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). "But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and FALL BACKWARD, and BE BROKEN, and SNARED, and TAKEN." (Isa. 28:13). "He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot" (Pr. 9:7). Our Lord spoke in parables so they wouldn't be responsible for their sins. We shouldn't cast our "pearls before swine" (Matt. 7:6). "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him" (John 6:44). The rest "have eyes but do not see" and "ears but do not hear" (Jer. 5:21). The Bible is written in CODE to HIDE its meaning from the unconverted. That way only those who OBEY the Scriptures will understand. None of the WICKED will not understand (Dan. 12:10), but "a good understanding have all they who do his commandments" (Ps. 111:10). Knowledge brings RESPONSIBILITY for actions. But "If ye were blind, ye should have no sin" (John 9:41). 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. A "LEGEND" is therefore needed:

• Afflict (soul) -- Fast (Isa. 58:5; Ps. 35:13) which has the double meaning of accelerate.
• Amen -- Amen-hotep (sungod) or our Lord whose name is Amen (Rev. 3:14; 2 Cor. 1:20) -- Truth.
• Angel -- Messenger (Daniel 8:16; 9:21, Luke 1:19, 26, Hebrews 1:14); Star
• Americans -- "world-beaters" (has a good and bad connotation); "Yanks" sounds like ankh, a pagan cross. "A number of men" (Rev. 13:18) is 666. "Rank" is stink.
• Actor -- One who follows a Script(ure) from memory (good); alternately the word for Greek (Javanese) actors was "hypocrites" (bad) because nobody wants to acknowledge the "elephant in the room" by stating the unpopular truth that "The Emperor has no clothes." They want to conform to "the majority." Wishful thinking becomes hypocrisy.

• Babylon -- Rome & Constantinople (Rev. 17); New York, Meccah & America (Rev. 18) -- apostasy, confusion, rebellion (Gen 10:8-10; 11:6-9, Rev 18:2-3; 17:1-5)
• Balloon -- Alot of hot air that allows a person to escape from a losing argument
• British -- Covenant Man (Hebrew)
• Bear -- Medo Persia (Proverbs 28:15, 2 Kings 2:23-24, Daniel 7:5)
• Beast -- King or 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); Christ's body
• Brother -- whoever does the will of my father (Matt. 12:46-50); contrasted with foreigner (Deut. 17:15).
• Book of the Law -- Deuteronomy (Deut. 31:24-26)
• Book of the Covenant -- Exodus 21-23 (Ex. 24:7)

• Clothing -- Character (Isaiah 64:6, Isaiah 59:6); praise (Isa. 61:3); vengeance (Isa. 59:17); iniquity (Zech. 3:4)
• Christian -- "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Rom. 8:9) "Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him" (Acts 5:32).
• 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).
• Circumcised -- converted (Rom. 2:29); "decapitated"
• Church -- body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23).
• Cannibal -- Cahna-Bal (priest of Baal who ate small children sacrificed to Baal) (Ps. 106:28,37)
• Cornerstone -- Christ (Eph. 2:20)
• Candlestick -- Church of God (Rev. 1:20)
• Covenant Man -- Brit ish (Hebrew)
• Cush -- pronounced in Chaldee "Khawos", which without the digamma, becomes "Khaos." "The ancients called me (Janus) CHAOS" (Ovid Fasti 1:5:104) "Bel is confounded" (Jer.50:2) meaning "the Confounder is brought to confusion." He "divided the speeches of men ... then discord began" (Hyginus Fab 143,p.114). The symbol of Janus is a club used to "break in pieces" (Pr. 25:18; Jer. 51:20) just as Cush's Tower of Babel scattered men abroad.
• Cup -- (Golden) Babylon (Jer. 51:7); drunkenness, sorrow, astonishment & horror (Ez. 23:32); punishment (Jer. 25:17; 49:12); war (Jer. 51:39); fury & trembling (Isa. 51:17-21); "can ye drink of the cup that I drink of?" (Mark 10:38)
• Cloud -- "a CLOUD of witnesses" (Heb. 12:1); "Thou shall be like a CLOUD to cover the land, thou, and all thy HORDES, and MANY PEOPLE with thee" "a GREAT COMPANY, and a MIGHTY ARMY" (Ez. 38:9,15; Jer. 4:13)

• 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): Roman Empire; China.
• 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)
• Debt -- An ingenious substitute for the whip and chain of the slave-driver. "Borrower is slave to lender" (Pr. 22:7).
• Dark -- Knows not where he goes (John 12:35); hateth his brother (1 John 2:9) (with a cause -- Ps. 139:22)(without a cause -- Matt. 5:22)

• Egypt -- Iron furnace (Jer. 11:4); sin (Heb. 11:25-26; Rev. 11:8).
• Eyes -- Spiritual Discernment (Matthew 13:10-17, 1John 2:11)
• Earthquake -- political upheaval. It signifies "the REMOVING of those THINGS that are SHAKEN ... that those THINGS which cannot be shaken may REMAIN.... a KINGDOM which cannot be moved" (Heb. 12:27-28).

