1110 – Dionysiou: the portico, part 3 (day 2 nr 14)

In post 1100 I started with the Apocalyptic scenes from the portico of Dionysiou, part two is in post 1103. Today we continue in the protico at number 3 (for the plan see 1100 – link above- ) : Chapter 14: 14-19 of St. John: “of the Lamb and of the virgins that follow him. Of the judgments that shall fall upon the wicked”.

IMG_3467 Dionysiou portico scene 14
14:14. And I saw: and behold a white cloud and upon the cloud one sitting like to the Son of man, having on his head a crown of gold and in his hand a sharp sickle.

14:15. And another angel came out from the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat upon the cloud: Thrust in thy sickle and reap, because the hour is come to reap. For the harvest of the earth is ripe.

14:16. And he that sat on the cloud thrust his sickle into the earth: and the earth was reaped.

14:17. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

14:18. And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire. And he cried with a loud voice to him that had the sharp sickle, saying: Thrust in thy sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vineyard of the earth, because the grapes thereof are ripe.

14:19. And the angel thrust in his sharp sickle into the earth and gathered the vineyard of the earth and cast it into the great press of the wrath of God.

IMG_3467 a Dionysiou portico scene 14 detail Detail of the fresco above: an angel harvesting grapes with a sickle.

The next scene shows the beginning of Chapter 14 with “a lamb standing on mount Sion” (14:1-3).

“I heard a voice from heaven, as the noise of many waters and as the voice of great thunder. And the voice which I heard was as the voice of harpers, harping on their harps. And they sung as it were a new canticle, before the throne and before the four living creatures….”.

 IMG_3466 Dionysiou portico scene 14 And then John continues with three verses about angels, one proclaiming the fall of Babylon:

14:6. And I saw another angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel, to preach unto them that sit upon the earth and over every nation and tribe and tongue and people:

14:7. Saying with a loud voice: Fear the Lord and give him honour, because the hour of his judgment is come. And adore ye him that made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters.

14:8. And another angel followed, saying: That great Babylon is fallen, is fallen; which made all nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
IMG_3466 a Dionysiou portico scene 14 detailA detail of the last painting: “an angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the eternal gospel”.

The next scene is Chapter 13 of St. Johns Apocalypse: “of the beast with seven heads and of a second beast”. He says in verse 2: “And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard: and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion”.

IMG_3465 Dionysiou portico scene 1313:1. And I saw a beast coming up out the sea, having seven heads and ten horns: and upon his horns, ten diadems: and upon his heads, names of blasphemy. (The seven heads are seven kings, that is, seven principal kingdoms or empires, which have exercised, or shall exercise, tyrannical power over the people of God; of these, five were then fallen, viz.: the Egyptian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Persian, and Grecian monarchies: one was present, viz., the empire of Rome: and the seventh and chiefest was to come, viz., the great Antichrist and his empire.)

13:11. And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth: and he had two horns, like a lamb: and he spoke as a dragon. (Another beast: This second beast with two horns, may be understood of the heathenish priests and magicians; the principal promoters both of idolatry and persecution).

According to verse 8 “all that dwell upon the earth adored the beast”: look at the damaged faces of the adorers!

Wim Voogd, 13/9

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