Esther: The Bride Makes Herself Ready
Sarah began to enjoy the foods of her Esther ritual. The king has brought me into his chambers. Since her betrothal and preparation for her groom, Sarah's inner beauty and faith I don't know about you but just reading the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) causes my heart and body to be turned towards my husband. And we all want to be redeemed, chosen, beautiful, and even heroic Esther was a bride who was preparing herself to meet the king. would have liked? How did you survive? 2. After 12 months of beauty preparations, verse 13 tells us before the women meet the king, they have the opportunity.
The Prophetic Esther of Today Our preparation for today can be seen vividly in 'prophetic' pictures throughout the Scriptures. Each and every person, place and event seen in Scripture portrays some important aspect of our Heavenly Bridegroom, and His present-day dealings in the preparation of His Bride!
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Perhaps no other book of the Bible portrays this preparation in such great detail as the Book of Esther, where each character in this historical event pictures some aspect of our preparation.
In the account given in the Book of Esther, we see that some of the characters help the Bride, and some hinder the Bride. Each character reveals something for our preparation, as well as something for our warning.
And so as we look at the various characters in the story, let us try to answer the question, "Who do these people speak of today? But rather than seeing others represented here, let us endeavour to see where we fit into the prophetic Esther scenario! Just as everything of our preparation is not about us, but about our King, so we begin our account, just as it begins in the Book of Esther — with the King. The King Ahasuerus When we look at King Ahasuerus, we cannot help but to see a fascinating picture emerge.
We first catch a glimpse of Ahasuerus in the opening verses of Esther: Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces: For instance, the number 'five' in Scripture speaks of the enablement provided by the indwelling presence of 'Messiah-in-you,' as He lives His Resurrection-life within us, which speaks of Messiah's Bride — but is also the description of how Biblical 'Grace' operates.
And so the number 'five' in Scripture speaks of the Bride, and of 'Grace. For further insight, the Reader is encouraged to read any of several excellent works on Biblical Mathematics or Keys to Scripture Numerics. And so with this understanding, we notice in the opening verses several clues as to the King's prophetic identity.
His name means, "I will be silent and poor," — a strange name for a King, but a perfect picture of our Bridegroom Yahushua, in the days of His flesh Acts 8: We see also that the King's rule was from India [the word is 'Ho-Doo' meaning "the Giving of Thanks"] unto Ethiopia [the word is 'Cush' meaning "black"].
So we see the extent of his rule was from 'those who give thanks,' to the extent of 'those who are black. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Song of Solomon 1: Looking further at the extent of his rule, we see that he rules provinces. In Scripture, the number 'one hundred' speaks prophetically of the glory that results from the grace given by Messiah.
We recall one of the several aspects of 'Grace,' can be defined as the power and ability given to men, when Yahushua is living within, to accomplish a particular work — or, as the apostle Paul would say, 'Messiah-in-you,' our [only] hope of glory Colossians 1: The number 'twenty-seven' in Scripture depicts the entire realm of the King.
The number twenty-seven is also equivalent to 3 x 9. The number 'three' speaks of Resurrection; 'Nine' speaks of fruitfulness. In summary, we might say that the number speaks of the Entire realm of the King, whose subjects yield to Messiah-in-them to accomplish the Fruitfulness of Resurrection Life.
These are the subjects of the Kingdom — they are those who are yielding to the life of Messiah living within them, and thus bring glory to the King. Next, we see in verse 2: That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, Esther 1: Shushan was evidently a place in Persia, and is also spoken of in Nehemiah Chapter 1.
Let's look at the meaning of the word. The word 'Shushan' means "lily. There is therefore something of great importance for the Bride, hidden within the meaning of the lilies! Where else do we find lilies? We find lily or lilies mentioned fifteen times in Scripture, eight of them in Song of Solomon.
The number fifteen in Scripture speaks of "rest. We see lilies as part of the adornment of the molten or brasen sea in the Tabernacle, which was for the priests to wash in, as described in 1Kings 7: Believers in Messiah are a kingdom of priests unto Yahuweh Revelation 1: So we see that the brasen sea speaks of the 'Word' of Yahuweh.
We may thus conclude the Lilies are in some way related to the prophetic Word of Yahuweh. We see lilies also on the pillars of the Temple, as described in 1 Kings 7: In Psalms 45, we see the main theme is the Bride and her wedding.
We can likewise see a sub-theme in this Psalm. In the title, we see the theme of Shoshannim, or lilies. We also see in the first few verses of this Psalm, along with the last verse, a theme of words, lips, and tongue, and the offering of praise.
