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The book of Esther called in Hebrew, The Megillah.
Purim is a minor festival of the Jewish calendar, and it occurs on the 14th day Adar.
There are four main charters in this story, the hero of course is Queen Esther, she was Jewish and had won the Miss Shushan Contest and became the Queen. The King of Persia (Iran) was Achashveros, known in secular history as King Xerxes. In those days he was the ruling empire having conquered the Babylonians (Iraq). His kingdom was a multicultural society with a large Jewish community.
In Achasheros’s Kingdom one of his officials named Haman was a very evil man. So evil in fact, that he required all the Kings subject to bow to him as he considered them all pagans. Also among the Kings subjects was a Jew named Mordechai who discovered that Haman was planning to kill the King. To make things even worse, being a Jew he refused to bow to Haman as that would be considered idolatry.
We read in the Megillah that Haman was filled with rage at Mordechai’s insubordination. He was so outraged in fact that he decided to kill all the Jews in Persia. He decided to make the decision on when to exterminate the Jews by casting lots. (Pur in Hebrew) and that is where the name Purim comes from. His plan was much like that of Hitler’s it was to kill the young, old, women and children. Mordechai had a niece her name was, you guessed it “:Esther”. And we read in Esther 4:13-14, 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?
At great risk to herself she openly approached the King, the Jews were saved and Haman was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordechai. There is much, much more to this story, and I encourage you to read the Megillah (The book of Esther).
In every century there is a wicked Haman, the Romans, the Greeks, Syrians, Turks, Babylonians, Egyptians, the Germans and many others over the past 4000 years or so. Today wicked Haman has a few names and it’s shared by several Countries and World Leaders,
There is another element of this Holiday, that is fasting and prayer. For on the 13th of Adar (Ta’anit Esther) It is a time to remember the days of Queen Esther and to fast and pray in hopes of averting a massacre to the Jewish people. For once again at the time of this Purim, we here in Israel are looking at a certain war with Syria, Iran and possibly Egypt, it looks as if there is no way out for us. But we know of One who can deliver us from the evil, be it supernatural or however He chooses to do so. So I ask you now to miss a meal or two or more, to fast and pray for the Jews of Israel, that we may be saved.
Many have asked me to ask everyone to pray and fast for three days. But I think fasting and praying is a personal relationship each of us has with the Father. So I ask you as a Jewish Believer in Yeshua to exercise that relationship, Talk to God, and if you should feel led to fast and pray for us here in Israel, it will be your Mitzvah (good deed for Israel and all of us Jews).
I also ask you without shame to help us get ready, by your gifts of love to this Ministry, for we must prepare to rescue Jews for another Holocaust is on the horizon.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for our son Joel and all the IDF soldiers. Pray for this Ministry and your part in it.
Shalom, jerry golden