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Bible Symbols Chart


 

Summary:A chart of Bible symbols

SYMBOL

MEANING

REFERENCES

Angel

Messenger

Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19,26; Hebrews 1:14

Ark of Testimony

Ark of the covenant/mercy seat where God dwells

Exodus 25:10-22; Psalms 80:1

Babylon

Religious apostasy/confusion

Genesis 10:8-10; 11:6-9; Revelation 18:2-3; 17:1-5

Balaam, Doctrine of

Advancing our own interests, compromise, idolatry

Numbers 22:5-25

Beast

Kingdom, government, political power

Daniel 7:23

Bear

Destructive Power / Medo Persia

Proverbs 28:15; 2 Kings 2:23-24; Daniel 7:5

Binding of Satan

A symbolic chain of circumstances

Isaiah 14:12-20

Black

Moral darkness, sin, apostasy

Exodus 10:21-23; Jeremiah 4:20-28; 8:21; Acts 26:18; John 12:35; Joel 2:1-10

Blood

Life

Leviticus 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23

Blue (color)

Law

Numbers 15:38-39

Bottomless pit

Earth in chaos, torn up, dark and empty

Genesis 1:1,2; Jeremiah 4:23-28; Isaiah 24:1-4, 19; Revelation 20:1-3

Bow

Success in battle against evil

Psalm 7:11,12; Psalms 45:4,5

Bread

Word of God

John 6:35, 51, 52, 63

Brass, Tin, Iron, Lead, Silver dross

Impure Character

Ezekiel 22:20-21

Corrupt Woman

Corrupt, apostate church

Ezekiel 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hosea 2:5; 3:1

Crowns

Kingship, victory

1 Chronicles 20:2; 2 Kings 11:12; Ezekiel 21:26,27; James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:7,8;

1 Corinthians 9:25

Clothing

Character

Isaiah 64:6, Isaiah 59:6

Cup

Meted out suffering and judgments

Psalm 11:6; Isaiah 51:12,22-23; Jeremiah 25:12-17; 49:12

Day

Literal year

Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34

Door

Opportunity/

Probation

2 Corinthians 2:12; Revelation 3:20

Luke 12:24, 25

Dove

Holy Spirit

Mark 1:10

Dragon

Satan or his agency

Isaiah 27:1; 30:6; Psalms 74:13,14; Revelation 12:7,9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jeremiah 51:34

Eagle

Speed, Power, vision, vengeance, protection

Deut 28:49; Habakkuk 1:6-8; Revelation 12:1-4

Eating of the book

Assimilating the message

Ezekiel 3:1-3; Jeremiah 15:16

Egypt

Symbol of atheism

Exodus 5:2

Eyes

Spiritual Discernment

Matthew 13:10-17, 1 John 2:11

Eye salve

Holy Spirit to help us see truth, discernment to understand word, antidote for spiritual blindness

Ephesians 1:12-19; Psalms 119:18; I John 2: 20,27; John 16:7-13

Faithful witness

Christ

John 18:37; John 3:11; Revelation 1:5; 3:14; 19:11

False Prophet

Apostate Protestantism

Revelation 16:13,14; 13:13,14; 19:20

Famine

Dearth of Truth

Amos 8:11

Feet

Your Walk / Direction

Genesis 19:2, Psalm 119:105

Forehead

Mind

Romans 7:25; Ezekiel 3:8,9

Fornication

Illicit connection between church and world

Ezekiel 16:15,26; Isaiah 23:17; James 4:4; Revelation 14:4

Four Beasts of Living Creatures

Heavenly beings with special responsibilities

Revelation 5:8-10; 4:6-9; 6:1-7; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4

