Apocalypse Explained (Tansley) n. 1001

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1001. (v. 14) For they are the spirits of demons. That this signifies false reasonings from hell, is evident from the signification of the unclean spirits like frogs, as denoting reasonings from mere falsities against Divine truths (concerning which see just above, n. 1000); and from the signification of demons, as denoting reasonings which are from hell. For in hell those are called demons who are in the desire of falsifying truths, which is chiefly effected by reasonings. Hence by demons and demoniacs, in the abstract sense, are signified lusts and falsities, as is evident from the passages in the Word, where they are mentioned.

As in Lev. xvii. 7; Deut. xxxii. 17; Isa. xiii. 21; xxxiv. 14; Ps. cvi. 37; Matt. iv. 24; viii. 16, 28, 31; ix. 32, 33; x. 8; xii. 22; xv. 22; Mark i. 32, 34, 39; Luke iv. 33-38, 41; viii. 2, 26-40; ix. 1, 37-42, 49; xiii. 32; Apoc. ix. 20; xviii. 2.

Continuation concerning the Sixth Precept:-

The angels derive all their beauty from conjugial love, thus each angel derives it according to that love. For all the angels, are forms of their affections, because, in heaven, it is not allowed to feign with the face things that have no relation to the affection, therefore their faces are types of their minds. Whilst, therefore, they have conjugial love, they also have love to the Lord, mutual love, the love of good, the love of truth and the love of wisdom. These loves with them fashion their faces, and show themselves as the fires of life in their eyes, to which, moreover, innocence and peace are added, this completing their beauty. Such forms are the forms of the inmost angelic heaven, and they are forms truly human.

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