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falsification and profanation of the truths of the of heaven and the church. That all the truths of Word ; for seven is predicated of things holy, and, the Word have been destroyed by those who are in an opposite sense, of things profane; therefore, i meant by the dragon spoken of above, cannot be it follows, that on his heads there appeared seven believed by any one in the world, and yet they diadems, and by diadems are signified the truths have been so destroyed, as that not a single docof the Word, which are here falsified and pro- trinal truth remains ; this matter was examined faned. - A. R. 538.
into, in the spiritual world, among the learned of 563. “And ten horns,” signifies much power. A the clergy, and was found to be the fact. The horn signifies power; and ten signifies much. The reasons I know, but I shall here mention only one reason why it is said that the dragon has much of them ; – they assert, that whatsoever proceeds power, is, because the salvation of man by faith from man's will and judgment is not good; and alone, without the works of the law, which faith is that therefore the goods of charity, or good works, meant by the dragon, captivates men's minds, and being done by man, contribute nothing to salvathe result of this is, that confirmations exert a per- tion, but faith only ; when, nevertheless, that alone, suasive influence: it captivates, because man, on by virtue of which man is man, and by which he hearing that the damnation of the law is taken has conjunction with the Lord, is his having it in away, and the Lord's merit is imputed to him his power to do good and believe truth, as from through faith therein alone, can indulge in the himself, that is, as from his own will according to pleasures of his mind and body, without any fear his own judgment; were this faculty to be taken of hell; hence comes the power which is signified away from him, all power of conjunction on the by the ten horns of the dragon. That such has part of man with the Lord, would also be taken been his power, evidently appears from the recep- away at the same time, and of the Lord with man; tion of that faith every where throughout the for it constitutes that power of reciprocation of reformed Christian world. - A. R. 539.
love, which the Lord bestows on every one who is 564. “ And seven diadems upon his heads," sig- born a man, and which he also preserves in him to nifies all the truths of the Word falsified and pro- the end of his life, and afterwards to eternity. If faned. By diadems, or precious stones, are signi- this power were to be taken away from man, every tied the truths of the Word; specifically, the truths truth and good of the Word would also be taken of the literal sense of the Word, but here, those away, insomuch that the Word would be nothing truths falsified and profaned, from their being seen but a dead letter and a blank book; for the Word upon the seven heads of the dragon, by which is teaches nothing else but the conjunction of man signified insanity from truths falsified and profaned. with the Lord by charity and faith, and both from The reason why the truths of the Word, when fal- man as from himself. They who are meant by the sified and profaned, are also called diadems, is, be- dragon spoken of above, have broken this only cause they have a lustre from themselves, whether bond of conjunction, by asserting, that the goods they be possessed by this person or that; in the of charity, or good works, which proceed from man, same manner as diadems on earth, in whatever and his will and judgment, are only mora), civil, hands they may happen to be. It has sometimes and political works, by which man has conjunction been permitted me to see adulterous women, on with the world, and none at all with God and with their first coming from the earth into the world of heaven; and when that bond is thus broken, there spirits, decked with diadems; and Jews, likewise, is then no doctrinal truth of the Word remaining; selling diadems, which they had procured to them- and if the truths of the Word are applied to conselves from heaven; from which circumstance it firm, that faith alone is saving without the works was plain, that evils and falses, with such, do not of the law, then they are all falsified; and if the change the lustre and light of the truths of the falsifica proceeds so far as to affiri that the Word. Therefore the like is signified by the ten Lord has not commanded good works in the Word diadems upon the horns of the beast which came for the sake of man's conjunction with himself, but up out of the sea, Apoc. xiii. 1; and by the pre- only for the sake of his conjunction with the world, cious stones on the woman who sat on the scarlet then the truths of the Word are profaned; for thus colored beast, Apoc. xvii. 3–5. That the truths the Word becomes no longer a Holy Book, but a of the Word are what are signified by diadems, profane one. – A. R. 541. appears manifestly in the Apocalypse, in that there 566. " And the dragon stood before the woman were seen upon the head of him who sat upon the who was ready to be delivered, to devour her child white horse, and whose name was the Word of as soon as it was born,” signifies, that they who God, many diadems, xix. 12, 13. — A. R. 540. are meant by the dragon will endeavor to extin
