FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?
BY DOUG KRIEGER
The unprecedented third speech by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, given on March 3, 2015 to a joint session of the Congress of these United States of America with both the Fast of Esther and Feast of Purim (falling on March 3 and 4 of 2015) evolved into a prophetic convergence creating a virtual replay and/or appeal of utmost significance and drama for ultimate Jewish deliverance from a new Haman who has arisen in Persia (modern Iran) determined to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth." A cataclysmic roll out of inevitable nuclear holocaust awaits not only Israel, but the Middle East and the entire world if something is not done to stop it--according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here, "the enemy of my enemy is my enemy" and where "no deal is better than a bad deal"--which is what we have with Iran now.
Indeed, the Jews will be utterly destroyed unless "relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews" (Esther 4:14--said to Queen Esther by Mordecai, her cousin and adopted father, in his appeal to her to intervene to the King of Persia on behalf of the Jews to defend themselves from the evil Haman and his treachery).
Israel's Prime Minister painted the current Ayatollah of Iran, Ali Hosseini Khamenei, as the modern Haman whose sinister plot to annihilate the Jews was foiled by Mordecai's appeal in concert with his adopted daughter (cousin Esther). Queen Esther had to break the Persian unchangeable law of the King of Persia, Ahasuerus, and come uninvited into his presence--wherein she could be killed for such an infraction. Nevertheless, she was accepted by the King and made her appeal known to him that the Jews of the Persian Empire would within a year be allowed to defend themselves . . . for it was Haman, the newly appointed vizier in the Persian Empire who had convinced the King that since Mordecai would not bow and pay homage to Haman as the King's servants had done that Mordecai had actually insulted the King; thus Haman was "filled with wrath" (Esther 3:5--akin to the "devil's great wrath" in Revelation 12:12) and sought not only to kill Mordecai but all the Jews of the Empire.
Haman had convinced King Ahasuerus that Mordacai and "the people of Mordecai" (i.e., the Jews) were contrary to the King because "their laws [were] different from all other people's, and they do not keep the king's laws" and, therefore, "it would not be fitting for the king to let them remain" (Esther 3:6-10). Moreover, Haman, upon the annihilation of the Jews would pay into the king's treasuries 10,000 talents of silver (1 talent is equal to 60 minas; 1 mina is equal to 3 months' wages in today's US dollars; 1 talent is equal to 15 years in wages; 10,000 talents is equal to 150,000 years in wages at $8.00 per hour [California Minimum Wage]; 150,000 years in wages is equal to $2.250B or at $16 per hour is equal to nearly $5B). (Source: Weights and Measures, NIV Study Bible) - Thus, $5B was no "chump change." I find it all the more intriguing in that Queen Esther had informed the King [in that Mordecai had told Esther] that "two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus"--thus were they hanged on the gallows for their treason! (Esther 2:20-23) . . . but when Mordecai would "not bow or pay homage" in accordance with the king's command that all the servants do so toward the newly-promoted Haman, that was just the ticket to expel by death not only Haman but all the Jews throughout the Empire. Thus, are the "kingdoms of this world" delighted in "money over loyalty" and "pride over fidelity" . . . notwithstanding, Mordecai had saved the King's very life! Surely, Mordecai knew what was in the heart of Haman, the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, as we shall soon see (Esther 3:1).
NISAN 13, Passover Preparation Day - Decree to Annihilate the Jews & the Crucifixion of Jesus
"In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman, to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar" (the month chosen to annihilate the Jews--Esther 3:7); moreover, with this sinister plot in hand Haman approached the King to liquidate the Jews: "If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king's treasuries" (Esther 3:9).
"And the king said to Haman, 'The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you.' Then the king's scribes were called on the THIRTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH (the month of Nisan), and a decree was written according to all that Haman commanded--to the king's satraps, to the governors who were over each province, to the officials of all people, to every province according to its script, and to every people in their language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king's signet ring . . . and the letters were sent by couriers into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions . . . the couriers went out, hastened by the king's command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel. So the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the CITY OF SHUSHAN WAS PERPLEXED (i.e., "in CONFUSION") (Esther 3:11-13, 15).
The City of Confusion - Babylon the Great
Truly, the CONFUSION typifies the "City of Confusion" [Isaiah 19:10] which shall one day await the Day of Judgment; for it is written: "The City of Confusion is broken down . . . It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth. They will gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously" (Isaiah 24:10, 21-23).
Behind the annihilation of the Jews - behind the King of Persia - are those principalities and powers [those described by Paul, the Apostle, as "the wiles of the devil, principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12) . . . Alas! THE PRINCE OF PERSIA (Daniel 10:13) seeks through Haman to annihilate the saints [the "holy ones" - the "chosen" and "elect"] but the day fast approaches when "the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth" who are their willing collaborators! Is it any wonder, then, that CONFUSION reigns today upon the earth--especially in these ancient regions of antiquity where the "enemy of my enemy is my enemy"?
