate. It is true that these leaders mostly gave up their concerns after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Courageously, Britain’s Iron Lady didn’t. “You have not anchored Germany to Europe,” she warned America during a conference in Colorado Springs in October 1995. “You have anchored Europe to a newly dominant, unified Germany. In the end, my friends, you’ll find it will not work.”

As the Trumpet has explained extensively in recent issues, the “end” that Mrs. Thatcher mentioned is very nearly here. Germany is united and strong. It has cemented itself as the most powerful and dominant force, politically, economically and militarily, on the Continent. It has used that power to bully the rest of Europe. And the European leaders know it!

Who Will Be the Next Charlemagne?

Otto von Habsburg once said, “We possess a European symbol which belongs to all nations of Europe equally; this is the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne.”

Charlemagne waded through rivers of blood to rule Europe and convert Europeans to Catholicism. His empire was called the First Reich (empire). Hitler and Mussolini led the Third Reich (the sixth head).

Will the seventh Holy Roman Empire also be in the “tradition” of Adolf Hitler and the sixth head? Yes it will—so states Bible prophecy! But that history is too recent for European leaders to discuss it coming in the tradition of Adolf Hitler!

In 1983, Pope John Paul ii was in Vienna—300 years after the city was attacked by the “barbarian Turks” and the Polish king rallied the European kings and drove out the barbarians. John Paul was saying, back in 1983, that Europe needed to get back to its Christian roots. He was referring to the “Christian roots” of the bloody Holy Roman Empire. The current pope will rally Europe into making this a reality.

The Vatican leaders understand their history—unlike most of the world. This is why many millions of people are so easily deceived.

The next Charlemagne will be much more sophisticated than Hitler—much more cultured. But he is going to fight Christ at His Second Coming!

In 1926, Hitler stated, “Christ was the greatest early fighter in the battle against the world enemy, the Jews …. The work that Christ started but could not finish, I—Adolf Hitler—will conclude.” He did not consider Jesus a Jew, but only a half-Jew because He was begotten by God.

Hitler was an extremely radical Catholic (just as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, is a radical Muslim). Roman Catholicism plays a major role in the Holy Roman Empire.

The biggest problem that Hitler posed to the world was not being a fanatical anti-Semite. That is only part of the story. This is where many people are deceived. Much of the world looks upon the Jews as God’s chosen people. In Vienna, Hitler came to believe that God had replaced the Jews with the Germans and the Holy Roman Empire. He learned this in that cultured city—looking at and studying all about those crown jewels and the opulence of the Habsburgs.

He believed the Germans were God’s chosen people. This is why the crown jewels of that empire meant so much to him.

In 1938, Hitler had brought the insignia of Charlemagne’s First Reich—the imperial crown, the orb of empire, the scepter and the imperial sword—from Vienna to Nuremberg. At a rally, he vowed that they would remain there forever.

Soon the world will know who the modern Charlemagne is to be. You can be sure he will have Germany’s stamp of approval. His actions will shock the world far more than the original Charlemagne. He will lead the world into the greatest “sea of blood” that humanity has ever seen or even dreamed about! Whether we realize it or not, the Fourth Reich has arrived.

Who Is Baron Guttenberg?

The Bible prophesies of this European strongman (see our October 2009 issue, “Is Germany’s New Charlemagne About to Appear?”). We have been watching for this individual to emerge.

Long-time Trumpet readers know that we have drawn particular attention to Edmund Stoiber. Because of the urgency of the time, I have strongly felt that this prophesied leader will come onto the scene shortly. In the May/June 2009 Trumpet magazine, for example, I wrote, “You need to watch the September 27 election this year in Germany. It could very well produce the political leader of the Holy Roman Empire.” Then again in that October issue, I said, “As I write this article, Germany is just weeks from electing a new chancellor. That election and events to unfold from it are going to bring devastating consequences to this world.”

I believe we may have witnessed a fulfillment of that prediction.

An impressive man appeared in the front line of German politics when he was appointed as Germany’s minister of economics just February of last year. Then, right after Germany’s election, Angela Merkel rocketed his political stature overnight by giving him the senior portfolio of defense minister in her new coalition cabinet.

His name is Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

The Defense Ministry was Guttenberg’s portfolio of choice. “Following the success of the Merkel-led conservative political bloc at last month’s election, Baron Guttenberg has made little secret of his desire to switch from the Economics Ministry to the defense portfolio” (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Oct. 23, 2009).

The timing of this appointment of the aristocratic Guttenberg could hardly be more significant. After the full implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union will now begin developing its long-awaited European military force, a force set to rival and even overtake the military power of the once mighty United States. Germany is going to forcefully lead that powerful church-state combine.

Guttenberg recently passed Chancellor Merkel in favor as the most popular politician in Germany.

Guttenberg was a bright young leader of the young set in Bavarian politics during Edmund Stoiber’s long reign as Bavaria’s prime minister. The two carry a mutual respect for each other’s political achievements. Recently Guttenberg strongly endorsed Stoiber’s efforts to cut European Union red tape to the tune of multiple billions of euros in savings.

This young, aristocratic Guttenberg is particularly interesting because of his family and political connections. His early development in political life was guided by Stoiber. He was appointed secretary general of the Bavarian Christian Social Union, Stoiber’s political party, when Stoiber was considered a prime candidate for the German chancellorship before he was just barely beaten by Angela Merkel in a national election. Stoiber’s political mentor was the Bavarian prime minister whom he succeeded, Franz Josef Strauss, who was known in his time as “the strongman of Europe.”

Guttenberg is also connected through part of his family line to the house of Habsburg. Strauss and Otto von Habsburg shared a common dream of a united Catholic Europe. Both personally shared details of that vision with Herbert Armstrong during visits they made to the campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. To Otto von Habsburg, the dream was of a revived Holy Roman Empire. To Herbert Armstrong, that dream would become the reality of the biblically prophesied seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

Herbert Armstrong foresaw, and prophesied, that the European Union would fulfill that prophecy under German Roman Catholic dominion.

Take Guttenberg’s impeccable Frankish-Bavarian Roman Catholic connections into mind and add them to the thread of political thought that has pervaded Bavarian politics for decades under Strauss and Stoiber—the dream of a united Catholic Europe under German leadership. Then add to it something that neither Strauss nor Stoiber ever possessed—a striking family title that cements all of these connections together—and we have a man to watch in the shaky coalition of Chancellor Merkel’s government.

What is that family title?

The current Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s official title was granted to his forebears during the 18th century. His correct title isReichsfreiherr,the English translation being, “Baron of the Holy Roman Empire.”

A fascinating title when you consider what is happening in Europe!

Notice what Ulrich Rippert wrote about Guttenberg on the World Socialist Web Site, Nov. 7, 2009: “The appointment of the new defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (Christian Social Union, csu), unleashed a storm of enthusiasm in the German officer corps, according to Spiegel Online. …

“Guttenberg was welcomed by the assembled military as one of their own. His noble title and his aristocratic family’s 800-year-old tradition played a not insignificant role in their response.

