Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 7:6
AR 353. Verse 6. Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand, signifies mutual love, which is the love of doing good uses to the community or society, with those who will be of the Lord’s New Heaven and New Church. By "Asher," in the highest sense, is signified eternity; in the spiritual sense, eternal happiness; and, in the natural sense, the affection of good and truth; but here by "Asher" is signified the love of doing uses, which is with those who are in the Lord‘s celestial kingdom, and is there called mutual love. This love descends proximately from love to the Lord, because the love of the Lord is to do uses to the community, and to each society in the community, and He does these by means of men who are in love to Him. That Asher has the above signification, may in some measure be seen from the blessing of his father Israel:--
Of Asher; his bread shall be fat, and he shall give the dainties of a king (Gen. 49:20).
And from his blessing by Moses:--
Blessed above sons is Asher; let him he acceptable to his brethren, and as his day his fame shall be (Deut. 33:24, 25).
He was named also from blessing; and they who are in the love of doing uses to the community and to society, enjoy happiness above all others in heaven.
AR 354. Of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand, signifies the perception of use and what use is, with those who will be in the Lord’s New Heaven and New Church. By "Naphtali" in the highest sense, is signified the proper power of the Lord‘s Divine Human; in the spiritual sense, temptation and victory; and, in the natural sense, resistance by the natural man; for he was named from wrestlings. But "Naphtali" here signifies the perception of use, and what use is, because it follows in the series after Asher, by whom is signified the love of uses; and also because they who have conquered in temptation, have an interior perception of uses; for by temptations the interiors of the mind are opened. The perception which they have is described in (Jeremiah 31:33, 34); they feel in themselves what is good, and see in themselves what is true. That "the tribe of Naphtali" signifies angels and men as to that perception, may be confirmed from these things in the Word:--
Naphtali is upon the heights of the field (Judges 5:18).
The heights of "the field" are the interiors of the church as to perception.
Naphtali is satisfied with good pleasure, and full with the blessing of Jehovah; possess thou the west and the south (Deut. 33:23).
"To possess the west," is the good of love serving, and "to possess the south," is the light of wisdom, which is that perception.
Naphtali is a hind let loose, he giving discourses of elegance (Gen. 49:21).
Thus is described the state after temptation as to free eloquence from perception. It is also recorded that:--
One of the tribe of Naphtali was filled with wisdom, intelligence and knowledge and made all Solomon’s work about the temple in brass (1 Kings 7:14).
The historical parts of the Word, as to names and tribes, are equally as significative as the prophetical.
AR 355. Of the tribe of Manasseh were sealed twelve thousand, signifies the will of serving and of action, with those also who will be of the Lord‘s New Heaven and New Church. There are three things which follow in order, love to the Lord, wisdom, and use, as was said in (n. 352); so also here, mutual love, understanding or perception, and will or action; these likewise make one, so that if one of them is wanting, the other two are not anything; the will of serving with the action, is the effect, thus the ultimate, in which the two former are and co-exist. The reason why "Manasseh" has this signification, is, because Joseph, who was the father of Manasseh and Ephraim, signifies the spiritual of the church; and the spiritual of the church is the good of the will, and at the same time the truth of the understanding; hence it is that "Manasseh" signifies the voluntary of the church, and "Ephraim" its intellectual. "Manasseh" signifies the voluntary of the church, because "Ephraim" signifies its intellectual, as appears manifestly in Hosea, where Ephraim is so frequently mentioned; and as "Manasseh" signifies the voluntary of the church, he also signifies act, for the will is the endeavor of every act, and where there is endeavor, there is action, when it is possible. Mention is made of "Manasseh" in several places, as when he was born (Genesis 41:50-52); when he was accepted of Jacob as if instead of Simeon (Genesis 48:3-5) and blessed by him (Genesis 48:15, 16); and by Moses, (Deuteronomy 33:17) and moreover in (Isaiah 9:18-20; Psalms 60:7; 80:2; 108:8). From which it may in some measure be seen, that by "Manasseh" is signified the voluntary of the church. REVELATION 7:6 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page
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