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where), and in their souls, until it become evident to them that it is
the truth. »

And when thou understandest the book and hast satis-
fied thy desire, certainly the book is then closed and put
out of thy hand.

« On the day on which we shall fold the heavens, as the angel folds
the book — the heavens will then be folded by his grace, power, and
strength. >*

And it was said, "On the right hand,'* that it may be
manifest, that those who are at the left can have no share
in the possession of heaven.

The change of the earth is thus interpreted, that man-
kind has two states : at first a terrestrial body and a heavenly
nature, subject to the dictates of passion and of lust; and
in this state all creatures are in the troubles of imagination,
and pride, and conceitedness. Then takes place the first
blast of the trumpet for the sake of rest, in order that the
terrestrial, who are subject to the qualities of the body, and
the celestial, who possess those of a higher nature, may
both of them become dead to the troubles of imagination,
pride, and conceitedness, unless a few of the qualities of
the former state remain alive; as this, on account of these
very qualities, may be indispensable by the power of ne-

*And the trumpet was blown, and all the beings who were in
heaven and upon earth were troubled, except those whom God willed
(that they should not).**

The second blast of the trumpet will be for recalling all
men to life, so that the terrestrial, who are endowed with


the qualities of nature, may resuscitate from the death of
ignorance and the sleep of heedlessness, and rise up; that
they may avert their face from material objects and bodily
pleasures, which are understood under the name ** world,'*
and devote themselves to reasonable pursuits and spiritual
enjoyments, which are essential, so as to know every thing
in its real nature : which is,


In this state, the body, world, and the nature of reason
and law, are broken.

*^The earth was illumed by the light of his Lord; he placed the
books, and he brought the prophets and the witnesses.^*

Then the earth of darkness shall be changed into the
world of light, and the heaven of nature into the sphere
of spirits : —

The obscuration of the stars, and the extinction of the
sun's and the moon's light are interpreted, that the stars
signify the external and internal senses, each of which is
in its corresponding sign in heaven ; the spirit of animals
and the light of the moon are referred to the light of the
soul ; as the human soul has in fact no light of its own,
but solicits an abundant loan of it from the sun of reason,
and diffuses it according to his own deficiency. It is said,
that when the human soul manifests itself, then sensuality
remains out of its action ;

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