Metaphor: implicit comparison: the use of a word or phrase to describe somebody or something that is not meant literally but by means of a vivid comparison something about him, her, or it, e.g. saying that somebody is a snake
Symbol: something that stands for or represents something else, especially an object representing an abstraction.
Allegory: a work in which the characters and events are to be understood as representing other things and symbolically expressing a deeper, often spiritual, moral, or political meaning.
Parable: a short simple story intended to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.
Seth on Challenges with Revelation Thread ... "... following a pattern present in the Scriptures of both positive and negative uses of a metaphor." I agree
Lion of the tribe of Judah Positive
Roaring lion Negative
Rev 5:5 (AMP)
Then one of the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, the Root of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!
There is a conspiracy of [Israel's false] prophets in the midst of her, like a ROARING LION tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken [in their greed] treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
1 Peter 5:8
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a LION ROARING [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
It seems to me that the positive use of a metaphor is used in connection with God and the negative use in connection with man???