The Rainbow Connection - the Gateway to Christ is still opened for His mercy endures forever
The Christian Church has been called to follow Jesus and just like Him, to become fishers of men, to bring the Gospel message of Salvation through Christ alone to all mankind. The first conversions to Christianity were Jews. Their worship of the true God and adherence to the Law by Jews did not make them exempt from salvation through Christ. There is a common argument that Muslims, Catholics and Jews are “family” as they worshiped the same one true God and so should respect each other. But Christ remains the stumbling block for our common humanity to seek after God for Salvation comes alone through accepting Christ Jesus, to identify with His death and resurrection, and not through following laws or traditions or the reasoning of men however religious or sincere one is.
In Mat 19:30, the first shall be the last, and the last first, implying that although through the Jewish nation, God first revealed His purpose to the world, they would become the last to know Christ, “to be chosen” as a nation for redemption. The Gentiles and Gays once rejected by “God” through the Law hence were the least or the last, now became the first people groups to receive Christ before the Jews (Isa 56:1-7). Christianity had indeed first gained foothold amongst the gentiles and soon the gays tribe before the revival among the Jews hence closing a 2000 years old circle of returning to Jerusalem to usher in the second coming of Christ. The Jews although the first peoples to receive God’s revelation and the Gospel Message would be the last to accept it as a nation as they were clinging on to Judaism.
The Church have seen a few Jewish fish first went through its nets, then Gentile fish came in very large droves making them the majority of over 95% of the fish (Acts 1:8). Over the last two thousand years we have gone through various stages of acceptance of the gentile fish, with the White colored fish predominates for over 1800 years, then the Black colored fish in the 19th century, the Yellow colored fish in the 20th century, and now at the start of the 21st century, the rainbow colored fish has appeared. The Church have hitherto thrown back the rainbow fish or have killed them each time they were caught although such finds were rare less than 5% of the fishers caught. Therefore many such fish dare not revealed their true colors and hid their identity in closets of fear and rejection. In the 21st century, with the increasing number of fish showing their true gay colors, the dilemma of how to treat the rainbow colored fish by the Gentile Christians raise questions whether they understood that under law they would also be rejected. Hence the pains and reflections endured are necessary to change mindsets and focus on a truly biblical faith that reflects God’s grace and mercy instead of God’s law.
As the fisherman caught the rainbow colored fish, rather than rejecting or killing the fish, it should remind us of the first rainbow and the message of God’s restrain in this dispensation of grace though we deserved no mercy. The original sign of the rainbow was a symbol of the covenant between God and Mankind that He would not destroy mankind and the entire earth again after the great flood. It is a symbol of God’s grace and mercy not giving us what we deserved which is death but forbearing with us. Although God is a loving God, He is also a righteous God who cannot just ignore our sins because that would not have been just. The penalty is required to be paid in full for our sins.
Many humanists and liberal Christians could only rationalize a God who loves but not a God who judged and meted out harsh death penalties. Hence, they could not comprehend hell, a place of eternal torture as a real place. However God had clearly no problems to destroy the entire mankind through a great flood. In Gen 6:5, the “ LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth” and therefore in Gen 6:6, He “was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart”. All the inhabitants were filled with violence and corruption (Gen 6:11,12). God wanted to destroy all living creatures. However, in Gen 6:8,9, Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord for He was a Just man and communed with God. Because of Noah, a remnant was safe in an Ark that God had instructed Noah to build to escape from the floods. Hence, God’s judgment was tampered by His grace of allowing a remnant to remain and repopulate the earth.
Noah built an altar before God with animal burnt offerings. God was pleased because the offerings of a clean animal represents the death of His son Jesus Christ, totally sinless to bore our sins. For the sake of His son, for the sake of many of has not lived yet, to give mankind an extended period where they can come back to God, God made a covenant with the sign of the rainbow that He would refrain from destroying mankind because of their sins. Six thousand years later, God had held back from meting out judgment and has kept His part of the deal although with long suffering. He has every right to destroy the entire mankind on any given day. This world remains a wicked world full of violence, corruption and worship of manmade idols and religions. The sign of the rainbow represents God’s Grace and Mercy to extend this dispensation of grace where the door is still open for men to accept Christ. .
When God said that He would never destroy the earth again, it was on account that the people who died through the flood did not have sufficient opportunity to repent and come back to God. The rainbow represents God’s heart of love to give the maximum period and opportunity for mankind to return to Him. In 1 Pet 3:18-20, we see the righteousness of God in action, that even though the Spirits in their lives had been wicket and deserving judgment they received, God gave them a second chance for those who perished in the flood. Jesus preached the message of salvation to the spirits in prisons that those who believed may come back to God. Hence, the rainbow represents the period of grace where God would not destroy the earth until mankind have been given the abundant opportunity to believe in Christ, and His redemptive work. The Earth will have to be destroyed one day because it has fallen and belongs to Satan. The New Heaven is coming.
As the rainbow pride increasingly marches through the cities of this world, it is a sign from God that He is coming back. The End times are coming. But just as in the days of Noah, people would continue to ignore the grace of God, and the opportunity to receive Christ. They would continue on their lives, eating, drinking, marrying, and not realizing that the end time clock is ticking. Noah started building the Ark when He was 500 years old. He finished 100 years later. The clock or countdown to the flood was 100 years. Each time the rainbow nation marches through a city, we should be reminded of the impending “flood” and our need to return to Christ. When we see the rainbow colored flag, it is a reminder that the Gates of Heaven is still opened.
The End time clock started ticking when Jesus Christ died and was resurrected. Christ becomes the vessel of our salvation. The Ark represents an escape route, a type of Christ, which will carry us above the waters of God’s righteous judgment. In the last days, God is tearing down all the man made barriers to enter the gates of the Ark such as culture, language, race, and sexual orientation that there should be no manmade barrier to identifying with Christ death and resurrection. Gay rights and marriages will take place for God will take away all of mankind’s religious barriers which are hindering gays from coming into the kingdom of God and being condemned incorrectly as sinners. God will open the gates of the church to gays so that they too have the opportunity to repent and believe in Christ and to enter the new ark. Because of the Rainbow Covenant, God had waited more than 2000 years since the resurrection of Christ instead of 100 years to give mankind this extended season of grace. When we see more rainbow colored Fish appearing in our nets, do not be like the ancients who ignored the warning signs, but let us flock to enter the last Ark, Christ Jesus and be saved. Ironically, how we treat the rainbow tribe over the last two thousand years demonstrates the wickedness of mankind, yet God used them as a symbol of His Grace and Mercy to contend with us.
Each time, we see the Gay Rainbow Fish, it should remind us that the gateway to Christ' vessel is still opened. His mercy and grace endures forever. However, let us not make the grace of God cheap for continuing to reject Christ for He is coming back. In an instance, at the day of the Lord, the Saints will be raptured in Christ and not faced the flood and the destruction of mankind. Where do you want to be? In Christ or outside.