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Edition 439: October 16th 2018
Esther the magnificent:
This Bible story is so full of rich, powerful symbolism and typology for our day, and the church, as well as the false church – and the false Messiah, and also for Israel.
If you think you know the story – I bet you don’t...read on my friends and be amazed!
The story in a nutshell:
Main points: The king had a banquet and wanted to display queen Vashti to his guests. But she was having her own banquet at another location, so refused the summons of the king. Vashti was then rejected as queen and banished, never again to come into the king’s presence. Messengers were then sent into all the land to find another queen for the king. They found Esther, an orphan raised by her Jewish uncle Mordechai .
She was given the herb, myrrh to be prepared for the king. She was brought before the king who showed favour to her. She became the new queen and shared the king’s throne. At this stage the king did not know that Esther was a Jew.
The king appointed the Hitler-like Haman, to be prime minister over Persia. Haman ordered all of Persia to bow down to him.
Mordechai refuses to bow down to Haman, enraging him. He then hatched a plot to kill Mordechai and all the Jews of the Province. Esther helped Mordechai uncover a plot. Haman then constructed a large gallows to hang Mordechai on, but ended up being hung on his own gallows after Esther told the king of the plot. Then Mordechai became the king’s new counsellor.
The Jews, then with the king’s authority, massacred all of Haman’s agents (about 75,000).
The story ends with the celebration of Purim, also called the “Fast of Esther,” at which the “Scroll of Esther” is read. Even today it is a public holiday and includes a dawn to dusk fast. It is symbolic of the destruction of the enemies of the Jews, and a celebration of coming liberty and joy.
Aspects of the characters:
The name Vashti means: “Outward beauty”.
Vashti was a beautiful woman, but her beauty was all superficial and exterior.
Vashti hated the Jews. She brought Jewish women before her and forced them to break the Sabbath to show that she was superior, in her pride.
She hated the Jewish women even more when she could not make them unholy, showing that she could not conquer them.
Vashti is a type of Eve rebelling against God. She is a powerful type of all Jezebels. She is well accepted as a type of the false, counterfeit church and the churches of replacement theology amongst us today.
She is a symbol of arrogance and pride and self-centredness.
The Talmud explains Esther 1:12, where Vashti refuses the summons of the king. It says, she sent him humiliating, insulting and undermining messages, thus kindling his wrath.
►In Hebrew, one of the words for “evil” is kelipa meaning an outer shell. For evil to exist it must be ‘clothed’ and ‘protected’ by its shell. The beauty of evil is in its outer appearance. The shell restricts the light and the true nature of what is underneath it. Take it away, and you meet its ugly heart.
Sin is the clothing of evil.
Vashti represents the reign of evil in the world, in its beautiful deception.
Vashti is a perfect example of the Jezebel spirit ruling in the church today (both female and male.) The desire of the Jezebel spirit is to conquer God, usurp His authority and ways.
Vashti was a Babylonian. Her grandfather was Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who destroyed the Jewish temple. Her father was Belshazzar who threw a party and invited guests to drink out of the stolen temple vessels. “Drink of the god’s of gold and silver,” he said. This was when the writing appeared on the wall saying, “God has numbered your days and brought your kingdom to an end.” Babylon then fell to the Persians (modern day Iran). Vashti was the only survivor.
Babylon is one of the types of the world-system. When Babylon was destroyed, the Bible says it was never to rise again, which is a type of the soon-coming total destruction of this world-system, never to rise again, Vashti came out of this. Vashti was forbidden from ever entering the king’s presence.
►The Talmud records that Vashti refused to come before the king when summoned saying to him, “You were my father’s stable boy!”
Bear in mind that our Lord is the ultimate “stable boy,” the real king, born in a manger!
Hebrew legend claims that Vashti developed a skin disorder and grew a tail. There’s some interesting typology there! What you can say is – so much for her beauty!
►In Hebrew, the word “skin” is the same word for “blindness.” Note the similarity with word evil, meaning “outer shell” (above.)
Spiritual blindness is incredibly dangerous because it blinds you to truth, to error and to sin. In so doing it kills your conscience. Blindness silences and sears the conscience.
You know the term “thick skinned?” In truth, it also means thickly blinded!
Blindness almost always results in self-exaltation, because you must then elevate yourself to make up for your ignorance created by blindness.
Vashti represents all the churches of replacement theology and anti-Semitism.
