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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Philip Mantofa

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QUEEN ESTHER
Philip Mantofa

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O LORD, HOW MAJESTIC IS YOUR NAME IN ALL THE EARTH!
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalms‬ 8:1,3-4‬)

Picture the first human beings as they were unearthing the splendor of God's creation in the beginning. As the pinnacles of God's work, created by His fingers on the 6th day, everything to the mortals was a Eureka!

Envision the man and his wife as they learned the amazing diversity of life on earth, the colorful flora and fauna, and the mathematical precision of the laws of physics and chemistry. As they explored the beauty and mystery of the universe, each discovery pointed to the incredible creativity, intelligence, and power of the Creator!

Imagine, one evening at the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve looked up to the night sky for the first time. Summoning the orchestra of the galaxies and the symphony of the the stars, with arms held high Adam conducted the entire heavenly ensemble as nature together sang, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
Visualizing His glory in nature,
Philip Mantofa
(Acrylic on canvas)
120 x 100 cm

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EN GEDI, HOLY GROUND
Philip Mantofa

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FEAR NOT, I AM HERE!
Philip Mantofa

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MOUNT HERMON ~ LIVING TOGETHER IN HARMONY!
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when families live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.” (Psalms‬ 133:1-3‬)

Husband and wife, I present to you a picture of unity. This painting is my gift of prophecy to you that your marriage, family, church and company -your nearest and dearest- shall never split nor divide.

In this poetic psalm, David compares living together in harmony to the life-giving dew of Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon is the tallest mountain in Israel, and it is at the far north of the nation of Israel today. The dew that falls on this mountain is greatly important because the source of the Jordan River, whose water is essential for the life of the people of Israel, primarily comes from the snowmelt and dew of that one mountain.

As the Jordan River flows through the Jordan valley below the Galilee, it becomes progressively more saline, picking up about 850,000 tons of salt. By the time it empties into the Dead Sea, there is so much salt in the water, the mineral heals and nothing drowns.

Being in one accord, just as two are bound together by a hiking rope while climbing Mount Hermon, does more than generate the Lord's pronounced blessing. It compounds it. Then, as the blessing is passed on from one generation to the next, it gets even better and more. What begins as refreshing snow could result later in mineral water with therapeutic benefits. What a wonderful and pleasant complication! I sincerely wish for such blessing in your family tree. Remember, it all starts with living together in harmony!
Everlasting life to your children & theirs,
Philip Mantofa
(Acrylic on canvas)
150 x 100 cm

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THE ROCK
Philip Mantofa

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GETHSEMANE - THE SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
Philip Mantofa

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ENOCH - WALKING WITH GOD

Philip Mantofa

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LONELY BUT NOT ALONE ~ THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms‬ 23:4‬)

All of us have experienced challenges or ‘bad' things in our lives. We all have our share to walk through our 'valley of the shadow of death'. These moments of experiencing the crushing hurt of loneliness have defined and shaped us like no other seasons in life.

We are wise to transform our crises into blessings; and challenges into opportunities. Though periods of loneliness can be bleak and difficult, God can use them to increase our dependence on Him. There is value in times of solitude because in these quiet moments of despair we can choose to be serene under the mighty hand of Jesus, for He can comfort us.

Being fully God and fully man, Jesus experienced the ultimate feeling of isolation. He was forsaken by the Father on the cross, so we never have to be. True, we can be lonely; but in Christ, we can never be alone.
Painting the shadow of His cross (rod and staff) over you,
Philip Mantofa
(Acrylic, mineral pigments & mixed media on canvas)
120 x 100 cm

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PETER WALKED ON THE WATER ~ LITTLE FAITH BETTER THAN NONE
“Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”” (Matthew‬ 14:28-31‬)

Doubt is one of Satan's greatest footholds in life. When we allow the wind and the waves to terrify us, we sink our miracles and neutralize our effectiveness for God.

