The Book of Esther documents the deliverance of the people of Israel from great danger and near annihilation, and
we are republishing this PURIM article to encourage fervent prayer and sustained travail. Still reeling from the recent
terror attack in the heart of Jerusalem which left 8 Bible students ages 15 to 18 dead and 11 wounded, Israel's plight
continues to be more desperate each day. The prayers of the saints are powerful in obtaining God's favor,
protection, and highest purpose for the entire region. Please also remember Gilad Shalit, the young IDF lieutenant
who was kidnapped by Hamas in the summer of 2006 and has been held captive ever since. Let this Purim
testimony fuel your prayers with holy zeal and renewed faith in God this year.
Purim--the Glorious Church in Intercession
The Church and Israel have entered the final month of the Biblical year, the month of Adar. Soon we will celebrate
the Passover in April, commemorating our great exodus from slavery, but not before we pass through the lessons of
grave peril, bold intercession, unwavering faith, and great deliverance as they are told in the Book of Esther. Before
Passover's new beginning comes the great test of Purim.
The Feast of Purim is celebrated this year on the 20th-22th of the Hebrew month of Adar, the twelfth month of the
Biblical year. It is a celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish people from sure annihilation during the reign of the
Persian King Xerxes I, commemorating a season of danger, fasting, confrontation, deliverance and eventual victory.
This year, Purim begins at sundown on March 20. With Iran's unchecked nuclear ambitions and threats that Israel
would be "wiped off the map," and with deteriorating security on all sides, this Purim seems all too real with the
increasing dangers and open threats against the world's only Jewish state.
Prophetic Shadows of Heavenly Realities
The story of Esther is a prophetic picture in types and shadows of the intercession of the Bride of Messiah on behalf
of the people of Israel. God's providence shines through this dramatic account, empowering the reader with faith
and courage to stand up and to believe even when all hope is gone. If your life and circumstances bear the yoke of
hopelessness and impending calamity, then Purim's message is for you too.
This story is rich with powerful prophetic types: AHASUERUS is the sovereign king reigning over a vast kingdom of
many peoples, among them a remnant of the people of Israel. VASHTI, his queen, represents the "ransom
principle," having lost her royal position (and probably her head) to make a way for ESTHER who will risk her life to
save God's people. Both queens had beauty and courage, and both defied the king's decree. Vashti, by not
appearing when summoned, (Esther 1:12), and Esther, by appearing without being summoned (Esther 4:16) before
the same violent and volatile king.
ESTHER, the beautiful and humble maiden of Hebrew origin, is a type of the Bride of Messiah, the glorious Church
in intercession. MORDECAI is seen in the role of the godly, older, Jewish presence that does not bow down to any
god but God, and can still mentor, train and exhort the intercessors. His character reminds us that "...all that will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12), and that there is a price to pay for serving God in
HAMAN, with his brutal plan to annihilate the Jewish people (and by that to destroy the Messianic lineage of the
promised Savior of the world), demonstrates the ever-present anti-Christ and anti-Jewish diabolic drive that is the
ruling dark principality of this age. This same spirit is active again today in the same land of Persia, modern day Iran.
The Setting of the Stage
Ahasuerus the Persian King had been defeated badly by the Greeks at Salamis at 479 BC. Known for his emotional
extremes, the king sought solace in his harem and threw a grand royal party in his palace of Susa. Queen Vashti,
whose renowned beauty was part of the program, defied her husband's summons to show herself in public (some
commentaries say in the nude) and was consequently deposed and probably executed.
Esther, raised from obscurity like a Biblical "Cinderella," won the royal "beauty pageant" and, under Mordecai's
wise counsel, negotiated the treacherous and dangerous politics of this wicked pagan court. Facing impending
genocide by Haman's vindictive scheme, and empowered by an extensive prayer and fasting campaign, Esther
gained the king's favor and made powerful intercession on behalf of her people Israel.
What's In It For You?
Purim is a tale of danger, treachery, humility, courage, faith and great victory. Like other godly women, Esther
affected great influence by her beauty of character, her faith and her humble spirit.
Many women today can drink deeply from her character as it is described in I Peter 3:1-4, saying, "In the same way,
you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be
won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. And let not
your adornment be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be
the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight
Esther was a woman of valor and action who didn't shrink back from standing against evil and for the truth, yet she
did so in the right spirit and was empowered by fasting and prayer.
