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Sunday, January 22, 2012

How Does Puwriym Point to Messiah?

By Maria Merola אריאל
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, February 2007

In the Book of Esther, we read about an evil plot against the children of Yahuwdah (Judah) while they were in exile in the Persian Empire.

The wicked  Haman hated the Jewish man named Mordecai because Mordecai refused to pay him homage and bow down to him. This caused Haman to become bitter towards all Yahuwdiy (Jews), and as a result he sought to destroy them all (Esther 3:5-6).

Haman is a picture of Satan, and Mordecai is a picture of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit inspired Yahuwshuwa our Messiah (whom many call Jesus) to be an intercessor for the House of Yahuwdah, just as Mordecai who was the cousin of Queen Esther, inspired her in her role as an intercessor for her people. Esther was from the tribe of BinYamiyn (Benjamin) but the tribe of Benjamin had assimilated into the House of Judah after the two kingdoms split in 1st Kings 12 around 930 B.C. The story of Queen Esther took place around 400 B.C. after the two kingdoms of Yahuwdah (Judah) & Yisra’el had been divided.

Mordechai Refusing to Bow to Haman is a picture of Messiah refusing to Bow to Satan

When Messiah was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, Satan wanted Yahuwshuwa to bow down to him:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 4:8-10: 

8 Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 

9 And said unto him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me

10 Then said Yahuwshuwa unto him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship YHWH your Elohiym, and him only shall you serve.

Because Yahuwshuwa refused to bow to Satan, just as Mordecai refused to bow to Haman, Satan then determined to kill Yahuwshuwa, just as Haman sought to kill Mordecai.

And so Haman schemed to become the right hand man of King Ahasuerus (Esther 3:1), thereby positioning himself to convince King Ahasuerus to sign a decree stating that all the Yahuwdiy (Jews) should be killed on the 13th day of the 12th month of Adar.

The First Covenant Amended & Ratified Not Nullified 

YaHuWaH used Queen Esther to save the House of Yahuwdah (Judah, Jews). Her Hebrew name was Hadassah which means “myrtle tree” and this is a metaphor of the gospel. The root from where her name derives is “Chadash” which means “to renew, rebuild and repair.”

The term “Renewed Covenant” in Hebrew is called “Briyth Chadashah,” which literally means “Circumcision Renewed.” Esther’s Hebrew name means that YaHuWaH had “renewed” his covenant with Yisra’el, and he did not do away with the old one. The idea that our Creator enters into a covenant, so that later he can do away with that same covenant is simply a lie. This erroneous doctrine is what many call “Dispensationalism.” To believe that our Creator does away with any of his covenants is heresy. He is a “covenant-keeping” Elohiym, and he never breaks one single covenant that he makes. It was Yisra’el who broke the covenant with YaHuWaH, but he never broke it. He merely divorced her in Jeremiah 3:8 to signify that he was putting her away because of her uncleanness. But he promised in the book of Hosea and in Isaiah 54 that he would restore Yisra’el, clean her up, and receive her back unto himself. Hence the “Renewed Covenant” that he intended to make with Yisra’el was not meant to replace the old one, but to restore her back to the Covenant that he made with her in the first place before she broke it with her many false pagan deities.

In the same way that our Messiah was sent to “renew” the Covenant with Yisra’el, YaHuWaH sent Esther to “renew” the decree that was against the House of Yahuwdah (Judah, Jews) and to bring in an added decree whereby now they were able to defend themselves and overcome the enemy.

And so we see that Esther was a “type” of Messiah in her role that she interceded for her people, just as Yahuwshuwa interceded for us on the cross.

The First Covenant was against the children of Yisra’el (not because the covenant was flawed), but because they were unable in their sinful flesh to keep Towrah. And so YaHuWaH gave us a “Renewed Covenant” whereby we are given the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep the Towrah (Mosaic Law). 

And so it is fitting that Queen Esther’s Hebrew name is Hadassah, because it comes from the root word “chadash” which means “renewed.” The first covenant or decree that the evil Haman devised against the Yahuwdiy (Jews) would certainly lead to death, just as the first Mosaic Covenant would doom us all to death without the blood atonement of Messiah, because in our flesh, no man is able to keep it.

