A visit to Berlin, which has now been politically united for 15 years, is very revealing in its contrast with the formerly divided city. Many of the old and dilapidated buildings have disappeared from the East Berlin landscape and have been replaced by attractive new buildings, often rebuilt in the original pre-World War II architectural style.
My personal experience with Germany’s capital began in late 1944 when, as a young child aged 7, I was returning with my brother and sister to our parents. We had earlier been evacuated to the eastern part of the Reich, and now we and the group we were with were desperate to keep ahead of the Russian troops heading for Berlin. The train from East Prussia to Westphalia took us through Berlin, which had already been thoroughly devastated by Allied action.
As our train meandered slowly through the vast expanse of rubble, I saw a man holding a brick in his hand, as if to say, this is all that is left of Germany’s once-glorious capital. Surrounded by all the utter devastation, he, as well as millions of other Europeans equally devastated by war, had to start all over again—to rebuild, to begin afresh amid acute political and social instability. This scene is vividly impressed on my mind to this day.
A sad chapter in history
That is the sad experience of man’s rule, declaring war on other nations and then paying the dire consequences—the tragic story of Europe and of the world in general. The biblical prophet Jeremiah was inspired to write over 2,500 years ago, “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23 Jeremiah 10:23O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.
American King James Version×). How tragically accurate a prophecy of the inability of man to rule justly without guidance from a Higher Source.
Now traveling to Berlin again from the east some 60 years later, my wife, Diana, and I took the train from Dresden through the eastern part of Germany (the misnamed former German Democratic Republic). As we had previously traveled into East Germany during the moribund days of the Cold War period, it was interesting now to notice the extensive construction and the renovation of buildings taking place in all of Berlin, but more noticeably in the eastern part. Although many buildings are unfinished on account of Germany’s high rate of inflation (presently at 10.5 percent), the building program continues.
Of special interest was the recently renovated Reichstag, the German parliament building, which was heavily damaged during the war but still remained standing. With the addition of Sir Norman Foster’s glass dome, it looks impressive, with long lines waiting to view the building.
The vast space to the southwest of the Brandenburg Gate, on the former border between East and West, is being used to construct buildings for foreign embassies as well as housing the impressive offices of the German chancellor and president.
A few hundred yards away, construction of Berlin’s new main train station is in full swing. It will be a colossal building that will connect directly to the Reichstag as well as providing quick access to foreign embassies.
It might be that at some time in the future, the historic city of Berlin will become the de facto capital city of Europe, at least in terms of political influence. It is highly conceivable that in the future Germany may assume the political leadership of Europe, with religious leadership in Rome and possibly many bureaucratic functions in Brussels.
Another revival of the Roman Empire
The biblical book of Daniel speaks of four great ruling empires, the last of which can be identified as the Roman Empire. Then in the book of Revelation we see that the last revival in the end time will bring a government that does not recognize the power and authority of Almighty God. It will meet the same fate as King Nebuchadnezzar for initially failing to recognize that God rules supreme.
Notice first the king’s words: “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30 Daniel 4:30The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?
American King James Version×). This arrogant statement resulted in Nebuchadnezzar’s downfall.
Likewise, the name of God isn’t even mentioned in the proposed EU Constitution, as the governments of the EU openly declare that they feel they have no need of God. Prophecy shows us that God sets the destiny of nations according to His will and often works behind the scenes in bringing about His purpose. This is equally true with the last revival of despotic human rule (Revelation 17:17 Revelation 17:17For God has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
American King James Version×), that “fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong” (Daniel 7:7 Daniel 7:7After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
American King James Version×).
Revelation 17:8-18 Revelation 17:8-18 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.
American King James Version×mentions seven resurrections or revivals of this end-time empire. Six are behind us and all the indications are that the creation of a United Europe without the acknowledgement of God is prophesied to ultimately turn into a powerful bloc led by the Beast of Revelation, which constitutes the last resurrection of the fourth beast in Daniel 7:15-27 Daniel 7:15-27 15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the middle of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
American King James Version×and 2:37-45.
A sure prophecy
The present European Union is experiencing political difficulties and a degree of disunity and divisiveness among its leading member states. But any talk of the EU completely falling apart is unwarranted as far as Bible prophecy is concerned. Of course the EU will face difficulties on the way to becoming a greater European superpower. Some members might even opt out of the European Union.
But at the end of the day, the Bible prophesies that a European superstate will become a reality, but only for the briefest of time (Revelation 17:12 Revelation 17:12And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
American King James Version×). Member states will relinquish their own sovereignty in order to be part of this end-time European power. “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast” (verse 13).
Make no mistake, the rise of such a system has incredible geopolitical consequences for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It very well may affect your life as well as the lives of your children and grandchildren.
Why? The answer is that God has unfinished business with the modern descendants of ancient Israel. These nations have lost their identity and have forgotten their God.
For more than half a century, the Church of God has proclaimed the certainty of a United States of Europe. Half a century ago no one else proclaimed that prophecy on a worldwide scale. Today many journalists are able to see it developing.
But the Church of God with the revealed knowledge of Bible prophecy was there first, and we shall continue to highlight that all-too-often-neglected part of the message of Jesus Christ. Please continue to watch for articles in our publications that will give you a clearer understanding of these prophecies.
Until then, please feel free to write for two special booklets that will further expand your understanding regarding what is foretold to happen, The Book of Revelation Unveiled and The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy . WNP