This historically detailed and accurate account is taken directly from the Book of Esther in the Bible. (Written between 470 and 424 BC.) During the reign of the great Persian King, Ahasuerus, from India to Ethiopia and over 127 provinces no less, there was uncovered several destructive plots. One plot was to assassinate the king, the other plot was devised by an ungodly and wicked man named Haman, which was to exterminate all the Jews in the land.
A young Jewish girl named Haddasah, or better known as Esther, was brought up by her uncle, Mordecai, an attendant in the King’s court. Esther was promoted to the palace as Queen for just such a time and bravely interceded for the lives of her husband and her people. Mordecai discovered that "two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, who guarded the door, were angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Mordecai told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in Mordecai’s name. When it was investigated and found to be true, both men were hanged on the gallows."
Further in the story, another plot, more devious than the first, was conceived. Haman became angry and filled with hatred towards Mordecai. Because of Mordecai's nationality, Haman "sought to destroy, slay, and to do away with all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar." Haman chose this particular day from casting lots, where we get "pur" from. Purim is the plural form.
Haman fabricates a politically correct sounding story and under the guise of it being in the best interest of the King, is allowed to give orders to get his murderous intentions accomplished. This declaration was "given out in every province and special messengers went out in haste by order of the King, and the decree was given out in Shushan, the capital. The city of Shushan was perplexed at the strange and alarming decree."
When Mordecai hears this dreadful news he immediately goes into mourning and crying out. Esther learns of his distress and sends her attendant to find out the reason. "Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the King’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me; and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I also, and my maids, will fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish."
Thankfully, Esther did not perish! On the contrary, she receives divine favor with the King and is able to have all her petitions granted, the wicked Haman was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai, and all of the Jews in every province were allowed to fight and defend themselves on the very day that the lots or "purim" were cast to destroy them. A great victory was celebrated throughout the land. "The Jews had light, a dawn of new hope, and gladness and joy and honor. And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his decree came, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a holiday. And many from among the peoples of the land submitted themselves to Jewish rite and became Jews, for the fear of the Jews had fallen upon them."
"Therefore they called these days Purim, after the name Pur [lot]. Therefore, because of all that was in this letter and what they had faced in this matter and what had happened to them, the Jews ordained and took it upon themselves and their descendants and all who joined them that without fail every year they would keep these two days at the appointed time and as it was written, that these days should be remembered (imprinted on their minds) and kept throughout every generation in every family, province, and city, and that these days of Purim should never cease from among the Jews, nor the commemoration of them cease among their descendants."
There are many modern day "Hamans", even now more than ever, that threaten not only to wipe Israel off the map and exterminate the Jewish race, but make the same threats for America and all who defend freedom and liberty. Just yesterday, we witnessed a historic speech from Prime Minister Netanyahu addressing our Congress about the threat of nuclear Iran, not only a threat to the safety of the Middle East but to free people everywhere. It does not just concern "those people over there somewhere" but here in our nation, in our back yard.
Let us be aware of those that plot against us, but even more so of the great and powerful arm of The Lord to defend and protect those that stand for His truth and righteousness! Let us celebrate Purim this year and every year and pray that we find favor in THE King of King's sight.
1 Timothy 6:12-15, "Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and for which you confessed the good confession of faith before many witnesses. In the presence of God, Who preserves alive all living things, and of Christ Jesus, Who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I solemnly charge you to keep all His precepts unsullied and flawless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), which appearing will be shown forth in His own proper time by the blessed only Sovereign Ruler, The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords."
Revelation 17:14, "They will wage war against The Lamb, and The Lamb will triumph over them; for He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings—and those with Him and on His side are chosen and called elected and loyal and faithful followers."
(All references in the above paragraphs from Esther 2:21-23; Esther 3:13-15; Esther 4:13-16; Esther 8:16-17; Esther 9:26-28 Amplified Bible)