In “Part 1”, we discussed the fascinating significance of the color blue, as it related to Israel of old. We saw how God specifically instructed them to wear the color blue to remind them of His commandments, which we found were written upon blue sapphire stone. This was the stone that comprises God’s very throne, and was supplied by God Himself for the 10 commandments given on Mt. Sinai in Exodus 24:10-12.
But is the color blue significant anywhere else in the Bible? Does it have prophetic significance? The answer is a resounding “YES!” Remember the principle, “God never does anything by accident/chance.”
Exodus 28:4-6. God, through His servant Moses, is instructing Aaron and his sons what to wear when they come into their new roles as the priesthood. Let’s examine the colors: “gold and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.” (v.5) The priesthood is the Old Testament type or shadow of the church of God. So God is dressing them with garments and materials that will have spiritual significance later in Scripture. All these garments and colors are significant, but for this article, we’ll only examine the color of blue.
In the Bible, especially in Bible prophecy, a woman symbolizes a church. (Hos 2:19, Eph 5:23-32, 2 Cor 11:2, Rev 12:1-6) An unfaithful woman/church is labeled a “harlot” or a “whore” in the Bible.(Isa 1:21, Jer 2:20, Eze 16:15, 28) We also saw this in Numbers 15:39.
Now, let’s closely examine the “harlot” or church of Rev 17. Let us notice a few key things about her:
- She sits upon many waters= peoples/nations. (v. 1, 15)
- She is covered in colorful garments, consisting of purple, scarlet, and gold with precious stones. (v. 4)
- She is the mother of harlots= there are other churches that she started.
What color is missing from this church? That’s right- blue.
So let’s tie things together. God tells Israel to wear blue to remind them of His law and to keep them from becoming a harlot. We see in Revelation a harlot/unfaithful church that persecutes God’s true woman/church. The persecuting church has all the trappings of the woman/church of old, except with the total absence of God’s law, because she has forgotten it.