THE BOOK OF ESTHER

 

Concerning Esther, it is well known that she represents the Divinely beautiful Bride of Christ:

The name “Esther” means “the Myrtle Tree,” a figure that represents the Saints in the vision of Zechariah chapter one, verses 8-11, when Christ with his Saints (the myrtle trees) conquers the world, and it is now “at rest,” for they are the Stone-Power of Daniel chapter two, which destroys the kingdom of men. Esther was also called “Hadassa,” which means “the star.” Jesus is termed “the bright and morning star” in Revelation 22:16, and the apostle Paul speaks of the Saints as stars differing in glory in the kingdom when the whole earth is filled with the glory of Yahweh (Psa. 72:19, Hab. 2:14). In 1 Corinthians, he speaks of the glorious resurrection, likening it to a man sowing seeds which he casts upon the top of the ground (not buried as we do). We sow different seeds (v 37), but God gives it the kind of glory He Wills (v. 38). As there are different kinds of flesh (v. 40), there are also different kinds of bodies celestial (heavenly bodies—v. 39) – Yahweh and the Angels—also terrestrial (earthly bodies) so also there is a difference in glory (v. 41). Each saint will be as a star in the Kingdom: “so is the resurrection of the dead”. 1 Corinthians 15 is about the resurrection of the Saints.

Esther 2:7 records that Esther “had neither father nor mother”, so Mordecai brought her up and took her “for his own daughter” – so as the Bride of Christ forgets her own people, and her father’s house. Psalm 45:10, also verse 13-17 speaks of this in terms very similar to Esther.

In Esther 2:14-15, we read: “she required nothing more than what was given to her, so also with the Saints, as Paul says, “we are his workmanship”, He is moulding us: he is the potter, we are only the clay (see Eph. 2:10; Isa. 64:8; Rom. 9:18-24). So going back to Esther 2:15, we read “Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.” She was so outstandingly beautiful, and in verse 16:

“So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus, into his house royal”, which is identical to Psalm 45:15 which is a prophecy of Christ’s multitudinous Bride. “And she obtained Grace and Favour in his sight” – so also will the Bride of Christ. So he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti”, who was rebellious and represented Israel whom Yahweh “put away,” divorced (Jer. 3:8), because they had committed spiritual adultery. “I was an husband unto them” (Jer. 31:32). So “the royal crown” was set upon her head, representing the Crown of Life which fadeth not away (1 Pet. 5:4). The Bride also has Father’s Name in her forehead (Rev. 14:1, 3:12) – that Name is the glorious Name Yahweh which speaks of his wonderful purpose to dwell in, and manifest Himself in a people drawn out of the human race. It was first revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14, in the Hebrew: “I will be who I will be” “I will be” hath sent me unto you .. This is my Name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations” and frequently we read: “Yahweh is his Name” (cp. Amos 9:6, 5:8. Jer. 16:21). It is very sad to hear brethren read “LORD GOD” – especially those who know better, knowing the “LORD” is “baal” – and they will even read “The LORD is his Name. It is difficult to see how such are among those who “love thy name” (Psa. 5:11): “and they that love his name shall dwell therein” (Psa. 119:132) “Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name” (Isa. 56:6): “also the sons of the stranger (us Gentiles) that join themselves to Yahweh (as we have), to serve Him, and to love the Name of Yahweh”. We also have that lovely verse Isaiah 26:8: “Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Yahweh have we waited for thee: the desire of our soul is to thy Name, and to the remembrance of thee.”

Coming back to Esther 2:18, we read: “Then the King made a great feast unto all his princes” etc. This brings to mind the two great feasts of the future, both symbolic, but very different. Firstly, we read in Isaiah 25:6-8: “This mountain” is Zion, where the glorious Temple seen by Ezekiel in vision will be built, and called “the house of prayer for all nations” (Mark. 11:17, Isa 56:7) and notice “my holy mountain” and Isaiah 2:2:

“The mountain of Yahwehs’ house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it”.

The word “flow” in Hebrew shows the beauty of the Hebrew language. The nations flowing as a river—but uphill—the idea of a flowing stream flowing through the stones, with the sun shining upon it, glittering, dancing, joy, all contained in the word rendered “flow”. The people will go up to Zion full of joy and thanksgiving and they will continue to grow in grace and truth, giving praise and thanksgiving unto Yahweh the giver of all good.

