Looking to Charlemagne

The referred to FT article can be found here:

The Holy Roman Empire can help inspire a different European Union



Charlemagne’s legacy is providing inspiration for some in Europe. (Mark Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)


Major media outlets are starting to notice parallels between modern Europe and the Holy Roman Empire. Are these similarities to be celebrated? Check history.

“The Holy Roman Empire Can Help Inspire a Different European Union.” This was the headline of a January 20 article in the Financial Times of Britain.

Many authorities today believe returning to the ways of the Holy Roman Empire would vastly improve Europe. This reflects a dangerous ignorance of history.

A Lasting Legacy

Viewed broadly as a union of church and state, the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire traces back to the Imperial Restoration of Rome by Justinian. The empire had been Roman for hundreds of years; but before Justinian, it was never truly controlled by a great church. Through Justinian’s Imperial Restoration in a.d. 554, the Catholic Church revived the empire.That church then guided all the resurrections of that empire that followed.

Read the history of the first six resurrections of the Holy Roman Empire under Justinian, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, the Habsburg Dynasty, Napoleon and Hitler. These were all bloody empires. Anybody should be able to see that.

The Holy Roman Empire carries with it a lasting legacy, but it isn’t a legacy of peace. A return to the ways of this empire will surely spark World War iii.

Your Bible prophesies that another resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is coming. It also reveals that this seventh and final resurrection will be bloodier than the first six combined. Blood will flow up to the horses’ bridles in and around Jerusalem (Revelation 14:20).

The Forefather of Modern Europe

Many people overlook Charlemagne’s brutality and view him primarily as a man of culture. Under Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire experienced a revival of the arts and learning. “To many, the image of an enlightened ruler promoting culture and education for all seems incompatible with a violent warrior converting thousands by the sword,” Brad Macdonald writes in The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy. “But Charlemagne’s example teaches us an important lesson: Culture and peace do not always go together. Modern Europe may appear to be a cultured and sophisticated group of nations. But as history reveals, that does not mean it is immune to Charlemagne’s style of violence.”

Indeed, one of the most prestigious European awards today is the Charlemagne Prize. Since 1950, Europe has openly celebrated Charlemagne’s achievements.

Are modern Europeans really too sophisticated to follow this man’s war-making example one last time?

Hitler’s Motivation

The succeeding emperors of the Holy Roman Empire followed Charlemagne’s example. People said Otto the Great had the crown of Charlemagne. They hailed Napoleon as Charlemagne reborn. Adolf Hitler modeled his Third Reich after Charlemagne’s First Reich.

Hitler hated the Jews and other peoples. Blind hatred led him to cause the death of 60 million people in World War ii!

That is recent history. How quickly we forget. Even before that, Germany started the War of 1870 and World War i. Time and again, the Germans have proven themselves ready for war whenever a strongman is at the head.

A Voice Crying Out

There was a man who foretold, even as Germany lay prostrate after World War ii, of Germany’s rise to power once again in our day. The Bible says to judge a supposed prophet by his fruits. “The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him” (Jeremiah 28:9).

Thankfully, the same prophecies that foretold Germany’s rise describe how the time of suffering just ahead will be exceedingly short—and then will have a stunning, spectacular conclusion! “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (verse 25).

Jesus Christ will soon return to put a stop to the Holy Roman Empire’s reign of terror forever! Mankind will finally receive the blessings it has desperately lacked for the past 6,000 years. We must keep our minds on that glorious vision.

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