Is, Was and Will Be

The Unknown Character of Christ and His Word
Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty
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Spiritual Meaning Of Key Words In Scripture
by Mike Vinson

Col 2:2-3 - That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father and of Christ, In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I Cor. 2:14 - But the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. II Cor. 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. Babylon religion independent of God (Isa 1:10, 21; Jer 51:7, Mat 23:35, Rev 11:8, 17:1, 18:24) Beast man (Ecc 3:18, Rev 13:18) Birds

Negative: typically evil, deceitful spirits. (Jer 5:27, Mat 13:4, 19; Gen 40:17-19) Positive: typically Holy Spirit as a dove. (Lev 14:7, Mat 3:16, Psa 55:6) Bitter lies of the fallen woman (Pro 5:4, Ecc 7:26, Rev 8:11) Black hurt (Jer 8:21, Joe 2:6) Brass and Iron Jer 6:28, Zec 6 - Twin metals of revolution against God, and those who corrupt God's word; Isa 1:25 Base metals must be 'purged' away. Eze 22:18 - dross. Bread Christ, the Word (Joh 1:1, Joh 6:51, Mat 26:26) Canaanites Typical of the 'deeds' of the flesh. We are to root them out. (Deu 7:1-4) The type here shows sanctification is a process. (Exo 23:29 - I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.)...if you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. (Joh 8:31) Candlesticks churches Rev 1:20, Mat 5:15 luknia - Strong's #3087 Olive trees (feed the candlesticks) word and spirit of the Lord Zac 4:3-6 Cedars of Lebanon Men that are elevated, either by their own imaginations or by God. The righteous ... shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon (Psa 92:12). This speaks of the glory of God's righteous ones. However, this type may also be applied to God's enemies, but with the opposite result: For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up... (Isa 2:12-13). Kings and princes are quite often referred to as cedars of Lebanon. In Ezekiel's riddle to Israel in chapter 17, Jerusalem is likened to a cedar of Lebanon and the king to the highest branch thereof and the princes to the tops of the young twigs thereof. But they were planted by Nebuchadnezzar and grew into a vine of low stature. Such was the fate of those who despised God's oath. Christ Our saviour, of course, but the word is often used to include those who are members of "His body" (Rev 11:15, I Joh 4:17, Act 4:25, 26) He who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one (ICo 12:12-14) Clouds Throughout the first five books of the Old Testament, a single cloud invariably typified Christ. In Genesis, the token of God's covenant with Noah, that He would never again destroy all flesh with a flood of waters, was never mentioned apart from the cloud in which it would appear (Gen 9:13-16). In fact, God specified that the rainbow would be preceded by the cloud coming over the earth (Gen 9:14). In every other instance of a single cloud in the Pentateuch, the cloud that preceded Israel thoughout the wilderness is under discussion. In these instances, the Hebrew word is ‛anan (Strong's #6051). The cloud was a pillar that led Israel while they walked in ̂ ̂ the light of day, but while they walked in the darkness of night, the pillar was of fire. (That being the case, we may conclude that we can walk in light and be led by a

