‘PURIM’ — Not just a day for Jewish remembrance and rejoicing!

“‭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 9:28.

The true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has, in truth, more reason to remember this day of thanksgiving than does the average Jew today. The events remembered and celebrated took place in the year BC 510, according to the trustworthy calculations of the godly and strongly Protestant Archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher (4 January 1581 – 21 March 1656). This holy man, who aided our persecuted Presbyterian forefathers and favoured Presbyterian church polity, compiled a history of the world, “The Annals of the World”. His learning was widely admired and to this day great store is laid upon his chronology of the events of history since the creation.

Esther Denouncing Haman (1888) by Ernest Normand

Accepting Ussher’s date, the first’ Purim’ took place over two and a half millennia ago! This year ‘Purim’ will be celebrated by the Jewish people on 6th March. The celebration has become, in character, something like the so-called ‘Christmas’ celebrations amongst those who have but a ‘nodding acquaintance’ with the things of God.

Since the Lord Jesus Christ is rejected amongst most Jews, there is no true recognition of the One Who wrought the wonderful deliverance of the Jewish nation all those years ago.

One of the strange features of the Book of Esther is the absence of any mention of ‘God’ in the book, though the hand and providence of God may be most clearly seen in it! I take that absence as a providential foreshadowing of the absence of any mention of the true God in today’s celebrations of Purim.

The Lord Jesus Christ is indeed THE KING OF ISRAEL! It was His Kingly intervention all those years ago that preserved the Jewish people from the attempt by their enemies, led by Haman‭ the son‭ of Hammedatha‭ the Agagite‬‬‬ (Esther 9:24). It was He Who had watched over Abraham and all his descendants and is watching still, though now, in this time of retribution for their rejection and crucifixion of the Saviour, He watches to preserve them from utter destruction and will keep them until that day, in the near future, when He will reveal Himself unto them in saving mercy and grace, at His second coming. Zechariah, amongst many prophets, writes of that wonderful event.

“‭And it shall come to pass in that day‭, ‭that‭ I will seek‭‭ to destroy‭‭ all the nations‭ that come‭‭ against Jerusalem‭.‭ ‭And I will pour‭‭ upon the house‭ of David‭, and upon the inhabitants‭‭ of Jerusalem‭, the spirit‭ of grace‭ and of supplications‭: and they shall look‭‭ upon me whom they have pierced‭‭, and they shall mourn‭ for him, as one mourneth‭‭ for ‭his‭ only‭ ‭son‭, and shall be in bitterness‭‭ for him, as one that is in bitterness‭‭ for ‭his‭ firstborn‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 12:9-10.

In truth ‘Purim’ celebrates what was in fact a portent of that glorious day for which every believer awaits with joyful anticipation.

The story of ‘Purim’ is most wonderful and thrilling. As we read it we are surely made to see that within living memory the world has been made to watch the same wicked hatred of the Jewish people and the same ignominious overthrow of their enemies. I refer of course to the evil scheme of Adolf Hitler and his cohorts!

It was back on January 27th this year when the annual ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day’ was marked amongst many nations, recalling the slaughter of six millions Jews, systematically murdered by German Nazis and their allies. The date was decided upon in 1945 when on that date the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by allied soldiers, where so many perished most horribly, took place.

Please note:


She was the means God used to deliver His people. ‭Mordecai‬ said to her when the evil scheme of Haman‭‭ was known‬‬: “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Think‭‭ not with thyself‭ that thou shalt escape‭‭ in the king’s‭ house‭, more than all the Jews‭.‭ ‭For if thou altogether‭‭ holdest thy peace‭‭ at this time‭, ‭then‭ shall there enlargement‭ and deliverance‭ arise‭‭ to the Jews‭ from another‭ place‭; but thou and thy father’s‭ house‭ shall be destroyed‭‭: and who knoweth‭‭ whether thou art come‭‭ to the kingdom‭ for ‭such‭ a time‭ as this?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Esther 4:13-14. ‭Mordecai‭ ‬‬very obviously saw the wise providence of the Lord in the way his cousin, Hadassah‭, or‭‭, Esther‬‬‬ as we know her. (Esther 2:7), had been chosen and brought before the court of the king of the Medo-Persian empire.

‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Women have ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬always ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭had a central role in the purpose of God. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬I recently read again the chapters 1 and 2 of Luke’s gospel where Mary, the mother of the Saviour, is referred to. I was impressed afresh with the very obvious deep spirituality of this young woman.


