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The War also brought about the disintegration of Turkey, GO that Palestine - the homeland of the Jews - Syria and Egypt have all come to be considered as separate nations. We shall have more to say about these in a later lesson. Germany and Russia never were included in the realm of Rome, consequently we find them outside the pale of the Allied powers and of the League of Nations at present but in alliance with each other. Such a treaty of alliance was announced shortly after the signing of the treaty of Versailles in 1919. The alliance of Russia and Germany seems to be set forth in Ezekiel 38 and 39, for students of ethnology clearly see reference to Russia in the Rosh, Meschech and Tubal of those chapters and to Germany in Gomer. One cannot predict with certainty what the final grouping of the Mediterranean nations will be, but it seems certain that the unsettled conditions of suspicion and hate, preparation for war and diplomatic intrigue will bring about further conflicts, treaties of alliance or conquest, which will prepare the way for the great superman, Antichrist, to appear on the scene. Britain, France, Spain (with Portugal), Italy, Greece, Turkey, Roumania, Syria and Egypt are already sufficiently defined. There will probably be a shake-up in which present-day Austria and the Balkan nations of Jugo-Slavia and Bulgaria will be involved. Viewing the political situation before the war and as it has resulted from the war, in the light of Scripture, it seems evident that Satan stirred up Germany to world-conquest because, if she had won it would have completely upset any grouping of nations, which could fulfill the program outlined by God in the books of Daniel and Revelation. By the narrowest of margins and by the intervention of seemingly most trivial circumstances was Germany, on more than one occasion, defeated. Now comes the announcement on the part of Benito Mussolini, the present. Premier and Dictator of Italy and head of the Fascist regime in that country, that his great ambition is the restoration of the Roman Empire of the Caesars in all its pristine splendor and power. The great hero and ideal of this man's heart, as he himself has said, is Julius Caesar. Mussolini has given orders to the prefect or governor of the city of Rome that the ancient glory of the city of Rome must be restored in five years, i.e., squares must be opened around the Augustan amphitheater, around the ancient Marcellus Theater, around the Capital, the Pantheon. Within five years the Pantheon must be visible from the Piazza Colonna through a wide avenue. We are not ready to say that Mussolini is the Antichrist, but he is surely a near forerunner of him and has the earmarks of what Antichrist will be. "Lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh!"
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