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The Bride as Seen in Esther

               T   he Bible is full of images of brides. These images were given to provide understanding
                   of the ultimate bride, which is the Bride of Christ.  In the book of Esther we read of a

               bride that was prepared for a king. Even so, the Bride of Christ is being prepared for her

                     The events of the book of Esther take place within the empire of the Medes and the
               Persians during the time of Israel’s and Judah’s exile. King Ahasuerus was a Mede. He was

               also known by the Greek name Xerxes. He reigned from 486 to 465 B.C..

                      In the third year of his reign he gave a banquet and “displayed the riches of his royal
               glory and the splendor of his great majesty for many days...”” (Esther 1:4). On the seventh

               day of his great banquet he commanded his eunuchs “to bring Queen Vashti before the king
               with her royal crown in order to display her beauty to the people and the princes, for she

               was beautiful” (Esther 1:11).
                     The timing is important to note here. It was on the seventh day of the great banquet

               that the queen was commanded to come forth. We are told in scripture, “But do not let this

               one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and
               a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8). The world since Adam has experienced 6,000

               years; 4,000 before Christ, and 2,000 since His birth. This equates to 6 days. We are just
               entering into the 7th millennium, or the 7th day.

                     King Ahasuerus, in this illustration, is a type of Yahshua the Messiah, the King of
               Kings. On the 7th day Yahshua will summon His Queen to come before Him, but because

               she does not revere Him as Lord, she will refuse to answer His summons, presented by His

               eunuchs (which equate to God's ministers or to the seven spirits of God).

                       Esther 1:12-13, 15
                       But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command delivered by the eunuchs.

                       Then the king became very angry and his wrath burned within him. Then the king
                       said to the wise men who understood the times... "According to law, what is to be

                       done with Queen Vashti, because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus

                       delivered by the eunuchs?"
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