The book of Esther is a powerful book that provides tremendous insight into the plan of God for these last days. The entire Bible is a prophetic book. Every story, every event in the scriptures is prophetic. The church must seek the face of Almighty God for the prophetic significance of every scripture. We shall look closely at the book of Esther in this write-up. This book will help us to gain insight into the plan of God for the church in these last days.
Esther chapter one began with a description of a king named Ahasuerus who reigned over 127 provinces. The name Ahasuerus means prince, head, and chief. He is actually a type of the Almighty God who rules over the whole earth. In the third year of his reign, this king declared a FEAST unto all his provinces. Why the third year of his reign? Hosea 6:2 declares, “After two days he will revive us. In the third day he will raise us up, and shall live in his sight” Jesus also spoke in Luke 13:32 “…..Behold, I cast out devils and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the THIRD DAY I shall be perfected”. It is important to note that from the time of the death and resurrection of Christ the church has spent two thousand years (two days), for a day with the Lord is like a thousand years. This is the year 2001 AD. Two days have actually passed and we prophetically at the beginning of the third day or the seven day, which is the Sabbath of God. The day of God’s rest, when his people will enter into his rest. Actually from the time of creation to the time of Noah is two thousand years, and from the time of Noah to the advent of Christ is another two thousand years, from the advent of Christ to where we are right now is another two thousand years, making a total of six thousand years. We are presently at the verge of the seventh day or the seventh thousand years. Prophetically God is preparing to move the church into his rest.
Paul declared in Hebrew 4:9-10 that “there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God, for he that is entered into his rest, he also hath cease from his own works, as God did from his’ He declared further in verse one of the same chapter “let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. We see the rest again, in Egypt, where the children of Israel were bearing heavy burdens of labour and servitudes. Moses said to pharaoh “Let us go, we pray thee, three days journey into the desert and sacrifice unto the Lord our God…”Exodus 5:3. When at last they were delivered upon leaving Mt. Sinai “…..the ark of the covenant was going before them a journey of three days, to search out for them a resting place” Numbers 10:33.
We are right at the evening time of God’s programme. Midnight is here, and a new day for the church in about to break forth. A day when it shall no longer be by might or by power but by his spirit alone. It is no longer of him that willeth or he that runneth but by his mercies alone. It is, therefore, very significant that in the third year of his reign King Ahasuerus declared a feast unto all his provinces. It is also very instructive that Jesus in the parable of the great supper in Luke 14:16-24 declared that a certain man made a great supper and bade many: and sent his servant at super time to say to them that were bidden, come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. I believe very strongly that there in a feast that the Almighty God is declaring at this evening or supper time. The Lord is indeed blowing the trumpet in Zion; He is sounding an alarm upon his holy mountain …., for the day of the Lord is at hand. But alas what do we see in church today; with one consent almost all the servants of the Lord are making excuses. The first set is saying we have bought a piece of land, and we must go and see it.
The land here or the piece of ground speaks of the flesh. Our carnal considerations have outweighed our spiritual appetites. We love the things of this world more than we love Him. Self is solidly on the throne, our personal programme; our personal agenda must be advanced at all cost. Another set is saying, I have bought five yokes of oxen, and I go to prove them. Five as we all know is the number of ministry as evidenced in the five-fold ministry. We must attend to our ministry, we must expand our frontiers, and we must build and expand our ministry at the expense of the giver and owner of the ministry.
People are more concerned today about the gift rather than the giver. Men will rather seek the act of God rather than the ways of God. How come we forget so quickly that that every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what it is. 1 Corinthians 3:14. A third set declared further and gave excuses “I have just married a wife, and therefore I cannot come to the feast.” Prophetically the wife is the body; the bride of Christ is the people of the Lord. Ministers of God are busy marrying their congregations. They are actually usurping the place of the Christ in the body. The church is theirs; it carries the label of their name. The entire church is built around their personalities. They have actually turned themselves into little popes in their congregations. These kingdom builders are gong to lose out. They can never be a part of the fullness of God that shall be revealed in these last days.
