Hey! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about banners! Many don’t know what a biblical banner is and some may think of modern tapestries. Banner making is an ancient art dating back to biblical eras. We read throughout Torah how each tribe had their own standard or flag. This is a banner! In this blog, I would like to share my knowledge on the craft and hopefully open my reader’s eyes to a deeper, intimate meaning behind banners.
Before I started making banners I would see those felt banners at well-known craft stores and loved them! As a child I remember my cousin had beautiful woven tapestries throughout her house. I use to wonder what banners were and there significance. Was there more to their beauty then meets the eye? What is it about a bunch of fabric and designs that make banners so special? Let’s search Scripture to find out.
But before we do so, I would like to look up the definition of banner in the Strong’s concordance. There are a few definitions of banner; I will be focusing these two
#5251 nes (nace) standard, ensign, signal, sign
#1714 degel (deh’-gel) banner or standard comes from
#1713. dagal (daw-gal) to look, behold, set up, with banners, chiefest A primitive root; to flaunt, i.e. Raise a flag; figuratively, to be conspicuous — (set up, with) banners, chiefest.
“Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron: “The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting at a distance from it, each man under his standard, with the banners of his family.” Numbers 2:1-2 (BSB)
Each Israelite was part of a tribe and each tribe had their own family banner! That’s exciting, don’t you think? We see in most congregations they have banners depicting what the 12 tribes of Israel may have had on their standard. In scripture banners were often times used as a means to classify certain tribes/families/clans. In Numbers “banners” were spoken about quite often. One is lead to believe banners were of importance to our ancestors. As I stated above, banners were used as a means to classify tribes. For instance, think of the Tribe of Judah or Ruben. I have been taught that when the Holy Spirit guides me into creating a banner for an individual, the banner will classify the individual into a need category. This need category, in a sense is based off a season the individual is going through and how the banner speaks to them at that moment or moments. Sometimes the individual does not understand the banners meaning until the Father has revealed it to them. Many times this banner will minister to them throughout their lifetime.
“May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers” Psalms 20:5 (NIV)
“Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah” Psalm 60:4 (KJV)
These verses show a different aspect of creating a banner. Not so much classifying, but proclaiming. Banners are used as an entry point for the Father to do his work in our lives. When you hang up a banner in your home, you are proclaiming what the banner means over your life, in a very biblical sense you are raising your flag! Many times these types of banners are created through prayer and prophetic insight. When I am blessed to make these types of banners, the Father gives me a word to speak over the individual. Truly, a humbling experience.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” Song of Solomon 2:4 (KJV)
In this type of banner, the Father wants the individual to feel encouraged and uplifted. A sweet I love you from the King. Abba knows our every need. He is faithful in encouraging His children to press on, regardless the circumstances. Tough times call for moments of love and encouragement and I feel that is the essence of what a banner does. Banners are not limited to the types we have spoken about. There are banners for every season, struggle and moment in our lives. Each banner is a way to open up and proclaim victory over our battles. May we raise our standard in battle!
Did you notice how banners are tied into battle? Skip Moen wrote a very interesting word study on Psalms 60:4. I recommend you read. Here’s an excerpt I believe helps show how banners are signs and entry ways for Abba to get His work done in us. “The use of nes in this verse (and in others) is certainly about an ensign, a signal pole, a banner or a flag of identification. But the same word shows up in the famous account of Moses raising the “pole” in the wilderness when snakes were biting the people. In fact, Yeshua refers to this event in his discussion with Nicodemus. When the Son of Man is lifted up like Moses lifted up the serpent is the context of that discussion. And it is certainly about the cross. That means that the cross is not a pole, per se. It is a nes, a banner, a sign, a flag of identification. It represents something about what God is doing. Just as Moses’ “pole” was really a symbol of something God was doing, so the cross is a symbol of something God is doing. What precisely it is that God is doing requires a great deal more investigation, but this much we know from the word itself. It is about identification with God’s purposes. David suggests (perhaps) that we can run to the banner to be safe. I would guess that Yeshua may be employing the same Davidic idea.” Very intriguing idea Moen discusses. I would agree, do you?
Banners are love letters from our Abba to console the hurting heart, encourage the battle worn warrior and strengthen the unity of our homes, clans and tribes. I pray I have opened your eyes to some of the many hidden meanings of banners and hope I have inspired you to do your own word study. Until next time raise your standard in battle and walk in victory!