Horses in Prophecy

Topical Bible Study

Introduction

Horses in the Bible represent either natural horses or the supernatural Power of God in various forms. This topical Bible study, about horses in prophecy, focuses on supernatural visions of horses in the Bible.

This study covers a set of visions of horses, which progress over time, from the chariots of fire in 2 Kings 2:12, to four sets of horses in Zechariah chapter 6, four horses in Revelation chapter 6, and finally to the white horse which Jesus rides in Revelation chapter 19.

Overview

The study begins with horses and chariots of fire, from 2 Kings 2:12. These horses represent military power backed by the Sovereign Lord. Next, horses in Zechariah chapter 6, introduce prophecy of a future king-priest. Only Jesus fulfills the office of both king and priest. Horses, which look similar, appear in Revelation chapter 6, representing tribulation before the Lord returns. Last, in Revelation chapter 19, Jesus returns riding a white horse.

Horses, to some extent, provide the timeline of our Lord, from representing His power, to announcing the incarnation of Jesus, Earth's tribulation, and finally the Lord's second return.

Chariots and Horses of Fire

In 2 Kings 2:12, chariots and horses of fire separate Elijah and Elisha. Elijah then flies upward with a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha cried My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. (2 Kings 2:12). Chariots and horsemen were part of military at that time in history. Chariots and horses of fire represented Israel's protection by the Power of God, similar to physical horses in military, protecting Israel with earthly power.

The Four Horsemen of Revelation and the Book of Zechariah

The horses in Revelation 6:1-8 and Zechariah 6:1-8 provide uniquely similar visions. In Revelation Chapter 6 we see four horses; a white horse, red horse, black horse, and pale horse. In Zechariah Chapter 6 we see four sets of horses; white horses, red horses, black horses, and the fourth chariot had both grisled and bay horses.

The coloring of three, out of four, horses in both Zechariah and Revelation is identical. Both books describe white, red and black horses. The bay horse coloring, from Zechariah, is reddish-brown, which compares closely with the red horse of Revelation. The grisled horse coloring, from Zechariah, means gray or partly gray hair, which compares closely with the pale horse of Revelation.

Perhaps the same heavenly horses appeared to both Zechariah and the Apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation, under divine inspiration. In Zechariah 6:5, the angel tells Zechariah the horses are four spirits who serve the Lord.

These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.

Zechariah's Visions of Horses

Zechariah 6 Introduction

In chapter six of Zechariah, the Bible presents four sets of horses which go from God's presence and review the earth. God already knows what's happening everywhere at every time. This chapter provides spiritual imagery regarding the Sovereign Lord's review of the earth and it's inhabitants. These horses are servants of the Lord.

The horse from the north has a good report for the Lord (Zechariah 6:8), which quieted the spirit of the angel who was speaking with Zechariah. Zechariah then prophecies about northern coutries, which leads into prophecy about a person who will be both priest and king.

...even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both (Zechariah 6:13).

In Israel God selected people as either king or priest, but not both. Priests came from the family of Levi and kings from the family of Judah. However Melchizedeck, is at least one exception.

Melchizedeck, of Genesis chapter 14, was both priest and king. Many Bible lovers believe Melchizedeck was an early appearance of Jesus. Jesus is clearly now both our High Priest and King according to Hebrews 4:14 and 1 Timothy 6:15.

The following two Bible verses support Jesus as our king and priest.

Jesus as high priest:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (Hebrews 4:14 KJV)

Jesus as king:

Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; (1 Timothy 6:15)

Zechariah Summary

The Lord uses horses as an introduction to this great prophecy about our coming Messiah; a man who will be both priest and king.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Revelation Chapter 6 includes four horses, a white, a red, a black, and a pale horse. The horses appear in sequence after seals one through four of the scroll, are opened.

The rider of the white horse conquers. The rider of the red horse takes peace from the earth, such that people kill each other. The rider of the black horse may represent starvation. The rider of the black horse holds a set of scales.

The verse after the description of the black horse, references the price of wheat and barley, which were basic food supplies at that time. Perhaps the scales represent carefully measuring wheat and barley.

Last, the rider of the pale horse represents death.

The riders of the four horses, of Revelation Chapter 6, have authority to accomplish supernatural acts. The horses of Revelation chapter six are also supernatural servants of God. However, in this vision of Earth's future, the horses represent coming tribulation, before the Lord's return.

The White Horse

The White horse (Rev 19:11) represents the horse Jesus Christ rides. The rider of the white horse conquers the forces of evil.

The rider of the white horse must be Jesus, because no other creature or person can be called Faithful and True (Rev 19:11), Word of God (Rev 19:13), or KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Jesus Christ, the Faithful and True, Word of God, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, rides a white horse in the Book of Revelation. Jesus Christ puts an end to evil.

Biblical Timeline of Horses

The reference to horses of fire (2 Kings 2:11-12), from approximately 851 BC, reveal the military Power of God protecting His people Israel. The reference from Zechariah chapter 6, written about 520 BC, indicate The Messiah will come. The riders of the fours horses, of Revelation chapter 6, represent Earth's suffering before our Lord returns. The white horse, from Revelation Chapter 19, represents the horse Jesus Christ rides, when He returns to make war and judge. John's visions were recorded in the book of Revelation about 95 AD.

Horses in the Bible's timeline progress from displaying the military Power of God, to prophecy about the coming Messiah, suffering on Earth, and finally a horse carries the Messiah when He returns as warrior and Judge. Jesus Christ will return soon to judge the earth.

Despite the coming judgment, Christ came first to offer Peace for all who follow Him. Jesus said;

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27).

Invitation

If you would like to live a life of Peace with Christ, please accept an invitation to live for Christ.

Summary

Horses in the Bible represent either natural horses or the supernatural Power of God in various forms. This topical Bible study, about horses in prophecy, focused on supernatural visions of horses in the Bible.

This study covered a set of visions of horses, which progress over time, from the chariots of fire in 2 Kings 2:12, to four sets of horses in Zechariah chapter 6, four horses in Revelation chapter 6, and finally to the white horse which Jesus rides in Revelation chapter 19.

The heavenly horses usher in prophecy about the coming Messiah Priest and King (Jesus Christ), Earth's suffering during the tribulation, and the Lord's final victory over evil.

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