News Review - 30 Aug 2019
Warning Has Never Changed

“Today we stand on the very threshold of colossal events that will stagger the mind of mortal man.” (Herbert W Armstrong)

The Warning Has Never Changed!

As we watch end time world events building up to a climax, we must remember: That warning still stands!

Is A World Dictator About To Appear?

This was the headline in the very first issue of the Plain Truth Magazine some 85 years ago. In his introduction, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Everybody senses that something is wrong with the world… that some mighty event is about to occur. We live today in the most strenuous, anxious, momentous hours of earth’s history. Today we stand on the very threshold of colossal events that will stagger the mind of mortal man. Just now it is like the lull before a great and devastating storm. Everyone senses it!” ( The Plain Truth - February 1934)

In 1984, 50 years later, Mr Armstrong wrote:

Jesus Christ gave the warning (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). And when he said, in Luke’s version of his warning: ‘ watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ (at his coming – Luke 21:36), He was giving you and me a promise of divine protection from these very things he had been describing – if we do watch world events AS PROPHESIED, and remain obedient and continually in contact with God through prayer.( The Plain Truth – March 1984)

European Union And War Predicted

The February-March, 1939, issue of The Plain Truth contained another article on the resurrection of the Roman Empire to come. We have warned our radio listeners of this prophesied event since the first year we were on the air – 1934. We have shouted this prophecy ever since 1934 in The Plain Truth.

This issue carried a full-page map, which I sketched and traced on the mimeograph stencil, showing the territory of the original Roman Empire. This map included four of the sea gates that control sea – access to this entire territory. The article stressed the fulfillment of the prophecy of Genesis 22:17 and 24:60, showing how the USA and Britain were to possess the sea gates of enemy nations. This was part of the national dominance promised Abraham for his descendants.

Major Sea Gates - Lost!

1956 - Suez Canal… 1967 - Aden… 1971 – Singapore…

1977 - Panama Canal… 1997 - Hong Kong…

Gibraltar next?

But the article also pointed out that our peoples, since receiving this Birthright inheritance have turned from our God – our national sins have increased – and God is going to have to punish our nations at the hand of this coming resurrected Roman Empire, with invasion, captivity, and slavery.

These four vital sea gates, the article explained, must be taken from Britain before the ‘beast’ power – revived Roman Empire – can rise. Britain, since, has lost Suez and exercises no real control over the other three.

This tremendous prophecy was fulfilled, in the form of the insignificant ‘sixth head of the beast,’ by Mussolini very shortly after this article appeared. But the all-important seventh and last ‘head’ is being formed, today, before our very eyes! It is rising out of the Common Market in Europe – out of which ten nations or groupings of nations will ultimately combine to form a new European Union!( The Autobiography - Chapter 40)

The Second World War

The Second World War came and went, leaving Germany totally devastated.

Whole cities destroyed.

Infrastructure destroyed.

Industry destroyed.

But the message never changed!

Visiting Europe in 1947, Mr Armstrong wrote:

March 2, 1947 – “In America, we had heard and read about the war daily. We had seen pictures and newsreels. But now my wife and I were there, where it happened. Here was the actual devastation of war all around us. Now it suddenly became real!

The Marshall Plan and American dollars had not yet made progress toward restoration. Europe was laid waste, many of its cities in ruins. Almost no one believed, then, that Europe could ever rise again. Yet I had been persistently proclaiming for two years [since 1945], over the air and in The Plain Truth, that Germany would once again come to economic and military power, heading a ten-nation resurrection of the Roman Empire.( The Autobiography - Chapter 54)

The Post War Political World

After the war, Russia tried to extend its power. A brief timeline reveals the drama!

1945 - In late April, Soviet troops reach Berlin. World War II is almost over.

1945 - May 2, German forces capitulate.

1945 - The Potsdam Conference takes place just south of Berlin from June 17 to August 2. The Allied victors (USA, Great Britain, France, Soviet Union) divide Germany and Berlin into four occupation zones.

March 1948 - The Allied powers decided to unite their different occupation zones of Germany into a single economic unit. In protest, the Soviet representative withdrew from the Allied Control Council.

June 1948 - On June 24 the Berlin Blockade begins. The Soviet Union cuts off all land and water transit routes running between Berlin and West Germany, turning West Berlin into an isolated island surrounded by East Germany. With all land access now blocked, the Allies begin the Berlin Airlift on June 26. For the next eleven months, Berlin is supplied only by aircraft. Everything, from coal to food, has to be airlifted into the city.

