Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 7:16
AR 381. Verse 16. They shall not hunger any more, neither thirst any more, signifies that hereafter there shall be no deficiency of goods and truths with them. By "not hungering" is signified to have no lack of good, and by "not thirsting" is signified to have no lack of truth; for to hunger is predicated of bread and food, and to thirst, of wine and water; and by "bread" and "food" is signified good and by "wine" and "water" is signified truth; see in (n. 323).
AR 382. Neither shall the sun fall upon them, nor any heat, signifies that hereafter they shall not have lusts to evil, nor to the falsity of evil. "The sun shall not fall upon them," signifies that they shall not have lusts to evil, "neither shall any heat fall upon them," signifies that they shall not have lusts to falsity. That "the sun" signifies the Divine love and thence the affections of good; and, in the opposite sense, diabolical love and thence lusts to evil, may be seen in (n. 53). But the reason why "heat" signifies lusts to the falsities of evil, is, because falsity is produced from evil, as heat is from the sun; for when the will loves evil, the understanding loves falsity, and burns with the lust of confirming it, and evil confirmed in the understanding, is the falsity of evil; consequently the falsity of evil is evil in its form. "Heat" and "to be hot" have a like signification in the following passages:--
Blessed is the man that trusteth in Jehovah, he shall not see when heat cometh (Jer. 17:7, 8).
For thou hast been a refuge to the needy from the inundation, a shade from the heat; He tempered the heat with the shadow of a cloud (Isa. 25:4, 5).
When they are heated, I will make them drunken, that they may sleep the sleep of an age (Jer. 51:39).
They are all hot as an oven, there is none among them that calleth unto Me (Hos. 7:7).
He beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. Drought and heat seize the waters of the snow (Job 24:18, 19).
The fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and it was given unto him to scorch men with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God (Apoc. 16:8, 9).
To say to the bound, Go forth; they shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat smite them (Isa. 49:9, 10).
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