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the Lord, wherefore it is said, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men :"-Life is Divine Love, and Light is Divine Wisdom. This oneness is what is meant by these words: “In the beginning—the Word was with God, and God was the Word :”—with God, means to be in him ; for wisdom is in love, and love in wisdom. So also in another place in John: “ And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee, before the world was" (chap. xvii. 5). With thine own self, means, in thy self: wherefore it is also said, and God was the Word : and elsewhere, that the Lord is in the Father, and the Father in him, as well as, that the Father and he are one. Now as the Word is the Divine Wisdom of the Divine Love, it follows, that it is Jehovah himself, thus the Lord, by whom all things were made that are made, for all things were created from the Divine Love by the Divine Wisdom.

2. That the Word which is here specifically meant is the same that was manifested by Moses, and the Prophets, and by the Evangelists, may evidently appear from this consideration, that this is Divine Truth Itself, from which is derived all the wisdom that exists with angels, and all spiritual intelligence with men. For angels have in the heavens the very same Word that men have in the world, save only that with men it is natural, whereas in the heavens it is spiritual. And since the Word is Divine Truth, it is also the Divine Proceeding, and this is not only from the Lord but is also the Lord Himself. As this Word is thus the Lord Himself, each and all [things] of the Word are written in reference to him alone : from Isaiah even to Malachi, there is nothing given which is not concerning the Lord, or, in the opposite sense, contrary to the Lord. That this is the case, has not heretofore been seen by any one; but yet every one may see it, provided he is apprised of it, and thinks of it whilst he is reading; and is informed further, that in the Word there is not only a natural but also a spiritual sense; and that in this sense, by the names of persons and of places, is signified something of the Lord, and thence something of heaven and the church from him, or something opposite thereto. Now as each and all things of the Word have reference to the Lord ; and as the Word, because it is Divine Truth, is the Lord; it clearly appears why it is said, " and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory;" and also why it is said, “While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." Light is the Divine Truth, thus the Word: wherefore every one, even at the present day, who, when reading the Word, approaches the Lord alone, and prays to him, is enlightened by it.


3. We will here state, in a few words, what is declared concerning the Lord, both in general and in particular, in all the Prophets of the Old Testament, from Isaiah unto Malachi. I. That the Lord would come into the world in the fulness of time, which was, when he was no longer known by the Jews, and when, consequently, there was nothing which constitutes a church remaining; and that unless he should then come into the world and reveal himself, mankind would perish in eternal death: as he himself says in John: “If ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins” (viii. 24). II. That the Lord would come into the world to accomplish a last judgment, and thereby to subjugate the then prevailing power of the hells; which was to be effected by combats or by temptations admitted to assault the Human derived from the mother, and by continual victories then obtained; and that unless the hells should be so subjugated, no man could possibly be saved. III. That the Lord would come into the world to glorify his Human, that is, to unite it to the Divine which was in him by conception. IV. That the Lord would come into the world to establish a New Church, which should acknowledge him as the Redeemer and Saviour, and by love and faith towards him be redeemed and saved. V. That he would then also

arrange heaven in order, so that it, with the church, should constitute a

VI. That the passion of the cross would be the last combat or temptation, by which he would fully conquer the hells, and fully glorify his Human.-That the Word treats of no other subjects, may be seen in the small treatise concerning the Sacred Scriptures.

4. In confirmation of this, I shall merely, in this first article, adduce such passages from the Word, as mention that day, in that day, and in that time; in which, by day and time, are meant the coming of the Lord. Thus in ISAIAH: “And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established in the top of the mountains.” “ Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day.The day of Jehovah of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty.” In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver and his idols of gold” (chap. ii. 2, 11, 12, 20). In that day Jehovah will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments" (chap. ïïi. 18). “In that day shåll the Branch of Jehovah be beautiful and glorious” (chap. iv. 2). In that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea, and if one look unto the land behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof” (chap. v. 30). " And it shall come to pass in that day that Jehovah shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt." In the same day shall Jehovah shave with a razor that is hired.” It shall come to pass in that day that a man shall nourish a young cow and two


sheep.” In that day it shall even be for briers and thorns (chap. vii. 18, 20, 21, 23). “And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far ? In that day the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them, but shall stay upon Jehovah” (chap. x. 3, 20). In that day there shall be a root of Jesse which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the gentiles seek, and his rest shall be glorious. In that dayJehovah shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people" (chap. xi. 10, 11). "In that day thou shalt say, O Jehovah, I will praise thee." In that day shall ye say, Praise Jehovah, call upon his name” (chap. xii. 1, 4). "Howl ye, for the day of Jehovah is at band, it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.” “Behold, the day of Jehovah cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger." "I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of Jehovah of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger." Her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged ” (chap. xiii. 6, 9, 13, 22). In that day it shall come to pass that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin." At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough” (chap. xvii. 4, 7, 9). “And the inhabitants of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation” (chap. xx. 6). In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan.". "In that day shall there be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt.” In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria.In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land” (chap. xix. 18, 19, 23, 24),

