German-Led EU Conquers Yugoslavia

A giant world power is rising out of Europe! And it is going to shock the world as perhaps no power ever has!

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. And Germany is giving the U.S. no credit for what it did! But they do often blame America for many of the problems that have developed.

The former Yugoslavia is a part of the Balkans, or Balkan Peninsula, along with Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and European Turkey. The Balkan Peninsula is an extremely important strategic area. The Adriatic Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea. The German-led EU is also working hard to get control of the Mediterranean Sea—of even greater strategic importance.

Look at any map and you can see the strategic value. However, it seems only Germany fully realizes the significance of these areas. The Germans are willing to fight the whole world to gain control of them. It seems nobody has asked why these areas are so important to Germany!

Where is this all leading?

The same spirit that caused Germany to start two world wars still prevails in that land! Soon the whole world will understand—and, shocking as it may be, your Bible predicts that people by the multiple millions will once again suffer from Germany’s violent attacks, as the Germans lead Europe.

This major turnaround in the Balkans has caused Europe to look to Germany once again.

Notice what Sir Winston Churchill said, May 31, 1935: “Everywhere these countries are being made to look to Germany in a special way.”

And today all of Europe is looking to Germany in a special way. The outcome will be frighteningly similar to World War ii—except it will be about a thousand times worse!

It seems we have learned nothing from Germany’s history. Even terrifying events like World War ii taught us nothing—just as Winston Churchill warned the world in the 1930s that it had learned nothing from Germany’s history and World War i.

Here is what he said February 7, 1934: “Not one of the lessons of the past has been learned, not one of them has been applied, and the situation is incomparably more dangerous.”

When Germany starts World War iii, we will finally learn some lessons—but only after America, Britain and the little nation called Israel today have become victims.

We have been teaching this message for over 50 years.

The only way for our people to prevent this coming catastrophe is to repent of their evil ways. May God help us to hear the trumpet sounding.

EU Adopts Balkan States posted the following on January 10: “EU Commission [EC] President Romano Prodi promised today in Athens that all Balkan countries ‘can become members of the EU one day.’ Speaking after meeting the Greek prime minister and current holder of the EU presidency, Costas Simitis, he said the Balkan countries would not necessarily become members on the same day, as each of them would follow their own course and be judged on their own merits. ‘But in the long run, Balkans belong strictly to the EU,’ he said.

“Bulgaria and Romania are already negotiating EU membership, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia and the former Republic of Yugoslavia—Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia—all are part of the Stabilization and Association Process (sap) with the EU. …

“Both for the EU Commission and the Greek presidency, future EU membership for all Balkan countries is a priority, Mr. Prodi said. He went on to add that an EU policy for the Mediterranean area was in the making. The Commission is drafting a letter to Mr. Simitis in Greece as well as the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, to make sure that the current Greek EU presidency and the following Italian EU presidency make the Mediterranean area a priority” (emphasis mine throughout).

“Malta is the southern pillar of Europe …. I want to see Malta in the EU.” Those are the words of EC President Prodi, which Trumpet journalists heard with their own ears back in March 2000 at Malta conferences concerning the country’s future EU membership. Read those words again: “Malta is the southern pillar of Europe …. I want to see Malta in the EU.”

Gunter Verheugen, European commissioner for enlargement, said if Malta joined the EU it would “become a gateway. … For Europe, Malta has been described as a springboard to the whole Mediterranean region, and especially to the African and Middle Eastern shores.”

What ambition! The EU is already planning to reach into the Mediterranean and Africa, and across to Cyprus and the Middle East. They have a dangerous global ambition. Such ambition is leading to unparalleled violence and terror in this world. But very few people seem to understand.

Yet again, the world is destined to see Islam pitched against Vatican-dominated Christianity in a “holy war,” with Jerusalem as the prize (Dan. 11:40). Cyprus will figure prominently in one of these mighty battles for control of the strategic Middle East (Dan. 11:30-31).

Why all this strategicinterest? Because the German-led EU wants to rule the world!

If you think that is far-fetched, just look at the history of the bloody Holy Roman Empire. It has been the exact opposite of “holy.” And it always had the goal of ruling the world!

Thankfully, this next resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire will be the last.

