This painting is about the full paradoxical nature of God. God has a ferocious holiness or absolute intolerance of unrighteousness. But, He also has patience, mercy and gentleness that goes way beyond our comprehension.
God is the Master Potter. The potter’s pressure right hand corresponds to the roaring, ferocious lion, and the gentle holding left hand with the gentle lion. These two forces come together to form the pot. One can see the Refiner’s Fire with the fingers of the potter that applies pressure. The pot is being shaped into the image of Christ symbolized by the cross on the pot. There is also a pure gold wedding band for the Bridegroom being fashioned out of the opening of the pot. All of the universes and all that happens in our lives happens between the hands of the Master Potter. Nothing is outside of Sovereign God’s sight and ability to work good out of it.
Over all the Potter’s work there is the banner of love. The banner has three segments - Father, Son, Holy Spirit. It also gives some the impression of the Torah.
As for those dry bones the question remains, “Can these dry bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:1-14) God commands the prophet Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones, and then to prophesy to the winds to raise up a mighty army for the Lord. God could ask of the prophets today, “Can Israel be brought to the foot of the cross in recognition of their true Messiah?” The command of God could come to us, “Prophesy over Israel that she may breathe the living breath of this revelation!”
The menorah has been burning until the Messiah comes in all His glory. In Revelation 21:23 "The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp." The seven “spirits” of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) are represented by the menorah bowls. After the King of Kings, Lord of Lords comes there will be fullness of this revelation of Him... the lamps do not have to be lit any more.
The shofar blasts out the prophesy and heralds the coming King.
There is triumph over all that caused bondage.
The lamb leans into the untamed but gentle lion in full trust and rest. The lion welcomes the leaning lamb nestled in his mane. Both enjoy the intimacy and the lamb takes on the color and the nature of the lion.
King of the Universe
The first six words of Jewish blessings are: Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha’olam. This means: Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the universe. These words remind the speaker that one is connected to God on a personal level, a corporate level, and finally a universal level.
Through Christ we have been given a position with Abba God like the little lion cub has in this image....right in the heart of his father with ear at Father’s mouth. There is great protection here. It is a fortress.
Just as Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing, so this cub has his paw on Father’s. The sphere represents our sphere of influence. This sphere is being impacted and transformed by the cub, simply because of the cub’s position in his father. The breath of the King is gold and very much the major cause of this transformation of the cub’s sphere.
One can live out this image by entering into intimacy with Christ. I wonder, "Do you know this place?” and “Are you staying in this place?”
The King's Obsession
The word “obsession” means: to be preoccupied or fixated on something ……to have passionate desire for that to the point of not being able to think about anything else.
God created this planet for His pleasure. He is totally good. So, all that He created He wants it to come into His perfect goodness. All was created for that purpose.
The greatest pleasure God created for Himself is humankind, male and female. He created human beings for intimacy and love, first of all for Him and then for all that He created in right alignment with His order.
Love seeks to give itself away wholeheartedly to its “object”.
Jesus Christ laid down His life, before the foundations of the earth were laid. Before humankind sinned Jesus took full responsibility for redeeming mankind.
Jesus Christ’s passion to redeem, restore, reunite God’s creation to its Creator was enough to push Him through the hideous suffering of the cross, dying a torturous death. He has not changed.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom and those who acknowledge/follow/love Him are the Bride.
THE BRIDE IS THE KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS, JESUS CHRIST’S OBSESSION.
As we move closer and closer to the time when all will see with their physical sight this ferrous obsession, it is as if the King is already mounted on the great white horse, looking to Father who will give the command as if asking, “Is it today, Father? Is it today I get to go get my Bride?” His heart is so full of the Bride that there is room for nothing more. She has taken His breath away!
As He gazes to the Father for the command the Holy Spirit blows winds of encouragement and strength to wait until the “fullness of time”.
We would be strengthened to see ourselves dancing within His heart and in watchful gazing as He is. We would feel the union between Bride and Bridegroom in this watchful gaze. We would be strengthened and equipped by Holy Spirit. We would suffer less from all the stressors that are trying to rob us of such life-giving revelation.
Painting this painting for me was one of the hardest of all, not only because of the challenge of the image but also by its intimacy and implications of the revelation. Many victories have been won through the delivery of the painting. I am most grateful. I am learning to live here in His heart.
