633. Verse 9. And a third angel followed them, saying with a great voice, signifies something further from the Lord concerning those who are in faith separated from charity. By "a third angel following them," is signified something further from the Lord which follows in order, for by "an angel," in the highest sense, is meant the Lord (n. 626). The reason is, because an angel, when he speaks the Word, as here, does not speak from himself, but from the Lord. By "saying with a great voice," is signified what follows, which relates to the damnation of those who in life and doctrine confirm themselves in faith separated from charity. This chapter, from verse 1 to 5, treats of the New Christian Heaven; and in verses 6 and 7, of the preaching of the gospel, that is, of the Lord's advent to establish the New Church; and because they who are in faith separated from charity oppose this, there now follows a threatening and denunciation of damnation against those who still persist in that faith.