Dr. Roy E. Richmond | Oklahoma city, Oklahoma | USA
The Book of Esther
A Marvelous Picture of the work of the ministry to those who are responding to the Voice of the Spirit, and fully engaged in Awakening to Righteousness.
The Book of Esther – Most Holy Place Version
Version 2012 – To be updated as our eyes mature ….
Esther, a Jewess from the tribe of Benjamin, was a descendant of the captives that were carried to Babylon with Jeconiah, 599 or 597 B.C.; born abroad, of a family, which chose to remain instead of returning to Jerusalem. Kish, the ancestor of Mordecai (Esther 2:5-7, 15), had been carried away with Jeconiah; thus Mordecai was contemporary with Xerxes, which harmonizes with the view that AHASUERUS was Xerxes. Esther was the daughter of Abihail who lived at Shushan, the Persian royal city. Mordecai was an elder cousin of Esther’s, upon the death of her parents, Esther became his own adopted ward. Mordecai probably held some office in “the palace” (Est. 2:5, 21-23). Esther’s original name Hadassah means “myrtle.” Her Persian name, Esther, means, “star”; implying like Venus, good fortune. Vashti the queen was divorced from Ahasuerus for refusing to show the people and the princes her beauty. She pictures people who refuse to shewforth his or her glory – she wants to have her own party – stay in the lower realms spiritually speaking, and not willing to come up higher. The Bible teach about people who have tasted of the Most Holy Place realm understanding, and then returns back to the other two realms. It states that it is impossible to renew that person to repentance. In other words, they will not change their mind and continue in their growing process. (Hebrews 4:6)
They chose Esther out of the fairest virgins of all the provinces as her successor. Ahasuerus (a picture of Jesus seated in His throne (us)), unaware of her race and of Haman’s plan to eliminate the Jews, promoted Haman his favorite to a position, far above all the princes. Haman, who was offended with Mordecai for not doing him reverence, plotted to destroy the whole people to which Mordecai belonged. Esther, at the risk of her own life, uninvited entered the king's presence, and obtained a virtual reversal of the decree against the Jews. Haman was hung on the gallows designed by him for Mordecai (Ps 7:16).
Esther is a beautiful O. T. picture of the Bride of Christ today, who at the risk of her reputation will declare and explain the truth of the Gospel, to set Father’s people free from the tyranny of the false teachings that have bound them and held them back from living the life that Jesus restored for all.
Genesis 1:16 “he made the stars also” = shows the power of the light that is to radiate from man.
Stars, bodies of light, parallel meaning of moon and stars in the Bible. We can read in Scripture where the Sun, Moon, and Stars fell. The Bible is not actually talking about the physical sun, moon, and stars, but it is talking about rulers who were in control of the people on planet earth at that time.
A physical star is a body that has been placed in the heavens and given light, for the purpose, of making people look up. We need to cause others to look up to a raised and seated position of being inChristed by seeing Jesus’ redemptive work and their union with Father God. A star is someone who Father God raises up and gives enlightenment to, to make people look up and away from the lower (false) realm of this world system.
Colossians 3:1 Forasmuch as you have roused from death in/as Jesus therefore revivify in resemblance as anointed with Life, seek, enquire, require, desire, search after, and ascertain by inquiry of spirit (above realm), where the Christ Life remains in a position of rest drawing from your Life source. 2 Exercise your mind intensively, to interest oneself, with your only concern on rising higher in the spirit (above realm), and express an absolute denial on gaining rest from the lower realm (carnal). 3 Because all in the first man Adam no longer live as non-existent, even so your life source within is from and of God. 4 When Zoe (God Life) our life, renders very apparent to you, then shall ye also appear as Son of God, in all of Father’s glory. RMHPV
When Paul used the phrase, “ye are dead” in verse three, he was writing of the fact that Jesus raised us up from the below realm to the above realm. The phrase “ye are dead” implies “a departure, reversal, cessation from or away.” It is the Greek NT word #575 apo (apo'); a primary particle; “off,” i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative): KJV - In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.
Not only have we been translated from the realm of darkness (no illumination, understanding or intimacy with Father God who is light, but are more than “in” a place where there is light, we have become light again. We are the light (inChristed) of the world now, while Father God – Jesus Christ – Holy Spirit is the Light of the whole universe, including us as the many-membered abode of God.
John 1:1 In Jesus, existed the Life of God, the living Word; He was the Divine Expression of Father God slowed down to visibility (Christ). Furthermore, Jesus was as Father God - spirit in a supernatural body – One.
1:2 He was Chief, Principle, and First in Father God.
1:3 The whole of creation was ordained to be raised up, from a state of non-existence, to become aware of their oneness with / in / of Him. Without Him, man was not able to rise up / wake up from a life of non-existence, to live abundant – God life – Christ life – One body – One Spirit – One Mind.
1:4 In Himself the life of God and the life of God was the Light, Glory, and Life of ALL.
1:5 And the Light - Glory - Life of God was in man. However, they did not themselves, appear as Light or make manifest the Light, thus the Life lived in obscurity, shadiness and hidden because men did not apprehend, comprehend, perceive, take eagerly, take possession of, and get hold of the Life themselves. Man lived the absolute opposite of the Life – as mere humans – man hewn down. They did not live out of/as spirit, but AS children, not Fathers.
1:6 Ordained prepared and sent of God, a man set apart to send on a mission, whose name – authority – character is known as John, meaning favored of God and God is generous.
1:7 John was supplied by Father (God) at a particular place, time, and purpose; to witness, give evidence to, report and give testimony of the purpose of Jesus’ appearing and to point to Him who apprehended, possessed and lived out of the Life – Glory – Light. That the whole (ALL - past, present and future) because of Jesus’ work of Redemption might have faith in His redemptive work, and to entrust one’s whole well-being to the Life of God within them.
1:8 John himself not the Messiah, but bore witness of Jesus, who was the only man at that time, who shined, appeared, showed forth, made manifest, and illumined the Life – Glory – Light from every part of His being.
1:9 During that period of time, Jesus was the only man who did not conceal, hide, be ignorant of, nor live unawares, and in confusion of, concerning His Life – Glory – Light (True Supply). He revealed and supplied The Life to all humanity, as their kindred, to all in His appearing, during His earth walk, and after His/Father returning as/in ALL Mankind.
1:10 He, the Life – Glory – Light was in man, and man was gendered, ordained and made one by Himself, and man was not aware, had no knowledge, understood or could be sure of that fact. They lived a life of non-existence, not knowing who they were, nor who their Father was. Therefore, they lived AS (but not) unworthy, and without.
1:11 He accompanied, appeared to those who had His Life – Glory – Light, who lived as separate, and alone, and apart from, with no conscience awareness of His or their Life – Glory – Light, and they did not see themselves as One with Him or Father God.
