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年度之门

     

By Rev. Emily Jane Lemole (machine translated into 中文)

年度之门
艾米丽·简·莱莫雷牧师的讲道

读物:
以赛亚书26:1-442:5-8
马太福音7:7-14
启示录22:14
天堂的秘密2851

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我对那年的大门的那位男子说:“给我一盏灯,让我可以安全地踏入未知之地。”

他回答说:“进到黑暗中,把手伸到上帝的手中。那将比光明和安全比已知的方法对您更好。”

于是我走了出去,找到了上帝的手,高兴地走进了深夜。他带领我走向山丘,在孤独的东方度过了新的一天。

由Minnie Louise Haskins
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我们站在年度之门,从许多方面来说都是通往未知世界的门槛。 “给我一点光,我可以安全地踏入未知之地。”

我们从《圣经》和有关门的著作中读了许多段落。闸门在内部和外部之间建立了联系。他们提出了一个选择-是打开还是关闭它-进入还是离开。

封闭的大门使我们犹豫不决。在这个苏菲语中,大门为我们所说的话提供了沉思和反思:

在您讲话之前,让您的话语通过三个门。
在第一道门问自己,“是真的吗?”
在第二个询问中,“有必要吗?”
在第三道门问:“好吗?”

如何最好地度过这个新年?有通常的解决方案–减肥,变得更健康,更有条理,并与亲人在一起花费更多的时间。但是,更深层次的决议或意图正在呼唤新的起点,新的起点。第一-将上帝置于我们生活的中心-将主耶稣基督视为我们这一天的开始,中间和结束。一个好习惯是每天数次祈祷-提高我们的观点-优先事项。即使是抬头和暂停的身体动作,也可以将烦恼,不满的情绪转变为矫正的时刻–这是我们大惊小怪的大部分事情的转折。

亚种鉴定是一个很好的提醒。在永恒的主持下-重要的是什么?不是大多数让我们担心和困扰的事情。从长远来看,以上帝为中心,真正重要的事情显而易见,而没有减少的事情。

那么,我们如何将自己的手放在上帝的手中?我们如何向所有善良,真实,明智,善良与和平的人敞开心??我们如何关闭自私,不友善,怨恨,感恩和暴力的大门?

通过我们每天所做的事情。

Fr说:“我们做任何事情的方式就是我们做一切的方式。”方济各会牧师理查德·罗尔(Richard Rohr)。

我们要注意什么并给我们时间?我们爱什么?

新年似乎是盘点的好时机,这是对去年的反思,与其说我们已经成为成就者,不如说是我们取得的成就。对我们来说最重要的是什么?我们的重点是什么?或就像瑞典堡会问的那样,我们爱什么?因为我们就是我们所爱的!

我们了解到我们每个人都有两个大门。通往天堂的大门被天使包围,通往美好与真实。

地狱之门被恶魔包围,导致了邪恶和虚假。

这些门在我们里面。我们可以选择,什么决定我们的选择?我们爱什么!

每年,每周,每天,每时每刻,我们都可以自由选择自己是谁,给我们带来快乐的地方,如何度过宝贵的时间–我们所爱和所爱。

而且请记住,如果我们不诚实地喜欢我们在库存中看到的东西,我们可以悔改!回转!改变我们的方向!改变主意!改变我们的爱!

瑞典堡描述了我们所看不见的东西-我们的精神同伴-我们所保留的公司,并且在很大程度上没有意识到。像客人一样,他们也应邀而来。

我们被精神上的客人包围,受到我们的精神状态的邀请:天使和善良的灵魂通过天门而来;邪恶或邪恶的灵魂从地狱之门传来。我的高中拉丁语老师曾经称这些人为“地下室男孩”。

今天谈论邪恶,内gui,悔改或地狱已经过时了。这些术语已经过时,令人不舒服,我们真的不想提醒他们。但是从瑞典堡的一切教导来看,这些都是精神现实。

邪恶在我们的世界(如果人们阅读报纸和看电视)中还活得很好,并且在我们每个人中,都有一定的内省!当我们诚实地意识到自己的意图和情感时,我们就会知道这一点!

