(LD) - Teachings for the New Jerusalem on the Lord

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0. Author's Preface to the Doctrine of the Lord

Some years ago there were published the following five little works:
1. On Heaven and Hell
2. Doctrine of the New Jerusalem
3. On the Last Judgment
4. On the White Horse
5. On the Planets and other Earths in the Universe
In these works many things were set forth that have hitherto been unknown. Now, by command of the Lord, who has been revealed to me, the following are to be published:
Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord
Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning Holy Scripture
Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem from the Ten Commandments
Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning Faith
Continuation concerning the Last Judgment
Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Providence
Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience, Infinity, and Eternity*
Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Love and Divine Wisdom
Angelic Wisdom concerning Life.**
It is said "Doctrine of the New Jerusalem," and this means doctrine for the New Church which is at this day to be set up by the Lord; for the old church has come to its end, as is evident from what has been said in the little work on the Last Judgment (n. 33-39); and also from what is to be further said in the little works just mentioned, which are to follow. That a New Church is meant by the New Jerusalem foretold in the twenty-first chapter of Revelation as to come after the judgment may be seen below, in the last chapter.
* Although the treatise here named was never published as a separate work, the subjects of it are specially treated of in the first chapter of True Christian Religion. See also references to the same subjects in this present work (n. 65), in Doctrine of the Holy Scripture (n. 32), and in Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Love and Wisdom (n. 9). [Translator]
** This proposed treatise seems to have been included in the one mentioned immediately before it, which begins with an exposition of the subject of life. The reason this treatise and the one on Divine Omnipotence, etc., were not published as separate works is explained in a letter of Swedenborg to Dr. Beyer, dated February, 1767. See Documents concerning Swedenborg, by R. L. Tafel, volume 2, page 261. [Translator]


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