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These painting-words document Jean Shen's journey into the realm of prophetic and healing art since 1993. Works are presented in chronological order and in 3 major series. Prints and note cards are available for all paintings - see order page for details. All works shown here are protected by copyright - enquiries regarding any use should be directed to Jean Shen.

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#28 River of Living Water flows deep in the Cavern of our Hearts

Last year at this time the Lord sent two scriptures - Isaiah 60:1-3 and 61:1-4 to our Gatekeepers prayer group, which I wrote about on the 2013 calendar. Throughout 2013 I have experienced the Holy Spirit bringing me to these scriptures in so many ways and through many circumstances. Today I take note that I had started the year 2013 in one way, and am ending this year with my life changed by these scriptures, particularly in the realm of creativity and joy in my teaching art. I am amazed by so many OMG! (Oh My God!) stories to tell!

Please continue reading about this painting on my blog.

Jean Shen

 

Series 1: Healing of  wounds of the Bride and growing intimacy with the Lord 

Orchid Roses Sunflower

Orchid - Invitation to His Garden (#1)

In the spring of l993, I saw a vision of a high walled garden and knew that I was entering the garden. The verse the Lord gave was, "Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread abroad." (Song of Songs 4:16)

Roses - Divine Romance (#2)

I was sorely wounded in my spirit from childhood and could not paint for 16 years. In l993, the Lord called me to be "a court painter, painting for the King." Thus started a process of healing through my art. The first paintings that the Lord called me to paint were roses. The verse was, "His banner over me is love." (Song of Songs 2:4b)

Sunflower - The Joy of the Lord (#3)

While praying, the Lord gave me a vision of a heart with a stout pipeline to heaven. The interpretation was, "I am going to pipe the oil of joy into the body of Christ." The Lord called me to paint sunflowers in the summer of l993  and the verse was, "Anointing you with the oil of joy." (Psalm 145:7bKJ)    In October of 2002, as the timing for this prophetic painting drew near, I received permission from the Lord to apply gold dots as drops of oil coming forth from the sunflower seeds.

Horse Acacia Lion

Horse - Boldness (#4)

Fear bound me so tightly all my life until l994 when the Lord called me to paint a horse. The verse the Lord gave was, "He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing." (Job 39:22a) Thus began a journey for me step by step out of  fear and into freedom.  This is the season that He is emboldening  the church to be the "He-laughs-at-fear" horse.

Acacia Tree - Healing of Nations (#5)

In the summer of l994 the Lord called me to paint the acacia tree. It was while dotting the leaves with yellow paint that prayers for the nations broke out of me and did not abate until the last dot of the yellow leaf was painted.  The verse the Lord gave was, "The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." (Rev. 22:2b)

Lion - God's sovereignty (#6)

The Lord called me to paint a lion in l995 when fear of bankruptcy engulfed my family. He gave me Rev.5:5a to accompany the painting, "See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed." The painting is a word to the church that He is reclaiming the land and taking back what the enemy has stolen from His people.

Bird Burning tree

Wild Bird - Provision (#7)

In l995, a little bird was sent to visit my husband Peter when he was about to lose his business.  The message the bird gave was, "Look at the birds in the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value than they?"(Matt.6:26)

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Flame Tree - Holy Passion (#8)

The Lord commissioned me to paint the flame tree in the fall of l995 as a call to radical abandonment to Jesus. He purposed to use this painting to declare a season of cleansing and purging of the body of Christ in order to bring His bride into a relationship of cleaving to Him. The verse the Lord gave was, "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire." (Deuteronomy 4:24)

 

Series 2: The equipping and empowering of the Bride

Butterfly Eagle

Butterfly - Identity/Rest (#9)

In January of l996, the Lord gave me two visions simultaneously. They were "the eagle" and "the butterfly." The message the Lord gave  for the butterfly was ,"Be who you are in Jesus Christ and step into your destiny.  Come out of the cocoon and be a beautiful butterfly." The verse the Lord gave was, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (I Corinthians 2:9)

Eagle - Destiny (#10)

The verse the Lord gave for the eagle painting was, "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar like wings of eagles." (Isaiah 40:31a) Through the painting He was saying, "Eagles!  Fly off into your destiny.  Be all that you are. Enjoy your God-given gifting. Claim them. Fight for them. Step into them. Eagles! Arise!"

