Noah came through the lineage of Enoch, therefore he was an Ethiopian like Enoch. From Adam to Noah, all the patriarchs lived in Ethiopia (Edom): then the deluge of water came, and Noah was saved in the Ark together with his family (his wife, his three sons and their wives, in total 8 people including Noah) and 77 families of animals.
They were scattered on Mount Ararat, where Noah divided the land among his three sons, Sem Kam and Yafet. The meaning of the name “Noah” in fact, from the ge’ez verb Nohe ኖኀ, is “he has stretched”, for at that time mankind stretched its presence all over the earth.
When the deluge was over, God established a new covenant with this renovated humanity, and set the rainbow as its symbol:
“And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow 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; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.” (Genesis 9, 12-17)
“Qeste Demena” ቀስተ፡ደመና as it is called in ge’ez (literally, the Bow of the Cloud), is therefore the eternal token of the covenant that Jah has stipulated with men, produced by the water vapor (cloud) as remembrance of the deluge of water.
It is the only biblical banner of the Kingdom of God, that only Ethiopia keeps as her own national flag, not determined, as in the case of the other states, by human artificial political reasons, but purely natural and divine. Ethiopian tricolor red gold and green (symbol of Noah’s sons), waving in the blue of the sky, recreates the light spectrum of the rainbow and testifies that Ethiopia is the Kingdom of Egziabhier, the only keeper of all His covenants and tokens, and Motherland of Mankind.