July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
We will say something here regarding conjunction with the Lord by a life in accordance with the Ten Commandments:
There are two tables on which these commandments were written, one for the Lord and one for mankind. The contents of the first table declare that several gods are not to be worshiped, but only one. The contents of the second table declare that evils are not to be done. When one God is worshiped and people do not do evils, conjunction takes place. For in the measure that a person desists from evils, that is, in the measure that he repents, he is in the same measure accepted by God and does good from God.
But who, now, is the one God? A trinal or triune God is not one God when the trine or trinity exists in three persons. But a God who has a trine or trinity in one person is one God, and that God is the Lord. Weave your ideas as you may, you still will not extricate from the tangle the existence of one God unless He is also one in person.
The fact of this is something the whole Word teaches, both the Old Prophetic Word and the New Apostolic Word, as may be clearly seen from The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Lord. (Apocalypse Revealed 490.3; Rogers, underlining mine)
July 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
I find the teaching in the Apocalypse Revealed 472 fascinating.
As one reads through the Heavenly Doctrines, it is possible to observe the detail that the Lord led Swedenborg to see in his reading of the Scriptures. Here in Rev. 10: 1-4, Swedenborg saw when the seven thunders uttered their voices, they were in fact revealing the contents of the little book which was in the hand of the mighty angel who was coming down from heaven. Swedenborg also saw that John was going to write what the seven thunders spoke, which would have been the content of that little book. But a voice from heaven told John not to write what was in the little book.
But now, in book Apocalypse Revealed, the Lord has Swedenborg revealing what was in the little book in the mighty angels hand, which John was not allowed to reveal. And the contents of that little book was the same as the Doctrine of the New Jerusalem regarding the Lord, a book that the Lord had Swedenborg publish in 1763.
I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had in his hand a little book open, and he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.” (Rev. 10: 1-4; Rogers, underlining mine)
He had in his hand a little book open. (10:2) This symbolizes the Word in respect to this point of doctrine there, that the Lord is God of heaven and earth, and that His humanity is Divine.
It may be seen in nos. 256, 259, and 295ff. above that the book which the Lamb took from Him who sat on the throne, the seals of which the Lamb loosed (Revelation 5:1, 7, 6:1ff.), means the Word. Consequently the little book in the hand of the angel, who also is the Lord (no. 465), means nothing else here than the Word in respect to some essential in it; and it is apparent from the particulars in this and the following chapter in the spiritual sense, and also from the natural sense in chapter 11, verses 15-17, that the essential is this point of doctrine in the Word, that the Lord is God of heaven and earth, and that His humanity is Divine.
 The little book is said to be open because this point of doctrine is plainly evident in the Word and is apparent to anyone who reads it, if he pays attention.
This is the subject now because it is the essential doctrine of the New Church. That is because everyone’s salvation depends on a conception and acknowledgment of God. For the case is as stated in the Preface, that “heaven in its entirety is founded on a right idea of God, and so, too, the entire church on earth, and all religion in general,” inasmuch as “that idea leads to conjunction, and through conjunction to light, wisdom, and eternal happiness.”
 Now because the Lord is the one God of heaven and earth, therefore no one is admitted into heaven if he does not acknowledge Him, for heaven is the Lord’s body. (AR 469; Rogers)
And when he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. This symbolically means that the Lord has disclosed throughout the whole of heaven what is in the little book.
This is the symbolic meaning, because we read next that John wished to write what the seven thunders said, but that he was told from heaven to seal those things up and not to write them, and later that he ate the little book, which in his mouth was as sweet as honey, but made his stomach bitter. The symbolic meaning is that present within were such things as would not yet be accepted. The reason may be seen in the next number.
But now I will reveal what the little book had in it. The little book had in it the same contents as found from beginning to end in The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Lord, which are as follows:
 The Sacred Scripture throughout has the Lord as its subject, and the Lord is the Word (nos. 1-7).
The Lord’s fulfilling all things of the Law* means that He fulfilled all things of the Word (nos. 8-11).
The Lord came into the world to conquer the hells and glorify His humanity, and His suffering of the cross was the final battle by which He fully overcame the hells and fully glorified His humanity (nos. 12-14).
By His suffering of the cross the Lord did not take away sins, but bore them (nos. 15-17).
Any imputation of the Lord’s merit is simply the forgiveness of sins following repentance (no. 18).
The Lord is called the Son of God in relation to His Divine humanity, and the Son of Man in relation to the Word (nos. 19-28).
The Lord made His humanity Divine from the Divinity in Him, and thus became one with the Father (nos. 29-36).
The Lord is God Himself, from whom the Word originated and who is the subject of the Word (nos. 37-44).
There is one God, and the Lord is that God (no. 45).
The Holy Spirit is the Divinity emanating from the Lord, and it is the Lord Himself (nos. 46-54).
The doctrine of the Athanasian Creed accords with the truth, provided a trinity of persons is interpreted to mean a trinity of person, which is present in the Lord (nos. 55-61). (AR 472; Rogers, underling mine)
July 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
This is a selection of passages from my daily reading that explain how you can become a demon! I am not sure why you would want to become a demon, but if you do, this is what you need to know. If you don’t wish to be a demon, then this is what you need to avoid.
