A reader sent me a link to the following about Germany increasing the size of its army:
May 10, 2016 23:46
Germany is marching towards rebuilding what was once western Europe’s largest army, with a “long overdue” decision to recruit 14,300 additional soldiers over the next seven years, to counter modern threats and overcome pressures “in all areas.”
“A quarter century of contraction is over. It is time for the Bundeswehr to grow again,” Ursula von der Leyen, the defense minister said in a statement announcing the expansion. “The Bundeswehr is under pressure to modernize in all areas. We have to get away from the process of permanent shrinking.”
Around 7,000 new troops will be recruited in the initial drive, with some 4,400 civilian personnel working alongside them. The defense ministry has already announced that its budget will grow from the current €34.2 billion ($38.9bn) to €39.2 billion ($44.6bn) by 2020. …
Von der Leyden said that many of the new professionals would be trained in cyber warfare, and other technologically demanding areas of modern war.
The army association, the Bundeswehrverband, praised the move as a “180-degree turn,” … “As far as personnel is concerned, it’s long overdue,” its chief André Wüstner told news agency DPA. https://www.rt.com/news/342563-germany-bundeswehr-army-expansion/
In the past, Germany has stated that it wants a military that is independent of the USA (see my posts Germany military looking to be ‘Independent of the USA’ and Germans wants an independent European arms industry).
Notice that the German Defense Minister says that the new troops will be ” trained in cyber warfare, and other technologically demanding areas of modern war.” As regular readers of this page are aware, I have warned for years that Europe would be able to be successful militarily because of technology.
The moves in Germany are a step in that direction.
The current German military is called the Bundeswehr. A couple of years ago, it was reported that:
The Bundeswehr is among the world’s most technologically advanced and best-supplied militaries (Bundeswehr. Wikipedia, viewed 04/28/14)
And apparently the Bundeswehr wants to be more technologically advanced. The biblical ramifications of a Europe that thinks it can defend itself apart from the USA are enormous.
The Bible tells of a time when a final Beast power will rise up in Europe. Because of real divisions between the USA and Europe, Europe, despite the fact that it does not seem like it wants to will attack and takeover the USA. The ‘he’ in Daniel 11:39 is identified as the King of the North in Daniel 11:40:
5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. 6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? 9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? 10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? *Isaiah 10:5-11, KJV)
39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39)
There are historical and prophetic reasons to tie in Assyria with those in Germany and central Europe today (see Germany’s Assyrian Roots Throughout History and Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy).
The Bible talks about a beast of the sea that had a deadly wound to one of its heads that was healed:
3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. (Revelation 13:3)
Germany lost two world wars.
Notice the verse that comes after Revelation 13:3:
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4)
Notice that this beast has military ability. Consider that Germany is taking the lead of the military in Europe.
Germany still wants to lead all of Europe–the Bible supports that this will happen. The fact that the Germans are getting more and more open about wanting to strengthen a European military shows that the goal of such a military is intended.
Perhaps it should also be mentioned that Russia keeps working at updating its military. Another reader sent me a link to the following:
May 11, 2016
Russia to test ‘Satan 2′ nuclear missile so powerful it could destroy TEXAS or FRANCE
RUSSIA is preparing to test a nuclear missile so powerful it could wipe out an area the size of France.
The devastatingly-powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which replaces an earlier version codenamed ‘Satan’ by Nato, is thought to be the largest atomic weapon-carrying rocket ever produced – capable of housing as many as a dozen warheads inside its shell.
Russian media said the rocket could “erase from the face of the earth land plots the size of Texas”, in comments that could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate the US.
Worryingly, the missile has been designed with stealth technology which enables it to be fired at a target without being picked up by radar systems.
It is also said to travel at speeds that render most missile defence systems useless.
Seven years in the making, RS-28 Sarmat, as it is officially known, will be ready for testing in the summer and will enter service in 2018.
Russian broadcaster Zvezda said the new weaponry would “determine in which direction nuclear deterrence in the world will develop”.
Defence experts say Sarmat has an operational range of around 10,000km – meaning European capitals as well as the east and west coasts of the US would be within range. …
The Satan missile is thought to weigh at least 100 tonnes, including a payload weighing up to 10 tonnes. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/668959/Russia-nuclear-missile-test-Sarmat-Satan-rocket-capable-destroying-France
Certain Protestant prophecy watchers suspect that now with the involvement of Russia in the Middle East and the increased willingness of the West to fight Islamic terrorists that WWIII is about to start. Some have concluded that the ‘Bible Code’ is showing this is about to happen (watch Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible Code).
That is NOT the case.
However, what is happening is that the Europeans are getting a wake-up call that they have to develop their own military–and the Bible shows that they will (Revelation 13:4; Daniel 11:39-43).
As far as Russia goes, the Bible shows that Europe will consider it to be a threat and this will not ultimately turn out well for Europe (Daniel 11:44-45; Jeremiah 50:41-43).
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