The Festival of Purim is a winter festival, and the last festival of the Biblical year, which signals that it will be the last to have its fulfilment in this present age before the Millennial rule of Messiah begins. The Festival of Purim falls in the last month of the year on the Biblical calendar, that calendar which reckons time and dates according to what Yehovah commanded. (Ex. 12:2)
(Please consider this teaching concerning Biblical Calendar)
The Gregorian calendar, which is the calendar that we live under is religiously based, but not a Scripturally based calendar. It is like so many things that relate to modern Christianity, a mixture of biblical truth and man’s wisdom, but it is in no way a pure expression of obedience to the commands of Yehovah. (The Torah) The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar, and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It is named for Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582. The calendar was a refinement to the Julian calendar amounting to a 0.002% correction in the length of the year. The motivation for the reform was to stop the drift of the calendar with respect to the equinoxes and solstices—particularly the vernal equinox, which set the date for Easter celebrations.
Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
(Psalms 40:7-8 KJV)It was the Torah (God’s Law) that was ever in the heart of Yehsua, not the traditions and wisdom of men. And it should be His Law that is in our hearts as Christians.
Transition to the Gregorian calendar would restore the holiday to the time of the year in which it was celebrated when introduced by the early Church. (Please take not that this statement is not in reference to the early Biblical Church as described in the book of Acts, but the early “state church”, the Catholic Church. This is known, because the early Biblical Church (Again, as described in the Book of Acts) was at the first 100% comprised of Jewish people, or Jewish converts who had come to the faith of Messiah. And as such, they certainly would have followed the Biblical calendar so that they could celebrated the Festivals of Yehovah, which are not found on the Gregorian calendar, and in fact can never be, for the Gregorian calendar does not, and can never allow for the reckoning of dates yearly to establish when the Festivals of Yehovah are to be celebrated. The major purpose of the Gregorian calendar was to allow for a bit more accurate date setting for manmade religious holidays, such as Easter) The reform was adopted initially by the Catholic countries of Europe. Protestants and Eastern Orthodox countries continued to use the traditional Julian calendar and adopted the Gregorian reform after a time for the sake of convenience in international trade. The last European country to adopt the reform was Greece, in 1923. (Last paragraphs, other than the note, is quoted from Wikipedia)
According to Jewish tradition the last month of the year is referred to as the month of Adar. The Festival of Purim is typically celebrated as a three-day event, the first day being one of fasting and solemnity. The remaining two days being days of light heartedness and celebration. These days stand in figure as representations of the plot of a single individual who sought to annihilate every Jewish man, woman, and child in the Persian kingdom during the rule of King Ahasuerus. The story in entirety is told in the Biblical book of Esther. It is a totally fascinating story filled with excitement, drama, romance, and intrigue.
The Festival of Purim, and the Festival of Hanukkah are both winter festivals, which typifies that they represent in figure events that will happen in the “winter” of Yehovah’s working with men before the springing forth of the Messianic Kingdom. Hanukkah represents the truth that the spirit of anti-Messiah will seek to both persecute and pollute the people of faith in the end times. The Festival of Purim represents the truth that the person of Anti-Messiah will come forth in the world, and since he can find no way to pollute the true saints of God he will very literally make war with them, seeking to complete annihilate the people of God. Again, both are winter festivals, which fact in itself figures, or pictures, the reality that they are to be fleshed out in the winter, (Later portion) of this age before the advent of the Messianic Kingdom. (Millennial kingdom when Yeshua will begin to rule from Jerusalem)
The fact that the Festival of Purim begins with a day of fasting and solemnity is in remembrance of the reality that the people of faith in Esther’s day were brought to a place of absolute hopelessness in all human terms, as will be the people of faith in the end times under the anti-Messiah. In this story, King Ahasuerus represents the great King of the earth, even Yeshua, who is referred to as the prince of the kings of the earth. (Rev. 1:5) Esther, who is bride to the great king Ahasuerus stands as the picture of the Church who is bride to the Great King of heaven, Yeshua. (Rev. 19:7) Mordecai the Jew (The man of faith and integrity) who in finality becomes the great King’s right hand man, pictures the faithful Believers who having established their faithfulness will later rule and reign with Messiah for a thousand years. (Rev. 2:26-29, Rev. 20:6) Haman the Agagite (A descendent of the former king of the Amalekites. King Saul, generations earlier had been commanded by Yehovah to completely annihilate the Amalekites for their sins against Yehovah and His people, but he had failed to completely obey that order from God, therefore a seed remained—which in itself is a picture that while in this present mortal body we as Christians will never be able to completely eliminate sin, and it will therefore haunt us until we are delivered from this mortal body) is a picture of the end time anti-Messiah who will be exalted by Satan (Rev. chapter 13, Dan 7: 15-28) (Satan, the god of this world, 2 Co. 4:4, Eph. 2:1-2) to prominence, and will seek to be worshipped as God, (2 Thes. Chapters 1-2, Dan 7:25) and will seek to utterly destroy all who will not turn from the true worship of Yehovah to serve him, (Rev. 13:7, Dan. 7:21) but in the end, he will be brought to judgment and eternal damnation. (Rev. 19: 11-21)
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD (Yehovah)
(Zech. 2:10 KJV)
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.(Rev. 19:7 KJV)
In Esther’s time their only hope was in Yehovah. They recognized that only He could save them from destruction. The fact that the Festival of Purim begins with fasting and solemnity is in recognition that the people of faith will worldwide, at the end of this age, be brought to this same place of humility and fear of destitution before God. In like manner, at the very end of this age, we as Christians will be brought to a place of absolute dependency on Yehovah alone for life and deliverance, and this is due to the fact that the anti-Messiah will wage war against every righteous person in the last days of this age. (Which, undoubtedly, we are on the threshold of right now) However, the Festival of Purim concludes with two days of celebration and lightheartedness in that Yehovah caused the plot of Haman to destroy the Jews to be completely flip-flopped, and turned on his own head, which led to his execution, the death of his sons, and the death of many in Persia who despised the Jews. This all happened to picture, that by faith we recognize that at the end of this age Yeshua will return bringing deliverance to all who have remained faithful to Himself, and He will also at that time bring destruction to all who oppose Him.
When the eyes of one’s understanding have been opened to the realities contain in the Festival of Purim, the celebration of this festival will be henceforth yearly, be exceedingly meaningful. For this festival pictures realities that must soon come to pass, and that will involve all persons of the earth. Unbelieving people will play into it completely unawares, but for the People of Light, this is the very reason why we now celebrate this festival, to keep alive, to keep upfront, and keen in our hearts the reality that the man of sin is soon to be revealed. That he will come with every lying deception of both word and power, but he will not himself obey, nor allow others to obey Yehovah’s commands, for all of Yehovah’s commandments are both pure, and point toward the Messiah, who is the anti-Messiah’s only threat.
My encouragement to you the reader, is to invest time and attention into getting to know this festival, as well as all the Festival of Yehovah. For contained in them is the very story of salvation, and in the celebration of the Festivals of Yehovah one will greatly sharpen his/her understanding and faith. The Almighty Sovereign wisely created and instituted these celebrations so that His people, the people of truth and of faith, might be preserved blameless and harmless, the children of God throughout every generation to appear before him dressed in white. Amen.
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart
To get more out of this article please consider:
The book of Esther, Daniel 7:15-28, Rev. 12:7- Rev. 14:20, Rev. 18:4, Rev. 19:1—Rev. 20:15, Mat. 24:1—Mat. 25:46, Mk. 13:1-37, Lk. 21: 7-36