compiled by Dee Finney

1-29-05 - 10:21 p.m. DREAM - I was out in front of a factory building that was going to be turned into a school. It was owned by the John Deere Company, the maker of farm tractors. I was told that if we did the work of fixing up the lawn outside the building, the company would pick up the cost of remodeling.  The lawn was laid out inside of a brick framework and went all the way up to the building which was old and decrepit looking. The windows hadn't been washed in a long time it appeared either. 

The lawn was quite ugly as it was and had at least 10 ridges laid from the sidewalk to the building side by side. They looked like grave mounds. 

I decided I would get a head start on the work myself and started digging up the edge of the lawn so it could be smoothed out and pretty again. 

As I dug along the edge of the lawn, each mound ended in a thick dark brown rope. It was thick enough to tie up a ship to a dock. The rope was buried in the mounds. 

As I started loosening the end of the first rope, the ends were coming apart strand by strand and laying there limply. But when I moved on to dig up the second mound edge and looked back to the first mound the ends of the rope were coming alive and turning to green snakes which started to come up and slither out of the rope. 

I became squeamish at seeing the first snake so I turned my attention to another lawn on the other side of the main door of the building. 

This lawn had ridges laying horizontal in the same direction as the sidewalk. I thought it looked much neater until I saw that the ridges were made of rows of dead grass blades all laying in the same direction. There was a lot of work to do on the lawns and I knew I couldn't do it all alone. 

I decided to go inside the building and when I did, I received a phone call from a man telling me about the death of a prominent Jewish woman.  Her name was Esther and we were to go to her funeral. I was shown the map of the country and how to find the funeral where we would sing for her funeral. 

When I and some other women got to the funeral, I thought I would sing with the other women, but I didn't know the words to the song. Also we were told that the music was in two parts and the women would have to divide into two groups. Half the women would sing the left notes and half the women would sing the notes on the right. 

The music started. It was sung in a minor key appropriate for a funeral and when the women divided into the two parts, it oddly clashed notes from time to time but was orderly and it sounded all right. 

NOTE: Traditional Jewish Funeral Rituals  Reform rabbis may allow music at a funeral, and may do more of the service in English.

While I sat there watching them sing, I was sitting on a wide sofa and it became obvious I was sitting on the sofa where the young girls/ladies were allowed to come out and observe the funeral proceedings. 

Each girl came out from a back room, each one wearing a beautiful flouncy pastel colored dress, each one prettier than the one before. They all came and joined me on the sofa and sat with me and that was a joyous occasion. 

I went home then and it was dark out by now. Everyone was getting ready for bed and I looked out the window and I saw a large brown bear appear on the lawn. 

I started screaming, "Bear! Bear! - there's a wild bear out there!"  I was screaming so loud, my voice choked up and I couldn't scream anymore. 

I saw what I thought was a baseball laying out on the lawn. I thought that if I ran out there and threw the baseball at the bear that it might make the bear chase the baseball and the bear would run away. 

So I bravely ran outside to quickly pick up the baseball and when I saw it closer, the baseball turned into a black and white skunk and the baseball was its head.

The skunk got up and ran towards the bear so I ran back into the house where I closed and locked all the windows and doors. 

I was still afraid the bear might come back and break a window and try to get into the house. I told the others I would feel safer sleeping upstairs. I headed for the stairs and woke up. 




Note: Not all versions of the Bible have the
complete text. Some Bibles end at Chapter 10 vs3
This version is the complete book through the end
of Chapter 16.

The Douay-Rheims Bible, The Book of Esther


This Book takes its name from queen Esther, whose history is here recorded. The general opinion of almost all commentators on the Holy Scriptures makes Mardochai the writer of it: which also may be collected below from chap. 9 ver. 20.

1255 \Esther, Book of\ - It must have been obviously written after the death of Ahasuerus (the Xerxes of the Greeks), which took place B.C. 465. The minute and particular account also given of many historical details makes it probable that the writer was contemporary with Mordecai and Esther. Hence we may conclude that the book was written probably about B.C. 444-434, and that the author was one of the Jews of the dispersion.


Esther Chapter 1


King Assuerus maketh a great feast. Queen Vasthi being sent for refuseth to come: for which disobedience she is deposed.


In the days of Assuerus, who reigned from India to Ethiopia over a hundred and twenty seven provinces:


When he sat on the throne of his kingdom, the city Susan was the capital of his kingdom.


Now in the third year of his reign he made a great feast for all the princes, and for his servants, for the most mighty of the Persians, and the nobles of the Medes, and the governors of the provinces in his sight,


That he might shew the riches of the glory of his kingdom, and the greatness, and boasting of his power, for a long time, to wit, for a hundred and fourscore days.


And when the days of the feast were expired, he invited all the people that were found in Susan, from the greatest to the least: and commanded a feast to be made seven days in the court of the garden, and of the wood, which was planted by the care and the hand of the king.


And there were hung up on every side sky coloured, and green, and violet hangings, fastened with cords of silk, and of purple, which were put into rings of ivory, and were held up with marble pillars. The beds also were of gold and silver, placed in order upon a floor paved with porphyry and white marble: which was embellished with painting of wonderful variety.


And they that were invited, drank in golden cups, and the meats were brought in divers vessels one after another. Wine also in abundance and of the best was presented, as was worthy of a king's magnificence.


Neither was there any one to compel them to drink that were not willing, but as the king had appointed, who set over every table one of his nobles, that every man might take what he would.


Also Vasthi the queen made a feast for the women in the palace, where king Assuerus was used to dwell.


Now on the seventh day, when the king was merry, and after very much drinking was well warmed with wine, he commanded Mauman, and Bazatha, and Harbona, and Bagatha, and Abgatha, and Zethar, and Charcas, the seven eunuchs that served in his presence,


To bring in queen Vasthi before the king, with the crown set upon her head, to shew her beauty to all the people and the princes: for she was exceeding beautiful.


But she refused, and would not come at the king's commandment, which he had signified to her by the eunuchs. Whereupon the king, being angry, and inflamed with a very great fury,


Asked the wise men, who according to the custom of the kings, were always near his person, and all he did was by their counsel, who knew the laws, and judgments of their forefathers:


(Now the chief and nearest him were, Charsena, and Sethar, and Admatha, and Tharsis, and Mares, and Marsana, and Mamuchan, seven princes of the Persians and of the Medes, who saw the face of the king, and were used to sit first after him:)


What sentence ought to pass upon Vasthi the queen, who had refused to obey the commandment of king Assuerus, which he had sent to her by the eunuchs?


And Mamuchan answered, in the hearing of the king and the princes: Queen Vasthi hath not only injured the king, but also all the people and princes that are in all the provinces of king Assuerus.


For this deed of the queen will go abroad to all women, so that they will despise their husbands, and will say: King Assuerus commanded that queen Vasthi should come in to him, and she would not.


And by this example all the wives of the princes of the Persians and the Medes will slight the commandments of their husbands: wherefore the king's indignation is just.


If it please thee, let an edict go out from thy presence, and let it be written according to the law of the Persians and of the Medes, which must not be altered, that Vasthi come in no more to the king, but another, that is better than her, be made queen in her place.


And let this be published through all the provinces of thy empire, (which is very wide,) and let all wives, as well of the greater as of the lesser, give honour to their husbands.


His counsel pleased the king, and the princes: and the king did according to the counsel of Mamuchan.


And he sent letters to all the provinces of his kingdom, as every nation could hear and read, in divers languages and characters, that the husbands should be rulers and masters in their houses: and that this should be published to every people.


Esther Chapter 2


Esther is advanced to be queen. Mardochai detecteth a plot against the king.


After this, when the wrath of king Assuerus was appeased, he remembered Vasthi, and what she had done and what she had suffered:


And the king's servants and his officers said: Let young women be sought for the king, virgins and beautiful,


And let some persons be sent through all the provinces to look for beautiful maidens and virgins: and let them bring them to the city of Susan, and put them into the house of the women under the hand of Egeus the eunuch, who is the overseer and keeper of the king's women: and let them receive women's ornaments, and other things necessary for their use.


And whosoever among them all shall please the king's eyes, let her be queen instead of Vasthi. The word pleased the king: and he commanded it should be done as they had suggested.


There was a man in the city of Susan, a Jew, named Mardochai, the son of Jair, the son of Semei, the son of Cis, of the race of Jemini,


Who had been carried away from Jerusalem at the time that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon carried away Jechonias king of Juda,


And he had brought up his brother's daughter Edissa, who by another name was called Esther: now she had lost both her parents: and was exceeding fair and beautiful. And her father and mother being dead, Mardochai adopted her for his daughter.


And when the king's ordinance was noised abroad, and according to his commandment many beautiful virgins were brought to Susan, and were delivered to Egeus the eunuch: Esther also among the rest of the maidens was delivered to him to be kept in the number of the women.


And she pleased him, and found favour in his sight. And he commanded the eunuch to hasten the women's ornaments, and to deliver to her her part, and seven of the most beautiful maidens of the king's house, and to adorn and deck out both her and her waiting maids.


And she would not tell him her people nor her country. For Mardochai had charged her to say nothing at all of that:


And he walked every day before the court of the house, in which the chosen virgins were kept, having a care for Esther's welfare, and desiring to know what would befall her.


Now when every virgin's turn came to go in to the king, after all had been done for setting them off to advantage, it was the twelfth month: so that for six months they were anointed with oil of myrrh, and for other six months they used certain perfumes and sweet spices.


And when they were going in to the king, whatsoever they asked to adorn themselves they received: and being decked out, as it pleased them, they passed from the chamber of the women to the king's chamber.


And she that went in at evening, came out in the morning, and from thence she was conducted to the second house, that was under the hand of Susagaz the eunuch, who had the charge over the king's concubines: neither could she return any more to the king, unless the king desired it, and had ordered her by name to come.


And as the time came orderly about, the day was at hand, when Esther, the daughter of Abihail the brother of Mardochai, whom he had adopted for his daughter, was to go in to the king. But she sought not women's ornaments, but whatsoever Egeus the eunuch the keeper of the virgins had a mind, he gave her to adorn her. For she was exceeding fair, and her incredible beauty made her appear agreeable and amiable in the eyes of all.


So she was brought to the chamber of king Assuerus the tenth month, which is called Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.


And the king loved her more than all the women, and she had favour and kindness before him above all the women, and he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen instead of Vasthi.


And he commanded a magnificent feast to be prepared for all the princes, and for his servants, for the marriage and wedding of Esther, And he gave rest to all the provinces, and bestowed gifts according to princely magnificence.


And when the virgins were sought the second time, and gathered together, Mardochai stayed at the king's gate,


Neither had Esther as yet declared her country and people, according to his commandment. For whatsoever he commanded, Esther observed: and she did all things in the same manner as she was wont at that time when he brought her up a little one.


At that time, therefore, when Mardochai abode at the king's gate, Bagathan and Thares, two of the king's eunuchs, who were porters, and presided in the first entry of the palace, were angry: and they designed to rise up against the king, and to kill him.


And Mardochai had notice of it, and immediately he told it to queen Esther: and she to the king in Mardochai's name, who had reported the thing unto her.


It was inquired into, and found out: and they were both hanged on a gibbet. And it was put in the histories, and recorded in the chronicles before the king


Esther Chapter 3

Aman, advanced by the king, is offended at Mardochai, and therefore procureth the king's decree to destroy the whole nation of the Jews.


After these things, king Assuerus advanced Aman, the son of Amadathi, who was of the race of Agag: and he set his throne above all the princes that were with him.


And all the king's servants, that were at the doors of the palace, bent their knees, and worshipped Aman: for so the emperor had commanded them, only Mardochai did not bend his knee, nor worship him.


And the king's servants that were chief at the doors of the palace, said to him: Why dost thou alone not observe the king's commandment?


And when they were saying this often, and he would not hearken to them, they told Aman, desirous to know whether he would continue in his resolution: for he had told them that he was a Jew.


Now when Aman had heard this, and had proved by experience that Mardochai did not bend his knee to him, nor worship him, he was exceeding angry.


And he counted it nothing to lay his hands upon Mardochai alone: for he had heard that he was of the nation of the Jews, and he chose rather to destroy all the nation of the Jews that were in the kingdom of Assuerus.


In the first month (which is called Nisan) in the twelfth year of the reign of Assuerus, the lot was cast into an urn, which in Hebrew is called Phur, before Aman, on what day and what month the nation of the Jews should be destroyed: and there came out the twelfth month, which is called Adar.


And Aman said to king Assuerus: There is a people scattered through all the provinces of thy kingdom, and separated one from another, that use new laws and ceremonies, and moreover despise the king's ordinances: and thou knowest very well that it is not expedient for thy kingdom that they should grow insolent by impunity.


If it please thee, decree that they may be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents to thy treasurers.


And the king took the ring that he used, from his own hand, and gave it to Aman, the son of Amadathi of the race of Agag, the enemy of the Jews,


And he said to him: As to the money which thou promisest, keep it for thyself: and as to the people, do with them as seemeth good to thee.


And the king's scribes were called in the first month Nisan, on the thirteenth day of the same mouth: and they wrote, as Aman had commanded, to all the king's lieutenants, and to the judges of the provinces, and of divers nations, as every nation could read, and hear according to their different languages, in the name of king Assuerus: and the letters, sealed with his ring,


Were sent by the king's messengers to all provinces, to kill and destroy all the Jews, both young and old, little children, and women, in one day, that is, on the thirteenth of the twelfth month, which is called Adar, and to make a spoil of their goods.


And the contents of the letters were to this effect, that all provinces might know and be ready against that day.


The couriers that were sent made haste to fulfil the king's commandment. And immediately the edict was hung up in Susan, the king and Aman feasting together, and all the Jews that were in the city weeping.


Esther Chapter 4


Mardochai desireth Esther to petition the king for the Jews. They join in fasting and prayer.


Now when Mardochai had heard these things, he rent his garments, and put on sackcloth, strewing ashes on his head and he cried with a loud voice in the street in the midst of the city, shewing the anguish of his mind.


And he came lamenting in this manner even to the gate of the palace: for no one clothed with sackcloth might enter the king's court.


And in all provinces, towns, and places, to which the king's cruel edict was come, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, wailing, and weeping, many using sackcloth and ashes for their bed.


Then Esther's maids and her eunuchs went in, and told her. And when she heard it she was in a consternation and she sent a garment, to clothe him, and to take away the sackcloth: but he would not receive it.


And she called for Athach the eunuch, whom the king had appointed to attend upon her, and she commanded him to go to Mardochai, and learn of him why he did this.


And Athach going out went to Mardochai, who was standing in the street of the city, before the palace gate:


And Mardochai told him all that had happened, how Aman had promised to pay money into the king's treasures, to have the Jews destroyed.


He gave him also a copy of the edict which was hanging up in Susan, that he should shew it to the queen, and admonish her to go in to the king, and to entreat him for her people.


And Athach went back and told Esther all that Mardochai had said.


She answered him, and bade him say to Mardochai:


All the king's servants, and all the provinces that are under his dominion, know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, cometh into the king's inner court, who is not called for, is immediately to be put to death without any delay: except the king shall hold out the golden sceptre to him, in token of clemency, that so he may live. How then can I go in to the king, who for these thirty days now have not been called unto him?


And when Mardochai had heard this,


He sent word to Esther again, saying: Think not that thou mayst save thy life only, because thou art in the king's house, more than all the Jews:


For if thou wilt now hold thy peace, the Jews shall be delivered by some other occasion: and thou, and thy father's house shall perish. And who knoweth whether thou art not therefore come to the kingdom, that thou mightest be ready in such a time as this?


And again Esther sent to Mardochai in these words:


Go, and gather together all the Jews whom thou shalt find in Susan, and pray ye for me. Neither eat nor drink for three days and three nights: and I with my handmaids will fast in like manner, and then I will go in to the king, against the law, not being called, and expose myself to death and to danger.


So Mardochai went, and did all that Esther had commanded him.


Esther Chapter 5

Esther is graciously received: she inviteth the king and Aman to dinner, Aman prepareth a gibbet for Mardochai.


And on the third day Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's hall: now he sat upon his throne in the hall of the palace, over against the door of the house.


