And there appeared a great sign in the heavens, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head, (Revelation 12:1)
From Revelation Explained #708, by Emanuel Swedenborg Commentary on Revelation 12:1
“But that this may be clearly apprehended it must be known that
There are two kingdoms into which the heavens are divided.
One called the celestial (inhabiting divine heaven),
And the other the spiritual; (associated with the WORD)
And that there are three heavens,
The highest called the celestial (inhabiting divine heaven),
The middle called the spiritual (Associated with the WORD)
And the lowest called the 1) celestial-natural and the 2) spiritual-natural.
Besides these distinctions in the heavens, however, there is the further distinction between those who receive light, that is, intelligence, from the Lord as a sun,
And those who receive light and intelligence from the Lord as a moon.
Those who receive the light of intelligence from the Lord as a sun are those with whom the intellectual and it’s rational have been opened”
This treatise written by Swedenborg who claimed to have had over 32 years interacting with and receiving teachings on kingdom principles from angels of heaven. I have been examining his writings for nineteen years, and have yet to find one inconsistency with the corresponding Bible Scriptures.
“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16).
I examine every paragraph, every sentence, every word that he has put forth very carefully.
“And these were more noble than those of Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily to see if those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
SIDEBAR: Intelligence is distinguished from Wisdom
Intelligence is the quality of understanding of TRUTH in the spiritual man.
Wisdom is the understanding of TRUTH with the celestial man.
To elaborate, the “Spiritual man” of the church understands spiritual thoughts from the Lord as those in the second heaven described above. That is they receive TRUTH or what is the same, understanding from the WORD of the Lord. So they correspond to the word “moon” in Bible Scripture. This is because the “moon” reflects the LIGHT (TRUTH) of the “sun“.
The “Celestial man” (or divine man) understands spiritual thoughts from the Lord as those in the first/highest heaven described above. That is they receive TRUTH or what is the same, spiritual understanding of the mind directly from the Lord.
So these correspond to the word “sun” found in Bible Scripture. Just as the sun we see on earth is the essence of all life, the “sun” of the divine man is the essence/source of all TRUTH. Therefore, the celestial/divine man of the church receives spiritual thoughts from DIRECT REVELATION from the Lord.
It is only after death that the man or woman of the church is assigned heaven by the judgment/decision of the Lord. And that according to how they have lived while on the earth according to the standards of the WORD/Bible. They then have a set type of spiritual understanding in their eternal life.
However, while living on the earth, the man or woman of the church has the capability to receive and understand spiritual/mental thoughts from the Lord on all levels of heaven. He has designed the human mind to be so.
So it might be said this is directly related to the concept of free will given to human beings. The man or woman of the church has been given a gift of a regenerate born-again mind to understand and follow the commands and precepts of the WORD/BIBLE.
“But you did not believe because you are not of My sheep. As I said to you, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:26-27).
The Christian mind/understanding is constantly choosing which moral paths to take
“Therefore all things, whatever you desire that men should do to you, do even so to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets. Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”. (Matthew 7:12-14)
We are called to have the mind mentality found in the movie “Braveheart” (1995) (Not suitable for small children)
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).
This movie clip is only to illustrate the Christian life is, in general, is as serious as death and taxes. As the late Christian singer, Keith Green used to preach, “No Compromise”.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15)
Build Your House Upon The Rock
“And why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? Whoever comes to Me and hears My Words, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a man who built a house and dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and a flood occurring, the stream burst against that house and could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock. But he who hears and does not perform, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, on which the stream burst, and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:46-49)
Now that the spiritual and mental state of this emerging new church has been established we will examine in Part II how and where this church is moving to.