What The Disciples Preached In The Spiritual World On The 19th Of June, 1770

From Rev. Alan Cowley
June 2, 2017

True Christian Religion 791:

After this work (“The True Christian Religion”) was finished, the Lord called together the twelve disciples who followed him in the world. The next day he sent all of them out to the entire spiritual world to preach the gospel that the Lord God Jesus Christ reigns and that his kingdom will last for ages of ages, as foretold by Daniel (Daniel 7:13, 14) and by the Book of Revelation (Revelation 11:15); also that “people who come to the wedding feast of the Lamb are blessed” (Revelation 19:9). This occurred on June 19, 1770. This is what the Lord was referring to when he said, “He will send out his angels, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31).

Every year on the 19th of June, we celebrate the birth of the New Church. We use this date because of the statement above from True Christian Religion, telling us that on this date, in the year 1770, the Lord sent His disciples out into the spiritual world to proclaim the gospel once again.

Imagine being someone in the spiritual world when this proclamation was made. What might these statements mean to you, if you were an angel hearing these words, no longer as a prophesy, but as a reality: “The Lord God Jesus Christ reigns and His kingdom will last for ages and ages! Blessed are those who come to the wedding feast of the Lamb!”

Well, to our natural ears we may just think of this as a proclamation. We might just think of it as a statement about something that has happened. But to angelic ears, this meant that they were now, more than ever, able to do their favorite thing! This is because angels love nothing more than to lead people to heaven! “Angels want nothing more than to help people, to teach them, to lead them into heaven. This is their highest joy” (Heaven and Hell 450).

So, imagine that you were an angel on the 19th of June, 1770. For a very long time* the pathway to human minds had been clouded and obscure. In the natural world the power of hell prevailed in human minds, and so the truths angels use to teach and lead people could not be used without them being perverted and twisted by hell, causing people to profane the Word (see Doctrine of The Lord 61; Cannons 25). But, from this day on the balance was re-established! And this balance will last for ‘ages and ages’ because ‘The Lord God Jesus Christ reigns’.

So as we celebrate the birth of our beloved church, let us remember what the point of that church is. The New Church and its teachings are now open to the world to lead people to heaven. Let us join forces with The Lord and His angels to invite people to the ‘wedding feast of the Lamb’. Not all people will accept this invitation, but those who do will be blessed with eternal life in heaven.

Apocalypse Revealed 816.

Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” means, symbolically, that those people have eternal life who accept the teachings that are the teachings of the New Church. Those people are called blessed who have eternal life (no. 639). The marriage of the Lamb symbolises a new church having a conjunction with the Lord, as in no. 812 above. The people who are called mean all who accept (no. 744). All, indeed, are called, but those who do not accept, reject the call.

*The word ‘time’ here is used simply as an expression, as time does not exist in the same way in heaven.      

(Published in the June-July edition of The New Church Voice of Florida)


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