Germany 20 Years Later

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall yesterday, according to “Berlin Wall anniversary: world leaders to celebrate the night that changed the world”.  Guests included Gordon Brown, Hillary Clinton and Dimitry Medvedev of Russia.  An 8 foot wall of 1,000 dominoes were toppled in a symbolic gesture during the ceremonies.

The 20th anniversary is a good time to review some history.  In “Berlin Wall: have Margaret Thatcher’s fears about Germany been proved right?”, it is pointed out that a “divided Germany was a known quantity.”  Thatcher was an opponent of German reunification, but it happened anyhow.  Her view was that Germany could become an “unstoppable force” in a Europe dominated by Germany.  She reminded the world who had started 2 world wars, which drew a sharp rebuke from German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

So, was she right?  We in the Church of God have long known that it would be the descendants of ancient Assyria that would dominate and subjugate the descendants of ancient Israel.  Bible prophecies of this were not completely fulfilled in ancient days, and there are dire warnings that pertain to Israel in the last days and in the latter days.

Well, during this ceremony celebrating the reunification of Germany, the Telegraph reports, “Berlin Wall: Angela Merkel challenges US power”.  The subtitle is, “Chancellor Angela Merkel put Berlin’s emboldened role in the international arena on display by calling on America to accept it must channel its interests through global institutions.”  “Sharp comments underpinned her country’s rising standing” sounds like they are no longer keeping a low profile on the world stage.

Some things are similar to pre-WWII, when you consider it.  Britain wants to appease Europe by trying to be a part of it.  Meanwhile, the US is bogged down in a recession and a materialistic society that concentrates dangerously on “self”.  Neither approach will work in the end.  Britain will eventually be discarded, and America will receive a sudden jolt out of its complacency – but only too late.

Yet, while one is drawing breath, there always is hope.  Indeed, there is hope even beyond the grave, but there is fantastic hope if one repents now in this lifetime.

 30When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

 31(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. (Deuteronomy 4:30-31, King James Version)

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