Opening Their Eyes to Divine Truths - 24” x 23”


The word cloud in the scriptures is very thought provoking. There are actually five Hebrew words used for clouds in the Bible but there are two of those words that have very interesting and prophetic meanings and appearances to me. The word that is most translated as cloud is 'anan. It's first appearance is tied to the covenant that God made with man with respect to the world never being destroyed again by a flood. The bow in the 'anan of Bere’shiyt (Genesis) 9:13-17 is the token of that covenant. The word 'anan literally means “TO OBSERVE or THAT WHICH SPEAKS OF A TIME.” Clouds are signs of the presence of God. We know that a cloud led the children of Israel through the wilderness. We are told in Daniel (Daniyy’el) 7:13 that the Messiah's coming is -to be observed with the clouds of heaven-. Luke tells us in the book of Ma’asey hashsheliyechiym (Acts) that the Messiah was taken up and a cloud received him. Luke goes on to say that Jesus‘ will return in like manner (Matthew) 25:30, 26:64) many Jewish commentaries on Daniyy’el 7:13 refer to the coming Messiah as the 'anan adam, or “THE CLOUD MAN.” The last Hebrew word translated as -cloud puts the crown-, so to speak, on the Messiah. It is the word nasiy'. This word is translated as cloud, prince, and ruler and its verbal root means “TO RISE UP or TO LIFT UP.” I have been thinking about the all too familiar expression many of us quote as scripture: We are called to be “in” the world but not “of” the world. For this painting I imagine seeing things through eyes of faith accompanied with a Divine perspective... one of us catching the vision so perfectly so clearly for others to follow ☁️ ☁️☁️ .