Friday, February 12, 2021

How Does Purim Point to Messiah?

By Maria Merola אריאל

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, written in February 2006

The word “Puwriym” in the Hebrew Concordance literally means “to cast the lot,” but it comes from a root word “puwr” which means “to crush, to bring to nothing.” Before I begin, I would like to explain why I spell the word “Purim, as “Puwriym (pronounced poo-reem). A few people have criticized me for doing this, and have suggested that I am making up my own Hebrew words. 

As you can see by the illustration (below), the word “Purim, is also spelled as “Puwriym in the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance. Why is it spelled this way? I submit to you that James Strong (the author of the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance) understood how to transliterate Hebrew words into English, using proper grammar rules. 

One of the letters in the word “Puwriym is a “Waw, but in Modern Hebrew is called “Vav, which doubles as the long vowel sound of “u, but also as the consonant “v.

To learn more about why we use the “uv, to represent the Ancient Hebrew letter “Waw, see this article: U, V, or W?

You might be surprised to discover that the Hebrew Letter “Vav,” was at one time meant to be a “Waw, as it is cited in the Jewish Encyclopedia below. 

WAW (ו): By: Crawford Howell ToyIsaac Broydé

Sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The name possibly means “nail” or “hook,” and the shape of the letter in the Phenician alphabet bears some resemblance to a hook. “Waw” is a labial spirant, identical in sound with the English “w.” When preceded by the labial vowel “u,” it blends with it (“uw”), the result being a long u-sound; and when an a-vowel precedes it, the two form the diphthong “au,” which in Hebrew has passed into “o.” At the beginning of a word (a position it rarely has in Hebrew) “waw” retains its consonantal value, except when followed by פנמ, or a letter with simple “shewa.” As the first letter of verb-stems it has been replaced in Hebrew almost everywhere by “yod.” As a numeral (in the later period) “waw” has the value of 6.

Some might ask “Maria, why not spell it the conventional way? My answer? It is because I aim to represent every Hebrew letter in the word with an English equivalent. This helps us understand how the word is spelled in Hebrew. Pictured below is a graphic that I made using Ancient Paleo Pictograph Letters from right to left.

The letters in the word Puwriym are from right to left as: “pey, waw, rosh, yod, mem.” What do these letters tell us? The Pey means the mouth (to blow or to scatter). Waw (Vav) means “to secure, to add, to hook onto something else.Rosh means “the head of a man, first, top, beginning, leader.Yod means “the arm, hand, to work, to worship, to throw.” Mem means “water, chaos, mighty, blood.”

With her mouth, (pey), Esther made petitions before YaHuWaH with fasting and prayer. She closed her mouth to food. After three days, she went before her king and made an appeal. She spoke to him, using her mouth (pey).

And what was the outcome? King Ahasuerus “added” (waw) to the existing decree against the Jews, that they were allowed to fight against their attackers. Thus, the Jews were made “secure” (waw) in being allowed to defend themselves. 

Haman and his ten sons were hung on a gallows, thus they lost their heads (rosh) or authority in the Persian kingdom. Mordechai,(Esther’s cousin), became “the head” over Hamans household, and possessions. After the Jews in Persia won the war against the Persians, they worshiped (yod) Elohiym, and gave him praise. 

It was the mighty hand (yod) of YaHuWaH that saved them from complete annihilation.

The bloodline (mem) of the House of Judah was saved, so that our Messiah could be born into the tribe. The chaos of war (mem) was mightily overcome, as they crushed the head (rosh) of the serpent (Genesis 3:15).

Puwriym celebrates the fact that our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa is the 
seed of the woman who crushed the plans of Satan when he died on the tree for all of humanity. 

In laying down his life, he made a way for everyone to fight against the enemy of our soul, the devil. 

Everything about the Book of Esther and Puwriym points us to the prophecy of the “Seed of the Woman.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman [Jerusalem], and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise [crush] your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The Hebrew word for “bruise” in the above passage literally means “to crush!”

#7779 shuwph shoof a primitive root; properly, to crush; gape upon; desire; seize, i.e. snap at; figuratively, to overwhelm:--break, bruise, cover.

The “woman” in this prophecy is literally Chawah (Eve). Our Messiah Yahuwshuwa has a genealogy which can be traced all the way back to Adam & Eve (Luke 3:38). 

Additionally, (on a prophetic level), the woman in this prophecy is also the mother of our Messiah, Miryam (Mary) who gave birth to the “seed.” The seed is our Messiah, who would grow up to crush the head (authority) of the devil (the serpent). And finally, (on another prophetic level), the woman is also Jerusalem, as we are told that “Jerusalem is the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26).

The entire book of Esther contains hints of Yom Kippur typology interlaced throughout the book. In Leviticus 16, there are instructions on how the Kohen ha’Gadowl (High Priest) was commanded to make atonement for Yisra’el year after year on Yom Kippur or “The Day of Atonement.” 

The High Priest was commanded to “cast lots” for twin goats to see which goat would be killed, and which goat would be sent away as the scapegoat (Leviticus 16:8-10).

Queen Vashti Banished for Disobedience & Queen Esther Promoted for Obedience

The pattern of the “twin goats” can be seen in the book of Esther with Vashti & Esther. Our Messiah fulfilled the pattern of the twin goats during this earthly ministry for both House of Yisra’el (Isaiah 8:14). The goat of departure was fulfilled for the Ten Northern Tribes of the House of Ephrayimand the sacrificial goat was fulfilled for the Two Southern Tribes of the House of Judah. 

Vashti symbolizes the disobedient bride, Yisra’el (Ephrayim) that was divorced and exiled, or sent away (Jeremiah 3:8), just like the scapegoat. Queen Vashti was summoned to come to the King’s Banquet, but she refused (Esther 1:11-17). 

Vashti is a picture of those that are described in a parable taught by our Messiah in Matthew 22:2-14. Many were called to the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” but they made excuses, and refused to come. Thus, he concluded his parable by declaring “many are called, but few are chosen.” 

Esther, on the other-hand is a picture of the “born-again,” redeemed bride, after she has purified herself, and has been found worthy to approach the king. Many young virgins were sought after in the Persian Empire (as they were brought to the palace of the king for preparation). Esther represents “the few who are chosen” in Matthew 22:14, for she is the obedient bride, who ultimately won the king’s favor. 

Esther therefore, symbolizes the sacrificial goat, because she risked her life for her people, when she came before the king uninvited. The penalty for anyone coming before the king uninvited was death (Esther 4:11). 