I am convinced, even though many may not believe that there is already a shift in God’s emphasis. There is a change of baton going on right now. Those who are keen in the spirit can discern what is happening. Saul is being abandoned and a David is being sought out. The old order of Saul (Heads and shoulder government is fading away). There is a David company who are not known, they are in hiding as it were. They are the ones that God is anointing right now. “……..And the Lord said unto his servant, go out into the highways and hedges, go into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring hither the poor , the maimed, and the halt, and the blind….for I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste my supper”
In Esther 1:5, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan (Shushan means lily, rose, joy); it is a place of purity and holiness. This feast is for those who have sincere and pure hearts; those who live in Shushan as it were. Verse 6 “where white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue and white and black marble, and they gave them drink in vessel of gold, and royal wine in abundance according to the state of the king. It is significant that the bed was made of gold and silver, and they drank from vessel of gold speaking about the nature of God. The linen and the white, green and blue hanging all describe the purity and the love of God. For all those who care to respond to the Lord in this hour, all those who listen to the soundings of the spirit in this hour, the Lord is working out in us his divine nature.
Vashti – a type of the fallen church.
In verse 9 of Esther chapter 1, we were told that Vashti the queen declared her own feast for the women in the royal house. Vashti is the queen; she is the type of the church of the Lord. Instead of Vashti participating in the king’s feast, she went ahead and declared her own thing. This reminds us of the declaration in Jeremiah 1 verse 13 “for my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cistern, broken cistern, that can hold no water”. The church truly has abandoned its true source of life and have gone ahead to devise new methods, new ways of evangelizing the world. The feast of Vashti is a distraction from the true feast. It is a feast of deception; it is a feast of rebellion that can never work the righteousness of our Lord. It is very important for believers to understand that there are technically two types of feasts going on in the church right now, one is the king’s feast(which is the true feast), the other is Vashti the queen’s feast (which is the feast of deception). The two feasts are taking place in the same vicinity – the royal house. Herein is the deception, for a mind that is not matured the feast of Vashti can easily be mistaken for the king’s feast. The setting of the two fast is the same, the language is the same, the choruses are the same, yet one is a true feast while the other is a fake feast. We must declare with all emphasis that there is a lot that is going on today in the church in the name of the Lord but has nothing to do with the Lord. The language is the same but the spirit is different. They look like sheep but when they speak their voice is like the voice of the dragon. These are wolves appearing in sheep clothing to devour and misled the body of Christ. Men have come to equate apostasy to revival. Many servants of the Lord have become lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; they are lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, without natural affection, trucebreakers, in continent…1Timothy 3:1-8.
There is probably no better description of the state of the church today than what was describe in Isaiah 4 verse 1 “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach” This is a prophetic declaration of what is happening today in the body of Christ. They are seven women who are struggling to take hold of one man – our Lord Jesus Christ. They want to use his name, be identified with him but they want to do their own thing. They will eat their own food, and wear their own apparel but answer his name. This means that they establish their own standard of righteousness, eat whatever they like in terms of not being able to endure sound doctrine. There is abomination right in the holy place and yet the people want it so.
Because Vashti refuse to come at the king’s commandment, Esther 1:12, she was removed as queen. Vashti lost her exalted position because she did not honour the Lord. The glory has departed from the Vashti church and yet she knew it not. Like the glory departed from Saul, so also the glory is departed from a section of the body of Christ today. Saul was still king, in fact he went in and out of the people yet the glory had left him. The glory has departed from Saul order. I believe very strongly that the Lord is taking away the first (the old order) that he might establish the second (the new order); there is a new wine that is showing up in the church today. The old wine is no longer able to take care of the situation. And there is of necessity the creation of a new wineskin to take in the new wine; you cannot put a new wine in an old wineskin. There is a change of a baton about to take place in the church; it is a change of baton from Vashti to Esther, from Saul to David. We must open eyes and be very discerning in these last days.
The Esther – company.
