For 50 years, I have continually warned that
a "United States of Europe" would form
in central Europe, comprising more than 250 million people; a
huge industrial, economic and military power which would
eventually challenge the United States; that a 10-nation combine
would form which would fulfill the Bible prophecy of the "Beast"
which would fight Jesus Christ at His return.
Specifically, I pointed out that the eventual
United Europe would be formed among nations which were, during
most of those 42 years, under the heel of Soviet domination;
part of the "Warsaw Pact"; nations such as East Germany, Poland,
Czechoslovakia [since divided into the Czech Republic and
Slovakia], Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania.
Too many times to count, I appeared before
large audiences and said, "The last chapter of European History
has not been written," before launching into a description of
how the Cold War would NOT result in Russia advancing into
Palestine; how, instead, the aforementioned nations would COME
OUT from behind the Iron Curtain; how a "United States of
Europe" would eventually form. Time and time again, I named the
nations which would eventually emerge as a part of a United
Now, the Soviet Union has imploded, dividing
up into many squabbling, sometimes warring states. Russia
teeters on the brink of bankruptcy and civil war. President
Yeltsin is in poor health; says he will not run for President of
Russia again, and is being challenged by ultra nationalistic and
communist leaders. RUSSIA, while NOT the "beast" power of Bible
prophecy, will figure very prominently in world events of these
next few years, and in the great Battle of Armageddon.
Long ago, the pope in Rome called for a
"United Europe stretching from the Atlantic wall to the Urals."
The Ural mountains are EAST of Moscow! Think that through!
Today, Germany is the strongest nation in Europe. However, all
is not well in this vibrant nation, and signs of unrest bode ill
for the future. Acute political unrest, massive unemployment,
the rise of neo-Nazi groups, economic malaise; all threaten
peace and security in Germany. What is ahead for Germany and
Europe, and what will it mean to YOU where you live?
Over Fifty Years Of Witness And Warning
When the Berlin wall came down, I took two of
my sons, Mark and David, with me, and went to Berlin. I began an
article there following my TV programs done at the wall, at the
Brandenburg Gate, and at famous "Checkpoint Charlie." That
article was published in a special edition of "20th Century
WATCH" magazine, and then later made into a booklet entitled
"United States of Europe, When?" In that original article, I
reprinted about FIFTY quotations from previous years; many taken
from older issues of the "Plain Truth" magazine, of which I was
executive editor; from such CGI publications as "Twentieth
Century WATCH," and "The International News."
Before you read several of these sensational
quotations, REMEMBER! All during the Cold War, including the
most chilling moments of all, such as the Kennedy-Khrushchev
missile standoff over Cuba, when the world held its breath
believing we were on the brink of nuclear war, my father and I
were saying "Bible Prophecy does NOT predict a war between the
U.S. and Russia! Russia will NOT be the power that occupies
Palestine (Daniel 11:40-45). Russia is NOT the "beast" of Bible
Yet, ALL the popular, big-name, best-selling
televangelists and Protestant evangelicals were saying just the
opposite! One of the most popular prophetic scenarios in
best-selling books with themes like "Armageddon" or "Doomsday,"
or "The End of the World" was that RUSSIA would advance into
Jerusalem! None of their predictions came true. Instead, the
Soviet Union collapsed, and now, a UNITED EUROPE is forming!
Now, notice what we have consistently written
and preached for all these many decades:
The PLAIN TRUTH, June,
1952, p. 11: "The 10 `horns'...in the 17th chapter [of
the Book of Revelation] ...will be...the revival of the BEAST,
the Roman Empire, `out of the bottomless pit,' by a `United
States of Europe,' or federation of 10 European nations within
the bounds of the old Roman Empire" (that includes such nations
as mentioned above, in eastern Europe!).
The PLAIN TRUTH,
September, 1953, p. 1: "...This [riots had just occurred
in East Germany], is the beginning of an East German revolt
against Red tyranny. Czechoslovakia, Poland and other conquered
nations behind the Iron Curtain have witnessed similar uprisings
in recent weeks. It will take time [it certainly did!], but
Russia is going to lose out in some of these countries..."
The PLAIN TRUTH,
November, 1954, p. 7: "Word comes from the College of
Cardinals that the possibility of the new pope being chosen
(when that becomes a necessity) from the ranks other than
Italian is not too remote. The next pope could be the man who
will unite Europe!" [Editor's note: This was about 25 years
ahead of its time! When Wojtila, a Pole, was elected as Pope
John Paul II, he was powerfully instrumental in Poland for
nurturing "Solidarity" and for prying Russia's grip loose from
Poland and Eastern Europe].
