261 - Daily and Yearly Preparation for Heaven      

By Jonathan Rose

This video is a part of the Spirit and Life Bible Study series, whose purpose is to look at the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible through a Swedenborgian lens.

Title: Daily and Yearly Preparation for Heaven

Topic: Salvation

Summary: The daily sacrifices, weekly sabbaths, and three annual feasts prescribed in the Old Testament are a picture of how to prepare for heaven.

Use the reference links below to follow along in the Bible as you watch.

2 Peter 2:22, 10
Numbers 28:1
Exodus 23:14, 17
Leviticus 23:1, 5, 10, 33
Deuteronomy 16:1, 9, 13-14
Luke 6:1
Acts of the Apostles 2:1; 20:16
Nehemiah 8:13-14
Ezekiel 45:21, 25
Zechariah 14:16
John 7:2, 37

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Exodus 23:17

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17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

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Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 9285, 9297, 9349

Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 2788

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 725

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The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate reason to do something. The "cause" is the action taken in pursuit of that goal, what someone actually does. The "effect" is what happens as a result.

So say there's a dead tree that threatens your house: your desire to have that tree gone would be your "end," a chainsaw would be the "cause" and the tree's demise would be the "effect."

If you think about it, you can see that everything we do operates according to these three, that our daily lives are really long strings of ends, causes and effects – and that these three describe each action completely, from beginning to end.

Because of this, the number three in the Bible represents a completeness, a sense of things being covered from beginning to end. That's why Jesus rose on the third day after the Crucifixion – his transformation was complete. It's why Elijah stretched himself on the dead child three times, why Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days, why the Lord called Samuel three times, and many more. It's also reflected in the fact that there are three levels of heaven, three levels of hell, three levels to human life and, ultimately, three aspects of the Lord Himself: Father (end), Son (cause) and Holy Spirit (effect).

(References: Arcana Coelestia 900, 1825, 2788, 4495, 9825, 9866; Divine Love and Wisdom 230; The Apocalypse Explained 532; True Christian Religion 608, 712)