“And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9‬:‭12‬-‭17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


The rainbow has become a symbol of lifestyles and beliefs that are counter to the holiness of God. Humanity has coopted the symbol, as an affront to the Creator. But like any effort of the devil, it betrays itself, giving in its very essence the folly of its intentions.

The old familiar banner of the those who proclaim LGBTQ rights and status is one of six colors, whereas the one that God laid in the heavens as a mark of the covenant with Noah was one of seven colors. Six is the color of man, and seven is the number of God, signifying completion. Each color has significance, for the Lord our God leaves nothing to chance.

Here is a table I found that offers a great insight to the colors of the bow.

Red stands for the Blood that Jesus shed for our sins. “For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes 11 can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit 12 offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God”. (Hebrews 9:13-14)

As the color of fire, orange represents passion, especially that of the Fire of God, “in blazing fire, inflicting punishment on those who do not acknowledge God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus”. (2 Thessalonians 1:8)

The color of the sun, yellow symbolizes God as the Source of all Life. As John says in his gospel, “Through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race”. (John 1:4)

Being the color of plants, green is the symbol of God’s bountiful blessings. “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it’”. (Genesis 1:11)

Blue symbolizes God’s domain over all creation, the same way that the blue sky covers all. “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world”. (John 6:33)

Indigo stands for God’s protection. “Who covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, makes grass sprout on the mountains.” (Psalms 147:8)

The color of royalty, violet reminds us of God’s Kingship. It’s one of the colors of His dwelling during the Exodus. “At the entrance of the court there shall be a variegated curtain, twenty cubits long, woven of violet, purple and scarlet yarn and of fine linen twined. It shall have four columns and four pedestals.” (Exodus 27:16)

As I read the passage in Genesis chapter nine, I thought of another bow, one with dual purpose, both protection and destruction. The Lord gave Noah this sign to assure Him that He would never again destroy the earth with a flood, but in it He also pointed to the source of all protection.

The bow can also be a weapon. Perhaps God was showing Noah of the coming redemption, when God would take on human flesh and live amongst man. Jesus came into the world, born to die, for from the foundation of the earth, He was destined to die for the sins of all humanity. The arrow that should be aimed at us, was aimed at Jesus. By His sacrifice, we are saved from the wrath to come.

Because of Jesus, we have a shelter in the coming fire storm, a promise that we can be saved, for He has paid the sin debt He did not owe, for we sinners who owed a sin debt we could not pay.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-3 NKJV

The bow is also a symbol of victory, as Jesus defeated death and sin, and for the victory we have in Christ as we are made new. In this case the bow is aimed at the enemies of God, for He stands before us. In the coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps…years, we learn the true of Jehovah Saboath.

“Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.”
Psalms 7:9-13 NKJV

Brothers and sisters, the bow is the sign of God’s first covenant with His faithful, let us remember that in the difficult times to come, for He is far more faithful than we. Let us read our bibles, seeking reminders of the Lord’s faithfulness, and His love. Let us pray without ceasing, petitioning to the Lord on behalf of the saints.

When you look upon the banners of the sinful, do not fret, but have pity, for their flag offers nothing but the mark of damnation. The next time it rains, after the downpour has stopped and the Son shines, look up and for the bow the Lord has hung in the clouds, for they are a promise and a reminder. Know deep inside, your redemption draweth nigh.

There is coming a day when the only rainbow we will see will be one we behold around the throne, for the Lord will reign.

“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”
Revelation 4:2-5 NKJV

The bow is the symbol of God’s unbreakable bond with His Creation, and the special bond He has with this who have called upon the name of Jesus.

Have a Fabulous Friday!





One thought on “Bow

  1. What a beautiful picture you have painted here, my friend. Thank you for offering this incredible hope! I thought back to the scripture that the Lord pointed out to me this morning:

    15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah. (‭‭‭Psalms‬ ‭49‬‬:‭15‬ ‭LSB‬‬)


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