"He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Many people ask why some Christians worship with flags. Is it Biblical they ask? Although the word flag is not in scripture, the word banner or standard is found several times in scripture.
Much like our flags today from many countries or states, the people of Israel had a banner that marked the territory where they lived. Other people had banners that marked what tribe, kingdom or country they belonged to. These banners were carried into battle when fighting their enemies. The Israelites often sent their worshipers out before their army of warriors, to give praise and honor to God before the battle. God responded by helping them win the battle. That tells me that worship and banners (flags) goes together for intersession and warfare.
The Israelites also danced in celebration with veils, tambourines and musical instruments. Perhaps banners were also used to celebrate what God had done for them and for victories in battle. This is much like how we worship with flags today.
In Joshua 17:8-16, after an attack by the Amalekites on the Israelites, Moses ordered Joshua to gather an army and go fight the Amalekites. The next day Moses, along with Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill and raised the staff of God in his hands. As long as Moses held up his hands the Israelites were winning. When Moses grew tired and he let down his hands the Amalekites were winning. When Moses grew tired, Aaron and Hur held up his arms. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
Then, (vs. 15) Moses built an alter and called it "The Lord Is My Banner." (vs.16) He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” Jesus was sometimes referred to as our “Standard” or “Banner.”
I believe that the heavens respond to the flags/banners as well as the music we offer to the Lord. God is the Creator and loves colors, movement and music. We are to worship God in spirit and truth. We should offer all of our gifts up to God as worship. I do not dance very well, but I can use my flags to dance for me.
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