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Examination of Metaphorical, Prophetic, and Mystical symbolism. However, figures-of-speech, or euphemisms, or word-study should be used separately.

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In Acts 7:56 why does Stephen see Jesus “standing”?

and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man ~standing~ at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:56 (NASB) All of the time, except for this time, Jesus sits at the right hand side ...
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In 1 Kings 11:29-32 what happened to the 12th piece of the robe?

When Jeroboam leaves Jerusalem he met the prophet Ahijah: And at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now Ahijah had dressed ...
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What does it mean to be “born of water”?

In John 3:5, Jesus tells Nicodemus that to enter the kingdom one must be "born of water and the Spirit". How is this phrase understood? Is it a single construct (i.e. one birth of both water and ...
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Matthew 7:13-14: What is the straight gate and the narrow way?

What exactly is meant by the strait gate and the narrow way in the following passage? Is it possible to establish that based on the text? Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and ...
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What does “enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus” mean in Hebrews 10:19?

Hebrews 10:19-25 (NASB): 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the ...
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What does the “Blood” & “Sea” & the “Great Mountain” mean?

John fortold events to come (Rev. 1:1) so what does this verse mean and what do the following stand for? A The "Blood"? B The "Sea"? C The "Great Mountain Burning With Fire"? D Why a "Third"? E ...
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Is the 'angel of the abyss' (Rev 9:11) the self-same 'angel' — who has the 'key to the abyss' (Rev 20:1)?

Rev 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer). Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of ...
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Could the six jars of wine at the Wedding at Cana symbolize the six followers of Jesus at the wedding?

John 1 describes in some detail Jesus calling his first five disciples - Andrew, Simon, Philip, Nathanael and presumably John. John 2 1-2 says that Jesus' mother was at the wedding and Jesus was there ...
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In Ezekiel 23 what acts of prostitution did Israel commit while she was a youth in Egypt?

According to the narrative in Ezekiel 23 it is said Israel began her prostitution in Egypt whilst still a youth,she is symbolized as two sisters Oholah and Oholibah which seems to refer to Jerusalem ...
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Why was Noah specifically required to build an ark with Gopher wood?

Genesis 6:14 " Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. There were different kinds of wood that could have served this purpose but ...
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In Matthew 25:8-9 what does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?

The parable of the ten virgins is found in Matthew 25:1-12. Verses 8-9 (ESV) read: And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered,...
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In Matthew 25:24-26 what does ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter" mean?

In Matthew 25:24-26 we have this interchange: 24 “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering ...
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In Daniel 12,6-7, is there some significance to the man being “above the waters”?

[Dan 12:6-7 NASB] (6) And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long [will it be] until the end of [these] wonders?" (7) I heard the man dressed ...
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In Luke 3:16, what does:“not worthy to untie the straps of his sandals” mean?

Luke 3:16 (ESV) John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the ...
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What is the significance with the skull of Golgotha?

King James Version. Matthew: And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull). Mark: And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a ...
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What is the meaning of “water and blood” in 1 John 5:6?

In 1 John 5:6 John uses water and blood as symbolic short hand, clearly expecting his audience to know the meaning of these two liquids. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. ...
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What is the imagery in Psalm 19:5?

Psalm 19:5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. What does this signify? Is it romantic/sexual?
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What iniquity was depicted by the filthy garments in Zechariah 3:3?

Zechariah 3:3 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from ...
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How does the symbol of dust modify the poor in 2 Samuel 2:8?

In 1 Samuel 2:8, the scripture says: He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth ...
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In Revelation 6:6 what is meant by "Do not damage the oil and the wine”?

Revelation 6:5-6 (NASB) 5" When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand....
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Song of Solomon 5:7 Why did the watchmen beat the beloved woman?

Song of Solomon 5:7 The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls! They even stole her cloak. What’s ...
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How does Isaiah's Idiom “Like-a Drop From-a Bucket” (כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י) symbolize Nations (גּוֹיִם֙)?

We read a poetic simile from the prophet Yeshayahu "Ke-Mar Mi-Deliy" in Isaiah 40:15 [MT] : "Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket" (הֵ֚ן גּוֹיִם֙ כְּמַ֣ר מִדְּלִ֔י). How does ...
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Seeking to understand the use of the number 7 in the book of Daniel

I realize that the number 7 is used symbolically throughout the bible, prophets and writings. I noticed that the use of sevens seems to occur frequently in the book of Daniel. A few examples number ...
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Did the men of Solomon's time preferred lighter skin women?

Song of Solomon 1:5 I am dark, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. 6 Do not stare because I am dark, for the sun has gazed upon me. My mother’s ...
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Did David sacrifice every six steps in 2 Samuel 6:13?

2 Samuel 6:13 NIV 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. In the above text David is said to have offered a sacrifice ...
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Who is the root and the tree in Romans 11?

