News Review - 13 Dec 2019
Is Germany The Sick Man Of Europe

Its main industry is in free-fall… political system is descending into chaos… banking crisis… economic malaise…

Is Germany ‘The Sick Man’ Of Europe?

On Sunday this week, we read:

“Germany Heading To Economic Collapse”

Not just Deutsche Bank!

Germany heading to economic collapse & stock market crash. Germany’s economic indicators across the board are shrinking.

And with Merkel masking a massive tax raise as a political cave to the rising Greens party, the future for Germany’s economic growth looks terrible.

Germany is a Dead Economy Walking.

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down.( Sermon - 7 July 1984)

The implosion of Deutschebank, then the deluge.

Wiping out the EU.

Trump will not let the FED bail them out this time.

Germany is doing to Europe what China is doing to the world. Germany is the core element of the EU economy.

This is not news.

What is news is that Germany’s economy is going down the toilet.” (

On Monday this week, the Daily Telegraph added:

Germany’s economy is in deep trouble

German demand, and German money, has propped up the eurozone.

Now its main industry is in free-fall.

Its political system is descending into chaos.

The banking system is in crisis …consumer demand is stuck in the doldrums.

With every week that passes there are more and more signs of a deep malaise in its economy.

The nation once known as Europe’s powerhouse, and the locomotive of the entire eurozone, is slowly turning into its sick man instead.

That is partly a German story, of course, but it is also a global one. When the world’s fourth-largest economy runs into trouble, it has repercussions far beyond its own borders.

Such as?

…Germany’s stagnating economy will make the eurozone more unstable than ever,

…it will make the European Union more protectionist,

…it will destabilise global trade at the worst possible time,

…and may well trigger a financial crisis.

It is going to be one of the most dangerous trends of the 2020s. This is more than just a cyclical slowdown .” (

What’s Going To Happen Next?

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets .” (Amos 3:7)

There has always been a warning…

Five years before World War II started - The Warning Went Out!

“… ‘Prime Minister MacDonald of Great Britain and President Roosevelt are striving frantically to avert, or postpone, the impending next world war while the nations prepare even more feverishly for WAR! Three or four short years ago many laughed and scoffed when we said that there would be another world war in five to seven years. They do not laugh and scoff today. Everyone KNOWS the next world war is coming, and SOON.’

This was written in 1934; and world war came in 1939, just five years after I wrote that. So once again ‘The Plain Truth, ’ even in its first issue, was way ahead of its time. It was predicting what was going to happen. People scoffed and said, ‘ That’s a crackpot. He doesn’t know what he is talking about.

But World War II did happen. It did come.( Sermon - November 27, 1982)

Warning About World War III

“We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War II, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first – and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round – World War III!

The Bible foretells that third round – and it spells DOOM for us, as God’s punishment, because we, as a nation, have forsaken Him and His ways! The third round is termed, in prophecy, an invasion by ‘BABYLON’ – a resurrected Roman Empire – a European Union. I have been proclaiming that since 1927.” ( The Autobiography, Volume 2 - Chapter 49)

How Will Europe Unite?

The Russian Threat

Today, Europe HAS lost confidence in the United States to protect it…

EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen: “ Europe must also learn the language of power.(

Back in 1982, Mr Armstrong explained:

“Now one of the great things that is urging Europe on, and perhaps the greatest thing that will cause them to hurry and get together on this, is their fear of what’s going on in the Kremlin and the Soviet Union [Russia]. And Andropov [now Putin] is frightening them, and that is going to rush them. They are losing confidence in the United States as having a military umbrella over them to protect them, and they want their own military force to protect themselves. That’s the way they feel over there. Now that is a chief incentive to unite them and that is taking place …this whole United States of Europe, when it goes together, is going to trigger nuclear World War III.” ( Sermon - November, 27 1982)

1985: Watch for Accord with Russia

“Before World War II, a mutual accord had been made between Germany and Russia. History often repeats itself.” ( The Plain Truth, October 1985)

The United States Of Europe IS Coming

“I have known for years (and you have heard me proclaim again, and again, and again) that the United States of Europe is coming. They are going to unite – ten nations in Europe; and the Vatican will be on top of the heap. Why has it not happened? Forty-nine years have gone by. At last I can tell you that it is. All the pieces are falling into place now, all of a sudden.

