Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Dream Vision of the Seven Steps of Love

An acquaintance of mine had a dream vision, this person was speaking to a pastor, telling him that there are seven steps of love.  The moment one decides to love, it corresponds to a love in heaven.  Also, when one decides to love, new love is created from that.  There are seven steps, each step is a level above the previous one, and forms a basis or plane for the next level.  Moreover, just as there are seven steps of love, one can also go the opposite way: there are seven steps or levels of hate.  It is up to us to choose which way to go: love or hate.  But if we go the way of love, it is a beautiful thing God has created, beyond anything we know here on earth.

The pastor was white, indicating he was truthful without bad intent, but he did not understand.  Since he did not understand, he was then told to listen what I had to say on the subject.  He was shaking his head, not understanding.  When I was told this, I then asked this person, are you aware that there are seven stages of spiritual development, and that I have written on it?  They said no, they were also completely unaware of the seven steps of spiritual development.

The seven steps of spiritual development, or seven steps of love, are actually described in a symbolic way in the seven days of creation of Genesis.  It is not about the creation of the universe, but rather the creation of a new spiritual being.  Our lower natural form is the earth, but our higher spiritual being is heaven.  This is described in detail in Swedenborg's work, Heavenly Arcana (20 volumes), which is also found in The Divine Revelation of the New Jerusalem: Expanded Edition (39 volumes).  The latter contains all the published theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg.

For my blog posts of the seven steps of spiritual development, see the previous blog post The Seven Practices of Peace.  This may be related to a more ancient teaching, which I discussed in Seven Stages of Spiritual Development (or, the Seven Chakras).  Everything in the universe actually corresponds to these seven stages, which I have described in several other blog posts discussing and revising the theory of Arthur M. Young which he described in his book The Reflexive Universe (see the label "Universal Order" to see the other blog posts on this topic).  Since there was a dream vision on this, obviously a clairvoyant one, I thought I would direct others to this topic.

Withdraw from hate, and embrace love. It will change your life.  Here is a nice music video of The One by Kylie Minogue, which I thought was a good representation of the things that get created in heaven when we love here on earth:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Spiritual Symbolism of Psaltery of the Psalms, and the 10-String Yepes Guitar

I have been editing a gigantic spiritual commentary on the Psalms, which is a new translation that is closer to the Hebrew and contains over a 1000 page commentary from Swedenborg's writings.  As I was going back checking the translation and commentary one musical instrument of the Psalms caught my attention: "psaltery."  I was not exactly sure what it was, and Biblical translators were not exactly sure what it was either.  If we check the definition in Wikipedia's article Psaltery, it says this:
In the King James Version of the Bible, "psaltery", and its plural, "psalteries", are used to translate several words whose meaning is now unknown: the Hebrew keli (כלי) in Psalm 71:22 [sic] and I Chronicles 16:5; nevel (נבל) in I Samuel 10:5; 2 Samuel 6:5; I Kings 10:12; I Chronicles 13:8; 15:16, 20, 28; 25:1, 6; II Chronicles 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Nehemiah 12:27; Psalms 33:2; 57:6; [sic, 71:22]; 81:2; 92:3; 108:2; 144:9; and 150:3; and the Aramaic pesanterin (פסנתרין) in Daniel 3:5, 7, 10, and 15.
Of these, the Aramaic word pesanterin in Daniel is probably from a Greek loan-word psalterion, a harp like instrument.  For that Aramaic word in Daniel psaltery is thus a correct translation.  Here is an picture of it on a Greek vase:

So that is relatively straightforward, but the word of interest for my translation is the Hebrew nevel, which is also translated as "psaltery."  The word psaltery is a mistranslation, and there are many mistranslations within the Psalms which caused me to start this project on the Psalms in the first place.  If we look at the Brown-Driver-Biggs Hebrew lexicon, the word can mean a skin bottle, a jar, or a pitcher.  Some translators thus assume it must mean a lyre, similar to a harp, as it has a similar shape to a jar.  In other cases, it is translated as a viol.  Not initially knowing what nevel was, I initially went with "lyre" even though in many contexts nevel is mentioned right along with a harp.


