YAHUSHUA rode on a “Donkey” and not a “Horse” or “Carmel” during HIS 1st Coming, Why?


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Zechariah 9:9 Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Lord Sends His King

Rejoice with all your heart, people of Zion!
    Shout in triumph, people of Jerusalem!
    Look! Your Melek is coming to you:
    He is righteous and victorious.
    He is humble and rides on a donkey,
        on a colt, a young pack animal.

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This is teaching is inspired by “THE GREAT SABBATH (SHABBAT HAGADOL)”!

What is the Significance of riding on a donkey?

The answer is as follows:

Peace meaning that YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH came as a Man of SHALOM (a.k.a PEACE)


Note that Horses and Carmels can be used in battle or war whereas donkey can not be used in battle or war!!!


Donkey Characteristics


  • Donkeys are not easily startled (unlike horses) and have a keen sense of curiosity.
  • Donkeys have a reputation for stubbornness but this is due to their highly developed sense of self preservation.
  • A donkey will not do something it considers to be unsafe.


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YAHUSHUA’S entry on a donkey has a parallel in Zechariah 9:9 which states that: thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass. … Therefore, YAHUSHUA’S entry to Jerusalem symbolized his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a warmongering king.


Let us study about donkeys first:

Donkey Characteristics

  • Donkeys are not easily startled (unlike horses) and have a keen sense of curiosity.
  • Donkeys have a reputation for stubbornness but this is due to their highly developed sense of self preservation. It is difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it sees as contrary to its own best interest or safety.
  • Donkeys are more independent in their thinking than horses and will reason, then make decisions based on their safety.
  • Training a donkey relies upon showing him or her, by words and action, that they can trust you to protect them from harm. They learn what it is we want them to do if we take time to show them.

Donkeys originate from desert areas of the earth

  • In the desert environment a donkey is able to hear the call of another donkey 60 miles away, they have far larger ears than horses. Their large ears also help keep them cool.
  • Because food is scarce in the desert, donkeys utilise 95% of what they eat which means their manure is not a very good fertilizer for land. Their digestive system can break down inedible vegetation and extract moisture from food more efficiently.
  • They don’t like the rain and being out in it for long periods can damage their health as their fur is not waterproof.

Donkeys are herd animals

  • Donkeys don’t like being kept on their own although a single donkey will live quite happily with goats.
  • A herd will choose the strongest donkey to be their leader, even if domesticated. In the wild the lead donkey would stay to ward off an attack by a wolf or other predators in order to allow the rest of the herd to escape to safety.
  • Donkeys in a herd will groom each other in the same way as monkeys and chimps do.

The work of donkeys through the ages

  • The wealth of the Egyptians was due to the precious metals carried from Africa by donkeys.
  • Donkeys were used to carry silk along the ‘Silk Road’ from the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean in return for trade goods.
  • In Greece donkeys were used for working on the narrow paths between vines and their work in vineyards spread as far as Spain. The donkey was associated with the Syrian God of Wine, Dionysius.
  • The Roman Army moved donkeys into Northern Europe using them in agriculture, vineyards and as pack animals.
  • Donkeys came to England with the Roman invasion of Britain in 43CE.
  • Donkeys are often a lifeline to families in many regions of the world. They help with water and wood fuel collection, land cultivation and transportation of produce to market.
  • Donkeys are used as guard animals for cattle, sheep and goats since they have a natural aversion to canines and will keep them away from a flock.
  • Donkeys are often fielded with horses due to the perceived calming effect they have on nervous horses. If a donkey is introduced to a mare and foal, the foal will often turn to the donkey for support after it has left its mother.

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What is the meaning of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH (a.k.a JESUS CHRIST/YESHUA) riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, or an ass?



  • the divine man,
  • perfected man,
  • spiritual self,
  • Master within

rode a donkey into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9) … Meek, and riding upon a donkey (or upon a colt the foal of a donkey).

