The Truth about the Rainbow

Since the 1970’s, Western society has affiliated the rainbow with an unbiblical agenda, using it to symbolize a lifestyle that God condemns. As a result, Bible-believing Christians may lose appreciation for the real significance of the rainbow, a beautiful, meteorological, God-given phenomenon.

A rainbow occurs when water droplets in the sky reflect, refract and disperse light, generating a fabulous multicolored arc in the sky. When is the last time you saw a rainbow? Not a rainbow flag or decal, but a real rainbow in the sky? Did you pause to admire it? Did you take a picture?

Moses introduced the rainbow to us in Genesis 9:8-17. He tells us that God placed the first rainbow in the sky following the worldwide flood, through which He had judged human civilization for rampant, wicked thoughts and behavior. The rainbow provides all people with a perpetual reminder that God will never judge worldwide civilization with a flood again. Never. This was not a promise for Noah alone, nor was it a promise to the Jewish nation or to every person who knows God as Father. It was a promise to every person forever.

The next and final time we see the rainbow in Scripture is when John mentions it in Revelation 4:3 and 10:1. Revelation 4:3 is especially significant.

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.

This rainbow doesn’t appear on the White House. It appears at the throne of God! I find this especially significant because Revelation 4 marks the beginning of a cataclysmic series of worldwide judgments on the world. Like the Noahic flood, God will judge worldwide civilization again for the very same reason – rampant, wicked thoughts and behavior. But a cursory study of all of the judgments portrayed throughout Revelation reveals that God will refrain from using a flood. He will use many other forms of judgment (hail, famine, locust, water turned to blood and many other things), but never a worldwide flood.

In Genesis, God gave the world a promise and sealed it with the sign of a rainbow. In Revelation, God reminds us that He will keep this promise to the very end.

The rainbow has nothing to do with the ungodly lifestyle that adopts it as a symbol. Knowing its true significance, may we continue to admire every rainbow that appears in the sky. And above all, may we praise God for keeping His promise to every generation – even when we don’t deserve it.

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