We are reminded that the King [Yahuweh] is enthroned on the praises of His people, as written in Psalms The lilies may thus speak of words spoken by the King to His Bride, as well as by the Bride to her King. We might conclude that lilies speak of the words spoken from Yahushua, perhaps whispered in a still, small voice, spoken to the heart of His Bride, who responds because she is at rest in Him.
Thus we might say that the King's palace is in Shushan, the place of lilies, the place of intimate fellowship, between Yahushua and His people, who are at rest in Him. Last of all we notice in Esther 1: We, too, can expect to attend a feast in the palace of the King, in the fullness of time, to be held in the third year, as likened to the 'third day' written in Hos 6: After two days will he revive us: For, Beloved, …be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
But why is this portrayal of King Ahasuerus a hidden picture of our King? Why doesn't Yahuweh just make it very plain and evident, and bring everything out into the open?
Beloved, we are told very clearly that Yahuweh is known to different ones by different names: After all, it is "…the glory of God to conceal a thing: Thus we will next search out the matter of the identity of the Seven Chamberlains. The Seven Chamberlains We will now turn our attention to the King's Seven Chamberlains, to see whom they might represent today.
We might first notice that the word 'chamberlain' is mentioned fifteen times in Scripture, with twelve of these in the Book of Esther. As we have previously noted, the number fifteen in Scripture speaks of rest, and twelve speaks of the Government of Yahuweh.
These are two important clues in themselves. But let us continue. We see in Esther 1: In Scripture the word wine speaks of the blessings of Yahuweh, of rejoicing, and gladness.
The word wine speaks of gladness. So this seventh day was a day of gladness for the King, as well as for those in his household. But why was the King glad? Let us notice that it was on the seventh day, that " In fact, we are told many times in the New Testament that we are to rule and reign with Messiah in the future, as indicated in Rev.
But let us be reminded, Beloved, that we are also told we are to rule and reign even now. We can, while on earth today, rule in the heavenly realm, through prayer — as we are now seated in Him, and He is seated in the Heavenlies, as stated in Romans 5: We are also at the end of the second [millennial] year, and preparing to enter the third [millennial] year, of the reign of our King. We are also at the end of the sixth prophetic day, the start of the seventh prophetic day, seen in Scripture as the "Day of Yahuweh.
It will be likewise for us — at the start of the prophetic seventh day — that the King will give commandment to the queen, to come before the King! Beloved, our King also has Seven Chamberlains to prepare us, and to bring us before the King by the King's commandment.
These seven Chamberlains are prophetic of the Seven Spirits of Yahuweh: And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars We will not show the details here, but each of the names given to the seven Chamberlains is representative of one aspect of the character of the Holy Spirit, in His dealings with the Bride of the King.
We will see more of these seven Chamberlains of the King while looking at the character of Esther. However, before we continue, we must look at one last important point. But notice in verse 11 that the queen refused to come at the King's commandment by his Chamberlains on that day.
Have we today, who rule and reign with the King, refused the King's Commandment in the same way? Beloved, Yahushua will never leave us, or forsake us. The only thing that would ever allow our removal from His presence and protection, is our own willful refusal of the King, our disobedience to His commandments, given to us by the Holy Spirit.
Even Yahushua Himself tells us in great detail how this disobedience is the reason the five Foolish Virgins, the 'Bride' Candidates who lacked wisdom, will not be ready when He comes for His Bride. He tells us in advance, that those who work 'iniquity' [Strong's number ] will not be allowed into the Kingdom with Him Matthew 7: The apostle John then tells us that this same word iniquity seen in Matthew 7: Messiah also tells us that those who are in His Kingdom, who continue to work 'iniquity' [Strong's number 'transgress the Law,' will be rooted out of His Kingdom Matthew Fellow Believers, Let us awake, and be sober.
Messiah is giving us much advance warning! We saw above, that the characteristic numbers of the seven Chamberlains are fifteen and twelve, which speak of rest and government. Both of these themes are significant, for our rest in Him is the result of yielding ourselves to obedience to His word — which is to acknowledge His Government, His Kingdom rule in our lives. We must be warned, however, that we are capable of 'leaving our first love,' if we choose See Rev 2: This is made abundantly clear in many Scripture references, a few of which are Heb Let us keep these things in mind, as we now look at Vashti, the Queen.
Queen Vashti We first notice Vashti the queen in Esther 1: Vashti, whose name means beautiful, was very beautiful, and fair to look upon, as stated in Esther 1: In Scripture, the word beautiful denotes 'holiness.