And when he saw Esther the queen standing, she pleased his eyes, and he held out toward her the golden sceptre, which he held in his hand and she drew near, and kissed the top of his sceptre.


And the king said to her: What wilt thou, queen Esther? what is thy request? if thou shouldst even ask one half of the kingdom, it shall be given to thee.


But she answered: If it please the king, I beseech thee to come to me this day, and Aman with thee to the banquet which I have prepared.


And the king said forthwith: Call ye Aman quickly, that he may obey Esther's will. So the king and Aman came to the banquet which the queen had prepared for them.


And the king said to her, after he had drunk wine plentifully: What dost thou desire should be given thee? and for what thing askest thou? although thou shouldst ask the half of my kingdom, thou shalt have it.


And Esther answered: My petition and request is this:


If I have found favour in the king's sight, and if it please the king to give me what I ask, and to fulfil my petition: let the king and Aman come to the banquet which I have prepared them, and to morrow I will open my mind to the king.


So Aman went out that day joyful and merry. And when he saw Mardochai sitting before the gate of the palace, and that he not only did not rise up to honour him, but did not so much as move from the place where he sat, he was exceedingly angry:


But dissembling his anger, and returning into his house, he called together to him his friends, and Zares his wife:


And he declared to them the greatness of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and with how great glory the king had advanced him above all his princes and servants.


And after this he said: Queen Esther also hath invited no other to the banquet with the king, but me: and with her I am also to dine to morrow with the king:


And whereas I have all these things, I think I have nothing, so long as I see Mardochai the Jew sitting before the king's gate.


Then Zares his wife, and the rest of his friends answered him: Order a great beam to be prepared, fifty cubits high, and in the morning speak to the king, that Mardochai may be hanged upon it, and so thou shalt go full of joy with the king to the banquet. The counsel pleased him, and he commanded a high gibbet to be prepared.


Esther Chapter 6


The king hearing of the good service done him by Mardochai, commandeth Aman to honour him next to the king, which he performeth.


That night the king passed without sleep, and he commanded the histories and chronicles of former times to be brought him. And when they were reading them before him,


They came to that place where it was written, how Mardochai had discovered the treason of Bagathan and Thares the eunuchs, who sought to kill king Assuerus.


And when the king heard this, he said: What honour and reward hath Mardochai received for this fidelity? His servants and ministers said to him: He hath received no reward at all.


No reward at all. . .He received some presents from the king, chap. 12.5; but these were so inconsiderable in the opinion of the courtiers, that they esteemed them as nothing at all.


And the king said immediately: Who is in the court? for Aman was coming in to the inner court of the king's house, to speak to the king, that he might order Mardochai to be hanged upon the gibbet, which was prepared for him.


The servants answered: Aman standeth in the court, and the king said: Let him come in.


And when he was come in, he said to him: What ought to be done to the man whom the king is desirous to honour? But Aman thinking in his heart, and supposing that the king would honour no other but himself,


Answered: The man whom the king desireth to honour,


Ought to be clothed with the king's apparel, and to be set upon the horse that the king rideth upon, and to have the royal crown upon his head,


And let the first of the king's princes and nobles hold his horse, and going through the street of the city, proclaim before him and say: Thus shall he be honoured, whom the king hath a mind to honour.


And the king said to him: Make haste and take the robe and the horse, and do as thou hast spoken to Mardochai the Jew, who sitteth before the gates of the palace. Beware thou pass over any of those things which thou hast spoken.


So Aman took the robe and the horse, and arraying Mardochai in the street of the city, and setting him on the horse, went before him, and proclaimed: This honour is he worthy of, whom the king hath a mind to honour.


But Mardochai returned to the palace gate: and Aman made haste to go to his house, mourning and having his head covered:


And he told Zares his wife, and his friends, all that had befallen him. And the wise men whom he had in counsel, and his wife answered him: If Mardochai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou canst not resist him, but thou shalt fall in his sight.


As they were yet speaking, the king's eunuchs came, and compelled him to go quickly to the banquet which the queen had prepared.


Esther Chapter 7

Esther's petition for herself and her people: Aman is hanged upon the gibbet he had prepared for Mardochai.


So the king and Aman went in, to drink with the queen.


And the king said to her again the second day, after he was warm with wine: What is thy petition, Esther, that it may be granted thee? and what wilt thou have done: although thou ask the half of my kingdom, thou shalt have it.


Then she answered: If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please thee, give me my life for which I ask, and my people for which I request.


For we are given up, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. And would God we were sold for bondmen and bondwomen: the evil might be borne with, and I would have mourned in silence: but now we have an enemy, whose cruelty redoundeth upon the king.


And king Assuerus answered and said: Who is this, and of what power, that he should do these things?


And Esther said: It is this Aman that is our adversary and most wicked enemy. Aman hearing this was forthwith astonished, not being able to bear the countenance of the king and of the queen.


But the king being angry rose up, and went from the place of the banquet into the garden set with trees. Aman also rose up to entreat Esther the queen for his life, for he understood that evil was prepared for him by the king.


And when the king came back out of the garden set with trees, and entered into the place of the banquet, he found Aman was fallen upon the bed on which Esther lay, and he said: He will force the queen also in my presence, in my own house. The word was not yet gone out of the king's mouth, and immediately they covered his face.


And Harbona, one of the eunuchs that stood waiting on the king, said: Behold the gibbet which he hath prepared for Mardochai, who spoke for the king, standeth in Aman's house, being fifty cubits high. And the king said to him: Hang him upon it.


So Aman was hanged on the gibbet, which he had prepared for Mardochai: and the king's wrath ceased.


Esther Chapter 8


Mardochai is advanced: Aman's letters are reversed.


On that day king Assuerus gave the house of Aman, the Jews' enemy, to queen Esther, and Mardochai came in before the king. For Esther had confessed to him that he was her uncle.


And the king took the ring which he had commanded to be taken again from Aman, and gave it to Mardochai. And Esther set Mardochai over her house.


And not content with these things, she fell down at the king's feet and wept, and speaking to him besought him, that he would give orders that the malice of Aman the Agagite, and his most wicked devices which he had invented against the Jews, should be of no effect.


But he, as the manner was, held out the golden sceptre with his hand, which was the sign of clemency: and she arose up and stood before him,


And said: If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and my request be not disagreeable to him, I beseech thee, that the former letters of Aman the traitor and enemy of the Jews, by which he commanded that they should be destroyed in all the king's provinces, may be reversed by new letters.


For how can I endure the murdering and slaughter of my people?


And king Assuerus answered Esther the queen, and Mardochai the Jew: I have given Aman's house to Esther, and I have commanded him to be hanged on a gibbet, because he durst lay hands on the Jews.


Write ye therefore to the Jews, as it pleaseth you in the king's name, and seal the letters with my ring. For this was the custom, that no man durst gainsay the letters which were sent in the king's name, and were sealed with his ring.


Then the king's scribes and secretaries were called for (now it was the time of the third month which is called Siban) the three and twentieth day of the month, and letters were written, as Mardochai had a mind, to the Jews, and to the governors, and to the deputies, and to the judges, who were rulers over the hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India even to Ethiopia: to province and province, to people and people, according to their languages and characters, and to the Jews, according as they could read and hear.


And these letters which were sent in the king's name, were sealed with his ring, and sent by posts: who were to run through all the provinces, to prevent the former letters with new messages.


And the king gave orders to them, to speak to the Jews in every city, and to command them to gather themselves together, and to stand for their lives, and to kill and destroy all their enemies with their wives and children and all their houses, and to take their spoil.


And one day of revenge was appointed through all the provinces, to wit, the thirteenth of the twelfth month Adar.


And this was the content of the letter, that it should be notified in all lands and peoples that were subject to the empire of king Assuerus, that the Jews were ready to be revenged of their enemies.


So the swift posts went out carrying the messages, and the king's edict was hung up in Susan.


And Mardochai going forth out of the palace, and from the king's presence, shone in royal apparel, to wit, of violet and sky colour, wearing a golden crown on his head, and clothed with a cloak of silk and purple. And all the city rejoiced, and was glad.


But to the Jews, a new light seemed to rise, joy, honour, and dancing.


And in all peoples, cities, and provinces, whithersoever the king's commandments came, there was wonderful rejoicing, feasts and banquets, and keeping holy day: Insomuch that many of other nations and religion, joined themselves to their worship and ceremonies. For a great dread of the name of the Jews had fallen upon all.


Esther Chapter 9

'The Jews kill their enemies that would have killed them. The days of Phurim are appointed to be kept holy.


So on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which as we have said above is called Adar, when all the Jews were designed to be massacred, and their enemies were greedy after their blood, the case being altered, the Jews began to have the upper hand, and to revenge themselves of their adversaries.


To revenge, etc. . .The Jews on this occasion, by authority from the king, were made executioners of the public justice, for punishing by death a crime worthy of death, viz., a malicious conspiracy for extirpating their whole nation.


And they gathered themselves together in every city, and town, and place, to lay their hands on their enemies, and their persecutors. And no one durst withstand them, for the fear of their power had gone through every people.


And the judges of the provinces, and the governors, and lieutenants, and every one in dignity, that presided over every place and work, extolled the Jews for fear of Mardochai:


For they knew him to be prince of the palace, and to have great power: and the fame of his name increased daily, and was spread abroad through all men's mouths.


So the Jews made a great slaughter of their enemies, and killed them, repaying according to what they had prepared to do to them:


Insomuch that even in Susan they killed five hundred men, besides the ten sons of Aman the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews: whose names are these:


Pharsandatha, and Delphon, and Esphatha


And Phoratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,


And Phermesta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Jezatha.


And when they had slain them, they would not touch the spoils of their goods.


And presently the number of them that were killed in Susan was brought to the king.


And he said to the queen: The Jews have killed five hundred men in the city of Susan, besides the ten sons of Aman: how many dost thou think they have slain in all the provinces? What askest thou more, and what wilt thou have me to command to be done?


And she answered: If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews, to do to morrow in Susan as they have done to day, and that the ten sons of Aman may be hanged upon gibbets.


And the king commanded that it should be so done. And forthwith the edict was hung up in Susan, and the ten sons of Aman were hanged.


And on the fourteenth day of the month Adar the Jews gathered themselves together, and they killed in Susan three hundred men: but they took not their substance.


Moreover through all the provinces which were subject to the king's dominion the Jews stood for their lives, and slew their enemies and persecutors: insomuch that the number of them that were killed amounted to seventy-five thousand, and no man took any of their goods.


Now the thirteenth day of the month Adar was the first day with them all of the slaughter, and on the fourteenth day they left off. Which they ordained to be kept holy day, so that all times hereafter they should celebrate it with feasting, joy, and banquets.


But they that were killing in the city of Susan, were employed in the slaughter on the thirteenth and fourteenth day of the same month: and on the fifteenth day they rested. And therefore they appointed that day to be a holy day of feasting and gladness.


But those Jews that dwelt in towns not walled and in villages, appointed the fourteenth day of the month Adar for banquets and gladness, so as to rejoice on that day, and send one another portions of their banquets and meats.


And Mardochai wrote all these things, and sent them comprised in letters to the Jews that abode in all the king's provinces, both those that lay near and those afar off,


That they should receive the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the month Adar for holy days, and always at the return of the year should celebrate them with solemn honour:


Because on those days the Jews revenged themselves of their enemies, and their mourning and sorrow were turned into mirth and joy, and that these should be days of feasting and gladness, in which they should send one to another portions of meats, and should give gifts to the poor.


And the Jews undertook to observe with solemnity all they had begun to do at that time, which Mardochai by letters had commanded to be done.


For Aman, the son of Amadathi of the race of Agag, the enemy and adversary of the Jews, had devised evil against them, to kill them and destroy them; and had cast Phur, that is, the lot.


And afterwards Esther went in to the king, beseeching him that his endeavours might be made void by the king's letters: and the evil that he had intended against the Jews, might return upon his own head. And so both he and his sons were hanged upon gibbets.


And since that time these days are called Phurim, that is, of lots: because Phur, that is, the lot, was cast into the urn. And all things that were done, are contained in the volume of this epistle, that is, of this book:


And the things that they suffered, and that were afterwards changed, the Jews took upon themselves and their seed, and upon all that had a mind to be joined to their religion, so that it should be lawful for none to pass these days without solemnity: which the writing testifieth, and certain times require, as the years continually succeed one another.


These are the days which shall never be forgot: and which all provinces in the whole world shall celebrate throughout all generations: neither is there any city wherein the days of Phurim, that is, of lots, must not be observed by the Jews, and by their posterity, which is bound to these ceremonies.


And Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mardochai the Jew, wrote also a second epistle, that with all diligence this day should be established a festival for the time to come.


And they sent to all the Jews that were in the hundred and twenty-seven provinces of king Assuerus, that they should have peace, and receive truth,


And observe the days of lots, and celebrate them with joy in their proper time: as Mardochai and Esther had appointed, and they undertook them to be observed by themselves and by their seed, fasts, and cries, and the days of lots,


And all things which are contained in the history of this book, which is called Esther.


Esther Chapter 10


Assuerus's greatness. Mardochai's dignity.


And king Assuerus made all the land, and all the islands of the sea tributary.


And his strength and his empire, and the dignity and greatness wherewith he exalted Mardochai, are written in the books of the Medes, and of the Persians:


And how Mardochai of the race of the Jews, was next after king Assuerus: and great among the Jews, and acceptable to the people of his brethren, seeking the good of his people, and speaking those things which were for the welfare of his seed.


Then Mardochai said: God hath done these things.


Then Mardochai, etc. . .Here St. Jerome advertiseth the reader, that what follows is not in the Hebrew, but is found in the septuagint Greek edition, which the seventy-two interpreters translated out of the Hebrew, or added by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.


I remember a dream that I saw, which signified these same things: and nothing thereof hath failed.


A dream. . .This dream was prophetical and extraordinary: otherwise the general rule is not to observe dreams.


The little fountain which grew into a river, and was turned into a light, and into the sun, and abounded into many waters, is Esther, whom the king married, and made queen.


But the two dragons are I and Aman.


The nations that were assembled are they that endeavoured to destroy the name of the Jews.


And my nation is Israel, who cried to the Lord, and the Lord saved his people: and he delivered us from all evils, and hath wrought great signs and wonders among the nations:


And he commanded that there should be two lots, one of the people of God, and the other of all the nations.


And both lots came to the day appointed already from that time before God to all nations:


And the Lord remembered his people, and had mercy on his inheritance.


And these days shall be observed in the month of Adar on the fourteenth, and fifteenth day of the same month, with all diligence, and joy of the people gathered into one assembly, throughout all the generations hereafter of the people of Israel.


Esther Chapter 11

The dream of Mardochai, which in the ancient Greek and Latin Bibles was into the beginning of the book, but was detached by St. Jerome, and put in this place.


In the fourth year of the reign of Ptolemy and Cleopatra, Dositheus, who said he was a priest, and of the Levitical race, and Ptolemy his son brought this epistle of Phurim, which they said Lysimachus the son of Ptolemy had interpreted in Jerusalem.


In the second year of the reign of Artaxerxes the great, in the first day of the month Nisan, Mardochai the son of Jair, the son of Semei, the son of Cis, of the tribe of Benjamin:


A Jew who dwelt in the city of Susan, a great man and among the first of the king's court, had a dream.


Now he was of the number of the captives, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of Juda:


And this was his dream: Behold there were voices, and tumults, and thunders, and earthquakes, and a disturbance upon the earth.


And behold two great dragons came forth ready to fight one against another.


And at their cry all nations were stirred up to fight against the nation of the just.


And that was a day of darkness and danger, of tribulation and distress, and great fear upon the earth.


And the nation of the just was troubled fearing their own evils, and was prepared for death.


And they cried to God: and as they were crying, a little fountain grew into a very great river, and abounded into many waters.


The light and the sun rose up, and the humble were exalted, and they devoured the glorious.


And when Mardochai had seen this, and arose out of his bed, he was thinking what God would do: and he kept it fixed in his mind, desirous to know what the dream should signify.


Esther Chapter 12


Mardochai detects the conspiracy of the two eunuchs.


And he abode at that time in the king's court with Bagatha and Thara the king's eunuchs, who were porters of the palace.


