Memorial Of Sovereignty

While rainbows are a common occurrence, they have a special powerful significance in the Holy Word of God.
Memorial Of Sovereignty
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I am sure there are quite a number of people that feel there is no God because the world is out of control. However, if we prayerfully consider the Word of God we will see there are plenty of passages that indicate the world will be this way before the return of Christ. We will also see that God is sovereign despite what happens around us.

Noah’s society was out of control and most people are familiar with the account of the Great Deluge, how God instructed Noah to build a boat to spare some animals and his family

from the flood. After the deluge stopped and at the proper time Noah and his family left the ark and offered a sacrifice unto God. God gave them a number of instructions and then made a special covenant with them and their perpetual generations, establishing the rainbow as a token of that covenant.

From this account recorded in Genesis 9:8-17, when coupled with Revelation 4:3, we will find that the rainbow is the memorial of God’s sovereignty. This combined text develops into the following four aspects.

I. Promise Genesis 9:8-12 (American Standard Version* [ASV*])
And God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”  12 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:”

As anyone would be aware if they had read the account beginning from Genesis 6, this promise from God to mankind and all creatures came after a horrific destruction of the earth with a tremendous amount of water. While this destruction could be considered as a punishment, it would be good for us to realize that when God does such things it is because He is protecting mankind from overly sinful man.

When Adam sinned our spiritual composition became corrupt. So Adam and Eve were barred from even getting near the Tree of Life. However, even with that, if left alone without any divine intervention, humans would eventually destroy themselves. This is a foundational reason why the world is in such horrible shape today with its inverted values and with hatred spreading like a cancer--because most people reject the One true God and His remedy for our spiritual needs, Jesus Christ.

The promise we see here presented to Noah was for perpetual generations. God has promised that there will never again be a worldwide flood. There is great flooding in various regions at times as well as tsunamis, but there shall never again be a worldwide flood of water that would cover every mountain. By the way, we do not know the height of any mountain at that time and there could have been extensive geological changes since then. However, the point is the world will never again have a Great Deluge: but that does not prevent God from destroying it in some other way.

II. Proclamation 12-13 ASV*
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: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth."

Rainbows can be seen throughout the earth whether they are formed by rain, ice particles, when sunlight is angled just right at a waterfall, or man-made by a water hose, fountain and more. So, not only has God given a sign to perpetual generations, it is a universal sign to all people throughout the world that God will never flood the whole earth again.

If one reads from the beginning of Genesis to this point, they will see that up until the flood there was no mention of rain, but the earth, instead, was watered by rivers and mists. Chapter 9 is the first mention of a rainbow. From this, along with Genesis 1:6-8, many of us feel that when God created the earth there was a sphere of water or ice around the earth. This would create a “greenhouse” effect and filter out the harmful rays of the sun while, perhaps, having various colors of light hitting the earth gracing the landscapes with beautiful changing hues. Because the light would already be refracted, there would be no rainbow. However, once that shield fell to earth as part of the water in the Great Deluge, there was nothing left above the earth to refract the light. So now it is refracted when light strikes rain, mist, ice particles, etc., at a given angle causing a rainbow to form.

There are seven main colors in a rainbow which reminds me of the Seven Spirits before the throne of God (Revelation 4:5) which is explained by Isaiah 11:2. Water, by which many rainbows are formed, is itself an emblem of the Holy Spirit as is oil, with many oils being able to refract light.
 
III.Purpose Ge. 9:14-17 ASV*
"And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud, 15 and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 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." 17 And God said unto Noah, "This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."

Except for confessed and forgiven sin, God does not forget things like we often do. Being omniscient He does not have


to be reminded like we need to be reminded and given the fact of His omniscience (1 John 3:20 and other Holy Scriptures) remembrance by God would then mean nothing leaves His memory. I also consider these verses as what I call "conversational language" in that often in the Torah we see that we are being encouraged to have conversation with God which really should be a main element of our prayer life.

I feel such wording is being used in this passage so that WE remember. We are to keep in mind that man had been so corrupt that God flooded the earth. We are also to retain in our mind that God keeps His promises. But we should also keep in mind God has many options in regard to this planet. 1 Peter 3:3-7, which partly alludes to Genesis, speaks of another type of destruction yet to come:
"...knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God; 6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men."

Let us now "fast-forward" in the Holy Scriptures to a point near our time.

IV. Performance Revelation 4:3 ASV
and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, like an emerald to look upon.

If you are the least bit familiar with the last book of the Holy Bible, The Revelation Of Jesus Christ, then most likely you would know that a large portion of it speaks of the coming judgment of God upon the earth during what many term the Great Tribulation. Chapter 1 mainly deals with the revelation of His personage, while chapters 2 and 3 is a revelation of dealings with churches. However, chapter 4 deals in part with the sovereignty of God and "sets the stage" for the opening of the seven seals of the book of judgment.

The rainbow is mentioned early in Revelation before the seven seals are opened. It is around God's throne and represents the integrity of God. He will keep His Word. The world will not be destroyed by a great flood. And, up until chapter 19, it will not be completely destroyed. Instead, those that are here will experience the horrible wrath of God as well as the sickening waywardness of man.

As we read through these chapters of judgment (with some chapters being explanatory) we will see the Great Tribulation culminates with Armageddon, after which Christ will rule on earth for 1,000 years. That culminates with the final war and the eternal allocation of satan{1} to the lake of fire. We then read as the Lord takes the seat of judgment heaven and earth are removed. Peter, by the Holy Spirit, gives further insight into this matter (2 Peter 3:10-13): "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness, 12 looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness."

Indeed, no matter how crazy this world gets, God is sovereign and in control. The time will come when His Holy Wrath is unleashed. As Sovereign, He still permits people to choose. Choose which side you want to be on. Either way, there will be trouble, but if you choose to truly and fully surrender to God through Christ you will reap eternal blessings. God is in charge of the future events. Let Him be in charge of your life through Christ.

Notes:

{1} This should be capitalized, but I try not to capitalize it, because for a time before I came to Christ I was a satanist and would refuse to capitalize "God."

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by January 10, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M345 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    One of the great moments in the life of a christian comes when we realize, once and for all, that a life with prayer is better than a life without prayer.
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  • neema2004  12-12-2014

    The rainbow symbolises Gods promise to his people which stands till today.

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  • pruelpo  08-12-2014

    I guess there is wrong on the comment section - after I submitted comment I saw it there's like my first comment below 'hope was missing'.

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  • pruelpo  08-12-2014

    Every time I see a rainbow in the sky, I feel happy as it symbolizes ;

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