by the order of Communist dictator, Joseph Stalin.
The cathedral of Christ the Saviour, on the Northern bank
of the Moskva River, in Moscow, was built during the 19th century.
It took more than 40 years to construct.
In 1931 it was demolished
by order of the communist dictator Joseph Stalin.
The demolition was supposed to make way
for a colossal Palace of the Soviets that was never built.
The original church was the scene of the 1882 world premiere
of the world famous 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.
Christ the Saviour Cathedral had been constructed on the initiative of
Tsar Alexander I upon the Russian victory
over Napoleon Bonaparte when he retreated from Moscow,
25 December 1812.
The Tsar declared:
"To signify our gratitude to Divine
providence for saving Russia
from the doom that
the cathedral was to be
constructed as a memorial
and a testimony
to God's saving grace
and answer to prayer.
The Orthodox Church is now Russia's largest
and most important non-governmental organisation.
Church symbols, Christian rituals, moral values and Bible teachings
are playing a leading role in shaping national society.
Up to 80% of Russians claim to be Orthodox members
and have been baptized.
The Russian Orthodox Church is building 200 new churches
in Moscow alone.
In Moscow, about 900m North East of Red Square,
Lubyanka building with statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky – KGB
In Lubyanka Square, a huge statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky,
the founder of the Cheka, which later became the KGB,
was erected in 1958.
The Statue and the Stone
This statue was directly in front of the Lubyanka, the notorious
Headquarters of the KGB, wherein many Christians were interrogated,
tortured and murdered.
In 1991, the statue of Dzerzhinsky was removed
from the Solovki Monastery from Solovetski Island,
which had been the first prototype Concentration Camp
of the Soviet Union,
The symbolism of the Victory of Christ over Communism is striking.
The Vision of Daniel
"But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets… This great image,
whose splendour was excellent, stood… a Stone was cut out without
hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay,
and broke them in pieces…
And the Stone that struck
the image became
a great mountain
and filled the whole earth…
And in the days of these kings the
God of Heaven will set up a
Kingdom which shall never be
and the Kingdom shall not be
left to other people;
it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms,
and it shall stand forever."
The Lord Jesus Christ declared:
"The Stone which the builders
rejected has become the chief
Cornerstone. Whoever falls on that
Stone will be broken; but on
whomever it falls, it will grind him
"And whoever falls on that Stone will be broken; but
on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
With the Russian government hosting
an International Conference
on Family and Christian values,
and attending services in the cathedral of Christ the Saviour,
the failure of the atheist experiment in Russia is complete.
"On this Rock I will build My Church,
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
"Now these things became our examples,
to the intent that we should not lust after evil things,
as they also lusted, now all these things happened
to them as examples,
and they are written for our admonition…"
1 Corinthians 10:6-11.