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.
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 Roman 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." But then, Washington D.C.'s original name was
Rome, Maryland, and a branch of the Potomac River was called Tiber
Creek, which was named after the Tiber river in Rome. Like Rome,
Washington D.C. has 7 hills, whose names are: 1. Capitol Hill, 2.
Meridian Hill, 3. Floral Hills,4. Forest Hills, 5. Hillbrook, 6.
Hillcrest, and 7. Knox Hill.
"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
* The move toward a one world government.
* The move toward a one world religion. *
Many of these seemed absolutely IMPOSSIBLE a generation ago...
it - or not!
"The Spirit of the Prophets
at the Crucifixion" and The Resurrection of
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
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
King James Version (KJV)
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
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
"Ye shall learn the truth
and the truth shall make you free" (St. John 8:32)
~ Howard David Johnson
Seven Sevens of the Apocalypse
The End of Man's futile efforts to govern himself heralded by the
sounding of seven trumpets, one at a time is recorded in the Holy
Bible's last book; The Revelation of Jesus Christ as written by John,
the beloved disciple who also wrote the Gospel. The seven trumpets are
sounded by seven angels and the horrifying events that follow are
chronicled in Revelation 8-11. The seven angels trumpets sound after
the LAMB broke the seventh seal and there was silence in Heaven for
about half an hour.... These seals secured the apocalyptic document,
the title deed to the Earth in the right hand of Him who sits on the
great white throne. The trumpets are referred to in Koine Greek as
σάλπιγγος (salpingos, salpinx); this was a straight, narrow bronze tube
with a mouthpiece of bone and a bell and do not resemble modern our
modern day trumpets.
"The First TRUMPET"
|The Seven Trumpets
8:2 – 11:19
when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about
the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood
before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel
came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was
given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers
of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And
the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints,
ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the
censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the
"The Second TRUMPET"
"The Third TRUMPET"
and there were voices, and
thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves
to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire
mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third
part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the
second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire
was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And
the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life,
died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. And the third
angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it
were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon
the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood:
and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of
the waters, because they were made bitter.
"The Forth TRUMPET"
"The Fifth TRUMPET
"The Sixth TRUMPET"
"The Seventh TRUMPET"
And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was
smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the
stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not
for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld, and heard
an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice,
Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitors of the earth by reason of the other
voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! And
the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven,
saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord,
and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four
and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their
faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God
Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken
to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry,
and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be
judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the
prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and
great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the
temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple
the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and
thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the
earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he
opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit,
as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of
the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as
the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them
that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green
thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal
of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should
not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and
their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a
man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it;
and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the
shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle;
and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces
were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women,
and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had
breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of
their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to
battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were
stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless
pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek
tongue hath his name Apollyon.
"Abaddon aka Apollyon Angel of the Bottomless Pit"
One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns
of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel
which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the
great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were
prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to
slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the
horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number
of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat
on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone:
and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of
their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was
the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by
the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is
in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto
serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. And the rest of
the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of
the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and
idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which
neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their
murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of
Seven Sevens of the Apocalypse
The Seven Churches,
2:1 – 3:22
The Seven Seals,
6:1 – 8:1
The Seven Trumpets,
8:2 – 11:19
Personages, The woman The Dragon The
man child The Remnant The Archangel Michael The Beast out of the sea
The Beast out of the Earth
Seven Bowls, 15:1 – 16:21
The Seven Dooms,
17:1 – 20:15
Babylon, Political Babylon, Anti-Christ and the False Prophet, Satan, Gog and
The Seven New
New Tree of Life New Throne
in the Bible and in Creation seven is the number of Completion and
Perfection; (seven colors in the rainbow, seven octaves on the musical
scale and so on.)
