5905. Verses 9-13. Haste ye and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus hath said thy son Joseph, God hath set me for lord to all Egypt; come down unto me, tarry not; and thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy sons, and thy sons’ sons, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast; and I will sustain thee there; for there are yet five years of famine: lest thou be rooted out, thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast. And behold your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that with my mouth I am speaking unto you. And ye shall tell my father all my glory in Egypt, and all that ye have seen; and haste ye, and bring down my father hither.
“Haste ye and go up to my father,” signifies to spiritual good; “and say unto him, Thus hath said thy son Joseph,” signifies the perception of this good about the internal celestial; “God hath set me for lord to all Egypt,” signifies that it arranges each and all things in the natural; “come down unto me, tarry not,” signifies sure conjunction; “and thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen,” signifies the midst in the natural; “and thou shalt be near unto me,” signifies perpetual conjunction; “thou, and thy sons, and thy sons’ sons,” signifies spiritual good and all things that are from it and that are from these; “and thy flocks, and thy herds,” signifies natural good interior and exterior; “and all that thou hast,” signifies whatever is therefrom; “and I will sustain thee there,” signifies continuous influx of spiritual life from the internal celestial; “for there are yet five years of famine,” signifies the duration of the lack of good; “lest thou be rooted out,” signifies lest it perish; “thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast,” signifies spiritual good and all that belongs to it; “and behold your eyes see,” signifies a testifying from perception; “and the eyes of my brother Benjamin,” signifies from the perception of the intermediate; “that with my mouth I am speaking unto you,” signifies manifestation; “and ye shall tell my father all my glory in Egypt,” signifies the communication of the spiritual heaven in the natural with spiritual good; “and all that ye see,” signifies whatsoever was there noticed and perceived; “and haste ye, and bring down my father hither,” signifies close conjunction.
Inter-chapter material referred to is AC 58460- 5865
Heaven and Hell
35. Because of this distinction an angel of one heaven cannot go among the angels of another heaven, that is, no one can ascend from a lower heaven and no one can descend from a higher heaven. One ascending from a lower heaven is seized with a distress even to anguish, and is unable to see those who are there, still less to talk with them; while one descending from a higher heaven is deprived of his wisdom, stammers in his speech, and is in despair. There were some from the outmost heaven who had not yet been taught that the interiors of angels are what constitute heaven, and who believed that they might come into a higher heavenly happiness by simply gaining access to a heaven where higher angels are. These were permitted to enter among such angels. But when they were there they could see no one, however much they searched, although there was a great multitude present; for the interiors of the newcomers not having been opened in the same degree as the interiors of the angels there, their sight was not so opened. Presently they were seized with such anguish of heart that they scarcely knew whether they were alive or not. Therefore they hastily betook themselves to the heaven from which they came, glad to get back among their like, and pledging themselves that they would no longer covet higher things than were in agreement with their life. Again, I have seen some let down from a higher heaven; and these were deprived of their wisdom until they no longer knew what their own heaven was.
It is otherwise when, as is often done, angels are raised up by the Lord out of a lower heaven into a higher that they may behold its glory; for then they are prepared beforehand, and are encompassed by intermediate angels, through whom they have communication with those they come among. From all this it is plain that the three heavens are entirely distinct from each other.