“The airlift continued until September 30th 1949, at a total cost of $224 million and after delivery of 2,323,738 tons of food, fuel, machinery, and other supplies.” ( britannica.com)

1949 – Germany Divided

“After the Potsdam conference, Germany was divided into four occupied zones: Great Britain in the north-west, France in the south-west, the United States in the south and the Soviet Union in the east. Berlin, the capital city situated in Soviet territory, was also divided into four occupied zones.

West Germany, or the Federal Republic of Germany, was officially established in May 1949. East Germany, or the German Democratic Republic, was established in October 1949. Under their occupying governments, the two Germany’s followed very different paths.

West Germany was allied with the US, the UK and France and became a western capitalist country with a market economy. In contrast, East Germany was allied by the Soviet Union and fell under highly centralized communist rule.” ( europe.unc.edu)

Churchill’s Famous “Iron Curtain” Speech

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.” ( winstonchurchill.org)

The Berlin Wall

“1961 is the year the Berlin Wall was first built, but the conditions that led up to its construction began earlier, shortly after the end of the Second World War in 1945. The Berlin Airlift (1948-1949) was the landmark event that most dramatically signaled the growing divide between the Soviets and the other Allies.

Hitler’s war had now resulted in a divided Germany: the GDR (East Germany) and the FRG (West Germany), setting the stage for the physical barrier that would be known as the Berlin Wall and would stand as an ugly scar on the German landscape from August 1961 until November 1989.” ( german-way.com)

A Re-united Germany

In 1985, not long before he died, Mr Armstrong told us to watch for a plan to re-unite Germany!

“The European Parliament meets in Brussels, in Strasbourg, France, and in Luxembourg, with a staff working vigorously for a reunited Europe, and working out a constitution for this coming third super world power. At the European Community’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, a very large staff are working for a single united European currency, one united military force and one economic structure.

Do not discount the possibility that this resurrection of the medieval Holy Roman Empire may start by some arrangement to reunite East and West Germany first.( The Plain Truth - October 1985)

And it happened! Suddenly!

If East and West Germany were to be reunited, then the Berlin Wall would have to go!

In the summer of 1989, few suspected that East Germany was weeks away from collapse. At first there was incredulity. It soon gave way to wild jubilation and tears of unbridled, wholly unexpected joy. The fall of the Berlin Wall changed our world: it ended the Cold War and it remains the most seismic political event in Europe since the Second World War.” ( independent.co.uk)

1989 - The Wall Came Down

“The official opening of the border with West Berlin occurred in a strange, confused way - not much of a hammer blow at all. On November 9, 1989, an East German official announced that East Germans would be allowed ‘permanent departure’ or travel abroad. They could get passports or exit visas freely. No one was sure what this meant, exactly, and the language barrier between the official and foreign reporters confused things further.

German media outlets broadcast news that East Germans could travel freely, so thousands showed up at the wall, waiting at the gates and pressing forward as their numbers grew. The guards had no idea what to do, because no formal announcement had been made as to the wall’s status. Finally, more to prevent a riot than for any other reason, the crowds were allowed to surge forward. They crossed the wall and freely entered West Berlin for the first time in almost 30 years.” ( history.howstuffworks.com)

The ‘Pan-European Picnic’

Secrets of ‘Pan-European Picnic’ still shrouded in mystery 30 years later

A picnic in a meadow on the Hungarian-Austrian border: That was the plan. But the symbolic event, a show of support for a united Europe, enabled the first exodus from behind the Iron Curtain.

Unintentionally — or not?

Even 30 years on, the question of who orchestrated the events of August 19, 1989, remains unanswered. Was it the newly formed Hungarian opposition? Or the Kaiser’s son, in absentia? Otto von Habsburg was represented at the picnic by his daughter, Walburga. Or the secret service? Or perhaps some combination of all three? The Hungarian opposition and the Pan-European Union agree on one point:

To this day, they’re both amazed at how that afternoon’s events developed a momentum of their own.( dw.com)

Germany Re-United - 3 October 1990

"Germany, an economic and political colossus in the heart of Europe, was reborn today on the stroke of midnight as a single country after more than 45 years of division. More than a million people witnessed the historic end of two separate German states as the Federal Republic’s black, red and gold flag, complete with rampant eagle, was brought in by 20 young people from both parts of Berlin and raised on a special flagstaff in front of the Reichstag, dedicated To The German People.

