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Divine* Love and Divine Wisdom, or what is the fame, Di-
192. Where Men do not know that there is a certain spiri-
shut in the Word there is a Spiritual Sense, heretofore
*93- Who doth not acknowledge and assent to this Propo-
are under the Influence of genuine truths from the Lord. .VI. 4. Relation of some wonderful Phanomena resulting from the spiritual Sense of the Word. We shall proceed to a particular Explanation of each Article,
194. I. What The Spiritual Sense Is. •-' \ 0 The Spirituals Sense of the Word is not that which breaketht
sorth as a Light out of the literal Sense, whilst a Person is studying and explaining the Word, with intent to establish some particular Tenet of the Church; sor this Sense may b© called the literal and ecclesiastic Sense of the Word; buttho spiritual Sense doth not appear in the literal Sense, being resident within it, as the Soul is in the Body, or as the Think-* mg-Principle of the Understanding is in the Eyes, or as the Aisection of Love is in the Countenance. This Sense is that f principal Cause of the Spirituality of the Word, whereby it is adapted not only to the Service of Men, but also of Angels, and in Consequence of which the Word communicateth with the Heavens. Inasmuch as the Word is inwardly Spiritual, theressore it is written by mere Correspondencies., and what i» written by Correspondencies, is, in it's last or lowest Sense, written in such a Stile, as we meet with in the Prophets, the Evangelists, and the Revelation, which, although it appeareth vulgar, yet is the Repository of all Divine and Angelic Wisdom, What is meant by Correspondence, may be seen in the Treatise concerning Heaven And Hell, published at London in the Year 175,?,, wfhich Treats ef the Correspondence of all Things in Heaven with all Things in Man, No. 87 to 102 i and of the Correspondence of all Things in Heaven with allThings en Earth, No. 103 to 115; and wil l be surther shewn by Examples from the Word, which will be adduced presently.
195. From the Lord proceedeth Tee Divine-celestial,The Divine Spiritual, and The Divine Natural, one aster another. Whatsoever proceedeth from his Divine Lovo is called The Divine Celestial, and all that is Goodness; whatsoever proceedeth from his Divine Wisdom is called The Divine-spiritual, and all that is- Truth, The DiVine-natural is an Efsect of both, and is the last tesminatw ing Sphere of their Operations (Complexus in Ultimof, The
Angels of the Celestial Kingdom, who compose the Third or Highest Heaven, are under that Divine Influence proceeds ing from the Lord, which i8 called Celestial, sor they are in the Good of Love from the Lord. The Angels of the Lord's Spiritual Kingdom, who compose the Second or Middle Heaven, are under that Divine Influence proceeding frora the Lord, which is called Spiritual, sor they are in Divine Wisdom from the Lord. The Angels of the Lord's Natutal Kingdom, who compose the First or Lowest Heaven, are under that Divine Influence from the Lord, which is called Divine-Natural, and are in the Faith of Charity from the Lord. But the Members of the Church on Earth are in one or other of these Kingdoms, according to their Love, Wisdom, and Faith; and in whichsoever they are, to the fame they are admitted aster Death. As Heaven is, such also is the Word of the Lord; in it's last Sense it is Natural, in it's inner, Sense it is Spiritual, and in it's inmost Sense it h Celestial, and in ail it's Senses it is Divine; wheressore it is accommodated to the Angels of the Three Heavens, and also to Men.
196. II. That The Spiritual Sense Is In All |nd Every Part Of The Word.
This cannot be better seen than by Examples; as sor Instance; John faith in the Revelation, " I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white Horse, and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in Righteousness he doth judge and make War. His Eyes -were as a Flame of Fire, and on his Head were many Crowns, and he had a Name written that no Man knew but He himself; and he was cloathed with a Vesture dipped in Blood, and his Name is called The Word Of God. And the Armies which were in Heaven followed him upon white Horses, cloathed in fine Linen, white and clean. And he hath on his Vfture, and on his Thigh, a Name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. And I saw an Angel standing in the Sun, and he cried with a loud Voice, to all the Fowls that sty in the Midst of Heaven, Come and gather yourselves unto the Sup/ier of the Great God, that ye may eat the Flesh of Kings, and the Flesh of Captains, and the Flesh of mighty Men, and the Flesti of Horses, and of them that sit on them, and the Flesh of all Ment loth free and bond, hath small and great." Chap. xix. 11 to 18. What these Words signify, cannot possibly be known but -irom the spiritual Sense of the Word; a.»d the spiritual Sense
of the Word cannot possibly be known but from the Science of Correspondenciessor all the above Words are Correspondencies, and there is not one without a Meaning. The Selene: of Correspondencies teacheth what is signisied by a W hite Horse, what by Him that sitteth upon him, what by his Eyes which were as a Flame of Fire, what by the Crowns which he wore on his Head, what by his Vesture dipped in Blood, what by white Linen with which the Armies that sollowed him in Heaven were cloathed, what by the Angel standing in the Sun, what by the great Supper to which they should come and gather themselves, what by the Flesh of Kings, and Captains and others, which they should eat. The particular Signification of all these Expressions in their spiritual' Sense may be seen explained in a Work entitled, ApocalypSis Revelata, from No. 820 to No. S38; and likewise in. a sm illTreatise on the White Horse ; wheressore it is needless to repeat the Explanation. In those Books it is ftewn, that, in the Pailage here quoted, the Lord is described as to the Word, and that by his Eyes, which were like a Maine of Fire, is meant the Divine Wisdom of his Divine Love j and by the Crowns which he wore on his Head, and by the Name which no one knew but Himself, are meant the Divine 1 ruths of the Word derived from Him, and that no one knowetb, what the Word is, in it's spiritual Sense, except the Lord, and those to whom he revealeth it; also that by his Vesture dipped in Blood is meant the natural or literal Sense of the Word violated; that it is the Word which is thus described, is very evident from it's being faid, His Name Is Called The; Word Op God 5 and that it is the Lord who is meant, is likewise evident, sor it is faid that the Name of Him, who fat on the White Horse, was King Of Kings ^Np Lord Of Lords, in like Manner as in Revelations, xvii. 14; where we sind these Words, " And the Lamb Jhallovercome them, fir He is Lord Of Lords W Kino Of Kings," That the Spiritual Sense ot tile Word is to be opened at the End of the Church, is signisied not only by what is faid of the White Horse, and of Him that fat upon him, but also by the great Supper to which all were invited, by the Angel standing in the Sim, to come, and eat the Flessi of Kings, and Captains, iic. by which is signisied the Appropriation of all good Things fepnitlle Lori, All these Expressions would be idle uame^u-s