Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 14:5
AR 624. Verse 5. And in their mouth was found no deceit, signifies that they do not, from cunning and design, speak and persuade to falsity and evil. By "the mouth" is signified speech, preaching, and doctrine (n. 452), and by "deceit" is signified persuasion to evil by falsity, properly from cunning and design; for he who persuades to anything from cunning or deceit also persuades from design; for cunning or deceit proposes something to itself, conceals its purpose, and does it when opportunity offers. By a "lie," in the Word, is signified falsity and false speaking; by "deceit" is signified both from design; as in the following passages:--
Jesus said of Nathanael, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit (John 1:47).
The remnant of Israel shall not speak a lie, neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth (Zeph. 3:13).
He did no violence, neither was deceit in His mouth (Isa. 53:9).
For the rich men are filled with violence, and the inhabitants speak a lie, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth (Micah 6:12).
Thou shalt destroy them that speak a lie, Jehovah will abhor a man of blood and deceit (Ps. 5:6).
Deliver my soul, O Jehovah, from lying lips and a tongue of deceit (Ps. 120:2, 3).
They have taught their tongue to speak a lie, thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know Me (Jer. 9:5).
Ephraim hath encompassed Me with a lie, and the house of Israel with deceit (Hos. 11:12).
If anyone had a design to kill his companion with deceit, thou shalt take him from Mine altar and he shall die (Exod. 21:14).
Cursed be he that doeth the work of Jehovah with deceit (Jer. 48:10; Jer. 5:26, 27; 8:5; 14:14; 23:26; Hos. 7:16; Zeph. 1:9; Ps. 17:1; 24:4; 35:20, 21; 36:3; 50:19; 52:2, 4; 72:14; 109:2; 119:118; Job 13:7; 27:4).
The deceitful are signified in the Word by poisonous "serpents," and by "crocodiles" and "vipers," and deceit is signified by their "poison."
AR 625. For they are spotless before the throne of God, signifies because they are in truths from good from the Lord. By "spot less" are signified those who are not in falsities, consequently who are in truths; for "spots" signify falsities, properly falsities from evil; by "the throne of God" is signified the Lord and heaven (n. 14, 233); and as all who are in good from the Lord, appear as if they were in truths, therefore by "they are spotless before the throne of God" is signified that they are in truths from good from the Lord. For all who are led by the Lord are kept by Him in good, and from that good there proceeds nothing but truth; and if a falsity does proceed from it, it is an apparent falsity, which is regarded by the Lord as like truth, only by the modification of the light of heaven it is in another color; for the good that is within it, so qualifies it; for there is given falsity from evil, and also falsity from good; both may appear alike in the external form, but still they are altogether dissimilar, because that which is within makes the essence, and produces its quality. Since "spots" signify falsities, therefore:--
It was forbidden that anyone of the seed of Aaron in whom there was a spot, should approach the altar, and enter within the veil (Lev. 21:17, 23).
By this was signified that they should be spotless. And also it was forbidden that any sacrifice should be offered of oxen, calves, sheep, goats or lambs, on which there was a spot (Lev. 22:19-25). The spots are also enumerated.REVELATION 14:5 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page
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