Well, in Europe there are many nations. They speak different languages. They are divided by various languages. They are divided by different national aspirations, and national patriotisms, and by different currencies.

Now they have gotten together in an economic system. That’s been going on now for a good many years – the EEC, or the European Economic Community. But that is only something that knocks down tariff barriers for the international trade among the nations of Europe. Now what they want is political union. What they want is one military force. What they want is one great world power; and, actually, they are right on the borderline of the Soviet Union [Russia].

However, let me say that the resurrection of this so-called Holy Roman Empire that existed from 554 on to 1814 in Europe WILL TRIGGER World War III – the nuclear World War III that is going to destroy our major cities.

I mean destroy them!

One third of our people are going to be killed.

Another third are going to die of famine and pestilence, according to Ezekiel’s prophecies [Ezekiel 5:2, 12].

And the third remaining are going to be taken as slaves into other nations and moved out of this country.

Now this thing coming is going to immediately trigger all of that. I don’t know, maybe that doesn’t mean anything to you, brethren. But, I want to tell you, it had better; because now it’s really going to happen, and soon. We are getting very, very close to it.” ( Sermon - November 27, 1982)

Yet again – the Warning went out… over 40 years ago!

Back in February 1973, a Plain Truth article entitled 1973 Critical Year for the New Europe’ used a quotation from ‘The Economist’ magazine:

Only something TRULY SHATTERING, it seems, might quickly produce the united Europe …Europe’s nations like being themselves too much, and feel little compulsion to be anything else.( The Plain Truth - February 1973)

Is something TRULY SHATTERING about to happen?

Look at the evidence!

“Now its main industry is in free-fall.

Its political system is descending into chaos.

The banking system is in crisis …consumer demand is stuck in the doldrums.

With every week that passes there are more and more signs of a deep malaise in its economy.

The nation once known as Europe’s powerhouse, and the locomotive of the entire eurozone, is slowly turning into its sick man instead.(

Not Just Europe - A Global Problem

“Germany’s stagnating economy will make the eurozone more unstable than ever…

it will make the European Union more protectionist, it will destabilise global trade at the worst possible time …and may well trigger a financial crisis!(

The Cracks Are Appearing In The Wall…

The wall is bulging out…
when it bursts – it will be sudden…
and shattering – on a world-wide scale.

“…calamity will come upon you suddenly — like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down. You will be smashed like a piece of pottery — shattered so completely that there won’t be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well.” (Isaiah 30:13-14)

Out of this catastrophe in Europe will come the dictator – the Beast – to take control of Europe and forge a new world 10 nation superpower!

The resurrected Holy Roman Empire – A World Superpower!

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?(Revelation 13:4)

The shattering of Europe focuses the minds of these 10 nations…

“These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.(Revelation 17:13)

In spite of the apparent chaos – we need to remember - God is in total control

“For God has put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” (Revelation 17:17)

We were warned about a financial shattering back in 1984!

Mr Armstrong said:

“… 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 t o cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

Well, now I think I can see what may be the very event that is going to trigger it and that is the economic situation in the world.

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 - July 7, 1984)

Are we close to that breakdown of civilisation right now?

Is a "truly shattering event" about to occur that will force the nations of Europe to unite?

The evidence certainly points in this direction!

As 2019 comes to an end, we must, as was pointed out, watch these trends in 2020

The events that lead up to the end of this age are now becoming very obvious. As Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Most people, we know only too well, will take this serious warning lightly – put it out of mind – turn to other immediate interests of no importance by comparison! That is why a loving, just, all-wise, all- powerful god is going to take away from them these unimportant counter-interests, and apply such intensified correction that they shall, finally, come to their senses, and turn to Him and His way which will bring them eternal happiness and abundant blessings!

But you need not have to suffer this intensified correction, greater than any trouble ever suffered by humans.

By God’s direction and authority, I have laid the truth before you! To neglect it will be tragic beyond imagination!

To heed it will bring blessings, happiness and glory beyond description!

The decision is now Yours!( The US and GB in Prophecy - Chapter 14)