And so in order to give us the power to overcome the sinful nature, a “Renewed Covenant” was given to us. Likewise, Esther was instrumental in bringing about a “Renewed Decree” that enabled the children of Yahuwdah (Judah, Jews) the power to defend themselves in the war between the Persians.

Esther risked her life as she fasted and prayed for 3 days and 3 nights, just as Yahuwshuwa our Messiah gave his life for us when he was  “3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40) before resurrecting from the dead to “new life.”

On the third day of her fast, (Esther 5:1) Esther asked for the life of her people before her husband, King Ahasuerus, just as Yahuwshuwa asked for the life of his people Yisra’el before his Heavenly Father on the 3rd day. 

Yahuwshuwa went into the lowest parts of the earth and preached the good news of the kingdom to all the saints who had died under the First Covenant who were in the Bosom of Abraham. He also “gave gifts unto men” which is the gift of salvation. (Ephesians 4:8-9, Luke 16).

On the third day after his crucifixion on Passover, he resurrected on a feast day called “First Fruits” (see Leviticus 23:17). He DID NOT resurrect on “EASTER,” (the Babylonian goddess of fertility) this is a lie of Satan! 

Yahuwshuwa acted as our High Priest in the temple, as he waved the “First Fruits” of the harvest of men’s souls on the third day, offering them before the Father in Heaven. 

Lots Were Cast for Messiah’s Garment & Lots Were Cast for the Best Time to Kill the Jews 

In the same way that our Messiah was an intercessor for his people, Esther also asked for the life of her people Yahuwdah (Judah) before her King, and he granted that the children of Yahuwdah (Judah, Jews) were allowed to fight against their enemies. As a result, they “crushed and brought to nothing” the wicked plans of Satan that was against them.

The word “Puwriym” in Hebrew comes from the root word “Puwr” which means “to crush, to bring to nought.” 

The word “Puwriym” means “lots” and we see here that the men who were under the authority of King Ahasuerus cast lots or “Puwr” to find out when it was a “lucky” time to destroy the children of Yahuwdah (Judah). They consulted the “Lots” as if consulting a fortune teller: 

Hadassah (Esther) 3:7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Puwr, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. 

Another parallel that we can see here is that the Roman Soldiers cast lots for the garment of Yahuwshuwa while he hung on the cross: 

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

And so the decree was given that the Persians were to attack the children of Yahuwdah (Judah) on a certain day:

Hadassah (Esther) 3:

13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Yahuwdiy (Jews), both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. 

14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day. 

15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

Now there is something that I would like to point out here. Once the king signed a decree with his own signet ring, nobody could reverse that decree, not even the King himself.

This goes to show us that a covenant can never be reversed or broken. Once Yah made a covenant with the children of Yisra’el, he himself will not break it. And so the First Covenant, no matter how holy and just it was, it was “against us” because our sinful human nature is unable to live up to the perfect law of YaHuWaH. The curses that are written in Deuteronomy 28 for breaking the commandments of YaHuWaH were against us, but our Messiah blotted out the curses (not the law itself).

That is why a “Renewed Covenant” was given to us so that the Holy Law of Moses would be written in our hearts and minds, thereby giving us the power to keep the Towrah (Mosaic Law). Messiah did not blot out the Law of Moses, as many falsely believe and teach. But he blotted out the handwriting” of man-made ordinances (dogma, man-made laws, traditions of the Pharisees). These man-made decrees were “against us” because they keep us in bondage to human ordinances which prevent us from being obedient to the commandments of YaHuWaH. The sinful human nature is what inspired these “commandments and doctrines of men” but our Messiah blotted out, and nailed this sinful nature to the cross---not the Towrah (Mosaic Law)! 

Qolasiym (Colossians) 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

The Greek word here for “ordinances” is “dogmatizo” which means “a decree, doctrine of public decrees, of the Roman Senate, of rulers.”

But it can also mean: “the rules and requirements of the law of Moses; carrying a suggestion of severity and of threatened judgment.”

