King Ahasuerus as Christ and Queen Esther as His Bride (Article One):

Queens Vashti and Esther
(Updated 3/11/17, 7/29/17)
BY LEVI         
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Artistic Reanimation Of Resurrection Shroud
Artistic Reanimation Of Resurrection Shroud

Michael Savage, speaking on Purim during his famous radio show today, said that “holidays are for children,” and “I don’t know; I don’t have meaning for this stuff.” With approximately 68% of American Jews (see 2012 Pew Research Center polls) professing atheism, it should come as no surprise that there is a Jewish disconnect from holidays that celebrate victories from over twenty-four centuries ago, while “the world burns” in its religious and geopolitical upheavals of today.

Dr. Savage is indeed a learned man who knows Jewish history, and he strongly believes in God, but what he and most Jews and Christians do not perceive is how these important biblical events serve within the panoramic picture/pattern of Divine salvation, as something that spans all of human history rather than things relevant only to the salvation of Jews in ancient times. Some things can only be discerned by the Holy Spirit in the symbolic, scriptural language of our Creator.

Thus, I decided an hour ago to include an article on Purim and Mordecai’s persecution and what all of this means concerning the coming of Yeshua the Messiah (something that Savage does not believe). After all, God orchestrates history like a gifted novelist, and all biblical lives and stories ultimately profess to His greater, panoramic plan (and times) of messianic redemption. As we shall see, the salvation of Jews over 2,400 years ago (c. 474 B.C.E) is still prophetically relevant for our age.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.- Yeshua HaMashiach (Matt. 16:24-27) KJV
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When the passage above speaks of “man” denying himself and worldly living for serving God, and following after the Messiah, it includes women who are willing to lay down their lives to do what is right in God’s sight, even in the face of persecution, uncertainty, and death. Esther, whose name means star, was such a woman who lived in troubling times for the Jewish people, and her story is still valid today in God’s messianic plan of salvation for the Jewish people- their deliverance during the coming Apocalypse.
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Father's House Are Many Mansions, 14 Millenniums In Making
In God’s House Are Many Mansions, Millenniums In Making

Indeed, in her meekness, Esther symbolizes what we Christians commonly call “the Bride of Christ”- the elect citizenry of Bible-believing Jews and Gentiles who will soon inherit the Earth and reign with Messiah, foremost from the Jerusalem throne in Israel.

In her story, we will correlate an ancient call of a Jewish awakening to God’s present-day call to His elect people; to the giving of Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) gifts; to the biblical authority of Jews to defend and avenge themselves on their anti-Jewish/Muslim neighbors of today; and to the celebration of joyful deliverance when the “stars of Jacob” (see Dan. 12:1-3)- like Esther- shine in the coming Kingdom of Heaven with the Great King Messiah.

