The summit meeting of the fifteen member states of the European Unity held in Madrid last December, decided to adopt a single currency on 1 January 1999—to be called the “EURO”.
The summit meeting of the fifteen member states of the European Unity held in Madrid last December, decided to adopt a single currency on 1 January 1999—to be called the “EURO”.

To help bring this about a new European central bank will be established by 1998, with headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. This is not surprising when one considers that Germany has been the most vocal promoter of the single currency.

As Bible students, we in the brotherhood have keenly watched the increasing tempo in recent years for European Unity. The emergence of Germany, a central European power, as a major player in this area has once again heightened the importance of Magog in the final line-up of nations as prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 38.

Germany has made no secret of the fact that she sees the advent of the single currency as one more stepping stone to the ultimate goal—political union for Europe.

Comments from other European leaders on the “Euro” decision leave no doubt as to their understanding of its significance. Spain’s finance minister, Mr Solbes, said it was a “triumph for the European Union” , whilst Portugal’s Prime Minister, Mr Guterres, said the “Euro” was “the rock on which we will build a united Europe”.

But what of Great Britain? If Germany is the most vocal promoter of the single currency, Great Britain is amongst the most vocal of the member states who have serious doubts about the decision. The single currency will involve a severe loss of sovereignty on the part of national governments and Great Britain is very reluctant to hand over effective control of its monetary policy to a central bank in Frankfurt. Great Britain is already being criticised as the “slow boat” in the convoy for European Union and commentators are expressing the view that she will actually opt out of joining the Eurozone in 1998, before the single currency is introduced on 1 January 1999. Political commentators are observing that in Great Britain, what is developing over the “Euro” decision is a struggle for the soul of England—the fiercely independent little Englanders versus the Euro federalists.

At the time of the end “the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions” will oppose the downward thrust of Gog and United Europe into the Holy Land and the “Euro” decision could well be the catalyst to eventually force Great Britain from the European Camp.

The development of Gogue’s confederacy was given further impetus with the report of a treaty signed between Russia and Iran (see The Advertiser 30 December 1995). This pact relates to economic and military matters and is of great significance for in Ezekiel chapter 38, Persia (modern Iran) is part of the Gogian host (verse 5).

Angry Voters Rebuff Yeltsin—The Advertiser 19 December 1995

 The Russian Parliamentary elections held last December produced some nasty shocks. Ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky predicted that he would be running the country as President after the Presidential elections to be held in June this year. His comments were made after the parliamentary elections put his Liberal Democratic Neo-facist Party in second place with 11% of the votes for the lower house ( Duma ). But the biggest shock was the very strong showing by the Communist Party which gained the most votes of any party ( 22% ), indicating that the Russian people are disenchanted with Boris Yeltsin’s policies. The Communist party leader Gennardy Zynganov vowed after the elections that the restoration of the Soviet Union was inevitable. He said the Communist Party has “laid the basis for a big solid union of patriotic forces in the new state Duma”.

The rise of ultra nationalist sentiment in Russia at the extremes of both the right (Zhirinovsky) and the left (Zynganov) is seen in Western and Eastern Europe as the most worrying factor to emerge from the elections. In fact most of the 43 parties fielding candidates in the elections included in their platform a call for Russia to reassert its global and regional influence. One of the aims of the Communists is to restore the Soviet Union, pressurising more than ten newly formed nations into a born-again USSR.

At present Boris Yeltsin is “safe” as president because under the 1993 Constitution the President of Russia has supreme power and the parliament is subservient to his will. His powers of decree can be overturned only by a two thirds majority in the Duma. But the battle lines are now being drawn for the presidential elections to be held in June this year and, judging by the mood of the voters in December, Boris Yeltsin could be swept from power and a leader from the extreme left or right voted in.

Comments by Don Chipp, ex Democrat leader in the Australian Parliament, in the “Sunday Mail” 24/12/95, are very telling. Under the title “Russia in a Brittle State” he had these words to say:

“Russia with a population of more than 200 million, is in a dangerously fragile condition. The President’s health is under constant dual threat from heart disease and alcoholism. The Russian Mafia is thriving on a black market and rampant bureaucratic corruption, and it is now partnered in crime by the former KGB—the dreaded secret police.

 “The army’s morale is at an all time low and the absence of financial sustenance from the government does not help. In fact this tremendous power base is virtually available to the highest bidder.

  “Perhaps the most frightening aspect of this volatile nightmare is the presence of a sizeable nuclear arsenal in there somewhere, the control over which is difficult to identify. Nuclear spare parts and other supplementary items are being secretly sold by corrupt Russians to many of the crazies in the Middle East.

