S. L. Yang

Battle Won, Wedding Begun

“Battle Won, Wedding Begun” portrays the point at which the Bride of Christ—believers belonging to the collective Church—comes face to face with the Lord Jesus at the Rapture. While this piece illustrates the wonderful meeting we will have with our Savior, it also serves as a reminder that we are to be diligently ready for Christ’ return and that no one knows the day or hour of the Rapture.

As written in Matthew 24:40-42, “Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” This piece is meant to instill hope, encouragement, and strength to believers. Our hope is in Jesus and knowing that he will return for his Bride. Upon being united with Jesus, all the spiritual battles we endured on earth will cease and a beautiful wedding with our Lord in Heaven will commence (Revelation 19)! Yet before we see our Lord face to face, we should continue to gird ourselves with spiritual armor (Ephesians 6).

Two elements of the spiritual armor are highlighted in this piece: the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:16-17). It is our faith in Jesus, not in ourselves, that pushes us further in our walk with him and the allows us to face the daily battles against the world, the enemy, and the flesh. Just as the shield is used for defense in battle, our ultimate defense is standing firm in knowing that Jesus paid the price for our sins once and for all. Jesus’ sacrifice is the defense for our faith; His sacrifice is the answer to those who ask why we have hope (1 Peter 3:15).

The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is always in our immediate reach and will transform us and those around us when we use it with wisdom and discernment. When all else seems to fail, we must remember to return to the Word of God, for even God himself esteemed the Word above His name (Psalm 138:2). We may only partially comprehend the true power of the Word of God, but we should stand firm in believing that his Word truly pierces the spirit and soul and transforms lives (Hebrews 4:12). The lion represents Jesus, the Lion of Judah, who not only fights our battles (Deuteronomy 1:30, 3:22) but has also promised us a beautiful wedding on the other side of eternity (Revelation 19:6-9)!

The bride’s garments of fine linen remind us that it is Jesus who clothes us in his righteousness. Let us continue to put on the armor of God until we stand face to face at the greatest wedding! A cloud of glory is portrayed in this piece to remind us that God’s presence is always with us, for he has promised that he will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:5, Matthew 28:20).

Let us endure each moment on this side of eternity with the mindset that God brings us through each battle, He will never leave us, and we have a joyous destination! Let us finish our race and endure our battles confidently and steadfastly with prayer and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6), looking forward the blessed hope of Jesus’ return (Titus 2:13). Maranatha!

$950 | Acrylic
Paint
| 16 x 20 x 3 in
S. L. Yang

The King’s Army

Of all the thrones ever established and to be established, the greatest will always be the throne of God. Yet how glorious it is that God also set up earthly thrones of justice, as written in Psalm 122:5: “For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.” These earthly thrones are shadows and pictures of the ultimate throne of the true Judge and King who saves us.

Isaiah 2:2 beautifully writes that in “days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.” God’s throne and house are high and lifted up, and one day all knees shall bow to our Great Judge (Philippians 2:9-11)!

In The King’s Army, the throne of God sits above all since His throne is Heaven and his footstool is all the earth (Isaiah 66:1). Surrounded by a cloud of glory, the throne of God emits a mighty waterfall which appears as a massive mountain. This waterfall represents the river of water of life (Revelation 22:1) and the living Word of God (John 4:14). The throne is also encircled by a rainbow, representing the promise that God gave to Noah (Genesis 9:13-16) and is a reminder that God’s promises are eternal and never fail. The foreground of “The King’s Army” is a silhouette of a small but mighty army adorned with Roman military armor.

Paul uses elements of Roman military attire to describe the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), so this army represents the armor of God which all believers should put on daily. The soldiers are few in number, serving as a reminder that it is God who wins our battles regardless of the size of an earthly army. Time and time again, God defeated enemy armies that significantly outnumbered the Israelites, and God will continue to do so for His children in the natural and spiritual realms. This piece should remind believers that we are part of God’s army, and that if we are on His side, He is for us.

What a beautiful proclamation Paul writes in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Hallelujah!

$950 | Acrylic Paint | 20 x 16 x 3 in

Meet the Artist

DR. S.L. YANG is an avid explorer in the sciences and arts being both an engineer and artist.  Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.  She enjoys blessing others through her engineering consulting work and through art.  Her artwork covers a wide variety of concepts and themes ranging from still life to abstract impressionism and is inspired by God – from His character to His beautiful creations.  She desires to use her skills and talents to give God the greatest glory and bless others by instilling love, joy, peace, and restoration.  Dr. Yang enjoys traveling, dancing, snowboarding, and hiking.

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