1:12 Moreover, reduplication of His Life – Glory - Light as Christ the Body was and is offered to take for/as oneself, to them who will allow their conscience awareness to wake up to righteousness. Knowing, understanding and being able to speak of, will release the power and ability to live the Christ Life. One will live, move and have his or her being out of his or her inChristed Spirit, Soul and Body – One, as Father in a body. The Christ Life – Glory – Light will be their Clothing. Man will then walk in total control of their earthen vessel, and the planet – as magistrate, with a delegated influence, authority, jurisdiction, with liberty, power, right, and strength – in perfect freedom. Nonetheless, will function in all humility and as a servant to all mankind as Sons of God; having faith in Jesus’ Redemptive work (Operation of God), and upon and entrusting one’s well-being to the Christ Life – Glory – Light within him or her, will live out of the true nature and character, and authority of Father God, as exemplified in Jesus’ earth walk as a man… RMHPV
1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing was true in Jesus and now in you: because humanity with no understanding and their light veiled, is past, and man who is true light now shineth. RMHPV
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. KJV
Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. KJV
He wants us to shine with the light of God that we are, to be enlightened with revelation knowledge about Jesus, so that people will look up and see the Master, instead of the problems and circumstances of life. Luke 21 says, “Look up for redemption draweth nigh.” God has called us to be Esther’s..
Characteristics of Stars Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. KJV – Notice you have to look up if you want to glean light from the stars.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. KJV
He calls them all by name. We do not think about individual stars; but about the greatness of the One Who created them. We should not put our interest in the star so much, but the Source of the light in the star. Are we causing people to look up?
I think so much about what the Church has worshiped that they should not. She has worshiped what they think to be winged creatures, when they should not. The word “angel” means messenger. If one would do a study of the name Michael and Gabriel, he or she would find out that they were men – men sent of Father to be messengers. They did not have wings and fly, as many think they did. In most cases the word “fly” in biblical scripture pictured a spiritual truth concerning rising up in the upper realm of the spirit.
Esther seemed like nobody in men’s estimation (just a Jew), but she was beautiful. We need to understand the beauty of everyone because Jesus’ work has made everyone righteous – we are not mere men – we are spirit - light.
Esther was purified, and cleansed by the Spirit of God and by the Word of God. She was made capable of coming into the presence of the king. One day she had to make a decision to go into the Holy of Holies, in type, if she perished, she perished. She became one who went into the presence of the King and saved the whole nation. There are a people on the scene today, on planet earth who have made the same decision, however it was not a decision made on their own – Father anointed them to rise up and go in. I, like the Apostle Paul, say about myself - When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in Father's way. I was the least qualified of any of the available believers. Father saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. Therefore, here I am, preaching, explaining, and writing about things that are over carnal intellect, the inexhaustible riches of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us start our study by looking at Esther 2:3.
And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them: KJV
We find in Esther 2:9 she had to be purified for twelve months before she could come into the presence of the King.
She was purified for six months with oil of myrrh. MYRRH - Hebrew mowr from maarar meaning "to drop," and lowt. An ingredient of the holy anointing oil (Ex 30:23), typical of Messiah's graces (Ps 45:8) as well as the church's through Him (Song of Solomon). In Song of Solomon, 1:13 translated "a scent box of myrrh." Myrrh (Heb. mor, "distilling"; Arab. murr; Grk. smyrna, "myrrha"). It is the well-known gum resin extracted from the Arabian Balsamodendron Myrrha, Nees. It was used as a perfume, for embalming, and as an ingredient of the holy anointing oil. It was one of the gifts of the magi. The "wine mingled with myrrh," offered to but rejected by Jesus on the cross, was embittered by it. As it stupefies the senses, He would not have that which alleviates the total separation from His Father, horrors, but would meet it in full consciousness. It was one of the three offerings of the wise men (Matt 2:11). Nicodemus brought it to embalm His sacred body (John 19:39).
MYRRH (A fragrant gum)
1. A product of the land of Canaan
2. One of the compounds in the sacred anointing oil
3. Used as a perfume
4. Brought by the wise men (Magi) as a present to Jesus Offered to Jesus on the cross
5. Used for embalming
Psalms 45:7 Thou (Jesus) lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. KJV
She was well bathed (baptized) in the death of Jesus as her and for her.
Six months with sweet odours - She was so immersed in the revelation of Jesus Christ that her whole body gave the odor of myrrh, aloes and all the spices of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. She was so baptized into Him that she became one with or as Him in the earth. So much so that you could not tell the difference; just like the horsemen in Joel’s army. You cannot tell the difference in the horsemen and the horse - Joel 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. KJV
Esther’s purification was for twelve months. The number 12 is 2 x’s 6. The number six represents the weakness of man – humanity. Jesus became human by swallowing up all weakness, in the resurrection a New Creation Perfect Man was brought forth.
Fallen Man + Jesus the perfect Man = New Creation Man
The two became one, they did not become any part of the first – Jesus is and was pure light and pure light devours, destroys and brings to not, all darkness. What God joined together, no religion or anything can separate. Nothing can separate anyone from what Father God did in the person of His Son. He removed the old, worn out humankind, and brought forth a brand new man – full of His life.
Esther was given seven maidens to serve her (Seven is the biblical number for perfection and maturity).
We first-fruit stars are the officers who are being sent to gather all the virgins (They belong to the King.) and give them their things (CDBQRS) that purified them already.
Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! – A star has its head in the heavens. If you are going to be an Esther, you are going to have to think higher than just carnal ways. We must get in tune to our renewing mind (spirit-mind of Christ) which will focus our minds to heavenly things (understanding and a way of life).
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
A star cannot lead people upward, if they are living out of the below realm, which is a false realm. The below realm really does not exist in the realm of spirit. It is a mistaken identity realm, and with Father God, it does not exist. Poverty in any realm of life, is illegal, and is non-existent. Many beholds it as a power, thus what they believe becomes a power.
Psalms 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. - All stars praise Him. People will not look upward if we are complaining and acting like they are. We are destined to be stars. A star is to praise. A star is to think on a higher level; they do not act ugly toward others.
Let us glean something from the book of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah 4:21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared. 22 Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day. 23 So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard that followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing. KJV
The principle is that they labored in the work until the stars appeared. The darkness came and the stars appeared in the darkness, and they rested. When stars begin to appear, there will be some supernatural rest in the midst of darkness. There is a lot of darkness in Christians’ lives and those who do not go by the title Christian, and it is not because they have not been working. If Father could cause us to see ourselves lifted up and set in the heavens for the purpose of bringing light so people would look up, we would then be the source of people resting in the midst of their dark times. Father not only wants us to show people the Word, but He wants us to show people His light that is in us and in them. Can people see the Christ light and life in us enough to know that if we can go through things, they can go through things too?
In the story of Matthew 2:1-10 what caused the wise men to go where Jesus was? Wise men will follow a star. Where is the star located? It is in the east, as the rising up of the sun. Herod did not follow the star, for the reason that he was not a wise man. Stars will lead people to the revelation of Jesus’ redemptive work and help them come to an intimate relationship with Father God – Jesus – Father’s Holy Spirit. Wise men still seek Him, but there are few, and far between ample stars to show the way. Father’s Holy Spirit gives us the picture, in the book of Esther, maturing a person from being a newborn Hadasseh, a newborn Christian, to becoming an Esther, which is a star that will show the way.
Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. KJV
Daniel 12:3 RMHPV – They that are intelligent in the Logos, with much understanding, and guide wittingly, are expert in instruction with wisdom, and are intelligent and skillful, shall enlighten and teach by caution, of the brilliancy of the spirit realm life; they turn everyone back to their state of righteous princes forever - world without end.
The world has a counterfeit for everything that God wants to do. The world has rock stars, movie stars, country music stars, and athletic stars and they pay them well. All of these individuals, who have become idols in different circles to young people and old people alike, are just a counterfeit for those stars in the kingdom of God, who are destined, designed, and planted in the heavens to draw people to the knowledge of what Father has done in Jesus’ redemptive work, and then to learn who they are and the Life they have because of that perfect masterpiece. Esther was a star, and the whole book of Esther talks about how she became a star and brought salvation to her whole nation.
One of the greatest things that we can relate to is that for the past sixteen years as of 2012, the Lord has obviously tried to bring us into a consciousness of being one with Him in the heavenly, or better said, in our spirit. Now we are learning why, from the book of Esther. God is not just wanting us to rise up and sit together with Him for the purpose of making it easier on us (and it will); but He wants us to rise up to a higher place as inChristed Sons of God so that the light from us will make people look up, for their redemption draweth nigh. Much of the church world is caught up in looking for supernatural manifestations in some area or another, which will run out because it is a temporal manifestation of healings and miracles; the excitement and joy will run out, because that is not what Christianity is all about. Christianity is about living in a constant awareness and consciousness that we are anointed Sons of God in perfect oneness with Him.
Soon they are going to get tired of seeking the gifts of the King, and sometime during their lifetime, they are going to hunger for the King. Our emphasis is on the Giver, not the gift. If your emphasis becomes knowing what Jesus did and having a relationship with Father God, it is going to be so important for a star, someone who has enlightenment that can bring you to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and your union with Father God. That star is leading wise men today in becoming aware that they are the throne of God and that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has already met every perceived need and we have all spiritual blessings within us now. Until you can grow up into Him in all things and know that He is working through you, you will never experience fulfillment.
The Feasts of Ahasuerus Chapter Two
The Book of Esther is actually talking about spiritual development because Esther’s name in Hebrew is Hadassah, which means “new.” Her Persian name Esther means “star.” Hadassah’s name also means “myrtle.” Myrtle is a type of tree that was used to build those booths in the Feast of Tabernacles. We know that stars, in scripture, point to someone who has been lifted up into the heavenly realm and has been given enlightenment, light, or revelation that causes others to look up and see Jesus’ redemptive work with clarity.
Esther 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (This is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over a hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) 2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, 3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him: 4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. 5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace; 6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble. 7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king. 8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. KJV
Ahasuerus (He pictures Jesus/Father seated in the throne) was not the king’s name; it is a title meaning “kingly, lion.” This king was actually Xerxes, the son of Darius the First. Several years ago I taught from the Book of Ezra about the people who heard the decree of King Cyrus, to return from what was then Babylon (The Medo-Persian empire had overtaken that.), to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. However, there were more that stayed than returned. This book will tell you what happened to those (Jews) that stayed. The Book of Esther is about a little Jewish woman who was made to be queen, and actually brought salvation to all of those people who stayed. The book of Esther occurs between the sixth and the seventh chapter of the book of Ezra; all of these ten chapters of the book, last about ten years.
Remember that there was a time span, where they had completed the temple, but Ezra had not returned with his remnant. The first remnant to return came with Zerubbabel, and they rebuilt the temple. There was a time span of many years, and during that time span between Ezra chapter six and seven, the history told in the book of Esther occurred. Then Ezra returned, and the events in the Book of Nehemiah took place, which is the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.
The whole story revolves around the king in the third year of his reign bringing together, first the nobles, the princes and the hierarchy of his kingdom to a feast, and then afterward bringing both small and great people of all kinds to this feast. The book begins with a picture of what the Feast of Tabernacles really is to the church. The Feast of Tabernacles is a revelation or a second look at the death, burial, and resurrection of Christthe last Adam (all in Him).
As we start this book, we will look at some other places in scripture, because it is not a coincidence that there is a feast or a time of partaking of a special meal, in many of the books. These pictures point to the fact that there comes a time in a believer’s life when Father God brings handfuls on purpose - food for a purpose to every believer. We could go back and show you that the Word of God is the believer’s spiritual food.
As a child of God, you come into your first experience with Father God as a baby, just like physical birth. The scripture says, “As newborn babes, we are to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby.” The milk of the Word is the surface, (carnal) physical level, just the informational natural type things of the Word. We grow thereby. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The Word of God is your food. You do not grow in Christianity by just coming to church a long time; you grow in Christianity by the amount of revelation knowledge of the Word of God that you can consume. We are talking about getting an intimate understanding of your Father, not just knowing about Him. The Word of God can become a part of you, like an arm or a leg. That is the way it needs to be to you. You can start as a babe, and take the sincere milk of the Word; then you move from milk to the meat of the Word. There comes a time in the process of spiritual growth that you live out of Father’s life – you live out of the heavenly, in what I call the above realm. He lives, moves, and has His being in you. The Word of God points to the Feasts of Tabernacles, which is receiving revelation knowledge for you.
Jesus said, “Upon this rock (speaking of revelation knowledge that I am the Christ) I will build My church, and the gates of this knowledge will not prevail against it.” It is revealed knowledge, knowledge that you cannot get any other way, except Father revealing it to you. That revealed knowledge comes from the scriptures, with the teaching and guidance of Father’s Holy Spirit, through a star-minister-priest of Most Holy Place things. This type of priesthood can share that knowledge with you, but only Father’s Holy Spirit can open your spiritual eyes to these marvelous truths. This whole book is about how Esther becomes the queen and saves her entire nation, and it begins with this feast.
Let us take the time to look at some other feasts. We will make sure that we understand the pattern.
Ruth 2 - Ruth is a book about how a woman that falls in love with a wealthy landowner, marries him, and has his child. It speaks to us about how the believer comes into union, life with Jesus - Father God – Father’s Holy Spirit and expresses His nature. In this book, there is a special feast time.
Ruth 2:14-16 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: and let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. KJV
Here is a very pivotal point in Ruth’s life. Boaz, who speaks of Jesus in this book, gives Ruth a special meal. The picture here is that all of the reapers are gathered at mealtime, but one little woman, Ruth, had a special portion given to her especially, by Jesus. This speaks of that fact that you cannot always know when that mealtime is going to be; you cannot always know when that special time of handfuls on purpose is coming. The key is faithfulness; if you show up at mealtime, there will come a time, when Boaz, your Jesus, sees that it is time that you are going to get a special meal.
