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Since the feast of Purim is approaching once again, I would like to share some interesting parallels with you about the Bride of the Messiah, her qualities and her identity in light of the events contained in the book of Esther.

Esther - a Symbol of the Bride 

By Irene Petra posted March 15, 2019

Purim is not part of the feasts that were given to the people of God by the Lord as recorded in Leviticus 23. However, Purim is a prophetic reflection of the events of the end days. It was during the conflict between Haman and the faithful Mordecai when Esther became an important element in the victory of God's people over their enemies.

But before revealing the secrets of the Word hidden in the book of Esther, let us consider the historical background of these events.

King Ahasuerus and Vashti

King Ahasuerus reigned for three years over Persia and Media. (Esther 1:3)

The king made a feast for all his princes and his servants to show the wealth and the great splendor of his kingdom. (Esther 1:3-8)

Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in her royal house. (Esther 1:9)

The feast for the princes lasted 180 days, and the feast for the people lasted 7 days. (Esther 1:4-5)

At the end of the 7-day feast, the king ordered his eunuchs to bring Queen Vashti in order to show her to the princes and people in her royal majesty and beauty. (Esther 1:10-11)

Seven eunuchs were sent to bring the queen to the king. (Esther 1:10)

The queen did not want to come to the king. (Esther 1:12)

The king became angry with the queen for her disobedience. (Esther 1:13)

There were only seven princes of Persia and Media, who "could see the king's face [and] sat first in the kingdom." (Esther 1:14)

On the advice of his princes and the law established in the kingdom, the king divorced Vashti, and royal dignity had to be transferred to another who was more worthy of it. (Esther 1:15-22)

So, let us find the parallels between King Ahasuerus and the Lord, who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

Ahasuerus was king over the princes of Persia and Media.

Yeshua the Messiah is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. (Revelation 17:14)

Ahasuerus had seven princes who had direct access to him.

There are seven spirits of God before the throne of the Lord. (Revelation 4:5) Some think this is referring to seven angels, but most likely, these are the seven spirits of the Messiah.

What does Queen Vashti symbolize? She is a symbol of fallen humanity through Adam and Eve, who are the representatives of this fall.

The king sent seven eunuchs to bring the queen. Eunuchs represent the angelic ministry for humanity through which the Holy Spirit (the Seven Spirits of the Lord) functions.

Vashti was tested for obedience by her king, and consequently she lost her royal position through disobedience. Adam and Eve were also tested for their obedience by the King of kings. Humanity has fallen away from its position as the Bride of the Lord through disobedience.

The king was angry with the queen for her rebellion and disobedience. He heeded the advice of the princes and, according to the law, divorced her.

The Lord also became angry with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden for their disobedience. All creation has to obey and live according to the law of heaven. Adam and Eve disobeyed their Creator, and in accordance with the law of heaven, their glorious position before the Lord was lost. 

Job 1: 6-9 (WEB)
Now on the day when God’s sons came to present themselves before Yahweh, Satan also came among them. Yahweh said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Yahweh said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant, Job? For there is no one like him in the earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil.” Then Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

In this passage, we see how the sons of God appeared before the Lord, and advice was given in accordance with the laws of the kingdom of heaven about the righteous man Job.

1 Kings 22: 19-20 (WEB)
Micaiah said, “Therefore hear Yahweh’s word. I saw Yahweh sitting on his throne, and all the army of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. Yahweh said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ One said one thing; and another said another.

 Here again we see an example of the angelic council before the throne of the Lord.

The Search for a Bride for the King

The king's anger subsided and he "remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. " (Esther 2:1) However, it was determined to find another queen for him, and the king ordered all the beautiful maidens from his kingdom to be gathered. From among them he would choose a wife. (Esther 2:2-4)

... when the king's anger subsided ...

Psalms 2:12 (WEB)
Give sincere homage to the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish on the way, for his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him. 
Psalm 30:5 (WEB)
For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

God is love, but there is also the wrath of the Most High. However, His wrath is not forever.

Genesis 3:21
Yahweh God made garments of animal skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them. 

When the wrath of the Lord subsided, He prepared the plan of redemption. It was done through the death of the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)

The Lord sends His servants to find "beautiful brides" for the Lord. But this beauty is not external, but internal.

Proverbs 31:30
 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised. 

The Lord will gather the saved nations into His house in order to choose His Bride from among them. All saved nations have the opportunity to become part of this great privilege, but not all will be chosen by the Lord to become part of the Bride.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:1-7(WEB)
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

As we can see, there are ten virgins in this parable, but only five of them entered the wedding feast, and only one of them will be the bride of the Groom.

Song of Solomon 6:8-10 (WEB)
There are sixty queens, eighty concubines, and virgins without number. My dove, my perfect one, is unique. She is her mother’s only daughter. She is the favorite one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed; the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. Who is she who looks out as the morning, beautiful as the moon, clear as the sun, and awesome as an army with banners?

And again, the Bridegroom has only one Bride, but in His house there can be many of those who are saved.

