Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...
When the Lord speaks through the heaven, it descends into the lower spheres and is heard as thunder. As He speaks through the whole of...
To learn,' as in Revelation 14:3, signifies an interior perception in one's self that 'it is so,' which means understanding, and then receiving and acknowledging....
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...
The spiritual meaning of being deceitful is pretty close to the literal meaning: According to the Writings it means using false thinking and logic to...
In Revelation 14:5, 'without fault' signifies people not caught in falsities, as also in Leviticus 21:17, 23, and 22:19-25.
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
"Angels" in the Bible represent qualities of the Lord himself, or a variety of things that come directly from the Lord. On a lower level...
‘Gospel’ signifies the coming of the Lord. ’To preach the gospel’ is to announce His coming. ‘Gospel’ is glad tidings, and ‘the everlasting gospel’ is...
In Revelation 5:2, 'a loud' or 'great voice' signifies divine truth from the Lord, in its power or virtue.
Glory, wisdom, and thanksgiving signify the Lord's divine spiritual principle. Honor, virtue and might signify his divine celestial principle, as in Revelation 7:12.
'To jubilate' or 'make a joyful noise' signifies worship from the delight of good.
The Writings tell us that time and space are aspects of the physical world, but do not exist as we know them in the spiritual...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Worship,' as in Revelation 13:12, signifies acknowledging something to be sacred in the church.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
In Revelation 18:13, 'wine, oil, flour, and wheat' signify celestial principles of worship.
Wine of the wrath of her fornication
In Revelation 14:8, 'wine' signifies truth originating in good, and in an opposite sense, false ideas originating in evil. 'Fornication' signifies the falsification of truth,...
wrath of her fornication
Sometimes, in the Word, wine is referred to in a good sense, and other times, in a bad one. When the Bible refers to the...
'And [Tyre] shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication,' as in Isaiah 23:17, signifies the vaunting and boasting of falsity.
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...
'An image' signifies falsities from self-derived intelligence.
'A mark' signifies an acknowledgment and a confession. To receive a mark on the right hand and on the forehead,' as in Revelation 13:16, signifies...
The forehead corresponds to heavenly love. The forehead signifies love both good and evil: because the face is the inmost of man's affections and the...
Wine of the wrath of God
'The wine of the wrath of God mixed with pure wine,' as in Revelation 14:10, signifies the truth of the Word falsified. See also Psalms...
"Cup" in the Bible is often used as synonym for wine, and the meaning is essentially the same: Cups represent true ideas on the spiritual...
'Torment,' as in Revelation 9:5, signifies induce stupor, or to stupefy the understanding.
'Sulpher' or 'brimstone' signifies lust originating in self-love and the love of the world.
'A lamb' signifies the good of the innocence of infancy. 'A lamb' signifies the Lord regarding His divine humanity. The lamb,' as in Revelation 8:11,...
“Age” is used in slightly different ways in natural language, and those differences are reflected in the word’s spiritual meanings. All the variations, though, reflect...
In Luke 21:19, 'In patience possess ye your souls' signifies the conservation of the life of truth among falsities.
'Saints' mean people governed by truths from the Lord through the Word.
Keep the commandments
To keep the commandments,' as in Revelation 14:12, signifies living according to the precepts, which the Decalogue contains in summary.
It's interesting to note that despite the prominent place of faith in mainstream Christian belief systems, the word itself appears exactly twice in the King...
If knowing what’s right were the same as doing what’s right, we would all be thin, healthy, hard-working, law-abiding, faithful to our spouses and free...
Death in the Bible represents spiritual death, or the destruction of everything that is good and all true beliefs in someone. This happens when people...
'To perish,' or 'die,' relates to damnation, or the state in hell.
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
'The seven spirits' in Matthew 12:45 signify all falsities of evil, and as a result, a total extinction of goodness and truth. 'The seven spirits'...
'White' relates to truths, because it originates in the light of the sun.
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...
Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...
son of man
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to the...
The crown of glory in the hand of Jehovah (Isa 62:3) signifies wisdom which is of good, and a royal diadem in the hand of...
'Sharp' signifies something accurate and exquisite.
'A sickle,' as in Revelation 14, signifies the divine truth of the Word, because 'a harvest' signifies the state of the church regarding divine truth...
'To reap' signifies executing judgment. 'Reaping' denotes the reception of truth in good.
'Ripe' relates to the final state of the church.
Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, and...
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
For something to be cast down or cast out generally refers to a rather dramatic move from a higher spiritual state to a lower one....
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...
Furlongs signify progressions in a series according to thoughts proceeding from affection. Furlongs, being measured ways, signify leading truths.