The History of Germany
by Stephen Flurry
"The Philadelphia Trumpet", March 1997
How could a people, numbering more than one
hundred million worldwide - a people who have contributed so much to the
civilization of man - be ignored by the Bible? The Bible does have much to
say about the history and prophecy of this significant nation. Let's
The history of Germany is not the
history of a nation, but of a race... Thus, even before the fall of the
Roman Empire, it becomes the main trunk out of which branch histories of
nearly all European nations, and... the connecting link between ancient and
modern history. The records of no other race throw so much light upon the
development of all civilized lands during a period of fifteen hundred
years." So said Bayard Taylor in his book, History of Germany (p.3).
Certainly, German contributions to civilization as we know it, have been
massive. Great German philosophers, musicians, poets, inventors, historians
- far too many to mention - have literally shaped this world's way of
thinking over the centuries.
Could the German Reich, the oldest political institution in Europe, which
ruled the continent as the Holy Roman Empire for a thousand years, and which
almost gained control of the WHOLE WORLD in two wars this century - could a
people with a role in human affairs that large, be completely ignored in the
Bible? That's what scholars would have you believe.
The Bible does not mention the word "Germany" - and for good reason - they
did not acquire that name until the Romans collectively labeled them Germani
almost 2000 years ago. In fact, the Germans refer to themselves as Deutsch,
not German. They call their beloved country Deutschland. If we are to find
the German people mentioned in the Bible, it must be under some other name
than what the Romans labeled them.
For several years now, as regular readers of the Trumpet know, we have
taught that modern-day Germany descended from the people the Bible refers to
as the Assyrians. In this article, we will prove this fact from the Bible
and other historical sources. Certainly, the Bible is the greatest
historical source of all! In fact, IT IS THE ONLY COMPLETE HISTORICAL SOURCE
WE HAVE concerning man's civilization.
We have often said that one third of the Bible is prophecy, most of which is
for our day. And you can be sure that Assyria is mentioned in numerous Bible
prophecies. But much of the Bible is also history. It is in the Bible where
we read of the beginning and establishment of the nation of Assyria - modern
Germany. Together, Bible history and prophecy can give us the complete story
of the German people from beginning to end. Let us now take a look at the
early history of the German people.
The Assyrian Empire Begins
For those who scoff at the prospect of
Assyrian people moving from the upper regions of the Mesopotamia Valley into
central Europe, consider this undeniable fact: ALL OF MANKIND, at one point
or another, has descended from that very cradle of civilization - the
Mesopotamia Valley! That is where civilization began after the flood waters
receded in Noah's day. "And the ark rested... upon the mountains of
Ararat."(GEN 8:4). The ark landed on the mountainous region just north
of the Mesopotamian Valley (the eastern part of modern-day Turkey).
As Noah's family multiplied exceedingly, many migrated down from the
mountains of Ararat to a plain in the land of Shinar or Mesopotamia
(modern-day Iraq). Genesis 10 gives only the briefest account of this
occurrence, mainly by just listing the lineages of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham
and Japheth. But God does draw special attention to Nimrod, grandson of Ham
who was the father of the black races. In fact, the name of Ham's son, Cush
(Nimrod's father), means black. Nimrod's name means "he rebelled" - against
God, that is. Nimrod established the kingdom of Babylon. Babylon means
confusion, which is what happened when God confounded their language at the
tower of Babel. Reading these early accounts of civilization clearly reveals
that GOD NAMES THINGS FOR WHAT THEY ARE!
Aside from Nimrod, Genesis 10 also draws special attention to Asshur.
"Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the
city Rehoboth, and Calah." (GEN 10:11). As the margin suggests, a better
translation of this verse would reveal that Asshur and Nimrod went out of
the land of Shinar to build Nineveh and other cities. There is strong
evidence to indicate that Asshur worked with Nimrod, probably in the
military field, and helped to build Babel and Nineveh, as well as other
Now notice verse 22: "The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur,
and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram." Asshur was a son of Shem, the father
of the white racial strain - those of fair skin and lighter hair. Notice
that Arphaxad is listed in this verse as the third son of Shem. Now read
Genesis 11:10: "These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an
hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood."
