3 Crosses In 1956 Lower Manhattan Easter Photograph Show How Far America Has Fallen

Huge crosses, formed by lighted windows blaze above New York’s skyline as part of an Easter display in Manhattan’s financial district. This scene photographed from the roof of the Municipal Building features 150-foot-high crosses in the following buildings (L-R) the City Services Co.; City Bank – Farmers Trust Co.; and the Forty Wall Street Corp. (United Press Telephoto)

In 2015, New York City doesn’t celebrate Jesus Christ, they celebrate LGBT Pride.

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)

Today, I saw a photograph online that was stunning to me on more than just one level. It’s a photograph of the Lower Manhattan skyline in New York City, on an Easter morning in 1956. Here it is:


3/29/1956 New York – Huge crosses, formed by lighted windows blaze above New York’s skyline as part of an Easter display in Manhattan’s financial district. This scene photographed from the roof of the Municipal Building features 150-foot-high crosses in the following buildings (L-R) the City Services Co.; City Bank – Farmers Trust Co.; and the Forty Wall Street Corp. (United Press Telephoto)

As A Christian, I rejoice seeing this very public display of the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in what is arguably the most photographed city in the world, New York City. But as an American and a patriot, this 1956 photograph makes me immeasurably sad because I know that this could never happen in 2015.

In 1970, just 14 years after this photo was taken, New York passed the most permissive abortion law in America, one that defined the state as the country’s abortion refuge. Overnight, a new industry materialized in New York City, promoting itself to women across the country. The pitches were often blunt.

A newspaper ad from the time inquired, “Want to be un-pregnant?”

Thirty-five years later, New York has the highest abortion rate in America. In 2000, the last year for which good data are available, 39 out of every 1,000 women in the state ended a pregnancy, for a total of 164,000 abortions that year. In America, one of every ten abortions occurs in New York, and in New York, seven of every ten abortions are performed in New York City. In absolute terms, there are more abortions performed on minors, more repeat abortions, and more late abortions (over 21 weeks) in New York City than anywhere else in the country. In parts of the city, the ratio of abortions to births is one to one.


New York lights up their skyline to send their message of LGBT Pride around the world, 2014

If someone where to attempt to recreate the 3 Crosses photo in the day and age we live in, they would be immediately marginalized, vilified, and their “bigoted intolerance” of believing in Jesus Christ would lead to their being sued for hate speech. Don’t think so? Why don’t you try it and see. Better yet, why don’t you open a bakery or flower shop as a Christian and see what happens when you won’t make a same-sex wedding cake.

NYC Gay Pride Parade 2014:

But you don’t have to worry about that, it will never happen. In 2015, New York City doesn’t celebrate Jesus Christ, they celebrate LGBT Pride. The 3 Crosses photo was last seen in 1956, but lighting the Lower Manhattan skyline for LGBT Pride occurs each and every year.

And that is the reality of the America we find ourselves a citizen of in the last days.



NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
  • gumply

    I agree with you about how far this country has fallen but what concerns me more is the fact that we even refer to this weekend as “Easer” the goddess of fertility. Here is just one of numerous articles about “Easter”


    It really is amazing to me that the building that our culture refers to as the church continues to celebrate “good Friday” which blows my mind. I would like someone to explain to me how they get three night and three days out of a supposedly crucifixion on Friday and Resurrection on the first day of the week. Impossible! Mt.12:40 (The words of our Savior); For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

    His Father specifically stated that Passover would be celebrated on Nisan 14 which does not happen on the same day every year whereby Resurrection day would not fall on the same day every year on that we can agree. But then, who cares?

    The problem goes back to the emperor Constantine and the church of Rome. By the time Constantine came on the scene the church in Rome was so corrupt and had no knowledge of the Old Testament and they were unaware of other Sabbath days the Father had instituted so they assumed that Yeshua was taken off the cross on a Friday, (WRONG) and so in their stupidity they instituted “Good Friday” and the buildings have gone along with it ever since. We do love our traditions, don’t we. I have talked to pastors and elders about this and they don’t care. They will condemn other apostasies but don’t mess with theirs.

