The resting place

December 13, 2012

One of the symbolic meanings attached to mountains in prophecy is connected the fact that the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. In many prophecies the mountains are symbolic of blessings, promises, and revelations of God. The Genesis account of the flood connects mountains with rest. After the flood men tried to build “a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven.” The progressive revelation of God’s plan in prophecy focuses on mountains, especially mount Zion, and a city, Jerusalem, which were raised up to heaven in a spiritual sense. These contrast with the tower of Babel, a kind of man-made mountain, and the city of Babylon. In the table below, references to mountains are listed, and the possible symbolic meanings attached to them in prophecy are noted.

Mountain Reference Notes
Mt. Ararat Gen. 8:4 the mountain where the ark rested was a resting place
the tops of the mountains Gen. 8:5 mountains emerging above the flood waters were a promise of better things to come
the tower of Babel Gen. 11:4 the tower of Babel was like a high mountain
blessings, promises Gen. 49:26 Jacob said his blessings extended “unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.”
Sinai Ex. 19-20 the mountain represents a covenant
prophecies about Israel Num. 23:28 Balaams’ predictions about Israel were all given from high places
Caleb’s inheritance Josh. 14:12 Caleb said, “give me this mountain”
a rock Psa. 18:2 “The LORD is my rock”
God’s righteousness Psa. 36:6 “thy righteousness is like the great mountains”
a source of help Psa. 121:1 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”
mount Zion and Jerusalem Isa. 2:2 the mountain of the Lord’s house was raised up, and established at the top of the mountains, when Christ ascended to the throne of his Father
mountains made low Isa. 40:2-4 prophecies are misinterpreted, and discredited
mountains threshed Isa. 41:15 prophecies and interpretations are compared, and truth is separated from chaff
Babylon Jer. 51:25 Babylon, representing man-made religion, will be a burnt mountain
a nation Ezek. 1723; 20:40 Ezekiel wrote about “the mountain of the height of Israel”
false religious beliefs Ezek. 34:6 God’s sheep wander on all the mountains
the mountains of Israel Ezek 36 prophecy is discredited by false teachers, but that will change
a very high mountain Ezek. 40:2 in his vision of the temple, Ezekiel was set upon a high mountain
a stone becomes a mountain Dan. 2:35 God’s kingdom is a mountain that ultimately fills the earth
the rocks of the mountains Luke 23:30 men say to the rocks of the mountains, “fall on us”: nations adopt the Christian religion, hoping for salvation and eternal life
the mount of Olives is cleaved Zech. 14:4 two halves of the mount of Olives moving apart may represent two opposite interpretations of the Olivet discourse: preterism and futurism
blessings Matt. 5:1-12 the beatitudes in the sermon on the mount
a truth stated by Peter Matt. 16:18 Peter said Jesus is the Christ, and Jeus said, “On this rock I will build my church.”
the mount of Olives Matt. 24-25 the Olivet Discourse
the mount of transfiguration Mark 9:1-3 a vision of the kingdom
dens and rocks of the mountains Rev. 6:16 men hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains, and say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: they claim the promises, but evade scriptures that say Christ reigns as king
a mountain that cannot be touched Heb. 12:18, 22 “Ye are come to mount Zion”
promises 2 Pet. 1:4 great and precious promises may allude to prophetic mountains
mountains not found Rev. 16:20 prophecies misinterpreted, and applied to the wrong people at the wrong time
a spiritual mountain Rev. 21:10 John was carried away in the spirit to a great and high mountain from which he saw the heavenly Jerusalem