August 2012

Is the German Chancellor a "Dictator"?

Steven LeBlanc
The writer is well known within Germany, she is the 71 year-old publicist Gertrud Höhler. She penned a book (The Godmother) that was released last week and the book has grabbed the attention of many in the nation of Germany. Höhler asserts that Chancellor Merkel is the “Godmother” of Germany, an epithet that implies that the Chancellor thirsts for power, is highly authoritarian and wishes to give Europe a “German-tailored suit”. The Chancellor is accused of embracing “authoritarian socialism”.

In an article by Ralf Neukirchhe in Spiegel online he says of the new book by Höhler,

Höhler, lays out the entire lament of Merkel’s critics. For instance, she writes, Merkel has orchestrated the end of the political careers of literally every powerful governor or other potential rival within her party — one after another. She doesn’t share Western democratic values, Höhler argues, she is ruining the euro, and all she cares about is securing more power.

Some of her claims are not entirely incorrect. Others have also criticized Merkel’s style of governing, her waffling political stances and her seeming inability to explain her own policies. But Höhler takes things a step further. She is the first to place Merkel in the same tradition as the German dictators of the 20th century.

Höhler has ordered a cup of coffee. Coffee is good, she says, because it keeps you awake and makes you combative. She points to the key passage in her book, where she asks whether Merkel’s fellow politicians have forgotten the experience “that allowed the Germans to accept two dictatorships in the 20th century,” first Hitler and later the East German communist regime.

See: Author Claims Merkel ‘Autocratic’ In New Book

The book has yet to be translated into English, it is expected to sell many copies in Germany. Some say the book is a political act of revenge by Höhler, this may be the case as she has been ignored over the years by Merkel. What is of interest is the claims that Merkel is trying to control Germany and Europe. This may be an exaggeration with some truth involved.

We bring this to your attention because talk of a Dictator is a very sensitive subject in Germany—because of Germany’s past history. We do believe that the end-time beast power will be centered in Europe: The end-time kingdom “shall devour the whole earth” (Daniel 7:23). The “dragon” will give the Beast “authority to continue for forty-two months [3½ years]…over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Revelation 13:4-7).

Remember it was the dictator Adolf Hitler who forcibly united Europe for a few years in his Third Reich. The name Third Reich was chosen as a reference to the Holy Roman Empire which was considered to be the First Reich. The 2nd Reich was the empire of the German Kaisers (taken from the ancient Roman title Caesar).

The Beast—vicious dictator—will be worshipped because Satan will empower him (Revelation 13:4). “All who dwell on the earth will worship him” (verse 8). Because of these scriptures we continually watch European politics. We do not believe Angela Merkel is the Beast, but we do believe a “Beast” dictator will emerge in the near future out of Europe.

Please review an important Video on Angela Merkel’s important upcoming decision:

Fog of War...Israel Moving Closer to War

Steven LeBlanc
A recent interview on the Kudlow Report Show (CNBC) reveals that Israel is moving closer to war with Iran. Wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) as tensions escalate in the Middle East. And…Turkey now has amassed 150,000 troops on the Syrian border.

Watch this important video:

"Israel is An Insult"

Steven LeBlanc

Israel’s existence is an “insult to all humanity,” Iran’s president said Friday in one of his most inflammatory attacks yet against the Jewish state, he was addressing worshipers at Tehran University. Iranian insults continue as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program.

According to the widely read Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonot, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak favor hitting Iranian nuclear sites before America’s Presidential election, but the challenge they have is trying to win over certain senior government and military officials.

Certain military leaders are concerned that a strike deep into Iran will create a war that may kill more Israeli citizens that originally believed. When war breaks out it is difficult to predict how many casualties there will be, or how long the war will last. They also question if a strike will do enough damage to the nuclear sites to warrant the consequences that will follow.

Ehud Barak has recently stated that the Iranian threat has become “more urgent”, implying a strike may be sooner (within the next months), as opposed to sometime in early 2013. Israel cannot assume, as do many leaders in the West, that threats from Iran are only bloated rhetoric. One Israeli leader, high up in government circles said, “We once paid a very high price for assuming Hitler was talking rhetoric”.

There is also talk that if Israel strikes Iran, Iran’s proxy Hezbollah may attack Israel. The leader of the Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah (Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah), who is close to Iran’s leaders, says his people will change the lives of millions of Israelis to “hell” if Israel attacks Lebanon.

