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STUDY 3: THE NOACHIAN COVENANT

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

THE Noachian, or Rainbow Covenant is an unconditional covenant – a promise that God made

to the race (Genesis 9: 12-17) (Isaiah 54: 9). There had been a canopy of water around the earth

before the flood, and this canopy was the last of the seven canopies that dropped upon the earth

during the creative process. It was of pure water and therefore it fell down during a rain of forty

days and forty nights. After this flood God caused a rainbow to be visible for the first time,

because before that canopy of water dropped no rainbow could have been visible.

 

Therefore, God said, “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and

every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud,

and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass,

when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember

my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters

shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will

look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living

creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token [symbol]

of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the

earth” (Genesis 9: 12-17).

 

God’s Promise Symbolized by the Rainbow

 

While the canopy of water was above the heavens, no cloud could be formed under it; and no

rainbow could exist, because of that water making somewhat of a darkened condition on the

earth. But once that water had fallen down, as it did over a space of forty days and forty nights, it

was possible that there should be a rainbow, and this rainbow was the first one that had ever

been seen. It was a proof to Noah and his family that never again would there be a flood of water

to destroy the earth. While God will destroy society by the symbolic wind, earthquake and fire at

the end of the Gospel Age, He will never again destroy the earth with a literal flood, as society

was destroyed by Noah’s flood. That flood, therefore, gave to Noah, to us and to the whole race

the assurance that God would never again cause a flood to cover the whole earth, because there

is no canopy of water above the heavens to fall down any more in such a continued outpouring

of rain. While, of course, we have rains now – and occasionally local floods – none of them are

sufficient to cover the whole earth.

 

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