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Religious artwork attributed to divine inspiration

NIAGARA FALLS -- Beads of many colors are arranged along the foyer baseboards in Isaiah Robertson's home.

A blue, green and aqua trail spills into the living room and expands, covering the center of the green-carpeted room.

Each design has biblical and symbolic meaning, Robertson said.

Robertson, known to friends and acquaintances as Brother Isaiah, says God motivated him to assemble about 12,000 beads in his home.

It took him about five weeks to complete the sparkly symbolic artwork, which is also found in the "Holy Room" of Robertson's Ontario Street residence.

Robertson sometimes prays in the Holy Room.

"When you look at it, you can start to see it change color," he said last week of the beads. "No man can do this, including me."

The latest display follows more elaborate Christian-based artwork he has assembled in recent months, first at his church, Mount Erie Baptist Church, then on the outside of his house.

Last summer, Robertson arranged a display of 1,500 candles on the front lawn of his home, representing the start of the Jubilee, which he said last July 23 would last for three years.

In order for people to prepare for the coming of the Lord, Robertson said he tells those he meets to accept the Lord as their savior.

"God will convict them, and they will come to change their ways," he said. "God will say to them, 'Accept Jesus Christ as your savior,' and if they do, they will be saved, and if they don't, they will be lost permanently. Praise God, hallelujah."

Robertson completed symbolic woodwork last year at Mount Erie Baptist Church.

While working on the church, he said, God motivated him to continue his work at home.

The beads represent biblical themes that include the Ten Commandments, the seven spirits that rule the world, the birth of Jesus, Jesus walking the earth, and the six days in which God created the earth.

"It's very original," said Nathan Dolson, Robertson's stepson, who attends the church with Robertson.

"It comes from his heart. It comes from God. I haven't seen anybody do anything like it. The work he's done in the church is very exquisite."

Dolson said that he's still working his way toward the Lord and that Robertson's creations have motivated him.

"I've just been listening and paying attention to Robert, and I've been learning a lot," he said.

"I'm getting there. It's something you can't take lightly. You can't go to church one day and then come back and you're saved. There's nothing preventing me; it takes time. It's nothing you can rush."

Robertson said he someday hopes to build a gazebolike shrine near the American falls.

If his plan goes through, Robertson said, he hopes thousands of people will assemble at the shrine to pray and sing.

"There's going to be a great revival over the falls," he predicted.


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