1. The angels’ greeting of her. “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Hail‭‭, ‭thou that art‭ highly favoured‭‭, the Lord‭ ‭is‭ with‭ thee‭: blessed‭‭ ‭art‭ thou‭ among‭ women‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 1:28.‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

It is said here by the angel that Mary was:

‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Highly favoured. The term appears in only one other place and that is Ephesians 1:6. There it is translated as “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬To‭ the praise‭ of the glory‭ of his‭ grace‭, wherein‭‭ he hath made‭‭ us‭ accepted‭‭ in‭ the beloved‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬ To be accepted of the Lord speaks of reconciliation with God and justification from ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭our sins through the blood of Christ. As it was with the Ephesian believers of whom Paul says that they ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬were accepted‭‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‘‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬in‭ the beloved‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭’, that is in Christ, it is only ‘in Christ’ that we are found acceptable to God. “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Therefore‭ if any man‭ ‭be‭ in‭ Christ‭, ‭he is‭ a new‭ creature‭: old things‭ are passed away‭‭; behold‭‭, all things‭ are become‭‭ new‭,‭”‭‭‭‭‭‭ 2 Corinthians 5:17. As Paul goes on to say: “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬In‭ whom‭ we have‭‭ redemption‭ through‭ his‭ blood‭, the forgiveness‭ of sins‭, according‭ to the riches‭ of his‭ grace‭,‭”‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ Ephesians 1:7.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Mary was a young woman accepted by God as one justified by faith in, as it was in her case, a coming, promised Messiah.

‭‭‭‭‭‭‭The Lord was with her.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ She abode in the company and presence of the Lord. This was an honoured position to be in‭‭‭‭‭‭‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ but it is the portion of all who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. How that truth comforted Paul. “‭Then‭ spake‭‭ the Lord‭ to Paul‭ in‭ the night‭ by‭ a vision‭, Be‭‭ not‭ afraid‭‭, but‭ speak‭‭, and‭ hold‭‭ not‭ thy peace‭‭:‭ ‭for‭ I‭ am‭‭ with‭ thee‭, and‭ no man‭ shall set on‭‭ thee‭ to hurt‭‭ thee‭: for‭ I‭ have‭‭ much‭ people‭ in‭ this‭ city‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 18:9-10. What a strengthening was granted to Paul, facing the frightening prospect of preaching the gospel in a heathen city such as Corinth, such assurance of the Lord’s presence was!

Young people, please take note that Mary was likely in her late teens‭‭‭‭‭‭‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ but she enjoyed the presence and favour of God!

Blessed art thou among women. The first time this Greek word appears in our New Testament ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭is ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬in Matthew 5:44. “‭But‭ I‭ say‭‭ unto you‭, Love‭‭ your‭ enemies‭, bless‭‭ them that curse‭‭ you‭, do‭‭ good‭ to them that hate‭‭ you‭, and‭ pray‭‭ for‭ them which‭ despitefully use‭‭ you‭, and‭ persecute‭‭ you‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ It is set over against cursing. To ‘curse’ is to invoke, to wish evil upon a person. We can thus learn that to ‘bless’ is the very opposite. It is to pronounce good upon someone. Mary was one upon whom the Lord had pronounced a blessing. Again, she is illustrative of the converted sinner who by grace has been made a child of God. Two verses explain this. “‭‭‭‭‭‭Blessed‭ ‭is he whose‭ transgression‭ ‭is‭ forgiven‭‭, ‭whose‭ sin‭ ‭is‭ covered‭‭.‭ ‭Blessed‭ ‭is‭ the man‭ unto whom the LORD‭ imputeth‭‭ not iniquity‭, and in whose spirit‭ ‭there is‭ no guile‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 32:1-2. That is what it is to be blessed.

Mary mentions this mercy in the opening words of her very well known Magmificat. “‭And‭ Mary‭ said‭‭, My‭ soul‭ doth magnify‭‭ the Lord‭,‭ ‭and‭ my‭ spirit‭ hath rejoiced‭‭ in‭ God‭ my‭ Saviour‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 1:46-47.

I would that all Roman Catholics would carefully note the words of the mother of Christ. She speaks of the Lord as her SAVIOUR. That naturally indicates that Mary considered herself as one requiring salvation, she was a sinner but she had come to faith in the message of God’s mercy found in the testimony of the prophets of the Old Testament, words such as those found in Psalm 40: “‭Blessed‭ ‭is‭ that man‭ that maketh‭‭ the LORD‭ his trust‭, and respecteth‭‭ not the proud‭, nor such as turn aside‭‭ to lies‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 4. Or those in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 17. “‭Blessed‭‭ ‭is‭ the man‭ that trusteth‭‭ in the LORD‭, and whose hope‭ the LORD‭ is,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 7.

Mary was a ‘thinker’. It is repeatedly said that she thought deeply upon God’s Word and the events taking place around her. Consider these verses:

“‭And‭ the angel‭ came in‭‭ unto‭ her‭, and said‭‭, Hail‭‭, ‭thou that art‭ highly favoured‭‭, the Lord‭ ‭is‭ with‭ thee‭: blessed‭‭ ‭art‭ thou‭ among‭ women‭.‭ ‭And‭ when she saw‭‭ ‭him‭, she was troubled‭‭ at‭ his‭ saying‭, and‭ cast in her mind‭‭ what manner‭ of salutation‭ this‭ should be‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 1:28-29.