This painting describes the longing of Father God’s heart. He has been longing for the restoration of His creation since the Fall. Pictured here is the country of Israel standing out from the sphere. If you look closely you will see the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Father’s mane touches Jerusalem as if He is holding an appointment there for His Son’s return.
The menorah I call the "Menorah of Promise", because it is in the same design as the one I saw in Jerusalem waiting to be placed when the new temple is built. As the Jews long for the new temple and God’s dwelling there, so God longs for His people to receive His plan of salvation....the gift He has already given in Yeshua the Messiah.
There is a hint that the Menorah of Promise is being filled with oil as Father’s mane flows over it. The time is drawing near when His longing will be satisfied. Deep calls to deep. Many people feel a stirring of the buried longings in their own heart as they gaze into Father’s face. He has a design and a plan lodged deep within us all. That would be His longing for us. It all fits into His bigger plan and His ultimate restoration of all that He has created. I wonder what would stir in your heart as you would gaze into this window.
Fully Enter In
Deuteronomy 8:1-2, 7 - "Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart…… For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land – a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; A LAND WITH WHEAT AND BARLEY, VINES AND FIG TREES, POMEGRANITES, OLIVE OIL AND HONEY;…………."
For Israel the seven “species”, as it is called, (WHEAT, BARLEY, GRAPES, FIGS, POMEGRANITES, OLIVES, DATES ) are called the symbol of FULFILLED PROMISES OF GOD. They remind the Jews that God has and will fulfill ALL of His promises. It is a symbol of eternal hope. Artists of all kinds creatively set this symbol before the people of Israel. Gentiles would be wise and fruitful to inherit such wealth through Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus, the Messiah) and being grafted in heart into Israel. It is a symbol of God’s faithfulness in being a “more than enough” provider.
The archway in this painting was constructed out of painted tissue paper. The structure was inspired by the gate known as Zion Gate in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 28:16 - …….this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; ………your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.”
“FULLY ENTER IN!” invites our God. His promises are as good as done (maybe not in our expectations or time frame of reference).
Enter into the FULLNESS of the MYSTERY, the unknown of God …..finding security ONLY IN HIS PERFECT LOVE AND PRESENCE where no fear can inhabit.
The risk of this is only a perception shaped by fear.
GOD IS ABSOLUTELY GOOD AND FULLY TRUSTWORTHY to make good on His promises.
FULLY ENTER IN!
Will You Drink of This Cup?
This cup of suffering came with the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3). Casting blame away from self and inventing escapes from its hard reality has been mankind’s normal reaction to the cup of suffering.
Jesus Christ came to lift the cup of suffering. He gave thanks for it because it meant that never would we have to bear it alone. We learn to lift our cup of suffering unto Him and in Him we get to know the abundance, the fulfilled promises of God.
In Deuteronomy 8:8 God says to Israel that if they would humble themselves and recognize God to be their redeeming God He would bring them into the land with wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey (depicted by dates). In Israel these seven things are known as the 7 species that represent the fulfilled promises of God.
In the life, death, resurrection of Jesus Christ (fully God, fully human) God fulfills His redemptive promises to mankind.
To lift our cup of suffering as Jesus did with thanksgiving we acknowledge the sufficiency, the faithful goodness and sovereignty of our God, supreme over the present afflictions. We yield to God’s wisdom over our lives.
(Romans 5:1-5) ………..And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
We learn to see more than the cup of suffering.
We learn to see the fulfilled promises of God through the cup of suffering. And God’s fulfilled promises are so beautiful and fruitful.
We learn to rejoice in and over and above the suffering and struggles because our God is the greater power to take us to the advanced levels of maturity, deeper relationships with self, Him and others. He is the redeeming power at work within us bringing us into His design for us….His fulfilled promises through us.
The remnant, few are willing to lift this cup of suffering with that kind of far-reaching perspective. So few see such abundant fruit in their lives. It is a choice.
The hour is NOW. The day is dawning (or setting). Time is passing quickly toward the finish, toward eternity timelessness. We must make choices that matter greatly. Our habits of going for escape won’t put us on the safe side, nor in the abundantly fruitfulness of the Kingdom of God. The cup of suffering, however, is unavoidable. It is how we respond to it that makes the difference, especially in such a time as this.
