Apocalypse Explained (Whitehead translation)

This is a translation of: Apocalypsis Explicata by Emanuel Swedenborg

The original work was not published by its author.

Translated into English by John Whitehead


The "Apocalypse", or the "Book of Revelation", has been a puzzle to Christians ever since it was written. It seems hard to believe that the events described are literal ones but at the same time the stories seem to contain important messages for us. In "Apocalypse Explained" (a multi-volume effort that was never published by the author), Swedenborg works his way through the "Book of Revelation" explaining its inner meaning and drawing in many other scripture references. This work was written from 1757-1759, and was not quite finished. Later, in 1766, Swedenborg edited, condensed and reworked this material, and published it in a work entitled "Apocalypse Revealed".

Created or translated by: John Whitehead

Date of creation: 1911-1912

Credit: Thanks to the Swedenborg Foundation for their permission to use this translation.

Copyright: 1911-1912 Swedenborg Foundation

All rights reserved.

License: Used with permission - see terms

Obtained from: https://swedenborg.com/

Publication data:

Published: 1911-1912 in New York, NY, USA by Swedenborg Foundation

Suggested Citation:

Swedenborg, Emanuel. Apocalypse Explained. [Written in 1758-1759, not published by the author.] Translated by John Whitehead. New York, NY, USA: Swedenborg Foundation, 1911-1912. Retrieved from: newchristianbiblestudy.org

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