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I love anything having to do with aesthetically appealing religious art and the Divine Comedy by Dante. (Especially if it includes angels!!)
So please send any pics or quotes my way, I like to learn and I'd really appreciate it!!
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mediotutissimusibis:

Library of the Abbey St. Peter in the Black Forest, Schwarzwald, Germany
mediotutissimusibis:

Library of the Abbey St. Peter in the Black Forest, Schwarzwald, Germany
mediotutissimusibis:

Library of the Abbey St. Peter in the Black Forest, Schwarzwald, Germany
mediotutissimusibis:

Library of the Abbey St. Peter in the Black Forest, Schwarzwald, Germany
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srloftis:

Just some more shots of the pending end of the world.
srloftis:

Just some more shots of the pending end of the world.
srloftis:

Just some more shots of the pending end of the world.
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Francis Danby, "The Opening of the Sixth Seal" 
1828
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ghost-of-gold:

The Seven Seals
The Seven Seals is a phrase in the Book of Revelation that refers to seven symbolic seals that secure the book or scroll, that John of Patmos saw in his Revelation of Jesus Christ. The opening of the seals of the Apocalyptic document occurs in Revelation Chapters 5-8. In John’s vision, the only one worthy to open the book is referred to as both the “Lion of Judah” and the “Lamb having seven horns and seven eyes”.[5:5-6]
Upon the Lamb opening a seal from the book, a judgment is released or an apocalyptic event occurs. The opening of the first four seals release The Four Horsemen, each with their own specific mission.[6:1-8] The opening of the fifth seal releases the cries of martyrs for the “word of God”.[6:9-11] The sixth seal prompts cataclysmic events.[6:12-17] The seventh seal cues seven angelic trumpeters who in turn cue the seven bowl judgments.


First Seal: White horse, Bow, crown Second Seal: Red horse, Great sword Third Seal: Black horse, Balances Fourth Seal: Pale horse, DeathFifth Seal: Souls of martyrs, White robesSixth Seal: Great earthquake, Darkness Seventh Seal: Seven angels, Seven trumpets
FIRST SEAL.
(A White Horse.)
Rev. 6:1-2.

“And I saw when the LAMB opened one of the SEALS, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the ‘Four Beasts’ saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a WHITE HORSE: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
Who is the “Rider” upon this White Horse? He is not Christ, as some claim, for Christ, as the LAMB, is holding the “Seven Sealed Book” and breaking its “Seals.” Christ does not appear as a White Horse Rider until chapter 19:11-16, when He comes with the armies of Heaven to engage in the Battle of Armageddon. Then He is called “Faithful and True,” and on His head there is a many “Diademed Crown,” and He is clothed in a vesture dipped in blood, and His name is called the “WORD OF GOD,” and there is no weapon of warfare in His hand, but a sharp sword comes out of His mouth, and the effect upon His enemies will he swift and terrible.
This “Rider” has a “bow,” no arrow is mentioned, and he is not crowned at first, but a crown will be given to him later, the “Stephanos” or “Victor’s Crown,” as a reward for his victories which are prolonged and bloodless. This is the picture of a brilliant, strategical, and irresistible conqueror, whose victories will dazzle the world, and elevate him to a leadership that will place him at the Head of the Ten Federated Kingdoms of the revived Roman Empire. As a subaltern, like Napoleon I, he will rise from the ranks until a crown will be given him. His triumphs will be due to his skilful diplomacy. Like Antiochus Epiphanes, his prototype, he “will come in peaceably, and obtain the Kingdom by flatteries.” Dan. 11:21. As the “Tool of Satan” he will be endowed with wonder working powers, and when he comes, he will find the world ready to receive him, for God will send upon its inhabitants a “strong delusion” that they will believe a LIE, or “THE LIE,” for that is what he will be. 2. Thess. 2:9-11. In other words this White Horse Rider is the ANTICHRIST.
SECOND SEAL.
(A Red Horse.)
Rev. 6:3-4.

“And when He had opened the ‘SECOND SEAL,’ I heard the ‘Second Beast’ say, Come. And there went out another Horse that was RED: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a GREAT SWORD.”
There is no need to tarry long with this SEAL. When it was broken John heard the second, or “Calf-like Living Creature” say, “Come,” and a “RED HORSE“ appeared and went forth, whose Rider was given a “GREAT SWORD,” and who had power to take peace from the earth, and cause men to kill one another. The symbolism is very clear. Red, the color of the Horse, is a symbol of BLOOD, and the Sword is a symbol of WAR. The time is clearly that prophesied by Christ—“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars … for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Matt. 24:6-7. This seems to imply that the Antichrist will not have everything his own way, and that his Autocratic methods will lead to insubordination and civil wars among the nations under some great leader represented by the Rider of the Red Horse, whose “Great Sword” is symbolical of the awful destruction of human life that will follow.
THIRD SEAL.
(A Black Horse.)
Rev. 6:5-6.

“And when He opened the ‘THIRD SEAL,’ I heard the ‘Third Beast’ say, Come. And I beheld, and lo a BLACK HORSE: and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the Four Beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny: and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”
When the “THIRD SEAL” was broken John heard the third or “Man-like Living Creature” say—”Come,” and a “BLACK HORSE” appeared and went forth, whose Rider held in his hand a “pair of balances,” and John heard the voice of an invisible person in the midst of the “Four Living Creatures” say—”A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” The “BLACK HORSE” signifies famine, and the Rider the “Conserver of Food.” When all able bodied men are drafted for war, and no one left to sow and harvest the crops, then famine is sure to follow. So great will be the famine, that it will take a “denarius” a day’s wages, to buy a “choenix” (2 pints) of wheat,” the daily ration of a slave. What is meant by not hurting the oil and wine, may be, that as the Olive tree and grapevine do not bear their fruit until some months after the wheat and barley harvest, and grow without much attention, their crops would not be so much affected by war, and therefore the Olive trees and grapevines were not to be ruthlessly destroyed by invaders for they were needed for medicinal purposes.