What was this “handwriting” that was “blotted out”?

In Numbers 5:29, we learn about something called the “Law of Jealousy” for when a wife has committed adultery on her husband and it is hidden from his eyes. The wife must drink bitter water that is mixed with dust from the floor of the temple. Then the priest is commanded to write the curses against her in a book and then blot out the curses with the bitter water.

Bemidbar (Numbers) 5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

The wife would then drink the cup of bitter water and if she was guilty of adultery, her thigh would rot and her belly would swell. But if she was not guilty, she would be free from any curse and then she would conceive.

In the same way that King Ahasuerus issued a man-made decree that was against the Yahuwdiy (the Jewish people), so our Messiah also blotted out the handwriting of man-made laws (dogma) which was against us. These “doctrines &commandments of men” were the laws invented by institutional religion that kept us from coming near to the temple of Elohiym so that we could hear the Torah, repent and be saved! It was because the House of Yisra’el became an adulterous, that these man-made laws were invented to keep her out of the temple. But YaHuWaH did not sanction these man-made law. He wanted the lost sheep to return back to him and back to his Torah (his Covenant). That is why our Messiah came to earth! He acted as the priest who blotted out the handwriting of curses that were written in the book of remembrance against Yisra’el for her harlotry.

The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) was taken captive into Persia because of their idolatry and adultery against YaHuWaH in the first place, and now the man-made decrees from the Persians were against them to destroy them. Esther interceded on behalf of her people and made an appeal to her husband who in turn added a clause to the decree to allow for the Yahuwdiy (Jews) to defend themselves against this evil decree. And afterward, a “New Decree” was written by Esther and Mordechai that the Yahuwdiy (Jews) were to celebrate their victory over this evil decree from year to year. Hence, Esther was used to “blot out” the old decrees invented by men (along with the curses), as she then brought in a new decree whereby their victory over Satan would forever be remembered as a monument of how YaHuWaH answered their prayers.

The law in stone tablets given to Moses, was holy, and just but never-the-less it was incompatible with our old sinful nature. Therefore, a new nature was given to us, whereby we are now able to keep the Mosaic Law (Towrah) by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Yahuwshuwa gave us a Renewed Covenant which is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit who writes the Law of Moses (Towrah) in our hearts and in our minds (Jeremiah 31:31-33, Hebrews 8:10, 10:16).

Haman Paid Money to Betray the House of Judah and Judas Paid Money to Betray the Messiah 

When the news came that the Jewish people were going to be destroyed on the 13th day of the 12th month of Adar, Queen Esther’s cousin Mordecai made a plea asking her to go on behalf of her people before her husband King Ahasuerus:

Hadassah (Esther) 4:

7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Yahuwdiy (Jews), to destroy them. 
8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

You will notice that Haman paid money into the King’s Treasury in exchange for having him sign this evil decree against the YaHuW’diy (Jews). The same thing happened when Judas was paid a sum of money to betray Yahuwshuwa to the High Priests and the Roman soldiers.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 27:3 Then Yahuwdah (Judah, Judas), which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.

King Ahasuerus was not able to reverse this decree once he signed it with his own signet ring. Therefore, a “Renewed Decree” or had to be issued enabling the children of Yahuwdah (Judah, Jews) to defend themselves and fight. 

This goes to show us that YaHuWaH did not do away with the First Covenant as many Christians falsely teach and believe. The First Covenant has been “ratified” or “renewed.” An “addendum” was added to the First Covenant in the same way that King Ahasuerus added an “addendum” to the decree that he signed. The old decree was “against us” because it was a death sentence. But the new decree, did not cancel out the old decree. The new decree added a clause that stated that the YaHuW’diy (Jews) could fight for themselves and defend themselves. In the same way, YaHuWaH presented a “Renewed Covenant” which enables us to “fight” the good fight of faith against our enemy Satan who seeks to destroy us with sin.

And so we see that after the House of Yahuwdah (Judah), won the victory over their enemies, Queen Esther pronounced a feast called “Puwriym” which means “to crush.” The children of Yahuwdah (Judah) celebrated the fact that through their intercessor, Esther, they were able to “crush” the plans of Satan who had wickedly plotted against them.