邪恶与双胞胎一样,是与上帝对立的一切,自私,不诚实,贪婪,卑鄙和残忍。但是邪恶也会以欺骗性的面容出现-我们可以证明我们的怨恨,我们的无情和我们的宽容立场是合理的。罪意味着失去印记,印记就是上帝。所有使我们远离上帝的事物都使我们怀念那个标记!

内–一种非常必要的情绪,它使我们想要悔改–而不是沉迷,而是要我们悔改–说服我们改变方向!

恶魔–这些是我们被告知要与之斗争的最真实的精神伴侣,最终是为我们的精神生活而战。我们处于平衡状态。我们在两个大门之间。

一句古老的佛教谚语说:每个人都被赋予通往天门的钥匙;相同的钥匙打开了地狱之门。”钥匙就是我们所爱。

我们做出的每一个决定要么喂食我们的粪便(我们永生的意志),要么喂食我们的“遗体”-那是珍贵的宝藏,是我们自出生前所经历的所有美好事物的仓库。遗留权是我们与生俱来的权利,我们从中汲取灵感,并以真诚的思想和良好的行为将其永久添加。

由于大多数新年决议的首要重点是减肥(如果需要的话,我也不反对),让我们尝试使用该概念进行精神减肥–减轻负面情绪的负担,批评的不良习惯,投诉,八卦,刺激,烦恼,容易冒犯,愤怒–我们知道的清单还在不断增加。减肥的饮食是良好的思想,诚实的行为,真实的意图。关闭坏消息,打开好消息。支持鼓励他人的充满希望的乐观主义;寻求无回报的善举。

保罗在给腓立比人的信中写道,想想这些事情。

“无论什么是真实的,无论什么东西都是高尚的,无论什么东西都是正义的,无论什么东西都是纯正的,无论什么东西都是可爱的,或者什么东西值得报道,如果有什么美德,或者有什么值得称赞的冥想的话。” 腓立比书4:8

灵魂健康的这种转变所需要的锻炼是属灵的锻炼,这种锻炼使抽象成为现实,实现了我们所说的信念。也许今年我们可以接受精神锻炼:

- 冥想
-祷告
-Lectio Devina –缓慢而有目的地阅读圣经和其他圣书。

我的一位亲爱的朋友习惯于思考哪种精神影响她,然后要求上帝在那儿散发有害的影响。而且,她已经发展了一种在一切美好事物发生时感谢主的习惯。

我们可以打开天堂之门。天使可以随时冲进来,只要我们爱上善良,真善美,主与彼此之间,就可以使大门摆动开。这些选择打开了这些大门。

我们每个人都需要提醒,以帮助我们做出正确的选择。我们忘记得如此之快,而被我们时代的喧嚣分心。我们将电视,广播,计算机,电话和i-pads连接到一起-一种世俗文化,沉浸在自然而非灵性的环境中。但是,让我们转向神和天堂之门,这是不自然的。这是不自然的。这是精神上的。以下是一些对我有所帮助的提醒。

安排时间与耶和华约见:每天早晨和上床睡觉之前,都是为耶和华预留的两个常用时间。感到生气时,抬起您的思想和视野,并在门口向天使寻求帮助。尝试从我们女儿的一位朋友那里学到的一句话:祝福并释放!要努力在每个人和万物中看到上帝。

让丑陋的状态过去吧-祝福你的敌人,记住那些不同意或不喜欢我们的人可能是我们最好的属灵老师。我们可以看到我们对他们的反应,通常是反映出使我们恼火的行为的反应。有人告诉我们,爱我们的敌人以及我们的邻居。

我们需要注意我们的想法。

从古代吠陀经:

“注意你的想法,它们变成了文字。
留心您的话语,它们成为行动。
看着你的动作,它们成为习惯。
注意你的习惯,他们会成为角色。
看着你的角色,这就是你的命运。”

最重要的是检测我们喜欢的东西,因为这将确定我们徘徊的那扇门,然后进入。

进入新年时,我们有了圣餐是多么吉祥。有什么更好的开始方式,首先寻求天国-将最重要的事情放在首位?