For, as we shall learn, behind this Agagite Haman is the very "mighty hunter against the Lord," Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10) . . . and need I say more; yes, much more . . . for this Nimrod builded Babel/Babylon, the CITY OF CONFUSION; and the rest of history repeats itself until that Day! Now the Islamic State [ISIS] commences its destruction of Nimrod's legacy and the world cries out for its heritage is destroyed--what confusion is this! Lest you weep at this alleged "desecration" of antiquity, allow me to suggest that its "utter destruction" (and I know I'll get flack for this) may "prophetically portend" Babel's-Babylon's ultimate prophetic demise as seen in the Revelation: "Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! Therefore her plagues will come in one day--death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her" (Rev. 18:2, 8).
Don't you find it, as L. A. Marzulli says: "A kawinkadink" that Nimrud's destruction is taking place as we write this diatribe upon Babylon the Great?
Allow me at this juncture to interject that the multiplicity of dates mentioned in the book of Esther are not given at random by the Spirit of God in the writing of the book of Esther. Indeed, even if you are an abject atheist and/or a "hater" of today's Israel--it is virtually impossible not to recognize that 13 Nisan, the date given by the King's decree in the book of Esther to annihilate the Jews of the Persian Empire, is the very same date of Passover Preparation, the SAME DATE on the Hebrew Calendar on which Jesus was crucified--for He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, 10 Nisan (one half day on Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and then by 14 Nisan (Passover at 6:00 p.m. beginning of the Jewish Thursday) His body was removed from "the tree" (i.e., the "cross") and He was buried; for the bodies of the crucified were not allowed to remain on the cross on Passover). Therefore: 10 Nisan (one-half day) and 11 Nisan; and 12 Nisan; and 13 Nisan (Passover Preparation Day and the very date of the crucifixion of the Son of Man) are equal to 3.5 days.
Furthermore, as the "Pascal Lamb" He was "cut off" (suffered the death penalty) in fulfillment of Daniel 9:26; therefore was the 69th Week of Daniel's 70 Week prophecy prophetically fulfilled (69 Weeks is equal to 7 X 69 which is equal to 483 prophetic years X 360 days is equal to 173,880 days from the Persian Decree "to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince"--i.e., from 444 B.C. until A.D. 33 [See the outstanding work of Dr. Thomas Ice entitled: THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL]). Thus, 4 days AFTER 10 Nisan ("unto Messiah the Prince") He gave His unmitigated testimony before the world and was summarily "inspected" until Pontius Pilot declared: "I find no fault in him"--for He is the spotless "Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world." (Ref. Daniel 9:26; John 19:6; Exodus 12:1-6; John 1:29)
I am hard pressed not to see a striking parallel between the decree to annihilate the Jews on 13 Nisan (the first month of the Hebrew Sacred Calendar and commencement of their "Religious Year" whereas 1 Tishrei commences Rosh Hashanah the beginning of the Jewish Civil Calendar) and the crucifixion of Jesus taking place on the precise same day of the Hebrew Sacred Calendar. Thus, 13 Nisan marked the decree to destroy but it also marks the day of divine deliverance from the penalty of sin and ultimate deliverance for Israel; for: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion" (Romans 11:26; Isaiah 59:20).
TIMING IS EVERYTHING - "DELIVERANCE SHALL ARISE FOR THE JEWS" (Esther 4:14)
Benjamin Netanyahu's speech commenced around 11:00 a.m. EST and concluded a little after 12 Noon (EST). It would have (Israeli time) commenced on the Fast of Esther (13 Adar/3 March this 2015 A.D.) and would have concluded on the Feast of Purim (14 Adar/4 March Israeli time in that 6:00 p.m. Israeli time begins the next day on 4 March in accordance with Genesis 1:5--(in that Jerusalem's time zone is 7 hours ahead of Eastern USA time zone). The Hebrew Calendar is some "six hours" ahead of the Gregorian "day" which begins at 6:00 p.m. (at dusk); whereas the Gregorian Calendar begins at 12 Midnight for the new day). Viewing the speech in accordance with Jewish time it would have been given on BOTH the Fast of Esther and the Feast of Purim.
The celebration of the victory over Haman is the archetype of the triumph of the saints in the Revelation; to wit: "And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (Revelation 15:2-3)--yes, the victory over the Antichrist!
The Jews in America (2015) will have celebrated the Fast of Esther on this March 3 (13 Adar); to wit: "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" (Esther 4:16)--Esther knew the law wherein to go uninvited to the King of Persia, Ahasuerus, and intervene on behalf of the Jews for them to defend themselves would mean certain death if he did not extend the "septer of acceptance" . . . but she risked her all knowing the words of Mordecai ringing in her ears and in her heart:
"Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace
any more than all the other Jews.
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?"
The demise of Haman/Purim is celebrated on this 2015, 4 March (14 Adar). Who is today's Esther? Who is today's Haman? And who is Mordecai? The implications of these prescient pronouncements in the book of Esther occurring on 13 Nisan which gave the Jews (ultimately) precisely eleven months from the time of the decree to prepare for the onslaught wrought by the Haman-Antichrist-Decree (for this was the time frame from 13 Nisan unto 13 Adar--precisely 11 months) bear witness to the "11" of the Antichrist-Beast. Notwithstanding the "11" there would be DELIVERANCE for the Jews. First our focus will be on the DELIVERER and then upon the "11" Antichrist-Haman-Beast.
