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- Psalm 122:6

Category: Purim

Purim and The Tribulation

Is there a correlation between Purim and The Tribulation?  Are their lessons we need to learn to be prepared for what God warns us is coming?  The answer is, “Yes.”

So what is Purim all about?

Purpose for the Nations

God explained His unique relationship with Israel in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:14-15).  Then He warned the other nations of the world what would happen if they cursed Israel.

Church’s Purpose

Perhaps the least known directive of God for His church is in relation to Israel. 

God’s Purpose for Israel

God’s purpose and choice of Israel as His witness was for to be a light to the Gentiles. Through her, He would reveal to the Gentiles His character and His ways.

God’s Purpose

Interestingly Purim occurs exactly one month before Passover.  As Purim ends the holiday cycle and Passover begins it, we see God wants the world to know His glory through His protection and deliverance of Israel.

God’s Grace

Sadly many people think that the God of the Old Testament is different than the God revealed in the New Testament.  But we see through the story of Queen Esther that God is and has always been a God of grace.

Mordecai’s challenge – Esther 4:13-16

 Every story must have a hero as well as a villain.  In the story of Purim, Esther certainly has a leading role, but I suggest Mordecai is the real hero.  It was he who raised Esther to be a God fearer.  It was Mordecai who refused to compromise his faith in the God of Israel.  And it was Mordecai who gave Esther the challenge which made the difference and resulted in the deliverance of Israel.

Pharaoh’s attempt to annihilate Israel

Satan has always had his minions.  The first attempt to annihilate Israel was in Egypt.  The Jewish people had come into Egypt at the invitation of the Pharaoh because of his admiration of his trusted administrator Joseph son of Jacob. Jacob’s family of 70 came into Egypt and was treated as special guests.  But…

God’s Unique Relationship with Israel: Genesis 3:14-15

Almost from the beginning of recorded history the Jewish people have faced more enemies than any other people.  One nation after another, one leader after another has tried to cause their total annihilation.  But not one of them has succeeded.  Israel has always won the victory.

The Fast of Esther: Esther 4:15-17

Only the King could save the Jewish people and that only by issuing another decree.  Esther had to talk to the King.  To prepare for this meeting Esther asked all the Jews to fast.  In commemoration of that fast many people today still fast the day before Purim praying for God’s continual preservation of Israel.