This morning, I was standing at my kitchen counter and was simply making turkey sandwiches. Not really engaged or fully awake. I had basically rolled out of bed and with one eye open, headed out to make my sweet daughter’s lunch for the day.
At first it came to me a bit garbled, breaking through my fog. “Constantinople.”
But then, just as I was grasping that an unfamiliar word was entering my thoughts, there was a shout in my Spirit. “CONSTANTINOPLE!!”
It was so loud and so clear, there was no mistaking! Listen up!
I, still in my jammies, hair tussled, head out to start the car and I can’t stop this feeling that something is emerging! Something is happening. Constantinople.
I head back inside and ask my son, “What does Constantinople mean to you?”
He replies, “Ummm…. (eye roll)… it’s a city?”
Yeah. No kidding.
So, I do what any uneducated parent does who resorts to asking their freshly schooled children and falls short. I Google it! (Not that I am uneducated. I’m certain I have learned about this already but my every day usage of Constantinople is a bit rusty. Especially since I was unsure of even how to spell it. And it’s not exactly something I need to refer to when making cheese raviolis for dinner and it’s not an item on my list of errands to run.)
So here it is, according to Wikipedia and you can find the entirety of the explanation here… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantinople
From its foundation in the 4th century to the early 13th century, Constantinople was the largest and wealthiest city in Europe and it was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times as the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and as the guardian of Christendom’s holiest relics such as the Crown of Thorns and the True Cross. After the final loss of its provinces in the early 15th century, the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire was reduced to just Constantinople and its environs, along with Morea in Greece, and the city eventually fell to the Ottomans in after a month-long siege in 1453.
Constantinople was famed for its massive and complex defences. Although besieged on numerous occasions by various peoples, the defences of Constantinople proved invulnerable for nearly nine hundred years before the city was taken by foreign forces in 1204 by the Crusader armies of the Fourth Crusade, and after it was liberated in 1261 by the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, a second and final time in 1453 when it was conquered by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. The first wall of the city was erected by Constantine I, and surrounded the city on both land and sea fronts. Later, in the 5th century, the Praetorian Prefect Anthemius under the child emperor Theodosius II undertook the construction of the Theodosian Land Walls, which consisted of a double wall lying about 2 km (1.2 miles) to the west of the first wall and a moat with palisades in front. This formidable complex of defences was one of the most sophisticated of Antiquity and the city was built intentionally on seven hills as well as juxtaposed between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara and thus presented an impregnable fortress enclosing magnificent palaces, domes, and towers, necessitated from being the gateway between two continents (Europe and Asia) and two seas (the Mediterranean and the Black Seas).
From this, I am bulleting some things that are of importance to take note of. As with anything, take what is good (what comes from God) and discard the rest. This is simply history and if history repeats itself, perhaps we can learn from it.
- the guardian of Christendom’s holiest relics such as the Crown of Thorns and the True Cross
- famed for its massive and complex defences
- proved invulnerable for nearly nine hundred years
- The first wall of the city was erected by Constantine I, and surrounded the city on both land and sea fronts.
- later, a double wall was erected.
- a formidable complex of defences which was one of the most sophisticated of Antiquity and the city was built intentionally on seven hills. (Makes me think of Lance Wallnou’s, The 7 Mountain Mandate)
Is there a Constantine arising?
Isaiah 60:18, Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.