The Ark Encounter theme park of Christian apologetics ministry Answers In Genesis (AIG) has enhanced the rainbow lights around its main attraction and made them a permanent evening feature as part of the ministry’s “taking the rainbow back” effort.
Originally installed to add a “wow factor” to its special Christmas event last year, the rainbow display will continue to light up the Ark each night “to remind the world that God owns it and He decreed it's a sign of His covenant with man after the Flood,” announced AIG President, CEO, and Founder Ken Ham on his Facebook page last week.
“We now have new permanent rainbow lights at the Ark Encounter so all can see that it is God's rainbow and He determines its meaning in Genesis 6,” reported Ham.
In announcing in early February the ministry’s intention to keep the rainbow lights, Ham said, “We’re trying to help Christians and unbelievers recognize the true meaning of the rainbow as it’s given to us in the Bible (Genesis 9).”
When the rainbow first appears in Scripture, God says, “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
The rainbow is also referenced later in Scripture, in verses such as Ezekiel 1:28 and Revelation 4:2-3.
“The rainbow not only symbolizes the mercy and judgment of God, but it also symbolizes God’s glory, beauty, holiness, and perfection,” Ham shared. “The beauty of the rainbow gives us a tiny glimpse of the glory and beauty of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Despite Ham’s references to Scripture, some have still accused him and his ministry of appropriating an LGBTQ symbol.
But as Ham and others have noted, God beat homosexual activisits to the rainbow by at least several thousand years.
Rainbow colors were first used as a homosexual symbol in the late 1970s when San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed an eight-stripe flag for the movement, though Ham noted the use of bright colors to represent homosexuals goes back a bit farther.
In recent times, he added, the rainbow has come to represent freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, specifically, the LGBTQ movement.
“But the rainbow was a symbol of God’s promises before the LGBTQ movement—and will continue to be after that movement has ended,” Ham said.
“As Christians, we need to take the rainbow back and teach our young people its true meaning,” he concluded.
Since it opened last July, the Ark Encounter has reportedly welcomed more than one million guests. In addition to the Ark centerpiece – the largest timber-frame structure in the world – the theme park features the Ararat Ridge Zoo (with petting zoo), zip lines, live entertainment, theater areas, a 1,500-seat themed restaurant, and fair-trade shopping.
Located south of Cincinnati at exit 154 off I-75, the Ark Encounter is within a day’s drive of almost two thirds of America’s population.
The hours of operation and tickets are available at ArkEncounter.com.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 27, 2017