I love the book of Esther because it teaches as well as honors the good affect that a virtuous woman has on her husband, or a king and his kingdom. It reveals the glad heart of a real man or true king when he sees genuine beauty of femininity and wisdom in a woman who fears God.
Esther was called by God into the king’s palace to be favored by the king above all his wives. She was to have a huge influence on the king in protecting her people from evil Haman, governor of the king’s land.
If you aren’t familiar with the story of Esther I want to challenge you to read this book of the Bible that teaches God’s people how to influence the most powerful leaders, and trust in God’s promises to His people being oppressed and led to slaughter.
Esther was called by God through her uncle Mordecai to be stationed in the right place at the right time – to expose Haman’s wicked plan against God’s people. God used Esther to open the king’s eyes to the secret evil agenda of Haman against Esther’s people (the Jews) and which saved God’s people from Haman’s death sentence upon them.
We know that there are those who hate God and God’s people, and like Haman will do all they can think of doing to discredit them and even remove them all from the face of the earth. We have seen these types of anti-Christs throughout history because the devil is bent on killing off God’s children. There will be one last anti-Christ before our KING of Kings returns: Satan himself possessing a man of intrigue and prominence, a law unto himself, with false peace deceiving the nations. But with the coming of God’s KING – his short reign will be cut off. God’s Son will return and make the final war on the earth:
“With justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His Head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him who is called Faithful and True. They ride on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh has this name written: KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.” Revelation 19:11-16
All the world is prepared (happening right now) by this last anti-Christ to wage war against God’s returning KING. (Revelation 19:17-21) At the start, Satan himself is bound for one thousand years and thrown in the Abyss to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After the thousand years are ended, the devil must be set free for a short time, where he goes back out to deceive the nations like before and gather them for battle against KING JESUS on the throne in Jerusalem, the City God loves.
And I LOVE this part: “They (the devil and his army) marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the CITY He loves (Jerusalem). But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, that ancient serpent, who had deceived the nations was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where his beast and false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:9-10
Isaiah God’s prophet spoke of our KING:
“And HE will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this! Hallelujah!” Isaiah 9:6-7
Don’t get too comfortable here in this wicked world. Even though we are in the world, we are not to love the world, neither the things of this world that will be destroyed and forever forgotten.
“Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit… Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God… I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” Romans 8:5, 8, 18-21
Holiness is our responsibility with the Holy Spirit. We’ve already spent too much time doing what the ungodly do, looking at what they look at, laughing at what they laugh at, working for what they work for, talking like they talk, and thinking like they think; living the empty way of life. With God’s Word and His indwelling Spirit we know better, and we are completely capable of living the noble life that pleases our Father God as we prepare ourselves for His Kingdom. And Jesus has told us that as it is in Heaven so shall it be on this earth!
Live such good lives among your ungodly families and friends that though they accuse you of doing wrong, they can not deny the good deeds you do. Then on the Day when God judges the world – they will be ashamed of accusing you, and they will honor God. (1 Peter 2:11-12)
Live a life perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. Renew your minds with God’s eternal Word. Purify your hearts seeking the righteousness of God in every part of your life. Clear out all your idols that keep you from wholehearted devotion to God. Meet with Him each morning in prayer, as the Lord taught us to do by His own example and instruction. Do what He tells you to do, and when you fail – get back up and keep going with Him. His Hand is extended to you. His mercies are fresh each morning! This is how you put on your royal apparel for your upcoming royal position: the fine linen, clean and white. (Revelation 19:14)
“For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wears. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)” Revelation 19:7-8
There is nothing more beautiful to God than His earthly family who understands their glorious God-given purpose on the earth as they joyfully live it out with praise unto the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus, and awaiting His Kingdom.