We will also briefly cover some Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) parallels of the Dragon of Revelation (who persecutes practicing Jews and Christians at the end of the age) to Haman (see Rev. 21:1-17). We will consider how the humble “Bride” (foreshadowed by Esther) will overcome the Dragon/Antichrist system of the world. Further, we will look at Esther’s role and relationship with King Ahasuerus, meaning prince, and compare it to God’s elect “stars” of Heaven and their relationship with the “Prince of Peace” (Messiah). The Persian kings reigned under the lofty title “King of Kings,” but Ahasuerus served as a mere shadow of the true “King of Kings” whom the “stars of Heaven” shine for and await (cf. Ezra 7:12; Rev. 19:16).
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As we progress through the ancient plight of Esther and the Jewish people, and consider how King Ahasuerus (a.k.a. Khshayarsha, Achshiyarshu, Xerxes, et. al) protected his virgin wife and her people, we will discern correlations between Christ and the Jerusalem Bride (i.e., spiritual virgins, not idolaters, see Rev. 14:1-4). Jewish deliverance from an ancient empire that sought to annihilate them fits perfectly well with the prophecies allotted to the end of the age, and, hopefully, such things will become very transparent by the end of this somewhat lengthy article.
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Several rabbis have struggled with the Book of Esther over the millennia, even questioning its place in the Tanakh (Jewish Old Testament). The idea of a pagan Gentile king (in this case, an emperor of the Persian Empire) saving Jews from annihilation, and a Jewish woman married to him to bring about that salvation, has not sat well in the minds of Jewish separatists. After all, the Torah makes it quite plain that Jews and Jewesses were not to intermarry with pagans, although Moses (the Lawgiver) did exactly that. Perhaps, from a scholarly perspective, it survived as a holy book because it tells a wonderful story of Jewish victory over a scheming Gentile (an ancient Hitler figure) who sought to annihilate them as a people. In this article, however, we take the approach that God wanted Jewish thinkers to struggle over the concept of a Gentile king as savior, for the story of King Ahasuerus foreshadows Christ (whom many Jews think of as a Gentile deity) saving Israel during the Apocalypse. 
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As we dig deeper into the shadows of old and how many have been fulfilled with Christ, I must disclose that this prophetic interpretation is not about Jews or Christians or who is most preferred or blessed before God; it is about God bringing all of His elect together for the Messiah during a time of tribulations. The Jewish rejection of the Suffering Servant Messiah (not all, but collectively) allowed for an Age of Grace in which all who believe in the biblical God YHVH can enter the commonwealth to come and the Household of God (see Rom. 11:12-26). God was always determined to bring Jews (of Judah and Levites) back and place them in their land to lead the Temple services (see Isa. 66:20-21), and He always planned an Ingathering of lost Israelites and adopted children from Gentile nations.
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As of today, we still live in an Age of Grace, but when the “fullness of Gentiles” and lost Israelites are brought in, Israel will become the capital of the world under the Messiah King. Hence, it is written that God will gather all of His sheep into one flock, restoring all twelve tribes, even with believing Gentiles brought in, and He will do so during a time of great tribulations, both for Christians and Jews of Israel.
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Unfortunately, many Christians and Jews have fallen away from their faiths in the post-modern Western world; so the stories found in the Book of Esther must also serve as a warning during these times of great temptation, trials, waxing indifference to injustices, blasphemy, and societal desensitization to great evils. “Many are called,” as the Lord has said, “but few are chosen.” Indeed, relatively few believers are grounded in a strong enough historical foundation, of Hebrew roots and deep faith in the Word, to sustain them “as the world burns.”
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THE WIFE WHO WOULD NOT COME
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Persian King's Court, PDI
Persian King’s Court, PDI

King Ahasuerus made a great palace feast for all the political powers, nobles, and his personal servants who ruled under him during the height of the Medeo-Persian Empire (the empire that ruled the Near/Middle East region after defeating the Babylonian Empire). Ahasuerus was in his third year of rule when he and his servants began a feast in the Palace of Shushan, meaning lily-white and trumpet, that was conducted for six whole months (see Esth. 1:1-4).

In biblical symbolism the white palace represents the purity of Heaven, of the coming Kingdom, and the feast symbolizes Christ sharing in scriptural meals to prepare His elect citizenry for His national marriage. It also hints at the second 3.5 years of the Apocalypse, wherein the Bride is gathered for Sukkot.

