Glossary of Images and Related Explanations in the Revelation:

Note:  As we go through the Book of Revelation, we will build this glossary (a collection of terms with their meanings) as the images and related explanations are revealed.  New images that are added are identified by the yellow highlight.

Glossary of Images
(alphabetic order)
Explanation of the Image Reference to Explanation
Book of Life The book containing the names of those who will receive eternal life.

Psalm 69:28 -- "May they be blotted out of the book of life, and may they not be recorded with the righteous."  (NAS)

Revelation 3:5`He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (NAS)

Garments, or robes of white As of result of our sins being washed away, we are spiritually white as snow, clothed with Christ, clothed in white (purity). For those who remain faithful until death, they will receive eternal life (the final white robe).

Isaiah 1:18 "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."  (NAS)

Ephesians 5:25-26 -- "...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word..."  (NAS)

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."  Galatians 3:26-27  (NAS)

Lampstands or Candlesticks Each lampstand represents one of the seven churches of Asia

Revelation 1:20 -- "...and the seven lampstands are the seven churches."

Manna, hidden Perhaps a reference to the spiritual bread that gives life.

Deuteronomy 8:2-3 " does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD." (NAS)

John 6:31-35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."    (NAS)

Robes of white - see Garments above.    
Star, morning star A reference to the light that brings light (truth) to a world of darkness.

2 Peter 1:19 And we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. (NAS)

Revelation 22:16 Jesus Himself is described as "the bright and morning star."

Stars Each star represents one of the angels (or messengers) of the seven churches.

Revelation 1:20 -- "As for the mystery of the seven stars...the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches..."  (NAS)

Stone, white The little white stone is not explained in the text.  Each person that received the stone had a new name written on the stone (only the person receiving the stone knew this new name). 

Referred to, but not explained at Revelation 2:16-17.

Sword, two-edged There was a two-edged sword in the mouth of the One who was like the son of man.

Ephesians 6:17 -- "...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..." (NAS) 

Hebrews 4:12 -- "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

Tree of Life Tree in heaven, near the river of life.  Fruit of tree gives eternal life.  Leaves are for the healing of the nations. In the midst of the Paradise of God.

Genesis 3:22  "...lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"-- (NAS)

Revelation 22:2 "...And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (NAS)

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