One of the great constants about biblical prophecy is that if you wait long enough, it will eventually become today’s headline news. It’s inevitable.
Skeptics, doubters, those blinded to the truth, may even then deny the reality that those headlines proclaim. But this is no surprise, for the Almighty Himself declared it would be so: “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them” (John 12:40).
Humankind is about to learn a powerful lesson. The Creator that man has ignored, rejected and generally rebelled against from creation to this day is preparing for the inevitable: the fulfillment of Jesus Christ’s Olivet prophecy, particularly that of His direct intervention in the affairs of this world to save man from blowing himself and all life off this planet: “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22).
But before God intervenes to save mankind from this fate, there are a people on this planet who are destined to feel the correction of their Creator in a very direct and personal way. They are the people of least excuse for their rejection of Almighty God—for they were once the direct recipients of His law, statutes and judgments designed to show man how to live according to the intention of his Maker. In fact, in recent history, they have been the most blessed people on Earth.
Anciently, these folk were labeled Israelites. They consisted of 12 individual tribes that developed into separate nations. They can be found today populating the United States, Britain, Israel, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Nordic countries, parts of the Baltic, France, Belgium and the Netherlands and include many of the whites of South Africa. For proof of this reality, request our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.
But of all these peoples, the Anglo-Saxon and the Jewish nations are prophesied to suffer particularly drastic correction by God for their sins.
And there is one nation that God has reserved to deliver that correction. Biblically, it is identified as Assyria. Today, we call that nation Germany.
“The Wolf on the Fold”
Lord Byron aptly described the blitzkrieg nature of the Assyrian at war in one line in his poem “The Destruction of Sennacherib.” Of the storming of Sennacherib, Byron declared, “The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold.”
That lightning-strike approach to warfare has since been demonstrated by the descendents of those ancient Assyrians when motivated to war in more recent times.
The Daily Reckoning summed up that history this way: “The Teuton tribes are an aggressive lot. The Usipetes, Tenchteri, Batavi, Cherusci, Chatti, Vandals, Goths, Franks, Alans, Suebians—all jostled each other for centuries. … And when Rome wheezed her last gasps they fell on her like French tax collectors on a widow’s estate. The Vandals pushed all the way across Gaul and Iberia, crossed to North Africa, and from their new base in Carthage, continued to tickle the old empire until it rolled over on them” (August 20).
Thus was formed the Holy Roman Empire.
Well, one might say, more power to the Teutons. But the past is the past, and Germany has since proven itself a changed nation, peace-loving and democratic, just like us!
Well, is that so?
The same source observed, “It has been 65 years since Europe’s last major war. Still, when Germany gets up off its knees, the Continent trembles.
“Last week, the Berlin government announced the best results since the Wall fell in ‘89. From the first quarter to the second one the republic’s gdp rose 2.2 percent. At that rate—about 9 percent a year if it continues—Germany is running neck and neck with China. Compared to France and the U.S., Germany is flying nearly four times as fast.”
Teutonic approach to warfare, Teutonic approach to its economy. Same people, same attitude, same lightning achievements—be it in war or business.
What is really happening today in Germany, a nation that so powerfully impacted the 20th century? How is Germany already affecting the present century, and what will it do in the near future? Will Germany be content to “fly four times as fast” as the U.S. and France economically alone, or will it seek to transfer that powerful economic clout into offensive military power yet again? Will Germany revert to its ancient Assyrian, Teutonic type, yet again?
Serious foreign-policy minds with a view to history are now asking that question.
An Opportunity to Act
In the August-September issue of European Affairs, Dr. Jackson Janes asked, “During the last two decades the political and economic geometry of Europe has altered in favor of a more dominant position for Germany. … The current economic crisis has reaffirmed German dominance in the European Central Bank (ecb) and in almost all key economic and financial policy choices of the eurozone and the EU overall. … During the 20 years since German unification … Germany [has] increasingly [taken] de facto command of Europe’s economic choices.”
Jackson Janes is executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, d.c. He sums up Germany’s achievements as follows: “Right now, Germany has a Europe it likes. Unification was achieved along with a strong economic position, limited exchange-rate risks and a degree of discipline enacted in the Growth and Stability Pact. Also it has the largest weight in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers under the rules set by the Lisbon Treaty. And the current arrangements suit a Berlin that has become less ambitious about a more centralized European structure—especially after the decision last year by Germany’s Supreme Court to limit increased control by Brussels over German sovereignty” (ibid.).
