Christian Churches of God

No. 063B

 

 

 

Commentary on Esther Part II:

Purim in the Last Days

 

(Edition 3.0 20090207-20160625

 

Part II takes the Commentary on Esther to the Last Days and examines the days of Purim in the Last Days with the attempts to wipe out the Hebrew people and the consequent results.

 

 

 

 

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Commentary on Esther Part II: Purim in the Last Days

 


In Part I of the Commentary on Esther we saw the actual significance of the Book of Esther and its application to the Messiah and the Church of God as the bride of Christ. It also showed the place of the Jews in the process and the significance of the Feast of Purim. We will now examine that relationship in the trials of the Last Days.

 

In Part I we saw the players in the story and their identities in the wider more spiritual application. We saw Mordecai represented the Messiah and Esther was the Church.

 

Vashti was the designated royal house of Judah that refused the calling and was put away but not killed so that the king could remember her.

 

Esther was called and chosen in her place as the Israel of God.

 

In Part I, Chapter 7 we saw that the king’s eunuch, Harbo’na, was ordered to hang Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Once Harbo’na hanged Haman, the king’s anger abated. Mordecai was then placed in charge of the House of Haman and given his ring of office. This represents not only the killing of the leader of the physical enemies of Israel and the Church but also the confinement of Satan and the transfer of power to Christ in the Last Days. Harbo’na represents the archangel at the Throne of God charged with the confinement of Satan.

 

To refresh us on the text involved at the end of the sequence we read as follows.

 

Note that the letter to destroy the Jews had been sent to all the provinces of the empire to kill all the Jews throughout the empire.

 

Esther 8

[1] On that day King Ahasu-e'rus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mor'decai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her;  [2] and the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mor'decai. And Esther set Mor'decai over the house of Haman.  [3] Then Esther spoke again to the king; she fell at his feet and besought him with tears to avert the evil design of Haman the Ag'agite and the plot which he had devised against the Jews. [4] And the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, [5] and Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, "If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Ag'agite, the son of Hammeda'tha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king.  [6] For how can I endure to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?"  [7] Then King Ahasu-e'rus said to Queen Esther and to Mor'decai the Jew, "Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he would lay hands on the Jews.  [8] And you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king's ring; for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's ring cannot be revoked."  [9] The king's secretaries were summoned at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and an edict was written according to all that Mor'decai commanded concerning the Jews to the satraps and the governors and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, and also to the Jews in their script and their language. [10] The writing was in the name of King Ahasu-e'rus and sealed with the king's ring, and letters were sent by mounted couriers riding on swift horses that were used in the king's service, bred from the royal stud.  [11] By these the king allowed the Jews who were in every city to gather and defend their lives, to destroy, to slay, and to annihilate any armed force of any people or province that might attack them, with their children and women, and to plunder their goods, [12] upon one day throughout all the provinces of King Ahasu-e'rus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.  [13] A copy of what was written was to be issued as a decree in every province, and by proclamation to all peoples, and the Jews were to be ready on that day to avenge themselves upon their enemies.  [14] So the couriers, mounted on their swift horses that were used in the king's service, rode out in haste, urged by the king's command; and the decree was issued in Susa the capital. [15] Then Mor'decai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a mantle of fine linen and purple, while the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.  [16] The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.  [17] And in every province and in every city, wherever the king's command and his edict came, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for the fear of the Jews had fallen upon them.  

 

The sequence here in chapter 8 was to judge according to what had been determined by Satan and the world system as depicted by Haman the Agagite. The structure is that the world was judged out of its own mouth. As the forces arrayed against the elect were determined to harm the elect then it was decreed that they would be judged as they had judged.

 

The time sequence on the Last Days is part of the message of this book. This was to happen at the last month of the year. In the text of Part I we spoke of the depiction of the 30 days of the Mourning for Moses. This period was examined in the paper The Last Thirty Years: The Final Struggle (No. 219)).

 

But note that the Message for the salvation of Judah was written in the Third month on the Twenty-third day. This was after Pentecost had passed. Symbolically this was after the Holy Spirit had been given to the Church of God and the Church had interceded with God for Judah and the nation of Israel.

