Topic: Biblical Materials, Metals, Items and their Symbolism

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • METALS
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Bronze
    • Iron
    • Clay
  • NATURE
    • Trees
    • Stone
    • Rain
    • Dew
    • Water
    • Sand
    • Light
    • Reed
    • Thorns
  • ANIMALS
    • Horse
    • Lion
    • Donkey
    • Leviathan (Sea Monster)
  • COLORS
    • Red
  • OTHER
    • Idols
    • Gems
    • Frankincense
    • Myrrh
    • Wax
    • Stew
    • Linen
    • Yeast – Leaven
  • To Add in the Future:
    • Camel: A rider like a millstone
    • Ram: Terebinth Tree, remnant, sacrifice, mighty, strength, H352 – ‘ayil(H193) twisted, rolled, protuberant belly. Doorpost, pillar, Ram’s skin dyed red. Chief. A mighty man.
    • Goat:
    • Bear: A massive lumbering army in Daniel
    • Beast: The beastly kingdom of the Antichrist in Daniel
    • Darkness: Spiritual realities in dimensions that are invisible to men.
    • Yeast: Pride, puffed up.
    • Nakedness: Sin
    • Blue: Divinity and Peace
    • Purple: Royalty
    • Scarlet: Judgment
    • Bow: Covenant, Peace Treaty
    • Terebinth Tree: A Tithe, a Remnant
    • Frogs: Evil Spirits
    • Serpent: Satan
    • Ribs: Nations

GOLD: Kingship and Righteousness

  • Gold literally means “Dawn of the Morning”. Jesus is called the Bright and Morning Star.
  • Gold is symbolic for absolute power. The head of gold on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue was gold. He ran Babylon with absolute power and none questioned his authority. He with his father Nabopolassar initially aimed at restoring and securing the independence of Babylonia. Nabopolassar and his son’s uprising against the Neo-Assyrian Empire, which had ruled Babylonia for more than a century, eventually led to the complete destruction of the Assyrian Empire and the rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire in its place.
  • Gold represents self rule and independence.
  • Gold has the highest value of all the metals in the bible.
  • Gold is a beautiful metal used for making jewelry.
  • Gold is a pure metal representing righteousness.
    In men, the fire of judgment and tribulation separates the dross of sin from gold to keep it pure.
  • Gold does not decay, rot, or see corruption.
    Likewise, Jesus did not undergo corruption in the grave.
    Gold is compared to Jesus, as God. Since Gold never decays, it is essentially eternal.
  • Gold is not of the earth and is not a natural mineral. Rather, it comes from outer space. It comes from the heavens even as Jesus came from heaven.
  • A righteous man is like Gold in the eyes of God. He pans in the sea of people, sloshing the dark water around and around, looking for that glimmer of light, a reflection from His face. When He finds it, it is but a priceless sliver, taken from the pan and guarded.
  • Gold: H3799 – kāṯam from H3799; properly, something carved out, i.e. ore; hence, gold (pure as originally mined):—((most) fine, pure) gold(-en wedge).
  • Daniel 2:34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.
  • Daniel 2:45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

Root meaning ; properly, to carve or engrave, i.e. (by implication) to inscribe indelibly:—mark. To be stained, be defiled, be deeply stained – blood-stained.

SILVER: Redemption

  • Split Authority: like the Medes and the Persians on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue of chest and arms.
  • The Jews were “redeemed” from captivity when the Medes and the Persians conquered Babylon and were given their freedom.
  • Silver has the next highest value of metals after gold.
  • Like Gold, Silver is also used in the making of jewelry.
  • Pure Silver cannot tarnish.
  • Pieces of Silver are the price of Redemption in the Bible.

BRONZE: Man

  • Bronze means diverse authorities or powers. Alexander the Great died in his early thirties having his kingdom split up by his generals. Bronze includes the Kings of the North and the Kings of the South, who rule over the Jews for successive generations.
  • Bronze has a lower value than gold or silver.
  • Bronze represents human nature. Bronze is an alloy (combination) of copper and tin. When exposed to air, bronze oxidizes on its outer layer. It is inferior to gold and silver. Gold and pure silver do not tarnish, bronze does. The tarnish of Bronze is the sin nature of man.

