Bible Symbols Glossary

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Bible Symbols Glossary

In the Bible, everything testifies about Jesus. A big part of this is found in symbols throughout the Bible. God uses symbolic words to explain the knowledge of Jesus throughout all of the Bible. The writers of the Bible mentioned this often (Heb. 9:24, Gal. 4:24, Eph. 5:13, 1 Pet. 3:21). Here is a list of some of those symbolic words and their biblical definitions.

Altar – Possibly, a person’s heart (also see glossary definition for “Burnt Sacrifices”)

Bread/Corn/Wheat/Grain – Life, something that makes active

Burnt Sacrifices/Tithes/Various Offerings – Worship, thanksgiving (also see glossary definition for “Altar”)

Buying/Spending Money– Used synonymously with labor, work

Coat/Clothing – Probably something exterior, on the outside. Used for manifestation. Also used for flesh. Unclothed/naked would mean a spirit without a flesh/nothing exterior.

Cliff/Rock – Seemingly the same as Mountain/Hill — Heaven or a native of heaven

Dark/Shade/Shadow – Anything that makes things not visible, hidden. Either in the sense of blindness, concealment or in the sense of protection (also see glossary definition for Light/Lamp/Brightness)

Death – Something that makes inactive (dead therefore would mean “inactive”)

Dog – Fool, unlearned

Egypt – The Gentiles (meaning either non-Jew or non-heavenly, because Heaven is true Israel)

Heart – Insides, inner

Iron – Definition uncertain. Possibly something that crushes, breaks in pieces.

Light/Lamp/Brightness – Anything that makes things visible, manifest, exposed (see glossary definition for Dark/Shade/Shadow).

Lion – King, ruler

Mountain/Hill – Heaven or a native of heaven.

Oil/Olives/Anointing – Possibly clear of blockage or obstruction. Either in the sense of making something clear/manifest or in the sense of something being made smooth without hinderance. 

The Sea/The Deep – Under the earth, underworld (Hell is either the name for the sea or is part of the sea).  

Staff/Rod – Possibly correction or guidance.  

Stone – Still, by implication dead (because dead means inactive), by implication eternal (in the sense of enduring, remaining), by implication firm (in the sense of unmoving).  

Sword – Something that divides.  

Tent/Tabernacle/House/Dwelling – Definition may be broader, but used commonly for our bodies. 

Thorns – Used as the opposite of fruit. Probably unprofitable, worthless. 

Waterless Pit – Under the earth, underworld (Hell is either the name for the pit or is part of the pit).  

Wine/Grapes/Vine/Intoxicating Drink – Something that causes thoughtlessness, forgetfulness, unconsciousness. By implication, it can refer to “causing rest,” in the sense of “thoughtless/careless.” Also by implication, it can refer to rejoicing the heart, due to it meaning thoughtless/careless. Being drunk can therefore mean all of the above as well.  

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