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Queen Esther & the Joy of Celebrating Purim!
The Book of Esther
The Festival of Purim! Joy!
I had this specific vision of Purim five years ago and very early in my walk with God. At that time I only knew a small amount of scripture and I was taken back by the multitude of visions which were being poured out upon me.
I was astounded and overjoyed by this vision because I knew absolutely nothing of who Esther was nor anything of Jewish traditions and customs when I received this message. I was led by the Spirit to write about this three days ago and again, a big reminder today.
What is Purim?
It is a festival of Purim celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman’s plot to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.
When is Purim this year?
Purim 2016 will begin on the evening of Wednesday, March 23, 2016 and this celebration will end on the evening of Thursday, March 24, 2016.
Purim Rare 5th Blood Moon
A rare 5th blood moon is expected on Purim and a lunar eclipse tonight! Amazing!
Shipped From Jerusalem
As I went back to my journals to see the date of this vision, I was shocked to see the date of March 10, 2012. It will be five years to the day 'tomorrow.'
On March 10, 2012 I had an amazing vision of a huge billboard that could have filled the entire world. There were only two words shown to me on the billboard and then I was taken from the vision. These two words were in capital letters and placed one on top of the other. I didn't know what the first word meant but I did know the second because it is my name.
When I awoke from this vision I was completely baffled by this word 'Purim' and I had never seen or heard this word before. Strange words have been given to me a few times after this word Purim was given to me, such as the word 'Juggernaut.' I have to literally research the word and that is what I did with the word Purim that morning.
I was completely blown away that 'Purim' was in fact a word and a Jewish Holiday! Amazing! God was speaking to me about Jewish festivals and scripture right out of the bible. This is how I know that the scriptures are true. He gives me the visions and then proceeds to take me to scripture! I find it exhilarating and very exciting!
As I have said to the naysayers, mockers and scoffers who have called me insane throughout the years... "No. What I speak is the truth of my experiences and I am far from insane or crazy. I am of sound mind and if you had all of these experiences happen to you, you would surely become a believer in Yeshua as well. That is just a matter of fact. Many who have experienced these supernatural things with me as well have become believers." As I have said over and over, "I knew nothing of what was inside the bible. How do you explain this if it is not God?"
I have all the proof that I need to know that Yeshua exists and is alive. I don't write for me, I write for you because God tells me to write it down! You would surely believe it if you walked in my shoes. Insane? No. Gloriously overjoyed with happiness and amazement! Possibly if you quieted those uncontrolled mouths and open your hardened hearts He would show you as well, but you won't move past that stance to find out for yourselves. If you need proof than ask the Lord privately yourself and wait. I can assure you that He will answer if you are genuinely seeking Him in humbleness and a pure spirit of wanting to know the truth. I tell you the truth, He is alive!
The Queen of Persia
Who Was Esther in the bible?
- Esther was only one of two women who had a book in the bible written about her.
- The events in the book of Esther took place between 485-435 BC.
- She was of Jewish heritage though it was kept secret and hidden.
- Esther in Hebrew means 'concealed.'
- Esther in Greek means 'star.'
- Esther in Aramaic means "bright star.'
- In Hebrew the 'Book of Esther' is also known as "the Scroll."
- Esther was 'chosen' and married a Gentile King named King Xerxes. Ahasuerus.
- Esther was exceptionally beautiful physically but she carried the ultimate 'beauty' within her heart.
- Esther rose from complete obscurity to become queen of the most powerful empire of Persia.
- The name of God does not appear in the book of Esther though God is clearly seen moving through her and leading her to her mission and purpose.
- Esther had great faith and courage and placed her life on the line to save her Jewish people and she was greatly rewarded for stopping the first annihilation attempt upon the Jewish people.
The Banquet of Esther
A Quick Overview of the Book of Esther
I would highly suggest you read the complete "Book of Esther" which is only ten pages, but I will give you the quick version in my words for easy comprehension.
King Xerxes was married to Queen Vashti and he ruled over 127 provinces. The king was filthy rich and decided to show off his wealth and he did so for 6 months.He displayed his amazing wealth and the exquisite splendor of his kingdom and palace in Susa to everyone.
