23. IV. ALL WHO HAVE BEEN BORN MEN FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION, AND ARE DECEASED, ARE EITHER IN HEAVEN OR IN HELL.
I. This follows from what has been said and shown in the preceding article, namely, that heaven and hell are from the human race.
II. And from this, that every man after the life in the world, lives to eternity.
III. Thus all who have ever been born men from the creation of the world, and are deceased, are either in heaven or in hell.
IV. Since all who will be born hereafter, will also come into the spiritual world, that world is so vast, and is such that the natural world, in which are men on earth, cannot be compared with it.
But in order that all these things may be the more distinctly perceived, and more plainly evident, I will expound and describe them one by one.