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Perspective May 19, 2022

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Perspective May 19, 2022


BL. Jim Tuck

May 19, 2022


Greetings from Phoenix,

          After the defeat of the Axis powers and the fall of Adolf Hitler and the German forces, it is no secret that many German U-boats disappeared. According to the definitive website, a total of 50 German U-boats remained unaccounted for after the end of World War II. Where they went is not known, but many have speculated key players in Hitler’s regime escaped to Argentina and other points in South America.

          Even though much of the wealth was recovered, it is estimated there is still $ 37 billion in treasure still missing. The Potsdam conference of 1945 called for Germany to pay the Allied forces $ 23 billion, mainly in machinery and manufacturing plants, following World War II.

          In WW II Germany had originally planned to invade the eastern part of the U.S., but went with an alternative. I remember reading that the German generals who escaped vowed in the next war to knock out the United States and Britain first.


          We have long believed in the church that Germany will head up the ten-nation combine prophesied in the book of Daniel and Revelation. Since WW II, Germany has been a strong ally of the United States and Britain, and a leading country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO. 


          However, the prophet Isaiah gives an ominous prophecy in Isaiah 10:5-7 Isaiah 10:5-7 [5] O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation. [6] I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. [7] However, he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
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“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, and against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, to seize the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and cut off not a few nations.”


          God used ancient Assyria to punish ancient Israel and take them into captivity. The Assyrians before 604 B.C. left their land north of Babylon and migrated northwest through the lands that are now Georgia, the Ukraine, Poland, and into the land that is called Germany today. Today the descendants of those Assyrians are known to us as the German people.


          The United States and Britain, as the modern descendants of Joseph and the greatest recipients of the birthright promises, are increasingly secular with fewer people framing their lives around God and the Bible. A survey released Thursday by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, shows that only 37 percent of pastors in the U.S. hold a biblical worldview. Apparently, the world’s ideology is transforming Americans more than its churches, even though they claim to be Christians.


          It good to remind ourselves of the days of Belshazzar when he saw the handwriting on the wall, and the Babylonian Empire fell that very night.  There is a time of judgement and it comes quickly.  We, the saints of God, are in a daily battle to not allow the ways of this world to impact us in such a way to transform us. Rather we are striving to redouble our efforts and hold fast to what we have been taught, and that we retain the zeal for doing God's work. (Romans 12:1-2 Romans 12:1-2 [1] I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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; Revelation 3:11 Revelation 3:11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.
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          God admonished the Ephesus church to recapture what they had lost: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:5 Revelation 2:5Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent.
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          Attached is this edition of the Prophetic Times in Word and PDF.  

          Have a peaceful and uplifting Sabbath day.

Kindest regards,