"¶ And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And 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 of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth." ~ Genesis 9:8-17

The Everlasting Covenant
Part IIIa
(The Rainbow Covenant Perspective)

prepared by Don R. Hender

     Here a pause is needed to establish the fact that long before Noah's flood God, that is our ministering God, our Lord God Jehovah, had already estabished the Everlasting Covenant with father Adam and the faithful 'fathers' after him. And further a reminder ought to be given that 'The Everlasting Covenant' was first made before the very foundation of the earth in that great Pre-mortal Counsel in Heaven, wherein God the Father of Spirits did reveal the Plan of Salvation and establish His 'Everlasting Covenant' with all his spirit children, which include providing a promised deliverer to redeem all flesh unto immortality and eternal life to those who accept that Redeemer and who follow him and keep his commandments.

Now with this understanding of the 'everlasting covenant' of God with man, we must understand that the covenant that God makes with Noah after the flood is a 'renewal' of that covenant, that everlasting covanent, that included the provision of a Savior and that all men would be 'saved'. Thus the covenant made with Noah was that same covenant made before the foundation of the earth and it was the same covenant God made with Adam and Adam's posterity. It was the same covenant God made with Enoch, by which Enoch and his followers progressed in until their righteousness allowed them to be translated and raised up unto that higher state which they live in until the final judgment and ultimate bestowal of reward is given. And this is the blessings and the covenant of the fathers which God 're-establishes' with Noah and his posterity, that is all flesh upon the earth after him and the 'related' but not 'centeral' fact and event of the flood IS NOT to be considered the whole of the covenant in and of it self. That is, God IS NOT just promising Noah that it is not going 'to rain no more' to the level of a universal flood. What God is doing in renewing the 'everlasting covenant' with Noah is re-establishing that the Heaven Bound Covenant, that all encompassing and universal covenant of God from before the foundation of the world, is still enforce and made new in and with Noah and his posterity after him. In this Noah stand as the father of all living after him even as Adan did in his day when the everlasting covenant was made with him.

The restatement of the covenant with Noah was to reinsure Noah and his posterity that the 'everlasting covenant' despite the catastropic events of the universal flood, was indeed still fully in operation. Jehovah as Jesus Christ would still come to bring redemption and salvation to all, even to those before the flood as well as all those after the flood. The 'Flood Event' did not altar the 'everlasting covenant' of God with man. Still all that the ministering Lord God Jehovah did temporally create under the direction of God the Eternal Father of Spirits, Elohim, would still all be redeemed by him Jehovah/Jesus Christ as a result of that promised atonement to be made by him.

Now given that more all-encompassing understanding of the 'everlasting covenant' of God with man, a careful re-reading of that covenant God made with Noah does reveal by paying attention to certain key words and phrases, that that covenant with Noah WAS NOT just a promise concerning flood waters. That covenant first states that God would establish that 'covenant', that is the 'everlasting covenant', with Noah, which covenant also including the then eventual birth of the promised Deliverer as a member of the posterity of Noah, that is of the 'seed' of Noah. Then the key word of 'neither' made it an added stipulation that neither would God again 'cut off' the lives of all flesh by the waters of a flood. And neither would the earth itself ever be destroyed by such a flood.

Now the 'token' of the bow, meaning of course the colorful rainbow, was then by the Lord God given as the token of the 'everlasting covenant', which ought to remind man of the 'Everlasting Covenant' made from the beginning as well as of being 'associated' with that lesser threat of extinction of man which the flood of Noah did present.

Then those who understand the eventuality of coming events ought to appreciate that while God promised that the 'flesh of the earth' would not be totally destroyed by 'flood waters', it DOES NOT preclude other possible related events such as the 'burning of the wicked' at that great and dreadful day of the Lord's Second Coming wherein the wicked will be burned.

Perhaps the very key sentence of the covenant renewal with Noah is this, "And the bow [rainbow] 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 then God said in closing to Noah and his sons, "This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."

The Covenant Continues

Now that 'everlasting' covenant did and does continue. It was that same covenant 'blessings of the fathers' to which Abraham did seek and obtain as the Covenant of Abraham. And it was that same covenant which was passed down through Abraham's seed, which is of Noah's seed, to Isaac and Jacob. And it was and is that same covenant which was placed upon Joseph the son of Jacob, first made known in intent and purpose by Jacob by the giving of Joseph that 'rainbow' coat of many colors. And it is that same covenant which has even come down through the ages of time and rests upon the seed of Ephraim, upon whom today rests the responsibility of fulfilling the blessings of the covenant upon all flesh to the extent that every nation, kindred, tongue and people will be blessed according to that covenant to be redeemed of the Lord according to that great work and glory of God to 'bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man' as applied to all men who ever have lived of the flesh upon the earth, past, present and future.

This has been a view of the 'Everlasting Covenant' of God with man from the perspective of the 'rainbow covenant' made by God with Noah. Hopefully understanding this perspective will enlighten the reader to the fact that Noah's covenant with God was and is indeed a part of that 'everlasting covenant' promise of blessing from before the foundation of the world to the end thereof by which salvation is given unto men by way of Jesus, the is Jehoshua, which name means, Jehovah Deliverer.

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  • Title & Forward

  • Everlasting Covenants - Content

  • Preface & Introduction

  • Part I: Eternal Perspective

  • Part II: Blessings of the Fathers Perspective

  • Part IIIa: Perspective of the Covenant of Noah

  • Part IIIb: Perspective of the Covenant's 1st Shoe

  • Part IVa: The Abrahamic Covenant Perspective

  • Part IVb: Perspective of Covenant Renewings

  • Part V: God's Marriage Perspective

  • Part VI: Perspective of the Deliverer

  • Part VIIa: Fulfillment Via Ephraim Perspective

  • Part VIIb: Universal Israel Perspective

  • Part VIIIa: Perspective of the Second Coming

  • Part VIIIb: Perspective of the Covenant's 2nd Shoe

  • Part IX: Perspective of the Millennium

  • Part X: Perspective of the Final Judgment

  • Part XI: Perspective of the Portals of Time

  • Part XII: Summary of the Everlasting Covenant

  • Rainbow Corruptions

    Sadly, largely due to ignorance, there are many corruptions of the use of the token of the Everlasting Covenant, the 'Rainbow'. Many such uses are of little matter and little infringment upon the sacred nature of this token. Such is the use as the symbol of the 'Rainbow Wariors' of the University of Hawaii. But some mis-uses are a direct afront and even an attack to the very basis of God's Everlasting Covenant, such as the same-sex coalition which attacks one of the very essential aspects of God's Everlasting Covenant, the Everlasting Covenant of Eternal Marriage between a man and a woman. For indeed, how else is the Plan of Salvation to work, that is the bring of God's children into the world to the end that God's work and glory of bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man to proceed without dedicated functioning of the family unit, husband, wife and children?

    The True God Given Use ~
    The Everlasting Covenant Rainbow

    rev. 12 October 2016