063 – Burning of Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral on fire, spire collapsing

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire, spire collapsing

The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral has prophetic significance for France and the world. It’s a warning of what’s to come.

Today we’re going to talk about the burning of the beautiful French Cathedral of Notre Dame, and what is the prophetic significance of this event.

Before we start to talk about what happened yesterday I want to say a few things to set the tone. I have a very special relationship with Paris and the French people. I lived in Paris for 25 years, went to school and then stayed and worked there most of my adult life. Most of my friends were French and I was very integrated socially and professionally.

I walked in spiritual darkness the entire time I lived there. Was an atheist during half of that time. When I began to experience my spiritual awakening, I went the wrong way and during 12 years was deeply involved in the New Age. I thank God that He rescued me and brought me into His marvelous light. I hope that if any French person listens to this message today I might communicate my great love and appreciation for France and the French people.

France is a beautiful country. Paris is a beautiful city. My heart goes out to the French people for the pain they’re feeling today as they see the images of their precious cathedral in smoke and flames. It was absolutely shocking to see Notre Dame burning against the sky and then to see the spire ablaze and collapsing into the building.

Notre Dame is situated on l’Ile de la Cité, a small island in the middle of the Seine river that flows right through the center of Paris. As always the “parvis” or plaza was flooded with people. It’s a common rendez-vous or meeting point for friends. I went to Notre Dame often, with visitors or by myself, to enjoy its beauty and peace.

The fire started in the early evening. Apparently, it was caused by the renovation work being done on the roof. The roof and the scaffolding were all built in wood so the flames spread quickly.

Everyone, French and tourists, watched in shocked silence as THE most visited French monument burned before their eyes. (12 million visitors flock to Notre Dame every year, even more than to the Eiffel Tower). Shocked silence is probably the best way to describe people’s reactions. There were also tears and a lot of ooolala’s as the spire toppled over in flames. Two-thirds of the roof were destroyed and there was significant damage to the interior.

Notre Dame was such a beautiful and distinctive element of the Paris skyline. It’s considered a jewel of medieval Gothic architecture.

But this cathedral also had historical significance for the French people. Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned there. Many French people have held baptisms, weddings and funerals in Notre Dame. Attending mass on New Year’s Eve is another French tradition. So this cathedral is part of the history, culture and social life of France.

To the French people, what happened yesterday is akin to the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11. What’s unique about it however is that Notre Dame is a religious building. There’s a spiritual message here that we need to make sure we understand.

Let’s note a few interesting facts about about the building itself and the timing of the fire. This will help shed light on the meaning and significance of what happened.

The Cathedral Building

Before the period of Christianity in France, a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter stood on the site of Notre-Dame. This is also the case of many if not most Catholic cathedrals: they’re built on pagan worship sites.

The architectural evidence that Notre Dame was built on a pagan worship site is the Pillar of the Boatmen discovered in 1710. The Pillar of the Boatmen (in French, Pilier des nautes) is a monumental Roman column erected in honor of Jupiter by the guild of boatmen in the 1st century AD. The Pillar of the Boatmen is the oldest monument in Paris and is one of the earliest pieces of Gallo-Roman art. It was found re-used in the 4th century city wall on the Île de la Cité where Notre Dame was built.

If you ever visited Paris and saw the outside of Notre Dame at night, it’s pretty scary. The outside walls are covered with the famous gargoyles. Gargoyles are demonic creatures of all kinds: reptilian, dragons, and the infamous satanic goat which I prefer not to name. You have to ask yourself: why would a building dedicated to the one true living God have demons all over its exterior?

Once inside Notre Dame, everywhere the eye can see is filled with statues and images, they type that are forbidden by God’s Second Commandment: “4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:4-5).

So as we start to peel the layers of this onion, we realize that this cathedral might appear to be dedicated to the one true God, but it violates His express command against having images. In addition, many of these images are representations of His declared enemies, Satan and his fallen angels.

Furthermore, as we explore the history of this building, we find out that In 1793, during the French Revolution the cathedral was rededicated to the cult of Reason, to the goddess of Reason, and then to the cult of the Supreme Being. And who do you think that might be? Certainly not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

During this revolutionary time, many of the treasures of the cathedral were either destroyed or plundered. For a time the goddess of Liberty replaced the Virgin Mary on several altars.

When atheism and secularism came up against the Roman Church, the cathedral was actually dedicated to another power. In 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte transferred the cathedral back to the Church. Interesting that the man who gave the papacy its deadly wound on the head and took away its crown of power was himself crowned in that cathedral. He was also the one who handed it back to the church after the revolutionary government had seized it.

The interesting point I want us to note here is that during the French Revolution in the 1790’s, when France became a constitutional republic with no king, Notre Dame was center stage of the drama taking place in France. Let’s fast forward now to yesterday to see if there’s any commonality with the present time.

The Timing of the Fire

The fire started at around 5:45 in the evening during peak traffic.

President Macron was scheduled to give a presidential speech on television and cancelled it in order to make an appearance at the site.

The burning of Notre Dame took place at the beginning of Easter Week, one of the biggest Catholic religious holidays. Many Catholics who may not attend mass every week usually show up with their children for Easter week services.

Don’t you think this event was timed to capture people’s attention? Even President Macron is being asked to take notice, seeing that the fire interrupted a scheduled presidential address on national TV.