Even in this time of preparation for the "battle of their lives" there is/was a grand purpose of the Almighty in that 11 prophetic months X 30 days per month is equal to 330 days or "33" [which "33" connotes Messiah's age at His crucifixion] and 330 days X 24 hours = 7,920 hours which is a fractal/resemblance not only of Earth's diameter in miles (7,920 miles) but of the edge of the New Jerusalem in that 12,000 furlongs (Rev. 21:16) X 660 ft. (1 furlong) is equal to 7,920,000 feet. Could we say that all "tribulation" in this world purifies the people of God for their ultimate destiny, the Holy City, Jerusalem? I don't think that is a stretch--again, the math does not lie!
Is it NOT difficult to perceive this DELIVERANCE on 13 Nisan witnessed in the DELIVERER, Messiah, for that is the meaning of "Messiah"--the DELIVERER? The Jews of the Persian Empire [past] would have been "lambs led to the slaughter"--but they were spared via divine deliverance through the heroic deeds of Mordecai and Esther . . . two who stood in the gap for all the Jews.
Even so was He, our Messiah, "cut off ["suffered the death penalty"], but not for Himself" (Daniel 9:26). For He was slain as the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29) providing for us all divine deliverance . . . but, yet future, shall Messiah deliver "all Israel" - for it is recorded:
"For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest you should be wise in your own estimation,
that blindness in part has happened to Israel
until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved [lit. "delivered"], as it is written:
'The DELIVERER will come out of Zion,
and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.'
Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake,
but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."
Likewise, on that day when that future Haman shall assail Israel during Jacob's Trouble; we read:
"At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people SHALL BE DELIVERED,
Every one who is found written in the book."
Such divine deliverance demands the human cooperation of Mordecai and Esther. Ultimate deliverance demands the very DELIVERER Himself who gave His all "that whosoever believes in Him shall NOT PERISH, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Yes, His covenant love for the House of Israel and for those who have been included into the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13), namely, a people called out from among the Gentiles a people/nation for His Name (Acts 15:14-17) await that final day of prophetic deliverance from that future Haman wherein there shall be recorded on that day:
"And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire,
and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark
and over the number of his name,
standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb."
VICTORY OVER THE "11" or the 10, 11 and 12
There are many types and shadows related to Haman for our admonition and encouragement. If we look at the names of the "sons of Haman" who, with father Haman, were hung on the gallows shortly after "the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men" in self-defense (in Shushan or Susa -- Esther 9:12, in the capital/citadel alone) much will be disclosed to us. The names of the sons of Haman: Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vajezatha (Esther 9:7-10 - also Esther 9:11-17) are clearly given. Their sum is 10 + Haman = 11 wherein the number "10" insofar as "evil" concerns in the Revelation and in the book of Daniel relates to the "10 horns" and/or the 10 kings, 10 crowns, 1/10 of the "Great City" in Revelation 11:13; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 16; 10 days wherein "the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days" (Revelation 2:10).
In other words the number "10" is associated with the "Empire" of the Beast + 1 (the Beast or the AC) and we have the number "11" which is associated with the "11th Horn" (Daniel 7:7-8, 19-22); also, with Joseph (missing) we have the "11" sons of Jacob left; and the "11 sons of Canaan" (so listed as the Canaanites/tribes in Genesis 10:15-18) vs. the 12 sons of Jacob ("12" being "God's Number" as clearly denoted in the Revelation--12 gates, 12 angels, 12 foundations, 12,000 furlongs, 12 pearls, 12 fruit, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 names of the apostles, 12 stars/constellation as a garland on the Woman's head in Rev. 12, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes (i.e., 12 sets of 12) of Israel in Revelation 7 . . . technically, and upon closer inspection, there are 12 sets of the 12,000s in Revelation 7 and distinctly 9 sets of "different 12s" elsewhere in the Revelation [stars, gates, angels, tribes, foundations, apostles, furlongs, pearls, fruit] giving us 12 + 9 = 21 which is a fractal/resemblance of the 2.1 feet [25.20 inches] of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit, demonstrating the "divine measurement/dimension of the Almighty"); and, of course, with Judas missing we have 11 disciples/not 12 wherein Judas is the "son of Perdition" in whom Satan entered (John 17:12; Luke 22:3; Mark 14:10-11).
As a "casual aside" this "12" and "9" as factors in multiplication give us a most fascinating product: 12 X 9 = 108; thus, by eliminating zero we arrive at "18" which is the prime number of the cubed (12 edge total) of the New Jerusalem wherein 12,000 furlongs (1 edge) X 12 (edges in a cube) = 144,000 furlongs X 660 ft. (1 furlong) is equal to 95,040,000 ft. (which is a fractal/resemblance at apogee in miles between the earth and the sun) and 95,040,000 ft./5,280 ft. (one mile) is equal to 18,000 linear miles or the "18" of the New Jerusalem above; and, likewise, Ezekiel's Holy City in Ezekiel 48:30-35 has 4,500 cubits per foursquare base edge and is, consequently, equal to 18,000 cubits (i.e., 4 X 4,500 is equal to 18,000 linear cubits); giving it, likewise, an "earthly reflection" of the "heavenly reflection" of the New Jerusalem (sorry for the distraction--just couldn't help it).