Now that the wraps are off and Germany’s rapid rise to dominance in Europe has become undeniable, questions are again being raised as to its intentions beyond Europe.
A rash of recent headlines spotlighted Germany’s rapid gain of financial, industrial and economic power even as the U.S. continues to slide off its superpower perch. With America having substantially drawn down its presence in Europe over the past 20 years and now withdrawing from Iraq in addition to planning withdrawal from Afghanistan, will Germany—given its global industrial, financial and economic power—be able to resist converting that into military power? Someone has to fill the increasing security vacuum being left by a rapidly weakening America. Germany will not like either Russia or China getting the jump on the Fatherland in the wake of American weakness. For Germany to not react would be to risk its presence as a global power in all but military assertiveness and to be taken quick advantage of by these two competitive powers.
Germany will simply be forced to act, and to act soon, to raise its international profile as a military power on a par with its global economic weight. Otherwise it will not be taken seriously by a world that only recognizes might as right!
But there is more to this than would appear. For Germany’s elites have deliberately pursued a different strategy in their third try at global domination.
Consider the history.
Releasing the Genie
Though Germany ceased to exist as a global power when the nation surrendered to the Allies on May 8, 1945—its economy in ruins, its military power shattered and its society completely demoralized—the elite visionaries behind the Nazi dream of world conquest did not give up their goal at that point. In fact, as is well documented, they simply went underground to allow the dust of war to settle before quietly emerging to reconstruct the nation into the powerhouse economy it is today.
The German captains of industry rebuilt their shattered factories and industrial empires courtesy of American largesse via the Marshall Plan. Many operatives of the German secret service under Hitler simply transferred their allegiance—at least publicly—to the British, American and Russian secret services. Much of the Nazi gold and other booty were spirited out of Germany via numerous avenues—not the least being Vatican and Swiss banks—to accounts that would later be drawn on by those seeking to finance a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.
The result, with implicit support from Germany’s old Anglo-Saxon enemies, was what became known as the German Wirtschaftswunder—the economic miracle of the rapid German rebound from abject defeat in World War ii to the most prosperous nation in Europe.
During the 1950s, with the Anglo-Saxons running scared of what they perceived as an aggressive eastward and southward push by imperialist Soviet-style communism, the U.S. and Britain believed their only hope of stemming the rising Communist tide from sweeping across Europe to the Atlantic was to create a bridgehead at the line that divided Soviet East Germany from the democratic West. This they did by rearming their former enemy barely a decade after having totally dismantled its military forces.
The new German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, were formed in 1955. The same year, Germany joined nato.
From that point, Germany behaved like a typical democracy. It built a strong export base for its rapidly burgeoning industry and relied on nato for its national security. It was deliberately constrained to building a strong national defense establishment for the sole purpose of securing its national borders from within its own territory.
This continued for 34 years as West Germany thrived economically while its counterpart in the east remained in economic stagnation under the Communist boot heel.
Then something happened on Nov. 9, 1989, that would change the whole face of German politics. The Berlin Wall, the symbolic division between the Communist East and the free West, came tumbling down.
The old genie was released.
What to Do With Germany?
The German reunification that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall resulted in a 20-year drive by German elites to place a newly united Germany at the top of the pile in Europe.
By December 2009, Germany was the leading European economy by far: Europe’s top export nation; its greatest financial power; its strongest political force; and its most aggressively expanding military power in terms of active involvement outside its borders.
These are all clearly demonstrable, inarguable facts of Germany’s postwar history. And they raise a question. It’s an old question that has periodically arisen ever since Aug. 6, 1806, when Franz ii, the last emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, dissolved that empire and capitulated to Napoleon. It raised its head again in 1918 when the Allied nations met at Versailles to conclude an armistice with a Germany that had instigated the greatest war in history to that time. Yet again, it arose when the Allies met at Potsdam in August 1945 after Germany’s defeat in the second of two world wars that Germany had initiated in the first half of the 20th century.
The question is, what to do with Germany? More importantly, what to do with a united Germany? For history has shown that is the real danger.
While Germany lay divided among the numerous competing local rulers of its various states, their own divisions and jealousies kept them warring among themselves and not against other nations. But when Germany unites, that spells trouble.