When this period of time was over, he then gave a banquet for 7 days in the enclosed garden of His palace. This party was held for all of his nobles, officials, military leaders of Persia, as well as the princes. The clincher? He invited everyone from the greatest to even the least of the people in Susa. Yes! Even you could have been invited if you were a resident of the surrounding area at that time. If you were a woman you went to the women's banquet with Queen Vashti, if you were a man, you enjoyed the banquet with the King in the inner garden.
Jewish, Shabbat Kiddush Cups/Goblets
The Gold Cups of The Bible
THE PARTY IN THE ENCLOSED INNER GARDEN OF THE SUSA PALACE.
Imagine you and your friend being invited to the palace and walking inside the inner garden in your old sandals and raggedy clothes as you both look around in awe. This garden was like no other you have ever seen. There were blue and white linen hanging, purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. The couches were made of gold and silver sitting on mosaic pavement of marble, mother-of-pearl and expensive stones. One of the servants hands you a gold goblet filled with royal red wine and your friend is handed a different designed gold cup filled with the same expensive wine.
The King was a very liberal guy and he wanted everyone to drink as much as they wanted with no restrictions so they continued to pour freely. I can only assume that this dude liked to party. This went on for 7 days. It was the seventh day of partying that started all the trouble between the King and the Queen.
He was a bit crocked when he sent word to Queen Vashti to throw on her crown and come strut nude down at the inner garden. Both the king and queen were quite immoral, yet she was beautiful and the King wanted to show her off to his company. Queen Vashti wanted nothing to do with it and she refused to do what the king had commanded--she was a 'no-show.' The Queen made a very bad choice by pulling a 'no-show.' Should Vashti have known that she would lose her crown over it, surely she would have come down to the garden when she was called by the king.
WHEN THE KING CALLS FOR YOU--YOU BETTER NOT BE A 'NO-SHOW.'
Yes. This is where the trouble started. The King was furious and angry that she'd refused! He consulted his experts who said that this was not good because now all of the women would begin to disrespect their own husband's when they heard about Vashti's snubbing of the king. The king gave the nod and divorced her on the spot. Most likely she was deposed of by death and she lost her crown!
Such a Time As This
THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL YOUNG-VIRGIN-QUEEN-REPLACEMENT BEGAN
This is where Esther, also known as 'Hadassah' enters into the picture. Both of her Jewish parents had died when Esther was a very young girl and her cousin Mordecai took her in and he'd raised her as a daughter to him, although the Talmud says that Mordecai married her. What we know of Esther is that she had a gorgeous figure and a face of beauty as well as a heart of gold for her people. Mordecai had forbid her to tell anyone that she was a Jew and she obeyed him.
I am sure Mordecai must have reminded her again as he brought her to the Palace and she went among the harem of women to compete to be the king's wife. Apparently she wanted nothing to do with marrying a Gentile king but as a woman who was forced to follow the traditions, she did what she was told to do regardless. She made lemonade from lemons. Day after day Mordecai would pace outside the courtyard where the Harem was and inquire of Esther and what was happening with her.
From the first day of selection the harem of women would begin a year of beauty treatments and special food to 'catch the eye' of the king. Can you imagine having a year of beauty treatments and most likely a diet to get the king to choose you? The women would receive anything that they desired and asked for to 'beautify' themselves for the winning over of the king. Esther requested nothing but what the man who was in charge of the harem suggested--he knew the King and what the king desired. Esther was intelligent as well as humble! She found favor with him and he moved her up in line ahead of hundreds of women due to this.
ESTHER WAS IN FAVOR!
Esther found favor with everyone who set their eyes upon her throughout the palace. When the king finally called for her, Esther found favor with him as well. The king found Esther to be the most beautiful and most desirous woman for him. He placed the crown on Esther's head and made her queen. He threw another banquet in honor of his beautiful new Queen and made it a holiday, distributing gifts. He called it "Esther's Banquet."
The King Don't Play!
PLOT TO KILL THE KING!
