ONFS, Acrylic on Canvas, Individual panel size: 80 cm x 80 cm (31.5cm x 31.5cm)
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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [Jesus], that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
This painting reflects God’s precious gift of time to us before the End Times judgment of the Tribulation comes upon the world. (See “The Tribulation” (Signs of The Times Series)).
It illustrates principles in an End Times dream God gave me on November 5, 2011. (See “Today is The Day of Salvation” (Signs of The Times Series)) for the account of the dream and notes on the main lessons of the dream).
My message through this entire triptych can be summed up by the following Scripture:
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin [a sin offering] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 5:14, 17-6:2)
Because God is perfectly holy he cannot be in the presence of sin (Ezra 9:15). Sadly, because each one of us has sinned (Romans 3:23) we are all alienated from him.
Even so, God still loves us. Therefore, he provided a way for us to be reconciled to himself. He sent his Son, Jesus, to live the perfectly sinless life we all fail to live. Jesus then took upon himself all of OUR sins and bore God’s punishment for them through his death on the cross. He gave his life to ransom all of those who trust in him as their Savior (Mark 10:45, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 9:15). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus rose from the dead three days later, making forgiveness, eternal life and reconciliation with God possible.
In order to be reconciled to God, you must repent (turn away) from all of your sins. Then, you must place your trust in Christ to save you, believing that he has paid the punishment for your sins.
When you accept Christ as your Savior like this, God reconciles you to himself by forgiving all of your sins (past, present and future) (1 John 1:9, Hebrews 10:10, 14). He grants you eternal life, and as a result, you will be spared from judgment in the Tribulation and from hell, for Christ has taken the full wrath of God for you in your place (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10). (See “The Tribulation” (Signs of The Times Series)).
“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]” (Ephesians 2:8-9 AMP)
The four people in this entire triptych represent every section of humanity and how they choose to spend God’s gracious gift of time. They also represent every section of humanity in their responses towards God’s loving offer of reconciliation through faith in Christ.
The man in this central panel is in a very precarious position. Like his wife (in the left panel), he too is distracted by his daily life in this world and does not realize just how imminent the End Times are and how dangerously close he is to judgment. Nevertheless, there is still just enough time for him to repent and place his faith in Christ that he may be saved, just like his son (in the right panel). Judgment is nearly upon him, but Christ’s hands of salvation are still open to him.
The Lord cries out to him:
“Turn to me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)
“The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)
If the man is wise he will consider his eternal life of more importance than his earthly life and be saved. If he is foolish, his priorities will be the other way around and he will perish. (See “What Good Will It Be If You Gain The Whole World Yet Forfeit Your Soul?” (Signs of The Times Series).)
The curtains in the background are not being blown around by the tornado. Instead, they are filled with the wind of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-4), beckoning the man to come in the direction of Christ.