Rainbow Promises Hidden: The Rest of Story of What God Told Noah After the Flood

Every Christian child is taught the story of the great flood, with Noah and his ark. The story captured the imaginations of millions of children, down through time, as they learned that God covenanted with Noah that He would not flood the earth again. The icing on the cake was the sign in the heavens promised. Whenever a believer sees a rainbow in the sky, it is likely that promise comes to mind. It is also taught that in the year the rainbow didn’t appear, God would come again. The King James version describes it in this way:

Genesis 9 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.

For eons of time, that is all we knew of the story. So, when I came upon additional revelation regarding God’s promise related to the rainbow, I was excited to share. It comes from Joseph Smith’s 1833 translation of the Bible. And is found at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/jst/jst-gen/9?lang=eng

JST, Genesis 9:21–25.
God sets the rainbow in heaven as a reminder of His covenant to Enoch and to Noah. In the last days the general assembly of the Church of the Firstborn will join the righteous on earth.
21 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch; that, when men should keep all my commandments, Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself.
22 And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy;
23 And the general assembly of the church of the firstborn shall come down out of heaven, and possess the earth, and shall have place until the end come. And this is mine everlasting covenant, which I made with thy father Enoch.
24 And the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will establish my covenant unto thee, which I have made between me and thee, for every living creature of all flesh that shall be upon the earth.
25 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and thee; for all flesh that shall be upon the earth.

In the Joseph Smith Papers, we find the heading of this chapter describes the content as “the covenant which God made to Noah & when the City of Enoch should come down out of Heaven, &c. &c.”

I love that this prophecy declares that when we keep of of God’s commandments, Zion will come again upon the earth. It is magnificent that there will soon be a people who embrace the truth and look upward, while Zion looks down, and the heavens will shake with gladness, while the joyful earth trembles!

To me, the glorious additions, written by the Prophet of the Restoration, should be taught far and wide. Share the good news!