The Lord's Commands to Emanuel Swedenborg
The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Concerning the Lord
(Published in Latin in 1763 by Emanuel Swedenborg)
Some years ago there were published the following five short works:
1. Concerning Heaven and Hell.
2. The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem.
3. Concerning the Last Judgment.
4. Concerning the White Horse.
5. Concerning the Planets and other Earths in the Universe.
In these works many things were set forth that have hitherto been unknown.
Now, by command of the Lord, who has been revealed to me, the following are to be published:
It is said "the Doctrine of the New Jerusalem," and this means the Doctrine for the New Church which is at this day to be set up by the Lord; for the old church has come to its end, as is evident from what has been said in the little work on the Last Judgment (n. 33 to n. 39); and also from what is to be further said in the little works just mentioned, which are to follow. That a New Church is meant by the "New Jerusalem," foretold in the twenty-first chapter of the Revelation as to come after the Judgment, may be seen below, in the last chapter.
*Although the treatise here named was never published as a separate work, the subjects of it are specially treated of in the first chapter of the True Christian Religion. See also references to the same subjects in this present work (in. 65), in the Doctrine of the Holy Scripture (n. 32), and in the Angelic Wisdom Concerning the Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom (n. 9). [Translator – John Potts]
** This proposed treatise seems to have been included in the one mentioned immediately before it, which begins with an exposition of the subject of Life. The reason this treatise and the one on the Divine Omnipotence, etc., were not published as separate works, is explained in a letter of Swedenborg to Dr. Beyer, dated February, 1767. See Documents concerning Swedenborg, by R. L. Tafel, vol. ii. p. 261. [Ta.]
"In the spiritual world there was inscribed on all these books:
"The Lord's Advent."
"The same I also wrote by command on two copies
["Brief Exposition"] in Holland."*
" Hic Liber Est Adventus Domini, Scriptum Ex Mandato. "
" This book is the Lord's Advent, written by command. "
Sketch of an Ecclesiastical History of The New Church
(Written in Latin in 1771 by Emanuel Swedenborg)
A Closer Look
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