And when he understood their designs, and had diligently searched into their projects, he learned that they went about to lay violent hands on king Artaxerxes, and he told the king thereof.


Then the king had them both examined, and after they had confessed, commanded them to be put to death.


But the king made a record of what was done: and Mardochai also committed the memory of the thing to writing.


And the king commanded him, to abide in the court of the palace, and gave him presents for the information.


But Aman the son of Amadathi the Bugite was in great honour with the king, and sought to hurt Mardochai and his people, because of the two eunuchs of the king who were put to dea


Esther Chapter 13

A copy of a letter sent by Aman to destroy the Jews. Mardochai's prayer for the people.


And this was the copy of the letter: Artaxerxes the great king who reigneth from India to Ethiopia, to the princes and governors of the hundred and twenty-seven provinces, that are subject to his empire, greeting.


Whereas I reigned over many nations, and had brought all the world under my dominion, I was not willing to abuse the greatness of my power, but to govern my subjects with clemency and that they might live quietly without any terror, and might enjoy peace, which is desired by all men,


But when I asked my counsellors how this might be accomplished, one that excelled the rest in wisdom and fidelity, and was second after the king, Aman by name,


Told me that there was a people scattered through the whole world, which used new laws, and acted against the customs of all nations, despised the commandments of kings, and violated by their opposition the concord of all nations.


Wherefore having learned this, and seeing one nation in opposition to all mankind using perverse laws, and going against our commandments, and disturbing the peace and concord of the provinces subject to us,


We have commanded that all whom Aman shall mark out, who is chief over all the provinces, and second after the king, and whom we honour as a father, shall be utterly destroyed by their enemies, with their wives and children, and that none shall have pity on them, on the fourteenth day of the twelfth month Adar of this present year:


That these wicked men going down to hell in one day, may restore to our empire the peace which they had disturbed.


But Mardochai besought the Lord, remembering all his works,


And said: O Lord, Lord, almighty king, for all things are in thy power, and there is none that can resist thy will, if thou determine to save Israel.


Thou hast made heaven and earth and all things that are under the cope of heaven.


Thou art Lord of all, and there is none that can resist thy majesty.


Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest that it was not out of pride and or any desire of glory, that I refused to worship the proud Aman,


(For I would willingly and readily for the salvation of Israel have kissed even the steps of his feet,)


But I feared lest I should transfer the honour of my God to a man, and lest I should adore any one except my God.


And now, O Lord, O king, O God of Abraham, have mercy on thy people, because our enemies resolve to destroy us, and extinguish thy inheritance.


Despise not thy portion, which thou hast redeemed for thyself out of Egypt.


Hear my supplication, and be merciful to thy lot and inheritance, and turn our mourning into joy, that we may live and praise thy name, O Lord, and shut not the mouths of them that sing to thee.


And all Israel with like mind and supplication cried to the Lord, because they saw certain death hanging over their heads.


Esther Chapter 14


The prayer of Esther for herself and her people.


Queen Esther also, fearing the danger that was at hand, had recourse to the Lord.


And when she had laid away her royal apparel, she put on garments suitable for weeping and mourning: instead of divers precious ointments, she covered her head with ashes and dung, and she humbled her body with fasts: and all the places in which before she was accustomed to rejoice, she filled with her torn hair.


And she prayed to the Lord the God of Israel, saying: O my Lord, who alone art our king, help me a desolate woman, and who have no other helper but thee.


My danger is in my hands.


I have heard of my father that thou, O Lord, didst take Israel from among all nations, and our fathers from all their predecessors, to possess them as an everlasting inheritance, and thou hast done to them as thou hast promised.


We have sinned in thy sight, and therefore thou hast delivered us into the hands of our enemies:


For we have worshipped their gods. Thou art just, O Lord.


And now they are not content to oppress us with most hard bondage, but attributing the strength of their hands to the power of their idols.


They design to change thy promises, and destroy thy inheritance, and shut the mouths of them that praise thee, and extinguish the glory of thy temple and altar,


That they may open the mouths of Gentiles, and praise the strength of idols, and magnify for ever a carnal king.


Give not, O Lord, thy sceptre to them that are not, lest they laugh at our ruin: but turn their counsel upon themselves, and destroy him that hath begun to rage against us.


Remember, O Lord, and shew thyself to us in the time of our tribulation, and give me boldness, O Lord, king of gods, and of all power:


Give me a well ordered speech in my mouth in the presence of the lion, and turn his heart to the hatred of our enemy, that both he himself may perish, and the rest that consent to him.


But deliver us by thy hand, and help me, who have no other helper, but thee, O Lord, who hast the knowledge of all things.


And thou knowest that I hate the glory of the wicked, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcised, and of every stranger.


Thou knowest my necessity, that I abominate the sign of my pride and glory, which is upon my head in the days of my public appearance, and detest it as a menstruous rag, and wear it not in the days of my silence,


And that I have not eaten at Aman's table, nor hath the king's banquet pleased me, and that I have not drunk the wine of the drink offerings:


And that thy handmaid hath never rejoiced, since I was brought hither unto this day but in thee, O Lord, the God of Abraham.


O God, who art mighty above all, hear the voice of them, that have no other hope, and deliver us from the hand of the wicked, and deliver me from my fear.


Esther Chapter 15

Esther comes into the king's presence: she is terrified, but God turns his heart.


And he commanded her (no doubt but he was Mardochai) to go to the king, and petition for her people, and for her country.


Remember, (said he,) the days of thy low estate, how thou wast brought up by my hand, because Aman the second after the king hath spoken against us unto death.


And do thou call upon the Lord, and speak to the king for us, and deliver us from death.


And on the third day she laid away the garments she wore, and put on her glorious apparel.


And glittering in royal robes, after she had called upon God the ruler and Saviour of all, she took two maids with her,


And upon one of them she leaned, as if for delicateness and overmuch tenderness she were not able to bear up her own body.


And the other maid followed her lady, bearing up her train flowing on the ground.


But she with a rosy colour in her face, and with gracious and bright eyes hid a mind full of anguish, and exceeding great fear.


So going in she passed through all doors in order, and stood before the king, where he sat upon his royal throne, clothed with his royal robes, and glittering with gold, and precious stones, and he was terrible to behold.


And when he had lifted up his countenance, and with burning eyes had shewn the wrath of his heart, the queen sunk down, and her colour turned pale, and she rested her weary head upon her handmaid.


And God changed the king's spirit into mildness, and all in haste and in fear he leaped from his throne, and holding her up in his arms, till she came to herself, caressed her with these words:


What is the matter, Esther? I am thy brother, fear not.


Thou shalt not die: for this law is not made for thee, but for all others.


Come near then, and touch the sceptre.


And as she held her peace, he took the golden sceptre, and laid it upon her neck, and kissed her, and said: Why dost thou not speak to me?


She answered: I saw thee, my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of thy majesty.


For thou, my lord, art very admirable, and thy face is full of graces.


And while she was speaking, she fell down again, and was almost in a swoon.


But the king was troubled, and all his servants comforted her.


Esther Chapter 16


A copy of the king's letter in favour of the Jews.


The great king Artaxerxes, from India to Ethiopia, to the governors and princes of a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, which obey our command, sendeth greeting.


From India to Ethiopia. . .That is, who reigneth from India to Ethiopia.


Many have abused unto pride the goodness of princes, and the honour that hath been bestowed upon them:


And not only endeavour to oppress the king's subjects, but not bearing the glory that is given them, take in hand, to practise also against them that gave it.


Neither are they content not to return thanks for benefits received, and to violate in themselves the laws of humanity, but they think they can also escape the justice of God who seeth all things.


And they break out into so great madness, as to endeavour to undermine by lies such as observe diligently the offices committed to them, and do all things in such manner as to be worthy of all men's praise,


While with crafty fraud they deceive the ears of princes that are well meaning, and judge of others by their own nature.


Now this is proved both from ancient histories, and by the things which are done daily, how the good designs of kings are depraved by the evil suggestions of certain men.


Wherefore we must provide for the peace of all provinces.


Neither must you think, if we command different things, that it cometh of the levity of our mind, but that we give sentence according to the quality and necessity of times, as the profit of the commonwealth requireth.


Now that you may more plainly understand what we say, Aman the son of Amadathi, a Macedonian both in mind and country, and having nothing of the Persian blood, but with his cruelty staining our goodness, was received being a stranger by us:


And found our humanity so great towards him, that he was called our father, and was worshipped by all as the next man after the king:


  1. Esther means Star of the East.
  2. The book of Esther is never mentioned or quoted in the New Testament.
  3. God is not mentioned in the book of Esther.
  4. The book of Esther teaches the reality of God's divine Providence.
  5. Ruth was a Gentile who married a Jew; Esther was a Jew who married a Gentile.
  6. Mordecai was Esther's cousin.
  7. Hadassah is Esther's Hebrew name.
  8. All the letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found in Esther 3:13
  9. The Hebrew word Mishteh, meaning "banquet" occurs 20 times in Esther (which is equal to ALL the other times it is found in the rest of the Bible)
  10. The longest verse in the Bible appears in Esther. It has 43 words in Hebrew (and approximately 90 words in the English translation) It appears in Esther 8:9
  • According to Dr. David L. Brown's Iraq in the Bible, which has recently circulated the Internet:

    Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But, do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

    The first world Empire was in Iraq. Daniel 1:1-2 & 2:36-38

    The events of the book of Esther took place in Iraq.

    No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.

  • Purim will occur on the following days of our present-day calendar. Remember that all Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the day before the date specified:


      • March 18, 2003 (Jewish Year 5763)
      • March 7, 2004 (Jewish Year 5764)
      • March 25, 2005 (Jewish Year 5765)
      • March 14, 2006 (Jewish Year 5766)
      • March 4, 2007 (Jewish Year 5767)

Queen Esther saves All the Jews (Book of Esther):

    This is the story of a beautiful Jewish woman, Esther (from the Hebrew meaning star, happiness), who became Queen of Persia when King Ahasuerus (or Xerxes ) married her without knowing she was a Jew. She was a Jewess of the tribe of Benjamin, daughter of Abihail, and bore before her accession to the throne the name of Hádássah (Edissa, meaning myrtle).
    Her family had been deported from Jerusalem to Babylon in the time of Jechonias (599 B.C.). On the death of her parents she was adopted by her father's brother, Mordecai or Mardochai, who then dwelt in Susan, the capital of Persia... he guided her and became a gatekeeper for the king to stay close to Esther.
    Haman or Aman, the prime minister, a wicked person, is offended when Mordecai refuses to bow down to him. Haman devises to have Mordecai hanged, and plans a massive persecution and a massacre, killing all the Jews in the world in one day!...  Mordecai, however, is honored by the king for reporting a plot against the king's life and the wicked Haman is eventually executed instead.
    Queen Esther, after many prayers and fasting for three days, persuaded the king to kill Haman and grant Mordecai the king's "signet ring" and the right to save the Jews. The king ordered that Aman should be hanged on the gibbet prepared for Mordecai, and, confiscating his property, bestowed it upon the intended victim. He charged Mordecai to address to all the governors of Persia letters authorizing the Jews to defend themselves and to kill all those who, by virtue of the previous decree, should attack them. During two days the Jews took a bloody revenge on their enemies in Susan and other cities.
    The festival of Purim commemorates this victory... the saving of the Jews by Esther. The word "Purim" is used because Haman determined by lot (pûr, pl. pûrîm), that the massacre should take place a twelvemonth hence.
    It is a Book with pious prayers by all the Jews for Esther when she is ready to intercede to the King... and beautiful prayers of Mordocai (Est.13) and of Esther (Est.14).


What is a Prophet?

Many people today think of a prophet as any person who sees the future. While the gift of prophecy certainly includes the ability to see the future, a prophet is far more than just a person with that ability.

A prophet is basically a spokesman for G-d, a person chosen by G-d to speak to people on G-d's behalf and convey a message or teaching. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to G-d. They set the standards for the entire community.

The Hebrew word for a prophet, navi (Nun-Bet-Yod-Alef) comes from the term niv sefatayim meaning "fruit of the lips," which emphasizes the prophet's role as a speaker.

The Talmud teaches that there were hundeds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left Egypt, which was 600,000. But most of the prophets conveyed messages that were intended solely for their own generation and were not reported in scripture. Scripture identifies only 55 prophets of Israel.

A prophet is not necessarily a man. Scripture records the stories of seven female prophets, listed below, and the Talmud reports that Sarah's prophetic ability was superior to Abraham's.

A prophet is not necessarily a Jew. The Talmud reports that there were prophets among the gentiles (most notably Balaam, whose story is told in Numbers 22), although they were not as elevated as the prophets of Israel (as the story of Balaam demonstrates). And some of the prophets, such as Jonah, were sent on missions to speak to the gentiles.

According to some views, prophecy is not a gift that is arbitrarily confered upon people; rather, it is the culmination of a person's spiritual and ethical development. When a person reaches a sufficient level of spiritual and ethical achievement, the Shechinah (Divine Spirit) comes to rest upon him or her. Likewise, the gift of prophecy leaves the person if that person lapses from his or her spiritual and ethical perfection.

The greatest of the prophets was Moses. It is said that Moses saw all that all of the other prophets combined saw, and more. Moses saw the whole of the Torah, including the Prophets and the Writings that were written hundeds of years later. All subsequent prophecy was merely an expression of what Moses had already seen. Thus, it is taught that nothing in the Prophets or the Writings can be in conflict with Moses's writings, because Moses saw it all in advance.

The Talmud states that the writings of the prophets will not be necessary in the World to Come, because in that day, all people will be mentally, spiritually and ethically perfect, and all will have the gift of prophecy.





Using the Jewish method of recording years, the number 707 can represent the year 5707 on the Jewish calendar. Webster's NewWorld Hebrew Dictionary states: "In practice . . . the thousands are skipped and the Jewish year is referred to by quoting, in Jewish numerical symbols, the figure from the hundreds down" (Introduction, The Jewish Calender, p. xxiv).

As shown above, 5707 on the Jewish calendar was the year that the 10 Nazi war criminals were hanged for their crime of attempting to eradicate the Jewish people. For centuries Jews who read the book of Esther had the future date for the fulfillment of her prophecy there in plain sight, but it could not be deciphered until the event actually occurred!


The Ten Sons

Haman was hung on the gallows he had constructed for Mordecai immediately following the banquet with Esther and the king. His ten sons, however, were slain at a much later date, the time designated for the slaughter of the Jewish people according to Haman’s decree. That date being 13 Adar.

Each son’s name is listed separately in scripture. Names are listed in scripture to show a special significance, in this case to show that each son was prominent. In addition, the names of the ten sons are written singly; each on a separate line of text. Usually when names, or other words, are set apart in Hebrew scripture, they are stacked in the manner of bricks: one whole over two halves, etc. This is not the case with the names of Haman’s sons. Their names are written as whole name over whole name, thus showing a weakness in the foundation. In other words, though Haman’s sons enjoyed power and prosperity, they were easily defeated.

The Vav

There is another reason why the ten names hold a special significance. Remember that the Megillah, the Hebrew scroll of Esther, is written in Hebrew. One letter stands differently than the other Hebrew characters in the text. This vav is the first letter of the last son’s name. The letter also appears larger than the other Hebrew characters; therefore, special significance is drawn.

The rabbis taught that this letter is larger in order to show the manner of death of the ten sons. The larger vav, I, which resembles a large stake, represents a very large gallows upon which they believed the 10 sons were "hung" one above the other, rather than 10 separate gallows.

The term gallows is misleading for modern readers. The sons, and Haman himself, were not hung by a noose which is representative of capital punishment in the old west. Rather, the victims of hanging in Persian times were impaled on a large stake and left to hang for public exhibition. This would lend some credence to what the rabbis suspected.

The rabbis also speculated another reason the vav in the last son’s name is larger. They taught that the vav pointed to the sixth millennium. The letter vav is the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and is used for the number six. It is also a letter that is used to indicate man, as man was created on the sixth day. If Adam had not sinned, he would have remained immortal. However, when he sinned, he became mortal. The recording of the generations in scripture makes a distinction involving the vav.

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the L-rd G-d made the earth and the heavens,




THE most important book in the Bible for you to study now, and that most nearly about to be fulfilled, is one of the most mystic books in the Old Testament, the book of Esther.