• Fire -- Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16); God's jealousy (Ez. 36:5); God's wrath (Ez. 38:19).
• Faith -- Substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1)
• 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) (Rev. 15 & 16); Liberty, Equality and Fraternity
• Fruit -- Works / Actions (Galatians 5:22)
• Fig Tree -- Jewish nation (Luke 13:6-9; Hos. 9:10; Jer. 24:3-10; 29:16-17) -- May 14th 1948
• 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)
• French -- Those who fight for liberty, equality and fraternity (good); Those who trade rights for privileges under contract -- who enfranchise and raise their hands and take an oath (bad).

• Goat -- Greece (Daniel 8:21)
• Grove -- Obelisk or steeple
• Grace -- Unmerited favor; gift of God (Eph. 2:20)
• Generation -- "three score and ten" (Ps. 90:10; Matt. 24:34 from 1948-2018) (70 years); forty years (Nu. 32:13; Matt. 24:34 from 31-70 AD); 100 years (Gen. 15:13-16; Acts 7:6); 30 years Gemini to Gemini (360° months/12 months per year = 30° years).
• Gold -- Pure Character Precious and Rare (Isaiah 13:12; Dan. 2:38); Immortality "I shall come forth as gold when tested" (Job 23:10; 1 Pet. 1:7); "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of GOLD and silver" (Ps. 119:72)

• 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)
• Hair -- Subjection (1 Cor. 11:10)
• Hill -- Small nation (Micah 4:1-3; Isa. 2:1-3)
• Hand -- actions
• Horse -- Strength & Power in Battle (Job 39:19, Ps 147:10, Pr 21:31); White --False Prophet; Black -- death; Red -- War; Pale (Green) -- Sickness (Matt.24; Rev.6)
• 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)
• Hate -- murder (1 John 3:15)
• Harvest -- End of World (Matthew 13:39)
• Heaven -- Government (Rev. 10:1) The SUN, MOON and STARS are political leaders. "His THRONE shall endure as the SUN before me, it shall be established ... as the MOON" (Ps. 89:36-37). The "Lord shall punish ... the HIGH ONES ...the KINGS ... Then the MOON shall be confounded, and the SUN ashamed" (Isa. 24:21-23). The Lord's "fury" is "upon all their ARMIES ... all the HOST of HEAVEN (government) shall be dissolved ... fall down" (34:2-4). "Spiritual wickedness in the HEAVENLIES" (Eph. 6:12). "The LIGHT of the wicked shall be put out" (Job 18:5). As Jesus said, "After the tribulation of those days shall the SUN be darkened, and the MOON shall not give its light, and the STARS shall fall from heaven" (Jerusalem destroyed 70 A.D.) (Matt 24:29). Eusebius describes the ruling Roman GOVERNMENT as "celestial powers, the SUN, the MOON and the STARS" (Eccl. Hist. 10:4). The father is SUN or chief ruler, mother is the MOON and children are STARS or subordinate (Gen. 37:9-10). EARTH is "all flesh" (Gen. 6:11-12).

• 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; Eph. 2:12-13). 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) -- SAXONS by grace.

• 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)
• Jacob's Trouble -- Jacob's Trouble (Jer. 30:7) will be a "week" of "seven years" (Gen. 29:27) for Israelites before the marriage to Christ.
• Jew -- "He is a Jew who is one inwardly and circumcision of the heart" (Rom. 2:29); "salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22). Paul called himself a Jew (Acts 21:39; 22:3) after he accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour and after he received the Holy Spirit.

• Keys -- of knowledge (Luke 11:52); of David (Rev. 3:7); of kingdom (Matt. 16:19); but not perfectly understood at "Caius College" (Latin)
• Kingdom of God -- A literal kingdom with Jerusalem as its capitol (Jer. 3:17) and Christ as its King (Luke 1:32-33) ruling the entire earth (Rev. 5:10) for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4) using Biblical laws to govern (Matt. 5:19-20). Only those saints who OBEY the Bible NOW will qualify to rule with Christ our Lord in the future (Dan. 7:18). The BRITISH EMPIRE foreshadows the Kingdom of God (Hosea 12:10).

• Lamb -- Jesus / sacrifice (John 1:29, 36; 1 Corinthians 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)
• Law of Moses -- First five books of the Bible (Luke 24:44; Acts 28:23)
• Love -- keep his commandments (1 John 5:3); walk after his commandments (2 John 6)

• Mountains -- kingdoms or governments (Isaiah 2:2-3, Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24-25, Ezekiel 17:22-23, Micah 4:1; 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)
• "Ministration of Death" -- Carrying out the death penalty, usually by stoning (2 Cor. 3:7)
• Memorials -- Ex. 12 & Lev. 23 define the Sabbath & holy days as memorials, not shadows. "This do, in REMEMBRANCE of me" (Luke 22:20) "from year to year" (Ex. 13:10), once a year (Luke 2:42), not weekly on Sunday (Acts 20:7), or "as often as you" (1 Cor. 11:26) want.

