Plans to erect replicas of the Temple of Baal arch in New York City and London have been cancelled, according to Charisma News.
Previously, ChristianHeadlines.com and many other news sources reported that plans were underway to erect replicas of the arch to the god Baal, originally in Palmyra, Syria, but those plans have been suddenly--and rather inexplicably--cancelled.
Charisma News writer Michael Snyder suggests that the sudden change in plans is perhaps due to the large amount of negative feedback the plans received when they were reported on news sites such as the New York Times, the New York Post, and Snopes.
Snyder also notes that the “prayers of God’s people” were likely a driving force in the new plan not to make a replica of the Temple of Baal arch either in New York or in London.
Instead, Snyder says, the British news outlet, the Telegraph, has confirmed that no arch will be built in New York City, while an arch that is a replica of the Arch of Triumph in ancient Rome will be built in London in place of the arch of the Temple of Baal.
“When the IDA revealed last December that it was intending to use its data and expertise to build not one but two replica Palmyra arches – to be unveiled simultaneously in Trafalgar Square in London and Times Square in New York – it generated headlines across the world,” said the Telegraph article.
“Since then there has been some backtracking on the original idea. There will be no simultaneous unveiling in New York – they may transport the London arch there later, or build another one – and the Palmyra arch that is being reconstructed is no longer the entrance to the Temple of Bel (which survived an attempt to blow it up in August 2015) but the Arch of Triumph (partially destroyed in October) formerly located at one end of the Great Colonnade,” the article continued.
Snyder encourages Christians to rejoice that this tribute to a pagan temple will not be erected, but also calls on believers to turn back to God and to repent from other evil practices in society, such as abortion.
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Publication date: April 12, 2016