Bible SYMBOLS Defined


Why is the Bible cloaked in SYMBOLS? Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in PARABLES, that seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand” (Luke 8:10). The Bible is written in CODE to HIDE its meaning from the unconverted. That way only those who OBEY the Scriptures will understand. The WICKED will not understand (Dan. 12:10). Many of the apocalyptic prophecies were given while the prophets were in a HOSTILE foreign land. One reason God cloaked the prophecies in SYMBOLS was to PROTECT the messages.

• Afflict (soul) -- Fast (Isa. 58:5; Ps. 35:13)
• Angel -- Messenger (Daniel 8:16; 9:21, Luke 1:19, 26, Hebrews 1:14)

• Babylon -- apostasy / confusion / rebellion (Genesis 10:8-10; 11:6-9, Revelation 18:2-3; 17:1-5)
• Bear -- Medo Persia (Proverbs 28:15, 2Kings 2:23-24, Daniel 7:5)
• Beast -- Kingdom / government / political power (Daniel 7:17, 23)
• Black -- black (horse) -- Roman famine and death (Matt. 24:7); grief. “You removed my sackcloth (grief) and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11).
• Blue (Ribbon of) -- Law (Numbers 15:38-39)
• Brass, Tin, Iron, Lead, Silver dross -- Impure Character (Ezekiel 22:20-21)
• Bread -- Word of God (John 6:35, 51-52, 63)
• Brother -- whoever does the will of my father (Matt. 12:46-50); contrasted with foreigner (Deut. 17:15).

• Clothing -- Character (Isaiah 64:6, Isaiah 59:6); praise (Isa. 61:3); vengeance (Isa. 59:17); iniquity (Zech. 3:4)
• Crown -- A Glorious Ruler or Rulership (Proverbs 16:31, Isaiah 28:5, Isaiah 62:3)
• Chariot of Fire -- Elijah (2 Ki. 2:12); Elishah (2 Ki. 13:14).
• Covenant Man -- Brit ish (Hebrew)

• Dirty -- iniquity (Zech. 3:4)
• Dragon -- Satan or his agency (Isaiah 27:1; 30:6, Psalms 74:13-14, Revelation 12:7-9, Ezekiel 29:3, Jeremiah 51:34)
• Dove -- Holy Spirit (Mark 1:10)
• Day -- Literal year (Ezekiel 4:6, Numbers 14:34); 12 hours (John 11:9); 1000 years (2 Pet. 3:8)
• Dark -- Knows not where he goes (John 12:35); hateth his brother (1 John 2:9) (without a cause -- Matt. 5:22)

• Eyes -- Spiritual Discernment (Matthew 13:10-17, 1John 2:11)

• Fire -- Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16)
• Flood -- army (Isa. 59:19); ungodly men (Ps. 18:4)
• Firstfruits -- first resurrection
• Fowl -- nations (Ez. 31:6)
• Frogs -- unclean spirits (Rev. 16:13); French (slang)
• Fruit -- Works / Actions (Galatians 5:22)
• Fig Tree -- Jewish nation (Luke 13:6-9)
• Forehead -- Mind (Deuteronomy 6:6-8, Romans 7:25, Ezekiel 3:8-9)
• Feet -- Your Walk / Direction (Genesis 19:2, Psalms 119:105)
• Famine -- Dearth of Truth (Amos 8:11)
• Field -- World (Matthew 13:38, John 4:35)

• Goat -- Greece (Daniel 8:21)
• Gold -- Pure Character Precious and Rare (Isaiah 13:12); Immortality "I shall come forth as gold when tested" (Job 23:10)
• Grove -- Obelisk or steeple

• Harlot -- Apostate Church/religion (Isaiah 1:21-27, Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9)
• Heads -- Major powers/rulers/governments (Isa. 7:8-9); ancient and honorable rulers (Isa. 9:14-15); mountains (Revelation 17:3, 9-10)
• Heaven -- Government (Rev. 10:1)
• Hair -- Subjection (1 Cor. 11:10)
• Hill -- Small nation (Micah 4:1-3; Isa. 2:1-3)
• Hand -- actions
• Horse -- Strength and Power in Battle (Job 39:19, Psalms 147:10, Proverbs 21:31)
• Horn -- King or kingdom (Daniel 7:24; 8:5, 21-22, Zechariah 1:18-19, Revelation 17:12)
• Horn (Little) -- Papacy or Islam (Dan. 7)
• Honey -- happy life (Ezekiel 20:6, Deuteronomy 8:8-9)
• Hand -- Deeds / Works / Actions (Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah 59:6)
• Healing -- Salvation (Luke 5:23-24)
• Harvest -- End of World (Matthew 13:39)

• Incense -- prayers of saints (Rev. 5:8) (Ps. 141:2)
• Isaac's sons -- Saxons by race (Gen 21:12; Am.7:16) or by grace (Gal. 3:29). Since the Hebrew alphabet was originally written without vowel points, there was no "I" in ISAAC. "If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed" (Gal. 3:29)

• Jordan -- death (Romans 6:4, Deuteronomy 4:22)
• Jerusalem (above) -- mother of us all (Gal. 4:26)
• Jar / Vessel -- Person (Jeremiah 18:1-4, 2Corinthians 4:7)
• Jew -- "He is a Jew who is one inwardly and circumcision of the heart" (Rom. 2:29)

• Lamb -- Jesus / sacrifice (John 1:29, 36; 1Corinthians 5:7)
• Leaven -- Doctrine of Pharisees and Sadducees (Matt. 16:12); hypocrisy (Luke 12:1); malice and wickedness (1 Cor. 5:8)
• Lion -- Babylon (Jeremiah 50:43-44, Daniel 7:4,17,23)
• Lamp -- Word of God (Psalms 119:105)
• Leopard -- Greece (Daniel 7:6)
• Leprosy / Sickness -- Sin (Luke 5:23-24)

• Mountains -- kingdoms or governments (Isaiah 2:2-3, Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24-25, Ezekiel 17:22-23, Micah 4; Daniel 2:35, 44-45)
• Mark -- Sign or seal of approval or disapproval (Ezekiel 9:4, Romans 4:11, Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11; 7:2-3)

• Neighbor -- Anybody who is kind to you (Luke 10:25-37).

