Friday, June 28, 2019

A Christian Revelation on Marriage and Sex



One fundamental truth of Christianity is the sacredness of marriage between husband and wife. Jesus affirms that it is only lawful for a man to join in permanent union with his wife (Matt. 19:4-6), and that any union outside of marriage is against God's law. Christianity is based on the sacredness of marriage, and a new Divine revelation has been given that affirms this.

When it comes to marriage and sexual relations, they are to be distinguished according to spiritual degrees which in general correspond to one's intent or purpose in regards to love:
  1. Spiritual marriages are between one man and one woman only which originate from a Divine influx between God and mankind.
  2. Natural marriages are polygamous given by permission to those who are in ignorance of spiritual marriages.
  3. Lustful relations are all other sexual relations which cause harm and profane what is spiritual.
Natural and lustful relations devolve into a love and self and pleasure. Spiritual marriage tends toward of love of another more than oneself and thus towards a love of God. Without understanding spiritual degrees, as most do not, one will devolve sexual relations into the lowest third category and not see any distinction between what is good and evil as the only criteria is self pleasure. Those who are in the highest spiritual degree will be seen by them as "intolerant" due to their lack of knowledge because they are in effect in opposite degrees to each other. All are born natural into a love of sex in general, but hidden within this love is a spiritual love of one of the sex. One is introduced to this spiritual love only through a love of the One God in Jesus Christ.

First let's discuss what is mentioned in the Bible in regards to marriage, how the Christian advent restored God's original law, and then finally discuss what has been revealed as to why marriage is a holy and sacred contract.

BIBLICAL COMMANDS AND LAWS OF PERMISSION

The Jewish laws were representative and symbolic, and were abrogated when they were fulfilled by the coming of Jesus Christ. Also many laws that were given by way of permission, adapted to those who were incapable of the higher good:
"It is to be known that very many things which were commanded by Jehovah or the Lord, in the internal sense do not signify that they were commanded, but that they were permitted." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 6914.5)
Not everyone will accept laws concerning marriage. Thus when Jesus spoke of marriage, he said it was not going to be received by everyone:
"Not everyone can accept this saying, but only those it has been given to." (Matt. 19:11)
Among the 10 commandments, the seventh forbids adultery. The 10 commandments tend to begin with what "not to do" as one must withdraw from evil before good can be implanted, and here the prohibition against adultery is to protect marriage. Adultery is one of the legitimate reasons for divorce as it breaks the marriage contract (Jer. 3:8).

Jesus says something else in regards to divorce: the law which permits divorce (Deut. 24:1-3) was given because of the evilness of the Israelites (Matt. 19:7-9). That this was given by way of permission is indicated by  God's original command as exemplified by the story of Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:24), by the law that a priest should not marry a divorced woman (Lev. 21:7,14), and that marriage should lead to godly offspring and divorce due to hate is a departure from God (Mal. 2:15-16). The implication here is that inasmuch one withdraws from God in doing evil one withdraws from the marriage contract, and the second implication is that due to evil, laws of permission are given to limit the evil and protect what is good in marriage.

Just as the Mosaic law permitted divorce it also permitted polygamy (Ex. 21:10). Polygamy is similar to divorce: it was allowed by means of permission because of evil tendencies and many would not accept monogamous marriage. That this was not the original command, but rather a law of permission, is indicated by these passages:
  1. A king should not "acquire many wives" as his heart will turn away from God (Deut. 17:17).
  2. In a polygamous relationship one wife will tend to be loved more than another. The Mosaic law guards against this by ensuring the inheritance rights of children (Deut. 21:15-17).
  3. Jesus said it was Moses who permitted them to divorce their wives (Matt. 19:8), indicating polygamy like divorce was given by permission.
Laws of polygamy are for those who are natural and ignorant in spiritual matters. Animals are born with innate instinctual knowledge, but man is born into no knowledge and must be taught in spiritual matters. Thus one who is ignorant and regards marriage as no more than the love of sex and enters into a polygamous relationship cannot be judged to be evil (see Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 350). Thus it is allowed in Islam, for those who are ignorant in the identity of Jesus Christ. Muslims are generally kept in ignorance in regards to what the Bible teaches.

Beyond marriage after divorce, and polygamy, there is no other marriage contract given as permissible. Polygamy is not permitted to those who have entered a spiritual marriage contract, and as the Jews were a representative church and not a spiritual one it was permitted for them. The original command was for one man to marry one wife, to be one flesh (Gen. 2:24); other sexual unions that break this union are to be avoided and shunned as evil (examples of forbidden unions are given in Ex. 20:14, Lev. 18:8-23, 20:10-21, Deut. 27:20-23). Should one engage in sex before marriage, if consensual it should be confirmed in marriage (Ex. 22:16).

MARRIAGE CORRESPONDS TO ONE'S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

That monogamous marriages are sacred is declared in the last book of the Old Testament:
Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? (Mal. 2:15)

Earthly marriages between husband and wife correspond to one's spiritual relationship with God. A marriage of one husband and one wife corresponds to the worship of One God, and this is constantly emphasized in scripture as idolatry and worship of multiple gods is known as spiritual fornication and adultery.  A departure from One God is declared to be spiritual fornication and adultery in Isa. 1:21, Jer. 3:1-8, Eze. 16:32, 23:37, and in another case those who depart from One God will tend to engage in fornication and adultery (Hos. 4:13-14).

That spiritual adultery and marriage adultery correspond to each other can be seen in the the first and second tablets of the 10 commandments: the first 4 commands of the first tablet regard one's relationship with God and the second tablet of the latter 6 commands regard one's relationship with others. The first commandment declaring that there is One God corresponds to the fifth commandment of honoring one's father and mother, as in the spiritual sense a father and mother signifies God and the church. The second commandment which forbids idolatry or worship of multiple gods corresponds to the seventh commandment which forbids adultery.

In the Christian revelation, it is clearly stated that the marriage of one husband and one wife corresponds to the relationship between Jesus as the bridegroom and the church as the bride. Thus the disciples are called children of the bridechamber (Matt. 9:15), the kingdom of heaven is declared to be similar to a wedding banquet (Matt. 22:2-9) and of virgins meeting the bridegroom (Matt. 25:1-13) and when the Lord comes it is declared to the marriage of the Lamb of God (Rev. 19:7-9).

But why is this so? There is a rational reason behind it, but it would take a heavenly revelation to indicate why earthly marriages are sacred and correspond to the relationship between the Lord and His people.

A DIVINE REVELATION CONCERNING MARRIAGE

In the 18th century Emanuel Swedenborg received many revelations concerning Christianity, mainly concerning that Jesus Christ is the One God of the universe, that we should live by His commandments, that there is life after death, and indicating how and why books in the Bible are Divinely inspired. In all things, the Divine One is a union of Love and Truth, and this flows in as marriage love into the male and female forms of the human race. Anything that opposes this union of Love and Truth in marriage is opposed to God's will. Marriage love contains within it the highest heavenly love that can be experienced on earth, and this is a gift to those who desire and ask it from the Lord. Swedenborg's second to last published work was devoted to this one subject only, entitled Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, which contains accounts of his interactions with angels in the heavenly world on this one subject.

