A pillar is a vertical support structure for a
building, or a pillar may be a monument. Pillars in temples
were decorated with memorial plaques honoring people for great
1. Jacob set up memorial pillars and dedicated
them to God (Gen 28:18, 22; 31:13, 45, 51-52, 35:14, 20).
2. Absalom set up a pillar as a memorial to himself (2 Sa
3. The Lord appeared to Israel in the wilderness as a pillar
of cloud and a pillar of fire (Ex 13:21-22).
4. Moses built an altar with 12 pillars for 12 Tribes of
Israel (ref. Ex 24:4). The pillars were in a circle
to symbolize the Covenant of the Law.
5. The posts that supported the Tabernacle were called
pillars (Ex 26:32, 37; 27:10-17).
6. Monuments for idol worship were called sacred pillars
(Deut 7:5; 12:3; 16:22; 2 Ki 10:26-27; 17:10).
7. Samson broke loose the two pillars of the Philistine
temple of Dagon and brought it down on him (Judg 16:25-30).
Two bronze pillars 18 cubits tall marked the entrance of Solomon's
Temple (1 Ki 7:15-21; 2 Ch 3:15-17;
4:12-13). The pillars were carried away into Babylon (Jer
9. Seven pillars symbolize seven categories of Bible Doctrine (categories of theology) (Prov 9:1).
10. Legs are like pillars (SOS 5:15).
11. There was a pillar (likely an obelisk) to the Lord in
Egypt, likely during the Ptolemies (Isa 19:19). The pillar
on the border marked the entrance into the Temple of the Lord in
Egypt during the time the Lord was worshiped there.
12. Falling pillars symbolize destruction (Jer 50:15; Ezek
13. Peter, James, and John were pillars in the Jerusalem
Church (Gal 2:9).
14. Church Age winner believers will be rewarded with a
pillar in the Temple of God (Rev 3:12). They will have a
pillar of recognition in the Heavenly Jerusalem in the Eternal
15. The Church is the pillar and support of the Truth (1 Tim
16. An angel will have feet like pillars of fire in the
Tribulation (Rev 10:1). The fire symbolizes judgment.
1. Pillars can have figurative and spiritual
meaning. The meaning depends on the context. Pillars
can be used in metaphors to describe spiritual functions.
2. Pillars that support a physical building may symbolize
support functions in a spiritual temple (Eph 2:21; 1 Pet
2:5). Peter, James, and John were pillars in the Church (Gal
3. The entrance to Solomon's
Temple was marked off by two bronze pillars to designate the way
to Eternal Life and fellowship with God (1 Ki 7:15-21). Bronze symbolizes
judgment, corresponding to Judgment for sins and the redemption
solution. Outside the pillars was the way of
reversionism and eternal judgment.
4. Church Age winner believers will be rewarded with a
pillar in the Temple of God (ref. Rev 3:12).
5. Pillars were used as altars for worshiping God (Gen 28:18), and monuments for
idolatry were called sacred pillars (Deut 7:5).
6. A pillar can symbolize a person.
7. An erect pillar symbolizes standing and
support, while a falling pillar symbolizes destruction of the
entire building (Jer 50:15).
- Capital - head
- Pillar proper - torso
- Base - feet.
8. A pillar differs from a horn. A pillar symbolizes
strength that supports, and a horn symbolizes power that gores.
large cast bronze, or brass, pillars stood at the entrance of
Solomon's Temple to mark the way to Eternal Life and fellowship
with God (1 Ki 7:15-21; Jn 14:6; Matt 7:13-14).
2. Bronze symbolizes judgment.
Departing from the way of Salvation leads to eternal judgment.
3. The pillars were on the left and right side
of the entrance (1 Ki 7:21).
a. Right - spiritual side - Jachin,
meaning "He will establish."
b. Left - temporal side - Boaz,
meaning "in Him is strength."
4. Dimensions: The pillars were 18 cubits high with a
capital and a base. The capitals were 5 cubits with lilies
(4 cubits high) on top. The overall length was 35 cubits,
for rest from enemies (2 Ch 3:15). The pillars marked the
way of protection from enemies.
5. The capitals were like two bowls pressed together.
The capital on the pillar symbolized the head. The parts of
the capital contained:
a. Two rows of
100 pomegranates, where 100 is for maximum Divine Good production
and 200 is for double blessing. Pomegranates symbolize the
fruit of the womb.
b. The round central part with netting symbolized the skull
and also a bulb from which the lilies grew.
c. The wreath
of chainwork at the top symbolized the Lord's Covenant with Israel
in the Mosaic Law.
d. The lilies on top of the capital
symbolized the New Life, or Eternal Life, including Resurrection
Author: Larry Wood, Released
December 15, 2017