Ships of Tarshish

From the July 2003 Trumpet Print Edition

Biblical Tarshish split east and west. The eastern family founded the Japanese nation. With the discovery of the New World, many thousands of the people of western Tarshish (mainly modern Spain and Portugal) moved westward across the Atlantic. Today, there are more people of Spanish and Portuguese blood in Latin America than in Europe.

The people of Tarshish have always been important seafarers. King Solomon’s fleets were named “the ships of Tarshish.” Who has not heard of the Spanish armada that almost conquered Britain in 1588, or the famous “discoverer” of America, Spanish Admiral Christopher Columbus?

The ships of Tarshish are prophesied, along with other great fleets of the modern world, to be major haulers of goods to and from the gigantic European Union, which is called in prophecy the “marketplace for the nations” (Isa. 23:3, New King James Version).

Notice the role that the Latinos will play: “Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs” (Ezek. 27:12).

In July 1965, the Plain Truth warned of what was coming. “Flowing across the Atlantic to feed the hungry furnaces of the Ruhr and the other industrial complexes of Europe will come the rich mineral resources of Latin America.”

South America, rich in natural resources, is an attractive smorgasbord for resource-hungry Europeans. Silver from Mexico and Peru, tin from Bolivia and iron ore from Venezuela and Brazil will enrich the European colossus. Europe needs a steady supply of these and other raw materials, which Latin America can provide in abundance.

Do you see the seriousness of the developing EU-Mercosur combine?

Just as when an earlier Holy Roman Empire held sway, the Vatican and the EU are busy reviving that old institution to reach out once again across the Atlantic and capitalize on the wealth of the Americas.