Perhaps even more significant than all of these timing factors, as we speak, France is being shaken by another national revolution that’s just starting: the Yellow Vests revolution. Do you think that’s just a coincidence?

No it’s not. Please listen to my podcast called “Imminent Healing of the Deadly Wound” where I talk more about this. The net/net is: History is being repeated. France is going through another revolutionary process and out of it will emerge a New World Order.

It was France who birthed the “new world order” of constitutional republicanism in the 1790’s. The French Revolution exerted a global influence at that time, and constitutional republicanism spread quickly as the new model of national governance for most countries in the world. The medieval world order of the papal monarchy supported by all the European monarchies collapsed. Even though many countries retained their royal families, they had effectively lost their power to govern.

France also had a very strong influence on the US Revolution and Constitution. She helped the fledgling nation to become established as a constitutional republic as she gained her independence from Great Britain.

The biblical King of the North, the Pope of Rome, is going to sweep into France and take over those secular, atheistic French people, and over all European nations as well as the world. (The King of the South represents atheism and secularism).

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40).

This Bible verse is describing how anti-christ, the Roman papacy, will take over as One World Leader despite the prevailing secularism in today’s world.

We Will Rebuild

As you would expect, the French nation is in shock today. The French

French President Emmanuel Macron announced that Notre-Dame will be rebuilt. Just like US leaders when the Twin Towers fell, I don’t think President Macron understands the significance of the burning of Notre Dame at such a time as this. The Bible says “but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10).

The Prophetic Significance of the Burning of Notre Dame

So what’s the message contained in this event? Let me give you a few key messages that I believe the Lord has for His people to understand:

Number one:

Time is getting shorter and shorter. Events of prophetic significance are happening almost daily. The pace is accelerating. The final movements will be rapid ones.

Number two:

God definitely wants us to pay attention. This type of event is similar to when lightning struck the Vatican at Pope Benedict’s resignation. Or when we all saw the black raven attack the white dove that Pope Francis had released into the air. Or when California wildfires rage on for weeks on end.

God is saying stop and notice what’s happening.

Number three:

The revolutionary context is extremely significant. A New World Order is about to emerge. The Pope will be crowned One World Leader.

During the Middle Ages France was the eldest daughter of the church. France played a key role, through Charlemagne and successive kings, in consolidating the Papacy’s power and position as absolute ruler of Europe.

The French Revolution in 1789 became the model for constitutional republicanism, which became the worldwide pattern for all governments, especially the US. France helped the US significantly to become established as a constitutional republic with no king.

Again in the end time, France will again play a key role in birthing this New World Order. I’m not sure exactly how this will play out in our generation, but I can sure read the signs of history repeating itself. We’ve all seen how close President Macron is with the Pope and how he’s trying to bring church and state closer together in a country where they threw the baby out with the bathwater.

One more interesting coincidence: President Macron is the youngest French ruler ever since Napoleon Bonaparte….

Number four:

The burning of Notre Dame is a preview of the judgments that will fall upon the Roman Church. The Bible tells us that spiritual Babylon, Rome, will be destroyed by fire. Babylon’s sins have reached unto heaven and the Lord has remembered her iniquities.

What has she done? Blasphemed against God. Spilled the blood of saints and martyrs. Thought to change God’s times and law. Fornicated with the kings of the earth seeking worldly power and authority instead of seeking spiritual power and authority. Made the whole world drunk with the wine of her false teachings and doctrines of devils.

God gave her time to repent and she repented not. “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not” (Revelation 2:21)

Number five:

God is speaking to the entire world through this event. To His people He’s saying, “Come out of her My people”. To the French people He’s saying: come out of your secular indifference and your atheistic pride. Come to Me who alone can save you. To the entire world God is saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen. She’s become a habitation of devils and unclean spirits. Beware and don’t take the mark of the beast. Don’t accept the mark of her ecclesiastical authority. Don’t worship the beast on Sunday or you will receive the fullness of the wrath of God, without mercy. There shall be no mercy for those who take the mark of the beast.

God is merciful. I don’t know if the Lord is directly responsible for this accident in Notre Dame or whether He allowed it to happen. But I do know that in His great mercy, in His great love for a world that has fallen away from righteousness and truth, the burning of Notre Dame, seen on every TV and device screen, may be the last wake-up call for the French people before the winds of strife are unleashed.

Four angels are holding back the winds of strife that are soon to be unleashed over France and the whole world. “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath because he knoweth that he hath but a short time!” (Revelation 12:12).

Please share this message with those you love and care about, especially if you know any French people or anyone living in France. God bless you.


18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

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.

And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Revelation 18:1-10



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  1. Jeannette Van Arsdell

    We really believe God led you in this post. We met you at 3 ABN several years ago and thank you for what you are doing.

    • Dear Sister Jeannette, how lovely to hear from you. Of course I remember you and your husband. Thank you for the encouraging words! God bless you, and please pray for City Bible Group that the Lord will continue to grow and bless this ministry.

  2. Thank God for your exposition on this matter to the common man it is an accident like any other. May God bless your ministry.

    • Dear Saudu, God bless you! Thank you for your encouragement. Yes, what happened at Notre Dame has big prophetic implications. Since I did this podcast I’ve continued to research and study this matter. I’ll find an opportunity to share some of my recent findings and conclusions. I pray that you’ll continue to study with us.

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