Seraphim; Tradition places These 6-winged angels in the highest rank in
the Christian Angelic Hierarchy. A seminal passage in the Book of
Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8) used the term to describe six-winged beings that
fly around the Throne of God crying "holy, holy, holy". This Throne
Room scene has profoundly influenced World Theology, Literature and
Art. Interpretations are often seen in works depicting angels, heaven
and apotheosis. Seraphim are also among the celestial beings in the
Apocryphal Book of Enoch, and the Book of Revelation's "Living
Creatures" from before the Throne" pictured here from chapter
|The Eagle Headed Seraph
|The Human Faced Seraph
| Angels are organized into several orders, or "Angelic
|| Thomas Aquinas
(Summa Theologica) and also Pseudo-Dionysius (On the Celestial
drew on passages from the New Testament, including Ephesians 1:21 and
Colossians 1:16, to develop a chain of command of three Hierarchies,
Spheres or Triads of angels, with each Hierarchy containing three
Orders or Choirs.
1 First Sphere
A. ) Seraphim B. ) Cherubim C. ) Thrones
2 Second Sphere
A. ) Dominions or Lordships B. ) Virtues or Strongholds C. ) Powers or Authorities
3 Third Sphere
A. ) Principalities or Rulers B. ) Archangels C. ) Angels
3 Personal guardian angels
|The Lion Headed Seraph
|The Bull Headed Seraph
" 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 studying legends, myths, and traditions for 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
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is American Illustrator Howard David Johnson?
"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."
|Howard David Johnson is a
contemporary visual artist and photographer with a background in
|the natural sciences and
history. He works in a wide variety of media ranging from traditional
|oils, pastels and
others to cutting edge digital media. He loves mixing media. This site features
his Realistic Art, including illustration, photography, experimentalism, and fine
portrait of the artist in his painting studio as he
is today. This September 2009 photo was taken by his youngest son Erich.
The various galleries linked to by the icons
above show many examples of His Realistic Art, and are grouped by theme rather than media.
There are also sample illustrations from his upcoming books on Celtic Myth and
Legend and World Myth & Legend. Since boyhood he has passionately copied the old
masters. To create his work, he usually starts with a thematic concept followed by a
rough realistic pencil sketch, then followed by his photography, often traveling to find
suitable scenes and locations and then working in his Photography studio with live models
from his sketches. He then assembles a variety of elements which are realistic and
original. As a boy he dedicated his life to art in 1960. From 1965- 1999 he used
xeroxes and tracings to make his preliminary photo montages. This is patterned after
the manner used by Maxfield Parrish and other 19th century notables. Beginning with a
tracing, he then draws or paints from these complex original Computer Photo Montages. Many
of these are on display on this web and slated for future completion in a variety of
realistic traditional art media. As this happens, the finished work is substituted in the
exhibit. Recently he shot hundreds of aerial photos of clouds at marvelous angles and
perspectives and also looking down on the mighty mountains, rivers, and deserts of the
American west while flying from Texas to Oregon and back for dynamic source material for
realistic flying scenes in upcoming paintings , drawings, and pictures.
His favourite medium for realistic art used to be colored pencil because of the
high speed and low expense, and people began expressing difficulty in telling his colored
pencil drawing from photographs in the early 1980's. In the last 35 plus years he
has also mastered Oils, Pastels, Acrylics, Watercolors, Inks, Scratchboard, Gouache,
Photography, and the highly controversial digital media ( Art Numérica ) . As a commercial illustrator Johnson has
not only used the computer to create art but has been involved in the development of
computer imaging software. Working in a realistic style inspired by classic illustrators
HDJ is deeply rooted and grounded in the Greco-Roman artistic tradition, Feeling that with
realistic art, the human form is the ultimate arena for artistic expression. His lifelong
dream came true when his Traditional Realistic Art was exhibited in the British Museum in
London England in 1996. His mixed media has also been displayed in numerous other
ones since such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Having achieved international
acclaim as a traditional visual artist he discovered digital media ( Art
Numérica ) in 1999. Because of his passion for realistic art and photography he
elected to embrace it and joyfully be a part of this historic era in the visual arts as a
21st century realistic visual artist.
