Monday, June 8, 2015

"Your King Comes to You on a donkey and a foal."

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zech.9:9)

This scripture tells us, that a time arrives in which the virgins daughters of the Covenant "Jerusalem" (Gal.4:26) will rejoice in their triumph. They will obtain salvation through the arrival of their king. That arrival is upon a donkey and it's foal.
Was this scripture completely fulfilled in the first century?
No. It points to another arrival of Christ. How do we know?
I suggest a full reading of Zech.9, and a consideration of how it describes the final arrival of Christ. 
For now, I will quote some of the preceding and following verses...

"14 Then the LORD will appear over them (Luke21:27; Heb.12:1; 1Thess.3:13); his arrow will flash like lightning (Ps.45:5; Matt.24:27). The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet (1Thess.4:16; Joel2:1; Rev.8:6; 10:7; 11:15; 1Cor.14:8; Eze.33:3; Num.10:9; Rev.17:14; 19:11,14; 16:13,14; Matt.24:31; Isa.58:1; 27:13); he will march in the storms of the south (explained later)
16 The LORD their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock (Phil.3:20; Zeph.3:19). They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown (Rev.12:1; 1Thess.2:19-20; Rev.1:20; 10:5-7).
8 But I will encamp at my temple (Rev.21:3) to guard it against marauding forces (Dan.12:1; Joel2:2,4,1; 1:4; Rev.9:7,9,10). Never again will an oppressor overrun my people (Rev.13:7,10; 11:2; Mark.13:14) (Rev.20:9; 11:5), for now I am keeping watch." (Gen.28:15; Heb.4:16; 13:7; Rev.21:3; 22:3; Jer.29:10-12; Isa.40:9-10; Rev.22:12)
These things were not fulfilled in the first century.

Did you note, that this is a time for spiritual war (14)?
...a day of salvation and vindication? (16)
...a day of protection and release from oppression, that would last forever? (8)

Zech.9:9 describes the final arrival of Christ. 
The relevant details that verse contains then, are worthy of our understanding.
Why does verse 9 tell us that Christ's arrival, is...
"Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey."?
Some believe that Jesus arrives on only one donkey.
What is the truth?
Consider Matt.21:5...
"Say to Daughter Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
This is consistent with Matt.21:1-3...
"When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. 3"If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

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Such details are important to us, because God considered them worthy of recording as a part of prophecy. They contain significant meaning for those present at the final arrival of Christ, which all these verses, describe.

1 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage (Béthphagé: "house of unripe figs," -Matt.21:19; John15:6), at the Mount of Olives (Zech.4:11-12,14; Eze.17:23; 36:8), then Jesus sent two disciples (John8:17), 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you (Isa.41:11; 2Tim.2:25; Phil.1:28), and immediately (Luke12:36,40) you will find a donkey tied there [("while at ease") Dan.8:25; 1Thess.5:3; Gen.49:15; Isa.46:1-2; Rev.13:7; 2Cor.11:20; Rev.2:20)] (Matt.24:48-50; Num.22:28,30,32-33; Rev.2:14; Jude1:11; 2Pet.2:15; Matt.23:2,4,12)
and a colt with her; untie them / "loose them", (Matt.16:19; Job 39:5-6; 24:5; 11:12; Ps.102:20; Isa.49:9-10) and bring them to Me (Matt.11:28-30; Ps.25:5). 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ (John14:15; 21:15; Col.3:24; Gen.49:10-11; Isa.63:2-3; Rev.19:15) and immediately he will send them.” (Isa.49:25) 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, (John1:51; Rev.22:3-4) 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them 
[your outer garment is your identity before others (Matt.24:17,18; 6:25; Luke6:29; Matt.6:30; Rev.6:11) (Rev.12:1; --Mal.4:2; 2Pet.1:19; Rev.22:16)] 
(Isa.61:10; Rev.19:8,14; Gal.3:27; Rev.12:1; Luke1:78; Isa.60:1); and He sat on the coats (Ps.89:14; Col.3:14; Gen.49:10-11; Isa.63:2-3; Rev.19:15). 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road (Mark1:1-3; Matt.6:25,28,30.33), and others were cutting branches from the trees (John15:2; Matt.5:30) and spreading them in the road."

Jesus humbly arrives on two ignoble donkeys (1Cor.1:27-29; Rev.11:3,7-10), despised and treated as if wicked (Jer.22:19; Heb.13:13; John16:2). They do not have an impressive visible army with them (Zech.4:6,14), but are moved to speak by the spirit and power of God (Num.22:28; Eze.3:27; 24:27; 29:21; Rev.22:16,6).

One is a mother (1Thess.2:7-8), who previously served as a beast of burden 
(Rom.6:16; Gal.4:3; Col.2:8; 2Cor.11:3,4,20; Rev.13:7,10; 11:2; Isa.51:23; Ps.66:11-12; John8:32,36).
The other, her clinging foal, whom no master has ever dominated 
(Mark11:2; 1Cor.7:23; Zech.8:23).
Although many expect the presence and inspection of Christ to be a majestic supernatural display;
the great majority even among God's chosen people,
will fail to recognize the "humble and lowly" means by which Christ truly arrives. 
(2Pet.3:4; Luke19:41-42; Jer.13:17; Matt.13:15; Mark4:12; Eze.12:2; Rev.3:3)

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  1. Pearl,
    Can you please explain a little more as to the identities of the "mother Donkey" and the baby one. One gospel writer mentions only the colt, and the other mentions both the Donkey and it's colt. The apostles spread their cloaks over both the Donkey and it's colt. What if any is the significance here? (especially concerning the colt...Zechariah 8:23 says that ten men from all the nations grab hold of the cloak of one who is a Jew...
    Ruth asks Boaz to spread his garment over her as she lays at his feet on the threshing floor...Do these things referencing cloaks or garments have any significance with each other?
    Holman Christian Standard Bible
    So he (Boaz) asked, "Who are you?"" I am Ruth, your slave," she replied. "Spread your cloak over me, for you are a family redeemer."
    Thanks Obadiah

    1. Regarding a clearer understanding of the identities of the load-bearing mother and her baby, that spiritual relationship may be better understood by reading this link: (
      The Bible makes clear, that there were both the mother and her colt. The significance of the apostles "spreading their cloak" over them both, can be better understood by reading these posts: ( and the last half of: (
      By spreading their outer garment over the donkey and her colt, the apostles (foundation of God's Temple and "fathers" AND JUDGES of the 12 tribes of SPIRITUAL Israel), the donkey and her colt have been "adopted", accepted, approved, and identified with, God's True Temple and abode of His spirit (1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:20-21,19; Matt.19:28; Rev.7:4).
      Just as Boaz spread his cloak over Ruth, Jesus wished to "adopt" as his own, all God's people (Matt.23:37). If a father clothes us with his garment, we are seen as belonging to that fatherly protector. The apostolic fathers of God's NEW covenanted people, accept the identities represented by the donkey and her colt, under their kingdom dominion. That adoption would include their spiritual care and protection. Yet seated above that arrangement, Christ would "arrive" to "Jerusalem", previous to it's condemnation and destruction. Those who accepted their arriving King, would later flee that same city, resulting in their survival when Jerusalem was destroyed.
      Although the links above do not work within a comment, if the URL is highlighted (hold down left click, then right click), it can be used.


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