How the Syrian Crisis Will End.” In that piece, editor in chief Gerald Flurry boldly forecast that the war would result in this change: A German-led Europe will replace Iran as being the dominant outside force in Syria.
Many historians believe World War I began as a trade war. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson wrote: “It has recently been suggested that [World War I] should be understood as a kind of backlash against globalization, heralded by rising tariffs and immigration restrictions in the decade before 1914 ….”
Does that sound familiar?
A Euro-Asian ‘Mart of Nations’!
The Prophet Isaiah forecast a massive global trade network in the end time and said it would revolve around a German-led European superstate. You can study this prophecy in Isaiah 22 and 23. In Isaiah 23:1, China is called by its ancient name, Chittim. The same verse calls the German-dominated European combine Tyre, which was a major economic power extant at the time the prophecy was written.
In this prophecy, the end-time Tyre is shown to be in a trade relationship with China and other Asian peoples. The mention of the sea (verses 2, 4, 11), oceans (“great waters,” verse 3), ships (verses 1 and 14), and seaborne merchant traffic (verse 8) indicates this is a trade alliance. Verse 3 calls this a “mart of nations.” Mart means emporium, trade or merchandise. Verse 13 mentions Italy (Chaldea). Italy is here depicted in association with Germany, whose biblical identity is Assyria, or Asshur.
Clearly, this is a prophecy about an end-time trade axis between Europe and Asia!
Notice too: America and Britain are not part of this “mart of nations.” Why not? Because this trade emporium is a rival of the U.S. and Britain. It is infused with strong anti-American and anti-British sentiment. This “mart of nations” exists toCOMPETE WITHAmerica and Britain!
Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry discusses this prophecy in his book Isaiah’s End-time Vision: “[W]e believe there may be a brief alliance between the German-led Holy Roman Empire and certain Asian powers (Russia, China, Japan—the kings of the east).” This German-led global trade conglomerate will be a “DYNAMIC MARKET OF NATIONS,” he states.
HE WROTE THAT SEVEN YEARS AGO!
Mr. Flurry also warns that this temporary “mart of nations” is “going to besiege America, Britain and the Jewish nation.” This warning comes from a specific prophecy in Ezekiel 5. Here, God warns that the cities of America will burn with fire caused by riots and mass civil unrest. Millions of Americans will die. This violence will be inflamed by an economic siege—TRADE WARS—inflicted by the resurrected Holy Roman Empire working in conjunction with China and other Eastern nations.
Consider these statements:
“The U.S. and other Israelite nations are surrounded or besieged by fierce and often unfair competition. … As the U.S. and Britain become less and less competitive worldwide, unemployment will steadily increase. … The United States and Britain are going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Asia, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce. These nations of Israel are going to be literally besieged—economically frozen out of world trade!” Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet by Gerald Flurry (request a free copy).
WE ARE CLEARLY IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE TRADE WAR THAT PRECEDES THIS SIEGE!
THE SIEGE IS AT THE DOOR!
Ezekiel also prophesied about this temporary Europe-Asia economic alliance. The end-time prophecy of Ezekiel 27 discusses a “merchant of the people for many isles.” It foretells Germany trading with Middle East nations (verses 9-10), with Russia (verses 12-13), and with Japan (verse 14).
The Apostle John delivered a similar prophecy. The theme of Revelation 17 and 18 is the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. Revelation 18:3 describes the demise of this superstate, stating that “the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” This prophecy shows that for a brief period—just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ—a German-led Holy Roman Empire will sit at the nucleus of world trade.
We have just noted three distinct biblical passages, written by three individuals at three different times, discussing exactly the same end-time event. How can you explain this incredible fact?
We have been warned! And not just by Isaiah, Ezekiel and John.
For decades, Herbert W. Armstrong warned that trade wars would precede World War IIIand the return of Christ. In 1968, he described how the beginning of World War III would be “ECONOMIC IN NATURE. We have shown how God prophesied a VIRTUAL TRADE WAR will get underway against the United States and Britain ….”
Here is another warning, delivered in 1971. On this occasion Mr. Armstrong specifically addressed America’s protectionist policies. “Either we start raising high tariff barriers against other countries, STARTING A TRADE WAR WHICH IN TIME WILL TRIGGER THE NUCLEAR WAR THAT WILL DESTROY US—or, American workers are going to have to meet the competition of the workers in other countries, by lowering living standards. Obviously American workers are not going to choose to do the latter. And if they don’t—well, THE HANDWRITING IS ON OUR NATIONAL WALL” (Plain Truth, March 1971).
What a profoundly prescient statement. Mr. Armstrong foresaw the exact dilemma America faces today!
He did not use a crystal ball—he used Bible prophecy. And the Bible plainly shows that a nuclear World War III will be preceded by a global trade war.
In fact, Scripture is even more specific. It says that a German-dominated European power will temporarily align with China, Russia and other Asian powers to bring America down.
These prophecies are being fulfilled, dramatically, in detail, and astonishingly fast!