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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

16:22

The Great Reset

The Great Reset
British Police run from giant robots threatening to squash all they see as racist - "the mob" whipped up by radical political groups funded by those who want world domination and power - They call it - "The Great Reset" a polite term for revolution - but its actually about destabilizing democracies and undermining freedom. Race has been weaponized in this war to silence and demonize all who do not agree, at the same time sowing seeds of division and hatred - Many already lost jobs or removed from their posts because they do not agree or accept the narrative driven by radical Marxists/communists. Many already cave in through fear....if we look at history....we see many parallels, and its precisely what happened..when Hitler and the Nazis rose to power. He used the race card to demonize Jewish people and blame them to get what they wanted. Also the communists had lots of practice destabilizing nations since World War 2, using the same tactics and strategy. And sadly today, we see a parallel. The threat is real - As the famous quote says “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So this is not the moment to be fearful...this is not a moment to be hiding under the table, or behind the curtains thinking it will all blow over. What does the scripture say - "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 We who belong to the true Church have the answer......
We hear much about Black lives matter, White lives matter, All lives matter....But there is only one thing that truly matters. Are we washed in the blood of the Lamb? If not, it makes everything else rather irrelevant. Because it is only through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ we are truly reconciled to God and Man. Those of us who already belong to Christ and in the household of faith are united, whatever skin colour. It's a glorious reality, a wonderful reality..which we must celebrate and live out! We must reflect this on earth as it is in heaven….where no racism or injustice exists…..let it be on earth as it is in Heaven in and through our lives. Churches must unite and visibly demonstrate this unity we have in Christ publicly. Proclaiming unity in the streets and squares...The world needs to see this reality we have in Christ .. Now is the time to March for Jesus!

Thursday, 4 June 2020

19:49

Lo! he comes with clouds descending

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Lo! He comes with Clouds Descending
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Last week. (Weekending 31/05/2020)  ......I was wondering about many things....and what is happening in life, to the state of the world, but also to those who die without Christ......wondering what I could do better to reach the lost. As I lay in a melancholic state of mind .....The tune of a majestic Hymn by Charles Wesley came to mind...and blew the melancholy away!
Lo! he comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluya! Alleluya! Alleluya!
God appears, on earth to reign.
My heart jumped at this joyous thought of Christs’ return, this majestic hymn so eloquently conveys! The wondrous thought of Christ’s return! Let us savour this wondrous thought! But do we all look forward to that day? As we better believe….not a maybe, or a could be….it's a certainty! Live your life in the light of Christ's return…and YOU will be full of joy!
But someone might say, what about the lost you were thinking about? Well of course we pray and endevour to be a faithful witness.... But the day is coming when time passes to Eternity...and for the Christian it will be joy unspeakable...but for the lost who die without Christ - it is too late. God knows when this will happen ...and the signs are already happening as it is written in scripture…...
Jim Stier of YWAM Brasil, prayed recently week for the Lord to pour out a great wave of the fear of the Lord during these times….Let us agree with Jim in prayer and say - Amen!


Portuguese Translation

Semana Anterior. (Fim de semana 31/05/2020) ...... Eu estava pensando em muitas coisas .... e o que está acontecendo na vida, no estado do mundo, mas também naqueles que morrem sem Cristo .... .. pensando no que eu poderia fazer melhor para alcançar os perdidos. Enquanto eu estava em um estado mental melancólico ..... A música de um majestoso hino de Charles Wesley veio à mente ... e surpreendeu a melancolia!
Olha, Ele vem descendo nas nuvens,
Uma vez morto para nossa salvação;
Milhares e milhares de santos que comparecem,
Eles engrossam o triunfo para o Seu povo:
Aleluia! Aleluia! Aleluia!
Deus aparece na terra para reinar!.
Meu coração pulou com esse pensamento alegre da volta de Cristo, este hino majestoso que é tão eloquentemente transmitido! O maravilhoso pensamento da volta de Cristo! Vamos saborear esse pensamento maravilhoso! Mas todos estamos ansiosos para esse dia? Como é melhor acreditarmos ... não um talvez, ou um poderia ser ... é uma certeza! Viva sua vida à luz da volta de Cristo ... e você será cheio de alegria!
Mas alguém poderia dizer: e os perdidos em que você estava pensando? Bem, é claro que oramos e nos esforçamos para ser uma testemunha fiel .... Mas está chegando o dia em que o tempo passa para a Eternidade ... e para o cristão será uma alegria indescritível ... mas para os perdidos que morrem sem Cristo - é muito tarde. Deus sabe quando isso vai acontecer ... e os sinais já estão acontecendo, como está escrito nas escrituras ...
Jim Stier, da JOCUM Brasil, rezou recentemente na semana passada para que o Senhor
derramar uma grande onda de temor do Senhor durante esses tempos ... Vamos concordar com Jim em oração e dizer - Amém!


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

02:52

Scripture Clock

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What exactly does the Scripture Clock mean?  That was the question I was asking myself. This curious clock and explanation are contained in a book called  "Memories of Gospel Triumphs Among the Jews During the Victorian Era" (1894)  I bought it years ago, a fascinating book to study, but I always felt something more could be done with the Scripture Clock than just leave it unseen within its pages. For those of you familiar with the designs by William C Miles - Gospel Compass and Gospel Target prints one can see similarities, but the Scripture Clock is very different in application and specifically in helping Jewish people know their identity, hope and destiny contained in the scriptures.   It was originally designed and published by Rev John Dunlop -  Secretary of the British Society for the Jews.  The original format and image was only black and white and limited to being printed within a book. Making it now into a colour print with explanation, should reach a wider audience displayed on walls and homes. The text is written, as found - English language from 1894, readers then would have understood. But today's readers?  It isn't easy, the language even though English belongs to a different era. The use of Roman Numerals for the scripture texts is also a further challenge for the unaccustomed.  I listed all the 12 scriptures used in the hours of the clock below to understand better. After some prayer and meditation it started to dawn on me what the Scripture Clock means.  It is 12 carefully selected scriptures to use when presenting the Gospel to Jewish people. Each scripture is a reminder, to help Jews know who they are, their nation, their land, their need....and their Saviour. If these scriptures are adhered to in presenting the Gospel, it should lead many to the 12th hour of the Jewish Clock - “Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe” 
It speaks on so many levels to the identity and destiny of the Jewish people.   

