“The Church is... where the Lord is acknowledged, and where the Word is.” - The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine §242
Kempton New Church

December
3

Isaiah 60:3. “And the nations shall walk to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”

For the children from Revelation 21

22. And I saw no temple in her, for the Lord God Almighty is her temple, and the Lamb.

23. And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to shine in her, for the glory of God enlightened her, and her lamp [is] the Lamb.

24. And the nations of those who were saved shall walk in her light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honor into her.

25. And her gates shall not be shut by day, for there shall be no night there;

26. and they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into her.

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrine

AE 31:2. [This] speaks of the advent of the Lord and the enlightening of the Gentiles, consequently of a new church, and in particular of all who are in darkness, and receive light, and are being regenerated.

AE 422:13. This is said of the Lord; and the Divine in Him is meant by “Jehovah shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee;” the Divine good of the Divine love is meant by “Jehovah shall arise upon thee,” and Divine truth from that good by “His glory shall be seen upon thee.” “Nations” signify those who are in good, and “kings” those who are in truths from good. Of the nations it is said “they shall walk to thy light,” which signifies a life according to Divine truth; and of the kings, “they shall walk to the brightness of thy rising,” which signifies a life of intelligence from Divine good. “To walk” signifies to live, “light” signifies Divine truth, and “the brightness of rising” Divine truth from Divine good, from which is intelligence.

AC 3195:3. As regards the very origin of light, this has been from eternity from the Lord alone; for Divine good itself and Divine truth, from which light comes, is the Lord. The Divine Human, which was from eternity (John 17:5), was this light itself. Because this light could no longer affect the human race, which had removed itself so far from good and truth, thus from light, and had cast itself into darkness, therefore the Lord willed to put on by birth the human itself; for thus He could illumine not only the rational but also the natural things of man; for He made both the rational and the natural in Himself Divine, in order that He might also be a light to those who were in such gross darkness.

AC 3195:4, 6. That the Lord is light, that is, good itself and truth itself, and that thus from Him is all intelligence and wisdom, consequently all salvation, is evident from many passages in the Word, as in…. Isa. 60:1, 3.

AE 331:10. All nations shall see Thy justice, and all kings Thy glory (Isa. 62:2).

In this passage… “nations” and “kings” are mentioned together because “kings” signify the like as “peoples,” namely, those who are in truths; and it is because “nations” signify those who are in good, and “kings” those who are in truths, that it is said of the nations that they “shall see Thy justice,” and of the kings that they shall “see Thy glory;” “justice” in the Word being said of good, and “glory” of truth.

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