All things Divine are related to the marriage or union of Love and Truth. Love is one's purpose or intent, Truth or Wisdom is the thought in fulfilling one's purpose, and when joined together it manifests in Use or Usefulness, otherwise known in scripture as good works. Marriage love is from Divine influx, thus true marriage love is only possible in couples who live according to God's commandments and trust in the Lord.  Love and wisdom flow into the humans according to the following manner:
"the truth of good or truth from good is the masculine, and the good of truth or good from truth is the feminine" (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 88).
Good must be in conjunction with truth and truth must be in conjunction with its good; separate from each other they cease to exist. This is the spiritual origin of marriage love in the male and female forms of the human race. Males are born into a form of intellect and intelligence:
"a perpetual union of love and wisdom or marriage of good and truth flows in from God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe; and that created subjects receive this, each according to its form. And that from this marriage or this union the male receives truth of wisdom, and to this the good of love is conjoined by the Lord according to reception; that the reception takes place in the understanding; and that from this fact the male is born to become intellectual." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 90).
Females, however, are born to be volitional and to be in affection for the intellect, and as love seeks its truth, and truth seeks its love, this leads to marriage love and union between a man and a woman:
"the male was created to be an understanding of truth, thus truth in form; and the female was created to be a will of good, thus good in form; and to both was imparted from the inmosts an inclination to conjunction into one" (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 100)
Love and truth flow into living forms in the form of the will and understanding; when the will and understanding act as one that leads to useful activity.  In females there is a focus on the volition and in males there is a focus on the understanding. Divine influx causes the desire for each to seek their mate and be one, which is first a union of mind and afterwards a union of body. When this happens between a single pair in true marriage love, the love grows to eternity, and this is a spiritual union that is the sacred union within the Christian revelation, and among those who are wiser than others.

One rather interesting point - the Divine influx of marriage love flows into the female only and through the female into the male sex. This is one of the hidden abilities that women have over men, and it only became known to Swedenborg through heavenly revelation:
"That love and thence conjunction is inspired into the man by the wife, is at this day concealed from men, yea, is universally denied by them. The reason is that wives persuade that only the men love and they themselves receive; or that the men are loves and they obediences. And they rejoice in heart when men believe so...  The reason why the inspiration and insinuation of love is from the wives into men is that with men there is nothing of marriage love, nor even of love of the sex, but only with wives and women. That this is so has been shown me to the life in the spiritual world." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 161)
Swedenborg observed that there was a hidden sphere or aura that emanates from females, whereby the love of sex and marriage was insinuated into their husbands. He explains why this is so, albeit briefly since much of the knowledge would be misunderstood:
"That the masculine is an understanding form and the feminine a will form, and an understanding form cannot of itself grow warm with marriage heat, but from the conjunctive heat of one in whom it is implanted by creation. Just so it cannot receive that love except through the will form of a female adjoined to itself, because this also is a form of love." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 223)
As a corollary of this, since women are direct recipients of marriage love, as a general rule (with exceptions) it is more harmful to them than for males to engage in sexual promiscuity. Fornication and adultery are opposite to marriage love, and destroy it, albeit the latter more so than the former. On this subject see The Spiritual Consequences of Adultery and the Origin of Marriage Love. Other forms of sexual unions can be classified as purely natural, if the person is lacking in spiritual knowledge. But one should turn away from illicit sexual unions:
"[Marriage love] viewed from its origin and its correspondence is celestial, spiritual, holy, pure and clean, beyond every love that exists among the angels of heaven and among the men of the church... and these its attributes cannot be given except to those who are conjoined with the Lord and are consociated by Him with angels of heaven. For these shun loves outside of marriage, which are conjunctions with others than one's own consort, as they would flee from ruin of the soul and from the lakes of hell; and so far as consorts shun such conjunctions even as to the lusts of the will and intentions thence, in so far the love is purified in them, and gradually becomes spiritual,—first while they live on earth, and afterwards in heaven." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 71)
WHY TRUE CHRISTIANITY SHOULD DEFEND MARRIAGE

There is a general lack of understanding as to why true Christianity should defend traditional marriage, especially in this day and age. Swedenborg acknowledges that there is a lack in understanding of how marriage is related to the church, and thus those outside the church will take hold the opinion that such a view is intolerant:
"The marriage of the Lord and the Church and the correspondence of it are treated of here because without knowledge and understanding of this one can scarcely apprehend that marriage love in its origin is holy, spiritual, and heavenly, and that it is from the Lord. It is indeed said by some in the church that marriages have a relation to the marriage of the Lord with the church, but what the relation is is not known." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 223)
True Christianity and marriage go hand in hand, which is indicated by the fact that the Lord is called the bridegroom and the church is called the bride. Another similar correspondence is God is known as Father (Isa. 9:6, John 10:30, 12:44-45, 14:7-9), and the church is known as the Mother (Hos. 2:2,5, Ez. 16:45, 19:10, Isa. 50:1). From this correspondence, those who follow God's commandments and live by them are called His children throughout scripture. The reason for this is that goods and truths are spawned as children by conjunction of the Lord with the church:
"the spiritual offspring which are born of the marriage of the Lord with the Church are truths,—from which come understanding, perception, and all thought; and goods,—from which are love, charity, and all affection.—That goods and truths are the spiritual offspring born of the Lord by the Church, is because the Lord is good itself and truth itself, and these in Him are not two but one; and nothing can proceed from Him but what is in Him, and is Himself. That the marriage of good and truth proceeds from the Lord and flows into men, and is received according to the state of mind and life of those who are of the church" (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 121)
The Word of scripture itself is a marriage of good and truth:
"the Word is the perfect marriage of good and truth; and because it is from the Lord, and what is from Him is in truth Himself, it results that when a man reads the Word and takes truth therefrom the Lord adjoins good." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 128)
As marriage originated from the union of good and truth, the more wise one is, the more one acknowledges and lives a life according to marriage love.  With man there are three degrees of truth:
  1. Truth by knowledge, or what is known from the memory (experience, skill, from the five senses)
  2. Truth by reason, what is learned by the understanding (civil level, what is applicable to use in the world)
  3. Truth by wisdom, which is in regards to life in shunning evil and doing good (spiritual level)
Each of the the three degrees correspond to different levels of the mind. The highest is the spiritual, though which one has conjunction with the Divine. Wisdom, which is what is applicable to life, or one's spirituality, can also be measured in how one regards marriage love:
"Since wisdom is of life and thence of reason, as was said above, the question arises, What is wisdom of life? In a brief summary it is this:—To shun evils because they are hurtful to the soul, hurtful to the state, and hurtful to the body; and to do good deeds because they are of advantage to the soul, to the state, and to the body. This is the wisdom which is meant by wisdom wherewith marriage love allies itself. It allies itself therewith in truth by the fact that it shuns the evil of adultery as a bane to the soul, to the state, and to the body. And as this wisdom springs from spiritual things which are of the church, it follows that marriage love, because it is according to the state of wisdom is according to the state of the church in a man. It is also meant by this, that—as has been stated many times before—in the degree that a man becomes spiritual he is in true marriage love; for man is made spiritual by means of the spiritual things of the church." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 130)
And to those who have marriage love with their end in view, a soulmate is given by the Lord, whether in this life or in the next, for which see The Truth of Eternal Soul Mates and Twin Flames.
"marriage love is celestial spiritual and holy, because it corresponds to the celestial spiritual and holy marriage of the Lord and the church. This correspondence moreover follows from the origin of marriage love from the marriage of good and truth... because the marriage of good and truth is the church in man; for the marriage of good and truth is the same as the marriage of charity and faith, since good is of charity and truth is of faith. That this marriage constitutes the church cannot but be acknowledged, for it is a universal truth, and every universal truth is acknowledged as soon as it is heard—which comes of influx from the Lord and at the same time from the confirmation of heaven. Now, as the church is the Lord's, because from the Lord, and as marriage love corresponds to the marriage of the Lord and the church, it follows that this love is from the Lord." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 62)
"[Marriage love] is also the fundamental love of all loves, celestial, spiritual, and therefore natural. The reason why marriage love considered as to its essence is the fundamental love of all the loves of heaven and the church is, that its origin is from the marriage of good and truth, and from that marriage all the loves which make heaven and the church with man proceed." (Angelic Wisdom concerning Marriage Love, n. 65)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Spiritual Symbolism of the Animal, Vegetable and Mineral Kingdoms