The PLAIN TRUTH,
February, 1962, p. 5: "On the WORLD TOMORROW program, and
in the pages of the PLAIN TRUTH, we have been shouting to a
heedless world for [many] years this was going to occur...it
would come as an ECONOMIC force, bringing unprecedented
prosperity to Europe. But also, it is to become a political and
military combine—a gigantic third power bloc in the world, that
will include more population, greater man- power, and possibly
even greater military resources than either the United States or
Russia. When this giant combine—a United States of
EUROPE—finally emerges as such before a startled and dumbfounded
world, it will last only a very short time. It will fight
against Jesus Christ at His Second Coming!" [Editor's note: Read
Revelation 17:12-14 with Revelation 19].
The PLAIN TRUTH, March,
1962, p. 26: "Fascism in Europe is about to be reborn in
respectable business attire, and the Treaty of Rome will finally
be implemented to its fullest extent...the dream of a Holy Roman
Empire returning to power to dominate and direct the so-called
forces of Christian mankind of the Western world [this dream] is
not dead, but still stalks through the antechambers of every
national capitol of continental Western Europe...IN THE
DETERMINATION OF THE LEADERS IN THE COMMON MARKET NATIONS TO
RESTORE THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE WITH ALL THAT THAT MEANS
[Northwest Technocrat, Vol. XXV, No. 205]. United within ancient
boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire; united by the common
spiritual bond of universal Catholicism; united in a burgeoning
and booming industrial economy that dominates today's world;
united geographically in the most productive and industrial
complex on earth—at least TEN NATIONS OF MODERN EUROPE WILL
MARCH ONTO THE SCENE OF WORLD HISTORY AS THE GREATEST SINGLE
FORCE EVER SEEN BY MAN!"
"This United Europe will form a nonaggression
pact or political alignment of some sort with the Soviet East.
This United Europe will then consolidate its gains..."
The PLAIN TRUTH,
November, 1962, p. 10: "Just as certainly as we restore
Western Europe to economic prosperity, and then to military
power, a successor to Hitler will emerge, gain control of this
power through a `United States of Europe,' which we [the U.S.
government] are also encouraging, and we shall then wake up, too
late, to realize we have restored our fascist enemy the power to
destroy us!...battlefields are becoming economic, just as we
said they would ...the movement is...forming toward complete
The PLAIN TRUTH,
November, 1962, p. 21: "Listen, now, to some of the most
shocking news of recent times!
"ONLY THOSE DEAF TO THE SOUND OF HISTORY can
fail to be excited by the French-German rapprochement and the
steady movement toward the `making of Europe'...Historically,
political union over so great a space came only from conquest or
from the spread of a common culture. Where, in modern times,
Napoleon, Bismarck, Hitler and Stalin failed, reason and mutual
necessity are succeeding. A European political union would mean
little if the ultimate power of deciding whether it fights...and
dies...is going to rest with the Americans."
Ibid. p. 22: "In a recent address at Harvard
University, Professor Walter Hallstein, President of the
European Economic Community, said...the... market is...highly
political. He considers it the substructure for a hoped-for
United States of Europe. He said, `I want to stress that...it is
political, not just that it tends toward a political goal.'"
The PLAIN TRUTH,
January, 1963, p. 5: "Daring new plans for monetary
reform and economic planning are on the drawing boards. These
will so inextricably mesh the economies of the Six, reports
Time, that they will `clear the way for the final goal of a
POLITICALLY UNITED EUROPE.'"
The PLAIN TRUTH, March,
1963, p. 3: "...a German STRONG MAN is the logical choice
to ascend to the helm of the new POLITICALLY UNITED EUROPE."
Ibid. p. 14: "Der Spiegel...was especially
critical of the great number of former Nazis who were being
wooed by Bonn to join the government ranks. The West German
regime defended its policy of permitting former top-ranking
Nazis to become an integral part of the new German democracy."
The PLAIN TRUTH,
October, 1964, p. 48: "Germany—A UNITED GERMANY with her
former territories restored—is ready to emerge as the strongest
nation on earth at the head of a revitalized...Europe! The power
colossus is then going to deal a death blow to the United States
The PLAIN TRUTH,
December, 1964, p. 16: "...God shows that in this end
time He is going to use the modern Assyrians...the Germans—to
dominate a United Europe."