565. " And his tail drew the third part of the guish the doctrine of the New Church at its stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth,” birth. By bringing forth, signified to receive signifies, that by falsifications of the truths of the the goods and truths of doctrine from the Word; Word they have alienated all spiritual knowledge by the child of which she was delivered, is of good and truth from the church, and, by appli- signified the Doctrine of the New Church. To cations to falses, have entirely destroyed them. By devour, signifies to extinguish, because by a the tail, when the subject treated of relates to child is signified doctrine; and when to devour is those who have confirmed heretical doctrines from said in relation to the child, to extinguish is said the Word, are signified the truths of the Word in relation to the doctrine. The reason why this falsified; by stars are signified spiritual knowl-I was the case at the birth of the doctrine, is, beedges of good and truth; by the third part, is sig- cause it is said, that the dragon stood before the nified all, and by drawing them from heaven, and woman, to devour her child as soon as it was born. casting them to the earth, is signified to alienate - A. R. 542 them from the church, and to destroy them utterly ; 567. “ And she brought forth a male child,” sigfor when they are drawn from heaven, they are also nifies the doctrine of the New Church. By a son, drawn from the church, because every truth of the in the Word, is signified the truth of doctrine, and Word is insinuated from the Lord through heaven also the understanding, and thence the thought, of into the man of the church; nor are truths drawn truth and good ; but by a daughter, is signified the away by any thing else but by falsifications of them good of doctrine, as also the will, and thence inc in the Word, since there and thence are the truths affection, of truth and good; and by a male child,
is signified truth conceived in the spiritual man, | also ejected by the dragonists; the like happeneu and born in the natural man. The reason is, be- with the Christian church, which increased succause by generations and births, in the Word, are cessively from a few to many. Another reason is, signified spiritual generations and births, all which that a new heaven is first to be formed, which will in general relate to good and truth; for nothing act as one with the church on earth ; therefore else is begotten, and born of the Lord as a hus- we read, that he saw a new heaven, and the Holy band, and of the church as a wife. Now since by Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, the woman who brought forth, is signified the New Apoc. xxi. 1, 2. It is certain that a new church, Church, it is plain that by the male child, is signi- which is the New Jerusalem, will exist, because it fied the doctrine of that church. The doctrine is foretold in the Apocalypse, chap. xxi. xxii. ; here meant, is the Doctrine of the New Jerusalem, and it is also certain, that the falses of the former published in London, 1758; and also the Doctrine church are first to be removed, because they are concerning the Lord, concerning the Sacred Scrip- what the Apocalypse treats of as far as chapter ture, and concerning a Life according to the Com- xx. A. R. 547. mandments of the Decalogue, published in Amsterdam; for by doctrine are understood all the truths Why the New Church will first be confined of doctrine, doctrine being the complex of them.
to a few. When these doctrines were written, the dragonists 572. The causes why the New Church, which is stood around me, and endeavored, with all their called the Holy Jerusalem, is first to commence fury, to devour or extinguish them; this strange with a few, afterwards with greater numbers, and circumstance it was permitted me to relate, be- so at last to arrive to its full state, are several ; the cause, of a truth, it so happened. The dragonists 'first is, that its doctrine, which is the doctrine of who stood round me were from all parts of the love to the Lord and charity towards the neighbor, reformed Christian world. - A. R. 543.
cannot be acknowledged and thence received, ex568. “Who was to rule all nations with a rod cept by those who are interiorly affected with of iron,” signifies, which, by truths from the literal truths, and no others are interiorly affected with sense of the Word, and, at the same time, by truths but they who see them, and they only see rational arguments drawn from the light of nature, them who have cultivated their intellectual faculty, will convince all who are in dead worship through and have not destroyed it in themselves by the being principled in faith separated from charity, loves of self and of the world. Another canse is, that are willing to be convinced. This refers to that the doctrine of that church cannot be acknowlthe doctrine of the New Church, because it is edged, nor consequently received, except by those spoken of the male child, by whom that doctrine who have not confirmed themselves in doctrine, is signified. — A, R. 544.
