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Praise and Worship Flags - Biblical Applications

Updated on August 7, 2018

How Flags are Used in the Bible

This article describes how flags and banners are used for various purposes in the Bible, and provides insight into the meanings and inspiration given to flags in scripture.

I pray this article will help to get you started in searching out the scripture for the knowledge to use your ministry and worship instruments wisely.

Scriptures in the Bible for Flags, Banners and Standards

Some of my favorite scriptures.

The words "Banner" and "Standard" are found all throughout in the Bible while most versions of the word do not use the word "Flag" yet the meaning is the same;

  • Psalm 20:5 - May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers.
  • Psalm 60:4 - But you have raised a banner for those who honor You; a rallying point in the face of attack.
  • Isaiah 13:2 - See the flags waving as the enemy attacks. Cheer them on, O Israel! Wave to them as they march against Babylon to destroy the palaces of the high and mighty.
  • Isaiah 59:19 - "Then at last they will respect and glorify the name of the Lord throughout the world. For He will come like a flood tide driven by the breath (flag) of the Lord."
  • Isaiah 62:10 - Go out! Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.
  • In these scriptures we see the flag or banner being used as a proclamation for warfare to gather the people, proclaim victory, bring comfort and direction.

Strongs Concordance References

  • Reference #5251 - "nec" in Hebrew is pronounced "nace" - a flag, a flagstaff, a signal, as a banner, pole, sail, sign, standard. Isaiah 49:22 - This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I will give a signal to the godless nations. They will carry your little sons back to you in their arms; they will bring your daughters on their shoulders". Jeremiah 51:12 - Raise the battle flag against Babylon! Reinforce the guard and station the watchmen. Prepare an ambush, for the LORD will fulfill all his plans against Babylon.

    Isaiah 59:19 - So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

  • Reference #5264 - "nacac" Hebrew is pronounced "naw-sas" is a primary root to see from afar, to be conspicuous as a signal, identification fixed on a pole fluttering in the wind where the movement catches the eye, raised as a beacon, lift up as an ensign. These are flags that are calling out to be seen. Psalm 60:4 - But you have raised a banner for those who honor you- a rallying point in the face of attack. Isaiah 62:10 - Go out! Prepare the highway for my people to return! Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders; raise a flag for all the nations to see.
  • Reference #1713 - "dagal" in Hebrew is pronounced "daw-gal" meaning to flaunt, raise a flag to be conspicuous, set up with banners as on a wall. This is done as a proclamation. Song of Solomon 6:4 O my beloved, you are as beautiful as the lovely town of Tirzah. Yes, as beautiful as Jerusalem! You are as majestic as an army with banners! Song of Solomon 6:4 Who is this, they ask, arising like the dawn, as fair as the moon, as bright as the sun, as majestic as an army with banners? The banner is a warning to outsiders that this area is protected which is a form of covering.
  • Reference #1714 - "degel" in Hebrew is pronounced "deh-gel" a flag, banner or standard. Song of Solomon 2:4 He brings me to the banquet hall, so everyone can see how much He loves me. We see the banner as a covering by His actions, expressing His love for us. I believe the very first flag or banner goes all the way back to the time of Noah. Genesis 9:12 - 13 12 and God said, "I am giving you a sign as evidence of My eternal covenant with you and all living creatures. 13 I have placed My rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of My permanent promise to you and to all the earth.

Some Biblical Examples

God placed the rainbow high in the sky for all to see, and it was to be a reminder of God's promise to never flood the earth again. There have been many other times throughout scripture where God has made covenants with us. And as you think of all the colors in the rainbow, each one has their own special meaning and purpose. We are to stand on God's Word and His promises. By using the Promise flag we are making a claim that we are taking Him at His Word.

