Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you….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.” (Genesis 9:8-9, 12-13)
Before the flood, God had spoken to Noah and promised to establish a covenant. When Noah left the ark, God reaffirmed that promise to him and his sons, including their descendants. Furthermore, this covenant was made with all living things, including the animals, promising never to destroy “all flesh” or “the earth” with a flood. As a token of that covenant, God assigned a special purpose for a rainbow in the sky.
In Hebrew the phrasing is אות הברית ote ha’brit and could be rendered as “a sign of the covenant.” This is important because the signs that the Almighty has established between Him and His people are designed to keep His people upright and protected. Frankly, these signs often mean the difference between life and death. For instance, the blood of the lamb at Passover was a sign (ote) which determined who would live and who would die. In this case, the rainbow served as a reminder to God — perhaps even more importantly, it is a reminder to man — that God would never again destroy “all flesh” with a universal flood.
That brings us to this point: there are people in this world who have hijacked the meaning of the rainbow, using it as a “sign” of their rebellion. How ironic, that those who engage in open defiance of the Creator have adopted that which He set as a sign of promise not to completely destroy mankind. This is consistent with the Adversary’s tactic of targeting everything that God has called “His” (e.g. The Temple Mount and Jerusalem) and making it part of his domain.
Perhaps the time has come for God’s people to rise up and reclaim everything that the Adversary has stolen. The time has come for us to advance against the kingdom of darkness and liberate those who are in bondage to wickedness. We cannot do this in our own might, but we can do this in the power of His might and by His Spirit. He has made His covenant with us through the Blood of the Lamb, meaning that we serve the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. It is time to roar!
Blessings and Shalom,