European warfare in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was one great arms race. The combatants used improved weaponry in each successive war. Eventually, wooden sailing ships (armed with short-range cannons) gave way to massive, steam-driven dreadnoughts armed with naval guns capable of sending projectiles against an enemy vessel or shore target many miles away.
During those centuries, similar advances took place on land. The normal eighteenth century battle would consist of packed infantry formations firing muskets at close range. Cavalry engagements involved swords, pistols and lances. Muzzle-loaded cannons were cumbersome and slow-firing. Yet, by the beginning of the twentieth century, nations were stockpiling long-range artillery, machine guns and poison gases capable of killing scores of thousands of soldiers in a single day.
By the early 1900s, European nations and other world powers were armed to the teeth with weapons capable of a degree of devastation previously unknown in human history. It is no surprise that tactics from the Napoleonic era proved useless in the opening weeks of World War I.
In the years leading up to World War II, Germany forged new alliances and devised even deadlier weapons. Military aviation, which had its infancy in World War I, quickly grew into a primary component of the great powers' arsenals, and made World War I battle tactics obsolete. Now, as long as your side had air supremacy, your armored, tracked behemoth tanks--with their rapid-fire guns--would dominate the battlefield.
Despite Germany's advances in weapons and tactics, American industrial might and the fighting spirit of Allied soldiers eventually overwhelmed the Axis Powers in each of the two World Wars. Today, however, America's heavy industry is mostly gone, and Britain has become a second-rate power stripped of its empire and its former economic strength--and the moral backbone of these two nations is in even shabbier shape than their economies. Two nations that once looked to God have been broken down over decades of declining faith. As Scripture makes clear, people who trust in themselves are doomed to failure and ignominious defeat at the hands of their enemies (Psalm 33:16-22).
Twice in the twentieth century, the German nation tried for world domination. Will it try again? If so, history assures us that they will bring more powerful weapons to the battlefield. Next time, however, unless there is a dramatic change, the U.S. and Great Britain will lack the strength to oppose the German threat, whether it comes in the form of economic domination or exotic space-age weaponry.
Few in the U.S. and Britain today understand the threat posed by a strengthening European Union led by an aggressive German nation seeking what it could not achieve in the last century. What does your Bible prophesy for the English-speaking British descended peoples, regarding the years just ahead? "'Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth… All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us'" (Amos 9:8-10).
Today's German nation descends from ancient Assyria, a nation God used to punish the children of Jacob (whose tribes comprised the kingdom of ancient Israel; for more on this important aspect of Bible prophecy, read our booklet, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy). "Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, and against the people of My wrath. I will give him charge, to seize the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets" (Isaiah 10:5).
Yet, after the United States and British-descended nations have been punished for their sins, and Christ's kingdom has been established in Jerusalem, Assyria and its old adversaries will become the chief nations of the earth. "In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance" (Isaiah 20:24-25).
To learn more about Germany's end-time rise, and what it will mean for our world, read Dr. Douglas Winnail's article, "Resurgent Germany: A Fourth Reich?" and watch Mr. Rod King's Tomorrow's World telecast, "Where Are the Assyrians Today?"