The Rainbow: God’s Covenant With Man
In Genesis 9, God made an unconditional divine promise never to destroy all earthly life with a flood again; the covenant “sign” being the rainbow in the sky. God made the Noahic covenant with righteous Noah (and his descendants) and every living thing on earth-all life that is subject to human jurisdiction. God has been faithful to His covenant. All of God’s promises are yes and amen, faithful and true.
The rainbow can also be found above God’s throne. The rainbow represents God’s glory. Ezekiel describes the vision he saw of God’s glory in Ezekiel 1:26-28. It reads, “.... high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like, the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.”
In Revelation 4:2-3, the Apostle John describes God’s throne in heaven, where he saw the appearance of a rainbow resembling an emerald surrounding the throne. “At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.” The rainbow represents God’s glory and the covenant that He made with mankind.
Thomas Heffner wrote a mini book called Rainbow, and in it he describes the revelation that God gave him concerning the meaning of the colors of the rainbow. According to Thomas, the color red represents Jesus’s blood being shed as a propitiatory sacrifice for mankind’s sins. Orange represents the great suffering and fiery trial Jesus endured upon the cross and his transition from life to death. Yellow, which is the brightest color of the visible light spectrum, represents Jesus’ resurrection to life on the third day. Green represents Jesus’ new life as he walked the earth in his glorified body in which he would never taste death again. Blue represents Jesus becoming our High Priest after he ascended into heaven. The color blue symbolizes priest hood. And the final color in the rainbow, purple, represents Jesus’ role as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.
The rainbow has been used as a symbol of diversity in the LGBTQ community. However, the rainbow represents God’s truth. It represents God’s glory and the covenant God made with man not to destroy the earth by flood again. That is the truth from God’s Word that will never change. Speak truth to the culture. Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures!
- Dionne Cameron