“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.” Psalm 55:21
The Reign of Terror in France
The French Revolution plainly had two phases. The First Phase of the Revolution was seizing political control. The Second Phase of the Revolution, also called the Reign of Terror, sought the radical transformation of every aspect of French society. It was a Cultural Revolution, a religious Revolution and a social and economic Revolution. The Second phase of the Revolution in France involved seizing control over every area of life, including churches, schools and farms. 40,000 people were beheaded on the guillotine in the Reign of Terror and another 300,000 were executed by firing squads, drownings and other means. France was plunged into 25 years of constant warfare which devastated much of Europe.