This is one of the most comprehensive interpretations of the Apocalypse or book of Revelation ever published: it includes the works "Apocalypse Revealed" (3 volumes) and "Apocalypse Explained" (6 volumes). Many have sought the meaning of this last book of the Bible, but the author took a unique approach: his interpretations were based on knowledge and visions received from heaven. The Apocalypse is highly symbolic, and to interpret each verse each symbol is discussed in light of how the symbol is used in other portions of scripture. Many references are also drawn from his other multi-volume work, "Heavenly Arcana" (Heavenly Secrets, otherwise known as Arcana Coelestia). The Apocalypse Explained was the original edition which Emanuel Swedenborg mysteriously set aside, and seven years later he published the much smaller version entitled "Apocalypse Revealed", perhaps because the first work was so massive and costly to publish.
This book reveals the spiritual meaning of the Apocalypse, which concerns the end times of the Christian Church when there is a falling away from the true faith. Highly symbolic, the book has remained closed to readers, but as Swedenborg explains the spiritual sense of each word it starts to become an open book. Instead of guesswork the symbolism of the Apocalypse is explained in detail, using a system of correspondences or archetypes with numerous references to other portions of scripture. In general, the Apocalypse treats of the last state of the Christian Church, which has been corrupted by false doctrines and heresies over time, and the renewal of the Christian Church as the New Jerusalem which descends out of heaven. The seven letters written to seven churches in Asia contain particular messages from Jesus for different churches of our present time. Much of the work describes a spiritual judgment which occurred on the Christian Church in heaven, especially the Protestants who separate charity from faith, and the Catholics who have sought dominion over others by means of religion. The mysterious contents of the little book of seven thunders are revealed for the first time in this work, which concentrates on the true doctrine of the One God, how he is one in person in Jesus Christ. The Second Coming is revealed to be a Second Coming of the Word, in which the hidden spiritual meaning of the Bible is now made known to all who wish to seek it. These revelations from heaven, which will form the basis of a New Christian Church, have been and will be opposed by religious authorities of the present Christian churches, as much of their doctrines are based on a false trinity of three persons. This spiritual battle is symbolically described in the final battle of Armageddon. Ultimately the prophecy of the Apocalypse declares that a New Church will be formed on earth, which is represented by the New Jerusalem which descends out of heaven. This work is timely: there is no such thing as the "end of the world," rather, there is an end of an age and the beginning of a new one as a new church is gradually formed on earth. This book has been formatted for digital publication and includes hyperlinked table of contents, references, footnotes, and topical index. The two works "Apocalypse Revealed" and "Apocalypse Explained" are hyperlinked with each other, so that the reader can read the short interpretation of any passage, and immediately jump into a more comprehensive interpretation of the symbol throughout scripture. Both of these works are also available in the multi-volume work of the theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg, "The Divine Revelation of the New Jerusalem: Expanded Edition."