Purim began in the book of Esther as a celebration of the victory of the Jews over their Persian enemies who plotted genocide against the entire Jewish race. Esther's uncle Mordecai made an official decree in the Kingdom of Persia that the new holiday of Purim be celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of the Assyrian Babylonian month "Adar" which is the 12th month in the created calendar of the Almighty. Please click here to learn about the Almighty's created calendar. In the modern Roman Catholic calendar that is used by most people today (even protestants and atheists) in western civilization, this usually occurs in March or April. Most people believe this holiday is only for the Jews and is not important to modern day new covenant Christians. This article will shine more light upon this subject.
The reasons that most Christians believe that Purim is for Jews only are as follows:
1. It only mentions the Jews observing it in the book of Esther.
2. Most Christians believe that there is no longer any law that must be observed by new covenant Christians.
3. The Almighty never directly commanded the observance. It was declared to be observed by Mordecai.
4. It is believed that it has no relevance to today (our modern times), nor to the future.
Objection 1. The bible only mentions the Jews observing Purim.
Romans 2:28-29 (KJV) "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
Romans 9:6-8 "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed."
So you can see from the above bible verses that new covenant, born again Christians are spiritual Jews in the eyes of the Almighty (God). As followers of Jesus, we must think spiritually. (Please click here to see undeniable proof that the Messiah's name is Jesus, and not Yeshua.)
Romans 8:6 "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." The bible is a spiritual book and we are to be spiritually minded people.
John 4:23-24 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth".
As spiritually minded followers of The Almighty Creator, we should come to understand that Purim has significance to all followers of Christ worldwide. The reason that the Persians/Iranians hated the Jews was not only because of race and color, but because the pagan Persians hated The God of the Jews, and also seek to steal their birthright. The birthright issue goes back to Ishmael, and also to Esau. The many accounts in the scriptures/bible about Ishmael, Esau, pagans, hatred against the Israelites, etc effect all true believers of all ages, not just the Jews. The book of Esther, including Purim, is in the bible not just for the physical Jews, but for all people who are willing to worship God in spirit and truth, thus also for spiritual Jews, i.e. all born again new covenant Christians. The enemies of the Jews are the enemies of Christians. The victory that The Almighty gave to Mordecai, Esther and the Jews over the murderous pagans, was a victory for all followers of "The Way, the Truth and the Life". Plus, again, according to the holy scriptures, if we are truly saved (have The Holy Ghost of Jesus living inside of us), we are adopted into the Jewish family and are considered Israelites and Jews by God. Read Romans 11 to learn about gentiles being grafted into the same family tree.
Plus, the bible tells us to "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep", Romans 12:15.
Therefore, we should celebrate/keep/observe Purim for at least these reasons:
1. True Christians are spiritual Jews. We serve God in Spirit and in Truth. Romans 10:12 "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."
2. The enemies of the Jews are the enemies of Christians. Those that bless them shall be blessed, those that curse them shall be cursed. If the Jews mourn or rejoice, we also mourn or rejoice, as the hatred of the pagans against us is because of their hatred of the God of Israel. Differences in race should have nothing to do with whether or not we celebrate holidays that have spiritual significance in the united Kingdom of God.
Esther 9:27 Alpha & Omega Bible "AND MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) ESTABLISHED IT, AND THE JEWS TOOK UPON THEMSELVES, AND UPON THEIR SEED, AND UPON THOSE THAT WERE JOINED TO THEM TO OBSERVE IT, NEITHER WOULD THEY ON ANY ACCOUNT BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY: BUT THESE DAYS WERE TO BE A MEMORIAL KEPT IN EVERY GENERATION, AND CITY, AND FAMILY, AND PROVINCE. (Not just for the Jews, but also to anyone who celebrates the victory that Jesus gives of Good over evil.) 28 AND THESE DAYS OF THE PHRURAE, SAID THEY SHALL BE KEPT FOR EVER, AND THEIR MEMORIAL SHALL NOT FAIL IN ANY GENERATION".
Did you read the above scriptures in your personal paperback/hardback bible today or just only on this website?
If only online, I encourage you to please open your bible and read these verses both on our website and in your bible. There is power in reading the real bible. Also, did you pray before beginning to read about this specific subject today? If not, I encourage you to take the time now to pray for understanding of truth.
Objection 2. Most Christians believe that there is no longer any law that must be observed by new covenant Christians.