这是乔伊斯·鲁普姐妹的美丽祈祷:

神秘的奥秘
等待门槛
在这个新的一年里
你打开大门
向我招手:

(你说)“来吧!来!
不要警惕等待着你的事情
当您进入未知地形时,
不要怀疑你的能力
从喜悦和悲伤中成长。

因为我和你在一起
我将成为您的向导。
我将成为您的保护者
您将永远不会孤单。”

新年的守护者
我抛开了我的恐惧,担忧,担忧,
我向神秘,美丽向我敞开心life,
好客的问题,
到无尽的机会
在我的关系中发现你
以及所有无声的奇迹
那会吸引我到你的心。

我欢迎您的光临
并带着希望走进新的一年。

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“走进黑暗,把手伸向上帝的手中。”

当我们站在新年之门时,我们将握着他的手–我们将遵循谁的灵感,谁的影响力将决定我们成为谁,这确实很重要。

诗篇118:19-20
“向我敞开义门。
我会通过他们,
我会赞美主。
这是主的门,
义人必借此进入。”

阿们!

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以赛亚书 26:1-4

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1 倚靠主之歌

2 打开吧!好让公和信实的国民,可以进入

3 专心倚靠你的,你必保护他一切平安,因为他倚靠你。

4 你们要倚靠耶和华,直到永远,因为耶和华是永存的磐石。

     

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Explanation of Isaiah 26      

By Rev. John H. Smithson

THE EXPLANATION of Isaiah Chapter 26

(Note: Rev. Smithson's translation of the Isaiah text is appended below the explanation)

1. In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation shall He establish for walls and bulwarks.

Verse 1. In the Word. the things relating to the spiritual church are compared to a city, which has a wall, bulwarks, gates and bolts; and by the assaults of that city are described the assault of Truth by falsities on which account also a city signifies doctrinals, (see Arcana Coelestia 402, 2268) and a wall the truths of faith which, defend; and in the opposite sense, the falsities which are destroyed. That a wall signifies the truths of faith which defend, is evident from Isaiah 26:1:

"We have a strong city", etc.

Again,

"You shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. (Isaiah 60:18; see also (Jeremiah 20:5; Lamentations 2:8, 9)

That a wall, in the opposite sense, signifies the falsities which are destroyed, see a above, Chapter 25:12, the Exposition. Arcana Coelestia 6419.

In that day shall this song be sung. etc. - As to singing, when mentioned in the Word, see Chapter 12:2, the Exposition.

Verses 1, 2. We have a strong city; salvation shall He establish for walls and bulwarks. Open you the gates, that the just nation keeping fidelities may enter. - A "strong city" here signifies the doctrine of genuine Truth, which falsities cannot destroy; "walls and bulwarks" signify truths for defence; "gates" signify admission, as may be seen above, Apocalypse Explained 208; a "just nation keeping fidelities" denotes those who are in goods, and thence in truths. Apocalypse Explained 223.

2. Open you the gates, that the just nation keeping fidelities may enter.

3. [Him] whose mind is staid [on You], You will keep in perfect peace: because he trusts in You.

Verse 2. According to the sense of the letter, it is here understood that they who are "just and faithful" should be admitted into those cities; but according to the internal sense, that such should be admitted into the church. For" gates" signify admission; a "just nation", those who are in good; "keeping fidelities", those who are thence in truths. Apocalypse Explained 208.

4. Trust you in Jehovah for ever: for in Jah Jehovah is the rock of eternity:

Verse 4. Here "Jehovah" and "Rock" are mentioned, because by "Jehovah" is understood the Lord as to Divine Good, and by "Rock" the Lord as to Divine Truth. Apocalypse Explained 411.

In Jah, Jehovah, etc. - As to the specific meaning of "Jah", see above, Chapter 12:2, the Exposition.

