community courts disaster as they utilize one of God’s symbols. The news
commentator might well report the shock as people draped in multi-colored flags
suddenly realize the tragic error they’ve made. The rainbow was introduced to
humanity for the first time as the final step of a judgment process and a
warning about future judgement. Now the very people to whom the symbol was
given as a warning have subverted it to proclaim their own agenda. God is not
mocked, and a day of reckoning is coming, and it is coming quickly. When you
take something that is not yours and try to use it to discredit the owner, the
outcome won’t be favorable for you.
Denial in the face of
warning does not in any way change the reality of the warning. People who deny
the existence of a Creator God do not make Him disappear. When God warns of the
consequences of certain actions, even though delayed, He will do what He has
promised. A wise person will heed the warnings and change course. God promises
forgiveness and restoration to those who have repented of their rebellion
against Him. This offer is available to everyone as long as they are alive.
Each human is born
with a propensity to rebellion. Adam and Eve were tempted and sinned. The
generations that followed were confronted with the choice to do right or sin,
but many chose wrong.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God,
and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the
earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon
the earth. (Genesis 6:11-12).
Then God said, Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the
earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven;
everything that is on the earth shall perish (v.17).
Source of the Rainbow
Life on the earth had
just been destroyed save for the people and animals on the ark.
God blessed Noah
and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. God
said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you
and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; 13 I
set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me
and the earth. 14 It shall come about, when I bring a cloud
over the earth, that the bow will 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 never again shall the water become a flood to
destroy all flesh. (Genesis
The reason for the
flood was corruption, and the rainbow became a symbol of the judgement that
came to mankind because of their sin. Furthermore, the rainbow was a promise
that the earth would never again be destroyed by water, however future
judgments would be by fire. God brought fire from heaven to destroy Sodom and
Gomorrah. Why? Because of the sin committed in this community. Read Genesis 19
for the details.
The Promise of the
The rainbow is a
symbol of God’s promise never to judge the earth with water again, but the
rainbow is also a warning to those who rebel against God’s right as Creator and
Sustainer of the earth. There is coming day in which the earth will be cleansed
by fire to remove the rebellious ones who choose to disregard God.
But by His word the
present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of
judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
People who wrap
themselves with multi-colored flags as a symbol of their freedom to rebel
against all of God’s laws should be reminded that the rainbow warns of judgment
coming by fire. In that event, … the kings of the earth and the great men
and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid
themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and
they were saying to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us
from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the
Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is
able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17)
In that day, all the
acts of defiance against the God of Creation will be judged. For these people,
the rainbow will represent ruin. Every time they told themselves that there was
no God, or that He didn’t see what they were doing, or that He blessed their
unholy alliances they only deceived themselves.
The rescue line has
been extended to you – acknowledge God, trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior. If He is your lord, then you are subject to Him and will live life the
way He has taught us to live. Repent from your sin, turn from your rebellious
deeds and accept the power that God will grant you to live in the Kingdom of
Heaven. No one can do this in their own strength, and God knows that. That is
why He gives the power to live a different life by the power of God’s Spirit.
No one is too far gone
to receive forgiveness. All have sinned and all of us need to be rescued from
the clutches of sin. Jesus Christ came to earth to die to rescue us from the sin
that became inherent when Adam and Eve sinned, and His resurrection gives us
the assurance of eternal life with God, free from the power of sin.
For those who have had
their sins forgiven by God, the rainbow is a symbol of God’s power and promise,
assuring us of salvation from the coming judgment, just like Noah and his family
were saved from death by flooding. Those who heed the warning of the rainbow
will be saved from the judgment yet to come.
are people who claim to be God’s representatives who deny God’s holiness and
truth, substituting their own ideas as though they were God’s. Speaking as
ministers of the Gospel, they teach error and bring judgment on themselves and
those who follow them. Here’s what the apostle Peter had to say:
But false prophets
also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among
you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master
who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many
will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be
maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you
with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their
destruction is not asleep.
4 For if God did not spare angels when they
sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness,
reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world,
but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He
brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if
He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them
to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives
thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed
by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he
saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his
righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then
the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the
unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and
especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and
despise authority. (2 Peter 2:1-10)
Thank God for the