Arcana Coelestia (Elliott) n. 1975

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1975. As for dreams, it is well known that the Lord revealed the arcana of heaven to the prophets not only by means of visions but also by means of dreams, and that dreams were just as much representative and carried a spiritual meaning as visions, being almost all of the same type. It is also well known that things to come were disclosed by means of dreams to others besides the prophets, for example, by means of the dreams which Joseph had, by means of the dreams of those who were in prison with Joseph, by means of the dreams which Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and others had. From these considerations it becomes clear that dreams of that kind, just as much as visions, flow in from heaven, the difference being that dreams take place when the body is asleep but visions when it is not. The manner in which prophetical dreams and those such as are described in the Word flow in - indeed come down from heaven - has been shown to me visually. Of dreams let the following be related from experience.

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