By Dave Robbins
Adolph Hitler once stated, “Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all.” One has to wonder if this was just propaganda for his Third Reich or if he might have known the prophecies of the Bible. That’s right. The Bible prophesies that a Holy Roman Empire, dominated by Germany, will rule the entire world just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
But wait! The Holy Roman Empire was defeated by Napoleon and pronounced dead in 1806. Furthermore, Germany has now been incorporated into the 27-member European Union, preventing the powerful nation from ever becoming the Fourth Reich. Right?
Not according to the Bible!
Although it is mentioned several times in the Bible, the first prophetic account of the Holy Roman Empire is found in Daniel 2:31-45. It occurs when Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Babylonian Empire, has a dream that neither he nor his wise men can remember or interpret. However, God gives Daniel a vision of the dream and the interpretation, which he reveals to the king.
In the dream, Nebuchadnezzar saw a great statue with a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and the feet and toes were iron mingled with clay. After this he noticed that a large stone came and smashed the image on the feet, destroying the entire structure.
The interpretation, revealed to the king in Daniel 2:36-45, shows us that the five metal sections of the image represent the five empires that would rule the world from the time of Babylon until the establishment of the kingdom of God upon the earth. The first empire was Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire (Head of Gold), which ruled from 604–539 BC. Then came the Media-Persian Empire, which lasted from 539-331 BC (Arms and Breast of Silver). The third empire to rule the world, between 331–197 BC, was the Grecian Empire (Belly and Thighs of Brass). The fourth was the Roman Empire from 197 BC–284 AD (Legs of Iron). This empire was the strongest of all. The last empire to rule the earth will be the Holy Roman Empire (Feet of Iron Mingled with Clay). This final empire, which began in 800 AD, will end at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Large Stone) when He will destroy all the governments of men.
This final empire will rule the entire earth in the very near future. This being true, let’s learn more about this Holy Roman Empire.
After the decline of the Roman Empire, it seemed that the vision of a united Europe had all but died. However, that dream was brought back to life when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 800 AD. The Holy Roman Empire was designed from the very beginning to rule Europe as a partnership between politics and religion. Remember the feet of iron mingled with clay in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream? The iron symbolizes the political element and the clay represents the religious factor mixed in. The “Feet of Iron Mingled with Clay” symbolizes the Holy Roman Empire!
After 800 AD, the Holy Roman Empire dominated Europe for the next 1,000 years. Its leadership was always comprised of the most powerful political leader in Europe, working alongside the strongest religious force in Europe, the Roman Catholic Church.
Although many historians pronounced the Holy Roman Empire dead after Napoleon defeated Francis II in 1806, European and Vatican officials have never given up on the dream of a Holy Roman Empire. And that dream is now being realized!
After WWII, Winston Churchill proposed the creation of a United States of Europe. His plan of action was to first join the European nations together economically. Once this was successful, he and other European leaders believed that political union would inevitably follow.
Six nations formed the Common Market in 1957 by signing the Treaty of Rome. The goal was to remove all trade barriers among the member states, thus creating an economic union. The experiment was a success, resulting in the expansion of the Common Market to twelve members by 1992. By this time, all economic barriers separating the member nations had been totally eliminated. The economic union was now complete. However, this was only the first step toward the realization of a truly united Europe. The ultimate goal was political union—a virtual United States of Europe.
In 1992, the ever-evolving European empire signed the Maastricht Treaty. This new agreement came into force in 1993, changing the name of the Common Market to the European Union and establishing a common European currency—the euro. It also called for Europe to have its own president, foreign minister and constitution.
In 1999, the euro was born, causing a majority of the EU members to discard their national currencies.
The European Union continued to grow. By 2007, the number of EU member states was 27 with a total population of over 500 million people.
But, in order to fully realize Winston Churchill’s dream of a United States of Europe, three key elements were still lacking: a president, a foreign minister and a constitution.
Those dreams became a reality on November 3, 2009, when the last EU country, the Czech Republic, ratified the Lisbon Treaty, which became Europe’s first constitution. Two weeks later, on November 19, 2009, Herman Von Rompuy of Belgium was chosen to be Europe’s first permanent president, and Cathy Ashton of Great Britain became Europe’s first foreign minister. All of the pieces of the European Union were now in place. The Holy Roman Empire was re-born!
Since the Bible prophesies that the Holy Roman Empire will be in power at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, can we be certain that the present-day European Union is, in fact, the re-born Holy Roman Empire? Do we have irrefutable proof? Absolutely!
Wow! Do the leaders of the European Union have a vision of rebuilding Charlemagne’s Holy Roman Empire? You better believe they do!
According to biblical prophecy, Germany will be the dominant nation in the Holy Roman Empire when Jesus returns to the earth.
