"Montana...Can these Bones Live?"

At long last, the picture that I started around this time last year is finally finished.  I am so happy to be able to present to you a work  specifically for the State of Montana. 

Due to the extensive amount of time that the work on this picture covers, I am going to post here only the different journal entries I noted while working on the piece.  Read through them and be amazed and encouraged by what God has in mind for The Treasure State.


January 15, 2010

Encounter Young Adults Meeting, The River

We were singing the song “Dry Bones.”  I saw a picture like what is on a standard Montana license plate with the bison skull in the lower left corner.  I heard God say,

“You have taken the picture of a death and have made it a symbol for your state.  But I am not going to allow it to remain.  I am going to take what is dead, what died many years ago, and I am going to give it new life.  No longer will you be likened with the skull of the past.”

I saw water come rushing over the land and rocks on which the skull was sitting, a gentle but deep flow that picked up the skull and washed it away.

July 23, 2010

Encounter Young Adults Meeting, Woodland Park

During spontaneous worship that led to praying things over the State of Montana I heard God say the following statement:

“I have let them be hungry.”

I knew He was referring to the people of Montana.  Even as I wondered if I had heard correctly, He continued.

“In My mercy, I have let them be hungry.  For it is hard to tempt a satisfied person with even the finest foods.  It is difficult to entice people toward light when they have grey.  Light exposes.  Grey is comfortable.  In My mercy, I have let the ready availability be stifled.  I have let them hunger so they might run to Me for what I am longing to give them.

“It is time for a new revolution.”

Then He drew me to this scripture.  Here it is in the entirety and I will highlight certain portions afterward.

Psalm 110:1-7 AMP

1  The Lord (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), Sit at My right hand, until I make Your adversaries Your footstool.
2  The Lord will send forth from Zion the scepter of Your strength; Rule, then, in the midst of Your foes.
3  Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew.
4  The Lord has sworn and will not revoke or change it;  You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek.
5  The Lord at Your right hand will shatter kings in the day of His indignation.
6  He will execute judgement [in overwhelming punishment] upon the nations;  He will fill the valleys with the dead bodies, He will crush the [chief] heas over lands many and far extended.
7  He will drink of the brook by the way; therefore will He lift up His head [triumphantly].

“Out of the womb of the morning...”

Before the morning there is a darkness.  There is night prior to morning.  The womb.  Something conceived in the darkness.  In the darkness God has planted a seed in the hungry ones.  

God says, “I hear the cry of life!”  

It is time for the morning.  It is time for a new thing to be born and brought forth.  It has been a dark night.  

God says, “I have let them be hungry.  They are ready and waiting for the morning.  They are weary of the darkness and will be eager for light.”


August, 2010, Home

I was home alone and I went into our living room.  My latest prophetic picture “Holding Back Destiny” hangs in there.  I sat down in the only chair that faces that picture on the wall.  As I looked at it I suddenly saw another picture.  It was like my current vision was blanked out and I was looking at another picture that was just as clear and real.  

I saw a bison skull done in graphite pencil in high detail.  The left half of the skull was dry, cracked and obviously sun bleached.  But as the picture moved to the right side, it changed to colored pencil in reds, golds, yellow, and blue.  The skull transformed into a living bison.  It was like the living flesh was crawling over the bone from the right, gradually bringing the animal life.  Bits of pink flesh reached out across the bone at the center of the picture.  

The colors and style of the picture had a distinct Native American flavor to it.  Definitely not something I would just imagine in my own artistic mind, as I do not particularly have a fondness for such art.  

Under the picture I saw these printed words:

“Montana...can these bones live?”

At the time, I had completely forgotten the above words that God had spoken through the year.  I was simply stunned by the picture and knew it was the next one I was supposed to do.

I began working on the picture within the next week.  It was then that God brought me back to the words He had spoken earlier and I realized that He had been speaking of this picture to me for some time.  So cool!

 August 24, 2010, Home

God drew me to this scripture while working on the bison.  Read through this with the image that God gave me in your mind.  See the State of Montana, Kalispell and the Flathead Valley.  Perceive and recognize what God is saying to us!

Ezekiel 37:1-14 AMP

1  The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2  And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry.
3  And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live?  And I answered, O Lord God, You know!
4Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
5  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live;
6  And I will lay sinews upon you and bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin, and I will put breath and spirit in you. and you [dry bones] shall live; and you shall know, understand, and realize that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, Who calls forth loyalty and obedient service].
7  So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8  And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them.
9  Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.
10  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.
11  Then He said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  Behold, they say, Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost; we are completely cut off.
12  Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you [back home] to the land of Israel.
13  And you shall know that I am the Lord [your sovereign Ruler], when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, O My people.
14  And I shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land.  Then you shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.

God spoke to me while working on the picture on this day and showed me the following things.  

“…behold, they were very dry…”  What do church people typically say of Montana?  That the church here is so dry. 

“…there was a thundering noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling…”  There is a shaking as things come into order with what God has in mind to bring to pass.  Have you noticed the shaking happening lately in our State and the nation? 

“come and breathe upon these slain…”  They were slain.  The army described here did not die of natural causes.  They were violently slaughtered, their limbs torn from them and scattered round about the valley.  Life was taken from them.  Blood is crying out.  God is come to bring justice to the slain.

Kim Walker’s spontaneous song, “Let Your Glory Rain Down/ Cover us!  Cover us!” was prayed out over the valley, calling for God’s glory to come and revive the dry bones.