The Rainbow: What Is It? What Does it Symbolize? How Has it Been Co-opted and Perverted?

by Steve Ray on July 9, 2015

I was excited about my appearance today on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio.

We  discussed the RAINBOW – what it is physically, what it symbolizes, it’s biblical use and it’s perversion by modern less-than-savory groups.

I have had a great time researching this today and was anxious to share my findings, musings, and conclusions.

You can listen to the archived show on-line HERE. My interview begins at 29 minutes 30 seconds into the recording.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

LuAnn Burgett July 14, 2015 at 1:19 AM

Hi Steve, I love listening to you, I always learn something. Here’s my thoughts on the rainbow (taken from you!):

The Rainbow
Long ago, floods covered the land
The work of Gods’ judicial hand
The rainbow given as a sign
God and our souls forever twine
The colors so significant
Sevened to us Magnificent
God gives rainbows for all to see
Belonging not to you or me
So fly a rainbow if you dare
But when you do please have a care
Gods’ might and mercy do not mock
Beware the wolves among the flock
Jesus is love personified
In Him, let us be unified
Let us dwell no more in our sins
The Truth lives within us: Love wins

God bless us everyone, LuAnn

Anne Marie Slattery July 21, 2015 at 11:29 PM

Steve, I am looking forward to seeing you in August in Gaylord. I am the aunt of LuAnn Burgett and proud of her writings. On inquiring about the word “sevened” among other things she mentioned that according to you there are seven colors in the rainbow, the seventh being indigo (blue/violet). Steve, you are a bible expert, and it does seem that seven is God’s favorite number, however, there are only SIX colors in the rainbow. If you want to add blue/violet, then you must also add the other secondary colors: red/violet, red/orange. yellow/orange, yellow/green, blue/green. With all due respect for your intellect and theology, your art teacher would straighten you out on this or give you a failing grade if you persisted. You cannot stick another color in the rainbow just because you want to make it come out seven. Here is a six for you; God worked six days and then He rested. Jesus changed the water in six stone jars to wine. Experts often stumble when they venture out of their field. Remember the Pope and Copernicus. Looking forward to seeing you net month–I’ll bring an art teacher with me!
Kindest regards, Anne Marie Slattery

STEVE RAY HERE: Thanks for writing. Regarding the number 7 I share from Scott Hahn’s Catholic Bible Dictionary, “Seven is the most significant of the sacred numbers in Scripture. God created the world in seven days (Gen 1:1–24) and sanctified every seventh day as a holy day (Exod 20:8–11). Using multiples of seven, the Law made every seventh year a holy year (Deut 15:1–6), and every seventh occurrence of the seventh year was a Jubilee year (Lev 25:1–55). Revelation uses the number 7 extensively, referring to the seven churches (Rev 1:4), the seven spirits (1:4), the seven torches (4:5), the seven seals (6:1), the seven angels (8:2), the seven trumpets (8:2), the seven heads of the dragon (12:3), the seven heads of the beast (13:1), the seven plagues (15:1), the seven bowls of wrath (15:6).”

Regarding the rainbow Wikipedia says, Rainbows span a continuous spectrum of colours. Any distinct bands perceived are an artefact of human colour vision, and no banding of any type is seen in a black-and-white photo of a rainbow, only a smooth gradation of intensity to a maximum, then fading towards the other side. For colours seen by the human eye, the most commonly cited and remembered sequence is Newton’s sevenfold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet,[2][3] remembered by the mnemonic, Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (ROYGBIV).”

Anne Marie Slattery July 22, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Well I stand corrected. How I have lived 82 years and never heard this is a mystery. I certainly did not learn this in school. So many things are seven; not the commandments though, they are ten; the beatitudes are eight. The two pictures above this show Noah’s arc and a flag, both with only six colors. I would guess that not many people know about indigo. I will certainly check out the next rainbow I see. Thank you for responding; I do want to be correct.
Anne Marie Slattery

STEVE RAY HERE: Anne Marie, after our first few correspondences I have concluded that you are a fine lady. I like your attitude and your spunk and your honesty. Thanks for posting your comments.

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