So the following is a growing/working listing of some of the Nature/Creation Symbols used in Revelation. For the sake of space and time here, the full explanation for their understandings is not given here, however these are indeed backed by literally years of validated interpretive application. Only a brief statement of understanding is given. (The verse references for these terms are also not given as they can readily be found by anyone with a simple concordance and/or a Computerized Bible.) This list does not claim to be final/definitive as much can be learned from nature, so improving and/or correcting comments are welcomed when factually/Biblically valid.
The mention of “thunder” occurs several times in the book of Revelation (10X). In fact, what shows that it is not to be dismissed as inconsequential mention is that a prophetic series of “Seven” in the book is, though not explained, based upon it, namely the Seven Peals of Thunder in Rev 10.
*Woman = Church/Ecclesiastical Assembly (2 Cor 11:2; indeed a normative symbolism in the NT Church - Eph 5:22-32; 2 John 1:1, 5, 13; 1 Pet 5:13a; Dan 7:25|Rev 12:6, 13-14)
*Man = (Through the sequitur association to a Woman/Wife) = Church Ministry (cf. Eph 5:23)
-Rev 16:20a (Seventh Plague) - ‘such (prior) political refuges/refuging will be made to “flee” away from unrighteous people’ (cf. EW 44.2).
An illustration that may help to demonstrate this key distinctness is the difference that exists between light (=God’s glory) and the light bulb which produces that light (=God’s character) when it is energized. In fact the illustration can be expanded to sequiturly include the socket/fixture which houses the light bulb (=God’s Bodily Person (cf. EW 54.2)); the electrical power which empowers the designed-to-function light bulb (=God’s psyche (a.k.a. soul)); and the electrical energy which sustains this end result of ‘gloriously emanating light’ (=God’s love). And, furthermore, if someone standing in a dark room was to ask you to ‘give them some light’, you would not hand them either a bulb, socket, electric shock, nor a battery to fulfill that request as only the combination of all of those elements perfectly functioning/working in themselves and also together would produce that light. Similarly the ‘light of a glorious character’ (cf. Ed 225.3 & COL 67.2-69.2) is never produced if any of those elements are either missing or dysfunctional!) It is interesting to note that the word “bow” in the OT is also used to speak of the common archery weapon of war, used to impersonally kill enemies at a distance, perhaps it is solely the similar shape of the two that provide this common lexical usage, however it is significant to see that God’s pleasingly colourful “rainbow” does effectively, conversely reflect that He would not use rain as a weapon to wholly (and impersonally(?) - i.e., without a provided opportunity for individualized redemption(?)) destroy all human life and living things.
*Bird - (From the Greek orneon = free bird vs. the normative peteimos a controlled/domesticated bird (etymological root for our English word “pet”)). As opposed to a “beast” above, a bird, though an animal, has no earthly power of itself, mainly due to their relative smallness and lack of strength as opposed to a wild, land beast. However a bird makes up for this lack of earthly power with its unmatcheable capability to fly, and thus to move swiftly. As such it can escape the power and rule of any earthly beast and can roam freely about any earthly territory, even those “staked” by earthly beasts. In our modern world, this power of birds is tangibly seen in the various capabilities that technology has come to have in virtually all aspects of life. Most straightly, when man was able to achieve the ability to fly (starting in the early 1900's) and then communicate via the air (radio, TV, satellite) many walls, powers and limits imposed by earthly powers were rendered completely powerless as well as new ones formed especially by those who can dominate in these technological aspects. So before, whereas it was impossible to conquer, spy on, or tangibly and significantly infiltrate an opposing/international jurisdiction, through technologies such as used in air forces, satellites and telecommunications, among other technologies, it became possible to overpass these boundaries at will. Therefore, -(as seen from this ‘eagle attacks’ compilation video), a bird is seen as a power that, though small and not physically strong in itself, has and projects a matching power to land “beasts” and can even overwhelm a very large beast if multiple birds band together and effectuate a concerted attack on a land target, including a human being. (Thematically related, the “face” of war was drastically changed when airplanes, and then the derived missile technology, came into picture, where now even more (relatively) destructive, swift and timely force can be effectuated by such airborne weaponry on both remote territories and land forces.).