The Rock of eternity. - For the signification of "Rock", as applied to the Lord, see above, Chapter 16:1, the Exposition.

5. For He has humbled those that dwell on high; the lofty city, He has brought her down: He has brought her down to the ground; He has levelled her with the dust.

Verse 5. For He has humbled those that dwell on high, etc.

- See Chapter 2:12-17; 14:13, the Exposition. To "bring down to the ground and to level with the dust", denotes a state of condemnation, [or an entire separation from heaven.] Arcana Coelestia 258.

"Dust" denotes what is damned; and the reason is, because [in the spiritual world] the places where evil spirits are, appear as earth, and indeed as uncultivated and dry ground, under which are certain hells. That earth is what is called "damned earth", and the "dust" there signifies what is damned.

Occasionally it has been given me to see, that the evil spirits there shook off the dust from their feet when they were desirous to damn anyone. Hence then it is, that by "dust" is signified what is damned; and by "shaking off dust", damnation. It was in consequence of this signification that the disciples were commanded by the Lord to "shake off the dust from their feet", if they were not received. Arcana Coelestia 7418.

6. The foot shall trample upon her; the feet of the afflicted, the steps of the needy.

7. The way of the just is uprightness: the path of the just is straight; You make it level.

Verse 6. Your are called "poor" who have not the Word, and thus know nothing concerning the Lord, and yet desire to be instructed. Arcana Coelestia 9209.

[Their "trampling upon the lofty city", signifies that such as are in simple good, and desire to be instructed in truths, will rise above false doctrines which originate in self-intelligence.]

8. Yea, as to the way of Your judgments, O Jehovah, we have waited for You; to Your name, and to the remembrance of You is the desire of our soul.

Verse 8. In many passages in the Word it is said, "For the sake of the name of Jehovah", "for 'the sake of the name of the Lord", "for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ", "that the name of God should be sanctified", and such like. They who do not think beyond the sense of the letter, are of opinion that name alone is understood, whereas name is not understood, but all that by which the Lord is worshipped, all which has relation to love and faith; hence by the "name" of the Lord, in the Word, are understood all things of love and of faith by which He is worshipped, but in this case the acknowledgement of the Lord, and of the knowledges of truth which respect Him, because this is said to those who only study knowledges. The reason why by the "name" of Jehovah, or of the Lord, is not understood the name itself, but all things of love and faith, originates in the spiritual world. In that world the names used on earth are not pronounced, but the names of the persons spoken of are formed from the idea of all things which are known concerning them, which things are summed up into one expression. Such is the pronunciation of names in the spiritual world; whence it is, that names in that world, as well as all other things, are spiritual; nor are the names of the Lord and of Jesus Christ pronounced there as on earth, but instead of these names, a "name" is formed from the idea of all things which are known and believed concerning Him, which idea is from all things of love and of faith in Him. The reason is, because these things in the complex are the Lord with them; for the Lord is with everyone in the goods of love and of faith which are from Him; this being the case, the quality of every one is there immediately known, as to his love and faith in the Lord, only from pronouncing in a spiritual expression, or a spiritual name the Lord or Jesus Christ. Hence also it is, that they who are not in any love or in any faith towards Him, cannot name Him, that is, form any spiritual "name" concerning Him. From these considerations it is now manifest whence it is that by the "name" of Jehovah, of the Lord, or of Jesus Christ, in the Word, is not understood the name, but all of love and of faith by which He is worshipped. Lest, therefore, the opinion should prevail which obtains among many, that the name alone of Jesus Christ, without love and faith in Him, thus without knowledges by which love and faith exist, contributes somewhat to salvation, I am desirous to adduce a few passages from the Word, where it is said "For the sake of His name", and "in His name", from which they who think more deeply may see that name alone is not understood, as in the following:

"Jesus said, You shall be hated by all for My name's sake." (Matthew 7:22; 24:9, 10) "'Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) "As many as received Him, to them He gave power, that they might be the sons of God, believing on His name", (John 1:12) "When Jesus was in Jerusalem, many believed on His name", (John 2:23). Apocalypse Explained 102.