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the ...
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Is there any significance in the dimensions of the flying scroll? Zechariah 5:2

Zechariah 5:1-3 (NKJV) Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying scroll. And he said to me, "What do you see?" So I answered, "I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits ...
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In Revelation 21:16 do the walls of the new Jerusalem rise 12,000 furlongs?

Revelation describes the height of the new Jerusalem to be equal to its base, which is 12,000 furlongs. Generally speaking one does not usually refer to the "height" of a city. I'm not sure what that ...
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What does the “prodigal son’s” demand for his inheritance in advance symbolize?

“And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.” ‭...
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What's the significance between, “Let the WATERS bring…the moving creature” (Gn 1:20) and “Let the EARTH bring…the living creature” (Gn 1:24)?

הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה (Gen 1:20) תֹּוצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ נֶ֤פֶשׁ חַיָּה֙ (Gen 1:24) I understand that fowls and fish come from the waters and that land animals come from the earth. It seems ...
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In Amos 9:13 - What does “The Plowman will Overtake the Reapers” Mean?

1. The Text : NAS, Amos 9:13 - When the plowman will overtake [וְנִגַּ֤שׁ] the reaper ... 2. Question, A Word-Study : These are at least two very different understandings of "overtake" in this ...
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Do the specific gifts the father gives to the prodigal son have any special significance?

What is the significance of the robe, ring & sandals in Luke 15:22? ‘But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on ...
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Trumpet Call of God

Three times in the NT we are told about the "trumpet call of God" which is always associated with the second Advent and the great resurrection of the dead. These are: Matt 24:31, And He will send ...
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What significance does John perceive in the piercing of Christ's side and the flow of blood and water?

The piercing of Christ side and the flow of blood and water (John 19:34) are unique to John’s gospel and it’s clear from the testimony which follows it ( 19:35) the author sees in them a real ...
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In John 13:26 is Judas supposed to represent Judah?

KJV John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. There seems to be a ...
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Difference between the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of the Servants?

Closely Related: - Is the Mark of the Beast Actually Voluntary? Is there a difference between the "Mark of the Beast", and the "Seal of the Servants"? If so, what is the ...
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What is the allusion in Matt 12:6, “something greater”?

The text of Matt 12:6 is: But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. Most commentaries suggest that Jesus is referring to Himself. Could Jesus be drawing on the Old Testament ...
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What is the significance of using water in Jesus's first miracle?

Jesus's first miracle John 2 When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine”...Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with ...
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In Mark 14:44 why did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss?

Why did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss? The simplest explanation is of course the one we find in Matthew and Mark. This was the prearranged sign by which Judas identified Jesus to the arresting ...
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What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?

When Jesus spoke of 'wheat and weeds' we understand the species of weed he was likely referring to was a poisonous look-alike to wheat. That is very significant! In a personal project I am doing, I ...
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Ezek. 41:18 KJV: Why only the two of the “cherubim's” faces in Messiah’s future earthly dwelling place, a man and a lion, rather than four?

Ezek. 41:18:KJV And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; Verses 19-25 reveal that one of these two faces ...
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What does “the key of David” imply in Revelation 3:7?

The Bible speaks of "the Key of David" when it says: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that ...
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Is the “lambkin” of Revelation 13:11 the “little horn” of Daniel 7:8?

[Rev 13:11 ESV] (11) Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. [Rev 13:11 MGNT] (11) καὶ εἶδον ἄλλο θηρίον ἀναβαῖνον ἐκ τῆς γῆς καὶ ...
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In Gen. 4, Seth is “appointed” as another seed “instead of Abel.” What is the ancient interpretation of this appointment?

In Genesis 4:25, it states: "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called his name Seth: 'for God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel; for Cain slew him" What is the ...
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In 1 Corinthians 5:8, who is to observe what feast?

When Paul says "let us therefore celebrate the festival" does he refer to: the feast of unleavened bread? the feast of unleavened bread and the Passover? the Passover? the christian faith but with ...
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What is the significance of how Jesus instructed Peter to get the money in Matthew 17:25

In Matthew 17 there is a story of Jesus telling Peter to go and get money for the temple tax. For some reason, Jesus didn't just make money appear or ask Peter to get some from Judas Iscariot (who ...
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How does one practically receive the “light of the knowledge” of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6?

1) How does one practically receive the "light of the knowledge" of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to ...
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Is the water jar in John 4:28 a symbol?

At the end of Jesus' conversation with the woman by the well, John records 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all ...
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What mountains is Isaiah 52:7 referring to?

I have read through Isaiah 52:7 time and again. I don’t seem to be coming to terms with how the feet of him that brings the good news are beautiful upon the mountains. “How beautiful upon the ...
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Is the number “144,000” mentioned in Revelation 14 a literal number or a prophetic number?

Is the number "144,000" mentioned in Revelation 14:1-5 a literal number or a prophetic number representing a bigger multitude? 1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount ...