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At Hope Fellowship, you may see people waving flags during worship. If you’re not familiar with this type of worship, you may have questions or concerns. We hope the following information is helpful to you.
 
What does the Bible have to say about flags?
  • Flags and banners were also used to express rejoicing and praise. 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
  • Standards(flags) and banners were used extensively by Israel as governmental or tribal markers and as signals during wars. Historically standard (flag) bearers would go out before the army as a sign that it was approaching to take over an area as in Jeremiah 51:27.
  • We see them as the name of God in Exodus 17:15, And Moses built and altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My Banner.
  •  They were symbolic of the Messiah in Isaiah 59:19 – 20, 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 against him. The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord.
 
As spiritual Israel, we use flags during worship to more fully enter into rejoicing and glorifying God. They also represent a spiritual weapon by emphasizing God’s word in the spiritual warfare taking place during times of praise and worship.
 
Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment -This honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!   Psalm 149:5-9