The Liberty Bell pealed throughout Berlin and President Richard von Weizsäcker proclaimed: ‘In free self-determination we have completed the unity and freedom of Germany. We want to serve world peace in a united Europe’.( theguardian.com)

Eastern European Nations To Join The EU

Mr Armstrong told us to watch - for the Eastern European nations joining the EU!

1981 - “…when it does happen it will happen suddenly – so quickly it will take your breath, and the whole world will gasp in awe and wonder when they see the things that are prophesied. For example, ten nations in Europe – probably five of them in Western Europe and five in Eastern Europe – reviving, resurrecting the so-called Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages; and that is going to happen very soon now.” ( Sermon - October 13, 1981)

The warning repeated in 1985…

“The prophecies of Revelation 13 and 17 and Daniel 2 and 7 show definitely that such a reunited Europe is coming - AND SOON! That of Daniel 2:33 shows half of this united Europe will consist of Eastern European nations, and half of Western.

They comprise the toes and feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s great dream image, to be destroyed by Christ’s coming again to earth in supreme supernatural power and glory to rule all nations and bring us world peace! This reunification of Europe is in the sure word of prophecy.( The Plain Truth – October 1985)

The Fall Of The USSR

This reunification of Europe is in the sure word of prophecy” …but how could this come about, when the eastern European nations were totally under the control of the world’s second superpower, the Soviet Union, the Communist monolith that controlled eastern Europe with an iron fist?

Yet again, it seemed impossible, but it happened, suddenly - all within a period of a few months.

“The unsuccessful August 1991 coup against Gorbachev sealed the fate of the Soviet Union. Planned by hard-line Communists, the coup diminished Gorbachev’s power and propelled Yeltsin and the democratic forces to the forefront of Soviet and Russian politics. Bush publicly condemned the coup as ‘extra-constitutional,’ but Gorbachev’s weakened position became obvious to all. He resigned his leadership as head of the Communist party shortly thereafter — separating the power of the party from that of the presidency of the Soviet Union.

The Central Committee was dissolved and Yeltsin banned party activities. A few days after the coup, Ukraine and Belarus declared their independence from the Soviet Union. The Baltic States, which had earlier declared their independence, sought international recognition.

On December 25, 1991, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the Russian tricolor. People all over the world watched in amazement at this relatively peaceful transition from former Communist monolith into multiple separate nations.( history.state.gov)

East And West Europe Unite

Freed from the shackles of the old USSR, the Eastern European nations were now free to join the EU!

Between 2004 to 2007, most of the main Eastern European nations - Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Hungary and several smaller nations joined the EU.

To those living back in the post war period 1945 up to the 1980’s, all of this seemed unbelievable.

But we were warned.

We watched!

We saw it all happen!

What’s Coming Next?

We now watch for the sudden emergence of ten nations (or groups of nations) based in Europe, controlled by the Roman Catholic Church – in a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. This “beast power” will destroy both Britain and the USA. See The United States and Britain in Prophecy for a detailed picture of upcoming events.

Look at what’s happened since WWII

If you find this all a little much to believe, look at what has already been fulfilled.

Order of events:

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14) . Completed!

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (II Thessalonians 2:3) . Already happened and ongoing!

Next - Brexit

“In spite of Mr Churchill’s farsightedness …he could not foresee that this great politico-religio-economic power bloc of ten nations not only would refuse Britain membership [in the final United States of Europe - the ten], but would ultimately prove the undoing of the Anglo-Saxon people of America, Britain, and the Commonwealth countries.” ( The Plain Truth - April 1965)

Coming Financial Collapse

“…I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come.

…I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down. I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!” ( Sermon - 7 July 1984)

The Rise Of A New Europe

“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 human force ever seen by man!” ( The Plain Truth - March 1962)


With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible(Matthew 19:26).

The Message Hasn’t Changed

Here is the conclusion of that article in the very first issue of the Plain Truth Magazine some 85 years ago.

The warning hasn’t changed - the warning is still valid!

“Do you wonder we stated, in the opening paragraphs, that we stand today on the very threshold of events that will stagger the mind of man? These are TREMENDOUS days. We shall be wise, indeed, to consider solemnly their ominous portent, and to heed the Warning, and turn to seek the Lord our God with our whole heart!

Other Scriptures scattered thru the Bible verify this soon coming of Jesus Christ back to earth.

Yes, Jesus is coming! He is coming as He went! HE IS COMING SOON!

Read the first two chapters of Joel. See also Luke 21:25-27, and then verse 28: ‘ And when these things BEGIN to come to pass (They began in 1929!) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (Christ) draweth nigh!

May God help us to heed!( The Plain Truth - February 1934)