9/11: Written In Stone
Nestled neatly in amongst the hustle and bustle of New York is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
officially the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in the City and Diocese of New York, is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, (between West 110th
Street, which is also known as "Cathedral Parkway", and 113th Street) in Manhattan's Morningside Heights.
Designed in 1888 and begun in 1892, it has undergone radical stylistic changes throughout it's history. Originally designed as Byzantine-Romanesque,
the plan was changed after 1909 to a Gothic design. Over a hundred years later it remains unfinished (hence it's nickname St. John the Unfinished)
with construction and restoration a continuing process.
One of it's more recent additions occurred in 1988 and it is this addition that we shall be focusing on today.
The Portal of Paradise
The Portal of Paradise is the principal ceremonial entrance to the sacred space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. For over half a century
this central doorway was flanked with uncarved blocks of Indiana limestone waiting to take the forms of Biblical men and women who embody the history
of the great monotheistic religions.
The job was given to Simon Verity, a British sculptor and master stonecarver, whose main area of expertise is garden sculpture. Originally assisted by
six apprentices he was eventually joined by Jean-Claude Marchionni, a master stonecarver from France.
Now, Gothic cathedrals world-wide are renowned for their unusual styles. Strange, leering creatures. Menacing gargoyles. Seemingly out of place
architectural designs and an abundance of Pagan symbolism. But what we see carved into the rock at St. John the Divine is something completely
The Apocalyptic Pillars
What do you see?
Here's what I see: I see that in general the New York skyline looks pretty chaotic. Buildings look to be falling, tilting and generally unstable.
Most prominent are the World Trade Centers (understandably) and the whole scene looks to be moments away from being engulfed in a giant dust cloud.
Some people state that the towers look as if they are collapsing, personally I don't see it. But I do see a scene that shows NYC being rocked by
And it is not just those who are conspiratorially minded who see it. Museum Planet (who offer “ slide tours of historic places with narration,
photographs and text”) have this to say about the pillar:
3) Isiah & Jerimiah (Below: NYC and World Trade Center portrayed under a mushroom cloud.)
Steve Zeitlin writes
Representing the prophets’ prescience of the holy city’s destruction, the World Trade Towers and Empire State are blown off their moorings
in a vision of the final days.
Other famous landmarks are also carved into the Portal, again, with an apocalyptic theme...
The scene above might be unsettling for New York residents. We see the Brooklyn bridge crumbling with cars and buses falling into agitated waters.
At the right is the Statue of Liberty, which seems to be sinking in the water. Beneath this horrifying prophecy is the New York Stock Exchange, with
people trading goods around it.
Of course, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty still stand, but that doesn't mean they haven't been targeted in the past.
A Bridge Under Scrutiny, by Plotters and the Police
Al Qaeda has long had a fascination with suspension bridges, especially the Brooklyn Bridge. New documents reveal that before Sept. 11, 2001, methods
for bringing down bridges were being taught at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
The Statue of Liberty was also targated:
An assessment of Mr. Zubaydah says he provided interrogators with a list of potential Qaeda targets, including “U.S. symbols” like the Statue
of Liberty, the United Nations building and “major hanging bridges,” the report says.
Even before 9/11 the Brooklyn Bridge was being specifically targeted:
References to the Brooklyn Bridge were being picked up by intelligence officers in the Police Department before 9/11. Images of the bridge
appeared, for example, in the backgrounds of pre-recorded memorial messages left behind by suicide attackers overseas.
So could the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty have also been targets on 9/11 that were abandoned last minute? Or do these carvings still act
as a warning of what is to come?
Some could even argue that the inclusion of the New York Stock Exchange is a reference to the financial
apocalypse we currently find ourselves
The scenes from the Portal have been compared to that of the Book of Revelations and it's understandable to see why. Afterall, the Cathedral is named
after John of Patmos, the author of the apocalyptic text that is traditionally cannonized in the New Testament.
The above carvings can be found below the statue of Biblical figures, attached to the Portal - Amos, Hosea, Isiah and Jerimiah. I decided to see what
these individuals had to say about 9/11. Here's what I found:
(Note: I despise it when people use Biblical quotes as proof or evidence for anything. I was not going to include this part in the thread but
I decided that it might be of some importance. So I present what I found and offer no commentary so as not to influence. Make of it what you
Amos & Hosea - Brooklyn Bridge
Amos 9:11 - "In that day I will restore the fallen house of David. I will repair its damaged walls. From the ruins I will rebuild it and restore its
Hosea 9:11 - "The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will not be born or grow in the womb or even be conceived."
Isiah & Jerimiah - NYC and World Trade Center
Isaiah 9:11 - "But the LORD will bring Rezin's enemies against Israel and stir up all their foes."
Jeremiah 9:11 - "I will make Jerusalem into a heap of ruins," says the LORD. "It will be a place haunted by jackals. The towns of Judah will be
ghost towns, with no one living in them."
All I will say is that whereas you (and I) might not believe in Bible prophesy, some people do
. The same can be said of symbolism.