and at the same time in life, in faith alone; con569. " And her child was caught up unto God firmation in doctrine only, does not hinder recepand to his throne,” signifies the protection of the tion, but if it be at the same time in life, it does doctrine by the Lord, because it is for the use of hinder, for such persons do not know what love to the New Church, and its being guarded by the the Lord is, nor what neighborly love or charity is, angels of heaven. — A. R. 545.
neither are they willing to know. The third cause 570. “ And the woman fled into the wilderness,” is, that the New Church on earth increases accordsignifies the church, which is the New Jerusalem, ing to its increase in the world of spirits, for spirits at first confined to a few. By the woman, is signi- from thence are with men, and they are from those fied the New Church; and by a wilderness, is who were in the faith of their church, whilst they signified where there are no longer any truths. lived on earth, and no others of them receive the That its being confined at first to a few, is signi- doctrine, but those who were in the spiritual affecfied, because it follows, where she had a place tion of truth; such only are conjoined to heaven prepared of God, that they should feed her there a where that doctrine is, and conjoin heaven to man; thousand two hundred and sixty days, by which is the number of those in the spiritual world now signified its state at that time, that in the mean increases daily, wherefore according to their inwhile an increase of its numbers may be provided crease, the church which is called the New Jerufor, until it comes to its appointed maturity. — salem increases on earth. These also were the A. R. 546.
causes, why the Christian Church, after the Lord 571. “ Where she hath a place prepared of God, left the world, increased so slow in Europe, and that they should feed her there a thousand two did not arrive to its full until an age had elapsed. hundred and sixty days,” signifies the state of the -A. E. 732. church at that time, while provision is making for its increase among many until it arrives at matu- of whom the New Heaven and New Church rity. By place is signified state; and by feeding,
are formed. provision for its increase, for thus is the church 573. The new heaven is formed of all those fed; hence by having a place prepared of God that who, from the advent of the Lord even to this they should feed her, is signified the state of the time, had lived a life of faith and charity; as church preparatory to its increase; by a thousand these alone are forms of heaven. For the form of two hundred and sixty days, is signified to the end heaven, according to which all consociations and and beginning, that is, to the end of the former communications there exist, is the form of divine church and the beginning of the new, the same as truth from divine good, proceeding from the Lord; by a time, and times, and half a time, verse 14; and man puts on this form, as to his spirit, by a life thus, also, to its appointed station, that is, until it according to divine truth. Hence it may be known exists as has been provided it should exist. It is of whom the new heaven is formed, and thereby of the Lord's divine providence, that the church what is its quality, viz., that it is altogether unanishould at first be confined to a few, and that its mous. For he that lives a life of faith and charity numbers should successively increase, because the loves another as himself, and by love conjoins him falses of the former church must first be removed; with himself, and this reciprocally and mutually; for before this, truths cannot be received, since for love is conjunction in the spiritual world. truths, which are received and implanted before Wherefore, when all act in like manner, then from falses are removed, do not remain, and they are many, yea, from innumerable individuals, consociated according to the form of heaven, unanimity upon the Reformed, inasmuch as it is the principal exists, and they become as one; for there is then tenet of their church. A second reason is, because nothing which separates and divides, but every the Roman Catholics entertain an idea of divine thing conjoins and unites.