The PLAIN TRUTH, April,
1965, p. 19: "In spite of Mr. Churchill's farsightedness,
[this was written just after Churchill's death, Ed.], he could
not see far enough into the future to visualize the outcome of a
United States of Europe. He did not know from Bible prophecy
that it would be comprised of ten nations, dominated politically
by a Roman-Fascist-like system and religiously by a great
universal, militant church. He could not foresee that this great
politico/religio/economic power bloc of ten nations would not
only refuse Britain membership [in the final United States of
Europe—the ten], but would ultimately prove the undoing of the
Anglo-Saxon peoples of America, Britain, and the Commonwealth
The PLAIN TRUTH, May,
1967, p. 4: "Second to building up a strong Germany,
Adenauer's efforts [this was written after "Der Alte" had died]
were dedicated to the establishment of a United Roman Europe—a
union of Germany with those lands once within the confines of
the Roman Empire" [emphasis mine: NOTE: Today, the nations of
Eastern Europe are not only long since out from under Communist
domination, but are being gathered into NATO; being admitted as
members of the new European Union, and being tabbed as a part of
the new economic union; signing on to the "Euro," the new
European currency! Remember, this was written over 21 years ago,
when all mainstream protestant evangelicals were saying RUSSIA
was the "beast" of prophecy, and ignoring Germany and Europe!].
The PLAIN TRUTH,
October, 1968. [Editor's note: I had just returned from
Munich and Bonn, following interviews with the late Franz Josef
Strauss, who was then head of the Christian Socialist Union of
Bavaria, and former Defense Minister. The article in the October
issue included a lengthy question and answer session with Herr
Strauss]. p. 6: "One of our major conditions [Strauss said] is
that the desire for admission to the Common Market is not based
upon the motivation to impede political integration. We
want...members who are ready and prepared to join us on the way
toward a political integration with the long-run goal of the
United States of Europe." Later, underlining the fact that
Strauss had become a strong proponent of European acquisition of
nuclear weapons, he said, "I believe the Europeans should take
more responsibility for their own defense...I see as the only
chance... that of building up a Europe—integrating the Federal
Republic of Germany into that Europe and building bridges from
an attractive, economically powerful, political and influential
Europe with can defend herself—including a nuclear potential—to
add to the power of the Europeans."
Many More Articles Written Through The
The PLAIN TRUTH kept publishing articles such
as those quoted above all through the seventies. Space does not
permit reprinting them all. By 1978, when I had incorporated as
"The Church of God, International," I wanted to launch another
magazine. We were not able to do so until the summer of 1979,
when, on the very first cover of our new publication called
"Twentieth-century WATCH," I featured a West German
missile-firing tank under the title, "A Monster Stirs: West
German Military Power Increasing." Here is a quote from that
article: "Hitler imagined a `thousand year Reich' with
himself...at the pinnacle of power, and dreamed of a millennial
reign of `German supermen' over the world, as if he applied
these prophecies [of a coming `Messiah'] to himself. This new
leader of a united Europe, who will probably be a German, will
attempt to fulfill the very same dream, proclaiming himself a
great leader over the other 10 `kings' (in today's terminology,
they could be presidents, premiers, prime ministers, etc.) and
so wield power over a 10-nation combine, which will be the
greatest power bloc the world has ever seen."
WATCH, Winter 1984: cover story pictured the Berlin Wall
with East German border guards: lead article, "Will Germany
Reunite?" I wrote, "A West German official recently said, `I get
mad when Americans and others dismiss it [German reunification]
as an impossible dream.' Said a 42 year old engineer in Munich.
`Why can't we be like others, proud of who we are, without
everyone calling it "New German Nationalism?" On Page 29 I
wrote, "There may be no such thing as the remotest dream
[remember, this was written in 1984—five years before the Berlin
wall came down!] in the mind of a living German that a reunited
Germany, at the head of a future United States of Europe, could
ever conquer the United States of America. But, even as many
Germans understand, the current world situation is not the last
chapter, either in European history, or in American history. The
future will too soon be upon us."
From a transcript of a
sermon, May 22, 1982: "...we may see a strange alliance
between the Soviet Union and Western Europe...an alliance of
nations including Germany, and a `United States of Europe.'"
From a transcript of a
sermon, April 25, 1987: "Many of you in this room have
heard me saying that the prelude to World War III is going to be
the collapse of the present day world economy, followed by the
emergence of despots, dictatorships, and
ultra-nationalists...governments in countries all over the
world, especially [in] Germany. The reunification of Germany in
the context of a unified Europe and the creation of a ten-nation
central bloc...will become the United States of Europe, and
challenge the United States of America."