When facing tough times let us hold on to the Lord's resource in us, namely faith. Contrary to popular belief, faith doesn't even have to be big. We trust in the One so powerful that even a little faith is sufficient to make us walk on the water. The problem with Peter's little faith, however, is that his faith decreased instead of increased, because his eyes were fixed on the storm.

Let us choose to trust, not doubt. Know Christ so well that no earthly experience can steal our little faith from us. Surely God can use our doubts to teach us, for in Christ there are no setbacks. Even when we experience serious doubts, Jesus still reaches out to us and grabs us to save us.

Though he drowned for a few seconds, Peter actually walked on the water and made history while the rest of the disciples only looked on. He has taught us a timeless truth that having a liitle faith is better than none!
In Peter's footsteps on the water,
Philip Mantofa
(Acrylic on canvas)
120 x 100 cm

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
“The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.” (Psalms‬ 23:1‬)


Welcome to the most beloved of all passages of Scripture, the 23rd Psalm.

In this Psalm of David, God uses the analogy of sheep and their nature to describe us. Sheep are basically helpless creatures who cannot survive long without a shepherd, upon whose care they are totally dependent. Likewise, like sheep, we are totally dependent upon the Lord to shepherd, protect, and care for us.

Jesus declared that He is the Good Shepherd and demonstrated it by giving His life for us. He searches for us when we’re lost, to save us and to show us the way to eternal life. He cares for us because He loves us.

A good shepherd would meet the sheep’s every need: food, water, rest, safety, and direction. When we as believers follow our Shepherd, we, too, know that we will have all we need. We will not lack the necessities of life, for He knows exactly what we need.

One day, a Sunday school teacher asked her group of children if any of them could quote the entire twenty-third psalm. A little four-and-a-half-year-old girl raised her hands. The little 'angel' came to the podium, faced the class, made a little bow, and said: "The Lord is my Shepherd; that's all I want." She then bowed again and sat down. That day she may have misspoken the Psalm, but I believe that little 'lamb' had just revealed David's - and captured the Lord's - hearts!
Shepherd to some but lamb to One,
Philip Mantofa

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
“The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.” (Psalms‬ 23:1‬)


Welcome to the most beloved of all passages of Scripture, the 23rd Psalm.

In this Psalm of David, God uses the analogy of sheep and their nature to describe us. Sheep are basically helpless creatures who cannot survive long without a shepherd, upon whose care they are totally dependent. Likewise, like sheep, we are totally dependent upon the Lord to shepherd, protect, and care for us.

Jesus declared that He is the Good Shepherd and demonstrated it by giving His life for us. He searches for us when we’re lost, to save us and to show us the way to eternal life. He cares for us because He loves us.

A good shepherd would meet the sheep’s every need: food, water, rest, safety, and direction. When we as believers follow our Shepherd, we, too, know that we will have all we need. We will not lack the necessities of life, for He knows exactly what we need.

One day, a Sunday school teacher asked her group of children if any of them could quote the entire twenty-third psalm. A little four-and-a-half-year-old girl raised her hands. The little 'angel' came to the podium, faced the class, made a little bow, and said: "The Lord is my Shepherd; that's all I want." She then bowed again and sat down. That day she may have misspoken the Psalm, but I believe that little 'lamb' had just revealed David's - and captured the Lord's - hearts!
Shepherd to some but lamb to One,
Philip Mantofa

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Silver And Gold Are Mine, And You Shall Live By My Promises!
As the year 2007 was coming to a closure, God gave me a dream. In it, I saw the bronze heavens & iron earth - the archenemies of God's blessings. Clashes of spiritual forces could be seen in the sky, depicting the wrath of Satan himself. Global economic crisis was at hand.

Then I heard an audible voice: "SILVER & GOLD ARE MINE (Haggai 2:8, the Bible) AND YOU SHALL LIVE BY MY PROMISES!" It was God. As soon as He spoke, gold & silver arrows with laser-precision accuracy began shooting down from His highest heaven, penetrating the atmosphere and targetting the homes of His chosen ones. And they were supernaturally blessed!

