War is hell! The instruments of war are hellish. The warhorse has long been one of the most fearsome components of an attacking army.
Foot-soldiers have little remedy against a charge of battle-trained warriors riding atop a fearless warhorse weighing 1200 pounds and running straight at them at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour. Most standing soldiers collapsed and ran in fear for their lives at the sights and sounds of an approaching cavalry. The warhorse, in the history of war, has been one of the most effective and feared weapons on the battlefield.
In the bible the warhorse is mentioned many times. In those instances it should be interpreted as a representation of the best and most advanced war fighting achievements. In today’s modern era the nations of the world have taken the art of war far beyond the warhorse but the symbol of the rider upon the horse is still important. Today the most advanced weapons of war are no longer limited to land. The seas, skies, and space are now part of the battlefield. In past wars the distant charge of chariots was seen for miles by the distinctive cloud of dust and sand kicked up by the hooves of the charging armies.
Today’s armies, led by tank battalions and personnel carriers create the same cloud of dust, move a little slower, but bring a much more deadly force to the armies that stand in their way.
Sadly, world war, once again is on the horizon. The following passages from scripture are some in which the warhorse is depicted as a part of an end-of-days scenario. Instead of the horse we should have in mind the reality of the most advanced weapons battling for dominance one last time. The final wars will be the most destructive and deadly ever, but the Lord will protect his people and the nation of Israel will miraculously survive.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all the burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, thought all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In that day, says the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.”
“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.”
“Have you given the horse strength. Have you clothed his neck with thunder? Can you make him afraid as a grasshopper? The glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength: he goes on to meet the armed men. He mocks at fear, and is not afraid; neither turns back from the sword. The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believes he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He says among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.”
“1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: 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. 5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measure of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beast of the earth.”
The four horsemen
The four horsemen of the apocalypse will ride.
I don’t know when they will ride but when they do they will take peace from the earth an in its place leave death and hell their destructive path. God Word has spoken it before it has come to pass. He sees the end from before the beginning. We must trust him to see us through to the other side where our eternal rest awaits those who are faithful.
Every warhorse and weapon of war will be defeated.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many people;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.