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Kings Riding Donkeys

Scotland Forever! depicting the charge of the Royal Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Scotland Forever! Depicting the charge of the Royal Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo
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Why would a king ride a lowly donkey when they have those marvelous steeds prancing with beautiful jeweled saddles and gleaming harnesses? A horse can certainly gallop much faster than a donkey can trot along. According to the Bible as he was dying King David said to put his son, Solomon on his donkey and ride him out for all to see and acknowledge that he would be David’s successor. I Kings 1:32 – 34 Then King David ordered, “Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came into the king’s presence, the king said to them, “Take Solomon and my officials down to Gihon Spring. Solomon is to ride on my own donkey. There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king over Israel. Blow the ram’s horn and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!‘ I believe that it’s because those charging steeds were known to be war horses.   When kingdoms went to war the leaders are always seen riding horses. Horses  were used extensively during warfare. The Calvary were mounted soldiers on horseback.  Horses pulling chariots would charge fast towards the battle front.  They could carry a knighted rider  with full  armor into a battle. A war horse can  leap over obstacles, plunge into skirmishes or carry it’s rider to safety. Horses have powerful hindquarters, able to easily coil and spring to a stop, spin, turn or sprint forward.

Persian 4 Horse Command War Chariot Photo Courtesy by Wikipedia

Persian 4 Horse Command War Chariot
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On the other hand donkeys are peacetime animals. They don’t move very fast so donkeys are more of a parade animal. Donkeys walk or trot along. If you are riding on a donkey, it won’t be hard for everyone to see who’s sitting on the donkey’s back.

Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem Photo Courtesy by Wikipedia

Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
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I believe that is why when Jesus rode into Jerusalem he did so on the back of a donkey. All four gospels bear witness of the account. Matthew 21:1 – 17, Mark 11:1 – 11, Luke 19:29 – 40 and John 12:12 – 19. Traditionally, entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace, rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse. Jesus wasn’t a man of war sitting upon a war horse. He was on the donkey because He was the King of kings. Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.  This was appropriate for a Hebrew king coming in peace.  A Hebrew king coming for battle would have ridden a horse.  In the Roman culture, a king would only have come riding a horse.  Since Jesus rode on a donkey, he presented himself as the King of the Jews, yet posed no threat to the Romans.

Who would have thought there would be so much symbolism on what a horse or donkey represent?

 

Demons I’ve Seen

When I was studying the Bible and learning about praying for others, I had some experiences that even now seem unbelievable. There was a group of older ladies in their 50’s and 60’s while I was in my late 20’s. The Bible studies were held at my mother-in-law, Thelma’s home. We would pray for members of the Ivory Palace Church, the pastor; Brother Arnold and various neighbors. Sometimes we would fast and pray for days if something was important enough.

It was after one of those long times of praying and fasting that I was sitting outside on the porch. I was just calmly watching the wind blow through the rows of pine trees. I heard a distant rumble and thought it was thunder. I was going to step inside and get a glass of sweet tea when in a matter of speaking all Hell broke loose! A load roaring noise accompanied the distant thundering. Trees splintered and were torn up by the roots. It looked like something extremely large was creating a path of destruction as it came closer. The roaring intensified to the extent that I had to cover my ears. I could feel the “thunder” as the ground shook. Then the first one parted the trees and stepped onto the dirt road. It was slightly shorter than the tall pines. It was hazy in form, almost transparent. Its head was built like a bull’s with horns and a thick neck. Its torso was that of a powerful man. It stood on two legs yet the feet were split hooves. Its arms were muscular with hands and fingers that simply pushed aside the trees as it walked upright. There was also a pair of leathery wings attached to its back. The roaring sound was coming from this creature. It pawed the red Georgia clay as if to challenge me.

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I fell to my knees and began to pray. There were more of these huge creatures behind the first. They too were strong enough to knock down more trees. Wood splintered, cracked and fell with a thud. The noise was so loud! These demons growled and I realized the thunder was from them too. I could still feel it in my knees and legs as I feel to my knees and prayed for God’s protection. I clung to the verse 2 Timothy 1:7 where God says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind..” I yelled that verse as loud as I could yet I couldn’t even hear my own voice.

Then as suddenly as it had all started, everything was gone. I uncovered my ears and slowly stood up looking around. The ground no longer trembled, but my legs felt weak. The air was charged with ozone like after a lightning strike. I walked cautiously across the lawn and stood on the side of the road. There were no tracks in the dirt, not even in the loose dirt along the sides. The pines were all standing as before perfectly in a row between the fire breaks. None of the ferns nor palmettos looked disturbed. I went back inside and told my mother-in-law what just happened. She simply said that I have the gift of “discernment” which means I can see spirits.

Sometimes they would appear in the most mundane places. In the grocery store I saw what looked like spider monkeys with hyena heads clinging to someone’s back, biting and scratching. Other times it might be a shuffling zombie that dragged one foot and held onto a person slowing them.

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I was humbled by the experience and only mentioned it to my family. Years later in 1997 I was playing a computer game named Diablo. I wasn’t  very far into the game when I had another shocking surprise. There were the “demons” I had previously seen: the spider monkey demons, bull demons, zombies shuffling with their staggering walk, and more. I realized then that these spirits or demons I had seen were really true. I had had my doubts but, now I knew for sure that someone else must have seen the same creatures.

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