Catechize Time! Part Three – Symbolism

Q: What does Egypt symbolize?
A: The world

Q: What does Babylon represent?
A: A powerful country or group in disobedience

Q: What is the wilderness?
A: A time of testing

Q: What is light?
A: Knowledge and wisdom from God

Q: What is darkness?
A: Ignorance (lack of knowledge) of what God wants

Q: What does clothing represent?
A: A person’s character

Q: What does a male represent?
A: The flesh; the spirit; government or guidance – good or bad

Q: What is bad governance symbolized as?
A: A beast

Q: What does a female represent?
A: The soul; instruction or nurturing – good or bad

Q: What symbolizes good instruction received?
A: A virgin

Q: What symbolizes good instruction practiced?
A: A bride

Q: What symbolizes bad instruction practiced?
A: A harlot

Q: What symbolizes backsliding?
A: An adulteress

Q: What does famine symbolize?
A: Death of truth

Q: What does healing represent?
A: Salvation

Q: What does leprosy or illness symbolize?
A: Sin

Q: What do birds symbolize?
A: Spirits, good or bad

Q: How are good spirits symbolized?
A: doves, clean birds for eating

Q: How are bad spirits symbolized?
A: unclean or flesh-eating ones

Q: What does the serpent symbolize?
A: Satan, the adversary

Q: What does a lion represent?
A: Pride or unbridled power

Q: What does a horse represent?
A: Reliance on men for protection

Q: What does a chariot represent?
A: Reliance on the tools of war

Q: What does a horn represent?
A: Power

Q: What does blood symbolize?
A: Life, soul

Q: What does a crown represent?
A: Authority given to someone by God

Q: What does “a woman in travail (giving birth)” mean?
A: Great distress during God’s judgment

Q: What does the hand represent?
A: Actions, good or bad

Q: What does the arm represent?
A: Exercising authority

Q: What do the feet represent?
A: Our life moving either towards or away from God

Q: What does the forehead represent?
A: The mind

Q: What do the ears represent?
A: The “mouth” the soul and spirit “eat” through

Q: What do the eyes represent?
A: Discernment; how the soul and spirit “drink” God’s actions.

Q: What does a path represent?
A: How we live our lives, good or bad

Q: What does “His face” mean?
A: His presence, His favor, His attention

Q: What is “seed”?
A: Descendants

Q: What does “tongue” mean?
A: Language, speech

Q: What do trees symbolize?
A: People

Q: What does an olive tree represent?
A: Israel

Q: What does a fig tree represent?
A: Judah

Q: What does fruit symbolize?
A: Results, good or bad

Q: What does olive oil represent?
A: The Holy Spirit

Q: What does the number 1 symbolize?
A: Unity

Q: What does the number 2 symbolize?
A: Division and separation; minimum number of witnesses for a matter to be established

Q: What does the number 3 symbolize?
A: A paradigm shift, completion

Q: What does the number 4 symbolize?
A: Earthly completion or truth

Q: What does the number 5 symbolize?
A: Grace, power

Q: What does the number 6 symbolize?
A: Man, beasts

Q: What does the number 7 symbolize?
A: Spiritual perfection or completion

Q: What does the number 8 symbolize?
A: A new beginning

Q: What does the number 9 symbolize?
A: Judgment

Q: What does the number 10 symbolize?
A: Human works or government

Q: What does the number 12 symbolize?
A: God’s government

Q: What does the number 40 symbolize?
A: Testing and trials

Q: What does the Jordan River represent?
A: Death through baptism

Q: What is the Word of God is symbolized by?
A: Lamp, light, bread, living (running) water, fire, solid food, milk, sword, hammer, seed, anchor

Q: What did the Tabernacle/Temple symbolize?
A: The body

Q: What did the Holy of Holies symbolize?
A: God’s throne room; the heart

Q: What does gold represent?
A: His divine nature, kings, wealth

Q: What does silver represent?
A: Redemption, truth

Q: What does bronze or brass represent?
A: Judgment

Q: What does iron represent?
A: Bondage, war, correction

Q: What does a mountain represent?
A: A country or capital city

Q: What does a hill represent?
A: A lesser country or province

Q: What do valleys signify?
A: Without earthly power

Q: What does a sea symbolize?
A: A mass of people

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