This excuse cannot be used concerning Purim because Purim was not part of the law of Moses or old covenant. It is not a matter of law in this case. Law and old and new covenants have nothing to do with Purim. It is simply a celebration of victory for God's people against our enemies. It is a commemoration of a very important, biblical, historical event which should be important to all Christians of all ages, not just the Jews, thousands of years ago. But also, concerning the issue of law, it's important to realize that there must be some law still intact. Most Christians would agree that we still must pay tithes. Most would also agree with "Thou shall have no other gods before me", "Thou shall not steal", "Thou shall not commit adultery" and "Thou shall not kill". Yet, when it comes to obeying "Thou shall rest on the 7th Day", or the observance of biblical Holy Days, all of a sudden, the same believer of these laws, says that all Law was done away! Please click here to read our article on "What Was Done Away". Most modern day Christians believe that we absolutely must observe Sunday, Christmas and Easter, as if the bible commands that we observe those days. Yet the bible never commands those days. So it seems to me, that the belief of "all law is done away" is a hypocritical excuse by people who don't want to obey what the bible truly commands, while choosing to follow the traditions of man as if they are the Law of God.
Mark 7:7-9 "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
Objection 3. The Almighty never directly commanded the observance. It was declared to be observed by Mordecai.
The Almighty is looking for people who will freely/voluntarily worship Him. Does He always have to command you to worship Him? Although, God Himself never directly commanded the observance of Purim, was it not God who was working in/with Mordecai? Was it not God who gave the victory? Was it not God who saved the Jews? Was it not God who inspired all Old Testament scripture? 2 Tim.3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". Does Purim celebrate the victory given by the same God that will give us victory in our day? Did not the same God of Moses and Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul, also work in Esther and Mordecai? If the leaders that God ordained, declared a holiday, should not the citizens of The Kingdom of God, throughout all generations continue to observe those appointed holidays? People today in every nation still observe holidays appointed by presidents/kings that lived generations ago. The ancient holidays of our modern nations are important to us because they are commemorations of events worthy to be remembered. How much more important to have holidays of remembrance in the Kingdom of God so that we do not forget the lessons of history and how that God has always given His people the final victory! We should freely worship The Almighty utilizing the holidays ordained by Him, and instituted by His Servants. Was it not The Almighty that ordained the victory of Purim?
Objection 4. It is believed that Purim has no relevance to today (our modern times), nor to the future.
Were historical events in the bible recorded for our edification today? Is all scripture profitable? 2 Tim. 3:6. Is the God of Mordecai and Esther still alive? Do Jews still exist? Are we spiritual Jews? Does the hatred against Jews still exist? Does the hatred against Israel still exist? Does the devil still exist? Are the devil and his workers (pagan heathens) still trying to exterminate the Jews and Christians alike? God gave the Jews victory in that battle thousands of years ago, but isn't the war still raging? Could we not be inspired and encouraged by the observance of Purim? Wouldn't it be fruitful to keep/observe Purim? Would Purim help to teach our children the faithfulness and power of God?
The Ezekiel 38 prophecy foretells an end time World War 3 (Gog Magog War) invasion of Israel by Persia and many others nations who are their allies. Jesus has taught me that "Gog Magog" refers to Russia and China, who are the most important allies of Persia/Iran. Iran was always known as Persia until 1935. (Source.) The scriptures also identify Bashar Assad, the president of Syria, as the end time "Son of Perdition", who most Christians call "The Antichrist". (Please click here for undeniable proof in the bible that Assad of Syria is "The Antichrist"). It is also important to understand that "the mountains of Israel" that are invaded in Ezekiel 38 is referring to the USA, Israel and the British Commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa. So it will not just be an invasion of the Jewish nation in the middle east, Judah, that people call "Israel", but rather a worldwide war that will effect all nations. Please click here for proof that the USA & British Commonwealth are tribes of Israel, brothers of the Jews of the tribe of Judah. (Please click here for more information about the Gog Magog Assyrian invasion of the nations in our generation). Therefore, once we understand who "Israel" is, and who Persia and "Gog Magog" are, and how soon this war will occur, then it's easier to understand how the divine account of Purim, and the modern observance of it by all Christians, can be a very significant edification to us today! Purim of the Old Testament foreshadows an end time Purim. The Muslims and communists do not want to murder only all the Jews, but also all Christians! The war is not limited to only Persia and the Jews. The war of the devil is against all followers of Jesus worldwide and in all ages. By reading and learning the lessons of the book of Esther, and by observing Purim, we are reminded of the assurance of God's Promises and Faithfulness to give His people the final victory over the devil and his demonic armies. As Christians, we are the army of the LORD and victory is ours!
