Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 21:6
AR 887. Verse 6. And He said unto me, It is done, signifies that it is the Divine truth. The reason why by "He said unto me," is signified that it is the Divine truth, is, because the Lord said a third time, "He said unto me," also because he said, "it is done," in the present tense; and what the Lord says a third time, is what ought to be believed, because it is the Divine truth, as also what he said in the present tense; for "three signifies what is complete to the end" (n. 505); in like manner when being about to do a thing he said, "It is done."
AR 888. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, signifies that they may know that the Lord is the God of heaven and earth, and that all things in the heavens and earths were made by Him, and are governed by His Divine Providence, and are done according to it. That the Lord is "the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end," and that thereby is meant that by Him all things were made, and are governed and done, and more may be seen above (n. 13, 29-31, 38, 57, 92). That the Lord is the God of heaven and earth is evident from His words in John:--
Power is given to Me over all flesh (John 17:2).
And in Matthew:--
All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18);
And that all things were made by Him, that were made (John 1:3, 14).
That all things which were made or created by Him, are governed by His Divine Providence, is evident.
AR 889. I will give unto him that thirsteth of the fountain of the water of life freely, signifies that to those who desire truths from any spiritual use, the Lord will give from Himself through the Word all things that are conducive to that use. By "him that thirsteth," is signified he who desires truth from any spiritual use, will be seen presently; by "the fountain of the water of life," is signified the Lord and the Word (n. 384); by "giving freely," is signified from the Lord, and not from man‘s own intelligence. The reason why by "thirsting" is signified to desire for the sake of some spiritual use, is because there is given a thirst or desire for the knowledges of truth from the Word, from natural use, and also from spiritual use, from natural use with those who have learning for their end, and by learning, fame, honor, and gain, thus self and the world; but from spiritual use with those whose end is to serve the neighbor from love to him, to consult the good of their souls, and that of their own, thus on account of the Lord, the neighbor, and salvation; truth is given to these so far as it conduces to that use, "from the fountain of the water of life," that is, from the Lord through the Word; to the rest truth is not given from thence; they read the Word, and every doctrinal truth therein they either do not see, or if they do see it they turn it into falsity, not so much in speech when it is uttered from the Word, but in the idea of their thought concerning it. That "to hunger" signifies to desire good, and "to thirst" to desire truth, may be seen (n. 323, 381). REVELATION 21:6 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page
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