The Apocalyptic Art Gallery: Visionary, Mystical, & Symbolist Art. Illustrations of the Prophet's visions of the future: Featuring paintings and pictures of Revelations signs and wonders. An educational multi-media gallery of realistic Illustrations of Eschatological art and word paintings by Contemporary American Illustrator Howard David Johnson, whose illustrations have been published all over the world by distinguished learning institutions and publishers including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
" I've often thought that some of the most fantastic creatures and visions in all of the literature of mankind were found in the sacred texts of active religions. Sensitive subject matter to say the least. Few artists in history have even dared to attempt to paint these symbolic visions because of the controversies surrounding them... While I've been studying legends, myths, and traditions of the ancient Orient for new illustration projects I've also been studying William Blake, Moreau, Rochegrosse, Delville, and the Symbolic artistic tradition. In my paintings, I have endeavored to realize decadent mythology and sacred religious texts in my photo-realistic paintings with the same style of vision and reverence they showed in their works ."~HDJ
"The HERALD of YWVH", and "Into the LAKE of FIRE" and "The BOOK of LIFE" MMVIV
Acts 2:19-20 King James Version
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come...
The end of this age; end time prophecy: prophetic art
"But as the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall the coming of the son of man be."
~Christ's discourse on the end times from Matthew 24: 3-38
The Apocalypse, or Revelation of the Bible is that Jesus is THE LORD (John 1: 1-14 ) and that he will return for the great harvest of souls at the end of this age. The Koran also names Jesus Christ as the judge at the last judgment of mankind. One popular translation of the prophecy from the original Greek to English in 1611 called it "the end of the world" instead of "the end of this age" (Matthew 24: 3-38 ) For centuries, this mistake has caused confusion between the Apocalypse & Armageddon. There are two great battles, one before the return of the king and one after that and the thousand year reign. God promised to curse the Earth no more with water but with fire this time. Many Bible prophecies seem to involve use of nuclear weapons. The prophet Zechariah and most other prophets mention war involving the nation Israel and fire raining down from the skies. After the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the Israelis were without a country- exiled from their homeland for almost 2,000 years.
Can a nation indeed be born in a day? (Isaiah 66:8 ) It seemed impossible until the prophecy was fulfilled in 1948.
Did you know the sacred mosque of the Muslims, "The Dome of the Rock is built directly on top of the Ancient Jewish Temple site in Jerusalem? The undying resentment of many Arabs toward the Jews for dispossessing the Palestinians makes major war seem inevitable.
Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and... 2: (He) will gather all nations against Jerusalem in battle;...12: And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; their flesh shall consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
Related prophecy to the day of THE LORD in Ezekiel 38 & 39 also foretells the rebirth of Israel and what seems to be thermonuclear war , post war nuclear toxicity, the efforts to put all the skeletons under ground and collect the weapons as well as listing the EXACT confederations of nations and military powers that exist today. For instance; the land of Magog is where Noah's grandson Magog settled & is called Russia today. It also seemed impossible a generation or so ago that China would be a major superpower.
Read Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 along with Zechariah 14 and Ezekiel 38 & 39 for some AMAZING prophecies!
"Fallen! Fallen! is Babylon the Great!!"
"...and I saw a woman clothed in the sun with a crown of twelve stars..."
The consensus among Bible scholars has long been that the European Union will be eventually be the fourth world governing empire with roots in the Roman Empire predicted in the visions in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. However, the ten nation group ( The 10 Horns ) that became seven just can't fit with so many nations in the E. U. I think a better thought might be the Nuclear Nations that went from ten to seven, I mean THEY are in control of the world, not the U.N. or the E. U. and the prophecy says the Roman Empire will be restored in a new form. The United States in the 21st century now resembles the world governing Roman Empire more than any government in history. When it comes to unfulfilled prophecy, no one can say for sure. Before Israel was reformed many scholars thought latter day Israel in scripture represented America - Boy, were they ever wrong!
