April 04, 2012 journal, heaven and hell art show in Chicago February 10 through June 30. Two of my paintings in the shows are, one of heaven and one of hell at 9 by 12 feet each. A 3rd piece is the Dragon Satan circling the earth plus 2 collaborations with Norbert Kox. A duality so big they had to put it in two galleries. LUMA and Intuit's "Heaven + Hell" "By Sam Worley @samuel_worley "Heaven + Hell" Through 6/30: Tue 11 AM-8 PM, Wed-Sun 11 AM-6 PM, Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan, 312-915-7600, luc.edu/luma, $8, Tuesdays free; and Tue-Sat 11 AM-5 PM (Thu till 7:30), Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee, 312-243-9088, art.org, 5. "Boogerman (Devil Figure) by Earnest Patton-Art inspired by the great Christian duality should be as grand as possible, or what's a heaven (and hell) for? And so the biggest pieces in "Heaven + Hell"-a show that sprawls across two galleries, the Loyola University Museum of Art and Intuit-are a couple of 9-by-12-foot paintings by William Thomas Thompson, depicting the titular concepts. On display at LUMA along with other on-high artifacts, Thompson's Heaven features so much white paint and so many radiating lines that you'd be forgiven for thinking it's lit from behind. The thing envelops you. Thompson's Hell has a big red pit and a spewing volcano and hangs at Intuit." "The bifurcated exhibit comprises painting and sculpture by outsider artists, many from the south. One of the standouts is the late Georgia preacher Howard Finster. His work is surpassingly lovely-particularly the freestanding Heaven's Mailbox #2,192 (at LUMA), in which he urges his audience toward heaven by any means (of transportation) necessary: a toy train springs from the mouth of the box, and airplanes are painted on its sides. This piece, like many in the show, has exhortative text scrawled on it: air mail from worlds beyond bag drop who will explain the contents? who will read the language." Matthew 7-13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:"King James version Bible Matthew 25-41 "Then shall he say also unto them on the left-hand, depart from me, ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil & his angels:" July 12, 2011 journal, I am now painting hell 9 x 12 ft. and the Scriptures that tell us of it. Since the devil was cast out of heaven with spiritual powers to challenge the residence of the earth, we have read of a burning hell which awaits all those that do not have salvation. In my opinion Hell will not be hot enough for those making war, abort babies or foreclose homes. I envision hell as being in the center of the earth as it is manifested by volcano's. From the New Testament Gospel of Mark the inspired Word of God Chapter 9 verse 48- "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched". Sounds like an awful place. Revelation c-20-v-1 "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2-And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. 3-And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4-And I saw thrones, and they that set upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yesu, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark in their foreheads, or in their hands; and they ruled and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5-But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years was finished. This is the first resurrection. 6-Blessed and holy is he that has part of the first resurrection, on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priest of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a 1000 years. 7-And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. 8-And shall go out and deceive the nations which are in the 4 quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9-And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them, and the devil that deceived them was cast in the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11-I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them.12-And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God; and the books were opened and another book was opened which was the book of life. And the dead was judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works. 14-And death-and-hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15-And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire". Revelation 21-8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death". Christ describes hell-Luke 16-19 "The parable of the rich man & Lazarus". Lazarus was a beggar. They both died. The rich man also died and was buried; And the rich man lifted up his eyes from hell and ask God to send Lazarus with one drop of water to cool his tongue. "And there was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously everyday:20-And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores. 21-And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22-Any it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died and was buried; 23-And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torment, seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24-And he cried and said father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25-But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life-time receiveth thy good things, and likewise Lazarus, evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. 26-And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass through hence to you cannot: neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence". 27-Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest sent him to my father's house: 28-For I have 5 brothers; that he may testify, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29-Abraham said unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30-And he said, nay father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31-And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead". "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to Heaven". May 5, 2011 journal, I am painting Heaven 9 by 12 feet with the 12 foundation colors. Acrylic on canvas. The Book of Revelation chapters 21 and 22, painted as described in the vision of the apostle John, as best I could. The description of my painting entitled Heaven I have painted Heaven 9x12 feet with the 12 foundations in colors as described in scripture. Christ being the capstone is symbolized by the pyramid-"His (Christ) hair was white like wool and His eyes were as a flame of fire. His feet were as fine brass, and many trumpets and music. There was lightning coming out from the Throne, (not shown). There are seven lamps burning before the throne which are the seven Spirits of God." Holy Holy Holy praising the lord. And he had the book of life in his hand. There are 12 gates named after the 12 disciples of Christ and 12 foundation stones painted from the 12 tribes of Israel. The gates were made of pearl. Chapter 21-1 "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3-And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4-And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5-And he that sat upon the throne said, behold, I make all things new, and he said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful. 6-And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7-He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8-But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 9-And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10-And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God. 11-Having the glory of God and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal: 12-And had a wall great and high, and had 12 gates, and at the gates 12 angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel:" Revelation 21-18 "And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19-And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner precious stones, the first foundation was jasper"- (The 12 foundations of the city were of precious stone as follows." 1-Jasper-brick red, 2-Sapphire-dark blue, 3-Chalcedony- translucent yellow green, 4-Emerald-bluish green, 5-Sardonyx-blue or black w/white and brown bands, 6-Sardius-ruby praise red, 7-Chrysolyte-sparking pale green, 8-Beryl-colorless pink multi-color, 9- Topaz- colorless wine/yellow, 10-Chrysoprasus-green gold, 11-Jacinth-dark red, 12-Amethyst-transparent violent. (7 colors of the rainbow are red orange yellow green blue indigo violet) around the throne. Chapter 21 verse 21 "The 12 gates were 12 pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass". (3 gates on each of four sides.) 22-"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it. 23-And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it. For the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24-And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it". (There will be multi nations in heaven.) 25-And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26-And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. 27-And there shall in no wise enter nto it any thing that defileth. Neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie. But they which are written in the Lamb's book of life". (The city has 12 gates- 3 on each side. The term Pearly Gates is scriptural, I painted pearls on the gates). 22-1 "And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2-In the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river was there the Tree of Life which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3-And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it and his servants shall serve him. 4-And they shall see his face and his name shall be in their fore-heads. 5-And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever. 6-And he said unto me. These sayings are faithful and true and the Lord God of the Holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7-Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And I John saw these things and heard them, and when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things." footnote-it is my belief that Christ will return in the very near future and all this will come down with him, that the earth will be renewed and the people of God will be spared. We do have an example of the great flood when Noah and his family was spared while all others perished. Scripture quoted is from the King James Bible translated version.