Neither of Shem's first two sons, Elam or Asshur, are mentioned! That's
because they were rejected as the heirs of Shem's inheritance. If they were
working alongside Nimrod, you can see why Shem (and God) rejected them!
Asshur parted with his father and raised up the Assyrian Empire.
Over three hundred years later, Abraham, through whom God was to raise up
His chosen nation Israel, was begotten of the line of Arphaxad, the third
son of Shem.
It is significant that Asshur, father of the Assyrians, and Arphaxad, whose
line Abraham descended from, both came from Shem! This means that while
there may be some distinguishable physical differences between the Assyrians
and Israelites, both peoples came from the fair-skinned, white racial strain
of Shem. We will refer to this more a little later.
But first, let us consider this early beginning of the Assyrian people. We
have already uncovered much, just from a few Bible verses. Notice what the
historian Josephus recorded concerning Asshur: "Shem, the third son of Noah,
had five sons... Ashur lived at the city of Nineveh; and named his subjects
Assyrians, WHO BECAME THE MOST FORTUNATE NATION; BEYOND OTHERS."
(Antiquities, I, vi, 4). Assyria quickly became the most prosperous,
powerful nation of the day.
Abraham Defeats the Assyrians
By the time Abraham was growing up, Assyria
was already a powerful empire in the world. God brought Abraham into the
land of Canaan, along with his nephew Lot, and showered a multitude of
wealth and prosperity on their people. It was only a matter of time before
they were to be confronted by the mighty Assyrians.
We'll pick up the story in Genesis 14:1-2: "And it came to pass in
the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer
king of Elam, and Tidal KING OF NATIONS; That these made war..." These
four kings in verse 1 were allied as a gigantic Assyrian empire, as Josephus
points out: "At this time, when the Assyrians had the dominion over Asia,
the people of Sodom were in a flourishing condition... the Assyrians made
war upon them; and, dividing their army into four parts, fought against
them. Now every part of the army had its own commander; and when the battle
was joined, the Assyrians were conquerors; and imposed tribute on the kings
of the Sodomites, who submitted to this slavery twelve years... but on the
thirteenth year they rebelled, and then the army of the Assyrians came upon
them, under their commanders, Amraphel, Arioch, Chedorlaomer, and Tidal.
These kings had laid waste all Syria, and overthrown the offspring of the
giants." (Antiquities, I, ix, 1).
Concerning Genesis 14:1, Lange's Commentary says, "According to
Ktesias and others, the Assyrians were the first to establish a
world-dominion." (vol.1, p.403).
The last king listed in Genesis 14:1 is Tidal, the "king of
nations". He ruled in the region of Asia Minor. The word Tidal comes from a
Hebrew word which means "to fear, make afraid, dreadful and terrible." For
centuries, Assyria caused many nations GREAT FEAR!
These four Assyrian generals came to make war with the kings in Canaan
because of their rebellion (GEN 14:4). The Assyrians routed the
people of Canaan, including the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. And in taking
captives, they captured Abraham's wealthy nephew, Lot (GEN 14:11-12).
This proved to be a serious mistake. "And when Abram heard that his
brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own
house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided
himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and
pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus."(GEN
Josephus records that Abram and his men "marched hastily, and the fifth
night fell upon the Assyrians, near Dan... and before they could arm
themselves, he slew some as they were in their beds, before they could
suspect any harm; and others, who were not yet gone to sleep, but were so
drunk they could not fight, ran away." (Antiquities, I, x, 1).
Genesis 14:17 says that Abram also killed the four top
leaders of the Assyrian Empire, mentioned in verse 1. It was a complete
rout! The power of Assyria was smashed in one night! Think about how the
course of history was changed at this point. Abraham and his descendants
were able to live in the land of Canaan free from Assyrian aggression.
Furthermore, Egypt, without Assyria as a threat, was able to grow into one
of the leading nations in the ancient world. God wanted Egypt to dominate
the Middle East, not Assyria. Egypt, though they didn't know it at the time,
was preparing for the arrival of Joseph and the children of Israel.