"Enoch and the
1972 when he began his career as a scientific illustrator for the University of Texas he
has earned his living illustrating all kinds of books, magazines, CD covers, and all sorts
of games, greeting cards, calendars, portraits, murals and the like with his contemporary
realistic art... HDJ's Realistic Art has appeared in every major
bookstore chain and fantasy gaming shop in The United States and has been used in
educational texts and magazines all over the world. This site features realistic paintings
& pictures for the twenty-first Century including some oil paintings, as
well as lots of other exciting media such as colored pencil drawings, pastel paintings,
acrylic paintings, gouache paintings, watercolor paintings, and pencil drawings, and also
featuring studio, field, & aerial photography, digital painting and
photo-montage and all these media mixed in an assortment of experimental
combinations...Working in a wide variety of media to create his realistic art he offers
his customers a host of payment and product options. He delivers the rights to these
custom made copyright free illustrations and old fashioned customer service when he does
work-for-hire. He loves to paint custom oil paintings and accepts commissions with down
payments starting at one thousand dollars. On his existing works his low cost license
offers start at only 100 dollars.
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Philosophy, Art, & Art
Personal Opinion Essays on spirituality,
and realistic art yesterday and today by the artist.
H. D. Johnson worked as a scientific
research consultant for the University of Texas at San Antonio through the 1970's under
the guidance of top Texas Scientists illustrating reconstructions of Paleontology
Anthropology, oddly enough, he then worked under the guidance of the world's foremost
Biblical Scholars for the Center for Judeo-Christian Studies. The two dramatically
different experiences back to back caused him to wonder...
become a Religion?
a brief essay by the artist
revised and updated in 2007
With respect to its great contributions to
society, I think it is important to make a case that science is
really affecting society more like a religion now than a field of study
or a resource base of useful information.
Many everyday people do not understand it at all and accept ALL its
teachings on faith. Science is supposed to be a tool and a path of study
for the benefit of mankind and it is. I love Science and greatly appreciate it's
benefits. I feel strongly that many scientists are heroes and deserve honorable
mention and some truly deserve places of great honor in the hallowed
halls of history. Breakthroughs in medical science are saving lives
everyday in ways undreamed of just to name only one of so many valuable fields.
Unfortunately some scientists have also been criminals or have brought things into the world we all
know about that we would have been better off without such as
thermonuclear weapons and pollution. I believe it has also become things
it should never have become. I shall briefly try to explain what I have
seen that has made me feel that science is really affecting society more
like a religion now than a field of study.
The major criticism of science with regards to The Bible has
been that it requires a leap of faith to believe that GOD created the
world, yet Science also has several leaps of faith of it's own. The
Big Bang theory cannot be proven as world renowned cosmologist Steven
Hawking has stated and, if it cannot be proven - believing in it - in
Hawking's own words requires a "Leap of Faith".
theory is proven in a lab or in the field, it is Philosophy, not Physics.
EVOLUTION IS NOT A LAW OF SCIENCE. Darwin's Theory of Evolution was proposed in 1859 and almost a hundred and fifty years later it has
still never achieved the status of a Law of Science.
This is because of the Missing Link. There is no proof of a
link between man
and ape, hence the term "The missing link". This blind
faith in Evolution has
been taught with religious dogmatism in the public schools for generations and is still merely a
theory. The Theory
of Evolution, not
the Law of Evolution is a mere UNPROVEN hypothesis, which the
dictionary defines as "a mere assumption or guess or a proposition, or
a group of proposals, offered as an explanation for the occurrence of
some specified group of phenomena."
Yet this "mere assumption or guess" is taught to children in public schools and
young adults in colleges as if it HAD been proven beyond any doubt.
It was once a Law of Science that the atom was the irreducible
particle of matter. At Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945 the atom was split
and the atomic bomb explosion in the desert blasted that Law of Science out of existence.
