quick study is a sub-topic support for the foreshadows in
6 - SEVEN LETTERS TO THE SEVEN
CHURCHES - See chapter
4 - Letter to the Church of Thyatira
often used symbolic use of metals in the Bible are hidden
puzzle pieces used by God to fit together a bigger picture
of the salvation process. Understanding the use of these
metals provides a deeper understanding of the magnificent
way God wrote the Bible. Brass, silver and gold are metals
used to symbolically portray the spiritual refinement and
growth of Christians, from salvation to glorification. Particularly
in the pattern of Moses' tabernacle in the wilderness.
example of the biblical use of metals - brass, silver and
the following scripture of Daniel, he is describing his
vision of Christ. Daniel used symbols of lightning, lamps
of fire, polished brass and the voice of a multitude to
represent the appearance of Christ.
always referred to Himself as the Son of Man, when asked
by others as to His identity. Jesus was fully man, but without
sin, as He was also the Son of God. But, Jesus wanted every
person on the earth to see their kinship with Him as a member
of the species of man. Then we can better relate to our
own kinship with God as a child of God through Christ Jesus.
10:6 (KJV) - His body also was like the beryl, and his face
as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps
of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour
to polished brass, and
the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
(Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #7044 - qalal
(kaw-lawl'); from #7043; brightened (as if
- qalal (kaw-lal'); a primitive root; to be (causatively,
make) light, literally (swift, small, sharp, etc.)
or figuratively (easy, trifling, vile, etc.).
in KJV - abate, make bright, bring into contempt,
curse, despise, (be a, make) light, (be,
be more, make, re-) vile.
figurative meaning of qalal is used to form a metaphorical
meaning in Daniel's vision.
root definition of Qalal means Jesus was fully a man, born
of a woman and walking on the earth, but He was not a common
man because he was without sin. Man is common, earthly and
unspiritual (represented by the unpolished dull appearance
of brass). Daniel's vision saw Christ with feet of
polished brass because Jesus was not a common man, He was
without spot or blemish. He was a man made bright by
the light and glory of God (polished brass). So,
His feet are polished brass.
carnal earthly nature of fallen mankind is represented by
unpolished brass . But, through Christ believers are made
bright (polished / refined by the glory of God) as carnal
beliefs are brought into contempt with the Word of
God. Carnal beliefs will be despised or made vile
to the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit. This will
result in the believer becoming a light of the truth of
God (Matthew 5:16), even as Christ was a light to
the Gentiles and Jews - Isaiah 49:6; Luke 2:32. The
power of God works through Christ to reach mankind by the
Holy Spirit. When man opens his heart to Christ by faith
the Holy Spirit transforms his spiritual nature. The truth
of God becomes the light of eternal life and sin becomes
a vile thing (despised).
Matthew 6:22 (NIV) - "The
eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your
whole body will be full of light.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) -
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"
made his light shine in our hearts to give us the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face
on the word brass as it relates to fallen man;
- (Strong's Concordance - Greek-Hebrew Dictionary)
#5178 nechosheth (nekh-o'-sheth); for #5154;
copper, hence, something made of that metal, i.e. coin,
a fetter; figuratively, base (as compared with gold
in KJV - brasen, brass, chain, copper, fetter (of
brass), filthiness, steel.
(when compared with gold or silver) is the base metal used
in the structure of the tabernacle. It's the least of the
metals. Unpolished brass is a proper symbol to use to represent
the spiritual filthiness of fallen man fettered to mortality.
brass was the only metal allowed to make contact with the
ground in the design of the Tabernacle in the wilderness,
because unpolished brass represents the earthly nature of
photo at the right is of the structure of the tabernacle
without the coverings, one of which is the rams' skins dyed
red" [blood of the Lamb - Christ Jesus.]).