For the next 1200 years, the Bible says little about Assyria. But they did
not disappear. Their resurgence in the 700s B.C., once again as a world
power, would prove to be yet another thorn in the Israelites' side.
Virtually every historian draws attention to the war-like nature of the
James McCabe, author of History of the World, says the Assyrians were a
"fierce, treacherous race, delighting in the dangers of the chase and in
war. The Assyrian troops were notably among the most formidable of ancient
warriors... They never kept faith when it was to their interest to break
treaties, and were regarded with suspicion by their neighbors in consequence
of this characteristic... In organization and equipment of their troops, and
in their system of attack and defence and their method of reducing fortified
places, the Assyrians manifested a superiority to the nations by which they
were surrounded." (vol.1, pp.155, 160).
Dr. Herman Hoeh wrote, "Ancient Assyria was the greatest war-making power in
all history" (Jan. 1963, Plain Truth, "Germany in Prophecy!").
James Hastings wrote, "The Assyrians of historic times were more robust,
warlike, 'fierce', than the mild industrial Babylonians. This may have been
due to the influence of climate and incessant warfare; but it may indicate a
different race... The whole organization of the State was essentially
military." (Dictionary of the Bible, article "Assyria and Babylonia").
Leonard Catrell in Anvil of Civilization, wrote: "In all the annals of human
conquest, it is difficult to find any people more dedicated to bloodshed and
slaughter than the Assyrians. Their ferocity and cruelty have few parallels
save in modern times." (It's interesting that Catrell can only compare their
ferocity with those "in modern times." By far, the Germans have been more
dedicated to bloodshed than any other nation in this century.)
After 800 B.C., Assyria was poised and ready to take the world by storm.
Their path soon crossed with the children of Israel.
Dr. Hoeh, in the Compendium of World History, wrote, "In 745 B.C. a new
dynasty sat upon the Assyrian throne in Nineveh. It commenced with
Tiglath-pileser III. This dynasty existed to the collapse of Assyria in 612
B.C." (vol.1, p.296).
The Encyclopedia Britannica concurs with Dr. Hoeh's synopsis: "Under
Tiglath-pileser III arose the second Assyrian empire, which differed from
the first in its greater consolidation. For the first time in history the
idea of centralization was introduced into politics... The Assyrian forces
became a standing army, which, by successive improvements and careful
discipline, was moulded into an irresistible FIGHTING MACHINE, and Assyrian
policy was directed towards the definite object of REDUCING THE WHOLE
CIVILIZED WORLD INTO A SINGLE EMPIRE and thereby throwing its trade and
wealth into Assyrian hands." (11th ed., article "Babylonia and Assyria"). By
now, you should be noticing some definite similarities between ancient
Assyria and modern-day Germany which has thrust this world into two great
wars, this century, endeavoring to create ONE SINGLE EMPIRE. Proof that the
Assyrians are the German people today will be made plain when we begin to
trace the migration of the Assyrian people anciently.
Israel Taken into Assyrian Captivity
Let us continue with Assyria's documented
history within the upper Mesopotamian region. In 2. Kings 16, you
will read of a war between Israel and the Jews. By this time, the children
of Israel had divided into two nations, the northern ten tribes keeping the
name Israel, the southern tribes taking on the name Judah. Israel was allied
with Aram (Syria). Judah solicited the help of Tiglath-pileser, king of
Assyria (2.KIN 16:7). In defense of the Jews, the Assyrians attacked
Aram first, and Israel later.
In his 14th year of rule, Shalmaneser III, Assyrian king at Calah, besieged
the land of Samaria, where the ten tribes of Israel resided. The year was
721 B.C. Notice 2. Kings 17:5-6: "Then the king of Assyria came up
throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years
(721-718 B.C.).In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took
Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and
in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes."
After numerous warnings from their prophets, the people of Israel still
refused to turn from their rebellion against God. It was God who sent the
Assyrians as the rod of His anger (ISA 10:5) to take the Israelites
into captivity. They were removed out of their land. "For the children of
Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not
from them; Until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by
all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own
land TO ASSYRIA unto this day."(2.KIN 17:22-23).
