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PURIM-- The Book of ESTHER

The Name of Jehovah in the Book of Esther ( 5 times)
http://www.therain.org/appendixes/app60.html

"Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house more than all.
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time,
then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place;
but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed."

Esther 4: 13,14


The Book of Esther
is an exceptional book in the Bible. It is filled with drama and intrigue, reveling and fasting. It portrays courage in the face of execution.
Queen Esther is definitely the woman for the hour of this day and this time.
She is no woman's libber--- rather she displays quiet confidence in the power of God to protect her and her people.

The Book of Esther records how no one can come against God and win.
Proverbs 21:30
No one can come against God's people and win .......
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Mark Twain's "Concerning the Jew"
If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains.
http://www.boondocksnet.com/twaintexts/concerningjews_2.html
http://www.boondocksnet.com/twaintexts/concerningjews.html
 


A modern-day version of Israel's victory over her enemies will be shown in the Magog-war
(
Ezekiel 38 and 39 ). Israel-- by the grace of G-d, will be victorious over
the Russian- Moslem confederation.

And finally (
approximately 3 and a half years later ) at the battle of Armageddon, all of Israel's enemies will be vanquished. Both of these historic battles will be won solely by the intervention of Almighty God.
Proverbs 21:31

"Without Me, you can do nothing".....
John 15:5

BOOMERANG THEOLOGY

Each day, many of us face battles with the enemy, Satan. People who are ruled by Satan come against us any way they can. Persecution can be relentless. We need to take a stand.
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
Ephesians 6:13

We are to
FIRST bind the strongman (devil) over our situation and over our person.
Matthew 12:29 ......... Mark 3:27 ............. Luke 11:21

"For the weapons of our warfare are NOT carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds". We "pull down" the influence of Satan in the affairs of men by praying against
his empire in Jesus' name.
2 Corinthians 10:4

Satan is the "prince of the power of the air"
Ephesians 2:2
Under his influence are: principalities (locations) , powers (political and monied persons), mights (wars, campaigns, debates) and dominions (any aggressive person or thing).
Ephesians 1:21
and thrones (governments)
1 Colossians 1:16

"Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (tricks, ploys, snares) of the devil.
For we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world (earth), against spiritual wickedness in high places (middle heaven)."
Ephesians 6:11,12

For now, Satan is called the "god of this world"(
2 Corinthians 4:4) , for as 1 John 5:19 tells us:
"the WHOLE WORLD lieth in wickedness"

Each and every day we are to "fight the good fight" of resisting temptations, and asking God to help us in all our trials.
1 Timothy 6:12 and 2 Timothy 4:7.

If we don't do our part, God is 'helpless' to do His part.
What is our part ?

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with the TRUTH."
Ephesians 6:14

Have you told your Problem why they are a problem? If not, you still have that problem and always will have that problem until you are forthright enough to tell them what the problem is.
The TRUTH shall set you free.
John 8:32
Silence will keep you in bondage and fear of their disapproval.

"Fear hath torment"
1 John 4:18

We are never to fear man's disapproval. Know for certain that God approves us when we fight the good fight of Faith daily. His approval is all we need.
God wants us to be separated from that which keeps us from a closer relationship with Him.

Problem solving ..... Getting a perspective

It helps if we write the problem down on a piece of paper.
Then try to write the solution. Then ask God to give you the courage to face your problem forthrightly and calmly...speaking your TRUTH quietly and clearly. Be sure to ask Him to intervene in your situation for good.

What else is our part ?
We are to "have on the breastplate of righteous". Ephesians 6:14. That means doing what we know is Right.
"and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace".
We are to study and to know the Word of God. And we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ nor are we afraid to quote it, in the right spirit and attitude.

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked".
Know that resistance will come, and then TRUST in God no matter what. Have in store verses for yourself that withstand whatever comes against you.
"They Word have I hid in my heart"
Psalm 119:11

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."

Knowing the Word of God---being familiar enough to quote it---helps not only others, but also ourselves when trials come. We build ourselves back up again by continuously pumping the Word of God back into our minds in order to reject the rejections that Satan throws at us. Without that rich reservoir of verses within ourselves, we become easy prey for the devil.
Renewing the mind.....
2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2

"Brethren be sober and watch well. satan, who is your enemy, goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. But you--- grounded in the Faith (grounded in the WORD)--- must face him boldly."
1 Peter 5:8, 9

As we wait upon the Lord, praying for His intervention into our problems, the answers come. They don't always come right away, but they do come. The wrong is overturned, and the situation is made right. It requires patience...what the Bible calls "longsuffering"....one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22

It is then that we see Boomerang Theology in action. What others meant for evil, God turns around and makes for good.
Genesis 50:20
And many times the evil that others plot against us, falls back upon themselves, as is the case in the Book of Esther...the theme behind PURIM.

