COLORS IN SCRIPTURE

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COLORS IN SCRIPTURE

Rainbow Sanctification Colors

 

Rainbow Sanctification
Colors of Creation
Colors of Creation of Man
Colors of the Cross
Colors of the Words from the Cross
Colors of Christ’s Resurrection
Colors of Salvation
Colors of Marriage
Spiritual Growth/Sanctification Colors

Rainbow SanctificationRainbow Sanctification Pattern

The general pattern for rainbow sanctification is shown in the diagram.  The fundamental principles of this diagram apply to the other rainbow sanctification diagrams that cover all of God’s Creation.  The diagram begins with God, who is Holy, or sanctified.  White symbolizes God’s Integrity, which is His Love.  God’s Integrity is illustrated by the seven colors of the rainbow.  The colors of the rainbow symbolize components of sanctification that are required to satisfy God’s Holiness.  The colors are components of the whole, which is symbolized by the color white.

The rainbow may be traversed in two directions.  Up is from red to violet, and down is from violet to red.  In the Bible up usually means success, and down means failure.  The top three colors symbolize the three Heavens.  The First Heaven is the atmosphere of Earth, which is symbolized by the blue sky.  The Second Heaven is the Universe, which is symbolized by the color indigo, for a covering.  And the Third Heaven is where the Lord Jesus Christ lives and sits on the Throne of God.  It is symbolized by the color violet.  Of course, God is everywhere and lives in unapproachable Light, as symbolized by the color white.
Tabernacle Colors
Tabernacle Colors

There are two separation barriers in the rainbow.  The separation barriers illustrate sanctification, which is separation from one thing and consecration to another.  Orange is one separation barrier.  It symbolizes separation from the Earth and consecration to God.  It corresponds to the wall of linen around the Tabernacle that symbolized separation from the world.  Indigo is the other separation barrier.  It symbolizes the barrier between Creation, which includes time, and Heaven, where the Lord lives in eternity (no time).  To traverse the indigo barrier requires satisfaction of God’s Holiness.  This can only be done God’s way.  Indigo corresponds to the veil in the Tabernacle that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.

The separation barriers in the rainbow divide it into three sections.  The three sections symbolize the Trinity.  The three sections may define a hierarchical structure, such as the human body with a head, torso, and legs.  The feet and legs are earth based.  The torso maintains life functions (yellow), including processing food (green) and water (blue).  And vital organs are safely covered (indigo) inside the torso.  The head rules (violet).  The three sections may also symbolize three stages of sanctification or development.  For example, going up, the three sections symbolize the three stages of life:  childhood, young men, and old men.  John used these three groups to define the three stages of the Spiritual Life.  Going down, the three stages correspond to the stages of divine punishment:  Warning, Intensified, and Sin Unto Death.
Tree Colors
Tree Colors

A tree illustrates the colors of the rainbow.  A seed planted in the red earth germinates and sends orange roots down and a shoot upward to symbolize sanctification, separation from the earth and consecration toward heaven.  The trunk of the tree is yellow inside the outer bark.  The yellow symbolizes life.  The leaves and fruit of the tree are initially green, for blessing.  As the fruit ripens the color may change.  The top of the tree is surrounded by the blue sky to symbolize heaven, and the roots drink in blue water.  The leaves of the tree synthesize food (fruit) from water (symbolizing the Word, X-axis) and carbon dioxide (air) (symbolizing the Holy Spirit, Z-axis) in the presence of light (symbolizing the Lord as the Light of Life, Y-axis).

The tree analogy of the agricultural economy  is used in scripture to symbolize individual Spiritual growth as well as national blessing and cursing.

And he is like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3)

The green tree that rises into heaven and sways gracefully to the orchestration of the gentle breezes, symbolizes the abundant Happiness and blessing of the doctrinal believer.

Have abundant Happiness in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones,
And shout for joy all you that are upright (aligned) in heart! (Psalm 32:11)

God shares His Happiness with the believer.  In Psalm 32:11, the first verb for Happiness is the Hebrew samach, which means to have great, abundant Happiness and refers to being Happy with the whole disposition.  It is symbolized by a large tree, like an oak that is big and wide.  The next verb is the Hebrew gil, which means literally to go in a circle or leap for joy, as a dancer would do.  It is translated rejoice, which is rather mild because it conveys great happiness expressed by dancing.  It is symbolized by a tall, slim tree that reaches high into heaven, like a fir.

