Read Esther –The entire book
For our emphasis
Esther 2:7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17
7. And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
9. Now the young woman pleased him, (King Ahasuerus) and she obtained favor in his sight, so he readily gave preparations to her, …..
10. Esther had not revealed her people or her family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.
12. Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months of preparation, according to regulations of women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women,
13. Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king…….
17. The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Esther 4: 14, 16
14. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether or not you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
16…….And "so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"
Read Matthew 25- the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
Most of us have been taught the story of the wise and foolish virgins. Basically the wise virgins were the one who had prepared for the bridegroom to come and when He came they were ushered into His presence. But the foolish missed their opportunity, and when He came because they had not prepared they were locked out.
The story if Esther and the bridegroom represent many things to us who are in preparation for our kingdom assignment. Esther represents an intercessor and a godly woman that we all can look up to. She had a heart for God and a love for her people so much so that she basically says "I know what I am about do is against the law, but I most save my people, so If I die, let me die"! She was prepared to face death so that others may live. Esther is a very power story, rich with revelation and mysteries about the kingdom of God. Everyone must read the book of Esther with the ears of discernment by the Holy Spirit. This is not just another story about a beautiful woman. It is not just a story that reads like a romance novel, to make us tear up with love and warm feelings. This is the story of a young woman's preparation for the kingdom. It also describes the preparation that takes place prior to walking in your kingdom assignment. Not a man, your kingdom assignment. You may say I didn’t get that from this story but just hear me out and I will explain.
First I want to propose to you that Esther's preparation began long before she was ever being prepared to be a queen. It did not start where the rest of the virgins started with myrrh and oil. Esther's preparation started with a tragedy and then a divine connection. Esther 2:7 reports that after Esther's parent's died she was raised by her cousin Mordecai. We don’t know how or when Esther parents died, but we know they did die. She was not supposed to be a queen because she was an orphan. Esther should have just been grateful to have been adopted and have someone to love her like her cousin. She was like Gideon, the least called to be the greatest.
Remember you can't walk into your kingdom assignment without preparation. God does nothing unless He prepares you. Esther was the wrong nationality, and orphaned. She certainly did not qualify to be a queen. But her heart was right. Remember Queen Vashti was very beautiful, (Esther chapter 1) but her heart was not right and she was prideful. So it had to be more than Esther's beauty that gave her favor with the king. Remember when you are king or in a power position beautiful women are a dime a dozen. It was Esther's spirit of humility, her heart, her integrity, her grace and her quiet spirit that really made her beautiful. Her true attributes are what gave her favor with those around her including the king.
Remember Joseph in the bible. Often times a separation must take place. It is in the separation place where we become connected to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in an unprecedented way. It is here where we hear His voice clearly and then are put into a position of greatest. We must be alone so we can be clear minded and be away from distractions. Often times God's is calling you, He is speaking to you, but we are to busy trying to bring everyone around us into the Glory, but God is speaking to you. He will speak to them when He is ready, but His finger is pointing at you saying "Come on in, there is much I must tell you" You, not you all.
The first principle of the kingdom is that a separation must take place from those that are closest to you. God will always call you into an alone place sometimes referred to as a wilderness place.
Luke 18:29, 30 (NKJV)
29. So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you; there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God.
30 "who shall not receive many things more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life."
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
33. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
You see in order to be apart of the true kingdom of God you first must seek after it, not the things. So often we associate the kingdom of God to prosperity or wealth. That is not the kingdom of God they are attributes or the physical manifestation of the blessing but it is not within itself the blessing. Unfortunately in the church today we got it all wrong, we will shout more over the things God is getting ready to bless us with rather than Him. Yes God longs to bless us and yes we will be blessed. But we will never get it when we seek after what is in His hand instead of His heart. God is looking for true worshippers to bless.
You can't seek after the kingdom without a heart for King. You can't really have a heart for the King if He is not in you. You can't truly walk into His kingdom absent from a true relationship with Him. You can't really have a true relationship with the King unless you walk in holiness. Hebrews 12:14 without holiness no man can see God. Meaning you don't have access to the King, His kingdom, His heart, the things He longs to bless you with unless you first walk in Holiness.
It was Esther's heart that was right that gave her access. Esther still had to go through a process for a year. She was first processed with oil. In the spirit oil is representative of the anointing. Then she was processed with perfumes, which is representative of the glory. So even today we must be anointed with oil, but we must be possessors of the glory.
