“‘I establish My covenant with
you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a Flood; never again
will there be a Flood to destroy the earth.’ And Elohim said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant
I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant
for all generations to come: I have set My Rainbow in the clouds, and it will
be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds
over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My
covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again
will the waters become a Flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow
appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant
between Elohim and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.’ So
Elohim said to Noach, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I have
established between Me and all life on the earth.’” Bereshis -
But, there was something about the interaction between the moisture in the earth’s atmosphere and the light emanating from the sun that failed to produce a rainbow. It was only after the Flood that the dynamics that created a rainbow were set in place by Elohim as a sign of His newly-formed covenant with mankind and all of His creation.
The spiritual and the physical are two faces of the same reality. This change in the physical nature of the interaction between water and light reflects a deeper, spiritual difference between the pre and post-Flood worlds, and the resultant difference in Elohim's manner of dealing with a corrupted world.
An examination of the scriptures account of the first twenty generations of history reveals two primary differences between the world before the Flood and the post-Flood era.
The Blessed Scriptures show us that the
pre-Flood generations enjoyed extremely long lives, as we find people living
into their 8th, 9th and 10th centuries, such as Noah’s grandfather,
Methuselah, lived some 969 years, his father, Lemech lived 777 years, and Noah
himself a good 950 years. Obviously, this was an era of Divine benevolence in
which life, health and prosperity flowed freely and indiscriminately from the
Following the Flood, we see a steady decline in the human lifespan. Within ten generations, we see that Avraham as being old at the age of 100.
The second difference is one that seems at
odds with, and even contradictory to, the first, for after the Flood, the world
gained a kind of stability it did not enjoy in the pre-Flood era. Before the
Flood, the world's very existence was contingent upon its moral state. When
humanity disintegrated into corruption and violence, Elohim said to
“The end of all flesh is come before Me,
for the earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I shall destroy
them and the earth.” Bereshis - Genesis 6:13.
Following the Flood, Elohim vowed:
I will not again curse the earth because of man
… neither will I again smite everything living, as I have done. For all
days of the earth, (the seasons for) seed time and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Bereshis - Genesis
No longer would the cycles of life and nature totter on the verge of extinction whenever man strays from his Elohim. The post Flood world is a world whose existence is assured, a world that is desired by its Creator regardless of its present state of conformity to His will.
And the guarantor of this assurance, the symbol of this new stability was the rainbow.
Before the Flood, man’s role in creation lay primarily in reacting to Elohim’s involvement in the world. The flow of divine vitality into the world was plentiful and uninhibited, enabling man to attain great material and spiritual heights, but these achievements were merely man’s acceptance of what was being bestowed upon him from above, rather than the fruits of his own initiative.
The pre Flood world was like a brilliant pupil who grasps the most profound teachings from his master, but who lacks the ability to conceive of a single original thought of his own. So once corrupted, once it had distanced itself from its Master and disavowed its relationship with Him, it lost the basis for its existence. When man ceased to respond, the world held no further use for the Creator.
After the Flood, Elohim imbued the world with a new potential, the potential to create. He granted it the ability to take what it receives from Above and develop it, extend it, and expand upon it. The world was now like a disciple who had been trained by his master to think on his own, to take the ideas which he has learned and apply them to new areas. Man was now able not only to absorb the divine input into his life but also to unleash its potential in new, unprecedented ways.
Such a world is in many ways is a weaker world than one that is wholly sustained by divine grace. It is more independent, and thus more subject to the limitations and mortality of the human state. Hence the shorter lifespan of the post Flood generations. But in the final analysis, such a world is more enduring: even when it loses sight of its origin and purpose, it retains the ability to rehabilitate itself and restore its relationship with its Creator. Because it possesses an independent potential for self renewal, it can always reawaken this potential, even after it has been suppressed and laid dormant for generations.
The rainbow is the natural event that exemplifies the new post-Flood order. Moisture rises from the earth to form clouds and raindrops, which catch the light of the sun. A less refined substance would merely absorb the light; but the purity and translucency of these droplets allows them to focus and channel the rays they capture in such a way that reveals the many colours implicit within each ray of sunlight.
The pre Flood world lacked the rainbow. There was nothing in or about it that could rise from below to interact with and develop what it received from above. Such was its spiritual nature; as a result, the conditions for a physical rainbow also failed to develop, the mist it raised could only absorb, but not refract, the light of the sun.
Lacking a creative potential of its own, the pre Flood world was left without reason and right for existence when it ceased to receive the divine influence from above. Then came the Flood and the rains that destroyed a corrupted world also cleansed it and purified it, leaving in their wake a new world with a new nature, a world that rises to meet and transform what is bestowed upon it; a world with the translucency and refinement to develop the gifts it receives into new, unprecedented vistas of colour and light.
When this world goes astray, Elohim sees its rainbow
and the sight of it causes Him to cease from destroying it, for the rainbow
attests to the saving grace of
In order to save not only
Faith in the Elohim the Creator:
“Have faith in Elohim," Yahushua
answered.” Markus - Mark 11:22.
“You are my witnesses," declares
YHVH, "and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe
Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be
one after Me. I, even I, am YHVH, and apart from Me there is no saviour.”
Yeshayahu - Isaiah 43:10-11.
“Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word
is truth.” Yochanan -
Faith knowing that Yahushua shed his blood “for the remission of sins.” Mattityahu -
“The Elohim of our fathers raised
Yahushua from the dead.” Acts 5:30.
“… if you confess with your mouth,
that Yahushua is Master, and believe in your heart that Elohim raised him from
the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 19:9.
“We believe that Yahushua died and rose
again” 1 Thessalonians 4:14.
“Yahushua the Messiah died, but more
than that, He was raised to life.” Romans 8:34.
“Repent, then, and turn to Elohim, so
that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from
Elohim.” Acts 3:19.
With that kind of faith, combined with repentance all who believe in Yahushua The Messiah are restored and cleansed from their sins! HalleluYAH.
Thank You YaHVaH Elohim for giving us the blessed Rain as well as the Rainbow Your Sign of Grace!
I pray that this short study on the rainbow has blessed you!
As you go and share the love, mercy, and
forgiveness that our beloved Messiah offers, may the Spirit of YaHVaH Elohim
touch and change them, that they may also receive the REWARD … FOR
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”
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