Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 15:4
AR 665. Verse 4. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? signifies that He alone is to be loved and worshiped. "To fear God" signifies to love Him; and "to glorify His name" signifies to worship Him. That He alone is to be loved and worshiped, is meant by " who shall not," and by "because Thou alone art holy." That to fear God is to love Him, by fearing to do what is contrary to Him, and that such fear is in all love, see above (n. 527, 628). That "to glorify His name" is to worship Him, is because by "the name" of Jehovah is signified everything by which He is worshiped (n. 81), and "to glorify" signifies to acknowledge and confess.
AR 666. For Thou alone art holy, signifies that He is the Word, the truth, and enlightenment. That the Lord alone is holy, see above (n. 173); and that it is the Divine truth which is called holy (n. 173, 580): and as the Word is the Divine truth, and the Lord is that, and as the Divine truth spiritually enlightens, for it is light in heaven, but from the Lord, therefore by, "because He alone is holy," is signified that the Lord is the Word, the truth, and enlightenment. Since the Word is the Divine truth, and the Divine truth spiritually enlightens, therefore it is said that the Word was dictated by Jehovah through the Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit enlightens and teaches man; but who does not know that God is omnipresent, and that what is holy proceeds from Him, and that where He is received He enlightens? Who may not thence conclude, that the Holy Spirit is not a God by itself, distinct from Jehovah, or the Lord, as one Person from another, but that it is Jehovah, or the Lord Himself? He who acknowledges the Divine omnipresence, will also acknowledge this. That by "the Holy Spirit," in the Word, is meant the Divine life of the Lord, thus Himself, and in particular the life of His wisdom, which is called the Divine truth, may be seen in the Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord (L n. 50-53), where it is shown from the Word. That the Lord is the Word, may be seen (John 1:1, 14). That He is the truth (John 14:6): that He is the Light, and consequently enlightenment (John 12:34-36).
AR 667. Therefore all the nations shall come and adore before Thee, signifies that all who are in the good of love and charity, will acknowledge the Lord alone as God. By "all nations" are signified they who are in the good of love and charity; that these are meant by "nations," in a good sense, may be seen above (n. 483). "To come and adore before Him," signifies to acknowledge the Lord as God, and as there is one God in whom there is the Trinity, and that the Lord is He, it signifies to acknowledge Him alone as God.
AR 668. Because Thy judgments are made manifest, signifies that the truths of the Word, when opened, testify it. By "judgments" are signified Divine truths, according to which man should live, from which his quality is known, and according to which he will be judged; and because those Divine truths are in the Word, and the Word is now opened, and this testifies that the Lord alone is the God of heaven and earth, therefore by "because Thy judgments are made manifest," is signified, because the truths of the Word testify it. That the Word is now opened, and that it testifies that the Lord alone is the God of heaven and earth, and that one ought to live according to His commandments, and that the faith of the present day should be removed, may appear from the Four Doctrines just published, one concerning the Lord, another concerning the Sacred Scripture, a third concerning Life according to the Commandments of the Decalogue, and the fourth concerning Faith; these are meant by " Because Thy judgments are made manifest." Since the Lord is the Divine good and the Divine truth, and since by "judgment" is signified the Divine truth, and by "justice" the Divine good, therefore, in many passages, where the Lord is spoken of, "justice and judgment" are mentioned, as the following:--
Zion shall be redeemed in justice, and her restored one in judgment (Isa. 1:27).
He shall sit upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom to establish it in judgment and justice (Isa. 9:7).
Jehovah shall be exalted, for He dwelleth on high, and hath filled the earth with judgment and justice (Isa. 33:5).
Let him that glorieth glory in this, that Jehovah doeth judgment and justice in the earth (Jer. 9:24).
I will raise up unto David a just Branch, who shall reign King and do judgment and justice in the earth (Jer. 23:5; 33:15).
I will betroth Me to thee in justice and in judgment (Hos. 2:19.)
Judgment shall flow as water, and justice as a mighty torrent (Amos 5:24).
O Jehovah, Thy justice is like the mountains of God, Thy judgments a great abyss (Ps. 36:6).
Jehovah shall bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday (Ps. 36:6).
Jehovah will judge thy people in justice, and thy poor in judgment (Ps. 72:2).
Justice and judgment are the support of His throne (Ps. 89:14).
When I shall have learned the judgments of Thy justice: seven times in a day do I praise Thee, because of the judgments of Thy justice (Ps. 119:7, 164).
And in other places, that men ought to do justice and judgment, as (Isa. 1:21; 5:16; 56:1; 58:2; Jer. 4:2; 22:3, 13, 15; Ezek. 18:5; 33:14, 16, 19; Amos 6:12; Micah 7:9; Deut. 33:21; John 16:8, 10). There "justice" is said of the good of truth, and "judgment" of the truth of good. Since judgment is said of truth, and justice of good, therefore we read in some places of "truth and justice" (Isa. 11:5; Ps. 85:11); and in David:--
The judgments of Jehovah are truth, they are just altogether; more to be desired than gold, and sweeter than honey (Ps. 19:9, 10).
That the Lord‘s government in the celestial kingdom is called justice, and in the spiritual kingdom judgment, may be seen in the work on Heaven and Hell published at London (HH n. 214-216.)REVELATION 15:4 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page
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