is mentioned to show the Hebrew meaning of the word nechosheth,
which means brass is a base metal (lower order) when compared
to gold or silver. Gold and silver are higher level of refined
metals. Brass is earthly. Gold and silver represent a higher
order of spiritual refinement. For example, only the bases
of the tabernacle's support posts at the entrance to the
tent are brass because of man's earthly nature enters beneath
God's covering of the New Blood covenant (ram's skins dyed
red). When man enters beneath the tent covering of ram's
skin he brings in his carnality. All other support posts
bases beneath the covering of "ram's skin dyed red"
were silver. Symbolically, when brass was covered by
the blood, it is refined into silver through the refiner's
fire - Isaiah 60:17.
also reveals the unrefined filthiness of brass, when compared
to silver or gold. I believe God is using brass in the design
of the Tabernacle to represent carnal things, natural things
common to fallen man. Things which must be purged from man.
The Christian's spiritual base in life (brass) is refined
into silver and eventually into gold under the blood covering
or nechushah (nekh-oo-shaw'); feminine of
nachuwsh (naw-khoosh'); apparently passive participle
from the red color of the throat of a serpent when hissing;
coppery, i.e. (figuratively) hard.
coppery color of the serpent's throat when hissing is an
image that parallels fallen man. Fallen man (Adam) is a
life form with a face that will turn rosy when emotions
embarrasses or angers him and he hardens his heart.
(Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #120 'adam
(aw-dawm'); from #119; ruddy i.e. a human being
(an individual or the species, mankind, etc.):
in KJV - X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X
low, man (mean, of low degree), person.
adam (aw-dam'); to show blood (in the face),
i.e. flush or turn rosy:
in KJV - be (dyed, made) red (ruddy).
can see the Hebrew word `Adam reveals man's common and
low degree of existence as a human and is formed from
a root word revealing his face will turn rosy (red) when
influenced by certain emotions.
are a powerful influence on the responsive behavior of man
towards the issues in his life. Positive emotions result
in positive behaviors. Negative emotions result in negative
behavior. Fear is a negative emotion soliciting negative
responses to life's troubles. Remember, Adam's first response
to God when He called to Adam, "Adam where are you?"
Adam replied, "Genesis 3:10 (KJV) - I heard thy
voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was
naked; and I hid myself. Adam's separation from
God (because he was naked, no longer under the covering
of God), caused him to be fearful. From the time of Adam's
disobedience to God, he will be fearful. Satan will use
fear as an emotional tool to influence Adam's responses
to the troubles in his life. Emotions are the sixth sense
(so to speak) of Adam's perception of life. So it is with
fallen man today.
God has provided a way for man to overcome the fears in
his mind through his re-connection to God under the blood
covering of Christ Jesus. God will draw fallen to Himself
through faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God. The powers
of darkness will fear the faithful man because God is with
him. For instance - Genesis 15:1 (NIV) - After this (events
in 14:17-24), the word of the LORD came to Abram in a
vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your
shield, your very great reward." It was on this
same day that God made the covenant with Abraham, giving
him and his descendants the promise land.
is a tool of satan to get man to doubt God's promises and
lose his faith. Fear is the hiss of the serpent! The
word `Adam is akin to the words that formed the word brass
and brass is akin to the the passive participle word #5153
nachuwsh - the red color of the serpent's throat
when hissing. Also, nachuwsh
figuratively means "hard" - a good word to use
when figuratively speaking of the hardness of fallen man's
brass represents fallen earthly man. Polished brass represents
man that is made bright by the glory of God. He is saved!
the Christian is unpolished brass. He is under the New Blood
covenant and God has forgiven his sins. But, he brings into
the covenant his earthly nature which needs refinement through
sanctification by faith. As he grows in his faith, sin becomes
a thing he despises. Sin becomes a vile thing because of
the light of God and the Holy Spirit that resides in his
heart. His brass nature begins to be made bright (polished)
by the light and glorification of God.
brass begins to fade away as he is set apart from worldly
God. What remains is silver.
(Strong's Concordance / Hebrew) - #3701 keceph
(keh'-sef); from #3700; silver (from its pale
color); by implication, money.
in KJV - money, price, silver (-ling).
