Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Rainbow in the Sky
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.
God called Noah to build an ark at the time when it did not rain from above. During the time of Noah, the rain came up from the earth. Noah was obedient to God and built the ark according to God's instructions. It rained for forty days 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.
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)
Rainbow: A Blessing
Many people believe that they will be blessed if they see a rainbow after it rains. They are confident that they will receive extra blessings if they see a double rainbow which is not seen as frequently as a regular rainbow.
. . . there was a rainbow circling round the throne, like an emerald to look at. (Revelation 4:3)
Rainbow Around God's Throne
When we see the rainbow in the sky, we see only half of the rainbow in the shape of an arc. 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, according to Revelation 4:3.
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 foreshadowing 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. We see only an arc.
- The rainbow around God's throne 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 next time you see a rainbow in the sky, marvel at its beauty and know that there is a reason it is in the sky.
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, and Violet.
A rainbow may have many more colors than the seven listed above. However, with the human eye, the seven are the only ones the eye can detect.
Science of Rainbow in the Sky
The rainbow in the sky comes after a rain and is caused by the reflection of light in water droplets that take the form of a multicolored circular arc.
Rainbows can be full circles even though people usually see only an arc.
The rainbow always shows up with the same primary colors in the same order starting with red on the outside and violet on the inside.
No one can ever reach the end of the rainbow. Observers probably are so busy looking at a rainbow that they don't notice that the sun is always behind them whenever they see a rainbow.
Sometimes a double rainbow is seen in the sky. That second arc is seen outside the primary arc with the colors in the reverse order. This is caused by the light being reflected twice on the inside of the droplet before exiting it.