The Book of Esther contains certain keys that provide revelation to help us in our understanding of the flow of events in the end times. King Ahasuerus, in the third year of his reign, gave two feasts. The first banquet was held for the leaders and servants of the kingdom. As Jesus spent Himself on the twelve disciples before sending them out into the world, a banquet for those who serve Him today can be seen as a time of honoring His work of training and equipping those He has prepared for this hour. Leaders will receive a download from heaven and be filled with the treasures of God to release and impart what they have been given into the Body of Christ. This first banquet represents the birthing of the Man Child of Revelation 12—the birth of mature leadership.
“…he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all.” Esther 1:4
The second feast given was for all people and was held over seven days. Everyone in the kingdom was invited to this banquet. Within this feast, we see portrayed, a full representation of the Body of Christ. The gold goblets in which the wine was served represent all parts of the Body—the churches, ministries, and denominations. Each goblet was different from the other, showing the diversity of the Body of Christ, revealing that each vessel will be given wine to serve to the Harvest.
“…the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest…The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars.” There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother of pearl and other costly stones. Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant in keeping with the king’s liberality. By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.” Esther 1:5-6 NIV
By the King’s command, everyone was allowed to “drink in his own way.” This represents a celebration that each part of the Body is invited to participate in. Everyone was free to celebrate in their own unique way. Some could be boisterous, while others may be more subdued. Some may take in everything quietly while others may shake, rattle and roll, dance, and wave their banners. Everyone is free to choose how they celebrate by the order of the King!
At this particular banquet, the queen was noticeably absent. It is possible that she thought that this level of frivolity was beneath her good sense. On the last day of the party when everyone was in high spirits, the King sends seven eunuchs to request Queen Vashti’s appearance, to display her beauty, but she refuses. Vashti is representative of the religious, those who are very Sad-u-see! I believe her thoughts may have gone something like this:
“Well!! I will definitely not show myself to this rabble, no respectable person would! Just look at them, all they are intent on is drinking wine and getting drunk, what good is that? It’s not even nine o’clock in the morning and they are plastered, thoroughly intoxicated. What’s the matter with them? Surely there could be more important things to be doing in the kingdom. They are an absolute disgrace. Just look at them running around exposing themselves in their undergarments, dancing and leaping around and making veritable fools of themselves in public. What a spectacle!!
“What!! You can’t be serious! The King is actually reveling with the rabble. Well, you can just tell him that I will have none of it! What utter nonsense! I will stay right here with my friends, those of my kind, and we will have our own feast with some biscuits and tall glasses of lemon juice.”
The only response that can be given to the Vashtis of the church is: “It was before the Lord” (2Sam. 6:21). Queen Vashti represents a portion of the Church today who will refuse to show up for the Wedding Feast. An invitation to God’s Feast is an invitation to live in His manifest Presence despite circumstances contrary to His joy and His Peace! The seven eunuchs who had access to the King advised him to depose Vashti as her disobedience and rebellion would only serve as a bad example or leaven that would ultimately spread like a disease into the kingdom. The queen not only misses out on the entire festivities—the joy and the celebration of the King, but is eventually exiled for her rebellion.
As the Queen, Vashti represents a religious leadership and rebellious Bride who will refuse to submit to God’s will. and His Word. There is a growing divide with in the Church between religious conformists who will acquiesce to the new world order’s demands for equity and inclusion, and those who will not bow.
LET THE BRIDE LEAVE HER DRESSING ROOM
In the growing darkness of these times, God’s desire is to showcase to the world the beauty of the Bride of Christ. The King intends to reveal His majesty, Glory, royalty, power and authority through His Bride. He is calling her to leave her dressing room to stand in His Presence at His side. In the parable of the wedding feast, God reveals that like Vashti, many who have been invited to His Feast will make light of it, refuse to show up, and will even try to kill those who are sent to call them.
“When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.” Matthew 22:3-6 NLT
At this point, God sends His servants out with an open invitation to the world:
“Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding. So those servants went out to the highways and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.” Matthew 22:10
The Lord of the Harvest will invite the world to His Feast and make available in endless supply, vast amounts of wine to be served. The Harvest is being invited to an Agape Love Feast, the likes of which has never been seen before. They are being invited to a great celebration—not a lecture or a funeral.