- kacaph (kaw-saf'); a primitive root; properly, to
become pale, i.e. (by implication) to pine after;
also to fear.
(silver) implies money or something of value. The root word
of keceph is kacaph which means to become pale. The implied
meaning of kacaph is to pine after or long for with
reverent fear. Therefore, silver symbolically means
to fade from the old worldly nature (become pale) has great
value. As Christians fade from their old nature and are
separated unto Christ, they are transformed into the likeness
of Christ by faith, commitment and devotion. Out of their
love for the Lord and because of their reverent fear of
God, they desire to be Christ-like. Symbolically, brass
is fading into silver, a higher state of glory.
silver is turned into gold, the highest state of glory.
(Strong's Concordance / Hebrew) - #2091 zahab
(zaw-hawb'); from an unused root meaning to shimmer;
gold, figuratively, something gold-colored (i.e.
yellow), as oil, a clear sky.
means to shimmer, as clear oil shimmers or as bright as
a clear sky. Symbolically, gold means without spot or blemish.
Christians will appear without spot or blemish as they become
like Christ and live as children of God. This is the process
of glorification. This is the highest state of spiritual
refinement. After living with Christ on the earth for a
thousand years (millennium), they will reach maturation
and no longer be short of the glory of God and will stand
in the presence of God and see Him face to face in the New
the book of Revelation, I believe the Apostle John saw the
same image Daniel saw in his vision. Daniel was the Old
Testament apocalyptic prophet and John was the New Testament
apocalyptic prophet. Both
men saw Christ after His ascension into heaven. Both visions
were concerned with Christ in an apocalyptic manner concerning
the end times. In the end time Christ will judge the House
of God (Christians) and reward them according to what their
metals and stones are used by God in the Bible to reveal
varying levels of spirituality concerning Christians. In
the Old Testament gold, silver and brass are the only metals
God prescribed for the building of the tabernacle in the
wilderness. These metals have specific symbolic meanings
as they relate to the redemption of mankind through Christ.
Throughout the scriptures these metals are used to convey
hidden manna to Christians who study His Word. These metals
symbolically have a specific meaning concerning the work
of each Christian as he builds upon the foundation of Christ
in his life.
can be seen these metals have three stages of spiritual
value with brass being the least valuable. It could be said,
these metals represents the work of God in a man as he accepts
Christ as his Savior. Salvation begins the first work in
earthly man - represented by brass. Metaphorically, brass
represents the covenant work at the beginning of each Christian's
salvation - salvation brings man out of Egypt (as
God did through Moses). Salvation continues it work through
sanctification by faith (silver) - taking Egypt out of
I study the Hebrew origin of the meaning of the word brass,
I see the depths of the carnality of man as he enters into
the covenant of God. He is a sinner made from the dust of
the earth and spiritually hard, due to his mortal
nature. Thus, the snake is used symbolically to represent
spiritual influence (hiss of the snake) upon man's earthly
nature in the Garden of Eden. The red color of the throat
of the serpent (nechuwsh) when
he hisses (tempts or lures man) is the same as the reddish
color of Adam (mankind). The temptation of satan
appeals to the earthly aspects of man. When satan
tempts man he does so through man's senses. His temptations
appeal to the senses and the self-centered nature. Sin will
appear to be as a friend, a mortal thing that is common
and compatible with self perception and self-seeking pleasures.
Sin does not present itself as contrary or in contrast with
the mortal nature of man. Temptation will speak in a small
voice "surely you will not die" when you
decide to do things your way, rather than obey God.
of the word "nachuwsh" (red color of the throat
of a serpent when hissing) the word "nechuwshah"
(copper) is derived. From the word "nechuwshah"
the word "nechosheth"
(brass) is derived. Literally, Brass is metal alloy of copper
and iron. Therefore, using the word brass to symbolically
represent the low degree of the mortal sin nature of man
entering into the covenant of God is a good one.