 

The secretaries represent the prophets of God and the elders of the Churches of God that have written and published the Texts of the Bible in both Testaments. These secretaries continue on into the Last Days. These people and the process of the witness of the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Law of God have been examined in the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses (No. 135).

 

Prophetically we might note that it is 270 days before Purim or 270 years before Purim on a year-for-a-day basis. We will come back to this aspect later. The process of the witness intensifies from this time all over the world.

 

Chapter 9 deals with this final conflict and we will try to outline the time-frame in the sequence of the Last Days (see also the paper The Day of the Lord and the Last Days (No. 192)).

 

Esther 9

[1] Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's command and edict were about to be executed, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to get the mastery over them, but which had been changed to a day when the Jews should get the mastery over their foes, [2] the Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasu-e'rus to lay hands on such as sought their hurt. And no one could make a stand against them, for the fear of them had fallen upon all peoples. [3] All the princes of the provinces and the satraps and the governors and the royal officials also helped the Jews, for the fear of Mor'decai had fallen upon them. [4] For Mor'decai was great in the king's house, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for the man Mor'decai grew more and more powerful. [5] So the Jews smote all their enemies with the sword, slaughtering, and destroying them, and did as they pleased to those who hated them. [6] In Susa the capital itself the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men, [7] and also slew Par-shan-da'tha and Dalphon and Aspa'tha [8] and Pora'tha and Ada'lia and Arida'tha [9] and Parmash'ta and Ar'isai and Ar'idai and Vaiza'tha, [10] the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammeda'tha, the enemy of the Jews; but they laid no hand on the plunder. [11] That very day the number of those slain in Susa the capital was reported to the king. [12] And the king said to Queen Esther, "In Susa the capital the Jews have slain five hundred men and also the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done in the rest of the king's provinces! Now what is your petition? It shall be granted you. And what further is your request? It shall be fulfilled." [13] And Esther said, "If it please the king, let the Jews who are in Susa be allowed tomorrow also to do according to this day's edict. And let the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows." [14] So the king commanded this to be done; a decree was issued in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged. [15] The Jews who were in Susa gathered also on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and they slew three hundred men in Susa; but they laid no hands on the plunder. [16] Now the other Jews who were in the king's provinces also gathered to defend their lives, and got relief from their enemies, and slew seventy-five thousand of those who hated them; but they laid no hands on the plunder. [17] This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made that a day of feasting and gladness. [18] But the Jews who were in Susa gathered on the thirteenth day and on the fourteenth, and rested on the fifteenth day, making that a day of feasting and gladness. [19] Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in the open towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting and holiday-making, and a day on which they send choice portions to one another. [20] And Mor'decai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasu-e'rus, both near and far, [21] enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, [22] as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending choice portions to one another and gifts to the poor. [23] So the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mor'decai had written to them. [24] For Haman the Ag'agite, the son of Hammeda'tha, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to crush and destroy them; [25] but when Esther came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his wicked plot which he had devised against the Jews should come upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. [26] Therefore they called these days Purim, after the term Pur. And therefore, because of all that was written in this letter, and of what they had faced in this matter, and of what had befallen them, [27] the Jews ordained and took it upon themselves and their descendants and all who joined them, that without fail they would keep these two days according to what was written and at the time appointed every year, [28] that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, in every family, province, and city, and that these days of Purim should never fall into disuse among the Jews, nor should the commemoration of these days cease among their descendants. [29] Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Ab'ihail, and Mor'decai the Jew gave full written authority, confirming this second letter about Purim. [30] Letters were sent to all the Jews, to the hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasu-e'rus, in words of peace and truth, [31] that these days of Purim should be observed at their appointed seasons, as Mor'decai the Jew and Queen Esther enjoined upon the Jews, and as they had laid down for themselves and for their descendants, with regard to their fasts and their lamenting. [32] The command of Queen Esther fixed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.

 

Note that the sequence in Chapter 9 (vv. 7 and 14) shows a repeat of the killing of the ten sons of Haman. This duality mentioned points to a duality of type antitype in the killing of Purim and points to the end time application as well as to the prior event.

 

[vv. 10,15,16] “They laid no hand on the plunder” (see the paper The Golden Calf (No. 222)).