Ten Nations

We are seeing a resurrection of the medieval Holy Roman Empire. Ten nations or groups of nations will combine into one world superpower. They will all give their power to the “beast” (Rev. 13 and 17).

Germany and the Vatican had to get control of the Balkan states to develop the eastern leg, or foot, of the Holy Roman Empire. It too was prophesied.

Notice what Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in June 1956: “Perhaps even this coming military-political leader does not yet know how many, or precisely which European nations will join in this United Nazi Fascist Europe. But you and I can know the number—for God Almighty wrote it down for us 1,900 years ago, in Revelation 17! There will be 10 dictatorships, exerting iron rule over 10 European nations. These 10 will give all their military power to the central over-all leader—pictured under the prophetic symbol, ‘the beast.’ …

“The strong indication of these prophecies, then, is that some of the Balkan nations are going to tear away from behind the Iron Curtain.”

Remember, that was written in 1956—nearly 50 years ago!

Are we too groggy to comprehend how dramatically Mr. Armstrong’s prophecy was fulfilled? Only God could have revealed to him the future fate of nations!

These prophecies have been and are being fulfilled before our eyes. Only the blind fail to see! We must awaken out of our sleep.

Here is what Mr. Armstrong wrote February 18, 1980: “There will now be an effort to bring Yugoslavia into the Holy Roman Empire alliance! There will be strong pressure from the Vatican, in view of the pope’s visit to his native Poland, to bring Poland into the new United States of Europe. [That is now happening!] If Yugoslavia and Poland go in, then expect at least Romania also to go in. [‘”Croatia definitely intends to become an EU member in its second enlargement wave,” penciled in for 2007 when Bulgaria and Romania also hope to join, Minister for European Integration Neven Mimica told afp’ (Agence France Presse, Jan. 28).]

“You may be sure the West European leaders are conferring hurriedly and secretly about how and how soon they may unite and provide a united European military force so they can defend themselves! [That has already happened.] And so they will no longer have to give in meekly to Russia! And who will they blame for their humiliation and their necessity now to have a united Europe, with a united government, a common currency, and a common military force as great or greater than either the ussr or the U.S.? They will blame the United States! And when they are strong enough to assert themselves, they will first attack Britain for standing firm with the U.S., and then they will return a lot of hydrogen bombs the U.S. has stored now in Europe!

“So says Almighty God in His Word!

“They can unite only through the Vatican. It will be a church-state union. It won’t last long, but will create havoc unprecedented!”

How could Mr. Armstrong possibly have known these staggering events would unfold? Because of Bible prophecy!

What an astounding prophecy! It is being fulfilled in detail.

Never has anti-Americanism been stronger in Europe, and it is growing astronomically.

The EU now has 15 member nations, and it is still growing. But it will take the Vatican to unite them into one mind. Eventually, there will be 10 nations or kings, essentially Catholic, that form this frightening power. They will choose the “best” and reject the rest!

The map of the world’s future is laid out in striking precision.

On August 27, 1980, Mr. Armstrong wrote this comment in a member and co-worker letter: “Will Poland free itself from Soviet domination and join with Yugoslavia, Romania and possibly Czechoslovakia—and with Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Austria—in a resurrected medieval ‘Holy Roman Empire’ to dominate Europe and equal the ussr and the U.S. in world power?”

December 27, 1981, Mr. Armstrong wrote, “What the world does not realize is that, under cover, secret planning is proceeding furiously, uncovered by the news media, unknown by the public.

“But suddenly, unexpectedly, as biblical prophecy reveals, the whole world will be startled and shocked into wonder, to learn that a new third super world power has suddenly burst forth onto the world scene—a resurrection of the medieval Holy Roman Empire by a union of 10 nations in Europe—very possibly five in Western Europe, and five broken loose from the Communist orbit in Eastern Europe! The crisis in Poland is tremendously significant, and with it the fact that there is now a Polish pope!”

Mr. Armstrong knew well the meaning of the image described in Daniel 2, of a great statue with legs of iron and feet of iron mixed with clay. These legs represent the eastern and western legs of the Roman Empire. Mr. Armstrong had the two legs of Daniel’s image on his mind—or, more specifically, the two feet: the last resurrection of that empire.