Now we know that the old testament is flesh. The new testament is spirit. So when we read the old testament we must see the spiritual representation of these flesh beings. Queen Vashti is representative of the people of Israel who rejected Christ as our Lord. In Luke 19:44 Jesus was in tears because the people of Jerusalem did not know the hour of visitation. He was rejected by His own people. Isaiah 53:2, Matthew 22:1-14. Mordacai also represents a type of the Holy Spirit who intercedes on our behave. Esther is representative of us the bride of Christ. The story is representative of us the church being the bride of Christ. The church is a woman. The church is being prepared to possess the kingdom and be used mightily for His glory. This is the day when we are being ushered into the hour of the church. Not a building. The remnant, called out body of believer, who have been waiting patiently in preparation to be used for great and mightily exploits for the King.
Haman is representative of the demonic kingdom. Remember in the text Esther 3. Haman was advanced above all in his kingdom. He was only in second command to the king himself. He had great power. He sought to be worshiped (Esther 3:2) but when Mordacai would not worship him he sought to destroy all the Jews. The is representative of the Satan once named Lucifer.
Ezekiel 28: 12, 15 (NKJV)… You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and beauty
15… Till iniquity was found in you
Isaiah 14:13 (NKJV) 13. " For you have said in you heart: 'I will ascend into heaven.
14. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you;
You see Lucifer was very beautiful and He had been established by God Himself. Yet, He wanted to be worshipped. To this day he still wants to be worshiped. Just like Haman wanted to be worshipped. The reason why the devil hates God's people so much is because we refuse to worship or bow to him. As a matter of fact when he was cast out of heaven he no longer had kingdom authority. God created you in his stead. This is why Matthew 25 reports, we have been given the keys to the kingdom, not only that we have power over the devil. We have power to execute things on earth as it is in heaven. So you see why the devil's jealous and envious of us. He does not want us to know our kingdom assignment. Often times the devil knows our kingdom assignment more so than we do. This is why he is after us so hard. Now he is still trying to destroy God's kingdom and His people but he cannot.
Remember the story of the wise and foolish virgins. If you hadn't already done so go ahead and read it. The foolish virgins are representative of a people who want a position or try to put themselves into position with no process. This is all foolishness. The difference between being great and being good is the process. It is the process that makes you great, it is the lack of process that makes you forgettable. Process is the only way to true wisdom which is representative of the five virgins who prepared. Although all the virgins had a prophetic promise, only the one's who had been prepared made it in.
Yes it is true that you can miss the hour of visitation. The scripture never reports that they had another chance to make it in. They had to be ready when the bridegroom would come or they'd miss it.
I once read a book by Bill Hamon, he reported how he lost a building that he thought God had blessed him with. While in prayer God told him "Son I can give you another building overnight, but I can't give you wisdom overnight" Only process gives you wisdom.
Esther (the church ) was prepared. Haman ( the devil, demonic attempts to demolish God and His people) never even considered Esther.
Esther 4:14 (NKJV) I love this scripture.
Mordecai says: 14: "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and you fathers house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Esther say 15: And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"
I love Esther response. She knew that it was unlawful for anyone to go into the inner court without being called. One could be put to death for such a thing. But Esther says well "If I die, I die. She represents courage and a Godly fight that said I will do something even if it cost my life. She knew what she was up against the possible consequence but she was willing to move forward anyway, despite the threat of death.
Notice Mordecai said "deliverance will come, but from another place." Please understand that your kingdom assignment and how God will use you IS NOT about you. God will use anyone, it is about the kingdom. That is why if you choose not to obey Him he will take the annoiting that off of you and put in on someone else. His will will be done on earth, but not through you. This is why your heart must be right not focusing on the stuff that is in His hand.
John 12:24-25 (NKJV)
24. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
25. "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Another principle of the kingdom is that you must die. Yes that's right you must die. In the order of Christ and His kingdom to be glorified you must die. You die to yourself, your will, way and emotions to be raised to God's glory. Now Esther did not die but she was willing to. Jesus says if they hate me they will hate you if you really belong to me. Many want the kingdom, they want the power to rebuke demons and devils, they want great ministries. But are you willing to give up everything you hold dear? Are you willing to pay the cost? Are you willing to be processed? No there is no such thing as walking into a greater manifestation of the kingdom of God without a process. Within the process there is always a dyeing process, always. Don't look at any great minister and long to be them, because you don't know the cost that they had to go through to get that glory.
I recently asked God why He had me waiting so long, while others move ahead of me. He responded by saying "Because of the weight". I thought uhhh, what does that mean. Well it means because of the weight of Glory God has called me to walk in, God can't give me what I want easily because of the weight of Glory He has called me to. I can't have it when I want to or I will not be able to handle it.
You see this is what the process is for. God does know the dimensions and weight of Glory we have been called to that is why there is a greater process or preparation. The greater the process the greater the Glory. God's preparing us for the real kingdom of God. Let us let Esther this greater kingdom ambassador be our example of what happens when our heart is right, our motives are pure and we have a vision for our King.
For more information on the process please pick up the latest copy of my book entitled: No Promise Without A Process The Makings of A True Prophet.
God Bless You