We can see a picture of our Messiah in the story of Queen Esther as we celebrate the fact that through our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa, we as believers are granted the ability to “bruise the head of the serpent” (Genesis 3:15). Those of us who have faith in YaHuW’shuwa have the victory over all his wicked devices!

Messiah Forsaken by the Father in Heaven & Esther Forsaken by Ahasuerus

When Messiah hung on the tree, he felt as if the Father in Heaven had completely forsaken him. He even quoted a Messianic prophecy about himself from Psalms 22: 

Tehilliym (Psalm) 22:1 My Elohiym, my Elohiym, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Of course the Heavenly Father had not really forsaken him but it merely felt that way while he hung there on the tree. Because he had to take upon his body the curse of sin and death, the Father had to hide his face from him, because YaHuWaH is too holy to be in the presence of sin. 

Likewise, Esther felt as if she had been forsaken by her husband Ahasuerus when he failed to call upon her for thirty days (Esther 4:11). The sentence for appearing before the king uninvited was death, and so the same thing is true with our Father in Heaven. We cannot approach his throne lightly with sin in our lives. If the High Priest in the Temple went into the Holy of Holies unworthily he would die on the spot!

Hadassah (Esther) 4:11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Both Esther and Yahuwshuwa Messiah felt as if they were forsaken for a moment but at the proper time, they both found grace in the eyes of YaHuWaH to approach the throne of the King to save their people! In this story, the wicked Haman built a gallows from a “tree” (symbolic of the cross) intending to hang Mordecai on it. But Haman’s plan soon backfired when his plot was discovered. King Ahasuerus asked Haman what should be done to show honor to a man whom the king had found favor with (Esther 6:6).

Mordechai Honored by Ahasuerus & Messiah Honored by his Heavenly Father                      

Haman suggested having the man wear the king’s robe and also having him ride the king’s horse around the city before all of the people. Haman thought that the king intended to honor him, but the king intended to honor Mordecai the Yahuwdiy (Jew) because Mordecai saved the life of the king when two of his chamberlains had plotted to kill King Ahasuerus. When Mordechai overheard their conversation, he relayed their plot to Queen Esther who then informed the king and prevented his assassination. Mordechai’s deed of saving the king had been recorded in the chronicles but had gone unnoticed until one night when the king could not sleep he requested to read the chronicles. When Mordechai’s good deed was brought to the king’s attention, he then determined to reward Mordechai. He asked Haman what should be done for such a man whom the king desired to honor. Haman then gave his answer:

Hadassah (Esther) 6:

7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honour, 

Let the royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: 

9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delights to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honour. 

Here is a picture of our Messiah when he rode through Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt 4 days before his crucifixion. The people “proclaimed him” just as Mordecai was proclaimed before the people that he was honored by the king:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 21:

4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 

5 Tell you the daughter of Tziyown (Zion), Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an donkey, and a colt the foal of a donkey. 

6 And the disciples went, and did as Yahuwshuwa commanded them, 

7 And brought the donkey, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 

8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 

9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of Dawiyd (David): Blessed is he that comes in the name of YHWH; Hosanna in the highest. 

And he will do it again at his second coming: 

Chazown (Revelation) 19:

11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. 

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Esther Had a Hidden Name & Messiah Had a Hidden Name

Now there is something that I want to point out here concerning the name that “no man knew but he himself” (Revelation 19:12). Our Messiah’s name has been hidden for centuries as the Gentiles have given him a pagan name J’zeus which means “hail Zeus.” Queen Esther also had a hidden name. Her real name was Hadassah but her cousin Mordechai told her not to reveal to anyone that she was a Yahuwdiyah (Jewess) and he told her to go by the name of Esther. The name Esther comes from the pagan goddess of fertility named “Easter.” This goes to show us that our Messiah also was given a pagan name for a season, but later on in history, his true Hebrew name was destined to be revealed as seen in Zephaniah 3:9 & Hosea 2:16-17.