Finally, here is a statement Mr. Armstrong wrote on May 20, 1982: “Now what will actually trigger the Great Tribulation? It will last approximately 31/2 years—right up to the real Second Coming of Christ with His eyes as flames of fire and His face shining as the sun full strength for all to see.

“Revelation 13 and 17, coupled with Daniel 2 and 7, say that a union of ten nations in the area of the old Roman Empire will plunge the world into the Great Tribulation! … The uprising against Soviet domination in Poland can easily lead to Poland, and such Eastern European nations as Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and even Greece, joining in a union with Roman Catholic nations in Western Europe. The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church could join with the Roman Catholic. The 10 nations of Revelation 17 will be Catholic.

How could Mr. Armstrong have prophesied these events so accurately? Because he had a deep understanding of Bible prophecy.

These prophecies should strike fear in the minds of our people! Soon these prophetic events are going to be fulfilled with a sledgehammer impact! Nothing can stop them, except repentance.

Are you ready for what lies ahead?

The Vatican wrote this on January 12: “European Parliament head Pat Cox has invited Pope John Paul ii to address the assembly, to mark the pontiff’s key role in reuniting Europe, his spokesman said Sunday. The Irish head of the Strasbourg assembly hopes the visit will occur in the second half of this year, at a historic time for the European Union ahead of its enlargement next year.

“The spokesman said the hoped-for trip was not directly linked to the current debate on a future European constitution, which has been marked by fierce exchanges about references to religion. …

“His trip to the European Parliament would reflect his dual status as head of the Vatican State and as a ‘global spiritual leader.’”

Actually, there have been very few “fierce exchanges about references to religion.” Otherwise, why are they inviting the pope to speak in the European Parliament? And when religion is discussed, it is almost always the Catholic religion. That religion—and no other—is going to be a vital part of the EU constitution! The Vatican will guide the European Union. Bible prophecy makes that very clear (Rev. 13:11-15). Otherwise, it would not be the “Holy Roman Empire.”

The pope is addressing the European Parliament “to mark the pontiff’s key role in reuniting Europe.” And you can be certain that he will also guide Europe’s future!

The deadly, very bloody Holy Roman Empire is being resurrected! Let the world beware!

The Vatican’s impact globally has never been more intense. But it is about to become 100-fold greater!

The clouds are black and ominous, and the thunderbolts are about to come crashing down on our heads!

Jeremiah spoke of a “seething pot” (Jer. 1:13). That pot is seething violently in Europe right now. And it’s about to boil over. We should already feel the heat from this fiery, seething pot!

People could see, and even feel, the seething if they only understood a little history. But they refuse to be taught by history—even quite recent history!

Time is the supreme factor in every event. And time is short (Rev. 12:12). There are only a few short years before the pot boils over. We should ratchet up our lives to the emergency level. We can no longer afford to squander time.

Our “indulgent press” (Winston Churchill’s words) leaves many of our people confused, because its writings are so vague and lacking in facts. Too often they report “smooth things” (Isa. 30:10) and call the truth “alarmist.” But we are going to have to lay aside the easy, pleasurable way if we heed God’s warning.

God’s curse is upon our people, and it will intensify until we repent. We hold the key to how intensely we are punished.

Is your life geared to the “last hour” of this supreme crisis at the close?

In the mid-1930s, Winston Churchill warned his people, “Something quite extraordinary is afoot. All the signals are set for danger. The red lights flash through the gloom.” He was concerned “that Europe, and indeed the world, may be rescued from the catastrophe with which the future is loaded.”

Our crisis-laden future will be at least a thousand times worse than what Churchill faced. We face the worst suffering ever in man’s history—mega-death! There will be unburied piles of dead bodies around the Earth.

Is this what it will take to revive us from the coma we are in now?

Churchill and Germany

In his biography of Winston Churchill, William Manchester wrote: “The Germans, after all, had been belligerent for 2,000 years; British public school boys were taught that ‘Civilization stops at the Rhine and the Danube, the frontiers of the Roman Empire,’ or, as Winston put it, ‘A Hun alive is a war in prospect.’ In the past 70 years Germany had writ her name large on battlefields ….”

If you understand Bible history and prophecy, you know the Germans have indeed “been belligerent for 2,000 years” —and throughout their history!