Mordecai spent much time at the king's gate each day but one day as he was sitting there he overheard two of the king's officials plotting against him. They were angry with the king and they were conspiring to kill him! Mordecai quietly passed the information to Queen Esther and of course Esther passed the attempted assassination plot to the king. She told the king that Mordecai had given her this information after he'd overheard his officials at the gate plotting to snuff him out. After investigations were found to be true these two 'would be' assassins were eliminated quickly from the equation and they were impaled on poles. Ouch!
Evil Has Now Entered the Room
After these events occurred a man named Haman was elevated by the king. He was given a seat higher than any other noble. Everywhere Haman went people were commanded and expected to kneel down to honor him. Everybody but one man was on board with this decree to bow to Haman. Mordecai refused to bow to him and it did not matter what was said or what was done to him--he wasn't going to bow to this man-end of discussion.
The officials at the gate knew that Mordecai was a Jew and that he'd continued to refuse to kneel down and honor Haman--they ran to Haman and ratted Mordecai out. Haman was enraged by Mordecai and vowed revenge for his defiance to bow! He seethed and plotted to not only kill Mordecai but the entire Jewish people. Haman was wicked and he continued to become more wicked as the story moves along.
"Please King! May I kill all those who refuse 'your 'orders? I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king's administrators for the royal treasury."
Haman went to the king and manipulated his words to get the king's decree to kill all of the Jews so he could complete his own agenda of that Jew Mordecai and his people. "King, there are certain people in the kingdom of yours whose customs are very different and they will not do what you tell them to do, they don't obey your laws and it is not in your best interest to keep them around. If it pleases the king, may we destroy them?" The king nodded his head, took off his signet ring as an edict and said "Do what you please with them."
Dispatches went out immediately to all of the provinces with the orders to destroy, kill and annihilate all of the Jews. The decree went out to kill every Jew, young, old, women and children on a single day and plunder all of their goods. As the king and Haman sat down and drank, the city of Susa was bewildered and greatly mourning of why the king should do such a thing to the Jews. Haman had managed to dupe the king, or so he thought so but as history repeats itself throughout the bible there is a lesson in there. You can never dupe the King even if things look to be in your favor from 'your' eyes.
The Jews everywhere were mourning and in sackcloth and ashes laying in the streets wailing and weeping because of the king's orders. Mordecai was at the gate mourning as well. Esther had sent her servant down to see what was happening to Mordecai. She had no clue what had transpired between Haman and her husband. The servant returned with a copy of the text and a plea for Esther to go to the king and beg for mercy for the Jews and revoke this death sentence decree of her people.
Case for Purim Megillah Scroll
Mordecai & Esther
Esther & Mordecai send verbal messages back and forth.
Her servant went back to Mordecai with a message from Queen Esther and it probably sounded something like this...
"There is no way that I can stop this decree. I haven't seen the king in 30 days and he may not even be interested in me anymore! The king is in the inner-court and I can not approach him without a summons by him. I will open that door and the guards will lop my head off with a sword before my husband even finds a second to extend the golden scepter for me to enter. Sorry but I can not stop this decree because I will die!"
When Mordecai received this verbal message from Esther he sent the servant with an answer back that probably made Esther's hair stand up.
"Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"
"And if I perish, I perish."
Esther must have heard that message from Mordecai and gave great thought to what Mordecai had just said--it was truth. She quickly returned this message back to her uncle;
"Go gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."
On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace in front of the king's hall. The king was sitting on his throne in the hall and he was facing the entrance as she appeared! She was in favor again! He held out the gold scepter and she approached and touched the scepter. I bet her heart was beating fast over that one! Whew!
The king inquired of her request and he said anything she wanted would be given to her. Esther said "Let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him." The king agreed and he had Haman called for at once and they went to the banquet that Queen Esther had arranged for them.
While at the banquet the king again asked Esther what she would request from him and that he would grant it. She replied that she would like Haman and the king to be at tomorrows banquet as well, and at that time she would tell the king of her request.
God TURNED the Table
Haman walked by Mordecai and he was filled with rage again to see that Mordecai still refused to honor and kneel to him. He restrained himself and went home and began to brag to his friends and his wife of his high status and his special invite by the queen to a private banquet with the two of them the next day. He began to get angry again as he remembered Mordecai.