“There is hardly another country in the world in which the influence of the aristocratic caste in the army—as well as in other areas of society—has remained as strong as in Germany. …

The aristocratic elite has played a devastating role in German history. It dominated both the officer corps of the Reichswehr (Imperial Army) and the Wehrmacht. In the Weimar Republic, the Reichswehr formed a state within the state, having rejected the democratic foundations of the constitution and being implicated in numerous coup attempts. In Hitler’s Wehrmacht, it was the aristocratic generals who organized the war of extermination and conquest.

“The field marshals of the Nazi period were nearly all of noble birth. …

“Karl-Theodor—we will dispense with his eight other first names—Baron von und zu Guttenberg is part of this aristocratic caste and maintains its elitist habits. He lives in Burg (castle) Guttenberg near Kulmbach in Franken, which has been the family headquarters since 1482. Since February 2000, he has been married to Stephanie Countess von Bismarck-Schonhausen, who is directly descended from Otto von Bismarck, the iron chancellor. …

“Before taking his ministerial post, for several years Guttenberg led the csu executive committee’s Special Committee on Foreign Policy. …

Guttenberg left no doubt that it was necessary to counter the widespread antiwar sentiments of the general public. …

“Guttenberg stressed, ‘There is no alternative to the German commitment in Afghanistan.’ … He justified the establishment of a special department for Afghanistan in the chancellery with these concluding words, ‘This measure could contribute crucially to optimizing Germany’s overall deployment in Afghanistan and to heightening acceptance of our [military] commitment within the population.’ …

“Under these conditions, Defense Minister zu Guttenberg has gone on the offensive. Just a few days after taking office, he stressed that it is indeed war that is being waged in Afghanistan. Under these conditions, he said, it would be wrong to use ‘euphemisms’ regarding the Bundeswehr’s mission. In a discussion with Bild Zeitung, he explained that it is a combat mission. Although international law was clear that wars could only take place between states, he did not believe that a soldier could relate to such ‘necessary legal, academic or semantic sensitivities.’”

That means that Baron Guttenberg calls war and terrorism what they really are—not vague or deceptive “euphemisms.” That makes the German military ecstatic. At the same time, he is swinging the German population into a military mindset. That has to be extremely disturbing to those people who understand Germany’s history. The end result is going to be horrifying!

It also signals a dangerous turn in Germany’s foreign policy! And the whole world is going to be greatly impacted by that new direction.

Germany’s allies also have high expectations for Baron Guttenberg. Since Germany domineers Europe, that portends some extremely bad news for the world!

Watch Baron Guttenberg!

EU Access to U.S. Nukes

Let me relate some of the most shocking and frightening news I have read in years!

In an article titled “What to Do About Europe’s Secret Nukes,” Time wrote on Dec. 2, 2009: “Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dutch, Belgian, Italian and German pilots remain ready to engage in nuclear war.”

nato, describing the characteristics of the nuclear forces based in Europe, says on its website: “Nuclear forces based in Europe and committed to nato provide an essential political and military link between the European and the North American members of the Alliance. The Alliance will therefore maintain adequate nuclear forces in Europe” (April 24, 1999).

An earlier Time article, written by the same author, Eben Harrell, said, “Although technically owned by the U.S., nuclear bombs stored at nato bases are designed to be delivered by planes from the host country” (June 19, 2008).

The December 2 Time article asked: “Is Italy capable of delivering a thermonuclear strike? Could the Belgians and the Dutch drop hydrogen bombs on enemy targets? … Germany’s air force couldn’t possibly be training to deliver bombs 13 times more powerful than the one that destroyed Hiroshima, could it?”

Time continued, “It is Europe’s dirty secret that the list of nuclear-capable countries extends beyond those—Britain and France—who have built their own weapons. Nuclear bombs are stored on air force bases in Italy, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands—and planes from each of those countries are capable of delivering them.”

The June 2008 article reported that these four nato nations house an estimated 200 American b61 thermonuclear gravity bombs. Harrell said that, in fact, “The U.S. keeps an estimated 350 thermonuclear bombs in six nato countries”—another of which is Turkey.

“Under a nato agreement struck during the Cold War, the bombs, which are technically owned by the U.S., can be transferred to the control of a host nation’s air force in times of conflict,” the 2009 Time article stated.

Even after the Cold War ended, over 20 years ago, these nato countries still are allowed to use U.S. nuclear weapons in case of “conflict.”

What a mind-splitting alarm!

According to a survey released Dec. 11, 2009, nearly three quarters of the German people fear the spread of Islam. If the EU and Iran have a “conflict,” it could lead to the Holy Roman Empire countries loading U.S. nukes into their planesand flying off to war. Bible prophecy says these two powers are going to clash—and the EU, or Holy Roman Empire, is going to prevail.

If this empire’s air force were to have some nukes left from the conflict, they could be used on the U.S. That is exactly what Herbert W. Armstrong predicted!

The greatest nuclear crisis is not in the Middle East—it’s in Europe and the Holy Roman Empire!

Baron Guttenberg strongly desires aligning nato forces with the EU military—undoubtedly because they can use America’s nuclear bombs.

The U.S. ambassador recently called Germany America’s most important ally. Britain was our closest ally in two world wars. Germany was our number-one enemy, which started both wars!

Bible prophecy states that three Western nations will be double-crossed and attacked by their “lovers” (Ezekiel 16:33-34 and Ezekiel 23). (Request our Ezekiel booklet for a detailed explanation. All of our literature is free.)

If people understood the Holy Roman Empire, our nukes in the hands of Germany and Italy would leave them aghast! It reads like the horror of all horrors!

It’s time for the world to wake up! Will you wake up in time? Very soon it will be too late.

A Great Prophecy Becomes History

“And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space” (Revelation 17:10).

Revelation 17:10 is one of the greatest prophecies in the Bible. Contained within this one verse is the heart of prophecy for these latter days. Just during the period when “one is,” it encapsulates the fulfillment of several other major prophecies: Matthew 17:10-11, which talks about the end-time type of Elijah restoring all things; Malachi 3:1, which discusses an end-time messenger preparing the world for Christ’s return; and Matthew 24:14, which describes the gospel being preached around the world. Those prophecies were at the heart of the Philadelphian era work under Herbert W. Armstrong. He prophesied during the time when “one is”—when Hitler ruled over the sixth head of the Holy Roman Empire. (This is explained thoroughly in our free booklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation.)

After the “one is” era, there’s just a short space left for “the other [that] is not yet come.” This statement is the most acute kind of emphasis for the seventh head. We are now witnessing the seventh head. It will continue a short time—and then we can forget about the beast! Wars, terrorism, weather disasters—these will all be gone forever! When “the other” comes and finishes its work, Christ is going to come and rule forever! That’s what we need to get excited about most of all, not some titillating prophecy about the beast.

