PURIM - THE HIDDEN HAND OF YAHVEH
Purim, so named because Haman threw lots (purim) to determine the timing of his plot to destroy the Jewish people, commemorates the Jewish victory over annihilation. God's providence is seen throughout the book, the people's response to mortal danger was fasting, weeping, and wailing. Also, the Queen's instruction that all the people fast with her for three days for her to go before the King which was against the Law, and "if I perish, I perish".
The fast was a way to reach out to God, of humbling oneself and acknowledging complete dependence on Him . The people realized that their only hope was in God.
God's covenantal faithfullness and defense of His people will be magnified in the deliverance that leads to establishment of the Messianic Kingdom upon the earth. Indeed, the Second Coming of the Messiah will be regarded as the final fulfillment of Purim.
Haman was an Agagite, a descendant of the Amalekites who because of their arrogance to attack Israel, suffered God's severe curse of their name being blotted out. Haman is also a type of the antichrist who desires to see the Jewish people exterminated once and for all. In the New Testament, we know there is soon coming one who is the embodiment of this "spirit of Haman", and of all the other anti-Jewish murderers throughout the ages. Haman and his ten sons were exposed by the queen and hung on the very gallows intended for the Jews. The future antichrist will have the assistance of ten kings, identified as the ten toes on the metallic image of Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 2) and the ten horns on the beast (Rev. 17:12, 16).
Esther's name means, "I will conceal". Yahveh permits the Hebrew Hadassah to "masquerade" as the Persian queen.
Even though God's name is not written in the scroll of Esther, He nevertheless is glorified in the outcome. He was at work positioning and concealing one of His servants so that all of His people might be delivered.
At the end of the seven year tribulation, the queen bride will return with her King (Rev. 19) and participate in defeating the beast kingdom - the antichrist and the ten kings. He will destroy the antichrist by the word of His power and physically deliver Israel as her rightful King and Lord. Israel's long awaited Messiah will clearly be revealed and then, Israel will experience the true deliverance and salvation of God--and the rejoincing of that Purim will be like no other.
Remember, Y'shua whose name means "salvation" offers life and peace to all, Jews and Gentiles alike who trust in is name. And all who follow Y'shua will have their name written in the Book of Life, where they can never be blotted out.