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The Keys to the Internal Meaning of the Bible & The Truth about Heaven, Hell, End Times and the New Jerusalem

 
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The Keys to the Internal Meaning of the Bible & The Truth about Heaven, Hell, End Times and the New Jerusalem
The Keys to the Internal Meaning of the Bible & The Truth about Heaven, Hell, End Times and the New Jerusalem

The Lord, speaking in the presence of His disciples of the consummation of the age, which is the final period of the church, says, near the end of what He foretells about its successive states in respect to love and faith:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send forth His angels with a trumpet and a great sound; and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the end to end of the heavens (Matt. 24:29-31).

Those who understood these words according to the sense of the letter have no other belief than that during that latest period, which is called the final judgment, all these things are to come to pass just as they are described in the literal sense, that is, that the sun and moon will be darkened and the stars will fall from the sky, that the sign of the Lord will appear in the sky, and He Himself will be seen in the clouds, attended by angels with trumpets; and furthermore, as is foretold else where, that the whole visible universe will be destroyed, and afterwards a new heaven with a new earth will come into being.

Such is the opinion of most men in the church at the present day. But those who so believe are ignorant of the arcana that lie hid in every particular of the Word. For in every particular of the Word there is an internal sense which treats of things spiritual and heavenly, not of things natural and worldly, such as are treated of in the sense of the letter. And this is true not only of the meaning of groups of words, it is true of each particular word. For the Word is written solely by correspondences, to the end that there may be an internal sense in every least particular of it. What that sense is can be seen from all that has been said and shown about it in the Arcana Coelestia; also from quotations gathered from that work in the explanation of The White Horse spoken of in the Apocalypse. It is according to that sense that what the Lord says in the passage quoted above respecting His coming in the clouds of heaven is to be understood.

The "sun" there that is to be darkened signifies the Lord in respect to love; the "moon" the Lord in respect to faith; "stars" knowledges of good and truth, or of love and faith; "the sign of the Son of man in heaven" the manifestation of Divine truth; "the tribes of the earth" that shall mourn, all things relating to truth and good or to faith and love; "the coming of the Lord in the clouds of heaven with power and glory" His presence in the Word, and revelation, "clouds" signifying the sense of the letter of the Word,} and "glory" the internal sense of the Word; "the angels with a trumpet and great voice" signify heaven as a source of Divine truth.

All this makes clear that these words of the Lord mean that at the end of the church, when there is no longer any love, and consequently no faith, the Lord will open the internal meaning of the Word and reveal arcana of heaven. The arcana revealed in the following pages relate to heaven and hell, and also to the life of man after death.

The man of the church at this date knows scarcely anything about heaven and hell or about his life after death, although all these matters are set forth and described in the Word; and yet many of those born within the church refuse to believe in them, saying in their hearts, "Who has come from that world and told us?" Lest, therefore, such a spirit of denial, which especially prevails with those who have much worldly wisdom, should also infect and corrupt the simple in heart and the simple in faith, it has been granted me to associate with angels and to talk with them as man with man, also to see what is in the heavens and what is in the hells, and this for thirteen years; so now from what I have seen and heard it has been granted me to describe these, in the hope that ignorance may thus be enlightened and unbelief dissipated. Such immediate revelation is granted at this day because this is what is meant by the Coming of the Lord.
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Taken from Emanuel Swedenborg's 'Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell - From Things Heard and Seen' or short 'Heaven and Hell'

Online: [link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
Offline: [link to www.newcenturyedition.org]

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Who was Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)?

He was a Swedish nobleman, a contemporary of Bach, Benjamin Franklin, Kant, Wesley, and Newton, living at the time of the first full flowering of what we now think of as modern science. For the first two-thirds of his life, he was deeply immersed in both the physical and biological aspects of that science and in philosophy as well. He not only studied these subjects but also wrote voluminously and originally about them. His theories about some subjects, such as brain function or cosmology, were proposed many years ahead of those authored by the men generally credited with originating them. He devised a heavier-than-air aircraft and a variety of other inventions that were ahead of their time.

Most significant, however, is not any individual part but the phenomenal scope of Swedenborg’s accomplishments. He lived during the last time in history when one person could master in a lifetime the full sweep of Western philosophic and scientific thought. And this is just what he did, while at the same time living an active political life and working as an engineer and mineralogist for the Swedish Board of Mines, itself a demanding job because the Swedish economy was largely based on mining. He also learned a sufficiently diverse array of practical skills, from watch-making to celestial navigation, to inspire a Ripley’s "Believe it or not" cartoon! In summary, it seems fair to say that Swedenborg was a daVinci-like genius of the first magnitude, what would later be called a "system" thinker. In Emerson's words (in the chapter on Swedenborg in Representative men), he was a man "not to be measured by whole colleges of ordinary scholars." (See the chart of his accomplishments.) In sheer volume, Swedenborg’s written work is so enormous that few have read it in its entirety. His theological work alone is not simply 16,000 pages long, but densely packed with often profound and theologically ground-breaking ideas.

