The depth to which our nation is sinking is acutely set forth in the forthcoming coronation of ‘Charles and Camilla’ in Westminster Abbey, a place linked to the translation of the incomparable Authorised Version of the Holy Scriptures and the compilation of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Of course the Abbey has long been the scene of desecration at the hand of the Romanising clerics of the Church of England.
Saturday, 6th May will see that desecration reach new depths.
Sincerely in Christ’s name,
CELEBRATE THE CORONATION OF AN ADULTERER AND AN ADULTERESS?? . . . . . I THINK NOT!
“And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence,” Esther 3:2.
There is an honour that is due to “kings, and for all that are in authority”, (1 Timothy 2:2) but it does not entail such an honouring of sin by showing endorsement of their immorality.
Paul the apostle in speaking to Felix, showed due deference. “Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,” Acts 24:10.
Nevertheless, when opportunity was given him later to witness to Felix, Paul did not hesitate to deal with the very matters about which the wicked Felix needed to hear. “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee,” Acts 24:24-25. “Righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come” were the very subjects that Felix need to consider. He was in an adulterous marriage with a woman notorious for her libidinous ways.
Due honour does not mean turning a ‘blind eye’ to sin.
1. Mordecai would not bow and reverence Haman for he was a hater of the Jews and a Gentile who came from a very evil ancestry, being of the lineage of Agag, an Amalekite. “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,” Esther 3:1. He was of that nation which God had obliged the Israelites to abhor and oppose from generation to generation; and therefore he did not show outward respect to a man whom he did and ought inwardly to contemn. “Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation,” Exodus 17:16.
There has come to the throne in our nation a couple who are united in an unholy marriage. The details of the adulterous lifestyle of Charles and Camilla have been publicly disclosed in the national press for years past for all who wished to read it!
There is a brazenness about their union that makes the proceedings in Westminster Abbey on May 6th, a most wicked blasphemy. For any citizen to join in the chorus of ‘homage’ to the new king as has been suggested in the press with headlines such as: Call for millions to take part in ‘Homage of the People’ to King Charles at the coronation, is to give allegiance to one who is daily living in rebellion against God.
Indeed, it is I believe a foreshadowing of that future giving of allegiance to the one God calls the ‘Antichrist’!
2. Mordecai’s refusal to pay homage to Haman made him and his people, the target of a bitter hatred. “And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai,” Esther 3:5-6. Haman made plans to have every Jewish person, young and old, male and female slaughtered. “Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring. And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all 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. 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,” Esther 3:12-14.
Thus the enemies of the Jewish people were taking twelve months to prepare for this dreadful act of genocide against the Jewish race.
Hitler was not the first, nor will he be the last, to attempt such wickedness!
3. While the rage of evil men was stirred against the Jewish people, God intervened for their deliverance and the overthrowing of the wicked schemers. That which was planned as a day of extermination of the Jews became a day of retribution against their enemies.
“And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, to stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, as the days wherein the 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. And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; but when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, the 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; and that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed,” Esther 9:20-28.
To this day, the Jews commemorate ‘the feast of Purim’, though sadly, very few of them see the true significance of the mercy the Lord displayed all those years ago. (See ‘PURIM’ — Not just a day for Jewish remembrance and rejoicing!).
Any who stand with God against the growing evil of this age will inevitably feel something of the wrath that Mordecai and his people encountered. Paul wrote: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” 2 Timothy 3:12. As the wickedness, so readily and publicly given approval in the lives of Charles and Camilla, intensifies and expands, so the tolerance of the voice of protest and disapproval will become less and less.
The Saviour warned.: “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service,” John 16:1-2.
Christians need to recognise this and be aware of what lies ahead. “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you,” John 15:20.
How few believers seem ready to face such persecution and are seeking God’s grace for the dark hour that is drawing near! The reason for this is exactly the same as was the case of the unpreparedness of the disciples for the hatred and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. The Saviour’s response to the two on the road to Emmaus may quite properly be directed at many of today’s disciples.
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Luke 24:25-26.
Dear Christian, READ, STUDY and BELIEVE the words spoken by the prophets about these last days.
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
1st May 2023