When Esther discovered the evil plot that Haman had devised against the Yahuwdiym (Jewish) people in Persia, she called for her people to fast and pray for three days. Afterward, she approached the king to beg for the life of her people. 

She embraced the death penalty when she declared “If I Perish, I Perish” (Esther 4:16). In this way, she behaved like our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa who declared the night before his crucifixion “Not as I will but your will be done” (Matthew 26:42; Luke 22:42).

Vashti (on the other-hand) symbolizes the “scapegoat” who was banished and sent away---never to return. Vashti’s name means “beautiful,” because she was beautiful to the eye. 

She symbolizes Yisra’el who was also called “beautiful” (Song of Solomon 6:4; 7:1). But like Yisra’el, Vashti was disobedient, and thus her beauty was only external and superficial. Our Messiah recognized this when he rebuked the leadership of Yisra’el:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outwardbut are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Esther, however was the bride who was beautiful inwardly, as well as outwardly (Esther 2:7). Her faithfulness to her Elohiym and her people ultimately won her much favor with the king. Esther’s name means “hidden,” and this means that the bride of Messiah is “hidden” from the Jewish people to this day. Esther disguised herself as a Gentile, but secretly she was a Yahuwdiy (Jew). 

Similarly, those who are born-again by the blood of the lamb, are not acknowledged by many who call themselves “Jews,” because they do not acknowledge Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah as of yet.

We also see a picture of the “twin goats” with Haman and the Jewish people. Haman blamed all the Yahuwdiym (Jews) in Persia because Mordecai refused to bow down him. Thus the Yahuwdiym (Jews) became the “scapegoat.” The word “scapegoat” in Hebrew is “azazel” which means “goat of departure.” It also means “the innocent party who takes the blame for the guilty party.”

The House of Judah had “departed” from the land of Jerusalem when they were exiled in the days of Jeremiah, and thus taken into captivity with Babylon. Now, Mordecai and the Jewish people were scheduled for complete annihilation in the Persian Empire, which would also make them as “the sacrificial goat.”

King Saul from The Tribe of Benjamin Disobeyed Queen Esther from the Tribe of Benjamin Obeyed.

King Shauwl (Saul) was from the Tribe of Benjamin, but he was very rebellious. This cost him his kingdom, and ultimately his life. 

Saul rebelled against the word of YaHuWaH by not destroying King Agag of the Amalekites, when he was specifically commanded to do so (1st Samuel 15:8-9). 

Because he kept King Agag alive, the offspring of Agag have continued to wage war against the children of Yisra’el to this very day. Haman was a descendant of King Agag, and the hatred he had for Yisra’el was passed on to his descendants. Why did YaHuWaH command King Saul to destroy the Amalekites? 

It is because the Amalekites were chiefest of all the enemies of Yisra’el when they were brought out of Egypt. We read in Exodus 17:8 “Amalek fought with Yisra’el in Rephidim.” Because the Amalekites were against Yisra’el, YaHuWaH swore that he would utterly destroy them all:

Shemoth (Exodus) 17:16 For he said, Because YHWH has sworn that YHWH will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish forever.

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 25:17 Remember what Amalek did unto you by the way, when you were come forth out of Mitzrayim (Egypt).

In Esther 3:1-10, we learn that King Ahasuerus, King of Persia promoted the man named Haman who was an enemy of the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) people:

Hadassah (Esther) 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.

Hadassah (Esther) 3:10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Yahuwdiy’s (Jews’) enemy.

Queen Esther was also from the Tribe of Benjamin, but she and her cousin Mordecai were successful in bringing down Haman. In this way, Queen Esther represents a reversal of the curse that was upon the Tribe of Benjamin because of King Saul’s disobedience. 

Additionally, Queen Esther typifies the bride of Messiah, who will be instrumental in reversing the curse of disobedience that came upon all women through Eve’s disobedience. 

What I mean to convey here, is that when we follow the example of Queen Esther (Hadassah), we are recipients to the blessings promised in Deuteronomy 28. We are offered a choice, which is blessings for obedience, or curses for disobedience. 

I am not declaring that all women are “carte blanche” freed from the curse of sin. It is simply through following her example, that we learn how to walking in blessings rather than curses.

Haman Plotted to Kill the Jewish People & The Devil Plotted to Kill the Jewish Messiah

In the Book of Esther, we read about an evil plot against the people of Yahuwdah (Judah) while they were in exile in the Persian Empire. The wicked Haman hated the Jewish man named Mordecai, because Mordecai refused to pay him homage by bowing down to him. This caused Haman to become bitter towards all Yahuwdiym (Jews), and as a result he sought to destroy them all (Esther 3:5-6).

Haman is a picture of Satan, and Mordecai is a picture of the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). The Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) inspired Yahuwshuwa our Messiah (whom many call Jesus) to be an intercessor for the House of Yahuwdah, just as Mordecai who was the cousin of Queen Esther, inspired her in her role as an intercessor for her people. 

Esther was from the Tribe of BinYamiyn (Benjamin) but the Tribe of Benjamin had assimilated into the House of Judah after the two kingdoms split in 1st Kings 12 around 930 B.C. The story of Queen Esther took place around 400 B.C. after the two kingdoms of Yahuwdah (Judah) & Yisra’el had been divided.

Mordecai Refused to Bow to Haman & Messiah Refused to Bow to Satan

When Messiah was in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights, Satan wanted Yahuwshuwa to bow down to him:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 4:8-10: 

8 Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 

9 And said unto him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me

10 Then said Yahuwshuwa unto him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship YHWH your Elohiym, and him only shall you serve.

Because Yahuwshuwa refused to bow to Satan, just as Mordecai refused to bow to Haman, Satan then determined to kill Yahuwshuwa, just as Haman sought to kill Mordecai.

And so Haman schemed to become the right hand man of King Ahasuerus (Esther 3:1), thereby positioning himself to convince King Ahasuerus to sign a decree stating that all the Yahuwdiym (Jews) should be killed on the 13th day of the 12th month of Adar.

Queen Esther Was the Door to Salvation for Her People & Messiah is the Door to the Father for His People

YaHuWaH used Queen Esther to save the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) people in the Persian Empire from complete annihilation. Her Hebrew name was Hadassah (Esther 2:7) which means “myrtle tree.” The name Hadassah” sounds very similar to another Hebrew word “Chadashah.” 

