ESTHER: THE STORY OF PURIM

By Karen Thompson
Fifth in a Five-Part Series

This is the final post in a five-part series on the law of measure for measure as found in the book of Esther. In our last post, we saw how Esther’s request to hang Haman’s ten sons “tomorrow” was prophetically fulfilled when Hitler’s ten top Nazi leaders were hung on the gallows. We saw Germany’s number-one Jew baiter, Julius Streicher, also experience a measure-for-measure judgment for all the evil he inflicted on innocent Jews. When he was led to the gallows to be hung, he shouted “Purim Fest 1946.” In this final post, get ready to be furthered shocked to see how the ancient event of Purim reached out and touched future events.

The Deaths of Haman and Hitler

There is one more astonishing comparison concerning Haman and Hitler that has to do with how they met their deaths. Haman had planned to hang his enemy, Mordecai, on the gallows. But through divine judgment, Haman himself was hung on the very gallows he intended for Mordecai—measure for measure.

Like Haman, Hitler also met his end by suffering the same death sentence he pronounced on his enemies, the Jews. Like Haman, Hitler wanted to exterminate the entire Jewish race. His plan was to bring about their distinction through mass killing. He had two main methods of mass killing. One included gas chambers disguised as shower rooms where carbon monoxide was piped into the room poisoning its victims. Additionally, the gas chambers included a crematorium where the bodies were burned. The other main method of mass killing was a gunshot to the back of the head. The innocent victims were lined up at the edge of a massive pit; soldiers would then shoot them and they would fall on top of the victims before them. These massive pits became unmarked graves for untold thousands of innocent Jewish people.

At Hitler’s command, the Jewish people experienced poison, cremation, gunshot to the head, and were buried in unmarked graves.

Now listen to how Hitler met his end. The website of historyplace.com posted an interesting article about Hitler’s last hours. When the war was close to its end, Hitler had moved to his underground complex, the Fuhrerbunker, located 50 feet below the Chancellery buildings in Berlin. From there, he conducted the war. By this time, he had already lost the war, but he was in a state of denial. The following are the events of his last days.

On April 26, 1945, the Soviet army was making direct hits on the buildings above the bunker. On April 28, Hitler married Eva Braun his longtime female companion in a brief civil ceremony. By April 29, the Soviet ground forces were only about a mile away. Hitler decided he would rather kill himself than be caught by enemy forces. Eva made the decision to die together with him.

On April 30, Hitler and his new bride retired to their private quarters where they would die together. Hitler swallowed a poison capsule and then shot himself in the head. Eva followed him by swallowing a poison capsule. Acting on Hitler’s orders, Bormann and Goebbels then carried their bodies up to the Chancellery garden. They dug a shallow grave and placed the bodies inside it. Next, they doused the bodies with gasoline, set them on fire, and burned them until they were beyond recognition. The grave was then covered and left unmarked.

Hitler was killed by the same methods he used to kill the Jews—poison, gunshot to the head, cremation, and burial in an unmarked grave. Measure for measure, just like Haman.

The Oppression Is Lifted

There is yet one more final Haman-Hitler similarity. After Haman was hung and the king commissioned the second letter telling the Jews they could defend themselves, it says “the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour” (Est. 8:15–16). Haman’s death and the reversal of his decree brought great joy in the city of Susa.

There was a similar response in the bunker after Hitler announced the decision to kill himself. Hitler came out of his personal quarters to say goodbye to his officers and staff. After shaking hands with everyone, he and Eva went back to the room to commit suicide. It was said that the tension the people in the bunker had experienced in the preceding days was tremendous. But all of it evaporated when they learned of Hitler’s plan to take his life. The mood among them became lighthearted; there was merry-making and even dancing!

Queen Esther’s Requests Were Prophetic

In conclusion, it seems all of Esther’s actions and requests were made not only for her present time but prophetically reached out far into the distant future when her people would face this same sort of evil.

Consider this: Esther had not one but two banquets for the king. She only needed one banquet to present the king with her request concerning her people. Why did she have the second banquet? Was one banquet to address her present calamity and the other banquet prophetic to address the future calamity?

Secondly, when the king asked her what else she desired, she requested a second day of killing in which her people could destroy their enemies. Could she have unknowingly been asking for the first day of fighting to defeat the evil plans of Haman to exterminate the Jews, and the extra day of fighting for the future when nations would align together to defeat Hitler?

Now consider this: Could Esther’s request to hang the 10 already dead men on the gallows “tomorrow” really be a prophetic request to have Hitler’s 10 co-conspirators hung in the future? These are interesting things to ponder and consider.

I have one last “coincidence” with regard to the day of Purim. Rabbi Benjamin Blech in his book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jewish History and Culture” said this about Joseph Stalin: “Before his own death, Stalin had grand plans to murder tens of thousands of Jewish intellectuals and doctors—a plan only averted by Stalin’s sudden death on Purim day in 1953. (And tell me it was just a coincidence that before his evil plan could be carried out, he would die on the same day as Haman of old.)”

Measure for Measure and the Nations

 So what does measure-for-measure judgment have to do with the book of Daniel and end times? The message is plain and simple to all peoples and nations. Regarding the Jews, God says in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.” God will repay to those people measure for measure for how they treated the Jews, His people of promise. If you do them harm, harm will come upon you. But if you choose to bless them and to help them, God will bless you and help you. It’s as simple as that.

The evil any nation inflicts on the Jewish people will be judged by God measure for measure: “And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exo. 21:23–25)

There is one last important point that needs to be made concerning the nations and the judgment of God. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells us what He will do immediately upon His return: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left” (Matt. 25:31–33).

After the battle of Armageddon, the first thing Jesus will do is assemble before Him all nations of the earth. He will divide them into two groups: sheep nations on the right and goat nations on the left. The sheep nations will be rewarded: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34).

Next, Jesus explained why the sheep nations will be rewarded: “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matt. 25:35–36).

The righteous nations will say, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” (Matt. 25:37–39).

Then Jesus will explain: “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (v. 40). Plainly put, Jesus is saying whatever you did to Israel, My brethren, you have done it to Me!

Next, King Jesus will judge the goat nations: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not” (Matt. 25:41–43).

They ask Him, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?”

And He will explain, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matt. 25:44–46).

Those nations that did not treat well the brethren of Jesus—the children of Israel—will experience everlasting punishment. When the goat nations receive their punishment, God’s promise to Abraham will be fulfilled: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee…” (Gen. 12:3).

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