The Spirit of the Anti-Christ and The Mark of the Beast
Throughout history people have read the book of Revelation and tried to fathom it's mysteries. It's predictions of totalitarian world government in the spirit and pattern of Imperial Rome and Babylon the Great are yet to come true. Every generation seems to have candidates that people wonder about - like Adolph Hitler for instance. During World War Two he was marking the Jews and some Christians with a number. People said: "Oh! He's the Anti-Christ!" but the Biblical Anti-Christ will kill those without the Mark of the Beast which it says will be a number- 666...Hitler was not THE Anti-Christ with a capitol "A" but an antichrist with a small "a". Hitler declared a "New Age" in 1945 during the first television broadcast. The Book of Revelation is getting easier and easier to understand from today's headlines. ( The keys to understanding the book are given in chapter 1:19. )
"Who can make war against the Beast?"
"Who can make war against the Beast?"
A great example of prophecy in the headlines is a story in the news recently about a new microchip being implanted in pets that gives them a personal ID number that can be scanned or traced. Now this is possibly the technology that will power the Anti-Christ money system and totalitarian world government and it is here - now!
Consider this classic prophecy about "The Beast ":
"And he causeth all, both small and great, both rich and poor, free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand, or their foreheads: 17 And that no man can buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom.
Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast : for it is the number of a man ; and his number is six hundred threescore and six." ( 666 )
...from Revelation 13: 16- 18
Sounds like electronic funds transfer doesn't it?
" And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the lamb ; and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever:
and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever recieveth the mark of his name."
from the book of Revelation, 14 : 9 - 1. Read it's electrifying prophecies about the end of this age for yourself...
|"Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein : for the time is at hand."|
Revelation 17:3 "...And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 ...And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication : 17:5 ...and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABY-LON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH ... 17:6 ...And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus..."
Revelation 17:7 "I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The Seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the Earth."
18: 4: ... And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and ye receive not of her plagues. 18:5:...For her sins have reached unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities.
To call Rome the city of seven hills is as proper as to call her by name."the lofty city of seven hills, which governs the whole world. Propertius, Virgil, Horace, and many other pagan poets refer to it by this name alone. So if this isn't the Catholic Church this prophecy is talking about here, I ask you, What other city in history besides Rome has ever sat on seven hills and ruled over the kings of the Earth? Now, if this is so, it also stands to reason that the harlot's daughters would be the Protestant Churches...who came back to mother after a 500 year misunderstanding."
"The Coming of WORMWOOD" MMXIV (left), "The Angel of Prophecy and Revelation" MMVIII (Center) and "Escape from Sodom" MMXIV (right)
JUST A FEW OF THE FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE END OF THIS AGE:
* The rebirth of the nation Israel in May 1948
* The Jew's recapture of Jerusalem in 1967
* The rise of Russia ( Magog ) as a powerful enemy of Israel.
* The Arab confederation against Israel.
* The rise of a military power in China that can field hundreds of Millions of soldiers.
* The revival of the dark occultic practices of ancient Babylon.
* The revival of the old Roman empire in the form of a multi-national confederacy. ( The E.U. )
* The unprecedented turn to drugs.
* Open homosexuality as a political force.
* The coming of plagues.
* The increase in internal revolutions.
* The increase of wars.
* The increase of famines.
* The increase in pollution.
* The increase in earthquakes.
* The increase in lawlessness.
* The decline of the family unit.
* The open departure of many Christian Churches policies from the Bible's teachings.
* The move toward a one world government.
* The move toward a one world religion. *
Many of these seemed absolutely IMPOSSIBLE a generation ago... believe it - or not!
"The Spirit of the Prophets at the Crucifixion" and The Resurrection of Christ"
So the question remains: What shall we do to be saved? It was to Peter that this question about salvation was asked and to whom Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom to and he said:
"...Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is for you , and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as our Lord our God shall call." Acts 2: 38, 39
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come...
How should I go about studying the Bible?
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God a workman who needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15).
Dividing the Bible incorrectly is where a lot of the off course or harmful interpretations come from. It's simple. Let me explain: There is the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament means a contract, covenant or deal. The Old Testament tells the story of the Creation of the world and has the Law of Moses, many history books, books of poetry and 17 prophetical books. The New Testament has the biography of Jesus Christ in the gospels, a history book in the Book of Acts, letters about church government and the prophetic Book of Revelation. For example, you don't go to the books about the creation of the world to find out how to become a Christian today. The books of poetry and prophecy in the Old Testament teach us the principles of God and serve as examples. The best study Bible I've found is The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. It is still commonly available.
