The King of King’s Word of Salvation
BY LEVI (Finished 3/3/17, updated 9/17/17)
Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel [robes of righteousness], and stood in the inner court of the king’s house [like the Temple in the House of Israel], over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. (Esther 5:1) KJV; intrpl. mine
This third and final article on the Book of Esther will expound prophetic passages from the remaining six chapters with correlations to Christ and the coming Apocalypse.
However, unlike the previous two articles, this article will not cover every verse to explain all messianic parallels; rather, much of what remains will be summarized so that the final article is not too lengthy for most readers to finish. The framework alone provides an opportunity for readers to go back and study the Book of Esther and discern some of the subtler parallels within it- things omitted from this exegesis. Indeed, it is more important that Bible-believers grow in correlating prophetic types and similitudes- as living parables orchestrated by God- than it is for me, the scribe of this website, to exhaust all that I find from the shadows provided within the book.
The Queen Star Preparing to Petition the King of Kings
From the passage above, the first thing that regular MOTS readers probably perceive is the repetitive theme of the “Bride of Christ” (i.e., covenant citizenry of New Jerusalem) appearing before the Lord on the third millennial day since the time of the cross (see Hos. 6:1-3), just as the Israelites under Moses were instructed to thoroughly wash themselves and their clothing in order to present themselves to the Lord GOD (Elohim YHVH) on the third day.
Hence, the royal apparel that Queen Esther adorned herself with looks forward to white robes (i.e., wedding garments of righteousness) that believers will don to appear before the Messiah and “Throne of GOD” (see Rev. 6:11; 7:9, 13-17). Those who refuse to wear the righteousness of Christ will be cast out, as Christ explained in a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven (see Matt. 22:11-14).
As for Esther appearing at the King’s house, the inner court looks prophetically to the Holy Temple of God that will soon be rebuilt in Jerusalem, and the house also speaks of when all believing Jews and the lost sheep are brought back into the House of Israel- i.e., to the appointed time when Messiah arrives to sit upon His throne for an everlasting dominion (Dan. 7:13-14).
And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour [grace] in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther [“Star”] drew near, and touched the top of his sceptre. Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? It shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom. (Esther 5:2-3) KJV; intrpl. mine
When Queen Esther touched the top of the King’s golden scepter, it was a notion of ruling harmoniously with him, at the height of his kingdom, for the scepter represented his dominion. Had an enemy or someone unworthy put their hand over his scepter, it would have certainly meant the death penalty, as an insult and challenge to the king. So the king’s response- that he would give her what she requested, even unto half of the kingdom- was an admission that he shared in her expression of authority. Likewise, the Scepter of Messiah (Gen. 49:10) will be happily shared with the saints who are called to reign with Him (cf. Matt. 19:28; 22:30; Rev. 1:6; 2:25-29; 5:10; 20:4-6).
After Esther found grace in the king’s eyes, she requested that he and Haman- the haughty prime minister who sought to annihilate all Jews in the kingdom (the Persian Empire)- attend a banquet that she had prepared for them that very day. So now let us backtrack in parallels and consider this third-day feast as symbolic for the time from Adam rather than as the third millennium after the cross. Before the New Covenant was promised, Israel became a wife to God on the third millennium from the beginning of the age, under the covenant given by Moses (see Jer. 30:31-32).
However, grace and salvation of the Jews (via the covenant of Yeshua) was not sought by people on that third day; rather, the Israelites collectively rebelled in the wilderness and under judges in the Promised Land, and they continuously hardened their hearts to their “Husband” in order to go their own ways, although they had feasted on the Word of God given through the holy Prophet Moses. No, Salvation (Yeshua) would be sought by the prophets and priests on the fourth millennial day, which is when all the books of the prophets (Navi’im) were written. Likewise, the queen Esther foreshadowed these things when she utilized the third-day feast to ask for another feast on the fourth day, wherein she would petition the King for the salvation of her people.
