Doctrine of Hands in Scripture

July 28, 2011



Hands in Job
Adam’s Hand
Woman’s Helping Hand
Difference Between Left Hand and Right
Creation of Man
The Lord’s Hand
The Lord’s Ways
David Writes about Hands
Lord’s Hand in the Tabernacle
Manual Labor
Hand Cramps
Reason for Studying Hands


The human hands as the creation of God are full of symbolic meaning.  God made the hands and placed His stamp of approval upon them.  He gave each hand a unique identity.  No two sets of fingerprints are the same.  But do the fingerprints reveal anything other than strange patterns?  Each hand has 5 fingers, the number for grace.  Four fingers are weak, but the addition of the thumb provides strength, which is an illustration of grace, just as the Lord rules over the four seasons.  There are two hands, one to help the other.  With two hands there are 10 fingers, the number for the Laws of Establishment.  There are ten commandments in the Decalogue.  There are 15 finger joints in each hand, the number for a covering.  The hands cover objects which they grasp.  The hands are used for manual labor.  The fingers are used for writing, pointing, feeling, and touching.

There are strange lines in the palm, which are similar in everyone, and yet with subtle variations.  There are a multitude of marks in the palm.  Some appear to be symbols of crosses, pits, mounds, spots, and circles.  Is there intelligence in these markings?  What do they mean?  Did God intend for us to understand our own hands?  The hands are full of meaning that can be readily understood, once a vocabulary and analytical methodology is established.

But this may sound like palm reading and divination, which is expressly prohibited by the Word of God.  Why do palm readers use the vocabulary of Satan?  And why has Satan invested so much energy to develop lies about the parts and meaning of the hands?  Palm readers name the parts of the hand after demons like Venus, Saturn, and Apollo.  Satan did the same thing with the Solar System and Constellations.  When the devil invents a system of lies about something, he’s obviously trying to hide something important.

The stars aren’t evil and the hands aren’t evil.  God never intended for Christians to be prohibited from looking at their own hands or understanding the signs of the Zodiac.  However, Christians who have been brainwashed with the devil’s lies don’t have a clue about the real meaning of the hands.  The only way to know who is right and who is wrong is to go back to the Bible and dig out the truth.  Bible Doctrine must be the vocabulary for understanding the truth.  The Bible contains the truth about hands, which will be demonstrated.  But, it turns out, that the hands have their own unique vocabulary and system of explanation. The study of the hands from scripture will be a new paradigm, which will require considerable study before it is mastered.

The rules of interpretation of scripture will be applied to the hands in order to establish a new vocabulary for Christians that is true and not based upon the devil’s lies.  This is not an exercise in palm reading in the sense of divination and telling the future.  It is an exercise in understanding the divine creation of the human hand and its significance.  God’s gifts, or special talents for an individual are recorded in the hands.  These will be defined from scripture.  God’s will, authority, and help of the Holy Spirit will be shown. And the Right Man – Right Woman relationship will be revealed through the hands.

Explanations of the past will be given through the hands, but little, if any, foretelling of the future will be given.  The hands are an excellent record of the past, but the future belongs to God.  Definitions of personality and mental problems will be given through the hands.  Laws of Establishment function will be explained through the hands, but Spirituality will not.  The hands are physical – not spiritual.  So why bother to study them?  Because the Christian has a physical body in this life and will not be free from it until death or the Rapture.  And the Christian must work for a living and be associated with Right Man or Right Woman, who are physical.  And, the hands from this life along with all their marks and scars, will be part of the Resurrection Body for all eternity.  That reason, alone, lends credence to investigating the meaning of the hands.

Note of caution:  The explanation of the “Hands in Scripture,” like the “Numbers in Scripture,” is uniquely defined here.  That means that not a single theologically accurate reference can be cited in known literature.  The vocabulary of palmists will not be used; and the Christian would be advised to steer clear of these people.  Even when these people think they understand the truth, it may be a Spiritual lie.  A soulish truth can be a Spiritual lie.  However, there is a branch of psychiatry, which is based upon sound medical practice and statistical evidence, that has discovered the relationship between the hands and cognitive processes.  This discipline has empirical evidence to substantiate conclusions.  In many cases the linkage between the teachings of the Bible and the findings of this discipline are easy to recognize.

Another piece of advice:  The Holy Spirit is the teacher of the Christian.  For those who are not saved, Salvation is more important than reading about hands.  It is important to study Bible Doctrine in the Filling of the Holy Spirit, which requires Rebound.  Don’t approach this study or any Bible Study without the Filling of the Holy Spirit.  Those who are not filled with the Holy Spirit are in the Cosmic System.  Palm readers who are not filled with the Holy Spirit are in the Cosmic System.  The Christian must always obey the Holy Spirit even when studying under a reputable pastor-teacher.  Since the Holy Spirit is our teacher, that prohibits counseling.  The Holy Spirit is our counselor.

“But our tutor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and He will remind you of all that I said to you. (John 14:26)

Even if a palm reader does know the truth, he or she (especially she), does not have a right to counsel, which includes telling the future or giving advice.  If a palm reader is not filled with the Holy Spirit, that person is subject to demonism.  Demons lie.

Hands in Job

The study of hands is perhaps as old as history.  Hands were understood in Job, which is the oldest book in the Bible.  Elihu, the Judge, discussed the analysis of hands with Job during his illness. When Job got sick, the hands were one of the things consulted.  The insight into hands offered by Elihu was obviously common knowledge shared by Job and the other four men who came to try to help Job.  No one tried to refute Elihu’s observations.  This indicates that Job’s helpers were pursuing a Spiritual solution to Job’s illness.  They, therefore, consulted the hands as a part of their diagnosis.  Elihu said:

“He sets a seal on the hand of every man,
That all Right Men may come to a knowledge of His creative work. (Job 37:7)

God sets His seal on the hand of every man.  The word for setting a seal is the Hebrew <t^j* (chatham), which means to seal; to affix one’s seal in attestation of a covenant.  A seal was made by placing a signet ring in warm wax.  The seal that God sets upon the hand of every human that He creates are the fingerprints, which uniquely identify every individual.  No two sets of fingerprints are the same.  God creates the hand and then places His stamp on it.

Fingerprints have their own unique, symbolic vocabulary.  There are only a few different types of fingerprint symbols.  For example, there are eyes, arches, tents, and loops.  Law enforcement agencies have done an excellent job of classifying the basic symbols in fingerprints.  The key to understanding fingerprints is which symbol appears on which finger.  Each finger has a unique meaning and the print on the finger explains God’s creative purpose associated with that finger.  Fingerprints will be explained in more detail later.

The reason for God’s seal is so “that all Right Men may come to a knowledge of His creative work.”  The Hebrew word, vya! (‘ish), is the word for the Right Man.  The word for simply a man would have been, ‘adam, which is not used here.  The reason is that the hands are related to the Right Man – Right Woman relationship.  The hands of Right Man and Right Woman are related to each other and marked accordingly.  The Hebrew ud^y* (jada`), Qal infinitive construct means to come to know. And the Hebrew hc#u^m^ (ma`aseh), means creation or creative work.  It is a word for manufacturing something out of something.  God creates the hands in the womb from the cells that have been passed down from the parents.

God left His seal upon the hands so that humans could come to a knowledge of God’s purpose, or calling.  This calling is not to be confused with the Spiritual Life.  The calling is given to unbelievers and is related to the Laws of Establishment.  Believers must also work under the Laws of Establishment, but they also have a Spiritual calling.  God gives people different abilities and gifts.  People are born with these gifts.  This is the meaning of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

Adam’s Hand

The first man, Adam, was created with a body, soul, and spirit.  He was perfect.  However, he was flesh and bones and had to eat.

“And Jehovah Elohim caused to grow out from the ground every tree that is pleasant in appearance and good for food, and the Tree of Life in the midst of the Garden, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” (Genesis 2:9)

Adam ate fruit.  The fruit symbolized the genitals or Right Man and Right Woman.  Adam was created a husband, although he did not yet have his wife.

Genesis 2:16-17
16 And the LORD God commanded Adam, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it dying you will die.”

Palm LinesGod gave Adam a volition test to resolve the Prehistoric Angelic Conflict.  Adam could eat the fruit of any tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  That tree was the volition test.  Adam was supposed to obey the Lord’s command.  Now, when Adam held up his hand with his thumb pointed up, the thumb represented the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  The thumb also represented Adam’s volition.  Adam obeyed God and wore a path around the tree.  The path corresponds to the line on the palm of the hand around the thumb (illustration).   The line is labeled, Father, because it represents compliance with the will of God the Father, the author of the Plan of God.  It was God’s will for Adam to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Adam was given a volition, which is Divine Institution Number 1.  The thumb represented his volition, or will.  When Adam complied with the will of God, he stayed on the strategic path around the tree.  Every day he walked around the tree in compliance with the will of God, he made the path deeper.

The consequences of disobedience to the LORD’s command would be death, “dying you will die.”  This meant that Adam would die spiritually and later he would die physically.

The LORD God commanded Adam.  This was a divine decree.  It meant that the LORD, who is God the Son, commanded Adam to obey the will of God the Father.  The next line in the hand represents the LORD, who is the Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament.  The Lord Jesus Christ was the creator of all things in compliance with the will of God the Father.  The line that is labeled, the Son, begins on the top side of the hand next to the thumb.  The top side, when the hand is held with the thumb pointing up, represents authority.  The Lord Jesus Christ was given authority over all creation.  It was the Lord Jesus Christ who spoke to Adam in the Garden and gave him the command.  When Adam obeyed the command of the Lord Jesus Christ, he was also obeying the will of God the Father.  Thus, Adam wore another path through the Garden which was even further out than the first path around the Tree.  The second path through the Garden corresponded to the line labeled the Son.

If Adam disobeyed, he would die spiritually.  In spiritual death, he would no longer have Spiritual fellowship with God the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead.  As long as Adam obeyed God, he traveled along a third path in the Garden that was even further away from the tree than the other two lines, but that line was different from the other two.  The third line did not originate on the thumb, or thenar, side.  It originated on the opposite side of the hand.  It came from an entirely different direction and represented a totally different dimension.  The third line is labeled, Holy Spirit, because it represents rapport with the Holy Spirit. The first two lines were rooted in authority, but the third line was rooted in love and rapport.  It came from an entirely different direction.  When Adam walked along the third line, he had reciprocal Love for God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Along the third line Adam entered into a Love relationship with the members of the Godhead.

Adam had three other lines in his hand that pointed toward his fingers.  Those three lines represented his trichotomous being with a body, soul, and human spirit.  Adam had a physical body that was perfect.  He had a brain with a photographic memory and a body to match.  He was a perfect specimen of humanity.  There were no enemies or diseases to attack his body.  The bottom line across his palm that pointed toward his little finger represented his body.  It represented the physical.

The next higher line above the Body Line represented Adam’s soul.  The soul was his immaterial essence, or psychological cognition.  It represented Adam’s superiority over all the animal creation.  Adam was the king of the earth.  He had higher intelligence and was the most successful of all earthly creation.

Adam had a third line above the Soul Line that represented the human spirit.  However, the hands are not spiritual; they are physical.  The third line was no so much spiritual as a representation of the provision of God for Adam.  That provision could be called Destiny.  In other words, there was a dimension to Adam that he could not reach by his own ability.  God gave him things.  Adam received things from God’s Sovereign Design that he could never acquire by himself.

Woman’s Helping Hand

Adam was perfect but not complete.  He was created a husband, but he did not have his Right Woman.

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that Adam should be alone.  I will make him a helper corresponding to him.” (Genesis 2:18)

The “LORD God said” is another divine decree in which the Lord Jesus Christ expressed and executed the will of the Father.  It was not good that Adam was alone.  “Not good” means there was no divine good production for the Right Man without his Right Woman.  That is, God had another purpose for Adam in Marriage.  The word, “alone,” is a Hebrew prepositional phrase, le + bad, which means in a state of separation, or single.

The solution was that the LORD would make Adam “a helper corresponding to him.”  The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is that the helper would be like Adam.  She would be a match for Adam and a helper.  The most difficult part of the description is the word, helper, which is correctly translated.  What is the helper to do?  Why does Adam need a helper?  Adam doesn’t have to work for a living.  The explanation for this strange word is that it refers to Adam’s other hand.  He has two hands.  One hand is dominant, like the right hand.  And the other hand helps.  “Helper” refers to the helper hand.  This is a metaphor. By now Adam, who was brilliant, had figured out that he had two hands.  The two hands were the way the LORD described Adam’s Marriage.  The helper hand was his Right Woman.

The same phrase, “a helper corresponding to him,” is found in verse 20.

Adam gave names to all the cattle, to the birds of the sky, and to every animal in the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper corresponding to him. (Genesis 2:20)

Adam noticed all the animals were in pairs just like his two hands.  And Adam was undoubtedly smart enough to figure out through observing the mating of the animals and the fruit on the trees that something was missing from his life.  His counterpart could not be provided by himself, however.  She had to be provided in destiny.  She would be to Adam like his left hand, which is the helper hand for a right-handed person.

Thus, the principle of creation is established.  The right hand stands for the Right Man, and the left hand stands for the Right Woman.  Each hand also may be divided into two halves lengthwise.  From the wrist, the thumb side of the palm represents the Right Man and the other side represents the Right Woman.  The Right Man has authority and resides on the authority side of the hand while the Right Woman represents love and comes from the other side of the hand.  The Right Man’s side represents the left lobe of the soul and the Right Woman’s side represents the right lobe of the soul.  The Right Man’s thinking is based on authority, rules, and rationalism.  The Right Woman’s thinking is based on love, abstraction, and intuition.

Difference Between Left Hand and Right

The right hand stands for the Right Man, and the left hand stands for the Right Woman.  Furthermore, Right Man symbolizes the leader, whereas the Right Woman symbolizes the follower, or responder.  Right Man – Right Woman fit together as male and female, masculine and feminine, action and response, authority and subject.  In language, Right Man is like the active voice and Right Woman is like the passive voice.  Similarly, the right hand of a right-handed person is the hand of action and and left hand is the hand of response.  The right hand represents the current state, while the left hand represents the past.  The right hand is the hand that has developed, and the left is the hand with which a person was born.  The left hand is dominant in left-handed people and all this is reversed.

Not knowing the difference between the left and right hand is an idiom for ignorance.  More specifically, the Lord uses it as an idiom for the ignorance of a child (Jonah 4:11) who has not reached the age of accountability (Deuteronomy 1:39; Isaiah 7:16).  This idiom is not casually thrown into the book of Jonah, which begins and ends with statements about the analysis of the left and right hand.  Jonah’s behavior matches the fingerprint on his left forefinger.  The Lord knew this when He inspired the book of Jonah.  The last verse in the book is a punch line that reveals the Lord’s sense of humor in the story of Jonah.

Creation of Man

God created man in the image of God.

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Palm LinesGod is immaterial essence in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The three lines of the Trinity are reflected in the hand of man.

The Lord God sculpted man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils a breath giving (the spark of) life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

Adam was created trichotomous with a physical body, a soul, and a human spirit.  Adam’s body, soul, and spirit corresponded to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  There were three lines that ran lengthwise through Adam’s hand that represented the body, soul, and spirit.  Thus, there were 6 lines in Adam’s hand, where 6 is the number for man, who was created on the 6th day.

The major lines on the palm and the fingerprints are formed during pregnancy.  The line around the thumb that is labeled, Father, begins to form on the thenar (thumb) side of the hand during the eighth week of pregnancy.  This is a sign that the child is being created per the Plan of God the Father.  The creases between the palm and fingers appear in the ninth week, and the line labeled, Body, begins to be visible.  In the tenth week, the lines labeled, Soul and Spirit (Destiny), begin to be visible.  In the twelfth week the line labeled, Holy Spirit, begins under the first and middle fingers.  By the thirteenth week the line labeled, the Son, becomes visible, and the Holy Spirit line becomes visible.  By the 15th week, all major palmar lines are clearly visible.  Spontaneous movement of the hand has not been reported until about the middle of the 11th week of pregnancy, and fetuses begin to tightly grasp at 16 to 20 weeks.4 Thus, creation of the lines in the hand occurs due to God’s creation rather than mechanical movement.