majesty belonging to the Humanity of the Lord, 574. Inasmuch as this heaven was formed of all more than the Reformed do, as is evident from those who had been of such a quality from the their most devout veneration of the host. A third coming of the Lord until the present time, it is reason is, because they hold charity, good works, plain that it is composed as well of Christians as repentance, and attention to amendment of life, to of Gentiles, but chiefly of infants, from all parts be essentials of salvation, and these are also essenof the world, who have died since the Lord's com- tials of the New Church; but the case is otherwise. ing; for all these were received by the Lord, and with the Reformed, who are confirmed in faith educated in heaven, and instructed by the angels, alone; with these the above are neither regarded and then reserved, that they, together with the as essentials nor formalities belonging to faith, and others, might constitute a new heaven; whence it consequently as not at all contributing to salvation. may be concluded how great that heaven is. — These are three reasons why the Roman CathoH. D. 2, 3.
lics, if they approach God the Saviour Himself, 575. They will be continually received into the not mediately, but immediately, and likewise adNew Jerusalem, who are in truths derived from the minister the holy eucharist in both kinds, may good of love to the Lord, because there is not any more easily than the Reformed receive a living falsity of faith there. The reason why such are faith in the room of a dead faith, and be conducted received, is, because the light of the New Jerusa- by angels from the Lord to the gates of the New lem is truth derived from the good of that love, and Jerusalem or New Church, and be introduced into that light no others can enter. - A. R. 922. therein with joy and shouting. – D. J. 108. A New Church generally established first, with external. – A. E. 403.
578. The New Church, in its beginning, will be those who are out of the Old Church. 576. Moreover it is to be observed, when any Doctrinals alone do not constitute even the church becomes no church, that is, when charity External, nor do they distinguish any Church perishes, and a new church is established by the before the Lord, but a Life of Charity accordLord, that this rarely, if ever, takes place amongst
ing. those with whom the old church was, but amongst 579. Doctrinals alone do not constitute the exterthose with whom there was before no church, that nal, much less the internal of the church, as was is, amongst the gentiles; this was the case when shown above; nor do they serve to distinguish the most ancient church perished; a new one churches before the Lord: but this is effected by a which was called Noah, or the ancient church life according to doctrinals, all which, if they are which was after the flood, was then established true, regard charity as their fundamental; for what amongst the gentiles, that is, amongst those where is the end and design of doctrinals but to teach here was no church before; in like manner when how man should live? The several churches in his church perished, then somewhat resembling a the Christian world are distinguished by their docChurch was established amongst the posterity of trinals, and the members of those churches have Abraham from Jacob, thus again amongst the gen- hence taken the names of Roman Catholics, LuJes; for Abraham, when he was called, was a therans, Calvinists, or the Reformed and Evangeligentile; the posterity of Jacob in Egypt became cal Protestants; with many others. This distincstill more gentile, insomuch that they were alto- tion of names arises solely from doctrinals, and gether ignorant of Jehovah, consequently of all would never have had place, if the members of divine worship; after this resemblance of a church the church had made love to the Lord, and charity was consummated, then the primitive church was towards their neighbor, the principal point of faith. established from the gentiles, the Jews being re- Doctrinals would then be only varieties of opinion jected: in like manner it will be with this church concerning the mysteries of faith, which they who which is called Christian. The cause that a new are true Christians would leave to every one to church is established by the Lord amongst the receive according to his conscience, whilst it would gentiles, is, because they have no false principles be the language of their hearts, that he is a true against the truths of faith, for they are ignorant of Christian who lives as a Christian, that is, as the the truths of faith ; false principles imbibed from Lord teaches. Thus one church would be forised infancy, and afterwards confirmed, must first be out of all these diverse ones, and all disagreements dispersed, before man can be regenerated, and arising from mere doctrinals would vanish, yea, all become of the church; yea, the gentiles cannot the animosities of one against another would be profane holy things by evils of life, for no one can dissipated in a moment, and the kingdoin of the profane what is holy, who is ignorant what it is ; Lord would be established on earth. The ancient the gentiles, being in ignorance, and without church which existed immediately after the flood, grounds of offence, are in a better state for receiv, although dispersed over several kingdoms, was of ing truths than those who are of the church, and such a character; so that, notwithstanding they all those amongst them, who are in the good of life, differed much from each other in respect to docasily receive truths. - A. C. 2986.