What you see before you is not actually a drawing, but a vision. I haven't really painted an art - I've painted a message! Every stroke is a prophecy. Real, pure gold & silver flakes have been used on the canvas for I will not paint that which costs me nothing.

I hope this masterpiece will find a worthy master.
Be supernaturally blessed,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold, silver & mixed media on canvas)
140 x 120 cm

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Silver And Gold Are Mine, And You Shall Live By My Promises!
As the year 2007 was coming to a closure, God gave me a dream. In it, I saw the bronze heavens & iron earth - the archenemies of God's blessings. Clashes of spiritual forces could be seen in the sky, depicting the wrath of Satan himself. Global economic crisis was at hand.

Then I heard an audible voice: "SILVER & GOLD ARE MINE (Haggai 2:8, the Bible) AND YOU SHALL LIVE BY MY PROMISES!" It was God. As soon as He spoke, gold & silver arrows with laser-precision accuracy began shooting down from His highest heaven, penetrating the atmosphere and targetting the homes of His chosen ones. And they were supernaturally blessed!

What you see before you is not actually a drawing, but a vision. I haven't really painted an art - I've painted a message! Every stroke is a prophecy. Real, pure gold & silver flakes have been used on the canvas for I will not paint that which costs me nothing.

I hope this masterpiece will find a worthy master.
Be supernaturally blessed,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold, silver & mixed media on canvas)
140 x 120 cm

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The Altar is you!
"He followed the commands that Moses the LORD’s servant had written in the Book of Instruction: “Make me an altar from stones that are uncut and have not been shaped with iron tools.” Then on the altar they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to the LORD." (Joshua 8:31 NLT)

The sighting of crosses in a pink sky in my dream in 2007 was extraordinary. Stunned by the view and beauty of the color of the favor of the Lord, I found myself speechless in front of a sacrificial altar on holy ground.

Looking around me I couldn't see any sacrificial animal prepared for the occasion. As if He read my mind - actually He could- the All-Knowing One broke the silence to answer my curiosity: "THE ALTAR IS YOU!" My eyes were instantly enlightened to see the figure of a man bowing down in prayer and worship instead of just a pile of stones before me (imagine the center stone as the head, and you'd be able to see a praying man).

Drawn on canvas with the spirit of total surrender, this is a painting which shouts out a calling from God. I purposely used stones from nine sacred sites in the Holy Land where Jesus and the prophets once walked (Bethlehem, Jericho, Jaffa, Capernaum, Tabgha, Cana, the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Beatitudes, and the Garden Tomb), and soil from the anointed Immanuel Prayer Mountain in Indonesia for this piece of art. The message is clear: offer your body as a living sacrifice. In fact, your life is an altar!
His living stone,
Philip Mantofa

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Do Not Worry - The Birds Of The Air He Feeds!
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not that much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV)

When Jesus Christ commands us not to worry, He must have a good reason. God is neither irresponsible nor unreasonable. He who commands us to love has first loved us. He who tells us to forgive has forgiven us in advance. Now if He instructs us not to worry, I bet He must have provided for what we are anxious for!

Just look at the birds of the air – they never worry. Indeed, there is more faith in one of these than in all of us. Though they do not store up money in the bank, they leave their nests every morning confident that their ‘daily bread’ has somehow been placed somewhere to be found along their flight path.

I have once even spotted a little sparrow picking up a pop-corn on the ground before taking off with its free meal. The two-winged creature could have thought that it had found gold that day and got lucky, but we certainly knew better – the heavenly Father must have dropped that purposely earlier through a five-fingered clumsy hand. Oh, what He wouldn’t do for you, His beloved child!

Can’t you now hear the melodious chirping of the birds in my painting singing a song of teaching to you? I can hear them loud and clear! Have a listen yourself, and the lyrics of their music will set you free: “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about it self!”
Don’t worry be happy,
Philip Mantofa

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Do Not Worry - The Birds Of The Air He Feeds!
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not that much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV)

When Jesus Christ commands us not to worry, He must have a good reason. God is neither irresponsible nor unreasonable. He who commands us to love has first loved us. He who tells us to forgive has forgiven us in advance. Now if He instructs us not to worry, I bet He must have provided for what we are anxious for!

