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778. Every mán As his own love, and his own intelligence, and whatsoever proceeds from him tạkes its essence from those two essentials, or properties of his life; so that the angels know a man, such as he is in his essence, from a very short acquaintance with bim, discovering his love by the tone of his voice, and his intelligence by his discourse : for as the two universals of the life of every man are will and understanding, and the will is the receptacle and ha. bitation of his love, and the understanding is the receptacle and habitation of his intelligence, whatsoever proceeds from him, whether it be action or discourse, constitutes the man, and is the man himself. In like manner, but in a supereminent degree, the Lord is Divine Love and Divine Wisdom, or what is the same, Divine Good and Divine Truth, for His will is of divine love, and divine love is of His will, and His understanding is of divine wisdom, and divine wisdom is of His understanding, the human form being their continent: hence some conception may be formed how the Lord is the Word. But on the other hand, whosoever is in opposition to the Word, that is, in opposition to the divine truth which it contains, consequently in opposition to the Lord and His church, is his own evil and his own false, as well in respect to mind, as to its effects.proceeding from the body, which belong to actions and speech. VIII. THAT THIS SECOND COMING OF the LORD is
EFFECTED BY THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF A MAN,
779. Since the Lord cannot manifest Himself in person [to the world), which has just been shewn to be impossible, and yet He has foretold that He would come and establish a New Church, which is the New Jerusalem, it follows, that He will effect this by the instrumentality of
a man, who is able not only to receive the doctrines of that church in his understanding, but also to make them known by the press. That the Lord manifested Himself before me His servant, that He sent me on this office, and afterwards opened the sight of my spirit, and so let me into the spiritual world, permitting me to see the heavens and the hells, and also to converse with angels and spirits, and this now continually for many years, I attest in truth; and further, that from the first day of my call to this office, I have never received any thing appertaining to the doctrines of that church from any angel, but from the Lord alone, whilst I was reading the Word.
780. To the end that the Lord might be constantly present, He revealed to me the spiritual sense of His Word, in which sense divine truth is in its light, and in this light He is continually present; for His presence in the Word is only by means of the spiritual sense, through the light of which He passeth into the shade, in which is the sense of the letter, just as it happens with the light of the sun in the daytime by the interposition of a cloud: that the literal sense of the Word is as a cloud, and the spiritual sense glory, and the Lord Himself the Sun from which the light proceeds, and that thus the Lord is the Word, has been proved above. That the glory in which He is to come, Matt. xxiv. 30, siga nifieth divine truth in its own light, in which the spiritual sense of the Word is, is clearly proved by the following passages: “ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of Jehovah, and the GLORY of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together," Isaiah xl. 3, 5: “ Arise, shine, for the light is come, and the GLORY OF Jehovah is risen upon thee,” chap. 1x. 1. to the end: “I will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the GENTILES, AND My glory will I not give to another,” chap. xlii. 6, 8, chap. xlviji. 11: “THY LIGHT shall break forth as the morning, the GLORY OF JELOVAH shall gather thee up," chap. lviii. 8: “ The whole earth shall be filled with the GLORY OF Jehovah," Isaiah vi. 1, 2, 3, chap. Ixvi. 18: “In the beginning was the Word, in Him was Life, and the Life was the Light OF MEN; this was the TRUE LIGHT; and the Word was made flesh, and we beheld His GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY-BEGOTTEN of the Fathen," John i. 1, 4, 9, 14: “ The heavens declare the GLORY OF God," Psalm xix. 2: “ THE GLORY of God shall lighten the Holy Jerusalem, and the Lamb is the light thereof, and the nations which are saved shall walk in the LIGHT OF IT,” Revel. xxi. 23, 24: not to mention several other passages to the same purpose. The reason why glory signifies divine truth in its fulness,-is, because every thing magnificent in heaven is from the light which proceeds from the Lord, and the light proceeding from Him as the sun of heaven is in its essenee divine truth. IX. THAT THIS IS MEANT BY THE New HeaVEN AND
New EARTH, AND THE New JerUSALEM DESCENDING OUT OF HEAVEN, SPOKEN OF IN THE REVELATION.