“‭And‭ all‭ they that heard‭‭ ‭it‭ wondered‭‭ at‭ those things which‭ were told‭‭ them‭‭ by‭ the shepherds‭.‭ ‭But‭ Mary‭ kept‭‭ all‭ these things‭‭, and pondered‭‭ ‭them‭ in‭ her‭ heart‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 2:18-19.

“And‭ he went down‭‭ with‭ them‭, and‭ came‭‭ to‭ Nazareth‭, and‭ was‭‭ subject‭‭ unto them‭: but‭ his‭ mother‭ kept‭‭ all‭ these‭ sayings‭ in‭ her‭ heart‭,‭”‭‭‭‭ Luke 2:51.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Mary is a lesson for all believers in the matter of meditating on the words and providences of God.

It is very obvious that Mary was very familiar with the Old Testament in the way she readily refers to its history in her ‘Song of praise’. For example, her words in Luke 1:51 indicate an acquaintance with Isaiah 51 and 59.

“‭He hath shewed‭‭ strength‭ with‭ his‭ arm‭; he hath scattered‭‭ the proud‭ in the imagination‭ of their‭ hearts‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 1:51.

“‭The LORD‭ hath made bare‭‭ his holy‭ arm‭ in the eyes‭ of all the nations‭; and all the ends‭ of the earth‭ shall see‭‭ the salvation‭ of our God‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 52:10.

“‭Behold‭, the LORD’S‭ hand‭ is not shortened‭‭, that it cannot save‭‭; neither his ear‭ heavy‭‭, that it cannot hear‭‭,” ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Isaiah 59:1.

She would have been familiar with and believed Isaiah 45:22. “‭Look‭‭ unto me, and be ye saved‭‭, all the ends‭ of the earth‭: for I ‭am‭ God‭, and ‭there is‭ none else.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Oh that those who claim to honour her would follow her example and familiarise themselves with and embrace the Word of God!


Let us note some features of the record given us in the story of God’s deliverance of Israel.

1. Those whom God did save were poor captives, under judgment for their sins. His wonder and merciful intervention was on behalf of a despised and hated people. There was nothing to commend them to God or to men!

They were enduring exile in the furthest reaches of the Medo-Persian empire because of their wicked rejection of God and His Truth. Many prophets had warned them of the consequences of their disobedience. Jeremiah was the last of those to do so before the judgment of God fell upon the nation.

“‭Zedekiah‭ ‭was‭ one‭ and twenty‭ years‭ old‭ when he began to reign‭‭, and he reigned‭‭ eleven‭‭ years‭ in Jerusalem‭. And his mother’s‭ name‭ ‭was‭ Hamutal‭ the daughter‭ of Jeremiah‭ of Libnah‭.‭ ‭And he did‭‭ ‭that which was‭ evil‭ in the eyes‭ of the LORD‭, according to all that Jehoiakim‭ had done‭‭.‭ ‭For through‭ the anger‭ of the LORD‭ it came to pass in Jerusalem‭ and Judah‭, till he had cast them out‭‭ from his presence‭, that Zedekiah‭ rebelled‭‭ against the king‭ of Babylon‭.‭ ‭And it came to pass in the ninth‭ year‭ of his reign‭‭, in the tenth‭ month‭, in the tenth‭ ‭day‭ of the month‭, ‭that‭ Nebuchadrezzar‭ king‭ of Babylon‭ came‭‭, he and all his army‭, against Jerusalem‭, and pitched‭‭ against it, and built‭‭ forts‭ against it round about‭.‭ ‭So‭‭ the city‭ was besieged‭ unto the eleventh‭‭ year‭ of king‭ Zedekiah‭.‭ ‭And in the fourth‭ month‭, in the ninth‭ ‭day‭ of the month‭, the famine‭ was sore‭‭ in the city‭, so that there was no bread‭ for the people‭ of the land‭.‭ ‭Then the city‭ was broken up‭‭, and all the men‭ of war‭ fled‭‭, and went forth‭‭ out of the city‭ by night‭ by the way‭ of the gate‭ between the two walls‭, which ‭was‭ by the king’s‭ garden‭; (now the Chaldeans‭ ‭were‭ by the city‭ round about‭:) and they went‭‭ by the way‭ of the plain‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭But the army‭ of the Chaldeans‭ pursued‭‭ after‭ the king‭, and overtook‭‭ Zedekiah‭ in the plains‭ of Jericho‭; and all his army‭ was scattered‭‭ from him.‭ ‭Then they took‭‭ the king‭, and carried him up‭‭ unto the king‭ of Babylon‭ to Riblah‭ in the land‭ of Hamath‭; where he gave‭‭ judgment‭ upon him.‭ ‭And the king‭ of Babylon‭ slew‭‭ the sons‭ of Zedekiah‭ before his eyes‭: he slew‭‭ also all the princes‭ of Judah‭ in Riblah‭.‭ ‭Then he put out‭‭ the eyes‭ of Zedekiah‭; and the king‭ of Babylon‭ bound‭‭ him in chains‭, and carried‭‭ him to Babylon‭, and put‭‭ him in prison‭‭ till the day‭ of his death‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jeremiah 52:1-11.