So here it is, republished in 2020 after 126 years! You could say  a lot has happened since 1894!  The Jews returned to their home land and now visibly established as a nation once again, Israel - Just as the scriptures teach.

Why are the four seasons displayed on the clock? - Summer, Winter Autumn, Spring? And why are they arranged so curiously?  The sons of Issachar will know - The are called to understand the times and seasons - And also this Scripture clock. 

"And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment." 1 Chronicles 12:32 (KJV)    

Below are the 12 scriptures - I left them in Kings James Version as that is how they were written to be originally understood. 

The Scripture Clock - 12 hours - 12 Scriptures

1 “Jews” - The first occurance of this word “The Jews” in the Old testament  “At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.”  2 Kings 16:6 (KJV)


2 “The Jews”The first occurance of this word “The Jews” in the New Testament “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him”. Matthew 2:2 (KJV)


3 - Jews by Nature - “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,”  Galatians 2:15-21 (KJV)


4 - “The Land of the Jews”    "And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:”,  Acts 10:39 (KJV)


5 - “The Nation of the Jews”   “And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews,” Acts 10: 22 (KJV)


6 - “For Salvation is of the Jews”  “ Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” John 4:22 (KJV)


7 - “Write not the King of the Jews” “Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.” John 19:21 (KJV)


8 - “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews” “And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.”  John 19:19 (KJV)


9 - “We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a Stumbling block”.  “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness”  1 Corinthians 1:23  (KJV)


10 - “Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks.”   “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Acts 20:21 (KJV)


11 - “I became as a Jew that I might gain the Jews.”  “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law” 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (KJV)


12 - “Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe” “And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:  Acts 21:20 (KJV)
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The Explanation of the Scripture Clock - Rev J. Dunlop -  Secretary of the British Society for the Jews.

The Voice of the Clock.
JOHN BERRIDGE wrote, and pasted on his clock, the following lines : —
" Here my master bids me stand,
And mark the time with faithful hand ; 
What is his will is my delight, 
To tell the hours by day, by night. 
Master, be wise, and learn of me, 
To serve thy God as I serve thee ! "

So would we give the clock a voice, as it strikes the hours, and make it speak the words of God, concerning the Jews.

The Clock strikes
I. " Jews."—" This word " says Dr. Eadie " first occurs in this passage (ii. Kings xvi. 6), and denotes the Judeans, or men of Judah, in contradistinction from the seceding ten tribes who retained the name of Israel. The name Israelite's was applied to the twelve tribes or descendants of Jacob (Israel) as a body; but after the separation of the tribes, the above distinction obtained until the Babylonish Captivity, which terminated the existence of the kingdom of Judah; and thenceforward, until the present day, the descendants of Jacob are called Jews, and constitute one of the two classes into which the whole human family is frequently divided, viz., Jews and Gentiles." (Rom. ii. 9, 10.)
II. " The Jews." -Here the word "Jews" occurs for the first time in the New Testament. The Jews were regarded by the wise men, as a people, with Jesus as their King.
III. "Jews by Nature."—"Jews by nature," not by proselytism, Jews like Paul and Peter, have cast away their trust in the law, and have been justified by believing in Jesus.
IV. " Land of the Jews."—That land should be to us most interesting, as it wras trodden by the feet, and hallowed by the presence of Immanuel.
V. " The Nation of the Jews."—" A nation that living shall die, and dying shall live; that trampled by all, shall trample upon all; that bleeding from a thousand wounds, shall be unhurt; that beggared, shall wield the wealth of nations; that without a name, shall sway the councils of kings; that without a city, shall inhabit in all kingdoms ; that scattered like the dust, shall be bound together like the rock; that perishing by the sword, by the chain, by famine, by fire, shall be imperishable, unnumbered, glorious as the stars of heaven."
VI. " For Salvation is of the Jews," —The Author of Salvation, the first preachers of salvation, and the word of salvation, were all " of the Jews."
VII. " Write not the king of the Jews,"—said Jewish Priests to Pilate. But Pilate neither would nor could alter what he had written.
The Clock strikes
VIII. " Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.',
IX. " We preach Christ Crucified unto the Jews a Stumbling-block." Seeing that the preaching of the cross excited the deepest hostility of the Jews, why did the Apostles preach it ? Because there was no other way of bringing them to penitence, pardon, peace, and purity. While the preaching of the Cross was to many Jews a " stumbling-block," it was to many the stepping-stone from Earth to Paradise.
X. " Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks."
XI. " I  became as a jew that I might
gain the Jews."—These voices of the clock, teach us how to win the Jew for Jesus. While testifying of repentance toward God, and faith in Christ, treat the Jew as a brother.
As the clock strikes ~
XII. we learn the grand result of adhering to this method.
"Thou seest, brother, how many thousands (lit., myriads) of Jews there are which believe."—Let the disciples of Christ adopt this method now, and the same result will follow. In it we have the prophecy of a golden time coming for God's ancient and beloved people.
" The Jews," said one, " have been sprinkled like millions of globules of quicksilver over the length and breadth of the world; every drop reflecting bright beams from the past, and mirroring forth the morn' ing of a glorious future."
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The Clock and the Society Commended by the late Rev. C. H. Spurgeon.
Our friend, Mr. Spurgeon, was kind enough to give our Scripture Clock the first place in his admirable Magazine " The Sword and the Trowel," for May, 1880, and with it the following interesting note :—
" This Clock was brought out in the Jewish Herald, which is the excellent monthly organ of the British Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews, and it struck us as worthy of a wider circulation. We commend it and the Society to the thoughtful minds of all believers. Has not the time come in which the Church will lay the seed of Israel more upon her heart ? "