• Neighbor -- Anybody who is kind to you (Luke 10:25-37).
• Nakedness -- One's wife (Lev. 20:11,20,21)
• Nimrod -- From Hebrew "MERED" to REBEL. Ninus since he built Nineveh (Gen. 10:11) and Nineveh means "Habitation of Ninus" (Spanish Nino -- child) or Marduk or Merodach or Mars. "Osiris was black" (Plutarch De Isid. et Os. 2:359). Bacchus (holding a wine cup-- Heb. khus) means son of Cush (Anacreon p. 296) -- Nimrod.
• Naamah -- Noah's wife, seduced (Lev. 18:6) and taken by Ham to Babylon where she became Noah's Nemesis (Naamah + Isis: Gen. 4:22) -- like the whore of Rev. 17 with wine cup in her hand to make Noah (and the world) drunk. Kronus (Ham) used a sickle to castrate and depose Uranus (Noah), his father, with the help of Gaiea (Naamah) his mother.

• Oil -- Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:2-6, Revelation 4:5;1 Sam. 16:13; John 16:13; 1 John 2:27)
• Olive Trees -- witnesses (Rev. 11:3-4)

• Pale horse -- Roman disease and pestilence (Matt. 24:7); green (Greek chloros).
• Purple -- Royalty (Mark 15:17, Judges 8:26)
• Pirate -- "Illegal" radio stations from "pirate ships" (e.g. Radio Caroline; Radio London) allow gospel to be preached to Britain (Pirates of Penzance)

• 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) or sacrifice (Rev. 19)
• 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)
• Rooster -- "before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice" (Mark 14:30).
• Rod -- anger & correction (Isa. 10:5,24; Lam. 3:1; Pr. 10:13; 22:8,15); (measuring) rod -- canon of Scripture (Rev. 11)

• Seal -- Holy Spirit in our hearts (Eph. 1:13; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 4:30; Revelation 7:2-3; 2 Tim. 2:19)
• 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)
• Stick -- Scepter (Ez. 37:16-17) From 917 BCE to 1603 CE = 2520 the English [Joseph’s] and Scottish [Judah’s] crowns and thrones were as separate as two sticks.
• Star -- Angel/messenger (Rev 1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9, Job 38:7); king (Nu. 24:17-19); Bible follower (Dan. 8:10; 12:3);
• Star (fallen) -- fallen angel (not Gabriel but Lucifer)(Rev. 9:1)
• Sword -- Word of God (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12)
• Smoke -- Heresy that obscures the light (Rev. 9:2) or God's anger (2 Sam. 22:9; Deut. 29:20). Thy Word (the Bible) is a lamp (Ps. 119:105); therefore the Koran must be dark smoke that obscures that light.
• Shadows -- Priests who offer GIFTS "serve unto the example and SHADOW of heavenly things" (Heb. 8:5); "For the law having a SHADOW of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those SACRIFICES which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect" (Heb. 10:1).

• 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); 720 Days (Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12:6, 14; 13:5)
• Trumpet -- alarm; loud warning of God's approach (Exodus 19:16-17, Joshua 6:4-5; Joel 2:1)
• Thief -- Sudden, secret rapture coming to "steal" his bride (1 Thessalonians 5:2-4, 2 Peter 3:10); "taken" (Matt. 24:40-41)
• 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)
• Tables of the Covenant -- Ten Commandments (Deut. 9:9,11)
• Truth -- God's Word (John 17:17)
• Temple -- assembly of believers (1 Cor. 3:9,16; 6:19).
• Tabernacle -- human body (2 Cor. 5:1)
• Times -- Don't observe "TIMES" (Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10-14). Paul is referring to pagan celebrations in Gal. 4:8-11 (Sunday, Easter, X-mas). "Many were superstitiously addicted to the observance of TIMES, and made divination and conjectures upon them ... In the celebration of these TIMES (they) set up lamps in the marketplace, and crown their doors with garlands" (Bingham's Antiquities of the Christian Church, pp. 1123,1124)

• 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)
• Venom -- False criticism (Rom. 3:13); cursing and bitterness under their lips (Ps. 140:3); bitter words (Ps. 64:3-8).

• 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); Christ's blood
• White linen -- 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) A mighty WIND is an ARMY (Jer. 4:11-13; 49:36; 51:1-2; Dan.7:2-3).
• White horse -- Roman false counterfeit religion (Matt. 24:5) or Israel's true religion (Rev. 19:11); Sinlessness (Rev. 7:14); Victory (Rev. 6:1-2)
• Wings -- Speed / Protection / Deliverance (Deuteronomy 28:49, Matthew 23:37)
• Water (Living) -- 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)
• Woman, Pure -- True Church (Jeremiah 6:2; Isa. 62:5; 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:23-27; Rev. 19:7-8)
• Woman, Corrupt -- Apostate Church (Ezekiel 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hosea 2:5; 3:1; Revelation 14:4; Rev. 17:1-7)
• 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)
• Wisdom -- To depart from evil (Job 28:28); fear of the Lord, keep His commandments (Ps. 111:10; Pr. 9:19); If you continue in my word (John 8:31-32); All scripture (2 Tim. 3:16).

• Zion -- City of David (1 Chr. 11:5); Jerusalem (Ps. 147:12); heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22-24)

 

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