Let Us Be Esthers!
Once again as the Jews prepare to celebrate the Feast of Purim, the story in the Bible mirrors the situation in the world TODAY. I will say it again: our God works in patterns. In Ecclesiastes 3:15 it says, "Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God calls back the past."
For those who haven't been able to keep up with the latest news in Israel, I'm going to re-print an article from World Israel News that is dated today. We know from the verse in Daniel 10:20 that there is a very vicious, demonic principality known as "The Prince of Persia" over the ancient land of Persia, which is now modern Iran. In my spirit I sense that this evil entity rises up at this time of year, stirring up deep hatred against the Jewish people , even as Haman did in the book of Esther. Read the book this week, my dear friends, so that you will be moved to fast and pray as Esther did for her people.
Netanyahu warns Iran that Israel will not sit idly by as the ayatollahs threaten to destroy the Jewish State.
By Paul Shindman, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Tuesday that Israel will not permit Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons to fulfill its oft-repeated goal of destroying Israel.
“On the eve of [the festival of] Purim, I would like to say to those who seek our lives, Iran and its proxies in the Middle East: 2,500 years ago, another Persian villain [Haman] tried to destroy the Jewish people and just as he failed then, so too will you fail today. We will not allow your extremist and aggressive regime to attain nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said during a speech at a memorial service in northern Israel. “We have not made the journey of generations, of thousands of years, to return to the land of Israel in order to allow the delusional regime of the ayatollahs to end the story of the revival of the Jewish people,” the prime minister said.
The Purim festival celebrated each year recounts the story of how an evil advisor to the ancient king of Persia persuaded him to order the genocide of the Jewish people, but the king subsequently fell in love with a Jewish woman, Esther, who he took as his queen. Esther turned the tables on Haman, the evil advisor, and saved the Jews from destruction. Iran’s political and military leaders have for decades said their national goal is to destroy Israel, which it calls a “cancer” that has to be removed from the Middle East.
Israel objected when world powers signed a deal with Iran in 2015 to restrict its nuclear activities, pointing out the numerous shortcomings of the agreement, particularly the fact that it didn’t address Iran’s murderous intentions, included ‘sunset clauses,’ and put limits on how the UN’s international nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, could inspect Iran’s nuclear sites.
Last month, Iran announced it was increasing the rate at which it enriches uranium in a clear violation of the agreement.
My friends, the situation in the Middle East right now calls for us not to just read about Esther, but to BE Esthers, willing to fast and intercede for the protection of the Jewish people for such a time as this. And while we are at it, let us do the same for our own nation, which is also being greatly threatened by demonic forces. May a day come when we can celebrate a "modern Purim" as a day when the Jews [and America] got relief from their enemies and as a month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration." (Esther 9:22)
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Kelly Ferrari Mills