The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. --Revelation 16:10

Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.--John 3:19

The banner representing the "Kingdom of Darkness" is an abstract portrayal of the truth about the Prince of Darkness and his kingdom. It is intended to convey a feeling of foreboding, oddness and danger. The irregular shape gives a sense of the unbalance found in this kingdom. There are some shiny touches to suggest the enemy's attempt to counterfeit the "Kingdom of Light".

COLORS: Black represents sin, death and evil. Copper is symbolic of bondage, baseness and filthiness. Bronze is the color of judgment.

BACKGROUND: The main fabric illustrates the deceptiveness of the dark kingdom in that there are glimpses of light that are seen and then are not seen. It contains a broken circle pattern. As the circle is the scriptural symbol of eternity, this pattern speaks the truth that this kingdom will end. The sheer, lacy background says it is a kingdom of no substance, and the use of two background fabrics speaks of a divided kingdom.

COPPER CHAINS: The banner is suspended from chains symbolizing the bondage of sin. Some are obscured to warn of the enemy's hidden bondages. Chains are also symbols of pride (Psalm 73:6, "Pride is as a chain about their neck...") and their coppery color is to remind us of the filthiness of sin.

SPEARS: The two copper spears are symbolic of the enemy's desire to kill and destroy. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy" (John 10:10). On the spear points are images of the heads of men and women, the often unwitting tools used by the evil one to carry out his purposes. The heads of the women are inverted because the woman was the one deceived (I Timothy 2:14).
HANGING: This is intended to give a feeling of twistedness. Yes, it is supposed to be repulsive.

DARK SPIRAL: The spiral speaks of the path to destruction. It is bright and enticing at the beginning, but darkens. The chains speak of the judgment and bondage that comes at the end, when all is swallowed up in blackness. The spiral begins at the top, the widest point of the banner, "For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it" (John 7:13). It is a warning of the emptiness and entrapment of the dark kingdom.
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