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Time in spiritual world

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.4": detail "Section 3254"
The reason why what is new, or a new state, is what is signified by old age in the internal sense, is, because with the angels, for whose use the internal sense of the Word is, there is no idea of time, consequently no idea of such things as are of time, for instance, of the ages of man, namely, infancy, childhood, youth, adult age, and old age; but instead of all these ages they have an idea of states. Thus, instead of the time of infancy, they have an idea of a state of innocence; instead of the time of childhood and youth, they have an idea of a state of affection of good and of truth; instead of adult age, an idea of a state of intelligence; and instead of old age, an idea of a state of wisdom.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 163 - 165"
Angels do not know what time is, although with them there is a successive progression of all things, as there is in the world, and this so completely that there is no difference whatever; and the reason is that in heaven instead of years and days there are changes of state; and where there are years and days there are times, but where there are changes of state there are states.
 In the world there are times because the sun of the world seemingly advances in succession from one degree to another, producing times that are called seasons of the year; and besides, it revolves about the earth, producing times that are called times of day; both of these by fixed alternations. With the sun of heaven it is different. This does not mark years and days by successive progressions and revolutions, but in its appearance it marks changes of state; and this is not done by fixed alternations. Consequently no idea of time is possible to angels; but in its place they have an idea of state.
 As angels have no idea derived from time, such as men in the world have, so neither do they have any idea about time and what pertains to it. They do not even know what is meant by the terms of time, such as year, month, week, day, hour, today, tomorrow, yesterday. When angels hear these terms used by man (for angels are always associated with man by the Lord) in place of them they perceive state and what pertains to states. Thus the natural thought of man is turned into spiritual thought with angels. This is why times in the Word [Bible] signify states, and the terms of time, as enumerated above, signify corresponding spiritual things.