Did the stone carvers of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine predict the future?
The largest church in the United States and the longest church in the world may have a message in plain view to the thousands who walk by her door daily and to the visitors from all over the world who enter by her massive arches.
First, we will look at the third phase of the cathedral’s restoration: The Portal of Paradise, as the Cathedral’s central portal is called, was completed by master stone-carver Simon Verity between 1988 and 1997. The figures of the Portal reflect a modernism in their portions and features. … The frieze over the portal doors shows Jesus and below him is John the Divine with paper and quill. Flanking the doors are biblical figures. The most chilling of the Cathedrals’ modern stonework is the theme of John’s Revelation with sections showing the apocalypse including NYC engulfed by tidal waves and the Brooklyn Bridge cracked in half. The Twin Towers are also clearly shown.
What was St. John’s Revelation? St. John was the author of the biblical Book of the Revelation. To those who read this book, there is a promised blessing. What exactly is the blessing? One does not know except to perhaps make one wiser about reading the daily newspaper or remembering history.
St. John has a vision of things to come. When will these things come? No one knows. However, it may surprise some to know that The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine had stone carvers who knew this book and used their chisels to depict the accounts told by St. John as he was given his visions. One sculptured piece is surprising and chilling. ( See picture below)
It appears that the carvers also saw N.Y as being “Babylon the Great” spoken of in Revelation. This scene, carved on the west entrance of the cathedral, depicts New York as this city who gets completely destroyed by the wrath of God. The Book of Revelation mentions:
“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!
She has become a home for demons
and a haunt for every evil spirit,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
Book of Revelation 18
Was it a warning? Do we write this because we believe that this is a real interpretation concerning New York’s future? No, but we do believe in the truth and authority in the holy scriptures. It could, however, be a warning of what could happen? We do not know. Biblical scholars for generations have tried to interpret the book of Revelation. If it is indeed a warning to the present and future generations, perhaps this is the blessing promised…that we be warned and should do as the scripture below tells us in order to spare us.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
In being healed as a nation, God has promised His divine healing to all believers.
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