That special meal will draw you into a united life with Jesus that will help you express His nature. That is a special time of revelation. We are in that mealtime; we are in a time when God is revealing a special type of revelation to us, from the Scriptures.
Let us look at another time like this in Genesis, chapter 43. This is the time when Joseph brings a special meal to Benjamin. Joseph and Benjamin were the last two children of Israel (Jacob); Israel had twelve children and they were all sons. Jacob had ten sons by Bilhah, and then had Joseph by Rachel, who is the most beautiful type of Jesus that the Bible gives. Then they had Benjamin also by Rachel. Picture the pattern here: if they had ten sons first, then Jesus, then Benjamin (who is the church), what do the ten sons point to? They point to the Old Testament, the Law, and the Old Covenant. They had these ten sons and then Joseph (Jesus) comes, then Benjamin. Benjamin was the only full brother that Joseph had; he is the only son that Israel had by the same wife as Joseph. Who would Benjamin be? He would be the church. This pictures Joseph giving Benjamin, the church, a meal.
Genesis 43:31 And he (Jesus) washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread (meaning set out bread to eat). 32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. 33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marveled one at another. 34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him. KJV (Emphases mine)
It is so important for us to understand the revelation that is constantly being brought out of the scripture, that the real powerful meal, the real revelation knowledge meal, and the meal that brings a believer from the experiencing of being raised with Him to being seated with Him. The meal that brings the believer into the ascension life and oneness, power, and relationship with Father comes from revelation in the Old Covenant. Notice that it states, “He took and sent messes unto them from before him.” When speaking of “the Law” in this context, I am referring to the thirty-nine books of the Old Covenant. The Law is becoming alive with Jesus on every page. I can understand why people cannot be turned on to Father God, until they realize that Jesus is the message; and they can see Him in every page.
Therefore, Joseph took messes and brought to all of them, and it states he brought them from before him. Next, it states that Benjamin’s mess was five times as much as any of theirs. Benjamin is the church; Benjamin means “son of the right hand.” The church of Jesus Christ is not supposed to be a low living body, but we are supposed to rise up and rest with Father God in and out of the spirit realm, of which I call living out of the above realm. That means agree that He lives in you and you in Him and both are One. Sit means “to rest,” and we need to come to rest with the fact that we are inChristed Sons of God – we are Father God in a body. He is the head of course; however, we are perfectly one with Him. We are supposed to be thinking higher than just the carnal way of natural-minded man because we are spirit. We find here, before Benjamin received a whole sack full of grain with a cup in that sack that he received five messes.
Let us look in Revelation chapter three and get a New Testament picture of this same feast, this same meal. Before I tell you what the meal was and show you that Ahasuerus’s feast was really just fulfilling a pattern; I want to show you this pattern in other places.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in (experience) to him, and will sup (commune) with him, and he with me. KJV [Italics mine]
Revelation 3:20 Be aware, look, consider, have knowledge of, perceive, understand, and discern clearly, I stand in a position of rest as The way, the entrance, and willingly perform my task. Before Man (no gender implied) understands the reason for my coming and Operation, I will destroy, make void and bring to not, the gate of hindrance, and place Life (Zoe) back in Man. And will become One with Man and Man One with Me as Me. RMHPV
Father God – Jesus – Father’s Holy Spirit is speaking in this verse, and He is speaking to the seventh (matured) church right before the opening up of this whole revelation of Jesus. Notice the invitation to that mealtime. This seventh church was the church where Jesus knocked on the door and said, “Listen, I want to have an experience with you. I am inviting you to open the door of your understanding so we can commune together.” Many people have used this to teach people that they ought to “get saved,” but that is not what this verse implies. All are already married to Father God. Jesus’ redemptive work already rescued (saved) everyone from the death, hell and grave of being human – man hewn down) and made us all one with Him.
Father/Jesus is saying to everyone, “I want to reveal myself to you in a new and special way. I do not want to be your Santa Clause or a Magic Genie in a lamp in your mentality; I want to be your Life. I am in every part of you, but I want you to experience Me in your thinking realm and in your body. I can help you do that by way of you feeding on Me in this feast.” What will this feast produce?
Revelation 3:21 Himself that takes into custody my victory for themselves, the result will be, rest in and as me as king, in union with me as I succeeded in my work, and rested Me/You one with my Father in His Life. RMHPV
Can you see the pattern? Joseph was ruling Egypt, and Benjamin received a great feast (mess). Boaz owned the whole field, and Ruth received a great feast (mess) and ended up as co-owner of the field. Jesus says, “I am knocking on your door, and I want you to open up to me so, we can commune together and I can produce my life and nature through you. If you will let my life rise upon you, you will rule and reign as Father God, as Prince of this planet. You will sit with me, even as I sit with My Father.” To sit down means to be in a position of rest. Once one feeds on this marvelous feast, then they will be at rest with Father God and be at rest with being the Throne of God – the Mansion of God – the Abode of God – the Temple of God – the House of God – the Great City of God – the Messenger of God – the Glory of God – the Priest of God – the Tabernacle of God – the Sons of God and much more.
Now, let us go back to Esther chapter one. We can understand this is the same feast in Esther chapter one, as the ones we just looked at.
Esther 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces):
Ahasuerus simply means “the lion king.” It is not the name of the king; it is the title of the king. Ahasuerus, in all ten chapters of this book points to King Jesus. India means “praise” and Ethiopia means “darkness.” What this is saying to us is that Father God – Jesus – His Holy Spirit reigns from one extreme to the other. There is nothing that Father does not reign over, and there is no place that He is not.
Esther 1:2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
“Those days”, as far as we are concerned, are these days. This book points to and pictures the age we live in. Shushan means “lily.” Therefore, it tells you a little bit, about what this book is going to point to, because knowing how you grow spiritually is vital. We need to see this. During Jesus’ earth walk ministry, He taught us the secret to spiritual growth. The secret to spiritual growth is not trying harder; it is taking the roots of your being and driving them down into the soil or into the substance that you have been planted in. There is no secret to it; it is just going to be because we allow the roots of our being, to sink down into the soil (Father God’s life in our spirit, soul and body) into which we are planted. That soil is our oneness with Father God – we call it Christ life. It is no coincidence that the king lived in Shushan (lily) the palace. The dwelling place is the heart (spirit and soul), Jesus said in Matthew 6:27.
Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment?
You cannot grow spiritually by worrying or fretting over your mark missing, or by beating yourself up, nor can you help others grow by beating them up with the Word of God. The best way to grow up in the nature and stature of an inChristed Son of God is to feed on the proper substance. Paul explained very well the gifts that Father gave us, to help us grow in stature. Eph 4:10 He that descended (in the realm of time) is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens (spirit realm), that he might replete (chock full of Father’s Life) the entire human race.) 11And he verily equipped apostles; and prophets; and evangelists; and pastors and teachers;STARS – Angel’s – Messengers. 12 For the complete furnishing of the saints, for occupation of service, for edifying of the Whole of inChristed Sons of God: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full of age man, unto the measure of the maturity of the repletion of Christ-Life as Father in a body: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: KJV [Italics mine]
Matthew 6:28-29 Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
We are all to grow in our communion with Father God, that the very glory of His and our life, will shine light, the Son. I pray that becomes the desire of every man, woman, boy, and girl, to be so clothed with their Christ-life, and that the glory of Father can be seen on them. That is what Jesus was speaking.
