- The battle is set
- Esther died and was resurrected on the third day
- Resurrection occurs in three days and three nights
The battle is set:
It took three months for news to travel to all the ends of the Persian Empire.
The Annihilation Proclamation was issued on the 13th of Nisan. Three hundred and thirty-six days later, on the 13th and 14th of Adar (473 BCE), the battle of good vs. evil was fought. Therefore, Hadassah-Esther is a picture of the new inner person, the new inner self, who once regenerated by Adonai refuses to be guided by anything other than the ministry of the Holy Spirit, symbolized by the Administration of the Humble Man (Mordecai). Esther represents a New Creation Order that includes the reign of both a Hebrew-Gentile bride (Hadassah-Esther). In the future Commonwealth of Israel the walls of Jew and Gentile will be broken down. The two people will both merge together to form one united international body of believers.
Esther died and was resurrected on the third day:
Prophetically speaking: Esther died the day she committed herself to go before the king.
She fasted for “three days”—prophetically symbolizing she was dead for three days—on the third day Esther ‘arose’ to go into the king who held out his golden scepter to her, whereby she by faith obtained the king’s favor, grace, and deliverance from the Law (the Edict of Death). This is why Esther went into the king on the third day, even though she was still fasting and could not partake of her own banquet (due to her sacrifice) and consequently, she had to hold a Second Banquet to eat and drink (have communion) with the king the next day. It is at the time of the Second Banquet that evil is destroyed and Adonai’s righteousness begins to reign in the kingdom. The First Banquet represents life under the Covenant of the Law. The Second Banquet represents life under the Covenant of Grace, ‘mediated’ by the Messiah and administered by the Spirit of Grace.
Resurrection occurs in three days and three nights:
Resurrection occurs on the third day, after three days and three nights.
If you “count” the horrible night that came over the holy land at the Messiah’s crucifixion you get three nights (not two). This unusual, mysterious third night marks the beginning of an additional night and day (included in Messiah’s sacrifice on the acursed tree). Esther did not see Haman removed from office until after a full three day, three night fast was completed; read carefully chapters five through seven. The ‘Hidden Day’ that Job prophetically asked the Holy One to remove from the calendar is the day of the Messiah’s birth pangs (cf. Job 3:3-13). This is the sacred, hidden day of tormenting death for Messiah our Pesach. This additional “hidden day” of the Messiah, turns the Nisan 16 resurrection day into a Nisan 17 resurrection day:
יֹאבַד יֹום אִוָּלֶד בֹּו וְהַלַּיְלָה אָמַר הֹרָה גָֽבֶר׃ הַיֹּום הַהוּא יְֽהִי חֹשֶׁךְ אַֽל־יִדְרְשֵׁהוּ אֱלֹוהַּ מִמָּעַל וְאַל־תֹּופַע עָלָיו נְהָרָֽה׃ יִגְאָלֻהוּ חֹשֶׁךְ וְצַלְמָוֶת תִּשְׁכָּן־עָלָיו עֲנָנָה יְבַעֲתֻהוּ כִּֽמְרִירֵי יֹֽום׃ הַלַּיְלָה הַהוּא יִקָּחֵהוּ אֹפֶל אַל־יִחַדְּ בִּימֵי שָׁנָה בְּמִסְפַּר יְרָחִים אַל־יָבֹֽא׃ הִנֵּה הַלַּיְלָה הַהוּא יְהִי גַלְמוּד אַל־תָּבֹא רְנָנָה בֹֽו׃ יִקְּבֻהוּ אֹרְרֵי־יֹום הָעֲתִידִים עֹרֵר לִוְיָתָֽן׃ יֶחְשְׁכוּ כֹּוכְבֵי נִשְׁפֹּו יְקַו־לְאֹור וָאַיִן וְאַל־יִרְאֶה בְּעַפְעַפֵּי־שָֽׁחַר׃ כִּי לֹא סָגַר דַּלְתֵי בִטְנִי וַיַּסְתֵּר עָמָל מֵעֵינָֽי׃ לָמָּה לֹּא מֵרֶחֶם אָמוּת מִבֶּטֶן יָצָאתִי וְאֶגְוָֽע׃ מַדּוּעַ קִדְּמוּנִי בִרְכָּיִם וּמַה־שָּׁדַיִם כִּי אִינָֽק׃ כִּֽי־עַתָּה שָׁכַבְתִּי וְאֶשְׁקֹוט יָשַׁנְתִּי אָז יָנוּחַֽ לִֽי׃
יאבד יום אולד בו והלילה אמר הרה גבר׃ היום ההוא יהי חשך אל־ידרשהו אלוה ממעל ואל־תופע עליו נהרה׃ יגאלהו חשך וצלמות תשכן־עליו עננה יבעתהו כמרירי יום׃ הלילה ההוא יקחהו אפל אל־יחד בימי שנה במספר ירחים אל־יבא׃ הנה הלילה ההוא יהי גלמוד אל־תבא רננה בו׃ יקבהו אררי־יום העתידים ערר לויתן׃ יחשכו כוכבי נשפו יקו־לאור ואין ואל־יראה בעפעפי־שחר׃ כי לא סגר דלתי בטני ויסתר עמל מעיני׃ למה לא מרחם אמות מבטן יצאתי ואגוע׃ מדוע קדמוני ברכים ומהש־דים כי אינק׃ כי־עתה שכבתי ואשקוט ישנתי אז ׀ ינוח לי׃
“Let the day perish in which I was born, the night which said, ‘There is a man child conceived.’ *Let that day be darkness; don’t let G-d from above seek for it, neither let the light shine on it. Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own. Let a cloud dwell on it. Let all that makes black the day terrify it. As for that night, let thick darkness seize on it. *Let that night be blotted off the calendar, never again to be counted among the days of the year, never again to appear among the months. Behold, let that night be barren. Let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up Leviathan [the sea monster]. Let the stars of the twilight of it be dark. Let it look for light, but have none, neither let it see the eyelids of the morning because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor did it hide trouble from my eyes. ‘Why didn’t I die from the womb? Why didn’t I give up the spirit when my mother bore me? Why did my mother let me live? Why did she nurse me at her breasts? For if I had died at birth, I would be at peace now, asleep and at rest.'” [*”Let that day be darkness…Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it.” This is a prophetic depiction of the three hours of darkness that became an entire day. From the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour; therefore, from about noon til three the day became darkness.]
This darkness absolutely could not have been an eclipse of any kind.
If you simply go to the “eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov” web site you will discover that the longest eclipses of any kind (lunar and solar; especially the solar blood moons) never last longer than a few minutes. The longest total, annular, and hybrid solar eclipses (only a solar eclipse can occur during a full moon) that are predicted in the “ten thousand year” period surrounding this Hidden Day are:
- The Longest Total Solar Eclipse: Duration 7 minutes, 29 seconds
- The Longest Annular Solar Eclipse: Duration 12 minutes, 24 seconds
- The Longest Hybrid Solar Eclipse: Duration 1 minute, 49 seconds
Therefore, the darkness that covered the land for three hours (around 180 minutes) was absolutely not an eclipse of any kind!