This book is a mystic prophecy, written in the form of an actual history. If I give you the key, the clue of the threadof it, it will be! the easiest thing in the world to unravel the whole.

The great King Assuerus, who had all the world under his dominion, and possessed the wealth of all the nations, is the genius of the age.

Queen Vasthi, who for her disobedience to the king was deposed from her royal seat, is the orthodox Catholic Church.

The Jews, scattered among the nations under the dominion of the king, are the true Israel of God.

Mardochi the Jew represents the spirit of intuitive reason and understanding.

His enemy Aman is the spirit of materialism, taken into the favour and protection of the genius of the age, and exalted to the highest place in the world's councils after the deposition of the orthodox religion.

Now Aman has a wife and ten sons.

Esther--who, under the care and tuition of Mardochi, is brought up pure and virgin--is that spirit of love and sympathetic interpretation which shall redeem the world.

I have told you that it shall be redeemed by a "woman."

Now the several philosophical systems by which the councillors of the age propose to replace the dethroned Church are one by one submitted to the judgment of the age; and Esther, coming last, shall find favour.

Six years shall she be anointed with oil of myrrh, that is, with study and training severe and bitter, that she may be proficient in intellectual knowledge, as must all systems which seek the favour of the age.

And six years with sweet perfumes, that is, with the gracious loveliness of the imagery and poetry of the faiths of the past, that religion may not be lacking in sweetness and beauty.

But she shall not seek to put on any of those adornments of dogma, or of mere sense, which, by trick of priestcraft, former systems have used to gain power or favour with the world and the age, and for which they have been found wanting.

Now there come out of the darkness and the storm which shall arise upon the earth, two dragons. 

And they fight and tear each other, until there arises a star, a fountain of light, a queen, who is Esther.

I have given you the key. Unlock the meaning of all that is written.

I do not tell you if in the history of the past these voices had part in the world of men.

If they had, guess now who were Mardochi and Esther.

But I tell you that which shall be in the days about to come. 



It has been suggested a study of Zechariah 12 be done, that the prophecy describes the events that are recorded in the book of Esther. This is an interesting and plausable thesis, but one particular point is especially stimulating: It is suggested that the references to "Judah and Jerusalem" in Zechariah 12 are literal references to Haman's attacks on the capital city of the Jews. Thus, though Jerusalem is never mentioned in Esther, the fact that Haman seeks to attack Jews "scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom" (Esth 3:8) suggests that he would be attacking Jerusalem as well.

This seems obvious once it is pointed out. By the time Esther takes place, after all, Jews have already been released to return to the land, and have been rebuilding the temple. This restoration inspires confidence among Jews, which takes a distorted form in Mordecai's arrogant nationalistic Judaism. Haman would undoubtedly have seen that Jerusalem was the source of the problem, and would have wanted to strike at the head and not merely at the tail. This also strengthens Jim Jordan's interpretation of Ezekiel 38-39, which he understands as a prophecy of the events of the book of Esther as well.



Jeremiah's Seventy Years

The next question that has been asked is a little puzzling. Jeremiah said (29:10) that after seventy years in the Babylonian exile, G-d would bring the Jews back to Israel. As a comfort to those who would soon be exiled, Jeremiah told them that the exile would be short. The Gemara in Megillah (12a) says that Daniel, while in Babylonia, tried to calculate when the seventy years ended and made a mistake in the calculations. How is this a problem with Jeremiah's prophecy? He told them that the exile would be short and Daniel was slightly mistaken about how short. In fact, the book of Ezra begins by demonstrating that this prophecy came true (see Ezra 1:1-4).

Indeed, this prophecy came true in many different ways. Esther Rabbah (2:11) tells us based on Esther (1:7) that Achashverosh used utensils from the Holy Temple. However, this is difficult because in Ezra (1:7-8) we are told that Cyrus had previously sent the utensils from the Temple to Israel. If the utensils had already been sent to Israel, how could Achashverosh use them in Shushan? The Ramban (Chiddushim on Talmud, Megillah, end of first chapter) answers this beautifully. We know from Daniel (1:2) that when Yehoyakim was exiled, some of the utensils from the Temple were taken to Babylonia. Eighteen years later, when the Temple was destroyed, the remaining utensils were taken (Jeremiah 52:17-23).

Seventy years after Yehoyakim's exile, in fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy, Cyrus gave the Jews permission to return to Israel and rebuild the Holy Temple (Ezra 1:1). This did not end up allowing the Jews to rebuild the Temple, as explained in the book of Ezra, because it had only been fifty two years since the destruction of the Temple. However, some people and, as Ramban points out, some but not all utensils were allowed to return to Israel. The remaining utensils stayed in exile until seventy years from their exile had passed. Not only was Jeremiah's prophecy fulfilled, it was even fulfilled with the utensils of the Temple.


Spoke 17

God's Lot for His Enemies

Isaiah 17 Esther

Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Isaiah 17

And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. ... wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai. In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

Esther 3.5f

The Seventeenth Book of the Bible is one of two that does not explicitly mention any name of God. The reasons for this have long been seen as of deliberate divine design. The book of Esther reveals the hidden hand of God in what appears to be random events, such as wicked Haman's casting of the Pur, that is, the Lot (cf. Megillat Esther: Unveiling the Hidden).

This is, of course, the only way to understand the reality of the Holy Bible, Prophecy, and its divine structure in the form of the Wheel. And here with the incredible KeyLinks between Isaiah 17 and the 17th Book, we see Esther doing double duty providing evidence of God's hidden hand in both its message found in the plain text and in its geometric integration with the rest of Scripture.

The word Pur does not occur outside the book of Esther, but its synonym Goral (S# 1486) does. Beginning in Esther 3.5 we read:

And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai. In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them. If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.

Goral (Lot) appears 77 times, most frequently in Joshua where it was used under the direct command of God to determine each tribes inheritance in the land. In the Book of Isaiah, it appears only three times, which gives a 3/66 or 1/22 chance of it randomly falling in Isaiah 17 (corresponding to the Book of Esther). That's a little less than a 5% chance - not very good odds, but certainly not impossible.

These odds shift somewhat when we read the context in which the lot appears in Isaiah - it is speaking of what happens to those who seek to destroy God's People:

This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

The word translated as rob is bazaz (S# 962). It is translated as "prey" in Esther 3 as part of the destruction ordered by wicked Haman after he received his lot:

Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring. And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

Isaiah 17 and Chapter 3 of Esther are the only chapters in all the Bible that mention both Goral and Bazaz. We have therefore, this KeyLink declaring the eternal perfection of God's Holy Word:

KeyLink: God's Lot for His Enemies
Isaiah 17Bible 17

I challenge anyone to try to calculate the odds of this KeyLink happening by chance! The answer is in fact zero because there is no principle that demands Isaiah use either the word goral nor bazaz in any of his writings, let alone in a mathematically perfect integration with the order of the Christian Canon! Glory to God in the Highest! Hallelujah to the Name of the Most High God!

Yet for all this, we have just begun. Returning to Isaiah 17.12, we see God's description of the nations seeking to destroy Israel. I give an interlinear translation so God's Miracle can be clearly seen:

The second word from the right - Hamon (S# 1995) - differs from the name of the wicked Hamon by nothing but the vowel letter Vav. This means that the name of the enemy of God's people, who used a lot to find the time to rob and kill them, is implicit here in Isaiah 17 along with everything else that points to the Book of Esther. Oh Glory to God! How I tremble when I open His Holy Word!

Looking at the last word - Yehemayon - we see one of the Purim traditions, the making of loud noises! This word is from the root Hamah (S# 1993) which is closely related to Hamon and the name of Haman, the archvillain of Esther! Jews typically spin a mechanical noisemaking device - grogger - to make a loud grating sound to drown out the name of Haman when the Scroll of Esther is read. We have here a complete convergence of Rabbinbical tradition, the meaning of the Hebrew Letters, and the structure of the Christian Canon in the form of the Wheel! Praise God! His wonders never cease! This is the very wisdom of Almighty God - enacted in the History of Israel and enshrined forever in His Holy Word.


During the period of time between the destruction of the First Temple and the building of the Second Temple, the Jews came very close to being anihilated because of the evil scheming of Haman with the King of Persia, Achashverosh.

Because of the clandestine intervention of Hashem, using Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai as His messengers, the Jews were spared, and instead the nation of Israel was able to avenge themselves against their enemies. In order to commemorate these miraculous turn of events, we celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar (and in walled cities such as Jerusalem, on the 15th of Adar) with feasts, sending gifts of food to our friends and the needy, and with the reading of the Megilla, the story of Purim.

The Fast of Esther is held on the day before Purim. We fast the whole day in order to commemorate the fast that Esther fasted before she went before the King Achashverosh to plead for mercy for the Jews. On this day we remember the dire situation that the Jews were faced with in those days and many times throughout history.

This year, 5765 (2004-2005), the Fast of Esther falls on March 24, 2005.

Purim falls on March 25, 2005. In the walled cities of Israel - such as Jerusalem and Safed - Purim is celebrated on the 15 of Adar, which this year falls on March 26, 2005.

Purim: Basic Concepts And Laws

by Chaim Coffman

The Month of Adar

The Talmud (Ta'anis 29a) tells us that "Just as from when the month of Av enters, we minimize our happiness, so too from when the month of Adar enters, we increase our happiness." In Adar, the nation of Israel was saved from annihilation. The Jewish people, who lived throughout the empire of Achashverosh, were faced with certain death. Through a miraculous turn of events, this threat was removed and the Jews were saved. There was celebration everywhere. The Jews renewed their commitment to Torah. It was a time of overwhelming happiness. Our souls experienced a redemption: the Jews were threatened with death as a punishment for their sins, and because they repented, they were saved. The Jews raised their commitment to G-d and the Torah to new levels. It is for this spiritual redemption that we celebrate throughout the entire month of Adar.

Parshas Zachor

The Shabbos that precedes Purim is called Parshat Zachor. Zachor means to remember and the maftir aliya (the last one of the seven people called to the Torah) is read "Remember what Amalek did to you on the way, upon your departure from Egypt... You shall erase the memory of Amalek from the heavens, you shall not forget." The Sages tell us that "remember" means orally and "You shall not forget" means at heart. In order to fulfill the commandment, we read this passage from a Torah scroll, once every year, on the Shabbos before Purim so that wiping out Amalek is adjacent to the wiping out of Haman, a descendant of Amalek. Even though parshat Zachor is a positive command bound to time which women are normally exempt from, nonetheless women should try and make every effort to come to shul.

The Fast of Esther

The Fast of Esther is the day before Purim on the 13th of Adar. The fast is observed in memory of the Fast observed by Mordechai and Esther and all of Israel. It was on that same day that the enemies of the Jews had planned to subjugate and destroy them. The fast is called by Esther's name because she was the one to request the observance of a fast to Mordechai as it says, "Go and gather all the Jews who are found in Shushan and fast over me, and do not eat and do not drink three days, night and day; and I and my maidens will also fast thus." (Esther 4:16). Don't worry, the fast we observe is not for a three day period, nor is it on the same date. The original fast was observed by Esther and the entire Jewish people on the 14th, 15th and 16th of Nissan, immediately after Mordechai was informed of Haman's decree and of the letter of annihilation which Haman wrote on the 13th of Nissan. We fast on the 13th of Adar in memory of the day of the mobilization for war against the enemies.

The Half-Shekel

On the 13th of Adar during Minchah (afternoon prayers), it is customary to give three halves of the coin which is the basis of the local currency. This money goes to the poor. The reason for the half-shekel is in memory of the half-shekel that was given when the Temple still stood and whose collection was announced on the first of Adar. In Israel, people generally use three 1/2 shekel coins while in America, people generally use three half dollars. In a place which has no coin designated as a half-shekel, it is customary for the gabbaim (sexton) to bring three halves of silver coins which are issued elsewhere, and to give these coins in exchange, to anyone who makes his contribution in the coins available to him. After performing the mitzvah, one gives the three half-shekels to the gabbaim so that others may also be able to observe the custom properly. What does one do for other members of the family, such as his wife and children? One gives the half-shekel for each of the members of the household including, in the case of a pregnant woman, for the unborn child. Others have the custom to pick up the three coins as many times as one has children. The reason we use three half-shekels is that the term trumah (contribution) is mentioned three times in the Torah portion of Ki-Tissa, in the account of the mitzvah of the half-shekel.

The Days of Purim

Purim can either fall on the 14th of Adar or the 15th of Adar, depending upon where you live. The reason for this is because the Jews of Shushan originally observed the festival on a different day than the Jews who lived elsewhere. In the other provinces the Jews waged war on the 13th and observed the 14th as a day of festivity and rejoicing. The Jews of Shushan waged war during the 13th and 14th of the month and observed the 15th as a day of festivity and rejoicing.

Therefore, Purim celebrated on the 14th of Adar is called Purim of the Open Cities while Purim on the 15th of Adar is called Purim of the Walled Cities. In our days, the only city that has the status of Shushan and therefore celebrates Purim on the 15th is Jerusalem. In a number of other places, the scroll of Esther is also read on the 15th of Adar because of a doubt. In those communities, the essential observance of Purim is fixed for the 14th of Adar (since this is when everyone reads the Megilah) and though the reading of the Megilah is repeated on the 15th, the bracha which precedes the Megilah reading is not recited.

The Observance of the Day

There are four mitzvot which on Purim: the reading of the Megilah, festivity and rejoicing, the sending of gifts and gifts to the poor.

  • Reading of the Megilah: One is required to read the Megilah both by day and night. One may read the Megilah all night until dawn and from sunrise til sunset. If one has read the megilah even before sunrise, but at least after dawn, he has fulfilled his obligation to read the Megilah. Both men and women are obligated to hear the Megilah.
  • Feasting and Rejoicing: It is a mitzvah to have a sumptuous meal on Purim, including meat dishes and wine. This feast must be held during the day. When Purim is in on Erev Shabbos (the day preceding Shabbos) (as it is in Jerusalem in 5758) one must begin his meal early in the afternoon before Mincha (afternoon prayers) in order that one finish early enough so as to have a good appetite for the Shabbos meal.

    The miracle of Purim came through wine. Vashti's downfall and Haman's downfall came through a wine feast! There is also a custom to drinking til intoxication as our Sages tell us, "A person is obligated to drink on Purim til he no longer knows the difference between cursed is Haman and blessed is Modechai." If one fears that he may be harmed by excessive drinking of wine or come to levity thereby or even forget the required brachot one is required to make, drinking excessively is forbidden.

  • Gifts for the Poor: One is required to give at least two gifts to two poor people on Purim, in other words, one gift to each. Even a poor person who subsists on charity is required to perform this mitzvah. This obligation can be fulfilled through food or drink or even clothing. The gift should be a sufficient gift to buy bread. The gifts to the poor are given during the day, usually after the reading of the Megilah.
  • Gifts to one another: One must give a gift which consists of two portions to another person. Men and women are included in this mitzvah. The food must consist of something edible or drinkable without further cooking or preparation. One may send meat, fish. cooked pastry, wine and other beverages. These gifts should be sent to as many people as one chooses but they should be sufficient to convey regard for the recipient. If at all possible, these gifts should be sent by messengers, rather than delivered personally because the Megilah uses the word mishloach (sending).
Hebrew legacy.

This lineage was promised to Abraham by God in the Bible: "I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore... All the nations of the world shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience." (Gen.22:17-18).

The third major nation to attack the House of Israel was Babylon.

One hundred years after the northern tribes fell to the Assyrians, Nebuchadnezzar led the forces of Babylon into Jerusalem and carried away the last two tribes (Judah and Benjamine), transporting them to the banks of the Euphrates where they were held in bondage for seventy years.

This event created the base on which the the Bible has brought to a focus every attack ever made against the House of Israel. Babylon's very name has become the scriptural cryptogram for all empires opposing God's people. As a result, most of us now see Babylon and the work of Satan in synonymous terms.

The destruction of Babylon by Persia, (announced the night before it happened by Daniel) presages the ultimate destruction of this sinful world by eastern forces in the last days; and the Persian decree which set the Jews free from Babylon, anticipates a future declaration that will end Babylon's reign over Israel forever.