9. With my soul have I desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me in the morn have I sought You: for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn justice.

10. Though mercy be shown to the wicked, he will not learn justice: in the land of uprightness he will act perversely, and will not regard the majesty of Jehovah.

11. O Jehovah, Your hand is lifted up, but they will not see: they shall see, and be ashamed at the envy of the people; yea, the fire of Thine, adversaries shall devour them,

Verse 9. By "night" is signified a state when there is no light of Truth, (see above, Chapter 15:1, the Exposition), and by "morning" a state in which there is the light of Truth. This state is from love, but that, when there is not yet love; wherefore by "the soul which desired Jehovah in the night" is signified a life which is not yet in the light of Truth; and by "my spirit within me have I sought Jehovah in the morn", a life which is in the light of Truth. Hence it follows "When Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn justice", by which is signified that the church from the Lord is in Truths, and by truths in Good; the "earth" signifies the church as to Truths, and the "world" the church as to Good; for "judgment", in the Word, is said of Truth, and "justice" of Good; and also "inhabitants" signify the men of the church who are in the goods of doctrine, and thence of life. That "judgment", in the Word, is said of Truth, and "justice" of Good, see Arcana Coelestia 2235, 9857; and that to "inhabit" signifies to live, and hence "inhabitants" those who are in the good of doctrine, and thence of life, see Apocalypse Explained 133, 479, 662. Apocalypse Explained 741.

"Soul", in this passage, stands for the affection of Truth and "spirit" for the affection of Good. Arcana Coelestia 2930.

Verse 11. They shall see, and be ashamed at the envy [or hatred] of the people; yea, the fire of Thine adversaries shall devour them.

The destruction of the evil, who are here understood by the "people" and by "adversaries", is described by "fire" and by "hatred" [or envy]. Apocalypse Explained 504.

12. O Jehovah. You will ordain peace for us: for all our works You have wrought in us.

Verse 12. Inasmuch as peace is from Jehovah, that is, from the Lord, and in doing good from Him, therefore it is said:

"Jehovah will ordain peace for us, for You have wrought all our works in us." Apocalypse Explained 365.

13. O Jehovah, our God! other lords besides You, have had dominion over us: by You only will we celebrate Your name.

Verse 13. To "celebrate" and to "call upon the name of Jehovah", is to worship Him from the goods of Love, and from the truths of Faith. Arcana Coelestia 2009.

["Other lords" are various kinds of evils, such as those represented by the Babylonians, which have the dominion over man when he is not in love to the Lord and his neighbour, or when he does not in his life celebrate the Lord's name,]

14. They are dead, they shall not live; the Rephaim shall not arise: therefore have You visited and. destroyed them, and made all remembrance of them to perish.

Verse 14. The Rephaim stand for the posterity of the most ancient church, which was before the flood, who were also called "Nephelim" and "Enakim." (See Arcana Coelestia 567, 581, 1673) "You have visited and, destroyed or extinguished the Rephaim", means the last time of that church, and also their being cast into hell; concerning which, see Arcana Coelestia 1265-1272. Arcana Coelestia 6588.

The Rephaim shall not arise, etc.

- As to the "Rephaim", see above, Chapter 14:9; 17:5, notes.

15. You have added to the nation, O Jehovah; You have added to the nation; You art glorified: You have far removed all the extremities of the earth.

Verse 15. The "nation" to which Jehovah has added, signifies, those who are in the good of love, whom He has addicted to Himself; the "extremities of the earth" which He has removed, signify falsities and evils which infest the church, from which He has purified them. Apocalypse Explained 304.

16. O Jehovah, in distress have they sought You; they poured out supplication when Your chastisement was upon them.

17. As a woman that is pregnant, when her delivery approaches, is in pain and cries out in her pangs; thus have we been before You, O Jehovah.

18. We have been pregnant; we have been in pain; we have, as it were, brought forth wind: we have not wrought deliverance for the land; neither have, the inhabitants of the world fallen.