This was the people to whom the Lord extended His mercy and preserved from utter destruction by their enemies, some 75 years after the fall of Jerusalem and the beginning of their captivity, as related in the book of Esther.

So today, the message of God’s deliverance is likewise directed at a people utterly undeserving of His love and mercy. “‭But‭ God‭ commendeth‭‭ his‭ love‭ toward‭ us‭, in that‭, while we‭ were‭‭ yet‭ sinners‭, Christ‭ died‭‭ for‭ us‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Romans 5:8. Surely we can see the parallel!

2. A day was set for their final destruction. Their enemy, Haman the Agagite, had persuaded king‭ Ahasuerus‬ to issue a degree of the utter destruction of the Jews within his empire.“‭And the king‭ said‭‭ unto Haman‭, The silver‭ ‭is‭ given‭‭ to thee, the people‭ also, to do‭‭ with them as it seemeth‭ good‭ to thee.‭ ‭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,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Esther 3:11-13.

The animosity of the haters of the ancient people of God burns as fiercely still. You have only to consider the declaration of Iran, or Persia as it was once called, the very centre of the empire of king‭ Ahasuerus‬, which has vowed to annihilate Israel and wipe it from the map. This headline appeared on the website of CNN, back in November 10, 2014: “Iran leader’s call to ‘annihilate’ Israel sparks fury as nuclear deadline looms”. Again, we see the undying hatred of Iran toward the Jews in this headline. ‘Commander Says Iran Will Destroy Israel And Attack The US’, ‘Iran International’ website, 08/06/2022.

This bitterness continues unabated and the modern-day ‘Hamans’ have set the date for the destruction of Israel as this headline from the ‘Independent’ newspaper of 15th December 2016 illustrates. ‘Iran’s Supreme Leader says Israel ‘will not exist in 25 years’.

3. They were in ignorance of their approaching doom. The scheming of Haman was unknown to the Jews and, sadly, it is so still today. Having rejected the Word of God and Jesus Christ as their Messiah, His warning words in Matthew 24 are unread and unheeded!

Were they but to read the chapter they would see clearly what lies ahead of them.

“‭And‭ this‭ gospel‭ of the kingdom‭ shall be preached‭‭ in‭ all‭ the world‭ for‭ a witness‭ unto all‭ nations‭; and‭ then‭ shall the end‭ come‭‭.‭ ‭When‭ ye therefore‭ shall see‭‭ the abomination‭ of desolation‭, spoken of‭‭ by‭ Daniel‭ the prophet‭, stand‭‭‭‭‭ in‭ the holy‭ place‭, (whoso readeth‭‭, let him understand‭‭:)‭ ‭then‭ let them which be in‭ Judaea‭ flee‭‭ into‭ the mountains‭:‭ ‭let him which is on‭ the housetop‭ not‭ come down‭‭ to take‭‭ any thing‭ out of‭ his‭ house‭:‭ ‭neither‭ let him which is in‭ the field‭ return‭‭ back‭ to take‭‭ his‭ clothes‭.‭ ‭And‭ woe‭ unto them that are‭‭ with‭ child‭, and‭ to them that give suck‭‭ in‭ those‭ days‭!‭ ‭But‭ pray ye‭‭ that‭‭ your‭ flight‭ be‭‭ not‭ in the winter‭, neither‭ on‭ the sabbath day‭:‭ ‭for‭ then‭ shall be‭‭ great‭ tribulation‭, such as‭ was‭‭ not‭ since‭ the beginning‭ of the world‭ to this‭ time‭, no‭, nor ever‭ shall be‭‭.‭ . . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Immediately‭‭ after‭ the tribulation‭ of those‭ days‭ shall the sun‭ be darkened‭‭, and‭ the moon‭ shall‭‭ not‭ give‭‭ her‭ light‭, and‭ the stars‭ shall fall‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, and‭ the powers‭ of the heavens‭ shall be shaken‭‭:‭ ‭And‭ then‭ shall appear‭‭ the sign‭ of the Son‭ of man‭ in‭ heaven‭: and‭ then‭ shall‭‭ all‭ the tribes‭ of the earth‭ mourn‭‭, and‭ they shall see‭‭ the Son‭ of man‭ coming‭‭ in‭ the clouds‭ of heaven‭ with‭ power‭ and‭ great‭ glory‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:14-21,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ 29-30‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.

Sadly, it is not only the Jewish people who ignore these words but all too many Christians neglect to study and believe what the Saviour plainly teaches His people.