Swedenborg saw in his waking visions that this material in which we live in is but a theatrical representation of spiritual realities in the heavenly realm, a higher dimension in which space and time have no meaning. His writings expose us to a systematic way of thinking, for both science and theology, which categorizes everything into degrees of order. In our natural material world, we can generally divide things into animal, vegetable and mineral. Each of these three kingdoms correspond to universal spiritual realities:
"All things of the earth are distinguished into three kinds, called kingdoms, namely, the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, and the mineral kingdom. The things of the animal kingdom are correspondences in the first degree, because they live; the things of the vegetable kingdom are correspondences in the second degree, because they only grow; the things of the mineral kingdom are correspondences in the third degree, because they neither live nor grow." (Heaven and Hell, n. 104)
In his exposition of the spiritual meaning of scripture, it is revealed that in general animals correspond to the will and its affections, plants correspond to the understanding or thoughts of truth, and minerals correspond in the lowest degree to knowledges, or mere obedience to authority. From mineral to vegetable to animal there are increasing degrees of freedom.

The animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms are the most well known general degrees of order. However within each of these three kingdoms the degrees of order repeat. Swedenborg wrote in the 18th century before the periodic table of elements was known, and before the structure of molecules was known. Despite this, he makes this rather interesting statement in regards to the mineral kingdom:
"In all forms of uses there is an image of creation. Forms of uses are of three kinds — the forms of uses of the mineral kingdom, the forms of uses of the vegetable kingdom, and the forms of uses of the animal kingdom. The forms of uses of the mineral kingdom cannot be described, because they do not appear to sight. The first forms are the substances and matters of which the earths consist, in their least parts; the second forms are aggregations of these, and are of infinite variety; the third forms are from plants fallen to dust, and from the remains of animals; and from continual evaporations and exhalations of these, which add themselves to the earths, and form their soil. These forms of the three degrees of the mineral kingdom represent creation in an image in this, that being acted on by the sun through the atmospheres and their heat and light, they produce uses in forms, which were the ends of creation." (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 313)
Despite not knowing about atoms and molecules, Swedenborg divides the mineral kingdom into the following three degrees:

  1. Substances in their least parts.
  2. Substances that are aggregates of the least parts.
  3. Organic substances.

It is possible that the the first degree is atoms, but its also possible he may be referencing simple molecules. So, I was curious, with our knowledge of modern science, how do we classify molecules? For this I found this article: Classification Of Compounds. One method is classification based on what the molecules contains (e.g., oxides contain oxygen). But within this method there is a broad classification between inorganic and organic. So what about inorganic molecules, can they be divided into two further degrees? Yes:
Another classification scheme for chemical compounds is based on the types of bonds that the compound contains. Ionic compounds contain ions and are held together by the attractive forces among the oppositely charged ions. Common salt (sodium chloride) is one of the best-known ionic compounds. Molecular compounds contain discrete molecules, which are held together by sharing electrons (covalent bonding).
So with this scheme, we can divide molecules into three degrees:

  1. Ionic compounds
  2. Molecular compounds (covalent bonding)
  3. Organic molecules that support life

So this is different from the classification of Arthur M. Young in his theory of The Reflexive Universe. He had come up with seven divisions of molecules which is described in this post: The Universal Order of Design - part II, one of which is based on the covalent bond.  However Swedenborg had classified the mineral kingdom into three broad degrees which is also supported by the general modern classifications. The final degree - organic molecules - is actually a subset of molecular compounds. But since it supports life, it is classified as a higher degree of order as it leads to the next higher kingdoms of plants and animals. For Young, his classification is based more on functional form where the highest degree of order was the DNA molecule, so there may be some validity to his classification which requires more analysis. Each higher degree uses the previous degree as a foundation for the next.

Below the mineral kingdom of molecules, there are perhaps three other degrees of order, which we can classify as dimensional, subatomic, and atomic. As they were invisible to the ancient world they were unknown, and at the time could only be inferred.

The three degrees of order can be extended to classify three levels of spiritual development, which Swedenborg terms as natural, spiritual and celestial. These three degrees also correspond to three degrees of heaven in the afterlife. The levels of spiritual development, in most general terms, are as follows:

  1. A life of usefulness, and obedience to laws
  2. Mutual charity, or living by the truth from one's understanding and rationality
  3. Acting from love to the Lord
There are three heavens that correspond to these three stages, and these three stages overall correspond to Love, Wisdom and Use in the Lord:
"because the Lord is Love Itself and Wisdom Itself, therefore also He is Use Itself; for love has use for its end, which it produces by means of wisdom. For love and wisdom without use have no boundary or end, that is, they have no home of their own; wherefore it cannot be said that they are and exist unless there be a use in which they are. These three constitute the three degrees of altitude in the subjects of life. These three are as the first end, the middle end which is called the cause, and the last end which is called the effect... These three degrees with the angels are named Celestial, Spiritual, and Natural; and for them the celestial degree is the degree of love, the spiritual degree is the degree of wisdom, and the natural degree is the degree of uses. These degrees are so named because the heavens are distinguished into two kingdoms, and one kingdom is called the celestial and the other the spiritual, to which is added a third kingdom, in which are men in the world, and this is the natural kingdom. And the angels of whom the celestial kingdom consists, are in love; and the angels, of whom the spiritual kingdom consists, are in wisdom; but men in the world are in uses; and therefore these kingdoms are conjoined." (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 230, 232)

Thus one can see that the theology of the New Church is rational, and conjoins both spirituality and science into one systematic spiritual philosophy that is applicable to one's life.