 “It is a recipe for disaster which will get worse as the uncertainty concerning next June’s Presidential election increases. A most terrifying scenario appears if Boris Yeltsin fails to survive and the power vacuum is filled by some of the frustrated army generals and the hideous creatures of the former KGB. Aggressive annexation of neighbouring states would be a certainty.

 “Would President Clinton leave them to their own devices or would he intervene on humanitarian grounds as he did against Republican opposition, in Bosnia?

With all the prophetic pointers indicating that the Lord’s return is so very near, is the time ripe for the “Gog” of Ezekiel chapter 38, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, to come to power in Russia? Certainly the current mood in Russia is such that a dictator could once again rise to power. If such is the case, what should our attitude be now? Knowing that the judgment of the household precedes the invasion of Israel and the battle of Armageddon, let us take heed to the signs of the times and make preparation for the Lord’s return.

Germany’s New World Role—Financial Review 12 December 1995

 Over the last few years we have seen a significant shift in the European balance of power toward Germany. Whereas previously France was the leader in European affairs, Germany is now the driving force, both economically and politically.

As well as promoting greater economic integration for Western Europe, Germany is also actively sponsoring the incorporation of Central Europe into the western alliance through membership of both NATO and the European Union. How successful Germany will be in this area remains to be seen, but the latest moves from both Western and Eastern Europe indicate that the coming together of these nations as dictated by Bible prophecy is gradually taking shape.

In all this activity Russia of course will not be left out. Russia’s role in the future of Europe has already been mapped out by the Word of God as seen in Ezekiel chapter 38 and the prophecies of Daniel. In this regard it is extremely interesting to read the comments of political analysts as, for example, in the Financial Review 11 December 1995: “A re-united Germany and a re-assertive Russia are the new leaders re-shaping Europe from the Urals to the Atlantic—the one through economic might and the other through geography. Re-united Germany and re-assertive Russia will play the leading roles in any new version of the old Continental game of spheres of influence. In concert or in opposition they’ll complete World War 2’s unfinished task of building a security structure for the whole of Europe”.

These comments fit in so well with the predictions of Scripture. Ezekiel 38 verse 7 speaks of a time when Gog will “be prepared” and “be a guard” unto the confederation of powers named in the chapter which, amongst others, includes the European powers. Gog is associated with “the land of Magog” (Central Europe, including Germany ).

We are certainly living in exciting times as we see these political developments. But will we be caught off “our guard” in not being “prepared” for the Lord’s coming? Whilst the nations will “prepare war”, let us make sure that our preparations for the Kingdom are well in hand.
To help bring this about a new European central bank will be established by 1998, with headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. This is not surprising when one considers that Germany has been the most vocal promoter of the single currency.

As Bible students, we in the brotherhood have keenly watched the increasing tempo in recent years for European Unity. The emergence of Germany, a central European power, as a major player in this area has once again heightened the importance of Magog in the final line-up of nations as prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 38.

Germany has made no secret of the fact that she sees the advent of the single currency as one more stepping stone to the ultimate goal—political union for Europe.

Comments from other European leaders on the “Euro” decision leave no doubt as to their understanding of its significance. Spain’s finance minister, Mr Solbes, said it was a “triumph for the European Union” , whilst Portugal’s Prime Minister, Mr Guterres, said the “Euro” was “the rock on which we will build a united Europe”.

But what of Great Britain? If Germany is the most vocal promoter of the single currency, Great Britain is amongst the most vocal of the member states who have serious doubts about the decision. The single currency will involve a severe loss of sovereignty on the part of national governments and Great Britain is very reluctant to hand over effective control of its monetary policy to a central bank in Frankfurt. Great Britain is already being criticised as the “slow boat” in the convoy for European Union and commentators are expressing the view that she will actually opt out of joining the Eurozone in 1998, before the single currency is introduced on 1 January 1999. Political commentators are observing that in Great Britain, what is developing over the “Euro” decision is a struggle for the soul of England—the fiercely independent little Englanders versus the Euro federalists.

At the time of the end “the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions” will oppose the downward thrust of Gog and United Europe into the Holy Land and the “Euro” decision could well be the catalyst to eventually force Great Britain from the European Camp.

The development of Gogue’s confederacy was given further impetus with the report of a treaty signed between Russia and Iran (see The Advertiser 30 December 1995). This pact relates to economic and military matters and is of great significance for in Ezekiel chapter 38, Persia (modern Iran) is part of the Gogian host (verse 5).