shining cloud, or we can walk in darkness and be led by fiery trial. Either way, we are led by God, but we may be led in peace or in judgment. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (1Co 11:31-32)) This same pillar, while providing light for God's people (then or now) during the night, showed only darkness to the persuing denizens of Egypt (the world). When the cloud would fill the tabernacle (and later, the temple) of the Lord with the glory of the Lord, neither Moses (the Law) (Exo 40:35) nor the priests were able to stand to minister and were displaced from the temple (1Ki 8:11; 2Ch 5:14). The glory and light of the Lord are associated with a cloud in other instances throughout the Old Testament as well (Job 37:15; Eze 1:28, 10:3-4). The loftiness of clouds is used to describe the supremacy of the Lord in that he is higher than the clouds (Nah 1:3). The Lord is commonly depicted as riding upon a cloud (Isa 19:1; Mat 24:30, 26:64; Mar 13:26, 14:62; Luk 21:27), and in Psalm 140:3, clouds are said to be the Lord's chariot. In this sense of loftiness, clouds are also likened to the vain aspirations of evil men (Job 20:6; Isa 14:14; 2Pe 2:17; Jud 1:12). However, God's people with whom he is well pleased are also likened to clouds or otherwise associated with them in the loftiness of their calling (Isa 60:8; 1Th 4:17; Heb 12:1; Rev 11:12). In most cases, throughout, clouds act in the capacity of a covering (Job 22:14, 26:9; Psa 105:39). The word most commonly translated as 'cloud' or 'clouds,' ‛anan, is in ̂ ̂ fact derived from a word meaning 'covering' (‛anan - Strong's #6049). In some ̂ cases, this covering was for a blessing (Isa 25:5, 44:22); in others, it was for a punishment or curse (Job 3:5; Lam 2:1, 3:44; Eze 30:18, 32:7). ...He scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy (Job 37:1113). Quite often, clouds operate in close association with darkness even in connection with God (Job 38:9; Eze 32:7-8, 34:12; Joe 2:2; Zep 1:15). In fact, there are many Old Testament descriptions of God's abode that include clouds and darkness (Deu 4:11, 5:22; 2Sa 22:12; Psa 97:2). Both as a covering and in connection with darkness, clouds are described as the earth's garment (Job 38:9) Another aspect of clouds for which they are used as types is their impermanence. As such, they are likened to man; be it his flesh (Job 7:9), his welfare (Job 30:15), his goodness (kindness, mercy) (Hos 6:4), or his works (Hos 13:3). This can be contrasted with prophecies of the coming Messiah in which He either rides a cloud (is over them) or in which there are no clouds. And therein lies an indication of the primary function of clouds as types. Whether as blessing or judgment, a cloud has always indicated that the associated subject was not fully revealed or that there was some mediating factor between the parties that the cloud divided. The fact that the morning is cloudless when Christ, He who rules over men,

arrives (2Sa 23:4), shows that the coming of Jesus Christ is a revelation and a fulfillment. His work has permanence. He is over all and covers all. Darkness absence of God's presence Gen. 1:2 ignorance or rebellion to the ways and words of God. Matt. 4:16, Pro. 2:13 Micah 7:8 way of the wicked is as darkness Pro. 4:19 also a sign of God's anger Joel 2:2, Joel2:31, Amos 5:18,20, Zeph. 1:15; God is Light AND darkness Psa. 18:11, 25 and 26. Day Understanding God's ways. I Thess. 5:5-8 (same as light) Rom.13:12-13 Earth Positive: God's people that bring forth good fruit after receiving the 'rain' of His word in their spiritual lives. (Heb. 6:4-8, James 5:7) Negative: God's people who have turned their back on God. Jer. 22:28-29 This Coniah is the son of Jehoiakim, King of Judah (24) but Judah has turned their back on God. Hence he addresses them as "earth, earth." It is above the 'sea' [see Sea below], but is not "in the heavens" of Eph. 2:6. God's people who refuse to receive His word. Hos. 6:3 (See Land) Earth swallowed God's supernatural protection of whatever sort or means it may be. Ex. 15:12 says the waters of the Red Sea which destroyed the Egyptian armies were the 'earth swallowing' them. (Rev. 12:15-16) East light, truth and righteousness comes from the East. Isa. 41:2, 25; Matt. 24:7 - Truth (Christ) comes from the 'east'. John 17:17 ...thy word is truth. Egypt sin and darkness. Where we are before God calls us. Ex.1:8, (we were slaves to sin) Jude 5 Eyes spiritual understanding and knowledge, Gen. 3:7, Eph. 1:18, Rom. 11:8, Matt. 13:16, Luke 19:42, I John 2:11 Eyesalve God revealing His Word to us (Rev. 3:18) Field the world Matt. 13:38; Esau, the rejected seed of Abraham was a man of the field - Gen. 25:27; Fruitful field - righteousness Isa. 32:16 Fire the Lord's purifying anger. (Jer. 15:14, Psa. 83:14, Isa.9:18, I Cor. 3:13) God's fury which is fed by "evildoings". Jer. 4:4; Isa. 63:2 - When the nations are 'boiling', it is because God's fire [fury] in burning. Isa. 42:5 - And still God's people don't even recognize God's discipline when it comes. Fire burns up wickedness, wickedness is the fuel of the fire of God - Isa. 9:18. God's fury - Lam. 2:4; Our fiery trials are the work of the Lord - Hab. 2:13, Christ's feet burn wickedness - Hab. 3:5. The Lord is like a "devouring fire" - Ex. 24:17; As a consuming fire He shall destroy his enemies" Deut. 9:1. Floods Ungodly men. The wicked (Psa. 18:4, Psa. 17:13 and 14) His Wrath upon the wicked (Job 38:22, Psa. 18:12-14)