Warrior bride Tidal wave

Warrior Bride - Sent-Out One (#11)

The archer, the warrior bride of Christ, is a picture of the church worldwide. She has emerged from the Song of Songs Garden, where she has been soaking in His love. She has been made ready to go out to shoot the flaming arrow of God's love and word to a desperate world, bringing one and all into His freeing, saving grace. In giving the bride a gown of "incredible lightness" (see Jean's book, His Garden) He is saying that in our weakness He is strong. Her feet have been trained to stand as in Ephesians 6:13, So that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Her face reflects her inner peace that she knows who she is in Christ and who He is for her.The golden bow symbolizes her readiness and her training. See Psalm 18:32-36. The golden drops from heaven represent the glory of the Lord upon her as she rises up to take her place in this kairos time of God. See Isaiah 60:1-4. The verse the Lord gave was And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this? The vision came in March of 1997.

Tidal Wave (A) - Revival and Youth (#12)

This painting came in two segments: the tidal wave over the world came in l996 to speak of revival. The verse the Lord gave was in Joel 2:28, "For it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh." In 2000, the Lord released the revelation of the the wild horses as youth into the painting, to signal that they, like wild horses, would "catch the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry" and run with passion for Him. See Job. 39:25.

Mountain of God Grapes

Mountain of God - Song of the Overcomer (#13)

The painting is a call to climb His mountain all to the way to the top where there is no one else but God, to sing the song of the overcomer: "...they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony..."(See Rev. 12:11). The word the Lord gave with the painting was, "On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples..." (See Isaiah 25:6-8)  (The Lord called me to paint it in the spring of l999.)

Cluster of Grapes - The Call to Oneness (#14)

The Lord called me to paint the cluster of grapes in October of l999 to depict His prayer to the Father for His bride, "...that they may be one as we are on." (John 17:11b) He is saying that when the body of Christ is like a cluster of grapes, so plump and juicy, with each grape being whole and sweet, not sour, then He will come and take the first crop, to make them into wine, and it shall be the New Wine.

Torrey pine (A) Torrey pine (B)

Torrey Pine (A) - My Heart, His Dwelling Place (#15)

Two paintings came in 2000 at the onset of Lent.  He called me to paint an old torrey pine tree that stood overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One was the front view; the other the back view of the tree. The first painting, the front, is so full of life and beauty, as inviting as one's home and sanctuary.  The verse the Lord gave was in John 14:23b, "My father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him."

Torrey Pine (B) - The Agony of Christ (#16)

The second painting is of the windblown back side of the same tree. The Lord opened my eyes one day to see that the tree depicted the agony of Christ on the cross 2000 years ago. He is saying, "Yes, my Son's agony and death paid for what you have with Me now - the lovely home We have made in your heart. My Son paid for it all. You have the right to the abundant life. Receive it." The verse the Lord gave was, "And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5b)

Tree by river Waterfall and eagle

Tree by the River -  Higher and Deeper (#17)

The Lord called me to paint a tree planted by the river in June of 2001 while I was on the stage with musicians and dancers.  It is a call to His people to go deeper and higher into Him. We are to be rooted and established in love and intimacy with Him and to be rid of the bitter root of judgment with each other. (see Ephesians 3:17-19). Then the tree will grow tall and strong (Psalms 1:3) and the leaves will be for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:2)

Waterfall and Eagle - Release into Destiny (#18)

The next night after the painting of the tree by the river the Lord called me to paint a waterfall and an eagle taking off. The Lord is saying, "Eagle, you have long been waiting and watching on a bare branch. When the tree begins to bud with new growth, and the waterfall turns golden with My glory, you know it is time to fly off into your destiny." He is declaring Isaiah 60:1 over the church, His bride, "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is upon you."

 

Series 3: "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

Horse

 

 

Horse

Horse in Sunset - Red Alert Season (#19)

The painting of the horse running along the shoreline in a red sunset is a call to prophetic intercessors to arise and protect our land and sea in this pivotal "red alert" time.  May their "hoof beats" be heard and their voices rise up in praise of Him, proclaiming the goodness and mercy of the Lord!  The verse for the painting is: "Mercy triumphs over judgment." (James 2:13).  The painting-word came in June 2002.