The first man to lift up a banner biblically was Moses in the victory over the Amalekites. Exodus 17:8 - 15 Moses stood on top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand overlooking the battlefield, and as he lifted it up it showed their dependence upon the Lord and there would be no victory without God's intervention. The Israelites prevailed while the rod was lifted and when Moses' arms were too tired to lift up the rod, Aaron and Hur found a rock for Moses to sit on and they held up his hand. Exodus 17:15 Moses built an altar there and called it "The Lord Is My Banner." "Jehovah Nissi"

Lifting flags in worship is very similar to the action of Moses as he lifted his rod. This is a visible sign of proclaiming God's presence, His power and His authority over all the enemy. As we wave our flags in worship, we are proclaiming whose army we are representing. This is done in the presence of men on earth and before the powers and principalities in the heavens. The purpose is to declare His name and an aspect of God's character. As we wave the flag we minister in love to our Lord and King and proclaim the magnificence of who He is to the congregation. This allows the Holy Spirit the freedom to minister to the congregation's individual needs.

The first people to mark their territory with banners after leaving Egypt were the twelve tribes of Israel. Numbers 1:52 each tribe of Israel will have a designated camping area with its own family banner. Numbers 2:34 so the people of Israel did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses. Each clan and family set up camp and marched under their banners exactly as the Lord had instructed them.

Victory is won because of who we are representing. Psalm 20:5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory, flying banners to honor our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers. 2 Chronicles 20:1 - 4; 15b - 16a; 17 - 24 This is where we see the hand of God move and the battle was won through the praises to Him before they even went into the battle.

Ministry with Flags

When we pick up a flag and worship our Lord we are drawing close into His presence where the enemy cannot stay and have his way. James 4:7 - 8a so humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.

We also see in the Word we see objects being used as a point of contact for healing. Numbers 21:8 - 9 Then the Lord told him, "Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to the top of a pole. Those who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!" So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to the top of a pole. Whenever those who were bitten looked at the bronze snake, they recovered! God directed Moses to do this as a focal point and made provision for the people to be healed.

John 3:14 - 17 As we look to the Cross in faith, we find healing, forgiveness and restoration through the blood of Jesus. Flags are not idols and do not contain healing powers or any other manifested gift of God. It is God only who is our source of any kind of power, so if He chooses to reveal or move in a mighty way, give all glory and honor unto Him. The flags only serve the body of Christ as a visual reminder of His faithfulness as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, just as when we see a dove we think of the Lord our Peace, Jehovah Shalom.

As a particular flag is raised, there may be a prayer behind it, seen somewhat like a billboard. A salvation flag could be made by placing a Cross with a heart hanging on it. to show God's love in a way that could be understood by anyone no matter what language they spoke. Jesus hung all His love for mankind on the Cross for our salvation. The supporting ground could be shaped in an arch to represent the hill of Calvary with the scriptures of Colossians 1:19 - 22 and John 3:16 for an example of an idea of what to make.

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    • CreationsAnewFl profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzi Herman 

      6 years ago from New Port Richey

      @paul-onder: Praise God, He has given you specific direction to spread seeds and water freedom and unity. May His Word wash and anoint you richly for this ministry.

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      paul-onder 

      6 years ago

      Taking our walls of the church down to bring more people to Christ is the message. I would like to bring our Flags outside to speak a message of Unity in Freedom. My thought is to raise the Christan Flag for FREEDOM, our Countries Flag for Unity, and last, to represent the trinity of GOD, my states Flag known as the Garden state, so to plant the seeds and watch them Grow!

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      Suzi Herman 

      6 years ago from New Port Richey

      @JoyceAw: Hello Joyce,

      I am sorry to hear your church is so concerned about living by grace that they are missing the heart of using the flags and banners. They too may need to be careful about becoming too legalistic. Banners that hang on the walls can be like signs telling a story like many of the old churches with stained glass windows. Hanging banners can also be presented on a pole during special times when a visual message is desired during a sermon or praise and worship. These beautiful banners and stained glass were created from a heart of gratitude and love for who God is or what He has done or is able to do.