IRON: Inflexible

  • Iron is known for its strength.
  • Iron is the thighs and legs on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, it symbolizes the Caesars and the Holy Roman Empire. Their are a multitude of authorities even between church and state, even between two popes simultaneously vying for power in Rome and Constantinople.
    • Historically the two popes excommunicated each other.
  • Multiple powers of “Iron” lead today. Iron will be part of the kingdoms even to the end of the age when the stone from heaven strikes the statue on the feet and brings and ALL the former kingdoms comes into His subjugation as they turn to chaff.
  • Iron has a low value.

CLAY: Lawless

  • Clay is mixed with iron on Nebuchadnezzar’s statue in the location of the feet and toes.
  • Since clay will not adhere to the iron, the clay submits to no authority, suggestive of conflict and lawlessness.
  • Clay has no inherent value.
  • Potter’s clay is used for making fragile pottery which easily shatters.
  • Adam, as mankind, is made of red clay. Adam, the fallen man, is the same word as Edom aka Esau. Red clay specifically refers to the Edomites whose ancestor is Esau, known as a red and hairy man. Esau is Edom.
  • Scripture speaks to Esau as having a Satanic nature because he sold his birthright representing a man’s salvation. Men are called sons of God in scripture and fallen man has sold his birthright giving up something priceless for something meaningless.
    Esau settled on Mt. Seir. Gen 36:8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: H8165
    • The root meaning of Seir is H8175 and H8163:

GOLD TO SILVER TO BRONZE TO IRON TO CLAY: The Fall of Man

  • Man was created as a king given dominion over the earth. Step by step he fell from his dominion-ship after he sinned.
    Satan stole from Adam his dominion making himself the “god of this world”.
    Man was enslaved in sin falling from the most valuable to the least valuable.
    Man was created with clay.
    To clay he returns.
  • (Nebuchadnezzar’s statue falls when it is struck by the rock from heaven, Jesus. From the fall of man to the fall of Satan’s influence in the kingdoms of this world when Jesus sets up His kingdom on earth.)

TREES: Men

  • Trees are men.
  • Many men are a forest.
  • Trees come from the clay
  • Jesus was called the “Son of man”. As such He also is a Tree.
  • In scripture straight trees are righteous people, such as the palm tree which is straight and upright.
  • Palm trees were used to decorate the Jewish Temple.
  • The leaves of Palm trees were used to welcome conquerors with their honor and acceptance of their Kingship.
  • Tall trees are leaders.
  • Spreading branches are the influence of that person.
  • Trees are also a kingdom, represented by its king.
  • A Tree is described in three parts: The trunk, roots, and branches.
    • Ancestors are the roots.
    • The branches are the relatives of a family tree
    • The trunk is the immediate family
  • The terebinth tree is Jesus (Holy Seed Isaiah 6:13) It also represents a remnant.
  • Adage: A Tree hung on a tree when Jesus was crucified.
  • Adage: Jesus is our Tree of Life.

Mark 8:24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”

STONE: Jesus

  • In God’s world there are three kinds of stone; sand, hewn stone, and unhewn stone.
    • Sand shifts and is unstable.
    • Hewn Stone is Rock which man cuts into a shape beneficial to his desire of form and use.
    • Unhewn Stone is a supernatural Rock uncut by human hands.
    • Only God can make an uncut Rock.
  • For God’s altar to be made by cut stones is to profane it. Only God can make a Rock in its natural form.
    • An unhewn Rock therefore is sacred for sacrifices.
  • Jesus is compared to both an unhewn Rock (Diety) and a hewn Rock (man). He is:
    • The Rock who followed the Hebrews through the wilderness when they left Egypt.
    • A foundation stone (the beginning of a project: The Alpha)
    • A capstone (the last block of a project: The Omega)
    • The Rock which comes from heaven and smashes Nebuchadnezzar’s statue on its feet.
    • The Rock the wise man built his house on.
    • The stone which will either smash a man or heal a man depending on whether or not the man throws himself on the stone.
  • Adage: Sarah’s womb was a tomb and the Messiah came out of it.

