- Assyria and Germany in Anglo-Israelism
Anglo-Israelismand some currents of US Christian fundamentalisminfluenced thereby ( Worldwide Church of God), the idea has been advanced that modern Germansare partly descended from the ancient Assyrians, or, more metaphorically draw parallels between the militarismof the German Empire and the Assyrian one.
The idea can be traced to
Edward Hine, an early proponent of British Israelism, deriving the Anglo-Saxonsfrom the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. [, "Assur also is joined with them" (" Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers", [http://www.tertullian.org/fathers2/NPNF2-06/Npnf2-06-03.htm#P4519_1226118 letter 123] , section 16)::"The whole country between the Alps and the Pyrenees, between the Rhine and the Ocean, has been laid waste by hordes of Quadi, Vandals, Sarmatians, Alans, Gepids, Herules, Saxons, Burgundians, Allemanni and—alas! for the commonweal!—even Pannonians. For "Assur also is joined with them."
The idea has also some backing in German legend, although the 14th century "
Austrian Chronicle of 95 Seigneurs" connects the Dukes of Austriawith the Jews rather than the Assyrians in order to give them the prestige of biblical ancestry, in much the same way as would be repeated in later British Israelism. The Austrian Chronicle states that Central Europe had been subjected by the Assyrians and that Jews exiled by Sennacherib were carried into Eastern Europe along the Danube River. Beginning in ca. 707 BCE, according to the Chronicle, the Jews overcame a certain King Gennan who then converted to Judaism; consequently, the Jews intermarried with the local rulers in the regions of Austria and Hungary, the pagans were subdued and the whole country was Jewish until ca. 227 CE. [Yair Davidiy, "Lost Israelite Identity" (1996) ]
Another German legend, first recorded in 1105 in the "
Gesta Treverorum", makes Trebetason of Ninusthe founder of Trier.Also of medieval date is the inscription at the facade of the Red House of Trier market,: ANTE ROMAM TREVIRIS STETIT ANNIS MILLE TRECENTIS.: PERSTET ET ÆTERNA PACE FRVATVR. AMEN.:("1,300 years before Rome, Trier stood / may it stand on and enjoy eternal peace, amen.") being mentioned in the "Codex Udalrici" of 1125. A 1559 painting of Trebeta as the founder of Trier was destroyed in a 1944 bombing raid. [http://www.tricon.homepage.t-online.de/3001.htm] Leonardy (1877) [Johann Leonardy, "Geschichte des Trierischen Landes und Volkes", 2nd ed. 1877, p 21.] provides an epitaph dedicated to Trebeta by his son Hero in German hexameters.
Worldwide Church of God
Herbert W. Armstrongin Chapter 5 of his "Mystery of Ages" (1985), "The Assyrians settled in central Europe, and the Germans, undoubtedly, are, in part, the descendents of the ancient Assyrians." (p. 183). In this, Armstrong draws upon the opinions of Herman L. Hoeh, published in his 1963 "Compendium of World History". [vol. 2, ch. 1: "If the Germans admitted to themselves and the world who they really are, all the world would recognize in Imperial Germany the reconstituted Assyrian Empire — once the terror of all the civilized world!" [http://www.earth-history.com/Various/Compendium/hhc2ch01.htm] ]
Such suggestions are informed by Jerome's simile with Psalms 83:8. [ Hoeh, "Germany in Prophecy!" (1962). Also in Hoeh (1963) vol.2 ch.1.: "Jerome, who lived at the time when the Indo-Germanic tribes were invading Europe, provides this startling answer ... Yes! Jerome said so! But how did he know? He saw them! He was an eyewitness to their migrations from Mesopotamia and the shores of the Black and Caspian seas!"]
Hoeh (1963) draws on
Verstegan(1605) and Johannes Turmair(1526) to conclude that "Deutsch" really derives from " Tuisto", whom he in turn identifies with Shem::"Tuitsch or Tuisto: Chief of thirty-two dukes. Noah gave him all the land between the Don River and the Rhine or what was called Grossgermania. This is the beginning of the 'neolithic' settlement of Europe. Tuitsch is, according to all ancient German commentaries and chronicles, a son of Noah. But which son? Noah adopted Tuitsch's children as his own. The ancient Germans understood the name Tuitsch to be the title 'Teacher.' He was therefore the great patriarch of his family who taught the divine will to his children. Tuitsch is the father of Mannus (who is the Assyrian Ninus). The son of Mannus, Trebeta, is the same man who is called the son of Ninus in classical writers. The son of Mannus or Ninus — Trebeta — built Trier, the first town of Germany. Since the Bible calls this Ninus (who built Nineveh), Asshur, Tuitsch is therefore Shem!" (Hoeh 1963 vol. 2 ch. 2)
German Assyria in prophecy
Even though there are theories about Anglo-Saxon Israel and German Assyria being able to live together in peace, most of those who express themselves on websites such as www.thetrumpet.com agree in the following claims:
* The Nations of Western Europe, together with North America, are the lost tribes of Israel. They share a similar mind and have some noble traditions and institutions, but are rapidly increasing their sins against God. They love freedom and justice, that's why they are addicted to democracy and 'western values', including Protestantism. Some tribes are referred to as "God's chosen people", that's why they are at the center of great global events. In prophecy, their fate is to become victims so they finally "learn the lesson" and are purified from their sins.