« For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord Jehovah of hosts" (chap. xxii. 5). In that day Jehovah shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.” " And they shall be gathered together as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited; then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed” (chap. xxiv. 21-23). “ It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us” (chap. xxv. 9). In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah, We have a strong city” (chap. xxvi. 1). In that day Jehovah, with his sore, and great, and strong sword, shall punish.” In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.' “ And it shall come to pass in that day that the great trumpet shall be blown" (chap. xxvii. 1, 2, 13). “In that day shall Jehovah of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty” (chap. xxviii. 5). In that day shall the

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deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness”. (chap. xxix. 18). “And there shall be upon every high mountain and upon every high hill, rivers, and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall: moreover, the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, &c., in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the breach of his people” (chap. xxx. 25, 26). In that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold” (chap. xxxi. 7). "For it is the day of Jehovah's vengeance, the year of his recompences” (chap. xxxiv. 8). “ These two things shall come to thee in a moment, in one day; the loss of children and widowhood” (chap. xlvii. 9). “Therefore, my people shall know my name; therefore they shall know in that day, that I am he that doth speak, behold it is I(chap. lii. 6). “Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek ;-to proclaim the acceptable year of Jehovah, to comfort all that mourn” (chap. lxi. 1, 2). “For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come” (chap. Ixiii. 4).

So in JEREMIAH. In those days, saith Jehovah, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of Jehovah.”

" At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Jehovah.” those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel” (chap. iii. 16–18). "At that day, saith Jehovah, the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder(chap. iv. 9). “ Therefore, behold the days come, saith Jehovah, that it shall no more be called Tophet :--for the land shall be desolate(chap. vii. 32, 34). “Therefore shall they fall among them that fall, in the time of their visitation” (chap. viii. 12). “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised” (chap. ix. 25). In the time of their visitation they shall perish” (chap. x. 15). “And there shall be no remnant of them, for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation” (chap. xi. 23). “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that it shall no more be said," &c. (chap. xvi. 14). “I will shew them the back and not the face in the day of their calamity” (chap. xviii. 17). “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that this place shall be no more called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter” (chap. xix. 6).

“Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper.”

" In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely.” “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that they shall no more say,” &c. "I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith Jehovah." the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” (chap. xxiii. 5—7, 12, 20). "For lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah.” Alas, for that day is great, so that none is like it.” For it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds” (chap. xxx. 3, 7, 8). “For there shall be a day that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion, unto Jehovah our God.” “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will make a new covenant." “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that the city shall be built to Jehovah ” (chap. xxxi. 6, 31, 38). “Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will perform that good thing.".


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" In those days, and at that time, will I cause the branch of righteousness to grow up unto David.” In those days shall Judah be saved ” (chap xxxiii. 14—16). “I will bring my words upon this city for evil

, and not for good, and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee. But I will deliver thee in that day(chap. xxxix. 16, 17). “For this is the day of the Lord Jehovah of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries." The day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation” (chap. xlvi. 10, 21). “Because of the day that cometh to spoil," &c. (chap. xlvii. 4). “I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith Jehovah. Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith Jehovah ” (chap. xlviii. 41, 47). “I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him." “Her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day.In the latter days, I will bring again the captivity of Elam” (chap. xlix. 8, 26, 39). In those days, and in that time, saith Jehovah, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek Jehovah their God.” those days, and in that time, saith Jehovah, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none.” “Woe unto them, for their day is come, the time of their visitation.” “Thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee(chap. 1. 4, 20, 27, 31). “They are vanity, the work of errors; in the time of their visitation they shall perish ” (chap. li. 18).

So in EZEKIEL. " An end is come, the end is come.' morning is come upon thee, O thou that dwellest in the land ; the time is come, the day of trouble is near.” “Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed; pride hath budded.” The time is come, the day draweth near ;--wrath is upon the multitude thereof."

« Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Jehovah ” (chap. vii. 6, 7, 10, 12, 19). “They of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off

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