The Book Of Revelation
Prophecy Symbols and Terms Definitions
Too often, Christians are taking everything in Revelation to be literal and are not educated on Hebrew idioms and metaphors, so these prophecy symbols will help to clear up interpretational issues. Some meanings are a jurisdictional description, not global, for instance 1/3 of the trees burnt up, not global, but judgment on a third of the roman empire.
Adultery – spiritually intermingling marriage with the Lord and pagan or heretical teachings of other gods, of the culturally accepted idolatry, ones own ideas intermingled with the faith changing established truths.
Angel – literal and or figurative, a heavenly being or a heavenly power, or can mean a power in the earth. Angel of death, holy angel, angel of judgment, a power released from Heaven to execute judgment. "Messenger" heavenly or earthly
Baal/Balaam/Balac– false god of the pagans, intermigled paganism with the faith
Babylon – root word is babel meaning confusion. Babylon is the remerge of centralized power, melting pot rulership, merge of powers, one world government ruling in secret, a distasteful description for the corrupt powers that be.
Beast – a kingdom, a ruling entity, a world power, a supreme leader
Bottomless Pit – a prison for demons Rev 20:3
Bow – a weapon of war
Bowl – a judment, a containment holding prophetic revelation
Buy or Sell – forbidden to do business. Dark age Catholics were forbidden to trade with or buy and sell with Protestants by several Popish Councils, unless they had the mark of alligiance to the Church of Rome.
Calf – represening a sacrificial animal, giving spiritual milk and meat
Candlestick – represents a church or group of saints, shining the light of his word
Crown – a spiritul exaltation, an earthly king, an honor, crowned in glory
a day – equals a year in prophecy, can also mean 1000 years in other prophecy, a day is as a 1000 years and a 1000 years as a day.
Day of wrath – a judgment, God using an earthly power to bring judgment, not just a final end time judgment.
The Dragon – Satan and his demons, the fallen angels at war against the saints
Eagle – represening carrying the word, spread of the gospel
Earthquake – a political upheaval, a great economic shaking, a revolution or war causing massive change.
Euphrates – river in the western third of the Roman Empire
Fire – a judgment, burning from war
Fornication – eating things sacrificed to idols or false gods, spiritual fornication, adopting pagan customs and mixing in with the faith.
The Great City – Rome, the city that was ruling for over 1500 years
Harp – worship or instrument of worship
Harvest – of souls, harvest to life or harvest to death
a Head – a form of government, a nation contained within a beastly ruling entity or empire. A head of the beast.
Holy City – The people of God, made up of Saints, Prophets, Apostles, etc
Horn – a power or exalted portion of a beast, a smaller nation under an empire beast
Horse – a ride or vehicle carrying a prophetic revealing, subject to color, red, black, pale
Image of the beast – a likeness to the empire beast. Another power or empire that is similar to the former beast, not a mere powerless graven image or statue
Incense – prayers of the saints
Jezabel – metaphorical for spiritual fornications, a brutish woman controlling
Key – that which unlocks prophetic insights, given by the Lord for edification and revelations of the deeper truths of God
King – a leader of a nation or power, can also mean just a power.
Lamb – Lamb of God>Jesus, or a sacrificial animal, innocence
Lamp – giving light, holding fire or power
Lion – a fierce animal, King of the Forrest, Jesus Lion of Judah,
Lightning – a judgment, a shock, a sudden revealing
Little Book – the Bible… appeared little from formerly huge long thick scrolls of the holy word, before the printing press
Mark – a spiritual allegiance, an outward reveal of who one belongs to, mark in the hand -actions, mark in the head - of the mind.
Mountain – exalted, a high power, a ruling empire or nation
Month – equals 30 days which in prophecy equals 30 years, 42 months = 1260 years
Mystery Babylon – religion in many names rooted in Semarimis and Nimrod from out of ancient babylon, the mystery religions, coming in many forms.
Naked – exposed, vulnerable, shamed
Number of his name – requires the use of Gematria, letters equaling numbers adding up to 666.
Nicolaitans – heresy, Christians with bad doctrine, Christians in spiritual fornication, believers mixing pagan customs in with the faith, new age paganism intermingled.
Oil – used in annointing, Holy Spirit annointing, the annointing of God
Plagues - literal and figurative for sickness, disease, caused by war or famine or toxicity
Rod of Iron – the word of God, he will rule the nations with the rod of iron, word of God to discipline
Sea – where many people dwell, also an unstable place, seas roaring, waves clashing
Seal – an unraveling of prophecy
Sun, moon, stars – represents empire leaders, senate, governors, political powers, or a head of a power, head of a family (Joseph saw the sun, moon and stars bow before him, representing his Father (sun), moon (mother), stars (his brothers). Malachi 4:2 sun of righteousness prophetically describing Jesus (Ez 32:7/Is 34:4-7/Gen 37:9) The 7 stars are the angels of the 7 churches.
Sorcery – witchcraft, seducing spirit, pharmakeia, drugs, big pharma, conspires using drugs.
Sword – a weapon of war, figurative for the word of God, a spiritual weapon, war, trouble.
Temple – literal or figurative, we are the temple, the temple of believers not referring to a building.
a third – a third part of the Roman empire, not of the entire world. Rev 8.
Thunder – a warning, an alert
Tribulation – time of trouble, the great tribulation from the dark ages 100s of years of martydom, not just a small few year end time tribulation too esteemed.
Trumpet – a prophetic announcement, a wake up call
TWO Witnesses – figurative for the scriptures and the saints. They are the 2 witnesses.
We are his witnesses in the earth, baring witness of what is and what’s to come
Wine – from pressed grapes, fruit of the vine, people of God are his vineyard giving wine, can mean joy of the Spirit or grapes of wrath.
Whore – an assembly of people committing spiritual fornications
Woe – a warning, a time of trouble.
Woman – an assembly of saints, a church of people, the bride of Christ. Can also mean an adulteress of spiritual fornication.
Year - a year equals 360 days (Hebrew calendar year is 360 days), but is in prophecy, 360 years