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We will set up our banners (Reference) 3/22/2016 8:18 PM
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Minister Ty Alexander
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"In the name of our God we will set up our banners" (Psalm 20:5)

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of
the truth. That Thy beloved may be delivered; save with Thy right hand..."
(Psalm 60:4-5)

"Pass through, Pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations"
(Isaiah 62:10)

The symbolism in these banners developed over the many years I have been ministering and working for the Lord. They show this ministry's commitment to the truth and fighting for the Kingdom. The banner at left shows the Christian Age of ministry, while the one at right shows our Jewish heritage as a People of God with the Jews (Ephesians 2:11-22,3:6; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 10:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Ephesians 2:19-22). This has been important in my ministry and growth as a Christian, especially since much of the church has forgotten it and actively ignores our Hebrew heritage. We need to remember we are all one in Christ, neither Jew nor Gentile (Galatians 3:26-29).

Both banners show the Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16), which in the original Greek refers to a large full body shield. The wings on the shields go with the wings the woman of Revelation 12 who represents God's People. She gets the wings of an eagle in Revelation 12:14 so she can fly and be kept from harm away from the enemy of mankind. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Her name is Hephzibah (or Hephzi-bah/Heftzi-Vah/Hafzbah), which means "My delight is in her" (Isaiah 62:4). The name comes from the Hebrew root "hafz" meaning "guarding" or "taking care of" so words with this root suggest "safeguarding," which goes with her being kept safe in Revelation 12:14.

The Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17) above the shield links to the menorah and the miracle of Hanukkah, because when we are saved into God's Kingdom by the New Covenant in Christ Jesus, we also receive a miracle of renewal when our spirits are reborn with God's Spirit (1 John 4:15; Acts 2:38; John 3:5-7; Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:13).

The menorah is lit over eight days during Hanukkah to remember the miracle of one day's worth of lamp oil lasting the full eight days to rededicate God's temple. It is a miracle the Jews need to link to our bodies being dedicated and reborn as God's temples when we are saved in Christ.

The Breastplate of Righteousness is shown with the Helmet because it is righteousness to believe in Jesus. It is our justification for being saved (Romans 10:10). Acting righteously also brings us blessings and protection when we avoid sin and please God.

Other pieces of the Armor of God are shown on these banners. The Sword or Word of God is show breaking a chain and shackles because Jesus brought the New Covenant to free the Jews from the burden of having to keep the Law of Moses. The Word also breaks the chains from sin in general when people accept the truth of what sin really is and turn away from it.

The armored shoes or boots are are at the base of the shepherd's staffs because they are for fitting our feet with the Gospel of Peace in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:15). He is our Shepherd and we are shepherds of His People as His ministers. The boots are fully armored because we are protected by the peace that the God and New Covenant gives us. We are to use this peace to evangelize.

The Belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14) is shown with the boots because we are to use the truth to evangelize and minister. It is also part of the Armor because knowing the truth protects us against the lies of the world and enemy that would lead us to sin and into darkness if we believe them.

A shofar is shown on both banners because blowing a shofar announces and confirms important things, such as the anointment of a king (1 Kings 1:39). I also believe Yom Teruah or the Day of Trumpets/Shouting (also called Rosh Hoshana; see The Lord's Holidays for more info) was meant to celebrate the new age of the New Covenant and Jesus' reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Last, musical instruments are shown on both banners because of the importance of music, songs and poetry for our faith and worship.
Much of the psalms are songs and poetry. A lyre or harp of the period when King David lived is shown with a timbrel/tambourine on the heritage banner. These instruments were often mentioned in the Old Testament.

Singing and making music became increasingly important in my own walk with and for the Lord. Few things show our heart for the Lord better than singing in worship. Music is the language of our souls.

"...be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"
(Ephesians 5:18-20)

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,
with all wisdom teaching and admonishing
one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
(Colossians 3:16)

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