What does the rainbow mean in reality and in symbol? What are the facts and does anyone care? I believe the Believer understands and cares!
The story begins in the Book of Genesis, God created man and within a very short period sin began to dominate man. Man’s sinfulness became so evil that God was sorry and grieved that He made man (Genesis 1:6). Sin brought judgment to the world; Gen 6:7 “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” However, there was one man, a Believer that found Grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Noah provided a way of escape from God’s judgment. A flood would destroy all living except for those that would enter the ARK of safety which Noah builds by the command of God for that purpose. This preserved Noah and his family as they floated above the judgment waters. All others rejected this way of escape and perished in the flood waters.
THE FIRST RAINBOW IN THE SKY
It was after the flood that God put a bow (rainbow) in the sky, as a token or a symbol that He would not destroy man again by water (Genesis 9:13). However, it was also a sign that he will destroy the earth again by fire, when the sinfulness of Noah’s days returns. 2 Peter 3:6 “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
The rainbow is a symbol, when it rains we see it in the sky, as a sign that God will not destroy man that sins again by water, but he has reserved it for fire, because of the same sinful conditions that repeats in the end time.
THE RAINBOW BELONGS TO GOD
The rainbow belongs to God and identifies Him in Revelation 4:3. Around His throne is seen a rainbow and in Revelations 10:1 we see Christ the mighty angel identified because of the rainbow about his head. And the Believer is identified with that rainbow as with Christ!
Therefore the Christian is identified safe from judgment by the symbol of the rainbow in the sky and finial coming of Christ by the opening of the Word of God according scriptural prophecy.
THE RAINBOW A SIGN OF PROMISE AND JUDGMENT
I ask you, how can sinful man claim any right to the rainbow apart from knowing that it promises judgment by fire to them who reject God’s Word? We are living out the end times right now! The rainbow is a great sign to the Believe or a sign of judgment to the unbeliever! What is it to you? it has to be one or the other?
Pastor Bill Ivy – Campbell Missouri (Gibson community)