    Homosexuality belongs to satan and he is the temporary ruler of this planet but what excuse does the people of our Father have in continuing with the lies and deceit?

    The father gave us His Holy days to celebrate but somehow they don’t impress us we have made up our own with the help of the evil one and they are His Hold days because He stated that in his word. Lev.23:1-2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. NKJV. Our pat excuse is that they are Jewish Holidays, just like the Sabbath is Jewish day to worship even though it was instituted as the last day of Creation long before we heard about Abraham or the Jews.

    It seems to me that we read His word and believe what we want to and hold onto our traditions with a death grip no matter what.

    • Heather

      I agree with you gumply. I wanted to learn about the Lord’s 7 Holy Feast Days. When I made the effort I found treasures! I also have been accused (on another site) of trying to live under the law when I mentioned Christians should learn about them. Learning about them and trying to live by them are two different things. This September is a month jam packed with events for Israel. For encouragement to others, learn about the Fall Feast coming up. You too will find treasures!

      • Gideon

        Yes it is true Heather they are packed with foreshadowing of God’s plan of man’s salvation!

  • Jerry

    I’m fully aware of the history of the name for Easter, but it has always been for me and for most Christians, a celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. The other hardly crosses my mind. Despite the fact that December 25 is probably not the actual day of Christ’s birth, we celebrate His birth on that day. As for the Holy Days given in the Old Testament, what they represent has been fulfilled in Christ and they are “nailed to His cross.” If celebrating Him on those days is a problem with one, then let him/her celebrate the Lord in his/her own way. As for me, I will continue to consecrate our traditional Christian holidays to the Lord. God bless.

  • There is a REASON why it is called EASTER in the King James Bible. In the King James Bible, Acts 12:4 uses the word “Easter” instead of the word “Pascha”, which means Passover. Which is precisely what Luke was referring to, the pagan holiday of Easter on that Saturday, and not the Jewish Passover which had already finished.

    Read for more: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=18493

    • Glen H. Kippel

      Yes, there is a reason that the word “Easter” is in the King James Bible. It is a deliberate mistranslation. Every other English Bible, including the 1599 Geneva Bible (the Bible the Pilgrims brought with them on the Mayflower) uses the word “Passover.”

  • michele

    Wow…the world is heading towards hell at the speed of light.The video so reminds me of Sodom & ……
    God have mercy on this nation, please :'(

    • Barry

      Amen Sister – God have mercy!!

  • But to turn this article into (yet another gnat-straining) discussion on the use of the word EASTER is pretty close to comment hijacking. Please keep comments on track with the topic of this article, thank you!

    • gumply

      I apologize ,I didn’t know you had rules governing comments except for the usual ones regarding language.

  • ShieldedMessenger

    Give God glory through his son Jesus Christ who “is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

    As we enter into the time period of the closing acts of the rule of man and of evil, know that all who belong to Christ and all that come to Christ can be assured in this:

    35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

    37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

    38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

  • Xanadu


    We are now in tribulation…
    the “days of Noah” [race-mixing]
    and “days of Lot” [sodomites]

    The question is… will you survive
    tribulation witout taking the mark
    of the beast… most of you already
    have it because you have embraced the
    “days of Noah.” And if Babylon is
    allowed to rock-on… most of you will
    also embrace the “days of Lot” and will
    attack those who do not embrace either.


    • No, we are (obviously) not in the time of the Great Tribulation. None of the parameters of the Tribulation as laid out in Revelation are present at this time, nor will there be until AFTER the Rapture of the Church. http://nowtheendbegins.com/pages/rapture/the-pretribulation-rapture-explained.htm

      • Gideon

        You always speak of the rapture as pretrib, however remember Jesus himself when asked about the end said, you will be hated throughout the world and that you would be killed for my name’s sake, he said that these would be birth pains, and this metaphor of birth pains suggests that they will become more and more intense.

