“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.
The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 seized political control of the country from the Duma (parliament) of Russia. 12 years later, in December 1929, Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin announced: “The liquidation of the Kulaks as a class… now we have the opportunity to carry out a resolute offensive against the Kulaks, break the resistance, eliminate them…” The Kulaks were farmers. Dekulakisation was presented as “land reform.” The official state newspaper “Pravda” declared: “In order to eliminate the Kulaks as a class, the resistance of this class must be smashed in open battle and it must be deprived of the productive sources of its existence and development (free use of land, instruments of production, land renting, right to hire labour, etc.) that is the term towards the policy of eliminating the Kulaks as a class.”
Dekulakisation – Land Reform in Ukraine
Under this Dekulakisation policy, 18 million peasants lost their homes and farms, millions were deported to Siberia and up to 11 million Ukrainians died in the massacres and resultant man-made starvation between 1929 and 1936. This came to be called the Holodomor. Also known as the Great Famine and the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932 to 1933. The word Holodomor literally translated from Ukrainian means: “death by hunger”, “to kill by hunger”, or “to starve to death.”
Holodomor is a compound of the Ukrainian words holod, meaning hunger and mor, meaning plague. The 2017 film Bitter Harvest dramatizes the horrors of the Soviet Holodomor in Ukraine. The Black Book of Communism provides further documentation of this systematic extermination of the farmers in Ukraine, which was once called “the bread basket of Europe.”
The Great Purge
This was followed by the Great Purge or Great Terror in which over 950,000 Russians were killed by the Soviet Secret Police, the NKVD. This included many communist party members and government officials and many officers of the Red Army. Ultimately even Leon Trotsky (Born Levi Davidovich Bronstein) the Soviet “hero of the Revolution” and Head of the Red Army, on the orders of chairman Joseph Stalin, was assassinated by the NKVD, 20 August 1940, with an ice axe.
Revolutionaries Eventually Become Cannibalistic
Ultimately, Revolutionaries turn on one another and that has been true in every Revolution. Robespierre, the prototype Revolutionary of the French Revolution, ended up beheaded on the very guillotine that he had condemned so many others to.
Revolutionaries in Zimbabwe Assassinate Rivals
Robert Mugabe had Josiah Magama Tongogara, the Commander of the ZANLA guerrilla army assassinated 26 December 1979. Many had expected Tongogara to be the first president of Zimbabwe, with Robert Mugabe, the head of ZANLA’s political wing, ZANU, as prime minister. The strategic removal of Tongogara left the path to the presidency open for Mugabe.
Revolutionaries in Mozambique Remove Rivals
Similarly, Eduardo Mondlane, the founding president of Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO) was assassinated in 1969 by a parcel bomb in FRELIMO headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to make way for Samora Machel.
False Flag Assassination
Although South African Communist Party leader, Chris Hani’s assassination 10 April 1993 was blamed on Polish citizen, Janusz Waluś and South African Conservative Party leader, Clive Derby-Lewis, ANC leaders Bantu Holomisa and Winnie Mandela, both claimed that it was actually “an inside job” in order to remove the obvious favourite for Deputy President of the ANC under Mandela and make way for Thabo Mbeki. Winnie Mandela claimed that the ANC bodyguards were removed from Hani for the day of the assassination.
Revolution in China
The Communist Revolution of Red China in 1949 was followed by the Great Leap Forward in 1958 and by a second phase of the Revolution from 1966 to 1976. This second phase of the Revolution or the Cultural Revolution in China included massive seizures of property, wide spread “land reform”, confiscation without compensation, public humiliation ceremonies of religious and cultural leaders, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, hard labour and mass executions. It is calculated that over 69 million people died in this Second phase of the Revolution in China.
The Cultural Revolution
The Cultural Revolution in China also included purging the party of any deemed disloyal - which even included the president Liu Shaoqi and General Lou Ruiqing. Mao Tse Tung mobilised his Red Guards to sweep into every farm and village of the vast country to purge “reactionaries”, “counter revolutionaries” and all others not deemed sufficiently enthusiastic for the Revolution. The result was the destruction of thousands of years of culture and crippling the country economically. It impoverished China intellectually and culturally. Mau was able to mobilise the young Red Guards for this destructive campaign because they had never known life in nationalist China and had been effectively indoctrinated in the state schools with Marxist propaganda and Mau’s Little Red Book.
Revolution in Cuba
Cuba also had a second phase of the Revolution, where Fidel Castro openly admitted his communist roots and ambitions, which included nationalisation of all industries and all agriculture. The courts of law were replaced with People’s Tribunals and the creation of what he called “a workers state.”
Revolution in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe the second phase of the Revolution was launched approximately 20 years after the signing of the Lancaster House Agreement, which led to the transfer of power under guarantees of private ownership of property, the rule of law, separation of powers and legal safeguards. Despite massive foreign aid from Britain, America and the EU, Mugabe’s ZANU government failed to provide the vast amount of land at their own disposal to be productively farmed. Mugabe had earlier unleashed his North Korean trained 5th Brigade to massacre his earlier allies, Zimbabwe African People's Union(ZAPU) Matabele. Tens of thousands of Matabele people were murdered, many being thrown down mine shafts such as at Antelope mine and Attica mine in Matabeleland.
In order to distract their citizens from the gross failure of government, they blamed the economic woes of the country on the white farmers (who were feeding the country, providing most of the exports and foreign exchange and were the largest employers in the country) and unleashed a wave of violent farm invasions which led to the total collapse of the Zimbabwean economy, the worst hyperinflation ever seen in history. Even after deleting 16 zeros from the currency, a Hundred Trillion Dollar note in 2008 could not even buy half a loaf of bread. One brick in 2008 cost more than every home, business, farm and property in all of Zimbabwe in 1980. The national suicide of Zimbabwe under the Mugabe dictatorship led to more than half of the total population fleeing the country. Unemployment rocketed to over 90% of those left behind in the country.
What Can Be Done to Resist the Second Phase of the Revolution?
So, what does the future hold and what can be done to resist and derail this planned second phase of the Revolution?
The Catastrophe of Communism
Communism has proved to be a catastrophe. It is the worst disaster and the greatest killer in history. Socialism has never achieved a better standard of life for its adherents. The high sounding ideals of the socialist revolutionaries have consistently turned into nightmares which millions of its long-suffering people have used extraordinary ingenuity to endeavour to escape from.
Voting with their Feet
Millions have succeeded against all odds in escaping through and across the Iron Curtain and behind the Berlin Wall, or across the shark infested waters from Cuba. The millions of people voting with their feet, fleeing from Marxist oppression and land reform, such as in Zimbabwe, should be sufficient warning to those who believe that in promoting the socialist ideals they are actually working for a better future. “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption…” 2 Peter 2:19
Do Not Be Deceived
The Communist Party actually do not care about the masses that they cheerfully use as foot soldiers and cannon fodder for their Revolution. A study of history and of the disastrous track record of the second phase of the Revolution should be sufficient to disillusion any cadre.
“…Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?
Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2
Dr. Peter Hammond
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