Future books written in the past

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.
[2] 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.”
[3] 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:

[2] 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)

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