黑夜已深, 白晝將至, 環顧這世界人和事物迅速的改變, 神正在透過屬地和屬天的事物向我們說話：萬物的結局近了, 所以你們要謹慎自守, 儆醒禱告. 彼此切實相愛.
最近的日子, 神不断地多方提醒衪所揀选的兒女, 要象聪明的童女, 穿着羔羊之血洗净的白衣 ,手拿著充满油的燈盞,預備好自己, 脫离属地事物的纏累, 成為得勝者, 等侯主耶稣的再來!
聖靈感動我把童女的比喻畫出來.主耶稣說: 那時, 天國好比十個童女拿著燈出去迎接新郎. 其中有五個是愚拙的; 五個是聪明的. 愚拙的拿着燈, 又預備油在器皿裏;在新郎遲延的時候, 那五個愚拙的; 五個聪明的童女都打肫, 睡着了.半夜有人喊着說: 新郎來了, 你們出來迎接他! 那些童女就都起來收拾燈. 愚拙的對聰明的說: 請分點油給我們, 因為我們的燈要滅了. 聰明的回答說: 恐怕不夠你我用的; 不如你們自已到賣油的那裹去買吧. 他們去買的時候,新郎到了; 那預備好了的, 同他進去坐席, 門就關了. 其余的童女随後也來了, 說:主啊, 主啊! 給我們開門! 他却回答說: 我實在告訴你們, 我不認識你們.所以, 你們要儆醒, 因為那日子, 那時辰, 你們不知道. (馬太福音25:1-13)
在畫中我选擇用一个聰明童女的形像代表整体的聰明童女.這聰明童女的雙眼充满著堅毅的信靠, 愛慕的渴望, 深情的專注, 她的眼神, 打動她的良人“我的佳偶, 你甚美麗! 你甚美麗! 你的眼好像鴿子眼”. 她的唇好象一條朱紅線, 她的嘴也秀美,她身穿潔白的新娘衣服,手拿著充满油的燈盞,警醒地等候新郎的到來.
在主的眼里, 這聰明童女是没有玷污, 沒有斑點和皺紋, 純洁美麗的新婦; 在這聰明童女眼中: 她的良人白而且紅, 超乎萬人之上. 她深深知道, , 良人與她之間所立的是至死方休的盟約, 良人屬她, 她也屬良人.我們的主是守約施慈愛的神, 衪既揀选了世間一切屬衪的人, 就愛他們到底.
這聰明童女既是主耶稣的新婦又是警醒的守望者, 她有一個強壯的身体,是神軍隊的勇士,主親自教導她的指頭怎樣爭戰, 訓練她的膀臂怎樣拉銅弓,是一個有智慧和謀略,身經百戰的得勝者.,她可以得著仇敵的城門.
她的頸項好象大衛建造收藏軍器的高臺, 其上懸挂一千盾牌, 都是勇士的籐牌. (雅歌4:4)
我的佳偶啊, 你美麗如得撒, 秀美如耶路撒冷, 威武如展開旌旗的軍隊.(雅歌6:4)
我又看見聖城新耶路撒冷由神那裹從天而降, 預備好, 就如新婦妝飾整齊, 等侯丈夫.(启示錄21:2)
主也向新婦說: 看哪! 我必快來. 凡遵守這書上預言的有福了.(启示錄22:7)
聖靈和新婦都说: 来! 主耶稣啊, 我愿祢來!
Night has entered deep darkness and dawn is approaching. As we look at the rapid changes in the world, God is speaking to us through signs on earth and in heaven: the end of all things is near. Therefore be clearing minded and self-controlled so that you can pray
Recently, God has been continually reminding His chosen children to be wise virgins, dressed in white garments cleansed by the blood of the Lamb and to be prepared with lamps full of oil. They must be free from worldly entanglements and be overcomers, waiting for the return of the Lord Jesus!
The Holy Spirit moved me to paint Jesus’ parable of the virgins.
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matt 25:1-13)
If we are those wise virgins, we will have lamps in our hands and oil in our jars. Our flesh may be weak but when God calls us and when the bridegroom comes, we will be prepared to go in with Him.
In the painting, I have chosen to use the image of one wise virgin to represent the corporate wise virgin. Her eyes shine with steadfast faith, deep longing, and passionate focus. Her eyes captivate her lover. “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.” Her lips are like a scarlet ribbon and her mouth is lovely she wears a clean bridal gown and she holds a lamp full of oil as she waits watchfully for her bridegroom to come. In the eyes of the Lord, this wise virgin is the pure and beautiful bride who is without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish. Her neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors. (Song of songs 4:4)
“You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, majestic as troops with banners.”(Song of songs 6:4)
This wise virgin is the bride of the Lord Jesus. She is also a warrior and the Lord Himself will train her hands for battle and her arms to bend a bow of bronze. She is a courageous and seasoned overcomer.
In the eyes of the wise virgin, her lover is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand. She fully knows that their covenant is a covenant till death. Her lover belongs to her & she belongs to her lover. Our Lord is a loving and covenant keeping God, and He will love those He has chosen in the world to the very end.
The background in the painting is the city of Jerusalem just before dawn, with a bright morning star (which speaks of Jesus) shining against the backdrop of a dark blue sky. In the far distance, dawn is rising. “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev.21:2)
The Lord says to the bride: “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Rev. 22:7) The Spirit and the bride say, “Come”! Lord Jesus, come!
Painting by Jean Long in Vancouver BC