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seen to descend out of heaven : “ Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God: and the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and there shall be no night there. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star : the Spirit and the Bride say, Come ; and he that heareth let him say, Come; and he that is athirst, Let him come ; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely; even so, come Lord Jesus, Amen,” chap. xxi. 3, 24, 25, chap. xxii. 16, 17, 20.
791. After this work was finished, the Lord called together His twelve disciples, who followed Him in the world; and the next day He sent them throughout the whole spiRITUAL WORLD to preach the Gospel, that the LORD God Jesus Christ reigneth, wbose kingdom shall endure for ever and ever, according to the prophecy in Daniel, chap. vii. 13, 14; and in the Revelation, chap. xi. 15; "and that they are blessed who come to the marriage-supper of the Lamb," Revel. xix. 9; this was done on the 19th day of June, in the year 1770. This is understood by these words of the Lord, “He shall send His angels, and they shall gather together His elect from one end of heaven to the other,” Matt. xxiv. 31.
792. I HAVE already treated of the spiritual world in a particular work on Heaven and Hell, which work contains a description of many things relating to that world; and because every one after death enters into that world, the state of men there has been also described. Who does not know, or may not know, that man lives after death, both because he is born a man, and created an image of God, and because the Lord declares it in His Word? But the real state and nature of this future life have been hitherto unknown; for it hath been generally believed, that man after death is a mere soul, and the common idea of a soul has been, that it is something like æther, or air, thus that it is the breath which goes out of a man's body when he dies, in which however it is supposed, his vitality resides ; but then this has been conceived to have neither sight, such as belongs to the eye, nor hearing, such as belongs to the ear, nor speech, such as belongs to the mouth ; when yet man after death is as much a man as he was before, and so completely so, that he does not know but that he is still living in the former world; for he sees, hears, and speaks, as in the former world; he walks, runs, and sits, as in the former world ; he lies down, sleeps, and wakes, as in the former world;: he eats and drinks, as in the former world; he enjoys conjugal delight, as in the former world; in a word, he is, in all and every respect, a man.
From these circumstances it is evident, that death is not an extinction but a continuation of life, and consequently that it is only a passage from one state to another.
793. That man after death is as much a man as he was before, although he is not then apparent to the eyes of the material body, may be concluded from the angels that appeared to Abraham, Hagar, Gideon, Daniel, and some of the prophets, and also from those that were seen in the Lord's sepulchre, and afterwards frequently by John, as he relateth in the Revelation; but it may appear still more evident from the Lord Himself, for He proved Himself to be a Man both by the touch, and by eating before His disciples, and yet He became invisible to their sight; who can be so extravagantly absurd as not to acknowledge, tbat, notwithstanding His being invisible, He was still a Man as before? The reason why the disciples saw Him was, because their spiritual eyes were at that time opened, and when this is the case, the objects of the spiritual world appear as distinctly as the objects of the natural world. There is this difference between a man in the natural world and a man in the spiritual world, that the latter is clothed with a substantial body, but the former with a material body, within which is his substantial body, and a substantial man seeth a substantial man as clearly and distinctly as a material man seeth a material man; a substantial man however cannot see a material man, nor can a material man see a substantial man, in consequence of the difference between material and substantial, the nature of which difference may be described, but not in a few words.
794. From what I have been an eye-witness of for so many years, I can assert the following facts relating to the
spiritual world : In that world there are countries, just as in the natural world, and there are also plains and valleys, mountains and bills, fountains and rivers; there are paradises, gardens, groves, and forests; there are cities, containing palaces and houses; there are also writings and books; there are likewise employments and trading; and there are gold, silver, and precious stones; in a word, there are in the spiritual world all things which are in the natural world, but in heaven immeasurably more perfect. The difference is, that all things which are seen in the spiritual world are created in a moment by the Lord, as houses, paradises, food, and other things, and that they are created in correspondence with the interiors of the angels and spirits, that is, with their affections and thoughts; whereas all things that are seen in the natural world begin to exist and grow from seed.
795. As this is the truth of the case, and as I have been admitted to converse frequently in that world with the nations and people of this world, thus not only with Europeans, but also with the inhabitants of Asia and Africa, consequently with persons of various religions, I shall here by way of conclusion to the present work, add a short description of the state of some of the persons with whom I have conversed. It is to be observed, that, in the spiritual world, the state of every nation and people in common, as well as of each individual in particular, depends on the acknowledgment and worship of God, and is determined accordingly; and that all who in heart acknowledge a God, and from henceforth, all who acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ to be God, the Redeemer and Saviour, are in heaven; while they who do not acknowledge Him are under heaven, and are there instructed; and they who receive Him after instruction are taken up into heaven ; but they who do not receive Him are cast down into hell: of this description are those, who, like the Socinians, have approached God the Father alone, or who, like the Arians, have denied the Divinity of the Lord's Humanity; for the Lord hath said, “I AM THE WAY, the Truth, AND THE LIFE; NO ONE COMETH TO THE FATHER BUT BY Me;" and to Philip, who wished to see the Father, “He that SEETH AND KNOWETH Me, seetu AND KNOWETH THE Father,” John xiv. 6, &c.
OF LUTHER, MELANCTHON, AND CALVIN, IN THE
SPIRITUAL WORLD. 796. Having frequently conversed with these three leaders, who were the reformers of the Christian Church, I have been instructed concerning the state of their lives from the first, down to the present time. With respect to Luther, he, from his first coming into the spiritual World, was a most bitter asserter and defender of his own tenets, and his zeal for them increased, in proportion as the numbers from earth increased who agreed with, and favoured them. He had a house allotted him, such as he had at Eisleben during his life in the body, and in one of the rooms of this house he set up a desk, raised a little from the ground, in which he took his seat, and setting open the door to admit his hearers, he disposed them in ranks, assigning the places nearest himself to such as were most favorable to his opinions, and remoter places to such as favored them less; then he began his harangue, and at intervals allowed the audience to ask him questions, for the purpose of resuming the thread of his discourse from some new subject that might be started. In consequence of the general favour and applause which he acquired by this, he at last contracted a power of PerSUASION, and this in the spiritual world is of such efficacy, that no person is able to resist it, or to controvert what is thence asserted; but as this was a species of enchantment, in use among the ancients, he was seriously enjoined not to speak from it any longer ; accordingly he taught after