"Ye shall learn the truth and the truth shall make you free" (St. John 8:32)
~ Howard David Johnson
Surrealism is a literary and artistic movement launched in 1924 by the French poet Andre' Breton proclaiming the radical transformation of all existing social, scientific, and philosophical values through the total liberation of the subconscious. Salvador Dali's subconscious saw things that should be rigid were limp or melting and reflected it in his work with a sense of horror. Melting things are not always surrealistic and surrealism is potentially as vast as the human psyche. Everyone has different things enslaved in their subconscious mind. The dark horrors and delicate beauties bound in Howard David Johnson's subconscious mind find expression in his art.
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"Those who are enamoured of practice without science are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory, of which perspective is the guide and gateway, and without it nothing can be done well in any kind of painting."
Philosophy, Art, & Art Philosophy
Personal Opinion Essays on spirituality, and realistic art yesterday and today by the artist.
In addition to his mastery of traditional media, Howard David Johnson now combines drawing, painting, photography, and digital media with more than thirty years of experience in these fields to create his Realistic Art Numérica in 21st century paintings and pictures.
Did you know the Greek word "Photography" means "Painting with Light"? Today with the advent of computers it truly lives up to it's name. Due to developments in Art and Technology, a broader definition of painting is needed than that which is found in common usage.
Announcing Art Numérica -an exciting merger of traditional visual art and cutting edge technology... a new art form for the twenty- first century... Art Numérica is not limited to realistic art but also offers limitless horizons for everything from cartoons to abstractions.
It is the most dramatic development in the visual arts since the Renaissance. In the words of Al Jolson in the movie world's first talking picture" You ain't seen nothin' yet!"
"Painting, in art, the action of laying colour on a surface, or the representation of objects by this means. Considered one of the fine arts"
"Painting. noun. 1.) The act or employment of laying on colors or paints. 2.) The art of forming figures or objects in colors on canvas or any other surface, or the art of representing to the eye by means of figures and colors any object; the work of an illustrator or painter. 3.) A picture; a likeness or resemblance in shape or colors. 4.) Colors laid on. 5.) Delineation that raises a vivid image in the mind; as in word painting.
~ Webster's Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language
Essay Two : The Rebirth of Realism
More thoughts on realistic art yesterday and today by the artist
Art History has entered a new era with the birth of Art Numérica, or digital art media in the 21st century. Artists never stop exploring with mediums. Artists have been developing techniques, experimenting with different tools since at least twenty- five thousand years ago, when the first artist picked up a charred stick and scratched a picture out on the wall of his cave. You'd think everything would have been tried by now, but it hasn't. Exploring new mediums this very day is just as exciting, just as full of freshness and newness as it ever was.
Early abstract art masters proved themselves as realistic artists before delving into realms of the intangible. They had to do this at that time to prove themselves because of the challenges they faced from the establishment for going against the status quo. In the latter part of the 20th century, realistic artists like HDJ were challenged to do abstract art to prove themselves as shown in the example above (Deirdre of the sorrows). Later realistic art training was abandoned in most schools and things like splattering paint in fits of rage were deemed more than enough. By the end of the 20th century something as destructive and ridiculous as nailing a pack of cigarettes to a shoe was considered fine art but not realistic paintings. Fashions in art have often been as silly as fashions in ladies hats. As the century drew to a close, many people had had enough. The realistic revolt was at hand. The rebirth of realism was fueled by the advent of the digital era. Now, for the first time in almost two centuries, an artist or illustrator could earn a decent living again with his realistic art. This is historic. Realistic art is not going to go away, especially now that photography has truly merged with traditional realistic visual art. Photography comes from the Greek words meaning "painting with light". Now with the advent of digital media the capability of realistic art has become almost limitless, truly, "painting with light". The merger of all the world's art forms to realize the potential of motion pictures has come now to still realistic art media. This website for example, combines music, prose, poetry, photography and traditional realistic art media to create an experience beyond merely looking at realistic paintings.
The twenty- first century is already seeing a new renaissance in the arts because of the world wide web. There has never been anything like it. Abstract art, computer art, photographic art, and realistic art are continuing to be separate schools of art but are also blending to create exciting new horizons. Although Digital art does offer completely new horizons to the artist in the 21st century it does not mean the end of our time honored art traditions. Instead, it offers additional ways to keep these traditions and schools of thought fresh and alive.
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