Matthew 21:1-9 Names of God Bible (NOG)

The King Comes to Jerusalem

21 When they came near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Yeshua sent two disciples ahead of him. He said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you. You will find a donkey tied there and a colt with it. Untie them, and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them. That person will send them at once.”

This happened so that what the prophet had said came true:

“Tell the people of Zion,
    ‘Your king is coming to you.
        He’s gentle,
            riding on a donkey,
                on a colt, a young pack animal.’”

The disciples did as Yeshua had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put their coats on them for Yeshua to sit on. Most of the people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowd that went ahead of him and that followed him was shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Hosanna in the highest heaven!”


* Note- The donkey, symbolically the donkey is:

  • stubborn,
  • persistent,
  • has much endurance to resist,
  • needs taming,


  • is ignorant of its true spiritual self ,so is the nature of the animalistic nature in man. This symbol was originally used along the African Nile Valley to show the battles and struggle between divine man and animalistic man.

YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH riding the donkey shows:

  • the mastery of the I AM (spiritual identity), over the animalistic nature of man.


  • Remember the donkey also represents riding in on the spiritual ignorance of the people.





What is the Significance of riding on a HORSE?

The answer is:

Battle and/or War meaning that if YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH would have come as a Man of Battle and/or War

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Facts about Horses


  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • Horses can run shortly after birth.
  • Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
  • A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.
  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton
  • Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.
  • Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
  • Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
  • Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).
  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).
  • Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
  • Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.
  • A male horse is called a stallion.
  • A female horse is called a mare.
  • A young male horse is called a colt.
  • A young female horse is called a filly.


More Facts about Ponies

  • Ponies are small horses.
  • Ponies have thicker manes and tails than horses.
  • They also have proportionally shorter legs, thicker necks and shorter heads.
  • Well trained ponies are good for children while they are learning to ride.
  • As well as for riding, ponies are used in driving and working roles.
  • Young ponies are called foals.
  • Shetland ponies are small but very strong.
  • Pound for pound, ponies are stronger than horses.
  • Miniature horses are even smaller than ponies.
  • Hackney ponies were first bred to pull carriages.
  • Ponies are easy to look after, requiring half the food that a horse would if it was the same weight.

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Horses can doze and enter light sleep while standing, an adaptation from life as a prey animal in the wild. Lying down makes an animal more vulnerable to predators.Horses are able to sleep standing up because a “stay apparatus” in their legs allows them to relax their muscles and doze without collapsing.

Significance of a Horse:

  • In others, like Christianity, the white horse is a symbol of death.
  • The horse is a universal symbol of freedom without restraint, because riding a horse made people feel they could free themselves from their own bindings.
  • Also linked with riding horses, they are symbols of travel, movement, and desire.


When you dream of horses:

To determine your personal meaning, look at how the dreams about horses make you feel, and how you react to them.

A dream in which you’re riding a horse, feeling the wind in your face and a sense of freedom means something completely different than facing a stampede of rearing horses.




What about CAMELS?


These too, like HORSES are WAR or BATTLE ANIMALS!

(Source for the following: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/camel.html)


