In the late 17th century, the Windsor town council commissioned Christopher Wren to complete the construction of the Windsor Guildhall near London. Wren was one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral. The ground floor of the building was designed to be completely open; the main part of the building being supported by eighteen pillars around the edge. This open space was designed to allow for a public market beneath the meeting chamber above.
According to Nino Lo Bello, in his book European Detours, when city fathers inspected the finished building they decided the ceiling would not stay up and ordered Wren to put in more pillars. England’s greatest architect did not think the ceiling needed any more support, so he pulled a fast one. He added four pillars that did nothing— not even reach the ceiling! The optical illusion fooled the municipal authorities and today the four sham pillars amuse many tourists.
How greatly is Satan’s effort to deceive man depicted in this illustration! In His eternal purposes God formulated a plan whereby His Son would subject himself to a life in human flesh and willingly give His life a ransom for lost mankind. The first century Christians lifted up their voices to God and said, “For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done” (Acts 4:27-28). And Peter affirmed that we are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet. 1:19). So perfect and complete was/is this plan adapted to lost humanity that man needs neither to modify it nor veer from it in any fashion, but only to submit himself to it (Rom. 1:16-17). So wonderful is this plan that all who in obedience come to Christ in submission will receive remission of sins and have the promise and hope of eternal life in heaven (Lk. 24:46- 47; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:18; Titus 3:4-7).
John wrote “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). From the Garden of Eden till today Satan has sought to convince man that God, the Great Architect of man’s salvation has failed, that there is not adequate support for man in God’s plan and unless amendments and addendums are made to the heavenly plan the ceiling will surely come crashing down. Not only this but Satan has set up more pillars (Mt. 15:12-14), but these pillars do nothing, and they certainly can never provide man the right and ability to reach up to our glorious heavenly home (Jn. 15:5). Beware of the spiritual illusions of the adversary that have deceived many of mankind’s brightest and best! (1 Pt. 5:8)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).