A Short Treatise on How The Bible Was Written

And if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which have been written in this Book” (Revelation 22:19)


Abstract: Using text From the book “Apocalypse (Revelation) Revealed”, Bible commentary paragraph #959 by Emanuel Swedenborg we will attempt to show some basic principles on how the Holy Bible and the spiritual meaning found within the letters and words of the Holy Bible was written.


That it may be known (I will explain the spiritual meaning) that by these words (from verse 19) is not meant he who “takes away from the words of this book” as it is written in the literal sense (not one who subtracts letters or words from the Bible verse), but he who takes away from the truths of doctrine (all the kingdom principles of heaven that need to be found in the church) which are in its spiritual sense, I will explain whence this is (how the Holy Bible was written):

The Word (Bible), which was dictated (spoken) by the Lord (to be recorded for later use), passed through the heavens of His celestial kingdom (what in the Bible is called “Mount Zion” or the highest heaven where the angels of innocence and love to the Lord dwell. We know from this verse from the Apostle Paul, “I know a man in Christ fourteen years before (whether in the body, I do not know; or outside of the body, I do not know; God knows)such a one was caught up to the third Heaven” 2 Corinthians 12:2)

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone” (Psalms 50:2)

And (down through) the heavens of (into) His spiritual kingdom (the middle heaven where the angels who have love to the neighbor dwell), and thus came to the man (created human people) through whom it was written (the words of God were spoken to the minds of the Apostles and they recorded it to words and letters of paper); wherefore the Word (Bible) in its first origin (for it was spoken through the third heaven first and so it) is purely Divine (since the Lord spoke it first it is still divine because Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth so that no matter which forms it appeared it is still the spoken words of Him, and still it is holy and pure)

This Word (Holy Bible), as it passed through the heavens of the Lord’s celestial kingdom, was Divine celestial (where the angels of innocence and love to the Lord dwell), and as it passed through the heavens of the Lord’s spiritual kingdom (where the angels who have love to the neighbor dwell), was Divine spiritual, and when it came to man (people on the earth), it became (transformed into) Divine natural (part of the physical world).

Hence it is that the natural sense of the Word (the form of the Bible found in the world) contains in itself (found hidden in the letters and words) the spiritual sense (as the angels in heaven read it), and this (is the meaning verse 19 is speaking of) the celestial sense (the highest form of love to the Lord), and both a sense purely Divine (the purest sense of love from The Lord sent out to His creation), which does not appear to any man nor indeed to any angel (no one has ever seen the Lord in His purest form of love, for they would not live if they had).

These things are adduced (to advance evidence from verse 19) that it may be seen, that by “not adding nor taking away” anything from what is written in (the book of) Revelation is meant in heaven (since this message came from heaven), that not anything is to be added or taken away from the truths of doctrine (all the kingdom principles and teachings of life found in heaven from the Lord to be followed by the church on earth) concerning the Lord and concerning faith in Him. For it is this (spiritual) sense, and truth (wisdom) concerning life according to His commandments, from which is the sense of the letter (found hidden in the letters and words), as has been said (so the Christian follower should study the Bible to find this spiritual sense contained in the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ) to find (eternal life).