YaHuWaH knew that Esther would have to take on a pagan name in order to go “incognito” (undercover) to save her people. Messiah did the very same thing as he has been hidden under a Greco-Roman identity with a Greek name J’zeus. But now, as the latter days draw near, Messiah’s name and true identity is coming to light. People are beginning to call him by his real Hebrew name Yahuwshuwa (Joshua in ancient Hebrew), and they are beginning to see him as a Yahuwdiy (Jew)!

Haman & Ten Sons Hung on the Gallows & Messiah Hung on a Tree for Ten Tribes

The gallows that Haman intended to hang Mordecai on ended up being used to hang him and his ten sons. Once King Ahasuerus found out about Haman’s wicked plot, he ordered that the gallows which Haman had built for Mordechai would be used to hang him and his sons instead (Esther 9:10). In the same way, Satan thought he would destroy Messiah on the cross, but instead, Yahuwshuwa resurrected and Satan’s kingdom (the ten horns on the Beast) was defeated on that cross! Haman is a picture of the Antichrist, and his ten sons represent the “ten horns” on the beast in Revelation 13. These “ten horns” are ten nations or political powers that will seek to destroy the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) and the House of Yisra’el in these last days. Not only that, but in Matthew 15:24 we find out that our Messiah had come specifically for “the lost sheep of the House of Yisrael.” In 1st Kings 12 we read about how the twelve tribes of Yisra’el split up into two separate nations. The House of Judah (Jews) were then ruled under King Rehoboam and the House of Yisra’el (called Ephrayim) was ruled by King Jeroboam. Since that time, the “two houses of Yisrael(Isaiah 8:14) continue to be at odds with one another, even though in Ephesians 2:15 Paul stated that our Messiah came to “abolish in his flesh the enmity(hatred) between these two groups (Jews & Gentiles) to make of the two “one new man.Even though the work was accomplished on the cross by our Messiah, the outworking of this unification of the two houses of Yisrael has been going on since he resurrected in 30 A.D. The final fulfillment of this will happen in Ezekiel 37 in the last days when the two houses of Yisrael will become one family again (one bride, one stick, one house, one olive tree) when they are resurrected out of their graves! And so the very thing that Satan intended to use against our Messiah was actually used to destroy his own kingdom! The cross, like Haman’s gallows was intended by Satan to destroy the plans of our creator. He thought that he was going to destroy our Messiah and thus prevent the salvation of Yisra’el his covenant people. But instead the gallows and the cross were both used to destroy Satan and his kingdom!

The Scepter of Judah Given to Messiah & Esther Given the Scepter by the King 

When Queen Esther went before the King after three days and three nights of fasting, she pleaded with him for the life of her people the Yahuwdiy (Jews). As we can see, there is a prophetic fulfillment going on here of the “scepter” given to the House of Judah in Genesis 49:10 which was now being extended to Esther the Yahuwdiyah (Jewess) by King Ahasuerus:

Hadassah (Esther) 5:2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

Hadassah (Esther) 8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king.

You will notice that a very important prophecy is being fulfilled here! What prophecy am I referring to? Ya’aqob (Jacob), who was later given the new name “Yisra’el” by YaHuWaH himself, prophesied over his 4th son born to him by Leah. His name was Yahuwdah (Judah). Listen to what he tells the son named Yahuwdah (Judah), who would later on become a tribe of people known as “Yahuwdiy” (Jews):

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 49:

8 Yahuwdah (Judah), you are he whom your brethren shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. 

9 Yahuwdah (Judah) is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Yahuwdah (Judah), nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

What are we seeing here? We are seeing that Queen Esther is being given the “scepter” that belongs to the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah)! Her king and husband Ahasuerus is a picture of the heavenly Father handing her and the tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), the “authority” or the “scepter” to make decrees! 

Yowb (Job) 22:28 You shall also decree thing, and it shall be established unto you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.

Yahuwdah (Judah) is a lawgiver and Esther the Yahuwdiyah (Jewess) and her cousin Mordechai were given the authority by YaHuWaH to make a decree that this feast called “Puwriym” should be remembered every year as a memorial for the House of Yahuwdah.

