HE THINKS HE'S THE MESSIAH BUT HE'S ON THE WRONG HORSE!
"For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.
- Matt. 24:5 (NKJV)
"I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive."
- John 5:43 (NKJV)
The Napoleon Story:
The French Emperor Napoleon conquered Poland and Russia, tearing down the walls of the Jewish ghettos. Afterwards, he changed laws and injustices against the Jews and he restored the Jewish counsel, the Sanhedrin.
Soon Napoleon marched toward Jerusalem, declaring his intent to reestablish Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land. At that time, some Hassid Jews believed Napoleon was introducing a new Messianic era that would help bring about the final redemption predicted in the Holy Scriptures. The emperor was often seen riding in full military attire upon a white stallion. The Jews were disappointed when their favored emperor met his Waterloo.
Since the revelation of the Apocalypse given to John on the Island of Patmos, men have been looking for the King to return on a white horse (Rev. 19:11). In fact, there are three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. All three are anticipating the arrival of a Messiah or a Messiah like figure that will make his universal arrival riding upon a special white stallion. These three religions are accepted by about 45% of the world's population.
The Christians identify this person as Christ the Messiah. The religious Jews teach that he is a man who is the Meshiach, or anointed one. The conquering Messiah is identified as the "Messiah son of David," who will rule and conquer the enemies of Israel and rule after the war of Gog and Magog. While the Muslims also have a belief in a future war of Gog and Magog, they identify their final leader as the Mahdi. He will conquer Islam's enemies which include Christians and Jews.
For over 1900 years, true Christians have maintained there is only one Messiah and that is Christ. Among the Jews however, there have been numerous self acclaimed or "candidates" for the Messiah, including Bar Kokhba (132-136 AD), Napoleon and more recently, Menachem Schneerson. In 17th century Turkish Jew Sabbatai Zvi had so much attention that bets were placed on stock exchanges that he was the Messiah. There was even interest in England where some Christians said he was preview of the Second Coming and Muslims were worried the Jews were accepting him as their Messiah. Some Jews sold property, carved stones with his initials, inscribed prayer books in his honor while others made preparations for a new life in The Holy land. Other self appointed saviors included:
- 1550 - In Poland Jacob Melstinski announced he is Christ and selected 12 disciples
- 1556 - David Jorries proclaims himself the true Christ
- 1614 - In Langensalza, Ezekiel Meth proclaims himself the Grand Duke of God and Archangel Michael
- 1615 - Isaiah Stieffel announces, "I am the Christ I am the Living Word."
- 1624 - Phillip Zieglar prophesied a Messiah of the line of David to be born in Holland
Helping to Bring the Messiah to the World
Among certain Jewish sects there is interest in "helping to bring" the Messiah to the nation. Years ago a Jewish man was arrested attempting to blow up the Eastern Gate. He was hoping to speed up the Messiah's appearing. Others are preparing sacred vessels for the third Temple and training young men in the Torah offerings. Some secularist accuse Christians of helping to speed up the appearing of Christ through Christians financing the return of the Jews (Jer. 16), helping to plant trees making the desert to blossom (Isa. 35), and working to unite the Christians and Jews (Rom.11).
There is even a rumbling among Islamic nations that the soon appearing of the Mahdi is upon them. Of course one of the central traditions is that the Mahdi will appear riding upon a white horse. This white horse theme is seen in the Christian faith, among the Jewish tradition and especially among the Muslims. The Muslims believe their Mahdi will be recognized when he rides into Jerusalem to conquer the infidels on a white horse.
He was on the Wrong Animal
One day I was thinking, "This may be why the religious Jewish people did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah...he was, according to some, riding on the wrong animal. He entered the city riding upon a donkey, the animal for a servant. In Roman times military generals and emperors rode upon white horses. A donkey was the animal a servant rode - not a king, and especially not the Jewish Messiah. Apparently some had not read this prophecy:
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey." - Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)
The reason for the donkey was that Christ was revealed in his first appearing as a suffering servant. However, when he returns he will be riding on a white horse as the conquering King of Kings; the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! When you become discouraged with all of the negative news, just remember that the lamb is about to become a lion and when he returns, there will be a lot of white horse riders riding with him. I believe you and I have a fine stallion waiting for us. I am anticipating the time when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God and his Christ (Rev. 11:15). We are servants now but will be kings and priests in the future kingdom. No donkeys then - just white stallions!