The Year of God's Rainbow



Who among us doesn’t enjoy gazing at a beautiful rainbow in the sky? Amid winter where so much of our nation is experiencing life in the deep freeze, ice storms, whiteouts, power outages, etc., this recent prophetic vision was most encouraging. On Friday, January 14, 2022, I was spending some quiet time with the Lord. Suddenly, a rainbow manifested in the Spirit with 2022 supernaturally spread over it. This isn’t just any old rainbow. I knew by revelation that this is the year of God’s rainbow.


At the start of each new Gregorian year, there are many prophetic words and themes that emerge. As I pray into them, I look for confirmations and parallels.


Prophetic Symbolisms.


When the spirit realm opened on the fourteenth, I knew immediately that it pertained to deliverance as this is one of the symbols for the number 14. Others are liberty; the Passover which was instituted on the 14th of the Hebrew month Nisan (Exodus 12:1-20); and a double measure of spiritual perfection.


I would encourage you to read the 9th chapter of Genesis where we initially see God’s rainbow appear.


Rainbows represent God’s covenant promise to us as believers; God’s glory; a Heavenly vision; and remembrance.


God’s rainbow, the seal of the Noahic Covenant, was not only a symbol of God’s covenant to man but also to beasts and the earth itself. That’s quite an all-encompassing promise and covenant!


God’s promises.


One of the most often quoted scriptures in the Bible regarding promises can be found at 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”


In the opening chapter of this book, the Apostle Paul recounts his comfort from suffering, being delivered from suffering, and admonishing the body of believers at Corinth.

While there can be a tendency to “paint with a very broad brush” when reciting the above verse to apply it to whatever we would like to have in this present life, that’s not exactly what it means.


The secret lies in verse 19 which states, “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.”

The explanation of 2 Corinthians 1:20 is that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) This is such assurance for Christians today and God’s promise that we can surely stand upon. It will help us to stay anchored in Him and not be blown about by every strange wind of doctrine.


God’s Bow & God’s Rainbow.


When researching the use of the word rainbow in the Bible, I found that it was used only twice in the New Testament in the book of Revelation.


The Greek word for rainbow is iris (pronounced ee’-ris), Strong’s G2463.


Iris caught my eye, no pun intended. Anatomically speaking, the iris is the colored portion of the eye that helps to regulate the amount of light that enters the eye. It’s a pigmented curtain whose job is to monitor the amount of light. When there’s a bright light, the iris closes the pupil to let in less light, and when there’s lower light, the iris expands the pupil to allow more light to enter. Humans are very complex creatures and fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)


Revelation 4:3 describes Jesus Christ, our precious Lord and Savior, as sitting on the throne in heaven with a rainbow surrounding it. The rainbow reflects the beams of the Sun of Righteousness who comes with healing in His wings. (Malachi 4:2)


At Revelation 10:1, the Apostle John describes the mighty angel with the little book. “I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.”


https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/g2463/kjv/tr/0-1/


Strong’s H7198, queset, (pronounced keh’-sheth) is the Hebrew word for bow or rainbow and is found 76 times in the Old Testament. It first appears in Genesis 9:13. The meanings are a bow (for hunting and battle), bowmen, archers, used figuratively as might, and rainbow.


https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/h7198/kjv/wlc/0-1/


For those of us with grandiose imaginations, it’s as if God strings His bow and shoots His rainbow into the sky at the precise moment that we need to see it!


Prophetic Promises.


In the book of 1st Timothy, the Apostle Paul pens a letter to Timothy to instruct him to stay in Ephesus to safeguard the pure gospel teachings. Toward the end of this, Paul encourages him to fight the good fight of faith.


“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19)


From these two verses, we can infer that there had previously been prophetic promises given concerning Timothy and his ministry. We learn from these scriptures that we must contend for and wage warfare concerning the prophetic words that we have received.


We don’t know exactly how it was that the Apostle Paul had knowledge of this information, but in his apostolic role, he committed this all-important charge to Timothy.


ROYGBIV


In April 2021, I received a prophetic vision wherein I saw several sets of hands holding light blue, matching knitting needles. Next, I heard a clicking sound. The hands would knit for a few minutes and stop. Then they would start again. The sense I had was the knitting pertained to corporate, intercessory prayer wherein the intercessors were being given downloads or burdens to pray simultaneously as they were knitting together God’s plans. There’s was a clarion call to action as not everything was as it seemed in the natural realm during that time frame.


ROYGBIV is the acronym for the colors of the rainbow which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. God was calling His intercessors to the 7 mountains of culture, society, and influence.



Knitting Together God’s Plans


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Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.


#1. Have you received any type of prophetic promises in the past that have yet to be fulfilled? If so, you may need to continue to war over them just like the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy. (1 Timothy 1:18-19) To that end, stand on God’s promises, continue to pray and seek His face, and follow His lead and instructions.


#2. I would encourage you to start a Promise Journal for 2022 and record how God leads and answers you throughout the year. I still have prayer journals from 30 years ago that I can reflect upon for continued encouragement and revisit God’s faithfulness.


#3. When reading Genesis 9, what spoke to you from this passage of scripture, or how was your spirit stirred?


#4. Just as the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant, do you need to renew your covenant relationship with Him? He is so forgiving, merciful, loving, and kind and does not want anyone to perish without having eternal life. (2 Peter 3:9)


#5. The number 14 represents deliverance. Is there something in your life that you need to be delivered from or do you know someone who needs deliverance? God is not only a God of promises but also of deliverance from anything that keeps us in sin and from fully loving and serving Him. Life on earth is not about perfection because there was only one perfect man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-on-deliverance is a helpful resource for verses regarding this subject matter.


#6. In what areas do you or someone you know need God’s promises from His word? The more time we spend with Him and reading our Bible, the more promises we will discover which can help to build our faith immensely.


Meditating upon the promises of God brings us much joy.


The rainbow symbolizes covenant. In 2022, God is emphasizing that we need to renew our covenant with Him. As we read and study the Old Testament, we discover there were times when God allowed severe weather storms, famines, and pestilences to get the Israelites attention, so they would turn back to Him. This is the year to turn back to God, if applicable.

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:8)


God’s grace is extended to us each and every day through His precious Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to strengthen and/or renew our relationship with Him or accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior for the very first time.


Watch for God’s rainbows during 2022. According to Matthew 19:26, nothing is impossible with Him. He just might surprise us with a double rainbow right in the middle of a snowstorm. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Let’s keep our eyes on the promises of God!


Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.

Photo via Pixabay with textual additions by the author.

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