In the end, the king gave the house of the enemy to Esther, just as the Heavenly Father gave Satan’s Kingdom to Yahuwshuwa. The king gave his ring (symbolic of his power of attorney) to Mordecai as a symbol of the Father giving his authority to Yahuwshuwa.

Hadassah (Esther) 8:

1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Yahuwdiy (Jew’s) enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. 

2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

Haman’s Estate Given to Mordechai & Satan’s Kingdom Given to Messiah 

In this story, King Ahasuerus represents the Heavenly Father, and Haman represents Satan. Mordecai represents the spirit of Messiah (the Holy Spirit). Esther represents the physical person of Yahuwshuwa Messiah himself as well as the “bride of Messiah” or the “body” of Messiah. The true remnant in the body of Messiah are being called out now like Esther to lay down their lives for the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) people. 

When King Ahasuerus took the ring away from Haman and gave it to Mordechai (representing his authority) this is a picture of the Father handing down his authority to the Son (Yahuwshuwa) who then took away the keys from Satan, (Revelation 1:18) and then he in turn handed down his authority to his followers the “keys to the kingdom.” 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 16:19 And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Luqas (Luke) 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

When Yahuwshuwa went back to heaven after he resurrected, he gave his ministry over to the Holy Spirit:

Yahuwchanon (John) 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me

Yahuwchanon (John) 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

King Ahasuerus his gave authority to Esther just as the Father in Heaven gave his authority to Yahuwshuwa. In turn, Esther handed that authority to Mordecai, who is a “type” of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, we have Yahuwshuwa proclaiming here in the above verses that he will send us the Holy Spirit to continue his work. 

Luqas (Luke) 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

The Scepter of Judah Given to Esther to Write Decrees 

And so to this day, the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) celebrates this time as decreed by two chosen vessels of YaHuWaH (Esther & Mordechai). If your heart is circumcised and you have the Holy Spirit in you, then you are considered to be joined to the House of Yahuwdah (Romans 2:28). Those who are born-again believers in Yahuwshuwa Messiah are now joined to him and his tribe called “Yahuwdah” (Judah).

Hadassah (Esther) 9:

15 For the Yahuwdiy (Jews) that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand. 

16 But the other Yahuwdiy (Jews) that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey, 

17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 

18 But the Yahuwdiy (Jews) that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 

19 Therefore the Yahuwdiy (Jews) of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another. 

20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Yahuwdiy (Jews) that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both near and far

21 To establish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, 

22 As the days wherein the Yahuwdiy (Jews) rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. 

23 And the Yahuwdiy (Jews) undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; 

24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Yahuwdiy (Jews), had devised against the Yahuwdiy (Jews) to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; 

25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Yahuwdiy (Jews), should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. 

26 Wherefore they called these days Puwriym after the name of Puwr. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, 

27 The Yahuwdiy (Jews) ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; 

28 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Puwriym should not fail from among the Yahuwdiy (Jews), nor the memorial of them perish from their seed. 

29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Yahuwdiy (Jew), wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Puwriym. 

30 And he sent the letters unto all the Yahuwdiy (Jews), to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 

31 To confirm these days of Puwriym in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Yahuwdiy (Jew) and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry. 

32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Puwriym; and it was written in the book.

The Sceptre of Yahuwdah (Judah) had been extended once again by the mighty hand of YaHuWaH through the earthly King Ahasuerus as he handed his authority to Esther and Mordechai.

This means that YaHuWaH gives his children the scepter to rule over their enemies!

Tehelliym (Psalm) 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Should the Book of Esther Be in the Bible?

There are some people who have tried to suggest that the book of Esther should not be in the Bible because they say that the name of our Creator is not mentioned in there even once. But did you know that the name of our Creator the “I AM” (HaYah) is encoded in the book of Esther 19 times? Yes it is! 

The same name that he revealed to Mosheh at the burning bush in Exodus 3:14-15 is “I am that I am” which can also mean “I will be who I will be” or “He who causes to exist.” This name is listed in the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance as “HaYah” which is # 1961, and it also means “to be, to exist, to breathe, to cause to exist.” This name HaYaH is seen 19 times in the book of Esther!

