The rainbow is one of natures most beautiful phenomenon. But it is more that just a beautiful display of nature. It is a sign.
We read about it in Genesis.
Gen 9:13 “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
Gen 9:14“It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;
Gen 9:15“and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Some people have the misconception that the rainbow is a sign that God will never again wipe out sinners. This is not true. In context, you see that God specifically said that He will never again use water to destroy all mankind.
Does that mean that God will never destroy the people living on earth? Absolutely not!
The Apostle Peter gives us the details:
2 Peter 3 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
Peter links Noah’s flood to the coming destruction with fire. Jude expounds a little more:
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire…
Jude 1:14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones
Jude 1:15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Not only does the scriptures tell us that God will once again destroy the ungodly. But it also tells us how God will destroy the sinners.
So Jude makes it clear: Sodom and Gomorrha were destroyed as an EXAMPLE of what WILL COME.
The beloved Apostle Peter confirms this:
2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
Peter also said that Sodom and Gomorrha was destroyed as an example of what was to come.
We have a thread in scripture. The thread starts with the great flood of Noah, followed by the rainbow, and ending with the destruction of the ungodly by fire, referencing Sodom as an example. Thus we can securely connect the rainbow to the coming Sodomic destruction with fire.
Every time you see a rainbow, you should remember God’s promise to never destroy the earth with water again. But you should also remember God’s promise to one day destroy all sinners with fire.
We better humble ourselves, repent from our sins, and beg for mercy. We better not live so proud!