RAIN: Jesus

  • Jesus is “Rain”
  • Rain literally means “teacher” and faithful rain is “the Messiah”.

See: Topic: Jesus as “Rain”

BOW: Oath, Covenant, Treaty

  • Habakkuk 3:9 Your bow was made quite ready;
    Oaths were sworn over Your arrows. Selah

ARROWS: STAFF, BRANCH, TRIBE

  • Habakkuk 3:9 Your bow was made quite ready;
    Oaths were sworn over Your arrows. Selah

DEW: Divine Blessings

The resources of God nurturing His people are His divine blessings to men

However, blessings disappear for those who reject its source. Instead the dew evaporates and disappears for evil men.

Rain comes down from heaven but Dew rises. Dew symbolizes a type of resurrection or a rapture.

See: Topic: Jesus as Rain

WATER: A Sea of People

  • Water from affliction is representative of a sea of people affected by external circumstances such as storms.
  • Non-serene water: Water boils when Satan, as a sea monster is introduced, causing men to “stew”.
  • Water in Hebrew is mayim (perhaps related to “mayhem” in English?)
    by euphemism, urine, semen:— piss, wasting, water(-ing, (-course, -flood, -spring)).
  • The waters of people are calmed when Jesus calms the “storm”.

SAND: Broken and Numerous

NUMEROUS:

Genesis 32:12 For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ”

The Jewish nation was indeed numerous, but they were also broken. They broke the Rock of God, which left the unstable sand to be their foundation.

BROKEN:

The make up of sand is a broken rock. Sand is unstable.

Matthew 7:26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
* A “house” includes the immediately family and all the descendants to follow. A dysfunctional family is the result of a house built on the sand.

The Rock of God is Jesus and Jesus is called the Word of God. The Old Testament/Covenant is part of the flow of God’s plan for man which should include the New Testament/Covenant. Jesus is both the Old and the New. To break them apart creates two smaller rocks that shift and cause confusion. Especially the four gospels which are part of the “Old Testament”.

LIGHT: Truth and Revelation

Truth, Revelation, To See (understanding)
See Topic: Jesus as Light

REED: To Pierce-A Spear-man

To pierce.
See: Hebrew/Greek Word Meanings – Reed

Isaiah 36:6 Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

THORNS: Curse and Humility

A Curse. Also Humility protected by a hedge of thorns.
See: Hebrew/Greek Word Meanings -Thorns

Genesis 3:17-18 “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth (cause to grow) for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.

When God makes a “hedge” around a man to protect him from the wiles of Satan, the hedge literally is a hedge of thorns to keep the curse of Satan away.

Jesus had a crown of thorns which He wore in humility and under the curse of sin.

HORSES: Forces

Job 39:19-25
19 “Have you given the horse strength? Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Can you frighten him like a locust? His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him, The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage; Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’ He smells the battle from afar, The thunder of captains and shouting.

  • The four horses of the Apocalypse
    • The force of the Antichrist
    • The force of War
    • The force of Famine
    • The force of Death and Hell
  • Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
  • Isaiah 31:1 The Folly of Not Trusting God – Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!
  • 2 Chronicles 9:25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots,

Vision of the Horses (Forces) during the Millennium
Zechariah 1:8 I saw by night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse (‘āḏōm war), and it stood among the (fragrant) myrtle trees in the hollow; and behind him were horses: red (‘āḏōm war), sorrel, and white (kings). 9 Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” So the angel who talked with me said to me, “I will show you what they are.
10 And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk to and fro throughout the earth.”
11 So they answered the Angel of the Lord, who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, “We have walked to and fro throughout the earth, and behold, all the earth is resting quietly.”

