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Animals and their parts

• Horse = Strength and Power in Battle (Job 39:19, Psalms 147:10, Pro 21:31) • Dragon = Satan or his agency (Is 27:1;30:6, Ps74:13-14; Rev. 12:7-9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jer. 51:34) • Beast = Kingdom/government/political power (Daniel 7:17, 23) • Lamb = Jesus/sacrifice (John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7) • Lion = Jesus/Powerful King i.e. Babylon (Rev. 5:4-9, Jer. 50:43-44, Dan. 7:4,17,23) • Bear = Destructive Power / Medo Persia (Proverbs 28:15, 2 Kings 2:23-24, Daniel 7:5) • Leopard = Greece (Daniel 7:6) • Serpent = Satan (Revelation 12:9; 20:2) • Tongue = Language / Speech (Exodus 4:10) • Wolf = Disguised Enemies that hunt in a time of darkness (Matthew 7:15) • Dove = Holy Spirit (Mark 1:10) • Ram = Medo Persia (Daniel 8:20) • Goat = Greece (Daniel 8:21) • Horn = King or kingdom (Daniel 7:24; 8:5, 21, 22; Zech 1:18, 19; Revelation 17:12) • Wings = Speed / Protection / Deliverance (Deut 28:49, Matthew 23:37)

Colors

• White = Purity (Revelation 12:9; 20:2) • Blue = Law (Numbers 15:38-39) • Purple = Royalty (Mark 15:17, Judges 8:26) • Red/Scarlet = Sin/corruption (Isaiah 1:18; Nahum 2:3; Revelation 17:1-4)

Metals, elements, and natural objects

• Gold = Pure Character Precious and Rare (Isaiah 13:12) • Silver = Pure Words & Understanding (Proverbs 2:4, 3:13-14, 10:20, 25:11, Psalms 12:6) • Brass, Tin, Iron, Lead, Silver dross = (Impure Character Ezekiel 22:20-21) • Water = Holy Spirit / Everlasting Life (John 7:39, 4:14, Rev. 22:17, Eph. 5:26) • Waters = Inhabited area/people, nations (Revelation 17:15) • Fire = Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16) • Tree = Cross; People / Nation (Deut. 21:22-23, Psalm 92:12, 37:35) • Seed = Descendants / Jesus (Romans 9:8, Galatians 3:16) • Fruit = Works / Actions (Galatians 5:22) • Fig Tree = A Nation that should bear fruit (Luke 13:6-9) • Vineyard = Church that should bear fruit (Luke 20:9-16) • Field = World (Matthew 13:38, John 4:35) • Harvest = End of World (Matthew 13:39) • Reapers = Angels (Matthew 13:39) • Thorns / Thorny Ground = Cares of this life (Mark 4:18-19) • Stars= Angels/messengers (Revelation 1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9; Job 38:7) • Jordan = death (Romans 6:4, Deuteronomy 4:22) • Mountains = Political or religio-political powers (Isaiah 2:2, 3; Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24, 25; Ezekiel 17:22, 23; Daniel 2:35, 44, 45) • Rock = Jesus/truth (1 Corinthians 10:4; Isaiah 8:13, 14; Romans 9:33; Matthew 7:24) • Sun = Jesus/the gospel (Psalm 84:11; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 17:2; John 8:12; 9:5) • Winds= Strife/commotion/"winds of war" (Jeremiah 25:31-33; 49:36, 37; 4:11-13; Zechariah 7:14)

