“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29 NASB).
During the Holy Week for Christianity, the world has witnessed Notre-Dame Cathedral being consumed by a raging, prolonged 15-hour fire on April 15, 2019. The number “15” can represent great grace, as in “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts. For who are you, O great mountain [of human obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who Joshua had led the return of the exiles from Babylon and was undertaking the rebuilding of the Temple, before him] you shall become a plain [a mere molehill]! And he shall bring forth the finishing gable stone [of the new temple] with loud shoutings of the people, crying, Grace, grace to it!” (Zechariah 4:6-7 Amplified).
There are several prophetic pictures that the Lord has been showing me, which all point to the end of religion as we have known it.
What we are going to mainly zero-in on is the prophetic picture of the destruction of the flèche, which is the timber spire over the crossing and most of the lead-covered wooden roof above the stone vaulted ceiling.
First, let’s note that Notre-Dame is one of the most widely recognized symbols of Paris, France and Christianity. It’s significant that it is the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Paris (Catholic) and the most visited monument in Paris. The Notre-Dame Cathedral has been consecrated to the Virgin Mary. If you do your research, you will discover that most of the iconography of the Catholic Virgin Mary is connected to the Babylonian Queen of Heaven. Therefore, one of the first prophetic pictures we see is the destruction of false Babylonian worship, so that the true Queen of Heaven – the Bride of Christ – can manifestly worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth while leaning on her Beloved Bridegroom and Messiah.
Secondly, note that Notre-Dame burned down exactly 777 years after publicly burning sacred Jewish writings. During the infamous Disputation of Paris in 1240, Jewish writing were charged with numerous blasphemies against Jesus and Christianity. As a result, thousands of meticulously-handwritten manuscripts were burned in a great bonfire at Place de Greve (a square right by Notre-Dame) on the behest of Pope Gregory IX and King Louis IX – the religious and political heads in their day.
As in many cathedrals, Notre-Dame displays the figures of Ecclesia and Synagoga. These two female figures are a personification of the Christian Church (Ecclesia) and the Jewish Synagogue (Synagoga). Notre-Dame’s carvings of Ecclesia is a crowned woman holding the communion cup and other Christian symbols while Synagoga is blindfolded by a snake with a fallen crown at her feet and the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments slipping from her hand.
This is where the destruction of the flèche (the timber spire over the crossing) and most of the lead-covered wooden roof above the stone vaulted ceiling comes in.
A spire on a Gothic Church is a steeply pointed pyramid structure that sits over a tower. When it was built, the spire was the highest point in the city, which symbolized its religious superiority and dominion – a high place of the kingdoms of man. Notably, the word “spire” comes from an Old English word spir, and means a sprout, shoot or a slack of grass.
“’Comfort, yes, comfort My people! Says your God. ‘Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, … The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and very mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the LORD shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.’ … THE GRASS WITHERS, the flower fades, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER.’ O Zion, You who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tiding, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!” (Isaiah 40:1-9 NKJV).
The destruction of the spire over the crossing and the lead-covered ceiling symbolizes a crossing over into a new day for the One New Man in Christ. The Messiah’s Body of Believers are both Jew and Gentile, and so is His Pure and Spotless Bride.
When I visited Israel, I could feel Messiah Yeshua in the Bible-believing Jews. I struggled with this, because I was taught that Jews needed to first come to Jesus in order to come to the Father. After seeking Him diligently for months, one day Yeshua told me: “You know if you see Jesus, you have seen the Father. Don’t you think that it works the other way too?” Wow! Talking about paradigm-changing, mind-altering truth! If you know Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), you know the Father, and if you know the Father, you know the Messiah. Behold, what was bought at the Cross is now culminating in order for His Pure and Spotless Bride to be fully clothed with white and clean linens (Revelation 19:7-8).
It’s time for the man-made lead-covered ceiling to be removed. It’s time for the snake’s covering to be removed Synagoga – Jewish People. It’s time for all believers to pick up the Ten Commandments – the entire Word of God. It’s time for the Spirit of Stupor to be removed and the fulfillment of the One New Man in Christ (Messiah) in its fullness.
“For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead” (Romans 11:15 NASB).
Give em heaven!!!
Copyright April 20 2019 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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