March 1, 2023, As transcribed to me
“To Whom It May Concern: This is the Lord Jehovah. I AM coming soon. Prepare ye the Way of the Lord”
Abstract: The Lord spoke to me today as I was reading the Bible. He said, “get your paper and pen and write this down”.
“To Whom It May Concern: (this introduction is used when the reader is unknown or whoever may read it) This is the Lord Jehovah. I AM coming soon. Prepare ye the Way of the Lord”
I was surprised how it was short and to the point without an explanation of the message. Among those of the Christian faith, it is known Jesus Christ taught that He would be making a second advent or appearing. He addressed Himself here as the “Lord Jehovah” and not as Jesus Christ. And He is the one who is “coming soon”. “Lord Jehovah” is found only two times in the King James Version and both times in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. It was important to examine why the Lord had used such words in this pronouncement.
We will use as a reference the Bible commentaries and writings of Emanuel Swedenborg to illustrate the “spiritual meaning” of God’s Holy Word. “Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, notably on Easter Weekend, on 6 April 1744. His experiences culminated in a “spiritual awakening” in which he received a revelation that Jesus Christ had appointed him to write The Heavenly Doctrine to reform Christianity” (Wikipedia). I was called in 1998 by the Lord to leave the traditional Charismatic Evangelical Christian church to help expound and share on the “spiritual meaning” found in the Holy Bible.
I have added my emphasis in italic parentheses to include a simple English text for the beginner of the spiritual meaning of the Bible for people such as myself.
“This is the LORD JEHOVAH”
“Lord Jehovah” is found only two times in the King James Version and both times in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah.
“Lord” = Which is the essential good (love) and essential truth (wisdom) of (LORD) Divine human
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2)
“Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” (Isaiah 26:4)
“Lord” = Which is the essential good (love) and essential truth (wisdom) of (LORD) Divine human (Dictionary of Correspondence)
“Lord Jehovah” = Is mentioned in the Word, and this is especially where the subject treated of is concerning temptations (“Secrets of Heaven” paragraph # 1793)
From “Secrets of Heaven” # 1793
That “the Lord Jehovih” is the Internal Man (spiritual) in relationship to the Interior Man is clear from what has been stated about the Lord’s (Jesus Christ) Internal Man, namely that it was “Jehovah” Himself, from whom He was conceived, whose only Son He was, and to whom the Lord’s Human became united after the maternal human, that is, the human-derived from the mother (born of a womb), had been purified (made clean and without a blemish) by means of (the way this occurred was by) the conflicts (battles) brought about by temptations (a struggle or fight between good and evil).
“Behold, the Lord Jehovih is coming with might, and His arm will exercise dominion for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will pasture His flock like a shepherd, He will gather the lambs into His arm, and will carry them in His bosom, and will lead those that give suck” (Isaiah 40:10-11)
Here “the Lord Jehovih is coming with might” has reference to victory in the conflicts brought about by temptations (Jesus Christ overcame the world and conquered it) “His arm will give Him dominion” stands for His winning it by His own power. What the “reward” is that is referred to in the previous verse is stated here, namely that it is the salvation of the whole human race, that is, “He pastures His flock like a shepherd, gathers the lambs in His arm, carries them in His bosom, and leads those giving suck“, all of which things belong to inmost or Divine love.
“The Lord Jehovih opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backwards. I gave my body to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pluck them. I hid not my face from insults and spitting; and the Lord Jehovih will help me. Behold, the Lord Jehovih will help me” (Isaiah 50:5-7, 9)
“Lord Jehovah” is mentioned when the aid of omnipotence is more especially sought for, and supplicated (to ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer) (“Secrets of Heaven” paragraph # 2921)
“Lord Jehovah” Isaiah 40:10 symbolizes (means) the Lord (divine-human of Jesus Christ) as to divine good (the source of all love) (“Revelation Explained” paragraph # 850)
“I AM …”
“I” = “I“, in the angelic language “E” and “I” properly belong to the spiritual class of affections. (what the angels may love or delight in) From (“Doctrine of the New Jerusalem regard the Sacred Scriptures” paragraph # 90)
Secrets of Heaven # 6880
“And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM. And He said, So you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14)
“I Am Who I Am” means the Being (the verb “to be”) and the Coming-into-Being of all things throughout creation. This is clear from the fact that “I Am” means to have Being (the verb “to be”), and since He alone is Being “I Am” is used as a name. The reason why “I Am” occurs twice – that is to say, in “I Am Who I Am” – is that in one place it means the Being and in the other the Coming-into-Being, Thus (1.) one means the Divine itself, which is called the “Father”, and the other (2.) means the Divine Human, which is called the “Son”; for the Divine Human comes into being from the Divine itself. But now that the Lord has become Divine Being, which is Jehovah, in respect of His Human too, Divine Truth which emanates from the Lord’s Divine Human is the Divine Coming-into-Being arising from the Divine Being. From this it may be seen that the Divine Being cannot make contact with anyone except through the Divine Coming-into-Being; “For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“I AM coming soon”
“Apocalypse (Revelation) Explained” paragraph # 354 By Emanuel Swedenborg
“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures, like a sound of thunder, saying, Come and see” (Revelation 6:1)
“Come and see,” signifies attention (it draws the eyes and the mind) and perception (what does all this mean?). This is evident from the signification of “coming” when anything is presented to be seen, as being to give attention (this is important for you to see); for in a spiritual sense, “to come” means to draw near with the sight (eyes and ears), thus to give attention (concentration of the mind); all attention also is a presence of the sight in the object (what the eyes and mind are looking at). It is evident also from the signification of “to see,” as being perception, for “to see” in the Word (a Bible word) signifies (means) to understand; here it signifies (means) to perceive (become aware of through the senses), because this was out of the inmost heaven (or the highest heaven), since what comes out of the inmost heaven (or the highest heaven) is perceived (become aware of through the senses), but what comes out of the middle heaven is understood (it relates and looks like something else already seen), for the reason that the inmost heaven (or the highest heaven) is in the good of love, but the middle heaven is in the truths (Bible truths) therefrom, and all perception is from good (love), and all understanding is from truths (wisdom). “This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalms 118:23)
In the English King James Version of the Bible, this word occurs 64 times. And in the New Testament 24 times. In all these verses it generally means a quick translation from one thing to another. There is a sudden and striking change. For example,
“And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!” (Matthew 21:20)
“And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (Revelation 10:10)
“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”
This exact phrase is found 4 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. I only used the KJV because the message contained the old English word “Ye”,
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3)
“For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Matthew 3:3)
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark 1:3)
“As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Luke 3:4)
This message treats of John the Baptist who heralded the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. But I can say that John the Baptist was a past event and this message from the Lord is a future event, which is called the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. While I was writing this blog post an angel spoke to me “Return unto me saith the Lord”. I sensed that an angel had spoken this phrase to me, to express the true meaning of “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” as found here in the Old Testament Book of Zechariah,
“In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers. Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts”. (Zechariah 1:1-3)
For as in the day of John the Baptist, a new church was formed out of the old one. Such is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. A new church is being formed out of the old one. And such as the first advent or appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ, this appearing will be as “Lord Jehovah” or Creator God. The first visitation of “Lord Jehovah” was to show love, grace, and mercy. But the second appearing is in the form of judgment. The old church has to accept and conform to the idea they are in error, or they are in danger of perishing.
“Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest” (Psalms 95:8-11)
“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation” (Hebrews 3:15)
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:1-2)