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The Resurrection Reunion - Triptych 1945


Oil on canvas in 3 parts; the rising out of the graves, the rejoicing, and then maybe rehabilitation - the gravestones becoming something of a conversation piece to the newly-risen...painted as part of a series of resurrection scenes situated in a graveyard which could be Cookham. In the collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery, copyright The Estate of Stanley Spencer

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Lord Harries, 'The Resurrection of Christ in Art'


Gresham College lecture on You Tube uploaded on August 26th, 2011. This is the most difficult of all Christian themes to convey in visible form and the early church approached it with proper reticence. Whilst the Western Church developed an over-literalistic image, the Orthodox Church gave it a powerful symbolic rendering. The 20th century, with its massive suffering, found this hopeful theme particularly problematic. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website [LRH]

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The Rapture


The Resurrection - Daniel 12:22; ‘Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life.’ This painting is not part of the Book of Revelation formally, however it is our hope; The Resurrection. (or ‘Rapture’) ‘To wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come’. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 18 ‘..for the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.‘ Luke 21:34 - 37 ‘Take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare; for so shall it come upon all them that dwell on the face of all the earth. But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.’ In this painting you can see Ian and I going up to meet the Lord in ‘a twinkling of an eye’. I take the ‘pretribulational’ view that says that this taking away or ‘rapture’ of the true believers happens before the time of the seven year Wrath of God, known as the ‘tribulation’. It does not begin the tribulation however. There are actually eight different views on this issue I am told! ‘The Footsteps of the Messiah’ says ‘the pretribulational view is the most continuously harmonious interpretation of prophecy’. (p.xxvii). According to 1 Corinth. 15:23 The resurrection is ‘each in its own order’, meaning the saints go at different times. So first Jesus was resurrected, then we will be if we are alive at the time of the rapture along with all the church saints, then the two witnesses of Rev.11, finally old testament saints and tribulation martyrs.

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