Angry Voters Rebuff Yeltsin—The Advertiser 19 December 1995

 The Russian Parliamentary elections held last December produced some nasty shocks. Ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky predicted that he would be running the country as President after the Presidential elections to be held in June this year. His comments were made after the parliamentary elections put his Liberal Democratic Neo-facist Party in second place with 11% of the votes for the lower house ( Duma ). But the biggest shock was the very strong showing by the Communist Party which gained the most votes of any party ( 22% ), indicating that the Russian people are disenchanted with Boris Yeltsin’s policies. The Communist party leader Gennardy Zynganov vowed after the elections that the restoration of the Soviet Union was inevitable. He said the Communist Party has “laid the basis for a big solid union of patriotic forces in the new state Duma”.

The rise of ultra nationalist sentiment in Russia at the extremes of both the right (Zhirinovsky) and the left (Zynganov) is seen in Western and Eastern Europe as the most worrying factor to emerge from the elections. In fact most of the 43 parties fielding candidates in the elections included in their platform a call for Russia to reassert its global and regional influence. One of the aims of the Communists is to restore the Soviet Union, pressurising more than ten newly formed nations into a born-again USSR.

At present Boris Yeltsin is “safe” as president because under the 1993 Constitution the President of Russia has supreme power and the parliament is subservient to his will. His powers of decree can be overturned only by a two thirds majority in the Duma. But the battle lines are now being drawn for the presidential elections to be held in June this year and, judging by the mood of the voters in December, Boris Yeltsin could be swept from power and a leader from the extreme left or right voted in.

Comments by Don Chipp, ex Democrat leader in the Australian Parliament, in the “Sunday Mail” 24/12/95, are very telling. Under the title “Russia in a Brittle State” he had these words to say:

“Russia with a population of more than 200 million, is in a dangerously fragile condition. The President’s health is under constant dual threat from heart disease and alcoholism. The Russian Mafia is thriving on a black market and rampant bureaucratic corruption, and it is now partnered in crime by the former KGB—the dreaded secret police.

 “The army’s morale is at an all time low and the absence of financial sustenance from the government does not help. In fact this tremendous power base is virtually available to the highest bidder.

  “Perhaps the most frightening aspect of this volatile nightmare is the presence of a sizeable nuclear arsenal in there somewhere, the control over which is difficult to identify. Nuclear spare parts and other supplementary items are being secretly sold by corrupt Russians to many of the crazies in the Middle East.

 “It is a recipe for disaster which will get worse as the uncertainty concerning next June’s Presidential election increases. A most terrifying scenario appears if Boris Yeltsin fails to survive and the power vacuum is filled by some of the frustrated army generals and the hideous creatures of the former KGB. Aggressive annexation of neighbouring states would be a certainty.

 “Would President Clinton leave them to their own devices or would he intervene on humanitarian grounds as he did against Republican opposition, in Bosnia?

With all the prophetic pointers indicating that the Lord’s return is so very near, is the time ripe for the “Gog” of Ezekiel chapter 38, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, to come to power in Russia? Certainly the current mood in Russia is such that a dictator could once again rise to power. If such is the case, what should our attitude be now? Knowing that the judgment of the household precedes the invasion of Israel and the battle of Armageddon, let us take heed to the signs of the times and make preparation for the Lord’s return.

Germany’s New World Role—Financial Review 12 December 1995

 Over the last few years we have seen a significant shift in the European balance of power toward Germany. Whereas previously France was the leader in European affairs, Germany is now the driving force, both economically and politically.

As well as promoting greater economic integration for Western Europe, Germany is also actively sponsoring the incorporation of Central Europe into the western alliance through membership of both NATO and the European Union. How successful Germany will be in this area remains to be seen, but the latest moves from both Western and Eastern Europe indicate that the coming together of these nations as dictated by Bible prophecy is gradually taking shape.

In all this activity Russia of course will not be left out. Russia’s role in the future of Europe has already been mapped out by the Word of God as seen in Ezekiel chapter 38 and the prophecies of Daniel. In this regard it is extremely interesting to read the comments of political analysts as, for example, in the Financial Review 11 December 1995: “A re-united Germany and a re-assertive Russia are the new leaders re-shaping Europe from the Urals to the Atlantic—the one through economic might and the other through geography. Re-united Germany and re-assertive Russia will play the leading roles in any new version of the old Continental game of spheres of influence. In concert or in opposition they’ll complete World War 2’s unfinished task of building a security structure for the whole of Europe”.

These comments fit in so well with the predictions of Scripture. Ezekiel 38 verse 7 speaks of a time when Gog will “be prepared” and “be a guard” unto the confederation of powers named in the chapter which, amongst others, includes the European powers. Gog is associated with “the land of Magog” (Central Europe, including Germany ).

We are certainly living in exciting times as we see these political developments. But will we be caught off “our guard” in not being “prepared” for the Lord’s coming? Whilst the nations will “prepare war”, let us make sure that our preparations for the Kingdom are well in hand.