Abstract: This document will be based on the book by Emanuel Swedenborg called
“Revelation Revealed”. A Bible commentary on the Book of Revelation in the Holy
Bible in which the spiritual meaning is exposed. It was translated into English in 1855.
Since Latin was the language of scientific documents in that day, even the English
translation is rather droll (far removed from today’s English language and hard to
understand). The interpreter has attempted to insert in (parenthesis) as an easy-to-understand explanation. Since we have ministry partners in the Southern Philippines
they speak in the dialect of Cebuano and this is included with the English text Download.
Key to Text: An easy-to-understand explanation is inserted in the Swedenborg Bible
Commentary in parenthesis and text that is in italic except in the Cebuano translation
(which is my emphasis).
Blue Text = Text and words from the Holy Bible. Red Text = Text and words spoken
by Jesus Christ
THE SPIRITUAL MEANING according to the Bible commentary on the Book of
Revelation by Emanuel Swedenborg is called “Revelation Revealed”.
The Contents of Each Bible Verse – Revelation Chapter 17-18-19
From the Bible Commentary “Apocalypse Revealed” Emanuel Swedenborg.
Revelation Chapter 17 Verse 1. “And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels came and said to me, Come here, so that you may see the judging of the evil woman who is seated on the great waters;”
”Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me.” This symbolizes influx (powerful presence of the divine majesty of the Lord Jesus) now and a revelation (Jesus now shows the Apostle John what will happen in the future) from the Lord (Jesus) from the inmost of heaven (where Jesus sits upon his throne as King of Kings) about (Jesus is about to show the Apostle John what will happen in the future to) the Roman Catholic religion (John will write down things he will see and hear so it can be shared later to Jesus’ church on the earth).
We do not call it the Roman Catholic Church, but the Roman Catholic religion, because Roman Catholics do not turn to the Lord (they do not always look to Jesus as the leader and finisher of the Christian faith, but they look to the leader of that religion which is called the Pope) or read the Word (when they meet together the Holy Bible is little mentioned or talked about), and because they invoke the dead (they have endless “saints” who are dead people and they make statues of them so they may be worshiped and claim they have special powers), and yet it is the Lord (Jesus) and the Word (the Holy Bible) that make the church a church, and its perfection (the Bible is the most important thing to be found in a church) depends on its acknowledgment of the Lord (that Jesus Christ alone is Lord of Lords and King of Kings) and on its understanding of the Word (and that they see the divine wisdom found in the Holy Bible and its commandments are the way to eternal life).
“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls” came and spoke with John (the Apostle) because the seven angels who had the seven bowls symbolize (means) an influx (powerful presence of the divine majesty of the Lord Jesus from His throne into the angelic heaven) from the Lord (Jesus) from the inmost of the Christian heaven into (and travels down into) the church (which is the Roman Catholic religion on the earth) in order to expose the evils (from lusts of the mind and body) and falsities (rejection of the truth found in the Holy Bible and the substitute of their own poisonous ideas) in it. Therefore those seven angels here symbolize (mean) the Lord (Jesus) speaking from the inmost of heaven (the Lord Jesus from His throne ) and revealing (to the Apostle John) the state (what the religion will be) in which the Roman Catholic religion would be at its end (just before the Lord Jesus removes this false religion).
“Saying to me, Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters.” This symbolizes (means) a revelation (Jesus will show the Apostle John through His servant angel) about that religion (Catholic) as regards its profanations (they sin greatly toward the sacred holy truths found in the Bible) and adulterations (mixing garbage with the pure waters of the Bible) of the Word’s truths.
“Saying” and “showing” symbolize a revelation (Jesus will now show the Apostle John what will happen in the future). The “judgment” symbolizes (means) the state of the Roman Catholic religion at its end. “the great harlot” symbolizes (means) a profanation (they sin greatly toward the sacred holy truths found in the Bible) of the sanctities (the holiness of) of the Word (Bible) and the (Christian) church, and an adulteration (mixing garbage with the pure waters of the Bible) of their goodness (all the love Jesus has for all people) and truth (all the precious promises of the Bible). “many waters” symbolize (means) the Word’s (Bible) truths (all the precious promises of the Bible) adulterated (mixing garbage with the pure waters of the Bible). To “sit upon the waters” means, symbolically, to possess them and live caught up in them (they twist and change the meaning of the Holy Bible to use for their own selfish and evil desires).
To play the “harlot”, to whore, to behave licentiously (indulgence in sensual pleasure), and to commit adultery mean, symbolically, to falsify (they close heaven because they teach things that were never true) and adulterate the Word (Holy Bible), as may be seen in; and waters symbolize its truths, here those truths adulterated (mixing garbage with the pure waters of the Bible) and profaned (they sin greatly toward the sacred holy truths found in the Bible), because a harlot is said to be on them.
It is apparent (easy to see) from this that “saying to me, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,” symbolizes (means) a revelation (the Apostle John is allowed to see the great crime and evil committed by this false religion) about the aforesaid religion (Catholic) as regards its profanations (they sin greatly against the sacred holy truths found in the Bible) and adulterations (they mix garbage with the pure waters of the Bible) of the Word’s (Holy Bible) truths.