Europe's Bloody History

Steven LeBlanc

It is a profitable exercise to look at History if we want to better understand Prophecy.
Today I remind you that Europe’s history is one of bloodshed, and war after war. Though Europe has witnessed relative peace for the past 60 years, the pattern of war will again reemerge on the European continent.

Europe as a continent has seen more wars fought on its soil than the continents of Asia, Africa and the Americas combined. Recorded history tells us that the last century was the bloodiest years the world has ever seen. The two great wars; World War I and World war 2 began on the continent of Europe. 15 million died in World War 1, and conservative estimates place the death toll of World War 2 at 55 million. Most of these deaths took place on European terrain.

In the 1930s and 40s ethnic hatred reached heights never before seen in Europe. In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Nazi Germany during World War 2. The “killing factories” -–the death camps that systematically murdered Jews, Poles, Russians, Gypsies, Slavs, Belarusians, Ukrainians and many others, including the physically disabled, were situated in Europe. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed.

Don’t assume that in the 2nd world war the death toll was made up of mostly soldiers. Timothy Snyder writes in his insightful book BLOODLANDS, that millions of civilians died in Europe: “In the middle of Europe Nazi & Soviet regimes murdered some 14 million people…Yet not a single one of the 14 million was a soldier on active duty. Most were women, children, and the aged; none were bearing weapons; many had been stripped of their possessions, including their clothes”. (Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin; see Preface) The “Bloodlands”, where many of these innocents died, extended from central Poland to western Russia, through the Ukraine and on into the Baltic States. More than half died from starvation, denied food by Russians and Germans soldiers.

Why is Europe so vulnerable to war? You must appreciate that Europe is unique in its varied mix of peoples who identify passionately with distinct nations. Pan and Pfeil count 87 distinct “peoples of Europe”. These various ethnic groups each have their different cultures, sensitivities and hatreds. No wonder war routinely erupts on the European continent; ethnic hostility, more often than not, leads to violence.

Many believe that another World War is not likely…that we have learned our lesson from the past. But such thinking is naïve. Mankind rarely learns from History, quite the opposite, people and nations make the same mistakes over and over again. The European Union was formed to lend stability to war prone Europe. It is believed that if the nations of Europe are melded together in a political and fiscal union then the nations of Europe will be much less likely to fight against each other, and peace will settle upon the continent of Europe. There will be peace, but that peace will be a short-lived illusion.

Prophecy reveals that the BLOODLANDS of Europe will be saturated with blood once more. America and Britain and the Northwestern democracies of Europe will suffer horribly in the years ahead of us. The whole world will be dragged into a devastating war. Revelation 17:12-13 reveals that ten leaders will give their power and backing to an end time European dictator called the Beast: …the ten horns which you saw are ten kings…these are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast (dictator). Verse 14, “These [the 10 allied rulers or leaders] will make war with the Lamb [Jesus Christ], and the Lamb will overcome them…”. We will see that this final empire, characterized as a European beast, exists at the time of Jesus Christ’s return and is destroyed by Him.

Germany has always played a major role in Europe and will play an active role in this Beast system. George Santayana, who, in his book, Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” German aggression will once again take its toll on the world at large, and the nations will be engulfed in the Great Tribulation because of it.

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