There is a very strong correlation
between the subject of royalty and the color purple in the scriptures.
The word, royal, means that which belongs or pertains to a king. The
children of a king are said to be his royal seed. The clothing of a king
are his royal apparel. The cities of the king are referred to as royal
cities. Thus, all the possessions of a king are royal possessions.
Purple is a mixture of blue and
red. Blue is associated with law or commandment and red is associated
with war, blood, and judgment. Our King, Jesus Christ, kept the law
(blue) to a jot and a tittle and then conquered sin, Satan, death, hell,
and the grave through shedding his blood upon the cross of Calvary and
satisfying the judgment of God upon the imputed sins of his elect
people. The inscription above the head of Jesus on the cross read,
"Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." He was and is indeed the King
of the Kingdom of heaven.
The color, purple, is found in
many things pertaining to the tabernacle and temple. Often it is used in
combination with other colors such as blue, red, gold, and white. The
following items in the tabernacle and the clothing of the high priest
contain such combinations including purple: curtain of the tabernacle,
veil of the tabernacle, hanging for the door of the tent, hanging for
the gate of the court, the ephod of the high priest, the curious girdle
of the high priest, the breastplate of the high priest, the hem of the
priests robe. The color, purple is also the color of the covering of the
brazen altar. The combination colors will be dealt with in another
section of this study on colors.
The soldiers who crucified Jesus
dressed him in raiment of purple before his crucifixion and mocked him:
1. Mark 15:16 "And the soldiers
led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together
the whole band. 17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown
of thorns, and put it about his head, 18 And began to salute him, Hail,
King of the Jews! 19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did
spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. 20 And when they
had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own
clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him."
2. John 19:2 "And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on
his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of
the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. 4 Pilate therefore went
forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that
ye may know that I find no fault in him. 5 Then came Jesus forth,
wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto
them, Behold the man!"
While the soldiers mocked Jesus as
the King of the Jews, yet Jesus was and is indeed the King of kings and
Lord of lords:
1. 1 Tim. 6:15 "Which in his times
he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings,
and Lord of lords;"
2. Rev. 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that
are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
3. Rev. 19:16 "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name
written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
The virtuous woman in Proverbs
chapter 31 is said to be clothed with clothing of purple and silk: Prov.
31:22 "She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk
and purple." The virtuous woman is first a type of the Lord's bride, His
church. The church is clothed with righteousness (white=silk):
1. 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made
him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him."
2. Rev. 19:8 "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine
linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of
3. Rev. 19:14 "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon
white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
The church is also clothed in
royal apparel (purple) of King Jesus:
1. Rev. 1:5 "And from Jesus
Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and
washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and
priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever
and ever. Amen."
2. 1 Pet. 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an
holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of
him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
The loved in Song of Solomon is a
type of the Lord's bride also and is described as follows: Song 7:3 "Thy
two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. 4 Thy neck is as a
tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of
Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward
Damascus. 5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine
head like purple; the king is held in the galleries. 6 How fair and how
pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!" According to 1 Cor. 11:15 a
woman's hair is given to her for a covering: "But if a woman have long
hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering."
Thus, the Lord's bride has as her head, the Lord Jesus Christ. She is
His royal bride.
Also, in the Song of Solomon, King
Solomon made a chariot to carry "the daughters of Jerusalem." The
daughters of Jerusalem are a type of the Lord's covenant people. Song
3:9 "King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. 10 He
made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the
covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for
the daughters of Jerusalem." This chariot is the King's chariot and was
covered with purple. The Lord, himself, is our chariot and he carries us
ultimately into the glory world:
1. John 6:37 "All that the Father
giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise
cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but
the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which
hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing,
but should raise it up again at the last day."
2. Rom. 8:29, 30 "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to
be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he
justified, them he also glorified."
Satan is an imitator. He tries to
imitate Christ, but in a wicked way. We see in the scriptures where his
false or idol gods are clothed in purple: Jer. 10:8 But they are
altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. 9
Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz,
the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and
purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men."
Moreover, Satan's worldly rulers
are covered in purple: Ezek. 27:3 "And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art
situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for
many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of
perfect beauty. 4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders
have perfected thy beauty. 5 They have made all thy ship boards of fir
trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for
thee. 6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of
the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles
of Chittim. 7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which
thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of
Elishah was that which covered thee."
Satan's wretched bride is also
covered in purple: Rev. 17:4 "And the woman was arrayed in purple and
scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of
her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the
blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great
The great difference between those
of the Lord's who are covered in purple and those of Satan that are
covered in purple is that the Lord clothed his own with purple, but the
bride, kings, and people of Satan covered themselves with purple.