And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace; where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble; the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble. And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another), and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king. And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel; for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man’s pleasure. (Esth. 1:5-8) KJV
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The seven days that capped the celebration took place in the royal courtyard which had been decorated in exquisite detail, colorful and costly. For those who have read my previous articles, it is probably apparent that the “seven days” of them drinking wine in the king’s white palace symbolizes those who are saved out of seven millennial days and united with the Great King- the Messiah who will be revealed on the morning of the Great Sabbath and reign with His elect. We eat of God’s Word and drink of the New Covenant wine (symbolic of His sacrificial blood for atonement, see Jer. 31:31-33). Like King Ahasuerus’s law that allowed people to drink in liberty, without being forced, God has allowed us to be filled with His Spirit according to our desire rather than by religious coercion. The New Covenant is one of “liberty” under the Law, to worship from the heart rather than with dread under compulsion. This is not to posture that everyone will be rewarded equally, but only to assert that the Spirit (not religious authorities) is our guiding Light before God.
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But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Tim. 2:20-21) KJV
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During the seven days of King Ahasuerus’ feast, Queen Vashti, meaning beautiful, was committed to her own feast for the women of the royal house. This foreshadowed many priestly leaders in the Roman Catholic Church, Protestant churches, and synagogues using the House of the Lord to prepare their own biblical doctrines rather than eating with the Great King and His true servants. The Catholic priests and scholars call their church hierarchy “Christ’s wife,” yet they (and many other Christians and Jews) stubbornly deny that Christ will come to reign upon His righteous throne from Jerusalem. Their doctrines are not joined to Christ and the prophecies that announce His coming Kingdom. Many refuse to consider them as they conduct their religious celebrations and liturgical ceremonies. Hence, in Revelation Christ explains that He stands at the door and knocks, and those who open to Him will dine with Him on the scriptural dishes in which the Spirit prepares (see Rev. 3:20-21).
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On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that serve in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the royal crown, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him. (Esth. 1:10-12) KJV
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The “king of kings” had carefully wrought his banquet with the great riches of the kingdom, with colorful banners and the best of wines, and he invited them all from the least to the greatest to join in his joy and the glory of his empire. All this was to be crowned with the presence of his beautiful wife- the appearance of Queen Vashti. Yet, that one command for her to come and join them was too much for her pride to endure. When the seventh day arrived, the haughty queen elected not to join in the festivities; she was busy being great before her entourage of stately women. She would not appear before the king despite his command, for she, like many religious leaders, did not care about the word of her lord nor pleasing him; she became too high-minded and self-centered in her glory and importance.
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This reminds me of the passage where the Holy Spirit and the Jerusalem Bride say, “‘Come.’ And let he who hears, say, ‘Come.’ And let he who thirsts come.” (See Rev. 22:17.) The Messiah sent His messenger to testify to these things for the seven assemblies, but how many will show at the appointed time to become part of the Jerusalem citizenry of the King? If His parables offer us clues to answer this, many religious people will suffer an ill fate for having haughtily refused the anointed King and His written invitation.
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And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth his servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. (Matt. 22:1-10) KJV
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Perhaps the reason so many religious people refuse to share in the true dishes of Scripture is because they have all their other religious books that lead them astray, be it Catholics heeding the Catechism more than the Word, Jews caring more for the Talmud or Mishnah, or Protestants basing their eschatological beliefs in the Left Behind Series or The Purpose Driven Life or Mere Christianity. When the appointed time comes to feast upon the “Word of God,” they are already full with their self-made, religious supplements. And, as Christ asserted for the majority, they are simply too busy in their own worldly affairs to heed His biblical truths. Queen Vashti, enjoying her own feast with her royal fans, rather than the king’s presence, is exactly what religion looks like today: externally beautiful yet full of arrogance and rebellion against the Word and will of our God.
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But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. And when one of them that sat at meat with him [Jesus] heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God, Then said he [Jesus] unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And he sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. (Luke 14:12-24) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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The Framework For All Biblical Things, Restored
The Framework For Biblical Millenniums

The stumbling stones are being removed to prepare the way of Messiah; all the truths of Scripture are being restored; the bread and meats of the Word are being offered to the collective Bride; the hearts of the fathers and children of the faith are being joined; and Christ has readied a place for us by fulfilling the prophecies for the appointed place and time.

But who shall go and who shall come? Do we not know the approximate place and time of His arrival and feast? Do we not know where He will reign? Are there no messengers to trumpet His truths? To sound the alarm in the midnight of the world? I suspect that these revelations, after all these articles on the same theme and prophetic times, have yet to be validated in the minds of most religious people, and I suppose that much of the world will be caught completely and ignorantly unaware (like by a thief, as Christ said), all because they refuse to hear and cannot extricate the signs of the times from their preferred religious beliefs.

