How shall ye contend with the horses?
In recent weeks we’ve surpassed a myriad of special events and holidays. We elected and inaugurated a new POTUS. On Dec. 7, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the empire of Japan’s bombing the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor. On a personal note, Dec. 7, 2016, marked 15 years since the passing of my dad, Evangelist/Pastor George W. Pyle of Core.
The world celebrated another new year. Personally again, Jan. 7, marked my 10th year as pastor here at the Elkins Church of God of Prophecy. We commemorated Martin Luther King’s birthday. There was another Super Bowl victory for the Patriots and Tom Brady.
As we moved into February, many saw the ground hog again, and my wife, Sallie, and I marked our 40th wedding anniversary Feb. 12, which also is the traditional birth date of President Abe Lincoln. Next up for yours truly — my 65th birthday, Lord willing, in August!
We’ve all spent much time writing cards to our sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Spring and Easter, that powerful and great, resurrection Sunday, for Jesus Christ, are awaiting us! Our minds have a difficult time adjusting to the seemingly rapid flow of time and events.
Jesus told the Sadducees that in our eternal home in heaven, that he died of a broken heart and body to prepare, we would no longer marry, nor be as man and wife, as in this life, but be as the angels in heaven.
Rapid transit, star wars technologies, nuclear technology, drones and other modern marvels and conveniences are taking us into new heights of acceleration. In the celestial world to come, and our new dwelling place, post millennium, The New Jerusalem, we’ll travel at the speed of light, and there will be no more night because The Lamb, Jesus Christ, will be the light.
We are trying to cope with all the upheavals, hatred, crime, political, social, family, local, state, media and national chaos. Jeremiah 12:5, explores our subject: “How shall ye contend with the Horses?” “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with the horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” (KJV)
Recently I wrote about our perilous, and great adventure in Christ our Lord. Once again, let’s “Saddle up your horses, we’ve got a trail to blaze, through the wild blue yonder, of God’s amazing grace. Let’s follow our leader, to the glorious unknown, it’s life like no other, whoa, this is the great adventure” (written, sung and recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman). Every day we face the unknown.
God has prepared us for this journey when we accepted, by faith, his divine terms of grace and mercy, provided in the atonement of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ who shed his precious blood on a cruel cross. Jesus Christ, died to pardon and sanctify us, and then arose from the grave to free us from Adam’s curse of sin!
Horses are mentioned throughout history as burden bearers. Much has been contained in the Holy Bible to alert us of their value. Even more symbolism is mentioned in the realm of prophecy. As Jeremiah records: “How shall ye contend with the horses?” In the wild west, stealing a horse could get you hung. Without a horse, a person could die in the sweltering heat.
Famous horses were: Traveler, who carried General Robert E. Lee, and the mythological TV and radio horse of the Lone Ranger, Hi Ho Silver. We should mention the triple-crown winner Secretariat. Without question, we are in a horse race to the finish line called heaven. Proverbs mentions in chapter 24 verse 10: KJV, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
We must, however, be renewed, as the prophet Isaiah declares in chapter 40: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” How shall we contend with the horses, if we continue to faint as we run with the footmen? Horses are mentioned in future events of mankind.
Hebrews tells us in chapter 12 to run the race with patience. Lanny Wolfe writes in his song “The Race:” “It doesn’t matter when we’ve started or how long the race has been, it’s the end that’s so important, oh I’ve just got to make it in. Not the one, who runs the swiftest, or the one who shines for a day, but the one, who endureth, to the end, he shall be saved.”
Revelation chapter 6 speaks about divine seals being opened, and of four horsemen. Verse two: “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him; (The Anti-Christ), and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” Verse 4 mentions a red horse: “And power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”
Verses 5 and 6 mention a black horse. “And he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.” In verse 8: “And I looked and behold a pale horse (remembering Clint Eastwood and “Pale Rider“; and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”
The Holy Bible mentions the second phase of Christ’s return to culminate the seven years of Jacob’s trouble, Daniel’s 70th week, the Great Tribulation, and the last phase of the great battle against the beast, false prophet and Satan, “Armageddon.”
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God.
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords;” Revelation 19:11-16. Verses 17 and 18 speak of the fowls of the air eating the flesh and blood of humans and natural horses. May the Lord prepare us for his return in the clouds. “And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Very soon, we will be in company of the saints of all the ages and celestial creatures, even horses. Saddle up, saints of God.
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