Friday, May 31, 2019

X-Men Prophecy of Prince William of England and the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

In the last post, X-Men Prophecy of 9/11 (The X Prophecy), I described a dream someone told me to interpret, and the research led me to read some X-Men comics that contained stories that uncannily predicted the future. It sounds weird and strange, but this phenomenon has been noticed by others. The most famous examples are perhaps the short story Futility which predicted the sinking of the Titanic, and the novel From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne which predicted many details of our NASA lunar program to land men on the Moon.

So what began as what I thought was a simple dream interpretation soon turned into a research project on the comic stories the dream was referencing.  The dreams were basically describing particular scenes in X-Men comic stories. One dream in particular described a story that is found in the comic Excalibur, a spin off from the comic Uncanny X-Men.  The comic series Excalibur begins with a time travel story known as The Cross Time Caper. Kitty Pryde with the Excalibur team at first travel to an alternate timeline and meet Prince William of England. Prince William meets Kitty Pryde, also known as Kate, and falls in love with her. But in fact he was arranged to be married to another princess who is also known as Kate. Kitty Pryde is a cross-dimensional twin to Kate, and ultimately Prince William marries the Kate he was originally supposed to marry. They appear on the balcony (Excalibur #14):


This story was published in 1989. In November of 2010 Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton and they married in April of 2011, and appeared on the balcony of Buckingham palace:

Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace, from Royal wedding balcony kiss: William and Kate at Buckingham Palace

The pictures are different but there are some interesting similarities. Princess Kate is wearing a yellow dress with a yellow hat, and in the actual photo it is Queen Elizabeth is wearing a yellow dress and a yellow hat. Prince William has a red suit with a blue sash and in the comic Captain Britain is wearing a red and blue outfit.

Captain Britain is next to a blonde haired woman named Meggan, by the end of the Excalibur series Captain Britain marries Meggan. As it turns out, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May of 2018. This is something I actually did not notice until now while writing this blog, which is interesting since several comic stories as documented in The X Prophecy describe events that took place in the year 2018.

So Prince William was born in 1982, and maybe a comic story just happened to guess correctly that Prince William would marry a woman named Kate? And it just so happens his brother Prince Harry married Meghan while in the comic Meggan appears on the balcony who marries Captain Britain?

However the coincidences add up. Right after Prince William marries Kate, the Excalibur team travel again to another timeline and they are hit by a tsunami off the coast of Britain:


The tsunami is about to hit a lighthouse - and this lighthouse happens to be a nexus that is a magical source of power. They have no time to react, so Phoenix encases each team member in cocoons to protect them from the water, which are shown in the following scene:


What is interesting about this story is that a tsunami hit the coast of Japan in March of 2011, one month prior of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The lighthouse is a source of magical power in the comic, just as the tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It caused a massive meltdown sending radioactivity into the water.  To protect everyone from the radiation, at the Fukushima nuclear power plant they started to store waters in protective water tanks:

Water tanks storing tons of radioactive water at Fukushima, Japan

But that's not all. Rachel Summers who embodies the Phoenix force breaks out of her cocoon in the building of the Fantastic Four, causing an explosion. A huge alien known as Galactus deems humanity as too irresponsible to be allowed to exist. So then Galactus then uses a weapon known as the "Cosmic Converter" to destroy the planet by burning its way down to the planetary core:


When the Fukushima nuclear reactors melted down, the uranium fuel rods liquefied and then melted through layers of steel and concrete, and melting through the earth. It was not until 2017 that they were able to send in a remote robot to determine where the uranium ended up.

As it turns out, a live TV channel (German media group NDR) was filming the Fukushima nuclear power plant and a UFO flew overhead:


There are multiple other videos, where witnesses saw flying orbs in the sky in the vicinity of Fukushima after the nuclear meltdown. These reports are censored in the media, and counter intelligence agencies have released fake videos in order to hide this from the public.

This would fit in with other witness reports of sightings of UFOs around nuclear power plants and nuclear missile silos. It has been reported by other witnesses that they are opposed to humanity's development and use of nuclear technology as it threatens to destroy the planet. Interestingly I had blogged about this very subject, long before this dream and discovering this rather unusual parallel (see UFOs over Chernobyl and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants).

The comic shows the X-Men involved in an episode similar to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, with an extraterrestrial becoming angry at the folly of humanity. X-Men are mutants who look human, but have special powers, and intervene in human affairs while staying anonymous. So how much of the story is fiction and how much is real? That we may never know, but the X-Men comics definitely predicted two unrelated events in the same issue that both happened at almost the same time in the year 2011. More unusual examples are documented in the work The X Prophecy, generally covering events, past and future, from 1981 to 2020.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

X-Men Prophecy of 9/11 (The X Prophecy)

The book The X Prophecy describes and analyzes evidence of precognition and prophecy in the X-Men comics, which originated from a series of dream interpretations:



Here is a summary of this work: 
This book describes a series of clairvoyant dreams that accurately portray certain scenes from the X-Men comics published 20 years ago in remarkable detail. When the dreams were interpreted it was realized that the dreams were communications from an angelic intelligence speaking in a symbolic manner, and the dreams were describing stories that were a form of precognitive fiction that have been predicting major events of our time. This is compared this with other well known instances of precognitive fiction, including the writings of the Morgan Robertson, Jules Verne, and the science fiction author Philip K. Dick.

The dreams begin at a personal level, however the dream interpretation led the author to uncover future prophecies on a world wide scale, warning against the further development of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power, as well as the misuse of artificial intelligence for military purposes. One particular prophecy describes the U.S. Presidential election of 2020. Another set of prophecies concern the involvement of extraterrestrials in human affairs. Related to this is the decoding of a possible extraterrestrial signal that has been kept hidden from the public. Several prophecies that have come to pass already include the attacks of September 11, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, the marriage of Prince William of England with Kate Middleton, and other events up to the present time.

The subject matter of the dreams are also spiritual in nature, describing how our material world is but one level of reality in a multi-leveled universe. The dreams communicated this knowledge by indicating that certain X-Men comic stories were used as source material for the movie Inception. The dreams are also analyzed in the context of the writings of the clairvoyant Emanuel Swedenborg, who for 27 years had waking visions of the spiritual world.

The book is part dream interpretation, part fiction, and part prophecy. It is a case of precognitive fiction, similar to the one which foretold the sinking of the Titanic: The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility. Except in this case - a dream told us to read a particular series of fictional stories.  I have been interpreting dreams for many years and never saw anything like this: the dream would basically reenact certain scenes from comic book stories in remarkable detail, of which the dreamer knew nothing. The dreamer is a young blonde haired girl who appears in the comics as the character Amara, and as I followed the story of Amara in the X-Men comics I came across this scene from Uncanny X-Men, #189:



This comic was published in 1985.  And it predicts the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11, during the 21st century. Afterwards I searched on the internet, and this scene was noticed by others in 5 Times Comics Were Eerily Right About The Future.  The scene above is preceded by this one:



One can see the World Trade Center, and above it a plane flying. The Statue of Liberty is being restored. The restoration of the statue was completed right before the attack on September 11, 2001. But that is not all, we also have this scene, from Kitty Pryde: Agent of Shield #3, published in 1998:



The story is about a flying helicarrier that is remotely hijacked. There is a similar plot in the pilot episode of The Lone Gunman which aired 6 months before the attack on September 11, which speaks of a government conspiracy to remotely control an airliner to crash into the World Trade Center so that the U.S. could go to war against terrorists and increase weapon sales for the military industrial complex.

