“If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they [the Jews] be destroyed…”

(Haman – Esther 3:9 – written approximately 2500 years ago)

“The Day of Judgment will not come until Moslems fight Jews and kill them…”

(Hamas Charter – Article 7 – written approximately 25 years ago)

Have you ever wondered why, from Haman to Hamas, the Jewish people and the nation of Israel have been the target of annihilation? Is it any coincidence that a nation, only slightly larger than the State of New Jersey, has been disproportionately the subject of more U.N. resolutions than any other nation on the planet? Why do we daily see and hear reports regarding conflicts involving Israel and her neighbors?

When we start talking about Israel and the Middle East, it’s easy to digress into political opinions that have proven to produce great division, even among believers. However, from a biblical perspective, it’s imperative to remember that Israel holds a unique and exceptional place in the heart of the Lord: it’s the one nation on earth whom the Lord redeemed to make for Himself a name [2]; God consistently refers to them as “My people”[3]; and Zechariah refers to Israel as “the apple of God’s eye [4] – and these divine statements remain true, despite Israel’s historic disobedience.

With that kind of supernatural heavenly affirmation comes diabolical demonic opposition that always fights against the purposes of God. When Messiah is welcomed back by a Jewish Jerusalem [5] and sets up his Messianic Kingdom, then the devil’s rule is over and “the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.” [6]

No wonder there’s a demonic plot to wipe Israel off the map. But as strong as that demonic plot is, there’s a biblical plot being played out where a Church is emerging “for such a time as this” [7], to take their stand before the King and “give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

During this Purim season, let’s cry out for an Esther church to arise, risking their very necks for the sake of a people for whom Messiah came!


[1] Purim is commemorated on the 14th day of Adar (this year begins the evening of Feb 23, 2013), which is the day that Haman chose for the extermination of the Jews as told in the book of Esther.

[2] 1 Chron 17:21

[3] Ex 9:1; 2 Chron 6:5-6; Amos 9:14

[4] Zech 2:8

[5] Matt 23:39

[6] Rev 11:15

[7] Esther 4:14

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