The Scripture Clock

Sunday, 17 May 2020

01:15

The Gospel Ship

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The Gospel Ship is now republished from an original Chomolithograph print circa 1880s - 1900s.  The designer HY. P - Henry Pickering  (1858–1941) was a well known Christian publisher and Journalist. And made an ingenious way to apply scripture and Bible texts into a maritime theme.  One other similar picture had been designed about the same time and was mentioned in an article in the Herts Advertiser 29th January 1887.  Title "Homeward Bound" designed by WCM - WIlliam Charles Miles, journalist and designer of the Gospel Compass and Gospel Target.  It is not known if any examples of WCMs "Homeward Bound still exist...but if any visitors know of any examples, please contact me.  It is not known if Henry Pickering designed other pictures, but one other design is similar - The Gospel Lifeboat, is a similar idea with Biblical texts and scriptures.  The source and inspiration for the picture is not clear. But in Rev J H Vincent's 'Curiosities of the Bible' (New York, 1888) gives us an outline to the pictures design, with an explanation of religious quotes and texts to explain teachings from the Bible.
The Gospel Ship

Emigrants for Emmanuel's Land should lose no time in having- their places secured, as only one voyage is made from our shores to that happy country.
The vessel's name—The Gospel Ship.   Matt viii. 23.
Port from which it sails - The City of Destruction. Psalm. cxiii. 4; Isa. xix.18.
Destination - Emmanuel's Land. Isa. viii. ; Heb x.14.
Time of sailing - To-day.   Heb. iv. 7 ; 2 Cor. vi. 2.
Price of passage — Without money. Isa.lv. I; Rev. xxi. 17.
Captain's name - Jesus Christ. Matt. xiv. 25 ; Mark iv. 37.
Crew -  Converts and Ministers. Matt xiv. 23; Eph. iv.
Passengers - Sinners saved by Grace.  1 Cor 1. 2;  Acts 6.
Sea over which it passes - Time.   James iv. 14 ; Rev. x. 3.
Light-house—The Holy Scriptures. 2Cor. vi. 4 ; Isa. 58.
Compass—Truth.   Psalm xliii. :3.
Sails - Faith and Love.   1 Thess. i. 3.
Wind - The Holy Spirit.  John iii. 8; Gal. v. 22, 23.
Helm - Grace.   Eph. iv. 5; 2 Thess. ii. 16.
Anchor—Hope.   Heb. vi. 19.
Passengers are supplied with everything on the voyage. "My God shall supply all your need."—Phil. iv. 19. "And yet there is room."— Luke v. 22.
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For further reflection.......
 A vision of a Gospel ship on dry land was seen by many during the Hebridean Revival...
"Another night, as we left, we saw in the open field, a ship, as if it was a navy ship, all lit up, all lit up between the masts and everything. But we knew it wasn't real...... for it was on dry land, it was on dry land. We couldn't, we couldn't say a word. None of us could even speak. "Be still, and know that I am God" That's all that we could say."  Donald John Smith. (Eyewitness)

Alistair Petrie commenting on the Hebridean Revival and vision of a Gospel ship...."Where they see His profound divinity coming as a Gospel ship which a whole lot of them saw at one point,  and they all saw this ship which has been seen only a very few times in history so I'm told."  

  The above qoutes from video from The Sentinel Group 
                                        The Hebrides Revival: A Retrospective 
In October, 2007, George Otis, Jr., along with son, Brook, and a small team, returned to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Their purpose was to meet people who had experienced the extraordinary revivals that occurred there in the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and early '50s. 
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Also an article written in 1872
Vision of a Bible Ship  
The following article was found among the papers of the late A.W. Pollok, B. A., who graduated from Dalhousie College in April 1872, and was drowned at Port Hawkesbury in August of the same year.
"As I lay musing a vision passed before me of a noble ship. She was built in the New Jerusalem, and her builder and maker was God. Her timbers were of the strong oaks of Zion, her masts of the tree of Calvary, and her rigging of the cords of love, her cable of the three-fold cords of faith, hope, and love, which could not easily be broken. Her helm glittered like the star of prophecy. Her anchor was from Immanuel's land. Her figure-head was the emblem of righteousness, and her name was the Word of God. From stem to stem, from deck to keel, she was a goodly ship. Her deck was the broad platform on which Christians stand. Her guns thundered forth the terrors of the law, but her mission was emphatically peace. 'Her weapons were not carnal, but spiritual, mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.' Her painting was beauty. She was streaked with white, and sprinkled with blood. Her ship's crew were the Apostles and Prophets. Her captain the Prince of Peace. Her cargo was truth, and her broad banner love, the inscription 'Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will to men.' She sailed over a tempestuous ocean. The billows of hell drove furiously over her bows, but her bulwarks were impregnable. She carried no boats for her safety, because she never could go down. Her progress was onward, wafted by the breezes of the Eternal. She sailed from the port of heaven, and her destination was to the habitable parts of the globe, and her mission to the ends of the earth. The nations hailed her approach with joy. She scattered blessings in her course, and returned homeward bound, freighted with living souls, and anchored under the throne of God and the Lamb.

