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Study Resources :: Charts and Outlines :: Symbolic Language used in the Old and New Testaments

Symbolic Language used in the Old and New Testaments

Texts Symbols Meanings
Adultery Idolatry
Angel Messenger, hence minister
Arm Power
Arrows Judgments
Babylon Rome
Beast A tyrannical heathen monarch
Black Affliction-anguish
Blindness Ignorance
Blood Slaughter-depth
Brimstone Desolation-torments
Bride The Church of God
Bridegroom Christ wedded to his Church
Bulls Violent enemies
Candlestick Church
Chariots Heavenly hosts
Crown Victory-reward
Cup Divine Blessings
Cup Divine Judgments
Darkness Misery-adversity-ignorance
Day An indefinite time-a prophetic year-gospel period
Dogs Gentiles-impure persons-persecutors
Door An opening
Dragon Satan
Drunkenness Effects of divine judgments
Earthquakes Revolutions
Eyes Knowledge
Face The divine favor
Fat Abundance
Fire Judgments
Forehead A public profession
Furnace Affliction
Garments Outward appearance
Gates Power-security
Girdles Strength
Goats Wicked persons
Gog and Magog God's enemies
Grass The lower orders, opposed to trees, the higher orders
Hail Divine vengeance
Hand, right Protection-support
Hand of the Lord Divine influence
Harvest A time of destruction
Head Rule or ruler
Heavens Political or ecclesiastical governments
Horse War and conquest
Hunger and thirst Spiritual desires
Incense Prayer
Jerusalem Church of God
Jerusalem The heavenly state
Keys Power and authority
Lamp A successor or offspring
Light Joy-prosperity
Light Knowledge-bitterness
Moon (see Sun) -
Mountains A state-Christ's Church
Mystery Not a thing unintelligible, but never before made plain
Naked In the sinful state of nature
Night Adversity-affliction-ignorance
Oaks Men of rank and power
Oil Abundance-fertility-joy
Palms Victory
Paradise Heaven
Psa 18:2 Rock A secure refuge
Rod Authority-correction
Salt Purity-barrenness
Isa 51:10 Sea in commotion An army
Seal Security-secrecy
Serpent The devil
Sheep Christ's disciples
Shepherds Rules, civil or ecclesiastical
Shield Defence-protection
1Th 4:14 Sleep Death
Isa 1:6, etc. Sores Spiritual maladies
Num 24:17, etc. Star A prince or ruler
Joe 2:31, etc. Sun, moon, and stars The various governors in a state
Sword War and slaughter
Deu 28:13 Tail Subjection-degradation
Pro 30:14 Teeth Cruelty
Gen 41:40, etc. Throne Kingdom or government
Travail Anguish-anxiety
Zec 11:2 Trees The great and noble
Psa 80:8, etc. Vine The Church of God
Isa 5:1, etc. Vineyard The Church of God
Eze 3:17 Watch-tower The Prophets
Waters Afflictions-multitudes-ordinances
Dan 9:24 Week Seven years
Rev 12:6 Wilderness Afflicted state
Wind Judgments-destructive war
Wine Spiritual blessings-divine judgments
Winepress Slaughter
Psa 17:8, etc. Wings Protection
Wolves Furious, ungodly persons
Woman City, or body politie
Rev 12:1 Woman The Church of Christ
Yoke Labor-restraint
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