The other symbolic feast is that of Revelation 19:7-9 and 17-18, where we see the similarity between Esther’s preparation and the preparation of the Bride who made herself ready. But many are not clear about verse 9. So many think that those “called” in this verse are the saints—which is not so. In the natural, the bride and bridegroom invite people to their wedding, so Christ and his Bride ar calling certain ones—so that blessed and called cannot refer to the saints. They do not—cannot— invite themselves to the marriage supper of the Lamb, which is the same supper of verse 17, to which the same invitation is given to “come” with a loud voice to all the fowls that fly in mid-heaven (between the Gentile Heavens and the New Heavens of chapter 21). These fowls are Israel, His battle-axe and weapons of war (see Eureka vol. 3, page 656-658). Revelation 19:17-18 is here quoting Ezekiel 39:17: Israel shall be like a young lion devouring the pray (Num. 24:8-9, Num. 23:14).

In Esther 3:1, Haman the Agagite (Num. 24:7) Agag = “violent”. Here was the exalting of wickedness to high places (the heavenlies – see Eph. 6:12). King Sin was to be worshipped, or “reverenced” (Strong: 7812) – that is the reason why Mordecai refused to bow down to him, or worship him. “Thou shalt worship Yahweh thy Elohim, and Him only shalt thou serve” (Mat. 4:10). Haman, King Sin—sin’s flesh—so full of pride and arrogance, and overflowing with anger went out of his way to destroy Mordecai with all the Jews (v 6, 9, 24-25). Note the two words in verse 25: “wicked device”. These two words are only used together here and Ezekiel 38:10, where they are rendered: “evil thought,” just prior to Russia coming down, intent on Israel’s destruction.

Esther 3:7 describes “the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus” and the twelfth month. Therefore, verses 8 to 15 were agreed and signed for the dreadful day of slaughter set for the thirteenth day of the thirteenth year of Ahasuerus. Israel were sold for “ten thousand talents of silver (verse 9; 7:4). It was this amount of silver that David and the Princes gave toward the future temple of Solomon (1 Chron. 29:7); it was also the amount owed in the parable of Jesus (Mat. 18:24).

Esther 4:1 is the 13th occurrence of the word “sackcloth”. The word “enlargement” in verse14 occurs only here and Genesis 32:16 (Strong’s No. 4438), and means “breathing space”. Esther 6:1: “Royal” occurs 26 times in the book, rendered in verse 3 “kingdom” (Strong 4438) The number 26 is the numerical value of the Name “Yahweh”. Chapter 5, verse 2, Esther “obtained favour in His Sight” – so also does the Bride of Christ. “Vashti the queen occurs 6 times, also “enemy” and “ring”. “Esther the queen” occurs 12 times. “queen Esther) 2 times, “the queen” 3 times. So we have the number 17 again: see 2:16, “tenth,” “Seventh”. There were 13 men hanged: Bigthan, Teresh (2:21-23) Haman (7:10), and his ten sons (9:13-14).

Esther 7:10 desribes “the prince of this world” lifted up in Type of Sin’s flesh (see Jno. 12:31-33). Chapter 8 and verse 1 speaks of “Haman the Jew’s Enemy” – a phrase only recorded of this evil man. Verse 9 is the longest verse in the Bible, comprising 91 words in the English, 41 in the Hebrew.

The book of Esther is the only book that does not directly refer to the Almighty, but His Name does occur in four acrostics—as shown by Bullinger in his Companion Bible. The first is in Est. 1:20: “all the wives shall give” spoken by a Gentile; here the name “Yahweh” (YHVH) is backwards:

1) Hi Vekal Hannashim Yittenu
2) Spoken by Esteer (Yabo = let come) Yabo Hammelek VeHaman Hayyom (Est. 5:4)
3) 5:13 “yet all this availeth nothing” – ZeH eynennV shoveH leY
4) 7:7, “evil determined against him by the King”—kY KalethaH elayV haraaH

In Esther 8:10, So in the Kingdom, all will be done in the Name of Yahweh and his beloved Son.

Verses 15-16 comprise a wonderful Type of the saints in the Kingdom
Verse 17: many became Jews, so also in the Kingdom all will become Israel (see also Zech. 8:23). Also, compare the end of verse 15 “the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad” with Proverbs 29:2, and 11:10. Mordecai came out of great tribulation, received a golden crown, and was arrayed in white raiment. “Fine Linen” 8:15, and in 10:3, Mordecai was next unto the King, just will the Bride will be next unto Christ, the Great King, sitting upon the Throne of his father David in Jerusalem, and reigning over all the earth when it will be filled with the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea. “May he soon come” is our constant prayer: “Even so come Lord Jesus” – Amen.

Ted Bailey