But even more tragic is the terrible ignorance of the day appointed by the Lord to judge sinners for their rebellion against Him that world is in. “‭And‭‭ the times‭ of this ignorance‭ God‭ winked at‭‭; but now‭ commandeth‭‭ all‭ men‭ every where‭ to repent‭‭:‭ ‭Because‭ he hath appointed‭‭ a day‭, in‭ the which‭ he will‭‭ judge‭‭ the world‭ in‭ righteousness‭ by‭ ‭that‭ man‭ whom‭ he hath ordained‭‭; ‭whereof‭ he hath given‭‭ assurance‭ unto all‭ ‭men‭, in that he hath raised‭‭ him‭ from‭ the dead‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 17:30-31. Of course the day appointed by Haman to destroy the Jews was not warned of by him with an urging of a means of escape but that is NOT the case with the day the Lord has appointed to judge the wicked. The gospel is a most explicit and detailed warning of the approach of judgment. But it is also a clear and plain setting forth ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭of ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬the means of escaping judgment. Sinners are urged to flee from the wrath to come. But they are also instructed as to Whom to flee. It is to Christ we must run for deliverance from the coming judgment. The call of God in the gospel is set forth by Isaiah the prophet. “‭Look‭‭ unto me, and be ye saved‭‭, all the ends‭ of the earth‭: for I ‭am‭ God‭, and ‭there is‭ none else,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Isaiah 45:22. The way that the Lord provided salvation for helpless sinners is set forth in what may be called the best known verse in the Bible. “‭For‭ God‭ so‭ loved‭‭ the world‭, that‭ he gave‭‭ his‭ only begotten‭ Son‭, that‭ whosoever‭ believeth‭‭ in‭ him‭ should‭‭ not‭ perish‭‭, but‭ have‭‭ everlasting‭ life‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 3:16. What this verse is saying is that “‭For‭ when we‭ were‭‭ yet‭ without strength‭, in due‭ time‭ Christ‭ died‭‭ for‭ the ungodly‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Romans 5:6. The gospel is an exposition of a message of God’s Son taking the place of the guilty, bearing their guilt and suffering the punishment due to those sins. Paul the apostle put it like this: “‭For‭ he hath made‭‭ him ‭to be‭ sin‭ for‭ us‭, who‭ knew‭‭ no‭ sin‭; that‭ we‭ might be made‭‭ the righteousness‭ of God‭ in‭ him‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Corinthians 5:21. As God clothed Adam and Eve after their fall into sin (Genesis 3:21), so it pictures what God has done for the salvation of deliverance of the sinner. In Genesis 3:31, Calvary is vividly portrayed. “‭Unto Adam‭ also and to his wife‭ did the LORD‭ God‭ make‭‭ coats‭ of skins‭, and clothed them‭‭.‭”‬ An animal, surely a lamb, died to provide clothe‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭s‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ for our first parents. That is the gospel in a nutshell! “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬The next day‭ John‭ seeth‭‭ Jesus‭ coming‭‭ unto‭ him‭, and‭ saith‭‭, Behold‭ the Lamb‭ of God‭, which‭ taketh away‭‭ the sin‭ of the world‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 1:29. The Lord Jesus shed His blood and ransomed us from the guilt of sin and the eternal punishment that would fall upon ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭us ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬as a result of it.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

4. The one who was central in their deliverance was highly despised and hated by their enemies. I refer of course to Mordecai. How he was hated and despised by Haman because Mordecai knew the true character of Haman and would not give to him the honour he craved!

Haman planned an ignominious end for Mordecai. He built a gallows and planned to hang him on them. He was exalted up with joy, pride and self-esteem as he planned this evil demise for Mordecai.

“‭Haman‭ said‭‭ moreover, Yea, Esther‭ the queen‭ did let no man come in‭‭ with the king‭ unto the banquet‭ that she had prepared‭‭ but myself; and to morrow‭ am I invited‭‭ unto her also with the king‭.‭ ‭Yet all this availeth‭‭ me nothing, so long as‭ I see‭‭ Mordecai‭ the Jew‭ sitting‭‭ at the king’s‭ gate‭.‭ ‭Then said‭‭ Zeresh‭ his wife‭ and all his friends‭‭ unto him, Let a gallows‭ be made‭‭ of fifty‭ cubits‭ high‭, and to morrow‭ speak‭‭ thou unto the king‭ that Mordecai‭ may be hanged‭‭ thereon: then go‭‭ thou in merrily‭ with the king‭ unto the banquet‭. And the thing‭ pleased‭‭‭ Haman‭; and he caused‭‭ the gallows‭ to be made‭‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Esther 5:12-14.

It was ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭on ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬the gallows he built for Mordecai that Haman the Jews‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭’‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ enemy ended his days.

