Apocalypse Explained (Tansley) n. 985

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985. Who hath power over these plagues. That this signifies, no fear of the Last Judgment from the Lord, and of the consequent condemnation and punishment of evils and the falsities therefrom that have devastated the church, is evident from the signification of having power, when said of God, whose name they blasphemed, as denoting the Lord as to the Last Judgment; and from the signification of plagues, as denoting evils and the falsities therefrom, and falsities and the evils therefrom that have devastated the church (concerning which see n. 949). The reason why it is the Lord as to judgment who is signified by Him that hath power over the seven plagues treated of in this chapter is, that the subject here treated of is the end of the church, when those plagues exist, that is, those evils and falsities, after which judgment takes place from the Lord. By the Last Judgment, also, all those who are in those plagues, that is, in the evils and falsities that have devastated the church, are cast into hell. Thus the New Church, which is then to be established, is purified of these. From these things it is evident what is signified by having power over these plagues.

Continuation concerning the Sixth Precept:-

[2] How profane and hence how much to be detested adulteries are, is evident from the sanctity of marriages. All things in the human body, from the head to the sole of the foot, as well interior as exterior, correspond to the heavens. Hence it is that man is a heaven in its least form, and also that angels and spirits are, in form, perfectly human, for they are forms of heaven. All the members consecrated to generation, in each sex, especially the uterus, correspond to the societies of the third or inmost heaven. The reason is, that love truly conjugial is derived from the Lord's love towards the church, and from the love of good and truth, which love is the love of the angels of the third heaven. Wherefore, conjugial love which descends therefrom, as the love of that heaven, is innocence, which is the very esse of every good in the heavens. Hence embryos in the uterus are in a state of peace; and infants, after they are born, are in a state of innocence; the mother also being similarly affected towards them.

[3] Such being the correspondence of the genital organs in both sexes, it is evident that from creation they are holy, and, therefore, are solely consecrated to chaste and pure conjugial love, and are not to be profaned by the unchaste and impure love of adultery, by which a man converts heaven with him into hell; for as the love of marriage corresponds to the love of the highest heaven, which is love to the Lord from the Lord, so the love of adultery corresponds to the love of the lowest hell. The reason why the love of marriage is so holy and heavenly is, that it has its commencement from the Lord Himself in the inmost parts of man, and descends, according to order, even to the ultimates of the body, and thereby fills the whole man with heavenly love, and induces in him a form of the Divine love, which form is the form of heaven, and is an image of the Lord, as said above. But the love of adultery commences from the ultimates of man, and from an impure lascivious fire there; and, therefore, contrary to order, it penetrates towards the interiors, always into the things of man's proprium, which are nothing but evil, and induces in them a form of hell, which is an image of the devil. Therefore the man who loves adultery and turns away from marriage is in form a devil. [4] Because the organs of generation, in both sexes, correspond to the societies of the third heaven, and the love of a married pair to the love of good and truth, therefore also those members and that love correspond to the Word. The reason is, that the Word is Divine truth, united to the Divine Good proceeding from the Lord. Hence it is that the Lord is called the Word; and also that in every part of the Word there is the marriage of good and truth, or the heavenly marriage. That there is this correspondence is a mystery not yet known in the world, but it has been made known and proved to me by much experience. From this consideration, also, it is evident how holy and heavenly in themselves marriages are, and how profane and diabolical adulteries are. Hence also it is that adulterers make no account of Divine truths, nor, consequently, of the Word. Indeed, were they to speak from the heart, they would blaspheme the holy things that are in the Word. This is done by them when they become spirits after death, for every spirit is compelled to speak from the heart so that his interior thoughts may be revealed.

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