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Two Very Different Triumphal Entries

Throughout Bible History, donkeys were primarily domestic work animals used for pulling loads or implements, carrying burdens, or as slow, but dependable and sure-footed, transportation. Horses, on the other hand, are most-often referred to in the Bible as animals of war, whether used by cavalry, or to draw chariots. The choice of a donkey for peace, or a horse for war, was practical; horses were bigger, faster, and more powerful when it came to battle, but their size and "spirit" often made them less useful for the daily chores of life at that time.

Two Very Different Triumphal Entries

Horse The term "the triumphal entry" is used to refer to Christ's "Prince of Peace" arrival at Jerusalem, riding a donkey - a humble, peaceful arrival for a man who knew that He was not coming to rule, at that time, but to submit Himself to those who ruled.

"And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to The Mount Of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately."

"This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying, "Tell the daughter of Zion [see Daughter of Zion and Who, What or Where Is Zion?], Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass."

"The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:1-9 RSV)

The Messiah is going to make another Triumphal Entry some day, not just to Jerusalem, but to the whole world. When that occurs, it will not be on a donkey, but on a horse, at the head of a vast force of heavenly cavalry, as described in the verses below. He will still be the Prince of Peace, but this time He will have the power to bring about and enforce true peace on a world that has never known it; a deceived (see Who Still Rules The World Today?) and geopolitically-covetous, hence war-mongering (James 4:1-2) world that, as the Scriptures below plainly describe, will even attempt to fight the Christ when He comes to rule all nations (see also Gone With The Wind and Scenes From The Millennium):

"Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name inscribed which no one knows but Himself. He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed Him on white horses. From His mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords."

"Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly in midheaven, "Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great." And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him who sits upon the horse and against His army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image [see Revelation 13]. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. And the rest were slain by the sword of Him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh." (Revelation 19:11-21 RSV)

Fact Finder: What are some of the major events of Prophecy that will occur prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ?
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