“Shout for joy” is the Hebrew ranan, which means to ring out a cry of joy.  Shouting for joy is another bold expression of Happiness.  The shout is an expression of the “upright in heart.”  “Upright” is the Hebrewjashar, which means straight, aligned, upright.  It symbolizes a tree that grows straight up, even on the side of a hill.  The heart is the right lobe of the soul from which love is expressed.  The “upright in heart” are those with Spiritual integrity whose hearts are strategically aligned with the Lord.  They are stable like a tree, straight like a tree, and they have great Happiness in their Love relationship with the Lord.

The growing tree, which sends its roots downward and shoots upward symbolizes the function of the Spiritual Life in the Holy Place (Col 2:7).

Colossians 2:6-7
6 Just as you have  personally received Christ Jesus the Lord, keep walking in the sphere of Him. 7 Having been firmly rooted and constantly being built up in Him (Christ), and being established by faith (Bible Doctrine), even as you have been taught, overflowing with thanksgiving.

The Christian life begins at Salvation (Col 2:6), as symbolized by the color red, for the blood of Christ.  When the seed of the Gospel is believed, it germinates.  Roots go down and the shoot goes up, per the tree analogy of Colossians 2:7.  “Having been firmly rooted in Him (Christ)” means the roots, which go down into the earth, symbolize the anchor of Jesus Christ in Salvation.  The believer is entered into union with Christ at Salvation and becomes a member of the body of Christ.  The roots going down into the earth and the shoot going up from the earth symbolizes separation from the world.  The roots are symbolized by the color orange.

“And being built up in Him (Christ)” symbolizes the growing trunk of the tree.  The trunk is alive and is symbolized by the color yellow.  The growing tree symbolizes the growing believer, who is “in Him,” in the body of Christ.  The believer is “established by faith (Bible Doctrine),” which is taught by a pastor-teacher and metabolized under the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Faith refers here to what is believed, Bible Doctrine, which is the means of Spiritual growth and erection of the Edification Complex of the Soul.  The Greek ejpoikodomevw (epoikodomeo), which means to build up also means to edify, or erect an Edification Complex.  Erection of the Edification Complex of the soul requires the nourishment of Bible Doctrine, the faith, the water of the Word.  The tree with ample water will grow strong, be established, and reach into the blue sky.  Both water and the sky are symbolized by the color blue.

“Overflowing with thanksgiving” characterizes the Grace-oriented believer.  He is Happy and thankful for what God has given each day.  Thanksgiving is an expression of Happiness, which is symbolized by the green leaves of the tree.

Thus, Colossians 2:6-7 is a picture of the tree analogy of the Spiritual Life.  The tree symbolizes the first two stages of the Spiritual Life.  The colors involved are red through blue.

Colors of the Tabernacle

The Lord gave specific directions for the plan of the Tabernacle that included colors.  The colors of the Tabernacle have symbolic meaning.  However, the parts of the Tabernacle also correspond to the colors of the rainbow.  When the colors of the rainbow are superimposed on the parts of the Tabernacle, the meaning of each part matches the meaning of the rainbow color, as shown in the illustration.
Tabernacle Colors
Outside the Tabernacle, the red Earth symbolized the world.  The wall of linen, symbolizing separation from the world, corresponds to the orange of the rainbow.  The Outer Court corresponds to Section 1 of the rainbow.  The Holy Place corresponds to Section 2, and the Holy of Holies corresponds to Section 3.  The three sections correspond to the three stages of the Spiritual Life.  The Outer Court symbolizes Salvation and Childhood.  The Holy Place symbolizes Spiritual Growth to maturity of the Young Man.  And the Holy of Holies symbolizes the Royal Family of God of the Fathers.

The Brazen Altar corresponds to the color red of the rainbow, and the Laver corresponds to blue, for water.  Inside the Holy Place, the Table of Shewbread corresponds to blue, for X-axis food.  The Altar of Incense is tall like a tree and symbolizes the blessing of God through prayer.  It corresponds to green.  The Tribe of Levi, which provided the Levitical Priests, was symbolized by a green emerald in the Ephod, and the Altar of Incense is symbolized by the light green Mediator Planet.  The Golden Lampstand corresponds to yellow for light.  The Veil corresponds to indigo, as the barrier between the Universe and the Third Heaven.  The Mercy Seat, the place of propitiation and covering for sin, corresponds to the color indigo.  The blood on the Mercy Seat satisfied the Justice of God, who Judged the sins of the world imputed to Jesus Christ on the Cross.  The Justice of God is symbolized by violet.  The white cloud above the Tabernacle symbolizes sanctification.