This is just one example of a prophecy of a world wide event predicted in the X-Men comics that was discovered through a series of dreams. In the first scene shown from the comic, it showed two women travelling to New York. One of them is Rachel Summers who has travelled back in time, who is the daughter of Jean Grey. She embodies the Phoenix force. The dream references Rachel of the X-Men by describing the ancient myth of the Phoenix, specifically the myth of Rarog the firebird of Slavic myth:



In an indirect way, the dream specifically pointed us in the direction of the X-Men movies, and it was associating the X-Men movies with this ancient myth of Rarog the firebird, or the Phoenix. The dream thus references Jean Grey, and from Jean Grey to Rachel Summers, who both embodied the Phoenix force, a symbol of death and rebirth. And the bizarre thing about this: the dreamer knew nothing about the X-Men movies or comics. Very specific details were coming through, and there is no way this was from random coincidence, or from the dreamer's subconscious.

It is somewhat timely, Marvel is about to release its movie Dark Phoenix focused on Jean Grey, who becomes the mother of Rachel Summers. Here is a trailer of the movie:



A more relevant movie, which was directly referenced by the dream, is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and one does need to be familiar with this movie as it was key to interpreting the dream, it is what I consider to be one of the best in the series:



The reason why this particular movie is important is it describes one of the key concepts in the X-Men stories: time travel. Specifically, time travel backwards in time, by sending back a future consciousness into the mind of someone of the past. It is one of the theories that explains the phenomenon of prophecy and precognition.

The dream acts as a filter, indicating which fictional story lines were important and carried symbolic significance. There are now several X-Men movies to watch, the ones I would recommend to watch in order in order to understand the complete story are as follows:
  1. X-Men (2000)
  2. X2 (2003)
  3. X-Men: the Last Stand (2006)
  4. X-Men: First Class (2011) - this one can possibly be skipped
  5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - important from the dream perspective
  6. Logan (2017) - important from the dream perspective 
The important ones are the last two, but unfortunately one has to know the backstory to completely understand them. It is not completely necessary to see the movies first, I do provide a necessary summary in the book relevant to the dream interpretation.

The dream has several layers similar to the dreams described in the movie Inception. I did not plan on writing a book, but the book grew from the notes on the interpretation.

The story becomes personal: some of the fictional characters are representations of real life people I know, in a case of life imitating art. One meets a character known as Doug Ramsey, otherwise known as Cypher. He transcribes and publishes these heavenly writings found in Asgard of Norse myths, which involves the history of the country of Sweden. I happened to have published the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, who came from Sweden.

So in the comics Doug Ramsey is a software programmer - so am I.  Doug works on a project involving money transfer and preventing money laundering - so did I.  Doug, in two scenes, is at the center of a "web" of a network. My last name is Webber. Doug decodes an extraterrestrial language - so did I.  One can find it here: A Decoded NSA Extraterrestrial Radio Signal from Outer Space and here: The Origin of the NSA Extraterrestrial Radio Signal. The precognitive fiction is not only referenced personal details about my life (I mention just a few here), but this radio signal in particular. And this decoding catches the attention of some rather unusual people. They are aware of Doug, but Doug is unaware of them.  Dates are given that match real events in my personal life, specifically the years 2013 and 2015.

And then one begins to wonder: what parts of the story are real, and what parts are fiction? This becomes a big question when the story begins to reference human looking extraterrestrials that intervene in human affairs.  Which I happened to have blogged about before I independently encountered this dream, as Swedenborg does indicate that there are other planets in the universe inhabited by extraterrestrial humans. And then one realizes, should they exist, and ever be discovered, they might be classified as mutants. And this is the subject matter and theme of the X-Men comics.

It is very strange to read a fictional work that is referenced by a dream, where one finds oneself written as a character in the book.  There is a movie which describes just such a plot, called Stranger than Fiction:



When encountering a work of precognitive fiction, there are four possible explanations:
  1. That this is all just random coincidence
  2. That the predictions are probable futures that were guessed by the author(s)
  3. That the positive predictions ignore the negative predictions
  4. The authors somehow were inspired to write something that would happen in the future, in a case of subconscious precognition.
There are many cases of precognitive fiction that can be eliminated or adequately explained by the first three explanations. But not this one, it includes very specific details. There are predictions that were fulfilled from 1981 all the way to 2020, concerning the upcoming U.S. Presidential election. The prophecies speak of extraterrestrial involvement in human affairs, a future warning against the development of tactical nuclear weapons, and a warning against the misuse of artificial intelligence by the military.

Other aspects are symbolic, and the dreams reveal the true hidden origin of the movie Inception.

For other prophecies from the X-Men that are described in the book, see the post, X-Men Prophecy of Prince William of England and the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

Sunday, May 26, 2019

In Remembrance of the War of Jehovah



On Memorial Day we honor our war veterans who fought in battle.  But let us remember one battle or war that almost no one has seen, and very few understand, much less remember. It is the war that Jehovah fought against all the hells to save humanity.

The One God Jehovah descended and assumed human form for the purpose of redeeming humanity. The way this was done is he inherited a human body capable of being tempted from his human mother. But his soul was Divine and could not be tempted: thus in Jesus Christ, a battle arose between Jehovah and all of hell.

These temptations were a thousandfold if not greater than the ordinary temptations that humans undergo in their daily lives. They are described very briefly in the gospels when they mention how Jesus was tempted in the wilderness after having been baptized. They are described in more detail in the Psalms, and some of it becomes clear in the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus sweated blood. The Catholic mystic Emmerich described it as a constant psychological assault of evil spirits flooding the mind of Jesus with evil and perverse thoughts - and the way Emmerich describes it, an ordinary man would have gone insane.

Man, in this material world, lives in between the realm of heaven and hell, which are in constant equilibrium and this is the origin of our free will. Animals do not have this, and this is what makes man spiritual - a part of his or her soul is eternal and lives forever. But on this planet man had become so withdrawn in his ego and materialism, that heaven began to become cut off, and spiritual influx from heaven was threatened to be cut off. Divine influx not only leads us to what is good, but our very lives are dependent on this Divine influx. Swedenborg was told by angels that had not Jesus come, we would have reached a state where there would be no human alive on this planet.

So, it became necessary for Jehovah to descend in human form, and make his human Divine - a Divine Human. In this manner, the connection between God and man was restored in the God-Man: for once he made his human Divine, the Holy Spirit could flow from his body into all humanity. Not only this, but also heaven and hell were brought back into equilibrium with each other. This is mentioned briefly in the New Testament - as to how when Jesus died, many souls rose from the dead and appeared in the holy city, and that between the time he died and rose from the dead he preached to the souls caught in the middle region of Limbo between heaven and hell. Souls that had been held back there due to the prevailing power of hell were able to ascend with Jesus to heaven. This is described in symbolic form by the deliverance of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, and the Exodus by passing through the Red Sea. Thus Jesus was crucified on the Passover to indicate the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Some glimpses of the War of Jehovah against hell can be seen in the descriptions scattered throughout the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, especially his work on The Last Judgment, as well as a brief vision by the Catholic visionary Catherine Anne Emmerich.