 

Placing Purim in the Wars of the End

We have identified the Days of the Mourning for Moses as the last thirty years on a year-for-a-day basis of the final Jubilee of the six thousand years of the Rule of Satan. That is the 120th Jubilee of the creation from the closure of Eden. That period is the end of the Times of the Gentiles or the Times of the Nations. These times ended in 1996-7. That year coincides with the end of the Thirty Years of the Mourning for Aaron.

 

The year 1967 was the year that ended the struggles with the nations outside of the Promised Land and the consolidation of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War.

 

Remember also that Miriam died after they had camped at Meribah in this year in the First Month. Edom refused Israel permission to pass and came out against them (Num. 20:1).

 

This period went from the end of the 2520 years from the Battle of Carchemish ending with the butchery of WWI in 1916 and the capture of Beersheba and Jerusalem in 1917. 1916 commenced the last eighty-year period of the Nations (see also The Fall of Egypt: The Prophecy of Pharaoh’s Broken Arms (No. 036)).

 

By 1967 Jerusalem was consolidated. 1996-7 saw the end of the Seven Times given to the Nations from Babylon, as we saw in Daniel Chapter 2. The development of the Mission of the church commenced in this period. By 1987 the Temple was brought into judgment and it was to be measured. This process is covered in the paper Measuring the Temple (No. 137).

 

The church was reorganised for the last phase of the Churches of God in the Third year of the Sabbath Cycle in 1994.

 

The end of the Time of the Nations or the Time of the Gentiles was in 1996/7.

 

1997 began the final Thirty Years before the occupation of the millennial system in the Holy Land. This period is then the symbolic Adar or last month before the occupation. In this month we would expect to see this final Purim.

 

1998 began the Restoration of the Law of God in the Sabbath year and the Law was read a second time in the Sabbath Year of 2005.

 

Purim as we see was to commence on the 13th of the month and proceed to the 14th and 15th of the month of the Mourning for Moses.

 

From 1997 on a year-for-a-day period we come to the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

 

We would expect to see over the final period, from the cessation of the wars of elimination in 1967, a period of extensive preparation by the enemies of the Holy People. This centres primarily on the Churches of God as spiritual Israel as well as the Hebrew peoples in both Judah and Israel.

 

This period was to be a complex sequence of planning for the elimination of the power of the Holy People and their economic and physical destruction.

 

The forces of Satan have planned to bring about the economic destruction of the power of the Hebrew peoples and once that is in play the attempt will be made at their total physical destruction. This is symbolised by the persecutions of the Fifth Seal of Revelation.

 

We would expect the final attempts at their destruction to come into play from 13 to 15 Adar or from 2009 to 2011 being the 13th to 15th days of the Adar or month of the Mourning for Moses of the Last Days.  We saw the GFC take up from 2008 and thus in 2009-2011 we saw the financial hits to the GFC. We also saw the Trojan horse begin with the infiltrations of Europe and the US under the EU and under the Obama administration in the US.  That has not stopped and the mass immigration into the English speaking countries has not stopped. In fact it has accelerated since 2013

 

That is coming to a head now and the Brexit with UK out of the EU is the only chance of saving the UK over the time ahead.  With the rest of Europe following and Germany cleaning up its act also.

 

Over the Last Days the confinement of Satan is necessary. The restoration of all things by Elijah and the other witness comes with their establishment at Jerusalem. Following the days of the Two Witnesses we expect the intervention and then placement of Mordecai-Messiah as Viceroy of this planet after the judgment of the Two Witnesses.

 

The major attempt at the genocide of the Jews and in Israel was in WWII. The “Final Solution” was planned in Europe and the first concentration camps were established in Germany at Hamburg in 1932 by Trinitarians. Both Lutherans and Roman Catholics worked on this “Final Solution.” In the end they provided the ratline to get the war criminals out to the US, Australia and South America. Some of these clergy deny the holocaust to this day. The popes supported them first by active assistance and then condonation and silence.

 

As the former Jesuit priest Malachi Martin has charged, a mass has been said at St Peters in the 20th century for the enthronement of Satan as god. He was killed before he wrote the next expose. Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are repeated.

