Phillip Medhurst

Wisdom from a Gnostic Sage

Tag: heaven

Phillip Medhursf presents 053/788 James Tissot Bible c 1899 Jacob’s dream Genesis 28:12 Jewish Museum New York. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. Gouache on board.

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By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. Gouache on board.

Phillip Medhurst presents 354/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 The Soul of the Good Thief Luke 23:42-43. By (James) Jacques-Joseph Tissot, French, 1836-1902. Opaque watercolour over graphite on paper. 26.8 x 17.6 cms. Brooklyn Museum New York.

Phillip Medhurst presents 354/392 the James Tissot Jesus c 1896 The Soul of the Good Thief Luke 23:42-43. Chromolithograph from “La Vie de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ … . avec des notes et des dessins explicatifs par J. James Tissot” 1896-97.

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The Apocalypse Revealed 11

The remnant saved by the “old” covenant is symbolised in Revelation by the 144,000 sealed; those saved by the “new” covenant in Jesus (who offers himself as a new Passover lamb and by so doing reveals his understanding of God’s plan, and is therefore alone worthy to open the seals hiding the scroll of history) is represented by the “great crowd” (Revelation 7:9). Both are symbolised by the 24 elders seen in the initial tableau beyond the door opened onto Heaven for John at the beginning of Revelation. The “old” covenants are brought about by physical movement from an old geographical place to a new one: to Ararat, Haran, Sinai, Gilgal and Jerusalem. The ”new” covenant is effected by Jesus’ physical passing into Heaven at his Ascension.

Martyrdom

 

The rich reduced, the poor endowed,

The weak are raised to thrones of power.

The good Lord rules while kings are cowed;

He undermines the tyrant’s tower.

 

 

In tatters, stripped, from field walled,

God calls us to his banquet spread.

Let super-substantial manna fall,

This day our daily-given bread.

 

 

The full are starved, the empty fed,

The fertile pine, the barren bear.

He flattens fields, gives landless bread;

Both weal and woe our God can share.

 

I am his wheat, ground in a mill

By tooth of beast to make fine leaven;

I shall rise up to do His will,

As done this very hour in heaven.