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Eritrea! --A Dead Horse?

By David Brandt Berg, Feburary, 1975
Don Quixote riding on a black horse
Foreward by webmaster: In 1961 the African nation of Eritrea began its struggle for independence from neighboring Ethiopia. By the mid 1970s when David received a dream of Eritrea as a dead horse, drought, famine, and intensive offensives launched by the Ethiopian army on the country took a heavy toll on the population -- more than half a million fled to Sudan as refugees. The Ethiopian army finally capitulated and Eritrea was completely in Eritrean hands in May 24, 1991 when the rebels marched into Asmara while Ethiopian rebels with Eritrean assistance overtook the government in Ethiopia. The new Ethiopian government conceded to Eritrea's demands to have an internationally (UN) supervised referendum dubbed UNOVER to be held in Eritrea which ended in April 1993 with an overwhelming vote by Eritreans for independence. Independence was declared on May 24, 1993. (Source:

A Family International brother named Jon pointed out to me that David Berg's prediction of Eritrea coming back from the dead and becoming what it is today has indeed fulfilled David's dream of a 'dead horse' coming back to life!

In my dream we found this old horse almost dead standing like he was stored in this old shed. He was already beginning to rot, and I said, "Why did they put him here, of all places?" And you said,

"So they'd never forget Eritrea, because once they'd been there they'd always want to come back." So I said,

"Well, we've got to bury him." And you said, "It's the custom here to bury them in the lake." So we propped him up on both sides and walked him into the lake.

But when we got him into the lake he came back to life again, all strong and whole just like a death, burial and resurrection, a beautiful strong shiny black horse!

So we went back to the army camp into the old cafeteria where they used to feed the soldiers. I looked at the steam tables that were all empty and I was crying, "Oh Lord, how am I going to feed them all?"

I was trying to revive this old dead army camp and I was bringing all these orphans there. I was really crying 'cause I didn't know how I was going to feed them all. One boy said, "Well, nobody's ever been able to make it work." And you said, "But they weren't counting on GOD like you are!"

I was sort of relieved, 'cause when you said that, I knew God could do it. I was in such agony of soul that when you said that, I was so relieved I woke up!

That of course is like our kids and our ministry, which is sure true: Nobody else was ever able to reach the youth till we came!

When I went into the lake with it, all of a sudden the horse began to come back to life again and bounded along under the water and picked me up and carried me along up out of the water onto the shore! It was like going into the lake brought it back to life again. The lake is like the big reservoir of God's Word that can bring anything back to life!

Horses in the Bible usually represented the strength or power of a country. Maybe it means some of our kids are going to help revive Eritrea.

It was like they were trying to save the horse, but the dead way they were doing it by storage was killing him! Maybe it symbolises their attempt to preserve the old. But the best way to rreserve the old is not to store it but to revive it or bring it back to life! We were burying the old, and out of that sprang a new horse! It was like a rebirth!

You've got to bury the old in order to resurrect the new! In a way, the folks who stored him were trying to save the horse because they liked the country, which isn't a very good reason--just because you like the scenery! They weren't particularly concerned about saving the life in the horse, just the old dead body because it was such a nice country!

Really the best way to save the old is to bury it and resurrect the new! If the horse symbolises the country, they're trying to save a country which is dead and dying. But if you don't save the life, and the life of the country is the people, they'll be dead, dying and decaying!

How could people have been starving if it was such a beautiful country? All the horse needed was water. Only the power of God's Word, something supernatural, could have worked such a miracle!

God did a miracle for that old almost dead horse!--The moment we buried it in the waters of the Word it leaped into a beautiful new life!--And though I was weeping for the starving orphans of Eritrea and others said nobody could ever revive the place or feed them, you said, "But they weren't counting on God like you are!" "With God nothing is impossible, and ALL things are possible to him that believeth!"--Hallelujah!

Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family International

James Arendt
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• Recognize you have violated in some way the laws of God. Violation of legal law is called a crime. Violation of God’s moral law is called a sin. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; - Romans 3:23

As it is written (in the Bible), There is none righteous, no, not one: - Romans 3:10

• Recognize the penalty of sin: Death! For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. - Romans 6:23

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: - Romans 5:12

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Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. - Acts 4:12

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• Recognize our lives our sinful by nature. We can do nothing of our own to merit eternal life. Salvation is completely by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ! For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: - Ephesians 2:8

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. - Isaiah 64:6

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