Purim is a tale of integrity and faithfulness as Mordecai took his quiet position protecting the king from an
assassination plot without taking any recognition for himself. The unchanging principle of sowing and reaping is
proven in his life as his righteous acts and godly choices produced in time the fruit of honor, favor, and high position
in the royal court. For some of you who serve unnoticed and unrecognized in obscure places and difficult
circumstance, remember the apostolic encouragement, saying, "...let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time
we shall reap if we do not grow weary" (Galatians 6:9).
Purim is a tale of divine providence, justice and vindication. Through fasting and bold intercession, Haman, the
archenemy of God's people, was exposed and defeated. Not only have the gallows he prepared for Mordecai
become the instrument of his own execution, but the entire spiritual atmosphere in the kingdom changed and the
fear of God was restored because of Haman's demise and the Jewish people's victory.
According to the king's second (corrective) decree "...the Jews struck all their enemies with the sword, killing and
destroying; and they did what they pleased to those who hated them" (Esther 9:5). In addition, "...in each and every
province, and in each and every city, wherever the king's commandment and his decree arrived...many among the
peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them" (Esther 8:17).
The War is Generational
According to Scripture, Haman was of the bloodline of the Agagite (Esther 3:1), whose ancestor was none other
than Agag, king of Amalek, Israel's ancient and ruthless foe. Mordecai, on the other hand, was a descendant of Kish
(Esther 2:5), a Benjamite, out of whose loins was born King Saul.
Concerning the Amalekites who had been hostile to Israel ever since the Exodus from Egypt, God commanded
Saul, saying, "I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel...Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he
has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and
donkey" (1 Samuel 15:2-3). In other words, Amalek's depravity and corruption were so severe that even our merciful
Father commanded their utter annihilation lest they contaminate the region.
Saul, however, compromised and did not destroy his enemy. In disobedience to God's word, he spared the spoils of
war and the life of King Agag in a bout of unsanctified mercy and greed. As a result, not only did Saul lose the throne
(I Samuel 15:22-23), but Amalek was allowed posterity (though Agag himself was soon slain by Samuel). All too
often such politically correct, humanistic and apathetic attitudes toward God's commands render His people
incapable of fulfilling His purposes, forcing the hand of the prophetic to do the king's job.
Though King Agag was slain, surviving future Agagite generations continued to be fueled by the same diabolic
hatred, and the campaign against the people of God continued on and on. Nearly five hundred years later, we find
Mordecai and Haman, both of the bloodlines of Saul and Agag, again locked in this mortal battle of the ages. In
other words, the war will go on and on, from generation to generation, until the enemy is finally destroyed.
Our failure to execute God's judgment over sin and evil, especially in our own lives, will only perpetuate its
destructive impact and invite graver visitations upon our descendants. Unchecked and unrepentant, sin only
escalates and increases over time, and the prophetic admonition is alarming saying, "They sow the wind, and they
reap the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7). If we don't repent of our sins, our children and our children's children will bear the
brunt of the ongoing warfare as did Mordecai.
The Intercession of the Bride
It was the 13th day of the month of Adar which Haman had selected for the annihilation of the Jewish population of
the Persian Empire. Authorizing his request, the king issued a royal decree sealing the fate of his Jewish subjects.
Queen Esther, however, who was already providentially positioned in the palace, interceded before the king and
saved her people. Her weapons were humility, beauty, fasting, faith and great courage (Esther 4:14-17).
Esther's Hebrew name was Hadassah, meaning a Myrtle tree--a low tree (humility) with shining green leaves
adorned with snow white flowers (purity) and bordered with purple (royalty), emitting an exquisite perfume. Yet her
Jewish identity was kept hidden. She is pointing prophetically to the true Church who also is of Hebraic roots though
called to a heavenly position. Regardless of her royal office, Esther would not have escaped the fate of her Jewish
brethren should Haman's plot have succeeded, just as today the true Church is intimately linked to the people of
Israel, their fate and their destiny.
