between me and you and every living creature -- God
A wonder from the Creator's excellent genius and skill as a token of his pledge that he will not
destroy the world with a flood again, as he did with the wicked people of Noah's day.
Although we have God's wonderful covenant and its beautiful token, the rainbow, still, Noah's Flood is a warning
to us, today.
In the Flood, God puts us earthlings
"on notice." The Ark pictures our only way of escape -- see the
final paragraph for details.
Genesis 9:11-16: 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
13 I do set my bow 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 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.
And the bow 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.
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for
a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
The Scofield Bible (1917), note says, “The bow is not said to have come into existence
at this time, but only to have been here invested with the character of a sign,”
THIS IF FALSE!We must NOT let “experts” lead us astray.
I’m a Scofield fan, but this note is WRONG. Look at the King James (KJB) passage above.
It rightly shows God saying “I do set,” and “It SHALL be seen.”
God means future tense -- "It shall be seen." That is -- future from the
moment God made the statement. It was NOT already in existence that it could be "seen."
God CREATED the rainbow, THEN and THERE as a token-sign. It was NOT SEEN BEFORE, because
it did NOT exist before. IT WAS SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEN.
Genesis 2:5-6 KJB gives a HUGE clue:
And every plant of the
field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused
it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. God used a different watering
system before the Flood.
record proves the world was far lusher before the Flood. That’s when gigantic dinosaurs, animals, and plants flourished.
The Bible (Genesis 5) shows that many pre-flood people lived to 900+ years old. The
pre-flood world was very different. Some believe the atmospheric pressure was much higher, making living things much larger
and more robust.
Zillions of fossils, vast sedimentary
rock layers, and huge coal, oil, and, gas deposits, and many other evidences, give extremely strong witness to Noah’s
Flood and the true history the Bible tells. Ninety + % of all fossils are marine organisms.
Darwinism or Evolution, began taking hold about 1870 and proceeded on to profoundly capture and pollute the
Modern Bibles, teachers, and commentaries, have been very ill
affected and show wrongful skepticism of God’s supernatural works.
Genesis 9:13-17 English Standard Bible
13I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant
that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh.
the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
When the bow 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."
Note, above, that the wording
of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible ALLOWS for the rainbow pre-existing
as the Scofield note suggests.
This is horribly wrong
-- this shows the serious naturalistic bias of this version - others are similar.
Thank heaven, for the "forgotten Bible" -- The Geneva Bible (1599) that was so popular with the American Pilgrims and with many Europeans too, of course.
The Geneva Bible says in Gen 9:11-17:
And my covenant will I establish
with you, that from henceforth all flesh shall not be rooted out by the waters of the flood, neither shall there be a flood
to destroy the earth anymore.
12 Then God said, This is the token of the covenant which I
make between me and you, and between every living thing that is with you, unto perpetual generations.
13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of the covenant between
me and the earth.
14 And when I shall cover
the earth with a cloud, and the bow shall be seen in the cloud,
15 Then will I remember my covenant, which is between me and you, and between every living thing in all flesh;
and there shall be no more waters of a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 Therefore the bow shall be in the cloud, that I may see it, and remember the everlasting covenant between God,
and every living thing in all flesh that is upon the earth.
17 God said yet to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that
is upon the earth.
I have done much reading and thinking about covenants. Abraham had all the males in his family, including
himself, circumcised, the SELFSAME DAY God made the covenant with him in Genesis 17.
say, it is totally ridiculous, yes, absurd, to imagine Almighty God would try to call a long pre-existing phenomenon,
the token for his monumental Genesis 9 covenant.
Modern Bibles are commercial
products and are forced to compete among themselves for market share.
rules the modern academic world. Special Creation is not politically correct. King James and his 50 writers of
the KJB did not have to bow to Darwinism. They preceded Darwin by about 250 years.
The Heavens declare the Glory of God and the
Firmament shows his handiwork -- Psalm 19
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the
covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud
over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Wikipedia, the free (internet) encyclopedia says, “A rainbow is
an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets
of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. They take the form of a multicoloured arc, with red on the outer part of the arch and
violet on the inner section of the arch. A rainbow spans a continuous spectrum of colours.
the sequence is quantised. The most commonly cited and remembered sequence, in English, is Newton's sevenfold red, orange,
yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. "Roy G. Biv" and "Richard Of York Gave/Gained Battle In Vain"
are popular mnemonics. Another one is "Read Out Your Green Book In Verse". Rainbows can be caused by other
forms of water than rain, including mist, spray, and dew.
can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind a person at a low altitude angle
(on the ground). The most spectacular rainbow displays happen when half of the sky is still dark with raining clouds and the
observer is at a spot with clear sky in the direction of the Sun. The result is a luminous rainbow that contrasts with the
darkened background. The rainbow effect is also commonly seen near waterfalls or fountains.