Josephus records that Shalmaneser "made an expedition against Samaria...
besieged [it] three years and took it by force... and quite demolished the
government of the Israelites, and transplanted all the people into Media and
Persia." (Antiquities, IX, xiv, 1).
Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, "In
the years 721-718 B.C., the house of Israel was conquered and its people
were soon driven out of their own land - out of their homes and cities - and
carried captives to Assyria, on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea! And
then... LOST FROM VIEW!" (p.68, 1980 ed.). At this point in Israel's
history, they were completely lost from view - known as the "lost ten
tribes" of Israel. But do you know why they became "lost" from the world's
view? BECAUSE SCHOLARS AND HISTORIANS ALSO LOST SIGHT OF THE ASSYRIANS! And
during captivity, Israel went into ASSYRIA, located anciently at the
southern shores of the Black and Caspian Seas. Our free booklet, The United
States and Britian in Prophecy, tracks the northwestern migration of the
children of Israel into Western Europe, the Scandinavian peninsula, and the
British Isles. That's because the Assyrians took them in that direction when
they migrated northwest into central Europe!
As both peoples moved into Europe, the Israelites did not remain as slaves
of the Assyrians. Instead, they separated into the regions listed above
while the Assyrians mainly settled into central Europe, where Germany and
Austria are located today.
The Assyrian Migration
Before their migration, Periplus, who lived
about 550 B.C., wrote, "The coast of the Black Sea... is called Assyria"
(from p. 261 of Perrot and Chipiez's History of Art in Sardinia, Judaea,
Syria and Asia Minor, vol.II). C. Leonard Woolley described what these
people looked like in his book, The Sumerians: "In the Zagros hills and
across the plain to the Tigris, there lived a... fair-haired... people akin
to the Guti (Goths) who... remained in what was afterwards Assyria." (p.5).
This description certainly matches those who descended from the line of
Shem, as we have already noticed.
Here is what Dr. Herman Hoeh wrote in "Germany in Prophecy!": "When the
ancient Greek writers wanted to distinguish the Assyrians from the Arameans
or Syrians, the Greeks called the Assyrians, 'Leucosyri' - meaning 'whites'
or 'blonds' as distinct from the very brunette Syrians who still live in
Mesopotamia." (Plain Truth, Jan. 1963, p.17).
By the time of Christ, the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder recorded that
the Assyrians were now dwelling north of the Black sea (Natural History, IV,
12, p.183). By this time, they had moved north.
But they did not stop there, as Mr. Armstrong wrote in The United States and
Britain in Prophecy: "The Assyrians - before 604 B.C. - left their land
north of Babylon and migrated northwest - through the lands that are now
Georgia, the Ukraine, Poland, and into the land that is called GERMANY
today. Today the descendants of those Assyrians are known to us as the
GERMAN people" (pp.143-144, 1980 ed.).
Tracing Germany's Roots
For centuries, the German people have
dominated the heartland of Western Europe. Yet they are a people who know
very little about their true origin - or at least refuse to know. The
Germans themselves are responsible for hiding much of this knowledge, just
as many tried to hide their past at the end of the Hitler era.
Just as the modern-day Israelites are one family of people from many
different tribes, so too are the German people today. They number well over
100 million people worldwide - most of them residing in Germany and Austria.
Much was written about the early German tribes which poured into Europe
during the first and second centuries A.D., thanks in large part to the
writings of the Roman historian Tacitus, who lived at that time. Among the
most significant of these early German tribes are the Chatti (ancestors of
the modern Hessians), Treveri, Tungri, and the Alammanni, to name just a
few. Chatti means "to break down by violence; to make afraid or terrify."
The ancestors of this German tribe, before migrating, lived mostly in Asia
Minor, and were called the Assyrian Chatti.
Many of these early German tribes were in constant conflict with the Roman
Empire which is why the Romans collectively labeled them Germani, meaning
"war men". As the Encyclopedia Britannica points out, "There is no evidence
that [Germani] was ever used by the Germans themselves. According to Tacitus
it was first applied to the Tungri, whereas Caesar records that four...
tribes... were collectively known as Germani." (11th ed., vol.11, article
The Romans called them Germani because of their fierce, warring nature. "Not
a single neighbor of the Germans," wrote Emil Ludwig, "could ever trust the
Germans to remain peaceable. No matter how happy their condition, their
restless passion would urge them on to ever more extreme demands." (The
Germans: Double History of a Nation, 1941, p.12).
