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Symbolic prophecy in the book of Esther

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The historical characters in the book of Esther represent the symbolic characters present in the prophetic book of Revelation. Queen Vashti, who refuses to obey her husband the king (out of rebellion, not modesty), represents the woman of Revelation 17. She adorns herself as royalty: "the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls (Rev 17:4)." The golden cup she carries in her hand holds the wine of her adulteries and abominations and makes the entire earth drunk on them (vs 2-4).

Her name is "Mystery Babylon the Great (vs 5)." Her adulteries symbolize the idolatries present in the world; she is the mother of all idolatrous (pagan) religions. She is "drunk on the blood of the saints (vs 6)." The saints are those who hold to the testimony of Jesus and follow the commandments (12:17 and 14:12). Like Queen Vashti, Mystery Babylon presents herself as the Queen, but refuses obedience to the King.

The King represents God. Although the King in the book of Esther is pagan, he does symbolically represent the King Messiah. Jesus, or Yeshua, is the Messiah who has been presented for centuries as a non-Torah-observant pagan-imbued figure. The real Yeshua is Torah-observant; he opposes only the additions to the Torah that religious leaders impose upon the people.

Esther represents the true Bride. She is the woman of Revelation 12, the nation of Israel who produces the Messiah. She is clothed with the sun, representing the glory of God, has the moon under her feet, representing leadership over the corporate bride of Messiah, and wears a crown of twelve stars, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. She gives birth to the son who will rule with an iron scepter; this is the King Messiah (Rev 12:1-5).

Haman, of course, represents the dragon that tries to kill the son and the saints. He will ultimately be defeated. In the book of Esther, he is hung on the very gallows he prepared for Mordecai. In the book of Revelation, he is cast into the Lake of Fire at the Final Judgment.

The moral of the story? Hold to the testimony of Yeshua, follow the Torah, and realize that each one of us has a part to play, "and who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this (Esther 4:14)."

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Nelson Propane

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