“‭Then Esther‭ the queen‭ answered‭‭ and said‭‭, If I have found‭‭ favour‭ in thy sight‭, O king‭, and if it please‭‭ the king‭, let my life‭ be given‭‭ me at my petition‭, and my people‭ at my request‭:‭ ‭for we are sold‭‭, I and my people‭, to be destroyed‭‭, to be slain‭‭, and to perish‭‭. But if‭ we had been sold‭‭ for bondmen‭ and bondwomen‭, I had held my tongue‭‭, although the enemy‭ could not countervail‭‭ the king’s‭ damage‭.‭ ‭Then the king‭ Ahasuerus‭ answered‭‭ and said‭‭ unto Esther‭ the queen‭, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume‭‭ in his heart‭ to do‭‭ so?‭ ‭And Esther‭ said‭‭, The adversary‭‭ and enemy‭‭ ‭is‭ this wicked‭ Haman‭. Then Haman‭ was afraid‭‭ before‭ the king‭ and the queen‭.‭ ‭And the king‭ arising‭‭ from the banquet‭ of wine‭ in his wrath‭ ‭went‭ into the palace‭ garden‭: and Haman‭ stood up‭‭ to make request‭‭ for his life‭ to Esther‭ the queen‭; for he saw‭‭ that there was evil‭ determined‭‭ against him by the king‭.‭ ‭Then the king‭ returned‭‭ out of the palace‭ garden‭ into the place‭ of the banquet‭ of wine‭; and Haman‭ was fallen‭‭ upon the bed‭ whereon Esther‭ ‭was‭. Then said‭‭ the king‭, Will he force‭‭ the queen‭ also before me in the house‭? As the word‭ went out‭‭ of the king’s‭ mouth‭, they covered‭‭ Haman’s‭ face‭.‭ ‭And Harbonah‭, one‭ of the chamberlains‭, said‭‭ before‭ the king‭, Behold also, the gallows‭ fifty‭ cubits‭ high‭, which Haman‭ had made‭‭ for Mordecai‭, who had spoken‭‭ good‭ for the king‭, standeth‭‭ in the house‭ of Haman‭. Then the king‭ said‭‭, Hang‭‭ him thereon.‭ ‭So they hanged‭‭ Haman‭ on the gallows‭ that he had prepared‭‭ for Mordecai‭. Then was the king’s‭ wrath‭ pacified‭‭.‭ ‭On that day‭ did the king‭ Ahasuerus‭ give‭‭ the house‭ of Haman‭ the Jews‭’ enemy‭‭ unto Esther‭ the queen‭. And Mordecai‭ came‭‭ before‭ the king‭; for Esther‭ had told‭‭ what he ‭was‭ unto her.‭ ‭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.‭ ‭And Esther‭ spake‭‭ yet again‭‭ before‭ the king‭, and fell down‭‭ at‭ his feet‭, and besought‭‭ him with tears‭‭ to put away‭‭ the mischief‭ of Haman‭ the Agagite‭, and his device‭ that he had devised‭‭ against the Jews‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Esther 7:3-8:3.

So will end every evil scheme hatched against the people of God.


It can never be emphasised enough that from the beginning of the Bible unto the end, the return of Christ in glorious victory over His enemies and His taking up the reins of power and dominion over this world feature clearly.

I read very recently in my Bible reading, that wonderful passage in Job 19. “‭For I know‭‭ ‭that‭ my redeemer‭‭ liveth‭, and ‭that‭ he shall stand‭‭ at the latter‭ ‭day‭ upon the earth‭:‭ ‭and ‭though‭ after‭ my skin‭ ‭worms‭ destroy‭‭ this ‭body‭, yet in my flesh‭ shall I see‭‭ God‭:‭ ‭whom I shall see‭‭ for myself, and mine eyes‭ shall behold‭‭, and not another‭‭; ‭though‭ my reins‭ be consumed‭‭ within‭ me,‭”‬ verses ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬25-27.

Job lived, we believe, around the end of Israel’s captivity in Egypt. Yet Job believed in the existence of his Redeemer and that he would return in the ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭latter‭ ‭day‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬s to reign upon the earth, visibly and gloriously.

He is but one of the many prophets of God who spoke of the ‘latter days’. Moses, the Psalmist David and others, Isaiah, Jeremiah, indeed I can say all the prophets spoke of that wonderful future time. “‭Yea‭, and‭ all‭ the prophets‭ from‭ Samuel‭ and‭ those that follow after‭, as many as‭ have spoken‭‭, have‭‭ likewise‭ foretold‭‭ of these‭ days‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 3:24.

As has already been noted, the book of Esther does not contain the word ‘God’! That is a little strange and yet I believe that there is a wonderful lesson for us to learn in its absence.

The Lord often speaks by way of the physical world and by events within it. Thus He spoke to Israel and to Egypt by way of the plagues, telling them that He was about to keep His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Few were, I am sure, aware of the full details of the verbal exchanges between Pharaoh and Moses, yet events seen and heard by all conveyed the truth that God was acting against the Egyptians!

In like fashion, there will be such phenomena that will bear testimony to the approaching second advent of Christ. Revelation chapters 7-16 record the supernatural events that will take place upon the earth, chiefly in the territory of the re-established Roman Empire, or the empire of the Antichrist.

Specifically, the Saviour tells us that God will speak to this world by supernatural, physical events just before the Saviour’s return.

