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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 and power” in which He is to come also have an inner meaning. The “glory” represents the spiritual sense of Scripture and “power” represents the Lord’s power through Scripture. Firstly, the Second Coming of the Lord is NOT in Person. Secondly, unknown to many, the Lord has already returned. He came as the “Spirit of Truth,” revealing the hidden or inner meanings of the Holy Scripture through the teachings for the New Church, called the Heavenly Doctrines or the Writings, which are from the Lord. In His Second Coming he has revealed the hidden meaning behind Matthew 24:29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” He has revealed that: the “sun” means love to the Lord and charity toward the neighbor; the “moon” means faith; the “stars” mean knowledges of faith; all of which, at the end of life, will be thus darkened, will not give light, that is, will vanish away from the Church or the person. And further on, by “nation against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,” nothing else is meant than evils against evils, and falsities against falsities, and so on. It is through the Lord’s Second Coming: • That I believe there is One and only God, Jesus Christ the Lord; in Him is the Soul (which is God), the Body (which is Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (which is good uses); and from Himself exists the entire blessed spiritual world and the physical universe, while at the same time He is present with all of mankind in their hearts and minds; as well as that in His mercy, in both the spiritual world and on earth, He accommodates the hells that arise (not from Him) but from human evils and falsities created by human “love of self ” and “love of worldly pleasures.” • That I believe He is Divine Love and Divine Wisdom itself, eternally merciful to all His creation and strives to lead all humanity to a good eternity. • That I believe He created marriage of good and truth, represented in heaven and on earth by marriage arising from conjugial love between one man and one woman, leading to eternal happiness. It leads to eternal happiness because the marriage the Lord created is not the one of “till death do you part” but the one that starts on earth and continues in the spiritual world to eternity. • That I believe in His Divine Mercy. He created in Heaven and on the earth the New Church spoken about in Revelation 21: 1-2, which is signified by the Holy City, New Jerusalem, descending from God out of heaven, teaching that all those who lead their lives according to its 240