YAHWEH NESSI, The LORD my Banner
For an explanation of Jehovah/YHWH see also: God? What’s in a Name.
Nessi roots from the verb nes for conspicuous, as a noun it means standard, ensign signal or sign. The ending “i” is the way the Hebrew deals with the pronoun me or my. (Not the same word an in Song 2:4 His banner of me is love.)
This altar was placed on the hill top that Moses sat on during the fight with Amalek. It was to be a reminder that the Lord is to be our rallying-point. It is to Him and Him alone that we are to raise our eyes before and during the battle.
After this battle the children of Israel were admonished to destroy Amalek, and come to think of it, I bet you’ve never met an Amalekite. They are gone as all the enemies of our Lord will someday be.
We are no longer admonished to destroy people we are to destroy the demonic power behind them.
For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:12
The enemies of our Lord are doomed, as long as we look to the Lord our Banner.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? Psa. 121:1