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Monday, 27 April 2020

23:06

The Battle God Won

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The Battle Which God Won
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The picture, my visual interpretation of what happened the night I took a break from painting a battle picture and watch a TV program about the Shroud of Turin 1982. To understand one has to see through spiritual eyes! - Two pictures in one....The Charge of the Light Brigade painted 1981 - 83, in the background and in the centre when God broke into my life in 1982. depicting the Sword of the Spirit - The Word of God. For along time I have the battle picture (pictured below) in storage, not knowing what to do with it, but for me it marks a tremendous turning point in my life...and so I decided to make the battle picture divided in two halves and include my testimony.
 Little did I know when I began the Charge of the Light Brigade picture ......There was another battle going on, a heavenly one ....It was a battle which God won for my soul. As I grew up I would often read stories of famous battles in history, and would often paint different battle pictures.... so I found the story of the Charge of the Light Brigade very inspiring. When I was younger I had even seen the 1968 movie of the same name. So when I started the Charge of the Light Brigade painting 1981 I was going to put all my effort into it, up until then I only made pictures which took a day or a week or two ...but this was going to be different. Because this picture I was planning to enter for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, I was 21 years of age....and no idea how long the picture would take...it didn't matter...I was going to make a great picture, at least try to. It took one year alone for composition and sketching!

But something special happened along the way, the most wonderful thing happened in my life...and that's why I made two pictures into one...its my story how God brought me to Himself through Jesus Christ. The Charge of the Light Brigade painting has a lot of soldiers with swords! But there is another sword far sharper which I want to show, its the heavenly sword, called the Word of God! ......The scripture says "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12. Its this image of the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, I wanted to depict cutting in half the Charge of the Light Brigade ....because this was when God broke into my life. 
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Jesus Really is True!
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The picture - Flying bricks of unbelief...whatever is this? - The Shroud of Turin on a TV screen.....And the fiery Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit bearing down upon the young man seated watching....What does this mean? To give some background to the picture - The Shroud of Turin, this mysterious, enigmatic piece of linen cloth, some believe to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ....still fascinates and baffles even after all these centuries because it is so remarkable, even if it is fake - It has to be the most remarkable work of art produced by an unknown artist....or any known artist for that matter. But what is even more intriguing is God should use the Shroud of Turin to ambush an artist centuries later - A careless unbelieving sinner....That artist happens to be me....Its part of my story which took place in 1982. But now in recent times I started looking again after finding the old TV program about the Shroud on Youtube which aired on British television all those years ago. It is very significant how we come to Christ...and so now I have been trying to understand better, my own story and the Shroud of Turin and the Word of God. 
What is important to remember - Whatever the enemy wants to use for evil, God always works it for good....For those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 My testimony - As I grew up there were times when I had definite experiences of God and His mercy, but it wasn't until I was 23 years of age, I experienced what the Bible describes as Born again of the Spirit (John 3:3-8) Up till that time I was basically living my own life to please myself, never understanding what being a Christian really means, I was doing my own thing living for myself. Then one night I watched a program about the Shroud of Turin, which some think is the burial Shroud of Jesus, but I was curious about this and was just sitting back watching the program about the Shroud, when the thought suddenly hit me..........."What if Jesus really is true and He's coming back?!!!" It was quite a shock to my system - the fact was, I was living life as if God didn't exist, and then I started to catch a glimpse of what Judgement day means for those who do not belong to Jesus - it was too horrifying! - I knew I wasn't ready to meet Him. I could dimly remember the scripture that says about the wicked who run to the rocks of the mountains and cry "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" Revelation 6:15-17

I could not rationalize or wriggle out of it. That night I went upstairs to find a Gideon New Testament which had been given to me by the Gideon's years before at school. I just had to check out what the Bible say's about Judgement Day and what happens to the wicked, I was reading it off and on for awhile, but the conviction grew the more I read, I knew I was a sinner and had to get right with God. I realize now it was the Holy Spirit convicting me, who Jesus promised would come. John 16:8-11. Finally one night I knelt beside my bed, and weeping I started making my peace with God. That night I yielded my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, I knew my prayers had been heard, I had passed from death to life. A few days later while reading the New Testament I saw the awesome majesty of the Lord I had never seen before, I bowed my head and rested it on the Testament and was filled with the Holy Spirit - a power came into my life I had not known before. This was in November 1982 I became a Christian, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I still wonder and marvel at what God did, I used to be afraid of death but now I look forward to spending eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ, it is an amazing wonderful hope! Jesus promised that whoever drinks the water He gives will never thirst, indeed, the water He gives will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Those of us who have drunk the water Jesus gives will know the truth, the spring of water within is witnessing to us about the truth of His promise, its something the world simply does not know or understand many people demand evidence before they will believe and yet the evidence is here all along if we would but drink the water Jesus gives we would find evidence enough............Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17
My life with the picture after I was converted?

