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When I was a child, my favorite Dr. Seuss book, by far, was Horton Hears a Who. There was something extremely moving about the compassion of this giant elephant who wanted to protect and save the tiny inhabitants of "Who-ville" that he discovered in a speck of dust. The other element of the story that amazed me was that Horton was able to hear the small voices emanating from Who-ville, when others simply ignored them -- or insisted that they didn't exist.
But Horton courageously protects his new found friends, declaring famously, "A person's a person, no matter how small."
As the story unfolds, Horton becomes friends with the Mayor of Who-ville, and he and the Mayor must protect this tiny world and its inhabitants from the negative forces within Who-ville, and the forces without that want to destroy it. The rest of the jungle thinks Horton's hallucinating. But Horton refuses to give the speck to the Kangaroo, even as she declares, “If you can’t see, hear, or feel it, it does not exist!”
Now the book has become a Hollywood movie, featuring the voice talents of Jim Carrey (Horton), Steve Carell (the Mayor of Who-ville), and Carol Burnett (Kangaroo). Ty Burr of the Boston Globe writes in his review of the computer animated film, "…after the Saturday morning screening I attended, every 4-year-old stood and applauded. With a movie like this, they're the critics, not me."
But there are also some people in the Church who are pointing to a possible prophetic pro-life message embedded in this heart-warming tale.
Steve Shultz of The Elijah List re-issued an article this week by Lou Engle that was published last year pointing out the parallels between the pro-life position, which is informed by a biblical worldview, and the underlying message of Horton Hears a Who. I think these parallels -- and how the Lord prophetically revealed them -- are significant and should be prayerfully considered.
Here is an excerpt from Lou Engle's message about Horton Hears a Who from The Elijah List:
God is communicating His big dream of ending abortion in a most profound way through the dream stream story of Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss.
In February, 2005, one of our youth, a 15-year-old girl at the Justice House of Prayer, had a dream. In the dream she saw a large, beautiful building with the words "The Who" appearing over it. She and her sisters entered the house and began to look throughout the building until they found the attic where there was a series of old books from the past that they knew would be needed for the future. She shared her dream with the JHOP team.
I knew the dream was from God, but I wondered, "What is 'The Who,' and what are these old books?"
The next morning while pondering the dream, I received a remarkable e-mail from a man in Kansas City that included a sermon he gave several years ago on what must occur for abortion to end. He felt led to send it to me, even though he thought it was unusual that the analogy the Lord had given him was based on the Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who.
When I read this, I instantly connected "The Who" in the dream with "The Who" in the book. I was immediately interested!
In this children's book, written in 1954, we find an elephant whose name is Horton. He is the prophetic Church with big ears and a large trumpet. He can hear what no one else can hear -- the sound of these little people called, The Whos, who live in the microscopic town of Who-ville.
In the book, we also find a kangaroo who wants to kill all the little Whos, because he cannot see or hear them. He doesn't believe they exist.
Immediately the thought came to me, "The kangaroo is the kangaroo court!" -- it stands for the Supreme Court who issued the death decree of '73 in Roe v Wade, and legalized abortion.
Wow! I realized that what I was reading was a parable from the past that was now going to be used en masse, for the ending of abortion.
The theme of the whole book amazingly is, "A person's a person, no matter how small!" And the remedy for the crisis is that every voice must be raised loudly and urgently to rescue all the little unborn Whos. With the kangaroo's death decree hanging over Who-ville, Horton implores the mayor "to CALL a big meeting, get everyone out, make every Who holler, make every Who shout!"
Quoted from Dr. Seuss' book Horton Hears A Who: (red color added by Lou Engle)
And Horton called back, "I can hear you just fine.
But the Kangaroo's ears aren't as strong, quite, as mine.
They don't hear a thing! Are you sure all your boys
Are doing their best? Are they ALL making noise?
Are you sure every Who down in Who-ville is working?
Quick! Look through your town! Is there anyone shirking?"
Through the town rushed the Mayor, from the east to the west.
But everyone seemed to be doing his best.
Everyone seemed to be yapping or yipping!
Everyone seemed to be beeping or bipping!
But it wasn't enough, all this ruckus and roar!
He HAD to find someone to help him make more.
He raced through each building! He searched floor-to-floor!
And, just as he felt he was getting nowhere,
And almost about to give up in despair,
He suddenly burst through a door and that Mayor
Discovered one shirker! Quite hidden away
In the Fairfax Apartments (Apartment 12-J)
(12 = government; J = Justice)
A very small, very small shirker named Jo-Jo
Was standing, just standing, and bouncing a Yo-Yo!