Colors of Creation

Creation is the expression of the will of God.  He alone is God.  He is the source of all things, and the giver of life.  He is altogether Holy and can have nothing to do with sin.  Sin by definition is contrary to God.  If God is God, the only sin is opposing Him.  The color white symbolizes the holiness and glory of God.  Violet symbolizes the Sovereignty of the Father.

CreationAll of the members of the Trinity had a part in Creation.  The Father is the Author of the Design, as symbolized by indigo.  The Son specified the creation of all things based upon the Father’s Design.  He created all things by the Word.  He spoke the worlds into existence (Ps 33:6, 9; Heb 11:3; 2 Pet 3:5).  This corresponds to the color blue.  The Holy Spirit performed the work of Creation per the will of the Father and the Design Specification of the Son.  This is the color green.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Life, as symbolized by yellow (Rom 8:2).  God’s Creation allows creatures to oppose Him and sin.  Separation from God is symbolized by the color orange, and sin is symbolized by red.  God leaves His enemies in sin for a period of time until they have made their permanent decision to oppose Him, then He delivers them into eternal separation and Judgment.

WHITEGod:  Holy Sanctification, Glory of God, Love
Planet:  Sun
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White is the color for holiness and sanctification.  It symbolizes the glory of God and the Love of God.

VIOLETFather:  Sovereign, Royalty
    Planet:  Almighty God

Sovereign (1 Chron 29:10-13; Psa 62:11; Isa 46:9; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:19; Col 1:11; 1 Tim. 6:16; 1 Pet 4:11; 5:11)
Most High (Gen 14:18-22; Dan 4:17, 24, 34-35; 5:18, 21; Acts 7:48), Son (Mk 5:7; Lk 1:32; 8:28)

Violet symbolizes the Sovereignty and royalty of God the Father.

INDIGOFather:  Design
Planet:  God of the Covenants
(Isa 14:26-27; 30:1; 46:10-11; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:11; 3:11; 2 Tim 1:9)

The color indigo symbolizes the Father’s Design for Creation.  His Design comes from His will and covers all of Creation – all things that ever were or will be.

Isaiah 14:26
“This is the Design that is specified against the whole Earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations.”

“Design” is the Hebrew hx*u@ @(`etsah), for design (Isa 46:10).  This is the Divine Design of the Father.  “Specified” is the Hebrew Ju^y* (ja`atz), meaning to decree or specify.  The Lord Jesus Christ specifies what the Father designs.

Romans 8:28 Divine Design
Moreover, we know in fact that to those who Love God, He causes all things to work together for Good, to those who are called according to the purpose of the Predetermined Design.

“Predetermined Design” is the Greek katav (kata) + provqesi” (prothesis), from (prov”, before) + (qevsi”, position) = design; purpose; or “Predetermined Design.”  The prepositional phrase means “according to the purpose of the  Predetermined Design”  (Eph 1:11; 3:11; 2 Tim 1:9).

BLUELord Jesus Christ:  Design Specification, the Word
Planet:  Redeemer
(Ps 33:6, 9; John 1:3; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2, 3; 11:3; 2 Pet 3:5)

Blue is the color for the Design Specification of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word.  What the Father Designs, the Son specifies, or speaks, into existence.

Isaiah 46:11
Calling a bird of prey from the East,
The man of My Design from a far country.
Truly I have specified (Design Specification); truly I will bring it to pass.
I have formulated it, surely I will perform (produce) it.

The Lord will call “a bird of prey from the East,” as He implements human history.  The bird of prey is an eagle or hawk, which symbolizes a Throne Angel.  Throne angels are associated with kings.  The king  from the East is Cyrus, King of Persia, who will conquer Babylon.  He is called “the man of My Design.”  “Design” is the Hebrew hx*u@ (`etsah), for Divine Design.  “I have specified” refers to the Design Specification.  “Specified” is the Hebrewrb^D*(dabar), meaning to specify.  The Lord will specify, or command, the Design into existence.

