Purim 2021 – For Such a Time as This – Nothing Has Changed

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“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14 (NKJ)

On Thursday night Jewish people in Israel and around the world once again celebrated the festival of Purim, which remembers of the story of how Esther saved her people from destruction at the hands of the demonically inspired Haman. Haman was just one in a line of many men who did their best to destroy the Jewish people as Satan attempted to prevent Bible prophecy being fulfilled. Ever since Israel became a nation almost 4000 years ago, Satan has tried to destroy it. The account of history is a succession of wicked men who Satan anointed and used to try to destroy Israel. The list includes the Pharaoh in Egypt, Haman in Persia, Antiochus Epiphanes, Herod, Titus and Hitler. Praise YAH, they all failed and Purim is still being celebrated by the Jewish people, and since1948 we have own country back to celebrate Purim in.

There is nothing new under the sun and nothing really changes in the spiritual realm or the natural realm. Israel is still under attack by those who serve the purposes of Satan today. I try not to be unduly pessimistic, but at this year’s Purim time the scene still looks set for a major escalation in the situation here. Iran (ancient Persia) continues to threaten to destroy Israel and has suffered numerous and embarrassing losses of their military installations that they attempted to establish in Syria. Many Iranian military personnel have been injured and killed as at the hands of the Israelis. The radical Islamic regime must be desperate to strike back at Israel. The Israeli / ‘Palestinian’ peace process is as good as dead and we need to pray that it stays that way. The PA leadership is warning that the prospects of a peace agreement are almost zero following the US and other nations returning their embassies to Jerusalem, and the fictitious ‘Palestinian’ people have lost all hope in having a state with Jerusalem as its capital, leaving violence and terror as their only options.

Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in most of the world, even in nations like the USA and the United Kingdom, where even politicians are making their views obvious for all to see. That should not surprise or shock us as the Bible tells us that Satan is currently the god of this age (2 Cor 4:4) and the whole world lies under his influence (1 Jn 5:19). Satan hates Israel and the Jewish people because he knows the prophecies, so it follows those who are knowingly or unknowingly under his influence have the same hatred. The Jewish people know that the world, at the very best, doesn’t like us, and at the worst hates and despises us.

The reason for the intense hatred of the Jews is not because of who we are, but because of Who our very existence as a people, testifies to. It is reported that the last Russian Czar asked one of his advisors to prove the existence of GOD. The man answered in two words  – THE JEWS! The Jewish people and the nation of Israel are a ‘banner’ (Isaiah 11:12) to the world that GOD is who the Bible says He is, and Satan hates us for it. Over the last few decades the Devil has been very successful in returning almost all of the once Christian nations, back to be Pagan nations once again. Now most of the world also hates on-fire Born-Again Christians, because they also testify of the same God – the GOD of Israel. Soon most of the world, under the influence of the evil one, will vent its demonically inspired wrath in a way never seen before against Israel, the Jewish people and the Body of Messiah. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated these End Time events.

However this is not a time to be fearful. This is a time to work with the LORD as He brings this present evil age to its climax. Josie and I believe that like Esther, we have all come to the kingdom “for such a time as this”. Those who regularly receive our updates will have heard me say that before, but I truly believe it is true and will continue to say so. I sense a call to continually remind and inspire the people of GOD to be about the Father’s business, especially the business of restoration and protection of Israel and the Jewish people as the Father prepares to supernaturally reveal His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, to Israel (Zechariah 12:10), in preparation for the restoration of His Kingdom on the Earth in Jerusalem.

I want to repeat my challenge to every Christian at this time of Purim, to be an Esther, and to fulfill the purpose and the destiny for which you have come to the kingdom at this strategic time. The world is closing in on Israel and for that matter, on the true Church. Now is very definitely the time to be like Esther, to allow the Spirit of The LORD of Hosts who resides within you, to rise up within you and empower you to go before the ‘kings’ and plead on Israel’s behalf. There needs to be heard many prophetic voices speaking for GOD on Israel’s behalf. It is actually a lot easier for us than it was for Esther. She had to go before a real king at the risk of her life. We all know those famous words she spoke “I will go before the king, and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 5:16)

Now is not the time to remain silent! God forbid that we would be amongst those of whom it was prophetically said, “for if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish (Esther 4:14) Please increase your prayer and intercession for Aliyah and Salvation of the Jewish people, and also let’s speak up in the natural whenever there is an opportunity to share what we know and believe.