The fourth assault against the House of Israel came from Persia itself. This attack, documented in the Bible's Book of Esther, came in the form of a Persian proclamation sentencing all Jews to death -- a sentence typifying Satan's own decree.

In the pages of the Book of Esther we are shown vivid symbols of the hierarchy of God's kingdom and it's principle figures. In this story the king alludes to Jesus; the first wife (Vashti) to the old creation; the new bride (Esther) to the new creation; her guardian (Mordecai) to Michael the Archangel; and the wicked prince trying to exterminate the Jewish race (Haman) to Satan and his Beast.

The book unfolds its analogy in an allegorical format; and it culminates in the ultimate salvation of the people of God from a death sentence initiated by Haman -- a high official in the Persian court -- a man who is ultimately put to death on the very gallows he built to destroy the Hebrew race.

These circumstances not only duplicate the biblical image of the House of Israel under siege by Satan (the 'Accuser' who has condemned us before God and petitioned for our deaths) they bring into focus the actions of the Rebel to come who will duplicate all these things one final time at the end of the world.

At that time, the whole tenant of the Bible's story of Esther will be repeated once again in a fatal decree which will be issued by the Rebel when he overthrows the church in Rome, taking back his throne; and then gathers his armies around Jerusalem in an attempt to make his dictum final.

The fact that Haman (a non-Persian who had risen to the highest ranks of the Persian court) tried to use his office to exterminate the Jews as a race brings him into direct correlation with the northern prince at the end of time who will similarly vow to bring the House of Israel to the gallows of Jerusalem -- using troops from the very same nation.

The fifth attack on the surviving tribes of the House of Israel came from Greece -- actually from the Syrian part of Alexander's Grecian empire.

This assault was led by Antiochus IV Epiphanes and elements of it have been recounted throughout this book. That is because it was Antiochus who ordered the original abomination in the Jewish temple be erected, defiling the Hebrew sacrifice.

In this action, Antiochus initiated the allegory which now defines the ultimate separation of the human race from its one and only shield against the Apocalypse -- the sacrificial peace treaty of Jesus Christ that holds back the terrible wrath of the last days.

When the beast of the last days places iniquity on Christ's sacrifice, the entire allegory of Antiochus will be replicated, and there will be no clemency possible from the events which follow.

The sixth of the seven empires was Rome itself.

This is the nation which put Jesus on the cross and then later repented of its actions by ratifying the treaty of the cross. Within this treaty was structured the exodus of the millenium. Because of this, Rome brings us full circle.

In the actions of Constantine we see a duplication of the edict of the Egyptian Pharoah who allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt in peace as they followed the road God created for them in Moses, leading to the Promised Land. With the Edict of Milan, the Roman emperor Constantine allowed the Christians to live in peace in his empire and to preach the Gospel of Christ without hindrance from the government.

This allowance enabled those who chose to live and preach in Christ, the opportunity to do so, creating the spiritual exodus the Bible was written to expedite.

At the end of the Exodus, however, Pharaoh had a sudden change of heart and sent his troops to attack the rearguard of the departing Israelites. This attack brings us to the seventh emperor -- to the head which had not yet come when John wrote down his words. And then to the eighth -- the duplicate.

When paganism returns to rule the earth, it's reign will eventually center in the city of Rome. Just as Babylon itself became the cryptogram for the beast and all of its heads, Rome has fallen heir to the fulfillment of these prophecies, because it is in this city that Satan will set up his final throne.

While Rome is portrayed as Babylon in the prophecies of John, and the Rebel depicted as a Roman emperor, Daniel's prophecies focus on a 'prince of Persia' who will come out of the east in the image of Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

Since the Rebel of the last days will conform to everything written about him in scripture, he must be seen in both contexts. One aspect of his rule involving Rome and the other encompassing the eastern world.

Satan's rule is not just in Italy. Satan exists in every nationality on the planet because he rules everyone on the earth who is not committed to Jesus Christ. The key to these two images (Babylon and Persia) is paganism.

John's vision and Daniel's vision coalesce in pagan government, and since it is this that continues while the 'heads' of the beast come and go, we must assume that the true 'beast' is Satan's kind of empire.

The beast itself is something that has the capacity to outlive earthly human beings and even earthly empires.

Together, all these empires and their kings are a part of each other and so they all form the one 'beast' which is pagan government at war with God. The beast is a lawless world at odds with God and committed to the destruction of God's people.

As such, the beast has been around for thousands of years. And each of its heads represent the various kings and empires who have committed themselves to carry out Satan's war against the House of Israel.

When Theodosus outlawed paganism in the Roman empire and declared Christianity the only true religion of God, he ended the world-rule of the beast and replaced it with the world-rule of Jesus Christ.

This was a major happening in the world.

With his sword (the word of God) Jesus inflicted what the Bible calls 'a mortal wound' on the pagan Roman empire -- dooming the sixth 'head' of the beast.

What Christ's mortal wound destroyed was the adverserial relationship between the House of Israel and world government.

The disintegration of a Roman empire hostile to God effectively ended pagan rule in the world and initiated an era of Christian rule in its place, and this created the millenium.

The wound Jesus administered was proved mortal the moment Theodosus issued his proclamation outlawing any form of pagan worship in the empire, and commanding the entire world to worship Jesus Christ.

Only nineteen years after this proclamation was announced, The barbarians of Germany overthrew Rome militarily, proving physically what had just occurred spiritually. The sixth head of the beast had been destroyed. The Roman empire of the Caesar's was gone -- spiritually and physically.

In its place, the spiritual 'invasion' from the North which Jeremiah so clearly predicted, had begun. (Jer.1:14-15). The 'lost tribes' of Israel began returning in spirit to rebuild in Christ the Jerusalem which they had left in ruins because of their sins.

This was not a physical return. It was entirely a spiritual return. These converts did not go to the Jerusalem in Palestine and rebuild a major Christian city there. This was a rejuvenation of ethical behavior, and so constituted a spiritual return to God. They rebuilt themselves in the ethic of Jesus, creating an invisible city in heaven.

The conversion of the Lost Tribes of Israel also constituted a spiritual exchange of leadership roles over the House of Israel.

The Jews who had previously headed these twelve tribes were dismissed from the management office by God for a lack of faith, and their influence was immediately overwhelmed by an immense Christian body that grew meteorically to mammoth size, soon outnumbering the people of Judah by a hundred to one.

Taking away the Jewish reigns, and heralding the message of God's treaty of peace for a rebellious mankind, this immense Christian Church quickly became the dominant theological force on the planet, and the divinely designated spokesperson for the House of Israel on earth -- two roles it has retained virtually to the present day.

The Roman persecutions ended for the most part soon after the empire converted to Christianity, but the Church never went back to Palestine. It has remained bound to 'Babylon' by the will of God since the day of the crucifixion. (Jer.29:4-10).

The Holy Spirit has made this obvious by structuring the headquarters of the largest Christian Church in the city of Rome and keeping it there for almost 20 centuries.

According to prophecy, this Babylonian exile is to remain in place until the day the Prince of Persia appears and cuts the tie. This means that the Roman empire in God's eyes has continued uninterrupted all this time; surviving in a converted form through its committment to Jesus Christ.

The image is that of a Babylon being ruled by the people of Christ from that day to this -- a period of time constituting on earth, Christ's millenial rule.

We can see evidence of this by the fact that even though Germans took control of Rome in 410 A.D., their descendants never renamed the empire in their country's own image, but chose the name 'Holy Roman Empire' instead -- acquiescing their own heritage in favor of one defined in God's Son.

That is why so few people today are aware of the fact that the Holy Roman empire was in reality a German kingdom.

While the influence of Jesus has been the leading export of Rome since the days of Constantine, the city of Rome itself remained subservient to a great host of German monarchs -- from 410 A.D. all the way up to the nineteenth century.

Because these German kings chose not to tamper with the rule of Christ, the overwhelming image that emanated from Rome throughout the Germanic rule was the power on earth of Jesus' Church.

At the end of Christ's reign on earth, when this Christian rule over Babylon is scheduled to collapse, the last two 'heads', according to John, will make their appearance. John said they were standing by, just waiting for the appropriate time.

Because so little is said about the seventh head in scripture we know very little about it; but it seems likely that this is the empire designed to prepare the way for paganism's return to power.

Given the state of the world today, it is almost certain that the seventh head has already come and gone. We will explore this in more detail in the next chapter.

The eighth head, of course, will end the world.

As we can see all around us now, under the influence of Satan, Christianity is beginning to fail. The mortal wound inflicted by Christ on paganism has begun to heal. World government has abandoned Jesus and that alone constitutes the revolt that will destroy the millenium, because it has brought to an end the world rule of Christ.

This sudden religious reversal by the western world has allowed pagan leaders to return to political power all across the earth.

Not even the emperor Napoleon (who grabbed the crown of France out of the Bishop's hands and put it on his own head) would have been able to foresee how quickly those who came after him would take his lead and toss out the church.

The collapse of Christian influence in world government began in earnest at the beginning of this century with the First World War and the communist revolution in Russia. And its ultimate death blow was delivered a few decades later by Adolph Hitler.

The events of this century have ended the Church's 1700 year reign over the western world, and brought to a halt on earth the age of the 'iron scepter' of Christ. (Ps.2:8-12; Rv.2:26-29).


Revelation (about Revelation) # 18

Revelation prophecies designed to fail,
and by not being sealed

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Not only prophecies for Nineveh failed in Jonah's great fish story, but in 1Corinthians 13 it also says prophecies shall fail, which would include those gloomy grace + law (worketh wrath) sayings (plural) in Revelation, the only New Testament book devoted to prophecy (specifically this prophecy of this/that), but as if looking back (behind) instead of looking a head. And it seems to me Revelation, called "this" book of  prophecy, was actually designed to fail, by not being sealed: "seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation 22:10)... which is to say blessing (grace) + cursing (law) coming out the same (JC = "the same") mouth "ought not so to be" (James 3). Yet there will likely be a time of Sabbaths shewdown where the pendulum swings from best of times to worst of times (law worketh wrath), for many do not realize their better law of Romans 8, such law<=law, gives place to law, and compromise with law, have vested interests in law. For even the better law is in Christ Jesus, not Jesus Christ.

The purpose of sealing is given in the book of Daniel, another book of doom and gloom prophecies destined to fail since "the time of the end" therein (Christ: the end of the law, abolition of all law, for being a ministration of condemnation and death: 2Cor 3) has already come (JC is come: 1Jn); And Daniel was told to shut and seal it, the book of law he was reading, which gave him Horeb-bull "night [darkness] visions" [fearful night mares]... Daniel 12: shut up and seal it, till the time of the end. Sealing with the king's ring signified whatever was written was absolute, irrevocable, even by the king (a good reason for a king to ponder things, look at all the evidence to be sure what's evident, before making any sealed decree). This was the law , witch "was, and is not", having been "abolished" (Eph 2), "done away" (1Cor 13; 2Cor 3), "blotted out" (Col 2), "taken out of the way" (Col 2), to "establish" grace; For it says in Hebrews 10: he taketh away the first (grace + law) that he might establish the second (grace); Since law and grace cannot coexist any more than life and death can co-exist. Similarily in the OT book of Esther a king sealed a decree that he could not withdraw.

Revelation can, and shall fail, because prophecies shall fail, and this book of prophecy is not sealed. Even if it were sealed, we have examples in Daniel, Esther, and Jonah there is always a way to counteract the law with pure grace; For where sin (law) abounds, grace doth much more abound, and exceedingly much more sow that law pales to nothing at all in comparison, as night glory of moon and stars vanish when it comes to day glory of sun. In each case grace changed the outcome set in motion by grace + law, from bleak to alls well that ends well. Biblical examples shew us repentance is simply flushing law (dung) to have merciful grace.

If we considered law a support under a high and mighty structure called the letter of prophecy, and we knocked out this support, the structure comes falling down like the twain towers of WTC in New York at 9/11. That is how we should perceive the law, and the letter of prophecy thereof, in Revelation, because the testimony of Jesus Christ is the "spirit" of prophecy (Revelation 19:10), not the letter nor the spirit giveth life + the letter killeth (2Cor 3). We could also perceive it, as in the end of the movie Merlin , where the evil one, and results of such like, "vanish" (the law is now so "old", it is ready to "vanish": Heb 8:13, and shall "vanish": 1Cor 13:8) when such is no longer acknowledged (cast down every imagination contrary to the knowledge of God: grace is sufficient), turned away from (from such turn away), given no place (neither give place to the devil). For as it is written, in Romans, we are delivered from law worketh wrath, not unto law as sacrificial victims, and it's by grace we are saved, specifically the (pure) grace of our Lord Jesus Christ , which is why the Holy Bible ends with:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.



We will examine one of Ezekiel's more mysterious writings ­ Gog and Magog. In Ezekiel 39:21 of our Old Testament lesson, God Himself declares: "all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed." Which judgment is the Lord referring to? Clearly He is referring to the sweeping battle just chronicled by Ezekiel in chapters 38-39, the struggle between God's people and the sinister Gog, ruler of Magog.

Who is Gog? Ezekiel 38:10 let's us read his thinking: "On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, "I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates ­ to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land."

As we see from these words, the plan of Gog is to murder the people of Israel and steal all their possessions. What happens when Gog tries to put his plan into action?

Ezekiel says: "And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord God, "that My fury will show in My face. I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains," says the Lord God. Every man's sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many people who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone" (Ezekiel 38:18-22).

What will take place after this judgment of God against Gog and his followers? The Lord states in Ezekiel 39:11: "It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog."

So that is a sketch of the judgment against Gog. It was a judgment that couldn't have come at a better time. God had brought His people into captivity. Due to their sin and unfaithfulness, He had punished the Israelites. Unarmed and captive, the condition of God's children was one of weakness and vulnerability. Like a hungry lion that spies a baby gazelle, Gog sees the utter weakness of the Israelites and moves in for the kill. It doesn't work. At the very moment when Gog and Magog are on the verge of annihilating the house of Israel, the Lord intervenes and delivers His people. The moment that Gog and his army are poised to massacre the helpless; they themselves end up as a massive array of corpses, scattered on the face of the earth. Just when Gog and his troops are salivating over the plunder of Israel; they themselves are plundered.

Now we come to a difficult question. When does this battle that Ezekiel describes between Gog and the Church take place? Is there a historical fulfillment we can point to? Some commentators don't think so. They insist that Ezekiel's prophecy is strictly symbolic, or mythological. It never took place, never will, and the best we can do is enjoy it as a figurative victory of God over His enemies.

Others prefer a historical fulfillment. They try to detect a realization of the Gog and Magog story in Israel's struggle against the Assyrians; or against Judah's encounter with the Babylonians; the Maccabees' struggle against the Roman tyrant Antiochus Epiphanies. Then there have been countless attempts to see a contemporary fulfillment of Gog and Magog. Medieval theologians asserted that Gog and Magog must correspond to Atilla the Hun and the ravages of the barbarians, or Genghis Khan and the terror of his Mongols. Martin Luther thought that Gog and Magog pointed to the Church's struggle against the Pope and Islam. Since Gog and Magog are mentioned in Revelation chapter 20, today's Dispensationalists tend to see fulfillment in the near future. In this view Gog and Magog appear at the end of the seven year Tribulation. Either the Russian army comes down against Israel, or the Islamic nations do.

Possibly the most persuasive and satisfying interpretation regards the first fulfillment of Ezekiel's Gog and Magog narrative in the book of Esther.

[See James B. Jordan, "The Battle of Gog and Magog" in Biblical Horizons, Nos. 2 and 3. The web site address is: Also Gary DeMar's Last Days Madness; 1999; pp. 363-9. Other commentaries consulted: Keil and Delitzsch, Iain Duguid, Daniel Block, Fairbairn, Lind, and Schroeder. Duguid's is by far the best. Rearden's quote from St. James Daily Devotional Guide. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris, and The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt.]