The Jerusalem wall reminds me of my attempts to fortress myself away from the cup of suffering. Jesus there in the presence of the wall and the temptations to let the cup pass from Him vulnerably embraced this cup with thanksgiving. I am invited to follow Him for the same promised fruitfulness.
There is only one thing in alignment with the viewer in this painting begging agreement. It is the stream of blood. Will you receive the aligning righteousness that comes with the lifting of the cup of suffering with thanksgiving? It is, indeed, costly but so worth the price.
Between Tender and Terrible
Christ is the Mercy of God. He sits on the throne at the right hand of Father God. His throne is the Mercy Seat. Christ manifests in two ways....as the slaughtered lamb and as the Lion of Judah. (Rev. 5: 1-8)
God is above time as we know it. The Lamb took all evil (past, present, future) on himself in silence. The roar comes with the Day of Vengeance....it draws near. There is an accounting right now for all who bear Christ’s name. Time is running out. “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” (Josh. 24: 14,15)
The Lion of Judah has white as snow hair, eyes of fire and a sword coming from His mouth. (Rev. 1: 13-16)
Justice rolls like a river. The Lamb’s blood flows. Mercy and Justice flow from the throne of God.
This painting encounters the viewer and challenges them to fear the Lord God Almighty as manifested through the Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder if you will let that happen to you.
Hold On! I Am Coming
I saw this image of our Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus three years ago after I painted Between Tender and Terrible. I can now see, in terms of my skill development, why God graciously had this painting wait for proper timing on the delivery. The complexities of image and colors were too great for me 3 years ago. I am sure there are even greater reasons this painting was not birthed then because Friday, November 26, 2010 I heard God say to me (internal voice), “This image must be painted before Christmas and presented before the new year (2011).”
I found over sixty people who were eager to help birth this painting by praying for me and the painting process. Some came to the studio to anoint and pray over the empty white canvas.
It was December 1st at noon our time, the beginning of Hanukkah in Israel, when I began. It was an amazing experience for me to move back and forth through His dimensions of lion/lamb and then of lamb/lion. The painting process required me to focus on the lion first, then let go of the lion image so to find the lamb within the lion’s face. Once I found (by painting) the lamb face I had to let go of that focus to direct my focus on to the lion again. And on and on it went like that until there was total unity.
Typically when I paint galaxies I am directed to “spritz” the paint on the canvas. Not this time!!! Every dot had to be placed. It gave me the sense of God’s meticulousness in placing every star in place and calling them each by name. I never experienced this kind of care for the impression of stars. It was stretching me. It took 4 hours to do the underlying dots and 3 hours to do the last layer of them.
Romans 11:36 “In Him and through Him and to Him are ALL things. To Him be the glory forever.”
This painting had been held in my spirit for 2 years “waiting” for the call to paint it. After the second time in front of the Eastern Gate in Jerusalem, Israel, this time blowing the shofar, I was released to paint it.
Hamtan melek or meleck mechake or melek ha kadosh….all Hebrew words to say essentially, THE HOLY KING WAITS.
Many see visions of Yeshua ha machiach waiting at the Eastern Gate hearing the cries of His people yearning for His coming to rule from the temple mount. I show Him here as the Lion of Judah with full prismatic mane. He is glorious!
Our God sees past, present and future without time distinctions. He sees the end in the beginning because He is in all. So, waiting for God is so different than it is for us who are bound by those separations. We agonize and often have much anxiety over waiting for something we are longing for; we might be afraid it won’t happen. Not so with God. He is totally capable of fulfilling His promises. When He deems it to be the fullness of time He has the power to bring final resolve and display His splendor to all.
If the question, “How long?” moves away from God, despair, disappointment in God, bitterness and resistance comes pervading one’s life; If, however, we accept help from heaven to press in to God even more than before through the “How long?”question, we become susceptible to God’s wisdom and His agenda. Imaged just above the wall with just the top of the shoulders and neck and lower jaw one can see two angelic watchmen on the wall, there to help the question ”How long?” to be directed to the right source.
Psalm 24:9-10 “Lift up your heads, you gates! Lift them up, everlasting doors, so that the glorious king can enter! Who is this glorious king? Adonai-Tzvaot, the Lord Almighty, the Lord of Hosts. He is the glorious king.
Revelation 22:1 ….the river of the water of life…..flowing from the throne of God……..
Psalm 46: 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.
The graveyard vs. the river of life………..we have a choice.