The name Vashti is mentioned ten times in Scripture, all in the Book of Esther. We also note that the word 'queen' is mentioned 27 times in Esther, and mentioned eight times along with the name Vashti. Let us notice that the number ten in Scripture speaks of the Torah ['Law'], and of the Testimony of Yahuweh.
The number '27' speaks of the Realm of the King, and 'eight' speaks of the new creation, the new birth, and a new beginning. We thus have our next clue as to whom Vashti represents. Queen Vashti is seen to picture Yahuweh's called-out Company of holy ones, the saints of Yahuweh, those who have been born of Yahuweh, and ordained or appointed to bear the Testimony of Yahuweh, and to live within the Realm of the King's authority.
We can draw much meaning from Vashti's name. We can now see that Vashti is a portrayal, a picture of the great company of those that are called out of the world by Yahushua, as a people unto Himself, to carry forth, to shine forth His testimony in the earth.
This is the company of those that have been born again, and have been given a new birth, and new beginning. This great, called-out company has a name indicating that the beauty of Yahushua is upon her. She is that part of the great Congregation of Born-Again Believers who are called, but as we shall see, not necessarily chosen or faithful. We may now observe the spirit of Vashti, in contrast to the spirit of a true Bride.
The spirit of Vashti has gained an advantaged position through her association with the Bridegroom, but yet she acts independently of, and without total dependence on, her Husband. The true Bride, however, will rule from a humble and submissive spirit, one of total dependence and obedience.
We might ask the question, "What is the most telling indicator today, of a lack of submissiveness, and lack of dependence upon Yahuweh, within the Body of Believers in this generation? Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. That is, most of our Bible understanding has come from some individual Pastor, Teacher, or spiritual Leader — which came from some denomination, Bible School, or Seminary — which came from the Church Fathers — which came from Rome!
Man's own understanding is an idol. It is like a weed in a garden — it will choke out the Truth, and will prevent us from being fruitful! We must diligently seek the Truth in the Scriptures for ourselves — lest we too be found among those who refuse the King! So, Vashti refused to come into the presence of the King, on the seventh day He had appointed.
Therefore the King was angry. Likewise our King has commanded us to prepare ourselves, and to come into His presence on the appointed seventh day. Dear Friend, how shall we respond, on that day when He tells us we too have turned away our ear from Him, and have refused Him?
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Let us therefore look very carefully, and very prayerfully, and learn from this most important of characters in the story — that we might be on our guard against the things that might result in our refusal of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
We will look further into Queen Vashti's refusal, but for now, we shall look at the result of her refusal of the King. In the following verses, we see a two-fold judgment that is given by the King, against the queen, for her refusal: For the past 2, years, it has been commonly taught that Esther is a figure or type of the 'Church,' and Vashti is a figure or type of 'Israel.
Beloved, this notion is simply another Doctrine of Men, taught down through the ages, and is known as Replacement Theology.
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This notion is not according to Scripture. Consisting of a mixture of part truth, and part error, it is a false doctrine, and contradicts Scripture passages in both Old and New Testaments.
It is an interpretation given by tradition, and is not what Yahuweh is speaking in the Book of Esther! The true, prophetic meaning of Scripture can not be seen in the fleshly attempts of Men to fit Scripture to their own whimsical views! The idea that 'Israel has been replaced by the church' is a 'tradition, and is a doctrine of men,' one of many examples of 'Jewish fables' that turn men away from the Truth Titus 1: This man-made notion is filled with Scriptural contradiction; We must let ALL of Scripture speak to our hearts, in order to find the Truth!
As we get closer to the time of harvest, the light becomes brighter. As the Truth shines brighter, the man-made, traditional views begin to be seen as a much greater darkness. A very vivid, and striking picture is now coming into view, one that has been deeply hidden within the story. Esther will replace the one that had been called; one that had started out as a true Bride and Queen, but because of her refusal of the King, she had become estranged, or widowed, from her Betrothed One.
We will now examine the process of how Queen Vashti, although she started well, became rejected by the King, and then widowed, finally ending up as the rejected Queen. But in order to look further at Vashti, we must introduce the next character, that of Haman.
Esther’s Make-over, Fit for a Queen
Haman One of the primary leaders within the King's household is Haman, first seen in Esther 3: The name in the Book of Esther is translated as "Haman" 53 times, and is mentioned in forty-five verses. The name 'Haman' means "magnificent. We are next told that Haman was the "son of" Hammedatha the Agagite. The term son of speaks prophetically of 'having the characteristic of,' and so we see all of the related names contribute to the profoundly important, overall prophetic meaning.