When He said, “Do not take thought for raiment,” He was talking about your outer appearance (your righteousness and the very glory of Father God – man’s clothing before Adam entered into unbelief), what people see when they look at you should be Life and Light of Father’s Glory. In addition, this is talking about you seeing yourself as Father God has made you to be. Quit trying to make yourself be something you already are. That was the first man Adam’s down fall. Father God already said they were in His image. Father God says of us that we are all in His image, we are all clothed with His glory, and we are all right with Him presently and forever.
How does a lily grow? A lily just simply grows by taking the roots of its own self and driving them down where the moisture is in the soil it is planted in. That is exactly how we grow.
The following is the Catholic Churches Version of Romans 6:5-6 authorized by a puppet King named James. Notice the words “if”, “shall be”, “we shall,” and “not serve sin.”
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. KJV
Now, my RMHPV - Romans 6:5 Forasmuch, as we have been generated together in union with his death, naturally we live long, standing up right again, from a life of non-existence with resurrection Life. 6 Knowing this, that the old, warn out DNA (degenerate nature activity) of they who were of the first man Adam is crucified, that the whole slavery to living AS human, be rendered entirely idle, abolished, done away, become no effect, loosed, brought to not, put away, vanish away and made void, that henceforth we should no longer be in bondage to false beliefs.
When you came to understand, know, and wake up to the revelation of Jesus’ redemptive work, you were supposed to have been taught that you were already one with Father God – Jesus – His Holy Spirit, so much that His death became your death, and His resurrection became your resurrection. The lily grows by digging the roots of its own self, down into what it is planted in, so how do we grow? You dig the roots of your system down into the death and the resurrection of Jesus. The death of Jesus gets rid of anything in your life that you wish was not there. You cannot drive it out; and, you cannot rebuke it out. There is almost nothing that death will not deliver you from. Have you got a problem that death will not fix? If you have a bad habit, what is the answer? Well, death would fix that, would it not? You never would do it again. Jesus had a death for you, as you, the death of an old man. There is nothing that you want to produce in your life that Jesus’ resurrection will not provide.
The system is so simple, just like a lily. Spiritual growth comes by digging the roots of your system into His death. You have to attack that problem by feeding on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The problem will just work its way out. If you have a situation in your life that you need to get rid of; first, see it as a non-power. Father God is the one and only power. Quit fighting the problem, and just get in tune with the Renewing Mind (Mind of Christ) by planting (in knowledge and understanding) yourself, deep down into the death of Jesus as all humanity and finding out what Jesus did to deliver you from all those things that present themselves to you as powers. When you wake up your inChristed mind (mind of Christ), you will know who you are because you will always act like the person you believe yourself to be. If you believe you are an old sinner saved by grace, guess what you will do. You will act like it. However, if you believe you are a new creature in Christ, then you will manifest the Christ-life that you have.
Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
How does a person grow? A person grows by sinking the roots of their system, their thought life, down into what has happened to them because they were in the all that were drawn into Jesus Christ in His redemptive work.
Can you see how divine this book is shaping up to be? Not only is this a king that ruled over everything that had a feast; but his palace was a lily, and we are going to find out that it was in a garden, which speaks of the garden of your heart.
The book of Esther Chapter Three
Esther 1:3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:
The phrase, third year, speaks a biblical third day of maturity. Notice, here are the princes, the powers to be of the kingdom, all of the people in authority, the people in authority that were before him. This detail points to the five-fold ministry people, who are responsible for putting out an ascension life word to the people. They have come to the place where they are equipped with revelation knowledge, and are before Him in their understanding day and night – these people are apprehended and consumed with the Word of Truth. It did not say all of the nobles; it just said “those that came before him.” Revelation knowledge was revealed to them first. I find that very interesting, considering the question I am often asked, “Why doesn’t everyone teach the things you finished work people teach?” “Why can’t everyone see these truths? Well, they have to get tired of the old, and come and feed. The Spirit in the Bride is saying come, but it is up to each person, individually, to come.
We do not mean to imply that if you get any revelation knowledge that it ought to come through the five-fold ministry. However, the five-fold ministry has a very important corrective or protective part in what you see in the Word, and what you see, is confirmed by the five-fold ministry gifts. One of the reasons why people were deceived in the dark ages was because only the priests had the right to study the Word of God, and that was not of Father God. In the aforementioned Scripture, it states that these nobles and the princes of the kingdom came to the feast. What was revealed at the feast? If this was revelation knowledge, what was revealed? We shall see in the following verse.
Esther 1:4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
This is what was offered at the feast; this was what they fed on. The word ‘Shewed’ speaks of revelation, which is to cause to appear. What did they feed on? If you come to the feast of Tabernacles; if you come to the same feast that Ruth’s feast speaks of; if you come to the same feast that Benjamin’s feast speaks of; if you come to the same feast that the Laodicean church was invited to, what will you end up finding out? You will be shown the Excellence of His glorious kingdom. You will be shown Jesus’ redemptive work – you will feed on the revelation of what was on the Table of Shewbread; who He is, who you are in Him, and the things that Father has destined for man to be from the outset of His creation. Jesus was the only predestined man, and all were drawn into Him/Father, and all are still in Him. Therefore, we have His past and present – we share His life. He showed the riches of His glorious kingdom and the honor of His excellent majesty many days. Does this sound at all like Paul’s prayer that I have prayed and gave thanks for us having this spirit of wisdom and revelation, so many times?
Ephesians 1:16-19 [I] cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe…
Actually, we could say, “I have been praying that God would bring you to the feast, and that you would hear the knocking on the door of your heart, and you would open yourself up to communion with Father God – Jesus Christ – Father’s Holy Spirit in a new and living way.” It is the same feast. Ahasuerus showed them the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty many days.
Esther 1:5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace;
First, the ministry and the nobles had a feast; then the people were invited to the same feast. Seven days is the time of rest; this pictures the time of rest, which is resting in the finished work of Jesus, the Anointed One. In other studies, I have written about the Garden of Eden, and what Eden pictures. Here it is written of the garden of the king’s palace… that points to the heart or the spirit and soul of man. Jesus said in Mark chapter four that the heart is the ground and the word is the seed. He was speaking of the same thing; your spirit and soul is Father’s garden.