        • Yes, in Matthew 24, where Jesus is talking about the Tribulation, He is not discussing the Church, He is talking about the Jews. Matthew 24 was written before Jesus gave Paul the mystery revelation of the Rapture. Matthew 24 cannot be the Church and the Rapture because, when Paul receives the mystery of the Rapture 30 years later, it was unknown by any of the apostles, and Paul had to teach it to them. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Cor. 15

          • Gideon

            That wouldn’t account for a company so large that it couldn’t be numbered that gave their lives for the testimony of Jesus in the tribulation.
            144,000 will receive a mark and will not be harmed by Gods wrath.
            Remember Christ said the servant is not greater than the master if they persecuted me they will persecute you, he specifically warns us to be ready to persevere .And he that overcomes will be given a crown. People who are taught the rapture will have many doubts when the persecution that is strong in all but the west befalls them. This is why many will turn aside.

          • Heather

            Amen Mr Grider! Thank you for standing for truth. It is comforting holding on to the Lord’s promises concerning his Church. Confusion is eliminated when one rightly divides the Word of truth.

            The evil leaders have certainly magnified the LGBT movement considering the percentage. They are using this movement as their excuse to go after Christains.

          • Tim

            You seem to have forgotten that Jesus said in Mark 13:24-37 24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

            25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

            26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

            27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

            28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

            29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

            30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

            31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

            32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

            33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

            34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

            35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

            36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

            37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

            See? That parallels Matthew 24:29-31 and what he says he says to all. Not just for the Jews. If it was then He would have told us.

    • Glen H. Kippel

      I don’t know where you get that “race-mixing” stuff from; it certainly is not in the Bible. Jesus referred to “the days of Noah” in Luke 17:26, and the days of Noah, according to Genesis 6:11, were “full of violence.” The Jewish rabbis in the Middle Ages, however, said that one of the reasons for the Flood was the widespread acceptance of homosexuality.

  • Benita Bylicki

    So as in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Lord. Sadly I fear we are now far beyond Noah’s day or even Sodom and Gomorrah. We live now in a country that has totally turned its back against God and his Son Jesus Christ. If God shows mercy I believe it will only be on an individual basis. The government, the media, the homosexuals, the atheists the public schools and colleges, have allowed God to be removed from the public eyes. Were mocked, blasphemed, called haters and Nazis, Jim Crow mentality. Even the priests and ministers, pastors and preachers have turned away from God’s word, twisting the Bible to preach love and tolerance to sin, and preaching only to itchy ears who wish to put God as one who accepts all sin now, and is not a judge but a kind of Santa Clause, and a benevolent soul who would not send anyone to hell, because there is no hell you see. Its all made up by the conservatives. Those who have made their money on pretending to preach the Word of God, while lining their pockets with silver and gold. Those who would teach Chrislam, prosperity blessings, name it and claim it, and refuse to warn the congregations from the pulpit. Those who preach from the pulpit, while working behind the backs of their congregations to get them to comply as they did in Germany. Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us sinners!

    • Wendy Reichelderfer

      PREACH IT, Bonita!!!
      I agree totally~~

      • Wendy Reichelderfer

        I am so sorry that I’ve misspelled your name!
        Please forgive me, BENITA….

      • gumply

        Amen! and Amen again !

        I hear you loud and clear and they are my sentiments also.

    • Barry

      Amen Benita!

  • Yup, and it makes me fume!!! I love my Lord more than this world… Yet I must say, as one who retired from the Military; my wife and I sacrificed to keep the hope of a “Christian informed” culture alive: only to have our noses rubbed in this type of dogs mess!

    It shows how wicked, and utterly deprived people really are by nature!
    They insult God, rather than honor him – and no amount of “preaching at them with the Gospel” can change that, “independent laborers” – as it is God’s work alone!!!
    So get in lockstep with the Lord in “spiritual obedience” to HIS leading; (if you really know HIM) and get ready…
    As 2 Thes 2 is well underway!!!