• Oil -- Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:2-6, Revelation 4:5;1 Sam. 16:13; John 16:13; 1 John 2:27)

• Pale horse -- Roman disease and pestilence (Matt. 24:7)
• Purple -- Royalty (Mark 15:17, Judges 8:26)

• Quiet -- Jacob was a quiet man (Heb. "tam" ) or tame -- civilized (Gen. 25:27)

• Race -- The Christian life (Heb. 12:1; 1 Cor. 9:24-26; 2 Tim. 4:7; Phil. 3:13-14)
• Red/Scarlet -- Sin/corruption (Isaiah 1:18, Nahum 2:3, Revelation 17:1-4)
• Reapers -- Angels (Matthew 13:39)
• Ram -- Medo Persia (Daniel 8:20)
• Ribs (three) -- Babylon, Egypt and Lydia (Dan. 7)
• Righteousness -- All thy commandments (Ps. 119:172)
• Ring -- Authority (Genesis 41:42-43, Esther 3:10-11)
• Rock -- Jesus / truth (1 Corinthians 10:4, Isaiah 8:13-14, Romans 9:33, Matthew 7:24)
• Red horse -- Roman war (Matt. 24:6)

• Seal -- Holy Spirit in our hearts (Eph. 1:13; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 4:30; Revelation 7:2-3)
• Seed -- Descendents / Jesus (Romans 9:8, Galatians 3:16)
• Sin -- Transgression of the law (1 John 3:4); whatsoever is not of faith (Rom. 14:23).
• Stone -- Christ's kingdom; Britain (Dan. 2); Jacob's Bethel Stone of Scone
• Stone heart -- unconverted (Ez. 11:19; 36:26; 2 Cor. 3:3); smitten (converted)
• Sun -- Jesus / the gospel (Psalms 84:11, Malachi 4:2, Matthew 17:2, John 8:12; 9:5)
• Silver -- Pure Words & Understanding (Proverbs 2:4; 3:13-14; 10:20; 25:11, Psalms 12:6)
• Serpent -- Satan (Revelation 12:9; 20:2)
• Star -- Angel/messenger (Revelation 1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9, Job 38:7); king (Nu. 24:17-19)
• Sword -- Word of God (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12)

• Tail -- false prophet (Isa. 9:14-15)
• Ten tribes (lost) -- ten servants (Luke 19:11-27); ten virgins (Matt.25); ten pieces of silver (Luke 15:8) or ten lepers (Luke 17:12)
• Tongue -- Language / Speech (Exodus 4:10)
• Time -- 360 Day (Daniel 4:16, 23, 25, 32; 7:25; Daniel 11:13 margin)
• Times -- 720 Days (Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12:6, 14; 13:5)
• Trumpet -- loud warning of God's approach (Exodus 19:16-17, Joshua 6:4-5)
• Thief -- Sudden, secret rapture coming to "steal" his bride (1 Thessalonians 5:2-4, 2 Peter 3:10)
• Tree -- Cross; People (Isa. 61:3); Nation (Deuteronomy 21:22-23, Psalms 92:12; 37:35)
• Thorns / Thorny Ground -- Cares of this life (Mark 4:18-19)

• Unclean (person or thing) -- Not immersed in water; not baptized

• Vineyard -- Church that should bear fruit (Luke 20:9-16); house of Israel (Isa. 5:7)

• Wedding -- seven days (Judges 14:2,10,12; Gen. 29:27-28).
• Wedding Garment -- Tallit (prayer shawl) (Matt. 22:12)
• Wine -- blood/covenant / doctrines (Luke 5:37)
• White Robes -- Victory / righteousness of saints (Revelation 19:8; 3:5; 7:14)
• Wolf -- Enemy of sheep (Matthew 7:15)
• Winds -- "winds of war" (Jeremiah 25:31-33, 49:36-37; 4:11-13, Zechariah 7:14)
• White horse -- Roman false religion (Matrt. 24:5)
• Wings -- Speed / Protection / Deliverance (Deuteronomy 28:49, Matthew 23:37)
• Water -- Holy Spirit / Everlasting Life (John 7:39; 4:14, Revelation 22:17, Ephesians 5:26)
• Waters -- Inhabited area/people, nations (Revelation 17:15)
• White -- righteousness (Revelation 3:4-5; 7:14; 19:14)
• Wisdom -- fear of the Lord, keeping His commandments (Ps. 111:10); If you continue in my word (John 8:31-32); All scripture (2 Tim. 3:16).
• Woman, Pure -- True Church (Jeremiah 6:2, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:23-27)
• Woman, Corrupt -- Apostate Church (Ezekiel 16:15-58; 23:2-21, Hosea 2:5; 3:1, Revelation 14:4)
• Wild -- Ishmael is like a "wild donkey" (Gen. 16:12) or unconverted. Esau is contrasted with Jacob -- "wild vs civilized" (tam - tame), "hairy vs smooth" (Gen. 25:27)

 

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