Vashti represents the outwardly beautiful, evil slut, the whore of Babylon / Rome.
You can be born outwardly pretty like the whores of Hollywood, but you can’t be truly beautiful. Only after being born-again, are you thoroughly and enduringly beautiful.
Vashti was stripped of her royalty and her beauty and became truly ugly.
Vashti ended up joining the ranks of all other Jew haters, like Goliath and many churches today, destroyed or headed for destruction. They are all responsible for their own destruction.
The name Esther means: “Star.”
Genesis 26:4 “I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands, and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”
In Hebrew Esther’s name is: “Hadassah.” This name means, “Myrtle,”- a beautiful tree.
When Esther was preparing to meet the king she was given the herb myrrh. Although it is bitter to taste, it has a beautiful aroma to it. Myrrh is a resin which turns to oil which bleeds from the injured branch of the Commiphora tree, which is also where frankincense comes from.
Myrrh is a herb used to prepare dead bodies for burial. It was brought to our Lord by the wise men. He was prepared for burial with myrrh.
(The church of Smyrna bears the name “myrrh” within it, and in the Revelation it is the church of suffering and martyrdom.)
The branches of the myrtle tree are to be used for the construction of the “booths” used at the Feast of Tabernacles. Interestingly; this command includes the branches of the olive tree too. (Nehemiah 8:15) So, here we see Esther associated with the myrtle tree, the olive tree and the herb, myrrh.
The olive tree in Romans 11 represents Jewish believers and Gentile believers, and the Feast of Tabernacles (booths) is symbolic of and will be fulfilled at the Second Coming and the Millennium.
Esther is a type of the true end-time church, with a pro-Israel bias.
Esther was inwardly beautiful. She was humble and ended up highly exalted to the throne. She was a true hero of God.
Esther is symbolic of, and represents the bride of Messiah.
Esther is all about a most beautiful woman, a true “virtuous woman”, with a beautiful mind. (Proverbs 31)
Esther and the Feast of Tabernacles:
Esther is associated in name and type with the myrtle tree and the olive tree, used for the construction of the “booths” of the Feast of Tabernacles. (Nehemiah 8:15)
The myrtle is a beautiful, low shrub-like tree, found in the desert regions of Israel, with a beautiful aroma coming from it. It contains within it a rare, expensive oil. It represents the beauty of humility.
The myrtle tree is known for being drought resistant growing within rocks and rocky outcrops. It is a tree “built” on the rock!
The flowers of the myrtle tree look like shining stars. (The name Esther means “star.”)
The image below shows the myrtle tree, its flowers and the blood red resin myrrh.
What’s in a name, you say? Well, as you can see plenty!
The olive branch of the tabernacle booth, also speaks of the olive tree and oil, which is anointing oil of the Bible, and represents both Jewish and Gentile believers in Romans 11.
The olive branch comes from the root which goes down deep – all the way to Adam!
The great mystery-miracle of the ages is seen in the cut-off, now dead branches of an olive tree, suddenly, like the “dry bones”, coming to life – new godly, spiritual life, as God grafts them back into their own tree again.
As this great miracle takes place, wild olive branches, grafted in, are cut off and fall dead to the ground because they became jealous of God grafting in the natural branch again. This represents much of the modern church of replacement theology.
Vashti represents the cut off branches and Esther the living, true branches?
Please note that three of the seven churches of the Revelation, will go into the tribulation period. They are Thyatira, Laodicea and Sardis. (There are only some in these churches who will be saved.)
Are you an apostate broken branch, with no oil? Are you a friend of the whore Vashti and the Hitler-style antichrist, Haman - Esther’s enemy? Are you a thorn in the side of Israel?
Isaiah 55:12-13 “You shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn, shall come up the cypress tree, and the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Haman the Agagite:
Haman means: “The rager, the mad one, tumult”.
Agagite (Agag of the Amalekites) means: “Higher than high, powerful.”
The Agagites were the people who were arch-enemies of Israel. Haman came from them.
Interestingly, the Agagites were one of the Arab tribes which God had told the children of Israel to destroy as they went into the Promised Land. They only partially fulfilled this.
Numbers 33:50-55 (Instructions for the conquest of Canaan): “Moses, speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their moulded images and demolish all their high places...but if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those who let remain, shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
Thorns are a type of the curse!
Today Israel is plagued with many Arab “thorns” in their side, because they only partially obeyed God, when told to destroy these people. Note again in Isaiah 55 above, that when the Lord plants the myrtle tree it will be with no thorns!