We must remember not to blame the Holy Roman Empire for inflicting evil upon the nations of Israel. (If you don’t know who the nations of Israel are, request our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.) “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Revelation 17:17). God has put it in the heart of this empire to fulfill His will. We are being punished because of “all our abominations.”

God is calling upon so-called Christians in this world to repent. That is the only solution to our problems.

The sixth head has come and gone. Now the seventh head has come. Both of these electrifying prophecies have become history! This last head is destined to be the most infamous one of all. It is prophesied to wreak unparalleled destruction on this world.

This last head of the Holy Roman Empire is going to fight Jesus Christ at His Second Coming! Then the world will see how unholy the Holy Roman Empire is.

How can we not be moved and stirred intensely by this universe-shaking prophecy?

What an exciting time to be alive! Not because we understand the Holy Roman Empire, but because we understand the omnipotent God who revealed this prophecy to us!

The Best News Ever

The Plain Truth of September 1979 said this about Franz Josef Strauss: “In April 1970, on one of his many trips to the United States, Strauss visited the campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. During his two-day visit, he addressed the student body (he speaks fluent English and French) and was interviewed for the World Tomorrow television program. He was the honored dinner guest of Plain Truth editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong in Mr. Armstrong’s home. (Mr. Armstrong later said of Dr. Strauss’s visit: ‘At the close of the first day, he commented that he had just spent the happiest day of his life. The peace and happiness here are contagious. Dr. Strauss drank it in. Herr Strauss said, “We need an Ambassador College in Germany.”‘)”

Soon God’s colleges are going to fill this Earth.

What an amazing statement for a powerful world leader like Franz Josef Strauss to make—that he had just spent the happiest day of his life!

The inspiring truth is, he had just gotten an insight into the wonderful World Tomorrow. Mr. Armstrong and his supporters worked extremely hard to obey every word of the Bible. Ambassador College was like a beautiful Garden of Eden on Earth. It won the most beautiful campus in America award three different years. Soon the whole Earth is going to look like that! And people are going to be happy as never before. That time is almost here!

If Adam, Eve and the whole world had obeyed God, the Earth would look like Ambassador College did and be filled with happiness today.

The way of happiness has been rejected by mankind throughout history. They must suffer until they are willing to obey God—and be happy the way God is happy.

Winston Churchill said that men occasionally stumble onto the truth, but they quickly pick themselves up and hurry along.

How much suffering is it going to take to wake men up? Will it take the worst suffering ever before they finally turn to God?

“Three years later, on May 8, 1973, Dr. Strauss again emphasized before the World Tomorrow television cameras (this time in Germany) the same theme: ‘We must achieve, we must bring about and we must realize West European unity before the Soviet vision of the Europe of tomorrow comes into reality’” (ibid.).

Mr. Strauss had a vision of the Holy Roman Empire. He passed that on to his protégé, Edmund Stoiber. And now Stoiber has mentored Baron Guttenberg to nurture the same vision.

That vision has been alive for 1,500 years. But it always ends in catastrophe, even when it begins with good intentions.

The wrong people have hijacked the powerful European Union. That empire is about to clash with Jesus Christ Himself. Take a good look at this Holy Roman Empire; it’s going to be the last one you will ever see—forever!

That is the best news this world has ever heard. And you can prove it from your own Bible.

Beginning of a New Russian Empire

Beginning of a New Russian Empire

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Jan. 1, 2010, marks the start of a customs union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. This supranational alliance is an important step toward the creation of an even bigger and stronger Eastern alliance.

Today marks the beginning of a new Russian empire. After a decade of discussion, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan entered a common customs union on the first day of 2010, cementing Russia’s control over two of its former Soviet satellites. Much like the creation of Europe’s customs union back in 1957, it is a beginning step to the creation of a supranational alliance, with Russia calling the shots.

In a Eurasian Economic Community (eurasec) summit on November 27 in Minsk, Belarus, the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan agreed to create a customs union with common tariffs. eurasec, made up of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, is an organization of former Soviet Republics intent on forming stronger ties.

The customs union was set to go into effect on January 1, though the details aren’t finalized and the new regulations are set to phase in over the next year. The union will eliminate customs duties on trade between the three countries and will implement a common external tariff system on exports from the rest of the world.

“We are committed to the further deepening of the integration process in the eurasec area as we thereby confirm as our subsequent goal the creation, no later than Jan. 1, 2012, of a unified economic space of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation,” the leaders of the three nations said in a joint statement at a meeting in Kazakhstan on December 19.

All three are former Soviet republics so their infrastructure, primarily in the manufacturing, energy and agriculture sectors, is already tightly integrated. While the three kept their de facto free-trade zone after the Soviet Union collapsed, they were free to establish their own tariff system and develop trade relationships with foreign nations without any regulations.

With the new customs union, that freedom is now a thing of the past for Belarus and Kazakhstan. Both nations, hit hard by the global recession, will likely have to raise tariffs on their exports to stay in line with Russia, the dominant power of the three and the nation whose system forms the basis for the new common tariffs. Think tank Stratfor estimates that 90 percent of the new customs regulations will be based on Russia’s customs duties.

Higher tariffs will make imports more expensive for Belarus and Kazakhstan and force them to buy cheaper imports from Russia. This amounts to Belarus and Kazakhstan willingly hurting their own trade and giving up their economic independence to Russia in the name of economic stability. Clearly there is something more than economics pushing this deal.

For all three—especially Russia—the union is a political move. These three nations were the most pro-Soviet at the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse. Beginning a customs union is a starting point for a revival of something similar, with Russia once again at the head.

“The upcoming debut of the customs union, therefore, is not just about Russia exerting its influence in Belarus and Kazakhstan but about Moscow’s attempt to formalize its authority in these countries and lay the groundwork for bolder moves throughout the rest of its periphery in 2010 and beyond,” Stratfor wrote (December 31).

So where will these bold moves occur? Most likely, the next members of this new union will be eurasec members. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have already announced their intention to join the customs union. Armenia, a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (cis)—a separate, more loosely tied organization of former Soviet Republics—has also expressed interest in joining.

These tiny former Soviet republics already depend on Russia economically, so it’s no surprise that they wish to join. What remains to be seen is what happens with Ukraine, an observer of eurasec and member of the cis. Ukraine is the current battleground in the struggle between Europe and Russia in expanding their empires.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the force behind the current imperialistic Russia, expressed “hope that [other] eurasec colleagues will actively participate in our work and have the opportunity to join the customs union,” in a December meeting of eurasec leaders. Putin didn’t say members, he said colleagues—implying he wants even observer nations like Ukraine to join as well.