In Jeremiah 31, an important prophecy is spoken about the coming of the Messiah to renew the covenant which was broken:

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah) 31:31 Behold, the days come, says YHWH, that I will make a Renewed Covenant [Briyth Chadasha] with the House of Yisra’el, and with the House of Yahuwdah (Judah).

Our English Bibles say “I will make a new covenant,” rather than a “Renewed Covenant.” Did you know that Messianic Jews refer to the “New Testament Scriptures” as “Briyth Chadashah?” The reason why is because Jeremiah 31:31 uses a Hebrew word for “new” which means the following in the Concordance:

#2318 chadash khaw-dash a primitive root; to be new; causatively, to rebuild:--renew, repair.

As you can see, the term “new” is the word “Chadash” which means “to renew, rebuild and repair!” 

Hence, the term “Renewed Covenant” in Hebrew is called “Briyth Chadashah,” which literally means “Circumcision Renewed.” Esther’s Hebrew name Hadassah sounds very similar to the Hebrew word Chadashah. Now, let us take a look at the Ancient Paleo Pictograph letters for the two words:

The word “chadash” (renew) has three Hebrew letters: Chets (fence or wall), Dalet (door) Shin (tooth). 

The word “Hadac” (myrtle tree) also has three Hebrew letters: Hey (breath, spirit), Dalet (door) and Sin (Thorn).

These two words have one letter in common---the Dalet which means “The door.” 

Our Messiah declared that he is “The door to the Heavenly Father (John 10:7-9). The meaning to the word “chadash” (renew) seems to paint a picture of the Messiah setting up a fence or a boundary (his commandments) to protect his sheep from being eaten by a wolf. 

The second letter of this word tells us that he is the door to the sheep and the third letter, (the tooth) tells us that he is the “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah,” who will come to rescue his sheep out of the mouth of the wolf.

The meaning to the word 
“Hadac” (myrtle tree) seems to be saying that YaHuWaH was the breath or inspiration to Queen Esthers mission to save her people. 

The second letter, (the door) means that she had an “open door,” with the King Ahasuerus who granted her favor to save her people. 

It was also the saving power of the Messiah himself who gave her that open door. And finally, the letter Sin, the thorn means that she suffered for her people just as our Messiah suffered to save his people. 

In the same way that our Messiah was sent to “renew” the broken covenant with Yisra’el, YaHuWaH sent Esther to “renew” the decree that was against the Yahuwdiym (Jews) and to bring in an added decree whereby they were able to defend themselves and overcome the enemy. 

Therefore, we see that Esther was a “prophetic type of Messiah in her role when she interceded for her people, just as our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa interceded for his people Yisra’el before the throne of his Heavenly Father. 

The Mosaic Covenant Not Reversible & The Decree to Kill the Jews Not Reversible

We can draw a parallel from the eighth chapter of Esther to the Mosaic Covenant given to Yisra’el on Mount Sinai in the 20th chapter of Exodus. This covenant which YaHuWaH made with Yisra’el was irreversible. Similarly, King Ahasuerus gave Haman the authority to issue a decree sentencing to death all the Yahuwdiym (Jews) in Persia on the 13th day of the 12th month of Adar (Esther 3:8-15). According to the laws of the Persian Empire, once the king used his signet ring to seal a decree, it was not reversible, not even by the king himself.

Esther asked the king to reverse the decree which was issued by Haman to kill all the Jews in Persia:

Hadassah (Esther) 8:

5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Yahuwdiym (Jews) which are in all the king’s provinces:

6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Yahuwdiy (Jew), Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Yahuwdiy (Jews).

Write you also for the Yahuwdiym (Jews), as you like, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

9 Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Yahuwdiym (Jews), and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Yahuwdiym (Jews) according to their writing, and according to their language.

10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:

11 Wherein the king granted the Yahuwidym (Jews) which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Yahuwdiym (Jews) should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

In the book of Exodus, (chapters 19-20) we read the account where YaHuWaH took the nation of Yisra’el out of Egyptian slavery and then he brought them to the wilderness to teach them about his marriage covenant. They accepted the offer on Mount Sinai as they took vows with him as their husband, and they agreed to the terms and the conditions. 

However, the Mosaic Covenant was against the children of Yisra’el (not because the covenant was flawed), but because they were unable in their sinful nature to obey the commandments. They were “weak through the flesh” and therefore unable to obey the Mosaic Covenant given to them in stone tablets:

Romiym (Romans) 8:

2 For the Towrah (law) of the Ruwach (Spirit) of life in Messiah Yahuwshuwa has made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law [in stone tablets] could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohiym sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the Towrah (law) might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Ruwach (Spirit).

The Apostle Shauwl (Paul) explained in his epistle to the Romans that the Towrah was unable to save us because it was incompatible with our hearts in the form of stone. YaHuWaH wanted Yisra’el
to receive the marriage agreement by his own voice rather than in stone tablets.

Their only salvation was to be given a “new heart” so that they would be able to obey the covenant. Originally, YaHuWaH wanted Yisra’el to receive his instructions by learning to hear his voice directly for themselves, but they refused (Exodus 20:19). 

This is precisely why YaHuWaH had to make a “Renewed Covenant” whereby we are given the power of the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) who enables us to keep the Towrah (Mosaic Law). 

The first set of stone tablets upon which were written the “Ten Commandments,” were broken after Mosheh (Moses) returned from Mount Sinai to find Yisra’el committing adultery with the molten calf. 

Moses later returned to receive a “Renewed Covenant” with the second set of stone tablets. The second set of stone tablets contained the very same “Ten Commandments,” only they were deposited into the Ark of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 10:4-5). 

This deposit of the commandments was a prophetic picture of the future of the “Day of Pentecost” (Shabuwoth or Feast of Weeks) seen in Acts chapter 2, when the commandments would be written upon the hearts of the people and they would be able to finally hear his voice in their own language. The Towrah (Mosaic Law) would finally be written in their hearts instead of in stone tablets: 

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

The first covenant or decree that the evil Haman devised against the Yahuwdiy (Jews) would certainly lead to death. Similarly, the first Mosaic Covenant would doom us all to death without the blood atonement of Messiah, because in our flesh, no man is able to keep it.

In order to give us the power to overcome the sinful nature, a “Renewed Covenant” was given to us. Likewise, Esther was instrumental in bringing about a “renewed decree” which enabled the Yahuwdiym (Jews) the power to defend themselves in the war between the Persians.

Esther risked her life as she fasted and prayed for three days and three nights, just as Yahuwshuwa our Messiah gave his life for us when he was “Three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40) before resurrecting from the dead.