Next year will be the 40th anniversary when I started the Charge of the Light Brigade picture. But its only until now I have been able to process this.  I wrestled with the subject of my testimony and the picture for along time, trying to understand it......then there was the TV program about the Shroud. .....but after finding the program about the Shroud of Turin on youtube it helped me to revisit again, Seeing it after all these years and what happened felt strange after so many years.....but in a good way...I am so grateful to God for His mercy when I came to  Christ....so I decided to make a picture. 
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Jesus Really is True!
The picture turned out a bit different than what I was thinking, and I am glad it did........When I finished the picture above .....I started to think about the battle picture I was painting at the time in 1982 when I took a break to watch the program about the Shroud.  
Looking back is perhaps easier to be more objective:  To give some idea of the struggle........ After I had became a Christian, I was wrestling inside myself about what to do with the battle picture and what the Lord wanted me to do with it... so I put it on the altar so to speak... the picture was about half finished.. So I decided I needed to burn it! and so when I thought the coast was clear, I tried to discreetly walk out of the house with the picture, but my father saw me and asked "Where are you going with the picture?....So I told him, I was going to burn it....If I remember rightly He said, "Dont do that....give it a rest for awhile, you might want to return to painting it. So I did just that, I relented and returned to painting it later. I have my father to thank for intervening, but I think some how the Lord alerted my father at the right moment too!

I did enter it to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1984. and I had some feedback from military experts... Apparently the Hussars tunics were not dark enough. My hope of selling the picture to the military didn't work out.....but you could say my interest in military pictures waned after my conversion...so I never did alter the tunics. The Lord now had my full attention! But for so many years I am baffled about the picture or what to do with it.......but now after dividing the picture into two in Photoshop and placing the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God and how God broke into my life.   I think I am satisfied, I have shown the impact of what happened.
Questions: Could you have done this 40 years ago? Why did it take nearly 40 years to do something like this?
While I had a degree of natural raw talent and ability......I still had much to learn and  experience ......When I started the Charge of the Light Brigade picture...I was at the limit of my ability, and had to loan library books to study the uniforms, weapons, regiments and what took place....a local library is limited what it has to offer. And I was miles away from the big libraries and museums.  Whereas the World Wide Web offers a global library at our fingertips! Back then Computers were primitive and not readily available. The internet still had to be born - January 1, 1983 and it wouldn't be before February 19, 1990  that Photoshop software would appear. In the years since, the graphics industry has seen tremendous change....one could say a visual revolution has taken place...which simply did not exist during previous generations. .....and I got to be part of it. I first started to become familiar with computer graphics in 1999.......But if someone had told me back when I started the battle picture 1981, what I would be doing with graphics today, I am sure I would find it amazing and how much change has taken place.  

Question: Did you enter more pictures to the Royal Academy afterwards?
I did...but my artwork was not accepted. It was a landscape picture....I think I can just about remember the journey back to Shropshire on the train with the picture. I had an empty feeling and had a lot of questions about being both a Christian and an artist..I was wrestling inside. Because at that time I still had a lot more to learn and it wasn't only painting......I can look back now with gratitude to God...because he is faithful!
This story continues...there is still a lot more to come.......


Artwork © Peter N Millward

Monday, 30 December 2019

14:38

The Calvary Express

The Calvary Express

The Calvary Express - Those who have watched the children’s movie “The Polar Express” will recognize the themes of the picture….and some changes! – The movie is a favourite every Christmas, and millions of children and adults will be settling down to watch the movie… how a small boy is transported to the North Pole with lots of other children to see Santa Claus………..But what if the movie was about the real message of Christmas? and the Polar Express had instead been called “The Calvary Express” I expect the movie directors would have to make lots of changes, and instead of a make believe story…they would have to convey the real message of Christmas about the Saviour Jesus Christ, redeeming a lost mankind and how true belief and faith in Him alone ultimately decides our destination – When the Lord of Glory – Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary…. He quite literally put His life on the line …. and his death at the Cross paid the price only He could pay to redeem lost sinners. Do we believe Him? Do we truly believe? Then we must believe the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him. On His train only one ticket is accepted…….     So with this in mind let us worship and focus on the one who is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever - The Lord Jesus Christ. With the way things are in the world...one can perhaps be forgiven wondering how much longer things can go on, but the Lord’s timing is perfect….. And so we pray “Come Lord Jesus quickly!”


Monday, 21 October 2019

03:43

The Gospel Lifeboat

The Gospel Lifeboat



THE GOSPEL LIFEBOAT or, Salvation for the Perishing.

A New Edition based on the Original “Gospel Lifeboat” circa early 1900s produced for The Lighthouse Literature Mission – Samuel H. Strain, Director. “The Lighthouse” Belfast, Ireland.

This new edition of “The Gospel Lifeboat” we hope will be a fitting memorial and remembrance of the valuable work and ministry of the Lighthouse Literature Mission and Samual H Strain who founded it in 1904. During his lifetime, Mr Strain maintained communication with hundreds of Lighthouse keepers and their families all over the world for 36 years, supplying much needed parcels and literature to those engaged in this lonely and at times perilous enterprise of Lightkeeping.

The Gospel Lifeboat Picture - Most people when they hear or read about lifeboats, will think of the amazing and courageous work of the Lifeboat service – The RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution. But many may not realise of another intrigueing application for the lifeboat – A spiritual one! Little information is available about how the picture came about…..Although Charles Spurgeon was often using mariner metaphors in his sermons and gave the sermon illustration of the "Gospel Lifeboat" delivered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington 1862 “Yet There is Room” This was eventually published in 1910 and it may well have inspired the designer of the original “Gospel Lifeboat” published for the LLM.

