Acrylic on canvas 6′ x 4.5′
The following images are close-ups of the different Nations represented:
1. 12 Tribes of Israel
2. Arab Nations
3. European Nations
4. Russia and 7 Stan Nations
7. China & Tibet
9. South America
10. North America
13. Maori, New Zealand
The Birthing Of A Vision From 1986, “I Am Coming To You”
In 1986, I was standing in a time of worship at the University Of The Nations Kailua Kona. I looked out at the Pacific Ocean and a beautiful majestic cloud was coming ashore. It was then that I had a vision of the Lord returning in the clouds. I began studying the scriptures on the Lord’s return and years of collecting pictures of cloud formations, horses, warriors, etc. Over the years, the vision continued to develop and I saw the armies of heaven coming with the Lord in the clouds, dressed in white linen, all on white horses. They were the Nations of the Earth, dressed in the clothing that identified their nation.
My composition changed many times. And after many hours of research and drawing, the work began to evolve in a way it had not started out. I had begun with warrior images that would represent the Nations of the Earth and drew them on horses. Then about a third of the way into the composition, instead of a focus as mighty warrior (and yes he is coming as a warrior), the focus turned to “He is coming as a bridegroom for His bride.” This is the emotion I have tried to capture; the Joy of the Lord coming for His bride. This work was not created as a theological dispute of the Resurrection, Armageddon, Pre/Post/Mid-Rapture or the Second Coming. This focus is that instant that Jesus is coming to you, each of his beloved.
JOHN 14:18 JESUS’ WEAPON IS IN HIS MOUTH, THE SWORD OF THE WORD. IN THE GARDEN WHEN THEY ASKED FOR JESUS HE SAID, “I AM HE” AND IMMEDIATELY THEY ALL, INCLUDING JUDAS FELL OVER BACKWARDS. BY THE WORD OF HIS MOUTH HE SUBDUES NATIONS. 2 THESSALONIANS 2:I THEN SHALL THAT WICKED BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD SHALL CONSUME WITH THE SPIRIT OF HIS MOUTH AND SHALL DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING. HE IS THE WARRIOR, HE IS KING, HE IS GOD, HE IS THE BRIDEGROOM WHO LOVES HIS BRIDE.
Revelation 19 was the structure of this painting. This chapter is a description of the Lord’s return. On His head were many crowns, on his thigh and vesture was written, “Lord of Lord and King of Kings.” His vesture was dipped in blood, which I represented with red. The rays from his had is from Habakkuk 3:4, “Out of His hand was rays of light and there was hiding of His power.” As much as possible, I positioned the nations North, East, South and West. From the East, you see the Priest blowing the trumpet, the shofar. The 12 tribes of Israel identified by a banner with their emblem. To the top left of the Lord are the Arab Nations, to the European Nations, a woman warrior, and top center is Russia and 7 of the Stan Nations, each represented by the hats that identify each nation. Moving northwest, you see Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, India, Indonesia, North America, South America, Africa and Egypt blowing a trumpet, West Africa, Zulu South Africa, Masai East Africa; the children, the Leau brothers, the Maori of New Zealand, the Pacific blowing it’s trumpet, Australia with the boomerang and the empty horse is for your imagination and represents all those I may have left out. All are leading to the Lord coming for His Bride.
It was a privilege to bring this vision to birth. It had its trials and consistency of going back to the drawing board! I worked five and a half months, full time on this artwork. Many tears were shed and great revelation and intimacy with our soon coming King was my reward.