Our God is such a “colorful” God. He loves color. Every color known to us originated with Him. There is meaning to each and every color.
I have written some articles about worship dance. There is a style that incorporates flags, streamers and glory hoops.
The foundation for what I am writing about is Revelation 4, which tells us, “The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay down their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being.’”
All of creation is here because He called it into existence. He is calling for our response to Him. He’s so hungry for our “expressive” relationship, our “expressive” worship. This is what flags, streamers and glory hoops are about.
In 1648, in Edinburgh, England, the Elders gathered together to determine what was the purpose of mankind. This was their conclusion: “Our chief and highest end is to glorify God fully and to enjoy Him.”
This is what the ministry of worship with the flags and the expressions are all about. It’s to glorify Him, to dress Him with our praises, to enthrone Him, to robe Him with our worship, to lift up our flags and say, “We align ourselves with You. We believe in You.” Worship is the whole purpose of our being.
The Lord is bringing forth new instruments of worship and praise out of the desire of the Bride to address her Bridegroom in worship. They are expressions of love that give color and shape to the things of our heart. The Lord breathes on the dead wood of our worship and lights the fire such that our worship comes alive in glory and honor to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As the flags come out, it’s as a blaze of God’s Presence coming in. What we hold in our hand is simply an instrument of worship exalting the Presence of God. It’s not a magic wand. It’s an outward symbol of what’s in our hearts.
Flying flags has an interesting history. Scripturally, the first evidence of the Name of the Lord, my God my Banner -- Johovah Nissi -- came after the battle of the
Israelites against the Amalakites. (Amalakites references the flesh.)
During this battle, Moses lifted his hands in intercession. The raising of his hands and the rod that was in his hand was the sign of the Power and the Presence of the Most High God.
As he kept it raised, the Israelites down in the valley remembered because it caused them to remember with their mind what they saw with their eyes -- that the Lord God was with them and He was their Victor.
When Moses got tired and His arms went down, they lost ground because they forgot (how quickly we forget -- out of sight, out of mind.) Then, he would raise them back up and they would remember again and they would gain ground.
After they won the battle against the Amalakites, Moses built an altar to God to remember the victory and he named it “Jehovah Nissi,” which means “the Lord my Banner.”
You will not find the word “flag” throughout scriptures. You will find it under banner, standard and ensign. The Hebrew word “Nec,” (pronounced nase) is the word for flag or flagstaff, pole, standard, ensign. Numbers 21 refers to it as a bare pole with bright shining ornaments that glittered and caught the sunlight.
When the Israelites camped, each family was under his own banner or standard. Families would have a pole that would have a sign on it. The tribes of Israel each had an ensign or a design that was their symbol that “identified” who they were. They would put them outside of their tents. The tents looked pretty much alike and as you walked up to one, you wouldn’t know who was inside except for his “identification.”
Today, we have street addresses. These were their street addresses so to speak, but they were even more symbolic.
Another name for flag in scripture is “Nacic” (na-sas) that means to glean from afar, to be conspicuous as a signal, to lift up as an ensign, standard bearer. It was a “signal” to God’s people to rally to Him and it stood for His cause and was a “sign of deliverance and salvation.”
I know there are worshippers out there who will find this very interesting as I have found it to be in my personal studies. More articles will follow.
At the beginning of this article, I mentioned that the colors all have a particular meaning. I will mention one color here and more will follow later.
For example, the color “blue” … The color of Jehovah; a symbol of the revealed God and of divine revelation, a predominant color to the Tabernacle; symbolizes hope, truth, faithfulness and heaven. Scripture references that you can look up are Jeremiah 10:9, Exodus 2:10, Ezekiel 1:26, Exodus 26:1, Psalm 11:4, Revelation 17:4, 18:12, Esther 8:15.
The sky color is frequently used with white or purple in context of royalty; favorite color in the world; light blue symbolizes sincerity; royal blue symbolizes loyalty; navy blue symbolizes authority.
Just look around and take notice the “colors” surrounding you. Our God indeed loves color!
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