From Charles Spurgeon's Sermon 1862 -

“Here is another picture. There has been a wreck out there upon the coast. The ship has struck upon the rocks and she is fast going to pieces. Some of the poor mariners are clinging to the mast—they have been hanging there for hours. Heavy seas have broken over them and they can hardly retain their hold. Some of the crew have already become exhausted and have fallen off into the deep—and the others who are clinging for dear life are almost frozen with cold! But look there—a rocket goes up—they believe that they have been spotted and, after a while, they see that a lifeboat is coming to their rescue! Perhaps the brave men give a cheer as they row with all their might to let the poor shipwrecked sailors know that there is help at hand. As the lifeboat comes nearer, its captain cries, “Oh, what a lot of men! What can we do with so many? We will take as many of you as we can, but there is not room for all.” The men are helped off the wreck, one after the other, until they seem to fill the boat. Each man’s place has two crammed into it, but at last the captain says, “It’s no use. We can’t take any more. Our boat is so full that she’ll go down if we put in another man.” It’s all over with those poor souls that must be left behind, for before the gallant boat can make another trip, they must all have fallen into the waves of the sea and been lost.

The Gospel Lifeboat

But I have no such sad tale to tell you tonight, for my Master’s gospel lifeboat has thus far taken in but few compared with those she will yet take! I know not how many she will hold, but this I do know, that a multitude which no man can number shall be found within her and, amid songs of everlasting joy, they shall all be safely landed on the blessed shore where rocks and tempests will never again trouble them! The lifeboat is not yet full—there is still room in her for all who will trust in Jesus! Poor mariner, give up clinging to that wreck on the rocks! Poor sinner, give up clinging to your works and to your sins! There is room in the gospel lifeboat for you and all who will put themselves under the care of the great captain of salvation, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! 
Source -  www.spurgeongems.org

The Gospel Lifeboat

The Gospel Lifeboat Rescueing the Lost

The Gospel Lifeboat Rescueing the Lost

There is no information when Samual H. Strain of the LLM would have had the design of the “Gospel Lifeboat” published. But must be sometime after 1904. The LLM also published the Lightkeeper magazine which ran from about 1909 till 1911.

An interesting feature is the many scripture references which help us to understand and see what the Gospel Lifeboat is all about. Excellent for Bible study, Churches and Youth Groups. Placed at the entrance of churches and fellowships it is sure to focus hearts and minds on the Great Commission.

A number of Gospel themed lithographs have been made during the Victorian era with connections to the sea – The Gospel Compass and The Bible Wheel are among those which are also available.

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The Gospel Lifeboatmen

The Gospel Lifeboatmen

Another Sermon by Charles H Spurgeon using the illustration of the Lifeboat.

A Sermon Delivered On Sunday Morning, January 6, 1861, By Pastor C. H. Spurgeon. At Exeter Hall, Strand.

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. (Col 4:2) 14. 3.

....................."Thirdly, continue in prayer, because souls shall be saved as the result of your entreaties. Can you stand on the beach for a moment,—you can scarcely see, but yet you may discern by the lights of lanterns, various brave men launching the lifeboat. It is out—they have taken their seats; helmsman and rowers, all strong hearts, determined to save their fellows or to perish. They have gotten far away now into the midst of the billows and we have lost sight of them, but in spirit we will take our stand in the midst of the boat. What a sea rolled in just then! If she were not built for such weather, she would surely have been overturned. See that tremendous wave, and how the boat leaps like a seabird over its crest. See now again, it has plunged into a dreary furrow, and the wind, like some great plough, turns up the water on either side as though it were clods of mould. Surely the boat will find her grave, and be buried in the sheet of foam;—but no, she comes out of it, and the dripping men draw a long breath. But the mariners are discouraged, they have strained themselves bending those oars, and they would turn back, for there is small hope of living in such a sea, and it is hardly possible that they will ever reach the wreck. But the brave captain cries out, “Now, my bold lads, for God’s sake, send her on! A few more pulls of the oar and we shall be alongside; the poor fellows will be able to hold on a minute or two longer, now pull for dear life.” See how the boat leaps, see how she springs as though she were a living thing, a messenger of mercy intent to save. Again, he says “Once more, once again, and we will do it,”—no, she has been dashed aside from the ship for a moment, that sea all but did her in, but the helmsman turns her around, and the captain cries, “Now, my boys, once more;” and every man pulls with lusty sinews, and the poor shipwrecked ones are saved. Indeed, it is just so with us now. Long have Christ’s ministers, long have Christ’s Church pulled with the gospel lifeboat, let us pull again. Every prayer is a fresh stroke of the oar, and all of you are oarsmen. Yes, you feeble women, you confined to your beds, confined to your bedrooms, who can do nothing else but pray, you are all oarsmen in this great boat. Pull yet once more, and this week let us drive the boat ahead, and it may be it will be the last tremendous struggle that shall be required, for sinners shall be saved, and the multitude of the redeemed shall be completed. Not us, but grace shall do the work, yet is it ours to be workers for God."

Artwork © Peter N Millward 2019

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

21:00

Der Breite und der Schmale Weg Litho - Alexander Gysin, Basel



 Der Breite und der Schmale Weg Litho - Alexander Gysin

Der Breite und der Schmale Weg Litho - Alexander Gysin,  Basel
Modern German Translation - Gerda Dinwiddie, alteschrift.com
Digital Image Restoration - © Peter N Millward

Der breite und schmale Weg nach den Worten unseres Heilandes Jesu Christi zur ernstlichen Betrachtung der Menschheit gegenwartiger Zeit bildlich dargestellt. Math. Cp 7 v.13.14.

(Text translated below image)  The broad and narrow way, pictured in the words of our Savior Jesus Christ for the serious consideration of mankind at the present time. Mathew. Cp 7 v.13.14”

The print is somewhere around the 1840s A number of prints by different artists and designers were made during the period depicting the Broad and Narrow Way. This particular design can be seen in similar versions and could be one of the best examples available. Alexander Gysin had great ability in capturing the themes. 

The image seen here represents many hours of digital restoration, and also professional translation into modern German language.

