The Face in the Cloud

Hofmann's painting of Jesus

It all points back to Jesus

In 1889, Johann Heinrich Hofmann painted a work of art entitled “Christ and the Young Rich Man”.  This painting was purchased by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and eventually donated to the Riverside Church in New York City.  In 1963, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s second son, Nelson Rockefeller, appeared on the cover of the May issue of Life Magazine with his new wife.  This same issue of Life magazine contained a picture of a mysterious cloud over Arizona on page 112.

The cover of the May 1963 Edition of Life Magazine.

On January 17, 1955, William Branham said that the face of Jesus from Hofmann’s painting “Christ and the Young Rich Man” was the most accurate picture of Jesus that he had ever seen, and that it looked very much like the vision of Jesus that he had seen as a young man.

On April 18, 1965, almost two years after the May 1963 issue of Life Magazine was released, William Branham turned the photo of the cloud to the side and announced his discovery that the cloud fit neatly over Hoffman’s 1889 painting of Jesus’ face like a white wig.  Five years before this, in the sermon “The Patmos Vision” (December 4, 1960) William Branham described Jesus as the “Ancient of days” with a white wig – as a judge.

The Cloud from page 112 of the May 1963 Edition of Life Magazine

The painting of “Christ and the Young Rich Man” captures one of the saddest moments in the Bible – it is a picture of the rejection before his crucifixion.  This painting is connected to the May 1963 issue of Life magazine for two reasons: first, because of William Branham’s discovery that the face of Jesus from this painting fit into the photo of the cloud on page 112, and second, because the son of the man who purchased the original painting appeared on the front cover.

Page 113 of the same Magazine featured a picture of a moon rainbow over Honolulu.  This second picture is immediately behind the photo of the cloud (not beside it), so that when the page 112 is held to the light, a rainbow appears around the cloud.  When the face of Jesus from Hofmann’s painting is set within the cloud, the words of Revelation 10:1 come to life, which says,“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head”

In the end, everything points back to Jesus Christ.

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