The Paleo Pictograph characters are seen below from right to left: Hey, Waw, Hey which means the following: the breath or spirit, the arm, the breath or spirit: הָיָה

In the book of Esther, however, this word (#1961) HaYah is seen with four letters from right to left: Waw, Yod, Hey, Yod which means: the arm, the breath or spirit, the arm, and the nail: ויהי

The “Waw” means “the nail or tent peg.” It shows us that our Messiah was nailed to the tree. The nail or tent peg also holds the tent together. It is a connector and it reveals that his blood covenant is what holds the house (or tent) of Yisra’el together. The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) wrote in Ephesians 2:15-16 that his sacrifice made the Two Houses of  Yisra’el (Jewish & Gentile followers of Messiah) one new man!” Paul also wrote that Messiah has made both (Jew & Gentile) “one body by the cross!” 

The second letter is the “Yod” which means “the arm” and it describes a metaphor of our Messiah who is called by Isaiah “the arm of YaHuWaH” (Isaiah 51:9, Isaiah 53:1, John 12:38). The third letter is the “Hey” and it means “the breath or spirit” of Elohiym. YaHuWaH breathed into Adam the breath of life and it is by his spirit that we have life. And the fourth letter is again, “the arm” of YaHuWaH (the Messiah). 

In the book of Esther, every time you see the phrase “and it came to pass that phrase is simply one word: #1961, HaYah which means “he who causes to be.” What this means is that HaYah (I AM) caused the Book of Esther to exist!

Esther’s name means “hidden” and it also means “star.” She is a picture of how our Messiah has remained hidden until the appointed time and then he revealed himself as the bright & morning star! Esther went into the Persian Empire under a “hidden name” and so did our Messiah go into the Gentile nations under a “hidden name” in order to save his own people Yisra’el. In Revelation 1:8, the Greek translation says that our Messiah is the “Alpha & Omega” which means “the first and last letter of the Greek Alphabet.” But in Hebrew he is called “Aleph & Taw” “the first and last letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.” In the book of Esther, these Paleo Hebrew Pictographs of the “Aleph & Taw” are encoded 81 times!

The “Aleph & Taw” is a picture of the “Red Heifer” being sacrificed on “Two Sticks” (the cross), and this symbol appears 81 times in the book of Esther. What do these letters mean? 

Below from right to left we can see the Waw, Aleph & Taw. Once again, the “Waw” is the “the nail,”  the “Aleph” is the “the ox head or the red heifer” and the “Taw” is a picture of the “the two sticks or the cross.” What do these symbols represent? In our English Bibles, there are thousands of places in the TaNaKh (Old Testament) where these symbols appear, but in English, these symbols have no meaning, so they were left out of the text! ואת

In the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, these symbols are spelled out as as a word which is #853 “eyth” which simply means “sign of the definite direct object.” When you see this symbol in the scriptures it represents the Messiah! In Hosea 10:11 The House of Ephraim (the ten divorced tribes) are likened unto a “Red Heifer” and our Messiah fulfilled not only the Passover Lamb sacrifice for the “firstborn” but he also fulfilled the sacrifice of the “Red Heifer” for the cleansing of the altar, and this is the only sacrifice that is done outside of the city limits of Jerusalem (see Numbers 19). Below, these three symbols are from right to left: “the nail, the red heifer, and the cross! ואת

These three symbols reveal that our Messiah died to restore the divorced Tribes of Yisra’el back to the covenant!

The Father has revealed himself in the book of Esther as “HaYah 19 times and the Messiah has revealed himself in the book of Esther 81 times!

In the 9th chapter, when Esther is giving the decree to remember “Puwriym” (which means to crush the plans of Satan), there are Twelve “Aleph & Taw’s in that one chapter for the Twelve Tribes of 

Every time you see the phrase “and it came to pass” in the book of Esther, that is the Heavenly Father’s name! In other words “he who causes to be” wrote to book of Esther for his signature is all over it! 

See my other article entitled: “The Alef & Taw: the Red Heifer & the Two Sticks vs the Cross of Tammuz”

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