Since we all assume that the Image created by Nebuchadnezzar had, indeed, 10 toes for it was the IMAGE OF A MAN and described as such (Daniel 2-3); therefore, to say the Image did not have 10 toes is simply an example of biological deficiency on the part of the less informed. This Image is representative of the "Kingdoms of this World" and her major empires to be that of the Neo-Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans--as beasts in Daniel 7:3-8, 15-25 and as minerals in Daniel 2:30-45. The final Beast having end-time implications is seen in Revelation 13:1-2 as the final expression of Gentile World Power having the appearance "like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion" - a true composite of end-time Gentile World Power, no doubt.
Again, what happens to the 10 sons of Haman when you add Haman to the total is: Haman + his 10 sons is equal to "11" or 1 + 10 = 11. Haman and his ten sons were "the enemy of the Jews" (Esther 7:4, 6; 8:1; 9:10, 24) . . . "For we have been sold, my people and I [Esther speaking to the King], to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king's loss." Now, if we look at Purim in this manner we celebrate the victory over the "enemies of the Jews" . . . but we must trace this implacable hatred against the Jews from whence evil abides in fulness!
HAMAN - THE AGAGITE - THE AMALEKITES
Insofar as the meaning of the Persian names concern of both the Capitol of Persia and the names of the sons of Haman - it would appear that the Capitol of the Empire's winter quarters was Susa or Shushan which literally means "lily" with 6 petals or "6" which is "man's number" and would as "head/capitol" and as "man" comport with the AC as the head but we must look at the name of Haman (first) which means: Magnificent, the name of the vizier (i.e., the prime minister) of the Persian king Ahasuerus (Esther 3:1 , etc.). He (Haman) is called an "Agagite," which seems to denote that he was descended from the royal family of the Amalekites, the bitterest enemies of the Jews, as Agag was one of the titles of the Amalekite kings. He or his parents were brought to Persia as captives taken in war. (Source: Jewish Virtual Library)
This same above-referenced source is fraught with Israel's battles with the Amalekites [a.k.a. Amalek]--it is generously recorded in numerous biblical texts--their utter destruction was under divine mandate--truly the enemies of Israel in the Land of Promise (Num. 20:1–14, 24; Ezek. 47:19; Deut. 25:12–19; Judg. 5:23; Num. 14:44–45; Exodus 17:16; Num. 13:29; 21:1–3, 4–34; Deut 1:44; Judg. 3:12–13; Judges 6:1–7, 33; 7:12; I Sam. 15:2-3; Deuteronomy 25:17–19; I Sam. 14:48; Num. 24:20--although there are many more references to their harassments, lands and leadership).
Insofar as the Amalekite association with Haman, this is exceedingly significant for the Israelites encountered them as their first enemies upon their crossing of the Sea of Reeds in their Exodus from Egypt. They were harassed by them in Exodus 17:6, 7, 8–16; 18:5. Alas! All of them should be killed by "divine decree" (Exodus 17:14-15; Num. 24:20; Deut. 25:17; I Sam. 15:2-3). Jewish tradition associates the Amalekites as the worst of the worst of their enemies and even Hitler and the Nazis are considered "the Amalekites" [literally]! So Haman's association as an Agagite, descended from the royal family of Amalekites is no small thing! Insofar as the other Persian names concern (the ten sons of Haman) - at the "end of days" the Jews (in their tradition) shall contest with the Amalekites and some say they are today's arch enemies among Middle Eastern people set to destroy the Jews. The interpretations of the names of the ten sons of Haman are given many possibilities; the following suffice:
Poratha: Given-by Fate
Adalia: Noble One
Aridatha: The Lion of the Decree or Lion's Law
Parmashta: The very first
Arisai: Lives among the Persian god Ari (Lion)
Aridai: Delight of Hari (Persian god)
Vajezatha: Son of the Atmosphere
All this to say these names could readily relate to the "Prince and Power of the Air" who goes about as a "roaring lion seeking whom he may devour!" The Persian god Hari means ONE WHO TAKES AWAY and that is precisely what Haman and his sons were all about. Truly, these 10 sons readily prefigure the 10 kings of the Revelation who shall "receive authority for one hour as kings with the Beast" (Revelation 17:12-18).
Ham begat Cush and Cush begat Nimrod . . . begat Hammedatha . . . who begat Haman
I will discuss these 10 sons of Haman in the upcoming book THE 12 WARS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. I do believe there is something much more profoundly connected with them and their names. Haman was the son of Hammedatha (meaning: GIVEN BY HAM). Herein the Antichrist is totally exposed in that Ham (meaning "hot"), as you and I both know was the father of Cush who in turn was the father of Nimrod and herein is the SOURCE of the Antichrist-Beast. Oh, yes, much can be said of the genealogy of Haman: GIVEN BY HAM from whence the CURSE arose via Canaan the grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:6, 8-12) and the son of Ham but also, the son of Ham was Cush who begot Nimrod who built Babel/Babylon - and need I say more?
