Philip Mantofa

Shalom Israel

"SHALOM" is a Hebrew word which sends peaceful streams down one's soul when spoken in one's ear. It was originally God's blessed assurance to His chosen people, Israel.


"SHALOM" is a mighty blessing. It is derived from a root denoting that nothing is missing and nothing is broken. It is not the peace of man, but the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. שָׁלוֹם (shalom) has taught our hearts to believe that all things work together for good to those who love God.


"SHALOM" is a Person ---- Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Prince of Peace. On the cross, He paid the ultimate penalty for our sins. Now we can have perfect peace with God, with men, and with ourselves.


"SHALOM ISRAEL" is the theme I have prayerfully chosen for the art exhibition. It is meant to be a passionate and artistic expression of God's faithfulness as evident in Israel's history, for thousands of generations. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

-- whose very name was changed to Israel- is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.




Acrylic on canvas 100 x 140 cm″

O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your they will pray day and night, continually.Take no ll you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no re he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem pride of the earth." (Isaiah 62:6-7)


The Western wall is the last remaining site of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It has also been called the "Wailing Wall"as it refers to the practice of Jews weeping day and night at the site over the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE by the Roman legions.


When the Temple was destroyed, all the Gates of Heaven were closed, except for one: the Gate of Tears. The Wailing Wall is especially dear, as it is the spot closest to the Holy of Holies. Abraham's descendants, to this day, still water the Wall with their tears and melt the stones with their kisses as they yearn for their Messiah to come into Jerusalem and  make the holy city the pride of the earth once again.


Israel still holds a very special place in God's heart He has made promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - whose very name was changed to Israel. We must stand with God's chosen nation because they are fighting our battles, for Israel's enemies are against us, too. Pray continually for her national peace. Moreover, pray to the Lord for her spiritual salvation. Give the Lord no rest until He finally makes the chosen race see their Messiah had actually come into Jerusalem two thousand years ago, riding on a d was not just a carpenter's son; He is Jesus C true King of the Jews. Only He can save Israel!



Matthew—Consider the Lilies

Acrylic on canvas 160 x 100 cm

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked wisdom. So God replied, "Because you have asked for om in governing my people with justice and sked for a long life or wealth or the death of enemies- I will give you what you asked for! I will gi ou a wise and understanding heart such as no has had or ever will have! And I will also give y what you did not ask for--riches and fame! No other ing in all the world will be compared to you for rest of your life!"(1 Kings 3:10-13)


If the genie lamp were real and you could rub it to get your three wishes, what would you ask from the magical creature? Power, love and money are predictably on everyone's bucket list!


No fantasy, thousands of years ago, a young man was given such a chance to name -and receive- his heart's greatest desire. The benefactor was none other but the Almighty God, Himself. Instead of yearning for long or wealth, Solomon had asked for wisdom. This request pleased the Lord so much that He eventually ave the heir of David what he never had lusted -riches and fame!


King Solomon was beyond comparison among kings of any ages. No one has had or will ever have the 31-manifold wisdom of God that Solomon displayed in the 31 chapters of the biblical book of Proverbs. No other world leader has ever or will ever come close to having such an understanding heart. What distinguished Solomon from the rest and for the rest of his life, however, was his simple plea for a godly sense of justice, in the face of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he could have had it all!

Mark—Water Flames 馬可——水焰





Acrylic on canvas 120 x 160 cm

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said,"On the mount Lord it will be provided." (Genesis 22:13-14)


When I was growing up in my father's house, I never worried if I would have no food to eat or clothes to wear. However, when I became a born-again chi God, all of a sudden every doubt started invading my mind. It wasn't my brain playing a trick on me; it was the devil accusing my heavenly Father that He wasn't able or caring enough for His children.


How can we know the Father's provision if we've never experienced lack? How can we experience His he if we've never been sick? And how can we know faith if we don't first know fear? It is in our greatest tests are found our greatest testimonies.


That day father Abraham learned the greatest lesson of his life - faith. That faith was his spiritual mountain upon which he can receive God's miraculous provision. The ram in the thicket, which was later sacrificed as the burnt offering instead of Isaac, wasn't actually caught by its horns - though it was. Abraham looked up and saw what happened: the four-legged creature was really caught by the heavenly Father's loving care for children - Abraham and his son. Indeed, Isaac wasn't saved by an animal nor by chance. Abraham's heir was saved by a promise that the Lord will provide.


Two thousand years ago, God provided the ultimate 'ram' as our ransom, caught by the cross - Jesus, the Lamb of God. The Heir of heaven died in our stead. Since the Father God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us, is there anything else He wouldn't gladly and freely give to us?




Acrylic, gold, mixed media on canvas 140 x 120 cm

"Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives." (Matthew 26:30)


The meal had just ended. It was the last supper of Jesus with His disciples before His agony began in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. Before leaving the upper room, they sang a hymn together---almost as a choir--at the end of the meal. And according to Passover tradition, Psalms 115 was melodiously sung. This heavenly chorus must have greatly lifted Jesus' heart:


"All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord! He is your helper and your shield." (verse 11)


Standing before this imageless spiritual art, my heart has been captivated by the enchanting words of the Psalms. The painting serves as a divine suggestion that singing a hymn or two should be the last of the menu-at every meal in every Christian home. May your heart be greatly lifted by Jesus' songs!