Purim: Casting the Lot

 

“Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them. But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. The Jews ordained … 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 9:24-28).

 

   And the Jews to this day commemorate it with the feast of Purim each year before the feast of Passover in every land of the Gentiles and in Israel. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah deals with the remnant of godly Israel who returned to Israel when the Persian king gave them permission. But there were still many Jews who chose to remain in Persia because of a lack of faith. The book of Esther then shows the way in which God dealt with these Jews in spite of their lack of faith. But God’s name is never mentioned in this book and they never prayed. Why not? Because Israel had not submitted to God’s authority and so God did not publicly own them as His people, consistent with what He had said in (Hosea 1:9) “Not my people.” These were the ungodly Jews who refused to obey God and return home.

 

   Yet this book of Esther makes clear that God was working in mysterious ways on behalf of the Jews, but working behind the scenes. In this present day, the same fact is true. Israel has rejected their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, and has been disowned by God publicly. A remnant of Jews has returned back to Israel, even though they haven’t yet built their temple since returning in 1948, and they are yet in unbelief. But God is still working among the Jews in obscure ways, preserving them through centuries of persecution and trouble, so that, though scattered among the Gentile nations they have retained their identity as Jews. And will in the near future at the end of the Tribulation during the millennium, will have their great sorrow and trouble turned into vibrant joy and gladness, such as is symbolized in their feast of Purim. During the Tribulation the Jews will encounter Haman again in the person of Antichrist who will try to exterminate them, but Christ will defeat him at his return.

 

   With the Feast of Purim and the book of Esther, God was showing the Jews and Christians that we need to watch closely the ‘casting of the ballots’ during elections in the Gentile nations of the world. And especially are we to watch the ‘casting of the lots’ in these end times because Antichrist is soon to come, of whom Haman is a type. Especially must we watch closely ‘the casting of bal-lots’ for president of the U.S. because we are the nation from which Antichrist will rule the world. Babylon-USA is the headquarters of the final empire of Antichrist, the feet of iron and clay of Nebuchadnezzar’s image dream. The U.S. has conquered Babylon-Iraq as Media-Persia and Greece and Rome did before U.S.

 

   Hitler was not ‘the’ Antichrist-Beast, even though he was ‘an,’ antichrist and a beast of a man. And many more Jews could have escaped from Hitler if they had been watching closely ‘the casting of bal-lots’ in Germany when Hitler was elected to high office. Like Haman, there was evidence of Hitler’s hate for the Jews. And Antichrist will make Hitler look good by comparison. The Jews and Christians should have been watching for another Haman-Antichrist Gentile ruler. The Germans turned their backs on Christ and the cross, so God gave them an antichrist and the crooked cross, the Swastika. I wonder how many Christians and Jews voted for Hitler? I wonder how many will cast lots and vote for Antichrist here in the U.S.?

 

   Haman’s hatred of the Jews in Persia was started because Mordecai refused to bow and worship Haman. “And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath. And the letters were sent by posts into all the King’s providences, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day… to take the spoil of them for a prey” – (Est.3:2,5,13). Like Hitler, Haman tried to exterminate every Jew in the Persian Empire. And Antichrist will kill everyone in the world, both Jew and Gentile, who refuse to worship him or his image – “…and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” – (Rev.13:15).

 

   See the last word in (Est.3:13) “prey”; this shows us what a beast Haman was as he was about to make millions of Jews his “prey” like a wild beast exactly as the Antichrist-Beast will do – (Dan.7). No wonder God describes the character of the Beast like a leopard, lion and a bear – (Rev.13:2). Antichrist will be a human two-legged Beast and a million times worse than any four-legged beast. He will be a man-killing Beast of the worst kind, worse than the world has ever seen. Are you watching the ‘Pur’ of the 2008 elections with your Bible in your hands? The ‘casting of the bal-lot’ is crucial in 2008.

 

   It is written in (Prov.16:33) – “The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.” We should write this verse over the book of Esther. In his pride, Prime Minister Haman cast lots to destroy the Jews, but God intervened and delivered the Jews in His mercy. Many thousands of Jews were killed when Babylon destroyed Israel and carried the rest away captive. But now, well over 70 years later, God says enough is enough and God spared them – the disposing of the Persian Pur (Lot) was of the Lord- amen. In Hitler’s day, it involved the rejecting of His beloved Son and yet again millions of Jews escaped in His mercy.

