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Israel Global Gathering (Jerusalem)
The Israel Global Gathering in 2016 was the first gathering where the Creative Arts team prepared together by working on a corporate canvas (“Dancing Feet”). Just as the worship team prepares by making music together, and the dance team by dancing together, we as artists prepared by painting together on one canvas. We ask the Lord what He wants to release through each gathering.
This process is a way for us to get to know one another and practice seeking the Lord’s heart together prior to and during the gathering. We practice waiting together on the Lord, followed by sharing our hearts and looking for common themes. This very act goes against the grain for most artists, as each artist has their own unique style. However, our desire is that through painting corporately, we can express the unity and oneness that Jesus prayed for in John 17.
This was the very first corporate painting done by the Creative Arts team at a gathering. In preparation for Jerusalem Global Gathering 2016, “Dancing Feet” depicts Isaiah 19:23-25:
“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.’ ”
These dancing feet are entering in through the eastern gate of Jerusalem together, welcoming Jesus’ return, in worship. The worshippers represent different people groups, female and male. The rose in the middle represents intimacy with the Lord, the fragrance of worship arising to Him.
Hands Holding Up The Globe
As we look forward to Jesus’ return through the golden gate into the New Jerusalem, we long for His Kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. The crown of King Jesus, represents His rulership over all kingdoms. Jesus IS the desire of the nations! The globe, representing the nations, is a vulnerable globe, shown by its transparency. It is not a solid globe, but hollow - representing vulnerability. The Lord uses this cage, this vulnerability, to hold the nations together. The globe is held up by hands from every nation, tribe, and tongue; as we support one another’s nations, and as nations stand with nations.
This corporate painting was finished during the last session of the gathering, right at the end. Worship was thick with the presence of our Lord! We were lost in His presence as the pas de deux (dance duet) became one covenant ring under the Crown on stage. The corporate painting arrived on stage at that moment, completing the visual statements of the Kingdom of our God!