What are the connections between Gog and Magog of Ezekiel, and the events of Esther? There are several. The regions involved in both passages encompass the extensive boundaries of the Persian Empire. So there is a geographical similarity. Then, the plunder idea is analogous: in both texts evil tyrants try to plunder the Church and instead are plundered themselves. What's more, the quantity of soldiers killed is commensurate; a huge number expire in both accounts. Furthermore, both Ezekiel and Esther highlight the burial of the dead. Ezekiel 39:11 tells us that Gog and his followers were buried in the Valley of "Hamon Gog." That is interesting. When the prophet Ezekiel tells us that the dead were interred at the Valley of Hamon Gog, maybe that is Ezekiel's way of uniting Haman with Gog. Thus, Haman is Gog, Gog is Haman, and Ezekiel's portrayal of Gog and Magog is a prophecy of what would happen after Esther became queen, a prophecy that has already been fulfilled.

Probably the most striking and memorable passage of Ezekiel has to do with the valley of bones. Ezekiel was given a vision of many dry, bleached, bones scattered over the land. That mystic vision is depicted on the stain-glassed window on the south wall. While Ezekiel watched, the bones gradually take on flesh, then life and breath, and the bodies stand up and walk. It is a graphic picture of the outpouring of God's Spirit along with resurrection of the dead. In the battle of Gog and Magog, the opposite happens. The flesh of the enemy troops deteriorates, and God leaves their bones scattered over the earth.

The entire story told by Ezekiel and Esther points to God's sovereignty. God declares in Ezekiel 39:23: "The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword."

How can we observe God's sovereignty in these things? We see God's control of history by the way He sent His people into captivity. He hid His face from them. He let them suffer in bondage, and as a result they became easy prey for their enemies. During this season of Lent it is good to remember the hot anger and fiery wrath of God. He hates sin and unfaithfulness with a perfect hatred. His judgment is dreadful. Therefore, God's will for us is not always peace and prosperity, happiness and comfort. He may want to toughen and improve us with trials and tribulation, even death and torture. Through it all, in our darkest hours, we must cling to Him. Such trust in the midst of pain is one of the ways that God sets forth His glory.

Let's read Ezekiel 39:25-29 to see another angle on God's sovereignty. 

First, Ezekiel tells us about God's punishment upon His people. Now he speaks of the Lord's compassion. God brings His people back to the land. After the Church repents of her unfaithfulness and becomes ashamed of Her wrongdoing, God restores His church and revives her. God says: "I will not hide My face from them anymore; [I will pour out my Spirit on them]." First God poured out His wrath, then He poured out His Spirit.

The drama of Gog and Magog was first fulfilled during the life of Queen Esther. But Genesis chapter 10 tells about Magog, and St. John's mention of Gog and Magog in Revelation 20 suggests that Gog is a permanent threat (Rev. 20:8). Haman Gog is a symbol of those who would destroy the Church, and shatter our faith. The forces of evil will always attempt to crush the peace of God's people. Yet, if God is in control of our lives, and if He has poured out His Spirit on us, then we can expect the revival of our dry bones.

Ezekiel is a word of hope to you today. No matter what the forces of evil may do, God's purpose and victory stand secure. The Church's conquest and yours is based on the Cross of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. You can be sure that the Holy Almighty will vanquish His enemies and receive the glory. If God can defeat Gog and Magog how much more can He take care of you? He has given you His Holy Spirit. Place your anxiety and despair in the Lord's all-controlling hands. Put your trials and fears in the radiance of His glory.

Our Heavenly Father promises: "I will set my glory among the nations." The priority of God's glory may be the most important lesson we can learn on this Fourth Sunday in Lent. As we seek God's glory, our own selfishness and depression begin to retreat. Are you enjoying comfort and happiness? Give God the glory. Are you suffering pain and anguish? Give God the glory. Seek Him; find Him; cling to Him. Through it all, to the end, and forever, for He deserves the glory.



Rev 20:1

Rev 20:2

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Prophecy 41

Will My Real Bride Please Stand Up!

As Prophecy 46 was spoken and written on 9.17.00, I had 3 policemen surrounded my house in an unmarked white car pulled up in front of my house. I recognized the chief of police knocking on my door. My son saw another one in the back and another on the side of the house. He said he had come because of four 911 calls originating at that address. I told him I found that strange, because no one was here but my son and I was on the telephone at that time speaking to another friend. This actually happened minutes after I hung up the phone after reading the prophecy of "Don't Be Part of the Counterfeit Bride". Please pray for my protection. 

Elisabeth Elijah Nikomia.

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My Bride cannot enter in without the fragrance of My anointing. You cannot overdue the fragrance of My anointing. You are to seek this higher anointing. Let it be known that no man or woman can give you this anointing, only My Sweet Holy Spirit can cleanse you with the sweet perfume of My anointing reserved for My bride. Prepare to go home and drench yourself in the power in the Holy Spirit's anointing. Put on your wedding gown. It is my robe of righteousness. I wore a crown of thorns ,you shall wear like a tiara a crown of My glory that is placed upon your head.

As Esther prepared herself for the king, you are preparing yourself for THE KING OF KINGS, THE LORD OF LORDS, YOUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YAHSHUA IS MY NAME, AND I AM YOUR SOON COMING BRIDEGROOM!

As a wedding announcements are sent forth, and invitations are sent, I too send forth My announcement by Gabriel blowing the shofar, and only those who are My bride will hear the announcement for My bride. It will be too late to think to get ready then ,so be prepared for the coming announcement, you'll either do it yourself or through My apostles and prophets. Heed My warning!  Heed the warning that says I AM coming. It is an elopement, only because the Bridegroom knows for sure. Now go forth, be not ashamed and give the invitation. They're not amazed how many will refuse it. But grieve not but they did not fit or pass the question or the loyalty test or the love test or the sacrifice test, nor the obedience test. Therefore, they are unfit to be called My Bride. There will be those that will take the invitation and rip them up, they will be those that will take the invitation and put them on the shelf for a long time and never use it. Neither I will call Mine.

My Bride has anxiously waited for Me and I'm coming to claim My Bride . I never see race or religion. Doesn't matter what your race or what your religion is, I seek a relationship with Me and I look for one thing, which is the color red which is My shed blood at Calvary. So I say again My home in Heaven will shortly be your home. You will be caught up to meet Me in the air to be drawn by My side while alive. My feet shall not touch the ground of the wicked world as it is now, so get ready My bride to be caught up while you are alive. Let them scoff and mock, I'm standing at the door and I'll knock. All they have to do is to open the door of their heart and repent and invite Me in and I am faithful and I will forgive them of all of their sins. 

Ask them, why do they want to be tortured in Hell or to be burnt in the lake of fire? It was not created for them. It was created for the evil ones. I paid the price at Calvary and to snatch from Satan's grip for all mankind to be set free. But I am a gentleman. I will not break down the door, I just knock and wait to be invited in. So one more time, to tell  them that Lord Yahshua others call me Lord Jesus Christ is coming again. Tell My Bride I'm coming again to take her home. Prepare to go home for My home is your home. Prepare to come home, because I AM coming to take My bride home! Shortly you should hear Gabriel's horn, and you will be caught up to be by My side as I call you forth as My bride. You shall hear the words come hither like a voice of the archangel as he blows the shofar horn. Prepare to go home for I'm coming for My bride! One will be taken and the other left.

Written on September 17, 2000 @ 6:15 pm.

So it is spoken, so it is written. Given to this handmaiden Elisabeth Elijah Nikomia.


Consider young Esther, brought into the king's household in preparation to potentially become the new queen. When she came into the palace, was she left on her own, or was she given whatever she needed to please the king and to become the queen?

  • Given things for purification (Esther 2:9).
  • Given new belongings (Esther 2:9).
  • Given seven maidens to assist her (Esther 2:9).
  • Given the best place in the house (Esther 2:9).
How long was she preparing, just to become a queen? A year (Esther 2:12). If it takes a year to become a queen for an earthly kingdom, should we be surprised to face spiritual battles over a period of years in order to be prepared to become a prince or a princess in the heavenly kingdom?

See also:  

. . . . . KABBALISM - MAZAL - WISDOM. THE BRIDE. SYMBOLISM IN A DREAM. ... The bride gave me another of her dresses to put on instead. It was a shimmery pale blue. ...

... [NJBC]. Verse 1: "bridesmaids": The Greek word, parthenos, literally means virgins. Considering that the bride is never mentioned, the ten may well be brides. ...
... the Round Table inside the emerald; and in Merlin's prophetic Revelation, where the dodecahedral New Jerusalem descends from heaven like a bride adorned for ...
... REV 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ...
... peoples. Sells collective soul for money. The Lord and His Bride. ¨ To ... church. Christ is the Bridegroom and the church is the bride. We ...
... When the lioness extended her paw with the jeweled ring, she was demonstrating that she represents the Queen Mother, or, the royal bride searching for her ...

... ". Rv 21:2. - "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God
out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ". ...

... "Jehovah! Is very hurt. ... 2. The nation of Israel had been specially selected and separated
to function as a vessel sanctified and meet for Jehovah's use. ...



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Licked Into Shape - The Wrath of God

Like many hibernating creatures, the bear was seen as an emblem of the resurrection when he emerged in the spring. At other times, he represented positive qualities such as bravery, strength, determination, and negative traits such as greed, bad temper, crudeness, brutality, and evil. He occasionally represents the devil and evil leaders - "Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people" (Prov. 28:15).

The New Jerusalem is represented by the image of a cow and her calves grazing peacefully alongside a bear and her cubs (Is 11:7).

The phrase "licked into shape" came from the belief that bear cubs were born without any form and were shaped by their mother's tongue after birth. Because of this belief, the bear became a symbol of missions - the missionary licking new Christians into shape with the word of God. Along this same line, the bear is most often seen in the Bible as the arm of God's wrath (or fierce licking). When some youths mocked Elisha the Prophet, he cursed them in the name of the Lord and two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths (2 Ki 2:23-24). The kingdom of Persia (represented by a bear in Dan. 7:5) was allowed to destroy many nations as the arm of God's wrath before it was destroyed.

In Amos, God rebukes the wicked who did not even have the sense to fear His millenial coming. He warns, "Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him!" (Amos 5:18-19).

God, Himself is represented as a mother bear fiercely defending her cubs, the Israelites from their own errors. "I [God] will meet them [Israel] like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage...O Israel, you are destroyed, But your help is from Me. (Hosea 13:8-9).

In Lamentations, man's inability to understand the "licking" of God is aptly worded: "He [God] has been to me a bear lying in wait... He has turned aside my ways and torn me in pieces; He has made me desolate" (Lam. 3:10-11).

All scripture quotes are from the NKJV Bible.



ISRAEL: Jittery At Russian Bear's Return To Middle East

 by K. Gajendra Singh

During his 4 day visit to Russia from 24 January, Syrian President Bashar Assad reiterated denial of a missiles deal with Moscow. But he defended Syria’s right to defend itself. He told the Moscow’s State Institute for Foreign Relations that "these are weapons for air defense, meant to prevent aircraft from intruding in our airspace". "If Israel objects to our acquisition of these defensive weapons, it is as if it is saying, 'We want to attack Syria but we do not want them to defend themselves. That's not logical.’"

Reports of a deal have been circulating since weeks for low-level SA-18 missiles and long-range Iskandar-E missiles that can reach all targets in Israel including nuclear site at Dimona. The reports were denied earlier by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov on a visit to Washington.

Ever since USA invaded Iraq in March 2003 , Syria has been repeatedly threatened both by Israel and USA . President Assad was furious when in 2003 , Israeli jets buzzed him in his palace in Damascus ,as a warning to rein in Hizbullah.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Russia might not finalize the deal for shoulder-held anti-aircraft missiles during the visit , but a jittery Israel was concerned that Moscow could mount the missiles on armored personnel carriers and sell them a few months later. This would take care of Israeli and US objections that the missiles might fall into the hands of Hizbullah or Iraqi resistance. The Post reported last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a telephone conversation that the sale was not imminent.

To mark the first high level historic visit in decades , the Russians announced writing off 73 percent of $13.4 billion debt owed by Syria from the days of USSR . President Putin said that the debt write off created "opportunities for long-term cooperation."  This certainly marks the return of the Russian bear from the cold and heralds revival of earlier military co-operation between the two countries , in a limbo since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A joint statement issued on 26 January included a conciliatory message to the U.S that both countries "vehemently condemn terror in all its forms and expressions, and affirm the strong need of the international community to channel its effort to fight effectively this dangerous challenge to the human race." But Assad invited Russia to the region because , "Russia has an enormous role, and has a lot of respect from Third World countries ... which really hope that Russia will try to revive the positions it used to hold," while talking to the university students, adding that U.S. foreign policy on Iraq policy was "disastrous."

Russia seems to be returning to the Middle East .At the time of the first Gulf war, when Mikhael Gorbachev made attempts for a peaceful settlement before the land attack on Iraq in February ,1991 ,he was brushed aside by US President George HW Bush.

The other main points of the joint statement are ;

On Iraq , the two sides , while stressing commitment to Iraq's territorial integrity, sovereignty and security, asserted support to the political process underway in Iraq to achieve reconciliation and secure the rights of all Iraqis regardless of their religious or ethnic belonging in line with the UN resolution No. 1546 whose implementation creates the proper conditions for the foreign troops pullout from the country

As for US unilateralism, they expressed confidence that the 21st century world system should be built on the international law, taking into consideration the interest of all countries and mechanisms of formulating unanimous stances to solve international issues through the pivotal role the UN assumes.

On Israel’s reported nuclear stock pile and western countries crusade against weapons of mass destruction (WMDs ),Syria and Russia agreed to cooperate in the field of boosting international stability and preventing the proliferation of the WMDs, pointing to importance of commitment to the UN Security Council resolution No. 1540 and freeing the Middle East from all kinds of WMDs.

The statement mocked at the US president’s daily lectures on spreading liberty, elections and democracy ."Democracy and reforms in the Middle East should be in line with the historical, spiritual and civilizational features of states and are strongly linked to the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace in the region," the statement added. Defence cooperation was muted in the phrase “ It underlined that two sides would develop traditional cooperation in the military technical field in a way that meets mutual concerns of both countries and their international commitments.”

Visit sends shivers down the Israeli spine:

Izvestia quoted Assad as saying that "during state visits we are absolutely not obliged to discuss the technical details of such contracts – whether we will buy or not buy, and what kinds of weapons we will buy." Itar-Tass quoted Putin as telling his cabinet Monday that Assad's "visit to Moscow is one of the remarkable international events this week."

Putin said that he recently discussed the situation in the Middle East with Sharon, and said: "Russia is an active participant in the settlement of the Middle East issue." The Syrian track, he said, "is one of the most serious directions in the Middle East settlement."

Commenting on the visit , a jittery Jerusalem Post , while describing Russian role in the region , moaned ,” Russia's planned sale of SA-18 missiles to Syria looms ominously as a throwback to the Brezhnev era's most misguided attitudes. Economically, Syria is a basket case whose debt-return record must make one doubt its financial commitments. Ideologically, Syria remains part of the terrorist internationale which has repeatedly victimized Russia. And diplomatically, arming Damascus while Washington suspects it of fueling the war on its troops in Iraq brings to mind memories of Russia's role in the Vietnam and Korea wars.

“ President Vladimir Putin has earned himself a reputation as a rational man out to restore Russia's global stature. In itself, this is a worthy goal. However, by pandering to regimes such as Assad's, not only will Putin not have restored Russia's clout, he will convince people that he has learned nothing from his Soviet predecessors' downfalls. He will also make people reconsider their impression of his rationalism.”

But then where would Israel be without massive annual US aid. Would it not be a basket case too ! Israel controls US legislators by openly interfering in US elections. Israeli policies were not even mentioned in the many debates recently between the two US Presidential candidates. It has literally USA’s UN veto on command for all its illegal and immoral actions. So it can blithely ignore the Hague International Court’s decision on encroaching on the territory of occupied West Bank. It openly assassinates Hamas leaders and had even threatened to kill Arafat too, but for the furor it would have created .

Or for that matter take another basket case and the massive aid to Pakistan, which continues to allow its territory to be used for training and recruitment of Jihadis, who attack Indian territory . Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf was suitably compensated for restraining the Talibans and warlords for letting the elections be held peacefully in Afghanistan so that Hamid Karzai could become the President. Such farcical elections are then cited as spreading of liberty abroad, to protect liberty at home in USA. And soon there would be the first” real secret elections” in Iraq , where the candidates , polling stations , everything remains a secret!

