A recent article in the New Your Times caught my eye: “German Identity, Long Dormant, Reasserts Itself” (NYT, 9/10/2010).
The nation of Germany is beginning to become filled with a generation which does not feel angst over its past and which is beginning to realize that they are the citizens of one of the great nations of planet earth. As the article’s author, Nicholas Kulish, writes:
German pride did not die after the country’s defeat in World War II. Instead, like Sleeping Beauty in the Brothers Grimm version of the folk tale, it only fell into a deep slumber. The country has now awakened, ready to celebrate its economic ingenuity, its cultural treasures and the unsullied stretches of its history.
Of course, those of us in the Living Church of God understand the role that Germany will eventually play in the iron-and-clay European Union in the years just ahead, and a Germany that is willing to flex its muscles will need to be a big part of that.
I have a great deal of German blood in my veins through my maternal grandmother, and I remember a great-uncle of mine who despaired much due to what he remembered of World War II. The experience brought him to a state where he could no longer believe God exists, because he could not accept that God would ever allow the things he saw in Germany during that horrible time.
The German people are a strong people, and it looks as though they are becoming more willing to admit it. And regardless of the nation’s ultimate role in End Time events, I am reminded that Germany — modern-day Assyria — is afforded a special honor in Scripture when the days after these End Times are described and once Christ and His saints rule the world:
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
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 19:23-25
I think that a people as marvelously industrious and productive as the German nation will take it as a beautiful and humbling compliment that the God of all Creation will claim them as the work of His hands.