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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Judgment, Last" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.3": detail "Section 4391"
Whatever the Lord said about the Last Judgment [Matt. 24, Luke 22], it never meant the destruction of the world, but the last time of the Church in general, and of each one individually, that is, when there is no more faith, that is, no caring for others. For example, by what the Lord said of the raging of the sea is meant that of heresies and controversies, especially those arising from scientific matters. That the Sun will be darkened means that love and charity will be extinguished; that the Moon, means that faith will be; that the stars, means that higher knowledge of faith will be; nation against nation means the evil against the evil, and so on. Things were said in this way for many secret reasons, about which this is not the place to write. The same is the case in John, and in the Prophets, where it treats of the new heaven and the new earth, the new Jerusalem, that is, the Church.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Judgment, Last" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.1": detail "Section 931"
But as to believing that the end of the earth will be the same thing as the last judgment, foretold in the Word [Bible] — where the consummation of the age, the day of visitation, and the last judgment are described — this is a mistake; for there is a last judgment of every church when it has been vastated, or when there is no longer in it any faith. The last judgment of the Most Ancient Church was when it perished, as in its last posterity just before the flood. The last judgment of the Jewish Church was when the Lord came into the world. There will also be a last judgment when the Lord shall come in glory; not that the earth and the world are then to perish, but that the church perishes; and then a new church is always raised up by the Lord; as at the time of the flood was the Ancient Church, and at the time of the coming of the Lord the primitive church of the Gentiles. So also will there be a new church when the Lord shall come in glory, which is also meant by the new heaven and new earth, in like manner as with every regenerate man, who becomes a man of the church, or a church, and whose internal man, when he has been created anew, is called a new heaven, and his external man a new earth. Moreover, there is also a last judgment for every man when he dies, for then, according to what he has done in the body, he is judged either to death or to life.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Judgment, Last" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.12": detail "Section 10622"
In general, by consummation is meant the end of the Church, and the end of the Church comes, when there is no longer any charity and faith, because then the Church turns itself wholly from the Lord, and is no longer in any good, but in evil. Then is its consummation, and then visitation takes place. When visitation takes place then all those are rejected who are in evil, and all are received who are in good. Visitation takes place in the other life, where all those who have belonged to the Church from its beginning even to its end are together. The casting of the evil into hell, and the salvation of the good is what is called the Last Judgment.
 Consummation in particular takes place with every man almost in the same way. Every one, when he comes into the other life, which is the case immediately after death, is tolerated among the good even if he is evil. But in process of time his interior states are made manifest; and if these are evil, he is then brought by degrees into his own evil, until he becomes his own evil in respect to the will, and the falsity of his evil in respect to his understanding. When this takes place, evil is said to be consummated with him, and he is then cast into hell.