19. Your dead shall live; My dead body; they shall arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in the dust! for your dew is as the dew of herbs; and the earth shall cast forth the Rephaim.

Verses 16-19. These things are said of the last times of the church, when falsities and evils so far increase, that men cannot be reformed and regenerated; this state is understood by the "chastisement of Jehovah" upon them. That then the perception and acquisition of any degree of Truth is effected with difficulty, is signified by "a pregnant woman, who draws near to her delivery, crying out in her pangs." That in the place of truths they imbibe vanities, in which there are no truths, is signified by "We have been pregnant; we have been in pain; we have, as it 'were, brought forth wind"; "wind" denoting such vanities. That no uses of life are from them, is signified by "We have not wrought deliverance for the land." That still, when the Lord should come, they should be taught and regenerated by truths from Him, is signified by "Your dead shall live", and by the things which follow. Apocalypse Explained 721.

Verse 19. [We have given the exact rendering of this verse from the Hebrew, without any interpolation in italics, as in the Bible version. The passage does not teach as demonstrated in the note, that the dead bodies of men will rise again; but by these words is meant that at the Lord's coming, all, though dead as to the real principles of the church, in whom there are any "remains" of Goodness and Truth, will be raised up at the time of Judgment. They are called Your dead, that, is the Lord's dead, because they are amongst the dead of a consummated church, in which, nevertheless, there is always a remnant that can be saved; and they are called the Lord's dead body, (for the pronouns "Your", and "My" evidently relate to the Lord), To indicate, that a consummated church is, as it were, a "dead body"; (Matthew 24:28) and it is called "My dead body", to intimate that though the church, which is called "the Body of Christ, is dead or consummated, there are, nevertheless, some amongst them who have "remains" of Goodness, which can be restored, when instructed in Truths to spiritual life. These "remains" are meant by "they shall arise", which being in the plural involves those of the consummated church, or of the "dead body", who can thus be saved.

The "dead" in the first clause of the verse, are those who, although in falsities, can have them dispersed, and receive Truths", which is to "live"; and those of the "dead body who shall arise, are such as have been in the evils of false principles or doctrines, but not in evil intentions, and who are, therefore, reclaimable by vastations. (See above, Chapter 24:22, the Exposition.) A fulfilment of this divine prophecy may be seen at the Lord's resurrection, when He arose with his whole natural Body complete, but which was then "no longer material but Divine-Substantial." (Doctrine of the Lord 35, ) "having rejected by burial the residue of the Human from the mother", (Doctrine of the Lord 16, at the end), and consequently everything that was material, infirm, and finite. In this Glorious Body "He ascended far above all heavens, that He might fill all things."

The Lord clearly points out the difference between His own resurrection in a Divine-Natural Body, and the resurrection of all other men in a spiritual body only, when He says, "Behold My hands and My feet, , that it is. I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit [who is a man, risen from, the dead] has not flesh and bones [that is, a natural body] as you see Me have." (Luke 24:39)

Those, then, who think that because the Lord arose as to His natural Body, therefore, all others will also arise as to their natural bodies, are much mistaken, and do not think according to the Truth. All others arise like Lazarus and the Rich Man in the Parable, immediately after death, in their spiritual bodies; and not, as is commonly supposed, at some future period, in their natural bodies. Now, as a consequence of the Lord's resurrection, "many bodies of the saints who slept arose, and came out of the graves, and went into the holy CIty. (Matthew 27:52, 53).

This was an event which took place not in the natural world, but in the world of spirits; and the "graves" out of which they came were the places of vastation in the lower earth of that world; for the places where such spirits are detained until they are finally delivered from vastations appear, from correspondences, like pits, graves, and prisons. (See the Exposition of Isaiah Chapter 24:22.)

