RAINBOWS

Rainbow's are God's covenant to us. They are a symbol of hope and the bright emblem of mercy and love, a true sign of his existence now and forever. So when we see the beautiful rainbows in the sky above we are thinking of Father at the same time he is thinking of us. I have put together documented scriptures for a deeper study of our beatuiful "Rainbows".



Gen.8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
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Gen.9:8
And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
Gen.9:9
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
Gen.9:10
And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.

The covenant God made with Noah includes you and me and everyone else who dwells on the earth.
Gen.9:11
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.

When God makes a promise He always keeps it. And when He says that no flood shall destroy the earth, that includes the "flood" of Satan (Rev 12:15).

The warfare of the end time is spiritual and requires the gospel armor.

Gen.9:12
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:

This means forever and ever.
Gen.9:13
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

The beautiful rainbow, containing the full prism of colors, and which follows a rain storm, is to remind us of God's promise.
Gen.9:14
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Gen.9:15
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.

And when God sees it, it also reminds Him of His promise.
Gen.9:16
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.
Gen.9:17 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.

Did you know that our Father added an amendment to this covenant just for His elect? To them, when they see the rainbow, it reminds them of our Father's love and His promise not to be angry with His children, we are fully protected from the wrath of God which is directed only towards His enemies, Satan & Company.
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Isaiah 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
Isaiah 54:9
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

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Ezekiel 1:28 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.
The rainbow that surrounds the throne of God is the "Shekinah Glory," that Sparkling Prism Radiance that is present wherever He goes. John saw it when he was taken to the throne in heaven, and Ezekiel saw it when the heavenly throne was brought to him. Here's John's matching account:
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Rev. 4:2
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev. 4:3 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.

And the same "bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain", the rainbow, His "shekinah glory, glowed brightly round about the throne. Ezek. 28 and Rev. 4:3 is exactly the same description.
The Stones;
Now to the stones. Did you know that there were Twelve Stones, gems, in the breastplate of the Levitical Priests, each one each representing one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel? The jasper and the sardine (sardius) stone are the last and the first stones in the breastplate, respectively. So we see the first and the last, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, once again.

These two stones, the jasper and the sardine, also represent Benjamin and Rueben. It is interesting that the younger is put before the elder once again, as we see so many times in scripture.

Below are the names of the stones, as they appear in the Authorized and Revised Version and as marginal readings: (Exodus 28)

(1) Sardius (marg. Ruby)
(2) Topaz
(3) Carbuncle
(4) Emerald
(5) Sapphire
(6) Diamond (marg. R.V. Sardonyx)
(7) Ligure
(8) Agate
(9) Amethyst
(10) Beryl (marg. R.V. Chalcedony)
(11) Onyx (marg. R.V. Beryl)
(12) Jasper



Rev. 4:10
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Rev. 4:11
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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------------When God made a covenant with Noah, He placed a rainbow in the cloud as a symbol of His mercy. The rainbow pictures mercy in the midst of judgment. Who but the Lord could wear it ? --------
Rev. 10:1
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire
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What an awesome sight this mighty angel of the Lord must have been, appearing with the beauty of the rainbow, the "Shekinah glory" round about him as his face shines with the brilliance of the sun and his feet sparkle like pillars of fire.
Rev. 10:2
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
Rev. 10:3
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Rev. 10:4
And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
Rev. 10:5
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Rev. 10:6
And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
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Eccelesiasticus43:11 (Apocrypha)
See the rainbow and bless him who made it surpassingly beautiful in its brightness
Eccelesiasticus43:12 (Apocrypha)
It curves over the heaven in a glorious circle, The hands of the Most High have stretched it out.

Sherry Flynn

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