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut the door [entrance to the House of Israel], and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say to unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence [conducted religious services], and thou hast taught in our streets [public ministries]. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth [great anguish], when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out [expelled from the Holy Land]. And they shall come [a journey, not a rapture] from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.- Jesus Christ (Luke 13:25-30) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Many will be turned away at the door, being late to the marriage and lacking the Spirit (see Matt. 25:10-12), and many will be cast out when found unworthy of the coming Kingdom and Holy Spirit. Like Queen Vashti, they will realize too late what their rebellions have cost them, and others will take their place. There will be a Holy Kingdom on Earth at the appointed time, and those who have a place in it will be the envy of the world and receive eternal life, but, as Scriptures foretell, “For outside are dogs and sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, and whoever makes and loves lies.” It is better to rule in the city of peace and light with the Great King, with Christ, who must subdue the rogue and soon-depopulated nations with a “rod of iron,” than to live in the lands of rebellion after the dreadful Apocalypse. Jerusalem will be the praise of the entire world as Scriptures inform us, and the most blessed and pure of heart will be its citizens.
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Consider the hell that millions of Jews went through in World War II. A door was opened for them to enter the Holy Land before the Holocaust, and many took advantage of it with the British mandate in 1917, but most people shunned it for there then-present lives in Gentile nations. They chose to stay in Germany, in France, in Poland, in Italy, and elsewhere, not realizing that a global war would soon erupt with them as a madman’s target of annihilation. Unlike Queen Esther, many did not discern the threat nor act upon the invitation to the Holy Land. Once the national door was shut by the British- at a time when it was most needed open- very few made it into Israel. Many were turned away and shipped back to the very nations they had escaped.
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Seven eunuchs were sent by the king to call the queen to the feast on the seventh day (1:10), but when the ministers were unable to bring her forth (i.e., failure to produce spiritual offspring as the LORD commanded), King Ahasuerus turned to the seven princes who stood before his throne, who “knew the times” in accordance with the law. Again we find a replacement like Queen Esther replacing Queen Vashti. The seven servants who could not bring forth the king’s wife were replaced by seven noble princes who had wisdom and understood the times and the laws. This suggests a dismissal of religious leaders- perhaps during the great falling away– who lack understanding of the signs of the appointed times, the Torah and coming judgment, who seek the wrong people as the Bride of the Lord and fail to bring in the children of the Kingdom.
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Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king’s manner towards all that knew the law and judgment: And the next unto him was Carshena [distinguished noble], Shethar [luminous star], Admatha [godly man of earth], Tarshish [Rock solid], Meres [lifted and exalted], Marsena [worthy], and Memucan [an unknown meaning], the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) (Esth. 1:13-14) KJV; intrpl. mine
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There are the seven great messengers in the Book of Revelation who address seven assemblies, which, as I explained elsewhere, represent the entire seven millennial days from Adam through the Great Sabbath of the King Messiah. God released their messages for bringing in His elect- His citizenry Bride. These seven are Adam (earthly like Admatha), Noah (lifted-one like Meres), Moses (noble prince like Carshena), Yeshua (worthy like Marsena), Peter (rocky like Tarshish), Elijah (luminous like Shethar), and the returning Christ (new unknown name, like Memucan).
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The seven princes were sought to solve the king’s problem with his rebellious wife, and together they reasoned that she would cause wrath and rebellion all over the Persian Empire. She was a contentious queen like Babylon the Harlot in Revelation. Her rebellion would destroy or weaken families with wives despising husbands, if such dishonor at the top was not addressed (1:16-18). Hence, their answer was for the king to issue a royal decree commanding that Queen Vashti never again enter his land nor presence (1:19). And so the king did, and he sent letters to all of the people, throughout the empire, in all languages (1:22). The king’s word- his decree- was spread, foreshadowing biblical prophetic warnings, that the door would remain forever shut to the haughty and hateful wife who would not present herself after all the great things that the king had prepared.
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Now we turn to her polar opposite, to the beloved and virtuous Queen Esther, who is honored among her people to this very day, almost 2,500 years after she humbly petitioned her king to save her and them from their political enemies. This serves as a message, woven throughout Scriptures, that God is not a respecter of persons nor of titles and religious positions. He lifts the lowly and faithful valleys and brings down the high mountains of pride.
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A NOBLE BRIDE AND HER VIRGINS
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Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king: And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of women, unto the custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them: And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so. (Esth. 2:2-4) KJV
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Jerusalem will soon become a holy city because of her inhabitants and the Spirit of God, which Prophet John saw coming down out of Heaven (i.e., by God’s will manifest on Earth) as the place that the Lord prepares for His people (see Isa. 62:5-7).
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The story of Queen Vashti being replaced by a virgin who pleased the king and found favor in his sight is a similitude of Christ replacing many who claim to be the citizenry Bride awaiting the Messiah, replacing them with those who actually are and heed His Word in virtue and humility. When the apostles sought to prepare and present the holy Ekklesia as a “chaste virgin” (see 2 Cor. 11:2), they metaphorically spoke of people faithful only to the biblical God and His Messiah (i.e., not pagans, Muslims, and those who seek to be their own gods, for their own will). As we near the Marriage of the Lamb, Moses and Elijah and the prophets, apostles, and servants of the Lord will prepare such a people for His coming.
