Valor - Triumphant and Victorious
Acrylic on Canvas
The background for this painting was painted on the 6 September and it was a number of weeks before the Holy Spirit showed me the white horse in the initial background. I could see the horse’s eye first and the shape of his head. Again the horse came into clear view as I outlined what I could see.
The initial scriptures that I was given were Revelation 6:1-2, Revelation 19 and
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
As I was outlining the white horse I could see a sword in his mouth and on closer observation it also looked like a winnowing fork. The sword is the Word of God (the voice of the Father).
The white horse is symbolic of power, purity and righteousness in the word of God. Christ is seen as coming on a white horse in Revelation 19:11
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, He had a name written that no one knew except himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
When the painting was completed I was led to seek the scripture from Matthew 3:12 regarding the winnowing fork.
The purifying and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. He is separating the wheat from the chaff with His winnowing fork, burning up all that is not of him and refining His people. He desires people with pure hearts (Matthew 13:41 speaks of this).
Luke 3:16,17 speaks of the Holy Spirit and that He will baptize us with His fire and Luke 3:17 speaks of His winnowing fork clearing the threshing floor and gathering the wheat and burning the chaff with His fire.
The word winnow means to remove people or things that are less important, to blow unwanted parts away , the unwanted coverings of seeds, to get rid of, to separate the desirable and undesirable.
Christ is gleaning the wheat of impurities. It speaks of this also in Daniel 12:9-10 and Daniel 11:35.
It is a time of winnowing, like sorting and sifting. The winnowing is the final stage of separating the wheat from the stalk, discerning between flesh and spirit (I Corin 2:14-15) between good and evil.
Hold on to His truth, the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue to stay faithful on the straight and narrow path, prevail, endure unto the end. Jesus has given us the victory, give Him your everlasting praise.
1 Samuel 16:18
Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skilled in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him”
I Corinthians 15:57-58
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 2:14
Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
Blessings and love