Culmination Of All Things Acrylic on Canvas 30 W x 40 H
Prophetic painting by Ronelda Neufeld
The culmination of all things
"with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]--to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth."
"The end and culmination of all things is near. Therefore, be sound-minded and self-controlled for the purpose of prayer [staying balanced and focused on the things of God so that your communication will be clear, reasonable, specific, and pleasing to Him.]."
1 PETER 4:7
There are fourteen important symbols of truth woven together to make this prophetic painting. Each one of these fourteen individual pictures either came to Ronelda in a dream or a vision. All these types and shadows are converging and intersecting in what we call the fullness of time and the culmination of all things. It is where one world, as we know it emerges into a new super world called the millennial reign of King Jesus. We are at the close of the church age and moving into the kingdom age. We are about to see and experience the kingdom of God in full array and power. 'The kingdoms of the world did become those of our Lord and His Christ, and he shall reign to the ages of the ages!' Rev 11:15. Jesus the Messiah promised that He would return and institute the most incredible take over planet earth with an iron rod, and we believers will be part of it all. Math 24:37 This will only be a snippet of the revelation of each of the fourteen pictures. We will be starting from the top of the canvas. The Star of David or Magen David (literally, Shield of David), as it is referred to in Hebrew, is the most common symbol for expressing Jewish identity today. On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. Underneath the Star Of David is the Cross Of Christ, representing the tree of life.
We see the olive branches spreading throughout the back of the picture, symbolizing the far-reaching power of the cross of Christ to save, heal, and deliver humankind and restore humanity to their original creation purpose. On the top left of the painting is a Lion with flames flowing off his mane. The Lion is accelerating towards the center of the painting as if a freight train was moving on a railway track. The Lion represents many things, from Jesus and his kingdom rule to the apostolic power of the early church restored to the end-time church. We see a glimpse of apostolic and prophetic power with the two witnesses in the book of revelations 11:3-12. Eph 2:20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. Next to the cross is the Menorah (Exodus 25:31–40) describes the Menorah and the place it had in the tabernacle of Moses. Amazingly, the depth of inexhaustible revelation is just one of the pieces of furniture in the Holy Place called the Menorah. The Menorah was designed after the pattern from heaven. The seven Spirits of the Lord are just one of the symbols found in the Menorah. Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD--
The "seven spirits of God" are mentioned in Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6. Revelation 1:4 mentions that the seven spirits are before God's throne. Revelation 3:1 indicates that Jesus Christ "holds" the seven spirits of God. Revelation 4:5 links the seven spirits of God with seven burning lamps before God's throne. Revelation 5:6 identifies the seven spirits with the "seven eyes" of the Lamb and states that they are "sent out into all the earth."
On the far right side of the painting is a city glowing with light. Ronalda saw this in a night vision. In the vision, a flash of light came over the city, and in a flash, in a moment, the bride of Christ was taken out of the city. She was caught up to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thes 4:7. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God Hebrew 11:10. On the right side of the center of the painting is an eagle in flight, ready to land on the hand of God. Before the creation of man in the divine order of created beings, we see each of the four cherubim had four faces: the first was the face of an ox, the second was a human face, the third was the face of a lion, and the fourth was the face of an eagle Ezekiel 10:14. Eagles represent sovereignty and supremacy (Dan. 2:20-21/5:18-21, Prov. 8:15-16, Rom. 13:1
In all of the creation and expanding universe, there is a central focal point from where every eternal purpose and foreknowledge plan originates. Above the stratosphere beyond the stellar universe is a throne and in the circumference of the throne is One who sits above all and is the center of it all. Every eye that surrounds the throne is upon Jesus, crying out.
Day and night they never stop saying: "'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come" Rev 4;8.
They were calling out to each other, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven's Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!" Isaiah 6:3. Every one of these symbols speaks of the Son of God and cries out of how magnificent He is. In John 5:39, Jesus tells the religious leaders of the day that they had gathered just a few feet away from him. Jesus says You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me. It is incredible how we can know about the scriptures and still not know who Jesus is. The Eternal Son of God, who created them Colossians 1:16, was standing among the elders and religious leaders of Isreal and declared to them that I AM the center of all the scriptures of all the stories and every scroll that you so diligently study. We see Jesus weeping over Jerusalem and saying, you were not willing! Math 23:37 because you did not know the time of your visitation." Luke 19:44 The eagle also represents the true prophetic that originates from the throne. In the painting, we see the eagle landing on the Hand Of God. We are beginning to see a substantial shift in the prophetic ministry from the blessing ministry to the building ministry. The voice from the throne is being restored into the earth and must be stewarded by the servants of God who come entirely under the hand of God. The voice from the throne carries the authority and power of heaven behind it. The voice comes from King Jesus, declaring his purposes and plans for the earth through his prophets. Jeremiah 1:10, Amos 3:7, and Acts 11:28. The blessing ministry deals much with us and is essential for edifying, exhorting, and comfort. Act 15:32 Then Judas and Silas, both prophets, spoke at length to the believers, encouraging and strengthening their faith. The building ministry deals with what God wants in the earth and in His people. 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. Heb 12:6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son." Paul did not declare that he was a master blesser, but he did declare he was a master builder 1 Cor 3:10.
