The Rainbow Around God's Throne

There is nothing more beautiful and refreshing than seeing a rainbow in the sky after a rain. We see the rainbow and look at it for its beauty; however, God put the rainbow in the sky for more than its mere beauty.

God made a vow with Noah that He would not destroy the earth again by water. As a sign and seal of that promise, God put the rainbow in the sky to remind Himself of the promise. Therefore, Noah's covenant and the sign of that covenant have become our covenant and our sign of that covenant as well.

The Rainbow in the Sky

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13)

God called Noah to build an ark at the time when it did not rain from above. During the time of Noah, rain came up from the earth. Noah was obedient to God and built the ark according to God's instructions. It rained for forty day and for forty nights. The earth was destroyed. Only Noah's family of eight and two of each animal survived the flood. However, God promised Noah that water would not be his method of destroying the earth again.

We can be very confident that God will keep that promise He made to Noah so long ago. If we ever doubt God's promise, we can be reminded of it when we see a rainbow in the sky. Sometimes we see a double rainbow which makes it even more special.

The Rainbow Around God's Throne

. . . there was a rainbow circling round the throne, like an emerald to look at. (Revelation 4:3)

When we see the rainbow in the sky, we see only half of the rainbow, However, the rainbow around God's throne is a complete circle. When we see the rainbow in the sky, it does not move but is stationary. However, the rainbow encircles God's throne.

The rainbow will appear in the sky as long as the earth remains. The rainbow is beautiful to look at. However, it is more than for our pleasure. It is the result of a promise God made to Noah in the past. Know that it is only a foreshadow of a future event that will take place later.

The rainbow we will see in heaven will be different from the rainbow we see on earth for the following reasons:

  • The rainbow around God's throne is a complete circle
  • The rainbow around God's throine will be circling God's throne instead of standing still.
  • The rainbow around God's throne is like an emerald instead of many colors that we see on the rainbow in the sky.

The Colors of the Rainbow

ROY G. BIV Can you name the colors of the rainbow in the proper order? Most people can't. When I was taking Home Economics in the ninth grade, I was taught that the colors of the rainbow in order spell ROY G. BIV. In other words, the colors are Red, Orange, Yellow....Green...Blue. Indigo, Violet.


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gingerka 5 years ago from Colorado

Cool!


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

gingerka, thanks for reading and responding.


Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

Enjoyed reading! Thumbs-up.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Liked the connection to the complete circle rainbow around His throne in Revelation.

Interesting article


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

I love the rainbow, whenever I see it I'm reminded of God's unfailing love. It inspires me everytime. Thanks for sharing.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Marcella, Tamarajo and FaithDream, thanks to all of you for reading my article about the rainbow. I have always loved the fact that the rainbow around the throne is a complete circle that encircles the throne. It proves that what we see on earth is just a portion of the beauty we will see in heaven.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Yes, Dave, ". . . there was a rainbow circling round the throne, like an emerald to look at." (Revelation 4:3) There is a picture of it in the article.

As usual, thanks for reading and responding.


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capncrunch 5 years ago from New Orleans

Hey revmjm,

I too, love the rainbow. It even amazes me when I can see one through the spray of water. Thank you for explaining the full circle of the rainbow. I always looked at it as a horseshoe shape.


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

capncrunch, thanks for reading and responding to this article about the rainbow.


justsayin 3 years ago

en·cir·cle

transitive verb \in-ˈsər-kəl, en-\Definition of ENCIRCLE

1

: to form a circle around : surround

2

: to pass completely around

— en·cir·cle·ment noun

looks like according to Mirriam Webster the rainbow around Gods throne will not be moving.

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