Viktor Yanukovych, the front-runner in the upcoming Ukrainian presidential elections, said he would initiate Ukraine’s accession into the customs union if elected. If this happens, Ukraine would be forced to raise tariffs and would likely increase its imports from Russia, which would enhance Russia’s economic influence in Ukraine considerably.

The question is whether or not the European Union will let Ukraine—an important link in the transit of energy from Russia to Europe—fall completely into Russia’s hands. The Trumpet has previously noted that Germany likely cut a deal, possibly over influence in Ukraine, during Russia’s invasion of Georgia, and has also speculated that it could go as far as splitting Ukraine between the two powers.

Even without a deal, the pro-Russian faction in Ukraine must be eager to press its advantage after America showed its unreliability as an ally to Eastern European nations by reneging on its agreement to deploy a ballistic missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Any hope of the Orange Revolution permanently taking Ukraine completely out of Russia’s sphere of influence is just a fantasy. Now it looks like the pro-Russian political faction is set to take back the government.

While we are yet to see what exactly will happen in Ukraine, Bible prophecy reveals that an alliance of Eastern nations, led by Russia and China, will form. (For more information, request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.)

The customs union Russia is creating in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is another step toward bringing Eastern nations into a stronger alliance that will confront the EU. Russia plainly seeks to lead a political integration of its former Soviet satellites.

It took Europe over 50 years to accomplish such a union. It will be interesting to see how far Russia can take its new customs union into the political sphere, but the direction Russia is taking eurasec and the cis is the same as the EU has taken.

While the Bible prophesies a military alliance among Eastern nations, this doesn’t necessarily mean a strong economic link between Russia and China will form. Nevertheless, the new customs union will give Russia new terms on which to deal with China, thanks to Kazakhstan. China just recently became Kazakhstan’s largest trading partner, and Kazakhstan has received $15 billion from China in financial aid. Kazakhstan has had to balance its export of oil resources between China and Russia; amid the global recession, China was able to tip the scales in its favor.

China lent Kazakhstan $10 billion in April to lock in future oil supplies and pay for a stake in mmg, Kazakhstan’s fifth-biggest oil producer. An oil pipeline from Kazakhstan to China built in 2006 was expanded to transport up to 400,000 barrels of oil a day to China—one fifth of Kazakhstan’s exports.

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Kazakhstan in December to celebrate the opening of a gas pipeline that will send natural gas into Asia; there he offered an additional $5 billion for oil refining, nuclear power and other projects.

The growing relationship between Kazakhstan and China is being interpreted as a potential wedge in Kazakhstan’s relationship with Russia. However, Kazakhstan will likely prove to instead be an important bridge between Russia and China that will eventually help bring forth the prophesied Eastern alliance.

Russia’s new customs union is an important step toward an Eastern alliance. Already East Asia, led by China, Japan and India, is moving toward further economic integration.

Jan. 1, 2010, ushers in a new decade of supranational alliances. It has started with Europe and the movement is destined to spread east to Asia.

The World’s Next Superpower

Tracking the rise of the European Union to global dominance—the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire!
From the February 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

As 2009 drew to a close, our editor in chief announced to the world that “In the next two months the Holy Roman Empire is going to be official in Europe!”

From its earliest beginnings, the Trumpet has watched and reported on this rising European imperial power, now in its guise as the European Union.

Why is that so? Why such a strong focus on the European Union?

Seizing a Lost Opportunity

The Trumpet looks upon Herbert Armstrong as its prime mentor. Mr. Armstrong published the Plain Truth magazine and was the voice of the World Tomorrow radio and television program, both serving international audiences numbering in the millions.

Europe’s unification was the key prophecy Mr. Armstrong highlighted over the years. So well known was he for this forecast that in 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, a news station in Seattle called the Plain Truth’s headquarters to ask for a statement on the event—after all, Mr. Armstrong had been saying this would happen for over 40 years. Sadly, Mr. Armstrong had died a few years before, and those in his place offered only the weakest, vaguest statement of the significance of this prophetically electrifying event.

The Trumpet has seized that lost opportunity and, as resources have permitted, sought to provide an ongoing educational service in the public interest exposing the truth about the dramatic turn of world events introduced by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thus we have worked to expose the true nature of the imperial power that is readying itself to burst onto the world scene, for a brief period in time, as a superpower of frightening strength!

After Germany’s reunification, we declared in the first year of the Trumpet’s publication, “The Holy Roman Empire is almost resurrected as Bible prophecy said it would be (see Revelation 13 and 17). Here is what Otto von Habsburg of the European Parliament recently had to say: ‘The [European] Community is living largely by the heritage of the Holy Roman Empire, though the great majority of the people who live by it don’t know by what heritage they live’” (December 1991).

In May of 1992, the Trumpet warned: “Recent political events happening within Germany and Europe should cause alarming concern for people within the United States, England and even the rest of the world. But most do not know the true meaning behind all of these events.

“A major political, economic and religious conglomerate of nations is poised ready to burst onto the world scene. Historically, this union of nations was known as the Holy Roman Empire.”

First the Balkans—Then the Rest!

Up to the Berlin Wall’s fall, the project to unite Europe—church and state—into what Otto von Habsburg described as a union reflecting the “heritage of the Holy Roman Empire” had stalled at the Iron Curtain separating Europe’s western democracies from the Communist states of the Soviet Union. European elites had long planned to fix that after what they saw as the inevitable reunification of Germany. When Germany reunited in 1990, it did not take long for that plan to emerge. It all began in the Balkan Peninsula.

Prophesying of the expansion of the final resurrection of this empire, the Prophet Daniel was inspired to write that it would wax “exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east and toward the pleasant land” (Daniel 8:9). Any Bible commentary will confirm that “the pleasant land” is the land of Israel.

Thus, for 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have anticipated and reported on the southern and eastern expansion of the European Union. We have especially watched for a multi-nation EU “peacekeeping” force to eventually surround Jerusalem (Luke 21:20).

From 1991 we tracked German hegemony as it began expanding south and east.

In our September/October 1995 edition, our editor in chief reported, “In December 1991, some politically serious events began to take shape within Germany and Eastern Europe. Strongly opposed by the European Economic Community, the United States, and the United Nations, Germany recognized the ‘breakaway’ states of Croatia and Slovenia. The pope very quickly followed Germany by also recognizing these states. This was not by coincidence; the people of these two states are very loyal to the Roman Catholic Church. … There is something very dark and sinister stirring in Europe.” Gerald Flurry then prophesied, “What is now happening in Croatia is only a small sample of what is about to spread over the entire continent! This is the ‘straw that is going to stir the drink’ to unify all of Europe. It will not be long until Europe is reunited as the Holy Roman Empire.”

