What comes to mind when you think of horses? Please take a moment to think about it.
Today, we commonly use the term “horsepower” to describe an engine’s strength. This alludes to the fact that a horse is seen as a symbol and measure of strength and power.
In this post, you’ll learn that horses can positively represent power, spiritual warfare, and authority in dreams. However, they can also have negative connotations depending on the context of the dream to express fear and opposition.
Let’s explore their biblical meaning and significance (backed by verses!)
P.S. I’ve discussed the importance of Biblical dream interpretation in my previous posts.
Ready? Let’s go!
1. Spiritual warfare, God’s watchfulness & judgment against enemies (Zechariah’s vision)
Later in Zechariah 6:2-12, Zechariah sees four chariots pulled by different colored horses. These horses are acting as agents of spiritual warfare. They symbolize divine judgment on the enemies of God’s people.
- The red horse symbolizes war and bloodshed. This represents God’s anger and judgment against those who oppress His people.
- The black horse represents famine, death, and scarcity. This could represent how God will use hunger and deprivation to punish the enemies of His people.
- The white horse symbolizes victory, conquerors, and triumph. This could be seen as God’s promise of ultimate victory over their enemies.
- The fourth horse is a dappled (spotty), meaning mixed or uncertain. This could symbolize the confusion, unpredictability, and unknown consequences of God’s judgment on His enemies. (Remember the wicked flee when no one pursues!).
Through this vision, Zechariah reminds the people of Israel that even in times of struggle and oppression, God will bring justice and ultimately triumph over their enemies.
It serves as a warning to those who would stand against God’s people and a reminder of His power and sovereignty in all things.
So, horses are not just seen as physical creatures but also as spiritual beings that God can use to accomplish His will and bring about justice for His people. Their presence in this vision symbolizes the power and might of God’s divine judgment on behalf of His chosen ones.
2. Conquest, war, famine, and death (The Four Horsemen of Revelation)
One of the Bible’s most well-known references to horses is Revelation 6:1-7, where four horsemen are described. These horsemen symbolize conquest, war, famine, and death. Here, we see horses being used as weapons of war during the end times.
Just like the horses I highlighted in the previous section (re: Zechariah), Revelation also has a similar take on the meaning of horses.
- White horse: represents conquest, victory, and triumph
- Red horse: symbolizes war, violence, and bloodshed
- Black horse: signifies famine, scarcity, and economic hardship
- Pale (Green) horse: stands for death, plague, and pestilence
Revelation highlights the destructive nature of horses and how their strength can bring devastation upon humanity. It serves as a reminder that while horses may be strong and powerful creatures, their strength can also be used for destruction.
3. Strength in war/ war-horse (Job)
In Job 39:19-25, we see another reference to horses and their strength. In fact, the first portion of these verses states, “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?…” Ensure you read all the verses because it vividly paints the picture of a horse.
This passage describes how God has given the horse its strength and courage, making it a powerful force in battle. The war-horse is often seen as a representation of spiritual warfare and the battles we face in our lives.
This passage describes the war-horse as fierce and fearless, equipped with strength and speed. This symbolizes the power and might of God, who is often depicted as riding on a white horse in scripture. The war-horse also represents spiritual warfare and our battles against evil forces.
4. Representation of God’s Presence, Protection & Authority (Elijah & Chariots of Fire)
In 2 Kings 6:8-23, we are told that Elijah’s servant could only see in the natural- that the enemy surrounded them, and he was afraid. But Elijah prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, and when they were, he saw the chariots of fire and horses surrounding them. This scene represents God’s presence and his work behind the scenes in our lives.
Often, we may feel surrounded by our problems or enemies, and we may be afraid and uncertain about the future. But just like how God was present with Elijah and his servant, he is also present with us in every situation we face.
How reassuring it is to know that heavenly angel armies surround us? Our God is truly a covenant-keeping God!
5. Victory and Power! (Jesus, the rider on a horse)
In Revelation 19:11-16, Jesus is described as riding a white horse when He returns to defeat evil and establish His kingdom.
This image represents Jesus’ power, authority, and victory over sin and death. Horses are often seen as symbols of royalty, strength, and leadership, further emphasizing the significance of this scene.
Context Matters – how to effectively interpret biblical dreams!
When interpreting dreams about horses, it’s important to consider the context of the dream. Were you riding the horse, or was it opposing you? What color was the horse? These details can provide insight into the meaning of your dream.
Here are questions to ask yourself to understand the context of the dream for accurate interpretation:
- Were you riding the horse, or was it opposing you?
- What color was the horse? (i.e., A red horse could positively indicate anointing, wisdom, and power or negatively represent anger, war, and bloodshed. A white may represent peace, purity, and victory)
- Was it a negative and scary dream? (i.e., a black grizzly horse may symbolize fear and attack or danger.)
- What actions did the horse take in your dream? (i.e., was it calm, aggressive, or authoritative)
- Were there any other symbols or objects present in the dream?
- How did you feel during and after the dream?
- Did anyone else appear in the dream with a horse or riding one?
- Was the setting of the dream significant (i.e., a battlefield, a peaceful meadow)?
- Did the horse represent a specific person or situation in your life?
By asking ourselves these questions and analyzing the context of our dream, we can better understand what the horse symbolizes to us personally. Dreams are often highly symbolic and can hold different meanings for each individual.
That’s why I always advocate for people to be more confident with consulting God (and not man) regarding dreams. It’s okay to get a second opinion, but please, don’t be over-reliant on people who don’t know the entire context of the dream!
My Dream About War Horses
I want to share two dreams that I had about horses. I actually shared about this on my YouTube channel.
In my dream, I saw a majestic brown horse that was three times the size of a house. It made a powerful sound, and the ground shook beneath its hooves. Despite its impressive stature, I wasn’t afraid of this horse. Rather, I felt a sense of awe and respect for its authority. I glanced down the road and saw other horses surrounding sheep (often symbolizing Christians).
This was actually an auditory vision! I heard the sound of hundreds of chariots thundering towards battle. It was LOUD! The ground shook with their approaching force, and I could feel the sense of urgency in the air.
As I reflect on these dreams, I can tell you that I wasn’t scared of the horses, but it did make me more attentive and aware. I adequately prepared myself (via prayer and fasting) because I was entering a Spiritual warfare season and knew that the Lord had gone before me.
These dreams left me with a renewed fascination for these magnificent creatures and their role in Biblical and Christian spiritual history.
I’m glad that this blog post was birthed as a result of my extensive research and personal experience.
And that’s it, folks, the biblical meaning of horses in dreams
I hope you enjoyed this post!
So, next time you dream about horses, take a moment to reflect on their symbolism and what God may be trying to communicate to you through your dream.
Acts 2:17, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
Keep dreaming big, my friends!