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For the Sexes: Gates of Paradise
For the Sexes: Gates of Paradise, Plate 13, (E 266)
"13 Fear & Hope are--Vision"
For the Sexes: Gates of Paradise, Plate 13, (E 269)
"13 But when once I did descry
The Immortal Man that cannot Die"
Plate 13 is a death-bed scene. A vision rises from the body which is left behind in death. The man in the foreground spreads the fingers of his hand in the same way hands have been positioned in each picture since help was requested in Plate 10. The woman's gaze is not directed toward the vision which is visible to us in the picture, but toward a more distant apparition. The rising figure points upward with one hand and toward the earth with the other.
The previous plate depicted the five faceted figure entrapped with many fears and little hope. Here, through the vision which comes through death, fear and hope have been transformed. The dying man in his five aspects has seen beyond death to immortality. Eternity has become real to him.
Life Eternal is not an extension of earthly life. Nor is it a replacement of life on earth with life in heaven. Eternal life is the plane of existence on which man lives by perceiving the infinite in all things. When man becomes conscious that he is created in the Image of God and that all men partake of that same Image, he enters Eternal life.
Vision of Last Judgment, (E 554) "The Last Judgment when all those are Cast away who trouble Religion with Questions concerning Good & Evil or Eating of the Tree of those Knowledges or Reasonings which hinder the Vision of God turning all into a Consuming fire When Imaginative Art & Science & all Intellectual Gifts all the Gifts of the Holy Ghost are lookd upon as of no use & only Contention remains to Man then the Last Judgment begins & its Vision is seen by the [Imaginative Eye] of Every one according to the situation he holds"
Vision of Last Judgment, (E 555) "The Last judgment is one of these Stupendous Visions. I have represented it as I saw it. to different People it appears differently as every thing else does for tho on Earth things seem Permanent they are less permanent than a Shadow as we all know too well The Nature of Visionary Fancy or Imagination is very little Known & the Eternal nature & permanence of its ever Existent Images is considerd as less permanent than the things of Vegetative & Generative Nature yet the Oak dies as well as the Lettuce but Its Eternal Image & Individuality never dies. but renews by its seed."
Vision of Last Judgment, (E 562) "What are all the Gifts of the Spirit but Mental Gifts whenever any Individual Rejects Error & Embraces Truth a Last Judgment passes upon that Individual"
Vision of Last Judgment, (E 565) "Error is Created Truth is Eternal Error or Creation will be Burned Up & then & not till then Truth or Eternity will appear It is Burnt up the Moment Men cease to behold it I assert for My self that I do not behold the Outward Creation & that to me it is hindrance & not Action it is as the Dirt upon my feet No part of Me. What it will be Questiond When the Sun rises do you not see a round Disk of fire somewhat like a Guinea O no no I see an Innumerable company of the Heavenly host crying Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty I question not my Corporeal or Vegetative Eye any more than I would Question a Window concerning a Sight I look thro it & not with it."Second Corinthians 4
 because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.