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THE

APOCALYPSE REVEALED,

WHEREIN ARE DISCLOSED

THE

ARCANA THERE FORETOLD,

WHICH HAVE

HITHERTO REMAINED CONCEALED.



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THE APOCALYPSE.



CHAPTER XIY.

1. And I saw, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion,
and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his
Father's name written on their foreheads.

2. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many
watei-s, and as the voice of great thunder ; and I heard the
voice of harpers harping with their harps.

3. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne,
and before the four beasts, and the elders : and no one could
learn that song but the hundred forty and four thousand, who
were bought from the earth.

4. These are they that were not defiled with women, for
they are virgins. These are they that follow the Lamb, whither-
soever he goeth. These were brought from among men, being
the first-finiits unto God and the Lamb.

5. And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are
without fault before the throne of God.

6. And I saw another angel fly in tlie midst of heaven,
having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell
on the earth, and to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and
people,

7. Saying with a loud voice. Fear God, and give glory to
him ; for the hour of his judgment is come : and worship Him
that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of
waters.

8. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon, that
great city, is fallen, is fallen; because she made all nations
drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

9. And a third angel followed them, saying with a loud
voice. If any man worship the beast, and his image, and receive
his mark on his forehead or on his hand,

10. He shall even drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without mixture in the cup of his indigna-
tion ; ana he shall be tormented with tire and brimstone before
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11. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever
and ever : and they have no rest day nor night, who worship
the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of
his name.

12. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that
keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me.
Write, Blessed are the dead who die in tlie Lord Irom hence-
forth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
labours ; and their works do follow them.

14. And I saw, and behold a white cloud, and upon the
cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a
golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

15. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with
a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud. Thrust in tny sickle,
and reap : for the time is come for thee to reap : for the harvest
of the earth is ripe.

16. And he tnat sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the
earth ; and the earth was reaped.

17. And another angel came out of the temple which is in
heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18. And another angel came out from the altar, having
power over fire : and he cried with a loud cry to him that had
the shai*p sickle, saying. Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather
the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are ripe.

19. And the an^el thrust in his sickle into the earth, and
gathered tlie vine ot the earth, and cast it into the great wine-
press of the wrath of God.

20. And the wine-press was trodden without the city, and
blood came out of the wine-press, even unto the bridles of the
hoi-ses, for a thousand six hundred furlongs.



THE SPIRITUAL SENSE.



The CoNTEi^s of the whole Chaptee. Concerninff the new
Christian heaven : it is described from verses 1 — 5 ; tne Lord's
coming proclaimed, and then a new church, verses 6, 7, 13; an
exhortation to renounce the doctrine of faith separated from
charity, in which the present church is principled, verses 9 —
12 ; an exploration ot these, and a manifestation that their
works are evil, verses 14 — 20.

