“Germany, it appears, is the most respected country in the world. According to the Nation Brands Index, Germany deposed the hitherto reigning champion [for five years], the Unites (sic) States” (Reuters, November 17, 2014). “People around the world now have more positive perceptions of Germany than of 49 other developed and developing countries, according to the annual NBISM study. The study measures global perceptions of each country, based on twenty-three different attributes that make up the six overall dimensions on which national image is based: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. For the 2014 study, a total of 20,125 interviews were conducted across 20 countries” (GFK, November 12, 2014). “Germany appears to have benefited… by solidifying its perceived leadership in Europe through a robust economy and steady political stewardship.” This has occurred while the perceived role of the U.S. in “global peace and security” has dropped significantly (ibid.).
The findings of this recent poll are interesting in light of Bible prophecies that reveal that at the time of the end, it is Germany, not the U.S., that will lead the world for a short time—as the head of a European Beast power or “king of the North” (see Daniel 11; Isaiah 10; Revelation 13:1-8; 17:12-14). The Bible indicates that Germany’s reputation and power will continue to rise at the end of the age.
For more on this, read our article, “Why Is Germany Rising?”