trinals, they still made charity the principal thing, The Catholics may come into the New Church and regarded each other's worship, not from the
more easily than the Protestants. doctrinals of faith, but from the charity of life which 577. The first reason why the Roman Catholics entered into it. This is meant by what is said of nay be brought into the New Jerusalem, or New that church, Gen. xi. 1; that “they had all one lanChurch, more easily than the Reformed, is, because guage, and their words were one." — A. C. 1799. the faith of justification by the imputation of the merit of Christ, which is an erroneous faith, and The New Church the Crown of all other
Churches, and to endure for Ages of Ages. cannot be together with the faith of the New Church, is with them obliterated, and is like to be 580. That this church is the crown of all the still more fully so; whereas it is as it were engraven churches that have hitherto been in the world, is,
because it will worship one visible God, in whom In Isaiah: “Let thy eyes see Jerusalem a quiet is the invisible God, as the soul is in the body. habitation, a tabernacle which shall not be taker. Tha thus and no otherwise there can be conjunc- down; its stakes shall never be removed, and its tion of God with man, is because man is natural, cords shall not be broken,” xxxii. 20. In these and thence thinks naturally; and the conjunction passages, by Jerusalem is meant the holy New niust be in his thought, and thus in the affection Jerusalem, described in Rev. xxi., by which is of his love, and this is effected when man thinks meant the New Church. Again in Isaiah: “There of God as Man. Conjunction with an invisible shall go forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and God is like conjunction of the sight of the eye righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and with the expanse of the universe, of which it sees truth the girdle of his thighs. Wherefore the wolf no end; and also like sight in the middle of the shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard with the ocean, which falls into the air and into the sea, and kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatperishes; but conjunction with a visible God is ling together, and a little child shall lead them. like the sight of a man, in the air or on the sea, And the cow and the bear shall feed, and the spreading out his hands and inviting to his arms; young ones shall lie down together; and the sucking for all conjunction of God with man must also be child shall play on the hole of the viper, and the a reciprocal one of man with God, and this other weaned child shall put his hand over the den of reciprocal cannot be given, except with a visible the basilisk. They shall not do evil, nor corrupt God.
themselves, in all the mountain of my holiness ; 581. That this church is to succeed the churches for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of which have existed since the beginning of the Jehovah. It shall come to pass in that day, the world, and that it is to endure for ages of ages, and nations shall seek the Root of Jesse, which standthat thus it is to be the crown of all the churches eth for an ensign of the people, and his rest shall that have been before, was prophesied by Daniel; be glorious,” xi. 1, 5-10. That such things have first, when he told and explained to Nebuchadnez- not as yet existed in the churches, and especially zar his dream concerning the four kingdoms, by in the last, is known. In Jeremiah: “Behold the which are meant the four churches, represented by days are coming, in which I will nake a new covthe statue seen by him; saying, “In the days of enant. And this shall be the covenant: I will give these, the God of heaven shall cause to arise a my law in the midst of them, and will write it on kingdom, which shall not perish for ages; and it their heart; and I will be to them a God, and they shall consume all those kingdoms, but it shall shall be to Me a people; they all shall know Mé, stand for ages,” Dan. ii. 44; and that this should from the least of them even to the greatest of be done by the stone, which became a great rock, them,” xxxi. 31-34; Rev. xxi. 3. That these things filling the whole earth, 35. By a rock in the Word have not been given hitherto in the churches, is is meant the Lord as to divine truth. And the also known: the reason was, because they did not same prophet elsewhere says, “I was seeing in approach a visible God, whom all shall know, and the visions of the night, and behold, with the because He is the Word, or the law, which He clouds of heaven, as it were, the Son of Man; to will put in the midst of them, and write it on their Him was given dominion, and glory, and a king-heart. In Isaiah: “For Jerusalem's sake I will dom; and all people, nations, and tongues shall not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth worship Him. His dominion is the dominion of an as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp age which will not pass away, and his kingdom that burneth. And thou shalt be called by a new one which will not perish,” vii. 13, 14. And this name, which the mouth of Jehovah shall utter. he says after he had seen the four beasts coming And thou shalt be a crown of glory and a diadem up out of the sea, verse 3; by which also the four of royally in the hand of thy God. Jehovah will former churches were represented. That these delight in thee, and thy land shall be married. things were prophesied by Daniel concerning this Behold, thy Salvation shall come; behold, his time, is evident from his words, xii. 4, and also reward is with Him; and they shall call them the from the words of the Lord, Matt. xxiv. 15, 30. people of holiness, the redeenied of Jehovah; and The like is said in the Revelation: “ The seventh thou shalt be called a city sought, and not desert. angel sounded; then there came great voices from ed.-- T. C. R. 787-789. heaven, saying, The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,
PART III. and He shall reign for ages of ages,” xi. 15.