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For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee [be faithful to Jerusalem]: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall our God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen [prophetic servants] upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, and give him no rest [Sabbath relief], till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Isa. 62:5-7) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Today, we do not see a holy Jerusalem with Messiah bringing in righteousness, justice, and peace to the world, but soon many saints will be brought in for Him; many enemies will be cast out; and all who seek part in the heritage of Messiah will be tested by their hearts and spirits. It is not enough to merely appear beautiful as did Queen Vashti, for the King chooses His elect by their inner virtues and humble obedience to the Word. When Christ comes, He will not appease the wicked ways of the secular progressives of the world as corrupt politicians do; indeed, there will be no Muslims, atheists, liars, homosexuals, or anyone found offensive to holiness left in the great city of our King. Yet those who have humbly honored our Elohim YHVH and found His Messiah will be treated with love and kindness for their faithfulness. They will find grace and reign with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
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At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword [war] found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause them to rest [Sabbath]. The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn thee. Again, I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy taberets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. (Jer. 31:1-4) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Despite what many Christian theologians teach, as well as anti-Israel progressive Jews and atheists, God will never abandon Israel and Jerusalem; His prophecies and will for a holy habitation of the elect will indeed be accomplished. Replacement Theology, where everything is spiritualized away into vanity, will be done away, and the people of God who are chosen to restore all the family tribes for the coming of Messiah will learn His biblical truths.
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In Revelation, Christ sends messages to His seven stars (see 1:20) so that the Ekklesia will learn of His mysteries and become prepared to answer His call. Stars give light from the heavens- as spiritual enlightenment- in dark times, and the symbolism suggests that the assemblies will learn to see the works that God is doing, even during tribulations, to prepare for the coming of Messiah (see Rev. 4:5; 22:17).
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Like the eunuchs who were replaced by the seven wise messengers, the levitical priesthood and catholic priesthood and many Christian leaders have largely failed in preparing the elect for what is soon to come, so God has sent His own wise messengers with His Spirit to prepare all who will hear. And yet, there is one in particular who will prepare the Bride for Christ’s coming, as foreshadowed by Mordecai.
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PREPARE YE THE BRIDE
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Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite; who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. And he brought up [raised] Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter [his cousin]: for she had neither father or mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens [see Prov. 9:1-6], which were meet [appropriate] to be given her, out of the king’s house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women. (Esth. 2:5-9) KJV; intrpl. mine
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We can discern who Mordecai foreshadows in this story by him raising and preparing Esther as the king’s new bride, and the panoramic picture of the Bride of Christ can be discerned by clues given to us in his name and circumstances. Mordecai means little, yet he accomplished a very big job in the salvation of his people. His name hints at the lesson taught Elijah, where God’s Spirit was present in the “small [little], still voice” rather than in an earthquake and great natural upheavals. The same lesson was echoed for Zerubbabel (meaning descendant of /born of Babylon) when the messenger of LORD explained that “two sons of fresh oil” would enlighten the entire Menorah of God’s millennial works: “Who has despised the day of small [little] things?” (cf. Zech. 4:10; Rev. 11:3-4). (NB: We cannot forget Apostle Paul’s crucial part in raising the early Ekklesia. Although he was at first a persecutor of believers, he turned around to become as great as any apostle in the work of God. Paul means small, and he was a Benjaminite.)
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But to make it very simple, Jews teach that Elijah must appear first and instruct and prepare the people for the King Messiah (cf. Mal. 4:4-6; Matt. 17:1-11; Acts 3:19-21). Several church denominations, including Eastern Orthodox, teach that Elijah will come back to prepare the people. Although Catholics pay it no heed because of their faulty A-millennial and Post-millennial eschatology, many of their ancient scholars, such as Augustine, taught that Elijah would return to turn back Jewish hearts to Yeshua. (NB: Mordecai was the son of Jair, meaning enlightenment, son of Shimei, meaning fame, son of  Kish, meaning a bow, son of Benjamin, meaning son of the Right Hand.)
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Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred; for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her. Now when every maid’s turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of purifications of the women, (for so were the days of their purification accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purification of the women;) Then thus came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king’s house. In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name. (Esth. 2:10-14) KJV
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Consider that the virgins spent twelve month in preparation to appear before the king, which correlates with the twelve millennial days in the Moedim Paradigm: 12,000 total years that must be accomplished before the bridal citizenry is united with the Great King Messiah. This covers all time from the very beginning of Genesis to all who accept Christ at His coming. For six months the virgins received myrrh oil, which is a bitter herb associated with the birth and burial of Christ (oil congruous with anointing), and for the second six months they were treated with sweet perfumes, representing the sweet salvation we obtain from the cross (i.e., when it was “finished”). This distinction covering all the works of Christ suggests a reformation from the bitterness of the written Law to the grace we have in the New Covenant, just as ancient Israelites could not drink the bitter waters of the Word in the wilderness until the tree (representing the cross) was cast in to make them sweet.
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Also note that Esther’s identity was veiled, and her family lineage was not asked of her, yet if the king was pleased with her appearance, he would call her out by name. For Christians, this may bring to mind the Good Shepherd who calls His “sheep out by name,” and during the Apocalypse (which means unveiling) the faithful elect will await their unveiling as the children of God, as the elect citizenry Bride of the Great King.
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Finally, consider the severity of the situation, where the king examined and tested his potential virgin brides, and afterwards they were sent away to wait and see whom he would choose. This parallel is reminiscent of the parable Christ told about the wedding of the Kingdom, where many were prepared, but a certain guest was found without appropriate garments and was cast out; hence, the guest was not inwardly prepared for the King’s examination.
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Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail [father of strength] the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her. So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. (Esth. 2:15-17) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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Seven Years of Apocalypse, IM
Seven Years of Apocalypse, IM

