Share some of the symbolizm you embrace as Christian!
The use of the Ichthys symbol by early Christians. Ichthus (ΙΧΘΥΣ, Greek for fish) can be read as an acrostic, a word formed from the first letters of several words. It compiles to "Jesus Christ, God's son, savior," in ancient Greek "Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", Iēsous Khristos Theou Huios, Sōtēr. CHRISTOS
Early Christian Ichthys symbol carved into some marble in the ruins of Ephesus, Turkey.
This is more of a translation than a symbol but is good to add to a symbol!
INRI is an acronym of the Latin inscription IESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM (Jesus Nazarenus, Rex Judaeorum), which translates to English as "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." The Greek equivalent of this phrase appears in the New Testament of the Christian Bible in Mk 15:26 (ο βασιλευς των ιουδαιων) / Lk 23:38 (ο βασιλευς των ιουδαιων ουτος)/ Mt 27:37 (ουτος εστιν ιησους ο βασιλευς των ιουδαιων) / Jn 19:19-20 (ιησους ο ναζωραιος ο βασιλευς των ιουδαιων) /
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Gifts from the 3 wise men.
1) GOLD - symbol of Royalty /Kingship (virtue)/ (given to a King, just as all the stars were showing Christ to be: http://friendsnchrist.ning.com/group/historyastronomyastrology/foru...) Some say that all three gifts were commonly given to a King.
2) FRANKINCENCE - symbol of Priestship / (Prayer) The priestly incense as instructed to Moses consisted of mixing spices with Frankincense(Ex.30:34). Frankincense is mention in many places: /Ex.30:34/ Lev.2:1,2,15,16, Lev.5:11, Lev.6:15, Lev.24:7, Num.5:15,1 Chron.9:29, Neh.13:5,9, Sol. 3:6;4:6,14, Matt.2:11, Rev.18:13
known as the perfume of the sanctuary, symbol of the divine name (used at times when it is instructed to use the sacrid name: Mal.1:11, Cant 1:3),
emblem of prayer cause it was believed that prayers ascended up with the incense (or vise versa) as a favorable aroma to The LORD (Ps.141). This was the priestly duty (burning of incense)of Zecharius (father of John the Baptist)
3) MYRRH Symbol of annointing (Prophet, Priest, King) also used in embalming which some may go as far as to say that he would conquer death and that he was a spiritual King (olive /oil/ also mentioned in this thread on symbolisim.). (suffering)
Myrrh and Frankincense are types of resin! The resins are BLED from their host plants. It is produced through a reaction to a Purposeful Wound through the surface (bark) that enters into the sapwood. (To pierce , bleed) The gashed and holes are symbolic of the wounds of Christ that he took on our behafe.
The Anointing oil Moses was instructed to put together consisted of the primary ingrediant of Myrrh! (Ex.30:23-33 (Ps.45:7-8). Used to annoint people homes, ....
Myrrh is used as a Medication by many cultures and much of its uses have to do with the blood system. Myrrh is mentioned in The WORD several times: Gen.37:25, Gen43:11, Ex. 30:23, Est.2:12 (purification of unclean women), Ps.45:8, Prov.7:17, Sol. 1:13, Sol. 3:6, Sol. 4:6,14, Sol.5:1,5,13, /Matt.2:11, Mk.15:23 offered at crusifixtion, Used during burial rights of Christ Jn.19:39.
Is.60 and Ps.72 shows such gifts being given By kings and thus many see the "wise men" to also perhaps have been kings. (such a conept is also found in greek mythology as kings gave the Same gifts to "apollo" who was a symbol of prophacy, healing, poetry and so on...)
(The annointing of prophets and kings 1 Sam. 10:1; 16:13, Ps.89:20, 1 Kings 19:16)
Symbolizes the many membered body (those who go forth). We are told we have both a physical and spiritual body! Bread sustains a flesh body yet durring the exodus angel's food (manna) did as well. Christ became our sacrifice(Passover,Sabbath) for is body became the bread of life. Matt. 12:24
The wheat symbolizes the Word and ministry! We feed our spirits with truth. Look at the times Christ blessed the bread and asked that his Disiples spread it out amoung the people!
The Word became flesh in Jesus Christ. Those who serve as instruments of the Holy Spirit are seen as wheat.
THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMBERS
This Is Appendix 10 From "The Companion Bible"-KJV.
Numbers are used in Scripture, not merely as in Nature, with supernatural design, but with spiritual significance, which may be summarized as follows 1 :-
1 ONE. Denotes unity, and commencement. The first occurrences of words or utterances denote their essential significance, in interpretation. Words that occur only once, in the originals, are emphatic and important. First day, Light. The first occurrences of all important words and expressions are noted in the margin.
TWO. Denotes difference. If two different persons agree in testimony it is conclusive. Otherwise two implies opposition, enmity, and division, as was the work of the Second day. Compare the use of the word "double" applied to "heart", "tongue", "mind", etc.
3 THREE. Denotes (earthly) completeness, as three lines complete a plane figure. Hence, three is significant of Divine perfection and completeness. The third day completes the fundamentals of creation-work. The fourth, fifth, and sixth days are the counterpart and repetition of the first, second, and third, and correspond respectively. (See the structure of Genesis 1) The number, three, includes resurrection also; for on the third day the earth rose up out of the deep, and fruit rose up out of the earth.
FOUR. Denotes creative works (3 + 1), and always has reference to the material creation, as pertaining to the earth, and things "under the sun", and things terrestrial.