On the third day of her fast (Esther 5:1), Esther asked for the life of her people before her husband, King Ahasuerus, just as Yahuwshuwa asked for the life of his people, Yisra’el before his Heavenly Father on the third day following his three days in the heart of the earth.

Yahuwshuwa went into the lowest parts of the earth and preached the good news of the kingdom to all the saints who had died under the Mosaic Covenant who were in the Bosom of Abraham (Luke 16). He also “gave gifts unto men” which is the gift of salvation (Ephesians 4:8-9).

On the third day after his Passover crucifixion, he resurrected on a feast day called “First Fruits” (Leviticus 23:17). 

He did not resurrect on “EASTER SUNDAY, as the Roman Catholic Church has falsely taught millions to believe. The name “Easter” is a Babylonian goddess of fertility who is said to go into the underworld for six months out of the year, only to resurrect in the “East” at the Vernal or Spring Equinox. 

Esther’s cousin Mordecai charged her not to reveal in the palace of King Ahasuerus that she was a Yahuwdiyah (Jewess). Thus she concealed her true name “Hadassah and took on the Babylonian name “Easter” or Ishtar.

Yahuwshuwa acted as our High Priest in the heavenly Temple, as he waved the “First Fruits” of the harvest of men’s souls on the third day, offering them before the Father in Heaven. 

Lots Were Cast for Messiah’s Garment & Lots Were Cast for the Best Time to Kill the Jews 

In the same way that our Messiah was an intercessor for his people, Esther also asked for the life of her people before her king. Even though King Ahasuerus could not reverse the evil decree that was forged against the Jews, he granted that the Yahuwdiym (Jews) would be allowed to fight against their enemies. 

As a result, they “crushed and brought to nothing” the wicked plans of Satan that was against them. The word “Puwriym” and the root word “Puwr” are seen in the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance as follows:

#6332 Puwr poor also (plural) Puwriym {poo-reem}; or Puriym {poo-reem}; from 6331; a lot (as by means of a broken piece):--Pur, Purim.

#6331 puwr poor a primitive root; to crush:--break, bring to nought, utterly take.

It’s rather puzzling that the root word for puwr means “to cast the lot,” while the plural word “Puwriym” means “to crush, to bring to nothing.” These words seem totally unrelated, dont they? 

The only parallel that we can draw from these seemingly unrelated words is found in the Towrah:

Leviticus 16:8 He is to cast lots for the two goats---one lot for YHWH and the other for the scapegoat.

The High Priest in the Temple would cast lots on Yom Kippur for the twin goats, to see which would be sacrificed, and which one would be sent away as the scapegoat. The lots were made of smooth stones. The result of stoning somebody to death would mean they were “crushed and brought to nothing.” The death penalty for most sins in the Mosaic Law (Towrah) was “stoning.” 

The men who were under the authority of Haman cast lots or “puwr” to find out when it was a “lucky” time to destroy the Yahuwdiym (Jews). They consulted the “Lots” as if consulting a fortune teller: 

Hadassah (Esther) 3:7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Puwr, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. 

Another parallel that we can draw from the story of Esther to the gospel, is the Roman Soldiers casting lots for the garment of Yahuwshuwa while he hung on the tree.

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

Tehilliym (Psalm) 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture

The Hebrew word for part is defined in the Hebrew Concordance as follows:

#H2505 chalaq khaw-lak' a primitive root; to be smooth (figuratively); by implication (as smooth stones were used for lots) to apportion or separate:--deal, distribute, divide, flatter, give, take away a portion, receive, separate.

*Note: there is a hint here, about the parting of Messiah’s garment. Can you guess where else in scripture someone’s garment was torn in pieces? In 1st Kings 11:30-33, the prophet Ahiyahuw took the brand new garment of Jeroboam and he divided it into twelve pieces for the twelve tribes of Yisra’el. 

This action was meant to signify that King Solomon’s kingdom would be divided in half because of his idolatry. Ten of the tribes would be ruled by King Jeroboam, and the other two tribes (Benjamin & Judah) would be ruled by King Rehoboam. 

In John 19:24, the Roman soldiers decided not to tear the garment of our Messiah! Why? Because our Messiah restored the unity of the twelve tribes of Yisra’el through his blood sacrifice! When he returns to set up his earthly kingdom, he will rebuild the Tabernacle of David, and all twelve tribes will be united once again!

The soldiers that casted lots for his garment were intending to tear it, but changed their minds and did not rend it. The word “parted” simply means they gambled for his robe among themselves. Do you remember the Prodigal Son, in Luke 15? After he repented, and returned home, his father killed the “fatted calf” (symbolic of our Messiah as the Red Heifer). In Luke 15:22, his father “Brought forth the best robe, and put it on him.” 

This is a hint of the restored sons being given “A white robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10; Revelation 6:11; 7:9, 13, 14). The Jews in Persia were scheduled for annihilation, but instead of being “torn in pieces,” they were granted permission to defend themselves, just as those garments that were going to be torn, but were not in the end.

Our Messiah was fulfilling the pattern of the Yom Kippur twin goats for both houses of Yisra’el when he was crucified. The casting of the lots that was traditionally to be done by the High Priest, was done by the gentiles to show Jerusalem that their Temple would soon be destroyed by the Romans. 

Additionally, their kingdom would be taken away from them. But this time, the garment was not divided, because our Messiah would return to restore and reunited the divided kingdom in the future. This is why his garment was not divided.

The same pattern of casting lots is seen in the book of Esther, signifying that the Jews in Persia were like the Yom Kippur twin goats. One the one hand, they represented the scapegoat, because they were blamed for Mordecai’s failure to bow to Haman. 

On they other hand, they also represented the sacrificial goat, because they were scheduled for death. And so the decree was given that the Persians were to attack the Yahuwdiym (Jews) on a certain day:

Hadassah (Esther) 3:

13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Yahuwdiym (Jews), both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. 

14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day. 

15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

Now there is something that I would like to point out here. Once the king signed a decree with his own signet ring, nobody could reverse that decree, not even the king himself.

This goes to show us that a covenant given by our King, YaHuWaH can never be reversed or broken. Once Yah made a covenant with the children of Yisra’el, he will not break it even if they do. 

The Mosaic Covenant, no matter how holy and just it was, it was “against us” because our sinful human nature is unable to live up to the perfect Towrah of YaHuWaH. The curses that are written in Deuteronomy 28 for breaking the commandments of YaHuWaH were against us, but our Messiah blotted out the curses (not the law itself).