The name 'Hammedatha' means "double," and is mentioned five times. The term 'Agagite' means "I will overtop," or increase to the point of spilling over, and is likewise mentioned five times. We recall that Agag was the King of Amalek, who was spared by Saul, and whose name is mentioned eight times in Scripture.
We recall that the number 'five' in Scripture speaks of the Bride in General, but in particular speaks of the operating of the Grace of Yahuweh in the life of the Believers; the double use of the number '5' emphasizes the five as a prophetic characteristic of 'Grace.
We may conclude that the name 'Haman' speaks prophetically of those today who are "recipients of the Grace of Yahuweh, who have received the provision and preservation of Yahuweh, who are looking to 'enter in' to the City of the King, and are filled with the Spirit of Yahuweh to the point of 'overflowing,' and are 'doubly fruitful,' just as the name 'Ephraim' means.
However, as the "I will" in the definition of 'Agagite' indicates, this speaks of a root of pride within, which has not been judged, nor dealt with.
As we continue looking at Haman, let's remember that Haman is significantly prophetic of 'Grace. In general, we see from Scripture that Haman, as a leader in the King's household, had brought error and deception into the King's household, by the words he spoke!
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We get a clue of what Haman was speaking and teaching among those of the King's household, by the words he spoke to the King. Let us look closely, in order to identify the very heart, the very root of the error and deception that was brought into the King's household: And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: We are reminded of a strikingly similar charge against Yahuweh's elect, against Stephen, regarding Yahuweh's Covenant.
We see in Acts chapter 6, that Stephen had been disputing with certain ones of the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia. And when those men were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which Stephen spoke, notice what they did: Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. This is what Haman in the story of Esther was saying!
Haman was a false witness! Haman, who was a leader among the king's household, was teaching error to the King's household, concerning the King's laws! Beloved, there are False Witnesses among the King's household today, and they are teaching the same false doctrines as those false witnesses of Stephen's day, and of Haman's day. When we study the Scriptures for ourselves, however, we quickly see the Truth!
Yahushua did not change any customs of Moses, nor did He do away with the Law! Had He done so, He would have been labelled a false prophet, according to Scripture Deut No, He has simply chosen a different set of tablets on which to write the Law ['Torah'] — onto the tablets of the heart of Man Jeremiah As members of the King's household, Haman and the other leaders brought error and deception into the King's household in the form of two separate doctrines regarding the King's Laws.
As we shall see, Haman brought: As we look at these errors, let us take careful note of how Vashti and Esther each responded differently to them. First we see Vashti, who because she was Queen, found it easy to believe what she had been taught — that as Queen she would remain immune from hardship and sorrow. Let us notice what the prophetic False Bride, the Harlot Bride in Revelation, says regarding her Royal position as Queen, her eternal security as Queen, and her escape from sorrow: We see that Queen Vashti is the very personification of the prophetic woman of Revelation Because she had "said in her heart" the three statements highlighted in the above passage, we know that these are three of the teachings that she received while in the King's household.
These three teachings, or 'doctrines,' were the error that eventually led her to her final, horrible condition. The three teachings Queen Vashti received, and by example, we among the King's household today have received, are as follows: She did not derive her identity from being the 'wife of the King.
Likewise, she was taught, "Once a Queen, Always a Queen. She did not realise that perhaps she had been told a lie! She did not consider that she would ever become divorced, or widowed. She did not have the 'Fear of the King' in her, so she refused the King's Commandment. She had glorified herself, and lived deliciously and luxuriously, and she took no thought for sorrow or mourning, which in a figure, speak of the Great Tribulation.
She was taught that those of the King's household would escape the Great Tribulation, but that the "Jews would not escape. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.
Beloved, Haman — and by their complicity, all the leaders of the King's household — had deceived Queen Vashti with many lies and deceits, and many doctrinal errors, all of which contributed to the one result. The result was that Vashti had become deceived, which caused her to not truly 'know' the King, and caused her to disobey the King's Commandment!
This is for our admonition and learning today — on whom the ends of the ages have arrived! We are told by the Prophet Jeremiah: Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD. Notice what Yahushua Himself, as well as the apostle John, both say about knowing Yahuweh, and how 'knowing' Him is completely dependent upon obedience to His Commandments: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
John says something very similar, in the following passage: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: Sinai — and so Father's commandments are Messiah's Commandments Numbers 3: And so those who come to know Yahuweh, are those who are learning to keep Messiah's commandments, found from Genesis through Malachi, as well as from Matthew through Revelation!