The Contents of each Verse. V. 1, "And I saw, and
lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred
forty and four thousand," signifies the Lord now in the new
heaven of Christians, who have acknowledged him as the God
of heaven and eartli, and have been in truths of doctrine from
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him by the "Word : " Having his Father's name written on
their foreheads," signifies their acknowledgment of the Lord's
Divinity and Divine Humanity: v.. 2, "And I heard a voice
from heaven, as the voice of many waters," signifies the Lord
speaking through the new heaven from divine truths : " And as
the voice of great thundere," signifies, and from divine love:
" And I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps,"
signifies confession of the Lord from joy of heart by the spirit-
ual angels in the inferior heavens : v. 3, " And they sung as it
were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts,
and before the elders," signifies the celebration and glorifica-
tion of the Lord before him and before the angels of the supe-
rior heavens: "And no one could learn that song but the
hundred forty and four thousand," signifies that no other
Christians could understand, and thereby from love and faith
acknowledge, that the Lord is the only God of heaven and
earth, but those who are received by the Lord into this new
heaven: "Who were bought from the earth," signifies that
thev are such as were capable of being regenerated by the Lord
ana thus redeemed in the world : v. 4, " These are they that
were not defiled with women, for they are virgins," signifies
that they did not adulterate the truths of the church, and defile
them with the falsities of faith, but that they loved truths be-
cause they are truths : "Tliese are they that follow the Lamb
whithersoever he goeth," signifies that they are conjoined to
the Lord through love and faith in him, because they have
lived according to his commandments : " These were bought
from among men," signifies here as before : " Bein^ the first-
fruits unto God and t£e Lamb," signifies the beginning of the
Christian heaven, which acknowledges one God, m whom there
is a trinity, and that the Lord is that God : v. 5, " And in their
mouth was found no guile," signifies that they do not from
cunning and design speak and persuade to what is false and
evil : " For they are without fault before the throne of God,"
signifies, because they are principled in truths grounded in
good from the Lord : v. 6, " And 1 saw another angel fly in the
midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto
them that dwell on the earth," signifies the annunciation of
the Lord's advent, and of the new church about to come down
out of heaven from him : " And to every nation, and tribe, and
tongue, and people," signifies to all who from religion are in
good, and from doctrine in truths: v. 7, "Saying with a loud
voice. Fear God," signifies an admonition not to do evil, be-
cause this is against the Lord : " And give glory to him, for
the hour of his judgment is come," signifies an acknowledg-
ment and confession that every ti-uth ot the Word is from the
Lord, according to which every man will be judged : " And
worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the
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fountains of waters," signifies that the Lord alone is to be wor-
shipped, because he alone is the Creator, Saviour, and Redeemer,
and from him alone the angelic heaven and the church, and all
things relating to them, exist : v. 8, " And there followed an-
other angel, saying, Babylon, that great city, is fallen, is fallen,"
signifies that now the Roman Catholic religion, as to its tenets
and doctrinals, is disneraed : " Because she made all nations
drink of the wine of tne wrath of her fornication," signifies be-
cause, by profanations of the Word, and adulterations of the
good and truth of the church, she hath seduced all whom she
could subject to her dominion : v. 9, " And a third angel fol-
lowed them, saying with a loud voice," signifies something
further from the Lord concerning those who are principled in
faith sepai'ated from charity : "If any man worship the beast
and his image, and receive his mark on his forehead or on his
hand," signifies that he who acknowledges and receives the
doctrine of justification and salvation by faith alone, confirms
himself in it, and lives according to it : v. 10, " He shall even
drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out
without mixture in the cup of his indignation," signifies that
they falsify the goods and truths of the "Word, and tincture
their lives with such falsifications : " And he shall be tormented
with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the
Lamb : (v. 11,) and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up
for ever and ever," signifies self-love and the love of the world,
and their derivative lusts, and the pride of self-derived intelli-

§ence proceeding from these latter, and torment in hell from
le former : " And they have no rest day nor night, who wor-
ship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark
of nis name," signifies a perpetual state in thingjs undelightful
with those who acknowledge and receive that faith, confirm it,
and live according to it : v. 12, "Here is the patience of the
saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God and
the faith of Jesus," signifies that the man of the Lord's church,
by temptations arising from those who worehip the beast, is
searched and tried as to his quality in regard to a life according
to the commandments of the Word and faith in the Lord : v.
13, " And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Blessed
are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth," signifies a
prediction from the Lord of their state after death, who will be
of his New Church, that they will have eternal life and felicity:
"Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours,"
signifies that the divine truth of the Word teaches that they
who afflict their soul and crucify the flesh, on that account shall
have peace in the Lord : " And their works do follow them,"
signifies according as they have loved and believed, and thence
acted and spoken: v. 14, "And I saw, and behold a white
cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man,"
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signifies the Lord as the Word : " Having on his head a golden
crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle," signifies the divine
wisdom from his divine love, and the divine tinith of the Word :
V. 15, " And another angel came out of the temple," signifies
tlie angelic heaven : " Crying with a loud voice to Him who sat
on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap, for the time is
come for thee to reap : for the harvest of the earth is ripe,"
signifies the supplication of the angels of heaven to the Lord,
that he would make an end, and execute judgment, because the
church is now arrived at its last state : v. 16, " And he that sat
on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth : and the earth
was reaped," signifies the end of the church, by reason that
there was no longer any divine truth therein : v. 17, " And
another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he
also having a sharp sickle," signifies the heavens of the Lord's
spiritual kingdom, and the divine truth of the Word with them :
V. 18, " And another angel came out from the altar, having
power over fire," signifies the heavens of the Lord's celestid
Kingdom, who are in the good of love from the Lord: "And ho
cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying.
Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine
of the earth," signifies the Lord's operation from the good of
his love through the divine truth of his Word upon the works
of charity and faith among the men of the Chnstian church :
"For her grapes are ripe,'' signifies because it is the last state
of the Chnstian church : v. 19, " And the angel thnist in his
sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of tlie earth," sig-
nifies the end of the present Christian church : " And cast it
into the great wine-press of the wrath of God," signifies an
exploration of the quality of their works, that they were evil :
V. 20, " And the wine-press was trodden without the city," sig-
nifies that an exploration was made from the divine truths of the
Word, into the quality of the works resulting from the doctrine
of faith of the church : " And blood came out of the wine-press
even unto the bridles of the horses," signifies violence done to
the Word by direful falsifications of truth, and the understand-
ing so closed thereby, that man is scarcely capable any longer
of being taught, and thus led by divine truths from the Lord :
" For a thousand six hundred furlongs," signifies mere falsities
of evil.