The Book of Esther opens in the third year of King Ahasuerus’ reign, followed by a feast of six months, so we know that it took around three more years for the king to reveal his new bride, in the seventh year of his reign.

This correlates with the seven years of the Apocalypse, when Christ’s Bride is unveiled before the world, united with Him on the seventh year. Like the Bride of Christ finding grace and seeking a “crown of life,” Esther found favor and received her royal crown.

She received it on the tenth month, and, interestingly, the Sabbath millennium is the tenth day for Israel in the Moedim Paradigm. Jewish rabbis expect the panoramic fulfillment of their annual Yom Kippur celebrations when Messiah comes to deliver Israel with an awaited national atonement. This is the true marriage feast with the Great King whom the faithful await.

Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces [liberty on the Shemitah], and gave gifts, according to the state of the king. (Esth. 2:18) KJV; intrpl. mine

PLOT TO KILL THE KING
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Thus far, we have considered Esther as the luminous stars of the coming Kingdom of Heaven. She was given gifts to prepare for entering the king’s presence, just as Christians and Messianic Jews (anointed ones) have been given “gifts of the Spirit” since Pentecost (Shavuot). Esther was helped by seven maidens, but God sent out seven messengers under His seven-fold Spirit to help his elect. Although we were like orphans, like Esther, separated from the House of God, through Christ we are brought near and presented to stand before the heavenly host. Whatever Esther “desired was given her,” but God is the Great King who grants us the “desires of our hearts” (see Mark 11:24), and He sends down spiritual gifts for those who love His Word and are committed to accomplishing His will (see 1 Cor. 14:1). Like King Ahasuerus, God calls us by name for our redemption (see Isa. 43:1), and the remnant whom the Lord calls will find salvation and glory in Jerusalem (see Joel 2:32). This is the call and gathering before the Great King of Kings in which we await. In that day soon to come, we will be given royal crowns and the gift of salvation to fulfill that which was written in the shadows concerning Esther (cf. Acts 2:1-4; 1 Cor. 9:25; 2 Tim. 4:8; Eph. 2:7-8; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4). And just as the feast became known as “Esther’s Feast” to commemorate her answering the royal call to appear before the king, the Feast of Tabernacles will be celebrated annually after Christ appears, to globally commemorate the elect citizenry who answer the call (see Zech. 14:18). The first call was Feast of Firstfruits, but the second- this Feast of Ingathering– is also for the arrival of Messiah (cf. Ex. 23:16; 34:22; Rev. 7:1-10; 14:1-4).
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None of this comes without trials and tests of faithfulness, just as Israel was tested in the wilderness after leaving Egypt, whereby an entire generation of corpses was left there because of their persistent rebellions. A new generation replaced the old one and entered the Promised Land with Joshua and Caleb. As we continue searching out messianic parallels from the Book of Esther, we will see the theme repeated of a separation between those who rebel against the king and those who act upon faith. In God’s view, rebellious Hebrews in the wilderness were conspiring against Him to manifest their own will, and that narrative is discernible in the subjects of King Ahasuerus plotting his death.
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And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king’s gate [i.e., as a gatekeeper, doorkeeper]. Esther had not yet shewed her kindred [expressed her Jewishness] nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him. In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains [eunuchs], Bigthan [meaning, god’s gift] and Teresh [meaning, strict and severe], of those which kept the door [doorkeepers], were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. (Esth. 2:19-21) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In Christian theology, there are two great outpourings of the Holy Spirit and two arrivals of the Messiah, which Prophet Hosea calls the “latter and former rains,” for two national harvests. Hence, the second gathering of the virgins could imply the Sukkot gathering, with Pentecost being the first. Or, it could suggest the original Shavuot of Israelites who gathered unto God in the wilderness, followed by God gathering them after the Babylonian Captivity for a return to Jerusalem. Likely, the text was written to allow for multiple interpretations.
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What is perfectly clear from the passage is that sometimes the servants of the true King are actually His enemies, even religious doorkeepers. When Christ first came, those who were in positions of authority over the House of God- the Jerusalem Temple- plotted to kill Him, and they complained to Pilate that He tried to make Himself a King before the crucifixion. For Christ’s return, religious doorkeepers will again rage against the Body of Christ and will of God, for religious haughtiness prevents them from serving the Holy Spirit. In fact, many zealous Jewish rabbis and their followers call for the name of Yeshua to be blotted out of Elohim YHVH’s Book of Life, and if they do not repent at the words of Prophet Moses and Prophet Elijah (the two witnesses”), they will be blotted out.