We believe God is more concerned about the condition of our hearts and His character within his people than He is about ministries, titles, and gifting. The real purpose of the building ministry is that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. Eph 5:27
In the center of the painting are God's arm and right hand. All the painted symbols in the painting converge towards the outstretched hand of God. Every event in God's timepiece is arriving precisely on time. Nothing is random with God, and his mighty hand upholds everything in the balance. Everything God does has enduring value, purpose, and destiny. 2 Cor 4:18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time. There are 16 verses in the KJV on the phrase' Hand Of God.' Eight of the sixteen verses refer to Jesus exalted to the right hand of God. In the middle of the hand is the blue symbol of eternity. The blue Lapis Lazuli sapphire is the stone that surrounds the throne of God. Exodus 24: 9-10 Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. Under His feet was a work like a pavement made of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. Lapis lazuli was the color Ronelda saw in the symbol representing eternity. Ezekial 1:26 describes the throne of God and says, And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. In the Hebrew sappı̂yr: BDB Definition:
1) sapphire, lapis lazuli
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong's Number: from H5608 According to traditional teachings of Judaism in the Talmud, the tablets were made of blue sapphire stone as a symbolic reminder of the sky, the heavens, and ultimately of God's throne. Many Torah scholars, however, have opined that the Biblical "Sapir" was, in fact, the lapis lazuli (see Exodus 24:10.
On both sides of God's hand falls the balance scales. God holds everything in the balance. God is love; God does not just have love. He is love. God is merciful and kind, and we behold Jesus as the Lamb of God. Throughout the Bible and the book of revelations, we see another aspect of who Jesus is. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and we see in Him God's righteousness, holiness, and justice. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you Psalm 89:14. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy Heb 1:9. Jesus died as a lamb, but now He is coming back as a roaring lion, which had not been fulfilled in 70 AD.
The scales of righteousness and justice are in his hand, and everything is being weighed in the balance. In the vision, Ronalda saw golden sand pouring out from the scales. Gen 22:17 The sand was pure gold and spilled over from the scales. The sand represents the multitudes of people who have been redeemed and refined in the fire. Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness. Rev 3:18 Jesus cries out to his church, I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire. Matthew 3:11-12 He (Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire." John The Baptist describes the baptism of the Holy Spirit with fire as a type of threshing floor process that separates the wheat from the chaff, and John declares that Jesus has the winnowing fork in his hand and will thoroughly purge his floor. The Lord is inviting all of us to allow Him to go deeper into our hearts and souls to build his character and bring transformation in each of us Rom 12:2. We have much positional truth but very little transformational truth. God is looking not for information but for transformation and becoming like Jesus in thought, conduct, and character.
This beautiful and refined golden sand was pouring out to God out of the scales of justice. The Lord Jesus will receive his entire inheritance; the earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof 1 Cor 10:26 and Psalm 24:1. Around the arm of God is a spiral staircase embroidered in purple and gold. A tapestry similar to colonial detail is intricately spiraling down from heaven to earth. Gen 28:12-17 Jacob experiences a staircase or what Jacob describes as a ladder from earth to heaven and calls the place where it happened the house of God, John 1:51. In the staircase are the intricate workings of God that show us that God is just as attentive about the little things in life as He is about the big things. The staircase represents access to God through Jesus Christ, who is the door to life, and through the door are endless pastures.
We now enter into the apex of the painting, the capturing of the bridegroom, and the bride paradigm. "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." Revelation 19:7. In the marriage paradigm, we see God's eternal heart unveiled in the reason God created humanity. The answers to the heart throbbing question of who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going after death? God has unshrouded himself before us, and the heart of God is openly exposed to us of the reason He created us. In Gen 3:8, When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. If this was happening after the fall of humanity, our question is, how much more was this scene taking place before Adam and Eve sinned and brought a wedge between humanity and God? We see a glimpse of true fellowship and intimate union between the creator and his creation. We see God Almighty walking among humanity. Only love could answer this quest of how God would have had a deep, mighty, and eternal yearning for Sons and Daughters and a family. An eternal plan that God would become a man walk among us and that we would see his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth, John 1:14. The church is not an institution, but a family which is called the family of God. Marriage is one of the most sacred unions known to humanity.
We are so amazed that of all the animal traits, God chooses The Lamb as the name that will describe the nature of the Son of God throughout eternity. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." Revelation 19:7. John, the forerunner, cries out; Behold the Lamb of God! The reason for all the paintings and the writing is for the one who is only worthy of all praise. We begin to see the curtains open up as Jesus starts his descent down the spiral staircase to meet his bride, who is coming up to meet him. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone Hebrews 2:9. Approachable light is emanating out of Jesus in every direction as the center of the masterpiece reaches out His hand to receive his love-stricken bride. She, the bride, is now to become her creator's wife, that will last for eternity. Coming up the spiral stairs is the bride who has made herself ready to meet the bridegroom. Ronalda saw that the bride's veil had been made of pure silver strands woven together like a fishing net. At each cross-section of the silver veil, Ronalda saw Onyx stones.1 Peter 2:5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple Ezekiel 16:11 Malachi 3:17. In the hand of the bride is a basket full of wheat and fishes. Mark 1: 16-17 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." John 4:35 "Don't you say, 'There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest'? Listen to what I am telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields because they are ready for harvest. Matthew 13:39, Jesus says, the harvest is at the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels. The last one of the seven feasts of the Lord is the Feast Of Ingathering, also called the Feast Of Tabernacle. At the bottom of the painting, we see behind the scene the activity of heaven. What seems to look like a family reunion, Paul describes this moment in Hebrew 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Flames of glory and power radiate from those who have already crossed to the other side. The most fabulous family reunion is yet to come, and we have the host of heaven, cheering us on to finish the race with honor.
Blessings from Barry and Ronelda