God sets the beautiful rainbows in the sky as reminders that the whole Earth will never again be destroyed by a world-wide flood. God made a covenant/agreement with mankind and all other creatures of the Earth that He would never again bring judgment upon all flesh by a world-wide flood. The beautiful multicolored rainbow that God sets in the sky has nothing to do with normal, Biblical, marriage sexual relations or perverted sexual relations!
During the days of Noah, the people of the world had become so sinful and wicked that God destroyed them all with a flood. But, God saved Noah and his family from the destructive force of the world-wide flood. In the whole world, only Noah and his family loved and served God. Again, the whole world is becoming very perverted by sinful people. God will bring judgment on this world again in the future.
Genesis 6:5-12 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 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. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”
In the days of Noah, sin increased. People were very wicked. God saw how wicked men had become. God looked into their hearts and saw that their thoughts continued to be evil. God knows our very thoughts. Sinful thoughts filled with evil imaginations cannot be hidden from God. In our present day world, once again, men are perverting themselves by turning away from God and His Word, Genesis 6:5.
It repented the Lord that He had made man on Earth. God does not repent like people need to repent by turning from sins to serve God. God is holy, without sin. God changes according to circumstances. God has a set way that He will react to certain circumstances. If people choose to do evil, He will judge them. If people repent from their sins, He will forgive them and show mercy. God’s heart grieves when people choose to reject Him and live in sin. God understood that the people in Noah’s day would not repent. Therefore, He judged them with destruction by a flood of water. God is very merciful and gracious, but there is a limit to His mercy and grace! Since God is Holy, He cannot allow sin to go unchecked continually, Genesis 6:6.
Since God is the Creator of all things, He has the right to destroy it if He chooses. It appears that even the animals learned to do wrong and were used to do wrong by wicked people. For example, a dog can be taught to bite or even kill a person. As a result, God’s judgment included all flesh, Genesis 6:7.
Noah and his family found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Grace is unmerited favor. Unmerited favor means to get something we do not deserve. Noah and his family turned from their sins and put their faith in the coming Saviour, Jesus Christ. Grace is shown to sinful people only because of what sinless Jesus did for them on the cross and beyond, Genesis 6:8.
Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Noah chose to turn from sins and walk with God. He put his faith in the coming Saviour, Jesus. Because of Jesus, Noah was counted just as if he had never sinned. Since the perfect and spotless blood of Jesus was applied to the sins of Noah, he was counted as perfect before God, Genesis 6:9.
Noah taught his family to walk with God and obey Him. He taught his family about the coming Saviour, Jesus. All of Noah’s family served God, their Saviour, Genesis 6:10.
All of the other people on Earth had become corrupt because they chose to live in sin. These sinful people filled the Earth with violence. We look across the world today in the news and see that violence is increasing, as in the days of Noah, Genesis 6:11.
Just as God saw the corruption of all flesh in the days of Noah, He sees it in our modern times. Judgment is certain to come, Genesis 6:12.
God’s judgment brought a world-wide flood on the Earth. This was not just a local flood. We were once caught in a local flood. We simply got in a boat and left the area. Some so-called experts try to claim that the flood in Noah’s day was only a local flood. Vast amounts of fossilized sea creatures can be found on the highest mountains. This is evidence that the whole world was flooded during the time of Noah, just as the Scriptures declare. If it was only a local flood, Noah did not need to build an ark. He simply needed to move to higher and drier ground. If there were companies like U-Camel, he could have rented some camels and had his boys load up and move out. But, as the Scriptures say, it was a world-wide flood that destroyed all flesh. Noah and his family were protected by God in the ark of safety. This is a beautiful picture of how Jesus protects us from being judged for our sins in the fires of Hell. Salvation through Jesus is the only escape from the coming judgment of God!
Genesis 7:19-23 “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”
Modern-day scientists give scientific explanations for rainbows. The following is a general scientific explanation of how rainbows develop:
“A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicolored arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.” (1)
Many people, including many of the so-called scientists, forget that God is the creator of true science. There is a scientific explanation for rainbows because God the Master Scientist created rainbows. God sets the rainbows in the sky for a special purpose. Rainbows are a reminder of God’s covenant with all flesh on the Earth.
Genesis 9:8-17 “And God spake 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, 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. 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. 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: 13 I do set my bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow [rainbow] 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 [rainbow] 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.”
God made a covenant/agreement with Noah’s family and all of their descendents, Genesis 9:8, 9.
God made the same covenant with all of the other creatures of the Earth that survived after the flood. This covenant includes their offspring, Genesis 9:10.
When God makes an agreement, He never breaks it. This agreement was an unconditional agreement. It does not depend on mankind or the other creatures doing certain things for the agreement to be kept. God promised that all flesh would never again be killed by a world-wide flood. Also, God promised that there would never be a world-wide flood again to destroy the Earth. There have been some major local floods, but as God promised, there will never be a world-wide flood again, Genesis 9:11.
God gave a token/sign as evidence that He would keep His covenant with mankind and the other creatures forever.
The Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines token as follows:
“TOKEN, n. to’kn. L. signum, dialetically varied, or from the same radix.
- A sign; something intended to represent or indicate another thing or an event. Thus the rainbow is a token of God’s covenant established with Noah.” (2), Genesis 9:12.
God set His rainbows in the sky as a token/sign that He would keep His promise of never flooding the whole Earth again to destroy all flesh. It appears that rainbows did not exist in the sky until after the flood. God set them there as a token. With this in mind, it may be that it had never rained until God sent the judgment flood upon the Earth. We are told that a mist came up from the ground in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:6 “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.”
It may be that there was a water barrier above the Earth to prevent deadly radiation and overly bright, disease causing sun rays from reaching the Earth. Less sunlight and no rain would prevent rainbows from forming in the sky, Genesis 9:13.
Genesis 1:6-7 “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.”
God even controls the clouds. He said when He brings the clouds over the Earth that the rainbows He created would appear, Genesis 9:14.
God said that the rainbows would be a reminder of His covenant with mankind and all other creatures of the Earth. The rainbows remind God and us that He will never again destroy all flesh on the Earth by a world-wide flood, Genesis 9:15.
God looks at the beautiful rainbows that He paints in the sky in honor of His everlasting covenant, Genesis 9:16.
Rainbows are beautiful tokens/pictures from God showing that He will honor His covenant with all flesh on the Earth. To say that Rainbows represent anything else is a perversion of God’s Word. Rainbows are not a sign of pride. Rainbows simply show how God humbled mankind by a world-wide flood. God promised never to judge the world again by a world-wide flood. You can smile when you see rainbows because you can be certain that God will keep his promises, Genesis 9:17.
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Rainbows Are Signs Of God’s Promise! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2015 hopeofisrael.net
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(2) Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
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