Now, if a Law of Science is so unreliable, I ask you,
why is a mere theory like Evolution regarded
so highly? Simple. It is about political control, not about truth.
1912 A.D. a respectable geologist named Arthur S. Woodward and a lawyer
named Charles Dawson offered their new “fossil discovery” to the London
Geological Society. The “artifacts” included a thick portion
of a human skull, a fragment of an ape-like jaw, some animal remains and
some primitive stone tools. These items found in southern England in a
place called Piltdown were estimated to be 500,000 years old.
40 years the remains were accepted by the academic community as an
important part of our evolutionary development. Piltdown
Man was declared genuine and called the “missing
link” between apes and man by important scientists of the time.
Because of this newfound “proof” men of God were openly ridiculed as
ignorant and improperly educated. Piltdown man was debunked four decades
later by chemical tests proving the jaw and skull were not the same age,
nor very old. It was a DELIBERATE fake. The
bones had been chemically treated and thoroughly stained to make
them appear prehistoric. Recognizable anatomical features
were broken off and filed down.
did this fraud by lawyer Charles Dawson fool the experts? For many
reasons, but it was never seriously questioned because the scientists of
the time were delighted by the way it validated their evolutionist
beliefs. For more details of the debunking read: ”The Piltdown
Forgery” by Joseph S. Weiner, the classic account of the most famous
and successful hoax in science. The new and revised 2002 edition is
commonly available. Today, the term “Piltdown” is a term of
ridicule, used to label fraudulent research, but the impact on the lives
of billions of trusting people has had powerful political implications
to this day.
The prover proves what
the thinker thinks and prejudice and political power seem
more important than the truth or the consistent practice of the scientific
method. If truth were important to them, they would use the scientific
method when criticizing The Bible but they do not. The
scientific method requires going to the source. Yet for these famous
disparagements they use the King James version instead of the original
Hebrew. Translated in 1611 by non-Christian King James of England for
political reasons the K.J.V. is one of the Colossal monuments of English
Prose. The King James Translation is not at all accurate enough to use as
the sole source for the defense of the Biblical Text.
Consider this example: One of the greatest conflicts between Science and
the Bible is the teaching that the world was created in six solar days of
24 hours each. The word " yom" in the source, the
original Hebrew text, which was translated as "Solar Day" had 56
other choices. Modern English has more than 60,000 words. Biblical Hebrew
had 3,000. The average English vocabulary has 6,000. My favorite choice of
the 56 other options:" an unimaginably long but complete period of
time" harmonizes with science perfectly. Another choice is:
"time itself". So as we can see, going to the source and using
the Scientific Method brings very different results than not going
to the source.
Getting past this, the order in which life appeared was identical to the
theory of evolution's claims in the Book of Genesis, leaving us to discuss
the stars, the next main source of conflict between Science and the Bible.
The Hebrew text says "a swaddling band around the Earth dissolved,
revealing the stars. The Prover proves what the thinker thinks. Here's a
fun thought - What if GOD is in control of evolution? What if it's his
hobby? What if there is really no conflict between Science and Religion?
The scientists cannot disprove the existence of GOD any more than they can
prove the Big Bang happened.
Albert Einstein saw no conflict between science
and religion. Like Galileo, Newton and other immortal greats of science
before him, Einstein believed in GOD.