“After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appear he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decree against her. Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, let there be fair young virgins sought for the king….. And let the maiden that pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so” Esther 2:1-4. Esther was selected as one of the maidens that went in to see the king. She eventually won the hearth of the king and was made the new queen. But how did she do it, what qualified her to chosen as one of the maidens? We shall consider a few things that qualified Esther to be queen. The same thing will be required of us in this great work of restoration that the Lord is doing in his body. The Lord is raising an end-time army; it is an Esther – company, a people that shall sit on the throne and be one with the king. We are talking here about a people who will make it into the Holy of Holies, these are the overcomers.
- Esther 2:7 “And he brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful…” The point to be made here is that Esther had no FATHER or MOTHER. She has no roots, all her roots has been cut off. The strong cords of the father and mother that could have tied her down have been severed. She was not tied down to traditions; she had no sentiments or bias that could tie her down. All the things that could emotionally tie her down to her roots, her background have been completely removed. This is total consecration. Our Lord Jesus Christ did say that he that must follow him must be ready to abandon his father and mother and follow him without reservation. Christ is demanding no less from this great Esther – company that the
Lord is raising in these last days. The things of this world must grow strangely dim in our eyes; we must lay our ambition, our plan, and our aspiration right at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ in order to follow him. We must as it were “sell” all that we have like the rich young ruler and follow the Lord. The standard will not be lowered for the overcomers. It is either all or nothing. We can not eat our cake and still have them. We cannot have one leg in the world and one leg in the church. This may sound hard but it is the truth. It is a message for the overcomers, the Esther – company of this end-time.
- Esther went through a period of purification (twelve months of purification- six month with bitter oil of myrrh, and six month with sweet odors), Esther was tried. She went through a period of pain and darkness represented by the six bitter months, yet she remaineth steadfast. She stood firm during these month of fiery experience, counting it all joy, knowing fully well that the trial of her faith worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed. She also went through six months of sweet odors. In the mist of plenty she learnt moderation. She handled her success well without letting it get into her head. She learnt how to abound and how to abase. The circumstances around her did not affect her inner life. She was constant, and her inner life could not be disturbed by whatsoever is happening around her. Brethren, this is the standard. The throne is certainly not for babies but for mature men and women who know what it means to posses the inner peace of the Almighty God no matter the situation they might find themselves in.
- Esther 2:5 “Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Modecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required NOTING but what Heggai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtain favour in the sight of all that looked upon her” It is very instructive that Esther went in simple, she went in without any extra make-up and she won the contest. The Lord was with her, and she won the hearth of the king. The message here for the body of Christ is very profound. We do not really need to borrow from the world to win the battle of world evangelization. We really do not need new method or even new gadgets for spirit to move in the church. We thank God for the great possibilities of this computer mediated age. The last twenty years of human civilization has witnessed what one can describe as the information explosion era. Advancement in computer technology has totally revolutionized human activity, we speak today of Internet connectivity. A situation where person, groups and organizational entities across geographical and cultural boundaries can interact via the internet, this situation is virtually unthinkable several years back. We must take advantage of all that technology has to offer, but we must never lose sight of the fact that, at best, technology can only be a means to an end itself. Christ must remain the core of our message; it is all about Jesus. We must keep the message simple, our physical and organizational structures must be kept simple otherwise we will be distracted by them. We must never forget the fact that we are looking for a city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. For this reason, we must sojourn in this world, as in a strange country, dwelling in tents Hebrew 11:9-10. We must return to due order, we must go back to New Testament pattern. Every congregation of the Lord’s follower is to submit to one head- the Lord Jesus Christ, and only one constitution- the Bible. Each local congregation in the New Testament is autonomous, and bound to other congregation in the Lord’s church by the love and fellowship common to all who serve one master- our Lord Jesus Christ and who share one hope. The local expression of the Lord’s church is not the personal property of anyone. Each local assembly is made up of Christians, who are priest and saints and there should be no clerical to arrogate to self dominion over a subservient laity. Authority and control in the New Testament was limited to elders. The days of one-man show is over, Leadership in our local assembly should be plural as it was done in the New Testament. The era of the head and shoulders government of Saul is over; Our God is on the move.
May God Bless You All.
PROF. FRED ADEGOKE,