“‭Immediately‭‭ after‭ the tribulation‭ of those‭ days‭ shall the sun‭ be darkened‭‭, and‭ the moon‭ shall‭‭ not‭ give‭‭ her‭ light‭, and‭ the stars‭ shall fall‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, and‭ the powers‭ of the heavens‭ shall be shaken‭‭:‭ ‭and‭ then‭ shall appear‭‭ the sign‭ of the Son‭ of man‭ in‭ heaven‭: and‭ then‭ shall‭‭ all‭ the tribes‭ of the earth‭ mourn‭‭, and‭ they shall see‭‭ the Son‭ of man‭ coming‭‭ in‭ the clouds‭ of heaven‭ with‭ power‭ and‭ great‭ glory‭.‭ ‭And‭ he shall send‭‭ his‭ angels‭ with‭ a great‭ sound‭ of a trumpet‭, and‭ they shall gather together‭‭ his‭ elect‭ from‭ the four‭ winds‭, from‭ one end‭ of heaven‭ to‭ the other‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:29-31.

I repeat, that God has often spoken in a silent manner of His existence, His power and His glory. Psalm 19:1-4 makes this plain.

“‭‭‭‭‭‭The heavens‭ declare‭‭ the glory‭ of God‭; and the firmament‭ sheweth his‭‭ handywork‭‭.‭ ‭Day‭ unto day‭ uttereth‭‭ speech‭, and night‭ unto night‭ sheweth‭‭ knowledge‭.‭ ‭There is‭ no speech‭ nor language‭, ‭where‭ their voice‭ is not heard‭‭.‭ ‭Their line‭ is gone out‭‭ through all the earth‭, and their words‭ to the end‭ of the world‭.‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Likewise, in the book of Esther, the Lord declares His wisdom, power, faithfulness and mercy in the wonderful deliverance he wrought for His ancient people.

At the return of Christ, the despised One, the true ‘Mordecai’, will reign over His Father’s dominions and under Him His people will rejoice. This is pictured for us in the closing verses of Esther.

“‭And all the acts‭ of his power‭ and of his might‭, and the declaration‭ of the greatness‭ of Mordecai‭, whereunto the king‭ advanced‭‭ him, ‭are‭ they not written‭‭ in the book‭ of the chronicles‭‭ of the kings‭ of Media‭ and Persia‭?‭ ‭For Mordecai‭ the Jew‭ ‭was‭ next‭ unto king‭ Ahasuerus‭, and great‭ among the Jews‭, and accepted‭‭ of the multitude‭ of his brethren‭, seeking‭‭ the wealth‭ of his people‭, and speaking‭‭ peace‭ to all his seed‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Esther 10:2-3.

Is this not a wonderful foreshadowing of that written for us in the Book of the Revelation.

“‭And‭ the seventh‭ angel‭ sounded‭‭; and‭ there were‭‭ great‭ voices‭ in‭ heaven‭, saying‭‭, The kingdoms‭ of this world‭ are become‭‭ ‭the kingdoms‭ of our‭ Lord‭, and‭ of his‭ Christ‭; and‭ he shall reign‭‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭.‭ ‭And‭ the four‭ and‭ twenty‭ elders‭, which‭ sat‭‭ before‭ God‭ on‭ their‭ seats‭, fell‭‭ upon‭ their‭ faces‭, and‭ worshipped‭‭ God‭,‭ ‭Saying‭‭, We give‭‭ thee‭ thanks‭‭, O Lord‭ God‭ Almighty‭, which‭ art‭‭‭‭‭, and‭ wast‭‭‭‭‭, and‭ art to come‭‭‭‭; because‭ thou hast taken to thee‭‭ thy‭ great‭ power‭, and‭ hast reigned‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ the nations‭ were angry‭‭, and‭ thy‭ wrath‭ is come‭‭, and‭ the time‭ of the dead‭, that they should be judged‭‭, and‭ that thou shouldest give‭‭ reward‭ unto thy‭ servants‭ the prophets‭, and‭ to the saints‭, and‭ them that fear‭‭ thy‭ name‭, small‭ and‭ great‭; and‭ shouldest destroy‭‭ them which destroy‭‭ the earth‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Revelation 11:15-18.

