When Empires Die: Thoughts on the Centennial of World War I
June 28, 2014, marked the centennial of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His death was the first act in a series of events that brought the onset of World War I exactly one month later, on July 28, 1914. That was brought changes to the world which are with us to this day. The borders of the Middle East, for example, derive from the Sykes-Picot Agreement concluded by Great Britain and France as a plan to divide the lands of the Ottoman Empire. Those borders are now in the process of revision as war and upheaval have visited the Middle East on a scale unseen since World War I.
This series of articles begins with an investigation of the causes and results of the Great War, or the “War to End All Wars” as it came to be called. The series continues with examination of the astounding series of parallel developments taking place in this summer of 2014 from a Hebraic biblical perspective, with a view toward how these events fit in prophecies of the end of this age.
This series is also accessible as a single (but very long) document here.