If a picture is worth a thousand words, the videos of Notre Dame Cathedral burning are worth a hundred thousand.
If there was ever a stark representation of the fall of Christendom, this was it; though perhaps a bit late in coming.
In spiritual terms, Notre Dame burned long ago. It died with the demise of the beating hearts of those who built it, and their believing descendants.
There may be enough Christians left in all of France today to fill the pre-inferno Cathedral, but I wouldn’t count on it.
French President Macron (whose wisdom must be measured in microns) has announced an international architectural competition to design a new spire for the Cathedral. He has declared: “Notre Dame will be rebuilt in five years, more beautiful than before”. No, it won’t.
Indeed, it cannot be rebuilt. The spiritual force behind its construction has been driven from Western Europe. They may erect a new building, but it will be an empty edifice. It will be built, not in the worship of God, but in worldly pride. The fact that judging from public comments, few people seem to understand the spiritual significance of the Cathedral’s burning is proof that it was already gone.
I will venture that the Cathedral typically had more weekly tourist visitors than worshipers.
Indeed, TripAdvisor has issued an emergency message:
Message from TripAdvisor: Due to the tragic fire that has destroyed portions of the Notre Dame Cathedral, it will be closed to tourists and worshipers until further notice. Tours listed on this page may go past, but do not enter Notre Dame Cathedral.
The TripAdvisor website also noted that: “The Cathedral gift shop stocks a nice variety of souvenirs.” (Imagine; an actual piece of charred Cathedral! They’ll have more tourists than ever before!)
Was it arson? There are two schools of thought on this: Yes, and Denial. (The official denials are absurd.) Who is responsible? The people of France.
No, they didn’t literally light the flame, but they have actively and passively set the stage for those who did. Welcome nihilists! Welcome humanists! Welcome atheists! Welcome communists! Welcome, Muslims! Unwelcome, God.
There are YouTube videos showing bizarre behavior on the Cathedral shortly before [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ8rN0o_lUw ] and during (!) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3IG-l15Yw ] the fire, fueling beliefs of arson.
Something else bizarre was captured on video. Above is a screenshot from a video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m0BBXo9wG8&t=13s ] whose meaning is very much in the eye of the beholder.
The woman who shot the video thought she saw an image of Jesus in the flames. Could be. I see an image of an angel of God. (This is so biblical. There is an image there for those with eyes to see)
In one night an angel of God killed 185,000 Assyrians besieging Jerusalem. In one night an angel of God killed all of the first-born in Egypt (Passover). Yes, God could take-out Notre Dame (and use His enemies to do so if He wanted).
Oh no! Say it isn’t so! Say the image isn’t another apocalyptic warning! Yes, O wise ones, the image is yet another apocalyptic warning: an image of an angel of God standing in the flames of what was once a great church. When apostasy and decadence have reached their zenith in this apostate church and world, this is what is going to happen to the world. God has just given the whole world a frightening glimpse of His Judgment to come.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God … (1 Peter 4:17 (KJV))
Its arrival is probably further away than I wish, but quite possibly closer than you or I think.