From a transcript of a
sermon, Charleston, South Carolina, May 16, 1987:
"..some...understand that Adolf Hitler was trying to put
together the dream of...German geo-politicians like Haushofer
and Makinder...to create in the heartland of Europe...a United
States of Europe; a vast trading combine which would embody all
of those industrial, inventive people from the Urals to the
Atlantic...the Poles, Czechs...the Germans...and... East
Germany...Adolf Hitler was nothing more than a weak revival of a
prophesied seven resurrections of [the]...Roman Empire which was
predicted to exist...until the time of the second coming of
Christ...10 kings are going to fight Christ at His coming..."
I could fill many more pages with similar
quotations spanning many years!
When the Berlin Wall came down, two of my
sons and I watched the greatest celebration we had ever
witnessed! We watched as segments of the wall came down; as East
German border guards sold their hats and articles of their
uniforms to eager West Germans for souvenirs. We chipped away at
the wall with thousands of others, and brought pieces of it home
All the quotations you just read were found
as a result of my desire to immediately publish a special
edition of our magazine to shout out, `WE TOLD YOU SO!' Germany
was REUNITING! Eastern Europe was COMING OUT FROM BEHIND THE
IRON CURTAIN; the Soviet Union was imploding; Poland,
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania were becoming
Had my father, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong been
alive, he would have done precisely the same thing! He would
have researched all that he and I and others had written for
DECADES; he would have then written a powerful article, shouting
out to his readers, "WE TOLD YOU SO!" Shockingly, those he left
in charge of the church and colleges God had used him to build
treated these monumental events as if they were only a minor
Now, in the light of all the foregoing, here
are some of the important developments of very recent date:
Britain Scales Back Army In Europe
The British Labor government is about to
dramatically cut back the size of its forces in Europe. George
Robertson, the Secretary of Defense, has conducted a six-month
"Strategic Defense Review"and is recommending that hundreds of
tanks and troops be withdrawn from Germany. Calling such forces
"cold war relics," Robertson intends cutting back in Britain's
frigates and nuclear-powered submarines; cutting back in the
number of RAF fighter aircraft, and reducing by about one third
the size of the territorial army.
That means Britain's "Army on the Rhine" will
be cut by a third, and will lose more than one half its tanks.
The tanks will be placed in storage in England. During the mid
1970's, as the cold war dragged on, Britain maintained four
divisions in Germany, or about 55,000 troops. Now, there is only
one division, fewer than 17,000 men, which will be further
reduced to about two thirds its present size.
For decades, economics have been the key
factor in the scaling down of U.S. and British armed forces.
Many voices in both governments have whined about the high costs
of maintaining British and American forces in Europe; about both
Germany and Japan being able to "dwell under the U.S. nuclear
umbrella," with only small percentages of their GNP's being
spent on defense, while vigorously competing against the U.S.
and Britain in world markets.
Long ago, I warned that there would come
either a rewriting or a reinterpretation of the post World War
II constitutions of both Germany and Japan, which prohibited
either country from sending its troops abroad; allowed each
country only "defense" forces. Now, both constitutions have been
reinterpreted, and BOTH Germany and Japan are able to inject
armed forces into regional disputes outside their own borders.
Germany Agrees To NATO Expansion
As the "Euro" progresses toward complete
adoption, so that Europe will have a common currency, so does
"The North Atlantic Treaty Organization," or NATO, continue to
expand. Not only is Europe uniting economically, and moving
toward political unity as well, but EASTERN European nations are
being wooed and won by NATO, thus joining in with Western Europe
and the U.S. in a MILITARY pact!
Recently, the Bundestag, or the lower house
of the German parliament, approved admission of Hungary, Poland
and the Czech Republic as MEMBERS OF NATO! The vote was 555 to
37. As if in repayment for Eastern European support, Foreign
Minister Klaus Kinkel told the Bundestag that German
reunification would not have been possible without the support
of states in central and east Europe. "That's why it was and is
a moral obligation for us Germans to help them to return to
Europe through membership in NATO and the European Union," he
With the reunification of Germany over nine
years ago, the German economy was dealt a staggering blow.
Trying to swallow up its poverty-stricken, depressed brother to
the East, which had stagnated under decades of Communist
mismanagement, proved to be horribly expensive to the Bundesbank
and the West German government.
Not much progress has been made. Can anyone
imagine the consequences of such massive unemployment that ONE
IN FIVE in the labor force is out of a job? That is exactly the
situation in East Germany! 20% unemployment! Now, it is a major
political issue, and one which Gerhard Schroeder intends using.
