Prophetic Shadow Emerging In Germany

According to the Financial Times, the financial center of the EU has surreptitiously transitioned to the capital of Germany - Berlin. For the past 50 years the European financial center has been Brussels, Belgium. With the financial crisis gripping the EU, the member states are now following Germany's lead. It is no longer the European Commission that is making decisions for the EU - all eyes and ears are tuned to Berlin and the German nation. Why is this important to biblical prophecy?

A significant number of Bible prophecy students believe Germany will again play a major role in the end-time kingdom of the Antichrist because of the passage in Revelation 13:1-2:

Revelation 13:1-2 (ASV)

1  and he stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns, and seven heads, and on his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy.
2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority.

John picks up where Daniel 7:1-7 ends, but notice that John lists the animal symbols in the reverse order of Daniel:

Daniel 7:1-7 (ASV)

1  In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters.
2  Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of heaven brake forth upon the great sea.
3  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it.
5  And, behold, another beast, a second, like to a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6  After this I beheld, and, lo, another, like a leopard, which had upon its back four wings of a bird; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7  After this I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, a fourth beast, terrible and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Why did John give the same symbols but in the reverse order?  Was John looking back to Daniel and the ancient empires represented by the animal symbols, namely - the lion - Babylon; the bear - Medo-Persia; and the leopard - Greece?  Actually I think Daniel 7 in contrast to Daniel 2 has a dual prophetic meaning. The description of the lion in Daniel 7 doesn't quite fit the historical record of ancient Babylon, particularly the reference to having eagles wings (the eagle has been an emblem of Babylon, Rome, Germany and the United States). So was Daniel looking forward to modern times as well as John in the Revelation? Some believe so. Why would John make reference to ancient empires in writing the futuristic book of Revelation in the first century A.D.? 

If John understood Daniel 7 to be future modern day empires, then the symbols could implicate Germany - leopard; the bear - Russia; and the lion - Great Britain. Notice also John does not mention the eagle wings clipped from the lion. Posttribulationist, Irvin Baxter, believes the lion with the eagles wings is the United States since we are an off-shoot of Great Britain.

Russia and Germany had recently engaged in several mutual alliances. Vladimir Putin of Russia speaks fluent German and when he addresses the German Bundestag (parliament), they give him standing ovations. Germany relies heavily on Russian oil and gas and buys a lot of military equipment from Russia. What about the lion?  Is the lion Great Britain since it is in deep financial trouble?  While Berlin may be the financial center of the EU (Great Britain has been pulling away from the EU), London remains the financial center of the world as well as the HQ for the Priori of Sionist Freemasonry.

As Daniel 7:7 mentions the terrible beast (fourth beast) with great iron teeth and ten horns last, John mentions it first in Revelation 13:1 with the addition of having 7 heads.  Both descriptions of the fourth beast in Daniel and Revelation is the kingdom of the Antichrist and his New Secular World Order. The reason John gives it first is that it is the government in power when he is shown the vision of the beast arising out of the sea (nations).  If this scenario is correct, then Germany, Russia and Great Britain will play a prominent part in the end-time world. What about the United States?  Some prophecy buffs believe we are no longer a world power when the Beast rises to prominence.  Others believe it means we have either been destroyed or conquered by an outside power - possibly the Antichrist.

It is perhaps not a coincidence that Hitler's former HQ and capital - Berlin is back in the news.  In order for that to happen, the Berlin Wall had to fall and it did. I also see a prophetic connection to the Bear being Russia with that of Iran (Persia), which is symbolized by the Bear in Daniel 7.  Russia has a large Muslim population. In fact, 40% of Russia's military is Muslim. That also links Russia to Persia (Iran) in Ezekiel 38 and 39. 

Arthur Bloomfield in his book, Before the Last Battle Armageddon, says to look to Germany to rise to prominence and take a leading role in the kingdom of the Antichrist. In fact, he says to keep our eyes on Germany. 

Things are lining up for the appointed time of the end.