Footstool Isa. 66:1 earth is God's footstool = the whore Lam. 2:1 The 'earth' that has turned its back on God. Forehead Mind - Jer. 3:3 - "...yet you have a harlot's forehead, you refused to be ashamed." The right hand and forehead of Rev. 13:16 represent the thoughts and actions of those who have the mark of the beast. Fountains the fear of the Lord; the truth of God's word. Rev. 7:7, Rev. 8:10 and Pro. 14:27; Psa. 36:9, Jer. 17:13, Zech. 13:1, wicked are a troubled fountain - Pro. 25:26 Fowls the wicked one (Matt. 13:2 and 19) Frogs Lying spirits that spiritually destroy the people of God. (Psa. 78:45; Rev. 16:13) Fruit the 'works' we produce. 'ye shall know them by their fruits.' Matt. 7:16 bring forth fruit worthy of repentance Luke 3:8 bring forth fruit to God Rom. 7:4 maintain good works...that they be not unfruitful Titus 3:14, Gal. 5:22, James 3:18, John 15:8 Gold, silver, precious stones God's good works through us I Cor.3:12, Rev. 3:18 Grass Those of little strength; those to whom God's doctrine and speech come. Rev. 9:4, II Kings 19:26, Deut. 32:2 Hail God's wrath on the wicked in the church (Ex. 9:18, Psa. 18:12,Isa. 28:17, Rev. 8:7, 11:19, 16:21, Eze. 13:11-13 Hair is a symbol of beauty, was a mark of Esau of grace and strength.Gen. 25:25. In describing the comeliness of Jerusalem "thy hair was grown" Exek. 16:7. It's only a physical strength so priests at consecration had to 'shave all their flesh' Num. 8:7 and the leper before he could be cleansed had to 'cut off all his hair, his beard, his eyebrows, even all his hair.' Lev. 14:8-9 - for in consecration or cleansing the flesh has to be put away. Besides marking strength, it shows wildness if it is excessive -like Nebuchadnezzar's hair 'like eagle's feathers' indicating his bruteness. Heathen or Gentiles God's people who have turned their backs on God. Acts 4:25; Psa. 2:1,2 Horn Power, strength - I Sam. 2:10; II Sam. 22:3; Lam. 2:3; Psa. 18:2 Judgment Making things right through chastening. Acts 7:22, Strong's #4148 - Mishpaht in Isa. 26:9 is the same word as #3809, Paidia used in I Cor. 11:32 and Heb. 12:11. Key of David Jesus Christ Rev. 3:9, Isa. 22:22 Kill False doctrines and lies kill. (Eze. 13:19, Luke 9:60, Rev.8:11) Ladder

Christ, that which spans the vast distance (gulf - Strong's #5490 - Luke 16:26) between life and death, between heaven and earth (Gen. 28:12-17). The gulf mentioned in Luke 16:26 is Christ. The difference between the rich man and Lazarus is that Lazarus knew Christ. That ladder on which the angels ascend and descend in Gen 28 is Christ (John 1:51). Lambs God's people (Isa. 40:11; Jer. 11:19 ) Lost lambs will be retrieved (Luke 15:4, John 10:16) Lamps light of God's word (Strong's - lampas #2985) your word is a lamp unto my feet Matt. 25:1-8, Rev. 4:5 and 8:10 Land translated 'earth' in Heb. 6:7, Earth stands for our spiritual bodies - good or bad. (James 5:7, Deut. 32:1) (See earth) Leaven influence (positive) Luke 13:20-21 as the mustard seed in the previous verse, the leaven spreads. also Matt. 13:33 (negative-most common usage) I Cor. 5:6-8, Mark 8:15, Gal.5:9 Light understanding God's ways. Psa.119:105, John 3:19, John 5:35, Pro. 6:23 light dwells in Him. Dan. 2:22 Opposite of darkness I Cor.4:5, I Cor. 6:14 Eph. 5:8 walk as children of light. Matt. 5:14 - Ye are the light of the world...they may see your good works. Vs. 16). God is light and darkness. - Psa. 18:11, 25 and 26. Meat word of God. Matt. 24:45, John 6:27, John 6:53-58, I Cor.3:2, Heb. 5:12,14 Metals Describe the various stages of degeneration of a people from gold (I Cor. 3:12) to lower quality base metals - brass, tin, iron and lead (Eze 22:18-22) [See brass and iron above] Moon Earth (Joel 2:30-31, Acts 2:19-20) Morning Star Christ (Rev. 2:28 and 22:16) Mortar (untempered) - Lies and false doctrines (Eze. 13:10-13) Mountains kingdoms (Dan. 2:35, Rev. 17:9 seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.) Nakedness shame of sin Rev. 3:18, Lam. 1:8-9, Lam. 4:21-22, Gen. 3:21 Name nature Rev. 22:4 His name shall be in their foreheads. Gen17:5 Abraham was given a new name. Rev. 2:13, 17; 3:12 will write upon him the name of my God... Rev. 14:1 Father's name written in their foreheads. Jer. 3:3 - you have a whore's forehead. ('forehead' denotes a way of thinking) New Jerusalem God's people. Rev. 3:12, Gal. 4:26-27. Also the 'bride' of Christ and His body. Isa. 60:14 "They shall call you the city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel."