Swedenborg was shown in his visions that every musical instrument signified something spiritual, depending on the sound it makes.  Stringed instruments, such as the harp, are related to spiritual truth.  Wind instruments, such as the trumpet and shofar, are related to celestial love.  Truth has sharp sounds and love is more flowing.  Then there are cross-over instruments, which are both wind instruments and have sharp notes - an example of this are pipes and flutes.  For flute players of Psalms 87:7, I used the following passage to interpret it:
“That singing and its like signifies what is spiritual has also been evident to me from angelic choirs, which are of two kinds, celestial and spiritual. Spiritual choirs, from their vibratory singing tone, to which the sound of stringed instruments can be compared, are very different from the celestial…“As celestial things are holy things of love and the goods therefrom, so spiritual things are truths and goods of faith; for it is of faith to understand not only what is true, but also what is good. Knowledges of faith involve both. But to be such as faith teaches is celestial. Because faith involves both, they are signified by two instruments, the harp and the pipe. The harp as is well known is a stringed instrument; and it therefore signifies spiritual truth. But the pipe is intermediate between a stringed and a wind instrument; and therefore it signifies spiritual good.” (Heavenly Arcana, n. 418-419)

For harps, in multiple passages Swedenborg states that they represent musical worship from spiritual truth.  But for the word nevel, which Swedenborg also translated as "psaltery," he says something different: instruments of psaltery represent spiritual good.  This means the Hebrew nevel is a cross-over instrument: it must be both a wind and stringed instrument.  That means it is not a lyre or harp.  Perhaps a bagpipe?  I then double-checked the Brown-Driver Biggs lexicon and found this entry for nevel:
A musical instrument, either a portable harp, or a lute, guitar (with bulging resonance-body at lower end); (perhaps = 1. נֵבֶל, and then shape seems to favour lute; perhaps independent word, e.g. Egyptian loan-word, compare nfr, lute, WeHpt 222)
I then realized nevel is not a lyre, it is a lute.  The Hebrew word nevel is probably taken from the Egyptian word nfr which means lute.  A lute has both strings, and makes use of the resonating sound of its interior, which is in the shape of a jar or bottle.  This, of course, was completely unknown in Swedenborg's time as Egyptian hieroglyphs were undeciphered until the 19th century.  I found a few other examples of this, where Swedenborg retained the mistranslation, but from looking at the original Hebrew in his spiritual visions he was given the true spiritual meaning.  This has been an interesting discovery from correcting the translation of the Psalms.  Here is a picture from a tomb of Egyptian women playing on their lutes:


So, the "psaltery" of the Psalms are lutes.  I then noticed that in three cases, the lute (Hebrew nevel) is mentioned with an instrument of 10 strings.  Here are the passages as translated in the King James Version:
Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. (Ps. 33:2)
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. (Ps. 92:3)
I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. (Ps. 144:9)
The word "instrument of ten strings" in Hebrew is simply the number 10.  However, notice how the KJV translators added the word "and" in Ps. 33:2 and 144:9.  It is not there in the original.  For Psalm 33:2, here is the corrected translation:
Confess Jehovah with harp,Make music to Him with a lute of ten strings. (Ps. 33:2)
And another corrected translation:
Upon ten strings and upon a lute,Upon a harp with meditation. (Ps. 92:3)
And another corrected translation:
God, I will sing a new song to You:Upon a lute of ten strings I will make music to You. (Ps. 144:9)
In other words, by adding the word "and" the translators have completely missed the point that Ps. 33:2 and 144:9 are both definitely talking about a lute of 10 strings.  As for Ps. 92:3, that is also probably talking about a lute of 10 strings but it is worded separately to correspond with its parallel line.  This is the only case in scripture where it is pointed out that the musical instrument has 10 strings.  I then asked the question: is the number 10 important in music?  Is there something significant to a 10 stringed lute?


After searching around, I discovered a rather interesting modern musical invention: the 10 string classical guitar of Yepes.  Normal guitars have 6 strings.  Yepes found this insufficient, and in 1963 invented a guitar of 10 strings.  There were earlier 10 string guitars of the 18th and 19th centuries, but the Yepes guitar 10 string classical guitar of Yepes is different.  It was not designed randomly, but out of necessity:
Unlike earlier 6- or 10-stringed guitars, the normal tuning of the strings Yepes added "also incorporates all the natural resonance that the instrument lacked in eight of twelve notes of the equal tempered scale". As Yepes explains, the tuning of the Romantic ten-stringed guitars is "not exactly the same, because the tuning that I use is also for the resonance"
Here is a diagram of the tuning of the 10 string Yepes guitar:

