About Our Flag

THE CHURCH OF GOD FLAG 

 

WHAT IS A FLAG?

 

Since early times people have displayed flags and verious other objects to show their nationality or their allegiances (loyalty and devotion). Today in addition to representing nations and other political entities, flags are used to represent organizations, such as the Red Cross and the United Nations. Probably the first flags were the cloth streamers used by the Egyptians. Every nation uses a special flag to symbolize its unity and independence. A nation's flag stands for hopes and ideals of its people. In its own land, a flag commands the respect and love of its citizens; abroad, it is respected as the emblem of a self-governing people. (Compton's Encyclopedia, vol. 8,pp. 183 and 197).

 

FLAG: A piece of cloth or bunting, often attached to a staff, with definite colors, 

             patterns, and symbolic devices, used as a national or state symbol, or

             to indicate membership in an organization; to signal; a banner; standard;

             ensign. (Webster's New World Dictionary.)

 

STANDARD: Carries a dual definition. Biblically, it is first and foremost a flag

                        representing a specific people or nation. Secondly, it signifies a set of

                        principles, as in the case of the Ten Commandments, which are

                        often seen as a moral standard. Isaiah spoke of lifting  "up a standard

                        for the people" (Isa. 62:10), which in the context of the Banner of Truth,

                        signifies the church flag, and the churche's doctrine, the standard of

                        truth!

 

ENSIGN: Is used with several meanings and in the proper context means a banner.

                 Banner is always used in the context of a flag. Truth is forever associated

                 with God. One of God's given names is Jehovah-nissi, The Lord is my

                 banner, making The Church of God flag truly the Banner of Truth.

 

From our vantage point in these last days, and in retrospect, the banner had to be given after the coming of Jesus. John tells us "grace and truth came by Jesus," and Jesus declared that He was, ..."the truth..." (John 14:6). The banner of truth could not be given until the new nation Jesus was going to establish in the top of the mountains

(Isa.2:2) became a reality. Israel forfeited its right to the fulfillment of the prophecy to that new nation Jesus said would bear the fruit of the kingdom of God, which fruit included fearing the Lord. That nation was and is The Church of God. The early church was not able to receive the banner, for the darkness which covered the church

would have also covered the flag. The prophecy was held in reserve until after the "Arise shine" The Church of God, no matter how rough the road, is destined to make its run from here to eternity with all success, "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." (2 Cor. 13:8).

 

 

HOW THE CHURCH FLAG CAME ABOUT

 

 

In his Annual Address to the Twenty-Eighth Annual Assembly on September 15,1933

(Assembly Minutes, page 24) General Overseer A.J. Tomlinson dwelt at length on the subject of a flag. The following explains in his own words how it came about:

 

For more then ten years I have been contemplating suggesting a flag specially designed and prepared for the Church of God. The idea has kept growing in my mind without saying much about it to anyone. In one of the conventions this year Brother O.S. Carter made mention of a flag for the church in one of his discourses.

As I learned that I was not alone in it I thought of calling on the people to submit samples of thier ideas of designs so we could take up the matter at the Assembly and decide about it and if it was passed upon favorably at the Assembly, steps could be taken to decide upon the design. While I was in the office one day a few months ago between conventions, Brother (A.D.) Evens made mention of the flag as mentioned by Brother Carter. I suggested that we prepare a design and submit it to the Assembly. He made a little suggestion and I added to it until I told him to try to get a drawing by the time I got back. On my arrival he showed me what the artist had developed. It suited me fine,but studying over the Scriptures as they came before me I finally decided it would need a scepter and crown to make it complete. Then we made a search for picture of a scepter. This was finally produced and the drawing we already had was taken to an artist to have the scepter and crown added thereto. The next thing was to get a flag made as a sample to display at the Assembly. And here is the results of our efforts. (He showed the sample copy of the flag that had been produced.)

 

The Scriptures that pointed out this design and the importance of having a flag and showing its usefulness all point to our Christ, and His Church in his glorious service.

 

MEANING OF THE EMBLEMS AND DESIGN

 

The General Overseer read a number of Scriptures, relating their significance to the flag. Following are some of the verses, along with excerpted remarks concerning them:    

"The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Gen. 49:10).  This is a prophecy of Jesus, to whom the people will gather in the last days. Naturally, then, his church should have an Ensign, Banner, Flag, to display everywhere the church which is his body is located.

 

"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel...." (Numbers 24:17).

 

This is another prophecy of the coming of Jesus and refers to him as a Star. "Thy throne , O God is for ever and ever: the Sceptre of thy kingdom is a right Secptre"  (Psa. 45:6)

 

This is a prophecy of the coming of Jesus to reign as King. This is represented on the flag by the Scepter, the Star, and the Crown.

 

"...Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his Star in the east and are come to worship him. When they saw the Star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy (Matt.2:2,10)

 

"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David and The Bright and Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)

 

"And he will lift up an ensign (flag) to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and behold they shall come with speed swiftly (Isa. 5:26)

 

"Thus saith the Lord God, behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles and set up my

Standard (ensign or flag)  to the people: and they shall bring they sons in their arms and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders (Isa. 49:22)

 

"In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty unto the residue of his people (Isa. 28:5)

 

All the above verses tell the story of the flag and also tell how this last-days movement is going to draw the people of all nations.)

 

THE COLORS & DESIGN

 

The RED of the flag represents the blood of our Saviour; the BLUE represents truth; the WHITE purity; and the PURPLE of the Scepter, Star, and Crown, represent royalty or kingship.

 

The white stripes and circle declare the purity of Christ; and they also hold forth the goal of a pure and perfect church as his bride.  The blue stripes which form a square represent the fold or the church which is "the pillar and ground of the truth"(1 Tim. 3:15)

 

The Scepter signifies the power given by God to The Church of God "Thy throne,

Ogod, is forever and ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter." (Psalms 45:6)

 

The Star signifies our savior, which shed his blood for us. "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star inthe east and we are come to worship him." (Matt. 2:2)

 

The Crown signifies our lords kingship as well as the power given to those who are a part of his royal heritage. "We see Jesus crowned with glory and honor" (Hebrews 2:9)

 

Since 1933 The Church of God has had an ensign to wave to the glory of God for those who uphold the entire Bible doctrine. Anywhere this banner is displayed one can look and see that the truth is prevailing. Praise the Lord for the red, white, purple, and blue.


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