Night darkness, deceit, hypocrisy 'make the day dark with night' Ex. 14:20 'we are not of the night' I Thess. 5:5 North Judgment comes from the north. (Jer. 6:1, Isa. 41:25, Jer. 1:14, Jer. 4:6) Olive tree Israel according to the flesh and the spirit Jer. 11:16, Rom. 11:17 Prison The state of both spirits and people separated from the truths of God's word. (Isa. 24:2122 - "...the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high and the kings of the earth upon the earth, and they shall be gathered together as prisoners gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in prison and after many days they shall be visited." Jude 6; II Peter 2:4) Comment: When men are witnessed to, spirits are involved. (Heb. 1:14) When spirits are punished, men are involved. (Isa. 24:21-22) The spirit can be no more separated from the physical, than we can be separated from the body of Christ. (Rom. 1:20) [See 'Stars'] Raiment (white) - Christ's righteousness which covers us. Gen 3:21,Zech. 3:4 Rev. 16:15, Rev. 3:18, Rev. 19:8 Rain God's doctrines (Deut. 32:2); Turning your back against God's truth causes the rain (His doctrines) to be withheld. Jer 3:3; Endurance in His truth ("follow on to know") brings Him to us as "the former and the latter rain unto the earth". Hos. 6:3 Robes righteousness of the saints Rev. 19:8, 6:11 and 7:9,13-14 If the garments are "filthy" then the wearer is unrighteous (Isa. 64:6 and Zech. 4:3). Root Christ (Rev. 22:16; Isa. 11:10) Negatively 'root' is a symbol of hidden wicked influences (gall and wormwood) among God's people - Deut. 29:18. Sea the masses of mankind not yet called of God. Rev. 17:1, 15, 18. Seed (good) the kingdom gospel (Matt. 13:3,4 and 19, 38) The word of God (Matt. 13:24) and the children of the kingdom (Matt. 13:38). Shout Battle cry - Josh. 6:20, Jer. 51:14 Smoke God's anger Ex. 19:18, Deut. 29:20, Psa. 74:1,104:32 and144:5, Isa. 9:18 Soul The attachment God has with each individual person is his creation. The soul is not alive without a body, be it a physical body at creation and conception: "He formed man of the dust of the ground and He breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7), or a spiritual body at the resurrection: It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body (I Cor. 15:44). A dead body is not a conscious body (Ecc. 3:18-20) but is "asleep in Christ" or not in Christ but asleep (I Cor. 15:18). But God does not forget

