“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:1-4)
The event that is the fire that ravaged Notre Dame de Paris or the Notre Dame Cathedral, carries many lessons, lessons that are denied and obfuscated and covered up. And in that is a lesson too. Perhaps the most relevant one! Denial of the possibility of any explanation other than an accident came so quickly as to lack credulity. Official statements that there were no signs of arson or terrorism were issued almost immediately after the fire was put out. Political correctness has its sponsors in the European franchise of the Deep State Globalists. One must not offend the Muslim population – even at the expense of searching for the truth. [NOTICE: I’m NOT saying this was terror – I’m saying let’s find out the truth before coming to a conclusion.]
In the US, the drive toward political correctness even manifested itself on FOX News. Neil Cavuto and Shepherd Smith both immediately cut off guests who suggested that the fire may have been intentionally set.[i] Now the official story is that the cause of the blaze is “linked to renovation work.” Perhaps so! But one TIME Magazine columnist, Christopher J Hale tweeted this. “A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in #NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set.”[ii]
We certainly do not want to suggest that the fire was deliberately set – by radical Islamists – or – the Yellow Vest protesters – or – whoever. But the fire does fit a pattern that has developed across France recently. Note some of the facts. Kelen McBreen reports: “Feces smeared on walls, intentional fires and theft plague churches across France as police figures show 875 of the country’s 42,258 churches were vandalized in 2018.”[iii] Using official police sources, Paul Joseph Watson points out that religious attacks against Christians and Jews are on the rise while those against Muslims, thankfully, were at their lowest since 2010. In 2018 were 1,063 attacks against Christians and 541 against Jews, an increase of 74% from 2017. In addition, Christian churches have been targeted throughout France. Watson writes: “Other public Christian symbols have also been targeted, including summit crosses on mountaintops and public statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, which have been decapitated or destroyed. A deliberate attack on the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris which caused nearly a million euros in damage was reported by the mainstream media as a ‘brief fire’ in which no one was hurt.”[iv]
And France is not alone. As reported by Germany’s PI News, four German churches “were vandalized and/or torched in March alone.” PI News published this analysis back in March. “Hardly anyone writes and speaks about the increasing attacks on Christian symbols. There is an eloquent silence in both France and Germany about the scandal of the desecrations and the origin of the perpetrators…. Not a word, not even the slightest hint that could in anyway lead to the suspicion of migrants… It is not the perpetrators who are in danger of being ostracized, but those who dare to associate the desecration of Christian symbols with immigrant imports. They are accused of hatred, hate speech and racism.”[v] Raymond Ibrahim offered this analysis. “In virtually every instance of church attacks, authorities and media obfuscate the identity of the vandals. In those rare instances when the Muslim (or “migrant”) identity of the destroyers is leaked, the desecraters are then presented as suffering from mental health issues.”[vi]
To the Globalist cabal it is all about suppressing any news they don’t want to get out. Forget the truth. That’s not even a concern. The Power-That-Be don’t want to upset the Muslim community, so any information that may suggest there is another explanation – for the outbreak of the fire must be dealt with swiftly and thoroughly. For a while there was a video up on Youtube and the Hal Turner Radio Show that purported to show a Muslim in an area of the Cathedral that is off-limits to the public at about the time the fire got started. It was first taken down from Turner’s site and when you go to Youtube it is accompanied by this warning. “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.” I watched the video and it shows a man dressed in traditional Islamic garb walking along a balcony in the Cathedral, sounding like he is praying in Arabic.[vii] But of course, videos like this must be suppressed. We aren’t to be talking about such things.