Their coming forth out of these places by the power of the Lord's resurrection, would appear in that world like coming forth out of graves, - as from a state of spiritual death to a life of righteousness in heaven. These were "the spirits to whom the Lord went after His crucifixion to preach", (1 Peter 3:19), and who, by the power of His Resurrection, through the full glorification of His Humanity, were raised up by Him from these places of vastation, and received up into heaven. See Apocalypse Explained 659, 89; Arcana Coelestia 2915, 8018, 9229; also Apocalypse Revealed 845.]

Your dead shall live, etc.

- Here the resurrection of the dead is treated of, namely; of those who arise in the life of the body, and at the same time concerning those who arise after the life of the body; for it is a law that he who, in the life of the body, arises [to spiritual life], will also arise after the life of the body [to spiritual or heavenly life]. The resurrection, like the kingdom of God Messiah; begins in man whilst he lives in the body, for he is [then] prepared for life, and he enters into it whilst he lives in the world; the death of the body is only a continuation of the heavenly life. (Swedenborg's Notes on Isaiah, p. 70.)

The earth shall cast forth the Rephaim [or giants]. - What is meant by being "cast out of the sepulchre", see above, Chapter 14:10; 20, the Exposition.

20. Come, O My people; enter into your chambers, and shut your doors after you: hide yourself for a little while, for a moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Verse 20. It was a customary form of speech amongst the ancients to talk of "entering into a bedchamber", and also of "shutting the door" on the occasion, when they meant to do anything which should not appear. This form of speech was derived from significatives in the ancient church, for by "house", in the spiritual sense, they understood a man, (Arcana Coelestia 3128); by the "closets" and the "bedchambers" they understood the interiors of man; hence to "come or enter into the bedchamber" was significative; therefore mention is made of it in the Word throughout, as in Isaiah:

"Come, O My people! enter into your chambers, and shut your doors after you", etc.

That to "enter into the chambers", in this passage, does hot denote entering into chambers, is very manifest, but to keep themselves in secret and in themselves.

And in Ezekiel:

"He said unto me, Have you seen, O son of man what the elders of the House of Israel are doing in the darkness, a man [vir] in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, Jehovah doth not see us." (Ezekiel 8:12)

To "do in darkness, a man in the chambers of his imagery"; denotes inwardly in themselves in the thoughts; the interiors of their thought and affection were represented to the prophet by chambers, and were called "the chambers of imagery."

And in Moses:

"Abroad the sword shall bereave, and from the chambers terror, both the youth and the virgin, the suckling with the man of old age." (Deuteronomy 32:25)

The "sword" denotes vastation of truth, and the punishment of the false, Arcana Coelestia 2799; "terror from the chambers" denotes the interiors of man; that "chambers"; in this passage, do not mean merely chambers, is also evident.

So in David:

"Who waters the mountains from His chambers", (Psalm 104:13)

To "water the mountains", in the spiritual sense, is to bless those who are principled in love to the Lord and in love towards the neighbour: that "mountain" denotes the celestial principle of love, see Arcana Coelestia 795, 1430, 4210; hence "from His chambers" denotes from the interiors of heaven.

So in Luke:

"Whatsoever things you have said in darkness, shall be heard in light; and what you have spoken into the ear in chambers, shall be preached on the tops of houses"; (Luke 12:3)

where "chambers" also denote the interiors of man, that is, what he had thought, what he had intended, and what he had attempted.

And in Matthew:

"When you prayest, enter into your chamber, and shut your door; and pray in secret." (Matthew 6:6)

To "enter into the chamber, and pray", denotes not apparently; for this was said from what is representative. Arcana Coelestia 5694. See also 7353.

Shut your doors after you, etc.

To "shut the door after you, until the indignation be overpast", signifies to have no communication with evils, which are denoted by "indignation" or anger, as may be seen, Arcana Coelestia 3614, 5034, and in many other places. Arcana Coelestia 8989. See also Chapter 9:12, 17, 21, the Exposition.

21. For, behold, Jehovah cometh forth from His place to visit, for his iniquity, the inhabitant of the earth: and the earth shall disclose her bloods, and shall no longer cover her slain.