The Breakthrough Horse (#20)

The Lord of breaking through calls us into the season of breakthrough.  We are to pray breakthrough prayers - for healing, miracles,provision, wisdom, power and authority and dominion over what what He has given us to do for Him bringing heaven to earth in this critical time.  

II Samuel 5:20 (AMP) tells us, "The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. In October of 2002, the Lord showed me a picture of my being inside the breakthrough horse as He began to soar over my obstacles. I learned that it was He who was the breakthrough horse, not me.  All I must do was to abide in Him and He would break through my enemies before me.  In December of 2002 I knew that I had received my long awaited for breakthrough.  It was in the fullness of that knowledge that I painted the Breakthrough Horse painting.


Eagle

The Soaring Eagle - A call to intimacy (#21)

In March, 2004, the Lord called me to paint a soaring eagle as a word to the praying president and to the praying church.  The verse is from Jeremiah 33:3, Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. The Lord wants to give the praying president an encounter with Him in the secret place and carry him up high on His wings (Exodus 19:4).  He is asking the praying church to be the thermal wind that lifts him up with our prayers. Not only that, but He is also calling each of us to come be intimate with Him. Intimacy with Him is the source from which everything will come - peace, joy, power and authority, wisdom, guidance, safety. He is saying to the church, the bride of Christ, "Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me (Song of Songs 2:13b).  Eagles, arise!"

Peony warrior child

The Manifold Blessing of God - A Weapon of Praise (#22)

On May 28, 2004, the Lord called me to paint three peonies. In "dancing" with the bamboo brush on rice paper, painting the many layers of petals upon petals, I found myself singing the words "the manifold blessing of God" until the painting was done. The flowers are singing of the goodness of the Lord to counter "hope deferred makes the heart sick" (Proverbs 13:12). 

With the verse from Song of Songs 2:12, "Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come," the Lord is ushering us into the season of praise.  It is a strange painting-word to come at this time when darkness looms over the earth, and the threat of wars and natural disasters loom over the earth.  Yet there is a beat, a step, a rhythm, a song that Heaven is sending down to us, and we are to move in sync with it, for it is a mighty weapon of praise that will counter the assignment of death.

Warrior Child  (#23)

In September of 2004 I was invited to get a painting-word from the Lord for the United Nations at a 24-hour prayer meeting in New York City. While there I received a vision of a child sitting on the lap of Jesus and He is sharing His heart with the child concerning the world. From this timeless painting we see this child listening to His voice, and we know that he/she is kept alive by what Jesus is telling him/her. For in truth in this time of the shaking of the earth and economy, and nations warring, and families breaking up, and cancer and other diseases taking precious lives away, and hearts melting in fear and torment, we know we must learn to sit on His lap in total childlike trust to be safe. It seems that Jesus is saying to one and all, "Because you love Me and trust Me and you declare My name, I will respond to you when you call me. I will be right there with you in whatever circumstances you are in, and I will turn evil into good for you. Declaring My word, such as Psalm 16 and Psalm 91, is you doing 'lap' time with Me."

Lily

The Sound of the Trumpet  (#24)

The Lord gave me the scriptures in Numbers 10: 9 - 10, "When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. Also, at your times of rejoicing, you are to sound the trumpets, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God."

On the morning of February 15, 2005, I stood on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and with my cupped hands and lips, "blew the trumpet" several times to ask God to come to my rescue as I battled with my enemy - cancer.

My painting of the Amaryllis Charisma, which reminds me of three angels trumpeting, is a declaration of the faithfulness of God, who is Jehovah Rapha - the God who heals.

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet. (Psalm 150:3KJV)

Two Trees Out of the Wilderness

The Two Trees in the Valley of Decision (#25)

"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision."(Joel 3:14)

This is the most spiritually complex painting I was called to do for the Lord which took two months for the revelation to be complete ( March to April of 2006). The painting tells of the battle for the minds and hearts of multitudes in the valley of decision who do not see the true "face" of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and thus are attracted and addicted to that tree. Many faces of evil show up as ink blots in the tree, yet at the top of this tree there appears an clear ink blot of Jesus with His arm up declaring that He is head over all power and principalities (see Colossians 1). I was led to paint the Tree of Life as Christ on a tree calling out to one and all to come and drink of the living water and to receive healing (see Gen.3:19 and Rev. 22:1-2). In the cloud over the mountain of God are faces which depict the cloud of witnesses who have sowed seeds in years past and who urge us to bring in the harvest and finish the race.(Heb.12:1). We see a bearded Jesus showing up as The Witness among the cloud of witnesses. The painting came as a word of encouragement for the students who are prayer warriors on the campuses across the U.S. 

