William Thomas Thompson
Norbert H. Kox
This painting entitled "The Gathering" is timely in its apocalyptic message. Most Biblical scholars agree that we are living in the "end times," when the judgment of God is about to culminate upon the earth and its inhabitants. The visible vibrations of the earth seen in this painting are both literal and symbolic, opening a portal simultaneously in time and space, to show the end of both the wicked and the deceived.
This was our fourth and most difficult collaboration, because it took an unexpected turn. The painting we had envisioned for almost a year was suddenly being steered in another direction. It was a real struggle, as we each had to let go of preconceived ideas. The painting took a turn; we let it happen letting the Holy Spirit move. We both feel that the Holy Spirit guided us to paint this final message to the people and to the church at large. A very small percentage of these people are living a devoutly Christian life. We see them everyday going in and out of churches while living for the devil. We have seen the manifestation of evil, and Satan's evil influence on the so-called church or church people. They are striving on false doctrine; people are deceived. (All four of our collaborative paintings challenge the church from its roots to this very present day).
Most church people feel that they are guaranteed a free ride if they have "accepted" Christ. Sadly, the only free ride they will be taking is in the whirlwind of destruction.
"Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates ['Portals']: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of Yahweh; They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof, therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil."(Proverbs1:20-33).
The breastplate of judgment (Exodus 28: 15-30) is unfolded at the top of the painting, illuminating the sky with lines of light and lightning, simulating the fire and light that was emitted when the fierce power of God electrically interacted with the frequencies in the "stones of fire."
The whole World is seen vibrating and quaking as the frequencies of Earth's harmonics open a portal to the nether world. Interestingly, in the Hebrew Language, "earthquake" spelled backward is "portal."
On top of the World, is pictured a "whirlwind of false doctrine" that sucks people up in its vacuum, and down through the portal into the heart of the earth. They are deposited onto a huge pile. An analogy in the Scripture says, "I will even make the pile for fire great. Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned." (Ezekiel 24: 9-10). It also says, "Tophet ['the fire place'] is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of Yahweh, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it." (Isaiah 30: 33). The painting shows the lake of fire burning with bodies piled high, and volcanoes erupting.
Isaiah said, that Yahweh, "bringeth the princes to nothing: he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble." (Isaiah 40: 23-24).
This painting depicts the fallacy and false hope of many believers in religion, psychology, occultism, psychic necromancy, numerology, and any other number of isms and ologies.
The Christian world is not Christian. They have been "altared" and "pastorized." The church today is a covering for sin, artificially, and is not the real thing that comes from God only. People living outside the will of God fear the site of true scripture and truth. The Bible contains the holy Word of God, the inspired Scriptures, but man has changed much of the Bible as time has passed. Even the King James version has been corrupted and contains many inherent mistakes. One being the name of Christ. In the first edition, published in 1611 AD, it began with an I as Iesus (original English pronunciation, yay-soo). The name Jesus is a modern invention that came to us through gradualism and first became commonly accepted a little more than 200 years ago.
The gravitation of the name of Yesu Christ during the centuries has been to the mispronunciation, misunderstanding, and misspelling Jesus. Without a knowledge of Hebrew and Greek one has a difficult time interpreting and discerning the Word of God from the word of man. Even the King James version has heavy Catholic influence that we all need to be aware of as we study and receive the inspiration from God through a remnant of his original Word written for us in the vernacular Bibles.
Many are falling away and only a few will be saved by recognizing the truth of God. The artificial Jesus image, "Head of Christ," painted in 1940 by Warner Sallman, has been a stumbling block for the church at large becoming an icon idol one-billion-strong. This painting was actually plagiarized from a little-known French artist who painted it in the late 1800's but did not claim it to be the true Christ. It is almost universally accepted. The Protestant Church especially has adopted it as their Christ or as "Jesus" (the artificial and counterfeit Christ). It is now known as "the Protestant Idol."
The Pentecostal's have a good doctrine of sanctification and the infilling of the Holy Spirit of God but it is rarely practiced. Modern Pentecostals like the world's people are rich minded in Satan's paraphernalia especially Masonic currency of the Illuminati. The end result is a miserable individual irritated and unhappy at everything. We have seen the work of Satan destroying lives and pitting people against righteous activities of the mission we share. There is no future for those who dwell in their own righteousness and fail to yield to God's will and Spirit to dwell within their hearts, to change their lives to true Christian. Those who claim to have it do not have it and will be the first to be harvested off the face of the earth in the final hour at the end of the World, which is interpreted to be the end of God's day of grace. The devil seems to work the hardest among church folks to harden their hearts and to steal their victory. Many there are that misuse the Church and the Bible for artificial righteousness which God does not know. Those who harbor hate and unforgiveness for others bring death to themselves quickest. Let us pray for them.
Negativity is a destructive force. Everything in the world has frequencies, i.e. vibratory rates. People have specific frequencies at which the body must harmonize for perfect health. Un-forgiveness and other negative thoughts and actions lower the body's frequency and bring sickness and death. A positive and loving attitude will raise one's frequency and ultimately encourage renewal and healing in the body. Just as our bodies need healing, the body of Christ ("church") needs healing. In the end, the unforgiving ones will be cut off so the whole body not perish (Matthew 5: 29-30). Yesu Christ said, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6: 14-15).
The Gathering depicts the cutting off and has several applications in meaning and fulfillment, with no chronological order in this painting, but all aspects are shown simultaneously as if being viewed from eternity in a moment of time. It appears as a virtual time machine.
The enemies of God are deceived by false miracles performed by demons and are gathered to Armageddon for destruction. "And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief, Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." (Revelation 16: 12-16).
Those caught up in false doctrine of the so-called church are "damned" [katakrino: down-judged]. The rebellious sinners who violate God's rules and laws to live by are gathered first in the harvest. The evil ones, tares, children of the wicked, are gathered for destruction by fire, "Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matthew 13: 29-43).
The Gathering is the harvest of the wicked off the face of the earth although it is perceived to be the re-gathering of the House of Israel for the coming of the Messiah and salvation to the many who are gathering back in Israel in the recent years. The reaping of this earth in the Revelation (Apocalypse) of Christ when he returns. "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat likened to the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on a cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped" (Revelation 14:14-15).
All the nations will be gathered before Christ for judgment (Matthew 25: 31-46). When he comes to judge the gathering, he says, "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me." (Luke 19: 12-27).
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation, For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (II Peter 3: 3-7).
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6: 12-17).
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:14-15).