Four years later, as attention in the Balkan wars shifted to Kosovo, we forecast, “America (and almost the whole world) strongly opposed Germany’s plans in the beginning. But the U.S. weakened and then even decided to support Germany in their war to control the Balkans! Then the civil war spread into Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Serbs lost control of a large portion of this republic also. Now the Serbs see Germany supporting a guerrilla army of Albanians. … The only real winner in our war with Yugoslavia will be Germany. America and Britain will be the great losers. They will grow weaker as Germany grows in power” (May 1999).

In the same edition we commented, “This spring has been a monumental time for Germany. Not only has the Luftwaffe gone to war for the first time since World War ii [in the Balkan wars], but the official opening of the Reichstag in Berlin has brought a visionary parliament together in a building 66 years after a fire there ushered in Hitler’s dictatorship and the Third Reich. … [A] European empire is to revive one last time in Western and Central Europe. Germany will spearhead this revival. The Reichstag’s reopening is yet another indicator that ‘classic Europe,’ as historians call it, is not a thing of the past.”

Quickening Pace

Over the ensuing three years, we reported on the quickening pace of EU expansion, highlighting Europe’s right-wing swing and the increasing involvement of Europe—in particular Germany—in the Middle East peace process. We also warned of the impending financial crisis and the risk to America of an alliance between Germany and Russia. Meanwhile, Germany’s efforts to control the Balkan Peninsula—using nato, under the EU umbrella, as its proxy—were steadily bearing imperial fruit. We wrote in May 2001, “Events unfolding in Europe’s Balkan Peninsula are a major sign of how close Germany is to achieving its worldwide goals.”

In our March/April 2003 edition we followed up: “State by state, the country of Yugoslavia has been conquered. Even the name Yugoslavia is being discarded.

“Most of this conquering was accomplished with U.S. military power. But it is Germany and the European Union that are taking control of the former Yugoslavia.” This article spoke about the strategic value of the Balkan Peninsula, and how the German-led EU sought to gain control of it as part of a larger strategy to control the Mediterranean Sea.

By 2004, we witnessed—for the first time since Hitler had achieved the same goal by more aggressive means—the uniting of Eastern and Western Europe by treaty, when 10 ex-Soviet nations were accepted into the European Community. Two years later, Bulgaria and Romania joined, spreading Europe’s eastern leg clear on up to the Black Sea. The rising imperial European power now symbolically stood on its two legs, east and west, as prophesied in Daniel 2:33.

That which Herbert Armstrong had so consistently prophesied had become a current-day reality!

Shifting Policies

As 2005 rolled around, we warned of a political shift in Europe: “Germany is rapidly shifting to the right wing politically,” we wrote in January that year. Quoting Stratfor, we noted that Germany was “shifting toward policies ‘reminiscent of Hitler’s.’ Today, Germany is by far the greatest economic power in Europe. It leads the powerful 25-nation [now 27] European Union superpower, which is frequently challenging the U.S. A powerful right-wing Germany is far more dangerous to America than terrorism is. We just don’t know it yet.”

With the Balkans in the bag and a whole swag of ex-Soviet satellite nations firmly ensconced under the EU imperial umbrella, the following year we warned, “Watch for Europe to become more involved with Israel, especially Jerusalem. This rising Holy Roman Empire has already taken over the Balkans—and now it has its steely eyes set on Jerusalem!” (November/December 2006).

Earlier, encouraging our readers to watch events unfolding in Europe even more intently, our editor in chief wrote in our April 2006 edition, “Current events are starting a chain reaction that is going to stir Europe into actions that will shock this world. The iron strength at the core of an imperial European Union is growing. As it has done repeatedly in history, once again it is going to smash its way to global dominance! … Herbert W. Armstrong believed the same pattern would occur again in our time—that European nations would unite suddenly because of a crisis, and that the Roman Catholic Church would play a huge role in solving that emergency. In times of crisis, religion has a way of pulling people together!”

What would that crisis be? In 2006, a number of pundits began to vocalize their concern over America’s ballooning debt. Some predicted financial and economic disaster. These reports reminded us of a prophecy Mr. Armstrong had made concerning what exactly could trigger the unifying of the divisive nations of Europe and jolt into global dominance the prophesied great European power, the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

Just as we have consistently watched for and reported on the expansion of the EU southward and eastward on into the Middle East, we have also looked for the seeds of that crisis which would suddenly truly unite the fractious nations of Europe. In our April 2006 edition we had asked, “What emergency might unify Europe again? Mr. Armstrong believed that crisis would be the fall of the dollar. The dollar’s collapse could trigger a world financial crisis and make the European currency an attractive alternative for investors around the world. What other currency comes close? If the euro became the world’s new reserve currency, Europe would be flooded with money and would dominate world markets. Today the dollar is in real trouble.”

Euro Gains, Papal Politics and Crisis

Over the next year, we increased our scrutiny of America’s economy as the dollar continued to dip. “[T]he dollar’s status as a reserve currency is shaky. The euro is rapidly gaining on the dollar as a unit of global trade,” the April 2007 Trumpet said.

That year was the 50th anniversary of European union. In the same April edition, having the EU’s foundational treaty, the Treaty of Rome, in mind, we observed, “It may have been apparent to few at the time, but the signing of that treaty in that ancient city [Rome] on March 25, 1957, laid the groundwork for what is yet to become the singular most dominant force in geopolitics this century, the European Union. … The time will come when Europe will follow the rising fashion in Russia and Latin America, and the cry will go up for a populist leader. Such a man will come to office, not necessarily via the electoral process within the European Union, but rather by diplomacy—or flatteries (Daniel 11:21). He will lead the countries of Europe out of their divisions into great, though very temporary, imperial strength. Yes, that old Holy Roman Empire will rise again.”

The same year, we noted the demonstration of papal power in Italy when Pope Benedict forced the resignation of Prime Minister Prodi over the issue of state recognition of unwed and homosexual partnerships. We commented, “This is about more than just blocking laws that promote immorality. The Catholic Church is seeking to unite Europe under the power of religion—the Catholic religion, and Catholic laws. The Bible prophesies that this powerful entity will yet gain the power to enforce the policies—including Sunday worship—it now calls upon Europeans to uphold” (May 2007).

The subprime mortgage fiasco spilled over into major financial crisis a year later. We did not have to wait long to see Europe’s reaction to the crisis of autumn 2008! The EU proxy, the G-2o, met in haste on November 14-15 that year “to consider global financial and economic regulation. The EU plan is submitted to the leaders of these 20 leading nations. Commentator Dick Morris observes, ‘The results of the G-20 economic summit amount to nothing less than the seamless integration of the United States into the European economy. … Sovereignty is out the window. Without a vote, we are suddenly members of the European Union. … [M]erging with the Europeans is like a partnership with death’” (October 2009).