THE HUMAN SOUL AND MIND. 582. Besides, the rest of the prophets have, in many places, predicted concerning this church,
Origin of the Soul. what it is to be; from which these few will be 583. It is a tenet of wisdom, that the soul of adduced. In Zechariah : “ There shall be one man, that lives after death, is his spirit, and that day which shall be known to Jehovah, not day nor this is in perfect form a man, and that the soul of night, because about the time of evening there this form is the will and understanding, and that shall be light. In that day, living waters shall go the soul of these is love and wisdom from the Lord, forth out of Jerusalem; and Jehovah shall be King and these two constitute the life of man, which is over all the earth. In that day, Jehovah shall be from the Lord alone, and that the Lord, for the one, and his name one,” xiv. 7–9. In Joel: “ It sake of the reception of Ilimself by man, causes shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains life to appear as if it were man's. – D. L. W. 394. shall drop new wine, and the hills shall flow with 584. The soul of every man from its origin is milk, and Jerusalem shall remain to generation and heavenly, wherefore it receives intlux immediately generation,” iv. 17-21. In Jeremiah: “At that from the Lord, for it receives from Him the martime they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Jeho- riage of love and wisdom, or of good and truth, vah, and all the gentiles shall be gathered together, and this influx makes himn man, and distinguishes on account of the name of Jehovah, to Jerusalem; him from beasts. — C. L. 482. neither shall they go any more after the confirma- 585. That the soul is from the father, is called tion of their evil heart," iii. 17; Rev. xxi. 24, 26. in question by no wise man; it is also manifestly
conspicuous from minds (animis), and likewise from xi. 25; and again: “Seeing they do not see, and faces, which are types of minds, in descendants hearing they do not hear, neither do they underwho proceed from fathers of families in just series; stand,” xiii. 13; for the simple think no such thing for the father returns as in effigy, if not in his concerning the soul, but believe that they shall sons, yet in his grandsons and great-grandsons ; live after death, in which simple faith lies conand this is the case, because the soul makes the cealed, although they are not aware of it, a belief inmost of man, and this may be covered over by that they shall live there as men, shall see angels, the nearest offspring, but still it betrays and re- shall discourse with them, and enjoy happiness. veals itself in the progeny afterwards. That the 588. With regard to the soul, of which it is said soul is from the father, and the clothing from the it shall live after death, it is nothing else than the m ther, may be illustrated by things analogous in man himself, who lives in the body, that is, the the vegetable kingdom ; in this the earth or ground interior man, who by the body acts in the world, is the common mother; this receives into itself, as and who gives to the body to live ; this man, when if in the womb, and clothes the seeds, yea, as it he is loosed from the body, is called a spirit, and were, conceives, is pregnant with, brings forth and appears then altogether in a human form, yet caneducates them, as a mother her progeny from the not in any wise be seen by the eyes of the body, father. - C. L. 206.
but by the eyes of the spirit, and before the eyes
of the latter, appears as a man in the world, has The Divine Inmost.
