The arrangement is like light diminishing from the middle to the circumference, those who are in the middle being in the greatest light, and those toward the circumference in less and less. Those who understand these words according to the sense of the letter have no other belief than that during that latest period, which is called the final judgment, all these things are to come to pass just as they are described in the literal sense, that is, that the sun and moon will be darkened and the stars will fall from the sky, that the sign of the Lord will appear in the sky, and he himself will be seen in the clouds, attended by angels with trumpets; and furthermore, as is foretold elsewhere, that the whole visible universe will be destroyed, and afterwards a new heaven with a new earth will come into being. That each society is a heaven in a smaller form can be seen from this also, that each society there has a heavenly form like that of heaven as a whole. How conjunction of heaven with the world is effected by means of correspondences shall also be told in a few words. Hell and the lake of fire what is hell is hell real heaven hell and the afterlife facts name and place of hell hell infernus in theological usage is a place. Footnotes to Chapter 1 Christians were examined in the other life in regard to their idea of the one God and it was found that they held the idea of three Gods n. This makes clear why the Lord called himself the temple at Jerusalem John 2:19, 21 , 137 namely, because the temple represented his Divine human; also why the New Jerusalem was seen to be of pure gold, its gates of pearls, and its foundations of precious stones Rev.
This cannot be explained any further now; but it will be made clearer to the understanding in subsequent chapters, especially where representations and appearances, and time and space in heaven, are treated of. Willing is loving to do. The Divine love and the Divine truth therefrom are related to each other as the fire of the sun and the light therefrom in the world, love resembling the fire of the sun and truth therefrom light from the sun. Every man is such as his love is, and is his love n. But what is arranged and provided by the Lord in this inmost does not distinctly flow into the perception of any angel, because it is above his thought and transcends his wisdom. Although angels, like men, turn and direct their faces and bodies in every direction, they nevertheless have the east always before their eyes. As the Lord rules the whole heaven he also rules all things depending thereon, thus all things in the world n.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. These are what correspond to the functions of the heart and lungs in man. First of all it must be known who the God of heaven is, since upon that all the other things depend. Others also were taken up into heaven; and the higher or more interiorly they were exalted the more of intelligence and wisdom were they admitted into, such as enabled them to perceive what had before been incomprehensible to them. The Lord is the all in heaven and is the life of heaven n. It does not matter that this good everywhere differs and varies, it is still the good of heaven; and there is no difference except that heaven has one quality here and another there.
It is from the Lord's Divine human that Heaven as a whole and in part reflects man n. All this makes clear that these words of the Lord mean that at the end of the church, when there is no longer any love, and consequently no faith, the Lord will open the internal meaning of the Word and reveal arcana of heaven. There is a correspondence of all things of Heaven with all things of man n. The theologian Henry James Sr. The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.
The Divine that flows in from the Lord and is received in the third or inmost heaven is called celestial, and in consequence the angels there are called celestial angels; the Divine that flows in from the Lord and is received in the second or middle heaven is called spiritual, and in consequence the angels there are called spiritual angels; while the Divine that flows in from the Lord and is received in the outmost or first heaven is called natural; but as the natural of that heaven is not like the natural of the world, but has the spiritual and the celestial within it, that heaven is called the spiritual-natural and the celestial-natural, and in consequence the angels there are called spiritual-natural and celestial-natural. Because of this difference heaven is divided into two kingdoms, one called the celestial kingdom, the other the spiritual kingdom. One ascending from a lower heaven is seized with a distress even to anguish, and is unable to see those who are there, still less to talk with them; while one descending from a higher heaven is deprived of his wisdom, stammers in his speech, and is in despair. In particular, cattle and their young correspond to the affections of the natural mind, sheep and lambs to the affections of the spiritual mind; while birds correspond, according to their species, to the intellectual things of the natural or the spiritual mind. In the same order is the Divine that goes forth and descends from the Lord; consequently heaven, from the necessity of order, is threefold.
Moreover, every society of heaven increases in number daily, and as it increases it becomes more perfect. Therefore they hastily betook themselves to the heaven from which they came, glad to get back among their like, and pledging themselves that they would no longer covet higher things than were in agreement with their life. But those that are in no good, like those in hell, are farthest away, at different distances in accordance with their opposition to good. Only he who knows how degrees are related to Divine order can comprehend how the heavens are distinct, or even what is meant by the internal and the external man. Those, however, who are in the same heaven can affiliate with any who are there; but the delights of such affiliation are measured by the kinships of good they have come into; of which more will be said in the following chapters. Therefore they quickly cast themselves down into hell where their like are, and no longer want to ascend.
These include actual descriptions of life after death, a declaration that the final judgment foretold in the Bible did not predict the destruction of this earth but that it had already taken place in the spiritual world , accounts involving married partners in heaven, and details about the work and character of angels. The necessity of thinking in this way comes from the Divine itself that flows in, and also from the form of heaven in harmony with which their thoughts spread forth. The malice and heinous artifices of infernal spirits n. The Divine in heaven which makes heaven is love, because love is spiritual conjunction. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that hath been made. They are the seminaries of the human race, and the human race is the seminary of the heavens.
Those that were in that man and made up the man were such as were in the good of that society; the others who were not in the man and did not make up the man were hypocrites; these were cast out and the former were retained; and thus a separation was effected. Thus were angels seen by Abraham, Lot, Manoah, and the prophets; and thus, too, the Lord was seen by the disciples after the resurrection; and in the same way angels have been seen by me. The Lord glorified His human by means of the Divine love that was in Him from conception n. I have often talked with angels on this subject, and they have invariably declared that in heaven they are unable to divide the Divine into three, because they know and perceive that the Divine is One and this One is in the Lord. In the Christian world it is believed that in the beginning angels and were created in heaven, also that the devil or Satan was an angel of light, but having rebelled he was cast down with his crew, and thus hell was formed. We like to keep things fresh. The light of heaven is not a natural light, like the light of the world, but a spiritual light, because it is from the Lord as a sun, and that sun is the Divine love as has been shown in the foregoing chapter.