It is, unfortunately, a forgotten war. So let us remember on Memorial Day the forgotten hero that saved us all from certain death - death of not just the body, but the death of the soul. Did not Jesus give us the ritual of communion, and say "Do this in remembrance of Me?" For through Jesus Christ we can now have the opportunity of living in eternal happiness, by turning away from evil and doing what is good through the commandment of the golden rule. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Symbolism of the Stone of the Tomb of Easter


It is Easter, and I thought I would share here the spiritual symbolism of the stone that the Jews used to seal the tomb of Jesus before He rose from the dead.  Swedenborg offers an interesting explanation of it which I thought was rather insightful, as we can take this meaning and apply it in our lives today:
"An angel of the Lord was seen sitting upon the stone which he had rolled away from the entrance to the tomb (Matt. xxviii. 2)... These things seen were representative of the Lord's glorification, and of introduction into heaven by Him; for the "stone" that was placed before the sepulchre, and that was rolled away by the angel, signifies Divine truth, thus the Word, which was closed up by the Jews, but opened by the Lord. (That "stone" signifies truth, and in the highest sense, Divine truth, may be seen above,[†] n. 417a, and in the work on Heaven and Hell, n. 534)." (Apocalypse Explained, n. 687.15)
Thus the spiritual significance of the sealing of the tomb with a stone is to cover up and hide the true spiritual meaning of the Word, which is done by religious leaders who have power. In the time of Jesus, the Word was closed up by the Jews with their many traditions and external rituals; so how does it happen today?

In the history of the Catholic Church, we can see that they were guilty of this: they had attempted to prevent the translation of the Bible into languages people could understand, and attempted to keep it in Latin so that only the priests could explain it. For their interest was to place power in the priesthood, and this interest still remains today: some place Divine authority in their priesthood, rather than seeing the priesthood as a means of serving and representing God's truth. This was foreseen in scripture:
"The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate
and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’
Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.”
Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard
." (Matt. 27:62-66)
The guards placed around the tomb were of course Roman soldiers, and Rome would later become the center of the Roman Catholic Church, which would place guards around the Word of God by having them be the only ones to interpret scripture, and leave the Word closed to the masses. For Jesus Himself is the Word incarnate; for Him to lie dead in the tomb sealed by a stone would be to exterminate it from view to the public.

Swedenborg explains a portion of the above passage, and indicates that every single detail of the Lord's crucifixion and resurrection has spiritual significance:
""The angel rolled away the stone from the mouth and sat upon it" signifies that the Lord removed all the falsity that had shut off access to Him, and that He opened Divine truth, "the stone" signifying the Divine truth which the Jews had falsified by their tradition; for it is said that:—
The chief priests and Pharisees sealed the stone with a guard; but that an angel from heaven removed it and sat upon it (Matt. xxvii. 66; xxviii. 2).
The things that have been said respecting these earthquakes, and the veil of the temple, and the stone before the mouth of sepulchre, are but a few, but the things signified by them are many, for each and everything that is written in the Gospels respecting the Lord's Passion involves arcana and is significative." (Apocalypse Explained, n. 400.14)
If we look at the state of Christianity today, the majority of Christians are completely unaware of what is in the Bible. And if they do actually read it, most ignore the Old Testament. It is thus, except for a minor set of verses, a closed book, or subject to misinterpretation.

However this has changed in the present day: for the complete spiritual symbolism of the Word has been revealed in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, who was allowed to have continuous waking visions for 27 years.  This is explained in the multi-volume work Heavenly Arcana (aka Arcana Coelestia or Heavenly Secrets) as well as in his other theological works, especially Apocalypse Revealed and Apocalypse Explained.

With the spiritual meaning of the Word disclosed, this is the modern "rolling away of the stone" of the tomb, so that we can now all see the Word in its true glory. This is the spiritual resurrection we can all experience; it is in fact the Second Coming - for it is a revelation of the spiritual sense of the Word, whereas the First Coming was a revelation of the Word in the flesh (see Is the Second Coming a Physical Event or Spiritual Event?)

But be aware - as in the day of Jesus, there will be religious leaders in power who will attempt to cover up this great truth - who will utter the word "heresy" to attempt to hold on to their own traditions. These are represented by the Jewish leaders who spread the false report that the disciples stole the body once the stone was rolled away.

And what does it take to see it? What is required is an affection for the truth, and the desire to seek it. Thus the first witnesses who saw the empty tomb were women - and in the spiritual sense, women represent affection for the truth. Their weeping and crying represents an acknowledgment of the lack of truth. Thus if one has the desire, and if one seeks, then in this very present moment we ourselves can make the journey and see the empty tomb, and the glory of the Word risen in our lives.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Purpose of Creation is from Divine Love



In the revelations of the New Church, it is revealed that there is One God-Man is Divine Love and Divine Truth who manifests Himself in human form. Moreover, Divine Love and Wisdom manifests itself in the substance and form of everything that exists. This was revealed to Swedenborg which he describes in his work Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Love and Wisdom, however he could not demonstrably prove it as at that time (18th century) the knowledge of science was limited (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 40). He then demonstrates this through our interaction with the material world through our senses, where substance and form are the results of the affection and thoughts of the mind. The ultimate Substance and Form is Divine Love and Wisdom (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 43), from which all things exist:
"Now because this Very and Only Reality is Substance and Form, it follows that it is the very and only Substance and Form. Because this very Substance and Form is Divine Love and Divine Wisdom, it follows that it is the very and only. Love, and the very and only Wisdom; consequently, that it is the very and only Essence, as well as the very and only Life; for Love and Wisdom is Life." (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 45)
The substances and forms of the material world is not the Divine Love and Wisdom itself, but rather all substances and forms correspond to Divine Love and Wisdom, forming an image:
"the created universe is an image representative of God-Man, and that it is His love and wisdom which in the universe are presented in an image. Not that the created universe is God-Man, but that it is from Him; for nothing whatever in the created universe is substance and form in itself, or life in itself, or love and wisdom in itself; and neither is man a man in himself; but all is from God, Who is Man, Wisdom and Love, and Form and Substance in itself. That which is in itself, is uncreate and infinite; but that which is from Him, because it has nothing about it which in itself is, is created and finite, and this presents an image of Him from Whom it is and exists. Of things created and finite may be predicated esse [essence] and existere [existence], also substance and form, as also life, and even love and wisdom, but all these are created and finite. The reason that such things can be predicated of them is not that anything Divine belongs to them, but that they are in the Divine, and the Divine is in them. For all created things in themselves are inanimate and dead, but they are animated and made alive by this, that the Divine is in them, and they are in the Divine." (Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 52-53)
So how exactly does Divine love correspond to substance in the material world? From modern physics, we now know from Einstein's theories that mass and energy are equivalent. Energy corresponds to Divine Love, as energy represents the ability to do work, and the essence of love is to do. It took a massive amount of energy to create the universe, and this energy originated from the Divine Love. Our modern physical concept of energy began to be developed in the early 19th century, after Swedenborg died, so he did not have a chance to incorporate it into the theology of new Christianity which was revealed to him. But we have enough of a rational theological foundation to do this.