Writing in Town Hall, columnist Denis Prager drew from the fire a symbolic analogy that captures the spirit of the age. “The symbolism of the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, the most renowned building in Western civilization, the iconic symbol of Western Christendom, is hard to miss. It is as if God Himself wanted to warn us in the most unmistakable way that Western Christianity is burning — and with it, Western civilization.”[viii] Prager is right on the money with that analysis. Once the vibrant center of Christian thought, Europe has become a Judeo-Christian wasteland. Churches are empty on Sunday mornings or sold to become mosques. Few native Europeans identify with the Christian faith. A Pew survey taken in 2018 found that most Europeans identified as Christian – but mostly in a cultural sense. They believe in a higher power – but not necessarily the God of the Bible. Those claiming to be Christian are overwhelmingly non-observant and have adopted non-biblical attitudes toward social issues. One of the Pew survey’s conclusions was that “Majorities across the region, including most Christians, favor legal same-sex marriage and abortion.”[ix]
Europe is – and has been for some time – a secularized continent. And it is, in some sense, no accident. Prager writes: “Every major Western (and one major non-Western) social and intellectual force has conspired to rid Europe of Christianity and the civilization it produced. Within the Western world, the French Enlightenment — the intellectual basis of the French Revolution and the modern West — sought to replace Christianity, and religion in general, with secularism rooted in reason. No God, Bible or Ten Commandments is necessary for morality or meaning: reason (and science) will replace them.” It was the slaughter of World War I, when citizens of ‘Christian’ countries murdered each other by the millions that drove that secular dagger deep into the European psyche. “With the end of World War II, every internal Western intellectual doctrine was secular. God, the Bible and religion were regarded at best as innocuous nonsense and at worst as noxious nonsense.”
And if that wasn’t bad enough, then came the Muslims. Atheistic European intellectuals and globalist types invited the Islamic culture into their backyard. And millions accepted the invitation. So while native Europeans were losing their religious and cultural moorings, an invading Islamic culture, often united in purpose, came-a-calling. They had no intention of adapting to the mores of their new home. And Western civilization became unwelcome in the land of its birth.
Here are some of Dennis Prager’s concluding thoughts on the matter. “It took a post-Christian ideology, secular Nazism, to produce Auschwitz — just as it took post-Christian communism to produce the Gulag, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Ukrainian and Cambodian genocides. Moreover, Nazism and communism aside, the left’s belief that secular reason can replace God and the Bible turns out to be completely wrong. The alleged citadels of secular reason — the universities — are the most irrational and morally confused institutions in the West.”[x]
Whether the Notre Dame fire was an act of terror we do not know. We do know however that many churches have burned across Europe in the last several years. Many others have been vandalized. The war is real. The culture is under assault. And many do believe that the killing of Christians and Jews is a form of service to God. Parts of Europe may be past the point of no return. And the US is not so very far behind.
Full term abortion has become legal in some states. Support for assisted suicide is spreading. Drugs are becoming legalized. The LGBTQ agenda has been codified as law. We are a nation lost in a moral slide. Still a remnant resists. And that remnant exists to worship the True God of the Bible and follows His precepts.
Now no matter what the future may look like to the human eye, God holds it in His hand. And He will accomplish His purposes. It was when Elijah was depressed and feeling alone and abandoned and fearing for his life – when so much of Israel had chased after pagan gods and abandoned the God of the Bible that God gave him this assurance. “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1Kings 19:18)
As in every age, God is calling His church to repentance. Here are the words of the Prophet Joel. “Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!…. “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent.” (Joel 2:1-2, 12-14)
[i] Kelen McBreen, POLICE: 875 FRENCH CATHOLIC CHURCHES DESECRATED IN 2018 ALONE, Infowars, April 16, 2019
[ii] Paul Joseph Watson, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Fire, Worker Claims it Was “Deliberately” Started, News Wars, April 15, 2019
[iii] Kelen McBreen, POLICE: 875 FRENCH CATHOLIC CHURCHES DESECRATED IN 2018 ALONE, Infowars, April 16, 2019
[iv] Paul Joseph Watson, FRANCE: ATTACKS AGAINST JEWS & CHRISTIANS CONTINUE TO RISE, Infowars, April 15, 2019
[v] PI News, March 24, 2019, as quoted by Raymond Ibrahim,
[vi] Raymond Ibrahim, European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”, Gatestone Institute, April 14, 2019
[vii] Notre Dame Fire; It was NO Accident . . ., Hal Turner Radio Show, April 16, 2019
[viii] Dennis Prager, Notre Dame: An Omen, Town Hall, April 16, 2019
[ix] Neha Sahgal, 10 key findings about religion in Western Europe, Pew Research .Org, May 29, 2018
[x] Dennis Prager, Notre Dame: An Omen, Town Hall, April 16, 2019