And out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. This symbolically means that interiorly regarded, their thoughts and discourses contained nothing else, and issuing from them was nothing but a love of self and the world, which is a characteristic trait of the will, a conceit in their own intelligence, which is a characteristic trait of the intellect, and the lusts attendant on evil and falsity, which are a characteristic trait flowing from them both.
Out of their mouths means from their thoughts and discourses. Fire symbolizes a love of self and the world, which is a characteristic trait of the will (nos. 450, 468, 494). Smoke symbolizes a conceit in one’s own intelligence, which is a characteristic trait of the intellect, emanating from the love of self and the world like smoke from a fire (no. 422). And brimstone symbolizes the lusts attendant on evil and falsity, which are a characteristic trait flowing from them both.
This is not, however, apparent from these people’s discourses in public in the world. But it is clearly apparent to angels in heaven. Consequently we say that their thoughts and discourses, interiorly regarded, are of this character. (AR 452; Rogers)
By these three a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and smoke and brimstone coming out of their mouths. (9:18) This symbolically means that it is because of these things that the people of the church perish.
A third of mankind killed means, symbolically, that the people of the church perish because of these three things, as explained just above in no. 452. For to be killed means, symbolically, to be killed spiritually, which is to perish as regards the soul, and a third symbolizes all those people who are caught up in the aforesaid falsities, as enumerated often above. For the symbolic meaning of fire, smoke and brimstone, and of their coming out of the horsemen’s mouths, see no. 452 just above.
It is owing to these falsities that no one knows anywhere in the whole Christian world that the fire mentioned here is the love of self and the world, and that this love is the devil. Nor does anyone know that the smoke issuing from this fire is a conceit in one’s own inherent intelligence, and that this conceit is satan. Neither does anyone know that the brimstone ignited by this fire through that conceit is the lusts attendant on evil and falsity, and that these lusts are the diabolical and satanic crew of which hell consists. And when these things are not known, it is impossible for anyone to know what sin is; for sin finds its every delight and gratification in them. (AR 453; Rogers, underlining is mine)
Their power was in their mouth. (9:19) This symbolically means that they prevailed only by their discourse affirming faith.
Power in the mouth symbolizes a power in discourse affirming doctrine. For a harmony, elegance, feigned zeal and clever defense of falsity in speaking, especially in citing appearances of truth in the Word, with an air of authority, a closing of the intellect, and many other such expedients, accomplish everything, and neither the truth nor the Word anything. For truth shines only in the eyes of people who are directed by charity and its accompanying faith, and it is only these that the Word teaches. (AR 454; Rogers, underlining mine)
So as not to worship demons. This symbolically means that thus they were caught up in the evils of their lusts, and acted in concert with their like in hell.
Demons symbolize lusts for evil arising from a love of the world. That is because people in hell who are caught up in those lusts are called demons, and people on earth who are caught up in them too, become demons after death. They also have an affiliation with those in hell. For everyone is affiliated with spirits in respect to his affections, so closely that the two are inseparable. It is apparent from this that to worship demons is to yield to those lusts from a love of them.
Someone, then, who invokes faith alone as the chief tenet of his religion or as his idol – he, because he does not search out any evil in himself that he calls a sin, and therefore does not determine to remove it by repentance, remains caught up in it. And because every evil is composed of lusts, and is nothing but a bundle of lusts, it follows that a person who does not search out any evil in himself and refrain from it as a sin against God, which is possible solely through repentance, after death becomes a demon. (AR 458; Rogers, underling mine)
July 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
That the tribe of Levi symbolizes a love of truth, which is the fundamental love that causes a church to be a church, and at the same time the resulting intelligence . . . (AR 357; Rogers)
July 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
I find this teaching very interesting.
It should be known that the Lord views angels by looking upon their foreheads, and they in turn view the Lord with their eyes. The reason is that the Lord regards all in accordance with the goodness of their love, and wills that they in turn regard Him in accordance with the truths of wisdom, so as to bring about a conjunction. (Apocalypse Revealed 347.2e; Rogers)
July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment
I am familiar with many teachings about what the Lord does for us, but I am not familiar with teachings about what we can do for the Lord. This is not surprising. The Lord is infinite, we are finite. The Lord creates, we are created. The Lord is active, we are reactive. The Lord is good, we are evil. The Lord is wise, we are ignorant.
It would seem, logically, that there is nothing we can do for the Lord. So imagine my surprise and delight when I noticed this teaching in the Apocalypse Revealed.
This reciprocation of love and faith is the one thing that the Lord above all wishes a person to do for Him. (AR 224.9e; Rogers)
I have read this passage many times before, yet I have never noticed this sentence. There may even be similar teachings elsewhere in the Heavenly Doctrines, yet I have not noticed them either. This time, however, the Lord was able to let me see this.
What the Lord wants us to do for him is to reciprocate, return, the love and faith He has given us. He wants us do this as though of ourselves, or as if of ourselves, while acknowledging that the love and faith – and even the ability to act as though of ourselves – comes from Him.