by Martin Cisneros
3 Therefore the strong people will glorify You; the city of the terrible Gentiles will fear You. 4 For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 5 You will reduce the noise of aliens, as heat in a dry place; as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be diminished. 6 And in this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. 7 And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken. 9 And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:3-9
This feast used to bother me because I didn't know how to reconcile it with the Hosea 2:18 Covenant. An eschatological feast of choice cuts of meat, fat things full of marrow? Didn't make sense in any kind of literal sense, yet I'd hear Christians from around the world speak with demonically watering mouths over all of the mass murder God was going to commit for them to have a pound of flesh to eat! Dawned on me today that it was talking about spiritual meat rather than physical meat, and on the authority of this Scripture, I'm about to give you something that's not the milk of the Word, but is extremely advanced Christianity. I know there's been much speculation over the years about various truths, whether they were the milk of the Word or the meat of the Word, but I can safely say that I'm presenting the Christian BBQ right here!!
21 to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, 22 as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor. 27 the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, 28 that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. Esther 9:21, 22, 27, 28
The Jews don't do this. Their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of Esther, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Esther is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. The Jews literalize a reliving of the events and keep this feast as a minor feast in their thinking and theology and they keep it on EITHER the 14th or the 15th of Adar based upon where in the world they live. That's not keeping this Feast, at all! The text we just read said to keep it both days as the feast and time of giving and rejoicing in absolutely every city if you're a joint-heir with them of rest from your enemies. The Mosaic feasts dealt with deliverance, agricultural and societal concerns, and memorials of the time Israel spent in the wilderness. Among Christians, per Zechariah 14, Tabernacles is obviously a memorial of the time Israel spent in the wilderness after the Exodus and the wilderness they're currently in while they remain in unbelief, and it's a memorial of who/what we were before we came to Christ and of all that God's brought us into in Christ so that as a feast it's similar to the tithe in many ways, though our tithe isn't limited to being given at that time.
( I realize the Mosaic Feasts are the Feasts of the Lord, but I'm contrasting them with Esther that's the capstone of the Feasts of the Lord. I'm taking things slowly in getting to that point)
The Mosaic feasts dealt with atonement, the Exodus, and God's provisions in the wilderness. Purim [uniquely] celebrates victory over death and over every economic enemy, according to Esther 3:13, Esther 8:11, and Esther 9:23-26. It is a celebration of having entered into rest from our enemies, according to Esther 9:22, and we're encouraged and implored to enter into the same rest in Esther 9, Ephesians 3, and in the Book of Hebrews:
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11
Let's look at some other passages on the rest of Christ that Romans 8 calls us joint-heirs of:
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. Hebrews 10:12-13
This, of course, is referring to Psalm 110, and that's very interesting in the light of Ephesians 1:22-23 and other passages of Scripture that speak of how that relates to the members of the Body of Christ in the earth.
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:13-14
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-13, 15-16
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Hebrews 1:9
So according to these, whatever Christ gets, we get if we've embraced His Lordship, including joy and rest from all of our enemies. As we've studied elsewhere, our companions whose joy ours is to exceed in Christ is what's commonly called “Companion Animals.” There's not a human being whose joy should be inferior to the Son of God's and clearly we're encouraged throughout the New Testament to enter into His joy and joy's listed as one of the fruit of the recreated human spirit that's to be cultivated with the Gospel and being doers of the Word and not hearers only! Hebrews 1:9 doesn't minimize the joy of whomever these “companions” are that it mentions, whether disciples, angels, or animals. It simply points to a period of time when the Son of God is giggly beyond measure, perhaps indicating 1Corinthians 15:28 takes place at Purim because although Tabernacles is called the Season of Our Joy by the Rabbis, there's no real Scripture for that statement and tradition that's specifically in the context to specific mentions of the Feast of Tabernacles in the Bible. It's implicit as another time of joyfulness on God's calendar, but specific statements to that effect are associated with Purim. Esther 8:16 and Esther 9:22 unmistakably refers to Purim as a time of great joy, and Esther 8:16 connects the joy with light, gladness, and honour.
Purim is our time of deliverance from every economic calamity. Though I can't YET prove it by a specific Scripture, I feel I have more specific Biblical grounds for claiming it's the time that Joseph ascended the throne of Egypt and of when he revealed himself to his brothers than the Rabbis have for saying that the 1st week of Tishri is when the world was created. I'm personally satisfied, though again, I can't prove it, that Haman's decree that was issued on the 13th of Nisan, according to Esther 3:12, was issued on the anniversary of when the serpent approached Eve. 14th of Nisan, being the meal of Haste, would have been when man was expelled from the Garden. It fits, Covenantally, too powerfully and those who've done very much indepth study of blood covenants across the world simply have to think in terms of the Jewish calendar when thinking through Genesis 3:15 Covenantally. This is accepted by all Christians as having referred to Passover of somewhere between 29AD and 32AD. There's a double prophecy in this passage, or even a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional prophecy for Christians, though, with referring to this event:
20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:20
Genesis 3:15 and Romans 16:20 sooooo clearly refer to Purim that one risks being accused of heresy because of how firmly linked these have been in the minds of Pastors and Theologians over the last couple thousand years to Passover references. God in Christ walks out the fulfillment of the Feasts of the Lord given through Moses, while Christ in us walks out the fulfillment of the Feast of Purim, if that simplifies this and spares me from the rocks of those that would stone me for touching Genesis 3:15 and Romans 16:20 for when they're applicable to Christians on God's prophetic and festive calendar.
The feast of John 5 fell on a Sabbath. The only feast day to fall on a Sabbath between 25A.D. and 35A.D. was Purim of 28A.D. (Faulstich 1986). The Spirit of God intentionally left out the name of the feast because the Lord's name was deliberately left out of the Book of Esther. In John 5, Jesus healed a man who had an infirmity for 38 years near the Pools of Bethesda. It is also the first time in His public ministry that He declared that God was His Father, "making Himself equal with God" as far as the Rabbis were concerned. He also said that He was the "Son of God" and the "Son of Man" for the 1st time at Purim*. As Christ Jesus in John 5 revealed His identity at Purim, the revelation of our identity to the Creation is at Purim:
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:19
* I realize some would say that He's called the Son of God in John chapter 3, but we're looking at that from our perspective. The only time that it came up in John chapter 3 was from John the Baptist to his own disciples. Lord Jesus preached it without self-identifying in John 3. It was fully out in the open for the 1st time in John 5 to religious Israel. It wasn't a private conversation among others about Jesus, nor was it the talk among those that the religious authorities of Jerusalem basically considered filthy dogs, as is the case in John 4. His revelation to Israel, specifically, was at Purim.