The Hebrew word for Bow, Cross bow, and Rainbow is “kehshet - קַשָת”. Although missed as usual within the English texts and virtually all other previous translations, Kehshet, is the exact same word in Hebrew, making the connection clear! Kehshet should be better understood in terms of the bow-weapon first, especially when found within the Genesis story, as well as with Zachariah – 9:10 – “Milchamah Kehshet”, and 10:4 – meaning Bow of War; thus, the overall corrected context is not only about a colorful rainbow, and changes the deeper meaning of the story.
Of course it is easy see, via the loss of the Hebrew language and culture for so long, how the connection between our basic reflective weather anomaly, “the rainbow”, and a “bow weapon” got used in spirit, but disconnected in context. I believe that this loss of context as it specifically concerns the Character of The Eternal One, and how mankind will be dealt with in the future, is yet another stumbling block which has led to additional mass misunderstanding by all who continue to see Him as a vengeful Creator.
Why, though, would the ancient Ibri = Hebrews, Moshe in particular, refer to a rainbow as a bow? Well, the obvious answer comes from the Gen 6 story of Noach and the flood, however that is not nearly the full understanding of it.
After God judged those who were identified much earlier by Noach’s Great Grandfather Enoch, to have been those “other created beings” who broke away from all original Torah instructions, which are universal, came here causing massive destruction to His created ones through technologies, save a few people, His protection was lifted and a catastrophic flood was allowed to occur. After which The Eternal made Noach a very important promise – that He would never allow such harsh universal destruction again. Which means regardless of how far man veers away next time, such a level of destruction will not occur.
I know, the misunderstandings prevail and everyone still believes The Eternal literally caused that destruction of His own creation personally, however that is just not the correct understanding, as I believe I proved within my first book, “The Land of Meat & Honey”. By His Free-Will system and our ongoing participation in it, it is mankind on both the individual level, as well as our collective choices that caused that flood to overtake us, not the other way around. If we are obedient to His original and continued Everlasting Agreement, as the Prophet Isaiah lamented, then just like Cain, “all will be well with you”, if not, “then your sin will remain with you”, as will all that comes with being separated from The Eternal's covering! Not rocket science folks!
Of course, within the highly redacted and politically corrected Masoretic Hebrew texts where all later language versions are derived, we really don’t have great detail about just how those “other created entities” messed with His creation bad enough to warrant a total reboot, although speculation and creative tales abound. I tend to believe that – “Everything that happened before, will happen again”, It’s just the way a certain percentage of human souls strive without sanity or compassion for anyone but themselves, if even themselves. As well it appears these same soul types continue to find themselves at the top of the human food chain through history over and over. So, I just have to look at our more modern pre and Post industrialized history, see what most government sponsored science is pushing, i.e. – Human, animal, and food genetic modifications, and blending technology with humans, etc., and I have more than a fair idea what occurred between Enoch’s life and Noach’s day that caused almost an entire creation to become unviable.
Here is where we begin to understand why the literal rainbow was provided as an eternal sign of The Eternal Creator’s forgiveness and characteristic mercy.
After all was said and done, The Eternal took His “Milchamah Kehshet – Bow of War”, and turned that bow outward, pointing away from us, and again in position as protection for us, on permanent display for all to see. THIS is the corrected context of that most perfect display of Light & Water! Gen-1?
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