*Horse - Valuable Resource for Military Conquest (provides speed and power)
= A Militant Church’s Advances
*Locust - Human livelihood destroying agents (Joel 1)
*Scorpions - Human chastising/disciplining agents (1 Kgs 12:11)
*Head - The collection of the most determinative and decision-making aspects and faculties for the entire body, (i.e., face, brain (thinking), eyes (sight), forehead (mentality gateway), ears (hearing), mouth (speech), nose (smell)). What “rules” the entire body.
*Blood - Becomes manifest when one is wounded
-signs of rebellion and rejection
Some Other Symbols
*“one like unto a Son of Man” (Rev 1:13; 14:14) = an Ezekiel-type figure (who was addressed as such 93X) who anti-typologically is made to bear the sins of both “Israel” and “Judah” (as in Ezek 4:4-6) so that they may one day be restored according to God’s new and advanced plans (Ezek 40-48) after their sealing judgement (Ezek 9-11).
- the “King of the North” is, (as presented here), the rulership seat of God’s Israel during its divided kingdom days, with that Northern territory being for the 10 Northern tribes, and which was supposed to extend right to the Euphrates River borders next to Babylon. As primarily stated in Isa 14:4, 13, the King of Babylon, incited by Satan in his grand GC scheme to annul God’s Israel plans, wanted to extend his kingdom into Israel’s territory and effectively managed to do so in that divided Kingdom era. Isa 14:13 does not say nor mean that ‘God Himself has His throne in the North’ as commonly claimed. The King of Babylon was here merely reflecting Satan’s own aspirations to try to usurp God’s rule from Heaven and also have a share in His temporal Israel, in that Northern Kingdom. Also, as discussed in here at Rev 16:16, the “mount of the assembly” was probably the prophetically significant (=Rev 16:16) wide valley of the Mountain of Meggiddo (=Mount Carmel).
dragon (=“Leviathan”/sea-monster) - Priorly I had eventually merely, “logically”, given as the manifest reason for this common symbol (and an NT term used 12X only) in Revelation (Strongs #1404= 7X in Rev 12; 3X in Rev 13; 16:13; 20:2), -which does clearly and consistently represents “the Devil/Satan” (Rev 12:9; 20:2), as, -and with a “dragon” (transliterated from the Greek “drakon”), simply a “mythical creature”. And with “beasts” in the Bible being used to represent kingdoms in cryptic prophecy, then I here “logically” saw that, as there was not really a dragon creature/beast, this was used to represent Satan’s concocted, post-War in Heaven (Rev 12:7, 9) efforts to have a (quasi-)tangible world power/kingdom of his own to directly inspire and control (Rev 12:3), and thus use at his will and whim pointedly against the affairs of God and His faithful people on Earth, as indeed are the patent actions of this dragon. (e.g. Rev 12:4, 13, 17). But the best that Satan has been able, or more likely, allowed by God to do, was then to exert and effectuate such influence and power “from the air” (Rev 12:3; cf. Eph 2:2), and not on the ground/Earth.
Exod 7:9-12 - “serpent(s)” of Moses and Magicians - Quite interestingly, and manifestly, relatedly enough, when the, clearly Satan-empowered, two magicians of Pharaoh (cf. 2 Tim 3:8) managed to turn their rods into serpents, the Hebrew word that is used is the same one [#08577] for this snake-like sea monster. So they manifestly were able to create, as did Moses, baby representatives of that chief, Sea-Monster, of beast. So it may be perhaps only because by then that Satan had already had controlled of the Leviathan, that he was scientifically able/permitted to reproduce it.
 On a whole deeper level of understanding and accuracy, the meaning of the symbols given by God, as here with: ‘waters symbolizing peoples’, may actually not at all be arbitrary, but derived from the original meanings of Hebrew letters. E.g., It is scholarly known that to make a word plural in Hebrew a [grammatically simply said] “m” is affixed at the end of the word (similar to English using an “s” for plurals). However, as seen here, on that great website on this Hebrew Alphabet Meanings topic, the Hebrew letter “M” originally was derived from a symbol which represented waters. (That waters symbol was also used in Egyptians hieroglyphics, by the way...and Israel did come forth from that then Middle East ruling Empire of Egypt.) So, just upon a cursory look at the compounded meanings in the roots of other words used as symbols in Bible prophecy, including OT equivalents of NT Greek words, a convincing argument can probably be made for all of them for such a defining original source of their symbolic usage/representation/meaning......And they most likely may all ultimately point to the Natural fact that even pagans, here Egyptians, most “naturally” originally straightly got such common understandings from Nature, i.e., God’s Creation...thus validating the related binding Theo-logy expressed in Rom 1:18ff.