Miscellaneous objects

• Lamp = Word of God (Psalm 119:105) • Oil = Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:2-6; Revelation 4:5) • Sword = Word of God (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12) • Bread = Word of God (John 6:35, 51, 52, 63) • Wine= blood/covenant/doctrines (Luke 5:37) • Honey = happy life (Ezekiel 20:6, Deuteronomy 8:8-9) • Clothing = Character (Isaiah 64:6, Isaiah 59:6) • Crown = A Glorious Ruler or Rulership (Proverbs 16:31, Isaiah 28:5, Isaiah 62:3) • Ring = Authority (Genesis 41:42-43, Esther 3:10-11) • Angel = Messenger (Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26; Hebrews 1:14) • Babylon = apostasy/confusion/rebellion (Gen. 10:8-10; 11:6-9; Rev. 18:2, 3; 17:1-5) • Mark = Sign or seal of approval or disapproval (Ezekiel 9:4; Romans 4:11; Rev. 13:17; 14:9-11; 7:2, 3) • Seal=Sign or mark of approval/disapproval Romans 4:11; Revelation 7:2, 3) • White Robes= Victory/righteousness (Revelation 19:8; 3:5; 7:14) • Jar / Vessel= Person (Jeremiah 18:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:7) • 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) • Day = Literal year (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34) Trumpet = loud warning of God's approach (Ex 19:16-17, Joshua 6:4-5)

Actions, activities, and physical states

• Healing = Salvation (Luke 5:23-24) • Leprosy / Sickness = Sin (Luke 5:23-24) Famine = Dearth of Truth (Amos 8:11) Blasphemy = Putting one's self in the place of God (John 10:33) a man claiming right to forgive sins (Luke 5:21) Sitting upon = a position of authority (Isaiah 6:1, 2 Chron 18:18)

People and body parts and names

• Name = Character or reputation (Gen 32:28)π • Woman, Pure = True Church (Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:23-27) • Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church (Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4) • Thief = Suddenness of Jesus' coming (1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10) • Hand = Deeds / Works / Actions (Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah 59:6) • Forehead = Mind (Deuteronomy 6:6-8, Romans 7:25; Ezekiel 3:8, 9) • Feet = Your Walk / Direction (Genesis 19:2, Psalm 119:105) • Eyes = Spiritual Discernment (Matthew 13:10-17, 1 John 2:11) • Skin = Christ's righteousness (Exodus 12:5, 1 Peter 1:19, Isaiah 1:4-6) • Harlot = Apostate church/religion (Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9) • Heads = Major powers/rulers/governments (Revelation 17:3, 9, 10

Numbers in Bible prophecy

1 – Represents absolute singleness and unity (Ephesians 4:4–6; John 17:21, 22.) (We presume readers need no more than these two citations, as most of the biblical information regarding unity and singleness is common knowledge.) 2 – Represents the truth of God’s Word; for example, the law and prophets (John 1:45), two or three witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1), and a sword with two edges (Hebrews 4:12). See Mark 6:7 and Revelation 11:3. It is also used 21 times in the books of Daniel and Revelation. 3 – Represents the Godhead / Trinity. The angels cry “Holy” three times to the triune God (Isaiah 6:3). See also Matthew 28:19 and 1 John 5:7, 8. 4 – Represents universal truth, as in the four directions (north, south, east, west) and the four winds (Matthew 24:31; Revelation 7:1; Revelation 20:8). In acts 10:11, a sheet with four corners symbolizes the gospel going to all the gentiles. 5 – Represents teaching. First, there are the five books of Moses. Second, Jesus taught about the five wise virgins and used five barley loaves used to feed the 5,000. 6 – Represents the worship of man, and is the number of man, signifying his rebellion, imperfection, works, and disobedience. It is used 273 times in the Bible, including its derivatives (e.g, sixth) and another 91 times as “threescore” or “60.” Man was created on the sixth day (Genesis 1:26, 31). See also Exodus 31:15 and Daniel 3:1. The number is especially significant in the book Revelation, as “666” identifies the beast. “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (Revelation 13:18). 7 – Represents perfection, and is the sign of God, divine worship, completions, obedience, and rest. The “prince” of Bible numbers, it is used 562 times, including its derivatives (e.g., seventh, sevens). (See Genesis 2:1–4, Psalm 119:164, and Exodus 20:8–11 for just a few of the examples.) The number seven is also the most common in biblical prophecy, occurring 42 times in Daniel and Revelation alone. In Revelation there are seven churches, seven spirits, seven golden candlesticks, seven stars, seven lamps, seven seals, seven horns, seven eyes, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven thousand slain in a great earthquake, seven heads, seven crowns, seven last plagues, seven golden vials, seven mountains, and 7 kings.

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