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The Sign Of The Rainbow
http://billrandles.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/the-sign-of-the-rainbow-genesis-9-pt-4/ ^ | 03-24-13 | Bill Randles

Posted on 03/25/2013 5:02:48 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature … And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature … And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.(Genesis 9:8-16)

Stepping off of the Ark into the cataclysmically transformed earth, Noah and his family would have seen radical environmental changes. There was no longer a canopy of vapor above them, now they would be exposed to direct sunlight. Instead clouds roiled over head.

As the storm clouds receded and the sun gleamed through the clouds, a stunning sevenfold prism of color appeared in the form of an arc over the earth. The new conditions allowed for the appearance of the rainbow.

God told Noah that the rainbow was the token and sign of His unconditional covenant with the earth itself and with every living creature, that never again would He flood the whole earth, cutting off all life on earth as He had before. As long as the earth remains in its present form, never again would He smite every living thing, life would continue till the final consummation of all things.

Not only would man see the token, but God says that He would see it, and remind himself of this covenant of mercy. In fact both Ezekiel and John the apostle tell us that they saw in their visions of God, that a rainbow completely surrounds God’s throne in Heaven.

As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This 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 a voice of one that spake.(Ezekiel 1:28)

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.(Revelation 4:2-3)

In every direction that God looks, he sees us through the prism of mercy. The Rainbow looks like a bridge, from Heaven to earth, God calls it “My bow”, and promises to look at it and remember to have mercy on sinful man. In a beautiful way, the rainbow is a teaching about the grace of God. After the terrible storm, glory! In Judgment and wrath, He remembers mercy.

The rainbow is a Divine sermon, that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Like the stars it is a testimony to the glory and beauty of God. The pure, white light which streams from His Holy presence, is filtered and separated through the glorious cloud which stands between God and man, yet flowing through to this sinful world in stunningly beautiful prime colors.

Here on earth, we only see half of the bow, for we know only in part here, and see through a glass darkly, but the bow is a complete circle in heaven, around the throne of the Father.Love , beauty and holy generosity truly triumph over human sinfulness and guilt.

The rainbow testifies powerfully for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear, that there truly is a higher, purer and better city for all of us!


TOPICS: Charismatic Christian; Evangelical Christian; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: endtimes; eschatology; flood; noah; prophecy; rainbow

1 posted on 03/25/2013 5:02:49 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

It’s just sad and vile that homosexuals have taken that great sign from God and made it their own sign of their homosexuality- just goes to show how Anti-Christian these folsk really are—


2 posted on 03/25/2013 5:07:53 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Well...I wouldn’t have held it against him if there wasn’t a second covenant.

Life on Earth is pretty disgusting.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 5:25:43 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: pastorbillrandles
Call me naive and stupid but I kept wondering why so many of the pinko bumper stickered cars also had a captain's bars sticker on the back.
4 posted on 03/25/2013 5:34:28 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Wanderer99
Well...I wouldn’t have held it against him if there wasn’t a second covenant. Life on Earth is pretty disgusting.

You just may live to see a similar event, my friend, only this time with fire.

5 posted on 03/25/2013 5:49:19 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: CottShop

Or God’s sense of humor...after all, He knew it was going to happen.


6 posted on 03/25/2013 6:00:07 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: CottShop

I wonder what fraction of people over 70 see the rainbow and think Noah - 95%?

I wonder what fraction of people under 30 see the rainbow and think gay - 95%?


7 posted on 03/25/2013 6:02:16 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

An excellent post, and one of the demographic challenges we face.

Every year 2.5 mil (mostly old/white/R voting) people die and are replaced by (mostly young/minority/D voting) people.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 6:04:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: CottShop

“It’s just sad and vile that homosexuals have taken that great sign from God and made it their own sign of their homosexuality- just goes to show how Anti-Christian these folsk really are—”

Satan works most affectively at imitation rather than direct conflict. He is behind the diluting of God’s meaning behind the rainbow. It is evidence that the gay movement is indeed guided by evil.


9 posted on 03/25/2013 6:25:26 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: pastorbillrandles

A beautiful symmetry in the rainbow... It is a sign of the covenant between God and Noah. In covenants, there are always signs. Throughout both Testaments, the number seven (shiva) is a covenantal sign. Why did God rest on the seventh day of creation? He was pooped? No. He was sanctifying creation in a covenant with Himself. It was this covenant that Adam and Eve broke in their disobedience.

Anyway, consider the rainbow... how many colors do you see? ROY G BIV. Seven. Not only a covenant spoken of in the Bible but a covenantal number throughout all time.


10 posted on 03/25/2013 7:14:46 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: pastorbillrandles

References to rainbows in the Bible are rare. Those passages you cited are the only ones that I can find.


11 posted on 03/25/2013 7:15:48 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

There is one other, in Revelation 10 around the Angel’s head-


12 posted on 03/25/2013 8:56:10 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: pastorbillrandles

Thank you!


13 posted on 03/25/2013 9:05:45 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: nascarnation

14 posted on 03/25/2013 9:16:23 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Wanderer99

Life on earth is reality...just as God designed


15 posted on 03/26/2013 3:35:53 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: DManA

I’m over 60 and I’ve never thought either of those things when I saw a rainbow, especially after I found out how they happen.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 3:44:21 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr

It’s a fantastically disgustingly designed reality for sure.


17 posted on 03/26/2013 11:31:15 AM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Wanderer99

You have a different reality?

Disgust is in the eye of the beholder...


18 posted on 03/26/2013 11:37:07 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr

Yes it is in the eye of the beholder. Otherwise different opinions wouldn’t exist.

Though it is hard to imagine how anyone could look at Earth and all that goes on it and not think “cesspool”


19 posted on 03/26/2013 11:46:25 AM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Wanderer99

I don’t, I just think...ok, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, otherwise, it’d be different.

Perhaps you should try looking at things from others point of view?


20 posted on 03/26/2013 11:58:08 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr

but it’s not really supposed to be this way now is it?


21 posted on 03/26/2013 12:32:56 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Wanderer99

If it’s reality, I don’t see how it can’t be, can you?

How do you think it’s supposed to be?


22 posted on 03/26/2013 12:35:07 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr

That depends on what you believe. Some Christians say that Earth was originally intended to be a paradise until Adam and Eve blew it.

Of course this is very confusing because Adam and Eve were clearly idiots...even though God said they were made “very good”

so yea...hmm

The part that makes sense is the future: the end of this world and the beginning of something completely different


23 posted on 03/26/2013 12:46:58 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Wanderer99

Everyone gets to find that out eventually.


24 posted on 03/26/2013 12:54:52 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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