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Symbols and Signs in the Bible

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

Bible writers often use imagery to tell a story and give deeper meaning. Pictures, lodge the story in our memory banks. They make it easier to recall details and connect other stories. Some symbols and signs are listed below with Bible references. Keep checking back as this list is far from exhaustive and will be updated regularly.



Animals or Animal Parts

Bear

Destructive power (2 Kings 2:23-24, Proverbs 28:15)

Bear, raised up on one side, with three ribs in it's mouth was a prophecy of the kingdom of Medo-Persia that would rule from 539 B.C. to 331 B.C. (Daniel 7:5)

Beast

Kingdom / Government / Political Power (Daniel 7:17-23)

Beast with iron teeth and ten horns was a prophecy of the kingdom of Rome that would rule from 168 B.C. to A.D. 476 (Daniel 7:7-8)

Blood

Life (Leviticus 17:11, Deuteronomy 12:23)

Dove

Holy Spirit (Mark 1:10)

Dragon

Satan or His Agency (Revelation 12:7-9)

Goat

Greece (Daniel 8:21)

Horn

King or Kingdom (Daniel 7:24, 8:21-22, Zechariah 1:18-19, Revelation 17:12)

Strength (Psalm 75:10)

Horse

Strength and power in battle (Job 39:19, Psalm 147:10, Proverbs 21:31)

Swiftness (Jeremiah 4:13)

Stubbornness (Jeremiah 8:4-6)

Lust (Jeremiah 5:8)

Misplaced trust (Psalm 20:7)

Lamb

Jesus / Sacrifice (Isaiah 53:7, John 1:29)

Lion

Powerful King, i.e., Babylon (Jeremiah 50:43-44, Daniel 7:4, 17, 23)

Lion of Judah, i.e., Jesus (Revelation 5:4-9)

Lion with eagles wings - Prophecy of kingdom of Babylon which was in power and would rule from 605 to 539 B.C. (Daniel 7:4)

Ram

Medo-Persia (Daniel 8:20)

Serpent

Satan (Revelation 12:9, 20:2)

Wings

Speed / Protection (Deuteronomy 28:49, Matthew 23:37)

Wolf

False prophets (Matthew 7:15)

Colours

Directions

Four Horses of Revelation

Jewish Calendar

Metals, Elements and Natural Objects

Miscellaneous

Numbers

People and Body Parts

Places





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