Out of the Wilderness (#26)

Who is this coming out of the wilderness leaning upon her beloved? (Song of Songs 8:5)

In March,2006, the Lord called me to paint a picture of the season the church is entering into. He is walking His bride out of the wilderness into a place of abundance and strength in Him.  When I see how the Beloved has His hand on her face as they gaze at each other, my heart knows His love to a greater degree than even before.

The painting shows the way out of the wilderness for each of us.  Our wilderness can be a gripping and crippling fear of death going through cancer or heart attack, or the pain of losing a loved one through divorce or sickness, or the pain of abuse, shame, rejection, loneliness or addiction.  The good news is that Jesus is in the picture.  We do not have to pull ourselves up by the boot strap to get out of our wilderness.  He, knowing our weaknesses, enters into the wilderness and practically carries us out of that place, when we invite Him to do so. Please read Isaiah 35.

Valentine card to God Cavern of our hearts

A Valentine card to God (#27)

The day before Valentine's day, 2008, I did a painting of the ocean stretched out before a young lady standing by the bluff at sunrise, looking up to the sky, beaming, her eyes sparkling, her hands stretched up to this wonderful God who loves her so, and whom she adores. She is singing from a song that says, "Take my hand, take my whole life through, for I can't help falling in love with You." (from a song Elvis Presley sang). In my spirit I sense that the whole painting is full of musical notes. Each of the bird is a note. Even the Torrey pine tree is singing, so are the Monarch butterflies, the hummingbirds on the branches, the tall grass in the wind, the little rabbit on the rock, the waves and the dolphins - each  emits  a sound, a song of adoration and praise to Him. The young lady is the warrior bride of Christ, who represent God's people everywhere, in all circumstances, good and bad, taking a minute or two to breathe out a song, to love on Him who is so faithful and so true.  Psalm 63:4-5 says, " And in your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

River of Living Water flows deep in the Cavern of our Hearts (#28)

This is a painting of the river of God flowing through the cavern of our hearts tucked into God's heart. He is calling us to go deep into our hearts to hear His voice, which keeps our spirit and vision alive. All around there are so much noise, distractions, confusion, fear and deception so we must cultivate the lifestyle of walking with Him by the river of living water. In that place we become pure vessels for His plan and purposes on earth as it is in heaven. There is no greater honor on earth than to be His pure vessels.

Isaiah 54:12 is the verse for this painting. "I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones." When we realize how God sees our hearts and what He is doing in our hearts as we go through the fire and water of life's experiences, we KNOW our value as His bride.

The painting was used as the calendar for the year 2010

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Through the Tunnel with Four Horses (#29) Through the Tunnel Sitting on Jesus' Lap (#30)

Going through the Tunnel to see Jesus

The Lord has sent a pair of painting-words in June of 2011. In the first painting, we see the world traveling through a tunnel with four horses chasing behind. Darkness and chaos swirl around the earth and what awaits it at the end of the tunnel is unseen. The painting speaks both to the current state of the world and to the troubles surrounding many of us personally. It emerged during a gathering of worship and intercession for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East to remind us that prayer and worship play a key role in moving the earth (and ourselves) through this difficult time.

Now look at the second painting. Notice what happens when Jesus enters the picture. The background is the same as the one in the first painting but Jesus' presence transforms its appearance. Confusion and chaos are gone. Instead, stillness reigns. Notice how Jesus holds back the darkness. He holds the world in his hand and he is showing it to the child seated on his lap. Both are nestled in his arm, sheltered from the darkness behind them and all that is swirling around them. Jesus now speaks to the child, showing him things that are to come, explaining his plans for the earth, and how the child is a part of his plan.

Now, in your time of chaos, confusion, darkness or fear swirling around you, you are invited to sit on Jesus' lap and listen.