The Festival of Purim
- The Eternal Reign of the Spirit of the Holy One
- The memory that evil ever existed at all will be “erased”
- Our knowledge of evil and sin will be completely destroyed
- El Yisra’el has delivered us from the Decree of Annihilation
- Administration of the Grace of Adonai
- Peace be upon you! Shalom Aleichem
- Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies
- By all means speak the Truth in Love!
A period of seventy days transpire from Tevet 3 (the day after Chanukkah) to Adar 13 (the day before Purim).
The next biblical festival we will observe is Purim. The 13th day of Adar, the day before Purim, is the day that the Annihilation Decree of wicked Haman was activated to completely destroy our people. It is on this seventieth day after Chanukkah that our ancestors successfully defeated this wicked, hateful man’s plan to exterminate our people. It is on the following day, the 14th of Adar, the day of Purim that we celebrate our deliverance from annihilation (השואה; cf. The Holocaust).
Purim, Adar 14, will begin in the evening of Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and ends in the evening of Thursday , March 1.
This victory over evil was made possible because wise Mordecai and Esther were able to get enacted a Decree of Life (instituted on the 23rd of Sivan) that authorized our people to arm and defend themselves against the Annihilation Decree (originally instituted on Nisan 13). This year our observance of Purim will begin the evening of Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and end the evening of Thursday, March 1, 2018. We have written twenty-five chapters on this festival (Start Here: Chapter 1).
The Eternal Reign of the Spirit of the Holy One:
Jewish rabbinical tradition holds to the belief that the Feast of Purim (חג פורים) is the only festival observance that will survive throughout all eternity (cf. Midrash Mishlei 9; and article, “Purim is Forever“). As a type of the eternal reign of the Holy Spirit this is true. In eternity the walk in the Spirit will be normative. The supreme reign of the Holy Spirit will become the only manner of walking (existing) throughout eternity. However, Purim is not principally set apart by Adonai to “illustrate” His eternal holy days (eternal rest). The two eternal age festivals are the “little” festivals of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (cf. comments below).
The taint of remembering that evil ever existed at all will be “erased:”
In the eternal age Adonai our Father will not allow even the slightest taint of conscious remembrance of the evil one to enter into His new heaven and earth (i.e. the memory of the wicked one’s previous reign will be completely erased). In the new heaven and the new earth evil will be completely forgotten; never to be brought back to remembrance again. Therefore, the taint of even remembering that sin, evil, and death ever existed at all will be banished (forgotten) before G-d’s people ever enter into the ‘eternal age’ of His perfect joy.
Our knowledge of evil and sin will completely be destroyed:
There will be no crumbs of chametz ever allowed at all into Adonai Avinu’s new House of Righteousness. The knowledge of evil and sin will be completely destroyed. The remembrance of evil will never be allowed to manifest in the New Creation of the Holy One. Of the twelve Messianic festivals only two festivals actually illustrate the age of the perfect new heavens and earth (the eternal age to come). The two eternal age festivals are the “little” festivals of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. In the New Beginning of the Atzeret (extension to Sukkot) the elect will rejoice forever with our Righteous Father. In this eternal state Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah will occur simultaneously. In the eternal age we shall dwell with G-d together in a state of perfect unity (echad) and fullness of joy forever.
El Yisra’el has delivered us from the Decree of Annihilation:
In the prophetic narrative of Esther–Hadassah (הֲדַסָּ֗ה – استير) the people of Israel are miraculously delivered from physical annihilation. This deliverance is a foreshadowing of the deliverance that began when the Anointed One was conceived in Nazret (נצרת) of Galilee in the womb of the Jewess Miryam at the first of Chanukkah (6 BCE); and forty weeks later when the Messiah was born in Beit-Lechem (בית לחם), in the village of His ancestor King David, at the first of Sukkot (5 BCE).
In this way the Messiah was both conceived and born during the forty week span of time that includes both of Israel’s Festivals of LIghts—-Chanukkah and Sukkot. Both of these festivals that symbolize the return of the eternal Light of Adonai’s Presence to dwell within (winter festival) and without the Temple (fall festival) in Jerusalem are testified to in the Megillah of Esther.