Verse 21. Speaking of the day of visitation or of judgment, when the iniquities of all shall be discovered, which is understood by "Then the earth. shall disclose her bloods, and shall no longer cover her slain." The "earth" signifies the church, in this case, the evil therein; "bloods" denote evils which have destroyed the goods thereof; and the "slain" denote falsities which have destroyed the truths thereof. Whether it be said that the "slain" signify falsities, or those who are in falsities, it amounts to the same, inasmuch as they are in falsities, and falsities in them; and the falsities in them are what destroy. Apocalypse Explained 315.

The earth shall disclose her bloods, and shall no longer cover her slain.

- By the "bloods" which the earth shall disclose, are signified all the falsities and evils which have destroyed the truths and goods of the church; the "earth denoting the church where those things are; by the "slain" are signified those who perish by them. That the "slain" signify those who have perished by falsities and evils, may be seen above, Apocalypse Explained 315. Apocalypse Explained 329.

Temptation is here treated of, which appears like "indignation"; for the Lord, in temptation, visits the iniquity of a man, that it may be taken away, for all [evils] are then manifested, and they come forth [to the perception of man], which is here expressed by "disclosing or revealing bloods", and by " not concealing the slain." (Swedenborg's Notes on Isaiah, p. 71.)

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Isaiah Chapter 26

1. In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation shall He establish for walls and bulwarks.

2. Open you the gates, that the just nation keeping fidelities may enter.

3. [Him] whose mind is staid [on You], You will keep in perfect peace: because he trusts in You.

4. Trust you in Jehovah for ever: for in Jah Jehovah is the rock of eternity:

5. For He has humbled those that dwell on high; the lofty city, He has brought her down: He has brought her down to the ground; He has levelled her with the dust.

6. The foot shall trample upon her; the feet of the afflicted, the steps of the needy.

7. The way of the just is uprightness: the path of the just is straight; You make it level.

8. Yea, as to the way of Your judgments, O Jehovah, we have waited for You; to Your name, and to the remembrance of You is the desire of our soul.

9. With my soul have I desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me in the morn have I sought You: for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn justice.

10. Though mercy be shown to the wicked, he will not learn justice: in the land of uprightness he will act perversely, and will not regard the majesty of Jehovah.

11. O Jehovah, Your hand is lifted up, but they will not see: they shall see, and be ashamed at the envy of the people; yea, the fire of Thine, adversaries shall devour them,

12. O Jehovah. You will ordain peace for us: for all our works You have wrought in us.

13. O Jehovah, our God! other lords besides You, have had dominion over us: by You only will we celebrate Your name.

14. They are dead, they shall not live; the Rephaim shall not arise: therefore have You visited and. destroyed them, and made all remembrance of them to perish.

15. You have added to the nation, O Jehovah; You have added to the nation; You art glorified: You have far removed all the extremities of the earth.

16. O Jehovah, in distress have they sought You; they poured out supplication when Your chastisement was upon them.

17. As a woman that is pregnant, when her delivery approaches, is in pain and cries out in her pangs; thus have we been before You, O Jehovah.

18. We have been pregnant; we have been in pain; we have, as it were, brought forth wind: we have not wrought deliverance for the land; neither have, the inhabitants of the world fallen.

19. Your dead shall live; My dead body; they shall arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in the dust! for your dew is as the dew of herbs; and the earth shall cast forth the Rephaim.

20. Come, O My people; enter into your chambers, and shut your doors after you: hide yourself for a little while, for a moment, until the indignation be overpast.

21. For, behold, Jehovah cometh forth from His place to visit, for his iniquity, the inhabitant of the earth: and the earth shall disclose her bloods, and shall no longer cover her slain.

From Swedenborg's Works

Belangrijkste verklaring(en) van Swedenborgs werken:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 26


Andere referenties door Swedenborg op dit hoofdstuk:

Arcana Coelestia 258, 402, 1259, 2851, 4137, 6419

Apocalypse Revealed 176, 194, 899, 905

Doctrine of the Lord 4


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 175, 208, 223, 331, 411, 468

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 41

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