The Bible states that Germany has a warmongering heart, when they are militarily strong (Isa. 10:5-7). Assyria is the ancient name of Germany (for more information, write for our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire).

Churchill emphasized this problem before World War ii. He said, “Nothing but a change of the German heart can avert another catastrophe,” and that was “unlikely to come from within, for the true German nature has never changed”! (ibid.). The Germans are a great people, but they have been victims of a cruel system. Their nature has been nurtured by the Holy Roman Empire, which has been directly led by the most evil being in the universe!

Manchester also wrote, “By the early 1930s, however, the strongest emotion aroused in Germany’s neighbors was primitive terror. The Germans knew it; they had deliberately provoked it in two wars, and had even given it a name, Schrecklichkeit (frightfulness). The 19th-century Prussian strategist Karl von Clausewitz had encouraged it as a means of shortening wars by putting the enemy ‘in a situation in which continuing the war is more oppressive to him than surrender.’ Teutonic troops, armed and dangerous, were frightful. They had practiced Schrecklichkeit in 1914, when bands of French and Belgian guerrillas defending their own soil had led to German executions of civilians, hostages and prisoners of war. ‘Suddenly,’ Barbara Tuchman writes, ‘the world became aware of the beast beneath the German skin.’ [And the worst aspects of that ‘beast’ are to be manifested in the imminent future!]

“In the 1920s and 1930s, accounts of these crimes were suppressed by pacifists in das Ausland, that revealing German term which welded all nations outside the Reich into a single collective noun. The new line was that all tales of German atrocities in the Great War had been Allied propaganda. But Belgians who had treated their invaders with disrespect had in fact been led before firing squads as early as the second day of the war. German records proved it. If Belgian refugees slowed the German advance, hostages were picked at random and killed. One can find their gravestones today, inscribed ‘1914: Fusillé par les Allemands’—‘Shot by the Germans.’”

Meekly caving in to, or empowering, Germany today is leading to a far worse disaster than Hitler and World War ii!

A militarily powerful Germany loves to frighten other nations. Repeatedly it has become what the Bible calls a “beast.” And it is the beast of all beasts!

How long will it take the world to learn what Winston Churchill knew so deeply? He taught us that lesson so effectively before and during World War ii. But we have refused to learn. Now the most terrifying events ever must engulf us—because of our sins.

Here is a report from the Intelligence Digest: “Washington is following an intentional policy the purpose of which is to leave both east and west Europe under German domination. …

“So Germany, with the full backing of America,is to be the sole great power of Europe ….

“Washington urgently needs to think again before it is too late: Its policy for Europe is not a policy for future stability;it is the reverse” (Aug. 11-25, 1995).

America the Target

In 2000, Germany gave then-U.S. President Bill Clinton the Charlemagne Prize. Yet Charlemagne waded through blood to conquer Europe (as Bismarck and Hitler did)! We can see why President Clinton was given such honor by the Germans. When Mr. Clinton was president, he knowingly empowered Germany to become the greatest political force in Europe. That criminal act will prove to be America’s worst foreign-policy disaster ever!

This is a strange paradox. The U.S. is giving Germany control of the very nations that Hitler fought a bloody war attempting to conquer!

Notice these startling media reports:

“Europe has begun a Balkans offensive. At the end of June, the European Union plans to take the reins of the peacekeeping mission in Macedonia from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Around the turn of the year, responsibility for the international police force in Bosnia and Herzegovina is to pass from the United Nations to the EU. Europeans hold the top posts in the interim UNadministration in Kosovo, and the kfor peacekeeping is increasingly becoming a European operation. Moreover, the EU, in the person of Javier Solana, its high representative for foreign and security policy, has taken over sponsorship of the Balkans’ latest political entity, Serbia and Montenegro.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 19, 2002

“Nato is making a big push for the Europeans to take over the alliance’s military operations in Macedonia by March and in Bosnia early next year as the U.S. continues its steady withdrawal from the Balkans and the Europeans assume full responsibility for the region.”

Financial Times, London, Jan. 11

“In addition to the significant amounts of EU aid these countries receive, all five (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) benefit from generous trade preferences. Since December 2000, the vast majority of products from southeast Europe have enjoyed duty-free and unlimited access to EU markets—these arrangements are even more generous than those enjoyed by the candidate countries of Central and Eastern Europe.”