      Flags and banners that are waved or lifted up for all to see is very similar to the snake on a pole that Moses was instructed to make for the Israelites to look upon if they got bit they were while out in the wilderness (Numbers 21:8). Another example is the Cross, we look at the Cross and are reminded of what Jesus did for our salvation, healing and restoration in our relationship to God. The Word also says that if we lift up Jesus, He would draw all men unto Him (John 12:32). These are mentioned above but are worth mentioning again as today most people are still very visual and what we see can have a longer lasting lingering effect on our memory than what was heard.

      We are very bombarded with all kinds of advertisement out in the world that can be very offensive to the Holy Spirit that lives in us. So when we come together in a place of worship, imagine how refreshing to our spirit it can be to see symbols or graceful movements that are pleasing to God.

      Today flags are used for many purposes. It can be a national flag, armed services, business, seasonal, clubs, school, team, etc. Many churches even have a Christian flag that is posted in their sanctuary. So why not lift up a flag to proclaim the name of Jesus or an aspect of our Mighty God!

      Flags are also used in battle and we know by the Word of God where the enemy resides. When we lift up a flag for spiritual purposes we are lifting up our prayers/praise and doing battle against the enemy in the atmosphere. We are not battling against flesh and blood but against the powers and principalities that war against God (Ephesians 6:12). Through our praise the enemy is confused and we can have the victory! (2 Chronicles 20:21 - 22).

      I pray this may be of help to you as you may want to speak to them in the future.

      It's all for His glory!

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      JoyceAw 

      6 years ago

      My church members said that banner only mention in the Old Testament now we live by grace why we still want to use banner. They said will stumble new believers.

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      dmalone510 

      6 years ago

      wonderful! so informative. I enjoy this series of lenses about flags.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      God bless,

      Thank you for you detailed information it has been very helpful to me.

    • CreationsAnewFl profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzi Herman 

      7 years ago from New Port Richey

      @anonymous: Wikipedia is a great resource and has some wonderful information about the Christian flag. It includes the origin, symbolism, usage and more. Way more information than I could explain in a response here, so I would advise checking it out.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Does it say anywhere in the new testament about banners? I've been trying to research it and I can only find them quoted in scripture only in the old testament

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Hi I have a question about the meaning of a flag that is displayed in my church. I asked our preacher and he said he was unsure of the meaning of the flag. It is obviously a christian banner, but I am curious about the flags design. The main body of the flag is white, and there is a blue field in the upper left corner (like the US flag) in the blue field is a red cross. I know the colors represent purity (white), life (blue), and the red could mean the love of Christ, or the blood of Christ, and the cross is a symbol of sacrifice or salvation. But the flag as a whole, as designed, must have some meaning...What is that meaning? Thank you

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      Suzi Herman 

      7 years ago from New Port Richey

      @anonymous: There is really not that much of a focus in the New Testament as Jesus is the main focus. He is our Banner that was lifted up on a cross for our salvation. Today there are many crosses placed where people can see it as a reminder of what He did for us. Now we are the living banner for the world to see Jesus in us. That does not negate the use of flags for today as the purposes are still the same.

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      Suzi Herman 

      7 years ago from New Port Richey

      @anonymous: Praise God for the confirmation!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Just like stated their maybe someone that doesn't speak your language and the different colors are a sign of what we may need the Holy Spirit to advocate. We are learning the same thing from our lead praise dancer and it truly ministered to my soul.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: i am so in agreement with you

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      We have a lady in our church right now doing flags. But she says that each flag has a meaning; like green is for spritail growth and the color blue is to bring down the holy spirit. My question is, are the flags to have any meaning to them other them to worship the lord. On your page you say they have no powers. But giving them meanings not of the bible, does that change?

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      Suzi Herman 

      8 years ago from New Port Richey

      @anonymous: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, I am really enjoying it.