senses, namely, of touch, of smell, of hearing, of 586. With every angel, and likewise with every seeing, much more exquisite than in the world; man, there is an inmost or supreme degree, or an has appetites, cupidities, desires, affections, loves, inmost and supreme something, into which the Di- such as in the world, but in a more excellent devine of the Lord first or proximately flows, and gree; thinks also as in the world, but more perfrom which it disposes the other interior things, fectly ; converses with others ; in a word, he is which succeed according to the degrees of order there as in the world, insomuch that if he does not with the angel or man. This inmost or supreme reflect upon the circumstance of his being in the may be called the entrance of the Lord to angel other life, he knows no other than that he is in the and to man, and his veriest dwelling-place with world, which I have occasionally heard from spirits ; them. By this inmost or supreme, man is man, for the life after death is a continuation of life in and is distinguished from brute animals; for these the world. This then is the soul of man which lives have it not. Hence it is that man, otherwise than after death. But lest the idea should fall upon animals, can as to all the interiors which are of his somewhat unknown by using the term soul, in conmind (mens) and mind [animus) be elevated by the sequence of the conjectures and hypotheses conLord to Himself, can believe in Him, be affected cerning it, it is better to say the spirit of man, or, with love to Him, and thus see Him; and that he if you prefer it, the interior man, for it appears can receive intelligence and wisdom, and speak there altogether as a man, with all the members from reason: hence also it is that he lives to eter- and organs that man has, and it is also the man nity. But what is disposed and provided by the himself in the body; that this is the case, may Lord in that inmost, does not flow in manifestly also be manifest from the angels seen, as recorded into the perception of any angel, because it is in the Word, who were all seen in the human above his thought, and exceeds his wisdom. — form, for all the angels in heaven have a human H. H. 39.
form, because the Lord has, who after his resur
rection appeared so often as a man. That an What the Soul is.
angel and the spirit of a man is a man in form, is 587. That ignorance prevails as to every quality because the universal heaven from the Lord has of the soul, especially in the learned world, may [a tendency) to conspire to the human form, whence be manifest from this, that some believe it to be a the universal heaven is called the grand man, concertain ethereal principle, some a famy or fiery cerning which and concerning the correspondence principle, some a purely thinking principle, some a of all things of man therewith, it has been treated general vital principle, some a natural active prin- at the close of several chapters; and because the ciple. And what is still a further proof of the Lord lives in every individual in heaven, and by prevailing ignorance concerning the nature of the influx from the Lord the universal heaven acts soul is, that various places in the body are assigned upon every individual, therefore every angel is an it, some placing it in the heart, some in the image thereof, that is, a form most perfectly hubrain, and in the fibres there, others in the striated man, in like manner man after death. All the bodies, others in the ventricles, and others in the spirits, as many as I have seen, which are thousmall gland, some in every part; but in this case sands and thousands, have been seen by me altothey conceive of a vital principle such as is com-gether as men, and some of them have said that mon to every living thing: from which it is evi- they are men as in the world, and have added, dent, that' nothing is known concerning the soul, that in the life of the body they had not the least and this is the reason why all that has been as- belief that it would be so; many have expressed serted on the subject is conjectural. And because concern, that mankind are in such ignorance conit was impossible thus to form any idea respecting cerning their state after death, and that they think the soul, very many could not otherwise believe, so vainly and emptily concerning the soul, and than that the soul is nothing else than something that most persons, who have thought more deeply vital, which, when the body dies, is dissipated; on the subject, have made the soul into somewhat and hence it is that the learned have less belief in as it were a subtile aerial, which idea must needs a life after death than the simple, and because they lead into that insane error, that it is dissipated do not believe in it, neither can they believe in the after death. – A. C. 6053, 6054. things which are of that life, which are the ce- 589. Whoever duly considers the subject, may lestial and spiritual things of faith and love; this know that the body does not think, because it is is also evident from the Lord's words in Matthew : material, but that the soul thinks, because it is - Thou hast hid these things from the wise and spiritual
. The soul of man, concerning the imintelligent, and hast revealed them unto infants,” | mortality of which many have written, is his spirit,