These early tribes migrated into Central Europe, as historians verify. The
Romans labeled all of them "war men". But from where did they come? Smith's
Classical Dictionary answers: "There can be NO DOUBT that they [the
Assyrians]... migrated into Europe from the Caucasus and the countries
around the Black and Caspian seas." (article "Germania", p.361).
Speaking of the Indo-Germanic tribes which were invading Europe while he was
alive, the historian Jerome, who was born in A.D. 340, writes, "For 'Assur
(the Assyrian) also is joined with them'"! (Letter 123, sec.16, Nicene and
Post-Nicene Fathers). Jerome was quoting from Psalm 83:8. Jerome
wrote of this Assyrian migration because he lived while it was happening! He
was an eyewitness to these events.
Germany in the Middle Ages
As you might expect, the nature of the German
people remained warlike throughout the Middle Ages. For 1,000 years, the
German Reich ruled Europe as the Holy Roman Empire. "Its citizens, the
Germans," wrote Dr. Hoeh, "felt themselves true Romans and bearers of the
Christian Reich or Kingdom. They were therefore the chosen people of the
Christian era, entrusted with a world-mission to be the protectors of
Christianity." (Dec.1962 Plain Truth, "Germany in Prophecy!").
Charlemagne, who was crowned by the pope as the Roman emperor in A.D. 800,
was the first to give his people the vision of a world-ruling empire during
the Middle Ages. That vision took hold of the German people for over 1,000
years. It resurfaced again this century during the two great wars.
Emil Ludwig, in the above-mentioned book, wrote, "The history of the German
kings and leaders during the Middle Ages is a story of revolt and
conspiracy... In matters of torture the Germans in the Middle Ages exceeded
all other nations in inventiveness." (pp.14,33). A quick review of
20th-century German history reveals that this German nature of cruelty and
war did not end with the Middle Ages. A quick review of Assyrian history
will also reveal this tendency toward cruelty.
In his Plain Truth article, Dr. Hoeh wrote, "The German leaders and
philosophers have never forgotten this notion of the Middle Ages that the
German, in place of the Jew, has a special mission from God. German
politicians know that their dream of a world empire can be created only if
they maintain this claim of a world-mission." (Dec.1962).
To look back at the Middle Ages to better understand the German people today
may seem ridiculous for those who think man has "progressed" far beyond
those social tendencies. Winston Churchill considered this argument prior to
World War I. "No one would do such things," he said, voicing the popular
belief of the day. "Civilization has climbed above such perils" - right? But
then he asked, "Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a
mistake could only be made once - once for all." (World Crisis, p.46).
To say that Germany and this world are just too "civilized" to enter into
another world war is to make the same mistake the world has made twice this
Germany started World War I - the great war to end all wars, so we thought.
Then came World War II - far worse by comparison, with close to 60 million
killed as a result. Germany also started that war.
But could it happen again? That is the question which should concern
everyone on this earth. Have we learned the lesson from history? Philosopher
George Santayana said, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat
Naziism did not Die
Here is what U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt
and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in February, 1945, in a
signed document about American-British policy on Germany: "It is our
inflexible purpose to DESTROY German militarism and Naziism and to ENSURE
Germany will NEVER AGAIN be able to disturb the peace of the world. We are
determined to disarm and disband all German Armed Forces, break up FOR ALL
TIME the German General Staff that has repeatedly contrived the resurgence
of German militarism, remove or destroy all German military equipment,
eliminate or control all German industry that could be used for military
production. It is not our purpose to destroy the people of Germany, but ONLY
WHEN NAZIISM AND MILITARISM HAVE BEEN EXTIRPATED, will there be hope for a
decent life for Germans and a place for them in the community of nations."