Then went Haman [an Antichrist type] forth that day [3rd day] joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai [Esther’s cousin who raised and instructed her] in the king’s gate [entrance], that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh [a golden goddess] his wife. And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting in the king’s gate. Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing [scheme] pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made. ( Esther 5:9-14) KJV; intrpl. mine
Haman’s day was ruined by Mordecai not showing him obeisance as he passed by at the king’s entranceway. Although everything else seemed to be going his way, and he boasted of his great riches and multitude of children, even being the most prominent man in the kingdom, he wanted complete and perfect submission from everyone, that, like the Antichrist, all would bow to him. He had already secured a written decree of Jewish annihilation from the king, set to occur on the thirteenth day of the last month (12th month of Adar), but murdering Mordecai could not wait in pacifying his rage; it had to happen right away. Hence, he and his household schemed in a way that foreshadowed the Antichrist’s hate for Israel the end of the age:
And he [the Antichrist] will return to his homeland with great riches [after securing great wealth]. And his heart set against the holy covenant [Divine Covenant with Israel]; and he shall scheme and return to his land…And he shall be grieved [insolent, indignant, injured] and turn back and be enraged against the holy covenant. And he shall act, and he will return and heed [take advice from] the forsakers of the holy covenant [diluters of truth, those who loosen the cords; see Ps. 2]…And he will corrupt [defile, ruin] by flatteries [pandering] the evildoers. But the people who do know their God [Elohim YHVH, not an allah] shall be strong and shall act. And those who understand among the people will instruct [teach the truth, enlighten] many; yet they shall stumble by the sword [terrorism and war] and by flame, and by exile, and by looting, these days. (Dan. 11:28, 30, 32-33) PIT; intrpl. mine
As for Haman’s family, friends, and advisors, little information is provided. However, we know that his wife’s name, Zeresh, likely alludes to the religion that the Antichrist will be in covenant with during the apocalypse- a religion that hates Jews and Christians of the Holy Covenant, also called the religion of the “False Prophet” in Revelation. Although the Antichrist will be a secular humanist and blaspheme God while he insults all religion, he will pander to Islam and legitimize their plight against Jews for the Holy Land. Hence, Zeresh provides us insight because she was named after a Persian goddess from Liyan (southeast Iran today). An impulsive wife to haughty Haman, she was antipodal to King Ahasuerus’ virtuous and humble wife Queen Esther, as a false star goddess called the “Golden Goddess” and the “Great Goddess.” Remember, Esther means star, but Esther shines because she risked her life in asking for life, whereas Zeresh bears the shame of casually advising haughty Haman to kill Mordecai and all the Jews of the Empire.
As for the gallows that Haman made 50 cubits high, it alludes to Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost/Shavuot to offer salvation to all who join the covenant of Messiah, and Pentecost means fiftieth day. The fifty cubits also look to the Great Jubilee of Christ’s coming. Jubilee Years come every fiftieth year, but the Great Jubilee comes with the 120th Jubilee Year since the beginning of the age with Adam. It is when the destruction in which Satan and his “Son of Perdition” have planned for faithful Jews and Christians is reversed. Instead, Satan will be chained and imprisoned for the Sabbath millennium in the “bottomless pit” (see Rev. 20:1-6), and the Beast and False Prophet will be burned in a lake of fire (see Rev. 19:11-21). Hence, the 50 cubits, just like the Ark of Noah that was built 50 cubits wide (see Gen. 6:15), alludes to the future salvation of the faithful elect and the destruction of the wicked who persecute them.
Recall from the previous two articles that Mordecai had apparently been forgotten by King Ahasuerus, whereas his haughty enemy Haman was exalted as the king’s right-hand-man and royal vizier throughout the empire. Mordecai sat humbly at the entrance of the kingdom’s palace, watching princely men and exquisitely dressed women come and go, but no blessing of the kingdom or reward came to the faithful man of God.
Worse, after saving the king’s life, Mordecai was accused of being lawless and a rebel, a troublemaker in the kingdom, and with that haughty Haman decided to slaughter all his people (Jews spread throughout the empire)- for his insult of refusing to bow whenever Haman passed by.