The leopard in Bible prophecy first appears in Daniel 7, where Daniel is given a vision of nations that will be in power just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It states in verse 23 of this chapter that beasts are used to symbolize nations. (For a complete explanation of Daniel 7, please order the DVD “United States Discovered in the Bible” 1-800-ENDTIME or www.endtime.com).
Daniel 7:6 says, “After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.” The leopard in prophecy always symbolizes the nation of Germany. How do we know this?
Verse 6 says that dominion was given to the leopard. Which nation has had dominion in the world over the last 150 years? It can’t be the eagle’s wings mentioned in Daniel 7. That’s the United States. It can’t refer to Russia because her symbol is the bear. There is a nation on earth that has started the last three major wars: the Franco-German War of 1870, WWI, and WWII. That nation is Germany. Germany has dominated world events in modern times.
Furthermore, Webster’s Online Dictionary with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation states, “The leopard is also the unofficial national animal of Germany, replacing the Tiger, which was, along with the eagle, the national animal of Nazi Germany. The leopard tank was a German designed tank which entered service in 1965.”
The Bible also says that the leopard had four heads. A beast in Bible prophecy always represents a nation or kingdom. Multiple heads on a beast indicate the number of times that a particular nation will rise and fall (Revelation 17:10). In the case of Germany, the four heads on the leopard represent the First Reich, the Second Reich, Hitler’s famous Third Reich and the Fourth Reich, which is now rising. The First Reich began with Charlemagne in 800 AD and continued 1,000 years until 1806. Then Otto von Bismarck’s Second Reich began in 1871 and continued until 1918. Hitler’s Third Reich ruled Germany from 1933 until 1945. Now we are seeing the rise of the current and final Reich, which will rule as a central player in the world government of the Antichrist. The four heads of the leopard, in Daniel 7:6, let us know that the nation of Germany will rise to dominance a fourth and final time.
After Hitler’s Third Reich was defeated in WWII (1945), the Allies split the nation of Germany into two nations, creating East Germany and West Germany. East Germany was placed under the Soviet Union sphere of influence while West Germany was allied with the West. The purpose was to create two greatly weakened nations that would never have the population base or the financial muscle to threaten world peace again.
However, this division of the German people was like a wound right through the heart of European civilization. It was an unnatural division, and the dream of someday being reunited beat deep within the hearts of Germans everywhere. Even many of those responsible for dividing the German people understood that this wound would someday need to be healed.
The statesmen of Europe believed that the long-term answer to the German problem was to absorb Germany into a European federation large enough to contain German adventurism. This journey was begun in 1957 when West Germany became one of the six founding nations of the Common Market.
In the meantime, West Germany had blossomed into a full-fledged democracy causing many people to believe its past of autocratic rule and militarism had been left behind. As the European Union grew larger, it was felt that the emerging federation should be able to contain 82 million Germans.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Iron Curtain was rolled up, most of Europe and the world was ecstatic. The Cold War was over and a new era of peace appeared to have been born. However, not all were excited about the reunification of Germany. Remembering WWII and knowing what a united Germany was capable of, Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher commented, “I was opposed to German unification from early on for the obvious reasons. To unify Germany would make her the dominant nation in the European community. They are powerful, and they are efficient. We have defeated the Germans twice and now they are here again.”
If only Europe and the rest of the world would have known how right Mrs. Thatcher really was!
Everyone knows the golden rule… “He who has the gold, makes the rules!” Such is the case with Germany.
For several decades, while other European nations were spending freely, Germany was investing wisely in manufacturing plants, developing first-class educational systems, inventing new products, raising its productivity and focusing on quality, not quantity or price. These mandates, along with conservative fiscal and strong monetary policies have given Germany, by far the richest nation in all of Europe, one of the healthiest economies in the world.
Until recently, with memories of WWII still fresh, Europe cautiously viewed Germany as simply a cash supplier, not as a leader. However, with the current economic crises in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, Europe has looked to Germany for a financial solution, which she is willing to give “…for the good of Europe.” Unfortunately, when billions of dollars in aid and the future of the Euro itself is at stake, there will naturally be strings attached. In this case, it would be a loss of sovereignty for each nation involved. That’s right. Angela Merkel will require that each country follow a similar fiscal and monetary policy with Germany dictating the terms, thus giving Germany dominion over each nation of Europe!
How will this happen? As a solution to the debt crisis in Europe, the European Summit, held in Brussels on December 9, 2011, saw German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy propose a new fiscal treaty to enforce financial regulations on all 27 European nations. Seeing this as nothing more than a “Merkozy” blueprint for total financial control of all of Europe, Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed the proposal and walked away. However, the indebtedness of the remaining 26 EU nations forced them to bow and sign the treaty. Consequently, with France’s slumping growth at record euro-era levels, Germany has emerged as the leading nation, calling the shots on European economic policies!