I must tell you the Celebration of Purim is a most incredible accounting insofar as its "exposure" of the work of the Antichrist within the context of Gentile World Powers (in this case under the "Prince of Persia"--Daniel 10:13). The connections directly relate to the Amalekites and from thence all the way to Ham and then Cush (Assyrian Cush--today's land of the Islamic Caliphate, ISIS, Islamic State; not the Cush of African Etheopia) and then to Nimrod. These "dots" foretell with prophetic certainty how Nimrod is connected to what went down with Haman and his 10 sons who were obviously collaborators in the attempt to destroy the Jews. Is it any wonder that Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for SUCH A TIME AS THIS? Esther 4:14: "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?".
Haman and sons hanged on the gallows - 50 Cubits - The Numbers Don't Lie
Indeed, again, the numbers do not lie. The "Devil's Great Wrath" (Rev. 12:12) shall befall the Jews in the latter half of the Week--the "Time of Jacob's Trouble" - but they shall be delivered in accordance with Daniel 12:1--everyone whose name is written in the Book. Insofar as the "Enemy of the Jews" concerns - Haman was hanged on the gallows: "Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king's behalf, is standing at the house of Haman . . . Then the king said, 'Hang him on it!' So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's wrath subsided" (Esther 7:9).
These 50 cubits could be either the dimension of the Persian Royal Cubit or the Hebrew Sacred Cubit for both are 25.20 Inches or 2.1 feet per cubit (See: Altars - Ancient Egypt to the Apocalypse); therefore, 50 HSC X 25.20 Inches is equal to 1,260 Inches. This comports as a precise fractal/resemblance of the 1,260 days or 42 months of the Reign of the Beast or the latter half of Daniel's 70th Week (Daniel 12:7; Revelation 11:2, 7-11; 12:14; 13:5)--but look who is HANGED!! Later in Esther 9:14 the 10 sons of Haman are hanged!
The fact that the 50 cubits is mentioned twice in Esther 5:14 and again in Esther 7:9 allows us to see two sets of 1,260 in inches. Could this signify that the Seventieth Week of Daniel is divided into two parts each bearing 1,260 days and that this is the time of "tribulation" (a.k.a., the Seventieth Week of Daniel, yet future or 1,260 days + 1,260 days is equal to 2,520 days or the reflection of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit [again] of 25.20 inches)? Frankly, I do not think this is a distant prefigure of that end-time climax of the ages wherein the Antichrist shall during this week confront the saints who shall bear their testimony and endure unto the end.
Furthermore, on the first day the Jews killed 500 men who tried to kill them in the citadel/Shushan (Esther 9:12) and again after Esther requested that the Jews have the right to defend themselves the next day, some 300 more were killed (Esther 9:15). Thus, in the citadel 500 were killed the first day and some 300 the second day for a total of 800 killed. These "800" can be seen as "8" eliminating zeroes. This "8" could readily signify "life out of death" for the Jews in that "8" is the number of those spared both in Noah's Ark and the Day of Resurrection being the Eighth Day from the Triumphal Entry (10 Nisan unto 17 Nisan or from Palm Sunday unto Resurrection Sunday morn). Also, on the Eighth Day was He, the Messiah, resurrected. Finally, the stark fact that the EIGHTH DAY is the Eschaton or Eternity (6,000 years plus a 1,000-year Millennium is equal to 7,000 years or 7 days with the eighth day moving into eternity; the Eschaton. But, more so: It is recorded in Esther 9:16 . . . "The remainder of the Jews in the king's provinces gathered together and protected their lives, had reset from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of their enemies; but they did not lay a hand on the plunder."
This "75" is meant to convey total deliverance and is connected with God's, if you would, favorite number of "12." Tell me, is it perchance that "75" is mentioned 12 times in the Scripture another "kawinkadink"? (Ref. John 19:39 [NIV] "about 75 pounds"; Acts 7:14, "75 souls"; Genesis 12:4, Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed out of Haran; Genesis 25:7 "the days of the years of Abraham's life...one hundred seventy-five years"; Exodus 38:25, ". . . one thousand seven hundred seventy-five shekels"; Exodus 38:28, ". . . one thousand seven hundred seventy-five shekels . . . "; Numbers 31:32, " . . . six hundred seventy-five thousand sheep"; Numbers 31:37, ". . . six hundred seventy-five"; Ezra 2:5, "The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy-five"; Esther 5:14, "the gallows were made 50 cubits" which some give as a cubit the measurement of 18 inches or 75 feet; Esther 7:9, "50 cubits" - total of 12 (Source: http://bibleapps.com/s/seventy-five.htm).
