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Spiritual Experiences #0

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[This second section of threshold materials is a reconstruction of the lost text of Spiritual Experiences, paragraphs 1 to 148, 1:3, from the indexes and the "Bath Fragment."]

(References: Revelation 11, 11:1)

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Thanks to the Academy of the New Church, and Bryn Athyn College, for the permission to use this translation.

The Bible


Revelation 11

Study the Inner Meaning


1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.


   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 36, 473, 485, 487, 488, 489, 490, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 88

Spiritual Experiences 0

Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 395, 648, 730, 756, 1183, 1664, 2220, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 8, 191, 236, 331, 340, 350, 392, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 76, 114

Doctrine of the Lord 37, 49, 64

Doctrine of Life 60

The Last Judgement 61

True Christian Religion 113, 179, 285, 310, 311, 468, 567, ...

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 30, 39, 183, 220, 223, 253, 273, ...

On the Athanasian Creed 41

An Invitation to the New Church 32

Spiritual Experiences 6108

Marriage 113

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 4, 9, 11, 32, 72

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Bible Word Meanings

Reed like unto a rod
'A reed being given him like unto a rod,' as in Revelation 11:1, signifies power from the Lord, which is the ability and power to...

"Angels" in the Bible represent qualities of the Lord himself, or a variety of things that come directly from the Lord. On a lower level...

It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

The Bible uses a somewhat dizzying array of unfamiliar measurement, leaving translators a choice between being accurate and confusing or inaccurate and clear. Since they...

Temple of God
In Revelation 11:19, 'the temple of God,' signifies the Lord in His divine humanity in the heaven of angels, because that is what it is...

'The Tabernacle of God,' as in Revelation 21:3, signifies the celestial church. In a universal sense, it signifies the celestial kingdom of the Lord, and...

'Worship,' as in Revelation 13:12, signifies acknowledging something to be sacred in the church.

Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jeremiah 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

In the Bible, things that are lower down, or under, physically, generally represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases, the...

two witnesses
'The two witnesses,' as in Revelation 11:3-11, are good and truth, that is, good which truth is in, and truth which is from good, each...

'Olives' signify good.

'To hurt,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:6, signifies violation and profanation. 'To hurt' as mentioned in Revelation 9:4, signifies perverting the truths and goods of...

The Lord is love itself, and that love is the ultimate source of all energy and thus of all life. It follows, then, that the...

Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, and...

"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

'Over' or 'upon' in the Word, signifies being within, because the highest part in successive order becomes inmost in simultaneous order. This is why the...

Swedenborg says that the Lord is the sun of heaven, and like the natural sun of our world shines on everyone, good or evil. What...

To strike or smite, when used in the Bible, means to attack, harm or destroy, and is usually in reference to an attack on someone’s...

'Plagues' signify evils of love, and falsities of faith. 'The plagues of Egypt' signify the falsities and lust which cause the church to perish. In...

'Make mention' denotes communication.

'To overcome' signifies receiving in heart. 'To overcome' signifies conquering temptations, and remaining in a state of faith derived from charity.

The Lord is love itself, and that love is the ultimate source of all energy and thus of all life. It follows, then, that the...

Street of the great city
The 'street of the great city,' as in Revelation 11:8, signifies the falsity of the doctrine concerning justification by faith alone.

Sodom and Egypt
'Sodom and Egypt,' as in Revelation 11, signify two infernal loves, which are the love of dominion grounded in self-love, and the love of control...

The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

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...

'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.

Feelings of joy and rejoicing flow from our affections, not from our thoughts. Some people might argue that that's not true, that you can rejoice...

The gift which Abraham gave to the sons of the concubines which he had, as in Genesis 25:6, signifies lots in the Lord's spiritual kingdom....

'Torment,' as in Revelation 9:5, signifies induce stupor, or to stupefy the understanding.

'The seven spirits' in Matthew 12:45 signify all falsities of evil, and as a result, a total extinction of goodness and truth. 'The seven spirits'...

According to Swedenborg, the Lord is life itself, and we are recipients of life. This is true even of the most evil spirits, who loved...

All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...

The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

great voice
In Revelation 5:2, 'a loud' or 'great voice' signifies divine truth from the Lord, in its power or virtue.

The Writings tell us that time and space are aspects of the physical world, but do not exist as we know them in the spiritual...

In Revelation 11:13, 'the remnant who were afraid' signifies people who joined some goods of charity to faith.

Glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving signify the Lord's divine spiritual principle. Honor, virtue and might signify his divine celestial principle, as in Revelation 7:12.

'Woe' signifies lamentation over evils and falsities which devastate the church.

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...

'Quickly' signifies certain and full, because 'time' signifies state and so 'quickly' and 'speedily' mean a current state of affection and thought, or what is...

great voices
'Great voices,' as in Revelation 11:15, signifies the angels celebrating the Lord.

'Great voices,' as in Revelation 11:15, signifies the angels celebrating the Lord.

In the most general sense, a kingdom in the Bible represents a church. In a more specific sense, a kingdom represents a church in regards...

The term "world" has both general and more specific meanings in the Bible, including the relatively literal sense of the natural, physical world. In more...

Christ is one of the names of the Lord. It derives from Greek, and means "the anointed one," a King or Messiah. Christ as King...

“Age” is used in slightly different ways in natural language, and those differences are reflected in the word’s spiritual meanings. All the variations, though, reflect...

If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...

'Worship,' as in Revelation 13:12, signifies acknowledging something to be sacred in the church.

The Lord is called 'omnipotent,' as in Revelation 19, from His power of separating the good from the evil by means of the last judgment,...

Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

great power
In Revelation 11:17, 'thou hast taken to thee thy great power' signifies divine omnipotence, which is and was His from eternity.

A "reward" in the Bible represents something that brings people together, or brings spiritual states together, and binds them. It's easy to see this in...

'Saints' mean people governed by truths from the Lord through the Word.

small and great
Used several times in the Bible, the phrase “both small and great” (or “both the small and the great”) represents various levels or degrees of...

To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...

'Voices,' 'lightnings,' and 'thunders,' as in Revelation 16:18, signify rationalizations, falsifications of truth, and arguments grounded in falsities of evil in the church among people...

When the Lord speaks through the heaven, it descends into the lower spheres and is heard as thunder. As He speaks through the whole of...

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