Flags Help Us Communicate With God
by Paulette Winter
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FLAGS HELP US COMMUNICATE WITH GOD
Did you get out and enjoy the colors as I asked you to in my previous article?
Anywhere you look there is color of many hues and variations. I’m amazed at how many shades of blue there can be in the sky.
Our God can’t be beat! He does everything majestically and splendidly. I thank Him for eyes that can take it all in, at times taking my breath away!
I will proceed with my study on worship with flags, streamers and glory hoops as I promised in my previous article. I mentioned the scriptural history of flags for identification purposes. Now, we will see how they are used in communication.
Before there were walkie-talkies or short-wave radios, ships used flags to communicate and send signals to each other. They had a language of their own from ship to ship.
When we’re lifting a flag, whether we’re flying it outside our home that proclaims the Lord and His Name on our house or whether we’re using flags in worship to the Lord in some manner, we are using them as a “signal,” as a “communication” to speak something from the depths of our hearts to the Lord.
This communication is visible and audible to the Lord and to the enemy who says, “Oh no, not another one of them.” He hears it and he sees it and must flee because the Lord’s presence comes in the midst of the worship and He scatters the enemy.
This is not the ordinary worship that has been upon the Earth for years. This is a very strong, expressive worship that the Lord has saved as His nuclear bombs if you want to put it that way. When we use these “signals,” the Lord hears it and He begins to reveal Himself.
Each of the flags/shields that we bring forth are given a Name of the Lord in our hearts, prophetically. For example, the blue flags are Yahweh, the color of Jehovah. Other colors display aspects of His character. So, we are in essence signaling to God a message that says, “God, I put my confidence in You today as Yahweh,” or, “I put my confidence in You as my Healer, as Jehovah Jireh my Provider. I put my confidence in You as the Faithful One.”
When we wave a flag, it’s like picking up the phone and saying, “Hi, God, it’s me. I want to talk to You today as Jehovah Nissi.”
It’s an intimate expression of intimate love that people don’t understand, but God is using it as an attraction that causes people who are in the body of Christ to be drawn into intimacy. It’s also drawing those who do not know Him, thus they are tools of evangelism as well.
You can see now that flags “identify” who we are and they help us to “communicate” with the Lord. We are saying that we belong to the Lord’s Army. We are part of His Kingdom. We lift our flags over the flag of the United States, over the flag of Trinidad, over the flag of England, Germany, Scotland, etc. We honor and respect our nation and are loyal to it. But above that we hold these flags higher as we worship the one true living God.
Throughout history, the Egyptians tied fabric to the end of their poles or their banners. The military leaders learned that by doing this they would be able to tell the direction of the wind and could then tell the soldiers which way to fire their arrows to hit their targets with accuracy.
Prophetically, when we raise a certain color according to the Wind of the Spirit, we are doing “intercession” and He is showing us which way to pray, which way to direct our warfare and our praises, i.e., as the Lamb of God or as the Redeemer. We exalt Him over a nation, over a city, over our household, over our lives.
Later during the Middle Ages, full body armor came. People dressed from head to toe and you couldn’t see who was inside, so they began to wear the coat of arms. It was a fabric with their family crest and some identifying figuring so that they would know who was inside and wouldn’t kill one of their own.
This study will continue in my next article.
The color study I have is red/crimson/scarlet. It is the best color for advertisement; fiery; popular; an attention-getting color; the strongest color; the first color a baby sees. It is sometimes negative and passionate, and speeds up the body’s metabolism.
Scripturally, red represents the life-blood of Jesus; redemption; sacrifice; sins; slaughter in strife, usually of war; bloodshed; His sacrificial ministry and glory of the Cross; thread of the atonement; royalty; love, consuming fire; and presence of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture references are 11 Kings 3;22, Isaiah 1:18; Joshua 2:18, 21; Mark 15:17; Zechariah 6:2; Revelation 6:4, 12:3; Hebrews 9:19, Joshua 2:18, 21: Leviticus 14:52.
Red was worn by warriors in battle. They covered themselves in scarlet garments and carried red shields to disguise any injuries or weakness from the enemy.
“Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” -- Isaiah 1:18
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