Purim and the Prophecies of the Book of Esther
The feast of Purim is a Hebrew festival that commemorates the Jewish deliverance from what looks like certain death at the hands of an evil Persian monarch named Haman. It is celebrated on the 14th and 15th day of Adar (March). Presents are exchanged and presents are sent to the poor. The Book of Esther is read and whenever the name of Haman comes up, the congregants shout it down with hisses and catcalls.
The historical basis for the Book of Esther has been lost. All we know about it comes from the Book of Esther itself. It is considered a mythical story, but it probably relates to a real incident during the Jewish captivity in Babylon that occurred after the Persians murdered Belshazzar and took command of Babylon (see 'The Handwriting on the Wall'). It is said to have occurred in the days of king Ahasuerus. Although they were freed by Cyrus, only a small percentage of Jews returned to Jerusalem. Most stayed in Persia (Babylon) because their homes and lives were so intimately structured there as a result of the 70-year captivity.
What is so astonishing about the Esther story is that it appears to be a template for an event still to come an event that hasn't even happened yet! The story presages the actions of the Persian "beast" who the prophecies say will come and try to kill all the Christians and Jews on earth (the entire House of Israel) at the end of time. This allegory shows us that the beast to come will not, himself, be Persian, but, like Haman will attach himself to the Persian court and rise to its highest ranks.
Briefly, the story of Esther is that of a Jewish people who have been sentenced to death by an evil official in the Persian court after he tricked the king into authorizing their execution on a gallows built specifically for that purpose in the capitol city of the kingdom. Unknown to the king, his beloved wife Esther is a Jewess. She intercedes for her people, admits her race, exposes Haman's trickery and is able to have the sentence reversed. As a result, it is Haman who is executed on the same gallows he built for the Jews.
All Jewish festivals and celebrations have Christian counterparts because God has constructed Christianity on the template of the Hebrew Law. While Purim celebrates Esther's successful intervention, the Christian counterpart (Lent) presages the tribulation and anguish the people must endure before the sentence is reversed. Purim is 2 days. Lent is 40 days. The reason why Christianity doesn't celebrate this occasion in the same way as the Jews is that her victory is already structured in our calendar. The Christian celebration of Esther's salvation is Easter sunday, the sunday after Lent ends. This all relates to a prophecy very few understand.
The king is God (Jesus). His first wife (Vashti) is the old covenant. Vashti refused the king's banquet (Esth.1:1-17) and was replaced by a second wife (Esther - the new covenant) (Mat.22:1-10). Mordecai, Esther's adopted father is Michael the Archangel, the angel of the covenant. Under Mordecai's instructions, Esther kept her Jewish identity secret. In Mordecai's dream, Esther is the river that the king married and made queen. She is described as "a little spring that grew into a great river, a flood of water." And from that flood of living water, "Light came as the sun rose, and the humble were raised to devour the mighty."
Haman, the evil monarch in the king's court is Satan. He is the 'Accuser' who has condemned us before God and petitioned for our deaths.
Esther's secret is the secret of the new covenant. Esther is a Christian. She is the new covenant that saves all of her people from Satan's intended execution. By her action, her people (all Jews and Christians alike) are saved and Satan is, himself, executed by the king on the gallows he meant for the Jews. In Satan's case, he dies in the Holy Land at a place outside Jerusalem called Harmen-gog (Armegeddon), which is the gallows he meant for the House of Israel.
Upon learning the true identity of Esther (Esther 8:2), the king gave his signet ring to Mordecai (Jesus to Michael) and gave Esther Haman's house (everything that used to be under Satan's command). Esther in turn gave charge of that house to Mordecai (to Michael).
Michael is the one the Jews "long to see" (Malachi 3:1-3). He will appear before them coming from the slopes of the Mt. of Olives on the very last day, the day Christ returns in glory with all the angels of heaven to gather us up to the kingdom He has prepared for those who have faith enough to believe in Him.
More on Esther: Nuptial Vows
Using these two women (Vashti and Esther) in the Book of Esther as a base, the Holy Spirit has locked the two Jerusalem's (physical Jerusalem and spiritual Jerusalem) and their respective covenants into the Law's directives concerning nuptial vows (Num.30).
"Every vow or oath that is binding on the wife may be endorsed or annulled by the husband...but if he annuls them longer than a day after he learnt of them, then he must bear the burden of the wife's fault." (Num.30:14-16).
Jesus had to bear the first wife's faults because more than a day had passed before He annulled them. He took her sins to the cross. That is why He went to the cross in the first place. It bought our freedom so that we could join Him in the new covenant.
These same two women are illustrated in other biblical allegories. Most notable is that of Sarah, the wedded wife of Abraham, and his slave-mistress, Hagar. All of these allegories are aimed at the dichotomy separating the spiritual Jerusalem of heaven from its temporal and temporary counterpart on earth.
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