Therefore, I present to you this idea: Modern Scientific beliefs are based
upon a leap of faith in the big bang theory. It has become a belief system
based on faith and therefore another form of religion. Scientists,
like priests can explain their beliefs but the everyday people accept it
all on faith. Scientists and doctors are the priests of this new religion,
getting angry and crying "heresy" when anyone respectfully disagrees
with them. I once had one of my supervisors in the UT anthropology
department explain to me for three hours on a research expedition in
mathematical terms how something could have ALWAYS existed, needing no
beginning point. When we agreed that the math was good he then made a
COLOSSAL leap of faith, saying "This proves the Universe has always
existed and there is no GOD." In one second I countered;" I
could just as easily jump to the conclusion that this proves the existence
of an eternal GOD." It is this "jumping to conclusions" or
as Steven Hawking put it; "making leaps of faith." that
infuses philosophy with their physics. Then there is the infusion of
politics; a perfect example is
Myth of Carbon 14 dating:
is totally irrelevant to the theory of evolution. Scientists never state
that carbon 14 dating offers proof for the theory of evolution. Ignorant
evolutionists, however, believe carbon 14 dating proves the theory of
evolution, and stubbornly make that claim based on faith in what they were
told in our learning institutions. They were DELIBERATELY lied to
to gain POLITICAL POWER. I will explain; Carbon 14 dating is ONLY reliable
for five thousand years as even its creator himself admitted in 1972.
Carbon 14 or Radiocarbon Dating was first devised in 1949 by Dr. Willard Libby.
It is based on the rate of decay of carbon 14 or its "half-life"
of 5730 years. This method offers reliable dates up to 5,000 years ago, but its results
require correction since Dr. Libby's belief that the levels of carbon-14
in the atmosphere were identical through the ages has long since been disproved.
Volcanoes and floods for example skew the results to the point where
guesswork or leaps of faith are required even in dating organic material
from historic times. Dr. Libby once expressed
his shock when he found that radio carbon dates for human artifacts
extended back only 5000 years and older dates were found to be unreliable. [W.F.Libby,
`Radiocarbon Dating', (Chicago, 1952), pp. 4-9] [CRSQ,
1972, 9:3, p. 157] By
this time tens of thousands of C-14 dates had been published from tests in
laboratories around the world. The textbooks and curriculums have yet to
be revised. Instead, a MYTH is being taught in our schools. There
are exciting new methods but wild guesses about the amount of Carbon 14 in
the atmosphere do not PROVE anything. Believers in GOD are called foolish
and ignorant on the political strength of this deliberate lie that Carbon
14 dating proves evolution.
The gross disrespect and intolerance I have seen of certain members of the
scientific and academic communities and their disciples toward anyone who disagrees with them is just
as arrogant and abusive as racial, sexual, religious, or any other kind of
Here's a great
example: Around 1910 in educated circles it was considered a mark of
ignorance to believe the Biblical record. There was little scientific
evidence available then to support the Bible's claims and academic circles
decided that was the end of the matter and as the decades moved on, the
scientific and academic communities stubbornly ignored tidal waves of new SCIENTIFIC evidence. One excellent example is in what the Bible
says about Abraham. In the early 20th century experts in the field
of archaeology insisted that no civilization even existed in UR of the
Chaldeans when the Bible records that Abraham lived there. On the basis
that no evidence was currently available they declared Abraham a
20th century evidence however has proven beyond any question the existence
of an advanced civilization in UR of the Chaldeans during the 21st and
20th centuries B.C.-That was Abraham's day! Abraham's historicity is also
confirmed by ancient inscriptions that bear the names of almost very town
mentioned in Ch. 12-14 of Genesis and one even has his father's name.
Archeological discoveries also show these towns were in existence until
about 2,000 B.C.- but not later!
No longer can the
Bible's critics get away with accusing us of being naive or foolish today
when we believe what the Bible says about Abraham like they used to in the
This is critical to
the belief systems of the world's great monotheistic religions Islam,
Judaism and Christianity who all claim ascendancy from Abraham. Why isn't
this commonly taught in schools? Many scientific professionals openly
abuse the authority of their positions to push their personal beliefs
and ignore the confirmed scientific data to hold on to political power. Other
Biblical confirmations from modern Archaeology include: Date and manner of
Jericho's fall, The exodus from Egypt, Major characters from the book of
Daniel and many others. The SCIENTIFIC proof is all there waiting for you
if you take the time to look it up.