THE EXPLANATION.



612. And IsaWy and lo^ a lamb stood upon the mount Zion,
and xoith him a hundred forty and four thousand^ signifies the
Lord now in the new heaven collected out of those in the Chris-
tian churches who have acknowledged the Lord alone to be the
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God of heaven and earth, and have been in truths of doctrine
grounded in the ffood of love from him by the Word. By I
saw, are signified tlie things which follow in this chapter ; by a
Lamb is meant the Lord as to his Divine Humanity, n. 269,
271 ; by Mount Zion is signified heaven, where they are who
are principled in love to the Lord, as will be seen presently ; by
a hundred forty and four thousand are signified all who acknow-
ledge the Lord alone to be tlie God of neaven and earth, and
in truths of doctrine grounded in the good of love from him
through the Word, n. 343, &c. These were treated of in chap-
ter vii., but then in reference to their being sealed on their
foreheads, and thus distinguished and separated from the rest :
now, however, the subject refers to their being collected to-

f ether into one, and to the formation of a heaven from them,
he heaven here treated of, is the heaven collected from
among Christians,' from the time of the Lord's being in the
world, and from such of them as approached the Lord alone,
and lived according to his precepts in the Word, by shunning
evils as sins against God. This heaven is the new heaven, from
which the Holy Jerusalem, that is, the new church upon earth,
will descend, Apoc. xxi. 1, 2; but the heavens which were
formed before the Lord's coming are above this heaven, and are
called the ancient heavens ; all of which likewise acknowledge
the Lord alone to be the God of heaven and earth : these hea-
vens communicate with this new heaven by influx. It is well
known, that by the land of Canaan is signified the church, be-
cause the Word was there, and by it the Lord was known ; also
because in the midst of it was the city Zion, and under it the
city Jerusalem, both upon a mountain; hence by Zion and
Jerusalem are signified the inmost things of the church ; and
as the church in the heavens makes one with the church upon
earth, therefore by Zion and Jerusalem is signified the church
everywhere, but by Zion the church as to love, and by Jerusa-
lem the church as to doctrine derived from love. It is called
Mount Zion, because by a mount is signified love, n. 336.
That by Mount Zion is signified heaven and the church where
the Lord alone is worshipped, may appear from the following
passages : " I have set my icing upon my holy hill of Zion; I wiu
declare the decree, Jehovah hath said unto me. Thou art my
Son, this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall

