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Art is prophesy

January 20, 2009

The Throne of God and the Creatures of the ChariotArt in a church setting is often associated with worship. (How many ministries have a “worship arts” program?) And worship it is. King David danced before the Lord in worship. He wrote the Psalms. Music is used in almost every local church gathering to facilitate worship. Worship arts are good.

What’s captivated my imagination lately is prophetic arts.

I realize the term “prophetic” has an acute, often grating, connotation these days. I’m not talking about any of what goes on at certain “Christian” gatherings or the merch tables set up outside them. And I’m not refering to special “prophetic” people. I’m talking about you and me and Ezekiel.

“You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem. Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around. Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel.” (Ezekiel 4:1-3)

God sets up Ezekiel to warn the people that they’ve turned away from God and judgment is coming. There’s always a window of mercy, and there’s always a prophet to tell people when that window is about to close. God is just. Judgment will come, but He gives people every opportunity to turn back to Him so that judgment will be lessened.

Ezekiel did a lot of things to warn people; to make it clear to them what was about to happen. I like this one, though. God says, “Paint a picture.” It probably wasn’t fine art. I’m sure it didn’t take Ezekiel weeks, or even days, to complete it, but it’s the medium God chose to portray the coming invasion.

Art can be worship, but art can also be prophecy. Fine art, abstract art – I’m not just talking about Renaissance paintings. The great AND terrible day of the Lord is about to break in on creation! It’s dramatic. It’s chaotic. It’s exciting. It’s terrifying. The whole world will be in turmoil, but within every believer will be perfect peace. No artist heretofore has had such a well to draw from in creating art!

Art should be prophetic because so many believers are so talented, and we’re called to prepare the way of the Lord! What would happen if the artistic Christian community decided to toss out their portfolios and live for the glory of the King of kings, instead of their own? What if some of the best music, painting, photography, etc. was urging conversation not only of technique and style but of the Revelation of Jesus Christ at His coming?

(PS – Stephen and Chad over at The Flyingman Workshop are two guys doing it. Who do you know?)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2009 11:32 pm

    There is some really cool apocolyptic art out there, one particular artist I;m thinking of, but I can’t remember her name off hand.

    As for prophetic, check out Stephen Sawyer is awesome!

  2. Lex permalink
    January 21, 2009 5:33 pm

    Thanks, JC, I’ll check him out!

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