Certain scientists and academics like to act like they know everything about the origins of the
Earth. They don't. Many of our long taught ideas about planetary science
have recently been proven completely wrong. Did you know that The Gas
Giants on the outside of our solar system and the surface of the Planet
Venus are DRASTICALLY different than what I was authoritatively taught
about them as a boy in school? If they
can't even tell us reliably how the solar system is today how can we rely
on their ideas about its distant unobservable origins? Yet
even in the face of constantly changing SCIENTIFIC evidence most
scientists are prone to UTTER DOGMATISM about their belief system. Science
is supposed to be the sum of the best knowledge we have at the time - incomplete but
always learning, always growing- but sometimes making serious mistakes.
Why admit things were COMPLETELY wrong about planetary science within the
solar system but NEVER MENTION the discovery of
the unreliability of Carbon 14 dating or the discovery of archaeological
evidence of Abraham being a historical figure?
Simple. There is no danger to the foundation of the belief system of this
new religion or it's social and political power base.
Mankind's only hope for continued survival on this
planet is to learn to tolerate each others differences and live in peace
with one another and in harmony with the environment. We're all in the
I do not believe that scientists should be
exempt from this challenge to be tolerant, since they created the
very things that could well destroy us, such as thermonuclear weapons
We all have a
lot of work to do if we are to survive. I write this in defense of my
faith and of the faiths of others which have been disparaged by these
attacks on the sacred writings of the world's great religions...If
we're going to have a better world we're going to need both better leaders
and better citizens.
believe that any belief in a higher power that must be answered to
makes us better citizens than if we believed that we are the ultimate life
form in the Universe.
~ H D Johnson 2007
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
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.
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!"
"THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME..."
(A Brief essay
dealing with attitudes toward Traditional Realistic Paintings, Pastels, Colored Pencils
and Art Numérica )
"Painting, in art,
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
Pastel, Acrylics, and Colored Pencils combined
Snobbism in the arts is nothing new. Some people will tell
you that oils are the only valid medium for realistic paintings. That Colored Pencil,
Digital, and other Realistic Painting and Drawing Media are not valid for
"real" art. Young artists, Don't let them bother you. Their forerunners used to
condemn Pastels before they gained acceptance and called them "crayons" when
Johann Alexander Thiele (1685-1752) invented them. Mercilessly disrespectful
art critics of the time could not stop the Experimentalists no matter how
attacked and derided them. "Crayon-painting" as it was called in England was
practiced early on by persecuted pioneers in Switzerland and many other nations. What a
debt we owe to these master artists who refused to knuckle under to the pressure of those
short-sighted critics during those historic and experimental times. It took until 1870
with the founding of the "Societe` Des Pastellistes" in France that respect
came at last to these heroic & immortal visual artists.
In England the liberation of the Pastellists from slight regard and
undeserved disrespect came with the first exhibition of "The Pastel Society" at
the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880. Pastel Painters like Mary Cassat and others from
America and other nations forever silenced the snobs with their masterworks and
gained recognition at long last for Thiele's invention as a valid art medium. I am
persuaded that history will repeat itself. Like Pastels, I believe these wonderful
new colored pencils and even Digital Realistic Art Media will one day
recognition they deserve as powerful mediums of artistic expression just as pastel
paintings did. What is your definition of art? Have you thought about it?
Mine is: "anything that
makes you feel or think."
dancing... it can be a little skip in the step or rise to the level of the incomparable
Russian Ballet. Did you know that just the materials alone for a single oil painting cost
up to a thousand dollars these days? Even paying the artist less than minimum wage no one
but the super rich can afford them anymore. Something's got to give. Realistic paintings
in oil have been highly prized for centuries and the appeal and following of realistic art
is undiminished to this day. Oil paintings featuring Abstract Art and Realistic Art are
generally the most treasured form of all the visual art media and with good reason. But
snobbish art critics favoring abstract art have declared that realistic
paintings, or illustrations are not art for a century. With so many
representationalist paintings by so many immortal master artists hanging in the
Louvre, the Hermitage, and the British Museum and others I think the disrespect for
realistic illustrators that dominated the 20th century is academically ridiculous as well
as vain and intolerant, insisting theirs is the only valid opinion. What is your
definition of Art? I believe almost any form of human expression can be raised to the
level of "high art" especially visual art and Realistic illustration...