five thee the heathen for thy inheritance. Kiss the Son, lest
e be angry, and ye perish from the way ; blessed are all they
that put their trust in him," Psalm ii. 6 — 8, 12. " O Zion^
that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain,
Bay, Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with a strong hand,"
Isaiah xl. 9, 10. " Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion^ be-
hold tliy King cometh unto thee ; he is just, and having salva-
tion," Zech. ix. 9 ; Matt. xxi. 2, 4, 5 ; John xii. 14, 15. " Cry
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out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zian^ for ^reat is the Holy
One of Israel in tlie midst of thee," Isaiah xii. 6. " The ran-
somed of Jehovah shall return, and come to Zion with songs,"
Isaiah XXXV. 10. "Sing and rejoice, O dauahter of Zion^ for,
lo, I come, and I will dwell in tne midst of thee," Zech. ii. 10.
" O that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zzoti," Psalm
xiv. 7 ; Psalm liii. 7. " Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Behold,
I lay in Zion^ for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, and your
covenant with death shall be disannulled," Isaiah xxviii. 16 —
18. "My salvation shall not tarry, I will place salvation in
Zion for Israel my glory," Isaiah xlvi. 13. "And the Ee-
deemer shall come to Zion^'* Isaiah lix. 20. "Jehovali of
Hosts shall reign in mount Zion^'* Isaiah xxiv. 23. " Jehovah
loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob ;
glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God^ tfehovah shall
count, when ne writeth up the people, that this man was born
there. All my springs are in thee," Psalm Ixxxvii. 2, 3, 6, 7.
" Jehovah hath chosen Zion^ he hath desired it for his habitation,
this is my rest for ever, here will I dwell ; for I have desired
it," Psalm cxxxii. 13, 14. " Let the children of Zion rejoice in
their King," Psalm cxlix. 2, 3. " Tliou shalt arise, O Jehovah,
and have mercy upon Zion^ for the time to favour her, yea, the
set time is come, to declare the name of Jehovah in Zion^ when
the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve
Jehovah," Psalm cii. 13—16, 21, 22. " Out of Zion, the per-
fection of beauty, God hath shined. Our God shall come, he
shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he
may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me,"
Psalm 1. 1 — 5 : besides other passages, as Isaiah i. 27 ; iv. 3,
5 ; xxxi. 4, 9 ; xxxiii. 5, 20 ; xxxvii. 22 ; Hi. 1 ; Ixiv. 10 ; Jerem.
vi. 2 ; Lament, iv. 2 ; Amos i. 2 ; Micah iii. 10, 12 ; iv. 1 — 3,
7, 8 ; Zeph. iii. 14, 15 ; Joel iv. 16, 17, 21 ; Zech. viii. 3 ; Psalm
XX. 2, 5 ; Psalm xlviii. 3, 11 — 14 ; Psalm Ixxvi. 2 ; Psalm Ixxviii.
68 ; Psalm ex. 1, 2 ; Psalm cxlix. 2, 4 ; Psalm ex. 2, 4 ; Psalm
cxxvi. 1 ; Psalm cxxviii. 5, 6 ; Psalm cxxxiv. 3 ; Psalm cxxxv.
21 ; Psalm cxlvi. 10. The virgin and daughter of Zion is men-
tioned in many places ; by whom is not meant any virgin or
daughter there, but the cnurch as to the affection of good and
trutn, the same as by the Lamb's bride, Apoc. xxi. 2, 9 ; xix. 7.
The virgin and daughter of Zion signifies the Lord's church
in these places : Isaiah i. 8 ; iii. 16 — 26 ; iv. 4 ; x. 32 ; xvi. 1 ;
xxxvii. 22 ; Iii. 2 ; Ixii. 11 ; Jerem. iv. 31 ; vi. 2, 23 ; Lament, i.
6 ; ii. 1, 4, 8, 10, 13, 18 ; iv. 22 ; Micah i. 13 ; iv. 8, 10, 13 ;
Zeph. iii. 14 ; Zech. ii. 10 ; ix. 9 ; Psalm ix. 14 ; and others.

613. Havinq his Father^ a name written on their foreheads^

signifies their acKnowledgment of the Lord's Divinity and Divine

Hiimanity from love and faith in them. By the name of the

Father is meant the Lord as to the all-begettmg Divinity called

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the Father, and at the same time as to the Divine Humanity,
which is called the Son, because they are a one and one person,
united like soul and body ; for which reason, in heaven, by God
the Father no other is understood than the Lord, and the Lord
is also called Father in the new heaven. The reason why it is
here said, the name of his Father on their foreheads, is also
because by Father is meant the divine good of the Lord's divine
love, wliicn in the Word of the Evangelists is everywhere meant
by the Father, when named by the Lord, and the divine truth
of his divine wisdom by the Son ; which two were united as
soul to body and body to soul, when the Lord glorified his Hu-
manity, see n. 21, 170 : and since they are one, it is therefore
said in another place. The nam^ of God and of the Lamb on
their foreheads, chap. xxii. 4 ; concerning these, therefore, who
are here treated of, it is said, that they had the Father's name
written on their foreheads, because by the one hundred and
forty-four thousand sealed out of the twelve tribes of Israel, are
meant the angels of the superior heavens, who are all in the



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