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“Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient before me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” (Proverbs 30:7-9) —————————— The grace of God humbles a… Read More

There is a great question as to who is Antichrist, and diverse answer, many things diversely; everyone according to his thoughts; some thinking that the Pope of Rome is Antichrist, some the Bishops, some the Turks ,&c; but give me leave to tell you what I conceive, that to tie the name of Antichrist to a particular man, or to any particular succession of men is to confine him unto too narrow… Read More

“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that… Read More

• King Ahasuerus, also known as Xerxes, reigned from 486 to 465 BC, 21 years. Ahasuerus reigned over 127 provinces (Esther 1:1). Sarah died at the age of 127 (Genesis 23:1). Can we understand this connection? Sarah represents Jerusalem which is above (Galatians 4:26). Which is the mother of us all (Galatians 4:26). Do we understand “us all”? Who would king Ahasuerus represent? Did Ahasuerus reign over all the world of that… Read More

• Remember we are trying to understand a parable, called: “Esther” What are our limitations when we interpret parables in the Bible? Not the actual history, but the words in the Bible should be our guide. The context shall define the spiritual meaning of those words. • The seven wise men knew the times, (Esther 1:13) They knew law and judgment. They always saw the King’s face. And they sat the first… Read More

To begin, we will give an overview of where we are going. Christ is the focus. We need to learn to focus, or else we do not see the forest through the trees. • Let me change the label “Parable” for the label “Allegory”, for that is what God also uses in Galatians 4:24. What is an allegory? It is a historical parable, it is historically true, but it is written in such… Read More

• “The King’s commandment and His decree” is literally, “the King’s word and His law” (Esther 2:8) The King’s Word and His Law were heard; were heard by whom? Who do the maidens represent? Many maidens were gathered together by whom? To the “hand” of Hegai In whose hand are we? Esther was “taken” also. How was she “taken”? (Read Acts 9:1-19) What does the King’s house represent? Who is the keeper… Read More

• And in this way the maiden goes in to the King (Esther 2:13) Literally: “All that she said was given to her to come with her” What does that mean? What do her words imply? What does this mean: From the house of the women to the house of the King? • In the evening she comes and on the morning she returns? (Esther 2:14) To the second house of the… Read More

• The King promoted Haman (Esther 3:1) Haman = “Magnificent” (of Persian origin) Hammedatha = “Double” (of Persian origin) The Agagite = Belonging to Agag. Who was Agag? Compare Revelation 12:3 with Revelation 13:1. The spirit and the body. Lucifer = Light Bearer, or Shining One Find a reference for Lucifer as the Shining One (You will find the answer in Isaiah) In principle, when was Lucifer promoted? Above whom was Haman… Read More

• And Mordecai knew all that was done (Esther 4:1) And “Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth and ashes”;  – consider….”in the likeness of sinful flesh” “And went out into the midst of the city, cried with a loudand bitter cry” When did Christ know all that would be done? When did Christ go into the midst of the city? • And he came as far as before the King’s gate (Esther… Read More

“Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the King’s house, over against the king’s house…” (Esther 5:1) • The third day refers to Esther 4:16 where she requested those three days (Esther 5:1). Esther stood still in the inner court of the palace, over against the king’s house. What did she wait for? And why? What did she come… Read More

​The Meaning of “Half the Kingdom” “Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee to the half of the kingdom.” (Esther 5:3) ”And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.” (Esther 5:6)… Read More

• What does the Book of Records of the Chronicles represent? (Esther 6:1) The Word of God. Does God also control the chapter and the day of our life? (Isaiah 42:16-17) Yes, He does mightily. • Teresh = “strictness” (Esther 6:2) Bigthana = “in their wine-press” They were the keepers of the door. Which door was that? What does the “winepress” point to? (Isaiah 63:3, Revelation 14:19) What does the “strictness” point… Read More

The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent​ • Is this a banquet of only three people? No! We should recognize many people here, for here we have a battle between the Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent (Genesis 3:15). • Were there in history also two banquets of wine? (Esther 7:1) Yes; the Passover in 1447 BC and the Lord’s Supper (Eating of the… Read More

Christ Is Exalted​ • “On that day”? What day was that? (Esther 8:1) It was the day when Esther received authority over the house of Haman. When did the saints receive authority to rob the house of Satan? It began on Pentecost in AD 33. It was then that they received authority to become fishers of men (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8). Actually the Lord Jesus commissioned His disciples three times: The first time… Read More

• Is the “last month” really a glorious month for everyone? (Esther 8:12) No, for the king granted that even civil war may be fought for the protection of the Jews. Clearly, this was created by divine intervention. Why were copies of the writing distributed to every province? (Esther 8:13) This was a picture of the distribution of the Word of God throughout the New Testament time period. Should they not all… Read More