In His first visitation to earth our Messiah Yeshua Ben Yosef Ben David fulfilled all of the Torah prophecy that promised a sacrifice of redemption (Korsan Pesach) for Israel that would reconcile us to our Righteous Father who dwells in heaven, Avinu Shebashamayim. Moses and the prophets foretold that Ha-Mashiach HaPalat would at the first deliver us from sin (Messiah Ben Yosef) and at the last would usher in the righteous reign of the Kingdom of Adonai here on earth (Messiah Ben David). It is through the Divine Redemption of the Messiah that the *Decree of Life of Adonai (foretold in the Megillah of Esther) is able to come into being.
*Only through the atoning sacrifice and resurrection life of the Messiah Yeshua (the Salvation of Adonai), therefore, will the Decree of Death (also referenced in Esther) be neutralized and our enemies permanently defeated.
Through the physical line of father Abraham the Messiah has already come. Messiah Ben Avraham is a blessing to Israel and to all the nations of the earth. It is through the sacrifice of Messiah Ben Avraham that not only Israel shall be blessed but “all nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 18:18). For it is written:
ונברכו בו כל גויי הארץ׃
וְנִבְרְכוּ בֹו כֹּל גֹּויֵי הָאָֽרֶץ׃
And all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him.
Therefore, today we see hundreds of millions of people in all parts of the earth who have received the blessings of eternal salvation from sin and death through their exercising faith in the precious Seed of Abraham (zera’ Avraham), the Suffering Messiah Ben Yosef, who shall soon return to us (Israel) as the Conquering Messiah Ben David.
Administration of the Grace of Adonai:
There is an incredible amount of prophetic hidden meanings (סודים-mysteries, סודות-secrets) in the little Scroll of Esther and all of these hidden truths bear witness to the Messiah. Four of these meanings are:
Prophecy #2. Mordecai represents the Administration of the Spirit of Grace that is given first to Israel; then to the world.
*Father Abraham by his faith in Adonai is destined in the messianic age to be the “Father of a Multitude” of Nations. This yet future universal Rule of G-d will be established on earth by the gracious governance of Adonai through His Bride Israel; whose near future King will be the Messiah Ben David.
Peace be upon you! Shalom Aleichem:
Shalom aleichem (שלום עליכם) is a spoken greeting in Hebrew, meaning “peace be upon you.” The appropriate response is aleichem shalom (עליכם שלום-“unto you peace”). G-d is the G-d of Peace (אלוהי השלום). So the one who is asking says “shalom onto you.” Peace is mentioned first, because the first person knows that he wants the peace – the blessedness of the actual Presence of G-d – and is asking the other person to agree. The person who responds says “unto you (plural) peace,” for Elohei Ha-Shalom is the One who actually creates peace and unity in the plural— between Himself and the two persons.
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Festival dates, worship forms, and scholarly studies:
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By all means speak the Truth in Love!
You will find that we disagree a considerable amount with much of the teaching of our ultra-orthodox rabbis, however, please do not mistake our disagreements for a lack of love. We believe that with emet (האמת-the truth) there must also be present chesed (חסד-loving-kindness). Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (late Chief Rabbi of England) wisely has said, whenever chesed (loving-kindness) and emet (relational truth, reliability) are used together chesed (covenantal love) always comes first, as if to say:
“Speak the truth by all means; but be quite sure you speak the truth in love.”
This saying of Rabbi Hertz is very similar to what Rabbi Shaul Ben Benyamin says in his writing about the kind of attitude one should maintain when one presents a difficult truth to another:
אלא נדבר את האמת באהבה ונגדל בכל דבר אלי המשיח, אשר הוא הראש. פ
But speaking the truth (האמת-ha-emet) in love (אהבה-ahavah, deeply affectionate love), we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head (הָרֹאשׁ-Ha-Rosh), even the Messiah (המשיח-Ha-Mashiach).
We will attempt to do the same. We will speak the truth (emet). Yet we will do so in an attitude of love (ahavah and chesed); recognizing all the while the great love Avinu Shebashamayim (our Father in heaven) possesses for all the children of Israel and for all the people of the world.
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