In Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog and Magog, all the armies ride upon horses.
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:” [Ezek. 38:14-15]
In prophecy, horses are symbolic of people with no understanding. David wrote: “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” [Psa. 32:9]
Scripture records several examples of saints who were given a new name by God. Others were given names by the kings they served. A very few, including Cyrus, and John the Baptist, and Jesus, were assigned a name before their birth. Prophecy indicates the saints who overcome will also be given new names. This seems to be connected with their becoming new members of the family of God, sons of God. In the table below the people who received new names, and promises about receiving a new name are listed, with Scripture references.
In several Scriptures mount Zion is described as a spiritual city, and a city of truth. Those who dwell in her have no guile in their mouths. Things said of Zion apply to those who believe in Christ, the Church, not to the earthly city, or to ethnic Jews who deny that Jesus is the Christ. When Jesus ascended to heaven, after his resurrection, he was made Christ. [Acts 2:36] At that time, mount Zion and Jerusalem were established in the top of the mountains, above the hills, in heaven, as foretold in Isa. 2:1-2. Since then, all the Scriptures about Zion, such as those listed in the following table, apply to the Church.
Isaiah said that in Zion, God will lay a stone, a sure foundation, a precious corner stone.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. [Isa. 28:16]
At LifeCoach4God, David P. Craig has posted an article originally written by Alva J. McClain (1888-1968), former President of Grace Theological Seminary, about the nature of the kingdom of God in the period of Acts and throughout the present age. McClain argued that Jesus is not now actually king, but that his kingdom was “an immediate possibility, depending on the attitude of the nation of Israel.” But I think McClain has misrepresented what the Scriptures teach on this subject.
At Post Tenebras Lux Andrew G discussed Acts 2:17, where the apostle Peter, while addressing the Jews at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, quoted from a prophecy of Joel, beginning his quotation using the words of Isaiah rather than those of Joel.
The metaphorical meaning of mountains as symbols of God’s promises and blessings is based upon the words of Jacob in Genesis 49:26 where he said, as he blessed Joseph:
The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.
Mountains, rivers, valleys, hills, coasts, wilderness, desert, are all part of the land that God promised to give Abraham, and to Isaac, and to Jacob. Belief was required for the Israelites to enter the land of promise. [Heb. 3:19] Jacob discovered that the things that must be believed, promises of spiritual blessings, are represented by mountains and hills.
The promises he received were lofty and spiritual, and so were high like high mountains, and also durable, or eternal, so he compared them to the “everlasting hills.”
The table below lists many prophecies that refer to mountains, with brief explanatory notes.