今年主給我的經文是希伯來書12:1-2 我們既有這許多的見證人, 如同雲彩圍著我們, 就當放下各樣的重擔, 脫去容易纏累我們的罪, 存心忍耐, 奔那擺在我們前頭的路程. 仰望為我們信心創始成終的耶穌, 祂因那擺在前面的喜樂, 就輕看羞辱, 忍受了十字架的苦難, 便坐在神寶座的右邊。
我以這兩節的經文來省察自己，發覺自己當跑的路真的没有跑好,許多的重擔末放下，還有纏累的罪沒有脫去，忍耐也不夠。我在主面前承認自己的罪, 求主赦免我對衪的亏欠, 再用衪的寶血來潔淨我.
感謝主! 衪的恩典在軟弱的人身上顯得完全; 當我認了自己的罪, 主便用一句話勉勵我：Run your race!
我回應主說: Yes, Lord! I am ready and I am willing to run my race with your grace.
“When the Trumpet of The Lord Shall Sound” “Marching to Zion”
畫中猶大獅子以极快速度奔跑而來, 衪的吼叫聲震動天地;耶路撒冷的城牆上空出現一輪血紅的月亮, 是全能的創造主給地上人的一個信號, 要我們留意並相信經上所指末日的預言都要應現. 城牆中的東門打開了；一位佩劍的大能的天使站在彩雲上吹著銀號，在這位大能的天使背後有神的使者們裂天而降，地上有許多人歡呼並吹號角回應天使的號聲.
聖靈教導我用歡慶, 熱烈,威嚴的色彩來畫,因為在主大而可畏的日子來臨時，全地都要擅抖，對等候神國降臨的天國子民來說卻是一個歡慶的日子；歡欣! 歡欣啊! 萬物得救贖的日子臨到了. 哈利路亞！
看哪！猶大獅子在吼叫, 起來吧! 神的子民; 錫安女子當歡喜, 妳的君王在這裡!
耶和華必從錫安吼叫, 從耶路撒冷發聲, 天地就震動. 耶和華卻要作衪百姓的避難所, 作以色列人的保障. (約珥書3:16)
在那些日子, 我要將我的靈澆灌我的僕人和使女. 在天上地下, 我要顯出奇事, 有血, 有火, 有煙柱. 日頭要變為黑暗, 月亮要變為血, 這都在耶和華大而可畏的日子末到以前. (約珥書2:29-31)
你們要在錫安吹角, 在我聖山吹出大聲. 國中的居民, 都要發顫; 因為耶和華的日子巳經臨近. (約珥書2:1)
Waiting for the Lord’s second coming has become my central focus in life. As 2014 drew near, the cry of my heart was still: O Lord, when are you coming again! I really want to see you come back in my lifetime.
I found my answer in Hebrews 11 and 12. The key scripture the Lord gave me for this year is Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1-2)
As I scrutinized myself with these 2 verses, I found that I had not really run the race well. There were many burdens I had not laid down, sins I had not thrown off and I still lacked endurance. I confessed my sin to the Lord and asked Him to forgive me and cleanse me with His precious blood.
Praise the Lord! His grace is made perfect in our weakness. When I confessed my sin, He encouraged me with the words: Run your race!
I responded: Yes, Lord! I am ready and I am willing to run my race with your grace.
After The Lord aligned my heart with His, He revealed to me what was coming. As He did in the past, The Lord gave me scriptures and songs along with the vision to confirm what I received was from Him. He gave 2 songs:
“When the Trumpet of The Lord Shall Sound” “Marching to Zion”.
As I worshipped, I did this painting based on the vision I received and the words from Joel. The Lion of Judah in the painting is running forward with great speed and His mighty roar shakes the heavens and earth. There is a blood red moon in the sky above the walls of Jerusalem.
It is sign from the Almighty Creator for us to watch and believe that all the end time biblical prophecies will be fulfilled. The eastern gate is open. A sword-bearing mighty angel is standing on the clouds blowing a silver trumpet. Behind him are angels descending from heaven and many on earth are shouting with joy and blowing their shofars in response to the angel’s trumpet blasts.
The Holy Spirit taught me to use colors of celebration, passion and majesty to do this painting. This is because the whole earth will tremble when the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes, but for those waiting for His Kingdom, it will be a day of celebration. Rejoice! Rejoice! The day of the redemption of all things has come. Hallelujah!
Behold! The Lion of Judah is roaring. Arise! God’s people. Rejoice, the daughters of Zion, for Your King is here!
The scriptures the Lord gave me were: The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. (Joel 3:16)
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. (Joel 2: 29-31)
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand. (Joel 2: 1)
Painting by Jean Long in Vancouver BC
January 5, 2014