Lightning strikes all the time. I knew the conspiracy nuts would be all over this and his resignation.
"The Empire State Building in New York City is hit by lightning 100 times per year. If the Basilica is properly grounded and an attractive source for lightning strikes, it's possible that it gets hit every time a thunderstorm moves through Rome."
I believe it is disturbing and it is not because of my human conditioning. Is that what they call believers of prophecy these days, "conspiracy nuts?" Glad to see there are still persons like you Claire, don't let the judgement of others thwart your perception.
Lightning strikes the top of the Vatican all the time. I even have pictures of it happening when I was in Rome when I was 14. Either "god" hates the church - or its a natural event with no significance whatsoever. why try to turn it into something more?
Do we have any verification that this picture was even taken when it says it was?
What are the chances of this photographer capturing this picture at the right moment? It's interesting to note that Jim Cavaziel who played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ" got hit by a lightening bolt while filming the Sermon of the Mount scene. When Jon Mikalini, an assistant, went to Cavaziel to ask if he was okay he got struck, too.
I also recall the film, "The Omen" when the priest wanting to warn the ambassador of his son being the anti-Christ gets struck by lightning and dies.
Some people believed the film was cursed because separate flights for both actor Gregory Peck and executive producer Mace Neufeld were struck by lightning when flying between the USA and England, and producer Harvey Bernhard was barely missed by a lightning bolt in Rome.
Modern professional digital cameras can take a good 10 pictures per second continuously. If the user needs to capture something even more precise their camera can take a short burst of upwards of 100 pictures per second. So timing it right is not as hard as one might think. Also the pic could have been from the hundreds of times the roof was hit in the past.
satan (adversary) falling (to be thrust down as in overtaken by a stronger opponent) like lightning (the gleam of a lamp, by extension, short-lived). This verse when looked at closer says basically "i see your adversary ( we have the word adversity now but not then) overcome like the putting out of a candles flame". The next verse reads "behold i give you power to ... overcome your adversaries - paraphrased. There is a difference between falling like (smilar) to lightning and falling as lightning. Jesus was pretty much giving his disciples a pep talk. Satan being here used has no more purpose than to purport catholic doctrine. Remember we must marry the OT and NT together to form our conclusions.
I'm afraid you have your myths mixed up here Claire. Zeus sends the lightning. This probably means he was making sure the Vatican knew he was displeased.About something. Probably the inexpensive Christmas decorations this year. Or, the pedophile scandal. I doubt the news of the Pope's resignation has reached Olympus yet.
I'm not saying that this is a prophesy from Luke but one has to admit that the odds of a giant bolt such as this striking at the exact place and the exact time of his resignation is astounding! What it means if anything I don't know but still it is astonishing and thought provoking.
It was a couple of hours afterwards that the lightning struck. Also this sort of event is not uncommon as St. Peter's Basilica is the highest point around and made of metal. It is in fact a huge lightning rod.
Humans are good at recognizing patterns and linked events... even when the events are not linked in any way at all.
The likelihood of any given thing in isolation is remote (the likelihood I would wear non-matching socks today, or that my dog would have a spot shaped like a heart, for example). But there is no reason to be surprised by this particular one. It is a tall building. And lightning occurs in this country about as often as it does in any other country.
I don't think it is a prophecy but I think it's pretty clear lightning represents Satan. I've got this annoying habit of making my forum titles ambiguous. It wasn't the exact time of his resignation but a couple of hours later. It was also disturbing that Cardinal Angelo Sodano said the resignation was “like a lightning bolt in a clear blue sky.”
There was another incident with a lightening bolt regarding the Vatican:
"John Paul II, head of the Roman Catholic Church, and Patriarch Bartholomew, symbolic head of Orthodox Christians, together, on Thursday, June 29, from the balcony of the basilica of St. Peter, blessed their faithful all over the world. They addressed a common appeal for the reunification of the Christian churches, separated for 1,000 years. The two religious leaders came to participate at a mass in the Vatican, where they undertook to redouble their ecumenical efforts...
In an atmosphere charged with intensity...ambassadors credited to the Holy See, members of the Sacred College, and numerous high officials of the Vatican, the Pope, and the Patriarch each in their turn spoke...to express their intention to 'dispel' the misunderstandings which have separated Christians… since the 11th century...
The Patriarch underlined "that today, happily...we have arrived at a maturity." The Pope, in turn, suggested that papal authority would have to be supreme in a unified Church because Christ had given Saint Peter, the first pope, free power to rule the flock on earth.
Patriarch Bartholomew then asked Christians to pray and fast to oppose the power of the Devil and to drive out demons. At that exact moment, all the faithful were startled by a lightning bolt which struck the basilica, followed by a violent summer storm."
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