This "75,000" or "75" (eliminating zeroes) is exceedingly significant in that at the citadel/Shushan itself the "8" is clearly in view and its judgment as factors comes to "15" or 500 X 300 = 150,000 which "15" clearly comports to the edge of the Holy City, New Jerusalem in that "she" is 1,500 miles or "15" (Revelation 21:16 or 12,000 furlongs is equal to 660 ft. X 12,000 = 7,920,000 feet divided by 5,280 feet [one mile] is equal to 1,500 linear miles, giving us the "edge of the New Jerusalem" or "15"). This "75" is altogether striking in that in Daniel 12:11-12 there are some 75 days beyond the 1,260 days or latter half of the Week wherein "Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335th Day" (Daniel 12:12) - which is 75 days beyond the 1,260 days or the latter half of the week or the 42 months of the Reign of the Beast as mentioned in Revelation 11 through 13 - the time, times and half a time, 42 months, 1,260 days, 3.5 days, 3.5 years.
As I have said: The "75" is definitely related to "God's favorite number of '12'." We can add 7 + 5 = 12; furthermore, we find that when "12" and "75" are used as factors in multiplication we have a product most amazing: 12 X 75 = 900 or "9." This is astonishing in that "9" is the final cardinal number (1 through 9 are, in reality, leaving out zero, the primary numbers from whence all other numbers are derived) wherein "1" is the first, and "9" is the last--for He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, and the First and the Last. Likewise, our own solar system now (since Pluto is but a dwarf planet) is comprised of 8 planets and 1 star/sun for a total of "9" - and, indeed, He is coming on that day as the "Sun of Righteousness" with "healing in His wings" (Malachi 4:2).
This 75 bespeaks of the Coming of the Son of Man in glory - "You will not see My face again, until you say: Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna!" (Matthew 23:39). This "75" bespeaks of ULTIMATE DELIVERANCE and the commencement of the Millenarian Reign of the Son of David upon the earth. In it is encapsulated both the 30-days (unto the 1,290th day of Daniel 12:11) of the Wrath of the Lamb and the revelation of the Messiah to Israel--i.e., the coming of the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2); therefore, "Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335th day" (Daniel 12:12).
Thus shall Messiah be revealed to Israel and "All Israel shall be saved" by the DELIVERER Who shall arise out of Zion! (Romans 11). And, perhaps [although the certainty mounts] at the END OF SIX DAYS or 6,000 years the coming of the "King of saints" and the commencement of the Millennium will appear. Therefore: 8 (800) X 75 (75,000) = 600 (8 X 75 = 600) or "6" for when the Deliverer shall come forth from Zion He shall usher in His Kingdom upon this earth through "Resurrection" (8) and absolute Deliverance (75) after the 6,000 years (6), leading us to the 7,000th year (7) and the Millennial Reign of the Son of David.
May the Lord lead us as the Day of the Lord, the Day of Christ, the Day of God soon approaches. Today, there is, however, horrific tension between the President of these United States of America and the State of Israel . . . between President Barak Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Is the Prime Minister akin to Winston Churchill? Is he warning the world as did Churchill that Herr Hitler was in point of devious fact a blatant liar and enemy of the world? Did we just have a Churchill Moment? Will our resolve dissipate and bog down into abject confusion as the Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun occurs on Nisan 1 (March 20, 2015) the beginning of the Jewish Religious Calendar?
Do not think that this immediate political theater is somehow neglected by Scripture's percision. These Biblical accountings parallel today's geo-political realities more than most of us would care to admit--you could not have scripted this more accurately . . . and to think that these adumbrations occurred some 2,500 years ago; forecasting the "end of the age" - the climax of civilization as we know it to be . . . and involving THE SAME PLAYERS!
THE TREATY OF DEATH AND HELL or NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL!
The Fast of Esther and the Feast of Purim have passed. We are now between 14 Adar (Feast of Purim) and 14 Nisan (Passover) [as of this writing] but on 1 Nisan shall be the commencement of the Jewish Religious New Year. Also, 1 Nisan shall befall this March 20, 2015 a total solar eclipse appearing over the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth--and this finds itself between the Tetrad Blood Moons which appear as book ends on either side of this total solar eclipse occurring on two sets of the same Jewish Festival days of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles. As we have pointed out in other articles, there appears to be a connection between these "blood moons" which appear upon "Jewish Festival Tetrad Patterns" bearing past and future prophetic impact (be it negative or positive) upon the people of Israel (i.e., the Jews and now, in particular, the State of Israel); whereas total solar eclipses have a decisively negative impact upon Gentile World Powers when occurring, especially, in the midst of such Tetrads. Mark Biltz has spoken extensively about these astronomical patterns and now, a new film shall be released this March, 2015 entitled FOUR BLOOD MOONS speaking to these issues (See Graphic below):
In "prophetic tones" the Scriptures speak of a future "Treaty [or Covenant - a.k.a. "the Unbreakable Alliance" or "Brit Amim"] of Death and Hell (a.k.a. "Death and Sheol" - Isaiah 28:15, 17) which taken in the context of Isaiah 28 has both a "near" and "future" prophetic fulfillment in that "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily. Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; the hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place" - most definitely these portions of Isaiah 28 are laden with prescient prophetic implications relating to the era of the literal Millennium and the "rule and reign of the Son of David" wherein justice and true equity will be the norm for it will be altogether a reign of righteousness; however, leading up to that reign of righteousness upon the earth is the final deceit and the Treaty of Death and Hell! [Read Isaiah 28 for further clarity.]