A good idea back then, but not carried out, as Brian Connel points out in
his book, A Watcher on the Rhine: "The vexing problem of DENAZIFICATION
which had been handled up to that time [the spring of 1947] by the Allied
authorities, WAS HANDED OVER TO THE GERMANS."
Arthur Spiegelman of Reuter's said on May 10, 1996, "Realizing they were
losing the war in 1944, Nazi leaders met top German industrialists to plan a
secret post-war international network to restore them to power, according to
a newly declassified U.S. intelligence document."
Beyond these disturbing reports that Naziism did not die after World War II,
one only needs to look at the resurgence of German might today. On October
9, 1995, Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, said in a speech
given in Colorado, that German reunification WAS A BIG MISTAKE for which all
of Europe is now paying. "Germany is very powerful now - her national
character is to DOMINATE," she said.
In her book, The Downing Street Years, Thatcher said, "I do not believe in
collective guilt: it is individuals who are morally accountable for their
actions. But I do believe in national character." (pp. 790-791).
People are responsible for their own actions. And the reason we are heading
for a worldwide, cataclysmic disaster is because of the inherent human
nature within all mankind. But nevertheless, nations are simply families
grown large. And as Mrs. Thatcher said, there are certain family traits, or
a national character, among different peoples. And the German character, as
thousands of years of history proves, is to dominate!
"You have not anchored Germany to Europe," Mrs. Thatcher said in the speech
quoted from above, "You have anchored Europe to a newly dominate, unified
Germany. In the end, my friends, you'll find IT WILL NOT WORK."
Germany in Prophecy
There is a reason the true identity of the
German people has been hidden from most of mankind in this end time. Satan
knew that if he could conceal this identity, he could hide the true meaning
behind numerous end-time Bible prophecies regarding the Assyrians. Yet, even
without the historical proof of Assyria's migration into central Europe,
just a basic understanding of German history would convince us of who the
Assyrians are today.
"O ASSYRIAN, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine
indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the
people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take
the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he
meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to
destroy and cut off nations not a few." (ISA 10:5-7). This
prophecy is dual - with the main focus on the end time. That's why Isaiah
wrote his message in a book (ISA 30:8). And notice, Isaiah says the
Assyrians have cut off MANY nations - not a few! This has been their
national character - their mark of distinction among nations.
God is bringing this ferocious punishment against His end-time nations of
Israel, mainly the United States and Britain. Notice Ezekiel 7:1-3:
"Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Also, thou son of
man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is
come upon the four corners of the land. Now is the end come upon thee, and I
will send MINE ANGER upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways,
and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations."(EZEK 7:1-3). This
too is an end-time prophecy. It has to be! The book is addressed to Israel
and yet, anciently, Israel had been in captivity to the Assyrians over 100
years by the time Ezekiel delivered his message. This book is speaking of an
end-time captivity of the Israelites - once again, at the hands of the
"Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is
full of violence."(EZEK 7:23). Because of the violence and crime which
literally saturate our society, God is bringing the "worst of the
heathen" to punish us! (EZEK 7:24). And who are the worst of the
heathen? The Assyrians, of course - the ones Leonard Catrell described as
being "more dedicated to bloodshed and slaughter" than any other people. And
who are the Assyrians today? The Germans, of course. It does not take a
thousand history books and Bible study aids to figure this out. Just look at
what the Bible says concerning the Assyrians. Then look at even the most
recent history of Germany.
For many centuries, Germany has been at the very center of European affairs.
They have regained this status today within the European Union. Germany is
fast developing one of the strongest currencies in the world. Once again,
the world will have to confront the German Reich within a united Europe. And
once again, the German Reich will thrust all nations into a worldwide war.
Only this time, unlike in the two previous wars, their objectives of world
rule will be met, at least for a short time.
Unfortunately, this is what it will take for people to finally realize who
the ancient Assyrians are today. This is what it will take for people to
realize why God brought the Assyrians upon Israel as His rod of anger.