FOURTH SEAL.
(A Pale Horse.)
Rev. 6:7-8.

“And when He had opened the ‘FOURTH SEAL,’ I heard the voice of the ‘Fourth Beast’ say, Come. And I looked, and behold a PALE HORSE: and his name that sat on him was DEATH, and HELL (Hades) followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with SWORD, and with HUNGER, and with DEATH, and with the BEASTS OF THE EARTH.”
When the “FOURTH SEAL” was broken John heard the fourth, or “Eagle-like Living Creature” say—”Come,” and a “PALE HORSE” appeared and went forth. Note the “corpse-like” color of the Horse. We are not surprised then when the Rider upon the “PALE HORSE” is called “DEATH,” and that “HADES,” the “Grave,” not “Hell,” follows after “Death” like a great “Voracious Monster” to swallow up the victims of “DEATH.” It is worthy of note that the Riders of the first three Horses are not named, but it will be very clear when the events they chronicle occur, who and what is meant. Here however the Rider is personified and called “DEATH,” and his consort is called “HADES,” they are inseparable companions. The reference here is clearly to some great PESTILENCE that shall come upon the earth. After a devastating war, followed by famine, during which the dead are left unburied, a PESTILENCE is sure to follow. The “fourth part of the earth” over which the Pestilence shall sweep will probably be that part of the Eastern Hemisphere covered by the revived Roman Empire. See Map of the Old Roman Empire. So great will be the destruction of human life in the days of the “Fourth Seal” that HADES will have to enlarge herself and open her mouth without measure, as foretold in Isa. 5:13-16. The means of destruction mentioned—the SWORD, HUNGER, DEATH, and the BEASTS OF THE EARTH, are the “FOUR SORE JUDGMENTS” of Ez. 14:21, that are to fall upon JERUSALEM—“For thus saith the Lord God: How much more when I send my ‘FOUR SORE JUDGMENTS’ upon JERUSALEM, the SWORD, and the FAMINE, and the NOISOME BEAST, and the PESTILENCE, to cut off from it man and beast.” Those will be awful times to those who must pass through them. But the Church will not be in them having been “caught out” before as promised. But awful as those days will be, they will be only the “BEGINNING OF SORROWS” for those who are left. Matt. 24:6-8. And the worst thing about them will be that they are “Hardening Judgments,” and instead of the people repenting and calling upon God, they will call on the mountains and rocks to hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the Throne. Rev. 6:15-17.
FIFTH SEAL.
(The Souls of Martyrs.)
Rev. 6:9-11.

“And when He had opened the ‘FIFTH SEAL,’ I saw under the ‘Altar’ the SOULS of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, Holy and True, dost Thou not judge and avenge our BLOOD on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them: and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a ‘little season,’ until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
When the Lamb had opened the “FIFTH SEAL,” John saw under the “Sacrificial Altar,” corresponding to the “Burnt Offering Altar,” the “SOULS” of them that were slain for the “Word of God” and for the “testimony they held.” The fact that their “SOULS” were under the “Sacrificial Altar” is proof that they had been offered as a “Sacrifice,” that is that they were MARTYRS. But they were not the Martyrs of the Christian Church, for they had been resurrected and taken up with the Church. These Martyrs’ are those who will be killed for the “Word of God” and their “testimony” after the Church is caught out.
SIXTH SEAL.
(Physical Changes.)
Rev. 6:12-17.
“And I beheld when He had opened the ‘SIXTH SEAL,’ and, lo, there was an earthquake: and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood: and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bond man, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, FALL ON US, and HIDE US from the face of Him that sitteth on the Throne, and from the WRATH OF THE LAMB: for the great day of HIS WRATH is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
When the “SIXTH SEAL” was broken John tells us that there was a “GREAT EARTHQUAKE,” and the “SUN BECAME BLACK AS SACKCLOTH OF HAIR,” and the “MOON BECAME AS BLOOD,” and the “STARS OF HEAVEN FELL TO THE EARTH,” and the “HEAVEN DEPARTED AS A SCROLL,” and “EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACE.” It will not do to say that these things prefigure and symbolize the overthrow of the Powers of the Earth by great social and political convulsions. These are nothing more or less than great physical convulsions that shall shake the earth, and that have been foretold by the Prophets and by Christ Himself. Such physical phenomena and changes have happened before. We must not forget the “GREAT DARKNESS” that for 3 days overspread Egypt in the days before the Exodus (Ex. 10:21-23), nor the “DARKNESS” that settled over Jerusalem and Calvary on the day of the Crucifixion of Christ. Matt. 27:45.
Seventh seal

Revelation 8:1-61 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer [it] with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.4 And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast [it] into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.Revelation 16:11 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
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Madonna Interceding for Souls in Purgatory- Francisco Fontebasso
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iheartmyart:

Gustave Doré, illustration from The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto 23: A crucified Pharisee among the hypocrites
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gobletofdionysos:

Divine Comedy
Dante’s Inferno by William Bouguereau 1850
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