Just look at the birds of the air – they never worry. Indeed, there is more faith in one of these than in all of us. Though they do not store up money in the bank, they leave their nests every morning confident that their ‘daily bread’ has somehow been placed somewhere to be found along their flight path.

I have once even spotted a little sparrow picking up a pop-corn on the ground before taking off with its free meal. The two-winged creature could have thought that it had found gold that day and got lucky, but we certainly knew better – the heavenly Father must have dropped that purposely earlier through a five-fingered clumsy hand. Oh, what He wouldn’t do for you, His beloved child!

Can’t you now hear the melodious chirping of the birds in my painting singing a song of teaching to you? I can hear them loud and clear! Have a listen yourself, and the lyrics of their music will set you free: “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about it self!”
Don’t worry be happy,
Philip Mantofa

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Moses - The Journey Of Grace
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. (Hebrews 11:29 NIV)

Grace is unmerited favor.

God sovereignly chose unto Himself a bunch of slaves in Egypt who were known to be a stiff-necked people and undeserving. Thus, I know He can choose you.

God made a way where there was no way by dividing the Red Sea for the Israelites. A seabed of dry ground suddenly appeared as if God rolled out the red carpet for His beloved to walk. Because He loves you, He will make a way for you.

God delivered them with His mighty hand by crashing their enemy behind them into the gravely deep of the ocean. Surely, He will fight your enemy.

Look into the painting, and find grace. Join Moses and God's people, and begin your journey of grace!
Amazed by grace,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic on canvas)

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Joshua - The Promised Land
“Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” (Joshua‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬)‬‬

God's promises never fail. Period.

God who appointed Joshua to succeed Moses to conquer the Promise Land, now chooses you to do the same. Not necessarily geographical, spiritually lies before you a land flowing with milk and honey!

First thing first, the divine moment of entry. Joshua believed God, and the Lord divided the Jordan river for the Israelites to cross on a riverbed of dry ground. The spiritual principle remains true today: in order to be granted permission to enter the fulfillment of God's promises in life, you must have faith in His Word. And that is the only "entry visa" that heaven would recognize and approve!

Once into the Promise Land, the slave-turned-General was almost immediately confronted by numerous adversaries on his left and right. They were all too powerful for him. However, God was a Promise Keeper - He did not relent until the last square foot of Canaan belong to the people Joshua led. Enabled, empowered and anointed, without fail Joshua destroyed every enemy's stronghold in every place where he set his foot. Who says that conquering your Promise Land would be easy? It simply will be miraculous!

Look into the painting, and discover the eight elements of His promised blessings that could be yours too: the ark of the covenant (presence), spring (life), green grass (health), fertile soil (growth), trees (productivity), quite lake (peace), blue sky (favor) and open heaven (prosperity). Can you spot them? If you can, you will experience them. This drawing is God's visual Word and prophecy for you. Join Joshua now, and begin your own conquest!
More than a conqueror,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic on canvas)

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God Bless Taiwan
There is a tiny island on this globe where the grass is green and the sky is blue. Once called Formosa, millions today call this place their home. Ladies walk and jog her streets even when the clock hits twelve at midnight. Sense of security still makes up the oxygen breathed by her citizens.

What the majority of her population neglects to see is what I have attempted to show ‐ how supernaturally blessed Taiwan is! A truth never to be taken for granted by the President, his cabinet, and down to the last citizen of this nation is how God has tenderly cared for this beloved country since her founding and protected her as the apple of His eye to this day. Faith and gratitude are, thus, the only proper response.