“Formulated” is the Hebrew rx^y* (jatsar), meaning to formulate; frame, devise.  This refers to Divine Design.  What He has formulated, He will “perform.”  “Perform” is the Hebrewhc*u* (`asah), meaning to produce, perform, execute.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit, who does the work and delivers the product.  The Lord will bring Cyrus from the East to destroy Babylon, and thereby become the world ruler.

GREENHoly Spirit:  Production Energy, Fruit Bearer
Planet:  Mediator
(Gen 1:2, 12; Isa 14:24; 30:1; 46:10-11; Matt 7:15-20; Rom 8:2; Gal 5:22)

The color green symbolizes the production of the Holy Spirit, who is the working force of the Godhead.  What the Son specifies, the Holy Spirit implements.

Isaiah 30:1
“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the LORD,
“Who execute a design, but not Mine,
And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit,
In order to add sin to sin;”

The “rebellious children” of Judah rejected the Lord and then sought protection from Egypt.  The politicians of Judah had rejected God’s Design for them as His Client Nation and were executing their own alternative design.  “Design” is the Hebrew  hx*u@ (`etsah), which in this case refers to the foreign policy of Judah.  “But not Mine” means Judah is not following God’s Design for them.

Judah made an alliance with Egypt, which is a symbol of the world.  The alliance was not with God through the Holy Spirit.  It wasn’t a Spiritual alliance.  It was worldly and evil.  Having rejected God, Judah had gone into reversionism.  They add “sin to sin.”  They were refusing to Rebound.

YELLOWHoly Spirit:  Life, Light
Planet:  Savior
(Gen 2:7; Psa 33:6; 104:29-30; Rom 1:4; 8:2, 11; 1 Cor 15:45) (Light, Job 33:30; Psa 8:5)

The color yellow symbolizes the production of Life and Light by the Holy Spirit.  God the Father gives life, but the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life (Gen 2:7).  Light symbolizes God and the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is also the production of the Holy Spirit.

ORANGESeparation:  Separation from Sin and Evil
Planet:  Morning Star
(Isa 50:1; 59:2; Matt 25:32; 2 Cor 6:17; Eph 2:12; Heb 7:26; 1 Jn 3:6, 95:18; Rev 18:4; 21:6-8, 27)

God cannot have fellowship with sin.  He separates from sin and evil.  He allows man and angels to use their volition to sin, but He will have nothing to do with it.

REDSin, Suffering, Blood of Christ
Planets:  Earth, Moon, Red Planet
(Isa 1:15, 18; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Jn 3:8) (Blood of Christ, Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Heb 9:12, 28)

The color red symbolizes sin and suffering.  Those who sin receive punishment from God and enter into suffering.  Red also symbolizes the Blood of Christ, which was the payment for sin.

Colors of Recreation

The Universe was created (Gen. 1:1).  Then the angels were created.  Later, Satan sinned and took a third of the angels with him  (Rev. 12:3-4).  When Satan and his demons rejected God’s solution to their sins, they were sentenced to the Lake of Fire (Matt 25:41; Jn 12:31; 16:11).  However, Satan appealed the sentence, and man was created to resolve the issue (Gen. 1:26).  To make the Earth ready for man, God first Judged it.  He destroyed it, and packed it in ice (Gen. 1:2).  The Earth had previously been created perfect.  It was not a wasteland.  It was called the Garden of God (Gen 1:1; Eze 28:13; Isa 45:18).  The Earth was renovated for Satan’s Appeal Trial in the seven days of re-creation.

The re-creation sequence follows the colors of the rainbow.  God’s Love and Sanctification are symbolized by white light.  Sin leads to darkness and death in contrast to the light.  God’s perfect integrity cannot love sin; therefore, His Justice rejects it in a process of sanctification that requires death.  However, since Satan already had Eternal Life, his Judgment was spending eternity separated from God in the Lake of Fire.  Beginning with violet, each color of the rainbow symbolizes a different aspect of God’s sanctification.  Before the first day of re-creation, the Justice of God (violet) had already Judged Satan and the Earth.  The Earth was a wasteland and covered in ice as symbolized by the color indigo.  The first two colors in sequence were violet and indigo.  The other colors would follow in sequence after light was created.