The Royal Women's House

According to the ancient ritual, girls who entered the king's house had to go through 12 months of purification before they appeared before the king. Then they were called for by the king for one night, and in the morning they were sent to the women's home until they were called by the king by name. The maiden remained in the king's house, but only one of them had the privilege of being the queen.

We can see a parallel here: many believers in the Messiah are called to become His Bride. Everyone has the opportunity to become part of this group of believers. However, only those who reach the standards of becoming the bride will have the honor of bearing the crown of His Wife. The rest of the believers who enter His house will become part of this house. They will have a different purpose in His kingdom.

Esther and the Messiah's Bride

Esther 2: 5-8(WEB)
There was a certain Jew in the citadel of Susa, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. He brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter; for she had neither father nor mother. The maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter. So, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together to the citadel of Susa, to the custody of Hegai, Esther was taken into the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

Esther was part of the house of Israel, and she was also the adopted daughter of Mordecai.

The bride of Yeshua is part of the house of heavenly Israel: the spiritual line of Abraham.

Those nations who do not belong to Israel through the physical seed of Abraham have the opportunity to be adopted through the blood of Yeshua.

Adoption

Roman 8:15 (WEB)
 For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Galatians 4:4-5 (WEB)
 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of children.
Ephesians 1:5 (WEB)
Having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire…
Roman 9:1-5 WEB
 I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience testifying with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brothers’ sake, my relatives according to the flesh, who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service, and the promises; of whom are the fathers, and from whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God, blessed forever. Amen.
Roman 11:16-18 (WEB)
(16) If the first fruit is holy, so is the lump. If the root is holy, so are the branches.
(17) But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them, and became partaker with them of the root and of the richness of the olive tree;
(18) don’t boast over the branches. But if you boast, it is not you who support the root, but the root supports you.

All believers, both Jew and Gentile, are adopted through the blood of Yeshua the Messiah into His spiritual family.

Esther 2:8-9 (WEB)
 So, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together to the citadel of Susa, to the custody of Hegai, Esther was taken into the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. The maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness from him. He quickly gave her cosmetics and her portions of food, and the seven choice maidens who were to be given her out of the king’s house. He moved her and her maidens to the best place in the women’s house.

Esther gained favor in the eyes of the minister of the king, Hegai, the keeper of the women. Hegai gave Esther seven maidens and relocated her to the best section of the women's house.

Hegai is a symbol of the angelic ministers in the House of the Lord. Angels see the difference between faithful believers (spiritual adults) and immature believers (lukewarm, carnal, spiritual babies). Angels give more privileges to those believers who are faithful to the Lord.

Revelation 22:8-9 (WEB)
  Now I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who had shown me these things. He said to me, “See you don’t do it! I am a fellow bondservant with you and with your brothers, the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
Hebrew 12:1 (WEB)
Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us…
Esther 2:15-18 (WEB)
(15) Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, came to go in to the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the keeper of the women, advised. Esther obtained favor in the sight of all those who looked at her.
(16) So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
(17) The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
(18) Then the king made a great feast for all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces, and gave gifts according to the king’s bounty.

When Esther appeared before the king, she "required nothing but what Hegai … advised"

 “Esther obtained favor in the sight of all those who looked at her.”

“The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; … made her queen instead of Vashti."

The bride of the Lord is not seeking her own but only the Lord.

She listens to the advice and instruction of the Lord's messengers on how to prepare herself for the Bridegroom.

The Bride wants to please the Lord not by her own way, but by His will, according to His commandments.

Roman 12:1-2 (WEB)
Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

The Will of God

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (WEB)
  For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don’t know God;
1 John 2:3 (WEB)
 This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments.

“Esther obtained favor in the sight of all those who looked at her.”

Esther had a meek and humble spirit. She gained the favor of ALL who saw her.

The Bride of the Lord is distinguished from the others by her behavior.

The main characteristic of the Bride is the presence of spiritual fruits.

Galatians 5: 22-23
 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

“The king loved Esther more than all the women.”

Believers differ in their relationship with the Lord; some love Him greatly, while others only love Him a little.


Luke 7:47 (WEB)
 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

Our position before the Lord will depend on the level of our relationship with Him.

Esther 2:16 (WEB)
 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

"The seventh year of his reign"

Interestingly, King Ahasuerus divorced Vashti in the third year of his reign. However, Esther became queen in the seventh year of his reign.

This gives us a hint that the Bride of the Messiah will become the Wife of the Heavenly Groom at the beginning of the millennial reign.

The Wedding Feast of the Lamb

Est 2:18 (Brenton)
(18) And the king made a banquet for all his friends and great men for seven days, and he highly celebrated the marriage of Esther; and he made a release to those who were under his dominion.
Revelation 19:9 (WEB)
(9) He said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” He said to me, “These are true words of God.”

Esther’s feast is a symbol of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with His Bride, which will not be just a few days, or a few months. It will last throughout the millennial kingdom of the Lord on the earth. It is then when all the nations of the earth will come to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These annual festivities will be a prophetic manifestation of the Great Feast or Supper that will take place in heaven.

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