Esther (Ester) Chapter 3

Ester 3:1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him.

Haman’s name means ‘splendid’, however it sounds like a Hebrew word for “commotion” or “disturbance”. He symbolizes the anti-messiah, the personification of evil. He appears to be splendid but in reality he is the cause of chaos. Ha Satan will possess the anti-messiah.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

The Agagite - G-d instructed King Saul to annihilate the Amalekites Saul disobeyed HaShem and kept King Agag alive. Because of Saul’s disobedience the children of Israel battled the Agagites, descendants of Agag, for generations. In Ester, we see Haman, an Agagite, pitted against Mordecai.

When HaShem asks us to do something it is usually for a good reason and because He cares for us. If we disobey there are usually consequences.

The Third letter is Gimel - lovingkindness;culmination, as in planting a seed and caring for it until it matures.

1 Samuel 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

We have two opposing factors: Mordecai(Yeshua) and Haman (Satan) along comes a third named Ester (bride).

In Gimel you usually have two opposing factors is strengthened by the attributes of a third.

The hidden understanding in this case you could say we have (Satan or accuser of OUR SIN) and (Yeshua who gives us Loving kindness or MERCY) that form to bring about for our benefit eternal spiritual redemption from our sins for all the body (bride) and only those who believe/trust in Yeshua.

After these things, that is after Ester was made queen. Remember that Ester represents the bride of Yeshua. In the future there will be a wedding in heaven and the body of believers in Yeshua will be joined to Him. After these things take place, the anti-messiah will come on the world scene. In Ester, Haman symbolizes him. Haman came to power quickly just as the anti-messiah will do.

The anti-messiah will be over the other world leaders just as Haman was over the other leaders in the Media-Persian Empire. The anti-messiah is referred to as “the little horn” in the book of Daniel. Dan 7:7-8 and Dan 8:8-12.

See our study on Daniel chapters 7 and 8 for more information.

Ester 3:2 And all the king's servants who were within the king's gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.

All bowed before Haman, just as all will be forced to bow before the anti-messiah.

Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

See our study on Revelation chapters 13 and 14 for more information.

Remember Mordecai symbolizes Yeshua. Mordecai would not bow before Haman. Yeshua would not bow before Ha Satan, who will possess and control the anti-messiah.

Matt 4:8-11 Again, the devil (Ha Satan) took Him (Yeshua) up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." Then Yeshua said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You will worship the L-RD your G-d, and Him only you will serve.' " Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Mordecai and Yeshua were obeying the instruction of HaShem.

Exodus 20:4-6 You will not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you will not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the L-RD your G-d, am a jealous G-d, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Ester 3:3-4 Then the king's servants who were within the king's gate said to Mordecai, "Why do you transgress the king's command?" Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai's words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew.

Mordecai opposes Haman. Yeshua, who Mordecai symbolizes opposes the anti-messiah. (Satan)

Ester 3:5 When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath.

Haman seems to have an ax to grind with the children of Israel because of the history between the Agagites and the Israelites.

When those who accept or trust in Yeshua as their Mashiach during the tribulation period refuse to bow before the anti-messiah or take his mark they will be put to death.

Ester 3:6 But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus--the people of Mordecai.

Destroy all the Jews - For Haman this is revenge for the Israelites attempting to annihilate the Amalekites, and was not just anger at one man.

The anti-messiah will as attempt annihilate the Jewish people during the tribulation period. Hamah and Hitler, will pale in comparison to the anti-messiah and his evil schemes.

Matt 24:15-17 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

This call to worship the anti-messiah will come at the mid-point of the 7-years tribulation period, or 3 ˝ years after the signing of the peace treaty with Israel.

Dan 9:27 Then he will confirm a covenant with many for one week (7 years); But in the middle of the week he will bring an end to sacrifice and offering. and on the wing of abominations will be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate."

See our study on Daniel chapter 9 for more information.

If Haman had succeeded in his attempt to annihilate the Jewish people, it would have destroyed G-d’s plan of eternal and spiritual redemption for all mankind.