781. It is written in the Revelation, “ I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth were passed away. And I John saw the holy city New Je. rusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband," chap. xxi. 1, 2: the like also is written in Isaiah: “ Behold, I create a new heaven and a new earth; be ye glad and rejoice for ever, for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy," chap. Ixv. 17, 18. It has been shewn already in this chapter, that a new heaven is at this day forming by the Lord, of such Christians as acknowledged Him in the world, and were able, after their departure out of the world, to acknowledge Him, to be the God of heaven and earth, according to His own words in Matt. xxviii. 18.
782. The reason why a New Church is meant by the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, Rev. xxi. is, because Jerusalem was the metropolis of the land of Canaan; there were the temple and the altar, and there also sacrifices were offered, and there consequently divine worship itself was performed, which every male throughout the whole land was required to attend three times in a year: a further reason is, because the Lord was in Jerusalem, and taught in its temple, and afterwards glorified His Humanity there: this then is the true ground why the church is signified by Jerusalem. That the church is meant by Jerusalem, appears clearly from the prophetical parts of the Old Testament, where, speaking of the new church which was to be instituted by the Lord, it is there called Jerusalem. I shall adduce the following passages only, from which any one endued with interior reason may see, that by Jerusalem is meant the church : Behold, I create a NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH, and the former shall not be remembered nor come to mind; behold, I create JERUSALEM for an exultation, and her people for gladness, and I will exult over JERUSALEM, and be glad over My people. Then the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, they shall not hurt nor destroy in all the mountain of My holiness," Isaiah lxv. 17, 19, 25: “ For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for JERUSALEM's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. Then the gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of Jehovah shall name; thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God; for Jehovah shall delight in thee, and thy land shall be married. Behold, thy salvation cometh, behold His reward is with Him; and they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of Jehovah; and thou shalt be called, sought out, a city not forsaken,” Isaiah Ixii. 1 to 4, 11, 12: “ Awake, awake, put on thy strength, 0 Zion; pul on the garments of thy beauty, O JERUSALEM, the city of holiness ; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean: shake thyself from the dust, arise, and sit down, O JERUSALEM: My people shall know My name ; they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak, Behold it is I: Jehovah hath comforted His people, He hath redeemed JERUSALEM,” chap. lii. 1, 2, 6, 9:
Sing, O daughter of Zion, be glad with all thy heart, 0 - daughter of JerUSALEM; the king of Israel is in the midst of thee ; fear not evil any more; He will be glad over thee wilh joy; He will rest in thy love ; IIe will exult over thee with singing; I will gire you for a name and a praise among all people of the earth,” Zeph. iii. 14 to 17, 20: “ Thus saith Jehovah thy Redeemer, saying to JERUSALEM, thou shalt be inhabited,” Isaiah lxiv. 24, 26 : “ Thus saith Jehovah, I will relurn to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and JERUSALEM shall be called the city of truth, and the mountain of Jehovah of hosts, the mountain of holiness,” Zech. viii. 3, 20 to 23: “ Then shall ye know that I Jehovah am your God dwelling in Zion, the mountain of holiness ; then shall JeruSALEM be holiness, and it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and JERUSALEM skall remain from generation to generation," Joel iii. 17 to 21 : “ In that day shall the branch of Jehorah be beautiful and glorious, and it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in JERUSALEM, shall be called holy, every one that is written for life in JERUSALEM," Isaiah iv. 2, 3: “But in the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established on the top of the mountains ; for the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the Word of Jehovah from JERUSALEM,” Micah iv. 1, 2: “At that time they shall call JERUŚALEM the Throne of Jehovah, and all the nations shall be gathered, because of the name of Jehovah, to JeruSalem, neilher shall they walk any more after the confirmation of their evil heart.” Jerem. jii. 17 : “ Look upon Zion,