It is for this reason, that a renewed covenant was given to us so that the Towrah (Mosaic Law) would be written in our hearts and minds, thereby giving us the power to obey it. 

Our Messiah did not blot out the Law of Moses, as many falsely believe and teach. He instead blotted out the handwriting” of man-made ordinances (dogma, man-made laws, traditions of the Pharisees). These man-made decrees were “against us” because they keep us in bondage to human ordinances which prevent us from being obedient to the commandments of YaHuWaH. 

The sinful human nature is what inspired these “commandments and doctrines of men” but our Messiah blotted out, and nailed this sinful nature to the cross---not the Towrah (Mosaic Law)! 

Qolasiym (Colossians) 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

The Greek word here for “ordinances” is “dogma” which means “a decree, doctrine of public decrees, of the Roman Senate, of rulers.”

But it can also mean: “the rules and requirements of the law of Moses; carrying a suggestion of severity and of threatened judgment.”

What was this “handwriting” that was “blotted out?”

In Numbers 5:29, we learn about something called the “Law of Jealousy” for when a wife has committed adultery on her husband and it is hidden from his eyes. The wife must drink bitter water that is mixed with dust from the floor of the Temple. Then the priest is commanded to write the curses against her in a book and then blot out the curses with the bitter water.

Bemidbar (Numbers) 5:23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

The wife would then drink the cup of bitter water and if she was guilty of adultery, her thigh would rot and her belly would swell. But if she was not guilty, she would be free from any curse and then she would conceive.

In the same way that King Ahasuerus issued a man-made decree that was against the Yahuwdiym (the Jewish people), so our Messiah also blotted out the handwriting of man-made laws (dogma) which was against us. These “doctrines &commandments of men” were the laws invented by institutional religion that kept us from coming near to the Temple of Elohiym so that we could hear the Towrah, repent and be saved! 

It was because the House of Yisra’el became an adulterous, that these man-made laws were invented to keep her out of the Temple. But YaHuWaH did not sanction these man-made laws. He instead wanted the lost sheep to return back to him and back to his covenant. 

This is why our Messiah came to earth. He acted as the priest who blotted out the handwriting of curses that were written in the book of remembrance against Yisra’el for her harlotry.

The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) was taken captive into Persia because of their idolatry and adultery against YaHuWaH in the first place. The man-made decrees from Haman were against them to destroy them. 

Esther interceded on behalf of her people and made an appeal to her husband who in turn added an addendum to the decree to allow for the Yahuwdiym (Jews) to defend themselves against the Persians. 

Afterward, a “new decree” was written by Esther and Mordecai commanding the Yahuwdiym (Jews) to celebrate their victory over this evil decree from year to year. Hence, Esther was used to “blot out” the old decrees invented by men (along with the curses), as she then brought in a new decree whereby their victory over Satan would forever be remembered as a monument of how YaHuWaH answered their prayers.

The law in stone tablets given to Moses, was holy, and just but nevertheless it was incompatible with our old sinful nature. Therefore, a new nature was given to us, whereby we are now able to obey the Mosaic Law (Towrah) by the power of the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Yahuwshuwa gave us a Renewed Covenant which is imparted to us by the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) who writes the Law of Moses (Towrah) in our hearts and in our minds (Jeremiah 31:31-33, Hebrews 8:10, 10:16).

Haman Paid Money to Betray the House of Judah & Judas Was Paid Money to Betray the Messiah 

It is no small coincidence that the Greek translation for the name Yahuwdah (Judah) is Judas, and he represents the Jews in Persia who were scheduled for annihilation. Judah (Judas) had no idea that his payment to betray the King of the Jews, the Messiah would cost him his own life by hanging. Similarly, Haman also was hung on the gallows following his betrayal of the Yahuwdiym (Jews) in Persia.

When the news came that the Jewish people were going to be destroyed on the 13th day of the 12th month of Adar, Queen Esther’s cousin Mordecai made a plea asking her to go on behalf of her people before her husband King Ahasuerus:

Hadassah (Esther) 4:

7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Yahuwdiym (Jews), to destroy them. 

8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

You will notice that Haman paid money into the king’s treasury in exchange for having him sign this evil decree against the Yahuwdiym (Jews). The same thing happened when Judas was paid a sum of money to betray Yahuwshuwa to the High Priests and the Roman soldiers.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 27:

3 Then Yahuwdah (Judah, Judas), which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.

King Ahasuerus was not able to reverse this decree once he signed it with his own signet ring. Therefore, a “renewed decree” had to be issued enabling the Yahuwdiym (Jews) to defend themselves against their enemies.

This goes to show us that YaHuWaH did not do away with the Mosaic Covenant as many Christians have falsely been taught to believe. Instead, the Mosaic Covenant has been “ratified” or “renewed.” 

An “addendum” was added (waw) to the Mosaic Covenant in the same way that King Ahasuerus allowed Esther to issue an “addendum” to the decree first issued by Haman using his ring.

The first decree was “against us” because it was a death sentence. But the new decree did not cancel out the old decree. The new decree added a clause that stated that the Yahuwdiym (Jews) could defend themselves. In the same way, YaHuWaH presented a Renewed Covenant which would enable us to “fight the good fight of faith (1st Timothy 6:12).

After the Yahuwdiym (Jews) won the victory over their enemies, Queen Esther pronounced a yearly feast to be kept forever called Puwriym” which means “to crush.” The Yahuwdiym (Jews) celebrated the fact that through their intercessor, Esther, they were able to crush the plans of Satan who had wickedly plotted against them.

We can see a picture of our Messiah in the story of Queen Esther as we celebrate the fact that through him, believers are granted the ability to “crush the head of the serpent” (Genesis 3:15). Those who have faith in Yahuwshuwa have the victory over all his wicked devices!

Messiah Temporarily Forsaken by the Father in Heaven & Esther Temporarily Forsaken by her Husband

When Messiah hung on the tree, he felt as if the Father in Heaven had completely forsaken him. He even quoted a Messianic prophecy about himself from Psalms 22: 

Tehilliym (Psalm) 22:1 My EL, my EL, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Of course the Heavenly Father had not really forsaken him, however, it merely felt that way while he hung there on the tree. Because he had to take upon his body the curse of sin and death, the Father had to hide his face from him. YaHuWaH is too holy to be in the presence of sin. 

Likewise, Esther felt as if she had been forsaken by her husband Ahasuerus when he failed to call upon her for thirty days (Esther 4:11). The sentence for appearing before the king uninvited was death, and so the same thing is true with our Father in Heaven. We cannot approach his throne lightly with sin in our lives. If the High Priest in the Temple went into the Holy of Holies unworthily he could die on the spot!