God does not create human soul life, however, until birth.  The hands with their major lines were formed or fashioned as a potter fashioning clay inside the womb.  Jeremiah’s body was formed inside the womb, but his human soul life was added outside the womb.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NAS)

This is extremely important.  The hands are not due to a random gene combination but are under the control of the the Lord, who creates the hands per the Sovereign Divine Design of God.  Thus, the hands are God’s Sovereign creation.  The hands were created without condition.  God made them to fit His purpose.  Therefore, He will fulfill the purpose of His creation on the basis of his Sovereignty without the help of man.  Man’s volition will never be compromised in the process.  If the markings of the hands reveal God’s Sovereign Design, such as Right Man – Right Woman, then God will fulfill His Design unconditionally.  Nothing can stop the Sovereign Design of God.  The lines in the hand were completed before soul life existed.  Therefore, the person had nothing to do with them and can do nothing to help or hinder them from occurring.  God will accomplish His Sovereign purpose for the individual, and the individual can relax and enjoy the ride.  Right Man – Right Woman is part of the Sovereign Design of God.

The Lord’s Hand

Jerusalem in the Lord's PalmThe Lord explained explained His intimate connection with Zion, or Jerusalem.

“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are in My view continuously.” (Isaiah 49:16)

The Lord said Jerusalem was inscribed in the palms of His hands, and its walls were in His view continuously.  The walls of Jerusalem form the outline of a palm as shown in the map of ancient Jerusalem with a hand superimposed upon it.  The lines through the palm are not exact replicas of lines through a normal human palm, but they are obviously the lines of a palm.  The Temple Mount corresponds precisely to the mounts, or raised places, under the first and second fingers, and Mount Zion corresponds to the mount under the third, or ring, finger.  The Temple Mount is in the area of the palm that corresponds to religious expression.

The divine design of a city corresponds to the plan for the Client Nation from the layout of the Camp of Israel.  Therefore, the tribes of Israel are represented by the different parts of the city.  Ephraim and Manasseh, which symbolize the double blessing,  represent the left and right sides of the palm.  Ephraim, under the thumb, corresponds to the masculine side of the palm, and Manasseh corresponds to the feminine side of the palm.  Reuben, the adulterer, is on the side of the palm under the little finger, which is the area that shows up marriage and adulterous relationships.  And Gad is in the area of the palm associated with defense or resistance.  The Gershonites are near the Dung Gate, which is where the garbage was taken out into the Valley of Hinnom and burned.  Zebulun, who went down to the sea, is near the Gihon Spring and the Fountain Gate.

The City of David is under the third finger, which is associated with vindication, or justice.  The Lord vindicated David.  Solomon’s Palace is under the second finger, which represents management.  The Horse Gate was near the middle finger.  The middle finger represents Judah, the ruling tribe, who was the military leader.  A horse represents war and a male phallic reversionist.  Solomon was the later.

Issachar is near the East Gate, which is associated with the rising and setting of the Sun.  Issachar was symbolized by the donkey, the pack animal of Israel, and represented trade as well as going out and coming in of the military.  Issachar is also near the Muster Gate, for raising the army.

Naphtali is near the Sheep Gate.  Naphtali is symbolized by the doe, the symbol of peace.  Sheep are also peaceful animals.  Dan is on the top side of the hand (the thumb side) in the area where the Line of the Son begins.  The Line of the Son represents authority because all authority was given to the Son (Matthew 28:18).  Dan symbolized the federal judiciary of Israel.

Asher is on the top side of the hand between Dan and the thumb.  This area is a mount that corresponds to offense and aggression, which may also be linked to leadership.  Asher represented royalty.  Benjamin is represented by the thumb, which corresponds to the will.  Men of the Tribe of Benjamin were fierce warriors who conquered and divided the spoils of victory.  The protruding thumb is a sign of domination.

The Lord’s Ways

The Lord's WaysJust as there are three major lies that run lengthwise through the palm, there are three highways that run from north to south through Israel.  The highways represent strategic paths through life.  Israel was in a strategic location.  People didn’t travel east and west across the Arabian Desert.  The caravan routes from Babylon to Egypt went through Israel.  The three main highways through Israel were:  The Kings Highway, the Highway to Shur, and The Great Trunk Road.  The King’s Highway was east of the Jordan River.  The Great Trunk Road ran from Damascus around the Sea of Galilee and along the Mediterranean coast through Gaza to Egypt.  And the Highway to Shur was in the middle, west of the Jordan River.

Abraham's JourneyThe King’s Highway ran from north of  Damascus to the Gulf of Aqaba.  It was the strategic path that Abraham followed when he left Haran and traveled to Canaan to receive his destiny.  However, he exited east of Hazor to go into Canaan.  The King’s Highway was followed by Israel on the final leg of the journey into the Promised Land.  All the cities in Numbers 21:27-30 lie along the King’s Highway.  It was used by Jacob in his flight to and from Haran.  On his return he took the Penuel exit where he reached his personal destiny and was named Israel (Genesis 32:24-32).  The King’s Highway was also used by Eliezer to bring Rebekah from Haran, the city of Nahor, on her personal destiny to marry Isaac (Genesis 24:10, 62-64).  Thus, the King’s Highway represents the Line of the Spirit, or Destiny, in the palm.

The Highway to Shur is named in Genesis 16:7, where the Hebrew, derek, means road, way, or highway.  Shur was the name of a desert in the Negev. The road to Shur was a major highway, which linked Sinai with Canaan.  In the northern Negev it links an important series of wells and connects the major towns from Kadesh-barnea and Beersheba to Hebron, Jerusalem, Shechem and Megiddo.  It was used by Abraham on his trip down into Egypt.  Abraham lived in Hebron and the cities along this highway on his way to becoming very prosperous.  The Highway to Shur was used by Caleb, Joshua and the others to spy out the land.   However, at the time the nation of Israel was not ready to take the high ground and become successful.  It was also used by the Levite from the hill country of Ephraim around Shiloh when he went down to retrieve his concubine from Bethlehem (Judges 19:1-2; 10-15).  Like Abraham’s trip to Egypt, his trip was not a success.  It led to civil war with the Benjamites.  Thus, the Highway to Shur corresponds to the Line of the Soul, or Success, and represented success or failure.

The Great Trunk Road is called the Highway of the Sea (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:15), where the Hebrew, derek, and the Greek,  hodos, mean road, highway, or way.  And the Sea refers not to the Mediterranean, but to the Sea of Galilee.  The Great Trunk Road runs through the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali (reference Tribes of Israel map), which are mentioned in Isaiah 9:1 and quoted in Matthew 13:15.  Isaiah 9:1 predicted that the Messiah would come in the land beside the Highway of the Sea, which is the land beside the Sea of Galilee.  The coming of the Messiah was the incarnation of the Son of God in which a body was prepared for the Lord.

Therefore, when He entered the world, He said,
“Sacrifice and offerings You have not desired,
But a body You have prepared for Me; (Hebrews 10:5)

The Great Trunk Road, the Highway of the Sea, is associated with the body of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who was from Nazareth and lived in the region beside the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 4:12-16).  Thus, the Great Trunk Road corresponds to the Line of the Body, which is associated with the Hypostatic Union, the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

David Writes about Hands

After David sinned with Bathshebah, he Rebounded and began to learn through punishment.  As he executed the Spiritual Life, he became very happy and received great blessing.

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. (Psalm 16:6)

“Lines” is the Hebrew chebel, which means line or chord and refers to measuring lines.  This is a metaphor for the grace blessings that God gave David, which included conquering his enemies.  David described his inheritance as dazzlingly beautiful, where the word, “beautiful,” is shaphar, which means to be beautiful.  It is from an Arabic word which means to remove the veil and shine.  The metaphor as written literally applies to the hands just as well as to a measuring line for land.  In verse 11, the hands are brought in.

You will make known to me the path of life;
Fulness of Happiness is in Your presence;
Pleasures are in Your right hand forever. (Psalm 16:11)

The “path of life” is another metaphor for the strategic advance in the Spiritual Life.  The word for life is chajjim, which is plural and means lives, which refers to both physical life and Eternal Life.  The “path of life” is another name for the Line of the Father, which is also known as the Line of Life.  How does the Lord reveal the path of life?  One of the ways is by inscribing the Life Line in the palm of the hand.  The markings along the Line of Life are in time sequence and can be correlated to specific years of a person’s life, which relates back to the measuring lines.  David received full Happiness from fellowship with God.

Then he says, “Pleasures are in Your right hand forever.”  This, of course, means that the Lord is handing David blessings that are the sources of wonderful pleasure.  But David says, “Your right hand.”  He is very specific.  Now, this is not just flowery language.  The right hand is different from the left.  The left hand contains the record of escrow blessings, and the right hand contains the blessing that have actually been received.  Jerusalem was in the Lord’s hand, and David received Jerusalem as an inheritance.  The Lord’s right hand hand is also inscribed in the Tabernacle.  The metaphor here is that the Lord has pleasures for David in His right hand, and He places those pleasures symbolically in David’s right hand.  Although this verse is a poetic metaphor, it is literally a description of the hands.

David’s use of right hand here and in verse 8 where he said the LORD “is at my right hand” indicates that he knows his right hand from his left.  If he had not meant to differentiate, he could have said, “the LORD is beside me.”  Further, “path of life” is in the same verse with “right hand.”  It is important to use “right hand” rather than left because David is advancing to the high ground in the Spiritual Life, and he is receiving blessing in his right hand.  However, how much David really knew is not the issue here because the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Since the Bible is inspired, it may be true literally, figuratively, and Spiritually.  What the Holy Spirit communicates will be true whether the human author understood the significance or not.  What the Holy Spirit is communicating in Psalm 16:11 is clearly about hands.

Lord’s Hand in the Tabernacle

Tabenacle Right Hand in Tabernacle

The Lord’s right hand is inscribed in the Tabernacle.  The right picture shows the Lord’s right hand in the Tabernacle.  The left picture shows the mirror image of that hand as it would appear looking up.  Every part of the Tabernacle corresponds to parts of the Lord’s hand.  The Brazen Altar, which represents Christ, our sacrifice for Salvation, is represented by the end phalange of the thumb.  The Laver, which represents Christ our Sanctification, represents the second phalange of the thumb.  There are two articles of furniture in the Outer Court, which correspond to the two phalanges of the thumb.  The articles of furniture are like rings on the Lord’s fingers.Tabernacle Rings

The first finger corresponds to the Lampstand, which represents Christ our Light.  The second finger corresponds to the Ark of the Covenant, which represents Christ, our all and in all (Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 3:11).  The fingernail, which covers the finger, represents the Mercy Seat, which represents Christ, our propitiation (Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2).  The third finger corresponds to the Altar of Incense, which represents the Christ our intercessor, who requests God’s vindication or justification.  It represents Justice.  The little finger corresponds to the Table of Shewbread, which represents Christ, the bread of life and the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ in hypostatic union.

Tabernacle Hand Floor PlanThe palm of the hand fits into the Outer Court, which is associated with Salvation and Rebound, while the fingers fit into the Holy Place.  The middle finger extends into the Holy of Holies.  The three mounts at the rear of the palm next to the wrist correspond to the three pathways between the 4 posts of the Gate.  The three mounts are the Masculine Mount (blue), the Mount of Evangelism (purple), and the Feminine Mount (green).  The Laver sits in the hollow of the palm, which is the Mount of Capacity for Life.  The mounts of the four fingers correspond to the pathways between the 5 posts of the Door.

The lines in the palm of the hand (upper left picture) correspond to the strategic pathways through the Tabernacle.  The Gate, which is the only way into the Tabernacle, represents the entrance into Eternal Life, or Christ the way (John 14:6).  There are 4 posts in the Gate, which represent four strategic paths associated with Salvation.  The first path is the Line of the Father.  No one can be saved unless the Father draws him (John 6:44, 65; Jeremiah 31:3).  The second path is the Line of the Spirit (or destiny), which represents Jesus Christ the promised Messiah (Isaiah 9:6).  Christ had a royal destiny, and Christians share His destiny.  The third line is the Line of the Soul, or success, which represents Christ, the King in His Millennial reign (Isaiah 9:7).  The fourth line represents the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ in hypostatic union, who was qualified to bear the sins of the world (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:11-13).

The Door controls access to the Holy Place and Holy of Holies.  The Door represents the Lord Jesus Christ, our entrance into the Spiritual Life (John 10:7-9).  The 5 posts in the Door represent grace and the 5 strategic paths into the Holy Place and Holy of Holies.  The 5 lines of the palm which correspond to the 5 posts are:

  1. Line of Light – this line connects the Line of the Father to light of the first finger (John 1:4, 9; 8:12).
  2. Line of Holy Spirit (Heart) – often ends between first and second fingers or on the forefinger mount (Ephesians 2:18).
  3. Line of the Spirit (destiny) – connects along the middle finger through the veil (Hebrews 10:19-20).
  4. Line of the Soul (success) – connects to the third finger – represents vindication through Christ our Intercessor (Hebrews 7:25)
  5. Line of the Body – access through the Door is through faith, which is symbolized by the bread, the Spiritual food (Romans 5:2)

The Lord’s hand is inscribed in the Tabernacle.  Christians are “predestined to conform to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).  Therefore, the definition of the Lord’s hand in the Tabernacle also applies to the believer’s hand.

Manual Labor

The hands represent work in a profession or manual labor under the Laws of Establishment.  After Adam was kicked out of the Garden of Eden, he had to work for a living under the Adamic Covenant (Genesis 3:17-19).  Adam’s descendants also had to work (1 Thessalonians 4:11).   The Lord may bless the work of the hands (Deuteronomy 16:15, 24:19, 30:9; Job 1:10) or curse the work of the hands (Deuteronomy 31:29; 1 Kings 16:7; Ecclesiastes 5:6; Haggai 2:17).  Before the Noahic Flood the work of man’s hands was cursed and there was hope that Noah could bring rest (Genesis 5:29).  The lazy person who refuses to work may die the sin unto death (Proverbs 21:25).  The artist creates beauty with the work of his hand (Song of Solomon 7:1); but the evil person may create idols with the work of his hands (Jeremiah 25:6-7).  Pottery is the work of the hands (Lamentations 4:2).

God gives people different abilities and gifts.  People are born with these gifts.  This is the meaning of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

The hands are physical.  They are not spiritual.  They represent function under the Laws of Establishment – not the Spiritual Life.  The spiritual cannot be seen in the hands.  However, the hand also represents soulish functions, such as thoughts, beliefs, and emotion.  They reveal the cognitive processes.  The Destiny line is related to the Laws of Establishment.  It is God’s provision for believer or unbeliever.  There is also a Personal Sense of Destiny in the Spiritual Life, which will not show up in the hands.  Having said this, the hands may, nevertheless, reveal physical and soulish functions that run concurrently with the Spiritual Life.  For example, a period of separation from the world may show up in the hands because a person is isolated from others, who are physical relationships.  When a person is living the Spiritual Life, the person is still in his physical body.  Whereas, events in the Spiritual Life will not show up in the physical hands, other events that happen at the same time will appear.

Hand Cramps

Hand cramps have psychological and spiritual meaning that can be fairly easily unraveled by a person who knows his left hand from his right.  Most people don’t.  Hand cramps are painful strokes from God about a serious problem.  Although they may be exacerbated by over-exertion, hand cramps still have underlying meaning that can be understood.  Cramps are like a slap (or stroke) from God that are meant to be painful to get the attention.

First, the hands symbolize service, the feet symbolize a person’s stand, and the legs symbolize a person’s walk.  A cramp in the right (dominant) hand symbolizes an action the person has taken, while a cramp in the left (helping) hand symbolizes a response.  The part of the hand with the cramp provides an additional clue.  Look up the meaning of the part of the hand and correlate it to an issue in life.  For example, a cramp in the left forefinger may symbolize offering a helping hand as a response of the ego.  The person may have received an offer of help from an evil person.  A cramp in the right hand may be associated with an overt action that the person has performed.  A cramp in the right forefinger could be associated with the expression of the ego, how a person is letting his light shine.

Reason for Studying Hands

The hands are not spiritual.  Spiritual guidance is not obtained from studying hands.  Spiritual guidance is obtained through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the daily Metabolization of Bible Doctrine.  Now, the scripture is filled with verses about hands.  In the ordination of the Levitical Priests, the thumb and big toe were anointed with sacrificial blood.  The High Priest used one finger for sprinkling blood.   The hands and feet of the Priests were washed in the Laver.  The Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10).  Jesus Christ wrote with his finger on the ground (John 8:6).  Rings were worn on the fingers.  Blood on the hands symbolized a murderer (Genesis 4:11; Isaiah 59:3; Proverbs 6:17; Ezekiel 23:37, 45).  Esau’s hands were hairy, and Jacob’s were smooth (Genesis 27:11, 15-16, 23). During the period of the Gospels (Hypostatic Union) and Precanon period of the Church Age, healing was accomplished through the laying on of hands (Mark 6:5; Luke 4:40; Acts 28:8).  In ordination the laying on of hands continues into the Church Age (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6).  The laying on of hands is part of the study of hands.  It is the subject of much confusion among Christians who don’t understand what the scripture teaches about hands.