That said, it must be realized that Judah (the two southern tribes juxtaposed to the already captive ten tribes of the north, Israel) sought to place their trust in an alliance with ancient Egypt, in a vain effort to counter the threat from the Neo-Babylonians and ultimately King Nebuchadnezzar. That trust in the "arm of the flesh" has been seen by commentators as the immediate "Treaty of Death and Hell." Judah then was taken into captivity with such false reliance.
However, from Daniel's perspective, that same "Brit Amim" is once again mentioned; however, this time in context Judah/Israel had already been taken captive to Assyria/Babylon and Daniel was viewing future events for "your people and your holy city" (Daniel 9:24-27). It is here that "the prince who is to come" (not the Messiah Who was "cut off but not for Himself" after the 62 + 7 = 69 weeks in vs. 26, but the prince whose people "shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined" is responsible for these desolations both past and future.
In 70 A.D. the Romans ("the people of the prince who is to come") destroyed the sanctuary and the holy city and the Jews were scattered among the nations until now--as duly noted in PM Netanyahu's speech before the U.S. Congress. In 2018 some 70 years will have transpired since Israel declared her independence in 1948; and, if you dare read my book, SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS and ON THE EARTH...Man's Days Are Numbered you MAY (most probably you will) see that 2018 is a most significant year wherein there will be a turn of events which could spell the ultimate repeat of the TREATY OF DEATH AND HELL. The charts below (and at the end of this article) give a realistic time line in reference to the 70 years separating 1948 to 2018 and the final Week of Daniel's Seventieth Week prophecy and the aforesaid Treaty of Death and Hell orchestrated by the future Antichrist using the 50 year jubilee long cycle found in Leviticus 25:8-17 while using the 6,000 years of "promised civilization."
In Daniel 9:26 Messiah was cut off precisely 4 days after Messiah's acknowledgement as Israel's Prince/Messiah on 10 Nisan, 33 A.D. but 4 days later on 13 Nisan He "suffered the death penalty" as our Pascal Lamb for his 4-days inspection is the resounding TESTIMONY OF JESUS - then were wrought these desolations in 70 A.D. but then we hear this--AND THIS IS NOT SPEAKING OF JESUS CHRIST BUT ANTICHRIST--from the same "prince who is to come" of vs. 26; to wit:
"Then he [THE ANTICHRIST, NOT JESUS CHRIST] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the WING OF ABOMINATIONS shall be one [even the Antichrist/Beast] who makes desolate, even until the consummation (the end of the 70th Week), which is determined, is POURED OUT ON THE DESOLATOR" (Dan. 9:27).
The Source Behind the Treaty of Death and Hell
Allow me to repeat myself: The "nature" of the "Brit Amim" and the phrase "confirm the covenant" must be understood in its strictest sense: "Covenant - Brit Amim" = Unbreakable Alliance with the word "confirm" bearing the sense of "aggressive enforcement"; to wit: "Strong's 1396 gabar meaning: "to be strong; by implication to prevail, act insolently." It is translated only once as "confirm" and that is its use here in Daniel 9:27 . . . "to be strong...the root meaning appears in all Semitic languages as a verb or a noun, but the verb occurs only 25 times in the O.T. Job 21:7 contains an occurrence of 'gabar' 'Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty [gabar] in power.''" (Strong's)
The "extension" of this word is "geber" (Strong's 1397: the "root" of this word stems from "gabar" [i.e., Strong's 1396]) meaning "a valiant man or warrior . . . mighty" and more so as Tom Horn brings out in his text: "Apollyon Rising 2012" . . . "Perhaps this type of genetic rewriting is implied in Genesis 10:8, which says, 'And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one [gibborim] in the earth.'" Horn connects these "gibborim" to the Nephilim (a.k.a. "giants") on the earth which provoked the Almighty to destroy the inhabitants of the earth with the Deluge because the human race had become corrupted by fallen angelic beings mixing with the "daughters of men" (a.k.a. producing "men of renown" or "demigods").
What I wish to demonstrate (now that we're on the "Trail of the Nephilim"), however, is this: The "mighty one" (a.k.a. Nimrod/gibborim/Nephilim) is the Hebrew word found in Strong's 1368 (gibbor, the plural of which is gibborim as per Tom Horn) - however, and likewise, Strong's when examining the word "gibbor" says: "intens. from the same as 1397 [i.e., geber]; powerful; by implication warrior, tyrant." Strong's goes on further to state: "Gibbor means 'strong/mighty man' (1) The first occurrence of gibbor is in Gen. 6:4: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
Thus, the very clear linkage can be made to the Brit Amin so aggressively enforced by the Antichrist [a.k.a. the "replacement of the true Messiah"] upon Israel and "the many." The "origins" are ultimately linked to this nefarious personality and transhuman, Nimrod (for, as Horn brings out, "his genetic makeup" was predisposed to become "gibborim" and that genealogical/genetic makeup was derived through [so it would appear] Ham or his wife, and thence from the one known as Cush (one of the sons of Ham) who begat Nimrod--i.e., Strong's #1368 (ultimately "gibborim") to Strong's #1397 (geber meaning mighty or tyrant) and finally to the very source of the word, Strong's #1396, gabar (prevail, act insolently as a tyrant) and thus to the very Treaty of Death and Hell! Pause . . . please, the dots can readily connect allowing the reader to know that the "ULTIMATE DEAL" currently being orchestrated on behalf of the nations of the earth is now taking shape. To think otherwise one would have to be geopolitically naive.
