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Apocalypse Revealed #533

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533. A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet. This symbolizes the Lord's New Church in heaven, which is the New Heaven, and the New Church to come on earth, which is the New Jerusalem.

That the woman here symbolizes the Lord's New Church is clear from the particulars in this chapter, understood in their spiritual meaning. To be shown that a woman elsewhere in the Word also symbolizes the church, see no. 434. A woman symbolizes the church because the church is called the Lord's bride and wife.

The woman here appeared clothed with the sun because the church is governed by love toward the Lord; for it acknowledges Him and keeps His commandments, and that is loving Him (John 14:21-24). That the sun symbolizes love may be seen in no. 53.

The moon appeared under the woman's feet because it means the church on earth, which was not yet conjoined with the church in heaven. The moon symbolizes the intelligence in a natural person, and faith (no. 413). And its being seen under the woman's feet means, symbolically, that it was a church to come on earth. Feet otherwise symbolize that same church after it has been conjoined.

(References: Apocalypse Revealed 423; Revelation 12:1)

[2] It should be known that the church exists in heaven just as on earth. For the Word is found there, and churches, and the preaching of sermons in them. Clerical and priestly orders exist there. For all the angels there were once people, and their departure from the world was for them but a continuation of life. Consequently they are perfected in love and wisdom, each one according to the degree of the affection for truth and goodness that he brought with him from the world.

The church among these is the church meant by the woman clothed with the sun, having on her head a crown of twelve stars. But because the church in heaven does not continue in existence unless there is also a church on earth that possesses an accordant love and wisdom, and this was yet to come, therefore the moon was seen under the woman's feet, which in particular here symbolizes faith, a faith which, as it exists today, is not a means of conjunction.

[3] The church in heaven does not continue in existence unless it is conjoined with a church on earth, because heaven where angels are, and the church where people are, function together, like the internal and external components in a person; and the internal component in a person does not continue in its proper condition unless the external component is joined to it. For the internal component without the external one is like a house without a foundation, or like seed on top of the ground and not in the ground, thus like something without a root - in a word, like a cause without an effect in which to abide.

It can be seen from this that it is an absolute necessity that a church exist somewhere in the world which has the Word and where the Lord is consequently known.

(References: Revelation 12:1)

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Apocalypse Revealed 532, 542, 543, 546, 560, 561, 563, 588, 620

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 78, 88

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John 14:21-24

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21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

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By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Explaining the Inner Meaning of John 14

Verse 14:1. The Word teaches, that man ought to look inwards towards the Lord in his Divine Humanity, for a refuge against evils.

Verse 14:2. And to believe that heaven is distinguished into in numerable societies, according to all the discriminations of good and truth, and that every one has a place there, according to the conjunction of those principles in his mind and life.

Verse 14:3. And to believe further, that according to the conjunction of those principles in the mind and life, every man has eternal conjunction of life with the Lord himself.

Verses 14:4, 5. Because according to the conjunction of those principles, every one has knowledge concerning the glorification of the Lord's humanity, and the process by which it was effected, although this knowledge seems to be concealed from him.

Verse 14:6. For in that glorification, and the process by which it was effected, is contained the all of doctrine, together with its truth and life, by which alone introduction is given to the supreme good.

Verse 14:7. Consequently the knowledge of the Lord in His Divine Humanity involves in it the knowledge of his essential divinity, and therefore faith in the visible humanity renders the divinity visible at the same time.

Verse 14:8. This reasoning however seems obscure to those in the church, who are principled in the intelligence of truth, and therefore they seek further instruction concerning the hidden divinity.

Verses 14:9, 10, 11. And are further taught, that whoever had faith in the visible Divine Humanity, has faith also in the invisible Divinity, since the Divinity and Humanity are mutually and reciprocally united, like soul and body, so that the humanity both thinks and operates from the divinity which is one with it.

Verse 14:12. Whosoever also has faith in the visible Divine Humanity, operates not only from truth in the understanding, but from the good of love and charity in the will, through the power supplied from that humanity made divine.

Verses 14:13, 14. And thus, inasmuch as he addresses himself immediately to the Lord in His Divine Humanity, all His prayers are granted, because the divinity is one with that humanity.

Verses 14:15, 16, and part of 17. He is also instructed that to love the Lord is to live according to His divine precepts, in which case the Lord in His Divine Humanity imparts all heavenly good and truth, and this to eternity.

Verses latter part of 17, 18. Which good and truth cannot be received by those who are in evil, but by those who are principled in faith and love, and who consequently have good and truth continually communicated to them from the Lord in His Divine Humanity.

Verses 14:19, 20. So that whereas they, who are in evil, have no faith in the Lord, they on the other hand, who are principled in faith and love, enjoy his continual presence, as a fountain of truth in their understandings, and of heavenly love in their wills, and thus have reciprocal conjunction of life with Him.

Verses 14:21, 22, 23, 24. For to love the Lord is to live according to His precepts, and they who so love are loved in return by the Lord, who dwells in His own Word in the interiors of such, and thus makes them the everlasting habitations of His truth and love.

Verses 14:25, 26, 27. Instructing them first by the letter of His Word, and afterwards by its spirit, or spiritual sense, in which is contained the all of truth and good, thus the all of internal peace, by which power is given over all spiritual temptations.

Verses 14:28, 29. And instructing them further, that true charity rejoices in the idea of the Lord's glorification, or of the union of divine truth with divine good, since truth derives from good all that it has, or is, and all proper faith results from the accomplishment of their predicted union.

Verses 14:30, 31. Nevertheless the union cannot be accomplished without temptation combats arising from the powers of darkness, by virtue of which the divine love of the Lord is manifested in all its fullness and purity, calling mankind to elevation of their affections by departing from all contrary love.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 1013, 1017, 2034, 2371, 2397, 3704, 6831, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 54, 218, 533, 556, 621, 628, 883, ...

Conjugial Love 129, 336

Divine Love and Wisdom 19, 111, 116

Divine Providence 33, 128, 172, 326

Doctrine of the Lord 20

The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 57, 89

Doctrine of Life 2, 17, 38, 39, 102

Heaven and Hell 16

The Last Judgment 9

True Christian Religion 231, 329, 339, 341, 359, 369, 376, ...

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 15, 16, 25, 154, 195, 213, 235, ...

Divine Love 19

Divine Wisdom 11

Spiritual Experiences 509, 5975

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 14

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