Our TRUE Banner


Photo by Robert Linder

Within the span of 39 days, we Americans will celebrate two National Holidays: Memorial Day, traditionally observed on May 30th, and our Nation’s Birthday on the 4th of July.


Originally, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. It was and is the day proclaimed to remember our fallen servicemen and women, to decorate their graves with the American Flag, to posthumously honor and thank them for their sacrifice. Then comes the observance of our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.


Still, to celebrate any National Holiday, we raise our banner high. We stand and rally around the flag of the United States of America while our hand crosses our chest to place it over our heart. We pledge allegiance or sing our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, which now stands for all free and brave Americans. It originally commemorated the battle for Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland, a night of fierce fighting that turned the tide in the War of 1812.


“In August 1814, British forces raided Washington, D.C. They torched the White House, the buildings that housed Congress, and other government buildings.”[1] Americans were furious, but the British, still irritated their colonies had revolted and won, were determined to put them back under England’s rule. In September 1814, British naval forces turned their sites on Fort McHenry. “Hour after hour, they lobbed rockets and shells at the fort, more than 1,500 ka-booms in all.”[2]


Francis Scott Key, an attorney negotiating the release of American prisoners, was being held on a British warship eight miles off the coast. Through the night, he watched the battle rage, fully expecting to see the British flag waving over the fort at daybreak. However, “…on the morning of September 14, the American flag was raised over Fort McHenry. It replaced the tattered storm flag, which had flown during battle. The oversized flag was used every morning for reveille, as was the case on the morning of September 14.”[3]


And the rest, as they say, is history. Praise God! This Red, White, and Blue banner is a uniting factor for all Americans who love our country and died to keep it free. The country God gave us—the country founded on His Word, Law, and principles, and the country He has delivered, time and again, from the hand of oppressive enemy forces.


Only by His Almighty grace will this banner continue to wave.


But even if God Most High allows this banner to fall in our lifetime, since we see the people now in power working so hard to destroy it, we Christians and Jews have the Truest Banner,


YHWH NissiThe LORD our Banner.


Our LORD first made Himself known by this name during the battle with Amalek.[4] As a Banner, He is our Standard and Rallying Point. It is Him we worship. It is for Him we stand, and to Him we pledge allegiance, sing, and look for salvation by His Blood and deliverance from our enemy, both physically and spiritually.


Years later, King David, the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah, wrote, “You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.”[5]


The prophet Isaiah foresaw our Banner, the prophesied descendent of King David. Isaiah wrote, “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious…He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”[6]


US Dept. of State website



This day, yet future for Isaiah, was partially fulfilled in the first coming of Yeshua Jesus, when He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and arose the third day. This Gift of eternal life opened the way for me, a Gentile, to seek Him and for Judah to be gathered again.


Ultimate fulfillment occurs at His second coming.


Yeshua, “…the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed…”[7] He is the One who deserves our praise, worship, and allegiance, for HE IS our True Banner.


Have a Blessed Memorial Day,


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