7326. And they shall be blood. That this signifies that they shall falsify truths, is evident from the signification of "blood" as being the falsification of truth (see n. 7317). "Blood" in the genuine sense signifies the holy of love, thus charity and faith, for these are the holy things of love; thus "blood" signifies holy truth proceeding from the Lord (see n. 1001, 4735, 6978). But in the opposite sense "blood" signifies violence done to charity, and also to faith, thus to the holy truth proceeding from the Lord; and as violence is done to truth when it is falsified, by "blood" is signified the falsification of truth, and in a greater degree by "blood" is signified the profanation of truth. This was signified by the eating of blood, which was for this reason so severely forbidden (n. 1003).