He has been telling the German people that Helmut Kohl is to
blame. Do not think for a moment that all Germans are FOR the
new common currency, the "Euro," to replace their prized
"marks." During a recent television interview and debate,
arguing about the upcoming elections, 83 per cent of the Germans
who called in were AGAINST adoption of the "Euro," and wanted to
keep their Deutschemarks. Many other nations feel the same way —
notably Britain. The money of a nation is like a national
symbol; like a sign of national sovereignty. Bible prophecy says
the "Beast" power will be controlled by a symbolic woman
(Revelation 17), representing a great false church, which will
be like an "IMAGE" of the Beast itself. This means that a great
ecclesiastical hierarchy will have adopted the POLITICAL
structure of a GOVERNMENT! It will be a STATE, and a "state
religion," holding sway over many countries.
Eventually, it will enforce upon its citizens
a certain STAMP, or MARK! Notice, "And he causeth all, both
small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark
in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
"And that no man might buy or sell, save he
that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the
number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and
six" (Revelation 13:16-18).
Romulus was the founder of Rome. His name in
the Latin language adds up to 666! Notice that the saints, those
who have overcome Satan, this evil world, and their own human
natures by the power of God's Holy Spirit, are those who have
refused to accept the "Mark of the Beast!" "And I saw another
sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the
seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled
with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast,
and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of
his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God"
(Revelation 15:1,2). Millions of professing Christians have not
the faintest idea WHO, OR WHAT is the Beast? They do not know
what is the "IMAGE of the Beast," and are ignorant of the
meaning of his "mark".
A "mark" is an identifying sign, or symbol!
The right hand is a symbol of agreement, or willingness, while
the forehead is a symbol of acceptance into the mind and heart.
By "shaking hands" with the Beast and the image of the Beast;
i.e., SUNDAY worship and observance of PAGAN holidays and the
sign of the cross, millions unknowingly have accepted the "mark
of the beast."
Primarily, this is metaphorical; symbolic.
Yet, it may eventually have a LITERAL fulfillment as well. The
German "dollar" is the MARK! The French "dollar" is the "FRANC,"
which is merely the French word for MARK, or STAMP! Isn't it
interesting that the two most powerful nations in Europe have
money which is called the "MARK"? And isn't it interesting that,
while many hope to adopt a common European currency, most
Germans are against it?
Many years ago, Brian Connell, for over 20
years a Reuters correspondent, living in Germany, explained how
the German political system is very different from that in
Britain and the U.S. He showed how the industrialists could
grant "subventions" to the political parties; how 14 of the
largest 15 giants of industry were former card-carrying Nazis.
He warned that any interruption in the new-found wealth of West
Germany could lead to the diversion of those political funds
into "less savory quarters." He meant, of course, massive
funding for ultra right-wing fanatics, like "Neo-Nazis." With
many, many Neo-Nazi incidents occurring in Germany; pro-Western
Germans themselves are becoming alarmed.
With unemployment soaring, millions of
frustrated German youths are turning toward ultra-nationalistic,
right-wing organizations. Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, head of the
German government's Office of "Foreign Affairs," spoke of the
dangerous amount of "xenophobia" (fear and hatred of foreigners)
gripping Germany. "Hardly a day passes without some sort of
incident...the public appears to be pushing these incidents out
of its conscience and is becoming accustomed to the attacks
[thugs called "skinheads," wearing Nazi symbols have murdered
and beaten many foreigners in Germany] as everyday events.
The "Land" German word for "State" of
Brandenburg around Berlin has mobilized a commando squad to
respond to emergency calls about Neo-Nazi attacks. The squad is
equipped with special weapons, high-speed vehicles and
helicopters. In only the first week of its operation, it
arrested 23 Neo-Nazis as the result of violence.
The new Nazis are moving into a vacuum left
by fifty seven years of, first, Hitler's Nazi rule, and then by
Communist brutality. With no jobs, no hope for the future, and
such a past, millions of young Germans seek some sort of
self-esteem in xenophobic doctrines.
Already, it is the "Jew," or the "American,"
or the Turk, or the Greek, or the Pole, or the Czech, or the
Spaniard, and "traitors" in their own government who are to
blame. Said Marita Boettger, the Eberswalde official in charge
of foreigner relations, "The old value system was abandoned, and
nothing replaced it. Many parents feel overwhelmed by this
society because they depended so long on the state and the party
to train their children. So a lot of young people are running
around without any kind of values, and they fall for these
primitive ideas about national superiority."
Soon, the COLLAPSE of the fragile global
economy will occur! Already, the dark specter of imminent
COLLAPSE of the Japanese Economy, which would DRAG AMERICA DOWN
WITH IT has been warned by none other than the head of one of
the largest of Japanese firms, SONY. Out of economic chaos will
arise DICTATORS. Who will emerge, in the not-so-distant future,
as the new STRONG MAN of Germany, and of Europe?
His title, in the Bible, is "The BEAST."!
Prophecy marches on...