(Editing of this 2013 repost has included adding content freshly inspired by the Lord and current events most fully seen in the fifth and seventh paragraphs as well as the footnotes of this part two.)
Indeed, it is an awesome marvel of God that He has made it mechanically possible for elements of creation to mimic in any measure what is unique to His own eternal glory; for the light phenomenon called a rainbow is of the signature display of the glory that surrounds His throne (Ezekiel 1:26-28; Revelation 4:1-3)!3 So, now, in these latter days, the signature display of God’s glory that surrounds His heavenly throne; the rainbow meant compassionately by Him to assure all creatures of His promise never again to destroy the earth by a global flood, has been co-opted and corrupted by the small group of sinful men and women that use it to symbolize their part in the growing global rebellion against Him.
According to Wikipedia, while there is a long history of rainbow flags representing various cultures, causes and movements, today the rainbow flag of those embracing the cause of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and now, Q for Queer or Questioning one’s sexual identity) is the best known in the world. It was introduced in 1978 by Gilbert Baker and has undergone some color modification, but remains a symbol of the pride and diversity (the mixed practice of biblically defined perverted sexual behavior) of the LGBTQ movement along with now, its apparent rise to power as societal influencers in causing same sex marriage to become legally accepted.4
That those of this movement should blasphemously mock the rainbow of God by making it their own, clearly is of Satan and shows the depth of their depravity along with why it will be so easy for the Antichrist to rally them to his cause in days soon to come (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation 13:1-6). Still, God loves those of the LGBTQ movement as all other sinners (John 3:16-21; Romans 5:6-11)! Faithful Christians must continue to proclaim the Gospel and witness Christ to them (that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day; whoever repents and believes this will be forgiven and saved--Romans 1:16-17, 10:6-13) during these ever darkening days.
Truly, while the Supreme Court decisions and increasing anti-Christian political environment signal the passing of the point of no return to a welcome acceptance of biblical Christianity and morality by our nation, we are nevertheless, to continue our commanded mission “to make disciples” until the end (Matthew 24:14, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, NKJV). God’s love of the lost and certainty His foretold end for this present world will be as He says drives us; for while He promised never again to destroy the entire earth and its air breathing creatures by a global flood, He did not promise never again to judge the earth and its sinners (Romans 1:18-32).
This is why I also strongly exhort all that profess to be Christians and cling to sin including the practice of whatever forms of sexual immorality to repent (Romans 2:1-11)! You are operating in complete self-deception to believe you get a pass from judgment by the holy God even if it is “love” as I once foolishly rationalized as an unsaved fornicator with women. “The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21, NKJV). Authentic Christians5 have been “washed,” “sanctified,” and “justified” in the name and blood of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit; being taught by Him to purposely “put off” the old self in deceitful lusts and “put on” the new to walk as imitators and children of God and light (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:17-24, 5:1-14, NKJV).6
Therefore, as the flood of Noah’s day over several months brought a temporary end to the evil deeds of men, the resurgence of those deeds since in knowing rebellion and blasphemy to include rejecting the Gospel as well as mocking the rainbow among many more in these latter days, is leading to another cataclysmic outpouring of God’s wrath upon evil humanity. It shall come by way of a global storm, earthquake and plague of hail occurring over a few hours in one day with only a small number of elect Jews and unsaved Gentiles as survivors (Isaiah 10:20-23, 13:6-13; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Revelation 7:1-8, 16:17-21)! All of the wicked will meet their final, eternal end at the judgment seat of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15).
It being all like that, from the unsearchable depths of God’s love, grace and mercy I implore all that are guilty once more to repent and believe the Gospel while there is still time; or has not the dramatic uptick in catastrophic hurricanes with major flooding (and rainbows), earthquakes and other calamities so far this year yet convinced you the end of God’s longsuffering with human wickedness is near? This is God’s day of salvation; tomorrow has been promised to no one! Stop listening to “deceiving spirits” seeking your destruction (1 Timothy 4:1-2, NKJV). You are hearing God’s voice right now; don’t harden your heart (2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Hebrews 3:7-13). In this too, the risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
3 On this point and explaining other such things from a scientific and biblical worldview is where Ken Ham in his work has done his greatest service to the Body of Christ
and the world. As God surely intended, Ken is the scientist par excellence that considers his work not to disprove, but to joyously discover and glorify his Creator in
“the works of His hands,” (Hebrews 2:6-7, NKJV). I thank God for and salute him! Learn more about rainbows and other exciting facts about God’s creation from Ken
Ham and others at https://answersingenesis.org/answers/.