 

At the Nuremburg trials one of the Nazi leaders said, when he was sentenced to death, “This is Purim”.

 

Indeed the attempts against the Jews were made on an ongoing basis as have been the wars against the British and Anglo-Saxons who harbour the majority of those people. In 1739 Britain fought its war with Spain and the Holy Roman Empire suffered defeat at the hand of the Turks. The Europeans, Russians and Turks signed treaties in this year to end hostilities. Also in this year Jews were sentenced to life imprisonment in Lisbon, Portugal. The attempts at the genocide of the Israelite people have been met with frustration on an ongoing basis. 1739 was 270 years from 2009.

 

The Book of Esther did not say that attempts to kill the Jews would cease. It says that the attempts will be overcome and those who plot to do so will die.  These attempts are ongoing.

 

Inciting Genocide

The Balfour Declaration was made by Prime Minister Balfour after the defeat of the Turks in Beersheba and Jerusalem in 1917. It established the concept and right and British support for the Jewish Homeland. From that time onwards the genocide of the Jews has been planned and carried out both in Europe and the Middle East.

It is now being openly advocated both in Iran and among its satellites in the Middle East.

 

The Ten sons of Haman are the same as the Ten horns or kings of the Empire of the Beast and the Ten toes of iron and clay of the Last Roman Empire of Daniel chapter 2.

 

Note that the Book of Esther states that in the capital at Susa the slaughter took place on the 14th Adar also. The slaughter in the capitals of the Empire will be longer and more severe than elsewhere. From the wars of the end we can expect the conflict to last over two years from Europe into Iran.

 

The attempted destruction of the British, Celt and Anglo-Saxon people has been undertaken from European Trinitarianism for centuries.  They have never succeeded but they will make one last attempt in the next few years.

 

The economic and physical destruction of the US and British Commonwealth will be undertaken by these servants of Satan both in Europe and the Middle East. Their plans and their instruments of destruction will be used against them and they will hang on their own gallows as Haman and his ten sons were hanged. The iron and miry clay represent the conflicting aims and objectives and peoples and systems in this last empire. Christ will strike it from its occupation of the Middle East at Jerusalem.

 

At the moment Iran, supported by its Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian allies, is calling for the genocide of the Jews. They chant “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas”. The activities by Hamas are deliberate acts of terrorism that are being played up by the media all over the Muslim and Western world and they contain fabrications against Israelis. The actions in Gaza and among Palestinians are deliberately designed to justify the genocide of Israel. There is no nation on earth that would tolerate the persistent rocket attacks on its people such as inflicted by Hamas on Israel. It is a policy of hate which is condoned by the UN in the full knowledge that it is in violation of UN rules and the Geneva Convention. Egypt is used as a funnel to get the rockets inside Gaza.

 

What the media has achieved is to alienate Israel in the eyes of the world and allow Israel to be subjected to hateful attacks and to a sense of isolation such that it will now elect rightist politicians that will fight for Israel’s existence.

 

The media and the UN have guaranteed that the nihilistic philosophy of Islamic terrorism has become entrenched in the Islamic countries from Africa to Indonesia. The media has entrenched the anti-Semitic philosophy of the Islamic and European religious hate camps.

 

Israel is the only country in the world that did not have the economy as its primary political focus in the last few months before the Passover of 2009.

 

Islam does not read the Bible and Trinitarians do not study the Bible either. They do not read it because it does not suit their agenda. Their religious errors are condemned by what is written there.

 

The word of the Living God is quite clear. He will allow Israel to be dealt with and that includes the nations that are derived from mixtures of those nations. He will allow them to be purged and put to the sword and to suffer plagues and famines but they will not be allowed to be destroyed.

 

Every nation that joins these extremists in calling for and attempting the genocide of Israel will be put to the sword. That includes the leaders of their religious systems.

 

The Middle East will not prevail and they will bring upon themselves their own destruction. No matter where it is planned and no matter where the instruments are erected for the elimination of the people of God, those who undertake the planning will themselves be killed on their own instruments of genocide, even within Britain and America themselves.