What does this mean? Simon Heffer, of the Daily Mail probably said it best, “Be in no doubt what a fiscal union means: it is one economic policy, one taxation system, one social security system, one debt, one economy and one finance minister… And all of the above would be German!”
This has left the nations of Europe with a love/hate relationship towards Germany. They need her economic strength for both bailout money to save their economies and as a business partner to buy their goods and services. At the same time, having started the last three major wars, European leaders know full well what Germany is capable of. The problem is that, with Germany clearly the dominant EU nation, there is nothing they can do about it. Listen to what a few European leaders have to say concerning Germany:
“Germany has been in a constant reactive role. Now though, it is at a place where it can largely dictate what it wants to see in other countries and they have to go along with it.” Fredrick Erixon, head of the European Center for International Political Economy
“All my efforts are directed towards adapting France to a system that works; The German system.” Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
“Now all of a sudden, Europe is speaking German.” Volker Kauder, Parliamentary Leader Christian Democratic Union
“We are witnessing the colonization of Europe by stealth by Germans.” Simon Heffer, Daily Mail
“We are now living in a German-dominated Europe – something that the European project was supposed to stop.” Nigel Farage, Member of European Parliament
“That’s the predicament of leadership, when Germany acts, there is the fear that Germany will dominate. If Germany doesn’t act, it’s the fear that Germany will withdraw from Europe.” Joschka Fischer, Former Foreign Minister
“I will probably be the first Polish Foreign Minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity. You have become Europe’s indispensable nation!” Radoslaw Sikorsky, Polish Foreign Minister
It seems that all of these European leaders would agree on one point: Whether you love Germany or despise it, Angela Merkel is achieving economically and politically what Adolf Hitler was not able to accomplish militarily… Germany’s domination of a re-born Holy Roman Empire!
In Daniel 7:7, the last empire that will rule upon the earth, just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, is depicted as a beast with ten horns. The passage states that the ten horns symbolize ten kings that will be in alliance together.
The ten horns in this prophecy represent the same ten kings that are symbolized by the ten toes of iron mixed with clay in Daniel 2. Notice what Daniel 2:44 says about the final ten kings depicted by the ten toes:
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”
In the days of what kings? The ten kings represented by the ten toes of iron mingled with clay… The same kings represented by the ten horns in Daniel 7.
This lets us know that the ten toes, which represent a re-born Holy Roman Empire in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, are the same as the ten horns in Daniel 7.
Germany’s role in the world government of the endtime is found in Revelation 13:1-3, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:”
Notice that all of the beasts or nations in Daniel 7 are represented in this one combined beast. This tells us that a league of these nations, a one-world government, will be formed in the last days. So who are the participants? Remember from Daniel 7 that each beast represents a nation. It appears that this one large beast will be a world government made up of the leopard (Germany), the bear (Russia), the lion (Great Britain) and the ten horns (Revived Holy Roman Empire).
Moreover, the body of the beast, along with four of the seven heads, is depicted as a leopard. This can only mean one thing… The final empire to rule the world will be a re-born Holy Roman Empire and Germany will be at the center of it all!
From Daniel 7, we know that the ten horns represent ten kings that will be in alliance just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Another horn (king) will uproot three of the ten and take their place. The passage further explains that this king will become the Antichrist and will make war against the saints until the Ancient of Days, Jesus Christ, comes.
Since the Antichrist comes up from among the ten horns, it is obvious to conclude that he will emanate out of the re-born Holy Roman Empire!
Revelation 13 describes the Antichrist and his religious partner, the False Prophet. We have proven that the Antichrist will rule over the Holy Roman Empire.
Since the crowning of Charlemagne by Pope Leo III in 800 AD, the Holy Roman Empire has always been a partnership of two men – a political leader and a religious leader. The political leader has always been the most powerful politician in Europe and the religious leader has always been the pope from Rome.
It is clear to see that the Holy Roman Empire, which is to be the last empire on earth, will be no different. Whoever is pope at the time of the Antichrist will be the False Prophet.
Isn’t it amazing how accurate the Bible is? Daniel prophesied, over 2,500 years ago, that there would be a re-born Holy Roman Empire, even before the Roman Empire was in existence. He further claimed that the nation of Germany would rise and fall four times and that the fourth German Empire would dominate the current European Union. That’s right. Daniel foretold the rebirth of the Holy Roman Empire and the current rise of Germany!
We have proven that Germany is the dominant nation in the European Union and that the very system of governance, which the Lord showed Daniel, is being formed right now!
Why is this important? Because Daniel went on to tell us that Jesus Christ would return during this final global empire and set up His kingdom on earth. This lets us know that we are very close to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Are you ready for His return?