There is a path between the river of life and the graveyard, a dark one at that. I asked the Lord about that path (many do not see the dark gray as a path). It is my impression that it is the path upon which those who are choosing to walk away from the King are walking. It would only be one step into the river of life. The choice is offered all along that path.
The king watches over our choices with passionate, patient, long-suffering desire for us.
In His way He waits at the gate of choice for us.
He waits for the fullness of time in human history for His big picture agenda to unfold.
We can only wait with His lovely characteristics if it is Him who is waiting through us. He alone has the ability to wait with such glorious regality. When we are called to wait for God to do something in our lives or in the lives of those we love, we are invited to look at how relatively short our wait is compared to His. We are invited into His perspective and His restful confidence that He can “make all things work for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)…..otherwise, our impatience torments us.
Again, it is our choice.
His Final Roar
I was in Tel Aviv, Israel in a color symposium meeting when I saw in the heavenly realm this image now on canvas called His Final Roar. Later I found out that my brother in the Lord also saw this vision at the same time.
Translating it from the amazing radiance of light/color into acrylic paint was quite a struggle on many levels.
Fairly obviously the Lion of Judah being of white hair is from His portrait description in the book of Revelation.
Rev. 1:14: His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire…
The Lion of Judah is our covenant keeping God. He has shown Himself faithful to the 12 tribes of Israel (represented by the 12 stones in the priestly breastplate which He holds firmly in His mouth…His very breath raises dry bones).
On that day as the 12 tribes are gathered in and they say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” His final roar will cause all the beauty intended for Israel to shine over all the earth, becoming a life-giving blessing to all nations, all of creation.
Zeph. 3:20: At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home.
Micah 2: 12,13: I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.
Rev. 1: 7,8: Look, he is coming with the clouds, and EVERY EYE will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
Matt. 23: 37-39: O Jerusalem, O Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, YOU WILL NOT SEE ME AGAIN UNTIL YOU SAY, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD’.
We watch God’s work with His people, the Jews, to know how close we are to Yeshua’s return.
The new Jerusalem is also represented here in the squared 12 gem stones. There shall be 12 gates with each gate naming one of the 12 tribes. Rev. 21:12
Some viewers have identified the teeth of this lion as the horns on the altar. Refugees ran to the horns on the altar for safety and protection. Here the 12 tribes find themselves in the 'horn of salvation' and on the altar as the mighty One roars through them. Each casts a different color and sound of the roar sounding much like a symphony. Each color speaks of a distinct attribute or facet of His nature.
One viewer said, “The sounds/colors converge in intensity and become a multi-faceted ‘ROAR’ of color and sound that breaks through time and space – backwards and forwards.”
ALL THAT EVER EXISTED WILL KNOW HIS FINAL ROAR! GET READY!
Heavenly Heart Rain
This painting was done in Lyon, France in March of 2012.
It is a declaration of what God is doing over France at this time.....drawing anyone but particularly the arts and the artists to Himself. I believe France has a leading role to play in the beautification of the Bride of Christ.
The human heart and soul was made to feel and know the tender fragrant beauty of God's love, to be very much like a garden where God enjoys walking and talking with us much like the Garden of Eden is described.
In this painting, God is pouring out of His heart the rain that makes the garden of the soul ever so beautiful. The garden of our innermost being cannot be beautiful as was intended without God's heart pouring into it.
Rain and light are streaming down to raise up the potential beauty of the human soul-garden.
A garden draws us and begs us to linger longer, relax, fill the senses and enjoy just BEING.
Do you feel the draw through the painting?
May you realize within the garden so beautiful and fragrant where you and God delight together.
In 1978 at Moravian Theological Seminary, at the close of one of my courses studying the book of Isaiah, reflecting on the history of Israel, this painting emerged. Touched by the verses, Isa. 11:1 and following...... “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.........” and Isa. 53:2 “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground........” I saw Israel’s history as like the history of some trees.
The single seed of Abraham, the sapling years, the maturing years and then the peek glorious years with King David and the beginning rule of King Solomon. Then came the years of turning away from God so as to cause such extreme decay, as the hollowed out dead tree, Israel got cut down and carried off to Babylon.
BUT, GOD FOREVER IS FAITHFUL! Out of a seemingly lifeless stump comes the shoot of hope. How might our lives look like this? Can you relate to this amazing story?
You are currently on the Revelatory Paintings 1 page