So we see that Vashti was deceived, because she had been taught error. Vashti is a warning for us today! For if we are taught error, we too will be deceived. Deceit results in our refusing to 'obey' Yahuweh, which in turn leads to our not 'knowing' Yahuweh. Thus it is through deceit that we can refuse to know Yahweh, according to Jeremiah. That is why we must love the truth, and search it out. It is all a matter of deciding what our ultimate goal is to be — either loving and knowing Yahuweh, or not loving nor knowing Yahuweh.
Queen Vashti was told error, and did not search out the truth for herself. The difference between Vashti and Esther is that Esther heeded Mordecai's words to her, when Mordecai corrected her. Vashti, on the other hand, had no heart to receive correction for her error, neither was there found in her a heart to repent. Beloved, we in the King's household will not escape from the Great Tribulation, any more than Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego escaped from the furnace, or Daniel from the lion's den, or "any more than all the Jews.
We must remember the warning Yahuweh has given to all Believers, concerning those who do not have a love for Truth: The many voices, the many prophets and teachers, all seem to be saying something different!
How can we know which of the many voices out there are speaking the truth? Well, we will see the answer to these questions, as we look next at the wise men of the King's household. Yahuweh has indeed sent His prophets and wise men to help us sort things out, to help us discern the error of man-made doctrines, from Yahuweh's Truth!
We recall that the Sons of Issachar were: Yahuweh always has a purpose in mind! But would the 'rest of Israel' do what these 'few' men of understanding told them?
Notice the end of the verse above: This, my friend, is the heart that is prepared for the Master! So, what was it that made the wise men of the King's household to be 'wise,' so that they would know the times? Doesn't everyone know the times, by simply watching the News? Let's notice in Esther 1: That is what makes us wise today.
If the King speaks to us, the wise are those who hearken — who hear and obey. That is, if we listen and heed, and walk in obedience, and do what the King says, then we too become 'wise. There is further qualification. Note carefully to whom the King speaks: It was the King's custom to speak to "All that knew Law and Judgment. The King spoke to all who [are knowing, perceiving, understanding, and knowing by experience], Law and Judgment! This is a prophetic picture of those whom the King spoke to in that day.
It is prophetic of those under the New Covenant, to whom the King speaks today: Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.
For those interested, these are none other than the prophetic Wise Virgins of Matthew When we listen to, and heed those to whom the King speaks, we too will be found among the Wise Men, the prophetic Wise Virgins. Or, is this some strange terminology that does not fit in with what we have been taught?
Are you listening to the prophetic Haman — or to the King? Had she not become that intimate with the king, she would have had no position of influence from which to work the miraculous turnaround that saved the people who were her assignment to save. First, she surrendered her former life. Do we appreciate how radical that is? It takes a person free of a religious spirit to make even the first step toward radical intimacy with the king. Second, Esther began six months of treatment with oil of myrrh Esther 2: Myrrh is both bitter and pleasantly fragrant.
It was used to embalm people, and was burned at funerals to disguise the smell of dead flesh, yet it heals many ailments. It both removes impurities and softens the skin. Treatment with myrrh represents repentance, dying to self, and the sweetness of losing our lives and finding them Matthew Myrrh removed the smell of flesh from Esther.
Third, Esther received another six months of perfumes and cosmetics. These probably included frankincense and other spices. Frankincense releases its fragrance when set on fire. This treatment represents praise and worship, becoming a sweet aroma unto the Lord, bowing before Him and focusing on Him. Esther did not just undergo a few makeup sessions or dab on some cologne. The treatment was constant and prolonged. Esther became physically saturated with sweet spices and symbolically saturated with worship.
She was allowed to take with her anything from the harem that she chose Esther 2: This probably means she could choose what to wear, how to do her hair and makeup, and whether or not to bring a gift of some kind. Once she got into the chamber, she was his to do with as he saw fit. She spent, threw away, and wasted herself on him. When the night was over, she was ruined for any kind of life outside of him.
There was no alternative open to her except to go back to the harem and live out her years Esther 2: When she learned of the plot against the Jews, she was, with the help of prayer and fasting and knowledge of the king, in a position to effect a miraculous reversal of fortune for her people.
They had been as good as dead, and now they were saved. First, by surrendering our former lives. Though we do this at salvation, as we walk with the Lord we find the Holy Spirit gradually and lovingly making us conscious of more and more areas we need to surrender.
More than just a vague intention to live better, real surrender is total and radical. This repentance goes beyond turning from specific sins and becomes a lifetime attitude of repentance, a spiritual posture we maintain before the King, so that to Him we even begin to smell like repentance. Rather than viewing repentance as a series of responses to sins as we commit them, we immerse ourselves to soak in an atmosphere of repentance.