4 Read the article.
5 See the March 1, 2015 blog repost, The Mark Of A Genuine Christian under the category, Instruction.
6 I understand that sexual issues of all kinds can be very difficult to overcome and empathize with those struggling to be free in Christ. Help is available through various
authentically Christian entities and I encourage those dealing with same sex attraction, for example, to visit Focus On The Family for some possible resources to
help. Men dealing with sexual addiction can learn about gaining deliverance from the counseling team at Pure Heart Ministries featured as a link on our
Ministry And Church Link Web Site Page.
From antiquity armies have conquered lands and signified their triumph by either destroying or parading captured idols as gods or symbols such as flags. While I admire and spiritually stand on principle with both the Creation and Ark Encounter Museum Founder, Ken Ham’s campaign to take back the rainbow which has been for a time triumphantly co-opted and paraded about by the LBGTQ movement as their symbol, I do not believe it in splendid singularity is a hill to die on (2 Samuel 2:24-28). Given the nearness of Christ’s return, I urge to let the Lord reclaim the emblem of His throne!1 For it is sufficient that we who know God love all those who hate Him enough to proclaim the Gospel to and warn them standing firm on His Word, they have gravely erred in defiantly mocking Him!
To that end, the Lord has led me to repost the following edited 2013 two-part blog today. The act to commandeer God’s rainbow is only a tiny fraction of the acts of rebellion against Him and His Word in these latter days; an act that does not actually yet or ever will signal God’s defeat! In the face of such blasphemous rebel conduct God sends us to extend His gracious offer of restoration in the Gospel and cogent explanation of the offense fearfully knowing that the unrepentant will endure His just wrath and judgment. For this reason, we also warn professed Christians in their churches that side in great deceit with those mocking God’s royal emblem (Psalm 50:16-23; 2 Timothy 2:19-22).
Originally Posted July 14, 2013
Denial is a powerful, negative mental and emotional defense mechanism we humans employ in situations we face that are overwhelming, shocking, threaten consequences, our sense of ordered reality or accepted thinking to name some. Many Christians, no doubt, are tempted to retreat into denial again over the recent Supreme Court decisions essentially establishing a legal status for same sex marriage as they once did when the same judicial body a generation ago decided to remove prayer from the schools.
Denial was not the right response back then--look at the anti-Christian attitudes that have been spawned and are displayed in every facet of our society from that one decision after a generation because many Christians were in denial until too late--and it certainly is not the right response now. A hard, cold, shocking reality must be soberly faced by faithful Christians: the once favorable place Christianity had in American society is being systematically destroyed as a result of a full on rebellion against God, His Son, Jesus Christ and the divinely inspired Word of the Bible (Psalm 2:1-3). Moreover, the rallying symbol for a small, but vocal and disproportionately influential segment of this rebellion is God’s own rainbow!
In the aftermath of the global flood He brought in judgment upon the earth for human wickedness (Genesis 6:5-7:24), the Lord who had spared righteous Noah, his wife, three sons, their wives and two of every creature made a covenant of promise with them all. ‘“And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth,”’ (Genesis 9:8-11, NKJV).
After having safely come through the then worst divinely brought cataclysmic disaster in human history, God compassionately seeks to reassure fallen man (see Genesis 8:20-22) and all other earth creatures by a covenant of His making that they should not fear the sight of rain clouds as the coming of another global, catastrophic flood that destroys all air breathing life. Though it was not necessary since it was the perfectly trustworthy and righteous God making the covenant, He chose to provide a visible sign to all of His earth creatures that would remind everyone including Himself of His promise never to destroy the earth again by flood.
He says, ‘“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,”’ (Genesis 9:12-17, NKJV). Science can say whatever it wants about the mechanics of how rainbows appear by sunlight refracted and dispersed through rain drops,2 but the fact remains God declares the rainbow is His and appears ultimately as the result of His creation of and sovereign control over earth’s atmospheric conditions.
1 See the CBNNews.com article, Ken Ham’s Ongoing Quest to ‘Take Back the Rainbow’ published October 1, 2017.
2 See “How Rainbows Work” on the Web Site, howstuffworks.com.
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