Be mindful that the Jewish state of Israel can be a fierce adversary, and on several occasions has fulfilled a prophecy found in Genesis 49:8-9:

Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you. Judah is a young lion —my son, you return from the kill. He crouches; he lies down like a lion or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

Herbert W. Armstrong, Guy Verhofstadt and the United States of Europe

In the 1930s Herbert W. Armstrong peered into the pages of his Bible and discovered a shocking prophecy. A political and military power, made up of a confederation of European nations, would one day arise to dominate the world prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

One might have been tempted in the late 1930s, when the world was on the cusp of World War II, to believe that the Nazi-led regime was an incarnation of this prophecy, or after the war, when Europe was laid waste and Russia dominated half of the continent, that it was impossible for a European super-power to ever arise again and Russia was the real threat. But Herbert Armstrong was not diverted to focusing on Hitler or instead preaching that it was a communist east vs democratic west struggle that would usher in the end (he was one of the few who boldly proclaimed at the height of the Cold War that Russia would not attack the United States). He preached, beginning in the 1930s and for the next fifty years, on radio, television and before thousands who came to hear him, about the coming United States of Europe, as he referred to it, which would one day rise to play a role in the horrors preceding Christ’s return.

Having died in 1986, Herbert Armstrong never saw the fulfilment of this prophecy. But some twenty-six years after his death, others have taken-up again preaching – with almost the same fervency – about the rise of a united European power. They are not disciples of Herbert Armstrong, rather they are evangelists of a political ideology which holds that the future of the European continent lies in the formation of a single political, military and economic government.

Chief amongst these zealots is Guy Verhofstadt, the former Prime Minister of Belgium, and leader of the liberal faction within the European Parliament. Mr. Verhofstadt came within a whisker of being the President of the European Commission at one point in his career, but due to his general antagonism towards the United Kingdom he could never gain Tony Blair’s crucial support for the job. Instead, after leaving national politics he turned his attention to the European Parliament, where he has forcefully argued for the formation of a single European government that controls military, social and foreign policy as well as economic governance – or as Mr. Verhofstadt calls it, a United States of Europe.

In recent times, Mr. Verhofstadt’s views have gained currency as the financial crisis has put pressure on European politicians to integrate their financial systems. The clip below is a speech he gave to the EU Parliament in 2011 in which he addresses his remarks to the Polish Prime Minister. At around 2:00 minutes he launches into his main appeal for closer European integration, highlighting Europe’s past wars and arguing that a United States of Europe is the guarantor of future peace and prosperity in this time of global uncertainty. Notice that Mr. Verhoftstadt argues that living in a “multi-polar” world means that Europe must unite to succeed. Of course, one of those other poles, which Mr. Verhofstadt impliedly argues Europe must unite to compete against, is the United States of America.

 

What would Herbert Armstrong say today if he saw the forces at work in this global financial crisis pushing Europe towards greater unity, and leaders such as Verhofstadt standing up to now declare that the time has come for the United States of Europe? We can’t know for sure, but his legacy of television shows and writings gives a fair idea. Below is a full-length episode of the World Tomorrow (circa. 1984), the show he anchored for over forty years, dedicated to explaining the prophetic implications of the rise of the United States of Europe.


Eye on Europe

Neo-Nazi Flash Mobs in Germany

The threat of Neo-Nazism gaining hold in Europe may strike you as a “boogeyman”  issue – something which is sensational but hardly a real concern. Yet, every once in awhile a story comes along to remind us that radical nationalism, whatever label is placed on it, still has currency in Europe.

In light of the Neo-Nazi inspired shooting which took place in Norway last year, the rise of  radical right-wing parties in mainstream politics in France, Netherlands, Finland and other places, and the growing tension felt in modern European society over the issue of immigration, the story below should be taken seriously. Across Germany in recent months, “flash mobs” or demonstrations by Neo-Nazi youth gangs have been taking place, in some cases in large numbers. The protests are organized as a demonstration against “multiculturalism”, a phrase often interpreted to mean tolerance of the Muslim minority which lives in Germany. As the report from CNN International below shows, these youths have been able to organize eerie, torch-lit processions in various German towns, which are intended to remind us of the Nazi era night rallies which Hitler was so fond of.

WWT Radio: Germany & Europe in End-Time Prophecy

How pervasive is the political ideology of this group in Germany? The average German probably wants nothing to do with this type of protest. But the anti-multiculturalism message does resonate with a fair portion of the population. Consider recently the well publicized decision of a German court declaring circumcision illegal, a practice shared by Jews and Muslims (and which is prominent in America) but which traditional German culture has no regard for (a follow-up poll found that German public sentiment on the ruling was evenly split). One could also point to the recent Olympic scandal, where a prominent German rower had to leave the Games because it was revealed that her boyfriend was a member of a Neo-Nazi group as further evidence that this ideology, in various shades, still has appeal in Germany.


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