ESTHER AND THE LAST DAY EVENTS

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the similitude between the decree of death prepared to exterminate the Jews under the Persian government in Esther's time and the final death decree to be written against those who refuse to worship the Beast and its image at the time of the end.

INTRODUCTION:
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BOOK OF ESTHER IN HISTORY

"The Babylonian captivity marks a distinct break in Jewish national life. For a time the stream of Jewish history disappeared and ran underground, and when it reappeared its whole character was changed. The Jews were no longer so much a nation as they were a people and a church. The Bible contains no history of the Exile and of postexilic times, as history is usually defined, but the spirit of the period is admirably conveyed in the narratives of Daniel and Esther. The book of Esther is one of the five rolls that have been, from ancient times, read in every synagogue on the five festal occasions of the year." Study Bible, Theme Esther Introduction, p. 559.

IF I PERISH, I PERISH
"The book of Esther depicts a crisis in the fortunes of God's people that threatened them with annihilation. The instrument of deliverance is a Jewess (Hadassah, meaning: myrtle), elevated from a quiet life with her cousin and foster parent, Mordecai, to be queen of a world empire. The narrative displays Esther (her persian name meaning star), as a woman of clear judgment, remarkable self-control, and noble self-sacrifice. The challenge of Mordecai, "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" ch. 4: 14, projected the youthful queen to the heights of heroic action. In solemn dignity her spirit rose to answer the demand of the hour in the courageous and thrilling words, "If I perish, I perish."
Study Bible, Theme Esther Introduction, p. 559.

THE SCEPTER WAS HELD
"When at the critical moment the scepter was held out to her she did not immediately identify the villain, but with remarkable restraint and deliberate care guided the king and Haman into a situation calculated to be most favorable to her purpose. Fiction could not conceive of a more dramatic and surprising series of coincidences than those that led up to the exposure and death of Haman. In Purim, the Feast of Lots, the Jews ever commemorate Heaven's disposal of Haman's evil plan, which a "lot" had presumably indicated would succeed (ch. 3:7)." Study Bible, Theme Esther Introduction, p. 559.

THE KING, ESTHER, MORDECAI, HAMAN, THE DECREE, THE SCEPTER
THE KING OF PERSIA: a church and state government.
ESTHER: a Jewess, an Israletess, a pure woman often represents a type of the pure church in the Bible, the church at the end.
MORDECAI: a type of counselor, guide to Esther the queen, as the Holy Spirit, the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy guide through the final events.
HAMAN: second to the king, a prime minister of government, a type of those elected at the end who will bring a Sunday Law. They will hate all those who will not want to abide by their decree and will push for a death decree to destroy the dissidents.
THE DECREE: an official decree with the king's seal was sent out to destroy the Jews on a certain day. Enacted on the thirteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar (Nisan: Passover month, ch. 3:7), the decree was in force one year later, the thirteen day of the twelve month which is Adar (v. 13).
THE SCEPTER: "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom." Heb. 1:8. The scepter Christ offers is a scepter of righteousness, His character, His daily reign in our life. Satan offers a scepter of wickedness, a reign of terror and destruction in the soul and upon the earth to be witnessed soon.

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