Hadassah (Esther) 4:11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

Both Esther and Yahuwshuwa Messiah felt as if they were forsaken for a moment but at the proper time, they both found grace in the eyes of YaHuWaH to approach the throne of the king to save their people! In this story, the wicked Haman built a gallows from a “tree” (symbolic of the cross) intending to hang Mordecai on it. But Haman’s plan soon backfired when his plot was discovered. King Ahasuerus asked Haman what should be done to show honor to a man whom the king had found favor with (Esther 6:6).

Mordecai Honored by Ahasuerus & Messiah Honored by his Heavenly Father                      

Haman suggested having the man wear the king’s robe and also having him ride the king’s horse around the city before all of the people. Haman thought that the king intended to honor him, but the king intended to honor Mordecai the Yahuwdiym (Jew) because Mordecai saved the life of the king when two of his chamberlains had plotted to kill King Ahasuerus. 

When Mordecai overheard their conversation, he relayed their plot to Queen Esther who then informed the king and prevented his assassination. Mordecai’s deed of saving the king had been recorded in the chronicles but had gone unnoticed until one night when the king could not sleep he requested to read the chronicles. When Mordecai’s good deed was brought to the king’s attention, he then determined to reward Mordecai. He asked Haman what should be done for such a man whom the king desired to honor. Haman then gave his answer:

Hadassah (Esther) 6:

7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honour, 

Let the royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: 

9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delights to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honour. 

Here is a picture of our Messiah when he rode through Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt four days before his crucifixion. The people “proclaimed him” just as Mordecai was proclaimed before the people that he was honored by the king:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 21:

4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 

5 Tell you the daughter of Tziyown (Zion), Behold, your King comes unto you, meek, and sitting upon an donkey, and a colt the foal of a donkey. 

6 And the disciples went, and did as Yahuwshuwa commanded them, 

7 And brought the donkey, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 

8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 

9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of Dawiyd (David): Blessed is he that comes in the name of YHWH; Hosanna in the highest. 

And he will do it again at his second coming: 

Chazown (Revelation) 19:

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. 

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

The name written that no man knew but he himself is revealed only four verses later as it is written upon his thigh as “King of Kings & Master of Masters.” The reason why it says that no man knows this name (but he, himself), is because the Greek word for “know” means “to perceive or understand,” and the Greek word for “name” can also mean “a title or an office.”

Esther Had a Hidden Name & Messiah Had a Hidden Name

Now there is something that I want to point out here concerning the name that “no man knew but he himself” (Revelation 19:12). Our Messiah’s name has been hidden for centuries as the Gentiles have given him a pagan name J’zeus (Jesus) which means “Hail Zeus.” To see more evidence for this, go to my other article

Queen Esther also had a hidden name. Her real name was Hadassah, but her cousin Mordecai told her not to reveal to anyone that she was a Yahuwdiyah (Jewess) and he told her to go by the name of Esther. The name Esther comes from the pagan goddess of fertility named “Easter or Ishtar.” 

This goes to show, that our Messiah also was given a pagan name for a season, but later on in history, his true Hebrew name was destined to be revealed as seen in Zephaniah 3:9 & Hosea 2:16-17. The name Mordecai also means “Worshiper of Mars.” Some people use the fact that Esther & Mordecai had pagan names as so-called “proof” that the book of Esther should not be in the Bible. 

However, when the people of Yisra’el were in exile in the heathen nations, they were given pagan names!

*Examples: Yahuwceph (Joseph) was changed to Zaphenath-panea by Pharaoh; Daniel’s name was changed to Belteshazzar; Hananiah, to Shadrach; Mishael, to Meshach; and Azariah, to Abednego.

Why should it surprise people that our Messiah’s name (Yahuwshuwa) was changed by the pagan masses to “Jesus” and Hadassah’s name was changed to “Esther?”

Esther’s name means “hidden” because she was sent by YaHuWaH to a heathen or gentile nation “incognito” under a “hidden” name and identity. Similarly, Joseph was sent to Egypt under a hidden name and identity. Our Messiah also was preached to the gentiles under a hidden name as well.

YaHuWaH knew that Esther would have to take on a pagan name in order to go “incognito” (undercover) to save her people. Messiah did the very same thing as he has been hidden under a Greco-Roman identity with a Greek name J’zeus. 

But now, as the latter days draw near, Messiah’s name and true identity is coming to light. People are beginning to call him by his real Hebrew name, Yahuwshuwa (Joshua) as they are beginning to see him as a Yahuwdiy (Jew)!

Haman & Ten Sons Hung on the Gallows & Messiah Hung on a Tree for Ten Tribes

The gallows that Haman intended to hang Mordecai on ended up being used to hang him and his ten sons. Once King Ahasuerus found out about Haman’s wicked plot, he ordered that the gallows which Haman had built for Mordecai would be used to hang him and his sons instead (Esther 9:10). The disciple who betrayed our Messiah named Judas or Judah also hung himself as he is a picture of Haman.

In the same way, Satan thought he would destroy Messiah on the cross, but instead, Yahuwshuwa resurrected and Satan’s kingdom (the ten horns on the Beast) was defeated on that cross! Haman is a picture of the Antichrist, and his ten sons represent the “ten horns” on the beast in Revelation 13. 

These “ten horns” are ten nations or political powers that will seek to destroy the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) and the House of Yisra’el in these last days. 

Not only that, but in Matthew 15:24 we find out that our Messiah had come specifically for “The Lost Sheep of the House of Yisrael.” In 1st Kings 12 we read about how the Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el split up into two separate nations. 

The House of Judah (Jews) were then ruled under King Rehoboam and the House of Yisra’el (called Ephrayim) was ruled by King Jeroboam. Since that time, the “Two Houses of Yisrael” (Isaiah 8:14) continue to be at odds with one another. In Ephesians 2:15, Paul stated that our Messiah came to “abolish in his flesh the enmity” (hatred) between these two groups in order to make of both (Jews & Gentiles) “one new man.” 

Even though the work was accomplished on the cross by our Messiah, the outworking of this unification of the both houses of Yisrael has been going on since he resurrected in 30 A.D. The final fulfillment of this will happen in Ezekiel 37 in the last days when the two houses of Yisrael will become one family again (one bride, one stick, one house, one olive tree) when they are resurrected out of their graves! 

