Keys to Bible Symbols & Prophecies


Why cloak Bible prophecies in Symbols?
keys.jpgLuke 8 :10 And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.'

Many of the apocalyptic prophecies were given while the prophets were in a hostile foreign land. One reason God cloaked the prophecies in symbols was to protect the messages.

Animals and their Parts


Metals, Elements, and Natural Objects

Miscellaneous Objects

Actions, Activities, and Physical States

People and Body Parts


The Bible was designed to be a guide to all who wish to become acquainted with the will of their Maker. God gave to men the sure word of prophecy; angels and even Christ Himself came to make known to Daniel and John the things that must shortly come to pass. Those important matters that concern our salvation were not left involved in mystery.

They were not revealed in such a way as to perplex and mislead the honest seeker after truth. Said the Lord by the prophet Habakkuk, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." The word of God is plain to all who study it with a prayerful heart. Every truly honest soul will come to the light of truth. "Light is sown for the righteous."



The 70 week prophecy chartScripture: Dan. 9:25

Christ had come at the exact time and in the manner foretold by prophecy. The testimony of Scripture had been fulfilled in every detail of His ministry. He had preached the message of salvation, and "His word was with power." The hearts of His hearers had witnessed that it was of Heaven. The word and the Spirit of God attested the divine commission of His Son.

(Click on this Bible Prophecy chart to see the additional detail, i.e. the stoning of Stephen in AD 34 and the going forth of the Gospel to the Gentiles.)

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1260 day prophecy chartScriptures: Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7, Revelation 11:2, Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6, Revelation 12:14, Revelation 13:5

This 1260 day time period is referred to 7 times in the Bible's prophecies; three times as a time, times, and half a time; twice as 42 months; and twice as 1,260 days.

Based on the 30-day calendar used by the Jews, these time periods are all the same amount of time: 3 1/2 years = 42 months = 1,260 days.

One prophetic day equals one literal year (Ezekiel 4:6Numbers 14:34).

Thus a terrible persecution of God's people would exist for 1,260 prophetic days or 1,260 literal years.


2300 day prophecy chartScripture: Dan. 8:14 In the eighth chapter of Daniel is recorded the longest prophecy in the Bible. In vision, Daniel sees creatures that symbolize nations which would eventually rule the world.

Next, Daniel see horns, and a little horn that would grow in power and would even magnify itself against the Lord Jesus Christ, the "Prince of princes."

After seeing the ram, goat, and horns, Daniel hears that this vision will take 2300 days to be completed and covers events during the "time of the end." Daniel then begins to seek for the meaning.

The angel Gabriel is instructed to make Daniel "understand the vision" and proceeds to explain to Daniel that the creatures/beasts that he saw represented the nations that would soon rule the world.

The Ram with two horns represented the kingdoms of Media and Persia. The "rough goat" and "great horn" represented the kingdom of Greece and it's first great leader Alexander the Great. (See Daniel 8:20-21)

God opened to Daniel's view the rise and fall of coming world empires 100's of years in advance. Today, history bears record that everything has happened as God had shown His prophet. Can we trust that the remaining Bible prophecies will be fulfilled as God indicated? Can we trust God's promises and should we take heed to God's warnings? YES, ABSOLUTELY!