RAINBOWS, GOD, & The Everlasting Covenant

🌈Rainbows! popular for 5000+ years, and still today, now in 2021! #pridemonth

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,

“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 

I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I set my 🌈bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.

When the 🌈 bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

Genesis 9:8‭-‬17 RSV

This presupposes that the 🌈 rainbow then appeared for the first time in the vault of heaven. From this it may not be inferred that it did not rain on the earth before the flood, but that the atmosphere was differently constituted, a supposition in perfect harmony with the facts of natural history.

The spiritual application of this is profound. Every cloud of our earthly existence is adorned with a🌈 rainbow of hope and promise.

Against the dark clouds of human depression and sorrow, this symbol of the throne of God and of the🌈 Rainbow Angel holding forth the Redemptive word shines through the gloom of human fears and frustrations. The proverb that, “Every cloud has a silver lining” is but a variable statement of inherent promise contained in the rainbow. It would also appear to illuminate prophecy. The primary and secondary rainbows are a perfect illustration of how divine prophecies carry within them both a primary, or immediate, and secondary, or ultimate fulfillment. Examples of this are seen in Matthew 2:15,18 and in numerous other Biblical texts.

And he who sat there appeared like jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a 🌈 Rainbow that looked like an emerald.

Revelation 4:3 RSV

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a 🌈 rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.

Revelation 10:1 RSV

Like the appearance of the 🌈bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord . And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Ezekiel 1:28 RSV

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and requites to their face those who hate him, by destroying them; he will not be slack with him who hates him, he will requite him to his face. You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command you this day.

Deuteronomy 7:9‭-‬11 RSV

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:29‭-‬31 RSV
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