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17. But these signs shall follow them that believe. In My name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;

18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall


19. But the Lord, after speaking to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

believe in this manifestation and do the work of repentance, but are closed against those who do not believe, v. 15, 16.

They are further taught that by a right belief all false principles of every kind are cast out; the doctrinals of the New Church are received; security is given against infestation from the hells, and the infection of wickedness; at the same time by communication and conjunction with heaven, thus with the LORD, spiritual diseases are healed, v. 17, 18.

Thus the sum and substance of all evangelical truth is to be found in the acknowledgement, that the LORD hath Divine Omnipotence even as to His Humanity, and that He is continually at work in the minds of the humble and the penitent to confirm this acknowledgement. AMEN. EXTRACTS FROM THE THEOLOGICAL WRITINGS

20. But they going forth preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.



VERSE 2 and 9. And very early in the morning on one of the Sabbaths, they come to the sepulchre, as the sun was rising. Inasmuch as morning in a proper sense signifies the Lord, His coming, thus the approximation of His kingdom, it may be manifest what morning further signifies, viz. the arising of a New Church, for this is the Lord's kingdom in the earths, and this both in general and in particular, yea also in singular; in general, when any New Church is raised up on this globe; in particular, when man is regenerating, and is made new, for on this occasion the kingdom of the Lord arises in him and he becomes a church; in singular, as often as the good of love and of faith is operative in him, for in this good is the Lord's advent; hence the Lord's resurrection on the third day in the morning, Mark xvi. 2, 9. Luke xxiv. 1, John xx. 1, involves all those things, even in particular and singular, that He rises again in the minds of the regenerate every day, yea every moment. A. C. 2405.

Inasmuch as the Lord is the morning, therefore also He arose from the grave early in the morning, being about to establish a New Church. T. C. R. 764.

Verses 3, 4. And they said among themselves, who shall roll away for us the stone from the door of the Sepulchre, &c. &c. By the stone, which was placed before the monument, and which was rolled away by the angel, is signified the Divine Truth, thus the Word, which was closed by the Jews, but opened by the Lord; and whereas by a sepulchre, in the spiritual sense, is signified resurrection and regeneration, and eminently by the sepulchre, in which the Lord was laid, and by angels, in the Word, is signified Divine Truth, therefore the angels were seen one sitting at the head and the other at the feet, and by the angel at the head was signified the Divine Truth in first principles, and by the angel at the feet the Divine Truth in ultimates, each proceeding from the Lord, by which, when it is received, regeneration is effected and there is resurrection. Ap. Ex. 687.

Verse 5. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white garment. Thai rational truths, are like a covering or clothing to spiritual truths, may be thus explained; the inmost principles of man, are what constitute his soul, but the exterior principles are what constitute his body: The inmost principles of man are goods and

truths, from which the soul hath its life, otherwise the soul would not be soul; exterior principles hence derive their life, and are all like a body, or, what is the same thing like a covering or clothing; which may especially be manifest from those which appear in the other life, as from the angels when they are presented to view, on which occasion their interior principles shine forth from the face, whilst the exterior principles are represented both in their body and in their clothing, insomuch that every one may there know from the clothing alone what is their quality, for they are real substances, thus essences in form; the case is the same with the angels who have been seen, and who have been described in the Word as to their faces and clothing, as with those who were seen in the Lord's sepulchre, Matt. xxviii. 3. Mark xvi. 5, A. C. 4576.

Verse. 15. And he said unto them, Going forth into all the world, preach ye the gospel to every creature. That beasts signify affections appertaining to man, evil affections with the wicked, and good affections with the good, may be abundantly manifest from the Word, as in Ezekiel, “Behold I will have respect to you, that ye may be cultivated and sown, and I will multiply upon you man and beast, and they shall be multiplied and made fruitful, and I will make you to dwell according to your ancient states," xxxvi. 9, 10, 11, speaking of regeneration. And in Jeremiah," Behold the days are coming and I will sow the house of Israel, and the house of Judah, with the seed of man, and the seed of beast, and I will watch over them to build and plant," xxxi. 27, 28, speaking also of regeneration. A distinction is made in the prophets between beasts and wild beasts of the earth, and between beast and wild beasts of the field. Good principles are still called beasts, so that they who are nearest to the Lord in heaven, are named animals, both in Ezekiel, and in the Revelation, in which latter book it is written, “All the angels stood round about the throne, and the elders and the four animals, and they fell before the throne on their faces, and adored the Lamb." Rev. vii. 11. xix. 4. They are also called creatures, to whom the gospel was to be preached because they were to be created anew, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark xvi, 15. A. C. 46. Inasmuch as to be made, or created, also signifies to be regenerated, therefore he who is born again is said also to be made or created anew, as is plain from these passages, "CREATE in me a clean heart, O God, renew a right spirit within me," Ps. li. 12. "Thou openest thy hand they are filled with good; Thou sendest forth Thy spirit, they are CREATED," Ps. civ. 28, 30." "Behold I CREATE Jerusalem a rejoicing," Isaiah lxv. 18; and also in other passages, where the Lord is called Creator, Former, and Maker. Hence it is plain what is meant by these words of the Lord to His disciples, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every CREATURE," Mark xvi. 15. By crea tures are meant all who are in a capacity to be regenerated; in like manner it is applied, Rev. iii. 14. 2 Cor. v. 17. T. C. R. 573.