• What is the meaning of the “twelfth month”? (Esther 9:1) It is the last month in the last year, for Haman planned this to be the last year for the Jews. This is the glorious month for those who are spiritual “Jews”, for they will see the New Heaven and New Earth. The 13th day occurs 6 times, in Esther 3:12-13, Esther 8:12, Esther 9:1, Esther 9:17-18; very unusual in the… Read More

​Victory Over Antichrist and Satan​​ ​ • Why does Esther make the request for the 14th day? (Esther 9:13). There are still unsaved people in the congregation who have not been judged on the 13th day. Shushan the Palace represents the tares within the congregation of the saints. Remember, the “show church” or the  “show assembly” are the group of people who have been mingling with the saints, but were never saved (consider… Read More

The Christmas festival is the most ungodly custom and tradition of man that has corrupted the professing “church” in the history of the world. It is the mass of Christ. It comes from an old English word ‘Christes Maesse’. When Constantine incorporated the Eastern and Western Empire into one universal (catholic) “church” he invited all religions and pagan practices into the “church”. All the Saturnalia (city of Saturn worship) was incorporated into… Read More

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:11) —————————— How does the blessed God commend His love? How does He recommend and set it forth for such poor, hell-deserving sinners as we, and as the whole human race are?  The apostle Paul answers in this chapter: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we… Read More

In Middle English pertriche “partridge”, was derived from Perdix, one of Athene’s sacred kings, thrown in the seas from a tower, and carried to heaven in the form of a bird by his goddess. He was the ‘partridge’, she the ‘pear tree’. Athena was worshipped in Boeotia as Once, the Pear Tree, mother of all pear trees. Perdix, whose name originally meant, “The Lost One”, was a form of Vishnu-Narayana, called Lord… Read More

In the winter time, especially around the Winter solstice (Dec 21), the majority of the world celebrates Christmas. There are 3 views of Christmas. According to the world it is a time to be cheerful, buy gifts for their children and others, send postcards to friends and family, buy a tree and place it in their home, etc… According to the churches, Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus… Read More

“But thou, O man of God … follow after … meekness” (1st Timothy 6:11). —————————— The last grace the apostle desires this “man of God” to follow after is “meekness.” And O, what a blessed grace is this! What an exhortation do we find the Holy Ghost giving by the Apostle Peter to the women that profess godliness! “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold” (such as gold… Read More

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Talking about the Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 5:31 says: Acts 5:31 “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel,… Read More

If the bliss even of angels and glorified souls, consists greatly in seeing, and praising, the Son of God; surely, to love, to trust, and to celebrate the friend of sinners, must be a principal ingredient in the happiness of saints not yet made perfect. Solomon, whose experience of grace was lively and triumphant when he wrote the Song of Songs, declares in the fifth chapter, that Christ “is altogether lovely” (Song… Read More

A Sermon by William Tiptaft (1803-1864). ——————————— “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”(1st Corinthians 6:11) —————————— My brethren, these words have been encouraging to the most profligate. If the blood-thirsty Manasseh, Mary Magdalene, and the persecuting Saul were made fit for heaven, who can tell where… Read More

Many have different views and beliefs about the Sabbath and different convictions about it. Some say that we are to keep the Sabbath on the 7th day. Some say that it is the mark of the beast if we don’t keep the sabbath on the 7th day. Some say that the Sabbath is on the 1st day of the week, while others don’t like worshipping on the 1st day of the week, because they say that… Read More

In 1st Corinthians chapter 10 God gave us these examples to warn us that we should not fall into the same sins of rebellion against those whom God has appointed to be our rulers. We read in 1 Corinthians 10:10-11. 1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they… Read More

“Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.” (Isaiah 32:15) —————————— In the 32nd chapter of Isaiah God is speaking of the coming Saviour in His time. “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment,” verse 1. “And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind,… Read More

This salvation of which I speak is a complete salvation from that enemy who has conquered the whole world and every human being. This is a complete salvation from that monster sin, so that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Hence the Lord Jesus Christ is said to have finished transgression, made an end of sin, and redeemed His people from all iniquity. This salvation is not only a salvation… Read More

Separation from the world, and everything worldly, and that not in a monkish, austere, pharisaic spirit, but from the constraining influence of that love to the LORD which draws up the heart and affections unto Him away from earthly things, is a gracious, we might almost say an indispensable means of maintaining the life of God in the believer’s breast. Nothing more deadens the soul to every gracious and heavenly feeling than… Read More