Through the work of the fingers of my hand, may I gently remind you of the invisible hand which has faithfully upheld you as a people chosen for His glory and highly favored. I really hope my painting will preach as much as I wish that I were born a Taiwanese. May God bless Taiwan!
Taiwanese by heart,

Philip Mantofa
(acrylic & silver on canvas)

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Noah's Ark - Family Salvation
“The Lord then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation." For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.” (Genesis‬ ‭7:1, 17-19‬) ‬‬

Almost 2000 years after the creation of the world, God destroyed all humans, except for eight on the Ark that Noah built. In a great global judgment, all air-breathing land animals (except those on the Ark) perished. And 2000 years ago, God built another 'ark' through His Son. This time the 'ark' was not made of gopher wood, but of flesh and blood just as we are. The whole 'construction' was finished and held together by merely 3 nails - 1 to His feet, 2 to His wrists - at Calvary.
This ultimate vessel for the salvation of the human race from eternal damnation is rightly named Jesus Christ of Nazareth - son to a woodworker, Joseph, the carpenter. Truly, Jesus is the Son of God!

Enter Him now, it begins with you personally. Enter Him together, not by yourself but with your family. Enter Him two by two, you husbands and wives! Meditate on this painting, and find the entrance to your family salvation. Here's the door, just repeat after me:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I'm a sinner.
Please forgive me.
I believe you died for my sin on the cross.
I believe you rose again on the third day.
Please come into my heart.
Be my Lord and Savior.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Amen.
Congratulation, Philip Mantofa

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Right Paths
“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” (Psalm‬ ‭23:3‬)‬

Being lost in the wilderness is an incredibly frightening experience. One can end up trapped in the thick woods by simply wandering off the marked paths. So it is true spiritually, in life.

There is a saying, "follow the water, it will lead you straight to civilization." Most cities, towns, and villages are located by at least one body of water, and so trailing a body of water downhill is definitely in your best interest for survival. Spiritually speaking, following that which refreshes the soul rather than gratifies the flesh, does lead you home!

Should you find yourself, or any of your loved ones, wandering off God's paths today, pray immediately. Ask the Holy Spirit to touch you, guide you by your side and get you out of your forest of sin. Navigation toward God's will and God's best for your life is still possible for you or anyone you love; and rescue is always more than just an empty hope. Just know your compass: JESUS!
Guided by the living water,

Philip Mantofa
(acrylic on canvas)

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Bear - Protectiveness
“Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open." (‭‭Hosea‬ ‭13:8‬a)
Acrylic, silver & mixed media on canvas
80 x 60 cm

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Eagle - Swiftness
“Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so He spread His wings to take them up and carried them safely on His pinions.”‭‭ (Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:11‬)
Acrylic, silver & mixed media on canvas
80 x 60 cm

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Leopard - Watchfulness
“Like a leopard I will lurk by the path.” (‭‭Hosea‬ ‭13:7‬b)
Acrylic, silver & mixed media on canvas
80 x 60 cm

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Lion - Boldness
“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation‬ ‭5:5‬)
Acrylic, silver & mixed media on canvas
80 x 60 cm

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Joseph's Colourful Coat - The Coat Of Many Talents
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. (Genesis 37:3 KJV)

When God wants to enrich you, He doesn't make money grow on trees ~ He gives you various talents! When the Father God wants to secure a future for your children, He doesn't necessarily depend on the wealth you leave to them ~ He simply blesses them with extraordinary potentials!

Talents do not always come from birth as many perceive even though some were undeniably born gifted. God could endow a new set of gifts which had not been found during our childhood and growing up years. Through the second birth, by accepting Christ and seeking His presence every day, one can develop brand new talents.

I grew up as a child envying remarkable talents around me for I had almost none worthy of attention. However, the day when I was born again in the Holy Spirit, God gave me a vision for my life: I was given a coat of many colors like that of Joseph's! Then in no time and through time, newfound skills and abilities began surfacing and excelling in me - most of which I have never even studied for.