“The western Balkans have always been a turbulent area, and that tradition certainly continued over the last decade, when wars and conflicts scarred the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The cluster of little states that emerged from the wreckage now often looks to the European Union as a guarantor of future prosperity and stability, as do its neighbors.”

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Jan. 7

“… Brussels will have no choice but to take over the Balkan peacekeeping mission for its own practical security and as a proving ground for EU military ambitions. …

“With more pressing concerns in other parts of the world, the United States—and nato by extension—is seeking to disengage permanently from the Balkans. … That puts the onus on Europe to take full responsibility for its fragile southern flank.”, April 29, 2002

“With the United States committed to disengaging from the Balkans, Germany will emerge as the dominant power in there and, by extension, in European defense policy. …

“The current struggle for influence over the region is rooted in history. Germany has always been closer to Croatia and Slovenia, and former Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s early recognition of their break from Yugoslavia helped to precipitate the Balkan wars of the 1990s. …

“Germany is seeking to reassert itself at the center of Europe, and the Balkans play a big part in that strategy. It is an area where Germany can expand its military reach without frightening either itself or its neighbors. Berlin also would like to build on its ties with Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Bulgaria to pull both southern and Eastern Europe under its wing as the EU expands.”, March 6, 2002

All of these journalists see that Germany is leading the EU. Now it has an area (former Yugoslavia) to test and build its military—relatively unnoticed by the world. At the same time, the second leg, or foot (Eastern Europe), of the empire is developing.

However, it gets even more troubling. Notice this revealing quote: “Berlin Plus [an agreement between nato and the EU] gives the Europeans access to nato planning and assets for missions that they want to carry out independently of nato, provided that nato does not want to take the lead in the first place” (Financial Times, London, Dec. 17, 2002).

That means that the EU uses “nato planning and assets”—mostly U.S.—to build this Frankenstein monster. And the monster is already turning against its primary builder—America!

It is leading to the worst world war ever. And America, the world’s number-one superpower, is going to be the number-one target! Our military power has beaten the Germans in two world wars. Germany plans to obliterate us first in the next war.

World War iii will outstrip any destruction mankind can even imagine, by many times over! Now is the time to wake up.

New Leader to Emerge

Germany and France tried to bully Europe into opposing the U.S. war on Iraq. They want to see the EU as the number-one superpower—not the U.S. But eight other European nations (including Italy) stated publicly that they support the war.

This act shifted the attention from Germany and France opposing the war to the division in Europe. And it may well pave the way for another leader in Germany very soon—one who is much more subtle and cunning than Gerhard Schröder. He is quite likely to become the leader, or “beast,” over the 10 nations, or kings.

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up” (Dan. 8:23). Other prophecies show this almost certainly has to be a German leader who is directly led by the evil god of this world (ii Cor. 4:4). That is where he gets the “dark sentences”—evil understanding beyond the mind of man.

“And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people” (Dan. 8:24). He doesn’t lead just one nation. He worships the dragon and leads a 10-nation superpower (Rev. 13 and 17). This political combine shall destroy mightily.

“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (Dan. 8:25). He has a “policy” of “craft”—a brilliant mind of deadly deceit!

I believe that means a man that is probably far more subtle and brilliant than Gerhard Schröder. He will be a master deceiver and swindler. A man who will know how to unite a modern Europe with many differing views. He will be a dangerous bully, but other European nations won’t see him as he truly is. (Just as many Americans and Britons don’t see Saddam Hussein for who he really is.)

German economic woes continue to cause political problems (see article, p. 11). Gerhard Schröder, who barely won the national election, has suffered some crushing defeats in recent state elections. According to the bbc, February 3, “Chancellor Schröder’s government has tumbled further and faster in the opinion polls than any other post-World War ii government.”

Any political or economic crisis could strongly unite the 10 nations very quickly. The final prophesied version of the Holy Roman Empire could be here in a few short years—or even months.

Watch Germany. As Germany goes, so goes the European Union.

But look at the good news—the best news we could ever receive! This evil and profoundly deceitful political, 10-nation superpower will attempt to fight the returning Jesus Christ!

Of course, Christ and His army will win. They will usher in a new civilization that will last forever. There will be peace, joy and abundance forever.

This is the most important news we could ever hear!