To Napoleon's jubilant conqueror, Kaiser William I of Germany, Baha'u'llah then disclosed that country's grim future. He foresaw the 'banks of the Rhine... covered with gore, inasmuch as the swords of retribution were drawn against you... And we hear the lamentations of Berlin, though she be today in conspicuous glory'. He added ominoulsy that Germany would have 'another turn' at bloody defeat. Interpreting this and other prophecies of His father, 'Abdul-Baha stated in 1912 that the imminent struggle would 'set aflame the whole of Europe' and that 'By 1917 kingdoms will fall and cataclysms will rock the earth'. After this part of the prediction materialized in World War I (1914-1918), He wrote that the 'vanquished Powers' would 'rekindle the flame of war' and that the inevitable next conflict would be 'fiercer than the last'. World War II handed Germany its second and still greater loss, while both defeats brought retributive sanctions resulting in decades of agonizing 'lamentations' for Berlin. (163:2)
..around 1873, Baha'u'llah addrressed these words to Germany's Kaiser William I: O King of Berlin!... Do thou remember the one whose power transcended thy power [Napoleon III], and whose station excelled thy station. Where is he? Whither are gone the things he possessed? Take warning, and be not of them that are fast asleep. He it was who cast the Tablet of God behind him, when We made known unto him what the hosts of tyranny had caused Us to suffer. Wherefore, disgrace assailed him from all sides, and he went down to dust in great loss. Think deeply, O King, concerning him, and concerning them who, like unto thee, have conquered cities and ruled over men. The All- Merciful brought them down from their palaces to their graves. Be warned, be of them who reflect (PDC 36-7) (163:4)
Baha'u'llah then painted this amazing word- picture of a Germany broken and bleeding in the wake of two successive armed conflicts: O banks of the Rhine! We have seen you covered with gore, inasmuch as the swords of retribution were drawn against you; and you shall have another turn. And we hear the lamentations of Berlin, though she be today in conspicuous glory (PDC 37).