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  • Writer's pictureVicki Viall

The Meaning of the Rainbow

Do you know the real meaning and beginning of the rainbow?

Before we get to that, let's visit wikipedia for their version:

"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 multi-coloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun." (Note 1)

However, the rainbow actually dates back to the days of Noah in the Old Testament.

When Abba created man, and then woman, he gave them free run in the Garden of Eden. He placed only one restriction on them. And that was to never eat the fruit of the Tree of Life.

As is typical of human behavior from the beginning and ever since, needless to say that Eve and then Adam ate the fruit of the Tree of Life.

A serpent fast talked Eve into believing that Abba was lying about the fruit, so she ate. After realizing how yummy it was, she fed it to Adam.

So, here's the trail of guilt: serpent to Eve to Adam.

Hm, I am thinking that any part of that chain could have been broken easily with a simple, "No, thank you."

But, since we are talking about human becomings, even ones who knew Abba from the beginning, nah, they are the ones who created "typical human responses."

And it created an epic FAIL for the human race.

Fast forward now to the times of Noah.

Abba finally had his fill with human behavior, broken promises, and ever spreading sin, so he tapped Noah on the shoulder and told him he had been chosen to save the human race.

Not a big deal, right. Oh, it was a HUGE deal!

Abba instructed Noah to gather all his family and then to collect one pair each of every animal roaming the earth, and flying in the air.

He also gave Noah the specifications of the Ark he instructed him to build that would hold all of Noah's family, the animals, and food stores for humans and animals.

During this time, Noah and his family were subjected to intense humiliation by all the others on the earth.

They saw nothing wrong with their sinful, hideous behavior, and they couldn't believe that Abba would dare have the audacity to flood the earth. Not with THEM on it, of course!

Hm, sounds much like today, don't you think?

Anyway, build Noah did. In spite of the ridicule, he kept his focus on the job and got it done.

Then, he and his family gathered the animals, at Abba's prompting, and loaded up the Ark.

Just in the nick of time, too.

So, the rain began. It rained. And, it rained. And, it rained some more. In fact. it rained steadily for 40 days and 40 nights and flooded every inch of the earth.

The only living creatures when the rain stopped, were the occupants of the Ark.

So, the rain stopped and Abba sent a breeze to help blow the rain away.

First, Noah released a bird to see if it found a perch anywhere. After a time, the bird failed to come back.

Then Abba told Noah it was time to move off the Ark and build homes for their family and get the animals off the Ark, too.

At that point, Abba was grieved at the loss of life - both human and animal.

It didn't matter that Abba had given chance after chance, and warning after warning. We humans have a hard time listening, and a harder time actually processing what we hear, right?

But, Abba was deeply grieved.

And because of that, he said to Noah, "I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth" God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth." Genesis 9:11-17

So, now you know or have been reminded of the true meaning of the rainbow. If you read more of Abba's Word, you will have read the Book of Revelations.

There is a roadmap in there that will keep you safe and into a forever home in Heaven with Abba. But, no one can get you there but you.

Remember the rainbow and heed its warning.

We have an Abba who loves us completely and without limits. However, there will come a time when those limits will force YOU to make a decision on YOUR eternity.

Have you done so? If not, look around you at the world today. The signs are being fulfilled all around us.

Time is short.

Eternity in the fires of hell will be unbearable.

Eternity in the City of God filled with streets of gold and eternity at the feet of Abba will be incredible and joyful beyond our comprehension.

Still, it's your choice just as I must make mine.

You won't get a do-over. No second chance. No rainbow on this choice.

Pay attention. Talk to a pastor. Read the Bible. Find a mentor.

Wouldn't it be worth a few minutes today to ensure you have a forever that is not in the midst of the burning fires of hell?

Oh, my friend, I certainly hope and pray you are listening.

Please heed. My prayers are with you as you make your decision.

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