  • equalizer

    Homosexuality is an abomination to God. Those who corrupt the flesh in this way have been seen in hell flowing in rivers of molten lava chained together. Flowing at 75 to 80 mph like blood in the veins of a body.

    Earth is faced with abortion unto armageddon. GOD DOES NOT WANT MURDER. Babylon will fall. New York will face the judgement of God for their sins have reached him. He is coming…..and he’s not happy.

    Prepare your garments. Repent for your soul will be required of you.

  • What a beautiful sight those three crosses made ! 
    Lifts the spirit, I’ve never seen this picture before
    or knew that NY put such a display on. 

    Then there was the next picture ? The reality of 
    what the world has chose over the truth of Jesus.
    The sad thing is, in this world of ” alleged equality ” 
    that the LGBT mafia have so….. ” Wonderfully ” 
    bludgeoned this world into believing through,
    ” political correctness ” is. We will never see sights 
    like this again…….That’s fair isn’t it ? 
    Real “equality” Huh ? But we see that the LGBT 
    ” Party on.” they’ve got their rights !

    People need reminding that there is hope, that 
    there is a God ! That Jesus is that hope ! 

    Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should 
    be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

    1 Peter 1:3   Blessed be the God and Father of our 
    Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant 
    mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by 
    the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

    Amen to our Saviour Jesus Christ !

  • Gideon

    Love your work keep up your great reporting!

  • Wendy Reichelderfer

    Hey, HEATHER…..as with any Comments Board, if you consistently read it, you get to know various names of those who frequently write in as well as their general perception of things.

    I just wanted to tell you (among others) that, as my discernment goes, I can so sense the Holy Spirit through your words! They are very well chosen and the heart with which you write is godly.

    Thank you for being a writer here. You teach the rest of us on several levels.

    Peace be with you, Sister~~

    • Heather

      Wendy, my sister in Christ! Thank you for your kind words and might I say, your humble heart reflects the love of the Lord. Reflection of God’s love to others is very pleasing to God and thus you are a treasure in His sight. May He cover you and your family with strength, love, and protection in these last days. This world has never been closer to the coming our Great God and Savior!

      • James

        Until right now.

        • James

          Scratch, that. Right now.

        • James

          Scratch that. It’s now.

        • Tyler

          Of course not. It’s right now.

          • Paulina

            You’re all wrong. This second is clearly the closest we have ever been to the end of the world.

  • Leon

    The US Corporation is a fraud perpetrated against the American people for decades! 🙄

  • Ish

    I’m glad. As a bible believer, Easter like Christmas are pagan holidays from Greek culture. Even though Jesus is not splattered all over like in times past, His message is still being preached in other more biblical ways.

    The “T” is not a cross: it’s the “T” from Ishstar’s or Easter’s son, Tammuz.

    In fact, today, Monday, April 6, 2015, is Christ true resurrection -on the Feast of First Fruits.

    Happy Resurrection Monday! : )

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  • Unless there is widespread national repentance, this may well be in America’s future: https://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/a-swiss-prophets-sober-warning/

  • David

    Good photo of the crosses, but not long after it was made, another nearby building started lighting itself up at night. It was the Pan Am Airways building, at 666 Fifth Ave. It’s address, 666, was lit up at night for years, in 3-story high red letters, seen from all over the NYC area. Was near the UN building, and you could see the 350 ft. statue of the main Babylon deity, isis, from the café on it’s roof.

    • David

      Forgot to mention – the world financial center, Wall Street, is located midway between the 666 building and the isis idol. You can see it all from far out at sea, at night when it’s all lit up.

  • Sue-watcher

    How far the mighty have fallen. Those were beautiful times back then. There was care and repect for each other because we still had GOD. Its sickening to watch what’s happening all over the world. Jesus please come take us out of this hell on earth soon.

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