Purim! What is it? Why Does it Matter?


What is Purim?

Why is it important for Christians to understand this feast?

The story of Purim is found in the book of Esther. It is a beautiful story of the salvation of the Jewish people through the intervention of God and the courageous actions of Esther and her uncle Mordecai.


When wicked Haman, the powerful second in command to the king of Persia sets about to destroy all the Jews living in Persia, God sets His own plan into motion and brilliantly turns the tables on Haman. Rather than the Jews being destroyed, Haman himself is destroyed, along with all of his sons for daring to defy the Living God and trying to kill God’s covenant people.

Purim is the Hebrew word for “lots” in remembrance of the pur “lot” cast by wicked Haman to determine the month and day on which Jewish people were to be killed. Ironically, the lots that were thrown for Israel’s destruction actually set the date for a new national celebration.

Ancient Persia is now Iran – and today we see this virulent hatred against Israel and the Jewish people gaining more and more momentum as Iran vows to destroy Israel. All eyes are on the Middle East as the fires of war seem to loom in the near future.

Anti-Semitism is hardly a modern phenomenon. Satan hates the Jews and takes every available opportunity to stir the hearts of people to hate and destroy the Jewish race. AND – like Haman of old – God will turn the tables on Satan and all the nations who seek to destroy Israel.


As Christians we understand that God has judged Israel for the rejection of Her Messiah – the Lord Jesus Christ.  And, Jerusalem has suffered violence since the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. Since this time, the Jewish people have lived scattered throughout the nations of the earth. Only to be miraculously restored to their land in 1948, after the modern day Haman in the form of Adolf Hitler – once again set about trying to destroy the Jews from the face of the earth.

Why does Satan continually set out to destroy the Jews?

Because all of God’s covenant promises of salvation come through Israel’s Messiah. Through God’s conquering Messiah – seated on the Throne of David – in Jerusalem – all creation will be restored to God. King Yeshua, ruling from Jerusalem will establish peace and justice upon the earth. And Satan gets thrown in the pit for 1,000 years (Rev 20:2-3).

Satan doesn’t want to go into the pit.  Can he stop it? Never.

However… in the twisted distortion of his blind hatred for Jesus – and all Jesus loves – he is viciously, murdering and destroying as many Jews as he can – seeking to delay the inevitable. Satan thinks that by killing the Jews – it will buy him more time of freedom.

You see – he believes that somehow there is a “loop-hole” in these words of Jesus:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together,just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Luke 13:34-35 NASB).

The loop-hole being… the Jews need to be in the land of Israel – and the leaders of the Jews need to be the ones to actually call upon the name of Yeshua – as Lord & Savior – saying… BLESSED ARE YOU – YESHUA – WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! Come Lord Jesus! Save us!

So Satan knows that the Jews need to be in their own land – AND – recognize who Yeshua is – their Messiah – and call Him back to the earth – before Jesus will return to the earth and save them.

Will he succeed? Never. Does that stop him? No. Is God smarter than Satan? Absolutely!

Satan and the rulers of darkness played right into God’s hands when they crucified Messiah Yeshua:

“But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory,” (1 Cor 2:7-9 NASB).

God keeps the sacred timing of end times events – and precisely how He will execute them – secret from the realms of darkness. God’s revelation of His plans are for His saints – alive on the earth during the cataclysmic conclusion of this present age.

The realm of darkness is NOT in control of this earth. Our Messiah – Yeshua is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS – is the true ruler of the universe. The devils and the dark real have no control over Him – and cannot ever stop His purposes going forth upon the earth.

King Yeshua – and the armies of heaven – are getting ready to INVADE the earth! God is preparing His Bride to receive His direction – His strategies – and His empowerment to be part of His over-coming army on the earth.

How to be prepare and be equipped for these amazing days we live:

Pray to your Heavenly Father that He would grant you the spirit of wisdom and revelation and insight into the mysteries and secrets  into the deep and intimate knowledge of HIM!

Pray the eyes of your heart be FLOODED WITH LIGHT – so that you can know and understand the HOPE to which Jesus has called you! And how deep His personal love is for you!

Pray you grow in the rich understanding of Jesus’ glorious inheritance that He has in YOU His called, set-apart one! His Beloved Bride!

Pray you experience the revelation and understanding of God’s immeasurable, unlimited POWER and STRENGTH and MIGHT – working in You!

These Scriptures can be found here (Ephesians 1:17-23).

Jesus loves YOU with deep, personal, ferocious love. Open your heart and allow Him to reveal His personal love for you. He has chosen you to be alive on the earth right now in these amazing prophetic days. You are part of His Bride – the glorious answer to this worlds greatest challenges.



Michele M. Rizzo

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