The effect can also be artificially created by dispersing water droplets into the air during a sunny day. Rarely,
a moonbow, lunar rainbow or nighttime rainbow, can be seen on strongly moonlit nights. As human visual perception for colour
is poor in low light, moonbows are often perceived to be white. It is difficult to photograph the complete semi-circle
of a rainbow in one frame, as this would require an angle of view of 84°. For a 35 mm camera, a lens with a focal
length of 19 mm or less wide-angle lens would be required.
that powerful software for stitching several images into a panorama is available, images of the entire arc and even secondary
arcs can be created fairly easily from a series of overlapping frames. From an aeroplane, one has the opportunity to see the
whole circle of the rainbow, with the plane's shadow in the centre. This phenomenon can be confused with the glory, but a
glory is usually much smaller, covering only 5°–20°.
light is first refracted as it enters the surface of the raindrop, reflected off the back of the drop, and again refracted
as it leaves the drop. The overall effect is that the incoming light is reflected back over a wide range of angles, with the
most intense light at an angle of 40°–42°. The angle is independent of the size of the drop, but does depend
on its refractive index.
Seawater has a higher refractive index than rain water, so the radius of a 'rainbow'
in sea spray is smaller than a true rainbow. This is visible to the naked eye by a misalignment of these bows. The amount
by which light is refracted depends upon its wavelength, and hence its colour. Blue light (shorter wavelength) is refracted
at a greater angle than red light, but due to the reflection of light rays from the back of the droplet, the blue light emerges
from the droplet at a smaller angle to the original incident white light ray than the red light.
You may then think
it is strange that the pattern of colours in a rainbow has red on the outside of the arc and blue on the inside. However,
when we examine this issue more closely, we realise that if the red light from one droplet is seen by an observer, then the
blue light from that droplet will not be seen because it must be on a different path from the red light: a path which is not
incident with the observer's eyes. The blue light seen in this rainbow will therefore come from a different droplet, which
must be below that whose red light can be observed.
A rainbow does not actually exist at a particular
location in the sky. Its apparent position depends on the observer's location and the position of the sun. All raindrops refract
and reflect the sunlight in the same way, but only the light from some raindrops reaches the observer's eye. This light is
what constitutes the rainbow for that observer. The position of a rainbow in the sky is always in the opposite direction of
the Sun with respect to the observer, and the interior is always slightly brighter than the exterior. The bow is centred on
the shadow of the observer's head, or more exactly at the antisolar point (which is below the horizon during the daytime),
appearing at an angle of 40°–42° to the line between the observer's head and its shadow.
a result, if the Sun is higher than 42°, then the rainbow is below the horizon and cannot be seen as there are not usually
sufficient raindrops between the horizon (that is: eye height) and the ground, to contribute. Exceptions occur when the observer
is high above the ground, for example in an aeroplane, on top of a mountain or above a waterfall.”
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look
upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature - God
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to
give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJB).
Rainbows are beautiful. Even our scientific understanding of them does not detract from their beauty. Isaac
Newton showed, in his famous experiment, that white light is a mixture of colours, which can be separated.
Because different coloured lights have different wavelengths, they can be refracted, or bent, when travelling into
or out of a glass prism.
And immediately I was
in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a
jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders
sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold (Revelation 4:1-4).
GOD IS TRULY ALMIGHTY. The rainbow is one of God’s many beautiful and awesome creations.
Let us serve him joyfully.
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and
there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark,
were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
The New Testament uses Noah's Ark for an object lesson in 1 Peter 3:18-22:
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein
few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto
even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward
God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven,
and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
While parts of the passage are difficult, some things are quite clear: Jesus Christ
paid for our own sins, so as to bring us to God. Noah's Ark is a picture of this.
and his family just had to be "on-board," they did not have to do anything else besides this, to be saved from
God's terrible judgment. God sealed them in by closing the door.
Likewise, we just
need to believe on Jesus Christ and embrace him to get "on-board" with him and be saved, eternally.
However, Baptism for believers is a rite which symbolizes the washing away of our sins and birth to a new life in him.
Genesis 9:19-23 tells us Noah got drunk and was naked. While we want to avoid overdoing things, nevertheless,
Noah is never criticized for this anywhere, by anybody, in the Bible.
There are great
reasons for this - see below:
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was
uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the
nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their
father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
there are monumental reasons Noah is never criticized: Wine symbolizes Christ's innocent, atoning blood, which provides
substitutionary atonement for our sins, and is the basis for God's offers to us of the gift of eternal redemption, or
NOTE: A gift must be accepted for the transaction to be completed.
We must receive or take, this offered gift.
God offers forgiveness for sins and eternal salvation for those who embrace Jesus Christ in faith, as Savior.
But, this gift which God offers, must be accepted by each individual.
We are told Noah was naked inside his tent. This is not inadvertent either, regarding this object lesson.
Genesis 2:25 tells us of Adam and Eve:
And they were both naked, the
man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
As soon as they disobeyed
God, eating of the forbidden tree, they then, knew they were naked (Genesis 3:7):
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
together, and made themselves aprons.
As Christians, our shame is completely taken
away because we are, as Revelation 1:5-6 says, washed:
And from Jesus Christ,
who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and
No doubt Noah was not ashamed at being naked, since he was "under
As Christians, possessing the Holy Ghost (spirit), we similarly are "under
the influence." However, we are still supposed to wear clothes, normally.