I Will Bring You Back Home

Overall, the Purim story treats the very serious problem of anti-Semitism. We see plots of mass murder, yet with many unexpected twists and turns. The story is about a person of great importance in the Medo-Persian kingdom who, filled with hatred against the Jews, decided to annihilate them all. It follows a trend which we see in the history of Israel. Every time the Jewish people were called by the Lord to the Land of Israel, a satanic plot emerged and there arose a nation or an individual who tried to annihilate the Jewish people.

The first time was at the birth of the nation, when God delivered them from Egypt. The Pharaoh of that time decided to kill all the newborn male children. (Exodus 1:16) One of those children was Moses, whose life was saved.

The second time is in Esther. When the time came for the Jewish people to return to their land to prepare Jerusalem for the first coming of the Messiah, the man Haman convinced the Persian kingdom to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children. (Esther 3:13)

The third time was when the Jewish people were called to their land in 1948. Just before then, a man and a nation also arose to annihilate the Jews.  Nazi Germany led by Hitler decimated a third of all existing Jews, six million in the Holocaust. Yeshua foretells this event in Matthew 24:32 saying, “When its branches become tender and it produces leaves, you know that summer is near.”

The three historical events in Egypt, Medo-Persia, and then Nazi Germany triggered waves of hatred against Israel which happened just before Israel went back to the Land.

The last one, Nazi Germany, began way before 1948. We can see its beginning in the 1500’s, right at the time of the Inquisition when Jews were kicked out of Spain and Portugal and anti-Semitism began to rise in Europe. Through these things, the Lord moved the hearts of many Jews to look to the land of Israel as a refuge.

The three attempts at annihilation failed. After each one, though reduced in population, Israel entered her land as God had prophesied.


The Future Fourth Attempt Will Fail

However, there is yet another attempt in the near future, as predicted in the New Testament and by the prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures. That next time, we read in Zechariah that two thirds of Jews will be killed just before Yeshua comes back.

Today we can feel and see a rise in world anti-Semitism. While it is and will continue to be severe (Matthew 24:21), it will also not succeed, for Israel will finally enter the Messianic age with Yeshua at the head of the state just as He prophesied. Then anti-Semitism will never happen again.


Sermon: The Book of Esther – The Purim Promise