Other than the intercessory ministry of the Lord Jesus Himself, we cannot find in the Word of God a more dramatic,
dangerous, or powerful intercession than that of Esther. Among the great intercessors of the Bible, none other
portrays so clearly and vividly the position and ministry of the Bride of Messiah toward God on behalf of His people
Israel. (A fuller teaching of this prophetic Feast is found in my book One New Man, which is available at the
The Right to Suffer and to Fight
Responding to the beauty, courage and passionate appeal of his bride, and seeing the treacherous nature of
Haman, the king issued a second royal decree overriding the first one which sanctioned the annihilation of the
Jewish people. This second decree now authorized and deputized these very victims to rise up, assemble together,
pursue and destroy their enemies. In it "...the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to
assemble and to defend their lives, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province
which might attack them...and to plunder their spoil" (Esther 8:11).
In fact, the king's first decree, though seemingly fatal, served to expose and flush out the enemies of God's people
so that they might be destroyed at the second decree. The end of the story is in the hand of the Lord, and those of
you who have suffered under the enemy's oppression will also be given authority to pursue and conquer your foes as
you do it God's way.
As the Word exhorts us, "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the
proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober (spirit), be on the alert. Your
adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in (your) faith,
knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After
you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself
perfect, confirm, strengthen (and) establish you" (I Peter 5:6-10).
Your Vindication is in Him
Prophetically, the month of Adar is a season of great danger, fierce battle and eventual victory; a season of fasting,
fighting and rejoicing. Those who call upon the name of the Lord today and are led by the wise counsel of His Spirit
are in a position to enter into bold intercession before the King of kings. The enemy has pronounced murderous
plots against Israel as well as against many of you. But God, who is sovereign over all, has promised to pass
judgment in favor of the saints.
So great was the victory and deliverance of God's people that "...Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent
letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus...obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day
of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day...because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it
was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday..."
The original Purim drama came to a happy end with a great victory and deliverance as the "formula" of humility +
integrity + fasting + intercession was proven undefeatable. The sovereign king granted the bride's powerful
intercession; the enemy's plans were turned upon himself; and all things worked together for good for those who
loved God and remained true to His purposes. And yet, this great intercession still stands to be fulfilled one last time
at the end of this age.
The Final Battle
A Bride of Hebraic roots, most excellent of maidens, prepared and perfected for royalty, will yet enter the presence
of the King of kings and make powerful intercession on behalf of His people Israel. The fate of the people will once
again rest in the hands of the Bride. Are you willing to join with those who pray and plead with God during the
coming prophetic Feast of Purim? Haman's spirit is alive and active today, and Israel is still on the devil's cross-
hairs. Will you be that Bride?
We are grateful and honored to be a part of Heaven's army of intercessors spread all over the world. In the Spirit we
are one, and through that same Spirit and by God's grace we shall accomplish this crucial intercession.
Reuven and Mary Lou Doron
One New Man Call
James Goll: Understanding Purim
Understanding Purim centers around an aspect of praying for Israel by looking at one of the historic times of Crisis
Intervention through Intercession as recorded in the Book of Esther. This is not only a "prayer assignment," but is
intended as a tool of preparation for us to enter into a time of prayer with fasting (I call this The Cry) during Purim
each year. In this critical hour, it is imperative that we learn to be effective intercessors aligned with God's word, will,
and ways for the days in which we live. It is all the more important that we pray for Israel in this hour.
The Origin and Description of Purim
The celebration of Purim originated out of the decrees of Mordecai and Queen Esther (Esther 9:29-32). It was a
time when intervention arose through desperate acts of prayer and fasting, led by Queen Esther, to overturn the
decree for the annihilation of the Jewish people inspired by Haman. Haman's evil plot was revealed, the tables were
turned, and he was hung on his own gallows. The events took place historically roughly between 483 to 471 B.C.
According to the Jewish calendar, Purim is held in the month of Adar, which usually falls in February or March.
Moses was born in Adar. It is also the month when the Jewish leader of the Maccabees defeated the Syrians, and
the month when the orders were given to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem preceding the reconstruction of the Temple
and first return of the Jewish people to Israel. Redemptively, the period of time known as Adar has been a time when
intervention comes out of crisis.
Although Purim was founded in Biblical times, its observation is not commanded by God as are the holy
convocations mentioned in Leviticus 23. But the Holy Spirit is prophetically calling believers today to participate in
this special time of sacrifice in this generation.