"In the first place, the four supplementary strings [C2, Bb2, G#2, F#2] give it a balanced sound which the six-string guitar is far from having. In fact, at the moment of playing a note on one string, another begins to vibrate by sympathetic resonance. On the six- string guitar this phenomenon is produced only on four notes [E, B, A and D], while on mine the twelve notes of the scale each have their sympathetic resonance. Thus the lopsided sonority of the six-string guitar is transformed into a wider and equal sonority on a ten-string guitar.
Here is the other reason for the 10 string guitar - with it, it is easier to play Baroque lute music:
'Another reason for the 10-string is that guitarists are always playing music written for the Renaissance or the Baroque luteWe can say that the lute is to the guitar as the harpsichord is to the piano. And if this is true, how can we take the music written for these eight, nine, or 10-course instruments - even [eleven,] thirteen and fourteen courses, in the case of the baroque lute - and transcribe it for a guitar, which has only six strings? [...] I want to be able to make "legitimate" transcriptions in which the music loses nothing, but rather improves in quality.'
What is sympathetic resonance?  Here is a brief description:
Sympathetic resonance or sympathetic vibration is a harmonic phenomenon wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness. The classic example is demonstrated with two similar tuning-forks of which one is mounted on a wooden box. If the other one is struck and then placed on the box, then muted, the un-struck mounted fork will be heard. In similar fashion, strings will respond to the external vibrations of a tuning-fork when sufficient harmonic relations exist between the respective vibratory modes. A unison or octave will provoke the largest response as there is maximum likeness in vibratory motion. Other links through shared resonances occur at the fifth and, though with much less effect, at the major third. The principle of sympathetic resonance has been applied in musical instruments from many cultures and times.
Seeing is believing, but in this case hearing is believing - here someone goes through a six string guitar notes and then goes through the notes on a 10 string guitar.  The difference is obvious:

Here is a video of Narciso Yepes playing Romance Anonimo:

Here is another of Yepes playing Marcha Irlandesa (Siglo XI):

Was the 10 string lute tuned in this manner?  We have no way of knowing, as much of the original music of the ancient world has been lost.  But the principle of resonance can be heard by all skilled musicians, and has been used since ancient times.  The oldest song in the world is a Hurrian hymn, dating to 1400 B.C., and was made for a nine-stringed lyre or harp on a heptonic scale.  It even contained instructions for tuning the harp.  Here is a rendition of the notes found on the cuneiform tablet:


Let's assume for the moment that in ancient times, they followed the principle of resonance and tuned a 10 stringed lute in such a manner.  In the Yepes guitar, some strings are played and others are passive which resonate.  From Ten-string guitar:
The use of the ten-string classical guitar is similar to that of the harp guitar:
  • Six-string guitar music can be played on the first six strings, but with added resonance from the extra strings. This was Yepes' original intention and the reason for the design.
  • Music specifically arranged for the instrument can make use of the extra strings directly, thus:
  • Music originally written for instruments with more than six strings can be more faithfully transcribed. Music written by Bach and his contemporaries for lute is of particular interest in this regard. The bass strings can be appropriately tuned.
  • New music specifically written for the ten-string guitar can make use of the extra strings however the composer might wish.
Unlike the harp guitar, the extended-range classical guitar has a single neck and allows all strings to be fretted.
The first point is interesting: 6 strings are played, while the other 4 strings are just passive and resonate in sympathetic vibration.  For the Jews, this is significant: each of the 10 strings can be seen to correspond to the 10 commandments.  Moreover, the first 4 commandments relate to love of the Lord, and the last 6 concern love of the neighbour.  Inasmuch as we follow the commandments to the best of our ability, so the Lord will flow into us through Divine influx.  In other words, we will resonate with the Lord in sympathetic vibration by following the commandments.  We act, God reacts.  A covenant relationship, in sympathetic vibration.  The law or the 10 commandments is also known as the "testimony" - truth is confirmed in good, and good in truth:

“That a witness means confirmation of good by truth, and of truth by good, and that hence a testimony means good from which truth is, and truth which is from good, may be evident from the Word in other passages… That a testimony is good from which is truth, and truth which is from good, follows from the above, and also from this, that the ten precepts of the decalogue written upon the tables of stone are called in one word the testimony — as in Moses: Jehovah gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of speaking with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God (Exod. xxxi. 18). ...The precepts of the decalogue were therefore called the testimony, because they were of the covenant, and thus of conjunction between the Lord and man; which conjunction cannot exist unless man keeps the precepts, not only in external form, but also in internal. ...Because this is so, the tables were also called the tables of the covenant, and the ark the ark of the covenant. From this it is now manifest what is signified in the genuine sense by testimony in the Word (as in Deut. iv. 45; vi. 17, 20; Isa. viii. 16; 2 Kings xvii. 15; Ps. xix. 7; xxv. 10; lxxviii. 5; xciii. 5; cxix. 2, 22, 24, 59, 79, 88, 138, 167; cxxii. 3, 4; Apoc. vi. 9; xii. 17; xix. 10).” (Heavenly Arcana, n. 4197.8-9)


Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Prophecy against Turkey

Turkey, a member of NATO, and once a model democracy in the Muslim world, is now in a downward spiral towards an authoritarian government and becoming increasingly intolerant towards its Kurdish minority population.  It has unjustly supported a war against Syria prolonging the civil war, and Erdogan and his government has been secretly supporting ISIS by buying illegal shipments of oil.  Moreover, U.S. intelligence and military is well aware of this, and for several years carried on a bogus air campaign hitting non-essential targets.  All of this came to an end when Russia intervened and bombed all the oil shipments entering Turkey from the Syrian border.  During the time Turkey was financially supporting ISIS with payments for oil shipments, ISIS was slaughtering weak minorities throughout its territories, and wiping out ancient Christian communities of the Middle East.  And all of this is the result of U.S. foreign policy to keep the Middle East an area of instability.

The rise of ISIS and radical terrorism, spreading from the Middle East into Europe, was foreseen in a very unusual prophetic vision given during a Near Death Experience.  For this, see A Prophecy of September 11, Fanatical Terrorism (ISIS), Russia and America.  Here is the relevant prophecy that concerns ISIS:
"The Lady of Light appeared in the room before me. She stood next to a large globe of Earth, which was suspended in a large circular frame attached to the marble floor. The Lady of Light began to speak to me about the future of the world as she pointed to the globe. I watched as she pointed to the Middle East, and I saw a flashpoint of light. She then pointed to Italy, and I saw another flashpoint. Then flashpoints broke out rapidly throughout the Middle East and Europe representing major incidents, world events caused by mankind: acts of aggression, terrorism, and war. Fanatical, self-proclaimed religious groups supposedly acting in the name of God performed many of these acts, but I was told that acts of war and aggression were not part of God's plan."
So what about Turkey, and its attempt to overthrow the government of Assad, and its secret support for ISIS?  Here I want to point to the prophecies of Anton Johansson, a Swedish prophet who saw the sinking of the Titanic, and predicted both World War I and World War II in visions he had of Jesus (see Prophecies of a Future War with Russia).  Here is what he had to say about Turkey:
As for Turkey, I want to warn its citizens not to persecute Christians, but to become devoted to Jesus lest they get effaced from among the number of independent countries. The Jews will at that time have returned in great crowds to Jerusalem.
Turkey, unfortunately, has been following a policy of not protecting Christians, but rather secretly supporting ISIS who had wiped out ancient Christian communities in the Middle East, forcing them to flee.  It also waged war against Assad, who also was protecting Christian communities in Syria.  And the U.S. refuses to negotiate, insisting Assad must go - which of course leaves a power vacuum for yet another destabilized state, similar to Iraq and Libya.  Recently Erdogan took over Christian churches in south east Turkey declaring them state property (see Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property').  To make matters worse, Turkey continues to be in complete denial over the Armenian genocide in which they wiped up to 1.5 million Armenians, many of them Christian (see Armenian Genocide).  The historical evidence for that is just simply undeniable.

It is sad to see Turkey moving in this direction, I personally have a love for all things Turkish.  They were once a balancing force in the Middle East, now they are a source of instability.  I always wondered how the prophecy of Anton Johansson would be played out:  I want to warn its citizens not to persecute Christians, but to become devoted to Jesus lest they get effaced from among the number of independent countries.  I often wondered, how could Turkey cease to be an independent country?  Perhaps it will be self inflicted.  The Turkish president had decided to reignite its war with its vast Kurdish minority in the south-east, and this is just asking for a disaster.  Israel and the U.S. would like to see Iraq partitioned into three states - Shiite, Sunni, and Kurds.  The Kurds have been a major ground force against ISIS.  And it looks like Russia may ally with the Kurds as well, especially those in Syria - see Russia’s Kurdish Gambit: US Ally in Syria Takes Moscow’s Side.

So who is Turkey's worst enemy?  It should take a look at itself in the mirror.  Its own fears and selfish ambition will be its downfall.  Perhaps if enough people see the truth, that there will be a change for the better.  Let us pray that it is so.

Serena Shim, American journalist killed in a suspicious car accident in 2014, 2 days after Turkey accused her of spying.  She had also reported that Turkey was smuggling ISIS fighters across the border into Syria.