And so the very thing that Satan intended to use against our Messiah was actually used to destroy his own kingdom! The cross, like Haman’s gallows was intended by Satan to destroy the plans of our Creator. He thought that he was going to destroy our Messiah and thus prevent the salvation of Yisra’el, his covenant people. But instead the gallows and the cross were both used to destroy Satan and his kingdom!

The Scepter of Judah Given to Messiah & The King’s 
Scepter Given to Esther

When Queen Esther went before the King after three days and three nights of fasting, she pleaded with him for the life of her people the Yahuwdiym (Jews). As we can see, there is a prophetic fulfillment going on here of the “scepter” given to the House of Judah in Genesis 49:10 which was now being extended to Esther the Yahuwdiyah (Jewess) by King Ahasuerus:

Hadassah (Esther) 5:2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

Hadassah (Esther) 8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king.

You will notice that a very important prophecy was being fulfilled here! What prophecy am I referring to? Ya’aqob (Jacob), who was later given the new name Yisra’el” by YaHuWaH himself, prophesied over his 4th son born to him by Leah. His name was Yahuwdah (Judah). Listen to what he tells the son named Yahuwdah (Judah), who would later on become a tribe of people known as “Yahuwdiym” (Jews):

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 49:

8 Yahuwdah (Judah), you are he whom your brethren shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. 

9 Yahuwdah (Judah) is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Yahuwdah (Judah), nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

What are we seeing here? We are seeing that Queen Esther is being given the “scepter” that belongs to the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah)! Her king and husband Ahasuerus is a prophetic picture of the Heavenly Father extending to her the “authority” or the “scepter” to make decrees! 

Yowb (Job) 22:28 You shall also decree thingand it shall be established unto you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.

Yahuwdah (Judah) is a lawgiver, and Esther the Yahuwdiyah (Jewess) was from the House of Judah, of the Tribe of Benjamin. Her cousin Mordecai was also given the authority by YaHuWaH to make a decree, that this feast called “Puwriym” should be remembered every year as a memorial for the House of Yahuwdah (Judah).

In the end, the king gave the house of the enemy to Esther, just as the Heavenly Father gave Satan’s Kingdom to Yahuwshuwa. The king gave his ring (symbolic of his power of attorney) to Mordecai as a symbol of the Father giving his authority to Yahuwshuwa.

Hadassah (Esther) 8:

1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Yahuwdiy (Jew’s) enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. 

2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

Haman’s Estate Given to Mordecai & Satan’s Kingdom Given to Messiah 

In this story, King Ahasuerus represents the Heavenly Father, and Haman represents Satan. Mordecai represents the spirit of Messiah (the Holy Spirit). Esther represents the physical person of Yahuwshuwa Messiah himself as well as the “bride of Messiah” or the “body” of Messiah. The true remnant in the body of Messiah are being called out now like Esther to lay down their lives for the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) people. 

When King Ahasuerus took the ring away from Haman and gave it to Mordecai (representing his authority) this is a picture of the Father handing down his authority to the Son (Yahuwshuwa) who then took away the keys from Satan, (Revelation 1:18) and then he in turn handed down his authority to his followers the “keys to the kingdom.” 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 16:19 And I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Luqas (Luke) 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

When Yahuwshuwa went back to heaven after he resurrected, he gave his ministry over to the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit):

Yahuwchanon (John) 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me

Yahuwchanon (John) 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

King Ahasuerus his gave authority to Esther just as the Father in Heaven gave his authority to Yahuwshuwa. In turn, Esther handed that authority to Mordecai, who is a “type” of the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Yahuwshuwa proclaimed in the above verses that he would send the Holy Spirit to continue his work. 

Luqas (Luke) 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

The Scepter of Judah Given to Esther to Write Decrees 

To this day, the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) celebrates this time as decreed by two chosen vessels of YaHuWaH (Esther & Mordecai). If your heart is circumcised and you have the Ruwach (Spirit) of YaHuWaH in you, then you are joined to the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) according to Romans 2:28. Those who are born-again believers in Yahuwshuwa Messiah are now joined to him and his Tribe called “Yahuwdah” (Judah).

Hadassah (Esther) 9:

15 For the Yahuwdiym (Jews) that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand. 

16 But the other Yahuwdiym (Jews) that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey, 

17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 

18 But the Yahuwdiym (Jews) that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 

19 Therefore the Yahuwdiym (Jews) of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another. 

20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Yahuwdiym (Jews) that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both near and far

21 To establish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, 

22 As the days wherein the Yahuwdiym (Jews) rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. 

23 And the Yahuwdiym (Jews) undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; 

24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Yahuwdiym (Jews), had devised against the Yahuwdiym (Jews) to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; 

25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Yahuwdiym (Jews), should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. 

26 Wherefore they called these days Puwriym after the name of Puwr. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, 

27 The Yahuwdiym (Jews) ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; 

28 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Puwriym should not fail from among the Yahuwdiym (Jews), nor the memorial of them perish from their seed. 

29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Yahuwdiym (Jew), wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Puwriym. 

30 And he sent the letters unto all the Yahuwdiy (Jews), to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 

31 To confirm these days of Puwriym in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Yahuwdiym (Jew) and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry. 

32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Puwriym; and it was written in the book.

The Scepter of Yahuwdah (Judah) had been extended once again by the mighty hand of YaHuWaH through the earthly King Ahasuerus as he handed his authority to Esther and Mordechai.

This means that YaHuWaH gives his children the scepter to rule over their enemies!

Tehilliym (Psalm) 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Should the Book of Esther Be in the Bible?

There are some people who have tried to suggest that the book of Esther should not be in the Bible because they say that the name of our Creator is not mentioned in there even once. But did you know that the name of our Creator the “I AM” (HaYaH) is encoded in the book of Esther 19 times? Yes it is! 

The same name that he revealed to Mosheh at the burning bush in Exodus 3:14-15 is “I am that I am” which can also mean “I will be who I will be” or “He who causes to exist.” This name is listed in the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance as “HaYaH” which is #H1961, and it also means “to be, to exist, to breathe, to cause to exist.” This name HaYaH is seen 19 times in the book of Esther!

The Paleo Pictograph Letters are seen below from right to left: Hey, Yod, Hey which means the following: the breath, the arm, the breath. 

The Hebrew letter “Yod” is a picture of “the arm,” and it describes a metaphor of our Messiah who is called by Isaiah “The arm of YaHuWaH” (Isaiah 51:9, Isaiah 53:1, John 12:38). 