If you don’t thoroughly destroy what God has told you to, it will come back to haunt you!
Today, Haman is a type of Hitler and all the world’s anti-Semites.
God made sure that Haman’s plan to kill the Jews would backfire on him, as it will on all those today of a similar ilk!
The great grand, glorious conclusion:
Esther had a secret relationship with the Jews which was not public knowledge. Esther was an orphan adopted by the Jew Mordecai. We too are adopted sons, adopted by Israel, grafted into the Jewish olive tree. (Romans8:17, 11:17)
If we disclaim, disown or replace our Jewish heritage and relationship, we will be cut off. That warning is mentioned twice in Romans 11!
To stand with and for Israel does not mean being anti-Arab. But it does mean being anti-those who are anti-God’s plans for Israel. In the final days, many Arabs will come to the Lord. (Isaiah 19)
The Gentile church was grafted in as a wild olive tree branch, and the Jews will be re-grafted in as much of the church is cut off for resisting God’s plans.
What to me is so shocking is that Romans 11 is so clear and such a powerful warning and so few pay any attention to it at all.
The application for today:
►Israel was created, elected, rebelled, rejected, repented, regathered, and accepted.
Those few words above, spell out the world’s greatest, most powerful, wonderful drama ever!
Those few words spell out the course of the history of this world from beginning to end. Those few words speak of untold millions of people going to hell and others to heaven – forever.
Vashti and Haman represent all the enemies of God’s plan for Israel in and out of the church.
Vashti will join the reign of the false prophet and the antichrist.
We are to repent on behalf of the Jews for all the damage the church has done to them. You may say that the Jews are guilty of so many things, but let me tell you that so are you! You and I are guilty as charged, but now forgiven, made right, pure and holy.
It is not just for our own good that we have been purified by the cross of Calvary, it’s to be transmitted to others.
Job 22:30 “He will even deliver one who is not innocent; yes he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”
Isaiah 52:1-2 “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; release yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!”
To fulfil God’s great, dramatic plan and purposes for Israel and the world, Israel is about to “awake, awake! And you and I can be part of that process. The way for the church is the way of Esther. It is to “comfort My people.” (Isaiah 40:1)
Numbers 24:9 “He (Israel) bows down and lies down like a lion. Who will rouse him? Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.”
►The most important verse in the book of Esther and one which my Lord lit up like a godly fire for me personally and The Prophetic Scroll is:
Esther 4:14 “If you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place...Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for a time such as this?”
Today the burial place and tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai is located in Hamandan, Iran (Persia of old) It is a place revered by the Jews. The epitaph on the grave of Esther reads “Esther the righteous,” and on the grave of Mordechai, “The holy ark of Mordechai, the righteous.”
The walls around the tomb are inscribed with verses from the “Scroll of Esther.”
An ancient Hebrew tradition claims that the large hole between the two graves leads to Jerusalem. When Messiah comes the Jews of Persia will migrate to Jerusalem through it.
Iran recently downgraded the tomb from a World Heritage site.
A very good idea:
It’s an excellent thing to find out how things end before putting all your eggs in the stupid-basket! And God tells us just how things will end!
Isaiah 46:10 “God declares the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand.”
Vashti and Haman were heroes – of the devil himself, with all his characteristics. They are “heroes” now seen in the likeness of the modern media and many political leaders.
These are critical and important days and times. Because we are now in the lull before the storm, does not mean that these things are less important. They are all likely to break out onto the world stage with great drama very soon and suddenly.
Vashti the Jew-hater was banished from ever appearing before the king again. The proud, arrogant Haman was unceremoniously executed, and then had all his merry men killed by the Jews. Its not clever coming against God's choices and ways!
Esther was given the golden sceptre of authority and was dressed as royalty. She shared the king’s throne. The end of our faith is not resurrection but ascension to the throne of God as a co-heir and ruler as Esther was.
A Jewish couple recently had children. They named their son, Mordechai and their daughter Esther. Talk about having God on your side!
The Prophetic Scroll, is an Esther ministry, so if you want to get in its way – good luck!
I know many people who are of the Esther spirit. One in particular is my friend Joanne Smith in New York! I don’t think she knows how valuable her work has been for God’s kingdom and His people. She will be bright star shining forever!
I took these pictures in a fever-tree forest in KwaZulu/Natal.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!