If this supernatural coat was made available to me, then it must be absolutely available to you. It is for the asking. What are you waiting for? Now get your coat already from the Lord's wardrobe, and may each color surprise you with a new talent you thought you never had!
Colorfully yours,
Philip Mantofa

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Business Breakthrough
"He reached down from heaven and took me and drew me out of my great trials. He rescued me from deep waters." (Psalm 18:16TLB)

The world is facing economic problems that are absolutely unprecedented. Banking crisis, stock-market crash, failed currencies, and not to mention personal bankruptcies - we are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world. Far too common these days, we see families scrape a living just to make ends meet. And to barely break even in business investment has turned out to be yet another broken dream to entrepreneurs, let alone make profit. If heaven remains blacked out, the earth is surely heading for her financial meltdown apocalypse. Mayday, mayday, the world is drowning in deep waters!

Burdened with the great monetary plague that has affected tycoons and small-business owners alike, I decided to enter the presence of the Lord and stand at my watch; I waited to see what he would say to me, and what answer I could give to the commercial world. Then the Lord replied: “Depict the revelation and make it plain on a canvas so that a vigilant soul may catch its message. For the promise awaits an heir; it speaks of My limitless power and endless supply and will not prove false. Though inconceivable, believe it; your business breakthrough will certainly come and will not delay.”

My God will surely crack open the shut heaven above you and reach down to you and rescue you if you cry out to Him in repentance and faith. Against all odds, and one in a million, He will airlift your business miraculously out of great trials into his bountifulness - because God walks on a higher street than the Wall Street! Know that the world's crisis isn't actually material, political nor social - but spiritual. Sin is always the subtle, underlying cause to every blessing stolen. Therefore, the cross is the foremost and principal remedy for the spirit of poverty, for it resolves fiscal problem from the underground level by lifting Adam's curse on the ground, once and for all. The cross of Christ is a plus sign from God - it transforms your minus into His plus. Yes, into His abundance!

I dare you now to see a vision through my painting; to hear a promise, and take your breakthrough home with you. God bless you! I mean it.
For your business breakthrough,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold & mixed media on canvas)

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Encounter Me!
Can the presence of the Almighty be portrayed on a canvas? I took this challenge with much fear and trembling, and this work of art is the result. It all began one night in December, 2007, in my dream, I saw the Lord in the burning bush.

Flashed before me in my deep sleep, the image of God's glory which was without a face nor form because He is who He is - I Am who I Am. Yes, He is the Living One! Shiny silver-smoke, majestic blue-waves and beams of purple-breakers enveloped and hid Him from the naked eyes. The sight was so holy that I took off my sandals.

Deep called to deep, His voice echoed: "ENCOUNTER ME!" It was the most glorious experience. Then I woke up.

Now, I present to you this artistic representation of the celestial. I pray that this painting will finally find rest in the most deserving home. May it serve as a constant, holy invitation for your family to seek and encounter the God of the living ~ to a thousand generations of those who love Him!
Painting with pure silver & heart,
Philip Mantofa

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Encounter Me!
“So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”” (‭‭Exodus‬ ‭3:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬)‬‬‬‬

Can the presence of the Almighty be portrayed on a canvas? I took this challenge with much fear and trembling, and this work of art is the result. It all began one night in December, 2007, in my dream, I saw the Lord in the burning bush.

Flashed before me in my deep sleep, the image of God's glory which was without a face nor form because He is who He is - I Am who I Am. Yes, He is the Living One! Shiny golden-smoke, majestic waves and beams of purple-breakers enveloped and hid Him from the naked eyes. The sight was so holy that I took off my sandals.

Deep called to deep, His voice echoed: "ENCOUNTER ME!" It was the most glorious experience. Then I woke up.

Now, I present to you this artistic representation of the celestial. I pray that this painting will finally find rest in the most deserving home. May it serve as a constant, holy invitiation for your family to seek and encounter the God of the living ~ to a thousand generations of those who love Him!
Painting with pure gold & heart,
Philip Mantofa

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Selah
“All the earth shall bow down to You and sing praises to You; they shall praise Your name in song. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” ‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭66:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬)

The word “Selah” occurs seventy-three times in the Psalms. First of all, it is a musical term that means to pause, or reflect. In this case, each time “Selah” appears in a psalm, the musicians paused, either to take a breath, or to sing acappella or let the instruments play alone in worship.