He fumed as he spoke to them of this Jew Mordecai ruining his good time. His friends gave him a suggestion. They told him that before the banquet was to happen that he should set up an impaling pole of 50 cubits (about 75 feet) prior and then ask the king to have Mordecai impaled on it. "Impale him and then enjoy your banquet! Problem solved!" They thought that this was great advice to give to their friend Haman. Haman loved this wicked idea so much that he immediately went outside and erected the pole outside his home. Then he hurried back to the palace to speak with the king about killing Mordecai.
THAT VERY NIGHT THE KING COULDN'T SLEEP AND BEGAN TO READ THE CHRONICLES
Coincidentally, there is no such thing as coincidences. The king couldn't sleep that very evening and he began to read the chronicles. He saw the name of Mordecai and how this man had saved him from that plotted assassination attempt long ago. He inquired of his officers on what reward and honor Mordecai had received for this honorable act. The officers replied that nothing had been done to honor Mordecai. The king was shocked and immediately asked, "Who is in the court right now?" Of course Haman was in the court because he had just finished setting up the impaling pole for Mordecai and was just about to talk to the king about snuffing him.
The officers replied 'Haman is in the court' so the king summonsed his officers to bring Haman to his chambers immediately. The king needed to rectify this situation of Mordecai not getting any recognition.
Pride & Wickedness & Arrogance
Purim for Children
He Thought The King Was Speaking of Him!
Haman entered the king's chamber and the king immediately asked him a question.
"What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?"
Haman was so full of pride that he actually believed that the king was speaking of him! I find that to be personally prophetic and hilarious! He answered the king and said that they should give this man a royal robe and lead him on a horse through the public streets proclaiming that the king was honoring this man!
The king absolutely loved Haman's idea and told him not to neglect any of the suggestions that he'd just given. "Go at once and get the robe, horse and give it to the Jew Mordecai who sits at the gate." Can you imagine Haman's face? Priceless. After paying homage to Mordecai in just that way, he ran home with a covering over his head grieving and told his wife and friends what had just transpired.
PROPHECY WAS SPOKEN TO MORDECAI BY HIS ADVISERS AND WIFE!
After hearing the story from Mordecai, Haman's wife and advisers spoke prophecy to him but he was too prideful and wicked to listen and heed the warning. They had just finished their words to him as his ride came to pick him up and whisk him away for the second banquet. What did they say to him?
"Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him--you will surely come to ruin!"
Yom Kippur Rosh Hashanah Shabbat Purim Sokot Simchat Torah Hanukkah Passover
Haman Gets Trumped by a Woman with Truth!
Esther bid her time and used great wisdom as well as courage. The king was quite smitten with her and on this second banquet with the King and Haman, she spoke her request to the king. She did so blatantly and boldly in the face of Haman who sat at the banquet table mortified and terrified of what was transpiring. I bet he choked on his wine when he heard what she was requesting.
She explained of the plot of an enemy to annihilate her and her people-the Jews. She was no longer in hiding. The king was outraged! He still had no clue that it was Haman and that he'd been tricked into the decree that he had ordered and sent out to kill all of the Jews. He was furious as he yelled out to the queen...
"Who is he? Where is he-the man who has dared to do such a thing?"
I am sure that she pointed her finger in the direction of Haman as she boldly stated,
"An adversary and enemy! The vile Haman!"
The King was outraged as he jumped up and stamped out of the banquet hall. Haman pretty much knew that he was a 'dead man walking' but thought he'd beg for his life from Esther who was sitting on one of her couches. Just as he fell on the couch to beg Esther for his life the King had entered back into the room--really bad timing. It didn't look like 'begging' to the king who thought that Haman was now trying to get it on with his queen. If there was any chance of the king forgiving him...there wasn't now.
"Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?"
As quick as those words left the king's mouth the decree had been set. They bagged Haman's face with a cover. One of the servants said, "Guess what else Haman did? He set up a 50 cubit impaling pole near his home to kill Mordecai on! Mordecai is the very honorable man that saved you from the assassination attempt!"
Do you see that when truth is spoken boldly and courageously by a person, it gives others the same courage to speak truth as well?
