8. II. THE STATE OF THE WORLD AND OF THE CHURCH BEFORE THE LAST JUDGMENT, AND AFTER IT.
That the Last Judgment has been accomplished in the spiritual world, may appear from what has just been said. Nevertheless, in order to know anything of the state of the world and the church before and after it, it is altogether necessary that the following things should be known:
I. What is meant by "the former heaven" and "the former earth" which passed away (Apoc. 21:1).
II. Who, and of what quality were those who were in the former heaven and in the former earth.
III. Before the Last Judgment was effected upon them much of the communication between heaven and the world, thus also between the Lord and the church, was intercepted.
IV. After the Last Judgment the communication was restored.
V. Hence it is, that after the Last Judgment, and not before, revelations were made for the New Church.
VI. The state of the world and of the church before the Last Judgment was like evening and night, but after it like morning and day.