Prophet Isaiah Robertson (house and yard symbols)
The first impression may be abstract and decorative, but reminiscent of cathedral windows, Prophet Isaiah’s colorful home site is filled with illustrated biblical references and symbolic messages. Colors and details sometimes change, but the broad designs and meanings have remained constant. For example, in fall 2013, he added a head and a blue three-point star [for The Trinity] to his simplified depiction of the the Crucifixion [left]— see also the letter K in the full summer view, and the detail galleries below. Numerous bells [right] adorn the site, making a “joyful noise unto the Lord.” Even more stars– each point design with a specific meaning– illuminate the site. Prophet Isaiah explains the recurring star patterns as follows:
15 point star: the universe, 12 points: the twelve tribes of Israel, 8 points: Jesus, 7 points: God, 6 points: the Jews, 5 points: Gentiles, 4 points: the four corners of the earth, 3 points: the Trinity
Visitors leave the public sidewalk and journey over the Seven Seals from the book of Revelation: up the front walkway (#’s 6, 7, 5) to the steps, then turning right (#4) between the house and the rock garden of resurrection, then around the corner (#’s 3, & 2) towards the 25′ healing cross. Symbolizing their spiritual journey, Seal #1 [not visible in this view] ends this progression in front of the “pearly gates” [see next page], and at the base of the cross.
A) the Ark of the Covenant lying in stone sections on the ground behind, and guarded by outstretched cherubim wings in front. B) the judgement seat of Christ. C) a diamond-shaped rock garden of resurrection surrounded by a fine grey gravel: “on solid ground I stand, all the rest is sinking sand.” D) ten encircled seven and five-point stars represent the ten commandments. E) a rock retrieved from Three Sisters Island, Niagara Falls. F) Crucifixion: “father forgive them.” G) an eight-point star symbol represents the birth of Jesus. H) a brushstroke reveals a vision of Mary. I) three ovals representing The Trinity looking up to heaven. J) Jonah’s whale [in red] over two attached blue circles representing marriage. K) three circles for The Trinity, a diamond-shaped crown in the center with an eagle seated on top. L) the Lamb’s Book of Life. M) the Godhead. N) ten golden arched windows of heaven. O) the Lord’s Prayer: “around and around our Father.” P) the seven-point star in the center represents God: “who is a wheel in the center of a wheel.” Q) Gabriel’s trumpets. R) the sun. S) the moon. [Isaiah Robertson’s words in quotes]
above left: G) symbol representing the birth of Jesus on the front door. above center: H) Mary revealed unexpectedly in a accidental dry brushstroke. above right: F) Christ on the cross “father forgive them.” a) a spontaneously painted symbol later identified by visitors as originating from Native American cultures. L) represents the Lambs book of Life. M) represents the Godhead.
above left: Kc) a red eagle sits above a red crown (Kb) and three circles (Ka) for The Trinity. Ja) a red Jonah’s whale above two attached blue circles representing the covenant of marriage (Jb). above center: E) a rock brought back from Niagara Falls’ Three Sisters Island “upon this rock I will build my church.” above right: N) a row of golden arched windows of heaven. I) capped by a three-point Trinity star, and a triangular crown representing God, three green ovals represent the Holy Trinity looking [pointing] skyward to heaven.
Q) On the gable, Gabriel’s trumpets surrounded by numerous bells [make a joyful noise unto the Lord] flank a five-star symbol representing God (P). A row of golden arched windows of heaven is interrupted by a symbol (M) representing the Godhead “when he made this world, the creation.” I) A triangular crown representing God atop an encircled three-point Trinity star top off a heavenly alignment [see bottom right detail above]. Bells and five-point stars representing believers worldwide are scattered throughout this upper-story vision of heavenly joy.
below right: Seals #6, 7, 5, lead to the front stairs and the birth of Jesus, as symbolized on the bottom of the front door (G). Symbols for the Crucifixion (F), the Lambs book of Life (L), Jonah’s whale, and the covenant of marriage (J) surround the entrance.
above left: T) the First Commandment: “Love thy God.” U) the Second Commandment: “Love your neighbor.” V) three circles for The Trinity, a green candle with a red flame (resembling a match) standing behind W) Outstretched cherubim wings guard the Ark of the Covenant lying in stone sections on the ground behind (A), two covered with Stars of David (X). Christ’s Seat of Judgement (Y) is depicted at the base of the message sign about the days of Noah, which in turn supports The Lord’s Prayer (Z). Islands in a sea of white stones [“solid ground”], the commandments and the Ark are surrounded by grey gravel [“sinking sand”]. Left of the front door entrance are three blue circles for The Trinity, a diamond-shaped crown, and an eagle perched above (K). [Isaiah Robertson’s words in quotes]
The front yard rock garden of resurrection sprouts a cylindrical vase of flowers at the intersection of a yellow-outlined cross of grey stone. Filling-in the diamond shape that defines the area of resurrection are white stones symbolizing purity, and the outside is surrounded by a fine grey gravel: “on solid ground I stand, all the rest is sinking sand.” The diamond shape echoes Robertson’s symbolism: four-point stars represent the four corners of the earth, and a flat rectangular rock in the foreground (d) with arched curves symbolizes “God calling from the four corners of the earth.” At the intersection and ends of the horizontal cross arm, twelve brick circles each have a small white six-point star representing the twelve disciples (b). “Jewish stars” mixed with five-point stars for the Gentiles are repeated on three flat stones in the resurrection area: “both are one, there is neither Jew or Gentile” (c). With the Ark of the Covenant (A) and Judgement Seat of Christ (Y) opposite, a pathway of Seals (#’s 6, 7, 5, 4, 3) lead around the garden to the cross.
D) a row of ten encircled seven-point stars representing God symbolize the Ten Commandments (the tenth is not visible behind the steps). f) seven stones on the ground below represent the seven days of creation. g) purple and red circles represent bread: “Jesus feeds the multitudes.” e) the four arched curves similar to (d) are repeated in blue for the “four rivers flowing from the Garden of Eden after God expelled Adam and Eve.” h) three circles on a narrow stone represent The Trinity. [Isaiah Robertson’s words in quotes]
above left: W) the base of the cherubim that guards the Ark of the Covenant (A). Y) the Judgement Seat of Christ at the base of the message sign about the days of Noah. above center: Seals #4, 5,7 f) seven stones symbolize the seven days of creation. above right: b) twelve white stars in a circle representing the twelve disciples. d) “God calling from the four corners of the earth” flanked by three-star Trinities (i) on either side. j) Six smaller stars encircle a larger seventh star representing the “day of rest.”
Fish with red and purple circles representing bread: “Jesus feeds the multitudes.” [see letter (g) in the overview above]
The Sepulcher [tomb] of Christ. left : the body is surrounded by red stones representing his blood, and two large boulders block the entrance from thieves. White stones in the center represent purity. right : purple highlights representing the purple robe of Christ prior to the Crucifixion have been added. below: a 2012 overview showing the Sepulcher along Ontario Ave.
Prophet Isaiah in 2013