In the early nineties, the Lord put on a Feast in Toronto—a possible precursor of the Wedding Feast? He invited the nations of the world to come to His celebration. The Body was fully represented as the many diverse and beautiful goblets of gold showed up to be filled with wine and everyone was free to drink as much as they wanted, in their own way, by the King’s command. God called a people together to become an army of laid down lovers of God, as the Holy Spirit worked to heal and refresh tired, broken-hearted leaders—to fill, train, and equip a new breed of leadership who would submit to Him wholeheartedly regardless of appearances and “good sense.“
ESTHER MAKES HER APPEARANCE
After Queen Vashti was deposed, we see the emergence of Esther. Esther is a true representation of the Bride. A reflection of Christ, prepared in submission, humility, and obedience. She followed all the instructions that Hegai the King’s eunuch (the Holy Spirit) gave her and won the King’s favor. Esther, who was a Jewish queen, today represents the return and restoration of Israel in union with Gentile believers, and the completion of the Israel of God—The one New Man!
Momentum is now gathering, and the real celebration will soon begin as plans are underway and preparations going forward for the Great Feast of the Great Harvest. The Feast of Tabernacles will be fulfilled and taking place simultaneously all over the world. It is not too late for Vashti to make her appearance! Any Vashti’s reading this—God is inviting you to Come to His Feast. Come in obedience, and come in submission with an open heart. Esther is maturing and will soon be making her appearance—don’t be left out.
“Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.” Esther 5:1
The harvest is looking for the Father’s Agape love, not our judgment. The Lord’s Heart is for His Harvest. He has patiently been waiting thousands of years for this day. If the Harvest is the end of the age (Matt. 13:39), and the last feast to be fulfilled is the celebration for the Harvest and the closing of the harvest season—and if the multitudes which no man could number from every nation, tribe, and peoples came out of the great tribulation (Rev. 7:9-14), then the Body of Christ is headed for very turbulent times ahead, and a great deal of preparation needs to be made.
“See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it to receive the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7-8
The early rains were released and poured out at Pentecost. The coming of the Lord in the “Day of His Power” for the Feast of Tabernacles will release the Latter Rain of Glory over the Earth drawing a great harvest of souls into the Kingdom. In the days ahead billions of souls will be coming in—the wedding hall will be filled! Is the Church ready to absorb the shock of this many souls coming in over a short period of time? Are we prepared to have billions of newborns in the House?
The Lord’s eyes are set upon His Harvest. He knows the exact number that will be coming in: “Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of Gentiles has come in“ (Rom. 11:25). God knows the type of structure needed, and the measure of strength required to hold the multitudes, while standing anchored in Him through the coming storms. He also knows the type of care and ministry that is needed and must be provided to masses of broken lives that have been shattered by sin and despair.
The Bible tells us that the last days will be like the days of Noah and of Lot (Lk. 17:26-28); a time when the wickedness of man was great in the Earth (Gen. 6:5). The Lord gave Noah specific detailed instructions for building an ark that would survive the flood. When the ark was completed, the Lord told Noah to go in, for after seven days He would send a flood upon the Earth. When the ark was complete, the door was left open for seven days but only Noah and his family came in—the scoffers ignored the supernatural phenomenon taking place before their very eyes.
“So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood…And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.” Genesis 7:7-10
When Esther—the Bride makes her appearance in the last days, billions will be coming into the Ark of Christ because of the great sacrifice of the Saviour who paid in full the penalty for the sins of the world. A clash of kingdoms and Great warfare will break out over the Globe between light and darkness, in a ferocious battle for the souls of men. Nations and peoples are presently in the valley of decision maneuvering, shifting, and forming alliances with each other, choosing to either align themselves with the Lord and His anointed or against the Lord and His anointed and Israel, thereby aligning themselves with Satan and with evil. Your safety requires that you get your information from the Word of God and not the Media that is grossly slanted to demonic agendas. It is especially important now that we see, discern, and understand present Global realities, and the Globalists intentions through Spiritual eyes.
“The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against His anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the One who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger He rebukes them, terrifying them with His fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed My chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain.” Psalm 2:2-6
On the third day, there was a wedding! (Jn. 2:1).
Have you been invited? Will you be attending?