This might be one of the most important messages on world events I have ever written.
Do you realize that what is currently unfolding in Europe is going to affect your life in a radical way more than anything else ever has?
In May 2010, Germany was forced to bail out Greece’s economy. Last November it rescued Ireland. Other European countries are in the same mess, such as Spain, Italy and Portugal. The economies of these nations, and the future of the entire European unification project, are on life support—and Germany’s fingers are on the power switch!
Last December, Stefano Micossi, a professor at the College of Europe, wrote that soon, “either all of the sovereign debts [of Europe] become German public debt, or the euro will collapse …” (VoxEU.org, Dec. 10, 2010). Unless Germany rescues Europe, the Continent will collapse as a political and financial union. This is exactly what Herbert W. Armstrong warned would happen—as far back as the 1940s: that a massive financial crisis would give Germany the opportunity to shape a United States of Europe!
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard warned that it seems inevitable that the debts of Europe will have to be “fused immediately with German debt.” Germany has the only healthy economy in Europe. It’s the only “solution” to Europe’s financial woes. “This is the sort of game-changer that may now be required to save [this union],” he wrote (Telegraph, Nov. 29, 2010; emphasis mine).
What is happening in Europe is not merely a game-changer—it’s a world changer!
The Bible discusses many different beasts. As Mr. Armstrong explained, these beasts picture world empires. In Revelation 17, the Apostle John wrote about a totally unique and terrifying beast. This empire is different because it is a church-state union.
Verses 1 and 2 read, “… I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Notice, throughout history this woman, or church, has made the whole world drunk on her doctrines!
This great church commits fornication with kings. In other words, it recruits kings and nations to serve its despicable and ugly ambitions.
Verse 3 continues, “and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” This beast has seven heads, or seven distinct resurrections. If you study European history, you will easily see six times when the Catholic Church has guided European empires, such as Charlemagne, Napoleon and Nazi Germany.
The beast of Revelation 17 is responsible for some of the most gruesome and violent wars in human history. Now, the financial crisis is bringing about the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire!
Verse 3 says this last head has 10 horns. These 10 horns symbolize 10 kings, or 10 nations or groups of nations. Using various Old Testament prophecies, Mr. Armstrong taught us that Germany will lead this 10-king conglomerate. The financial meltdown is bringing to fruition this German-led, 10-nation superstate!
Watch closely. Germany will use this crisis to force Europe to unite more tightly. In the process, some eurozone countries will be forced out of the union. When that happens, the pundits will say European unification is dead, that the European Union has failed. Don’t listen to them!
Every country that leaves the EU puts us one step closer to seeing the German-led 10-nation European superstate!
Twice in Revelation 17, John calls this church-state union a “mystery.” What is happening in Europe today has mystified politicians and other “experts,” the media and the public. Many see that this crisis is empowering Germany and could possibly provoke a complete restructuring of Europe.
But they don’t see what this means for humanity. We are witnessing one of the most significant moments ever in the history of Europe. The final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is staring us in the face! When this government is fully empowered, the Bible reveals it will plunge this world into “great tribulation,” a time more terrifying and violent than this world has ever experienced!
Revelation 17 shows that Europe is going to emerge from this crisis with more power, not less! It will be more stable, more streamlined, more influential, and more terrifying than anything any human has ever seen!
But here’s the most astounding and inspiring part of Revelation 17: God put it in the minds of Europe’s leaders to do what they’re doing! Verse 17 reads, “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.” The church leading the Holy Roman Empire is not God’s true Church. But God does allow this church to gain control of this German-led European beast power. Expect the Catholic Church to become more vocal and for this church-state axis to become more evident.
We do not hate Germany or the church that is the spiritual force motivating the Holy Roman Empire. Bible prophecy reveals that God actually employs this European superstate as an instrument by which He corrects some very evil nations.
That is inspiring truth. Right now, Revelation 17 is being fulfilled, and we are witnessing the emergence of the most powerful and frightening force ever, and the beginning of the most terrifying and violent period in mankind’s history. But God is in total control!
God is watching and shaping everything so His will might be fulfilled. In Matthew 24 Jesus Christ says this European superstate will embark on a reign of terror. But He also comforts us by saying that God will intervene to prevent the ultimate catastrophe, mankind’s annihilation.
Matthew 24 also reveals that at the end of the “great tribulation,” Jesus Christ returns to Earth! As we watch the rise of this Catholic-inspired, German-led beast, we must never forget: The emergence of this institution is a sign that the most joyous event in history is about to take place! ▪