 

We have dealt with the expansion of Israel according to prophecy, and the placement of the nation within it, to some degree in the papers The Last Thirty Years: the Final Struggle (No. 219) and War of Hamon-Gog (No. 294).

 

These papers were the outline and build up to the Wars of the End. These wars have been prophesied in Scripture and Christ said that Scripture cannot be broken (Jn. 10:35). God has given His word through the prophets and those things will come to pass.

 

The only question we are now left with is what time-frame would we expect to see the placement of Elijah and the other witness on the planet? (See the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses (No. 135).) Is it at the beginning of the period of the slaughter of Purim or is it at the end? Given this timetable as the last month of Adar before the New Age of the millennial system, is it for the New Year of any of the years from 2009 onwards to the coming of the Wtinesses after the war of the Sixth Trumpet? The structure of the events are discussed in the papers The Advent of the Messiah Part I (No. 210A) and The Golden Jubilee and the Millennium (No. 300).

 

The placement of the Two Witnesses has a direct effect on when the Messiah is to return. One is dependent on the other and Scripture cannot be broken. Messiah returns to save those who eagerly await him.

 

Thus if the Witnesses are not here until much later we cannot expect the Messiah now until after 2019 or even later dependent on when the Witnesses take up station in Jerusalem. We know that Messiah has to intervene to cut Satan’s rule short. His rule ends in the 120th Jubilee in 2027 in any event. Therefore, Messiah has to return and establish the millennial administration in Jerusalem before 2027. From the parable of the siege of Jericho we would expect the last seven days of the old order to occur from at least 2019 (see the paper The Fall of Jericho (No. 142)).

 

The Witnesses, in those circumstances, could not come later than 2020. Christ has to deal with Judah and reorganise the Holy Land with the attendant earthquakes and restructuring.

 

Christ then has to bring the armies of the world’s systems down to Armageddon and destroy them, as foretold in Scripture. That is because the world, even after this sequence of miracles, will not repent. The majority of those purporting to be Christians today will declare Messiah to be Antichrist because he, as the Witnesses before him, restores the Law of God. The true Antichrist will be established before him, as a true religious figure, by these same people. Christ will slay him and the false prophet at his coming. Thus we must assume that these figures of false religion will be contemporaneous with the Witnesses. We can thus also assume that the Antichrist must commence to rule with the false prophet anytime from 2012, and to continue even as late as 2021. He is probably on the scene as a leading world figure now – as is the false prophet a leading religious figure.

 

We can thus conclude that from the structure of the Jubilees as denoted in history and the Bible and – ignoring the false post-Temple rabbinical 49-year system based on the Babylonian intercalations – given this view of Purim and the Last Month of Years of the Jubilee cycles and the structure of the Sign of Jonah and the Church in the wilderness, the Witnesses could come any time from 2009 to 2021 and Messiah would follow them any time over the period to 2021.  We simply do not know the exact time of the Witnesses and hence the arrival of the Messiah.

 

All of this is in accordance with the Plan and Command of God (see the papers The Sign of Jonah and the History of the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 013); Distortion of God’s Calendar in Judah (No. 195B)).

 

The only thing we can be sure of is that the forces of Satan will be defeated both in Asia and the Middle East, the Americas and in its religious system of Europe. Its headquarters there in Europe will be destroyed. The elimination of the Israelite people will not be allowed because Mordecai/Messiah has completed his task and the final phase of the prayers of Esther and the elect are still being accomplished.

 

Christ will rule as the Viceroy of God on Earth. God determines what is to be done under His Laws. The Tithes of God are levied on land and on the coastlands and all its produce.

 

Esther 10

[1] King Ahasu-e'rus laid tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. [2] And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mor'decai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? [3] For Mor'decai the Jew was next in rank to King Ahasu-e'rus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brethren, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.

 

The Church will rule under Christ. The works of the Church and the establishment of the millennial kingdom will be recorded. The Messiah of the line of Judah and of David of Bethlehem Ephratah will feed all of us and he will be the Prince of Peace.

 

How well we do our job now will determine how we survive.

 

We will now commence to deal with World War III: Part I The Empire of the Beast (No. 299A) and WWIII Part II: The Whore and the Beast (No. 299B).

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