Esther 1:6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble; the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
All those colors, metals, and items are conditions in your heart. If your heart is the garden in which this feast is celebrated, these situations point to circumstances in your own heart. White speaks of righteousness; green is life; blue is the heavenly realm, red is symbolical of bloodshed, black is symbolical for darkness (no understanding), and gold is divine nature. Verse six states that there were hangings, which is the cross. They were fastened with cords of fine linen. Remember that Revelation says that fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. Purple is royalty. They were fastened to silver rings; silver is redemption. They were rings, which picture a constant circle of redemption. Pillars of marble are solid, strong revelation truths (Paul’s seven pillars of truth). The beds are places of rest and were of gold, which is divine nature, and silver, which is redemption. Every verse of this Bible is a revelation in itself. These are conditions of the spirit of mankind. That which is in the spirit of man needs to become a reality or an experience in the thoughts of man.
Esther 1:7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.
The vessels of gold would be ministries. Paul wrote to Timothy, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold (messages of divine nature), and of sliver (message of redemption), but also of wood and of earth (carnal or lower realm teaching); and some to honour, and some to dishonour. “You can be a vessel unto honor or a vessel of dishonor. If you want to be a vessel of honor, then purge yourself from the things that hinder, so that you can be used of the Master.” [2 Timothy 2:20-21] A vessel of gold would be a vessel that portrays divine nature. A wise person would drink out of a vessel of gold. That is why it is so important for a man’s life to match his words. Some people say, “I only receive my revelation from a fellow who carries this kind of Card.” or “He wears suits.” or “He or she has a degree in Hebrew and Greek.” Some say, “I do not listen to anyone – just what I hear from God, myself.” I have heard it all. The ones who give the wine (message that brings joy) of the Word of God, are vessels of gold, diverse, one from another.
Royal wine is different, from the wine of the Holy Spirit. This is the Holy Spirit leading you and guiding you. Later in Ezra, you find a man named Hege. He was a type of the Holy Spirit; he took care of the women of the king. Women speak of the Church. Hege is the Holy Spirit. Mordecai was a Benjamite. Mordecai means “short, little man.” He speaks of Paul. I am amazed at how the Apostle Paul and his revelation are constantly spoken of in the Old Covenant. Mordecai was a Benjamite, like Paul. His name means “short”, like Paul. Mordecai took Esther and taught her everything she knew. Esther is not the principle character in this book. Mordecai is the principle character; the only thing Esther did was obey what Mordecai said. It is like us; we are not the principle character, Father speaks to/in our spirit, with the Word of God; He instructs us what to say and what to do. If people can see the Christ life in us, it is only because we have obeyed Mordecai. He is the principle man in this whole book.
Notice the royal wine (revelation knowledge) is in abundance, according to the state or the hand of the king - the hand of the king. Christ in the hand ministry: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher. He has given royal wine in these days, wine of the king, in abundance, according to the hand of the king.
Esther 1:8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man’s pleasure.
The drinking was according to the law. Where did this royal wine come from? It came from the law, from the Old Testament. We receive much out of the Word of God when we hear these Old Testament books broken down, so that we can see the work of Jesus in them. That is what he is talking about. This is the feast. These people (five-fold ministry) are giving out this drink, according to the law. That is where the revelation comes from; it is where the royal wine comes from.
“None did compel.” No five-fold ministry, no vessel of gold, will demand that you come and drink. Every officer of the church of Jesus Christ has one command or mandate on their life: you make it available and Father will deal with them about coming and drinking. “They should do according to every man’s pleasure.”
That is very difficult to do, when one has been given so much understanding, and yet very few want to come and dine. It is like discovering the mother lode of all mother loads of gold, and not being able to convince anyone of its location. Or like having a warehouse full of food, and people all around you are starving to death, and dying; but they do not want to listen to you, as you explain where the life saving and sustaining food is.
I have purposed in my heart as an officer (Apostle-Prophet-Evangelist-Pastor-Teacher-Scribe) over our fellowship, to make sure that, if one decides to come, he or she have available some royal wine. I trust that those who feed from Tree of Life Ministries feel like there is royal wine available. It is according to the individual’s pleasure. I often battle discouragement; however, Father always speaks to me in a dream, in my spirit and by a divine word from friends and strangers. I cannot compel people to drink. If they want to, they can and if they do not, they will not be made to.
Esther 1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
This verse is an important verse for the student to understand. Vashti means “beautiful.” She was beautiful. History tells us that Ahasuerus was one of the most handsome men that the world has ever seen, and his queen Vashti was gorgeous. However, while this feast was going on, Vashti, the queen, made a feast for the women (picture of the mind of man in confusion, feeding from anything) in the royal house, which belongs to king Ahasuerus. There is always a false feast available. Here is the purpose of the King’s feast: after they have fed on the revelation knowledge of the Word, they find out who they are and where they are. Because of finding out who they are and what they have, they discover that they too are beautiful. They discover that they are not the scum of the earth, but God has made them to be in spirit, soul and body something worth seeing.
After the feast, king Ahasuerus says, “Go get Vashti to come out because I want her to show her beauty to all that will look upon her.” Nevertheless, she refused. Father/Jesus has a queen, a bride that will discover her beauty, and then after the revelation is come; He will give a message and He will say, “Now it is time for you to come out and show your beauty to the world.” She is supposed to be adorned in the royal apparel. Father’s Holy Spirit has been speaking in our spirit for a long time now, “All right, from now on, I want you to show your beauty to the world. Yes, I have been in every part of you, all along; but I want you to believe, let people see my life and nature through you, let the people feed from My Life in you.”
When Vashti was invited to come out and show the world her beauty, she refused. Her refusal caused King Ahasuerus to reject her. A search began for a new queen who would come out and show her beauty to the world. It speaks of how the law of sin and death came to its full manifestation in Jesus’ ministry. It speaks of how the Old Testament people showed their true colors in Jesus’ own life. When they should have crowned Him king, they crucified Him. God’s Spirit in Man, from that day forth, has been developing another queen, and now is tapping on her (no gender implied) shoulder and saying, “Okay, now you come out and show your beauty.” There is a first-fruits company, who will first do this, and all the people of this earth will behold, Christ in the first-fruits company, and then discover Christ in them. Then every knee of religion and tradition will bow and confess with their lifestyles, that Jesus Christ is Lord.
I am so thankful that I was called out in 1988 to this marvelous Feast. I had no idea what it was, but when I found it, it was a happy day for me, and to those I was privileged to teach. It is the Feast of Tabernacles, the feast of the seventh month. It is a feast that demands, whoever feeds, let Him manifest. There is also a false feast going on. I hesitate to define what I believe a false feast is. It is whatever any man or woman is feeding on that is not Jesus Christ. I think it is significant that Vashti was feasting with all of the women in the king’s house, so they must have been rejoicing in the things of the king. They must have been enjoying something that belonged to the king, the king’s goodies, and the king’s gift. She threw her own deal, but it was not King Ahasuerus’ party. Because of that, when the time came to show her beauty, she had no interest in doing so.