Day 1 – Light was created (Gen. 1:3).  The white light symbolized God and His Love in contrast to the darkness of Satan and death.
Day 2 – The waters on the Earth were separated from the waters of the Atmosphere (Gen. 1:7).  Both were blue.  Note, blue is the next color  in sequence after indigo.
Day 3 – Plants were created (Gen. 1:12), as symbolized by the color green.
Day 4 – Lights were placed in the heavens (Gen. 1:14).  The lights represented the glory of Eternal Life (Jn 1:4).  The Sun symbolized the Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world (Jn 8:12), and the Moon symbolized the congregation of believers.  The stars symbolized believers with Eternal Life in Resurrection bodies.
Day 5 – Great sea monsters, fish, birds created (Gen. 1:21).  Sea monsters, such as whales and sharks, symbolize a giant, such as Baal, who is evil.  This was symbolized by the color orange.
Day 6 – Man and animals were created on the Earth (Gen. 1:24-27), as symbolized by the color red.  The name, Adam, means red.
Day 7 – The seventh day was sanctified by God (Gen 2:3), as symbolized by the color White.

Colors of Creation of ManCreation Adam

The colors of the creation of man follow the sequence of the rainbow from white to red.

WHITE – Pure – man was created pure, sinless, blameless.
Adam was created perfect, i. e. pure and without sin.

VIOLET – Crown of Royalty (Psa 8:4-8)
Adam’s hair symbolized rulership of the world (Gen 1:26, 28).

INDIGO – Covering, Face
The face is a unique covering for personal identification.

BLUE – Breath (Gen 2:7), sky, atmosphere
a.  Respiratory system
b.  Symbolizes spirit – Z-axis
God breathed into Adam’s nostrils.  This was symbolic of giving him life, but it also activated the Respiratory System.

GREEN – Fruit, plant life, Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:11-13); Happiness
a.  Digestive system
b.  X-axis
Man ate fruit in the Garden as symbolized by the color green.  He had a Digestive System.  And man was very happy in the Garden.

YELLOW – Spiritual life, human soul life (Gen 2:7), light, glory (Psa 8:5)
Y-axis
Adam was given Spiritual life and human soul life at creation.

The LORD God sculpted man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the spark of life (soul life of lives); and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

The Hebrew words translated “spark of life” literally mean soul life of lives, which refer to both human soul life and spiritual life.  Adam was created with a body, soul, and spirit.  He was divinely enlightened, walked in the Light, and could see physical light.  Thus, the color yellow symbolizes his soul and spiritual life as well as the light that his eyes saw.  He also had glory (Psa 8:5).

ORANGE – Bone
Adam had bones, a Skeletal System, at creation.  The woman was built from Adam’s rib (Gen 2:21-23).

RED – Flesh, Earth, Adam
Adam was formed from the dust of the ground (Earth) (Gen 2:7).  Later, when Adam sinned, the color red also symbolized sin.

Colors of the Cross

BLACK – Spiritual Death (Gen 2:17; Eph 2:1, 5; Col 2:13)
After Adam sinned, he died spiritually and fell into the darkness of Satan’s Cosmic System.  Death and darkness are symbolized by the color black in the picture.  Adam’s original sin was imputed to the children of Adam, and God Judged each one with spiritual death at birth (Rom. 5:18).

So therefore, as through one transgression (Adam’s Original Sin), there resulted condemnation to all mankind; even so through one judicial sentence there resulted Justification ofEternal Life to all mankind. (Romans 5:18)

The holiness, or sanctity, of God required that sin be Judged.  God could not love sin.  The solution to man’s sin problem would require the work of God.  “Through one judicial sentence” God would sentence His Son to death as a substitute for the sins of all mankind.  So, the Lord Jesus Christ was sanctified and sent on a mission to planet Earth to handle the Judgment for sin (John 10:36; 1 Cor 15:22).

For as in Adam all die, even so by agency of Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22)

The perfect humanity of Jesus Christ did not have the sin of Adam.  Jesus Christ was pure and, thus qualified to bear the sins of the world (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 1:19; 2:22).  The purity of Jesus Christ before going to the Cross was symbolized by the color white.