See also
Proverbs 21:7 and Proverbs 26:27
Evil wickedness shall be overturned.
Proverbs 22:8


GOD'S STRANGE WORK

As the Great Tribulation comes upon us, God will be working His "strange work".
Isaiah 28:21
This will be a time when God helps us individually, but externally it appears as if evil will triumph over good.
"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."
Ecclesiastes 8:11

But we must ever keep in mind that "Vengeance is Mine... I WILL repay"
Romans 12:19.
Count on it. Armageddon is coming, when ALL unrighteousness will be put down and righteousness will reign
Daniel 9:24.

Armageddon is the ultimate PURIM.

COMMITMENT

Chapter 4 of the Book of Esther is highly relevant for today's Church, as Queen Esther shows us all how to take a stand, despite privilege ..... to throw off the cloak of carnal security, and to lean on the mighty arm of God.
"If I perish, I perish" Esther 4:16

Many people question why the word "God " does not appear anywhere in the account of Esther. Simply because this is about the WALK, and not the Talk.
How many of us quote verses of Scriptures, and yet have not died to self?


How many of us say prayers, sing hymns, go through the motions and drop the word "love" at every chance we get? Words are meaningless without actions to back them up.
"Having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof" 2 Timothy 3:5
It's like the old saying:
"What we ARE speaks so loudly , others can't hear what we're saying".

There are many other words that do not appear in the Bible but should appear in our lives...like "maturity"
*, "integrity" * etc.

What John Terry says is so true:
"
Let us live every day as Living Bibles,
as we may be the only Bible some people will read......
living our daily lives as Walking, Talking, Living, Breathing Bibles.
May our lives so reflect the love and life of Jesus
that others are drawn to Him."


Living the Word, Walking the Walk is more important than talking the talk.
You may not find the word "God " in Esther, but you certainly will find Godliness.


Bill Singleton does research work on Bible Codes. His thorough study of the Book of Esther reveals these phrases encoded:

malecoth Yeshua = Reign of Yeshua
Yehovah yesha = LORD of Salvation (Yeshua)
Hai Elohim = Behold Elohim......Esther 9......ELS 35
Hai Mashiach Yah = Behold Messiah the Lord
Mashiach ben dath = Messiah son of faith
Nir Yehovah Yeshu = Candle of LORD Jesus


For more Links on the story behind Purim please see:

The Feast of Purim
http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/publications/dispatch/biblicalfeasts/Article-2.html

" One Night with the King " ( DVD video )
http://www.tbn.org/index.php/7.html?nid=194

Purim http://www.betemunah.org/watchman//purim.html -- Greg Killian

Esther's Tomb in Iran --2005


Though the holiday of Purim is celebrated by Jews worldwide, the story, based as it is in Persia, has special resonance for the Jews of Iran. Recent decades have proved difficult for Persian Jews, many of whom fled the country after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. From a community of about 100,000, an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 now remain
This month, Jews from across Iran will pray at a shrine in Hamadan, in northwestern Iran, dedicated to the heroes of the Purim story.


Though her original name, Hadassah, means "hidden" in Hebrew, she is known as Esther. Scholar and writer Haideh Sahim explains that "Esther" is derived from the Persian word astaar, meaning "star." It is believed that Esther and Mordecai were buried in the shrine at Hamadan, originally called Hegmataneh, in the fifth century B.C.E.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/555098.html

Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies
http://web.archive.org/web/19990503164626/http://www.yeshuatyisrael.com/moshiach.htm

Messianic Directory www.messianicdirectory.com/moedim/festivals.html Moedim---Festivals of Adonai

Links to sites on Purim from Jacob http://www.jr.co.il/hotsites/j-hdaypu.htm

Purim and hamantashem -- MJ Martin --March 14, 2006
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/mar2006/mjm314-5.htm

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Psalms during Purim

Chapters 20,
22, 79, 83, 121, 130 and 142.

Audio : Zilber interview including his songs
http://www.israelnn.com/metafiles/asx/shows/IsraelNationalRadio/ben-music.asx"
Click above to listen to the entire Israel National Radio interview with Ariel Zilber

ANNIE's Purim Page
http://www.annieshomepage.com/purim.html

Purim --- Jerry Golden
http://www.thegoldenreport.com/asp/jerrysnewsmanager/anmviewer.asp?a=301

Messianic Songs http://www.oursalvation.com/musicals.htm

Song
: www.israelsongs.com/#instrument

Purim
http://www.amfi.org/purim.htm American Messianic Fellowship International, Wm. E. Blackstone

Megillah, groggers and Hamantashen ...Jewish Outreach Institute
www.joi.org/celebrate/purim

Audio-Visual http://www.613.org/purim.html

Audio- PURIM
http://www.biblicalholidays.com/purim_audio.htm

Haman taschen "Haman hats" pastry...
www.holidays.net/purim/goodies.html

Holiday cards at:
http://www.amalnet.k12.il/meida/english/engi1956.htm

More songs: http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/purimsongs.htm

Purim www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/purim Project Genesis

Purim www.ohr.org.il/special/purim/index.htm Ohr Somayach

Purim
www.ou.org/chagim/purim/default.htm Orthodox Union

Purim
www.tfdixie.com/holidays/purim Torah from Dixie

Purim sites www.jr.co.il/hotsites/j-hdaypu.htm Jacob Richman

Salvation
http://hopetotheend.com/sal.html