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The signification of the Testimony, is the Divine truth, and thus the Lord in heaven. That Divine truth is the Lord in heaven, is because the Lord is good itself and truth itself, both of which proceed from Him, and that which proceeds from Him is Himself. Hence it is that the Lord is heaven; for the Divine truth which is from Him and is received by the angels, makes heaven; consequently the more perfectly the angels receive the Divine truth which is from the Lord, thus the more perfectly they receive the Lord, the more perfect human forms they are, and finally so perfect that their beauty surpasses belief. He who shall see, as I have, will be amazed; for they are heavenly loves and charities in form, which form is the truly human form. The reason why the angels are human forms, is that the Divine in heaven is the Lord, and they who receive from Him the Divine truth in good are images of Him.

[2] As to the signification of the Testimony, a distinction is made in the Word between laws, statutes, judgments, precepts, testimonies, words, commands, truths, and covenants, as can be seen from very many passages; especially in David, in Psalms cxix., where these are all mentioned, but testimonies, in (Ps. 119:2, 14, 31, 46, 59, 88, 95, 111, 119, 129, 138, 144, 168); and likewise in other places in David:--

The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of Jehovah is steadfast, making wise the simple. The commandments of Jehovah are right, making glad the heart; the precept of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes. The judgments of Jehovah are truth, they are righteous altogether (Ps. 19:7-9);

and also in Moses (Deut. 4:45; 6:17, 20); and in (Jeremiah 44:23). From all this it can be seen that the Testimony denotes the Divine truth which testifies concerning the Lord; thus the Word, for in the supreme sense the Word treats of the Lord alone, and consequently in the internal sense it testifies concerning Him; that is it teaches Him and the truths of faith and the goods of love which are from Him. In this sense testimony is used also in the Revelation:--

Who were slain for the word of Gad, and for the testimony which they held (Rev. 6:9).

They overcame the dragon by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (Rev. 12:11)

the blood of the Lamb denotes the Divine truth that proceeds from the Lord (AC 7846, 7877, 9127, 9393), and the word of the testimony denotes the Divine truth received by man; in like manner in (Rev. 12:17; 19:10).

[3] That the Divine truth which proceeds from the Lord is called the testimony, is because it testifies concerning the Lord, as is evident from the words of the Lord Himself in John:--

He that cometh from heaven is above all. What He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth. He that receiveth His testimony hath set his seal to this, that God is true (John 3:31-33).

I am He that testifieth of Myself, and the Father that sent Me testifieth of Me (John 8:18).

Search the Scriptures, and these are they which testify of Me (John 5:39).

The Paraclete, the Spirit of truth, He shall testify of Me (John 15:26).

From these passages it is evident that the Divine truth is called the testimony for the reason that it testifies concerning the Lord. This Divine truth is the Word, for as before said, in the supreme sense the Word treats of the Lord alone; consequently the Word is Divine, and from this comes its holiness. The Ten Words also, that is, the Law promulgated from Mount Sinai, and inscribed on the two tables, and stored up in the ark, is what is here called the Testimony. That this Law signifies the Word, that is, the Divine truth proceeding from the Lord, in its whole complex, (AC 9416). That it is the Lord from whom comes the Divine truth, is plain from His words to Pilate:--

Pilate saith, Art thou a King? Jesus answered, Thou sayest I am a King. To this was I born, and for this am I come into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth (John 18:37);

by a king in the internal sense is signified the Divine truth (AC 1672, 2015, 2069, 3009, 3670, 4581, 4966, 5044, 5068, 6148); and therefore He said I am a king, and to this was I born, that I should give testimony to the truth, that is, that He is the Divine truth. From all this it is now plain that by the Testimony in the ark is signified the Divine truth, thus the Lord in heaven.

from AC 95-3

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