RED – Blood of Christ; Redemption (Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Heb 9:12, 28); Sacrifice (Eph 5:2; Heb 9:26; 10:12); Sins (Isa 1:18; 1 Pet 2:24)

The Father’s Plan required the Jesus Christ go to the Cross where the sins of the world were imputed to Him by the Father and Judged (Isa 53:5-6; 2 Cor 5:21).

Isaiah 53:5-6
5 But He was pierced by means of our transgressions.
He was crushed by our iniquities.
The punishment that brought peace (reconciliation) was upon Him.
By His wounds, it was healing to us.
6 We all like sheep have gone astray.
Each one of us has turned to his own way,
And the LORD (Father) has caused to strike Him
With the punishment of all of us.

The suffering of Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for sins was symbolized by the color red.

ORANGE – Separation of the Father (Matt 27:46; Rom 8:32); Christ, Morning Star (Num 24:17; Matt 2:2; 2 Pet 1:19; Rev 22:16)
The Father Judged the sins of the world in Christ (Isa 53:4).  While Jesus Christ was bearing the sins of the world, the Father separated from Him as Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46).  Sin was abhorrent to the Righteous Son of God.  The work of Salvation was accomplished by Jesus Christ alone, and He is the sole source of Salvation.  There is Salvation in none other (Acts 4:12).

The Morning Star, which is symbolized by the color orange, is the herald of the First (Num 24:17; Matt 2:2) and Second Advents (2 Pet 1:19; Rev 22:16) of  Christ.

YELLOW – Eternal Life (Jn 3:16, 36; Rom 6:23; 1 Jn 5:11); Savior (John 1:4; 2 Ti 1:10; Tit 2:13-14; 1 Jn 4:14); Christ the Light (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46); Sun (Psa 19:4-6; 89:36) darkened (Matt. 27:45)

Yellow symbolizes Eternal Life, which is freely available to all who will believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Him was Eternal Life and the Life was the Light of mankind (Jn 1:4).

While Jesus Christ was bearing the sins of the world, the Sun was darkened (Matt. 27:45).  The darkness symbolized the substitutionary spiritual death of Jesus Christ.  This was symbolized by the color yellow, for the light of the Sun.

GREEN – Mediator (Job 9:32-33; 1 Tim 2:5-6; Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24); Green wood of Cross (Luke 23:31); Happiness as Problem Solving Device (Heb 12:2); Blessing of victory of Cross (Matt 12:20); Blessing of Salvation (Rom 4:7-8)

Jesus Christ was the Mediator between God and man on the Cross (1 Tim 2:5-6).  As a Mediator, He satisfied all the Righteous demands of the Father and the needs of mankind.  Since God was satisfied with Christ; therefore, the believer is reconciled to God (Rom 5:10, 11; 2 Cor 5:18-20; Col 1:20-22; Heb 9:15).  The Mediator was symbolized by the crossbar of the Cross suspended between Heaven and Earth.  Similarly, the foliage of a tree is suspended between Heaven and Earth.  Christ was also the Mediator of the New Covenant to the Church (Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24).

As Jesus Christ was being led away to be crucified, He referred to the Cross as the “green tree” (Luke 23:31).  While He bore the sins of the world, He used Happiness as a Problem Solving Device (Heb. 12:2).   This is symbolized by the color green.

BLUE – Righteousness of God satisfied (Rom 3:25; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 1:19; 2:22-23) by Christ (Isa 53:11; Rom 5:21)
Jesus Christ, who Himself had divine Righteousness, came down from Heaven (Jn 6:41), as symbolized by the color blue.  The impeccable human nature of Christ satisfied the Righteousness of God.  The purification for sins by the Lord Jesus Christ satisfied the Righteousness of the Father.

whom God has displayed publicly by His blood at the Mercy Seat (the place of propitiation) through faith (in Christ),  a demonstration of His Righteousness, because of the passing over of previously committed sins by the clemency (delay in judgment) of God; (Romans 3:25)

INDIGO – Covering (Rom 4:7), Unlimited Atonement, Propitiation (Dan 9:24; Rom 3:25; Heb 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 4:10); Kenosis (Phil 2:6-8); Eclipse/Evidence Testing (Heb 2:9); Qualification for Resurrection Clothing (Heb 2:7-8)
a.  Kenosis – Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His deity to obey the Father’s will for Him to go to the Cross and bear the sins of the world.
b.  Paradigm shift to Spiritual, leaving behind the world and symbolizing the Resurrection (Heb 12:2)
c.  Use of Grace in Eclipse/Evidence Testing (Heb 2:9)

Jesus Christ satisfied all of the requirements of the Father for handling the sin problem.  This  is called propitiation.  And payment for all of the sins of the world had been completed.  This is called Unlimited Atonement.  Atonement and Propitiation were symbolized by the color indigo.