Amazing Facts about Camels

  • There are two species of true camel. The dromedary, is a single humped camel that lives in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa area. The bactrian, is a two-humped camel that lives in areas of Central Asia.
  • There are four camel-like mammals that live in South America, llama and alpaca are called “New World camels”, while guanaco and vicuna are called “South American camels”.
  • Camels have been domesticated by humans for thousands of years. Used mostly for transport or to carry heavy loads, they also provide a source of milk, meat, and hair/wool.
  • Camels live on average for 40 to 50 years.
  • Camels are 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) at shoulder level and 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) at the hump.
  • Camels are capable of running as fast as 65 km/h (40 mph) for a short period of time, and can maintain a speed of around 40 km/h (25 mph).
  • Dromedary camels weigh 300 to 600 kg (660 to 1,320 lb) and bactrian camels weigh 300 to 1,000 kg (660 to 2,200 lb).
  • Camels do not actually hold liquid water in their humps. The humps contain fatty tissue reserves, which can be converted to water or energy when required. They can survive up to six months without food or water by using up these fatty stores.
  • Camels are well suited to the hot sandy deserts they roam in. Their thick coat insulates them from heat and also lightens during summer to help reflect heat.
  • A camels long legs help its body to be high from the hot desert surface and a pad of thick tissue called a pedestal raises the body slightly when the camel sits so cool air can pass underneath.
  • A large camel can drink around 30 gallons (113 liters) in just 13 minutes, making them able to rehydrate faster than any other mammal.
  • Long eyelashes, ear hair, and closable nostrils keep sand from affecting the camel, while their wide feet help them move without sinking into sand.
  • Camels have long been used in war times. Romans used camels for their ability to scare off horses who are afraid of their scent, and in recent times camels have been used to carry heavy gear and troops across hot sandy deserts.
  • There are estimated to be over 14 million camels in the world. Camels introduced to desert areas of Australia are the worlds largest populations of feral camels.



(The following information has been sourced from the following: https://onekindplanet.org/animal/camel/)

Baby camels are born without humps. They are however able to run within hours of birth. They call to their mothers with a lamb-like “baa” sound. Mother and child camel pairings are extremely close, staying together for several years.


Amazing Facts About the Camel

    • Camels are social animals who roam the deserts in search of food and water with up to 30 other individuals.
    • With the exception of rutting males competing for females, camels are very peaceful animals who rarely exhibit aggression.
    • Contrary to popular misconception, camels do not store water in their humps. The humps are actually reservoirs for fatty tissue. Concentrating fat in their humps minimises insulation throughout the rest of the body, thus allowing camels to survive in such extreme hot regions.


  • Asian camels have two humps whereas Arabian camels only have one.
  • Camels have two rows of thick eyelashes to protect their eyes from the desert dust. They are also able to close their nostrils and lips to keep out the dust.
  • Camels’ ears are small and hairy. However their sense of hearing is also extremely strong.
  • The amount of water a camel drinks on a day-to-day basis can vary greatly, as they drink to replace only the fluid they’ve lost. A thirsty camel can drink up to 135 liters in one sitting!
  • In Arab cultures the camel symbolises patience, tolerance and endurance.
  • Camels have played such an important role in Arabian culture that there are over 160 words for ‘camel’ in the Arabic language.


Seeing a Camel in your dream

Camel is the symbol of a carrier and a helper in places where there is no support. The word ‘carrier’ relates to a lot of other things in dreams.

If you had a dream about riding a camel or just sitting on it, then this dream symbolizes relaxed and prosperous lifestyle you are living.

A camel in the dream represents loneliness, lonely place and a weird situation. One of the major qualities of a camel is to provide help by being a carrier of people and goods. Seeing a camel in dream may depict two things. One is either you are in need of support or someone else is in need of your support. This depends on what is the camel carrying in your dream.
Some dreams indicate camel carrying loads. It may hint you that you will get a package or courier from someone. From the spiritual point of you, camels are a symbol of respect and dignity. This is the reason why the camels were the majestic riders of the majority of the royal kings and queens.
Camels in dream are also associated with honor and destiny. The animal in dream might be trying to convey about an honor or gratitude that you may receive for a good deed done recently.


Camels can represent dignity, royalty but also represent war.

I have never seen donkeys being used to fight in battles or wars!!!

Have you?


In conclusion, just like Yeshayahu/Isaiah said in Chapter 11, YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH’s First Coming was that of SHALOM (a.k.a PEACE) hence being called the:




Isaiah 9:6 Names of God Bible (NOG)

A child will be born for us.
    A son will be given to us.
    The government will rest on his shoulders.
    He will be named:
        Wonderful Counselor,
        Mighty God,
        Everlasting Father,
        Sar Shalom.