Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Purim, Spring Equinox, and Easter Blessings!

My, how quickly this year is speeding by, with Easter and spring just around the corner. Here where I live in the Chicago area, there are still no real signs that spring is almost here. Whereas this time last year the crocuses were blooming around my home, no sprouts have even dared to appear above the mulch layer in our flower beds yet.

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 23rd, 2008, which is almost a full month ahead of Passover. In fact, it almost coincides with the Spring Equinox on March 20th, and the Jewish Feast of Purim, a Full-Moon celebration beginning on the evening of Good Friday, March 21st, 2008. This is an extremely rare event, and one worth noting for the tremendous amount of spiritual symbolism that comes into play with the intersection of these two holidays with two notable celestial events.

For one thing, many don’t know that the true story behind the Jewish celebration of Purim holds much prophetic and symbolic significance for Christians. I discuss this prophetic significance in my book “The Language of God in Humanity.” In addition, this book explains how Easter and Passover are related, and also why they are not often celebrated in conjunction with each other, as they ought to be.

As some may know, Easter is determined by finding the first Sunday to occur after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Amazingly, all of these prerequisites are being met this year in the space of only four days! This is a remarkably rare event. It is also remarkable for Purim to be celebrated so close to Easter - a holiday with a name that is highly reminiscent of the name Esther. Esther was the Jewish heroine of the Purim story who became the Queen of Persia. Her story was so remarkable that an entire book in the Old Testament of the Bible is devoted to her trials and triumphs.

Though, on the surface, this similarity in names between Esther and Easter seems to be a coincidence, there is much more to this than first meets the eye. For example, though Easter celebrates Christ’s victory over sin and death, and His resurrection from the dead, and Purim celebrates the triumph of the Jews over religious and political oppression and tyranny, they both deal with freedom from spiritual restraint and fleshly bondage. They both also have clear prophetic messages to share with the Gentile Church about the Great Tribulation, and the First Resurrection.

For those who want to know more about the spiritual meaning behind the symbols of Purim, Easter and Passover, you might want to read my article and excerpts concerning these Holy Days, and their relationship to Christ’s death and resurrection. The article about Passover’s meaning is available in the Free Articles section of my Pillar of Enoch Ministry web site. The two book excerpts from “The Language of God in Humanity” are available in PDF format. One focuses on Purim’s symbolic prophetic significance for the Church, and the other is about the timing of Christ’s death and resurrection in relation to Passover and Easter.

Please note that the Purim excerpt now includes the entire section in the book that covers Purim, whereas only half of that section was available to read free online before today. Here are links to these resources:

Article: A Christian View of Passover, On line version:
http://pillar-of-enoch.com/essays/passover.html

PDF version:

http://pillar-of-enoch.com/essays/PassoverHaggadah.pdf

This next link will take you to the synopsis page for “The Language of God in Humanity:”

http://www.pillar-of-enoch.com/Language_of_God_in_Humanity/

Once you get there, scroll down to the PDF excerpt links that read:

“Prophecies Hidden in the Feasts of Israel - Focus on Purim”

“The Timing of, and Heavenly Signs at Christ’s Death and Resurrection”


For those of you who would like to learn how deeply the Language of God can enrich your understanding of the Bible, the book that these excerpts come from is highly recommended. Autographed copies of “The Language of God in Humanity” are on sale for $8 off the retail price in my Pillar of Enoch Ministry bookstore. Here is the link to order this 630-page, illustrated and indexed resource:

http://www.pillar-of-enoch.com/bookstore/index.html

I hope these resources will richly bless your understanding of Easter, Purim, Passover, the Language of God, and the wonderful, loving Creator God who uses this divine language to communicate to us.

Yours in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman
http://www.pillar-of-enoch.com