Having said that, however, there is so much more to the word "Selah" than merely an interval of silence between musical tones. Since God has ordained that it be included in His Word, we should make an effort to find out, as best we can, the deep spiritual meaning.

Look at the world - it is a busy place, and we are busy people within it. People work, rush, and go, go, go! Over here and over there, everyone seems to be under an insanely hectic work spell. Even when vacationing it is no guarantee that we can take our mind off work, so we could really rest on the inside. And very few of us these days truly live a calm state, where productivity, patience, and kindness tend to easily flow.

How then can we recognize the beauty of stopping and breathing deeply? By Selah! Selah is personal Sabbath - our holy pause. Indeed, our soul needs some solitude. If we can listen to our soul in silence - in Selah - then we can overcome the noise of the world and achieve a higher existence.

Learn from this deer, God's dear. He pants for the water in the heat of the summer; and even in the face of a possible lurking danger, he stops running to bow down to his Maker and drink from His hand. Likewise, may your dry and thirsty soul find still and restful waters. Each time you gaze upon this painting, do pause to carefully ponder the meaning of your life!
Calmly think of that,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic on canvas)
210 x 100 cm‬‬‬‬

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Love Joy Peace
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) I 'wrote' to you the first 3 of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are essential ingredients for lasting happiness and a God-given recipe for true success. Believe me - these qualities are more valuable than the finest gold, for luxury means nothing if the heart is filled with hatred, troubled, and saddened. Thus, he who possesses these true riches is certainly the most blessed man.

Love never fails; the joy of the Lord is our strength; and peace surpasses all human understandings. Out of life's thousands of hardship as illustrated here by the thousands of crushed marble stones at the bottom of the canvases, these 3 characters always prevail in the end as tested gold.

My sincere prayer for you who will bring these paintings home is, so that the spirit and commitment of these words - love, joy, peace - will spiritually paint the atmosphere of your home!
For your home-sweet-home,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold & mix media on canvas)
210 x 100 cm‬‬‬‬

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Love Joy Peace
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) I 'wrote' to you the first 3 of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are essential ingredients for lasting happiness and a God-given recipe for true success. Believe me - these qualities are more valuable than the finest gold, for luxury means nothing if the heart is filled with hatred, troubled, and saddened. Thus, he who possesses these true riches is certainly the most blessed man.

Love never fails; the joy of the Lord is our strength; and peace surpasses all human understandings. Out of life's thousands of hardship as illustrated here by the thousands of crushed marble stones at the bottom of the canvases, these 3 characters always prevail in the end as tested gold.

My sincere prayer for you who will bring these paintings home is, so that the spirit and commitment of these words - love, joy, peace - will spiritually paint the atmosphere of your home!
For your home-sweet-home,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold & mix media on canvas)
210 x 100 cm‬‬‬‬

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For other information please check our website: www.artruea.asia


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Love Joy Peace
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) I 'wrote' to you the first 3 of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are essential ingredients for lasting happiness and a God-given recipe for true success. Believe me - these qualities are more valuable than the finest gold, for luxury means nothing if the heart is filled with hatred, troubled, and saddened. Thus, he who possesses these true riches is certainly the most blessed man.

Love never fails; the joy of the Lord is our strength; and peace surpasses all human understandings. Out of life's thousands of hardship as illustrated here by the thousands of crushed marble stones at the bottom of the canvases, these 3 characters always prevail in the end as tested gold.

My sincere prayer for you who will bring these paintings home is, so that the spirit and commitment of these words - love, joy, peace - will spiritually paint the atmosphere of your home!
For your home-sweet-home,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold & mix media on canvas)
210 x 100 cm‬‬‬‬

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Jonah-Do Not Run From God!
Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him. Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:15-17 NIV)

I painted this piece with a conviction that the true story of Jonah is still being unnecessarily replayed every day in countless lives. Here and there we see modern day Jonahs being plunged into the sea of troubles, emptiness and spiritual darkness - because they have been avoiding God!