Four corners of Earth

Four directions of compass

Jeremiah 49:36

Fire

Holy Spirit

Luke 3:16

Fig Tree

A Nation that should bear fruit

Luke 13:6-9

Field

World

Matthew 13:38, John 4:35

Fruit

Works / Actions

Galatians 5:22

Garments

Covering of righteousness

Genesis 35:2; Isaiah 61:10; 52:1; Zechariah 3:3-5; Romans 13:14

Gold

True riches of heaven, faith, scripture

Psalms 19:7-10; Galatians 5:6; James 2:5; Job 23:10; Isaiah 13:12

Goat

Greece

Daniel 8:21

Hand

Symbol of Deeds / Works / Actions

Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah 59:6

Harvest

End of World

Matthew 13:39

Harlot

Apostate church/religion

Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9

Heads

Major powers/rulers/governments

Revelation 17:3, 9, 10; Daniel 7:6; 8:8,22

Healing

Salvation

Luke 5:23-24

Hidden Manna

Christ

John 6:49,50,53; mathew13:44

Honey

happy life

Ezekiel 20:6, Deuteronomy 8:8-9

Horn

King or kingdom

Power and Strength

Daniel 7:24; 8:5, 21, 22; Zechariah 1:18, 19; Revelation 17:12

Horse

Strength and Power in Battle

Special representatives/angel

Job 39:19, Psalms 147:10, Proverbs 21:31; Exodus 15:21; Isaiah 43:17; Jeremiah 8:6

Zechariah 1:8-10; 6:1-8

Image

A likeness

Exodus 20:4; Genesis 1:26; 5:3

Incense

Prayers of God’s people

Psalms 141:2; Revelations 5:8

Israel

True Followers of Christ

Romans 9:6-8; 2:28,29; Galatians 3:29

Jar / Vessel

Person

Jeremiah 18:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:7

Jezebel

Immorality, Idolatry, Apostasy

1 Kings 21:25; 2 Kings 9:22

Jordan

death

Romans 6:4, Deuteronomy 4:22

Key of David

Power to open & close the sanctuary

Revelations 3:7-9; Isaiah 22:22

Keys

Control/jurisdiction

Isaiah22:22; Matthew 16:19

Lamb

Jesus/sacrifice

John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Genesis 22:7,8

Lamp

Word of God

Psalm 119:105

Lamb’s Wife

New Jerusalem

Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2,9,10

Lion

Jesus/Powerful King i.e. Babylon

Rev. 5:4-9, Jer. 50:43-44, Dan. 7:4,17,23

Locusts

Destruction

Joel 1:4; Deuteronomy 28:38

Leopard

Greece

Daniel 7:6

Leprosy / Sickness

Sin

Luke 5:23-24

Lords Day

The Sabbath

Isaiah 58:13; Matthew 12:8; Exodus 20:10

Man Child

Jesus

Psalms 2:7-9; Revelation 12:5

Mark

Sign/Seal/mark of approval or disapproval

Romans 4:11; Ezekiel 9:4; Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11; 7:2, 3

Measuring Rod

God’s Law

God’s Word

James 2:10-12; Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

Isaiah 8:19,20; 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Merchants

Advocates of Babylon’s teachings

Isaiah 47:11-15;Nahum 3:16; Revelations 18:3,11,15,23

Moon

Permanence

Moses’ system of types of sacrifices

Psalms 89:35-37

Hebrews 10:1,11

Morning star

Jesus

Revelations 22:16

Mountains

Political or religion-political powers

Isaiah 2:2, 3; Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24, 25; Ezekiel 17:22, 23; Daniel 2:35, 44, 45

Mystery of God

The gospel

Ephesians 1:9,10, 3:9, 6:19; Colossians 1:26,27

New Jerusalem

The Holy city of Heaven

Revelations 3:12, 21:2

Oil

Holy Spirit

Zechariah 4:2-6; Revelation 4:5

Open Door

Unlimited Opportunity

1 Corinthians 16:9; Acts14:27; John 10:7-9

Hosea 2:15; Colossians 4:3

Purple

Royalty

Mark 15:17, Judges 8:26

Rainbow

Token of covenant keeping

Genesis 9:11-17

Ram

Medo Persia

Daniel 8:20

Red / Scarlet (color)