 

   I’m not worried in the least about the 2008 election in the U.S. If God would send a wicked Haman to rule over U.S., it’s His will. But I’m certainly watching and warning others – God takes care of the bal-lot amen. “The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will” – (Dan.4:25).

 

   When the Promised Land was divided by lot among the twelve tribes of Israel during the days of Joshua, the sovereignty of God overruled the way the land was divided. God controlled the division by lot – the disposing of the lot was by the Lord.

 

   When God destroyed the wicked homosexuals of Sodom, ‘Lot’ was chosen by God to escape the fiery wrath of God. Righteous Lot was spared – the disposing of ‘Lot’ was in the Lord’s hands. He was God’s ‘elect’ and so he was saved. Sodom was God’s example of God’s wrath upon any nation what flaunts this abominable sin – (Jude 7). Will you cast your bal-lot for a pro-sodomite president?

 

   God orders and directs those things which to us are only chance. Nothing comes to pass by chance, nor an event determined by blind fortune, but everything by the will and counsel of God. God gives a perfect lot, not man. In this next crucial election, I’m satisfied that God’s hand His infinite wisdom will dispose of it perfectly.

 

   When Jonah was trying to run away from the Lord and he took a ship and the Lord sent a great storm, and the captain wanted to know who caused this evil to befall them, they said – “Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah” – (1:7). The lot was cast, but the whole disposing thereof was of the Lord. Jonah was God’s prophet to preach repentance to Nineveh, lest they also perish like Sodom.

 

   On the Day of Atonement, once a year, when the sins of Israel were atoned for, they were to take two goats – “And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness” – (Lev.16:8-10).

 

   Jesus Christ was God’s perfect atonement for sin. God gave us a perfect lot. God gave us a way of escape like the escapegoat if we get saved by Christ. We receive eternal life instead of eternal death. And they cast lots for Christ’s garment by the soldiers beneath the cross – “They parted my garments among them, and for my vesture did they cast lots” – (Jn.19:24). God gave us a perfect lot according to His will. He gave us His dear Son, a perfect, supreme, sinless sacrifice for sin and gave us a way of escape from hell. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation” – (Heb.2:3).

 

   The angels told Lotescape for thy life”, and we have the same way of escape today from a fiery hell. And Sodom-USA is in the very same predicament that Sodom was in just before the fire fell. We are flaunting our sodomy before the face of a holy, righteous God. We have a man running for president named Obama who is all for the abomination of sodomy and is preaching in churches to accept this abominable sin. Will you vote for an ‘obamanation’? Are you watching closely as we cast lots on Nov.4 for the president of the U.S.? Will God give us a wicked president because of our wickedness? If He does, the disposing of the lot is of the Lord – we get who we deserve. If we cast lots for a wicked man we will be in ‘lots’ of trouble.

 

   Good Friday, which symbolizes the day Christ died on the cross is on March 21st this year and Easter is on March 23rd, and March 20th is the Feast of Purim, the day before Good Friday. God is plainly showing us the ‘casting of the lots’ on Purim and the ‘casting of lots’ at the cross of Christ. Receive Christ as Savior so you can escape like ‘Lot’ in the rapture that is coming soon. Cast your lot with the Lord Jesus Christ and not with Antichrist as one of God’s elect. Cast your lot for God’s elected one. “Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth…” – (Is.42:1). Again, “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious…” – (I Pet.2:6).

 

   Jesus Christ is God’s elect – a divine election. And we who are saved are elected by God through Christ – “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…” – (I Pet.1:2). God has cast His lot upon His Son as His elect. Antichrist is Satan’s elect even as Christ is God’s elect but Antichrist is elected by the people of the U.S., chosen by ‘casting the bal-lot’ by popular election; whereas Christ’s election is by Divine election chosen by God the Father. Antichrist is elected by Satan to rule the world for a few measly years, but Christ will defeat him at Armageddon and rule over planet earth forever and ever – (Rev.11:15). The elections of this world are nothing, but God’s elections are everything. The saints are elected to rule the world with Christ.

 

   Are you saved and born again? Have you repented of your sins and believed on Christ in your heart by faith and received forgiveness of sins and a new heart and a new Spirit? “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). O do not spurn the love and mercy and grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross, for there is no other way of escape from hell. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). Cast your lot for Christ to be your Savior and your coming King.

 

The King is coming soon.

Praise God He’s coming for me.