NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FIRE – A FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME
Rod Dreher of the website “The American Conservative” wrote concerning the ‘Notre Dame’ tragedy – “There is no way to replace what Paris, what France, what Christendom, and indeed what humanity, has lost today. It is irreplaceable. For example, we literally cannot recreate the windows, which date from the time of Dante. We do not know how to do it. As a friend said to me, “You can rebuild the World Trade Center. You cannot rebuild Notre Dame de Paris.”
He further went on to say, “What we lost today is one of the great embodiments of Western civilization. It is impossible to overstate what this means. It will take some time to absorb. Notre Dame de Paris is at the heart of France’s identity. All distances in France are measured from kilometre zéro, in front of the cathedral. Though most (but not all!) of the French have turned away from their baptism, Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of the nation. And now, it’s gone, though firefighters may have saved its bones. It took 200 years to build, and now it was made a holocaust in one terrible afternoon.”
It may sound rather harsh to make judgmental comments when people are grieving and mourning over the loss of their darling monument. But truth must be told if we are to follow in the steps of our Lord. In those days when those who had gathered around our Lord Jesus told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. Our Lord did not respond with a “How sad. My heart goes out to them” but rather His seemingly ‘unloving’ response was, “Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH.”
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” [Gal 4:16]
Get this beloved, what happened to Notre Dame is only a foretaste of what will follow on ALL the great Cathedrals, Basilicas, Mega Church buildings and so called ‘Houses of God’! Every single one of them is “reserved for the fire!” [2Pet 3:7] God has already foretold what will become of the Roman Catholic Church – “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be UTTERLY BURNED WITH FIRE: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her!” [Rev 18:8]
But the fire of God is not reserved only for Roman Catholic Cathedrals and those who gather under them, but for every tall and high super structure which man glories in. That’s right! “For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon EVERY . . . high tower, and upon every fenced wall, [Isaiah 2:12-17] The scripture speaks of a day “when the towers fall!” [Isaiah 30:25]
Men have always gloried in their buildings and super structures starting from the tower of Babel. While God on the other hand seems to be determined to bring down every building which man glories in. That’s right! “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to Him for to shew Him THE BUILDINGS of the temple.” And our Lord didn’t go “Wow! Amazing!” but rather said calmly, “See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” [Matt 24:1,2]
And historians tell us that THAT is what exactly happened!
It is still true that “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it!” [Psalm 127:1]
And again, “the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” [2Cor 4:18]
The moral? This – If you are still glorying in the works of man and the achievements of fallen man then you haven’t yet learned where it’s at.
Well if we should not glory in the works of man then WHAT would you that we glory in?
The Lord answered that question through His prophet long ago –
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the LORD! [Jer 9:23,24]
Do you know Him?
The question is not whether you know ABOUT Him, but whether you KNOW HIM or better still . . . does HE know YOU? [see Gal 4:9]
There will be a great multitudes on that Day of Judgment who are now claiming to ‘know the Lord’ either because they walked an aisle, raised a hand, signed a card or said a little salvation prayer’ or whatever who are strangers to the discriminating Sovereign God of the Scriptures.
“Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” [Matt 7:21-23]
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your CALLING AND ELECTION SURE: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” [2Pet 1:10,11] Amen!
Your servant for His sake