Syrian strategic analyst Gamal Barout said recently that “Back in 2001 the Russian side showed a desire for a strategic alliance with Damascus , but traditional government wrangling poured cold water on the bid. Now, Syria needs Moscow to stave off European-American pressures.” In September last year , the UN Security Council adopted a resolution put forward by the US and France, demanding the withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon and non-interference in the Lebanese presidential elections.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned recently that Damascus faced new sanctions because of “its suspected interference in Iraq and ties to terrorism”. As a riposte the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko described Syria as one of its “most important partners” in the Middle East. He added that, “It's well known that slapping labels on countries and unilaterally describing certain states as part of the 'axis of evil' has not improved anyone's security,”

While an impoverished Syria needs to maintain and modernize its army , Russia also needs a foothold in the Middle East in view of the security and strategic significance of the region and the Euro-American competition. The revival of the old strategic alliance is mutually beneficial. An expert said “Moscow has been facing several problems recently. It realized that Washington had gone too far in extending its influence at the expense of Russia “-Washington was seeking to encircle Moscow, one way or the other.

Syrian journalist Hayan Niouf said that Syria can also play a positive role in pushing for Moscow's active role if not membership in the Organization of Islamic Conference( OIC), in exchange for Russian political support in the UN and Security Council. Russia with a population of tens of millions of Muslims was invited as a guest at the last OIC summit in Malaysia. But not India which has over 130 million Muslims citizens , second only to Indonesia .With distrust of US government and its policies by many Muslim nations , even some US allies and friends , and hatred against USA in the Muslim Ummah , OIC would be happy to give a bigger role to Russia.

Assad’s Visit to China :

Assad has been trying hard to come out of the suffocating strait jacket that the Israeli and US policies have boxed it in . US sanctions, signed into law in end 2003, included a near-blanket ban on US exports to Syria and the power to freeze Syrian assets in the United States. Except for food and medicines and items intended for certain exempt entities all US exports to Syria, estimated at some $ 100million a year, were banned. The US also banned the exportation of "dual-use" technology and restricted over flight rights for Syrian aircraft over US airspace.

Last June Assad visited China, the first ever by a Syrian head of state . A more liberal politician in economic field too than his late father Hafez Assad , the visit was also for learning from China’s economic revolution . Editor-In-Chief of Syria’s state-run Al-Thawra newspaper remarked that the landmark visit demonstrated Damascus’ keenness to follow in the footsteps of Beijing’s open-door economic policy, growth rates and political reforms. Syria was also interested in acquiring technology from China .

Chinese Foreign Minister Zhaoxing Li , while welcoming the visit endorsed Syria’s right to the occupied Golan Heights, and described the US sanctions on Syria a double standards policy. A Chinese diplomat in Damascus also highlighted the military cooperation between both countries, pointing to the mutual visits of military delegations. Syria of course has energy resources and many European and even Asian oil giants have shown interest in bidding for oil and gas contracts following with drawl by US companies.

Of course China is too far and not interested in upsetting USA , not yet , but would be happy if others cause problems for USA. It is accumulating US dollars and waiting for its chance.

But it was Israel’s Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom who first admited that Israel did ask Russia to halt the deal. ``We turned to the Russians and asked that they not complete this deal,'' said Shalom. ``Syria is a country that supports terror and is supplying Hezbollah with weapons nonstop.''  He added that the sale ``will disrupt regional stability and won't improve the chances for peace.''

Israeli analyst Gerald Steinberg said the reported sales came as a surprise because the Syrians did  not have money to buy Russian weapons. "If this report is true, it is very problematic and will pose a challenge to Israeli military planners," added Steinberg. The Jerusalem Post cited top Israeli diplomatic officials as saying that Israel asked the United States to pressurize Russia to scrap the deal claiming that the missiles could be smuggled into Iraq and endanger the U.S. forces there.

For Israel and US it would be an adverse development in the wake of deteriorating situation around Iraq, but Moscow has made the point and more. Russia would not be pushed around by US led western efforts to squeeze it out in Ukraine or Georgia , lectured  on sale of Russian oil giant Yukos and support to insurgency in Chechnya.

 US Nato ally Turkish  Prime Minister Recep Tayib Erdogan , recently completed his return visit to Moscow , soon after Putin’s postponed visit to Ankara last month, the first ever since President Podgorny’s visit in early 1970s. While relations between Turkey and USA have cooled down primarily because of differences over US led invasion of Iraq , Turkey is coming closer to its historical enemy Russia.

 In 1999 Ankara had threatened invading Syria if it did not expel Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan (which it did , and he was captured and imprisoned in Turkey), but since then relations between Syria and Turkey have warmed up , with exchange of visits by Assad and Erdogan. After exchange of visits by Erdogan and Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to Ankara , relations between them ,historically soured by Shia’ Sunni rivalry and enmity are also improving following US led invasion next door in Iraq and the consequent turmoil and chaos in the region. Neo-cons in US are itching to attack Iran .The situation is going to get worse.  

At the same time relations between Turkey and Israel which were quite close during the cold war and became almost like allies after the fall of the Berlin Wall , have deteriorated recently , with Erdogan accusing Israel of state terrorism in Occupied territories .Turkey also asked Israel to leave Kurdish North Iraq alone where Mossad has been training Kurdish peshmergas to operate in the neighbourhood, specially in Iran and Syria. Turmoil in North Iraq has always adversely affected its own Kurdish South East. In old days Turkey would have vehemently opposed missile sales to Syria

 Why is Putin angry:

 Speaking to media in Moscow end last month , Putin, expressed his anger at the West , whether it was about the latter’s encouragement to insurgency in Chechnya or a string of US led Western “ franchised “ successes in getting anti-Russian leaders elected in its strategic neighbourhood , ie ‘rose revolution “ in Georgia in November , 2003 and “ orange revolution “in even more vitally important Ukraine in the recent long drawn out battle , in which finally anti-Russian Victor Yushchenko won. His utterances and appointment of anti-Russian Ms Tymoshenko as Prime Minister are open provocations.

 Putin said last month that, "Every country has the right to choose the development path it considers best, including in organising its political system." Referring to US criticism of 21 November elections in Ukraine (Powell said US would not accept them), he retorted that he was not ecstatic about what happened there (USA) “ Do you think that the electoral system in the United States is entirely flawless? “"Do I have to recall the last elections in the United States or the one before?" he added. He also ridiculed the Texan judge’s ruling on the sale of the Russian oil giant Yukos. He also lambasted the scheduled 30 January elections in Iraq saying that “it could not be fair while the country remained occupied by US-led forces “ .

 Russia , in spite of US pressure , is going ahead with cooperation in setting up nuclear power stations in Iran . China recently signed a major long term agreement with Iran for energy purchase and development of Iranian oil and gas sector . Energy hungry China and India are aggressively bidding for investment and development of Yukos energy assets. 

US Reaction;

Before the Russian denial, while describing Russian arms sales to Syria as speculative, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher made it clear that the United States was opposed in principle to all arms sales to Syria .He added that the Russian entities involved in such a sale would be subject to U.S. sanctions under a law aimed at curbing the flow of arms to countries on the terrorism list. The proposed sale has injected tensions not only in Russian-Israel relations but with USA as well. Israel said that the missiles might end up in the hands of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas Hezbollah, which is close to Syria , fought an 18-year guerrilla war against Israeli forces in south Lebanon, firing rockets at northern Israel until 2000 and threatens to do so , say the Israelis.

The developments might bring some restraint over a reckless Israeli policy pursued by Ariel Sharon. The missiles deal would beef up Syria’s air defenses and discourage Israel making regular threats to Syria. Moscow Daily Kommersant said that Damascus asked for 18 Iskander missiles in August but were told they were not been fully tested. The Syrians have now been told that the missiles were ready.

Paul Beaver, a London-based defense analyst, commented that while Russia has upgraded Syrian military equipment it had not sold new arms since 1990. Beaver added that the SA-18 evolved from the Russian shoulder-held SAM-7, which was widely used during the Vietnam War. The SA-18 is much more flexible and can even target non- heat-emitting section of an aircraft .It can also overcome many Western defensive maneuvers like flares, used to deflect anti-aircraft missiles. It weighs barely more than 10 kilograms, has a maximum range of six kilometers and can be used to shoot down planes and helicopters. It cost about US$250,000 each.

Israel asked for U.S. intervention in stalling the deal . David Siegel, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, said, "The reports in this regard are very disturbing and, as in other cases with strategic implications. We conduct an ongoing dialogue with the administration." The SA-18s are among the most sophisticated shoulder-held anti-aircraft missiles. Ideal weapon for militants, analysts said the United States might be concerned that Iraqi insurgents might get their hands on them, threatening U.S. warplanes in Iraq. This palpably is an Israeli line.

Israelis are keen not to jeopardize improving relations with Russia in place since the unraveling of USSR. Many millions of Russian Jews have immigrated to Israel, changing the demographic make up of Israel and making its policies more right wing and aggressive. Ariel Sharon, who is of Russian descent, has visited Moscow three times since becoming Prime Minister in 2001. He asked President Putin to stop Iran in its covert nuclear arms program and to restrain Syria along with its Lebanese and Palestinian proxies. It is like the wolf blaming the lamb!


The discussions, decisions and perceptions of  Assad’s visit to Russia are the first stirrings of the Russian bear , which was sent into hibernation after USSR’s power was dismantled by a naïve Gorbachev , without leveraging anything in return,  and a drunk or drugged Yeltsin then set Russia on the road to economic ruin , robbing of public property , which saw the emergence of over a score of US$ billionaires in ten years time . One of them Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovskii wanted to go beyond even the current capitalism ethos in USA where military- industry and energy corporate interests support Presidential candidates who later implement their policies .Mr Khodorkovskii wanted to telescope the process and planned to fight for elections for Russian Presidency .

 Vladimir Putin a Karate blue belt young leader has learnt first hand, strategic threats instigated at home in Chechnya, Beslan, or in near abroad Azerbaijan, Georgia and now in too close to comfort Ukraine , verily a historical part of its own. In a press conference on Wednesday President Bush cited Ukraine as a shining example of march of democracy, where US and western institutes openly supported the US leaning new President Yushchenko , reportedly with a sum totaling nearly US$ 60 million.

 Putin has come of age . He no longer trusts Bush, who once looked into heart and found a friend. Russia is still a world nuclear power and can defend itself and its interests. A majority of the nations, almost all Muslim countries, even US allies and clients oppose US’s unilateralist policies and targeting of Muslims. Russia has accumulated in its stabilization fund more than 500 billion rubles ($16.7 billion) because of unprecedented global oil prices. The oil prices are not likely to go down. So its economic situation would remain quite stable.

(K Gajendra Singh is currently chairman of the Foundation for Indo-Turkic Studies.  The views expressed here are his own.-



The Gog-Magog Invasion of Israel

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Ezekiel chapters 38-39 prophesy that several Arab and North African nations will rally together in the latter days and mount a massive military operation against the Nation of Israel. Despite the fall of the Berlin Wall and the "collapse" of communism, Ezekiel prophesies that a "hook in the jaw" will be placed in Russia's mouth and she will be dragged into this war virtually against her will. It will not be her smartest move. It will be the end of her armed forces.

As with most of Bible Prophecy, Ezekiel's prophetic language is symbolic, requiring an enlightened view of all Scripture. Therefore, we must carefully examine the prophetical books of the Bible and compare them with other Scripture. Prophetical books are not meant just for "filler" material ... they are intended to guide generations by revealing the future *before* it occurs. All of Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. The only question is when?

Generally prophecy books are arranged in chronological sequence. Occasionally, prophecy will take quick jumps backwards or forwards to make a point. In this case, the prophecies in Ezekiel 38-39 are dependent on the prophecies of Ezekiel 36-37 being already fulfilled. In other words, Russia and the Arabs cannot attack the Nation of Israel until after the Nation of Israel had been restored. In the 20th century, the Nation of Israel has been restored, just as prophesied in Ezekiel 36:24, Ezekiel 37 and Isaiah 66:8.

Although the Russian-Arab invasion of Israel is foretold in the prophecy of Ezekiel (38, 39) after Israel is restored as a nation (Ezekiel 36, 37) this invasion is not the Battle of Armageddon. While the prophetic language in Ezekiel seems to describe Armageddon in many ways, there are several reasons to differentiate this invasion from the Battle of Armageddon (Prophecy Watch, 212-214). Drs. Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy quote Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum in assessing the Ezekiel invasion as a pre-tribulational event, though not necessarily pre-rapture:

First, in Ezekiel there are definite allies mentioned and they are limited in number while other nations stand in opposition. In the Campaign of Armageddon all nations are allied together against Jerusalem without exception.

Secondly, the Ezekiel invasion comes from the north, but the Armageddon invasion comes from the whole Earth.

Thirdly, the purpose of the Russian [38:6] invasion is to take spoil; the purpose of the Armageddon Campaign is to destroy all the Jews.

Fourthly, in the Ezekiel invasion there is a protest against the invasion; in the Armageddon Campaign there is no protest since all the nations are involved.

Fifthly, the Ezekiel invasion is destroyed through convulsions of nature; the Armageddon invasion is destroyed by the personal Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Sixthly, the Ezekiel invasion is destroyed on the mountains of Israel; the Armageddon Campaign is destroyed in the area between Petra and Jerusalem.

Seventh, the Russian invasion takes place while Israel is living securely in the land; but the Armageddon Campaign takes place while Israel is in flight and in hiding. 

(Ice and Demy, Prophecy Watch, 1998, p.213, reformatted for emphasis)

Now Israel is back as a viable nation once again. An internal meltdown in Russia and trouble occurring in many former Soviet republics like Kosovo and Chechnya are creating unstable, unpredictable situations. North Africa has no shortage of issues, from war in Sierra Leone, to the battles between Ethiopia and Eritrea, to ongoing persecution in Sudan, Algeria, Togo and Burkina Faso. Libya is busy constructing chemical and perhaps biological weaponry. And now, due primarily to AIDS, most South African teenagers have an average life expectancy of just 33 years; down from 70 years a scant 5 years ago.

The winds of war are blowing once again in the Middle East. Iran is developing and testing a Medium Range Ballistic Missile with Russian assistance. Iraq is defiant to weapons inspectors once again. Iran and her protégé Syria have purchased several Soviet fight-bomber aircraft in 1997. Syria has also purchased 1000 Kornet anti-tank weapons. Israel has not been idly watching their neighbors arming. Israel is currently accepting delivery of advanced American F-15I fighter-bombers. An anti-missile missile system is being deployed. Israel has received 3 new German Dolphin-class submarines to augment their navy. And Israel is now launching their own spy satellites. What is the outcome of all this military buildup? Here is the answer ...

Ezekiel Chapter 38 (KJV)

Ezekiel 38:1-7 Here God directs Ezekiel to prophesy against the land of Russia. Several nations are named such as Persia (mostly Iran but includes parts of Iraq), Ethiopia and Libya:

1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and
prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

Ezekiel 38:8-13 In these passages, reference is made to Israel being restored from the nations she was scattered to by the Roman armies under Titus Vespasian in 70 A.D. Russian armies and their allies are massed for a swift invasion of Israel, being likened to a storm cloud. A former desolate land, Israel is now blooming again, and the temptation is too much. The nations of the West apparently offer diplomatic protest only, as no military action in response to this invasion is noted:

8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Ezekiel 38:14-23 Ezekiel is once again instructed to prophesy against Russia for her forthcoming attack upon Israel. God will use this attack to bring glory to His Name by unbelievers. Since no nation will come to Israel's defense, God will send a fiery earthquake (perhaps nuclear war?) upon the attacking armies, confusing them, causing them to fight against one another:

14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when My people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
16 And thou shalt come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by My servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that My fury shall come up in My face.
19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the Earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the Earth, shall shake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all My mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel Chapter 39 (KJV)

Ezekiel 39:1-8 The next prophecy of Ezekiel is delivered against Russia predicting that less than 17% (1/6th) of her armies will survive the vengeance of God. Also, an unknown "fire" (volcanic earthquake or nuclear war?) shall descend upon the land of Magog and others. Israel shall worship God for delivering her:

1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make My Holy Name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My Holy Name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Ezekiel 39:9-16 After Russia's devastating defeat, Israel cleanses their land by burning the weapons that were intended for use against her. The bodies of the attacking armies will be buried, in the place where they fell, over a seven-month period:

9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The Valley of Hamongog.
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the Earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamongog.
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.

