A Nation Worth Applauding

Why Germany has such a promising future!

Germans make great pianos—the finest, actually, in my opinion. The name Steinway has been synonymous with excellence in piano construction for over a century and a half, starting with a German-born piano maker living in New York. When his son opened a plant in Hamburg, Germany, it wasn’t long before many regarded the Hamburg instruments as superior to those manufactured in the original New York factory.

German craftsmen have earned a reputation for excellence for more than just pianos. Whether it’s kitchen knives or convertibles, power tools or pistols, the “Made in Germany” mark is a testament to any product’s superiority. Olympic competitors seek German-made rowing shells; rock superstars look for German-made guitar amplifiers. Germany’s reputation in the auto industry is unmatched in both quantity and quality; the nation is the world’s third-largest car producer. German sports sedans outperform their peers; its luxury cars outclass their competition.

German workers have refined the ability to assimilate great innovations of other nations and improve upon them. Germany is also known for its creative geniuses—its composers, poets and scientists.

Little wonder, then, that Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe and the most stable economy in the Western world.

Luigi Barzini commented on this national aptitude in his 1984 book The Europeans. Germany, he wrote, “has become once again the richest, strongest, most efficient, orderly, productive, scientifically and technologically advanced, as well as the most populous nation of Western Europe. In prosperous years, it is the first up, in lean years, the last down.”

The Character of the People

Germany’s history has had some dark periods. Generally these have resulted from maniacal leadership. As Barzini explained of Hitler’s reign during World War ii, “It was the Reich that foreigners had disliked and feared, Germans en masse and in uniform and their leaders, but not the individuals who, with some appalling exceptions, have always been rather affable human beings.”

About Bismarck’s united Germany in 1871, Barzini stated, “The people were tenderly sentimental, moral, God-fearing, in love with children, folk tales and music. … The country gave birth to great poets, great composers, savants, writers of tragedies, and sedulous collectors of legends. … It produced the greatest thinkers, beaverlike constructors of all-embracing philosophic systems, first-class theologians, philologists, archeologists, linguists, physicists and chemists galore.”

An Inspiring Future Ahead

In just a few years, the German nation will take its place as a prominent nation in a prosperous new world. Bible prophecy foretells of a time of world peace and harmony to come after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The book of Isaiah prophesies: “In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance” (Isaiah 19:23-25).

As longtime readers of this magazine are aware, Assyria is the biblical term for the modern Germans.

Several prophecies inform us that just before Christ’s Second Coming, Assyria will conquer the modern nations of Israel (the major English-speaking nations, as explained in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy). We should note, however, that the gruesome retribution their military is about to unleash on the Western world is God’s doing. He calls them “the rod of mine anger,” and says “the staff in their hand is mine indignation” (Isaiah 10:5). God declares, “I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge …” (verse 6).

Also remember that the Assyrians were the only people in biblical record to repent en masse at a prophet of God’s warning (Jonah 3:5-10).

The Hebrew word Assyria literally means “step,” implying success or progress. This will be a more fitting name for the “German” (man of war) in a time when people will no longer “learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4). The Assyrians will continue to be industry leaders in the fields of manufacturing and creative endeavors, using those skills, not to build tools of destruction, but to turn weapons into instruments of development and cultivation (verse 4).

Godly Traits

Otto von Bismarck believed what one German poet wrote: that “the German spirit will heal the world.” Though that is not what will heal the world, Assyria is called the “work of God’s hands” (Isaiah 19:25); and, in many ways, these people manifest qualities that God wants to develop in all of us.

God wants law-abiding followers of His family government who serve with a willing, courteous attitude of proper pride and diligence. He wants people who are malleable and yielding to His efforts—qualities that will lead us to the spiritual greatness God wants us all to achieve.

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