But shortly after these events, spoken of in the Bible as the Great
Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to put an end to the Assyrian war
machine, along with all other world evils. And the world will never again be
subjected to the yoke of the Assyrians. People in this world today may not
know who Assyria is, but they should know, because proof is abundant. Once
we have proven who the modern-day Assyrians are, we must then come to grips
with the many sobering prophecies revolving around them. God's prophecies
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The Ancient Tribe of Chatti
The name "Chatti" or "Hatti," as it sometimes
reads, in Hebrew means "to break down by violence or confusion; to abolish,
make afraid, scare, or terrify." Chatti is a derivative of the Hebrew word
for "Hittite" - mentioned numerous times in the Bible. The Canaanite
Hittites - a fierce people who continually clashed with the Israelites in
biblical accounts - were known by this name. They were descendants of Ham -
those of a darker colored skin.
Yet there was another people, with much lighter skin, who were also known by
this name, Chatti or Hatti. The Assyrians! Historians recognize that there
were two distinct peoples which went by the name of Chatti, or Hittite, as
it reads in the Bible.
James Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible, written in 1899, refers to the
northern "kings of the Hittites" mentioned in 1.KIN 10:29, and then
comments, "besides the northern Hittites, other Hittites, or 'sons of Heth,'
are mentioned in the Old Testament as inhabiting the south of Palestine." (vol
II, article "Hittites"). These sons of Heth are the Canaanite Hittites of
the line of Ham (see GEN 10:15). Abraham asked these people for a
burial place for Sarah in Genesis 23.
But what about these northern Hittites? Hastings refers to 1.KIN 10:29
where Solomon obtained war forces through trade with the "kings of the
Hittites." But these are not the same sons of Heth mentioned in Genesis 23.
Notice the explanation for 1.KIN 10:29 in Lange's Commentary: "The
Hittites are not the same as those named in 1.KIN 9:20, but were an
independent tribe, probably in the neighborhood of Syria [biblical Assyria
was just north of Syria], as 2.KIN 7:6 mentions them as in alliance
with the Syrians." (vol.3, p.123 of 1.Kings).
Dr. Herman Hoeh adds further insight about this verse in 1.Kings: "The
Assyrian Hessians were called 'kings of the Hittites' because the Canaanite
Hittites, driven out by Joshua, migrated into Asia Minor where the Assyrians
dwelt." (Plain Truth, Jan. 1969, "Germany in Prophecy!").
It was the Assyrians who labeled many of their own people in the western
part of their empire as Hittites, or Chatti, as the Hebrew reads. Hastings
confirms this: "The Assyrians... caused the name of 'Hittite' in the
Assyrian period to be applied to all the nations west of the Euphrates." He
went on to say that Hittite proper names "can be traced far to the westward
in Asia Minor."
Virtually all historical authorities recognize that there were two different
peoples that took on the name Hittite, or Chatti. The Encyclopedia
Britannica acknowledges this phenomenon: "The identification of the northern
and southern Hittites, however, presents certain difficulties not yet fully
explained; and it seems that we must assume Heth to have been the name of
both a country... and of a tribal population not confined to that country."
(11th ed., vol. 13, article "Hittites"). How clear! There was a nation of
people, known as Hittites, sons of Heth, who were great warriors. But there
was also a tribal population which acquired this name because they too were
a fierce people who sacred and terrified other nations, which is what
Hittite means. These were known as the Assyrian Hittites.
Concerning the Canaanite Hittites, Dr. Hoeh suggests that after Alexander
the Great conquered Asia, they too migrated northwest into Europe, "and
then, across the Atlantic to North America where the colonists rediscovered
them as the Chatti Indians of the Central Plains."
But the Assyrian Chatti remained in central Europe, as the Encyclopedia
Britannica and any student of German history will plainly confirm. The
Britannica describes the "Chatti" as "an ancient German tribe" which
"frequently came into conflict with the Romans during the early years of the
first century" (vol. 6, article "Chatti"). Certainly these German Chatti,
whom the Roman historian Tacitus also wrote about, could not be of the sons
of Heth, for they were a dark-skinned people. The German Chatti were of the
sons of Asshur, a fair-skinned people. And it is from this early tribe that
the more modern German tribe, called the Hessians, received their name.