The understanding of the lines and parts of the hand were clearly understood by Job and Isaiah.  The LORD invented palm reading – not the devil (Isaiah 49:16).  Jerusalem was engraved in the hand of Nebuchadnezzar (Ezekiel 21:22).  Neither of these verses can be understood without an understanding of hands.

Anthropopathisms about the hand and fingers of God are used many times in scripture.  Unless human hands are understood, the anthropopathisms cannot be understood.  And the writers of scripture used metaphors and comparisons about hands frequently.  Peter, Paul, and John not only waved their hands when they talked, they wrote with hand waving language in scripture.  The “old man” that Paul uses for a person’s unregenerate identity is the same as the id and is represented by the little finger.  The motivation of the world in lieu of response to the Love of God in 1 John 2:16 is a description of the palm of the hand.  The lusts of men contrasted with the will of God is a description of the thumb and the area of the palm that adjoins it (1 Peter 4:2).

The fingers are used for counting, and the number of each finger corresponds to the meaning of the number.  Thus, the fundamental definitions of numbers correspond to the fingers.  Grasping is a function of the hands, but Paul uses the word for grasping with the fingers to describe comprehending (Ephesians 3:18).  Thus, the cognitive processes are linked to the hands.  Grasping defines the double column advance in the military as well as response to the Love of God.  Thus, understanding the paradigm of the hands is useful for attaining Spiritual Rapport.

The study of the hands is more appropriate for mature believers than for beginners, since it is full of complicated analysis.  However, the individual elements of the study of the hands are quite appropriate for beginners.  For example, the study of the laying on of hands is a basic doctrine (Hebrews 6:2).  Yet, the apostates are full of confusion on the subject.  There is a right time to study the doctrine of hands; so there is no need to rush into it too early.  The study will require considerable investment of time.  A new vocabulary will have to be learned, and several different types of analysis, such as fingerprints, lines, fingers, mounts, colors, and markings will have to be learned.  Learning these things takes time and patience.  In the end a new appreciation for God’s creation will appear, a more profound knowledge of the scripture will be grasped, and the individual will learn more about himself.


Divination is trying to determine the future apart from the revelation of the Holy Spirit.  Divination like magic is one of the dark arts of the Cosmic System, which attempts to discover hidden knowledge by interpreting omens or by supernatural powers.2 The vocabulary of divination is the vocabulary of the devil.  It is full of lies.  Those who practice divination, either giving or receiving, may become entangled in demonism.  For this reason, there was a very stern warning against divination in the Mosaic Law.  It carried the death penalty.

The classic palm reader practices divination, which is expressly prohibited by the Word of God.  The palmist uses the vocabulary of the devil and human viewpoint analysis under slavery in the Cosmic System.  The palmists themselves are duped by the devil, and they prey upon dupes who are seeking information outside the boundaries of the Spiritual Life.  Does this mean the palmists are ignorant and don’t know what they are saying?  No, they are far from ignorant.  Many of the things they say are factual.  However, they are often half-truths, which are worse than lies.  They exalt the love of money and the goddess of love.  And they name the parts of the hand after demons that contradict the truth of Bible Doctrine.

The devil has taken over the study of hands and feet just as he took over the study of the Solar System and numerology.  God made the Solar System, and God made the fingers for counting.  So, why would the devil invest such effort to hide the truth of these things.  Whereas, the Solar System was named after the right demons to counterattack the truth of God, that is not necessarily the case with palmistry.  In palmistry, the names of the demons are not nearly as accurate.  So, there appears to be further confusion introduced by man.  It is time someone took back the Solar System, hands, feet, and numbers from Cosmic System.  They don’t belong to the devil, and Christians should not be duped by his lies.  The Christian who does not understand these things has blind spots that enslave him to the Cosmic System.


The methodology that will be used in this study is the accurate analysis of the Bible based upon the rules of interpretation.  The Bible will be the source of all definitions and application.  Scriptures from the Mosaic Law, the Gospels, precanon period, and Church Age will be correctly interpreted based upon sound principles of exegesis and theology.  Not one smidgen will be included which contradicts true theology as defined by such men as Lewis Sperry Chafer.3

The theology of the hands and feet in scripture belongs to the Doctrine of Creation.  The hands are a part of creation just as the Sun and the Moon, rocks and trees, birds and bees.  The hands, like the Sun and the Moon, are in the Plan of God even though they are physical and not spiritual.  The hands reveal God’s Sovereign purpose, and, as such, demand God’s unconditional fulfillment.

This study is not about divination, although the subject will be explained later in more detail.  It is about the hands in scripture.  The paradigm of the hands and feet is a fundamental tool for understanding scripture and relationship of mankind with God.  To that end it is high time that someone laid the groundwork for future disciples.

For those who have doubts about this study and are under the authority of some other pastor, please consult him.  For Christians, don’t forget to Rebound.  For those who have never made the greatest of all decisions to receive the gift of Eternal Life, please take a moment to consider your own Salvation.  It’s simple.  It’s free.  And it is a matter of personal privacy. The Spiritual Life is the only solution to the problems of the hands.

Hands in the Levitical Priesthood

Ordination of Levitical Priests
Symbolism of Hands and Feet
Cleansing Lepers

Ordination of Levitical Priests

One of the first clues of the meaning of hands and feet in scripture came from the ordination of the Levitical Priests (Exodus 29; Leviticus 8; Numbers 8).  Aaron and his sons went through an elaborate ordination ceremony, which provides insight into the meaning of the hands and feet.  First they were brought to the gate of the Tabernacle, their new workplace, where they washed all over with water, which symbolized Positional Sanctification at the moment of salvation.  They did not have to be washed by someone else.  After that they only washed their hands and their feet at the Laver, which symbolized Rebound.

“Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the gate of the tent of meeting (Tabernacle), and wash them with water. (Exodus 29:4)

Then Moses anointed the Tabernacle and all that was in it with anointing oil.  The oil represented the God the Holy Spirit.

Leviticus 8:10-11
10 Moses then took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. 11 And he sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times and anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, to consecrate them.

The Tabernacle and its furniture were anointed with oil to consecrate them, i.e. to set them aside for a Spiritual purpose.  Moses sprinkled the oil over the Tabernacle and its seven articles of furniture.  Note, the Ark and Mercy Seat are counted as two.  When he came to the Brazen Altar, he sprinkled it 7 times to signify the completion of the category of articles of furniture.

The oil on the utensils and furniture of the Tabernacle indicated that God the Holy Spirit had consecrated them for a Spiritual purpose.  The Tabernacle and its contents, even the pots and pans, were thus set aside to become “channels and vessels of the blessings of grace and salvation, which God the Holy One would bestow upon His people.”1 Thus, inanimate objects can be sanctified, even stones (Genesis 28:18, 35:14) and clothes (Leviticus 8:30).  The application for the Church Age believer is not to anoint things with oil, but to obey the Holy Spirit in all things.  Only Logistical Grace provision should be used, which includes  sanctified frying pans and clothes.  The Holy Spirit will teach the beginner how to do this.

Next, the Levitical Priests put on their clean, new robes of the Priesthood and were anointed with oil.  The anointing for Aaron, the High Priest, is described in Exodus 29:7 and the anointing of his sons is described in Exodus 40:15.  Aaron had special anointing oil poured on his head.

“Then you shall take the anointing oil, and pour it on his head and anoint him. (Exodus 29:7)

The oil symbolized God the Holy Spirit.  The head symbolized authority.  Pouring the oil on the head was a demonstration of Aaron’s promotion to High Priest.  His authority was the work of God the Holy Spirit.  As the oil anointed his head, so the Holy Spirit would sustain his authority.  Aaron was given a new occupation in the nation of Israel.  God the Father planned it; God the Son authorized it; and God the Holy Spirit performed it (Exodus 29:9).  Aaron had arrived at his destiny.

Next, a ram was to be sacrificed and its blood placed on the right ear lobe of Aaron and his sons.  The ram was sacrificed after the sacrifices of a bull and another ram.  The sacrifice of the second ram was for the sins of Aaron and his sons.  Since they would be ministering in the Holy Place, they must be purified from their sins.  The blood of the second ram represents the blood of Christ, who paid for the sins of Aaron and his sons. The blood of the animal represents the substitutionary spiritual death of Jesus Christ in payment for the sins of the world.  The blood of Christ does not refer to his physical blood but to his substitutionary Spiritual death.  The second ram offering was part of the ordination ceremony.  The ear represents hearing.  The blood on the ear lobe represented hearing the Doctrine of Redemption.  The Levitical Priests must metabolize Bible Doctrine by hearing and obeying before they could teach through the offering of animal sacrifices.

“And you shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the lobes of his sons’ right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet, and sprinkle the rest of the blood around on the altar. (Exodus 29:20, NAS)

The blood was also to be placed on the thumbs of the right hands.  The thumb represents the volition.  Everyone must be free to choose Salvation, which is represented by the Brazen Altar.  Thus, blood on the thumb identified the thumb with the Brazen Altar.  Under the doctrine of Infralapsarianism, only those who choose Salvation will be saved, and all others will be left in condemnation.  This is one of the fundamental reasons for the creation of mankind.  People would be allowed to choose Salvation or reject it.  The blood represents Christ our sacrifice and Redemption.  The blood on the thumb represents the purification of the Levitical Priests for service through the blood of the Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the same as Jehovah, the Savior of the Old Testament.  Jesus Christ is the only Savior.  There is Salvation in none other.  There was only one payment for the sins of the world.  However, there were many demonstrations of Redemption through the daily sacrifices before Christ came.

The blood was to be placed only on the thumb of the right hand, not the left.  This is significant because the right hand of the Lord was symbolically inscribed in the Tabernacle.  The right hand of a right handed person is the stronger, and the Lord’s right hand symbolized salvation and deliverance (Psalm 18:35; 20:6; 63:8; 89:13; 108:5-6; 139:9-10).  The right side is the Spiritual side and the left side is the temporal side.  The right hand also goes first, and the left hand helps.  Believing in Jesus Christ is a Spiritual decision.  The Holy Spirit makes the gospel clear to the unregenerate person so that he or she can choose Salvation.

The blood was to be placed only on the thumb, not the hand.  Blood on the hands represents a murderer (Genesis 4:11; Isaiah 59:3; Proverbs 6:17; Ezekiel 23:37, 45).  And blood was to be placed on the big toes of Aaron and his sons.  The big toe is analogous to the thumb on the hand.  Just as the hand has a thumb and four fingers, the foot has a big toe and four smaller toes.  The hands represent service and the feet represent walking.  The thumb represents serving the will of God.  The big toe represents walking in the will of God.  Aaron and his sons, the Levitical Priests, were to serve the will of God and walk in the will of God.

Palm LinesAdam obeyed God and walked around the Tree in the will of God until he sinned.  This was illustrated by the picture of the hand with the thumb pointed up toward God.  After Adam sinned, the Levitical Priests could only begin to obey God by obeying the will of God for Salvation.  When they were saved, they were to walk daily in the will of God and offer animal sacrifices to explain the doctrines of the Spiritual Life, which included Redemption, Atonement, Propitiation, Reconciliation, and Rebound.  The line around the thumb that was labeled Father, for God the Father, in the hand of Adam corresponds to the path of the Levitical Priests as they walked daily in the will of God.

The rest of the blood was to be sprinkled around the Brazen Altar, the symbol of Salvation.  Aaron and his sons with the blood on their ear lobes, thumbs, and big toes were identified with the blood that was sprinkled around the Brazen Altar.  The sprinkling of the blood identified the Brazen Altar with blood that represented the Redemption of the Levitical Priests by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins.

The blood was sprinkled with the index finger, which is also called the forefinger or the first finger (Leviticus 4:6, 17; 16:14, 19; Numbers 19:4).  The first finger was thus used as a pointer finger to sprinkle the blood on the object at which the finger pointed.  The first finger was also being used to execute a religious procedure.  The procedure was the first ceremony, or ordination ceremony, in the service and walk of the Levitical Priesthood.  The first finger was being used by the one who is leading the ceremony like an orchestra leader leads, or directs, the orchestra.  The first finger was being used by a person in a public display.  There were no words or other gestures by the leader of this ceremony.  He only used his index finger, the first finger.  That finger placed the blood on Aaron and his sons and sprinkled the blood around the Brazen Altar.

Exodus 29:22-23
22 “You shall also take from the ram the fat, including the fat tail and the fat that covers the entrails, the appendage of the liver, the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and the right thigh (for it is a ram of ordination), 23 and one cake of bread, one cake of bread mixed with oil, and one wafer from the basket of unleavened bread which is set before the Lord;

In the next part of the ordination ceremony, Moses took the fat from the ram, the appendage of the liver, the kidneys, and the right thigh.  Appendage is the Hebrew, yotereth, which is a fatty mass at the opening of the liver of a sacrificial animal, extending to the kidneys.  There were, thus, four layers of meat:  a layer of fat, a layer of liver fat, the kidneys, and thigh.  He placed three types of pastry upon these.  The first pastry was unleavened bread, which represented the impeccability of the humanity of Jesus Christ, who was uniquely qualified to be the sin offering.  The second was unleavened bread mixed with oil.  The oil represented the Holy Spirit.  The third was an unleavened wafer, which also represented the impeccability of Jesus Christ.  The sandwich that was made contained 4 layers of fat and meat and 3 breads, which made 7 layers, the number for the completion of a category.  This was a large club sandwich.

Then Moses placed the sandwich in the hands of the Levitical Priests.  This act was to identify the next offering with the Levitical Priests.  It also established the precedent that the priest who offered a sacrifice was to receive the right thigh as his portion in the future.  The word, “ordination,” is the Hebrew aWLm! (millu’) from a root that means filling.  The explanation, “for it is a ram of ordination,” is correctly translated but it means “for it is a ram of the filling, or fill-offering.”  The ordination ceremony derived its name when the sandwiches were placed in the hands of the Levitical Priests.

and you shall put all these in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons, and shall wave them as a wave offering before the Lord. (Exodus 29:24, NAS)

MountsThe sandwiches filled the hands of the Levitical Priests.  The word for hand is the Hebrew [K^ (kaph), which has a root meaning of hollow, for the hollow of the hand or palm of the hand.  The word may be translated hand or palm.  The hands of the Levitical Priests were filled with things that symbolized great blessing.  Having the hands filled full of blessing requires capacity for blessing, which demands capacity for life.  This is one of the passages that helps to establish the meaning of the hollow of the hand, which represents capacity for life as shown in the new illustration of the mounts of the hand.

The hands of the Levitical Priests were filled with sacrificial gifts for the Lord, which symbolized that in the future they would receive sacrificial gifts from others and sacrifice them to the Lord.  Moses waved the sandwiches before the Lord to indicate that they would be offered to Him from the hands of the Levitical Priests.

Then Moses took them from their hands and offered them up in smoke on the altar with the burnt offering. They were an ordination offering for a soothing aroma; it was an offering by fire to the Lord. (Leviticus 8:28)

Then Moses burned the sandwiches on the Brazen Altar as explained in the parallel passage in Leviticus.  The sweet smell of the burning fat went up to Heaven and represented Propitiation, which means the satisfaction of God.  God was pleased with the sacrifice, which represented the sacrifice of the humanity of Jesus Christ.

Symbolism of Hands and Feet

From the ordination of the Levitical Priests, some fundamental principles can be understood about the symbolism of the hands and feet.  Before blood was placed on the thumbs and big toes, the head of Aaron and his sons was anointed with oil.  The head came first and then the hands and feet because the thinking of the head controls the hands and feet.  This point is more important than may be obvious.  It is the major reason for this whole study.  And it is the basis for the field of psychiatry known as psychodiagnostic chirology.3 Not only does the head control the hands and feet, the head determines how they grow.  The cognitive processes determine the size, shape, lines, markings, and color of the hands and feet.  Hand and feet problems begin in the head.  Psychiatry recognizes that head problems cause body disorders.

There is another reason for anointing the head first.  The oil represents God the Holy Spirit, who controls the Human Spirit.  The Spirit came first and then the blood because the blood represents the soul.  The Spirit comes before, or is higher than, the soul.  The soul of the animal is in the blood.

