The Banner Christian Symbol
represents God's setting up or giving a banner (Ps.
20:5; 60:4; Cant. 2:4) importing his presence,
protection and aid extended to his people. The
banners and ensigns of the Roman army had idolatrous
images upon them, and hence they are called the
"abomination of desolation" (q.v.). The principal
Roman standard, however, was an eagle. (See Matt.
24:28; Luke 17:37, where the Jewish nation is
compared to a dead body, which the eagles gather
together to devour.)
The Easton Bible Dictionary provides the following
definitions, meaning and emblem for the Banner
Christian Symbol in the Bible.
(1.) The flag or banner of the larger kind, serving
for three tribes marching together. These standards,
of which there were four, were worked with
embroidery and beautifully ornamented (Num. 1:52;
2:2, 3, 10, 18, 25; Cant. 2:4; 6:4, 10).
(2.) The flag borne by each separate tribe, of a
smaller form. Probably it bore on it the name of the
tribe to which it belonged, or some distinguishing
device (Num. 2:2,34).
(3.) A lofty signal-flag, not carried about, but
stationary. It was usually erected on a mountain or
other lofty place. As soon as it was seen the
war-trumpets were blown (Ps. 60:4; Isa. 5:26; 11:12;
13:2; 18:3; 30:17; Jer. 4:6 21; Ezek. 27:7).