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      Suzi Herman 

      9 years ago from New Port Richey

      @anonymous: Hello Sarah,

      There are some versions of the Bible that says flags instead of banners, but I'm not sure which ones. One thing I would like to point out is there are other words that are commonly accepted in the Christian community that are not found in a bible such as the rapture and trinity. There are places where they are described yet you will not find those words in the bible. Just the same as the word flag is not found yet it can be implied. What you have to look at is the heart of what God is saying in His word.

      True if someone makes a flag and lifts it up because they are proud of their flag or their skill in waving it, yes that could be called idol worship. When we lift up a flag in worship to proclaim our love for Him, He sees directly into our hearts and understands how we feel about Him. Knowing what God's word says about not hindering the children to come to Him, I would not want to be the one to hold any single child back. He desires for us even as adults to come to Him as children with all inhibitions abandoned.

      I pray this is of help to you and as a flag maker, I too had to check my heart and make sure I stayed in balance as the last thing I would want to do is quench the Holy Spirit that resides in me.

      Blessings, Suzi

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I have a relative that only believes in the bible,so if it's not in the bible he won't believe

      and my daughter does the flags and he says that the flags are idols and that we are

      hurting GOD by using them,does it say in the bible flags instead of banners somewhere

      so i can show him? thanks for you help.

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      Suzi Herman 

      10 years ago from New Port Richey

      @anonymous: Hello Maria,

      The word streamers are not found in the bible, but they can be used in the same way as a flag or tambourine. It is an instrument to express your form of worship with, just the same as making music with an instrument. It is releasing what is inside of you out to give back to God or reveal your love to God to others that may be watching you.

      If at all possible, try switching your streamer with the organza at the base of your streamer wand and put the tissue lame at the bottom. The organza is stiffer and heavier where the tissue lame is very light and more flowy.

      Blessings, Suzi

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Hello

      I wanted to know the biblical meaning of streamers? And also I made a streamer out of tissue lame at the top and bottom organza but it's not flowy can u help thanks

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      3. If you need a promotion get your Bible and start reading, half of the whole book Psalms, and after you have finish reading that book of Psalms, you are there and that promotion will drop on you.

      4.Take water full glass and lift it up, and declare upon it, as am about to take this water in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, may every thing in my system be wash out in the name of Jesus.

      5.In your time between the hour of 12am to 3am, awake and pray at list one hour in a day or more, if only you can pray in tongues, then tell God to close the door of your enemy and you will see it coming to pass in Jesus name.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      PLEASE WE ARE TO PRAISE GOD NOT ANY FLAGS OR IMAGES IN THE WHOLE WORLD. ALSO IT GOOD TO RESPECT YOUR FLAGS IN YOUR NATIONS.

      www.jesusfm921.com

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      The finger rings are beautiful. Thank you very much for being willing to share your gift with the body of Christ. My prayers are with you!!

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much for your website!!! As the worship arts coordinator i face many oppositions related to the flags we use in worship and warfare dance. God bless you for using your wisdom and knowledge to help others.

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      To Kiyatta :the pledge to the bible: I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word. I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I will hide it's words in my heart that I might not sin against God. I was just browsing the site and saw you needed help. I hope this helps. By the way, this is an awesome web site. Very informative and helpful. Thanks

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      i was looking for the pledge to the bible but i did not find it

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      anonymous 

      12 years ago

      Thanks for giving research and meaning

      to express our love for our savior.

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      anonymous 

      12 years ago

      I recently joined an anointed dance ministry that started with 12 and in one year has 58 dedicated Christians of all ages and sizes. We scheduled several church teams to dance and called the event Diverse City Event. The first had 100, the second 430, this past February we had 850 in attendance. Over 230 salvations to date. We are waiting to hear what God will have us do in reaching the city for Jesus. If you have suggestions we would appreciate them. Thank you for your products, book suggestions, and for being obedient to host this web site for all of us. You help us to become one in Him and you bing us unity. God bless you. Serving Our Savior, SOS!

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      anonymous 

      12 years ago

      I love your site, I have seen you in action and I am so blessed to be able to learn with all the information you have available here!!!

      Thank You for your dedication and love to our Lord Jesus.

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