Energy manifests in a variety of forms. Just as Swedenborg described different degrees or levels in the spiritual theology that was revealed to him, so we can classify energy into different levels: subatomic, atomic, molecular and macroscopic, as follows:

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LevelEnergy FormParticle
SubatomicGravitationalGraviton
SubatomicElectromagnetic or Radiant EnergyPhoton
SubatomicNuclear or ChromodynamicGluon (Strong Force)
SubatomicWeakW/Z Boson (Weak Force)
AtomicIonization
MolecularChemical
MacroscopicMechanical, Mechanical/Sound Wave, Elastic, Thermal

Normally energy is described in different ways according to the different branches of science, but no one attempts to describe everything in a unified whole.  The first four forms of energy are at the subatomic level, and these are the four fundamental forces of the universe. It is mediated by force particles or bosons. At the atomic level, ionization energy is the amount of energy needed to decouple a valence electron from an atom or molecule. At the molecular level the chemical energy is stored in chemical bonds, where energy is release or absorbed through chemical reactions.

Food energy is the amount of energy living things obtain from food. From food we have energy to do things, thus in scripture, whenever food is mentioned it corresponds to love. This is mentioned throughout Swedenborg's exposition of the spiritual sense of scripture, but again the physics behind food had not yet been described at the level where this could be proven.

The macroscopic level are the forms of energy we are familiar with in everyday life, which manifests as mechanical, mechanical/sound wave, elastic and thermal. It is the energy associated with the motion and position of an object. The laws for energy at the macroscopic level are mainly governed by mass which mostly originates from the strong force, and resistance which mostly originates from the electric force. Although the modern concept of energy and its association with motion was formulated after Swedenborg died, he indicates that it has a spiritual origin:
"...in all and each of the things in nature and her three kingdoms [animal, vegetable, mineral], there is an inward active force from the spiritual world; and unless this were so, nothing whatever in the natural world could act as cause and effect, and consequently nothing could be produced. That which from the spiritual world is in natural things, is called a force implanted from the first creation; but it is an endeavor, on the cessation of which, action or motion ceases. Thence it is that the whole visible world is a theatre representative of the spiritual world." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 5173.2)
We now know that the "force implanted from the first creation" are the four known forces of the universe at the subatomic level. The forces or energy of this world is spiritual in origin. We can say at the macroscopic level, a world has been created for us to do things. Our life is governed by our love, and our love defines who we are.

Energy corresponds to love, and manifests in a variety of forms. The physical concept of energy was not known to Swedenborg, but we can easily see now that substance in itself, since it is a manifestation of energy which is the ability to do something, corresponds to love. Thus we can conclude that creation came into being not only from God's love but its very existence corresponds to Divine love. Since its purpose is to manifest the Divine Love, our purpose in life is to love. Jesus said that the greatest commandment, on which the entire law and prophets are based, is to love God, and to love others. We can extend this further: all of creation, with its different forms of energy, is an image of the Divine love. God is Divine Love, who seeks to love others outside of Himself, and that is why creation was created to create a reality in which there is a potential to love others and to love God. To realize that potential, and to actually make it kinetic, can only happen by following God's laws, for these laws are the ones that govern the universe. Inasmuch as we love, God live within us, and we in Him.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

How the Chalcedonian Creed Corrupted Christianity

In the revelations of the New Church it was revealed that Jesus Christ has one Divine Nature, which He acquired when He rose from the dead. This Divine which manifested in human form is in fact the Son of God, it is not a separate person born from eternity. God the Father was known as the Father since Jesus was born of a virgin, there was no concept of a trinity of three persons. How Christianity was changed beginning in the 5th century is documented in the the following work:

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years




This was the era of the Christological controversies, where they debated the nature of Christ due to various heresies that had arisen. It was mainly settled in the Chalcedonian Creed of 451 A.D. which divided Christ into two natures. Ironically, the original Christians, those of the Oriental Orthodox Church, dissented, as this disagreed with what was originally taught in the first three centuries of Christianity. Since they believed in one nature, they were classified as "monophysites" which was then declared a heresy.

So who is correct?  According to the revelations received by Swedenborg, the Monophysites held to the original doctrine that Jesus had one Divine nature, even as to his body when He rose from the dead. This can be easily proven - in the Eucharist of Communion, the body and blood of Jesus Christ is the center of worship. God had to become incarnate and make His human Divine, in order to restore the connection to humanity.

So why did they divide Christ into two natures? This, ironically, had already been declared a heresy just two decades earlier - it was known as the Nestorian heresy. The reason for dividing Christ into two natures was so that the Pope could declare himself as the "Vicar of Christ," and thus assert his authority over everyone else. The motivation was to rule over others by means of religious power. This was shown to Swedenborg in a vision:
"As further regards this truth [of the Divine Human], it should be known that the Ancient Church acknowledged it, and also the primitive Christian Church; but after the papal sway increased even to establishing dominion over all human souls, and exalted itself — as is said of the king of Babylon in Isaiah...
"How this was decreed in a certain council, has also been revealed to me. There appeared to me certain spirits in front to the left at the plane of the sole of the foot, at some distance from me, who were talking together, but about what I did not hear. It was told me that they were some of those who composed the council in which the decree was made regarding the Lord's two natures, the Divine and the human. Presently, I was permitted to converse with them. They said that those who had the greatest influence in the council, and who were superior to the rest in rank and authority, came together in a dark room and there concluded that both a Divine and a human nature should be attributed to the Lord; principally for the reason, that otherwise the papal sway could not be maintained. For if they had acknowledged the Lord to be one with the Father, as He Himself says, no one could have been recognized as His vicar on earth; and schisms were arising at that time, by which the papal power might have fallen and been dissipated, if they had not made this distinction. Then to give their decision strength, they sought out confirmations from the Word, and persuaded the rest.
"The spirits added that by this means they were able to rule in heaven and on earth, because they had it from the Word, that to the Lord was given all power in heaven and on earth; which power could not have been attributed to any vicar, if His Human also was acknowledged to be Divine; for they knew that no one was allowed to make himself equal to God, and that the Divine had that power of Itself, but not the Human, unless it was given to it, as it was afterward to Peter. They continued, that the schismatics of that day were men of acute discernment, whom in this way they were able to quiet, and by this means the papal power was also confirmed. From this statement it is evident that this distinction was invented only for the sake of dominion; and that for this reason they were not willing to know that the power given to the Lord's Human in heaven and on earth makes it manifest that it also is Divine. That Peter, to whom the Lord gave the keys of heaven, does not mean Peter, but the faith of charity, which, because it is from the Lord alone, is the power of the Lord alone, can be seen in the preface to the twenty-second chapter of Genesis." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 4738)


So do we have to believe what was declared as true by men of the Dark Ages? No we do not, instead we can follow the truth of the Divine Human, and understand that this is the true meaning hidden behind the ritual of the Communion. It is the central truth of Christianity that has been lost in this modern age.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Prophetic Time Periods of Daniel Revealed




The book of Daniel speaks of the end times of the church, and the Second Coming. Within the book of Daniel there are many prophecies that were fulfilled in the historical sense, including a 490 year prophecy that predicted the year in which Jesus came as the Messiah and was crucified (Dan. 9:24-27). In the latter prophecy it is quite clear that a "day" is used to signify a prophetic year. That a day signifies a year in prophecy is explicitly declared in scripture in Num. 14:34 and Ezek. 4:4-6.