Sin/corruption

Isaiah 1:18; Nahum 2:3; Revelation 17:1-4

Reapers

Angels

Matthew 13:39

Reins

Seat of will, affections

Psalms 7:9, 16:7, 26:2, 73:21; Proverbs 23:16; Jeremiah 17:10

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

Seal

Sign or mark of approval or disapproval

Romans 4:11; Revelation 7:2, 3

Seed

Descendents / Jesus

Romans 9:8, Galatians 3:16

Second Death

Lake of fire

Revelations 21:8; 20:2

Serpent

Satan

Revelation 12:9; 20:2

Seven Candle sticks

7 candlesticks in Holy Place of Sanctuary

Seven Churches

Exodus 25:31-40

Revelations1:20

Seven Heads

Seven Political Powers

Revelations 17:9,10; Isaiah 2:2-4

Seven Lamps

Jesus, Word of God

John 9:5, 1:9; Psalms 119:105; Revelations 4:5

Sickle

Symbol of Harvest-End of world

Mathew 13:39; Revelations 14:14

Silver

Pure Words & Understanding

Proverbs 2:4, 3:13-14, 10:20, 25:11, Psalms 12:6

Sodom

Moral degradations

Ezekiel 16:46-55; Jeremiah 23:14; Genesis 19:4-14

Stars

Angels/messengers

Revelation 1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9; Job 38:7

Sun

Jesus/the gospel

Psalm 84:11; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 17:2; John 8:12; 9:5

Skin

Christ's righteousness

Exodus 12:5, 1 Peter 1:19, Isaiah 1:4-6

Sword

Word of God

Bloodshed, Destruction

Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12

Isaiah 3:25, 13:15; Acts 12:1,2; Jeremiah 48:2

Testimony of Jesus

Holy Spirit/ gift of prophecy

Revelations 19:10; 22:9; 1 Corinthians 13:2

Thief

Suddenness of Jesus' coming

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10

Thorns / Thorny Ground

Cares of this life

Mark 4:18-19

Tongue

Language / Speech

Exodus 4:10

Time

360 Day (Literal Years)

Daniel 4:16, 23, 25, 32; 7:25; Daniel 11:13 margin

Times

720 Days (Literal Years)

Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12:6,14, 13:5; 11:1,2

Trumpet

loud warning of God's approach

Exodus 19:16-17, Joshua 6:4-5

Tree

Cross; People / Nation

Deut. 21:22-23, Psalm 92:12, 37:35

Torment

Test, prove by trial

1 Corinthians 3:13; Hebrews 12:29; Isaiah 33:14

Twenty-four elders

A group redeemed from earth

Revelations 5:9-10, 4:4; 7:9-14

Two-edged Sword

God’s word

Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 10:34

Two witnesses

Old and New Testaments

John 5:39, Zechariah 4:1-14; psalms 119:130, 105; John 12:48

Vineyard

Church that should bear fruit

Luke 20:9-16

Waters

Inhabited Area-People/ Nations

Revelations 17:15

Water

Holy Spirit / Everlasting Life

John 7:39, 4:14, Rev. 22:17, Eph. 5:26

White (Color)

Purity

Revelation 12:9; 20:2

White Robes

Victory/righteousness

Revelation 19:8; 3:5; 7:14

Winds

Strife, Commotions, “winds of war”

Jeremiah 25:31-33,49:36,37, 4:11-13; Zechariah 7:14

Wings

Speed / Protection / Deliverance

Deuteronomy 28:49, Matthew 23:37

Wine

blood/covenant/doctrines

Luke 5:37

Woman, Pure

True Church

Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27

Woman, Corrupt

Apostate church

Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4

Wolf

Disguised Enemies that hunt in a time of darkness

Matthew 7:15

Wormwood

Sorrow/bitterness

Jeremiah 9:15, 23:15; Lamentations 3:19

Wrath of God

Seven Last Plagues

Revelations 15:1