So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, (December or January) in the seventh year of his reign. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king. And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king’s gate.
Does this sound anything like the time that the church is presented by the Holy Spirit to the Bridegroom? What rigors and protocol did Esther have to go through before she was presented to the king? Was it not purification according to the customs of the Medes and Persians? Does not the church first have to purified by the blood of Christ before it can be acceptable to the Lord?
Is not the believer (the church) to receive a crown of righteousness when she is rewarded for her faithfulness? Are not martyred one’s to receive a crown of joy for their suffering. What about soul winners, do they not receive a crown?
Is there not going to be a time of celebration when the church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air to forever be with the Lord? Isn’t there going to be a feast and is it not called the marriage supper of the Lamb?
While this may or may not be a foreshadowing of the events that will take place when the church is called home, there are many comparisons to be made. They might have had a celebration back then, but it was nothing compared to the celebration when I get home to be with the Lord. Let us rejoice now for the good times are closer than when we first started on this journey through life. Brother and sister, it gets more exciting every day if we will just think about it. Amen and amen.