“‭And‭ I saw‭‭ an angel‭ come down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, having‭‭ the key‭ of the bottomless pit‭ and‭ a great‭ chain‭ in‭ his‭ hand‭.‭ ‭And‭ he laid hold on‭‭ the dragon‭, that old‭ serpent‭, which‭ is‭‭ the Devil‭, and‭ Satan‭, and‭ bound‭‭ him‭ a thousand‭ years‭,‭ ‭and‭ cast‭‭ him‭ into‭ the bottomless pit‭, and‭ shut‭‭ him‭ up‭‭, and‭ set a seal‭‭ upon‭ him‭, that‭‭ he should deceive‭‭ the nations‭ no‭ more‭, till‭ the thousand‭ years‭ should be fulfilled‭‭: and‭ after‭ that‭ he‭ must‭‭ be loosed‭‭ a little‭ season‭.‭ ‭And‭ I saw‭‭ thrones‭, and‭ they sat‭‭ upon‭ them‭, and‭ judgment‭ was given‭‭ unto them‭: and‭ ‭I saw‭ the souls‭ of them that were beheaded‭‭ for‭ the witness‭ of Jesus‭, and‭ for‭ the word‭ of God‭, and‭ which‭ had‭‭ not‭ worshipped‭‭ the beast‭, neither‭ his‭ image‭,‭ neither‭ had received‭‭ ‭his‭ mark‭ upon‭ their‭ foreheads‭, or‭ in‭ their‭ hands‭; and‭ they lived‭‭ and‭ reigned‭‭ with‭ Christ‭ a thousand‭ years‭.‭ ‭But‭ the rest‭ of the dead‭ lived‭‭ not‭ again‭‭ until‭ the thousand‭ years‭ were finished‭‭. This‭ ‭is‭ the first‭ resurrection‭.‭ ‭Blessed‭ and‭ holy‭ ‭is‭ he that hath‭‭ part‭ in‭ the first‭ resurrection‭: on‭ such‭ the second‭ death‭ hath‭‭ no‭ power‭, but‭ they shall be‭‭ priests‭ of God‭ and‭ of Christ‭, and‭ shall reign‭‭ with‭ him‭ a thousand‭ years‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 20:1-6.

“And‭ I saw‭‭ a new‭ heaven‭ and‭ a new‭ earth‭: for‭ the first‭ heaven‭ and‭ the first‭ earth‭ were passed away‭‭; and‭ there was‭‭ no‭ more‭ sea‭.‭ ‭And‭ I‭ John‭ saw‭‭ the holy‭ city‭, new‭ Jerusalem‭, coming down‭‭ from‭ God‭ out of‭ heaven‭, prepared‭‭ as‭ a bride‭ adorned‭‭ for her‭ husband‭.‭ ‭And‭ I heard‭‭ a great‭ voice‭ out of‭ heaven‭ saying‭‭, Behold‭‭, the tabernacle‭ of God‭ ‭is‭ with‭ men‭, and‭ he will dwell‭‭ with‭ them‭, and‭ they‭ shall be‭‭ his‭ people‭, and‭ God‭ himself‭ shall be‭‭ with‭ them‭, ‭and be‭ their‭ God‭.‭ ‭And‭ God‭ shall wipe away‭‭ all‭ tears‭ from‭ their‭ eyes‭; and‭ there shall be‭‭ no‭ more‭ death‭, neither‭ sorrow‭, nor‭ crying‭, neither‭‭ shall there be‭‭ any more‭ pain‭: for‭ the former things‭ are passed away‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ he that sat‭‭ upon‭ the throne‭ said‭‭, Behold‭‭, I make‭‭ all things‭ new‭. And‭ he said‭‭ unto me‭, Write‭‭: for‭ these‭ words‭ are‭‭ true‭ and‭ faithful‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 21:1-5.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“And‭ he shewed‭‭ me‭ a pure‭ river‭ of water‭ of life‭, clear‭ as‭ crystal‭, proceeding‭‭ out of‭ the throne‭ of God‭ and‭ of the Lamb‭.‭ ‭In‭ the midst‭ of the street‭ of it‭, and‭ on either‭ side‭‭ of the river‭, ‭was there‭ the tree‭ of life‭, which bare‭‭ twelve‭ ‭manner of‭ fruits‭, ‭and‭ yielded‭‭ her‭ fruit‭ every‭‭‭ month‭: and‭ the leaves‭ of the tree‭ ‭were‭ for‭ the healing‭ of the nations‭.‭ ‭And‭ there shall be‭‭ no‭ more‭‭ curse‭: but‭ the throne‭ of God‭ and‭ of the Lamb‭ shall be‭‭ in‭ it‭; and‭ his‭ servants‭ shall serve‭‭ him‭:‭ ‭and‭ they shall see‭‭ his‭ face‭; and‭ his‭ name‭ ‭shall be‭ in‭ their‭ foreheads‭.‭ ‭And‭ there shall be‭‭ no‭ night‭ there‭; and‭ they need‭ no‭ candle‭‭‭, neither‭ light‭ of the sun‭; for‭ the Lord‭ God‭ giveth‭‭ them‭ light‭‭: and‭ they shall reign‭‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭.‭ ‭And‭ he said‭‭ unto me‭, These‭ sayings‭ ‭are‭ faithful‭ and‭ true‭: and‭ the Lord‭ God‭ of the holy‭ prophets‭ sent‭‭ his‭ angel‭ to shew‭‭ unto his‭ servants‭ the things which‭ must‭‭ shortly‭‭ be done‭‭.‭ ‭Behold‭‭, I come‭‭ quickly‭: blessed‭ ‭is‭ he that keepeth‭‭ the sayings‭ of the prophecy‭ of this‭ book‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Revelation 22:1-7.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

What a blessing indeed is enjoyed by those ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭who ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬study and believe and‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ that‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭“keepeth‭‭ the sayings‭ of the prophecy‭ of this‭ book‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.”

Seek that blessing today Christian.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

1st March 2023