Germany, Europe and Jerusalem

Decades ago a man named Herbert W. Armstrong predicted that a German-led European superstate would rise at the end of the age. Since then many things have happened and the scoffers have abounded through the years and the changes. Yet, here we are and what do we find as the US is in decline? And, yes, Mr. Armstrong also predicted the decline and fall of the US and UK. Notice this article by TomorrowsWorld.org

“Ten nations” plus Germany

A Spanish newspaper reported, “Gathered around Germany, ten nations have formed the ‘Berlin Club’ to revive the European project” (presseurop.eu, March 21, 2012).

At a meeting in Berlin, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle invited nations considered “the most Europhile” to discuss how to “revive the ideal of a united Europe… stabilize growth and the euro… as well as border controls… [and reopen] the discussion on the need for a European Constitution.” The German Foreign Minister “received qualified support” from France and other countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain (presseurop.eu, March 15, 2012).

Bible prophecy has long foretold that “ten kings… will give their power and authority [surrender their sovereignty] to the beast” (Revelation 17:12-13)–a German-led power that will arise in Europe and which has links to the ancient Roman Empire (Daniel 2:42-44)–see our booklet, The Beast of Revelation.

That’s right! The EU is forming a “ten nation” alliance within the greater European Union, and they expect, even if they resent, Germany’s leadership! Watch!

Germany’s new president

A special assembly of the German parliament just elected a new president to replace Christian Wulff, who recently resigned amid scandal. The 72-year-old Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor, commented on the news of his appointment, “What a glorious Sunday!” Angela Merkel is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. Both also hail from the former East Germany. Mr. Gauck has four children and is divorced. His partner (not his wife), will take on the responsibilities of “first lady” (BBC.com, March 18, 2012).

The Scriptures clearly state that God removes and sets up kings and leaders, and gives power to whomever He will (Daniel 2:21; 4:17). Bible prophecies reveal that at the end of the age, a German-led Beast power will arise in Europe and will be promoted by a prominent religious leader (Revelation 13).

Will Germany’s new, outspoken and more religious president be more likely to work with the religiously motivated ambitions of the Church of Rome? Time will tell.

For more information on this coming Beast power, review our free reprint article: Resurgent Germany: A Fourth Reich?

And what will this mean for Israel and specifically the Jewish population of Jerusalem? Prophecy shows that at first this German-led superstate will seem very helpful to the peoples of Israel, but will ultimately, treacherously betray them.

Jerusalem’s history foretells Its future

The nation of Israel has long benefited from its geographical location. A recent Stratfor report summarized the risks to Israel, based on its geography and its past. Throughout its history, Israel has been able to defend itself against its neighbors, and even a combined attack by more than one neighbor was relatively easy to repel because of its unique geography. What history reveals is that only external powers with clear military and financial advantage have been able to overthrow Israel (e.g., Assyria, Babylon, Britain, and Rome).

The Stratfor analysis points out that Israel must ally with a strong power it can trust, in order to prevent invasion and dominance by a powerful outside force. The U.S. has been this power for the last approximately 60 years. Stratfor notes, “It [Israel] can survive only if it maneuvers with great powers commanding enormously greater resources… it must be constantly clever… No nation can be clever forever… But cleverness is not a geopolitical concept. It is not permanent, and it is not assured.” Speaking of a potential scenario in which Israel could be overcome, the report continues, “… Israel might face a Babylonian catastrophe or be forced into some variation of Persian or Roman subjugation” (Stratfor, May 14, 2011).

Bible prophecy labels Israel, and specifically Jerusalem, as a “cup of trembling” to its neighbors (Zechariah 12:2, KJV). It has been exactly that for millennia–a critical geopolitical region that everyone wants but no one nearby can have. As Stratfor notes, it would take an extremely powerful outside force (like Rome) in the absence of a powerful ally (like the U.S.) to effectively gain control of this critical region of the world. Bible prophecy reveals that this is exactly what will happen in the end times.

Jesus said that in the “last days” Jerusalem would be “trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24, KJV). The Bible reveals that this period of time will last for 3.5 years (Revelation 11:2; 13:5) and include a German-led European Beast Power controlling the sacrifices on the Temple Mount (Daniel 11:31; 12:11). Geopolitics are shaping up for this long-prophesied event.

For more information on this subject and the fate of Israel and Jerusalem, see our free booklet,The Beast of Revelation, and The Middle East in Prophecy.

If you have an interest in these vital end time prophetic events you may want to check out the following items as well.

Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return (Booklet)

The Power of Prophecy (Video Telecast)

Sodom, Gomorrah and Tornadoes

It seems strange that so many times when same-sex marriage is legalized in yet another state, or some big gay “pride” event is scheduled, we have extremely traumatic weather crop up. Is it really strange? Is it merely coincidence? Or is there a correlation? If God is real, and He is, and He does not change, and He doesn’t (cf. Heb 13:8; Mal 3:6), then we should expect these types of things to happen and continue to increase in both intensity and frequency, yet so many relegate the plain facts to the dust bin of superstition, and willfully turn a blind eye to reality.

An article from TomorrwsWorld.org

Deadly tornadoes hit U.S. Midwest

This week some 16 tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system tore through parts of Kansas, Illinois and Missouri, killing and injuring dozens of people. The resort town of Branson, Missouri, was hard hit with hotels and theaters losing roofs, having windows shattered and losing power. Branson is about 100 miles southeast of Joplin, Missouri, which was “devastated by a monstrous twister last May that killed 161 people” (onenewsnow.com, Feb.29, 2012). Several small communities in the region were literally leveled. Alabama reported that in January, 95 tornadoes struck the state–before the tornado season even officially began in March!

Today, few make any connection between these weather-related disasters and what is going on in our nations–the acceptance and promotion of homosexuality, pornography, rampant divorce, abortion, etc. However, the Bible clearly states that God will bring “disaster upon disaster” upon His disobedient people because they have turned their backs on Him and ignored His laws (Ezekiel 1-7). Unless the Israelite people repent and change, these disasters will only increase–see our booklet Who Controls the Weather?

Behold, a whirlwind of the Eternal has gone forth in fury…

A violent whirlwind!

It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.

Jeremiah 23:19; 30:23