It is an amazing work of art with a very powerful message....And also the litho is of particular interest and importance in that it may well be the "earlier representation" mentioned of by Charlotte Reihlen in the German Explanation of her own design. The influence of this older picture is very intrigueing, and is a window also to help us understand how different the world was back then.  Reading closely the quotes in Charlotte's Explanation and comparing them to those in the foreground of the said litho we discover they are virtually the same texts. While quite a number of similar designs had been made in Europe, they do differ quite alot from each other in content and execution, but the research so far points only to the litho by Alexander Gysin as being the closest match ......Is this the "earlier representation" mentioned by Charlotte Reihlen? or could there be another litho so far unidentified and undiscovered?    This unusual litho is also made available for the benifit all who wish to enjoy and study the picture.   If any visitors know of this litho and other similar ones please contact me as I hope to write a book about them (date 30/09/2019) 

Image Restoration © Peter N Millward


An English Explanation was produced some years later for Gawin Kirkham's English version of the Broad and Narrow Way print based on Charlotte Rehlen's  

From the English Translation of Charlotte Reihlen's Explanation:

“I have found in an earlier representation of the two ways, where several persons are trying to quiet themselves about not walking in the narrow way, by saying, “We go regularly to church,” (“We take the Lord’s Supper,”  “We attend Christian meetings,” )  “I give freely to the poor,”  “I have a good conscience,” “To be honest is my endeavor,” “God is not so exact,” “I am very busy,” “Innocent pleasures are lawful,” “Who can refuse young people joy, if they turn in old age,” " Who would be such a fool as not to enjoy life?" “We go with the crowd,” " I hope to be saved too." With these and similar superficial excuses one can indeed for a time stifle heart and conscience. Before the holy God, whose eyes are as a flame of fire, none can stand. The Lord Jesus says, with decision that admits of no doubt, " Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.“— (John 3:3).”

Detail in foreground of picture 

Other interesting details about the picture -
The above text are lines from a well known
Poem  
Der Kampf der Tugend - "The Fight of Virtue"
By Christian Fürchtegott Gellert - German Poet (1715 – 1769)  
Berthold Auerbach paid tribute to Gellert in his story "Gellerts letzte Weihnachten"
Translated into English as "Christian Gellert's Last Christmas", first published in 1869  
The poem also was set to Choral music 
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
German Classical period musician and composer, the fifth child
and second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach.
With grateful thanks for translation from old German script into modern German - Gerda Dinwiddie, alteschrift.com
© Peter N Millward

Friday, 5 July 2019

17:42

The Gospel Target for Soldiers and Volunteers

designed by WCM
Republished and Digital restoration © Peter N Millward.
‘By kind permission of the Trustees of the Museum of Army Chaplaincy’ The Trustee of the owners / guardians of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department Museum Collection.
Posters and Cards available at the link
The poster went into battle in the knapsacks of British soldiers 134 years ago, but is still as relevant today as ever. Below is a news article which features the remarkable work the Thames Church Mission were doing during those days - visiting the many ships, barges and boats......Distributing New Testaments and Gospel Targets
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THE CHESHIRE OBSERVER. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1885.

A  MORNING'S  WORK AMONGST THE GRENADIERS. 

The morning was both cold and raw, but work was to be done, and little time was wasted over the
matutinal coffee. We were betimes at London Bridge, and an hour later reached Gravesend,
finding the town all bustle and stir, for were not the Grenadier Guards expected from Windsor
to embark on board the SS “ Australia " for the Soudan? 

Our concern with the embarkation was evangelistic, not military. The Thames Church Mission
have Government authority to board all transports and work amongst the soldiers ; this
permission is thoroughly taken advantage of, and not least during the stirring scenes of the
past week, when the three battalions of the Guards have sailed from the Thames for the
Soudan. Amongst these troops alone, Coldstream, Grenadiers, and Scots Guards, 2,500
New Testaments, a similar number of Gospel Targets, and a large quantity of other literature,
have been distributed, while every man heard the Word of God spoken clearly in simple language.

On our arrival at the pier we found the mission launch with steam up, and soon with boxes and
books we were alongside the transport. While the Grenadiers were marching through the town,
and thronging into the river steamer for conveyance to the large vessel, we were at work
between decks laying on every mess table copies of the Leisure Hour and other interesting
periodicals, as well as a supply of tracts ; besides popping into each tin mug one of
Mrs. Grimke's text cards. Soon the tramp of many feet told that the Guards were on board;
the roll was called, not a man was absent. They were told off into companies and marched
below, where the messes were formed.
For a few minutes the soldiers sat round their respective tables, in groups of fourteen, doffing
their helmets, bells, knapsacks, and other accoutrements ; taking stock of their new
surroundings, and examining the books and papers provided for their use.
Now was our time, and it was promptly taken hold of, for every moment was precious.         
  “Wouldn't you like to have a copy of the Word of God to carry with you, to read on the voyage,
and by the campfire in the desert?" "We would," was the unanimous response, and every hand
was extended to receive a copy of the New Testament. Then each man received a Gospel Target,
which awakened intense interest, and called forth expressions of delight. Then the missionary
spoke to the men at the table, very briefly - for there were 830 to speak to—but seeking that
each man should hear some word to himself.
A corporal at the second table greatly helped our work, and secured the interest of the men by
a few straightforward words of testimony. "You gave me a little Testament when I was sailing
two years ago. I took it with me to Egypt; I read it; it was in my pocket when we charged at
Tel-el-Kebir. God made it a blessing to my soul. I thank God for that Testament. And what’s
more, I'm sure the Testaments were a great help to many of our fellows.''   Such words as
these coming from one of themselves, made the men most willing, and even anxious to
receive the books presented.
A few tables further on a young soldier grasped our hand, and said, "I'm a Christian, though
I've been a cowardly one; God help me to show my colours." After a few words to the soldier,
the missionary said to his comrades,"One of you is a Christian, won’t you join him in serving
the same God, and following the same King?" Several said they would like to; one said in a
low but firm voice, " I have been wanting to, pray for me."  A little prayer union was arranged
at this table before we quitted it. One young officer, lieutenant, cheered our hearts very much
by coming forward and confessing himself a Christian, and expressing deep concern in the
welfare of the men, and in the work of the Thames Church Mission. and obtained a few spare
copies of the New Testament and the Gospel Target, “Lest any should lose their copies.”
Said he, “May heaven’s smile rest upon your Mission, and every missionary connected with
it, and every one who helps such a good work." 