Verses 17, 18. BUT THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE. IN MY NAME THEY SHALL CAST OUT DEMONS; THEY SHALL SPEAK WITH NEW TONGUES; THEY SHALL TAKE UP SERPENTS; AND IF THEY DRINK ANY DEADLY THING, IT SHALL NOT HURT THEM; THEY SHALL LAY HANDS on the sick, and they shall recover. Although these things were miracles, they are still called signs, because they testified concerning the Divine Power of the Lord thus operating, wherefore it is said at verse 20, the Lord working with them by those signs; they would have been called miracles if applied to the wicked, for with the wicked such things only induce stupor, and strike the mind, and still do not persuade to a right faith; it is otherwise with the good, for to them the same things are testifications which persuade to a right faith, wherefore also they are called signs, and it is said, these signs shall follow them who believe, but in what manner those signs could persuade to a right faith, shall also be briefly explained; those miraculous signs, as the casting out demons, the speaking with new tongues, the taking up serpents, not being hurt if they drank any deadly thing, and being restored to health by the laying on of hands, were spiritual in their essence and in their origin, from which spiritual things they flowed forth, and were produced as effects, for they were correspondences, which derive all that

they have from the spiritual world by influx from the Lord, as casting oul demons in the name of the Lord derived its effects from this circumstance, that the name of the Lord, spiritually understood, is the all of doctrine ori ginating in the Word from the Lord, and that demons are false principles of every kind, which are thus cast out, that is, removed by doctrine originating in the Word from the Lord; speaking with new tongues, derived its effects from this consideration, that new tongues are doctrinals for the New Church; serpents were to be taken up, because serpents signify the bells as to wickedness, and thus they were to be safe from its infestation; not being hurt if they drank any deadly thing, denoted, that the wickedness of the hells would not infest them; the recovery of the sick by laying on of hands denoted, that by communication and conjunction with heaven, thus with the Lord, they should be healed of spiritual diseases, which are called iniquities and sins, the laying on of hands, by the disciples, corresponding to conjunction and communication with the Lord, and thus to the removal of iniquities by His Divine Power, Ap. Exp. 706.

Deceit is called hypocrisy, when expressions of piety are in the mouth, and impiety is in the heart, or when charity is in the mouth, but hatred in the heart, or when innocence is in the countenance or gesture, but cruelty in the soul and bosom, consequently when innocence, charity and piety are employed as the means of deceiving; such deceivers are serpents and vipers in the internal sense, since, as was said above, when viewed in the light of heaven by the angels, all such persons appear as serpents, and as vipers, who conceal evils under truths, that is, who deceitfully bend truths to do evils, for they hide poison under the teeth, and thus destroy life. But they, who are in the faith of truth, and in the life of good from the Lord, cannot be hurt by their poison, for they are in light from the Lord, in which light the deceitful appear as serpents, and their deceits as poisons; that they are in safety from the Lord, is meant by the Lord's words to the disciples, "Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions," Luke x. 19: and in Mark," These signs shall follow them who believe, they shall take up serpents; though they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them," xvi. 18. A.C. 9013.

Translators Notes and Observations.

VERSE 2. And very early on one of the Sabbaths, &c. What is here rendered, on one of the Sabbaths, is expressed in the common version of the New Testament, by the first day of the week, but in the original Greek by ans mas σaßßatwy, which, literally translated, is one of the Sabbaths, or times of sacred rest, appointed in the law of Moses, as well as that of the seventh day. The word is particularly applied by the Septuagint to the pas chal Sabbath, Levit. xxiii. 15; to that on the tenth day of the seventh month, Levit xxiii. 32; and to those on the 15th and 23rd day of the same, Levit xxiii. 39.

To the work is prefixed a most excellent and well written Preface of 20 pages, the great object of which is to prove the Hon. E. Swedenborg to be," what thousands are now convinced he is, a Scribe instructed into the kingdom of heaven." After proving this point in the most clear and satisfactory manner, the Author thus concludes :—

The Translator of the following gospel has now only to observe, in reference to his Translation, that he has endeavoured, as on a former ocea sion, "to make it as correct as possible, by consulting the best and most approved commentators, and that whensoever he has felt himself under the obligation to adopt a sense differing from what is expressed in the authorised version, it has always been with regret, on account of the commendation so justly due to that version for its general accuracy and correctness. He has accordingly thought it right to give his reasons for his occasional deviations from that version, which reasons may be found in the notes and observations annexed to each chapter."