Mr. Armstrong’s prescience in declaring decades ago that a banking crisis in America “could suddenly result in triggering European nations to unite as a new world power” seemed startling as we observed the beginnings of its prophetic fulfillment (co-worker letter, July 22, 1984). Out of the global economic and financial chaos, we noted, “a beast arises, a regulatory authority ruled by a banking cabal significantly hailing from Rome, Berlin and Berne, with the innocuous name of the Financial Stability Board. Its work is done in secret, behind closed doors. The outcome is prophesied in your Bible in Revelation 13. Deeply involved in lobbying the central bankers of Europe are the powerful global merchants (Revelation 18)—many of whom head the very corporations, on both sides of the Atlantic, that aided Hitler in his drive for global power. Coincidence?” (October 2009).

As the push by the Teutonic EU for the power to control the global economy continued, Agence France-Presse published this startling item Nov. 19, 2009: “[O]bservers believe Germany could be saving itself to push for the top job at the ecb [European Central Bank]—arguably the most influential EU post, as the president governs monetary policy for all the countries that share the euro” (emphasis mine throughout). Within the G-20, it’s the powerful central bankers who call the tune and control the purse strings of the world. Hence Germany’s desire to seize the top job of the most powerful and influential of all central banks, the European Central Bank. “The ecb president is and will remain one of the most powerful European voices in global policymaking,” said Marco Annunziata, chief economist at Italian bank UniCredit. But Berlin will not be alone in competing for the ecb president’s job. The other strong contender is—guess who? Rome!

Whether Berlin or Rome is successful in seizing what has become the most prominent central banking post on the planet doesn’t matter in the whole equation of unfolding events involving centralized control over the global economy. Either way, one powerful entity wins: the rapidly emerging seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire!

Watch … and Pray!

By the time the Berlin Wall fell, the European Community was already a trading bloc wielding significant economic power. Afterward, the European Community became a definite political force via the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, changing its name to the European Union. That treaty opened the way for members to unify on matters of defense, justice and home affairs and primed the drive toward monetary union.

For 20 years, we have watched and reported on the metamorphosis of the European Union from a free-trade bloc, into a united political entity, into a global financial and economic regulatory power—and on to its present status: an imperial power of rising global influence, under its own federal constitution, possessing its own diplomatic corps, subject to the oversight of its own president—the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire!

Of the greatest concern is that the recently ratified Lisbon Treaty/European constitution legitimizes the creation of a pan-European military force. Indications are that this will be largely enacted by combining existing EU military forces and assets with those of nato, a process favored by the EU’s strongest military power, Germany. It will include access to nuclear weapons.

Already European industry is gearing up to unify and consolidate its component parts to support this end. The time it would normally take for such a process could be drastically hastened by crisis. The rising tension being created by Islam’s push into Europe’s sphere of influence could mean the EU is but one terrorist attack away from such a crisis.

With the EU now significantly advanced toward fulfilling its goal of global dominance as a superpower, to use Herbert Armstrong’s words, “greater than either the U.S. or Russia,” what will the Trumpet be watching for in the immediate future? To achieve the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecies detailing the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, we shall continue to watch for a number of events to fall into place, among which will be:

—The reorganization of EU member nations into 10 distinct regions, each under its own leader subordinate to Brussels/Berlin (Revelation 17:12)

—Increasing cooperation between EU and nato defense forces until the one subsumes the other (Revelation 13:4, 7)

—Increasing penetration of the Middle East peace process by a German-dominated diplomatic thrust (Obadiah 1:7)

—An EU international “peacekeeping” force to surround Jerusalem (Luke 21:20)

—Increasingly aggressive initiatives by the Vatican to enforce Rome’s religion as the ideological glue to unite the masses in Europe behind the imperialist motives of both Rome and Berlin (Revelation 13)

—The rising European sentiment against Islam to spark a cry from Rome calling for a “Christian” backlash, culminating in a whirlwind response to Iran and its lackeys (Daniel 11:40)

As 2010 dawns, it does so with the words of a startling announcement from our editor in chief reverberating: “The final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire IS HERE!” That declaration ought to be a powerful stimulus to action to anybody who ever heard the voice of Herbert Armstrong prophesying for decades that these events would occur exactly as Bible prophecy declares they will. It ought to stimulate our watching and our praying—even as Jesus Christ appended to His great prophecy of end-time events in Luke 21 this warning (verse 36): “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the son of man.”

The Real Significance of Angela Merkel’s Speech

From the January 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

For only the second time since World War ii, a German chancellor addressed the U.S. Congress. Amazingly, the commentators from the popular press ignored the most momentous of Angela Merkel’s statements and zeroed in on a topic that the most astute of climate scientists are increasingly rejecting—the global warming hoax!

Manipulators of public opinion have had a field day using the global warming fear as a smokescreen behind which to hide their true globalist political agenda. This is a reality to which the mass media remain largely blinded.

It’s time to face up to reality. The real meat was in the main body of Merkel’s speech, not in the global warming smokescreen tagged on the end, though this got the most applause from the Democratic side of the House.

A Historic Occasion

Chancellor Merkel’s address on Nov. 3, 2009, came at a crucial time in transatlantic relations. The U.S. is in decline politically, economically and financially. The European Union, with its constitution ratified, stands on the brink of becoming a giant imperial power overnight. In fact, it is becoming the very power that will fill the increasing economic, political and military vacuum being created in the world through America’s decline.

The nation that stands in the lead of the European empire is Germany.

Given that context, the address by the German chancellor was a most historic—not to mention prophetic—occasion. Yet few in that audience, reading between the lines of the chancellor’s speech, would have garnered the truth of the reality America faces.

The number of EU summits hit a peak in 2009. It seems no sooner was one summit over before we were hearing of the imminent scheduling of another.

Why all the chat in this whirlwind of EU summitry? It’s simple. It is time! It’s time for the grand EU design to emerge from behind its facade and finally reveal its true reason for being. And the movers and shakers, the powerfully influential elites who have driven this postwar grand design for Europe thus far, want their enterprise to finally emerge as a powerful global player, not only economically, but politically and, believe it or not, militarily.

The frequency of EU summitry has hinged on the progressive building of a German-dominated imperial power, not by military aggression, but by treaty. Step by step, the European elites have constructed this rising empire by a series of treaties. Each treaty was designed to build upon its predecessor in a process that has taken a simple agreement on access to coal and steel (the treaty of Paris, 1951, which created the European Coal and Steel Community) to rebuild postwar European industry, to its inevitable outcome: a treaty enabling the launching of a powerful pan-European military industry underpinning a powerful imperial military force of global reach.

That old master of international relations, Hans Morgenthau, pointed to industrial capacity as being one of the most important factors underpinning the status of a world power. “[T]he competition among nations for power transforms itself largely into competition for the production of bigger, better and more implements of war,” he wrote in Politics Among Nations. Extrapolating the point, Morgenthau went on to state the logical outcome of this competition for global power. “[A] change in industrial rank, for better or for worse, should be accompanied or followed by a corresponding change in the hierarchy of power.”

