Posts Tagged ‘revelation’

Yesterday, I set out on another artistic journey. As part of my Masters program, I have to have a portfolio of my creative ministry/art work. Now most of that work is work that I create directly in the context of my ministry and needless to say I am continuing to do that, but I’m also working on some pieces that are decidedly more gallery style at least in context. I envision them being part of a presentation I’ll be doing in the future, but I also want them to be able to stand alone and hang some place where people can receive inspiration apart from me being there. These will be the exact opposite of speed paintings in that they will take long periods of time to be complete. I’m excited to begin this journey.

People will sometimes ask me if I am a prophetic artist, and I am never quite sure how to answer them. In the sense that the work contains a message from the Lord, yes, absolutely, but the work is often planned and prepared so I’ve decided to let the viewer assign, and more importantly the Lord, the designation. I will say these pieces are all based in prophecy. I’ve decided to call it Apocalypsis. It’s basically literal interpretations of the prophecies of the books of Daniel and Revelation. All the pieces will represent beasts and creatures, dreams and visions. Yes I know this is apocalyptic literature and all these things represent other things, and I will touch on the actual meanings in some way, but I’ve long been fascinated by envisioning these things as they were actually, literally, written. I don’t know how this will all turn out, but it will be an epic journey.

The reason I titled this post EPIC though is more for you than for me. This is a large project. I’m estimating the piece I started yesterday, worked at in my admittedly limited spare time, will probably take at least a year to complete. The work on this particular piece, will be extremely tedious, and I am hoping for great results. It will be an epic journey in the truest sense of the word. That said, I have no doubt that I will hit a wall with it. Right now it’s constantly on my mind. It’s a lot more technical than most of my work, almost mathematical, but now most of that is done and the slogging begins. How do you keep yourself motivated in the midst of something that takes a long time? Well first of all, do what I am practicing here. Tell someone about it. You don’t have to tell the world, but tell someone who will ask you about it and how it’s progressing. This will help you to keep from putting it too much on the back burner.

Next, I think the answer is to start with the end in mind. If I keep going, and keep the quality up, I think the piece is going to end up being really cool. I can envision it helping people to understand these passages more clearly and my prayer is that these “fantasy” pop art pieces will help people to see the hand of God throughout history and maybe even come to trust in Him.

This series has been on my heart a long time. I can’t wait to see it come to fruition. I will share photos along the way. What have you been feeling led to? Maybe it’s time to launch your own epic journey.

riseagainstThere’s a realm of literature called dystopian fiction. If you’re not familiar with the term, think about what utopia is, a kind of serene, perfect, paradise. Dystopian is the opposite of that. They’re set in a bleak future and usually involve people gathering together to rise above. In recent years, books like The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series are examples of dystopian fiction.

I am currently in my sixth week of a class on the book of Revelation, which I call dystopian truth. The true church is raptured from the world. The apostate church remains and tries to explain away what has happened because the alternative is to admit they are outside the will of God and in deep trouble. Of course some will realize the error of their ways commit to Christ and join a movement to evangelize the world. In the midst of the chaos of the disappearance of millions of people, a charismatic leader rises up and brings the world to a peace that is anything but. Before long it becomes clear that he is anything but peaceful, and he begins to oppress anyone who will not worship him. He will continue to hunt down and oppress anyone who rises up, until eventually he is destroyed by the conquering King Jesus, who will reign for a thousand years, put down one final rebellion and then reign for eternity over q perfect new heaven and a new earth. It would make a great dystopian novel, except for one thing, it’s what will actually happen and that alone should put those of us who love Jesus into evangelism overdrive, fulfilling His commission to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. There is a dystopian future in store for our world—One that can be avoided by placing your faith in Christ, now.

Some might be tempted to look negatively on God for allowing thing kind of thing to happen. Here’s what you need to understand, Jesus alone saves. Scripture says very clearly that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. This tribulation to come is God turning up the heat so that people will place their faith in Christ and be saved before its too late, a last ditch effort if you will to call people who have resisted numerous invitations to salvation.

Someone once asked Jesus what they must do to be saved. Jesus responded, “The work God requires is to believe the One He sent.” Brothers and sisters, our job as Christian creatives is to tell His story. To allow God to use our gifts to create things that will touch bless and call people to His truth. I think people are drawn to dystopian fiction because they like to see people heroically rise against an evil world system, rescuing people from it’s destructive oppression. There is a real world group of people called to be precisely that. They are called the church of Jesus Christ.

Rise Against the Empire of Darkness. Be the light of the world!