How do you judge such a person?

How can we know if Swedenborg’s theological work is the result of his own great insight or is truly Divine revelation, in fact nothing less than the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? The answer, of course, is that we can't. Here again, God is seeing to it that our free will is protected.
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More works from Swedenborg:
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]

"Arcana Coelestia" / "The heavenly arcana contained in the Holy Scripture or Word of the Lord unfolded, beginning with the book of Genesis together with wonderful things seen in the World of Spirits and in the heaven of angels."
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
"Heaven's Secrets:" The 12-volume core work of the Heavenly Doctrines, covering doctrinal concepts large and small, and a travelogue of what Swedenborg saw in his travels in the spiritual world.

"The New Jerusalem and it's Heavenly Doctrine"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
A compact but detailed summary of the basic teachings of the Heavenly Doctrines

"The True Christian Religion" / "The True Christian Religion Containing the Universal Theology of The New Church"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
The final and crowning work of the Heavenly Doctrines - the central concepts of the Second Advent of Jesus Christ in one book

"The Divine Love and Wisdom" / "Angelic Wisdom concerning The Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
The book of the Doctrines about who God is and how creation works, at both the spiritual and natural levels

"Divine Providence" / "Angelic Wisdom concerning The Divine Providence"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
How exactly does God run the universe, including all the events of our lives? He follows a very specific set of laws

"Married Love" / "Wisdom's Delight in Marriage ("Conjugial") Love, Followed by Insanity’s Pleasure in Promiscuous Love"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
The book of the Doctrines on love and marriage and their opposites

"The Doctrine of the Lord" / "The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Concerning The Lord"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
God is a Man, one Man, and He came into the world to do some remarkable spiritual things. This books is a brief overview of both subjects.

"The Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture" / "The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Concerning The Holy Scripture"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
God's Word differs from all other documents because it has a spiritual inner sense. This sense is what makes it Divine, and the opening of that sense at the Second Coming completely changes our understanding of it.

"The Doctrine of Life" / "The Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem From the Ten Commandments"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
A brief summary of the basics of what's involved in living a good life

"The Doctrine of Faith" / "The Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem Concerning Faith"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
"Faith is an internal acknowledgement of truth," the quotable quote opening this brief work, which goes on to explain that you can't truly believe unless you are truly kind

"The Apocalypse Revealed" / "The Apocalypse Revealed Wherein are Disclosed the Arcana Foretold Which Have Hitherto Remained Concealed"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
Explanation of the inner spiritual meaning of this remarkable book, allowing its symbolism to at last be understood.

"The Last Judgement" / "The Last Judgment and Babylon Destroyed. All the Predictions in the Apocalypse are at This Day Fulfilled"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
A brief summary of this massive event, which changed the relationship between this world and the next

"Continuation of The Last Judgement" / "Continuation Concerning the Last Judgment and Concerning the Spiritual World"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
More about the Last Judgment and the state of various groups in the Spiritual World

"A Brief Exposition" / "A Brief Exposition of the Doctrine of the New Church Which is Meant by "The New Jerusalem" in the Apocalypse"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
An analysis of doctrinal mistakes in traditional Christian dogma

"The White Horse" / "The White Horse Mentioned in the Apocalypse Chapter 19 With Particulars Respecting The Word and Its Spiritual or Internal Sense Extracted from the Arcana Coeslestia"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
A review of the concept of the inner spiritual sense of the Word, with the White Horse in Revelation 19 used as an example

"Heaven and Hell" / "Heaven and its Wonders and Hell From Things Heard and Seen"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
The details about life in both places, from clothing and daily life to marriage in heaven

"The Earth in The Universe" / "The Earths in Our Solar System Which are called Planets and the Earths in the Starry Heaven, and Their Inhabitants; Also the Spirits and Angels There From Things Heard and Seen"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
Swedenborg's reports of his interviews with spirits from planets in our solar system and in another galaxy

"Interaction Between the Soul and Body" / "The Interaction Between the Soul and the Body Which is Believed to be Either by Physical Influx, Or by Spiritual Influx, Or by Pre-Established Harmony"
[link to www.swedenborgdigitallibrary.org]
Explanation of how spiritual reality and physical reality meet, beginning with the relationship between the suns of both realms.
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