So from table to table, amid all the bustle of arrangement settling down, we passed on,
meeting with no refusals, but with considerable number of professed enquirers. Sons of
Christian mothers were there, many of them ready to recall mother’s loving words, and
solemnised by such memories, were led to listen attentively and well. We managed to reach
every man on board, so far we could ascertain, and that just in time to clear away before the
last bell sounded, and the transport began to go slowly ahead, en route, with her precious
cargo of souls, for the seat of war.   We had been on board a little over three-and-a-half hours,
and a busy and interesting time it had proved. Such was a morning’s work among the Grenadiers.

Similar work was done on Thursday amongst the Coldstreams on board the SS “ Manora;”
and on Saturday, on board the Pembroke Castle, amongst the Scots Guards, as well as on
board the various other transports leaving the river. Then at Portsmouth, Southampton, and
Portland, the chaplain of the mission, with a few helpers, has boarded every transport and
distributed 2,500 Testaments, an equal number of Targets, and a large number of text cards,
tracts, and other literature.

From the offices of the Thames Church Mission, 31, New Bridge-street, E.C., may be had
every information as to their particular work, as well as the general operations the society.
May I urge the claims of such work upon the sympathy, prayers, and liberal support of the
Lord’s people. 

A Helper on Board.
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The newspaper cutting shown here is subject to non-commercial purposes, terms and conditions of the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
 Photo 1st Battalion Scots Guards disembarking at Alexandria on 12 August 1882  Public Domain
The photo taken in 1882 shows Britih soldiers in similar expedition. They may well have been carrying New Testaments and Gospel Target posters in their knapsacks! 

The news article above features the remarkable work the Thames Church Mission were doing during those days - visiting the many ships, barges and boats. 
Photo below - Centre low - Rev Henry Bloomer, Secretary of the Thames Church Mission, visiting one of the many Thames barges that traversed the river (Date unknown) It gives us an insight into the world that existed during the Victorian era.  With special thanks to Mr Andy Bloomer for kindly supplying the photo.

It is some 134 years ago since "The Gospel Target for Soldiers and Volunteers" was being distributed in thousands alongside New Testaments to British troops bound for action in military expeditions at the time. Reading the history of the many harrowing battles being fought during those days we can appreciate how important the New Testaments and the Gospel Target posters must have been for the soldiers at the front line. The poster itself present verses from the Bible in the language soldiers can easily identify and understand, a visual aid to understand the scriptures…. Distributed by the Thames Church Mission and other mission agencies – The mission had Government authority to board all transports to work among-st the soldiers. The Gospel Target is extremely well designed and conceived......and was gratefully received. Full of Bible verses and scenes that illustrate various themes from the Bible which apply to everyone not only soldiers…
Posters and Cards available at the link
The Gospel Target for Soldiers and Volunteers. 
Brazil

From our newsletter I wrote last year
"The search for old forgotten posters continues and I get to be picture Detective! Thank
you for your prayers! Recently I was on the lookout for another picture by W. C. Miles....
called the Gospel Target for Soldiers and Volunteers. Eventually with the help of the
Museum of Army Chaplaincy at Amport House, Andover UK. I was able to obtain photos
of an original copy they have at the Museum.  The Curator - Mr David Blake has been
most helpful and a great help with research about the mysterious W. C. Miles. There
is very little information readily available, but gradually the information has been coming
together and it is fascinating! Shortly I should have have something more to share with
this intriguing subject. The Gospel Target is an extremely well designed and conceived
picture. Full of Bible verses and scenes which illustrate various themes in the life of a soldier.
 It just so happened it was Soldiers day in Brazil - 25th of August - What an opportunity for
the picture! But I had a lot of work to make the picture ready and translated into Portuguese!
- But we were able the following week to have a 2 metre high banner printed…The junior
school has been looking at the picture as part of it's devotionals and reflecting on Bible
verses and themes in the poster. ... it must be over 134 ago since the original picture was
made. It was originally created to help British soldiers but it can be for soldiers of all nations.  
 

* Photos of poster - Gospel Target for Soldiers and Volunteers - ‘By kind permission
of the Trustees of the Museum of Army Chaplaincy’  The Trustee of the owners / guardians
of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department Museum Collection.

September the 7th marked Brazilian Independence day so we continued studying the picture
in our school devotionals. When we asked the children if they each wanted to have a poster -
virtually all  their hands went up! So we prayed in agreement to the Lord to provide the
means to make posters available for each child. We also pray we might be able to provide
the poster free of charge to children in other schools, we would like to visit with the Gospel
Target poster and also military personnel here. Please pray in agreement with us!  

Visit to the military parade - Brazil Independence Day parade 7th September, 2018  Fortaleza. Dorothy and myself - pictured with us in the photo - regular Soldiers and Military Police.