The letter “Hey” means “the breath or spirit” of Elohiym. YaHuWaH breathed into Adam the breath of life, and it is by his spirit that we have life. 

In the book of Esther, every time you see the phrase “And it came to pass that phrase is simply one word: #1961, HaYaH which means “he who causes to be.” What this means is that HaYaH (I AM) caused the Book of Esther to exist!

Esther’s name means “hidden,” and it also means “star.” She is a picture of how our Messiah has remained hidden until the appointed time. 

At the very end of the book of Revelation, (chapter 22, verse 16), he finally revealed himself as the 
bright & morning star! Esther went into the Persian Empire under a “hidden name, and so did our Messiah go into the Gentile nations under a “hidden name” in order to save his own people, Yisra’el. 

In Revelation 1:8, the Greek translation says that our Messiah is the “Alpha & Omega” which means “the first and last letter of the Greek Alphabet.” However, the book of Revelation was first written in the Hebrew tongue, before being translated into Greek. 

Therefore, he revealed himself to John as “The Aleph & Taw,”  the first and last letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. In the book of Esther, these Paleo Hebrew Pictographs of “The Aleph & Taw” are encoded 81 times!

The “Aleph & Taw” is a picture of the “Red Heifer” or the head of an ox, being sacrificed on “Two Sticks” (the cross). These letters are found thousands of times in the Tankah (Old Testament), beginning with Genesis 1:1. Below is an illustration of the esword program with Paleo Hebrew fonts, showing that Elohiym created the Aleph & Taw, the Hebrew Alphabet before he even created heaven and earth!

In the Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, these letters are spelled out as a word which is #H853 “eyth.” The definition of this word simply means “sign of the definite direct object.” When you see these two letters in the scriptures, it represents our Messiah, who is the first an the last! He is the red heifer nailed to two sticks or the cross!

In Hosea 10:11 The House of Ephraim (the ten divorced tribes) are likened unto a “Red Heifer.” Our Messiah fulfilled not only the Passover Lamb sacrifice for the “firstborn,” but he also fulfilled the sacrifice of the “Red Heifer,” for the outcasts.

In some instances, we also find the letter “Waw” in between the Aleph & Taw. The “Waw” symbolizes “the nail.” When these three letters appear altogether, we get a complete picture of “the red heifer, the nail, and the cross! 

The waw (nail) is a connector, and it reveals that his blood covenant is what holds the house (or tent) of Yisra’el together. The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) wrote in Ephesians 2:15-16 that his sacrifice made the Two Houses of  Yisra’el (Jewish & Gentile followers of Messiah) one new man!” Paul also wrote that Messiah has made both (Jew & Gentile) “one body by the cross!” (Ephesians 2:16).

In the 9th chapter, (when Esther is giving the decree) to remember “Puwriym” (which means to crush the plans of Satan), there are Twelve “Aleph & Taw’s in that one chapter for the Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el! 

To learn more, see my other article entitled: The Aleph & Taw: The Red Heifer & The Two Sticks

The Father has revealed has hidden his name in the book of Esther as “HaYaH 16 times. He has also hidden our Messiah in the book of Esther with the Hebrew letters of “Aleph & Taw” 81 times.

Therefore, every time we see the phrase “and it came to pass” in the book of Esther, the Heavenly Father is revealing to us his name! 

In other words “He who causes to be” wrote to book of Esther, for his signature is all over the book!

While the Name of YaHuWaH יהוה is mysteriously absent from the short version of Esther, it does appear in the longer version of the book of Esther.

In the Masoretic Text, the Name of YaHuWaH יהוה does appear encoded in the Hebrew text at four transitional points of the story, showing us that YHWH is guiding the events of the book (a point made more plain in the long version of the Book of Esther). 

The Name of YaHuWaH יהוה appears encoded in the Hebrew text of Esther through what is called “Notarikon.” A Notarikon is an acronym; anagram or acrostic. Taking the first or last letters of the words of a phrase and joining them to make a new word or, conversely, expanding a word into a phrase. The first is found in Esther 1:20:

And when the king’s decree which he shall make, shall be published throughout all his kingdom, great though it be: all the wives will give to their husbands honor, both to great and small (Esther 1:20 HRV).

It was this decree that ultimately brought Esther before the throne of the King, thus saving the Jewish people. Now if we look at the phrase “all the wives will give,” in the Hebrew we find that the first letter of each word spells out YHWH יהוה backwards because YHWH יהוה is over ruling and reversing the wisdom of man. 

Whereas it was man’s intention that this decree causes women to do the will of men, YHWH would ultimately use it to have the King do the will of Esther. Next, we come to Esther 5:4 And Esther said, 

If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day, unto the banquet that I have prepared for him (Esther 5:4 HRV).

Now if we look at the phrase “let the king and Haman come this day,” in the Hebrew we find that first letter of each word spells YHWH יהוה going forward because YHWH’s hand was upon this feast, that He might defeat Haman. 

Next, we come to Esther 5:13:

Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordekhai the Jew, sitting at the king’s gate (Esther 5:13 HRV).

If we look at the phrase “Yet all this avails me nothing” in the Hebrew, we see that the last letter of each word spells YHWH יהוה backwards. The final letters are used because this is the beginning of the end of Haman’s plot. 

The Name is backwards, because YHWH יהוה is turning back Haman’s plot. Next, we come to Esther 7:7:

And the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine, and went into the palace garden: but Haman remained to make request for his life to Ester the queen, for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king (Esther 7:7 HRV).

If we look at the phrase “that there was evil determined against him,” in the Hebrew we will see that the last letter of each word spells YHWH יהוה forward. The final letters are backwards, because Haman’s plot had come to an end, and forwards because YHWH was moving the plans of Esther and Mordechai forward. 

These four occurrences of the Name of YHWH יהוה in Notarikon, show that YHWH יהוה was behind the events, and guiding the plans of Esther and Mordechai forward:

Then spoke the king Achashverosh and said unto Ester the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that dares presume in his heart to do so? (Esther 7:5 HRV). 

If we look at the Hebrew “is he, and where is he,” we see that the Masoretic Text makes the final letters of each word larger, spelling the Notarikon “AHYHA” which is the same backwards and forwards “I AM” one of the names of YHWH יהוה (Exodus 2:23-25; 3:14-15). 

The Name is made from the final letters, so that YHWH יהוה shows that unlike Hamen, YHWH יהוה does have the authority and power to reverse the decrees of a King. Thus, we see that while YHWH יהוה is never mentioned in the short version of Esther, He is ever present working behind the scenes in the original Hebrew.

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