"the work of His hands" (Job 14:15) and refers to the soul as His 'darling' in Psa. 22:20 and 35:17. The soul is Gods knowledge of who we are dead or alive. Spirits spiritual personalities sent by God to minister to the "heirs of salvation" (Heb. 1:14) This Michael may very well be Christ (Dan. 12:1). He is called a prince and the "prince of Persia" is also a spirit that withstood Michael - Dan. 10:20. Stars angels Rev. 1:20, Psa. 148:3 Sometimes they are used to represent people. (Gen 37:9; Dan. 8:10 Stars represented great generals opposing Alexander's armies [the horn]. Dan. 12:3 - used to represent men of the Lord used to turn men to God. As with all words, they can also have a negative connotation. Stars are also used to represent false gods as in Acts 7:43.) The seven churches are called stars. The "angels" (messengers) of these churches are the messengers God uses. (Rev. 1:11 through chapter 3) Sword word of God John 6:63, Rev. 1:16, Rev. 2:16, fights with the sword of His mouth. Rev. 19:15, put on the whole armor of God. Eph. 6:17 Tail false prophets and doctrines. (Isa. 9:14-15, Deut. 28:13,44, Lying spirits whose leader is the angel of the bottomless pit - Rev. 9:10 and 19) Rev. 12:4 - Satan lies "drew the third part of the stars of heaven..." Temple Christ's body John 2:19 which we are. II Cor. 6:16, I Cor.3:16, Rev. 3:12, Rev. 7:15 Thorns Cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches (Matt. 13:22. Jer. 4:3) [Strong's #873 akantha]. A disability [Strong's #4647 - skolops] II Cor. 12:7 - thorn in the flesh. Evil men doing evil deeds - Micah 7:4 ...the sons of Belial [name means wickedness, foolishness, evil] shall be all of them as thorns (II Sam. 23:6). Thunder Voice - Strong's #693 Kohl in Ex. 5:2 - voice = thunder in Ex. 9:28, 29, 33; Ex. 19:16 "thunders" and voice are both kohl in the same verse. Treasures God's treasures are His vengeance against the wicked. Jer. 51:16; Deut. 32:34 Trees fruit bearers; man's life. Deut. 20:19, bring joy to men - Joel 1:12 and 19 and Eze. 47:7. Trees and wood are both the same word, 'gehtz' #6086 in Strongs concordance. Psa. 1:3 "...shall be like a tree..." Trumpets Warning signs from God by His ministers. Isa. 58:1 - "Lift up your voice as a trumpet". Josh. 6:8-20 - March around Jericho. Jer. 4:5,19 and 6:1. Also, the seven trumpets of Revelation. These trumpets will not be heard - Jer.4:5 and 6:17 and 42:14 Turned the captivity Restore to former glory - Job 42:10; Deut. 30:3; Jer. 29:14; Zeph. 2:7; for Israel, this will occur when it also occurs for Sodom and Samaria. This is the fulfilling of "until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved..." of Rom.11:25-26 "For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving

of them be, but life from the dead?" Rom. 11:15. This 'life from the dead' is the second resurrection (Eze. 16:53-55). Veil Christ's flesh. Heb. 10:20; Heb. 6:19 Vision knowing the will of God. Micah 3:6, Pro. 29:18 Voice see thunder Waters many people ('He drew me out of many waters') Psa. 18:16 come forth out of the waters of Judah Isa. 48:1 the waters exalt themselves Eze. 31:14...whore that sits upon many waters. Rev. 17:1,15 Wilderness A period of trying, testing and proving which follows our initial baptism (with water I Cor. 10:2) but precedes a later baptism of God's Spirit. (Acts 1:5). No one escapes the wilderness experience after their initial baptism. Abraham went to Egypt, Isaac went to Abimelech, the Philistine, Jacob to Haran. The apostle Paul went into the wilderness of Arabia (Gal. 1:17). Even our Lord was "driven of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of Satan..." Notice Jer. 2:2 - "A land not sown..." (wilderness) Wind spirit...did blow with your wind Ex. 15:10 (Str. #7307 ruach) John 3:8 wind blows where it is everyone that is born of the spirit. Gen. 1:2 (ruach) wind of the Lord; whirlwind - negative - God's anger Psa. 58:9 and Pro. 1:27. Wings God's supernatural operations and protection Deut. 32:11- hovers - same word as above with wings. Ex. 19:4-5 - bore you on eagles'(vultures') wings. God bore them on wings to make a contract. Num. 15:37- corners = wings. Tassels to represent covenant relationship w/ God. Extremity of the robe was the 'wings'. Woman w/ issue of blood has only to touch the 'wings' to be healed. Ruth 2:12 - come to trust under the wings. vs 3:9 - cloak (wings) for protection. Eze. 16:8 - wings spread over to cover nakedness. Wood in the negative sense, the work of men's hands. I Cor. 3:12 and Deut. 4:28, II Kings. 19:18 same word as trees (see) Wormwood turning back to sin. Jer. 9:13-15, Deut. 29:14-18, Rev.8:10-11)