For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
In my humble opinion never has a Purim day had so many similarities to the book of Esther as the one this year.
There is a lot of oppression in the world today of both Christians and Jews. ISIS is killing Christians at a level that has not been seen before in this century. The only other time close to this was the Holocaust. When that began history tells us that people turned a blind eye to what was going on, just as many do today. The very idea that a situation such as the Holocaust could be repeated seems a bizarre thought, but God has given us a blueprint and what is going to happen in the “last days” is there, in the bible, and can be read and researched by anyone who cares to do so.
A lot of people reading this right now are people that have been chosen by God for a time such as the one they are currently living in. Many have been through heartbreak and hardships in the last few years that made no sense in the natural. These things have only served to make us stronger, with a tougher shell, ready to show compassion to and help others in a time such as this.
A Southern Belle mother who told me that ladies do not discuss politics or religion raised me. However, God has used the things of my life to prepare me to do that very thing. I loved my mother, but I sit at the feet of God, as His Handmaiden to do his bidding regardless of what other people think.
The scripture at the beginning of my message is the one that we most often quote on Purim. But the sentence before it, in Esther 4:14, caught my eye today. It says the following: Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the kings palace can escape any more then all the Jews.”
People today support a dictator in America because he has convinced them that he is for them. Yet he supports, with his chief advisor, Iran. He does little of nothing to constrain ISIS. He is an ideologue that isn’t fond of America. Yet, his supporters go forward without saying a word, in blind obedience.
I have a child who is a lesbian. God has taught us to love others regardless of their lifestyles. The same way God loves you and me, unconditionally. However, I recently told her that I am fearful that ISIS will take over this country. Have you seen the way they torture and brutally kill homosexuals? Yet, most of these people do not speak up against the “Haman” of our time. Just as Esther 4:14 says, “Do not imagine that you can escape.”
The time to speak up is now. If you are one chosen to do so, you are feeling a stirring inside of you. I saw yesterday’s speech before congress by Netanyahu as a parallel to the book of Esther. I do not think it was a mistake that the speech was made the day before Purim.
It takes maturity to be one that speaks up and warns people. You must be at a point in your relationship with God that you place that relationship at the top of your life. You must have a “hard” shell to criticism, you can’t care about those who disagree with you, and you must simply care for them so dearly that you tell them the truth, regardless of the cost. Sometimes, you may have to walk alone in your journey. If that thought bothers you, you aren’t ready to fight today’s demonic activity.
In the book of Esther we read that Esther was put through months and months of preparation before she went into the presence of a Gentile king. So your hard times have been preparing you. You must tell the truth, not in a bullying “know it all” way, but in a way that shows love and support, as Jesus did while he ministered on the earth.
We are at a never before time of seeing Christians and Jews persecuted. It’s time that God is saying to those who understand, “prepare your self and boldly tell people the truth, so that they too can escape the terror that is coming!”
For those that don’t know “The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”
Read the book of Esther, and see how much it reminds you of the times we are living in today. Arise now; those of you who know you are called as Esther was! God sounded his trumpet yesterday for those who have ears to hear, and eyes to see! It is time for His army, of all denominations, to come forth and not be afraid to speak boldly, and with love, against what is happening in this country!! What a blessing that we were called for a time such as this!
In His Never-Ending Love,