Now just draw your own conclusions. You, the reader, find out what feast you have been feasting on: is it Outer Court, Holy Place, or Most Holy Place? Are you feasting at Ahasuerus’ (King Jesus’) table or Vashti’s table? I imagine both of them were good times. The problem is there has come a time when Father God is speaking to and in the Spirit of those who can hear, and is speaking, “Fun and games are over; I mean business now. I want you to come out, to leave the confines of being off by yourself. I have asked you to grow up. I have fed you good food to nurture spiritual growth. Now I want you to come out.” Too many have been feeding just on the gifts, on what they can get for their daily needs; those things will not produce the inspiration to grow up. She was beautiful, but she must not have thought she was. She must not have known that she was. Could there be some of Father’s people, who feel the same way? If so, they have not been feeding on the present Word of Truth. If they have not been feeding on the Truth of the Word of God, they will still see themselves so unworthy that they cannot come out and show themselves. They will feel like they are nothing, but not if they have been feeding on King Ahasuerus’ feast and from the Vessels of gold according to the law. We are not compelled, but according to our own pleasure. That tells us that we can have as much as we want. Do you want it all? I do.
The Putting Away Of The Queen
The feast, in this story, depicts a time of great revelation, a time of intense feeding on the Word of God. The believer’s food is the Word and doing the will of the Father which is being a servant to others. One’s relationship to Father God is in direct proportion to the way he or she is feeding on the Word, and how they relate to others. We do not grow into maturity just by being what most called “saved” a long time; one grows as a Christian by the Word of God that they have taken in, and how much time they spend blessing others. One becomes what they eat; we take the spiritual food of the Word of God, and we grow spiritually thereby. If we are not eating any spiritual food, we are not growing. If we are not concerned more for others, than ourselves, then we are not growing either. There comes a time in the believer’s life when the Lord gives them individually, a special meal, a feast. There comes a time when we can accept some real revelation knowledge, the powerful meat of the Word of God. That is what we see in Ahasuerus’ feast.
This story is about how a woman becomes a queen, enters into the Holy of Holies, being a type of the presence of the King, and in doing so, saves the whole nation. Our world today needs the Bride of Christ to enter into all that Father God has done, and then be bold enough to go to the people and make them free by teaching the truth of the Gospel to them.
Esther 1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
While this great feast was going on, those that had been invited to the feast, which was all the people, both great and small, they were drinking out of golden vessels, which pictures divine nature message or a Messenger Teacher who possess divine understanding. They were drinking out of the beautiful vessels that King Ahasuerus had anointed.
At the same time that his feast was going on, Vashti the queen, had her own feast. She was not interested in joining with the king’s entourage, she got the women of the king’s house-hold together, and they had their own feast. That is very typical of what is going on in the church world today. We have to be cautious as believers that we do not have our own feasts, and that we do not feed on what we choose to feed on, apart from the Truth of the Word of God. We are to feed on the revelation knowledge that God is giving presently. It is very easy to feed on what we have been blessed by, in the past. We need to be cautious because Father is always drawing us higher. That does not mean that the old stuff is no good. However, we always build on through maturity and revelation knowledge on what we have received before. It is important to build on it, though, and not camp out in it. Our living or staying in the past in our understanding would be the same as Vashti having her own feast. That is why we have the problem that we are going to look at in this chapter. Because Queen Vashti would not fulfill the commandment of the king, she lost her position.
Esther 1:10-12 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, and Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
Notice in this particular story, the putting away of Vashti occurred on the seventh day. If we were looking for the importance in that, the importance would be a rest. This pictures what the seventh day of the Lord is, which always speaks to us of a time of rest (Boldly being the abode of Father God – Most Holy Place of Father God – Being One with Him). Understanding this realm of rest, will allow one to live out of the new beginning (eighth day), that Jesus’ resurrection brought us to. It was Father God’s intention to have a people who would rule and reign, in His sight (the plural of Him). In the book of Genesis, it reveals that Father had completed the work on the seventh day, and then He rested. Everything was finished. Adam did not have to do anything; he did not have to make himself any better to achieve some kind of status with God. The work had been finished, and it was finished on the seventh day.
Hebrews four, states that there remaineth therefore a rest (an understanding of their union with Father God) to the people of God. There is a seventh day kind of experience available for the child of God. That can be easily explained by saying that the work of Jesus accomplished, everything that Father God wanted us to be. He completed the work. When Jesus entered back into the Godhead, He was finished with everything that would be accomplished, not only everyone being born again, but also one’s ability to live out of His Spirit, within each of us. Christianity is more than just accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, then functioning in spiritual gifts. This is a tremendous part of it, but this is just the beginning. If the purpose for man being born again were to go to a far off place, then we all would have left instantly the moment, all resurrected as the last man Adam – inChristed Sons of God. Father God wants us to grow up so that we can express the Christ-life (anointing) to a hurting world. That is the purpose for each of us.
This occurred on the seventh day, and we were all in the seventh day in our understanding – even Queen Vashti was there. One needs to allow Father’s Holy Spirit to teach them, which will bring great understanding producing maturity. What we have to do is find out what Jesus has already accomplished, and then put our faith in that. All you have to do is find out some things about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, which is far greater than just making you what you want to be. Understanding what He did, will cause a person to rise up, experientially, to what Father has already made man to be.
What I am going to say includes every need that you think you have: physical, material, social and family needs, etc. Any type of need was involved in what Jesus did on Calvary. He met those needs already; therefore, we have all things that pertain to life and godliness in our whole being already. We have to understand what Jesus did, met all our needs. We also need to understand that as long as one looks to the future and prays, “God, when are you going to do something about my circumstances?” He or she, in essence is putting away what He has already done. That is the wrong attitude. What Jesus did on the cross was God dealing with all of humanities’ problems. We all have circumstances in our lives that must conform to the image of Father God. There is no one who is without need of change. How does that occur? There is a rest. You have to “labor to enter into His rest,” as the scripture says. What is the laboring? The labor is to labor in the Word of God until you find out who you are as an inChristed spirit-man, and then you will settle down and be His abode – His Bride.
In verse ten, we see seven men. The key to understanding who these seven men were rests in the thought that the word chamberlains there means “eunuchs.” A eunuch is a man who has been made incapable of planting seed; he cannot produce fruit of his own life. He has no procreative ability. Those seven men were requested by the king, to bring the queen. These seven men point to the fullness of the Spirit of God because Jesus told us, regarding the Spirit, that He would not speak of himself. Father’s Holy Spirit does not come into the church to plant seeds about Himself. Father’s Holy Spirit is in us to teach, and guide us to the things of Jesus’ redemptive work. He talks to ones spirit of these things, if they are listening. Many ministries testify of the gifts of the spirit being mighty in a meeting as proof that Father’s Holy Spirit is there, and they give glory to the gifts of the Spirit. However, you find very few giving glory to Father God. Those types of fellowships preach more about “the Holy Spirit,” then they do Father God and Jesus’ redemptive work. In a sense the Holy Spirit’s function then, is not to plant seed. His job is not to produce for Himself, but to produce for Father God. In essence, this is what these seven men picture.