Haman's Lineage Exposed
King Ahasuerus unfortunately promoted a man who eventually became one of Israel's all-time worst enemies. His
name was Haman, and he is described as the "son of Hammedatha, the Agagite" (Esther 3:1).
Haman's lineage is significant to the history of Purim. He was a descendant of Agag, who was a king of the
Amalekites in the days of Saul and Samuel. Saul defeated Agag but disobeyed the Lord by allowing him to live. The
prophet Samuel rebuked King Saul for his disobedience then "hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord"
(1 Samuel 15:33).
Being an Amalekite, Agag was part of the group of people who were long-term enemies of Israel. Because of their
treatment of the children of Israel in the days of Moses, God declared war on Amalek "from generation to
generation" (Exodus 17:16). In Jewish teaching, Amalek is seen as the epitome of anti-Semitism.
Haman therefore had a heritage of enmity toward the Jewish people. As the book of Esther unfolds, we see how
Haman was used to exhibit this generational hatred toward God's Chosen People.
The problem is that this ancient, malevolent spirit has plagued our planet throughout the generations. It has no
regard for human reason, logic, good intentions or mere religious pursuits. This dark spirit of anti-Semitism--or what
may be called "the spirit of Haman"--is on the loose once again.
The Mordecai Anointing
The Holy Spirit wants to inject the burden of the Lord for purposes of God among the Jewish people into the global
prayer movement, like a nurse with a fully loaded needle. We need a potent injection of God's heart into our heart!
That is why God wants to raise up a Mordecai anointing to prepare Esther for a time of intervention. We need to
know what Esther accomplished, but what was Mordecai's task? What was his divine assignment?
Mordecai's job was to raise up and prepare Esther for her hour of influence before the king. Mordecai raised Esther
as his own daughter. He did not bow down or pay homage to Haman, who sought the destruction of the Jews, but
only worshipped the one true God. He intercepted Haman's scheme of the enemy and revealed it with wisdom to
those in authority. He walked in prophetic counsel and instilled courage into Esther.
Esther, properly tutored and mentored by the counsel of Mordecai, seized the moment through prayer and fasting.
Esther was anointed to intervene and stand in the gap, yet she had to walk in cooperation with the preparation of
Mordecai, the spiritual authority God had placed in her life.
God chose to work through Mordecai to alert Esther to her destiny and timing of her intercessory acts on behalf of
the Jews. God is looking for modern-day Mordecais to prepare His people for such a time as this!
The Esther Mandate--12 Scriptural Points
The following 12 points are taken from chapters 2–5 of the book of Esther:
• Esther: 2:7--Esther was adopted and raised by Mordecai.
• Esther 2:10--Esther received instruction from Mordecai's oversight.
• Esther 2:11--Mordecai watched over Esther's progress.
• Esther 2:19--Mordecai sat at the King's Gate.
• Esther 2:20--Esther remained under Mordecai's authority.
• Esther 2:22--The plot was revealed as Mordecai and Esther walked together.
• Esther 3:2--Mordecai would not bow down to Haman.
• Esther 4:1--Mordecai fasted, wept and mourned before all.
• Esther 4:4,5--Mordecai refused false comfort and remained resolute.
• Esther 4:14--Mordecai's admonishment to Esther to accept the appointment.
• Esther 4:15,16--Esther's reply, "If I perish, I perish!"
• Esther 5:2--Esther thus obtained favor with the king.
The Cry Continues to Arise!
Every year I am calling on Christians to sacrifice our time, our comfort, and our agendas to undertake an Esther
Mandate Fast at Purim. This spiritual investment of the Worldwide Prayer Movement in the global Body of Christ will
not fail. It will bring about nothing less than "God's will on earth as it is in Heaven" for the Jewish people and the
nation of Israel. Join me and thousands of others as we seek the face of God once again as a bride prepared for
A Prayer for Purim
Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit will release revelation to the leadership of the Body of Christ to be modern-day
Mordecais who help prepare Esther--the Bride of Christ--for her task of standing in the gap for Israel and the Jewish
people worldwide. Holy Spirit, I ask You to anoint the reading of the book of Esther this week and that "watchmen
would be awakened worldwide" to their task of standing with Israel.
Join me on the walls of intercession!
James W. Goll
310 2nd Ave SE,
Albany, OR 97321
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