Spiritual Summary of REVELATION 5    previous  -  next  -  text  -  details  -  Revelation  -  BM Home  -  Full Page

That the Lord in the Divine Human will execute judgment from the Word and according to it, because He Himself is the Word; and that this is acknowledged by all in the three heavens.

Ver. 1. "And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne, a book written within and on the back," signifies the Lord as to His Divine itself from eternity, who is omnipotent and omniscient, and who is the Word (n. 256). "Sealed with seven seals," signifies that it is altogether hidden from angel and man (n. 257).

Ver. 2. "And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice," signifies the Divine truth from the Lord in flowing interiorly with angels and men. "Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?" signifies, Who has power to know the states of life of all in the heavens and on the earths, and to judge everyone according thereto? (n. 259).

Ver. 3. "And no one in heaven, nor on earth neither under the earth, was able," signifies that no one in the higher heavens or in the lower heavens, was able (n. 260); "To open the book," signifies to know the states of the life of all, and to judge everyone according to his state (n. 261); "Neither to look thereon," signifies not in the least (n. 262).

Ver. 4. "And I wept much because no one was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon," signifies grief of heart, because if no one could do it, all must perish (n. 263).

Ver. 5. "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not," signifies consolation (n. 264); "Behold, the lion which is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David hath prevailed," signifies the Lord, who by His own power subjugated the hells and reduced all things to order when He was in the world by the Divine good united to the Divine truth in His Human (n. 265, 266): "To open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof," signifies here as before (n. 267). Ver. 6. And I saw, and behold, in the midst of the throne, and of the four animals, and in the midst of the elders," signifies from the inmost and thence in all things of heaven, the Word, and the church (n. 268). "A Lamb standing as if slain," signifies the Lord as to His Human, not acknowledged in the church to be Divine (n. 269). "Having seven horns," signifies His omnipotence (n. 270). "And seven cups," signifies His omniscience and Divine wisdom (n. 271). "Which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth," signifies that from the Divine wisdom is derived the Divine truth throughout the whole world, wheresoever there is any religion (n. 272).

Ver. 7. "And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne," signifies that the Lord as to His Divine Human is the Word, and this from His Divine in Himself and that therefore He will execute judgment from His Divine Human (n. 273).

Ver. 8. "And when He had taken the book," signifies when the Lord determined to execute the judgment, and thereby to reduce all things in the heavens and upon the earth to order (n. 274). "The four animals and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb," signifies humiliation and adoration of the Lord from the higher heavens (n. 275). "Having everyone of them harps," signifies confession of the Lord‘s Divine Human from spiritual truths (n. 267). "And golden vials full of incense," signifies confession of the Lord’s Divine Human from spiritual goods (n. 277). "Which are the prayers of the saints," signifies thoughts which are of faith from affections which are of charity with those who worship the Lord from spiritual goods and truths (n. 278).

Ver. 9. "And they sang a new song," signifies the acknowledgment and glorification of the Lord, that He alone is the Judge, Redeemer, and Saviour, thus the God of heaven and earth (n. 279). "Saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof," signifies here as before (n. 280). "Because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God in Thy blood," signifies deliverance from hell and salvation by conjunction with Him (n. 281). "Out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation," signifies that they in the church, or in any religion, who are in truths as to doctrine, and in goods as to life are redeemed by the Lord (n. 282).

Ver. 10. "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests," signifies that from the Lord they are in wisdom from Divine truths and in love from Divine goods (n. 283). "And we shall reign on the earth," signifies, and will be in His kingdom, He in them and they in Him (n. 284, 285). Ver. 11. "And I saw, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the animals, and the elders," signifies confession and glorification of the Lord by the angels of the lower heavens (n. 286).

Ver. 12. "Saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and honor, and glory," signifies confession from the heart, that to the Lord as to His Divine Human is omnipotence, omniscience, Divine good, and Divine truth (n. 288). "And blessing," signifies all these in Him, and from Him in them (n. 289).

Ver. 13. "And every created thing which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying," signifies confession and glorification of the Lord by the angels of the lowest heavens (n. 290). "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ages of ages," signifies that in the Lord from eternity, and thence in His Divine Human, is the All of heaven and the church, Divine good, and Divine truth, and Divine power, and from Him in them (n. 291).

Ver. 14. "And the four animals said, Amen," signifies Divine confirmation from the Word (n. 292). "And the twenty-four elders fell down and adored Him that liveth for ages of ages," signifies humiliation before the Lord, and from humiliation, adoration of Him by all in the heavens, from whom and in whom is life eternal (n. 293).

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