That night [first night of the wine banquet] the king could not sleep [the king’s rest fled away]. So one was commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the two doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity [gift] has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” So the king said, “Who is in the court [who could provide the king service in rewarding Mordecai]?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. The king’s servants said, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” (Esth. 6:1-5) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Sometimes, even as God- like the king in the story- wants to bless us, the enemy stands before the throne to oppose us, accuse us, and bring a curse. And example of this is when Joshua the High Priest (a.k.a. Yehoshua/Yeshua) was about to be glorified as a foreshadowing type of the Messiah Yeshua:
Then he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel [messenger] of the LORD [YHVH], and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan [the enemy], “The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem [the chosen city of the Temple of YHVH and Messiah’s throne] rebuke thee: is not this [Yeshoshua] a brand plucked out of the fire [refining tribulations]?” Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments [indicative of Christ taking on our sins at the cross], and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And unto him [Joshua] he said, “Behold, I have caused thine iniquity [sins] to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment [dress in Divine righteousness].” And I [Zechariah] said, “Let them set a fair mitre [costly turban for a crown] upon his head, and clothe him with [exquisite] garments.” And the angel of the LORD protested [admonished with severity] unto Joshua, saying, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; ‘If thou wilt walk in my ways [Divine righteousness, justice, and grace], and if thou wilt keep my charge [instructions], then thou shalt also judge my house [House of David], and shalt also keep my courts [Temple and King’s courts], and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at [mysterious, marveled over]: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH [Yeshua the High Priest Messiah]. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving [inscription] thereof [as opposed to it written by the will of men], saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land [Jerusalem] in one day. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree [the Word and nation of Israel].'” (Zech. 3:1-10) KJV; intrpl. & quo. mine
Satan’s whole plan is to resist the atonement provided through Christ and His coming throne and dominion. He seeks to prevent the Divine prophecies for Jerusalem and the Temple from being fulfilled. Further, he seeks to destroy the Jewish people as a means of preventing the prophecies from coming to pass. He is the enemy because he currently has a vizier role of authority over the earth, under the higher authority of God- the Great King of the Universe. Just as Haman wanted all people to bow before him, Satan sought to entice Christ to bow before him, even offering the Messiah a position of authority, asserting that all kingdoms and empires were his to do with as he pleased (see Matt. 4:8-10). However, just as we find in the story of Mordecai, the King of Kings lifts the valleys of the meek and brings down the mountains of pride as He pleases:
So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!'” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.” (Esther 6:6-10) NKJV
For those who have a sense of compassion, with introspection of our own shortcomings, even compassion for the wicked who have harmed themselves in falling astray to the ways of Satan, the humiliation that haughty Haman endured, with the hand of God turned against him, is not something for us to celebrate. We should celebrate salvation, but all have fallen short of the glory of God, and all people have been fools at some point in their lives if they have lived long enough to allow it. Perhaps this may come across as sympathy for the devil, but the message is that we should all be careful when we think we stand, as Apostle Paul said, lest we also fall victim to the common traps that ensnare mankind (e.g., pride, vainglory, murderous thoughts, envy, and schemes to harm others).
After all, it is our compassion for others, mercy, and love that separates us from the likes of Muslim zealots who slaughter all whom they consider religiously inferior, without grace and compassion.
As for correlations in the story to the salvation of the elect, the glorified saints are spiritually seen as clothed in fine linen (righteousness of God) and riding white horses (pure movements), following behind the Great King in Book of Revelation (19:14). Further, crowns of righteousness, life, and glory will be given to the elect by the Great King (cf. Zech. 9:16; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 2:10; 3:11; 4:4; 12:1). The Divine crowns, however, come with wisdom from a life mindful of God’s ways and loving those who were made in His image (see Prov. 4:9). Then, like King Ahasuerus who could not rest without first searching the chronicles and rewarding his servants, the Lord will be at peace with His people and finally rest during in His Great Sabbath, for the citizens of New Jerusalem shall soon be like a crown in the hand of our Creator:
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [Menorah] that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. (Isa. 62:1-3) KJV; intrpl. mine
As we continue with haughty Haman’s humiliating fall from glory and power to disgrace, ruin, and death, we find a message that echoes as a warning through time for all despots set upon the destruction of God’s people: that God will deliver Jews, which is a message that extends to the Antichrist (a.k.a. the Son of Perdition). It is not because Jews are special in the flesh nor above that which is given for the rest of mankind, but deliverance comes for God’s own sake- for His works in fulfilling His prophecies and ushering in the Kingdom of Messiah on the Great Sabbath.
Moreover, even curses in His Word, which Satan utilizes to bring destruction, are turned into blessing, and the Lord will “leave nothing undone of all that” He has spoken. Accusations of lawlessness bring the curse of death, but grace comes from the King’s throne for life.
So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights [like virtuous Naomi] to honor!” Afterwards Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him.” (Esther 6:11-13) NKJV; intrpl. mine
WRATH OF THE KING OF THE JEWS
Even while Haman’s wise men were advising him of his downfall to Mordecai and the Jews, the king’s men were on their way to hasten him to the wine banquet of his destruction. This foreshadows Satan knowing that his time is short and the Antichrist being led to destruction in the midst of his plotting to annihilate Jews and destroy Israel. The great feast and banquet of wine is prepared for the salvation and joy of God’s people, but for their enemies it is a time of panic when the Messiah arises to tread the winepress of God’s wrath.
