Matthew 21:4-5 (NKJV) 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
In Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV) it is foretold: “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.” You will notice that the quotation in Matthew 21:5 does not quote the entire verse of Zechariah 9:9. There are certain important omissions. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion” is deliberately omitted. Why is this? Because our Lord Jesus Christ is not coming into Jerusalem to set up His kingdom. It is not the time for rejoicing. Jesus will set up His Millennium Kingdom after the Great Tribulation when He destroys all of His enemies and all who rebel against Him. Then it will be a time of rejoicing when Jesus will reign here on earth. This will take place at His second coming. Also omitted is “He is just and having salvation.” The word salvation refers to victory, which will be fulfilled at our Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming. The conclusion that can be drawn from these deliberate omitions of Zechariah 9:9, is that at Jesus’ second coming there will be a true triumphal entry into the New Jerusalem. Jesus rode into Jerusalem upon a little donkey at His first coming because the donkey was the animal that symbolized peace. At Jesus’ second coming, He will be riding on a white horse which is the animal that symbolizes war. In Jesus’ first coming, He came to reconcile fallen man with a Holy and righteous God. Jesus came to reconcile sinful man to a Holy God. In Jesus’ first coming, He came as a King to bring peace by offering Himself as our substitute on the Cross. It is very important to see that my friends.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.