Visions in Heaven

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.... (Revelation 12:1). By "a great sign seen in heaven" is understood revelation concerning the New Church (Apocalypse Revealed 532).

The apostle John saw many visions in heaven while he was on the island of Patmos. The Lord showed him these visions or signs so that he could write them down in the book of Revelation. One of the signs in heaven was a beautiful woman clothed with the sun, adorned with a crown of stars, and standing on the moon. John also saw a seven-headed dragon waiting nearby, threatening the woman and her unborn child. When the baby boy was born, he was lifted up to God and His throne to protect him. Then Michael and his angels fought the dragon and defeated him.

Centuries later, the Lord revealed that the visions described in the book of Revelation are prophecies about a New Church. These prophecies were fulfilled when the Lord gave a new revelation through Emanuel Swedenborg, which is called the Heavenly Doctrine for the New Church or simply the Writings. For those who follow the faith of the New Church, June 19th is celebrated as  a time to reflect on the wondrous prophecies in the book of Revelation and their message for our lives.

For activities and ideas to help your family celebrate June 19th, visit the New Church Vineyard website.