Letters to the Seven Churches
At Open Space Church we were doing a Bible study series on the letters to the seven churches in Revelation. This is really, in my opinion, the best part of the book. All the monsters and plagues and 666 stuff just doesn’t hit home the way the letters do. While they were all real Christian churches at one time, they also stand as archetypes for churches in general.
And, like all of Revelation, the letters are full of visual symbolism. We kept coming up with ideas for paintings while reading, and, finally, one of our members, who goes by the name B.D.W.S. took the idea and ran with it.
For the most part, he doesn’t work on canvass, but on scraps of wood and cardboard and other materials. He brings art to things others have discarded. So these are made on, mostly, old plywood and particle board.
In no particular order….
This first one is about 4′ x 2′, made on rough chip-board. I added the black frame in photoshop.
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens:” Revelation 3:1
Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it. Revelation 2:16-17
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Revelation 3:1-2
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation: “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:14-16
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life: “I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich . . . Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:8-10 (abridged)