Haman was impaled immediately on his very own impaling pole that he had constructed for his enemy. As I have always said throughout my writings, those who speak against me and my testimony of the Lord will fall on their very own swords which were designed to stab me with by my enemies. It is glorious to watch the tables get turned quickly against the wicked and the prideful when they least expect it. Surprise Haman! Surprise false prophets!
The Ten Son's of Haman
As the story of Esther wraps up, the King knew that he couldn't stop the decree to destroy the Jews but he could permit the Jews to defend themselves. He gave Mordecai his signet ring and had him write up a new decree which stated that the Jews had a right to assembly and to protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate any enemies of any nationality who might attack their families because of the first decree.
The Jews were also allowed to plunder their enemies property as well. The quickest horses were sent out to declare this new decree from the king and to all of the provinces. The Jews rejoiced when they received the decree--feasting, gift giving and celebration! The king placed Mordecai second in command and he was greatly revered and feared throughout the land. He also gave the treasures and the house of Haman to Esther.
When that appointed day came, the thirteenth of Adar, the enemy forces surely did come up against the Jews but they did not win on that day--they were slaughtered instead. Five hundred men and Haman's ten sons were killed in Shushan in just one day, though the Jews took no plunder for themselves.
Esther had one more request from the king and it was honored. What was her request?
"Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows."
She wanted the 'already' dead 10 son's to be hung tomorrow? Many have given their ideas of why she had said this. She was giving prophecy unknowingly. God knew what she did not and history does repeat itself in the bible.
New York Times Nuremberg
History Repeats Itself in the Bible!
Esther gave perfect prophecy that day when she made that request to the King. Many people may have missed this while reading this book. The Lord led me to the "Book of Esther' after having my Purim vision and I was quite shocked to see that there really was a word Purim and a Jewish Holiday as well! Amazing!
As I was reading the Book of Esther the King showed me Esther's prophecy and what she meant about "tomorrow the 10 sons of Haman to be hanged!" What is 'tomorrow' in God's time? God's timing for 'tomorrow' is much longer then the definition by men of 'tomorrow.'
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HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF IN THE BIBLE & PROPHECY HAPPENED AGAIN!
Hitler and the Nazi's were the second attempt to annihilate and destroy the the Jews but it didn't work out quite like they'd planned either. The King surely did honor Esther's request to hang them in the 'morrow.' The King commanded it to be done and there is no reversal of the decree once the King has given it. Thoughts to ponder for those who come up against the King and His people.
On October 16, 1946 Julius Streicher of the SS Nazi regime was being hanged on the gallows. He said these words right before dying. "Now it goes to God."
Yes, as a matter of fact it did go to God and that I am assured. God had made the decree long ago and God is a God of Justice. What happened before the floor plate was removed? God allowed Streicher to give perfect and precise prophecy through his lips before he received his punishment.
He screamed, 'Purim Fest 1946!"
This is The King!
The King & His Bride
"And the King commanded it be done." Esther 9:14
Through my eyes this is incredible prophecy and I know that God is perfect in His words as well as in His timing for justice. He is faithful and true to those who wait for His 'tomorrow.'
I know that He gives incredible prophecy and I understand only now of why he gave me this vision of Purim-Joy and it is spectacular and beyond any words that I can describe to know these things! Yeshua will again defend His people as the third attempt to destroy the Jews takes place in the near future. History will repeat itself again as it always does in the bible but this time there will be restoration and a knowing of Yeshua the Messiah among the people.
God has a given a gift to Israel, one that they refused to accept and are still refusing at this time. Many of the Israel leaders know of this gift but they are just as fearful as the pharisees were back when Yeshua was walking this earth.
The newspaper in Israel had an article written by one of those fearful people. It said "Even if you see a miracle from God don't accept it if it is not in the Torah!" Just as Haman was removed from the equation by the hand of God, so shall you be. History will repeat itself again. Nobody has the power to stop the God of Israel and that is Yeshua! When God's 'tomorrow' happens at His appointed time there will be many celebrating Purim! Joy! They will accept the miracle and the gift that God has sent to them regardless that you do not want them to. It's Esther's prophecy of God repeating itself again. Amazing!
"And the King commanded it be done."