There is another prophecy which speaks of the Second Coming, which will occur after a "time, times and half a time":
The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him. (Dan. 7:23-27)
This prophecy is discussed in detail in The Prophecy of the Four Beasts and Little Horn of Daniel 7. In the literal sense the "fourth beast" refers to the Roman Empire, but in the spiritual sense it refers the final state of the Christian Church that had spread under the rule of the Roman Empire. Most interpreters agree that the "10 horns" in the literal sense refer to Europe, where Christianity had become the established religion. The prophecy of Daniel is speaking of the final end of the Christian church, where no truth remains within it.

That Christianity had become a superficial religion was revealed in visions to Emanuel Swedenborg. On the one hand we have the Catholic Church that used the religion to obtain religious authority and power, and its many traditions conflict with true Christianity. On the other hand you have the Protestant churches who in the positive sense read the Word as a source of authority. But their theology is corrupt as they make faith a matter of belief alone, without regard to how one lives their life. Both follow a trinity of three gods (but deny it in mouth) and believe in vicarious atonement, which is not true. Thus, there is no truth remaining in Christian churches that has not been corrupted by falsehoods. Moreover, they cannot rationally defend it. And this is death in the modern world of the post Enlightenment era.

Now, in the above prophecy of Daniel, it mentions the word "time." Swedenborg will simply say all time periods mentioned in the Bible are different states and will tend to not dwell on the literal sense. But there is an interesting literal meaning to the time period that corresponds to the time when Swedenborg received his heavenly revelations. The word "time" is Aramaic iddan which comes from Akkadian adannu which simply means a "fixed time period." However this can be extended to mean "year," and the same word is used to describe a period of 7 years for the insanity of Nebuchadnezzar (see Dan. 4:13, 4:20, 4:22, 4:29). For the historical evidence regarding the insanity of Nebuchadnezzar see The Madness of King Nebuchadnezzar.

It is likely that a time is one year, times is two years, and half a time half a year, the same time period when Elijah did not allow it to rain (see Luke 4:25). This would be 42 months or 1260 days, as these time periods appear in the Apocalypse (Rev. 11:2, 11:3, 12:6, 13:5).

Using a day for a year principle, the prophecy of Daniel thus speaks of a period of 1260 years. This would be the time period when falsehood was dominant within the Christian church. The end was when no truth remained, which in effect was "the end of the world" or more accurately "the end of a world age."

The prophecy of Daniel speaks of a final judgment at the end of the time period, which in the literal sense is 1260 years. The revelations given to Swedenborg reveals that the final judgment takes place in the spiritual world, not the physical world. In his visions Swedenborg was shown that there is heaven, there is hell, and between heaven and hell there is a middle region where souls await judgment. Last judgments are when souls are judged in mass, where the good are separated from the evil. This allows heaven to flow into the minds of men, and a new revelation can be given to establish the church anew.

In one of Swedenborg's most important visions, he saw a last judgment take place in the spiritual world in the year 1757. This is described in detail in his work, The Final Judgment:


That Daniel's prophecy was fulfilled in the last judgment seen by Swedenborg in his visions can be seen in the following prophecy of Daniel:
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. ​And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13-14)
Swedenborg was shown that the clouds of heaven do not literally refer to clouds, but clouds in the spiritual sense refer to the literal sense of the Word. The "Son of Man" was a title that the Lord chose to refer to Himself as the Divine Truth. The prophecy is thus a revelation of Divine Truth in the literal sense of the Word. It is proof that the Bible is Divinely Inspired. This was revealed in multiple visions which is covered in multiple volumes, especially Heavenly Arcana, otherwise known as Arcana Coelestia or Heavenly Secrets. It is a massive read. These and other works of his are collected in an anthology entitled The Divine Revelation of the New Jerusalem: Expanded Edition. It is all freely available online, one can search everything at Heavenly Doctrines.

That the Second Coming is a spiritual event, a spiritual revelation from heaven, is shown in the blog post Is the Second Coming a Physical Event or Spiritual Event?

So the obvious conclusion is that the period of 1260 years lasts from 497 A.D. to 1757 A.D. So what happened in 497 A.D.?  By that time, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed became firmly established in the west, even declaring in the creed itself that although there are three persons one should not verbally say "three gods" but "one God" even though the religion became one of tritheism in the mind. Since this could not be rationally defended, rational thought is then suspended. Europe then fell into the Dark Ages. With the year 1757 we have the Age of Enlightenment, in which rationality became primary over traditions and rule of authority.

More specifically, the year 497 A.D. fell within the period of time known as the Acacian Schism. To sum up a lot of theological gibberish: the west declared the original Christians of the east heretics because they believed Jesus Christ had one Divine nature. The western Popes declared he had a dual nature of Divine plus human, so that they could stand in his place and declare themselves as the Vicar of Christ. This, in Biblical prophecy, is known as the "abomination of desolation" standing in the "holy place." Don't look for a future Jewish temple, the falsehood and error resides within the traditional theology of Christian churches that many think is the foundation of truth.

So, the 1260 years is from 497 to 1757 A.D. And this leads us to another interesting set of time periods from Daniel in the following prophecy:
And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. (Dan. 12:11-12)
Using the day for year principal, we have the following literal fulfillment of the prophecy:

  • 1260 years = 497 - 1757 A.D.
  • 1290 years = 497 - 1787 A.D.
  • 1335 years = 497 - 1832 A.D.
So what happened in 1787 A.D.?  The first New Church based on the theology of the revelations given to Swedenborg was established in England.

And what about 1832 A.D.?  This was the year that the New-England Anti-Slavery Society was established. Many Swedenborgians became involved in the Abolitionist movement, which resulted in the end of slavery in the United States after a huge Civil War. In the revelations given to Swedenborg, in the future the New Church will grow out of Africa and among the African peoples.

In a spiritual sense, one can make an argument that the three time periods fulfilled in the literal historical sense correspond to the feast days of Passover (liberation of souls from Limbo in the spiritual world), Pentecost (establishment of the Church) and finally the Feast of Tabernacles (when good is finally established - in this case - social activism, applying truth to one's life).

The prophecy is thus fulfilled, the Second Coming is here. Hopefully more will begin to notice and be brought into the light of the new revelation that restores true Christianity.