There are more stubborn sinners then obedient saints on this planet, yet God loves them all. Even the fish that swallowed Jonah only helped him ultimately to get to shore. Nonetheless, it must have been seriously scary to be in its belly - for three days and nights! Maybe your life is in such a pit because of your disobedience in the past, and the future is a scare. Take heart, God hasn't abandoned you. In fact, He relentlessly pursues you.

Hereby, I give you a painting that will forever preach to God's fugitives. If the huge fish on this canvas could speak, it would warn you upfront never to go in the opposite direction of the Master. Flee not to Tarshish, but run into the arms of the Source of life for there is still hope for your future. Take Jonah as an example; do not run from the Lord!
Prophetically,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic on canvas)

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By His Stripes You Are Healed!
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭5‬)

39 lashes; agonizing prayer on my side before the execution upon Christ's image began on the canvas. Though only a symbol, my hand trembled as I held a real whip with sharp-metal edges in my sinful hand and gave "Him" fourty minus one.

As I fulfilled my last strike, formations of open wounds have appeared unorchestrated - as led by the Spirit. And at the shadow of the Savior's feet are found random stripes resembling the cross. Glorious gold has been chosen over blood red to retell of His wondeful sacrifice for humanity. Real gold flakes have been used on my painting to reflect the powerful and glorious effects of Christ's wounds upon the lives of those who believe.

Finally, the same thorn plant in Israel that was used to make the crown of thorns, which was placed upon the head of Jesus 2000 years ago, is right before your eyes on this piece of artwork. You are now legally standing before history; to be exact, before His story! Hopefully, by gazing at this portrayal of Christ's suffering - and victory - you will remember what He has done and purchased for you. Because when you do, you will be healed. Receive!
For your healing,
Philip Mantofa
(acrylic, gold & mix media on canvas)

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The World Behind Me, The Cross Before Me!
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world— the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away,but whoever does the will of God lives forever." (1 John 2:15-17 NIV)

"I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back" is a song lyric which has inspired millions worldwide. Never had I expected to visualize that hymn in a dream.
The year was 2007 and a new year was just right around the corner. Expecting a divine direction for a new chapter in life, God revealed His will. In my vision I was caught amidst the great exodus of people leaving the Tower of Babel behind them. It was the most joyous expedition. Some were dancing; some were laughing; but all were praising God for what He had done for them.

Families sang songs of their salvation as each member took turn to melodiously declare this chorus: "THE WORLD BEHIND ME, THE CROSS BEFORE ME!" And they all walked toward the Cross ~ a people guided by the Star!
On the way, Philip Mantofa

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Lot's Wife - Love Life Not Things!
Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:24, 26 NIV)

The world is obsessed with material things: turn on the tv and you'll see commercials promoting the fanciest cars, the most expensive jewelry, and the finest things to buy. Just as the two ancient sin cities, the world is still all about greed, lust, pride, and corruption. It hasn't changed a bit, and clearly, the world is messed up.

On the contrary, the Bible speaks the truth: "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his life?" (Matthew 16:26 AMP). Set your priorities in the right order - God first, then people, then things! Indeed, that is life
If you are rich in this present world, don't be arrogant nor put your hope in wealth, which is so uncertain; but put your hope in God, who richly provides you with everything for your enjoyment. Do good and be rich in good deeds, and always be generous and willing to share. In this way you will lay up treasure for yourself as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that you may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Love people, not things; use things, not people. Do remember that some of life's greatest enjoyments are not even found in material possessions. Do not be like the lady in the painting: for the love of the world she did not only forfeit her own soul when she looked back, but also her family. It isn't a legend or a myth, but a true story. The Dead Sea with its high mineral content stands as a testimony of a timeless lesson with the, then, entertainment capitals of the world - Sodom & Gomorrah - and a pillar of salt buried under it. This is the lesson.. Learn from Lot's wife - love life, not things!
Lover of life, Philip Mantofa
(acrylic & mix media on canvas)

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