Prophet Isaiah.

Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

Field review by the editors.

Niagara Falls, New York

Until a few years ago, Isaiah Henry Robertson was just a regular guy, a middle-aged home-builder who had moved to Niagara Falls to buy cheap houses. He'd fix them up, then flip them for a profit.

The Second Coming House.
The Second Coming House.

Then God spoke to Isaiah.

God told Isaiah, a Canadian originally from Jamaica, that he was actually in Niagara Falls for a very important purpose: because it was where the world would end in 2014.

God said that Isaiah would become His prophet, and that God would guide Isaiah's hands to transform a run down Niagara Falls house into a carnival-colored showplace, a beacon to catch people's attention so that they could be saved.

Well, 2014 has come and gone, but we doubt that the Prophet is too disappointed.

Prophet Isaiah channels divine guidance.
Prophet Isaiah channels divine guidance.

The house of Prophet Isaiah -- he lives inside -- is now a spectacular piece of spiritual eye candy, with thousands of bright-hued, hand-carved surfaces continually painted and repainted by its owner.

Multi-denominational religious symbolism is layered everywhere: doves, trumpets, crescents, multi-pointed stars, wheels within wheels. An accidental brush stroke next to the front door was declared by Isaiah to be an image of the Virgin Mary; a rock and anchor out by the sidewalk represents the Empty Tomb of Christ.

At the back of the driveway Isaiah built a kaleidoscopic cross, augmented with hundreds of multichrome wooden armatures. It's 25 feet tall, the same height, Isaiah said, that Jesus will be when he returns to Earth for Judgment Day.

Prophet Isaiah told us that it was okay if visitors couldn't make it to his colorful home by the Apocalypse, since every person on earth would fly down Ontario Avenue, past his house, at the start of The Second Coming. As mega-billions of human beings pass the 25-foot-tall cross, those that accept Christ as their Lord will be saved.

Isaiah prays he is not crushed by his art.
Isaiah prays he is not crushed by his art.

Next stop is Goat Island, which divides the American and Canadian Falls. It is there, said Isaiah, that Jesus will separate the saved from the damned, the sheep from the goats. The latter will tumble into the Niagara Falls whirlpool, transformed into the Lake of Fire.

According to Isaiah, many tourists visit his home but come no closer than a furtive drive-by, pointing a smartphone camera out their car window. People may be understandably nervous about meeting the Prophet -- after all, America has had its share of scary roadside visionaries -- but they shouldn't be. Prophet Isaiah is warm and outgoing, and so jolly that you sometimes forget that he's talking about Doomsday. He welcomes visitors, and told us that he's available most of the time. We just showed up, rang his doorbell, and he unexpectedly appeared behind us, walking down the street with a cheerful hello.

Virgin Mary appears in a paint brush stroke.
Virgin Mary appears in a paint brush stroke.

Prophet Isaiah is cordial to the churched and the lost alike, but in the course of conversation with him you may find yourself suddenly (and unexpectedly) saved. If everyone in your party is granted salvation, Isaiah said, it will automatically sanctify your car, guaranteeing a safer journey -- at least until the Apocalypse, whenever that may be.

We enjoyed our visit with Prophet Isaiah, but we wondered: what do his neighbors think -- the local folks who have to live in the reflected glow of his house and prophecy every day?

"They know but they don't believe," Isaiah answered, a little sadly, glancing at the cross.

"Some of them is gonna be goats."

Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

Address:
1308 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls, NY
Directions:
North side of the city, on the north side of Ontario Ave. just east of 13th St.
Admission:
Free
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