The only place in scripture where sorrel is used.
Primary: Smeared Ruddy over white. Ruddy is like clay (Arab?) A vine, a tendril. Root meaning “To Hiss). Could this be a reference to Satan as a force who worked through the Arabs to take out his wrath on the Jews. The force of the Antichrist is the white horse: Ruddy smeared over white.

LION:

Regal, Absolute Authority. The highest head. The first. Golden.

DONKEY: Trouble in a boiling environment

Symbolic of stiff necked men who create turmoil and who need to be redeemed by a lamb.
See: Hebrew/Greek Word Meanings – Donkey

LEVIATHAN (Sea Monster): Satan

See: Topic: The Leviathan

Satan who swims in a sea of people. Job 41 His heart is as hard as a mill stone. He fouls the waters. He causes the sea to boil like a pot of stew where men worry and fret when Satan builds a fire under them.

Job 41:19 Out of his (the sea dragon’s) mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out.

LOCUSTS:

An invading destructive military: Chewing, Swarming, Crawling, Consuming locusts. They spoil, destroy, kill, steal,

RED:

Sin and Redemption. The Gospel.

IDOLS: Self Worship

  • Idols are made from gold, silver, wood and stone, profaning God’s creation.
  • Man then worships the creation instead of the Creator.
  • Since man made the idol he created, then man is his own god, worshiping himself.

GEMS

  • Gems are as diverse as men, each with their own character, value, color, rarity, and makeup.
  • They are used to describe men, tribes, or beings.
  • The New Jerusalem is constructed from these gems.

FRANKINCENSE: Priest

Frankincense is a hardened gum-like material (resin) that comes from the trunk of the Boswellia tree. People use its oil on the skin and in aromatherapy. Frankincense oil seems to kill some types of bacteria and fungi (yeasts). It is commonly used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Used for incense.
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-448/frankincense

In the time of Jesus’ birth both frankincense and myrrh were said to be more valuable than gold.
https://www.thehealthjournals.com/frankincense-myrrh/

MYRRH: A Bitter Death

Thorns and bitterness, used for embalming at Jesus’ Death.

Myrrh, (from Arabic murr, “bitter”), bitter-tasting, agreeably aromatic, yellow to reddish brown oleoresinous gum obtained from various small, thorny, flowering trees of the genus Commiphora, of the incense-tree family (Burseraceae).
https://www.britannica.com/topic/myrrh

In the time of Jesus’ birth both frankincense and myrrh were said to be more valuable than gold.
https://www.thehealthjournals.com/frankincense-myrrh/

WAX: Pride

The word “sincere” comes from the making of pottery where “sine” means “without” and “cere” is “wax”.

A sincere pot is free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; and earnest. It means the pot doesn’t leak because the hole hasn’t been filled with wax and “doctored” to make it look good.

~Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, pg 17 by Donald J. Borror, Ohio State University, Mayfield Publishing, First Edition 1960.

  • Biblically, wax would be compared to pride in a man. Sin leaves a “hole” in the heart leaving a person “without”, and pride tries to cover it up.

RED STEW: Pride

To boil, seethe, act proudly
See: Topic: Hebrew/Greek Word Meanings: Esau, Edom, Mt. Seir, Demons and Satan

Gen 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom (Lit. Red). But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear (take an oath) to me as of this day.”

LINEN: Cloth of Righteousness

Revelation 19:8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Revelation 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

Root Meaning H909: to withdraw, be separate, divided, be isolated

Note: Holy means to be separate or to separate.

YEAST – LEAVEN: (bad) Pride – Puffed Up
also (good) To Grow Fervently

  • PUFFED UP

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

Matthew 16:11-12 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Leaven: g2219 zymē metaph. of inveterate mental and moral corruption, viewed in its tendency to infect others. Root to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids), i.e. (figuratively) be fervid (earnest):—be fervent.

  • ALSO GROW FERVENTLY

Luke 13:20-21 The Parable of the Leaven
And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?
It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

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