Horses Then, Now and Forever

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:57 AM
September 20, 2010

In this age of technology and the demise of great literature, man’s inventions push symbolism’s meaning back stage.   This neglect, however, does not obviate centuries of truth.  For eons, the number of horses a nation, and particularly its army, owned marked the level of that nation’s wealth.   But the invention of automobiles, gasoline war machines, oil powered tractors and mass transportation changed man dependence upon horses for survival.

 India, where horses have always been an integral part of their culture,  has found a use for their famous Marwari Horses as a great tourist attraction.  England likewise uses its horses to bring in foreign wealth, as well as to preserve hundreds of years of British culture.  The crown keeps symbolic horses before the public eye. There are horse trails, horse shows and numerous other horse activities.  In Scotland, riding lessons and proper horse care are part of profitable vacation spots.

  Surely, in this country, smart people could come up with enhancing ways to teach children and adults about horses; to build horse trails; to teach rodeo riding, etc.––all sorts of activities involving these animals which are such an integral part of this nation’s history.  But, instead, as the blog points out,  not known by the general public, all sorts of horses live in danger of being sacrificed for the dining pleasure of people and other animals:  “No horse is safe from slaughter. Children’s ponies, show horses, family horses, retired show horses, or horses from families who just can’t afford them any longer are all at risk of being slaughtered for human consumption.”

 Many animals are symbolic figures in the Bible, but perhaps none more so than the horse.  A spirit horse and chariot bore Elijah to heaven alive; angels on horseback brought symbolic messages to Zechariah;  Satan’s chief angels are seen bringing destruction to earth on various hued horses in The Book of Revelation.  And in the same Book, The Lord Jesus is seen returning to earth with His great army of believers––all riding on horseback.  Thus, one can but conclude that there are myriads of horses in heaven, just as there are––or at least should be––on earth.    

        Jesus will return to earth riding on a white horse, as will His followers:  “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, . . . .  And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  . . . And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” (Rev. 19: 11, 14, 19).  In these end-times, spirit horses will not just be symbols but realities on earth.  Surely, while adorning gifts of Christian clothing wholesale for the holidays, people of good will can think of ways to change the status of this nation’s horses, especially in view of those heavenly horses soon to touch down upon this earth.

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