Indigo also symbolizes the Doctrine of Kenosis.  Kenosis comes from the Greek verb kenovw (kenoo), meaning to empty or divest of privileges.  The doctrine means that during the Hypostatic Union, the Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His deity to comply with the Sovereign will of God the Father and the Sovereign Design of the Son.  He veiled His preincarnate glory and submitted to the authority of the Father.  He took upon Himself the robe of flesh to go to the Cross and pay for the sins of the world.  His deity was veiled, and the divine glory in His humanity was not seen.  He had the power to walk off the Cross, but He voluntarily stayed there until His sacrifice was complete (Phil 2:6-8).

The color indigo also relates personally to Jesus Christ, who was undergoing Eclipse Testing, or Evidence Testing, on the Cross (Heb 2:9).  He used Grace to pass the test.  The humanity of Christ suffered and died on the Cross as a substitute for His Bride, the Church.  It was the greatest suffering in the human race.  Passing the test qualified Jesus Christ for the highest promotion with a new title of royalty (Phil 2:9-10) and clothing to match in His Resurrection (Rev 19:16).

The color indigo indicates a paradigm shift to the Spiritual.  It symbolizes leaving behind the world and living, or dying, for the Resurrection (Heb 12:2).  It is characteristic of believers who are in Spiritual Rapport with God.

VIOLET – Justice (1 Pet 2:23), Royalty, King of Jews (Matt 2:2; 27:37; Jn 19:19); Verdict Justification available (Rom 3:24-26; 5:18)
Since God the Father had Judged the sins of the world that He imputed to Jesus Christ, the Justice of the Father was completely satisfied.  On the Cross Jesus Christ kept entrusting Himself to the Justice and Judgment of God the Father (1 Pet 2:23).  Violet is also the color for royalty, and Jesus Christ was the King of the Jews.  And in the suffering of the Cross, He was qualifying for an even greater title of royalty in Resurrection body – “King of kings and Lord of lords.”  God pronounced the judicial verdict that Justification was available to all mankind because work of Christ on the Cross propitiated Him.

WHITE – Sanctification (Eph 5:26; Heb 1:3; 10:10; 13:12; 2 Pet 1:9)
The work of Jesus Christ on the Cross satisfied all the demands of God the Father for Sanctification.  Sanctification was then available to every member of the human race who wanted it (Heb. 10:10).  Sanctification is symbolized by the color white in the center of the rainbow picture.  Note that the sequence of re-Creation proceeded from inside to outside the rainbow, and the sequence of Salvation at the Cross proceeded from outside to inside the rainbow.  This symbolizes the beginning and the end.

Colors of the Words from the Cross

Jesus spoke seven times from the Cross.  This is commonly called the seven words from the Cross.  The first phrase is usually said to be, “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luk 23:34).  However, that phrase is not in the original manuscripts. Nevertheless, there are still seven expressions if the sentences spoken to Mary and John (John 19:26-27) are counted separately.  The seven expressions correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow.  The expressions of Jesus from the Cross were:

1.  GREEN – Paradise (meaning garden or park) (Luk 23:43)
Paradise refers to Abraham’s Bosom, the place of departed Old Testament saints.  However, the word is derived from an Old Persian word, meaning enclosure, which was often used to refer to a formal garden or park.

2.  RED – Son (of Adam) (Jn 19:26)
Jesus, as head of the household, left his mother in the care of John.  But the way He said it was, “Woman, behold your son” (Jn 19:26).  A son would be a son of Adam (meaning red or ruddy).  The corresponding color for a son is red.

3.  YELLOW – Mother (of all living) (Jn 19:27)
Jesus then said to John, “Behold your mother” (Jn 19:27).  “Mother” corresponds to Eve, the mother of all living.  Life is symbolized by yellow.

4.  ORANGE – Forsaken (Matt 27:46; Mk 15:34)
When the sins of the world were poured out on Jesus, the Father separated from Him, as symbolized by the color Orange.

