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Howard Finster
THER SHALL BE EARTH qUAKES
1976
enamel
30 x 29 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.



Rev. Howard Finster created these messages of faith in 1976, after he was commanded by God to paint sacred art. On the left, palaces and inscriptions reading "peace," "kindness," "love," and "eternal life" reveal the future for those who cross the River Jordan to salvation and leave hate, pollution, sickness, and other evils of the world behind. The center panel's river of blood and the destruction caused by earthquakes on the right, with inscribed passages from Ezekiel, Isaiah, Hebrews, and Revelation, emphasize the fate of those who forego redemption.