The detail reveals Realistic
art and abstract art combined
By my own definition of art, which is: "anything that makes you feel or
think" most abstract paintings are not "real art" to me personally,
because abstract paintings usually neither make me feel or think, usually focusing
obsessively on technique and avoiding any coherent content. I usually draw a complete
blank mentally and emotionally when I look at them. In 1979 the Houston Metropolitan
Museum of Art displayed a triptych of 3 giant paintings they paid fifty thousand
dollars for- three blank white canvasses entitled "untitled". Then there
was "The incredible new artistic Genius "with an I.Q. of 62
...Congo the chimpanzee
with his gala New York art exhibition...an elaborate prank played on the Snobbish American
Art critics about a generation ago by research scientists in the field of primatology.
Imagine how upset they were when he created one of his "ingenious masterpieces"
right before their eyes.
( My Source for this is the Time Life
Science Library volume entitled "The Primates". )
Art education has been almost completely removed from American
Schools as a result of generations of this kind of fabulous nonsense contributing to
America's cultural illiteracy crisis. Now, the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo,
and other notables are being removed from school libraries. After generations of
this, most American college graduates today cannot name even one living visual artist,
abstract or realistic.
There is no way that mandating
more math, requiring more reading, or scheduling more science will replace what we have
lost as a culture.
What is your definition of Art?
Abstract Paintings by Congo the Chimpanzee outsold Warhol and Renoir by
over 25,000 dollars in June 2005 at a London art auction. Born in 1954,
Congo created more than 400 drawings and paintings between the ages of two
and four. He died in 1964 of tuberculosis. There is no precedent for this
kind of sale.
Essay Two : The Rebirth
More thoughts on realistic art
yesterday and today by the artist
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.
Photography, Drawing, Painting and Art
of Realistic art has been the goal of most artists since the dawn of civilization.
Realistic art was the pride of ancient Greece. The world's greatest museums are full of
realistic art. Realistic art WAS art until the advent of the abstract expressionist
movement in the twentieth century. The coming of the camera in the nineteenth century
changed realistic art forever. Suddenly, realistic art was not the only way to create
realism in portraits and historical records. The work of the realistic artist was suddenly
made into an expensive luxury. The political power of the realistic artist was broken and
they were no longer an indispensable member of society. Hostility to the
creators of realistic art goes back to ancient times and the jealousy of advisers to the
Pharaohs and others who were not able to spend as much time with their rulers as their
portraitists. Although with the aid of photographs, realistic art achieved
levels of excellence undreamed of, the realistic art movement of the late nineteenth
century was short.
of these people earning their living creating realistic art could compete with the speed
and low cost of photographic portrature. Determined to survive, great realistic
artists like Pablo Picasso ingeniously turned inward and began to explore things that could
not be photographed in a new school of art, abstract expressionism. The day of the fine
art superstars had arrived. It was now largely just a hobby to abstract and realistic
artists alike. Illustration, because of advances in printing technology
enabled an elite
few to earn a living with their realistic art. These illustrators working in realistic art
media were condemned and ridiculed in much the same way Europe's great symphonic
composers were condemned for working in motion pictures after fleeing the nazis during
World War Two. The rift between realistic and abstract art grew wider and wider. The
universities and key media usually sided with the abstract camp and derided anyone working
in any realistic art media declaring boldly that realistic art was not "real"
art. Immortal giants of realistic art such as Maxfield Parrish were mistreated their
entire lives. They were accused of selling out for creating beautiful pieces of realistic
fine art to earn a living. The attitude that the true artist must suffer and starve and
die in poverty became a rule. There were the Abstract art superstars, the professional
realistic illustrators, and the hobbyists who, although cut off from gainful employment
and social influence still recognized their artistic gifts as a calling rather than a
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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