5.  BLUE – Thirst (Jn 19:28)
Jesus said, “I thirst” (Jn 19:28).  Thirst is a cry for water, which is symbolized by Blue.

6.  VIOLET – Finished (the Judgment) (Jn 19:30)
Jesus said, “It is finished” (Jn 1930), which means that the Judgment for the sins of the world was finished.  Judgment is symbolized by Violet.

7.  INDIGO – “Into Your hands, I commit My spirit” (Luk 23:46)
Jesus said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luk 23:46).  After He said this, He “expired.”  The hands correspond to a covering.  The soul and spirit which left the body of Jesus were the clothes (covering) of the body.  Jesus went to Paradise, in the heart of the Earth, which was a covered place.  And His body was covered in a tomb.  A covering is symbolized by Indigo.

Colors of Christ’s Resurrection

Using the rainbow picture, the sequence of events for Christ’s Resurrection  proceeds from outside to inside the rainbow picture.

BLACK – Death, Buried (Matt 27:60; Mk 15:46; Lk 23:53, 55; Jn 19:41-42; Acts 13:29; 1 Cor 15:4)

RED – Earth:  Resurrection body comes out of the grave (Matt 28:1-10; Mk 16:1-6; Lk 24:2-6; Jn 20:1-17)
A red Sunrise symbolizes identification with the Earth, which is symbolized by red.  The Sunrise symbolizes the relation of the Resurrection body to the Earth (1 Corinthians 15:41-49)

1 Corinthians 15:41-42
41 There is one glory of the Sun, and another glory of the Moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption;

The Sun symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ, and the stars symbolize individual believers in resurrection bodies.

So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.”  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45)

Adam came from the Earth.  Both Adam and Earth are symbolized by red.  Adam became a living soul, which means he had human life.  Jesus Christ, the Last Adam, came from Heaven and became a “life-giving spirit.”

The first man is out from the Earth, made of earth; the second man is out from Heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:47)

Adam in his human body was made of earth (dust), but the Lord Jesus Christ in His Resurrection Body was spiritual and associated with Heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:48-49
48 As the dust of the earth, such are those who are of earthly origin; and as that which is Heavenly, such also are those who are of Heavenly origin.  49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly (human body), we shall also bear the image of the Heavenly (Resurrection body).

The human body is made of the dust of the earth and symbolized by red.  The Resurrection body rises above the Earth to Heaven.  Jesus Christ received the first Resurrection body, and Christians will receive Resurrection bodies like Christ’s later.  The Resurrection body is spiritual and created for living in Heaven.

ORANGE – Resurrection body separates from the grave, or Earth, and rises into Heaven
a.  Jesus Christ – Resurrection (Matt 28:6-7; Mk 16:6; Lk 24:6; Jn 2:22; 20:9; Acts 2:24-27, 32; 3:15; 4:10; 10:40-41; 13:30-37; Rom 4:24-25; 6:4; 8:11; 1 Cor 15:4, 12-20); Ascension (Mk 16:19; Lk 24:51; Jn 20:17; Acts 1:2, 9-11; 2:34; Rom 8:34; Eph 4:8-10; 1 Ti 3:16)
b.  Church (1 Cor 6:14; 15:36, 42, 50-52; 2 Cor 4:14; 1 Thess 4:16-17)
c.  Old Testament saints (Isa 26:19; Ezek 37:12-14; Dan 12:2; Hos 13:14; Jn 5:28-29; 11:24)
Jesus Christ received His Resurrection body on the third day after the Crucifixion.  He rose from the tomb before dawn.  Later He ascended to Heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Throne of God.  Orange symbolizes the Resurrection body rising from the Earth and going into Heaven.  The Church will receive Resurrection bodies at the Rapture.

in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Old Testament saints and Tribulational martyrs will receive Resurrection bodies at the Second Advent.  And Millennial believers will receive Resurrection bodies at the end of the Millennium.

YELLOW – Resurrection Life, glory (Jn 17:5, 24; 1 Cor 15:40-44; Col 3:4; Phil 3:21; 1 Pet 1:21; 4:13; 1 Ti 3:16)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit identifies the believer with the Resurrected Christ (Eph 2:6; <a class="rtBibleRef" href="http://biblia.com/bible/nasb95/Col%202.12&quot; target="_blank" data-purpose="bible-reference" data

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