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Philadelphia Row House Fire

Philadelphia Fire
Philadelphia Row House Fire
Spiritual Meaning

Philadelphia Row House Fire

January 5, 2022 (Day 5):  A fire at a former Philadelphia row house killed 12 people in one of the worst fires in Philadelphia history.  The early morning blaze killed three sisters and nine children.  The sisters killed were:
  1. Rosalee McDonald, 33, and six of her children
  2. Virginia Thomas, 30, and three of her children
  3. Quinsha White, 18, no children.
The four-year-old son (2 days from 5th birthday) of Thomas escaped and reportedly confessed to playing with a lighter and setting the Christmas tree on fire.  The boyfriend of McDonald also escaped by jumping out a window.  The apartment was already full of smoke and he couldn't see; so, his only option was the window.  He yelled for McDonald to throw the baby down, but she never responded.  The boy was spotted by the downstairs neighbors standing on the landing outside as they escaped.  He was standing frozen as if in a stupor.

All of the deaths appeared to have been caused by asphyxiation due to the fire depleting the oxygen.  The Christmas tree apparently formed a torch that quickly set the apartment on fire.  The fire was reported at 6:36 AM EST (1136 GMT), and the fire trucks arrived at 6:40 AM.  Dawn was at 6:52 AM.  The apartment was already engulfed in flames by the time the firemen entered the building.  All were dead except one who died later.

The apartment building was three stories with a basement.  It was divided into duplexes with one apartment on the first floor, and another four-bedroom apartment on the second and third floors.  Both upper and lower duplexes burned, but all the inhabitants of the lower duplex escaped.

Spiritual Meaning

The Spiritual meaning of the fire fits in with the narrative of the meaning of 2022 in the valley of cursing.   The address of the apartment was listed as 869 North 23 Street at the corner of Ogden.  The fire was cursing on the road to an historical uptrend (#23).  The fire killing the women and children symbolized the rape and burning of the Prostitute of Babylon (Rev. 17:16; 18:6, 7, 8).  The duplexes and two mothers symbolized the double cursing of the Prostitute of Babylon (Rev. 18:6).
Revelation 18:8
For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God Who judged her is strong.

"Plagues" are Divine curses executed by angels.  Nine children were killed in the fire, where nine is the number for the plagues of Egypt.  Four plagues are listed, corresponding to the Four Horses of the Apocalypse (Rev 6:1-8).
  1. "Pestilence" COVID-19 Pale Horse
  2. "Mourning" suffering of the Prostitute Red Horse
  3. "Famine" economic failure Black Horse
  4. "Burned with Fire" attack of Evil King, Antichrist White Horse

The fire was started by Satan who took over the four-year-old (nearly five), who was mesmerized by playing with fire.  He was under the spell of Satan as Baal.  The angels of God stood back and let this happen because God had decreed cursing.  God allowed blessing for Christmas, and blessing for the women to have children.  God arranged all this so He could communicate His New Year's message in 2022.  He gave the women their lives and children and provided the fire trap apartment.  He opened the door for Satan to start the fire before dawn when everyone was asleep except the four-year-old, who was under Satanic anxiety.

The fire occurred on January 5, 2022, where 5 is for a giant, such as Baal.   Baal is the demon spirit of the Evil King, the Prostitute of Babylon, and the enemy of children.  In the Tribulation the Evil King will attack the Prostitute of Babylon.  He will destroy her and then burn her with fire (Rev 17:16).  In the fire the people were first killed by asphyxiation and then burned.  In the Tribulation the Evil King (Antichrist) will destroy three kingdoms of the European Union (Dan 7:24), and the military will attack the civil government of the Prostitute of Babylon.

The Chart at the time of the Philadelphia fire was a Bowl with the Red Planet rising in Scorpius to symbolize suffering from Satan.  Satan was the one who started the fire and killed the people.   The fire illustrated cursing from God per the meaning of the year 2022.  Previously the women and children who died had a measure of blessing in that God allowed them to enjoy the glory of the world.  Then in 2022 God called for cursing, and it all burned up.

The oldest sister, Rosalee McDonald, was 33, for the purifying Judgment of the Holy Spirit.


Philadelphia FireThe Chart at the time of the Philadelphia fire contained a Bowl, for a bowl of cursing.  The Red Planet was rising in Scorpius for suffering from Satan, who started the fire.  The Red Planet was the only planet on the light side of the chart.  All the other planets were on the dark side (Rev 18:23).  Seven planets were evenly spaced in the Bowl beginning with the Sun in Sagittarius, corresponding to the advancing column of an Army as will occur at the Second Advent.  This also occurred when the ambulances with the bodies of the burn victims left the apartment headed to the Medical Examiner's officeMedical Examiner Procession.

The Mediator Planet was in Aries, for an official, corresponding to the mayor, who came out with tears in his eyes to offer condolences (Rev 18:9, 10).  Aires corresponds to the location of Pennsylvania in the Northeastern USA.


Blessing and cursing are in the hands of the Lord.   The Lord chose to usher in the New Year of 2022 with horrible cursing and death in the fire at a former Philadelphia row house on January 5, wher 5 is for a giant, such as Baal, who is Satan as the enemy of marriage and children.  To set the stage for this curse three generations of one family rented the duplex appartment in 2011.  A grandmother and her children moved in, and the family grew rapidly.  God blessed them with life and let them enjoy the world and sire a house full of children.  He had the row house built earlier and renovated to make a good fire trap.  He let the women enjoy their family and the children enjoy Christmas along with all its lies of worldliness.  Then when the older mother was 33, God flipped the switch from permissive blessing to cursing.

Satan was allowed to perform the cursing.  The guardian angels, who would normally protect the children, stood down and let Satan kill the children along with their mothers in the fire.  The current version of the story, which may change, is that Satan used a four-year-old to set the Christmas Tree on fire, and it spread to the apartment, killed the occupants, and then burn them.  This is a preview of the death of the Prostitute of Babylon in the Tribulation when the Evil King (Antichrist) rapes, kills her, and burns her with fire
(Rev. 17:16).  Of course, the Prostitute of Babylon symbolizes Babylon the Great.

The duplex apartments that burned and the two mothers symbolized the double cursing of the Prostitute of Babylon (Rev. 18:6).   The nine children who died symbolized the plagues of Egypt.  And the types of suffering from the historical perspective were symbolized by the Four Horses of the Apocalypse.  The silver lining is that most of the children who died had not reached the age of accountability and consequently automatically went to Heaven.

The year 2022 stands for cursing per the meaning of 22.  The Philadelphia fire was on North 23rd Street, where 23 is for an historical uptrend beyond the valley of cursing.  So the fire was cursing that must be endured to reach the historical uptrend in 2023.  


1.  Larry Wood, "The Meaning of the Year 2022 - Cursing," Jan. 1, 2022.
Amir Vera, Jason Hanna, Paul P. Murphy, Taylor Romine and Laura Dolan, "3 sisters and 9 children identified as victims of the Philadelphia row house fire, family says," CNN, Jan. 6, 2022.
3.  Samantha Melamed, "Fatal Fairmount fire was a once-in-a-generation tragedy. Here's how," Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 7, 2022.  .
4.  Steve Keeley, Jeff Cole, and Chris O'Connell, "Philadelphia fire: 12 dead, including 8 children, after Fairmount rowhome fire," FOX29, Fox News, Jan. 6, 2022.

Released January 8, 2022 - Revised Jan. 9, 2022

Author:  Larry Wood