The transfer of power that has followed the transfer of industrial capacity, changing the West into major consumers and the East into major producers of goods, is now witnessing a subsequent reduction in power of the previously dominant industrial nations, significantly the Anglo-Saxons, and the rise to power of the world’s major producers, in particular China, Japan, India and a resurrecting Russia.

Perhaps the least understood of all rising industrial powers is the European Union.

The Resurrecting Empire

People will believe what they choose to believe, regardless of reality. Most choose to believe what is fed to them by the popular press. It has thus played to the huge advantage of the rising European imperial power that it is largely ignored by a poorly educated and largely blind U.S. media machine. While the press and mass media dance to the tune of the liberal socialists’ views on such high-profile stories as the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, economic “recovery,” and the ever-present, nauseating “celebrity” personalities of the day, the behemoth rises across the Atlantic.

So well-masked has been this resurrection of old “Holy” Roman/Teutonic power that when its reality hits, it will send a massive shock wave through North America in particular. Britain—being much closer geographically to Europe, and now beginning to stand aghast at the degree to which its economy and its political and judicial system have been wrecked by membership in the European Union—at least has an increasing number of sensibly aware voices clamoring for their nation to extricate itself from Brussels/Berlin. Sadly, it’s too late for even such action to have a positive bearing on the state of the British nation.

So drastic is Britain’s economic state (the United Kingdom now being Germany’s largest EU creditor) that its prime minister has announced the fire sale of prime national assets.

Pope Benedict xvi in his recent encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” called for a global order to address the world’s 21st-century challenges. Chancellor Merkel added her voice to that call in her speech, declaring to the joint houses of Congress that the solution to the world’s problems was a “global order … under global law,” and calling for the institution of a “global economic order” under “global law.” Merkel’s request was especially timely, considering the rise of the EU as a globalist imperial power established by the Lisbon Treaty’s ratification.

Germany and the Vatican have a history of operating in tandem under the facade of the European Union to advance their imperialist agenda for universal government. The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty—in essence an imperialist European Constitution—will accelerate that trend.

Europe’s Next Initiative

Now that the European Union stands revealed for that which it was always destined to become—a global power—Chancellor Merkel gave more than a strong hint as to what will become the new pretense under which Berlin and Rome will aggressively move forward in the drive for global economic order. She encouraged the U.S. to join the EU in using the G-20 to achieve this end, a reality that has leaped into focus since the G-20 began imposing its globalist EU-driven agenda on the world after the great Wall Street crash of September 2008.

The EU constitution establishes the new positions of EU high representative and EU foreign minister, and implements the EU diplomatic service, on Jan. 1, 2010. These steps forward are certain to accelerate the development of the European military force—the most dramatic and dangerous of all the institutions the new EU constitution embraces.

The world would do well to take warning that Chancellor Merkel’s call for a global order under global regulation is about to become a reality—under initiatives to be enforced by the very nation from which she hails!

As you watch this rapid-fire propulsion of the European empire to global power status, remember the words of Herbert W. Armstrong: “Watch for developments suddenly to speed toward European political and military union, through religious union! … [I]n very few years at most, it must start. And when it does, events will flash by with a lightning speed that will astound the world …. This sudden blitz toward union … once triggered will move so swiftly the whole world will be caught by surprise. Yes indeed! They shall wonder in amazement!” (Plain Truth, November 1965).

Read our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for an in-depth understanding of the history that has led to this moment, and for the great hope it portends for the future.

How This Is an Attack on Britain

From the January 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

Britain’s skies light up with fireworks and the glow of bonfires and burning effigies every November 5, when millions of English celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. It marks the anniversary of the Catholic plot to annihilate the English government by blowing up the Houses of Parliament—filled at the time with politicians, including King James I and most of the Anglican aristocracy—in their opening session in 1605.

Although the attack was thwarted, and the Catholic assassins were rounded up, prosecuted, then hanged, drawn and quartered, the date continued as an annual celebration. A celebration of Britain’s indomitable independence from Europe. Of the miraculous fortitude of the English monarchy. And, most significantly, of the failed attempt by Catholics to conquer Anglican England.

This past year, despite the festivities, it was a night of sobering irony. Why?

For years, the Vatican has stashed gunpowder under the rotting floorboards of the Church of England. (Lambeth Palace, via its self-damaging liberalism, has helped facilitate its own demise.) In October, the Vatican lit the fuse when it announced that it had created a path by which disgruntled Anglicans might return to the Catholic fold. The pope, as A.N. Wilson put it in the New York Times, “parked his tanks on the Church of England’s lawn” (Oct. 24, 2009).

But that’s not all he did.

Pope Benedict XVI has essentially succeeded where Guy Fawkes failed: He’s inflicted a deathblow on the institution largely responsible for defining British sovereignty, empowering Britain’s historic independence from Europe and forging Britain as a global power. In other words, he attacked Britain.

This is no exaggeration. “The Church of England has been the religious expression of [Britain’s]independent national identity which signaled the rise of Britain as a significant world power,” observed Wilson, a British liberal whose revisionist skew on history underpins his praise of Benedict’s assault on the Church of England. “It will formally bring to an end the idea of the Established Church, and of the monarchy as that Establishment’s symbol and head” (Oct. 24, 2009; emphasis mine throughout).

Wilson—despite his reveling in what he sees as an attack on the Church of England, the British monarchy and the institution at the heart of Britain’s “independent national identity”—recognizes the central and historic role of the Anglican Church in British history. Even revisionist liberals don’t deny this history; Britain’s existence as a sovereign state and global power is inextricably linked to the Anglican Church.

The Church at Britain’s Heart

It is generally known that the Church of England was born, with Henry VIII acting as its midwife, in the mid-16th century. Less widely known, however, is that it was conceived in the 5th century. “One of the reasons why the Reformation was successful in England,” writes British historian Paul Johnson, “was that there was absolutely nothing new about it. All its elements—anti-clericalism, anti-papalism, the exaltation of the Crown in spiritual matters, the envy of clerical property, even the yearning for doctrinal reform—were deeply rooted in the English past” (The Offshore Islanders).

Even from its conception, “British Christianity,” with its spirit of independence, played a central role in the establishment of Britain as an independent power distinct in many features from its Catholic neighbors on the Continent. Early British leaders, explains Johnson, wielded English Christianity as a force for legitimizing decisions, enforcing law and establishing the credibility of government. “The church became the principle instrument of civil government; the bishops were the king’s chief advisers, his chapel servants as well as spiritual ministers. The church codified the law, and put it in writing. Even before the church came, English society was developing a definite structure: But the church supplied the literate manpower and expertise to build a state machine” (ibid.).

The contributions of “British Christianity” went beyond the fundamental yet stoic establishment of English law and government. Britain’s distinct breed of Christianity infused Englishmen, on an emotional and religious level, with a profound, enduring sense of national identity. After the Act of Appeals in 1533 established the monarch as the titular head of the church, the sworn “defender of the faith,” English kings and queens enjoyed the loyalty of English men, women and children whose “Christian” devotion inspired a willingness to sacrifice blood, sweat and tears for “God, king and country.”