5 FIVE. Denotes Divine grace. It is 4 + 1. It is God adding His gifts and blessing to the works of His hands. The Hebrew Ha'aretz (the earth), by "Gematria" (that is to say the addition of the numerical value of the letters together) is a multiple of four, while Hashamayim (the heavens) is a multiple of five. The Gematria of (charis), the Greek for Grace, is also a multiple of five. It is the leading factor in the Tabernacle measurements.
SIX. Denotes the human number. Man was created on the sixth day; and this first occurrence of the number makes it (and all multiples of it) the hall-mark of all connected with man. He works six days. The hours of his day are a multiple of six. Athaliah usurped the throne of Judah six years. The great men who have stood out in defiance of God (Goliath and Nebuchadnezzar and Antichrist) are all emphatically marked by this number. Physical
7 SEVEN. Denotes spiritual perfection. It is the number or hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work. He is the Author of God's Word, and seven is stamped on it as the water-mark is seen in the manufacture of paper. He is the Author and Giver of life; and seven is the number which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man.
8 EIGHT. Denotes resurrection, regeneration; a new beginning or commencement. The eighth is a new first. Hence the octave in music, colour, days of the week, etc. It is the number which has to do with the LORD, Who rose on the eighth, or new "first-day". This is , therefore, the Dominical number. By Gematria (see above), (Jesus) makes the numbers 888. It, or its multiple is impressed on all that has to do with the Lord's Names, the Lord's People, the Lord's works.
9 NINE. Denotes Finality of judgment. It is 3 x 3, the product of Divine completeness. The number nine, or its factors or multiples, is seen in all cases when judgment is the subject.
10 TEN. Denotes Ordinal perfection. Another new first; after the ninth digit, when numeration commences anew. (completeness)
ELEVEN. Denotes disorder, disorganization, because it is one short of the number twelve (see below).
12 TWELVE. Denotes Governmental perfection. It is the number or factor of all numbers connected with government: whether by Tribes or Apostles, or in measurements of time, or in things which have to do with government in the heavens and the earth. (Order- organization)
THIRTEEN. Denotes rebellion, apostasy, defection, disintegration, revolution, etc. The first occurrence fixes this (Genesis 14:4); and the second confirms it (Genesis 17:25). It, and its multiples, are seen in all numbers, and in the Gematria (see above) of all names and passages that are associated with rebellion, etc.
17 SEVENTEEN. Denotes a combination of spirit and order (10 + 7). It is the seventh prime number (as 13 is the sixth prime number).
Other numbers follow the laws which govern the smaller numbers, as being their factors, sums, products or multiples: that is to say 24 is 12 x 2, a higher form of 12.
25 = 52. Grace intensified.
27 = 33. Divinity intensified.
28 = 7 x 4. Spiritual perfection in connection with the earth.
29 = 33. Intensifying of Divine judgment.
30 = 3 x 10. Divine perfection, applied to order.
40 = 10 x 4. Divine order applied to earthly things. Hence, the number of probation.
The four perfect numbers, 3,7,10, and 12, have for their product the remarkable number 2,520. It is the Least Common Multiple of the ten digits governing all numeration; and can, therefore, be divided by each of nine digits, without a remainder. It is the number of chronological perfection (7 x 360).
1 The whole subject may be studied in Dr. Bullinger's work on Number in Scripture (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode).
More indepth spiritual significance of numbers:
if you continue to follow links u will see that the Companion bible referances a numeric chart from the book "God counts" by one "Ivan Panin" which converted after recognising the numerical codes against odds of the bible. He went own to spend 50 some odd years devoted to biblical numerics and found and published many interesting facts that schoalrs today still find to be inspiring.
Chuck Misler shares some of these point here:
This symbol can be spoken on all day long. First off it symbolizes light, (truth) the Word and presence of YHWH.The support system of the light which is the menorah symbolizes the "church", many membered body, Israel (spiritual), and all that serve as instruments of bringing forth God's Word (the "elect"), Priesthood.
Rev.1:12-13 / Matt.5:15 / Mark 4:21 / Luke 8:16 ,11:33 / Heb.9:2/
The Menorah is spoken of within new and old testaments. Rev.1:20 (Rev.2:1,*5)
The nine branch menorah has great signifcance within Jewish observances of Hanukkah and is called a Chanukiah.
*(In My Blog I go into Detail on who the two churches are and who the two prophets over the two churches are, all these make up the many membered body and the first fruits)
The first Menorah to be set up in the temple of old was made of a single mass of gold and formed by Bezalel.
Again this subject can be covered all day for even the oil is Very symbolic spiritualy. and the meaning of Messiah is to say the anointed one, just as many of his titles like Christos. and seeing as we know Christ is the Light and the way and that God is a consuming fire they are indeed in control of how the Word will be brought forth. All credit be to YHWH.
Perhaps the subject of the Menorah will be a good one to go further into!
Just wanted to touch on some basics!;)
☧ The Word- Eph.5:26 ...
☧ Gives life
☧ Birth- The Womb Jn.3 (water sack)
☧ Washing clean (purification) refreshing
☧ Sustains life
John 4:10-15- Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Jn.7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Physical (literal) points to The Holy Spirit (Lev.17:15-16/ Num.8:6-7)
John 3:5- Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (vs.6 water - flesh (womb)/ Spirit- spirit)
Romans 6:3-4- Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Acts 22:16- And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Hebrews 10:22- Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Acts 2:38- Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Galatians 3:26-27- For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
☧ 1 John 5:6-8- This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record /in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth,/ the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. ( Note Yeshua's Baptizim!)
CHRIST IS OUR ROCK
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
1 Corinthians 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
The Sun is used to symbolize The Light that is Christ in a few places in Scripture. The sun is used here as a metaphor only. These verses are Not speaking of a sun god.
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.