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Woe unto you, [religious] lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.- Yeshua (Luke 11:52) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Scriptures do not reveal what motivated King Ahasuerus’ two doorkeepers to rebel and plot to kill him, nor why they were enraged during the presentation of virgins. The only information that we have about them, other than their names (together meaning strict in god’s gifts), is that they were eunuchs (i.e., they could not sexually reproduce). The suggestion, however, is that they resented their positions as they saw the beautiful young women make their way to the king. Simply put, they were jealous of the king having a choice from the most desirable, eligible women of the kingdom. In spiritual terminology, they could not spread the Gospel and multiply the faith with the spiritual virgins. They despised their fruitless positions (as religious doorkeepers) as the new bride was being chosen for the kingdom. .
Gospel readers quickly discern the same narrative of religious jealousy woven throughout New Covenant passages. Religionists’ hate and jealousy were hidden behind the haughty façade of holiness as they considered Jesus (Yeshua)of Nazareth unworthy of the crowds that flocked to Him. Many of the religious leaders were “unfruitful” to God, for their spirits were bitter and full of self-righteousness, and their envy quickly led to the death of the “King of the Jews” (see Matt. 27:18; Mark 15:10).
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Likewise, when the nations gather against Jerusalem and Israel, envy and hate will be the driving motivation while they cast their accusations against the nation. Further, envy may be the primary cause of religious leaders of today who play the roles of rebellious Vashti and the wicked doorkeepers, just as Replacement Theology has plagued the strict Catholic Church and motivated them to persecute Jews several times during the Diaspora. Envy also motivates progressive Jews in America (e.g., ACLU) to target Christians, and envy often blinds people to the will of God even when they think they are serving Him or some greater good. It destroys their ability to bring forth righteous fruits.
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Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you [1st cent. religious leaders], and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they [Jewish populace] took him for a prophet. And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding; and they would not come. (Matt. 21:43-46; 22:1-3) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Nonetheless, ancient Jews will not be the only ones in bitterness for rejecting the Great King and plotting against Him (see Matt. 26:24); during the Apocalypse, many nations- especially those who have turned to secular progressivism and partnered with Islam- will be punished for their rage against the Messiah and the Word and will of God:
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Why do the heathen [nations] rage, and the people imagine [plot] a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel [conspire] together, against the LORD [YHVH], and against his anointed [Messiah], saying, Let us break their bands [connections] asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen [nations] for thine inheritance [see Deut. 32:4-9], and the uttermost [most distant] parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (Ps. 2) KJV; intrpl. mine
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These warning to national leaders and judges who conspire to destroy the Judeo-Christian worldview and its virtues are quite severe. They have made themselves enemies of God, and they have not heeded severe punishments in which God brought upon the Jewish people in times of old. God loathes those who conspire to do their evils, to resist His will and His Word, and at a certain point His chalice of wrath will overflow. Thus, it is paramount in these dark times for both the fathers and the offspring of biblical faith to turn back their hearts. If we heed past trials and captivities, and we know that God does not change, we should change our hearts. The time of Messiah’s reign is at hand.
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And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant which I made with their fathers. Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them…The LORD called thy name, a green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult [panic, upheaval] he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal. And the LORD hath given me [Jeremiah foreshadowing Messiah] knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings. But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised [plotted] against me, saying, Let us destroy the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered [blotted out]. But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest [tests] the reins and the heart [inner spirit], let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause. (Jer. 11:9-11, 16-20) KJV; intrpl. mine
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If God would so harshly judge Israel, which obeyed much more under the shadows of the Law, what can nations expect that have broken the everlasting covenant of grace to cast off Christ- the Substance of things written of old? (See 2 Thess. 1:8.) Within a generation of the small group of religious Jews plotting against the Messiah, and having Romans crucify Him, great evil came upon Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, and even the innocents among them suffered as they were scattered throughout the hostile nations. Yet almost all of the former Christian nations of the West are today led by rebellious politicians who invite the wrath of God for the same schemes. As we shall see in the story of Mordecai, the Great King knows of their schemes and will punish them accordingly.
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Healing Through The Tree, PDI
Healing Through The Tree, PDI

