Abstract: We can see from The Swedenborg Bible commentary, Revelation 5:4, and Matthew 24:21-22 that there will be an examination and judgment of the Christian church. And the reasons why are given below.
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From the Bible Commentary “Apocalypse Revealed” by Emanuel Swedenborg. Commentary on Revelation Chapter 5:4, Section number 263.
“And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look thereon:” (Revelation 5:4)
Bible Commentary Section number 263. [verse 4] ‘And I was weeping much because no one [worthy] was found to open and read the book, nor to look into it’ signifies grief of heart, because if there should not be anyone able [to do this] all would perish (everyone would need to perish and start again). That ‘to weep much‘ is to grieve at heart is plain. The reason why he was grieving at heart was because otherwise all would be about to perish; for if all things in the heavens and on earth (in terris) were not brought back into order, it could not [happen] otherwise; for in the Apocalypse (Revelation) it treats of the last state (condition) of the Church, when its end occurs, the nature of which is described by the Lord in these words:
“There shall be such a great affliction as has not been from the beginning of the world up till now, nor shall be; wherefore except those days should be shortened, no flesh would be preserved” (Matthew 24:21-22)
These things (that Jesus Christ taught) are concerned with the last time of the Church when the judgment occurs
That such is the state (how they are acting and behaving) of the (Christian) Church at this day can be recognized (be seen) on account of these considerations (give careful thought to these things) only;
1) That in the greatest part of Christendom (of the Christian world) are persons (people) who have transferred (moved from) the Lord’s Divine power to themselves (they claim they own this power and have authority to use it) and want to be worshiped as gods (not only do these people steal from the Lord but they love to be adored), and who invoke (call upon in prayer) dead men and scarcely anyone there invokes (call upon in prayer) the Lord (Jesus Christ); (this is found in the Catholic Christian religion)
2) And that the rest (the greatest part of the Christian world) belonging to the (Christian) Church make God three (they pray to “the Father”, ask for “the Holy Spirit” to come, and call upon “the Son” to justify their sins) and the Lord two (they are confused whether “the Son” is fully human or fully Divine), and place salvation (eternal life in heaven) not in amendment (to be constantly changing or correcting) of life (how a person should live in the world) but (they say) in certain words uttered (spoken) with a devout tone of voice (saying the right words of liturgy or formula that will calm down “the Father” of His anger or wrath); thus not in repentance (wanting to change or correct bad behavior or thoughts) but in the confidence (the firm belief) that they are justified (they are no longer held accountable or responsible for sin) and sanctified (declared or believed to made to be holy) if they (will) only fold their hands (in prayer) and look upwards (to “the Father” in heaven) and pray (as their church teaches them) in the established mode (that Jesus Christ took away all their sins at the cross and that they are no longer guilty of any sin). (this is found in the Protestant reformed Christian religion)
Neither of these two Christian religions reflects the quality and character of Jesus Christ and His illustrated teachings.
“God has already begun judging his own people. And if his judgment begins with us, imagine how terrible it will be for those who refuse to obey his message. The Scriptures say,” (1 Peter 4:17)