“The Anglican Communion is one of the last vestiges of the old British Empire,” observed the Wall Street Journal. “Faith followed trade and the flag, planting the Anglican Church in far-flung places such as Singapore, Tanzania, Canada and South Africa” (Oct. 22, 2009). It would be hard to overstate the impact of the Church of England on Britain’s history—not only its distinct religious and moral existence, but even the establishment and evolution of its laws and government, and Britain’s expansion as a global empire.

The significance of the Vatican’s announcement is magnified profoundly when considered in this context.

Re-embracing Catholicism

When the pope struck at the institution at the heart of British sovereignty and power, the institution largely responsible for shaping English national character and for empowering the inhabitants of the diminutive little isle with an indomitable spirit of independence, he didn’t merely park his tanks on the lawn at Lambeth Palace.

He parked his tanks on Downing Street, and on the grounds of Buckingham Palace!

Two years ago, when it was leaked that the Vatican was working on a way to reunite with Anglicans, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “Britain suffered some of its worst nightmares when the Catholic Church reigned over it. However, the people have forgotten that oppressive history. Now, they are about to embrace the Catholic Church again” (May 2007).

Guy Fawkes Night celebrates a failure to annihilate the English government more than 400 years ago. In October, Pope Benedict xvi succeeded where Guy Fawkes failed.

Keeping an Eye on January 16 and 17

Keeping an Eye on January 16 and 17

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Here’s why we do it.
From the February 2010 Trumpet Print Edition

The reason we carefully watch for significant events in January is because of what happened 24 years ago. On Jan. 16, 1986, after preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God as a witness to the world for nearly six decades, Herbert W. Armstrong died at the age of 93. The next day, January 17, marked the beginning of the Laodicean era of God’s Church—an era characterized by spiritual lethargy, prophetic blindness and gross materialism (Revelation 3:14-22).

Early on, the new leadership in the Worldwide Church of God (wcg) tried to conceal its contempt for Mr. Armstrong’s work and his teachings. But by the end of 1988, it had become painfully obvious to a few discerning observers that these men were maliciously intent on disassociating themselves from everything Mr. Armstrong stood for.

In March 1989, my father began working on a manuscript to explain, from a biblical perspective, why the wcg was making so many changes. Later that year, on Dec. 7, 1989, after wcg leaders in Pasadena, California, had learned about the manuscript, they promptly fired my father and excommunicated him.

In the weeks that followed, my father converted his manuscript into an 83-page, photocopied “book”—called Malachi’s Message to God’s Church Today. On Jan. 10, 1990, a tiny church of only 13 people packaged 921 copies of Malachi’s Message, and delivered the bundle to the post office the next day.

“This message is being received by many people on the very day of the anniversary of Mr. Armstrong’s death,” my father wrote toward the end of that first version of Malachi’s Message. “We didn’t plan it, but we are happy it happened that way.” Then, he wrote this: “You are going to see the date of Mr. Armstrong’s death take on more significance as time goes on. … The third 19-year time cycle of the work of the Worldwide Church of God ends in January of 1991—the same month as the anniversary of Mr. Armstrong’s death. Will we see some dramatic event in the world … then?”

On Jan. 16, 1991, exactly one year after we first distributed Malachi’s Message, the fifth-year anniversary of Mr. Armstrong’s death, the United States launched the Gulf War. As Brad Macdonald notes (article, page 16), that correct forecast in 1991 was only the beginning of a prophetic legacy we have been building on for the past 20 years.

Amos and the Earthquake

The first booklet my father wrote after Malachi’s Message was The Lion Has Roared. It summarized the key prophecies proclaimed by the biblical Prophet Amos. As it happens, we also completed production of this booklet around January 16—this time in 1992.

In a speech he gave on Dec. 21, 1991, my father again noted that many people on our mailing list would be receiving The Lion Has Roared near the anniversary of Mr. Armstrong’s death. Anciently, the Prophet Amos delivered his warning message two years before a great earthquake, my father added. “And I mean they had a massive earthquake.” Later, he wondered, “What if there is another massive earthquake on this Earth—maybe from two years by the time this booklet goes out?” (emphasis mine throughout).

Then, toward the end of that two-year window, my father pointedly asked in a message delivered on Oct. 30, 1993, “Is it possible that God could strike with an earthquake the latter part of this year; maybe the first part of next year or maybe even on January the 16th, 1994? Is it possible something like that could happen? Well yes, I would say it’s possible, especially in the state of California.”

He was speaking of the possibility of an earthquake not only in January 1994—but even in California!

In the December 1993 Trumpet, he again asked, “Will an earthquake be the next California disaster?”

The following month, on January 17, at 4:31 a.m., a massive earthquake rocked Southern California, causing $20 billion worth of damage and leaving 20,000 people displaced from their homes. The massive jolt killed over 70 people and injured 9,000 more. The epicenter devastated the community of Northridge, which is about 20 miles northwest of Pasadena.

Yet another remarkable coincidence? Or an undeniable sign that God’s prophetic work of boldly warning this world in the noble tradition of Herbert W. Armstrong had continued, without missing a beat?

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of our work this past December, my father said in a sermon on December 5 that the Philadelphia Church of God began on Dec. 7, 1989—the same date the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941—because God wanted to remind us that we must finish the work Herbert Armstrong began in warning the United States and Britain of their coming destruction at the hands of a European superpower. It will be a time of “great tribulation,” the likes of which this world has never seen, Jesus said in Matthew 24:21.

In that same message, my father also noted that January 2010 marks the end of the fourth 19-year time cycle since God’s end-time work began in 1934. Should we then be surprised that as of this month, the European constitution is now being fully enforced in Europe? Or that Germany’s high court recently decided to ban Sunday shopping in Germany, effective Jan. 1, 2010? (page 15).

Now grasp the significance of what is happening before your eyes. The seventh and final resurrection of the “Holy” Roman Empire is here! Yes, the European Union must still be pared down from 27 member states to the biblically prophesied 10 nations or groups of nations. But we are living right in the midst of a revived Holy Roman Empire.

Mr. Armstrong thunderously proclaimed this prophecy for nearly six decades! Now, it is reality! As of January 2010, my father noted on December 5, Revelation 17:10 will have been fulfilled, including the now-resurrected empire that had “not yet come” during the days of Herbert W. Armstrong.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 is nothing compared to what is happening right now in Europe. Regarding the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, my father noted, January was already shaping up to be a “jam-packed” month. And as always with the history of this work, January 16 and 17, in particular, are dates we need to keep an eye on.

Given the numerous prophetic events that have been fulfilled since Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986, do we dare not sit up and take note of the sure prophecies of God?