Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 11:17
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AR 522. Verse 17. Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, signifies the confession and glorification by the angels of heaven, that the Lord is He Who is, Who lives, and has power from Himself, and Who rules all things, because He alone is eternal and infinite. By "giving thanks" is signified the acknowledgment and glorification of the Lord; that the Son of man, Who is the Lord as to the Divine Human, is the Almighty, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, also Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, may be seen in (Apocalypse 1:8, 11, 17; 2:8; 4:8); and that thereby is signified that it is He Who is, lives, and has power from Himself, Who rules all things, and is alone eternal and infinite, and God, may be seen in (n. 13, 29-31, 38, 57, 92).

AR 523. Because Thou hast taken Thy great power, and hast entered into Thy kingdom, signifies the New Heaven and the New Church, where they acknowledge Him to be the only God, as He is and was. "Because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power" signifies the Divine omnipotence, which is His, and was His from eternity. "That Thou hast entered into Thy kingdom," signifies that heaven and the church are now His, as before; by His " Kingdom" is here meant the New Heaven and New Church, treated of in the Apocalypse (chaps. 21, 22). The Apocalypse from beginning to end treats only of the state of the former heaven and church, and of their abolition, and afterwards of the New Heaven and New Church, and of their establishment, in which One God will be acknowledged in Whom there is a trinity, and that that God is the Lord. This the Apocalypse teaches from beginning to end; for it teaches that the Son of man, who is the Lord as to the Divine Human, is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the First and the Last, He that is, was, and is to come, and the Almighty (n. 522); and, lastly, that the New Church, which is the New Jerusalem, will be the church of the Lamb, that is, of His Divine Human, thus at the same time of the Divine, from whence all things are, as is plain from the following passages:--

Let us rejoice and exult, for the time of the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready (Apoc. 19:7).

And there came one of the seven angels, and said unto me, Come, I will show thee the Bride the Lambís Wife; and he showed me the holy city Jerusalem (Apoc. 21:9, 10).

I Jesus am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star; the Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and let him that heareth say, Come (Apoc. 22:16, 17).

There was given unto the Son of man, dominion and glory, and a kingdom; His dominion is the dominion of an age, and His kingdom shall not perish (Dan. 7:14).

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Author:  E. Swedenborg (1688-1772). Design:  I.J. Thompson, Feb 2002. www.BibleMeanings.info