Not making a sound! Not a yipp! Not a chirp!
And the Mayor rushed inside and grabbed the young twerp!
And he climbed with the lad up the Eiffelberg Tower.
"This," cried the Mayor, "is your town's darkest hour!
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
(A connection with the Blood)
To come to the aid of their Country!" he said.
"We've GOT to make noise in greater amounts!
So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!"
Thus he spoke as he climbed. When they got to the top,
The lad cleared his throat and he shouted out, "YOPP!"
(Young Ones Praying and Prophesying)
And that Yopp...
That one small, extra Yopp put it over!
Finally, at last! From that speck on that clover
Their voices were heard! They rang out clear and clean
And the elephant smiled. "Do you see what I mean?...
They've proved they ARE persons, no matter how small.
(I believe the crux of the Abortion issue is the deception
from satan that says the unborn are not people at all.)
And their whole world was saved by the Smallest of All!"
"How true! Yes, how true," said the big kangaroo.
"And, from now on, you know what I'm planning to do?...
From now on, I'm going to protect them with you!"
And the young kangaroo in her pouch said,...
From sun in the summer. From rain when it's fall-ish,
I'm going to protect them. No matter how small-ish!"
Parallels Between the Book and Abortion
Graciously, The Elijah List blasted this story February 16, 2005 (click here to view). Amazingly, the next day I received an e-mail from a woman who said she read The Elijah List article and received three confirmations the following day at her Day Care Center. One child came in with a Horton Hears A Who backpack, a second was carrying a Who-ville doll, but the third -- a ten-year-old boy -- came to her and said, "Ma'am, I had a dream last night. I dreamt of Horton Hears a Who, and all the little Whos were not saying YOPP; they were crying STOP!!!"
Oh, my God, there is a massive cry being raised up from the young ones of the earth, praying and prophesying, "STOP ABORTION, STOP! STOP! STOP!" What are the chances of this divine confirmation? Those who read this are now held accountable. The whole Church must cry out now--STOP ABORTION!
Soon after, another man connected with me and said, "My ten-year-old daughter was reading Horton Hears A Who to her little brother." She came to her father and said, "Dad, I think this book is about ending abortion." That afternoon, he read The Elijah List article on Horton Hears a Who. This man now leads our Bound4LIFE ministry.
The Lord is SHOUTING to the nation! Will we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying?
A great convergence is upon us. If the Church understands the times and what God is seeking to bring forth, we can shout to the nation, before the movie comes out, that Horton Hears a Who is about the ending of abortion -- so when millions of people watch the movie, they will all be thinking, "A person's a person, no matter how small -- The Whos are the unborn!"
Can you see it? This is God's trumpet to the nation! God is marching out, shattering ideologies, and moving His great Mind and Heart into the earth. He moves the media and makes it His pawn. Oh, the brilliant Wisdom of God! He takes a book out of the archives of history that millions have read since 1954, pulls it out, and slams it into the present through a movie.
The light penetrates the lie, the armor of the strongman is stripped away, the demon is named, and can now be cast out!
Oh God, we need a national exorcism of this spirit of death that has ruled over us for 34 years! Every voice must be counted. Buy the book! Spread it around! Start children's prayer meetings to end abortion! Support crisis pregnancy centers! May your voice be heard in your voting.
"It is time for all the Whos who have blood that is red to come to the aid of their country, he said." Suddenly, Dr. Suess kicks out of Who-ville and into national prophecy, not even knowing it. Christians must come to the aid of America carrying the Blood of Jesus, which alone can wash away our sins. It is not enough that Jesus died; the Blood must be applied to the doorposts of our national guilt.
Oh, that millions of Christians would plead, "Jesus, I plead Your Blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America."
Go to http://bound4life.com/ to see how you can be a part of a mass movement of pleading the Blood of Jesus over our nation.
The YOPPS must be heard.
Read the entire word from Lou Engle on The Elijah List Web site
Due to the incredible significance of this message, The Elijah List has posted it again on their Web site, along with timely resources and a free downloadable MP3 message by Lou Engle called Horton Gets A Clue.
For more on Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who movie, including the movie trailer and shows times, visit the official movie site.
More from the Elijah List
More from Lou Engle and The Call
More from http://bound4life.com/
Related story from ABC News: Horton's Who -- The Unborn?