Parts of the book of Esther have been removed from most modern bibles including the King James Version. But in the Holy Greek Septuagint, the bible that Jesus and the apostles used, and restored in The Alpha & Omega Bible, it says in Esther 1:1 "IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE REIGN OF ARTAXERXES THE GREAT KING, ON THE FIRST DAY OF NISAN, MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) THE SON OF JARIUS, THE SON OF SEMEIAS, THE SON OF CISAUS, OF THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN, A JEW DWELLING IN THE CITY SUSA (in Iran), A GREAT MAN, SERVING IN THE KING'S PALACE, SAW A DREAM VISION. NOW HE WAS OF THE CAPTIVITY WHICH NEBUCHADNEZZAR KING OF BABYLON HAD CARRIED CAPTIVE FROM JERUSALEM, WITH JACHONIAS THE KING OF JUDEA. AND THIS WAS HIS DREAM: BEHOLD, VOICES AND A NOISE, THUNDERS AND EARTHQUAKE, TUMULT UPON THE EARTH. AND, BEHOLD, TWO GREAT SERPENTS (Antichrist & False Prophet symbolized by Gabatha And Tharrha) CAME FORTH, BOTH READY FOR CONFLICT, AND THERE CAME FROM THEM A GREAT VOICE, AND BY THEIR VOICE EVERY NATION WAS PREPARED FOR BATTLE, EVEN TO FIGHT AGAINST THE NATION OF THE JUST. (Haman's attempt against the Jews symbolized the Gog Magog War & later, the Battle of Armageddon) AND, BEHOLD, A DAY OF GLOOM AND DARKNESS, (the Great) TRIBULATION AND WRATH, OPPRESSION AND GREAT CONSUSION UPON THE EARTH. AND ALL THE RIGHTEOUS NATION WAS TROUBLED, FEARING THEIR OWN AFFLICTIONS; AND THEY PREPARED TO DIE, AND CRIED TO THEOS (The Alpha & Omega): AND FROM THEIR CRY THERE CAME AS IT WERE A GREAT RIVER FROM A LITTLE FOUNTAIN , EVEN MUCH WATER. AND LIGHT AND THE SUN AROSE. AND (these) ENGULFED THE HONORABLE.
AND THE LOWLY WERE EXALTED. AND MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) WHO HAD SEEN THIS VISION AND WHAT THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) DESIRED TO DO, HAVING AWOKE, KEPT IT IN HIS HEART, AND DESIRED BY ALL MEANS TO INTERPRET IT, EVEN TILL NIGHT. AND MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) RESTED QUIET IN THE PALACE WITH GABATHA AND THARRHA THE KING'S TWO CHAMBERLAINS, EUNUCHS WHO GUARDED THE PALACE. AND HE HEARD THEIR REASONING AND SEARCHED OUT THEIR PLANS, AND LEARNED THAT THEY WERE PREPARING TO LAY HANDS ON KING ARTAXERXES: AND HE INFORMED THE KING CONCERNING THEM. AND THE KING EXAMINED THE TWO CHAMBERLAINS, AND THEY CONFESSED, AND WERE EXECUTED.
AND THE KING WROTE THESE THINGS FOR A MEMORIAL: ALSO MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) WROTE CONCERNING THESE MATTERS. AND THE KING COMMANDED MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) TO ATTEND IN THE PALACE, AND GAVE GIFTS FOR THIS SERVICE. AND AMAN (Haman) THE SON OF AMADATHES THE BUGEAN WAS HONORABLE IN THE SIGHT OF THE KING, AND HE ENDEAVORED TO HURT MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) AND HIS PEOPLE, BECAUSE OF THE TWO CHAMBERLAINS OF THE KING. (Although Gabatha & Tharrha, and later Haman, were first fulfillments, the main fulfillment will be in the end time.)"
Esther 8:13 "....DO YOU THEREFORE ALSO, AMONG YOUR NOTABLE FEASTS, KEEP A DISTINCT DAY WITH ALL FESTIVITY, THAT BOTH NOW AND HEREAFTER IT MAY BE A DAY OF DELIVERANCE TO US AND WHO ARE WELL DISPOSED TOWARD THE PERSIANS, BUT TO THOSE THAT PLOTTED AGAINST US A MEMORIAL OF DESTRUCTION. AND EVERY CITY AND PROVINCE COLLECTIVELY, WHICH SHALL NOT DO ACCORDINGLY, SHALL BE CONSUMED WITH VENGEANCE BY SPEAR AND FIRE: IT SHALL BE MADE NOT ONLY INACCESSIBLE TO MEN, BUT MOST HATEFUL TO WILD BEASTS AND BIRDS FOR EVER...."
Purim is not a commanded rest day (Sabbath). Therefore, you do not have to call off from work or school. Although it's also not a commanded day of gathering for worship, it would be very good to attend or listen to special worship services. I Saw The Light Ministries provides live audio broadcasts of our special Purim worship services/sermons every year until the Great Tribulation comes. The weekly Sabbath broadcasts and the special holy day broadcasts are also saved in the archives so that you can listen to it at any time later. (Please click here for information about how to listen).
It would be good to eat a special feast/meal in celebration. Please be sure to read the entire book of Esther before or during Purim. Lighting a candle or menorah, as we do on every 7th Day and every Holy Day would also be good and acceptable. Extra prayer and worship on this special Holiday/Holy Day of The Kingdom would be appropriate and highly encouraged.
Some things come only via prayer and fasting. Truth is not always easy to accept immediately, especially considering that we have to unlearn many years of brainwashing and programming by the traditional Assyrian Babylonian church system.
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