And the thing [conspiracy] was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified [officially informed] the king thereof in Mordecai’s name. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of chronicles before the king. (Esth. 2:22-23) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine

When the servants of the Great King reject their Lord and conspire in envy, they must repay Him who was hung on a tree for their salvation and entrance into the Kingdom (cf. Acts 5:30; 10:39; 13:29; Gal. 3:13; 1 Pet. 2:34). This is the truth that is chronicled in the Book of the Great King: the Bible (see Acts 2:23-24). Those who reject the Great King and conspire against Him will have to pay the price that He paid for them, be they Jewish or Gentile religionists, or even secular leaders persecuting Him (i.e., His people).
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The rest of the Book of Esther will be completed in two upcoming articles. While I had thought to cover Purim (i.e., casting of lots) and finish the little biblical book in one somewhat lengthy article, I now realize that it is so rich in apocalyptic symbolism and crucial truths that foreshadow Christ, the Jerusalem Bride, the Antichrist, and the coming salvation of Israel that it requires much more expounding than I had originally anticipated. To learn more about the prophetic symbolism within the Book of Esther, please read the two remaining parts as they become available.
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Shalom, and may the Lord cast His Holy Spirit peace upon you.  
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One comment on “King Ahasuerus as Christ and Queen Esther as His Bride (Article One):

  1. Hi. May all who seek truth be rewarded with the truth. The mystery of Esther is no mystery. Ahaseurus is a representation of the lineage of arsames, the grandfather of Darius the great. It is the lions throne out of the kings line of ancient Bactria, Margiana, Urvam and several nation state including verkhana from whence these kings come from. They are of the lineage of what has always been called the lions throne. They accepted zoroasters reform and these kings children intermarried with zarathrutras own children and are therefore descended from the first zoroaster. As is custom among the vedic hindus and vedic zoroastrians the kings intermarry with the kings lines of other nations as part of peace keeping and to unite their peoples. A great example is the Mittani intermarriage to the Egyptian throne. Mittani are vedic hindus. Arya means spiritual or nobel in ancient sanskrit and aryans have always self described as various shades of brown skin in origin. Our mystical oasis is called shangri-la or Shambhala and it exists in the pamirs, himalayasor alborz mountain ranges depending upon which tale of shangri la one looks at. The language was sanskrit. Zoroaster changed the religion and those who followed zoroaster of the original sanskrit languages eventually became known as iranian. Same meaning as aryan but a different dialect of sanskrit. Those kings descendants ate known as the lion kings. That means arsames lineage. Darius the great mother was rhodagune princess of Babylon. She was the niece of Nabonidus. Due to Babylons rebellion we are now reversed inded of our anceient goddess known as kali. She is represented as the morning star. Kali is the mother of compassion who has dominion over time. Babylon rebelled against Darius which brought shame on the Babylonians. They rebelled against their own. We are to remember Darius as upholding his mothers lineage against her own people. Darius married atossa whose name means beautiful body as in a body of stars or constellations. It is the persian zoroastrians who studied the stars and their movements as well as the movements of the sun. She is the Babylonian Vashti and is not evil. She had breast cancer in later years and the superstitious people then questioned the intelligence of xerxes who had been fed from her breast. Again now the rebellion occurs and we are now looking to kali. Xerxes upholds his mothers as one would in worship of kali. These kings are teaching us that their own mothers were like the goddess who was the mother of compassion to them as their own sons. Again the stars and constellations are outshined by the morning star kali. The lion kings so named after the lineage uphold their own mothers and brides against rebellious and violent people. It is not that a jewish woman saves her people but that kali mother of compassion spares us excessive violence. It is not that the persians consider their kings worshipped as deities but that they are considered human and subject to the same laws and can be deceived by evil advisors as well. It is not that they want their women prancing naked it is that the constellations would not reveal their secrets and mothers must be recognized by their own people. We have problems with racism and hatred towards women. Ancient petsia was more egalitarian between the sexes and the men were to uphold the honor of their sisters, mothers and daughters who were decsended from other nations of a different color but always given love and honor. The story is written from a hateful Babylonian view. The reality is the lion kings married for peace foreign queens and upheld their honor. The real Atossa did have breast cancer. To put down a brave woman battling breast cancer is such nonsensical propaganda it sounds like Haman qrote this story himsel

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