* Germany and Italy, on the other hand, are not closely related to the other European nations:
* Babylon's (Italy's) role is to poison the peoples of the world with false beliefs, through the
Roman Catholic Church, and to assist the Assyrians (Germans) in their desire of world conquest.
* The Assyrians (Germany) are destined by God to punish the peoples of Israel. They have a militarist legacy, as well has being a great people in technological and industrial accomplishment, and thus they are the perfect opponent for the tribes of Israel.
* In the end, after punishing Israel through 'Assyria', God will destroy the power of the Assyrians. By doing so, he demonstrates that evil will always be punished and that HIS values are far superior. The survivors of Israel realize that if they had followed God's word more closely, 'Assyria' would never have had a chance. Assyria will finally repent. Punished by God himself, it is finally able to realize its mistakes. From that day on, it will use its immense power to serve God and the other nations.
These claims are "backed" by Germany's
World Warsand Genocideof the European Jews in the first part of the 20th century and its key role within the European Uniontoday. Its connection with Italy and the Roman Catholic Church ("The False Church") is supposed to appear in the interpretation of the European Middle Agesand Hitler's pact with Mussolini(a "pope" of fascism) and the Vatican in WWII. In addition, they give an intriguing (but not always "that" convincing) interpretation of biblical texts and the history of the ancient world (eg the supposed migration of the Assyrians from the Black Seainto Central Europe, etc.). This argument is supposed to easily seduce a mostly Anglo-Saxon and Protestant public, presenting Germany, the rest of the European Union and the Roman Catholic Church as "the perfect enemies" of all rightful people since ancient times, so that people realize even more what is their place in the world and also see the great plans of their Creator. At the same time, knowing that a great part of the American public claims to be of German descent (and to be quite proud about it), and that some great German personalities (such as Goethe, Schiller,Beethoven, etc.) are well known to everyone, those who teach this view of Germany/Assyria admit that the Germans are a great people, that God will forgive them in the end and that their skills will help one day to build Paradise on Earth. All that the Germans (and all those who are descended from Germans) need is a strong moral leader who makes them appreciate the values of God and Israel.
www.thetrumpet.com (etc) teaches its readers to keep a close eye on Germany, for it is supposed to prove its real nature a final time in the following years or decades. Many political events in Germany and German decisions on the international level are subject to interpretations which fit in with the general teaching about Germany's supposed role in Bible prophecy.
Herbert W. Armstrong, [http://thetrumpet.com/index.php?page=book&id=34§ion=1356 Mystery of Ages] (1985), ISBN 0396088082
Herman L. Hoeh, [http://www.originofnations.org/Great_German_Nation/germany/germany_in_prophecy.htm GERMANY in Prophecy!] (1962)
* Herman L. Hoeh, "Compendium of World History" (1963).
* Craig White, "The Great German Nation: Origins and Destiny", ISBN 1434325490
* Alan Campbell, The Remnant of Judah Revealed in Germany [http://www.ensignmessage.com/archives/judahremnant.html (part one)] , [http://www.ensignmessage.com/archives/judahremnant2.html (part two)]
;US Christian fundamentalism
* Kelly Marshall, [http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/mike_ep/exam/origins.htm The Origins of Assyria and Germany] , Exit & Support Network (2004)
* Douglas S. Winnail, [http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/studytopics/lcg-st.cgi?category=Prophecy1&item=1116548355 Resurgent Germany: A Fourth Reich?] , Living Church of God
* Roderick C. Meredith, [http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/tw/magazine/tw-mag.cgi?category=Magazine8&item=1103907493 Is the —Beast— Awakening?] , Living Church of God
* Peter Salemi, [http://www.british-israel.ca/Germany.htm "Germany in Prophecy" (british-israel.ca)]
* [http://www.soundchristian.com/man/ Table of Nations] , soundchristian.com
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