 So in recent increasing research for this blog post I had come across another group of Christians, namely the (Davidian) Branch Davidians who also believe that OT feast/ceremonial days should be kept, I planned to comment on that belief by tersely stating that this was one of the OT institutions that Paul had said was optional, if not completely obsolete, because they were antitypically fulfilled by Christ (Col 2:16-17), however I could not shake off the probing thought of: “Why were new moons actually ever religiously celebrated in OT Israel’s Religious Economy?” Indeed it literally is a celebration for each new months! Well deeper Divinely-deferential ponderings on this (i.e., trusting that God knew what He was doing here), gradually led me to the symbological observation and understanding that, as presented in this post, the “moon” is symbolically used to represent a “religious economy”. And so a “New moon” would be pre-figuring the dawn of a “New Religious Economy” (for God’s Israel). And that is indeed what came to antitypically transpire in God’s Israel when the New Covenant introduced by Jesus Christ was instituted for, now, God’s New Israel. (Heb 8:7-13).
So a New Covenant context application of that OT New Moon feast could be with a (first Sabbath) monthly, (vs. trimesterly/quarterly, as SDA’s do) celebration of the Lord’s Supper as this was when Jesus instituted the New Covenant (Matt 26:26-29)....Then potentially would, with this increased, Biblical frequency and typology/symbolism, the Spirit (cf. Gal 5:18) of Christ’s (=God’s e.g., DA 20.1-21.3ff) Unity & Servant/Service-hood, True Religion (=Mark 9:35; e.g., COL 233.3) would finally be grasped by, here, SDA’s....
 Interestingly enough, there are two Greek words (found in the NT) that are translated (generically) as “tree” in English, namely “dendron” (Strong’s #1186) and “xulon” (Strong’s #3586), both with 18 occurrences in the NT. However the first word refers to a tree in its passive/“inert” state, while the second more specifically refers to products and (wooden) articles that come from or are made from trees (thus “clubs” (Matt 26:47, 55), “a cross” (Acts 5:30; 10:39; 13:29; 1 Pet 2:24; cf. Gal 3:13 -‘hint hint Jehovah Witnesses’), “stocks” (Acts 16:24); building wood (1 Cor 3:12; Rev 18:12 - Luke 23:31 also is meaning “work wood” as Jesus, who had been a carpenter, knew that it was much, much easier to work with wood that had been allowed to dry than wood that had just been cut and was still “green”). Thus the “Tree of Life” spoken of in the Bible (see Rev 2:7; 22:2; 14, 19; see also in the LXX Gen 2:9; 3:24, 29), being a “productive tree,” is referred to with the “producing tree” term “xulon”).
 In this October 22, 2010 sermon (video) (audio) [19:30-23:30], Doug Batchelor presents his customary view, which he states he got from Leslie Hardinge, that the order of the naming of the 12 tribes in Rev 7 is made, when the birthing statements of Leah and Rachel are plugged in for each name, to represent ‘a “Special Song” about the marriage of Christ to His Bride, the 144,000.’ Overlooking the arbitrary editing that Batchelor does here in his leaving out, adding, re-wording and redefining words to collate these statements into a coherent song, (indeed much more than the (patented smoke-screening) sole ‘added “and”’ that he cites), his final collage is, as a result, not surprisingly, plausible. However, after much exegetical analysis on this listing in Rev 7, compared, as exegetically due, with other tribes listings under different circumstances such as (1) the initial birth order (Gen 29, 30, 35); (2) Jacob’s National blessing (Gen 49); (3) the Military Census (Num 1); (4) the Camp’s Moving/Marching Order (Num 2); (5) God’s Ultimate Restoration (Ezek 48); also in the light of various special eschatological applications/contributions made throughout this blog involving these tribes under the uninterrupted theme of God’s Enduring Israel, it is more accurately seen that the listing of these tribes in their Rev 7 order is made to re-echo the “12 struggling/conflicting stages” that were indeed involved in the initial “birthing” of God’s Israel where both (the unloved) Leah and the (loved) Rachel strove to find favor in the eyes of their husband Jacob/Israel. So each of these names reflect that individual attempts by these women to establish a ‘populace posterity’ for Jacob in order to fulfill his God-ordained National Israel Promise. This experience is indeed one that eschatologically will be had in the endeavors to seal a Remnant Israel of God (the 144,000) from the 12 tribes of Israel today, the Global Christian Church.