‘For the soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the soul that makes atonement.’ (Leviticus 17:11)

The word translated “soul” is the Hebrew vp#n# (nephesh), which literally means soul and implies soul-life, or life, because the soul is the source of life for the body.  The soul of the sacrificial animal was in the blood.  Therefore, the sacrificial blood was atonement for the souls of the Levitical Priests.  When the Old Sin Nature controls the soul, a person sins and accumulates guilt in the subconscious.  The anointing of the Levitical Priests with oil followed by placing blood on their thumbs and big toes, first, stressed the importance of purifying the head, which is the source of Spiritual and soulish problems.  The Spiritual Life is a new way of life that requires a new modus operandi.  Atonement must be made for sin and guilt from the Old Sin Nature control of the soul.

The hands and feet were addressed after the head.  The hands represent service, while the feet represent the walk or the stand.  Hands may act or respond.  The finger that was applying the blood and sprinkling the blood was acting.  The thumbs that were receiving the blood were responding.  Feet may act or respond.  Moses had to walk around to apply the blood and sprinkle it, but the Levitical Priests stood still and received the blood.  Moses was leading in the will of God.  The Levitical Priests were following the will of God by standing still and receiving the blood.

The hands perform service.  They perform work.  They respond.  And they help.  However, they do not perform a strategic or tactical advance.  Strategy refers to a long range objective or destination, while tactics refer to the short term objectives or steps in the overall plan.  The feet execute strategy and tactics while the hands perform service or work where the feet go.  To be successful a person must be on the right path to do the right thing.  The feet follow the right path, and the hands do the right thing.

The lines in the palm of the hand or sole of the foot represent the paths of life.  The fingers and other parts of the hand represent service, skill, and methodology.  The toes and other parts of the foot represent the type of advance.  A few steps may represent a tactical advance while a long journey may represent a strategic advance.  Walking with the big toe covered with blood represents walking in the will of God and being purified from sins through the atonement of Christ, our sacrifice.  The walk of a person with a large big toe may be accompanied by overt expressions of the will such as talking, singing, or fanfare.  The walk of a person with a long first toe may be accompanied with a bold expression of leadership or ambition.  The service of a person with a large thumb may be authoritarian or very demanding.  The service of a person with a long first finger may exhibit strong leadership, whereas the service of a person with a short first finger may tend to follow another.

Cleansing Lepers

Under the Mosaic Law, lepers were quarantined.  They were prohibited from participating in the worship ceremonies associated with the Tabernacle.  Having leprosy was like being sent to prison.  Leprosy was viewed as putrefaction in a living body and the image of death, which introduced the same destruction to the physical body as sin to the spiritual life.  The leper was cut off (sanctified) from both worship in the Tabernacle but also social life in the nation.  Lepers who recovered were required to go through an elaborate cleansing ceremony prior to acceptance back into the camp.  The cleansing ceremony, which was quite similar to the ordination ceremony of the Levitical Priests, was in two parts.  The first part was for restoration of social life, and the second part was for restoration of fellowship with God through participation in the worship ceremonies of the Tabernacle.

The first part of the cleansing, which is not part of the study of the hands, included two birds (Leviticus 14:1-8).  One bird was sacrificed and the other released to fly away free into the open country.  The dead bird represented the disease of leprosy that would have killed the leper.  The bird that was set free represented the leper’s new freedom to enter social life because of the substitutionary death of the other bird.  The leper was sprinkled 7 times with a mixture of fresh water and blood from the sacrificed bird.  The water represented cleansing of his body and the blood represented purification of his soul because the soul of the animal is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11).

At the end of the first ceremony, the leper had to wash his clothes, shave off all the hair from all parts of his body, and bathe.  He was then allowed to go to his tent in the camp, but he was not allowed to go inside for 7 days (Leviticus 14:8).  Staying outside the tent was to prevent sexual intercourse, which would defile him before the completion of the second part of his cleansing.

On the seventh day, he had to wash his clothes, shave all over, and bathe again.  And on the eighth day, where eight symbolizes the new birth, the second half of the ceremony began (Leviticus 14:9-20).  He was to bring to the priest 2 male lambs, a ewe lamb, 3/10 of an ephah of flour (2 gallons) mixed with oil, and a log (.5 pint) of oil as sacrificial gifts (Leviticus 14:10).  The priest then presented the leper and the sacrificial gifts before the LORD at the Gate of the Tabernacle before the Brazen Altar.  Presentation to the LORD was a symbolic giving of things to the LORD.  The leper and the gifts, then, belonged to the LORD.  Then the priest slaughtered one of the male lambs for a guilt offering.

“The priest shall then take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. (Leviticus 14:14, NAS)

The guilt offering was for believers who had sinned after Salvation.  The guilt of the leper was due to his failure to comply with the worship ceremonies associated with the Tabernacle, which he could not attend because he was banned.  The guilt offering was a reminder that the sins would be paid for by the Redeemer who would come, and, therefore, the person who had sinned could be forgiven based upon that Redemption.  That is the same concept as Rebound in the Church Age in which a person names his sins to God (1 John 1:9) and God forgives them because they were paid for on the Cross (1 John 1:7).  Under the Mosaic Law, Rebound had to be accompanied by an animal sacrifice as a reminder that forgiveness was only possible based upon the sacrifice for sins that was to come.  Old Testament saints looked forward to the Cross, and Church Age believers look back at the Cross.

The similarities between the cleansing ceremony of the leper and the ordination ceremony of the Levitical Priests provide additional insight into the meanings of the hands and feet.  The leper needed to be purified of his sins just as the Priests did.  Both were sinners, and, therefore, both required a similar ceremonial cleansing. Rams were used for the Priests, while lambs were used for lepers.

In addition to representing purification for sins, the blood also represented the soul because the soul of the animal is in the blood.  The blood represented atonement for sins and the soul. The blood was placed on the leper’s right ear lobe, right thumb, and right big toe just as in the ordination of the Levitical Priests.  The blood on the parts of the leper represented:

  1. Right ear lobe – restoration to hearing the Word of the LORD
  2. Right thumb – restoration to execution of Bible Doctrine
  3. Right big toe – restoration to walk in Bible Doctrine

Although the leper was not to serve the Lord in the Tabernacle, he was expected to execute the Spiritual Life in his Marriage and in his occupation.

Leviticus 14:15-16
15 “The priest shall also take some of the log of oil, and pour it into his left palm; 16 the priest shall then dip his right forefinger into the oil that is in his left palm, and with his forefinger sprinkle some of the oil seven times before the Lord.

The log was a Hebrew unit of measurement, which was about half a pint. The oil represents the Holy Spirit.  The word for forefinger is the Hebrew uB^x=a# (‘aetseba`), which is also the word for a finger.  The forefinger is the foremost representative finger.  In this verse it should be translated forefinger per the lexicon.4 By using the forefinger, the priest was pointing the finger at the object to be sprinkled, which in this case was the Brazen Altar.  The Brazen Altar represented Christ, our sacrifice.  The oil represented the Holy Spirit, and by sprinkling the oil seven times for the completion of a category, the priest was identifying and dedicating the oil to the LORD.

“And of the remaining oil which is in his palm, the priest shall put some on the right ear lobe of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering; (Leviticus 14:17, NAS)

The priest then put oil on top of the blood on the leper’s right ear lobe, right thumb, and right big toe.  The oil represented God the Holy Spirit who empowers the human spirit, controls the soul, and imparts the Spirit of Life to the body. This was the Old Testament representation of the Enduement of the Holy Spirit.  In the Filling of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age, the Holy Spirit controls the soul and empowers the body.  The oil represented the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Life, which the leper had received from the Lord.  The Spirit of Life gives human life and health to the body.  The blood represented the soul.  The oil on the parts of the leper’s body represented:

  1. Right ear lobe – Spiritual hearing
  2. Right thumb – Execution of the Spiritual Life; endued by the Holy Spirit
  3. Right big toe – Walking in the Spiritual Life

The rest of the oil in the priest’s palm was to be poured on the leper’s head.

while the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s palm, he shall put on the head of the one to be cleansed. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf before the Lord. (Leviticus 14:18, NAS)

The oil on the head represented the Spirit of God that empowered the head to be further expropriated into the hands and feet.  The thinking determines the actions of the hands and feet.  The head represents authority, and oil on the head represents humility of being under the authority of the Holy Spirit.  The head empowered by the Holy Spirit means a soul not under the power of the Old Sin Nature.  The leper was reconciled to God and back in fellowship.  This is the same meaning as Rebound in the Church Age.

Then the ewe lamb was sacrificed as a sin offering because even after all this, the leper still had uncleanness due to his past sins and the sins of the Client Nation.  The leper’s sins could not be isolated from the rest of the Client Nation.  When one part of the body was sick, other parts felt the pain.  The sin offering was also for the sins of the Client Nation.  The sin offering demonstrates the systemic view.  An individual is a part of a greater system.  That concept is exemplified in the middle finger, although that finger is not specifically mentioned in this passage.  The middle finger represents a person’s systemic view of himself in relation to the system, or group, of which he is a part.

Finally, the other male lamb was offered as a burnt offering and the flour mixed with oil was offered as a grain offering.

“And the priest shall offer up the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. Thus the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean. (Leviticus 14:20, NAS)

The burnt offering represented Redemption and Propitiation.

1 Peter 1:18-19, NAS
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

The grain offering represented the impeccability of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union, who was alone qualified to go to the Cross.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in all things as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)


An understanding of the symbolism of hands and feet comes from ceremonies associated with the ordination of the Levitical Priests and the cleansing of lepers.  The heads were anointed in both cases in conjunction with the thumbs and big toes.  This was a clue of the connection between the head and the hands and feet.  The cognitive processes in the head do indeed relate to the hands and feet.  Service is represented by the hands, and the walk is represented by the feet.  The thumb represents the will, or volition, of an individual which must be brought into submission to the will of God.  The big toe represents the walk of an individual which must also comply with the will of God.  The hands are for serving according to the will of God, and the feet are for walking according to the will of God.

The thumb represents will, or volition, related to serving in the will of God.
The big toe represents the expression of the will in the walk in the will of God.

Every day before ministering in the Tabernacle, the Levitical Priests had to wash their hands and their feet.  This represented Rebound.  It also stressed again the symbolism of the hands for service and feet for walking in conjunction with the need for both to be sanctified.  Service was performed with the hands and fingers while walking was along a path.  There are lines in the palms and the soles of the feet that correspond to the paths taken.  For example, the path around the thumb represents the path around the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden.

The thumb and big toe were singled out to be anointed with blood and oil.  No other fingers were acceptable.  Thus, there must be special significance attached to the thumb and big toe.  There is much more significant than might be thought because the thumb and big toe are tied directly to the brain and soul and spirit.  That was the symbolism of anointing them with blood and oil.  The thumb and big toe were the physical layer to which were added the soul and spirit.  Now, the soul and spirit couldn’t be seen, even if they were in the thumb or big toe because the soul and spirit are immaterial and invisible.  Nevertheless, the physical hand still exists under the power of the soul and spirit.  So the hand will reveal the result of a life lived in relation to the soul and spirit even though the soul and spirit are invisible.

The soul and spirit cannot be seen in the hand because they are invisible.

This is not a trivial point.  Indications of the soul and spirit cannot be seen in the hand.  The soul does a poor job of understanding the soul as evidenced by the confusion in psychology, which literally means the study of the soul, or psyche.  The only way to understand the soul and spirit is through Bible Doctrine.  Furthermore, the Spiritual Life is above the physical, which includes the hands.  That does not, however, do away with the physical.  The physical life still exists.  God created it; made provision for it; and punishes it.  The physical life must be lived in compatibility with the soul and spirit.  The hands and feet are records of the physical life.

Another thing defined by the ministry of the Levitical Priests was the forefinger, which is also known as the index finger or first finger.  The forefinger was used for sprinkling the blood and oil.  It was the natural finger to use.  The forefinger is a pointer.  It points to things to identify them.  The Priests pointed to the things as they sprinkled them with oil or blood.  The forefinger represents the light of a person that shines into the world or demonstrates things to the world.  It also represents the ego, which is how a person presents himself to the world.  The ego is not the real self, but the public self.  It is the self that a person shows to the world.  Sprinkling blood on a person is a pretty bold expression.  Similarly, pointing the index finger at someone is a bold expression.  It may mean pointing a person out for destruction.

The first finger represents a person’s light and ego.

The meaning of the thumb, first finger, and big toe was explained from the ministry of the Levitical Priesthood. In addition, the distinction between the right and left hands and feet was observed.  The right side is the spiritual side, while the left side is the temporal.  However, the right hand is also the dominant hand in a right handed person while the left hand helps.  The right foot is the leader while the left foot follows.  Blood was placed on the right thumb because the right hand takes the initiative in service.  In Marriage, the right hand represents the man, and the left hand represents the woman.  Similarly, the right foot represents the man and the left foot represents the woman, who is supposed to follow the man.


Counting with the Fingers
Fingerprint Types
Classes of Civilization
Basic Types of Fingerprints

Counting with the Fingers

One of the obvious uses of the fingers is for counting.  Since the numbers in scripture always come true, knowing the number of the finger reveals its meaning.  From the ministry of the Levitical Priests, it is obvious that the thumb set apart from the other fingers.  It can, therefore, be concluded, as any first-grader will demonstrate, that finger number 1 is the forefinger, or index finger.  Thus, the fingers should be numbered:

1.  Forefinger
2.  Middle Finger
3.  Ring Finger
4.  Little Finger
5.  Thumb

The meaning of the fingers coincides with the meaning of the number of the finger.

  1. Finger 1 represents light, which cannot be divided.  Light is what others see.  The Lord has Light, a person’s light shines in the world (Psalm 44:3; Matthew 5:14-16).  It is what the world sees.  Light refers to individual identity expressed to the public.  It is glory, which may be the ego or persona.
  2. Finger 2 represents the all in all.  It brings to bear all the cognitive processes to form a consolidated, or integrated, viewpoint.  It considers self in relation to others.  The person is no longer an individual but a part of a group.  Finger 2 represents the systemic perspective.  It represents how a person fits in a group.
  3. Finger 3 represents justice. It represents analytical skill, discernment, and judgment.  The judgment may be good or bad.  It may be critical and judgmental or it may be a means of vindication and success.
  4. Finger 4 represents self.  It is the little man of the soul.  It is the private self, not the public image.  As four is the number for weakness, the individual is weak without outside help.  The little finger is a metaphor for weakness (1 Kings 12:10; 2 Chronicles 10:10).
  5. Finger 5, the thumb, represents the volition, or will.  The four fingers are weak without the thumb, which provides strength.  This illustrates grace, the meaning of number 5.  Man is strong when he responds to the grace of God.

Meaning of the Fingers

. Finger Meaning
1 Forefinger Light, ego, persona, one, individual, 1st person (I)
2 Middle Finger All in all, system, group, integration, together, component
3 Ring Finger Justice, vindication, role identity, criticism, arts, beauty
4 Little Finger Self, little person of soul, weakness, intellect, wit, science, business, doctor, lawyer, communication
5 Thumb Volition, will, control, strength

Fingerprint Types

Each finger is stamped with a unique identifying marking from the signet ring of God.  The fingerprints of each individual are unique.  No two individuals, not even identical twins, have the same fingerprints.  However, there are only three basic fingerprint types.  All fingerprints in the human race are variations of the three basic types.  This is explained by the three sons of Noah, who survived the Flood and from whom all the human race is descended.  Noah prophesied the destiny of the human race that would be descended from his three sons.

Genesis 9:26-27
26 He also said, “Blessed be the LORD,
The God of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.
27 May God make wide for Japheth,
And let him dwell in the tents of Shem;
And let Canaan be his servant.

Noah had three sons, Shem, Japheth, and Ham.  Shem was the father of the Semitic races who settled in Assyria.  Japheth was the father of the Caucasians who settled in Asia Minor and Europe.  And Ham was the father of Canaan and the Arab races that settled in Arabia and Africa.  After Ham committed a homosexual act of incest with Noah, he was cursed.  In the curse Noah called Ham by the name of his most degenerate son, Canaan.

Shem received all the blessings of the firstborn.  But Shem was blessed the most by the LORD.  The symbol of blessing in the fingerprints is the eye.  So Shem undoubtedly had eyes on his fingers.  “Make wide” for Japheth means to extend the borders of the descendants of Japheth, which is a sign of national prosperity.  Japheth was destined to dwell in the tents of Shem.  This is a Hebrew metaphor.  The descendants of Shem would pitch their tents around the Tabernacle of the LORD.  In Israel, all the nations of the earth would be blessed.  Dwelling in the tents of Shem is a metaphor for the Spiritual heritage of the Jews that would be passed to the Gentiles.  From Israel, the Savior of the world was born, and Christianity followed.

And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we have seen the glory, the glory of the uniquely born from the source of the Father, full of grace and doctrine. (John 1:14)For the Law was given through Moses; grace and doctrine came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:18)

Japheth undoubtedly had the fingerprint type that resembled tents of Shem on his fingers.  Canaan, however, was cursed, and he would be a servant of Shem (verse 26) and Japheth (verse 27).  Canaan is the Hebrew/u^n^K=(Kena`an), which means the submissive one and comes from a root that means to bend or subjugate.  Canaan undoubtedly had the fingerprint type called loops on his fingers.

The three basic fingerprint types of the human race are eyes, tents (including arches), and loops.  These three types were associated with the sons of Noah.  Shem had eyes.  Japheth had tents.  And Ham became the father of Canaan, who had loops.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified seven basic fingerprint types (reference Fingerprint Identification).  This categorization can even be simplified to the following types:

Fingerprint Types

Type Meaning
Eye Grace, a gift, talent, creativity
Ulnar (Common) Loop* Follower; loop opens toward bottom of hand
Radial Loop* Leader; loop opens toward thumb
Arch Traditional values; tied to the past, home life
Tent Intense, intellectual tie to the past, home life

* Note:  All fingerprint illustrations are from right hand viewed in front of the face

Please note that the perspective of viewing the fingerprint illustrations is from the vantage point of holding the right hand in front of the face.  The fingerprint on paper will be reversed.  The ulnar, or common loop, is like a lasso that is open toward the ulnar side of the hand, which is the side of the little finger.  The radial loop is like a lasso that is open toward the thenar, or thumb, side of the hand.


The difference between the right hand and the left must be taken into consideration in the meaning of fingerprints.  The dominant hand (right hand in right-handed person or left in left-handed person) is the hand of action and the non-dominant hand is the hand of response.  The dominant hand is like the active voice and the non-dominant hand is like the passive voice.Note

The explanation here is based upon right-handed people where the right hand is used for the dominant hand and the left for the non-dominant hand.  Left-handed people will need to reverse the definitions.  For them, the left hand is dominant.

Classes of Civilization

The simple meaning of the classes of civilization based upon fingerprint types then emerges.

Classes of Civilization Based on Fingerprint Types

Type Meaning Profession
Eye Grace King, royalty, nobility
Tent Estate Entrepreneurs, intellectuals
Arch Doorway Trade, craftsmen, farmers
Loop Slave Slave, servant, maid

The eye symbolizes grace and represents the highest level of society, which includes kings, queens, royalty, and nobility.  Royalty is represented by the color, purple.  The tent symbolizes the family estate, which is passed down to succeeding generations.  It represents entrepreneurs and intellectuals, who have their heads in the clouds as represented by the color, blue.  The patriarch and his family live in tents.  The arch symbolizes the door of the tent.  Those who are employed by the owner of the tent enter and exit the tent to work in their trade or craft.  Those who enter and exit include farmers, tailors, carpenters, electricians, telephone repairmen, shoemakers, and craftsmen.  The color, green, represents the prosperity of this class.  The loop represents the slaves or servants, who are owned by the owner of the tent.  These people work daily in the tent or on the plantation.  They are characterized by the color, red, for fear and worry in their toil on the earth.

Basic Types of Fingerprints


The Eye is the same as the whorl.  The Eye is a scriptural term.  Eyes in scripture represent grace.  The four Living Creatures around the Throne of God5 were full of eyes (Ezekiel 10:12; Revelation 4:6, 8).  It is important to recognize an eye in order to interpret it correctly.  Therefore, the term, whorl, will not be used.  The Eye includes several variations that are categorized separately by some.1 The Eye includes the FBI Central Pocket Loop and Plain Whorl.  It also includes what others call the Target Whorl, Spiral Whorl, Shell Whorl, and Peacock’s Eye (a loop with an eye in it).  The Double Loop also may be classified as an eye, but it will be discussed separately as one of the different types of eyes.

The open eye represents grace.  In the dedication of the Temple, Solomon prayed that the LORD’s eyes would be open toward the Temple.

that Your eyes may be open upon this house night and day, upon the place of which Thou have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ to listen to the prayer which Your servant offers toward this place. (1 Kings 8:29)

When the LORD’s eyes are open, grace will come down to the Temple.  The LORD heard Solomon’s prayer.

“Now My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. (2 Chronicles 7:15, NAS)

Here, the LORD’s eyes saw Solomon’s prayer.  The eyes being open means the LORD was receptive to Solomon’s prayer.  The LORD’s eyes both saw and perceived Solomon’s request.  This represented the LORD’s grace seeing.  The LORD’s eyes can both see and perceive a request for grace and also provide grace.  Thus, the eyes of the LORD both act and respond in grace.

Open eyes are a metaphor for perception.

“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5, NAS)

Here, the devil told the ‘Ishah, the woman, in the Garden that eating the forbidden fruit would open her eyes.  He implied that she would be as smart as God and know good from evil.  If she ate the forbidden fruit, she would perceive the difference between good and evil because she would receive a conscience.  In her current sinless state, she could not perceive evil.  Opening a person’s eyes to evil represents perception, but it does not represent grace because eyes full of evil are in darkness.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. (Genesis 3:7)

After Adam and the woman sinned, they perceived they were naked, which had never been a source of shame before.  But with their guilty conscience, nakedness was a source of shame.  Here again, the eyes being open is a metaphor for perception.

Open eyes represent perception of the Light of God.

to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’ (Acts 26:18, NAS)

Satan’s kingdom is represented by darkness, while God is Light.  Open eyes can see, or perceive, the Light of God.

Closed eyes, in contrast, represent cursing.

For the heart of this people has become insensitive,
And with their ears they are hard of hearing,
And they have closed their eyes
Lest they should see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I should heal them.’ (Matthew 13:15)

This is a description of people with scar tissue of the soul.  “They have closed the eyes” means they have rejected grace.  People with scar tissue of the soul reject the grace policy of God.  With their eyes closed they cannot see with divine viewpoint in order to verify Bible Doctrine on the Stage of Life.

Common Loop

The Common Loop opens toward the ulnar side of the hand, which is opposite the thumb.  The Loop represents a lasso, which is used for roping livestock.  When the loop is around the neck of the animal, it will follow.  When Jerusalem fell, the younger women were hooked to a rope line with an encircling loop of rope and marched off to Babylon.

Now it will come about that instead of balmy perfume, there will be moldiness;
Instead of the sash, an encircling rope;
Instead of curled hair, baldness;
Instead of dress clothes, a frock of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty. (Isaiah 3:24)

The encircling rope (Hebrew niqepah) or lasso is the meaning of the term, Loop.  Common Loops represent followers, people who go with the flow and follow the leader.

Radial Loop

Sometimes an animal that is lassoed decides not to follow the leader.  The loop, or lasso, then becomes a harness for seizing control from the leader.  Some animals simply will not follow the leader even when they are lassoed.

“Can you bind the oryx in a furrow with a rope (leading rein),
Or will he harrow the valleys following you?  (Job 39:10)

The rhetorical question the Lord posed to Job demonstrated that the oryx (an Arabian antellope)4 cannot be harnessed by man to plow a field.  The oryx, which will turn around and go the other way, is like the Radial Loop. The Radial Loop, in contrast to the Common Loop, opens toward the thumb.  It is the sign of a leader.  It also represents non-conformity, a person who goes against the grain.


The Arch represents a doorway of a house or tent.  Joshua used to stand as a guard at the doorway of the tent where Moses met the Lord (Exodus 33:11).  This was a separate tent from the Tabernacle.  Joshua was Moses’ assistant, or deputy.  Moses was the leader, and Joshua was his closest follower.  Thus, Joshua was indoctrinated in the policy of Moses.  Joshua was a guard, and guards are a class associated with the doorway of a tent, which corresponds to the Arch fingerprint.

The Arch represents a person with traditional values like Joshua.  Such types may be tied to the past.  They are strongly influenced by their home life.  They may work in trades, crafts, or security.


The Tent, which is also called the Tented Arch, is shaped like a tent.  Abraham owned a large estate.  He had 300 cowboys in his militia and had large herds of cattle.  Such would qualify him to the be the king of a city in Canaan.  His wife, Sarah, undoubtedly wanted him to build a large ranch house, or castle, like the other kings.  However, Abraham would have none of it.  He lived in a tent till the day he died.

Hebrews 11:9-10
9 By faith (doctrine in the soul), he lived as a temporary resident in the Land of the Promise, as to a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, joint-heirs of the same promise.  10 For he himself kept waiting for a city having the foundation whose architect and builder is God.

The Tent is a much more intense intellectual tie to the past or home life.  God promised Abraham a city, and Abraham lived in anticipation of the fulfillment of that promise.  Abraham was a patriarch, and it was important for him to live in a tent to symbolize his status as head of the estate, which would be passed down to his son, Isaac.

Those who lived in tents were the family of the entrepreneur.  They were the recipients of the family inheritance, they had time to pursue intellectual interests.  Thus, the tent is also associated with the intellectual.


Beyond these five basic types of fingerprints, there are variations and combinations of the basic types, which indicate nuances.  For example, the Double Loop is a type of Eye.  It is a special gift, but it may represent a gift for duplicity, such as a liar or a con artist.  The Accidental type is a catch-all category of the FBI.


Eye on First Finger
Eye on Middle Finger
Eye on Third Finger
Eye on Little Finger
Eye on Thumb
Peacock’s Eye


The Eye represents grace or a special gift.  An eye on any finger represents special artistic or technical skill, creativity, and originality, which is impossible for the mediocre to conceive.  In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the slaves were given 5 talents, 2 talents, 1 one talent.  The talent was the largest measure of money by weight.  A talent was 60 minas, where a mina was 50 shekels, and a shekel was 220 grains.6 A talent of gold was worth about $16,500 and 5 talents $82,500.  Eyes on the fingers correspond to the talents given to the slaves.  Five eyes on the fingers of a hand would represent the most gifted people.  Moses probably had five eyes on the fingers of both hands.  Albert Einstein had eyes on 7 of his fingers.  He had eyes on the right hand fingers 1, 3, and thumb and the left hand fingers 1, 2, 3, and thumb.  His other fingers had loops.3

The type of gift depends upon the finger on which the eye is located.  The gifts of grace on the fingers must not be confused with the Spiritual gifts which are bestowed at the moment of Salvation.  The gifts on the hands are for believers and unbelievers.  They are for use under the Laws of Establishment.  However, wherever a person goes in the Spiritual Life, the hands will follow.  When Moses crossed the Red Sea, his hands followed.  When Noah built the Ark, his hands did the work. And when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross, His hands were pierced.

The Eye

. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Gift of Light Execution, magnetism, single-minded Perception, seeing clearly, seeing truth
2 Middle Finger Gift of Integration Management, organization Categorization, philosophy, mysteries
3 Ring Finger Gift of Justice Vindication, incrimination, proving fault, perfectionist Verification, discernment, recognizing fault
4 Little Finger Gift of Humility Communication, care Individualism, non-conformance
5 Thumb Gift of Willpower Domination; dictatorial Deliverance, rescue, courage

Eye on First Finger

The Eye on the first finger represents the gift of light.  The person with an eye on the left forefinger is full of light coming in, or perception.  The person with an eye on the right forefinger is full of light going out, which corresponds to execution, or letting the light shine.  The gift of light may represent a person who becomes prominent by letting his light shine.  This type has a gift for expressing himself in accordance with his calling in the Sovereign Design of God (Matthew 5:14-16).  Einstein, who had eyes on the first finger of both hands, not only became famous, but he became famous by a new theory of light that viewed it as a particle with a constant speed in a vacuum.

The person with an Eye on the left forefinger may have the gift of perception.  This person sees clearly mentally, as illustrated by the eye.

“The lamp of the body is the eye; if, therefore, your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)

The word, “clear,” is the Greek aJplou'” (aplous), which literally means single.  In other words, the person sees a single image as opposed to the multiple images characteristic of a person with blurred vision.  That is how perception is associated with the first finger.  The person with the gift of perception sees through things to arrive at the ultimate truth.  A person with this gift will be able to see through a liar.  Children with an Eye on the left forefinger will be able to see through their parents’ lies.

The Eye on the right forefinger may also represent a decision maker.  This type may have the self-confidence to make decisions.  The person may be single-minded and not easily distracted.  The person may also have strong magnetism and exercise, strong leadership.

The gift of light represented by an Eye on the first finger is analogous to the gift of faith in the Spiritual Life.  Although the Spiritual gift is no longer extant, people can still have faith.  Faith may be active or passive.  It is what is believed, and it is execution, or works, based upon what is believed as explained in the book of James.  Thus, faith may be analogous to an eye on either the left or right forefinger.  Many of the great people of faith (Hebrews 11) very likely had an eye on the first finger also.  Examples include Job, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joseph, David, Solomon, Daniel, and John.

Abraham’s faith responded to the grace of God (Romans 4:16).  He also expressed his faith in faith-rest.  He was one of the all-time examples of faith (Hebrews 11:8).  Sarah’s name was originally Sarai, which means bossy or contentious.  She had an authority problem, which she overcame, and she ran the household (Genesis 16:6).   She demonstrated her ability to see clearly when she got rid of Hagar (Genesis 21:9-10).

Eye on Middle Finger

The Eye on the middle finger represents the gift of integration.  On the right hand, it may be a gift for management or organization.  On the left hand it may be a gift for categorization and philosophy.  The gift of integration on the right middle finger in the active sense may include consolidating, organizing, and managing information.  This type will be able to manage all the items in a business, for example, or be good at managing data bases.  The gift of integration on the left middle finger in the passive sense, means integrity in the stream of consciousness, which is the full use of all of the faculties of the stream of consciousness.  It is the counterpart of the spiritual gift of knowledge in the pre-canon period. It includes systemic perspective.  This type will be able to handle the details without becoming confused.  But people with this gift may also possess the annoying trait of appearing to ignore the detail to see the forest but not the trees.  And this type may also enjoy unraveling mysteries.

Biblical characters who likely had this gift include Noah, Samson, Delilah, Moses, Bathshebah, Solomon, Joseph, David, and Solomon.  Noah was the captain of a ship which housed all the animal types of the world.  Moses managed the nation of Israel.  Bathshebah managed her household (Proverbs 31:10-31).  Solomon managed more wealth than any king on earth.  Joseph was the Prime Minister of Egypt who managed granaries during years of feast and famine.  David managed Israel as King.  And Solomon managed a vast estate (1 Kings 10:23).


Noah had the gift of integration.

These are the genealogical records of Noah.  Noah, a Righteous Right Man, his integrity was complete in his generation.  Noah walked with the God. (Genesis 16:9)

Noah had God’s Righteousness.  He was a believer with faith, who did not have defiled DNA by being descended from a woman’s cohabitation with demons.  Noah’s family did not cohabit with demons.  Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives were the only people left on earth who did not have their DNA defiled by demons.  The word that is translated Right Man is the Hebrew ‘ish, which means Right Man.  Noah’s Righteousness included his status as a Right Man without defiled DNA.  An eye on the first finger would represent the gift of perception, which corresponds symbolically to Righteousness and faith.  However, Noah’s integrity was also complete.  The Hebrew word tamim, means complete and refers to having integrity and the Integrity Envelope.  The concept of being complete is the meaning of an eye on the middle finger.  Being complete means having systemic viewpoint and the gift of integration.

“Noah walked with God.”  The preposition, “with,” is the Hebrew ‘eth, which means together with.  Noah obeyed the strategic will of God.  He followed the paths that God commanded.  When God gave him the strategic plan for the Flood, Noah built the Ark in compliance with that plan.  Noah in the tenth generation from Adam was a brilliant engineer.  The men who lived in the ten generations from Adam would be considered super geniuses.  Their mastery of math, science, and engineering was very advanced.

Genesis 6:13-14
13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with cells, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.

The word, gopher, is the transliteration of the Hebrew word, which literally means resin.  The type wood is not known but it was probably cypress.  The word for ark was tebah, which simply means box, chest, or coffin.  Noah was to build the equivalent of a large houseboat.  There was no mention of a V-bow or navigation aids such as a rudder.  The ark was probably more like a barge than a ship.  The ark would have cells, which is the Hebrew, qen, which means nests or cells.  And the ark was to be covered inside and out with pitch, which is the Hebrew copher, meaning asphalt.

“This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. (Genesis 6:15)

A cubit was the distance from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, which was 17.72 inches for the common cubit.  The ark was to be 300 cubits long, which is the number for judgment.  The dimensions of the ark would be 300 cubits (443 feet) by 50 cubits (73.8 feet) long by 30 cubits (44.3 feet) high.  It would be three stories.  Now, that’s a big ship.  It was a big engineering project, which required good management.  Even if Noah had help, building such a barge would be quite a feat.  It took Noah a hundred years to build and was one of the ways that Noah evangelized the world.  He preached for a hundred years, and didn’t have a single convert other than his sons and their wives.  Noah’s ability to build the huge ark, stock and manage it for the animals, was indicative of great management ability.  He did the work with his hands, and there was undoubtedly an eye on his right middle finger.


Samson was a person whose personality indicated an eye on the left middle finger.  Samson was keenly aware of the system in which he found himself.  But since the system involved a relationship with the Philistines, the system was fraught with problems.  The relationship with the Philistines began with his own Right Woman, a Philistine.  Samson propounded a riddle for the wedding festival (Judges 14:12-13).  Intrigue with riddles is one of the characteristics of a person with an eye on the middle finger.  No one could guess the riddle until Samson was dumb enough to tell his wife, who then gossiped to her Philistine friends.  The marriage failed after a seven-day honeymoon.

Samson’s systemic viewpoint, a characteristic of the Middle Finger, can be seen in his reaction when his father-in-law gave his wife to his best man.  When Samson went to visit his wife, his wife’s father met him with the bad news:

Her father said, “I thought you really hated her; therefore, I gave her to your best man.  Is not her younger sister better looking than she?    Please let her be yours instead of her. (Judges 15:2)

Samson’s reaction was against the whole nation of Philistines because of the wrong that one person had done to him.

Samson said to them, “This time I am innocent before the Philistines if I do evil to them” (Judges 15:3)

Samson resolved to avenge the wrong he had received from one member of the Philistines upon the whole nation.  He caught 300 jackals, tied them tale to tale with torches between them, and set them loose in the wheat fields and groves of the Philistines. This demonstrated the Radial Loop on his index finger as well, which will be covered later.  Samson was right in his viewpoint.  His marriage failed because of the Philistine culture.  His Right Woman was a Philistine, but she would not separate from her Philistine culture to obey her Israelite husband.  Her rejection of Samson’s authority ruined his life.  He went wild after that and took it out on the Philistines.  And he was right in doing so.  God backed him all the way.

There are two reasons that God prescribes marriages between two different cultures, races, or countries.  One reason is to bless a nation.  The Philistines could have been blessed if they had obeyed Israel.  The beginning of that blessing would have been Samson and his Philistine wife.  Marriage is the seed of society and the foundation of a culture.  The other reason that God prescribes such marriages is to curse a nation.  That’s what happened to Samson’s marriage.  Israel was under the rule of the Philistines, and that arrangement would not support interracial marriage.  Therefore, the nation was doomed to be divided, and Samson was the beginning of the destruction of the Philistines.

Later, Samson encountered Delilah, who was very curious about Samson’s deepest secret.  She probably had an Eye on her middle finger like Samson, although this did not make her Samson’s Right Woman.  The name, Delilah, is from Hebrew and Arabic roots that mean to hang or dangle as the hair or the wiggling, flirting behavior of a female.  Long hair on the woman can be a sign of submission to authority or slavery to the goddess of love.  Delilah pestered Samson until she discovered the secret of his strength related to his long hair (Judges 16:1-21).  The intrigue over the mystery of Samson’s strength is another example of the thinking associated with an Eye on the middle finger.

In his death Samson was keenly aware of the system around him.  The leaders of the Philistines threw a party in honor of their god, Dagon, whom they credited with delivering them from Samson.

Now the lords of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice, for they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands.” (Judges 16:23, NAS)

As about 3,000 of the Philistines stood on the roof of the assembly hall to be amused by Samson, Samson conceived a plan to vindicate himself for the loss of his two eyes.  Vindication is associated with the third finger.

Judges 16:27-28, NAS
27 Now the house was full of men and women, and all the lords of the Philistines were there. And about 3,000 men and women were on the roof looking on while Samson was amusing them.
28 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”

Samson would destroy the system, which included himself.  Systemic thinking is associated with the middle finger.  He leaned on the two support pillars and brought the roof down on him.  He killed himself with the Philistines.

Judges 16:29-30, NAS
29 And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. 30 And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.

Eye on Third Finger

The Eye on the third, ring, finger represents the gift of justice.  People with an Eye on the third finger make good judges.  They are not easily influenced in decision making.   They are perfectionists.  Those with an eye on the right ring finger may use it for vindication on the good side, while on the bad side, it may be used for finding fault and criticizing.  Those with this gift may be good at verification testing and analysis.  Those with an eye on the left ring finger may have discernment and be good at verification and recognizing fault.  On the good side, they may be intently focused.  On the bad side, they may not be able to handle interruptions easily.

Biblical characters who likely had this gift include Samson, Joseph, and Daniel.  Samson was a great judge of Israel.  Joseph and Daniel analyzed dreams and prophetic signs.

Eye on Little Finger

The Eye on the little finger represents the gift of humility, which comes from a true sense of self.  True humility is not at all demeaning.  It represents sensitivity.  Those with an eye on the right little finger often take great care and pay attention to detail.  They may have academic humility, which makes them good students.  When pressed, they may also display a gift of communication.  They may interrupt a conversation to make a point they feel is important even if it is off the subject.  They may make good quality control engineers or whistle blowers.  The recognition of a true sense of self may be expressed in idealism.  Such types may have idealistic attitudes and unrealistic expectations about love relationships.  The eye on the left little finger may be expressed as individuality or non-conformance

Moses is the great example of humility.  Because of his humility he was able to continue to learn about God and become the greatest believer of all time.  Moses’ humility was like the person with an eye on the little finger.  When God told him to go to Pharaoh on behalf of Israel and to lead the congregation of Israel, Moses claimed that he wasn’t a dynamic speaker.

Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since Thou hast spoken to Thy servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10, NAS)

Moses was so full of excuses that God appointed Aaron as his mouthpiece.  This is typical of a person with an eye on the right little finger.  Such people may become very eloquent when they are highly motivated for a great cause.

However, the great example of Moses’ humility was in the context of his second wife, the Cushite woman.

Miriam and Aaron spoke intently against Moses because of the Right Woman, the Cushite whom he had married because a Cushite Right Woman he had married. (Numbers 12:1)

Moses married a Cushite woman probably after his first wife, Zipporah, died.  There was a lot of bitterness on the part of Zipporah toward Moses and friction in the marriage.  So, it does not appear that Zipporah was Moses’ Right Woman.  However, the Cushite woman was undoubtedly Moses’ Right Woman.  She is called ‘ishah, which means a woman as the Right Woman of the Right Man.  That is why it has been translated, “Right Woman.”  Miriam reacted to Moses’ marriage to the Cushite in typical Hebrew snobbishness.  This was not so much a racial issue as a social issue.

The Cushites were the Ethiopians (2 Kings 19:9; Esther 1:1; Ezekiel 29:10).  They were the descendants of Ham, whom Noah cursed through his son, Canaan.  Canaan was cursed, and Cain was cursed.  The line of Cain showed up in the Black Ethiopians, since the mark of Cain was a visible change in skin color.  The social hierarchy was first, the line of Shem (Hebrew), then Japheth (Caucasian), and lastly, Ham (African, Ethiopian, Oriental, Egyptian).  Cush was one of the sons of Ham (Genesis 10:6).  Therefore, Miriam was upset because Moses had married a son of Ham with the curse of Cain.  The only thing possibly worse would have been to marry a Canaanite.

Miriam spoke against Moses.  The word for speaking is dabar in the Pi’el stem, which is intensive.  She spoke intently against Moses, which means she said specific things in gossip.  Now, Aaron, who was a typical follower, agreed with his older sister.

They said, “Has indeed the LORD spoken doctrine only through Moses, and not also through us has He spoken doctrine?”  And the LORD heard. (Numbers 12:2)

Miriam was full of self-righteous snobbishness, but she expressed it by attacking the Spiritual authority of Moses.  She was a prophetess, and Aaron was the High Priest.  So, she tried to make the point that she and Aaron were just as qualified to teach the doctrine the LORD had spoken as Moses.  The word, dabar, is used here again in the Pi’el stem.  Dabar means to communicate something specific.  In this case what was communicated was Bible Doctrine.  Therefore, it has been translated, “spoken doctrine


The LORD is the tetragrammaton, jhwh, which could be translated, Jehovah, and refers to one specific member of the Godhead.  It literally means the Self-Existing One.  It was the Lord Jesus Christ, who spoke doctrine.  And the LORD heard the gossip of Miriam and Aaron.  He heard and He disciplined Miriam severely for it.  He gave her leprosy.

The next verse reveals how Moses handled the attack on his choice of marriage partner.

(Now the Right Man, Moses, was very humble, more than all men that were on the face of the earth.) (Numbers 12:3)

Moses wrote this verse.  He is not putting in a plug for his humility.  Humility is something that when you realize you have it, you’ve lost it.  Moses calls himself ‘Ish, which means man as a Right Man or husband.  Moses was humble more than all the other men on the face of the earth.  Here the word, “men,” is ‘adam, which is a general term for man without regard to his status as a Right Man or husband.  Moses was more humble because God had given him a Right Woman who was a Cushite, the lowest social class.  Now Moses’ attitude about this was that he was honored and very grateful that the Lord had given him a Right Woman; and it was no problem for Moses, the greatest Hebrew of all time, to love the woman of the lowest social status.  Moses loved her, respected her, and was humbled to her level to be her Right Man.  Moses’ humility was based upon what God had done, not through anything he had done.  Moses was humbled and content with the gift of his Right Woman from God.  There is no better example of the gift of humility than Moses.

Gideon is another example of the thinking of a person with an eye on his right little finger.

Judges 6:14-15, NAS
14 And the Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” 15 And he said to Him, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”

Gideon knew himself.  He described himself as a little finger.  He knew the little man in the soul, and he knew he was weak.  His Spiritual Life, however, overcame his human weakness.

No matter what problem is shown on the hands, the Spiritual Life can solve that problem.

Eye on Thumb

The Eye on the thumb represents the gift of willpower.  An eye on the right thumb may be a sign of a beneficent ruler or domination of evil, but it could also be the sign of a dictator or evil domination.  The eye on the left thumb may be a sign of courage, deliverance, or rescue.  The Eye on the thumb may be a sign of willingness to obey God and be associated with strong faith, or it may be associated with willingness to disobey God and be associated with hardness of the heart like case of Pharaoh.

Biblical examples include Noah, Abraham, Sarah, and Pharaoh of the Exodus.  Moses may have had an eye on his right thumb.  Noah obeyed the will of God for a hundred years while he was building the ark (Genesis 6:3, 22; 7:5, Hebrews 11:7).  Abraham obeyed the will of God (Romans 4:3).

Sarah is one of the best examples of a person with an eye on the right thumb.  Before Abraham was circumcised, she used her willpower to be bossy, dictatorial, and contentious.  Her name was Sara, which has been transliterated, Sarai, and means bossy or contentious.  She treated her slaves harshly.  When Haggar got pregnant, Sarai treated her so harshly that she ran away.

But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your hand; do to her what is good in your eyes.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence. (Genesis 16:6)

However, the Angel of the Lord, a theophany (a preincarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ), appeared to her and told her to return and submit to Sarai’s power.

Then the angel of the Lord commanded her, “Return to your mistress, and humble yourself  under her hands (power).” (Genesis 16:9)

Here the Lord backed up the authority of Sarai.  Slaves are not supposed to be arrogant and rebellious.  This does not mean that the Lord condones slavery or abuse of power.  Sarai was undergoing a different kind of divine punishment at the time.  Under the Law of Volitional Responsibility, she was reaping what she had sown.  It was her idea for Abraham to marry Hagar.

When Abraham reached Spiritual Maturity, his name was changed from Abram to Abraham and Sarai’s name was changed to Sarah, which means princess.

Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. (Genesis 17:15)

Thus, Sarah became one of the great examples of obedience (1 Peter 3:6).  She no longer had an authority problem with Abraham, and she no longer abused her authority over her slaves.

However, Sarah’s bold personality did not change.  When Isaac was a child, Sarah saw Ishmael, the son of Hagar, mocking Isaac.  She demanded that Abraham drive Hagar and her son away from the camp.  This was not just a case of separation but a case of removing the undesirable permanently.

Genesis 21:9-10, NAS
9 Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking. 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, “Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son Isaac.”

Sarah saw through the whole thing because she had an eye on the left forefinger.  Sarah’s bold willpower rose up associated with the eye on her thumb, and she demanded a very strong solution.  The solution was to kick Hagar and her son out of the camp.  Sending a woman and her child off into the country could mean their death, which Sarah fully understood.  However, since it was a personnel matter, she raised the issue with Abraham, who was in charge of such matters.  Sarah understood the gravity of the decision and the limit of her authority.

The matter distressed Abraham greatly because of his son. (Genesis 21:11)

Technically, Hagar was owned by Abraham, even though Sarah managed her.  But Abraham was the father of Ishmael, over whom Sarah had no authority.

Here again, the Lord backed Sarah.  Abraham was in a dilemma.  Was Sarah being her old, bossy self?

But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. (Genesis 21:12, NAS)

God gave Abraham the answer, which means that the answer was associated with the Sovereign Design of God.  Children should be protected from evil, but that does not justify putting another mother and child in harm’s way.  The decision involved more than family favorites.  Women are supposed to do what Sarah did.  They are supposed to speak up.  But they are also supposed to do it the way Sarah did.  She took the matter to her husband to rely upon his judgment.

God’s answer was from the Sovereign Design of God.  His answer strikes at the very heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Ishmael was the father of the Arab nations that would oppose Israel.  Just as there was no peace between Ishmael and Isaac, there will not be peace today between the nation of Israel and its Arab neighbors.  World leaders who promise to end the Arab-Israeli conflict are full of lies.

Peacock’s Eye

. Finger Meaning
1 Forefinger Artist, entertainer
2 Middle Finger Glamorous viewpoint, integration, or production; movie producer
3 Ring Finger Miraculous deliverance from danger; mission impossible success
4 Little Finger King’s servant; glory in humble service
5 Thumb Royal flare, fanfare, ceremony

Peacock’s Eye

The Peacock’s Eye is a combination of an eye within a Loop.  It thus exhibits the qualities of both the Eye and the Loop.  It looks like an eye in a peacock’s feather.

For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram.  Once every three years the ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold and silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. (2 Chronicles 9:21)

Tarshish, in Spain, was a famous smelting center.  Huram was Hiram, King of Tyre.  Gold, silver, and ivory were obviously valuables, but what about the apes and peacocks?  Apes and peacocks were the ultimate symbols of entertainment.  Apes represent philanderers or actors, who mimic people.  And peacock’s represent glamour.  Entertainers, especially females, often wear glamorous costumes.  Solomon imported the apes and peacock’s to entertain his audience at his parties.

Peacock’s Eye on Forefinger

The Peacock’s Eye on the forefinger is usually the sign of an artist or entertainer who concentrates his talents on the prospective audience.  A Peacock’s Eye with a Radial Loop on the first finger indicates a mothering leader, who needs a crew to work for him or her, such as a ship’s captain.  These types take the lead with an audience.  Solomon probably had a peacock’s eye on the right first finger.  Walt Disney had a Peacock’s Eye on the right forefinger inside a Common Loop, while Richard Nixon had a Peacock’s Eye on the right forefinger inside a Radial Loop.2,3

Thus, King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. (2 Chronicles 9:22)

Solomon was a flashy, flamboyant entertainer, but he was also full of worldly wisdom.  He was the wisest king on earth.  He undoubtedly had the gift of perception from a peacock’s eye on his first finger.

Peacock’s Eye on Middle Finger

The Peacock’s Eye on the middle finger represents a glamorous perspective of the system or glamorous integration or production.  This type will see the glamour or glory in any job.

Peacock’s Eye on Ring Finger

The Peacock’s Eye on the third finger represents miraculous deliverance from danger.  This is the mission impossible type, like Noah, Jonah, or Paul.  Noah survived the worst catastrophe in human history.  He was delivered through the flood (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5).  Jonah was swallowed by a big fish but later resuscitated.  And Paul was delivered though a death experience when he was stoned (Acts 14:19; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

Peacock’s Eye on Little Finger

The Peacock’s Eye on the little finger represents a King’s servant or someone who serves royalty or very important people (Gen. 40:1-22; Neh. 1:11).  Although the person is a servant, the servant of a king is in a different class.  Examples include butlers, maids, and wine stewards.  A person with a Peacock’s Eye on the little finger will see the glory in the most humble circumstances.

Peacock’s Eye on Thumb

The Peacock’s Eye on the thumb represents royal flare, fanfare, or ceremony (1 Chron 15:16).  This may be expressed with music, marching, salutes, dress, and decor.

Common Loop

Common Loop
Loop on First Finger
Loop on Middle Finger
Loop on Ring Finger
Loop on Little Finger
Loop on Thumb

Common Loop

Common LoopThe Common, or Ulnar, Loop represents a natural follower.  Note:  When the right hand is held in front of the face, the Common Loop is open toward the side of the hand with the little finger, i.e. the ulnar side.  The person with this type of fingerprint may have a short attention span, think quickly, and need variation.  Yet, such people are adaptable and flexible.  They are also mild mannered, middle of the road types who fit in.  They are easy-going and responsive.  They are roving thinkers.  They may have strong commitments to religion.  The type of follower depends on the finger on which the loop is located.

The Common Loop

. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Good follower Improviser, acting in various capacities, service Conventional, conservative, amenable to change
2 Middle Finger Team player Devoted, versatile, responsive Open minded in religion,  live and let live
3 Ring Finger Conformity to law or standards Just, lawful, obeying rules/procedures, adaptable, valuing fashion and beauty Sense of justice and fair play; ability to handle interruptions
4 Little Finger Humble Humility, ease of expression, good communication Knowing self, weaknesses, and limitations; go with the flow
5 Thumb Submissive Servant, operator, graceful Flight not fight

Loop on First Finger

A Loop on the first finger is the sign of a good follower.  A loop on the right forefinger may include improvisation, flexibility to act in various capacities, and service.  On the left forefinger it may mean being amenable to change, or it may represent followers who are conservative and employ conventional solutions.  The follower is as necessary as a leader for an authority relationship to succeed.

Ruth followed Naomi to a new land and culture (Ruth 1:16-17).  Elisha followed Elijah and ministered to him (1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6)

Loop on Middle Finger

The Loop on the middle finger is a sign of a team player.  On the left middle finger it represents one who is open minded in religion or practices live and let live.  On the right middle finger it indicates being responsive, devoted, versatile.  This type may be versatile in regard to fitting in, but versatility interferes with the concentration in this type.  The versatility and concentration are contradictory; so, the person may be easily interrupted.

David’s friend, Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:4) had these traits, as did the three men who fetched David water from the well of Bethlehem (2 Samuel 23:14-17)

Loop on Ring Finger

The Loop on the ring finger represents conformity to the law or standards.  On the right ring finger, it represents a person who is just, lawful, and obeys rules and procedures.  And it may mean being adaptable or valuing fashion and beauty.  On the left ring finger it indicates a sense of justice and fair play.  And it may indicate valuing fashion and beauty.  It may also reveal an ability to handle interruptions without being frustrated or confused.

Esther was the epitome of this (Esther 2:8, 10, 12, 14)

Loop on Little Finger

The Loop on the little finger means being humble.  On the right little finger it may represent ease of expression and good communication.  On the left little finger, it represents knowing self, and awareness of weaknesses and limitations.  And it represents those who go with the flow.

Loop on Thumb

The Loop on the thumb is the sign of being submissive.  On the right thumb it is the sign of a servant or operator in contrast to an analyst, designer, or tester.  And it indicates being graceful.  On the left thumb, it represents flight not fight.

Abraham’s servant, Eliezer of Damascus (Genesis 24:2; 15:2) was an honorable servant.

Radial Loop

Radial Loop
Radial Loop on First Finger
Radial Loop on the Middle Finger
Radial Loop on the Third Finger
Radial Loop on the Little Finger
Radial Loop on the Thumb


Radial Loop

The Radial Loop represents individualists and often leaders in new directions.  It represents people who do not go with the flow but go against the grain.  People with Radial Loops exhibit originality, and are often good improvisers but in a different way from those with Common Loops.  People with Radial Loops do not improvise to conform but in non-conformity.  They may also be inventive, but they are much less adaptable and flexible than those with the ulnar loops. They may have sharp visual memories and are able to recall images, actions, and emotions.  However, they have selective perception and remember selectively.   They seldom remember all the information they have encountered.  They may be hypersensitive and uncompromising.  They are a dire omen to groups of impending life or death decisions.  And they elicit reaction and friction from the rest of the group.

Radial Loops are quite rare.  In one study 55% had Common Loops on the right thumb, while only 0.22% had Radial Loops.  On the left thumb, 65% had Common Loops, and 0.20% had Radial Loops.1 When they are present, Radial Loops are usually found on the index finger or thumb, but seldom on the other fingers.

A word of caution:  The thumb print is reversed on paper in contrast to when it is observed in one’s own hand.  Radial means open toward the thumb side of the hand when the fingerprint is on paper.

The Radial Loop

. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Individualist Leader, improviser, unconventional Refusal to be led; sharp perception,  hypersensitive, selective memory
2 Middle Finger Inventor Creator, innovator, mental control of bodily functions Non-conformist, social misfit
3 Ring Finger Non-standard Originality, reformer, Reverse Process Reversionism Dissident
4 Little Finger (Rare) Unorthodox Inventors of evil or new religions Apostate, heretical
5 Thumb Rebel Extremist, radical Reactionary, uncompromising

Radial Loop on First Finger

The Radial Loop on the first finger represents an individualist.  Others may see the person as peculiar.  The Radial Loop on the right forefinger represents a leader, improviser, or one who is unconventional.  The leader, may not, however, lead anyone.  Samson was an example of this kind of leader.  The person may be unconventional and have keen perceptive ability to see the shortcomings or feet of clay of those who follow conventional thinking.  This one may expose hidden flaws or develop a new strategy or paradigm as a new solution.  This quite often causes friction with the common loop conformists.  Therefore, this type may not have much of a following.

The Radial Loop on the left forefinger, in contrast, represents refusal to be led.  This is the opposite of the Radial Loop on the right forefinger where the leader goes in his own, unique direction.  The Radial Loop on the left forefinger signifies a person who will absolutely not be led by anyone; and, moreover, may go in the opposite direction.  Jonah was the example of this type.  The Radial Loop on the left forefinger may also be the sign of sharp perception, but it may be selective and with a selective memory.  This type sees what he wants to see and forgets the rest.  This type may also be hypersensitive and react to the slightest criticism.

A person with a radial loop on the forefinger will cause major friction in a group whether or not the person with the radial loop is right.  When a person with a radial loop arrives in a group, it can be a dire omen that life and death decisions must be made to avoid disaster.  The person with the radial loop will be able to recognize and quickly orient to a new paradigm.  If the group listens to the person with the radial loop, it can be delivered.  The person with the radial loop will have the backbone to stand up to the whole world, unlike the others in the group with common loops, eyes,  tents, and arches, who are all followers.  Friction in the group will usually be due to the reaction of those without radial loops, who are natural followers of the party line.  But when the party line is wrong, it takes a person with a radial loop to stand up to them.  Those with eyes may see the truth, but lack the backbone to stand up for it, and those with common loops will simply follow the status quo.


Samson was an example of a person with a Radial Loop on the right forefinger.  When he discovered his Right Woman, who was a Philistine, he married her in spite of his parents’ reservations (Judges 14:1-3).  He was an individual who refused to go with the flow.  He improvised unique punishments for the Philistines.  He caught jackals, tied their tails together, set torches between them, and turned them loose into the fields of the Philistines.

Judges 15:4-5
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred jackals, and took torches, and turned them (the jackals) tail to tail, and put one torch in the middle between two tails. 5 When he had set fire to the torches, he released the jackals into the standing grain of the Philistines, thus burning up both the shocks and the standing grain, along with the vineyards and groves.

The word for jackals is the same as the one for foxes.  People in Samson’s day often used the word foxes when they meant jackals.  Samson caught jackals, which are easy to catch, and not foxes, which are difficult to catch.

Samson’s relation to groups was unique.  At his wedding party he proposed a riddle with a wager attached.  The other members of the group could not accept the thought of losing the wager, so they cheated and got his bride to find out the secret (Judges 14:12-19).  This was a dirty trick, which shows the friction of the other members of the group against Samson.  Even Samson’s wife was socially unfaithful and sided with her Philistine friends against her husband.  This show that marriages to a person with a radial loop can cause tribulation.

After Samson was captured by the Philistines, they amused themselves by watching him labor in captivity.  This was another example of how groups can be cruel to a person with a radial loop.  Samson’s message had really been that inner marriage is the only solution to the friction between the Jews and the Philistines.  But even after Samson married a Philistine, she refused to obey him.  When the Philistines were celebrating in the name of Dagon, they amused themselves by watching Samson labor.  This was Samson with his radial loop in a group.  He used the opportunity to pull the building down on himself and killed more in his death than in his life (Judges 16:23-30).


Jonah was the example of a person with a Radial Loop on the left forefinger.  When the LORD told him to go to Nineveh, which was across the desert to the northeast of Israel, it struck a hypersensitive nerve.

Jonah 1:1-2
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

The LORD told him to go preach against Nineveh because He was about to destroy it.  But Jonah figured that even if he carried out the distasteful assignment that the LORD would renege, exercise compassion, and not destroy Nineveh, the largest city in the world (Jonah 4:2).  Jonah was right about this.  He thought Nineveh, the capital of the Gentile world, would find the favor of God and replace Israel as the Client Nation.  Consequently, Jonah would be made a fool in the eyes of the world of both Jews and Gentiles (1 Corinthians 4:9-10).  Jonah surmised that if he succeeded, the strategic path would lead to him being hanged out to dry.  Jonah was no fool.  He was considering the strategic results of his evangelistic success.  In his brilliance, the greatest evangelist in the Bible fell into Satan’s trap through the back door.

Jonah 1:3, NAS
3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah’s Radial Loop on the left forefinger kicked in, and he took a ship in the opposite direction to Tarshish, which was the city of Tartessus9, a Phoenician port in Spain.  “Tarshish,” from the Akkad, is simply a general term for a smelting plant or refinery.10 The real name of the city is believed to be Tartessus, which was in Spain, but the exact location is unknown.  The LORD told Jonah to go to Nineveh to the northeast across the desert, but Jonah fled from the presence of the LORD and sailed for Spain across the Mediterranean to the northwest.  Jonah could not simply refuse to obey.  He reacted and went in the opposite direction.  People with radial loops on the left forefinger simply will not follow a leader.  They react and go the opposite way.  This is precisely the difference between the Common Loop and the Radial Loop.

Jonah was a believer who was advancing across no-man’s land to Spiritual Maturity and the greatest evangelist in the Bible, but his Radial Loop on the non-dominant hand got in the way.  He was hypersensitive about being made to appear like a fool in front of the largest city in the world.  Jonah disobeyed the LORD and started across the Mediterranean, but a violent storm threatened his ship.  Jonah caused the group on the ship to face a life and death decision, but Jonah was sound asleep as the storm howled.  He knew the reason for the storm and he was willing to let everyone die on his behalf.  His Radial Loop on the passive hand did not actively seek to help.  The men onboard cast lots to find out who caused the calamity and the lot fell on Jonah.  Finally, when pressed, he responded with the truth that the others in the group couldn’t see.  He told them that the storm was because of him and that if they would throw him overboard, they would be delivered.  They faced a life and death decision and feared being convicted as criminals, but they listened to Jonah and were delivered.  This shows the friction between a person with a Radial Loop and other members of the group.

Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, probably a large shark.  After spending three days and nights in the maw of the fish, however, he had a change of heart and overlooked the influence of the Radial Loop.  He went to Nineveh and preached the Word.  The people of Nineveh believed in the LORD, and the LORD had compassion on them.

When the LORD did not destroy Nineveh, this caused Jonah to react from his Radial Loop again.  Jonah was willing to die in his reaction to God from the motivation of his Radial Loop.  He demonstrated this when he submitted to being thrown overboard and later on two other occasions when God did not destroy Nineveh and when God chopped down his shade shrub (Jonah 1:12; 4:3, 8).  Thus, the person with the radial loop on the left thumb will die before he will submit.

There were at least 120,000 children in Nineveh who had not yet reached the age of accountability.  God spared them because their parents believed.

“And should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” (Jonah 4:11, NAS)

The punch line, which is the last verse in the book of Jonah, is that 120,000 didn’t know the difference between their left hand and their right, which describes the ignorance of a child under the age of about 7 and who has not reached accountability. If God destroyed Nineveh, innocent children and animals would also perish.  Nineveh was about 55 miles in circumference, or 17.5 miles in diameter, which is the size of Houston from the east 610 Loop to west Beltway 8.  Furthermore, the Nineveh metropolitan area included four cities, not just Nineveh.  The punch line of the last verse also lends credence to the need for understanding the difference between the left hand and right hand in order to correctly interpret Jonah’s behavior related to his Radial Loop.

Radial Loop on the Middle Finger

The Radial Loop on the middle finger represents an inventor.  A Radial Loop on the right middle finger, may signify an inventor who becomes a creator or innovator to provide something new and unique for the system.  This type may also have unique abilities over his own body system and be able to exercise mental control over bodily functions such as heartbeat or digestion.  A Radial Loop on the left middle finger may signify a person who turns away from the system, however, and is a non-conformist or a social misfit.

Uzziah, the tenth King of Judah, who ruled 767-716 BC, was a progressive leader who believed in a strong military.  Inventors who worked for him invented early versions of catapults that shot both arrows and large rocks.

In Jerusalem he manufactured machines of war, inventions of creative men to be on the towers and battlements to shoot with arrows and large stones.  Hence his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. (2 Chronicles 26:15)

Uzziah, as the King, oversaw the manufacture of machines of war.  He did not do the work personally, but he was a progressive leader who acquired new inventions for warfare.  His military engineers invented the first catapult type machines for shooting arrows and large stones.  The word that is translated, “machine,” is the Hebrew chishabon.  The word for “inventions” is the Hebrew machashebeth, which is a noun, while the verbal root, chashab, also appears as a Qal active participle and means creative or inventive.  Thus, it is quite obvious that these were new inventions.  Therefore, the historians who credit these inventions to the Greeks in 400 BC are behind time.

Radial Loop on the Third Finger

The Radial Loop on the third finger (ring finger) represents accepting the non-standard.  There is a difference between innovation within a system, which often leads to improvements, and the non-standard.  Standards exist in most academic fields.  Standards exist in music for writing and playing.  There are standards in science, mathematics, and engineering.  There are standards of Law and Jurisprudence.  There are standards in sports, and standards in business.  For example, denominations of money represent a standard.  The third finger represents justice and is symbolized by a scale.  The Mosaic Law prohibited non-standard pricing and measuring in business.

Leviticus 19:35-36, NAS
35 ‘You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity. 36 ‘You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.

The Law also prescribed standards for obeying the Law and Ordinances, which were the procedures associated with the ministry of the Tabernacle in worship.

‘You shall thus observe all My statutes, and all My ordinances, and do them: I am the LORD.’” (Leviticus 19:37, NAS)

Non-standard practices in business which cheat people violate the Laws of Establishment, which protect personal freedom.  The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, which was instituted when Israel came out of Egypt, was designed to protect human freedom.

Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the LORD. (Proverbs 20:10, NAS)“Can I (the LORD) justify wicked scales
And a bag of deceptive weights? (Micah 6:11, NAS)

The Radial Loop on the right third finger may represent originality on the good side.  On the bad side, it may also be a sign of Reverse Process Reversionism, which means turning away from the Right Man or Woman to pursue a paramour.  Lamech was the first polygamist in history.  He had two wives and, thus, turned away from the Right Man – Right Woman principle of Marriage Culture (Genesis 4:19-24).  Lamech not only violated the most fundamental principles of God’s commandments, such as marriage and murder, but he bragged about these things.  Reverse Process Reversionism is fueled by jealousy, which rejects the Right Man or Woman and is jealously attracted to a paramour.  Such a person has his wires crossed.  He thinks good is evil and evil is good.

A Radial Loop on the left third finger may be a dissident.

Radial Loop on the Little Finger

The Radial Loop on the little finger is very rare.  However, examples are found in the Bible.  The Radial Loop on the little finger represents being unorthodox, especially in religion. On the right and it may signify reversionists who are inventors of evil (Romans 1:30).  Rather than obeying God, they invent and contrive their own evil practices.  The Radial Loop on the right little finger may also be expressed in inventing new religions.  On the left little finger, the Radial Loop may be a sign of an apostate or heretic (Jeremiah 8:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Galatians 5:4; Jude 18-19


Radial Loop on the Thumb

The Radial Loop on the thumb may be the sign of a rebel.  The thumb represents the will of God, and a Radial Loop on the thumb first symbolizes rebellion against God.  The children of Israel were rebellious against God (Psalm 78:17).

“Remember, do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord. (Deuteronomy 9:7, NAS)“For I know your rebellion and your stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the Lord; how much more, then, after my death? (Deuteronomy 31:27, NAS)

Sheba, the son of Bikri, rebelled against David (2 Samuel 20:1, 21), and Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon and took ten tribes of Israel with him to form the Northern Kingdom (1 Kings 11:26).

On the right thumb, the Radial Loop may be expressed as a radical or extremist.  On the left thumb, it may be the sign of a reactionary or one who is uncompromising.


Arch on First Finger
Arch on the Middle Finger
Arch on the Third Finger
Arch on the Little Finger
Arch on the Thumb


ArchThe Arch, which symbolizes a doorway of a house or tent, represents traditional values.  Such types may be tied to the past and strongly influenced by their home life.  An example is the son who takes over the family business or a person who chooses a traditional, practical occupation, such as a baker, servant, mason, carpenter, barber, craftsman, housewife, or farmer.  In general, those with arches are ordinary and practical people who do not have an easy life.  They tend toward introversion and withdrawal, and they may be defensive and shy.1 The traditional values may be a reaction to some painful experience in the past.  For example, a shameful experience may lead to working hard to overcome the stigma.  The arched print demonstrates that the shameful experience was provided from the Sovereign Design of God to mold the personality.  Arches are rare and only occur in about 4% of fingers.

Living in tents characterized the Tribe of Issachar in contrast to Zebulun who traveled extensively on the sea.

And of Zebulun he said,
”Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth,
And, Issachar, in your tents. (Deuteronomy 33:18, NAS)

Issachar, symbolized by a donkey, represented the blue-collar worker and servant who paid tribute.  He would gladly work for material possessions, but he would submit to an enslaving government rather than die for freedom.  Issachar had the characteristics of arched fingerprints.

Arches on the fingers of the right hand represent active expression of the traditional value or job skill.  On the fingers of the left hand, arches may represent passive response to or reaction to the traditional values or ties to the past.  For example a person with an arch on the active ring finger may be a sculptor, while a person with an arch on the passive ring finger may be an appreciator, or collector, of sculpture.

The Arch

. Finger Meaning
1 Forefinger Traditional values in leadership, career, business; trades, blue-collar worker
2 Middle Finger Traditional values in management, organization; student, farmer, housewife, social worker
3 Ring Finger Standards of justice, rule of law, fair play; law enforcement; arts and crafts; tailors
4 Little Finger Traditional values of self, femininity, and communication; orthodox religion
5 Thumb Traditional values regarding the will, masculinity, lust

Arch on First Finger

The Arch on the first finger may represent strong traditional values in the leadership of groups and organizations.  It may represent the values required to be successful in a career or business.  These people don’t have to be leaders, per se, but simply those who are letting their light shine.  Such a person may carry on the family business or may simply choose a traditional profession, such as a trade or agriculture.  Shop foremen or leaders of work crews would fit this category.  Others may be motivated to succeed due to debilitating problems that led to low self esteem.  For example, people with eating disorders, disabilities, weaknesses, or types of self-abuse may be motivated to become strong.

Joshua characterizes a person with an arch on the left forefinger.  He probably had an eye on his right forefinger because he was a spy who saw clearly.  Joshua, who led the Army of Israel into the Promised Land, exhibited traditional values that he learned from Moses.  He was the guard at the doorway of the tent where Moses met the Lord (Exodus 33:11).  Joshua, who was Moses’ assistant, or deputy, was like a vice president that takes over after the president leaves.

Arch on the Middle Finger

A person with an Arch on the middle finger may have traditional values associated with management.  The person may have developed these values after being mismanaged or abused by others.  Education may be pursued as a way out.  The person may desire a full understanding, which often makes a good student.  This category may include shop foremen, carpenters, farmers, social workers, nurses, and housewives.

Martha invited Jesus into her home, but was preoccupied with preparing dinner (Luke 10:38-42).  Preoccupation with the details of life is characteristic of a person with an Arch fingerprint.

Arch on the Third Finger

A person with an Arch on the third finger may have standards of justice and fair play.  The behavior may have resulted from overcoming an injustice.  Those with an Arch on the third finger may enter professions such as law enforcement, sports, arts and crafts, maintenance and repair.  They tend to be doers rather than talkers.

Although they were also endued with the Holy Spirit, the greatest craftsmen in history, Bezalel and Oholiab, who made the furniture, curtains, and holy garments for the Tabernacle, undoubtedly had Arches on their right ring fingers (Exodus 31:1-11).  Their skill in craftsmanship was never equaled.  When they died, no one was ever able to replace the Ark of the Covenant, for example.

Cain, who murdered his brother, Abel, had his life forever changed by the judgment in the form of a curse from God (Genesis 4:8-15).  The criminal who accepted Christ on the Cross behaved as if he had an Arch on his third finger (Luke 23:39-43).

Arch on the Little Finger

A person with an Arch on the little finger may have traditional values regarding their self, or the little man of the soul.  Such a person would be himself and avoid the temptation of charade.  This type might also have traditional values regarding femininity, since femininity is associated with the side of the hand associated with the little finger.  The type may follow traditional means of communication.  And in matters of religious beliefs, this type can be completely orthodox and willing to follow the prescribed dogma without variation. The religion may or may not be true.

Samson’s bold expression was related to his Nazarite vow, which was his secret.  And Nathanael, one of the 11 true disciples, had this trait (John 1:47).

Arch on the Thumb

An Arch on the thumb would symbolize traditional values regarding the will (volition).  The traditional values may be a reaction to former lusts that were out of control.  Or they may be the expression of traditional values of masculinity.

The Prodigal Son in the parable of Jesus illustrates the Arch on the thumb (Luke 15:11-32).  Other characteristics of the Prodigal Son include a thumb with thick tip phalange and thin second phalange and a bowed forefinger.


Tent on the First Finger
Tent on the Middle Finger
Tent on the Third Finger
Tent on the Little Finger
Tent on the Thumb


TentThe Tent is a much more intense intellectual tie to the past or home life than the Arch.  Abraham lived in a tent because God promised a city.  He lived in anticipation of the fulfillment of that promise.   Abraham was a patriarch, who passed down his tent and wealth to his heir.  A person with a Tent fingerprint may also be reacting to some extreme circumstance in the past.  People with the Tent fingerprint may also have a tendency to be hypersensitive.


. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Shepherd Teacher, educator Facilitator
2 Middle Finger Patriarch Family elder Disciple
3 Ring Finger Rich Heritage Preeminent inheritance of firstborn Recognition of firstborn’s inheritance
4 Little Finger Least Son Least inheritance of last born; humble origin Accepting or reacting to humble status
5 Thumb Captain, conqueror Military officer, deliverer, breadwinner Staff officer

Tent on the First Finger

A person with a Tent on the first finger is symbolized by a shepherd.  A shepherd is a metaphor for a person who tends a flock, though not necessarily of sheep or a congregation.  The shepherd, as the Tent implies, will be engaged in a traditional profession which uses intellectual knowledge.  A Tent on the right forefinger may be the sign of a teacher, educator, or some other kind of academic leader.  The Tent points out a person who has professional knowledge as opposed to good worker in a profession.  On the left forefinger, this may represent a facilitator, assistant, or supporter in the intellectual endeavor.

John the Baptist, who was the herald of Jesus Christ, may have had a tent on his right first finger.

Tent on the Middle Finger

A person with a Tent on the middle finger is symbolized by a patriarch.  A Tent on the right middle finger represents the family elder.  Jabal was the father (patriarch) of nomadic, or pastoral life, of those who live in tents.

And Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. (Genesis 4:20, NAS)

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all became family elders.  They were patriarchs.  A person with a Tent on the middle finger may maintain family tradition.  Jacob lived in a tents with his twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel.

How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
Your dwellings, O Israel! (Numbers 24:5, NAS)

The patriarch had seniority in the family and was the defacto chief of the tribe.  He was the entrepreneur.  By analogy, the Tent on the middle finger may represent a person who founds a new institution, business enterprise, movement, or even a new religion.

A Tent on the left hand may signify a disciple, or avid student who seeks a complete understanding.  This type may hang on every word of the teacher.  Mary, the sister of Martha, had this trait (Luke 10:38-42).  Mary sought fulfillment of her intellectual needs while Martha sought to manage the kitchen. Tents are very rare on the middle finger and occur in only .7% of fingers according to Scotland Yard.

Tent on the Third Finger

A Tent on the third, ring, finger represents a rich heritage, i.e. the inheritance of the first-born.  A Tent on the right ring finger represents the inheritance of the first-born, while a Tent on the left ring finger represents recognition of that inheritance.  The inheritance represents the intellectual tie to justice associated with the third finger.  The intellectual tie may also be a reaction to an earlier injustice, which the hypersensitive nature of the person with a Tent on the ring finger would take seriously.  For example, Jacob and Esau were twins; but Esau was born first and, consequently, entitled to the family inheritance.  However, Jacob chiseled Esau out of his inheritance.  When Esau realized what had happened, he became very angry and sought to kill Jacob in reaction to the earlier injustice.  Jacob had to flee the country in fear for his life.  Esau probably had a tent on his left ring finger – on the hand with which he was born.  Jacob probably had a tent on his right ring finger – on his active hand.

Abraham left his estate in Ur, where he was an aristocrat, as he separated from the world in obedience to the Lord’s command.  He continued to live in a tent for the rest of his life although  he was very wealthy and could afford his own city.  He left a city; God promised a city; and he was waiting for God to fulfill His promise (Hebrews 11:9-10).  That promise will be fulfilled in the Millennium.  Abraham was a patriarch, who passed on the family heritage to his son, Isaac.  Abraham lived in a tent, which represented family tradition.  Isaac inherited Abraham’s tent and carried on the family tradition.

Tent on the Little Finger

A Tent on the little finger symbolizes the least son.  As the last born son, he will receive the least (or even nothing) from the family inheritance.  Similarly, a Tent on the right little finger may represent a person of humble origin.  A Tent on the left little finger may represent accepting or reacting to the humble origin.  A person with a Tent on the little finger may have an intellectual tie to self or humility.  This may be due to heritage.  Or it may be a reaction to abuse.  The expression may be related to communication, care, or individualism.

Joseph refused to allow his body to be buried in Egypt (Genesis 50:25; Exodus 13:19; Joshua 24:32; Hebrews 11:22).  He never forgot his roots.

Tent on the Thumb

A Tent on the thumb symbolizes a military captain or conqueror, who protects the family estate.  A Tent on the thumb represents an intellectual tie to the will.  This may be a reaction to past lusts that were out of control.  Or it may be an intellectual expression of masculinity.  A Tent on the right thumb represents a military officer, deliverer, or breadwinner, whose success is related to his own volition as opposed to his inheritance.  A Tent on the left thumb may represent a staff officer or some equivalent supporter or helper.

The Apostle Paul who was the worst sinner who ever lived became the greatest teacher of Bible Doctrine (1 Timothy 1:15-16).

Double Loop

Double Loop
Double Loop on the First Finger
Double Loop on the Middle Finger
Double Loop on the Ring Finger
Double Loop on the Little Finger
Double Loop on the Thumb

Double Loop

Double LoopThe Double Loop is a combination of two loops pointed in opposite directions.  It is a type of Eye but is so unique that it needs to be considered separately.  The Double Loop is a special gift, but it may represent a gift for duplicity, such as a liar or a con artist.  However, the duplicity may also be used for good.  For example, a person who sees a wrong and seeks to correct it, like a person who helps the downtrodden.

The Double Loop is symbolized by the Hebrew word, Dothan, or Dathan, both of which come from the root, dath, meaning decree or law. Dothan can mean double decree, but the usage in scripture for both Dothan and Dathan is double cross.  Joseph was double-crossed by his brothers at Dothan where they threw him into a pit and sold him into slavery (Genesis 37:17).  Dathan double-crossed Moses with Korah and Abiram, and the ground swallowed him up (Numbers 16:1-33).  Thus, the Double Loop is found in scripture as the double cross of Dothan and Dathan.

Double Loop

. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Duplicitous leader Seducer, conspirator Lone Ranger, Robin Hood
2 Middle Finger Duplicitous disciple Whistle blower, weaving mysteries, charlatan Exposing or assisting fraud
3 Ring Finger Duplicitous justice Exposing feet of clay or tragic flaw; destroyer; lawyer Finding fault; solving mysteries, detectives
4 Little Finger Duplicitous self Con artist, thief, salesman Embezzler
5 Thumb Duplicitous will Domination; enslaver Rescuer, deliverer

Double Loop on the First Finger

The Double Loop on the first finger represents a duplicitous leader.  On the right forefinger, it may represent a seducer, who says one thing to get another.  Delilah used her seductive power to get Samson to tell her the secret of his great strength (Judges 16:4-21).  Amnon feigned illness in order to be alone with his sister, Tamar, and rape her (2 Samuel 13:1-13). It may represent a conspirator, who says things to usurp authority and gain power.  Absalom was an example of a conspirator (2 Samuel 15:1-6).

On the left forefinger is the Lone Ranger type, who wears a mask like a bandit but destroys bandits.  Or it may be like Robin Hood, who robs the rich to give to the poor.

Double Loop on the Middle Finger

The Double Loop on the middle finger represents a duplicitous disciple.  The stand-out example was Judas Iscariot, who betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Double Loop on the right middle finger may represent a whistle blower, who works in an organization but has ulterior motives, maybe good or maybe bad.  Or it may represent a person who weaves mysteries.  Or it may represent a charlatan, who makes showy pretenses of knowledge for fraudulent purposes.  On the left middle finger it may represent a person who exposes fraud or one who assists it, or a person who exposes feet of clay.

Abraham, who lied about Sarah being his sister, behaved as if he had a Double Loop on his middle finger (Genesis 12:13; 20:2).  The middle finger is how self relates to others and how a person manages others.  Abraham was afraid that he would be killed because of Sarah’s beauty; so he told her to lie and say she was his sister.  She was his half sister, but she was still his wife.

Double Loop on the Ring Finger

The Double Loop on the ring finger represents duplicitous justice.  The Gibeonites pretended to come from a foreign country in order to deceive Joshua into signing a peace treaty with them by duplicity (Joshua 9:1-27).  On the right ring finger the Double Loop may represent a person who sees the feet of clay of another and exposes them.  This may lead to being an iconoclast or an activist.  Such types may also be good at violating privacy and starting gossip.  The person with a Double Loop on the right ring finger may also have a knack for destruction.  For example, the person may be able to make a move that destroys a house of cards or enter a command that brings down a computer system.  Lawyers may also be duplicitous.  They may not be defenders of justice so much as motivated by greed.

A Double Loop on the left ring finger may represent a gift for finding fault.  Such people may be excellent quality inspectors, detectives, or verification specialists.  This type may also be gifted at unraveling mysteries.

Double Loop on the Little Finger

A Double Loop on the little finger represents a duplicitous self.  On the right little finger it may represent a con artist or a common thief.  However, it may also represent a good salesman, who is honestly trying to help a person in need.  On the left hand it may represent an embezzler or an accountant who cooks the books.

Double Loop on the Thumb

A Double Loop on the thumb represents duplicitous will.  On the right hand it may be the sign of domination or an enslaver.  The ulterior motive of this type is to dominate or enslave.  Sometimes Baal uses such types as bait for his trap.  Absalom behaved as if he had a Double Loop on his right thumb.  He invited King David and his sons to his sheepshearing, which he used as a ruse to have Amnon murdered (2 Samuel 13:24-33).  On the left thumb the Double Loop may be the sign of a rescuer or deliverer, who sees the plight of another and tries to help.