Notice again what the Encyclopedia Britannica says: "The earliest known
inhabitants of the country [Germany] were the Chatti, who lived here during
the first century A.D. 'Alike both in race language,' says Walther Schultze,
'the Chatti and the Hessi are identical'" (vol. 13, article, "Hesse").
Furthermore, the Old High German spelling of Hesse was Hatti!
Dr. Hoeh writes in the above-mentioned Plain Truth article, "The land of the
Hatti was the western part of the Assyrian Empire... The ancient kings of
Assyria called themselves Khatti-sars - meaning the 'Kaisers of Hatti,' or
'Kings of Hatti.' The chief people of Hatti regarded themselves as
Assyrians... The ancient capital of the land of Hatti was popularly known
among the Romans as 'Ninus Vetus - the old Nineveh.'"
For those honestly seeking the truth concerning the origin of the German
people, PROOF IS ABUNDANT! In fact, concerning some of the early Hittite
monuments, Hastings says, "The Hittites seem to have had a special fancy for
combining parts of different animals into strangely composite and sometimes
grotesque forms." (Dictionary of the Bible, vol. II, article "Hittites"). He
then went on to say that they were responsible for bringing the TWO-HEADED
EAGLE into Europe, which has long been a symbol of the German Empire!
There can be no doubt that one of the earliest German tribes, known as the
Chatti, descended from the Assyrian Chatti who resided in Asia Minor.
* * *
Language of the Assyrians
Some have argued that the Assyrian people
spoke a Semitic language, not Indo-Germanic, and therefore the Germans could
not be the descendants of the ancient Assyrians.
Yet there is a passage in the Bible which clearly reveals how and why most
of the ancient Assyrians acquired a new and different language.
In the days of Nimrod, a tower was constructed at Babel which was to be the
capital city of a world-ruling dictatorship, under which, God's truth would
have been completely stamped out. Concerning the rebellious people of
Nimrod's day, God said, "Behold, the people is one, and they have all one
language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from
them, which they have imagined to do."(GEN 11:6).
To keep civilization from progressing to a point of self-destruction so
soon, God had to "confound their language"(v.7). This miraculous
intervention by God was the origin of differing languages. This was when
most of the Assyrians acquired the Indo-Germanic tongue and other related
Dr. Herman Hoeh wrote in his article, "Germany in Prophecy!": "European
scholars have thoroughly studied the language of the land of Hatti - the
ancestors of the Hessians. They found it to be an Indo-Germanic tongue -
numerous words of which were akin to Old High German!... The language of the
Hatti was the language of the West Assyrians... Scholars admit that for
centuries the language of the people who inhabited Assyria was not merely
Semitic." (Plain Truth, Jan. 1963, p.27).
* * *
Ancient City of Trier
On the banks of the Mosel River in western
Germany, just six miles from the Luxembourg border, sits the ancient German
city of Trier. The Romans claim to be the founders of this ancient city. But
German tradition, and even the name of the city, suggests otherwise.
"On the Rotes Haus (Red House) beside the Steipe, there is a text in Latin
boasting that Trier, or Treves, is older than Rome, thirteen hundred years
older in fact. That is when Trebeta, son of Semiramis, is said to have
founded the town." That's what it says in the opening paragraph of the Trier
Colorphoto Guide to the Town.
Josef K.L. Bihl writes in his German textbook, In deutschen Landen, "Trier
was founded by Trebeta, a son of the famous Assyrian King Ninus" (p.69). The
biblical name for Ninus is Nimrod.
Semiramis was married to Nimrod, the founder of Babylon (GEN 10:8-10;
see also, "The Origin of Easter," March 1996 Trumpet). Genesis 10:11
says that Asshur and his descendants went out of Babylon and constructed the
Assyrian capital - Nineveh. But as the margin correctly indicates, it was
Nimrod who led Asshur out of Babylon and who actually supervised the
construction project in Nineveh. Early on, the Bible indicates a close
alliance between Nimrod and Asshur.
There is an obvious reason why the German city of Trier traces its origins
back to Trebeta, the son of Nimrod and Semiramis, as well as the ancient
Assyrian capital of Nineveh. It's because modern-day Germany is mostly made
up of Assyrian people!