Consequently, and without hesitation, the implication is drawn from these Hebraic associations, for behind the pending [shall I unhesitatingly say] Brit Amin/Covenant/Treaty is the "prince who is to come" (a.k.a., the Antichrist). It is this prince who is to come who shall ENFORCE (as a tyrant, insolent by FORCE) upon "the many" (not only Israel's leadership but that of the world's) the UNBREAKABLE ALLIANCE (perhaps some sort of "Non-Proliferation Treaty" banning WMD). Make no mistake the source from whence this flows is from the "overflowing scourge."
Indeed, the DESOLATOR - the Beast, who in "the middle of the Week" shall break the alliance and spread his desolations unto the 1,290th Day (Daniel 9:27; 12:11) is of this same gibborim who is literally inhabited by Satan himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4-10) from the middle of the Week onward "even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the Desolator" (Dan. 9:27). Thus, he causes the "sacrifice" to be terminated (Dan. 8:13-14; 11:31; 12:11)! This DESOLATOR shall, as the Antichrist, before he is inhabited by Satan himself in the "middle of the week" commence the Seventieth Week of Daniel with this despicable enforcement and deceive the world as it shall be tailored as a PEACE PACT for Israel and the nations. Notwithstanding, in the "middle of the week" he shall terminate the "covenant" (this is the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION as per Matthew 24:15 spoken of by Jesus regarding this future gibbor(tyrant); this geber (mighty one) who with tyrannical might shall as a tyrant IMPOSE [gabar--insolently enforce] THE TREATY OF DEATH AND HELL upon Israel and the world.
No doubt he shall do so with insolence, craft, cunning, deceit, and with his own might as the "man of peace." It is mandatory to see and understand the NATURE of the Daniel 9:27 TREATY OF DEATH AND HELL and to recognize its Isaiah 28:15, 17 connection. On the one hand Israel will be forced to accept a treaty [a.k.a. DEAL] pushed upon them; but seemingly to their benefit--only to have it broken in the middle of the week. This is precisely what the Scriptures tell us shall happen. Know this: The NATURE of the one behind it all is "the prince who is to come" - not Messiah Jesus but the DESOLATOR and his nefarious contamination takes us to Nimrod. This is where Tom Horn and L. A. Marzulli and Doug Hamp are spot on (likewise, and especially, Peter Goodgame--see: The Second Coming of the Antichrist).
Israel shall have her back to the wall. That is when the Antichrist shall make his move and it will not be pretty. We await "Jacob's Trouble" . . . but is "Jacob's Trouble" (Dan. 12:1-2) naught but Jacob's or are the so-called "tribulation saints" involved as well? Hardly spectators these--notwithstanding, it is clear from Revelation 3:10 the Philadelphia believers are spared from the Wrath of the Lamb, that future "hour of testing" (a.k.a. "trial") which shall test them "who dwell on the earth." These are the same "earth dwellers" who despise the Two Witnesses because they had been TORMENTED by their prevailing testimony which cost them their all! (Revelation 11:10) . . . "If I perish, I perish!" [Please see articles/books written by both Reggie Kelly and Dalton Thomas regarding "Jacob's Trouble."].
Lord willing, I shall be releasing the new text: THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS...Why the Rapture of the Church Matters (480 pp) within the next month. Its uncompromising message presents the relentless and uncompromising Testimony of Jesus as the Spirit of Prophecy given to the Church at the end of the age. Glory to Him Who gave His all for His Beloved Bride! Notwithstanding the future deceit of this DESOLATOR--know this--the Almighty's true COVENANT, if you would TREATY, abides "firm in the heavens" - and shall resound upon the Earth! Yes, I am perfectly aware that the suffering of God's people cries out. There is the recognition as witnessed in the speech of PM Netanyahu that the nations shall reap the whirlwind if evil is left unattended by the nations. Alas! In the CONFUSION what shall be the lot of the nations? No, Judaism does not teach a future Antichrist--yet it is from their Scriptures that this nefarious personage and his tyrannical Treaty of Death and Hell is awakened in evangelical hearts. Notwithstanding, and though deceit shall be rife upon the earth at the end of the age the DELIVERER shall at its extremity roar out of Zion.
"Then say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again . . . Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. Moreover I will MAKE A COVENANT OF PEACE WITH THEM, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. the nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.'" (Ezekiel 37:21-28).
Dear friends: THAT COVENANT IS THE REAL DEAL!
ADDITIONAL CHARTS REGARDING THE 70 YEARS or 1948 to 2018:
Please note: These charts and other "eschatological prognostications" are designed as "prophetic speculation" and are offered to elicit enthusiasm for "the times and the seasons" of the Coming of the Son of Man, the Messiah.