These seven men point to the seven spirits of God. I do not believe that there are seven different spirits, but as it says in Ephesians 4:4-6, there is one spirit, Father’s Holy Spirit; but the spirit which is one, has seven different manifestations. That is different from the gifts of the spirit.
Let us look at Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of a reverential respect of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: - the rod out of Jesus shall grow. We are growing out of what our roots are planted firmly in. Much of this story in Esther happens at Shushan the palace, and the word Shushan means “lily.” Equate this to Matthew six – “consider the lily…” A lily grows by its root system; it digs down into the soil that it is planted in, and out of that soil come the nutrients to provide growth. That is how you grow, not by effort, but by digging your root system down into the very death and resurrection of Christ. Seven spirits are seven ways that the Spirit can manifest Himself to you. If the Spirit of God has manifested Himself within you with a spirit of might, which means a supernatural enablement, then there will be that kind of characteristic in your life.
What the story of Esther says is, the king sent all seven eunuchs or men to the queen, and it points to a time when these seven different, various, multiple characters of the Holy Spirit will rest upon the church.
John 3:34 states of Jesus, for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. This is talking about the fullness of the Spirit.
Where did these seven eunuchs come from? They came from the presence of the King.
Revelation 4:5 And being, The Voice of One, speaking from this Most Holy Place Priesthood, they issued out great and powerful illuminations of the Redemptive Operation of Father God / Jesus, as roaring Voices speaking One Message: and their message was a mature Word, concerning the redemption of ALL. What I heard was being spoken from them, with complete authority, understanding, and maturity, being fully equipped to speak as Priest of the Most Holy Place Covenant. Each one, as One, are As God in his or her understanding and in Voice. RERichmond MHPV
Revelation 1:4 From: John
To: The Seven Congregations, which gather in Asia, and for people of all ages to come – world without end.
Father God’s Image and Life is upon and in you. You have been set at one again because Our Father exist, Father always existed, therefore Father exist comfortably in you and as your Life; you all, are His Most Holy Place Temple (dwelling), with His Divine Nature Activity within your entire being. RERichmond MHPV
Revelation 5:6In addition, in seeing, I saw the same sight I saw earlier when I beheld these Quickened in Understanding Messenger Pastors, as golden candlesticks. I saw and perceived they had perfect understanding of God’s Creative work, and they each possessed the Life, Character, and Nature of Father God within and upon them. They were mightily mature in understanding and knowledge, which came from their tuning in their spirit-ear and spirit-eye to learn of Jesus’ Redemptive Work as the Slain Lamb of God (Him as All), being the One and only sacrifice acceptable to God. Furthermore, they possess perfection of understanding and perfection of perception, and each ones seeing and understanding came from, that which Father spoke and revealed to them, by each being in harmony to the Mind of Christ within them, functioning out of REST, WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, COUNSEL, MIGHT, KNOWLEDGE, AND REVERENTIAL RESPECT OF THE LORD. That which they have been shown; they are to explain, and teach to ALL People of this age, and the ages to come – world without end. RERichmond MHPV
In Revelation three, there is a feast; in Revelation four, there is an opening up; and in Revelation five, speaking of the Messenger Pastors, the seven eyes shows us that these Messenger Pastors, are all seeing. The horns speak of teaching and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a powerful understanding, so the Messenger, Pastors to the Church, have revelation knowledge and they see with their spiritual eyes. These seven spirits, active in a Messenger - Priesthood went forth into all the earth.
Now, relate all that to Esther chapter one and see what these seven eunuchs were sent forth to do. I believe that the fullness of the Spirit is becoming active in a people, to do what these eunuchs were asked to do with the queen.
Esther 1:11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
What were these seven eunuchs (the fullness of the Spirit) sent by King Jesus to do? To bring the queen out of the closet, as it were, so the world could see her beauty.
Esther 1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
As we have seen in this scripture, we saw that they just decided to do away with her altogether. Adam would not show His Father’s glory and beauty. So, the first Adam’s fallen nature and mistaken identity, which produced nothing but dust dwellers (lower realm living) - was done away with to establish the last inChristed nature in a new race of mankind – these are made of spirit.
Hebrew 10:9 At that time, He spoke, behold I am present, I bare Your decree. He abolished the illegal condition of the first man Adam, in order that He might establish Man in the realm of spirit, to be the last MAN inChristed. RERichmond MHPV
Jesus’ redemptive work swallowed up all of death, hell, and the grave in humanity and made it void so He could establish a brand new spirit being, called inChristed Sons of God. Why put the queen away, because she would not show her beauty? The spiritual application to us is that there is a purpose that is being fulfilled in the church that is not just “It will be alright some day.” The purpose that God has destined the church to fulfill is to bear the image of the Lord Jesus Christ to a suffering and dying world, which will then produces a tremendous truth, and brings an infinite awareness of the salvation of the Lord. Because of people refusing to learn the Truth, we have lived AS the first man Adam, AS void of Father God’s Life.
We want you to see that Father God is the church’s Father or Husbandman – our Life giving Spirit. God is not male or female, but Spirit. Some struggled with this. How could I come out of Him and be part of the bride of Christ? The picture is similar to that of Genesis when Eve was taken out of the side of Adam, and made to be his wife. There is a sleeping (they do not know who they are) second Adam-inChristed Man, in the earth today, and Father God is taking a Bride out of Him (no gender intended). In Old Testament times, what was the purpose of marriage from the wife’s standpoint? If you were Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, Hannah, or Ruth, or any other Old Testament woman that pictured spiritually matured people. What was their deepest desire that would take place during that marriage? Her deepest desire would be to produce a son. This was the key. Of course, this is not the religious systems way of thinking today. However, the reason that it was the Old Testament way of thinking is because the Old Testament pointed to the New Testament spiritual truths. The whole purpose of the wife was to bear her husband a son (man-child). Sarah was so depressed that, in the beginning, she did not give birth to a son for Abraham. She got a concubine to try to fulfill the promise of God. However, that was not the way it was to work! Later on in Genesis twenty she was rejuvenated, and restored. She had been an old woman, and all of a sudden, in Genesis chapter twenty, a king, who had all the women that he, could want, fell in love with this old woman and began to desire her. Jesus’ redemptive work did the same to humanity after the Cross. He is restored, rejuvenated, made all beautiful, removed that which hindered by purifying mankind.
Then Isaac was born after her rejuvenation; she was fulfilled. Then, right after he was born, she died. The spiritual picture of Sarah dying right after this birth, reveals the fact that once man, in his or her understanding knows they are the true inChristed body; they will repent of (change their mind about) dead works. Sarah did a dead work to produce the promised son. Men’s religious efforts, to produce the Man Child, always come from dead works. Once the Real comes forth, the dead works die.
We can go down the line: there was Rebecca, Rachel, and Hannah. For every one of them, their purpose was to produce a son. What does that mean to us? