The Dove and The Holy Spirit

16 06 2012
Holy Spirit Dove

The Holy Spirit Dove

Ever wonder why the Holy Spirit is always symbolized as a Dove? Here are some interesting points to ponder:

  • A dove has 9 main feathers on each wing; powering its’ flight; keeping it lifted.
  • It is noted in Scripture that there are 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:7-10) and 9 Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)… ‘9 for each wing.’ The Gifts and Fruit keep us lifted for our Godly journey.
  • There are 5 main feathers of a doves tail.
  • The doves tail feathers are like the steering rudder of an airplane; assisting in guiding the dove in flight.
  •  The 5 main feathers are a perfect picture of the 5-Fold Ministry of the Church, listed in Ephesians 4:11-12. They are: Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist.
  • The dove is unique from other birds in that instead of its wings pointing downward (toward its tail); the wings curl upward toward its head.
  • The Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself, but points believers to Christ; the Head of the Church.

*Special thanks to Ministers Perry Stone and Vance Havner for these wonderful insights.

Prayer: Father-God your beautiful creations, like the dove, point us to your greater glory and truth. May we always look only to you just as all creation glorifies Your Holy name. Amen

*How to Interpret Dreams & Visions: Understanding God’s Warnings and Guidance” by Perry Stone; Copyright 2011; Charisma House Books; Page 171   visit




7 responses

16 06 2012
Krista Ovist

Dear Lightkeeper, Could you kindly supply a full bibliographical reference for the source of the idea that the five central tail feathers of the dove represent the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11? Does this come from the writings of Vance Havner, and if so where can I find the original?

Thanks, Krista Ovist

16 06 2012
The Lightkeeper

Hello Krista,
I’m happy to fulfill your request and will be more careful to do so in future. In fact, the entire posting “The Dove and the Holy Spirit” has just been Republished (06/16/2012) where you will see the full bibliographical reference * and Link.

In regard to the writings of Vance Havner, I only utilized referencing him as per Pastor Perry Stone:”How to Interpret Dreams, et al”. Please re-read the Post; follow the Link and perhaps Charisma House Book Group can assist you further.
Thank you very much for taking time and interest in TN Lighthouse Ministries and we hope you visit often.
Rev. Coriss Acosta-The Lightkeeper
(just call me Corliss)
Be Blessed!

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27 12 2011

This was a very interesting and inspiring post. I never thought about a dove in the sense you mentioned. When I thought about a dove, I thought of love. Your post have enlightened my vision and perspective of a dove. I will now look and think of a dove in a different perspective. I will also share this information with others. Thanks for the new inspirational perspective.

27 12 2011
The Lightkeeper

I am so glad you enjoyed this posting and thank you for sharing with others.
Be Blessed!

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