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It only remains then that both the gospel itself, and also the accompanying extracts, notes and observations, may be perused by the reader in that spirit of humility, prayer, and the sincere love of truth for its own sake, which led the Psalmist of old to address himself to his HEAVENLY FATHER in these interesting words, " Open Thou mine eyes, that I may beħold wondrous things out of Thy law," [Psalm cxix. 18.]

That such may be the mind and temper of the reader, and such the blessed end of his reading, is the devout prayer of the


We cannot finish our remarks upon this Work, without warmly recommending it to the notice of our readers, and expressing our hope that it may have an extensive circulation.


WANTAGE, Berkshire.

We have the pleasure of informing our readers of a small Society of the New Jerusalem, recently formed in this place, the members of which meet regularly on the evenings of Monday and Thursday in each week to read the writings of E. Swedenborg, and converse thereon.


THE friends at this place have agreed to arrange themselves into a regular society: thirteen individuals have put down their names as members, and the meetings are in general attended by from 50 to 100 individuals. The Rev D. G. Goyder visited them on Sunday, Nov. 12; on which occasion he preached from Gen. xliii, 11. It is understood that at his next visit the Society will be organized. The doctrines were first preached in this village by Mr. R. G. Sheldon of Liverpool.


We understand from a Swedish Correspondent, that the doctrines of the New Jerusalem continue to gain ground in Sweden, and although there is no regular Society, there are many warm recipients; this is particularly the case at the University, where among the professors we have many zealous advocates.


THE learned Jacob Spon, in his "Miscellanea Eruditæ Antiquitatis," instances only a single trumpeter among the Romans, an inscription over whom is mentioned; Muratori knew only of one flute-player. A grave-stone, however, has been discovered by Captain Berg among the ruins of the ancient Cherson, upon which, under the figure of a trumpet, is the following inscription:

D. M.

Tub. L. (e) G. XIC
Qui Militavit
Annos XIIII. Vi-
xit Annos XXXVI.

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To the manes of Aurelius Salvianus, trumpeter to the Eleventh (Claudian) Legion, who served fourteen years, and lived six-andthirty."


NEW JERUSALEM TEMPLE SUNDAY SCHOOL, BOLTON STREET, Salford, On Sunday evening the 5th November, the children of the above School were catechised by the Rev. D. Howarth in the School room before a numerous and respectable audience, principally consisting of the members of the church and the parents of the children. After a hymn being sung and the Lord's prayer repeated, Mr. Howarth proceeded to ask the children the whole of the questions contained in the catechism, which were answered very correctly. Mr. H. then informed them that it was not only necessary that they should be able to repeat the catechism by heart, but that they should understand it, several questions being then put to them and answered, Mr. H. explained to them in a familiar manner, the nature and use of the catechism, and the duties which it required them to perform in order to make them useful in this world and happy hereafter; he then concluded by informing them that it was intended that they should be catechised in future once a month (on the first Sunday), but as they were now engaged in learning pieces for the annual recital at Christmas, they would not be again catechised in public until some time in January next, of which due notice would be given. After singing another hymn the meeting broke up much cdified: the school was completely filled. We understand the Annual recital above alluded to will take place, as usual, in the Temple on the last Sunday in the year (the 31st Dec.) and we sincerely hope that it will meet with that success with which it has hitherto been crowned.


A Public Examination of the children instructed in this Institution, took place on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, 1826, at the New Jerusalem Temple, Waterloo Road, when the children, to the great satisfaction of the persons present, repeated a great number of passages taken from the Writings of E. Swedenborg, particularly illustrative of the Doctrine of the New Church respecting the Lord. Other pieces were also recited, and the children generally examined as to the knowledge they had obtained in the School concerning the heavenly doctrines. Specimens of the Boys' writing were also exhibited, which gave great satisfaction; and one boy received two books as rewards for diligence and good behaviour. There are at this time upwards of Two Hundred Children in this School.


We had last Sunday the pleasure of hearing Mr. Thomas Ogden, of Middleton, expatiate on the sublime doctrines of the New Jerusalem. He was accompanied by a few friends from Accrington, whom we were very glad to see; and in the evening he was requested to speak on the nature of the resurrection: he did so to the entire satisfaction of many who heard him, several of whom spoke in the highest terms of his services; and some remarked that the doctrines could not fail to spread rapidly now, were he to preach regularly for us. He shewed with peculiar clearness that in order to understand the doctrine of the resurrection, it was essential to know the meaning of the terms Death and Life; the parable concerning the Prodigal shews the meaning of these terms in the most pleasing and instructive manner, and he who will read that parable with due attention to these important terms, will soon see the true nature of the resurrection, and be able to discover the meaning of these divine words," he who liveth and believeth in me shall never die." The edification and delight expe rienced on this occasion was most evidently very considerable.

Six years have elapsed since the Doctrines of the New Church were first made known at this place, and though the progress of the church has not been rapid, we have reason to be thankful for what has been done :

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