That was the problem facing the Allies in Potsdam seeking to conclude a rational peace after the war. Germany as a single united nation had twice shown itself discontented to constrain its power to within its national borders. So they partitioned Germany, with the east going to Soviet Russian control, and the west to Anglo-Saxon dominance.
Now, we view Germany 20 years on from reunification. It is again the most powerful nation in Europe. It vies with China alone for the crown as the globe’s top export nation. It is to Germany that Europe and, indeed, the world looked when the Greek financial crisis erupted, threatening a domino effect around the globe.
It is Germany that forced the hand of unwilling national electorates to sign up to the Lisbon Treaty/European constitution. Amid continuing global financial crisis, it is Germany that has forced the implementation of a global financial controlling body on the world, the Financial Stability Board. It is a German-dominated EU that in turn dominates the body that now sets economic policy for the world, the G-20.
What to do with Germany today?
Well, it’s really too late to ask the question. The horse has bolted. Germany is back strutting the world stage as a global power and gearing right now, believe it or not, to once again reinforce its military presence.
Conquest by Treaty
The German elites who are of the imperialist mindset that has prevailed over the centuries in the Teutonic quest for global dominance did not abandon their dream when their nation faced certain defeat in the closing stages of World War ii.
In fact, as a whole battery of authors and analysts has published over the years—from Sigrid Schultz in her revealing first-hand account Germany Will Try It Again, to more recent publications such as those of Bernard Connolly, Martin Lee, Rodney Atkinson, and that venerable confidante of Konrad Adenauer, Harry Beckhough—the imperialist vision of German elites was perpetuated and continued to be promulgated by those elites throughout the whole fabric and infrastructure of what we call today the European Union.
Yet, one thing those elites who backed the Kaiser and Hitler learned after the extent of their defeat in 1945 was that there had to be a better way to achieve their goal than by instigating outright war. Hence they chose treaties as their method, and the entity that has evolved from the establishment of the European Steel and Coal Community in 1951 into what is now in all but name a German-dominated European empire—the European Union—as the means.
Now, 60 years on from that first treaty, the Treaty of Paris, a whole array of 12 treaties, plus five acts of the European Parliament and one open-border agreement, have built an imperial European edifice of 27 nations into the greatest trading entity in the world. The latest treaty, the Lisbon Treaty, is but a European constitution cloaked in a deceptive title. This is the enabling document for the creation of a pan-European army!
Today, a united Germany sitting atop a united Europe lacks but two things to bring the elites’ dream of a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation to full reality: consolidated military power, and a binding ideology with which to control the minds of the masses.
Two individuals—the acts of each masked by a public facade of political and priestly contention and division—are working hard to achieve these objectives.
The one, Germany’s defense minister, the Bavarian Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, is gaining headlines weekly by overtly touting for the elimination of military conscription. Pacifists, liberals and their fellow travelers welcome this as a further endorsement of the fiction that Germany has no aspiration to become a military power. Don’t believe it!
The facts are that Germany is on a drive to consolidate military industry continent-wide in Europe and build a strong military presence from the North Sea to the Persian Gulf, from Gibraltar to the Caucasus. It is already well advanced in doing so. Check theTrumpet.com archive for evidence. There’s plenty of it, and there will be more to come!
On the ideological front, another Bavarian, Pope Benedict xvi, watches the masses being distracted from reality by a liberal press lasciviously publicizing the pedophilia scandal within the Catholic Church. In the meantime, powerfully supported by an ultra-conservative curia built up by his predecessor, the pope quietly goes about building Rome’s power within the ranks of the giants in commerce, industry, banking and diplomacy in the European Union. It is they who will support and enforce the power of Rome when the pope rules in the future: There is coming a time when, if the masses want bread, they must first bow their knee to Rome (Revelation 13).
It is such overwhelming ideological, “religious” influence that will bind fractious Europe together for its brief moment of global power before its inevitable and final collapse.
Yet, as we always indicate, with the absolute confidence that is backed by the “more sure word of prophecy,” these current phenomena are building toward the greatest single event in the history of man—an event of which they are an ironclad sign of its imminence: the very return of your Savior to this world!
Do you really believe the words of Jesus Christ, the Savior of humankind? Then read and prove your belief! Read and study His great prophecy in Matthew 24, Mark 12 and Luke 21. Then read and believe His unbreakable guarantee for our time: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).
Now there’s a message of real hope for our times! ▪