I had a vision on 10/17/2020, I was sitting in my recliner chair where I do most my reading and writing. I leaned back and closed my eyes. I saw a bearded goat (He-Goat) drinking from a puddle of water surrounded by slates of stone.
Immediately, I did what I do best — research, always seeking to know the things of God. In my browser I typed “biblical meaning of a goat.”
The Christian meaning for goat is “a representation of demonic forces, wicked men, and oppressors, in addition to sinners who have not repented. These unrepented sinners will be separated from God on judgement day.”
Matthew 25:33-36 tells the story of the sheep and the goats. When the Son of man comes in His glory and all the angels with Him. He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate the people from one another as a Shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on the right, “Come you who are blessed by my Father take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” Feel free to read the passage and see what will happen to the goats and why. The he-goat is not all bad, I read a proverb that explains the good side of a he-goat.
Proverbs 30:29-31 reads and is explained as: There are three things that are stately in their stride, and move in a stately bearing: a lion mighty among beast who retreats before nothing, a strutting rooster, a he-goat (emphasis), and a king secure against rebellion. What do they have in common?
They have in common a stride of regal dignity over their own communities. Like the creatures, the King whose wisdom is shown by his security against rebellion maintains divinely ordained social boundaries. As one can see the goat has various meanings.
As I reflect on my vision the puddle of water and the goat, two scriptures came into remembrance, Jesus in John 4:14 says to the woman at the well, “That whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” And in John 7:37-39, Jesus says in a loud voice, emphasis on a loud voice.” Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me as scripture has said rivers of living water will flow from within them” By this He meant the Spirit.
In my summation of my online research and studying the scriptures, there are good and bad themes related to the goat. I will give the bad first.
The bad is the world is in a spiritual and deadly upheaval and in dire need of royal, stately, dignified, and godly leadership. Leadership that will honor and glorify God. Now here is the good.
The good is Jesus will someday return and God is giving the wicked, oppressors, and all sinners a chance to repent. An invitation is sent out by the Spirit and the Bride saying in Revelation 22:17 to “Come”! And let the one who hears “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty “Come!” Let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Jesus says “Repent because the kingdom of God is at hand.”