While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared. So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. And on the second day [which looks to the end of the second millennial day from the cross], at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!” Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor [grace] in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me [be saved] at my petition, and my people at my request. For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy [Satan] could never compensate for the king’s loss.” (Esther 6:14; 7:1-4) NKJV; intrpl. mine
What is this message that God has for the Jewish people and, indeed, all who might come to believe? The King of the Jews, as God manifest in Messiah, calls the wicked to their destruction by spiritually unfruitful servants (symbolism of the eunuchs who called to Haman), but the Bride of Christ- the elect citizenry of New Jerusalem- prepares their scriptural means and covenantal wine to petition the King for salvation through grace. If they do not drink the sacrificial wine in the presence of Christ, in remembrance of His the New Covenant and sacrificial blood, how can they be saved from their true enemy which is Satan? If they refuse and choose to hold their tongues, as Queen Esther was tempted to do, it will not lead to another captivity and slavery, such as when the Babylonians destroyed the Holy City and Temple of Elohim YHVH; it will be “utter destruction” as warned of in the Book of Malachi. This the panoramic message from God, and Moses and Elijah will soon appear as two witnesses to deliver it in Jerusalem.
And answered King Ahasuerus [Esther’s petition of salvation for her and her people], and he said to Esther the queen, “Who is he, this one, and where is this one?- he whom is magnified in his heart to act so?” And Esther exclaimed, “A man, an enemy and hateful one, Haman! THIS wicked one!” And Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. And the king arose in his wrath, away from the banquet of wine and into the garden of the palace. And Haman remained to plead for his life from Esther the queen, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. And the king returned from the garden of the palace [or paradise, suggesting Christ’s return from Heaven to save His people] to the house of the banquet of wine [Temple of the Blood Covenant in the city of Jerusalem]. And Haman was falling on the bed-bier which Esther sat upon [as Satan falling from Heaven]. And the king said, “Will he also ravish the queen with me in the house?” The word [decree] went out from the king’s mouth, and they covered Haman’s face. (Esther 7:5-8) PIT; intrpl. mine
Remember, Esther was a type of New Jerusalem- the Bride of Christ. And the Antichrist will invade this resting place (the Sabbath place of God) before the Messiah returns to save the city and nation (House of Israel). Hence, the enemy Haman was revealed like the Son of Satan shall be during the Apocalypse, and his troops will ravish and destroy half of the city (see Zech. 14:1-8) before the Christ King destroys him with all nations that fight against Jews/Jerusalem.
And he [the Messiah, Yeshua] was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Rev. 19:13-16) KJV; intrpl. mine
As we continue in correlations of King Ahasuerus to Christ, we find that the king issued a second written decree for the salvation of Jews. Hence, consider how marvelous and wondrous such a parallel as this is: God, the King of the Universe, first sent His written Word of the Old Covenant, and curses of death came to His people with accusations of lawlessness. Nonetheless, He was not finished; He promised Jews (and all of Israel and those who believe from all nations) a new covenant of healing and deliverance- not merely as a decree written in scrolls and books, as parchment and paper, but one written as from a loving “Husband” in depths of their hearts (see Isa. 53; Jer. 31:31-33). This love of the Great King is what the story of Esther alludes to. Everything is reversed for those who- as Queen Esther did- will simply humbly petition the King of Kings for salvation. Satan and those who hate the people of God are thereafter brought down from their mountains of pride, but meek and sincere valleys are exalted to glory and raised in triumph.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided. On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king [see I Kin. 17:1], for Esther had told how he was related to her. So the king took off his signet ring [a ring for sealing the king’s letters, in his authority], which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house [household, estate] of Haman. Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet [every knee shall bow], and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite [overturn evil judgment of famous flames/hell and destruction], and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews. And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor [grace] in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes [see Jud. 14:3], let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite [offspring of double/second flame], which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in the king’s provinces. For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?” (Esther 7:10; 8:1-6) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
What is there left to expound, although almost two chapters remain in the Book of Esther? From the first verse I have correlated the entire story to Christ and the God’s panoramic plan of redemption. Need I exhaust all parallels in hope that one unbeliever might be converted and believe that God lives and has ultimate control over all things? Should I continue to tell the same story over and over from different books of Scripture, which are but subtle variations that leave the spiritually blind undiscerning of these truths? I could do it, line-upon-line and precept-upon-precept, but that is not my objective- exhausting all parallels. Although I usually love doing the work- not for gain but for God, there comes a time when we must leave something leftover for those who are willing to learn for themselves the mysterious way in which God speaks.
I hope readers of this article, once someone reads it (no readers thus far), will continue to explore the remainder of the Book of Esther. I have already restored the framework of all things biblical via the Moedim Paradigm, but it is left to readers to learn to hear from the Holy Spirit and explore the mysteries of the Scriptures, which I hope you do. ,