Ezekiel 39:17-20 Before the bodies are completely buried by Israel, predatory birds and wild animals enjoy a human buffet as they dine on the fallen warriors of the Gog-Magog war (yuck!):

17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to My sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the Earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of My sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.

20 Thus ye shall be filled at My table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 39:21-29 The final outcome of this event is that God receives glory from Israel and others:

21 And I will set My glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see My judgment that I have executed, and My hand that I have laid upon them.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against Me, therefore hid I My face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid My face from them.
25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My Holy Name;
26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against Me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
29 Neither will I hide My face any more from them: for I have poured out My Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Think the Cold War is over? Israel and Russia have a prophetic appointment!!!

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HISTORY/WAR: History of Israel

The folks over at Setting the World to Rights are still going strong with their pro-Israel but warts-and-all history-of-Israel series; the first chapter covered 70AD-1921, and chapters 2-5 cover 1923-56. There was some interesting stuff there I hadn't known, including some vivid accounts of the 1948 war. I'm sure some of their accounts are controversial -- in Israel, everything's controversial -- but it reads like a good primer if you're unfamiliar with the history.


Last Update: 19/11/2003 22:17
French rabbi: Wear baseball caps, not skullcaps, in public
By Haaretz Service

The Chief Rabbi of France, Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, called on that country's Jewish community to wear baseball caps instead of skullcaps while not in their homes, in order "to prevent being attacked in the street." Daily newspaper Le Parisien reported in its Wednesday edition that Sitruk made the comments Tuesday in an interview on Radio Shalom, a Jewish community radio station.

Rabbi Sitruk's comments came three days after a Jewish school on the outskirts of Paris was the subject of an anti-Semitic arson attack. "I do not want young people traveling alone on trains or the Metro to become easy targets for attackers," he said. "Covering one's head is an important religious dictate, which should not be overlooked. On the contrary, today, more than ever, the Jewish community cannot shut itself off in a ghetto; it should be open, at ease and safe."

Speaking Wednesday to Haaretz, a close aide to the rabbi tried to play down the controversial comments. "The Chief Rabbi has always said that head covering is an important commandment, and that the covering itself is not important. In the current climate, there is no point waving a red rag in public places."

Synagogues and Jewish schools in France have been attacked repeatedly in recent years, violence authorities link to poor Muslim youths enraged by Israel's tough policies against Palestinian unrest.


Israel's Juvenile National Team Places 6th in European Championships

Israel's National Juvenile (10-12 years) baseball team finished a very respectable 6th in the 9-team European Confederation of Baseball tournament in Moscow.  

The squad had trained intensively for four months under the wise hands of Coaches Jeff chestnut and Craig Dunning.  After being thrashed by eventual tourney winner Czech Republic, they bounced back to resoundingly beat Belarus, behind the complete game, 3-hit pitching of Eitan Tarragin.  The Israeli boys then fought hard against the powerful Russian squad before succumbing and were two outs away from upsetting the well-funded, well-equipped Polish squad. 
The road to sustained baseball excellence is a long one, and the Moscow journey was an important first step for Israel's future sluggers, who were led in Moscow by Ariel Ratner (.444 avg.) and Ofer Mali (.429).  Defensive stalwarts included Yuval Mali, who shined in centerfield, and Guy Baratz and Nitzan Bigman, who anchored the infield.


Back home in the United States, June is a special time of the year because it is -- especially in cities like Boston and New York -- which are called major league cities -- this is where what we call "the boys of summer" play baseball. Baseball as you know is our national pastime but it is much more than a game. It is a symbol of America, of our way of life, of our society, of our culture and of our democracy. To understand our country you have to know the game and understand its connection to its democratic system. Francis Miller, historian and biographer, said that baseball is democracy in action. In it, all men are free and equal regardless of race, nationality, or creed. Every man is given the rightful opportunity to rise to the top on his own merits. It is the fullest expression of freedom of speech, freedom of press, and freedom of assembly in our national life.

Edward Abbey, another expert and also an author and environmentalist said that baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action. Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero.

Unfortunately, baseball in Israel is not yet a democracy building tool, but it will come I am sure some day.



Connections. In the book of Ezekiel, there are these significant verses - ...

Humanity On The Pollen Path - Part Two
... _____. The Salvador Dali-Baseball Coincidence. ... Baseball has nine innings,
nine players, three strikes, and three outs. ...

... I took the baby into my arms and carried him with me. Then, the man asked us to
recruit some boys to play a game of baseball. He wanted only the best players. ... - 

... I was astonished because I saw GH sitting in an easy chair, with a white
baseball cap on his head, listening to the stereo. I walked ... -

The Tree of Life Crop Circle Formation
... same meaning. Cliff's Incredible Baseball Dream. Starting in 1990, I began
to see symbolism in the American sport of baseball. I ...

11-2-02 - DREAM -  We were in a large empty garage  - practicing alleopathic medicine, but there were strange things going on. I had a baseball bat and and when I swung it to hit a baseball that was tossed to me, it made noise in the air and felt like it was moving energy or the force like the sword wands in the movie Star Wars.

I wasn't very good at hitting the baseball, though my stance and swing looked good, but then a man was testing me by hanging a big ball of ice on an invisible string and when I touched it with the bat, it split in half.

We all went outside then and when we went down the street, we saw that someone had drilled holes of various sizes all along the curb. Some were small that looked like they might be for planting flowers in, but others were large and deep enough to break a leg in and some large enough for a car or bus to fall into and none of us knew what they were for.

We went home then, and my friend Mary said that her neck was hurting, so I held my hands on either side of her neck and did an energy healing on her - not touching her at all. We stayed that way about 5 minutes. When we were done, she said she felt fine, and that made me really happy.

I woke up for a moment and thought about writing down the dream, but fell asleep and found myself back in the garage.

I spread newspapers out on the garage floor and was writing down the dream with green paint on the newspaper with the baseball bat as a pen. At the same time reading out loud the words as I wrote them to some teenage boys who were watching.

Again, I said I had been practicing alleopathic medicine.




Israel makes "skunk bomb" for Palestinian protests

August 25, 2004

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's army has developed a pungent new weapon for driving back Palestinian protesters -- the skunk bomb.

The stink bomb, containing a synthetic version of the odor skunks release to deter predators, has been developed for breaking up protests and stone-throwing confrontations without causing casualties, security officials said Wednesday.

The foul-smelling weapon was invented as part of efforts to replace rubber bullets, which have killed scores of Palestinians during a nearly four-year-old uprising.

The new device, which is not yet operational, releases a cloud so pungent that according to initial tests it permeates clothes for five years, the officials said.
Palestinians said such a weapon could be particularly unpleasant for devout Muslims since they cannot pray with clothes that smell and would have to throw them away.
Israel's army has often been accused of using excessive force in fighting the Palestinian uprising and security officials said it was trying to work with foreign and local firms to develop nonlethal measures.
Another weapon which is close to being operational is a fiberglass tank shell that disintegrates in the air, causing an enormous explosion but no casualties.

At least eight Palestinians were killed in May when a tank fired a shell too close to a crowd in the Gaza Strip that the army was trying to disperse.



Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Group

No country in the world is more synonymous with armored warfare than Israel. And with good reason: no country is more dependent for its very survival on the quality of its armored formations. Thus armed with the experience of almost 30 years of tank warfare, and with full knowledge of its needs, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has come up with a marvel of tank engineering that boasts firsts in a number of categories: the world's only Main Battle Tank (MBT) with a forward mounted engine, and the world's only MBT capable of carrying an infantry squad or performing crew/ casualty extrication under battlefield conditions, to name a few. And that's not mentioning its impressive array of weaponry, and its fully integrated battlefield information recording and distribution system. Meet the Merkava, a tank that truly belongs in the digital age.

The driving factor in the Merkava's development was crew survival, followed by firepower, and then mobility. The engine for example, is mounted in front, where its mass serves as additional armor. While a penetrating hit to the front might disable the tank, the crew will survive (it takes several weeks to fabricate a new engine; it takes several years to fabricate a new tank crew). All main gun ammunition is stored in the hull, below the turret ring (where it is protected not only by the thicker hull armor, but by earth as well, when the tank is "dug in" in a hull down defensive position). Not only does the Merkava carry more tank ammunition than any modern MBT (the Merkava MK1 carried 85 rounds of 105mm ammunition), but the ammunition is also stored in removable modules. This, coupled with the fact that the Merkava comes with a rear access hatch in the hull means that ammunition modules could be removed to create space to enable a Merkava to safely recover a tank crew stranded in a disabled vehicle. Alternatively, Infantry can be carried in the Merkava's expanded crew compartment, thus providing the tank with an added measure of protection in urban or built-up areas.


Israel and Syria: Correcting the Record

By Stephen S. Rosenfeld

Friday, December 24, 1999; Page A15

The Syrian foreign minister came off as the skunk at the picnic for using the reopening of talks with Israel to speak harshly of his would-be peace partner. But at least some of what he said--calling Israel's fabled Gen. Moshe Dayan as a witness in Syria's favor, for instance--was fair and to the point and needs to be absorbed on all sides to help propel the negotiations forward.

Minister Farouk Charaa addressed a core cause of more than 1,000 armed clashes between Israel and Syria in 1948-67: the Israeli contention that the Syrians, sitting on the Golan Heights, repeatedly shelled Israel's farms and settlements below in the Galilee and its water projects in the Huleh valley. This shelling--in the common Israeli and American view--is what gave Israel its rationale for capturing the Golan Heights in the 1967 war. The disposition of this land is what the current peace talks are about.

Except, to cite Moshe Dayan, it didn't happen just that way. In 1976 Dayan gave an extraordinary interview to Israeli journalist Rami Tal but embargoed it. He died in 1981. Only on April 27, 1997, did his daughter Yael, a Labor parliamentarian, release it. It was not new news in Israel, but it made a stir. It made practically no stir in this country; I missed it at the time.

Said Dayan: "I made a mistake in allowing the [Israeli] conquest of the Golan Heights. As defense minister I should have stopped it because the Syrians were not threatening us at the time." The attack proceeded, he went on, not because Israel was threatened but because of pressure from land-hungry farmers and army commanders in northern Israel. "Of course [war with Syria] was not necessary. You can say the Syrians are bastards and attack when you want. But this is not policy. You don't open aggression against an enemy because he's a bastard but because he's a threat."

About those shellings: Syria shelled and otherwise emanated cold hostility. But, Dayan told his interviewer, "at least 80 percent" of two decades of border clashes were initiated by Israel. "We would send a tractor to plow some [disputed] area . . . and we knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was."

So, on the authority of what you could call an impeccable Israeli source, the situation is very different from what is commonly portrayed. Israel, with an appetite for land, for political profit and for strategic depth, was in the Golan instance--not in all instances--an aggressor, not the victim of aggression. In turn, the Dayan testimony largely supports the Syrian foreign minister's assertion the other day, and earlier, that "it was the other [Israeli] side who insisted on provoking the Syrians until they clashed together and then claimed that the Syrians are the aggressors."

Well, you may say, this is the way the game was played in the mean years of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was hardball. Land, pride, strategic advantage: These were the stakes. Countries were prepared to fight repeatedly for them. Their public opinion congealed around the expectation of war. Peace was simply not seen as a realistic option.

Fortunately, things are different now, thanks to 25 years of American-sponsored diplomacy and much else. People remember, though, and peoples remember. As Israel has its own occasions to know, to be a victim of aggression burns deeply, the more so when your pain is generally unacknowledged and politically all but invisible.

In Israel's case, Arab threats to its viability and its very existence kindled an intense combativeness only now tentatively yielding to the proposition that security can be served by accommodation as well as power. In Syria's case, its own inability to put on a civil public face has deprived it of the appreciation it might otherwise have expected as a sometime offended state; it is also, of course, a sometime offending state as well.

It can be no surprise that Syria demands back all of its territory--territory it lost not to a failure of its own aggression but to a success of Israel's. Given the corrected record, it can hardly be without concern for its own ultimate security. Syria and Israel are entitled to have a mutual interest in security measures and in the political and economic initiatives that may by degrees shrink their hostility and make peace possible.

(c) Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company


11-17-92 - DREAM - I was at A-C working second shift. I met a man from some Wine and Press Co I asked him how long he had been working there. He reminded me that he had been working for Wine & Press Co. I said, "Oh! I've been working here 2 years now and I worked her for 10 years the time before."  I asked him if he thought that they would add the two together for seniority. He said he thought they should.

I was walking down the aisle of a shop and a voice popped into my left ear. It was a man[s' voice and he was saying that a meeting was to be held at 8 p.m. in the evening and that he wanted just as many blue beeswax candles on the altar as the other kind.

The voice faded out and I went to my desk. I was given some rolled up blueprints that I had to mail out and a dark blue sweatshirt, a little boy's size 2 to deliver. It was written on a yellow buckslip, that I should deliver it to 1621 Archie Ave.  When I went outside, I was in Washington State in Sumner. I thought I knew where I was going, but I found myself in the alley of a bunch of houses and I knew it wasn't Archie St. I wondered if there was an Archie St. in Bonney Lake, but I didn't think so.

NOTE: The name Archibald means ' bold ' in two languages, but it Teutonic, it means ' holy prince'.

Interestingly enough the New Testament, thought first printed in 1614 was re-printed in 1621

The number 1621 in Strong's Concordance means : neck

The symbol of the neck in the Bible is really important in the Old Testament. Until the time of Jacob, the Israelites had a plurality of gods; from Jacob (Isra-El), it was El; and from Moses onwards, it was Jahwe, with a frequent falling-off to other mythical gods. The prophet, Eli, (El-i), falling over backwards and breaking his neck, is symbolically considered to be the demise of El as the God of Israel. When the Babylonians captured and removed the Israelites to Babylon, (Book of Esther), the Israelites felt that Jahwe, who saved them from the Egyptians, had lost his power. They then discarded him to a large extent: the final eight books of the Old Testament barely refer to him; some not at all. Jesus stepped into this vacuum, but was rejected by the Israelites.

That would fit the topic, but why was I in Washington State and what did it mean?  The blueprints make sense, because I had designed the buildings for the community, using blueprints from books I sent for from Washington State log housing companies because it was my strongest desire to return there.

What I just read about Jesus stepping into the vacuum brings up a whole new topic I hadn't even been able to analyze correctly it seems until just this moment.  I've had several really good dreams with vacuum cleaners in them, and to me it just meant 'cleaning' the house, but when the dream is about a vacuum cleaner specifically, one has to know that there is more to it than just 'cleaning'.

I recently had a dream in which I was vacuuming an apartment which ultimately turned out to be the apartment of IESOUS (Jesus).  Thus I had created the vacuum into which IESOUS (Jesus) could step.

 That is an incredible thought when one thinks about it in depth.


The 216 - 3:16's of the Bible
... Esther 2:16 -, And when Esther was taken to King Ahasu-e'rus into his royal palace in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his ... -

... Chr. 2:23) which formed the ancient Havoth-jair. (3.) A Benjamite, the father of Mordecai, Esther's uncle (Esther 2:5). (4.) The ...

... ideals," she explained. "Hadassah was chosen as its name because it was the Hebrew equivalent of Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story who dedicated ... - 

... Esther 2:22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told [it] unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king [thereof] in Mordecai's name. ... - 

... Minnie & CA Barrett, Esther Wynne, Hannah Miller, Florence & Edith Edmonds, ML Black, FY Morrow, Hugh Lynn Cayce, Mildred Davis and Helen Storey. READING. ... - 

Ascended Master Lanto - Lord of the Illumination Ray
... Sebastian, taken from the history of Esther, excited so much admiration that Paolo soon ranked nearly equal with Titian and Tintoretto. ...

... "Hadassah was chosen as its name because it was the Hebrew equivalent of Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story who dedicated herself to 'the saving of ...
... When the Babylonians captured and removed the Israelites to Babylon, (Book of Esther), the Israelites felt that Jahwe, who saved them from the Egyptians, had ...





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