Keeping Purim Holy

Purim is a commemoration of the deliverance of the the Old Testament Church from the murderous designs of Haman. As related in the Book of Esther, Ahasuerus the king of Persia was convinced by his courtier Haman to allow a mass slaughter of God’s chosen people. However, Haman did not realize that the king’s wife Esther was an Israelite herself. Esther eventually uses her influence on the king to put an end to the plot. Not only is Haman himself executed, but the king grants the Jews authority to take revenge on Haman’s accomplices who were planning to murder them:

“Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;) The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.” (Esther 9:1-2)

To commemorate this deliverance the ancient Jews began to keep the festival of Purim:

“The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.” (Esther 9:27-28)

Purim was a time of remembrance and thanksgiving for the Jews of the Old Testament. Given that the New Testament Church is the new Israel of God, we should also remember this day and use it to strengthen our faith. Our God is mighty and is able to strike down the enemies of His people.

Unfortunately Purim has since been co-opted by the false Jews of today. The carnal Synagogue of Satan that calls itself Israel celebrates Purim out of pride and worldly hatred, blaspheming a commemoration that should be kept holy. Purim can only be kept holy by those who are obedient to God and His promises. Today’s Jews have rejected these promises and even the Messiah himself. Nothing in the Old Testament legitimately belongs to the Pharisaic Jews of today. The Old Testament is a Christian book and Purim is a Christian holiday.

We are living in an age that is somewhat similar to the captivity of the ancient Jews. The Church of God is increasingly persecuted and there are evil forces that seek to destroy genuine Christianity permanently. The false Jews of today play the role of Haman, attempting to use the power of the state as a weapon against God’s people, the Church. We should use Purim as an occasion to thank God for the deliverance He has granted His Church in the past, and also to pray that God might once again deliver us from our temporal enemies.

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