“You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth.” ~ Psalm 60:4
Have you ever wondered why some Churches have a banner ministry? Is is Scriptural? What does the Word of God say about it? This is what I found in doing a Bible Study just for banners…
Twelve purposes for banners are outlined in the Scriptures:
1. BANNERS RALLY THE TROOPS IN WAR
“Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they enter the gates of the nobles.” ~ Isaiah 13:2.
2. BANNERS BESTOW HONOR AND LOVE
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” ~ Song of Songs 2:4.
3. BANNERS SIGNAL OR ATTRACT ATTENTION
“Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples! Indeed the Lord has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, “Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.” And they shall call them the Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.” ~ Isaiah 62:10-12.
“Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: “Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry, ‘Gather together,” And say, “Assemble yourselves, And let us go into the fortified cities. ‘Set up the standard (banner) toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, and great destruction.”” ~ Jeremiah 4:5-6.
4. BANNERS HERALD AN EVENT
“All inhabitants of the world and dwellers of the earth: when he lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see it; and when he blows a trumpet, you hear it.” ~ Isaiah 18:3.
5. BANNERS UNIFY THE COMPANY-DIRECTING WARFARE AND PRAISE
“Lift up a banner on the high mountain, Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.” ~ Isaiah 13:2.
6. BANNERS SHOW VICTORIES WON
“We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord saves His annointed; He will answer him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.” ~ Psalm 20:5-9.
7. BANNERS ARE A DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S PRESENCE LIFTED IN OUR MIDST.
“And Moses built an alter and called it’s name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.” ~ Exodus 17:15.
8. BANNERS CAN BE A RALLYING POINT FOR HEALING
“”And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.” It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from hamath and the islands of the sea.” ~ Isaiah 11:10-11,
9. BANNERS PUT THE ENEMY TO FLIGHT
“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard (banner) against him.” ~ Isaiah 59:19.
10. BANNERS MARK THE SAFE PATH TO FOLLOW
“Set up the standard (banner) toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay!” ~ Jeremiah 4:6.
11. BANNERS MINISTER TO AND CELEBRATE THE LORD
“We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” ~ Psalm 20:5.
12. BANNERS TELL PEOPLE WHO YOU REPRESENT
“The children shall pitch their tents, everyone by his own camp, everyone by his own standard (banner), according to their armies.” ~ Numbers 1:52.
I am sure you will love these, as I do!
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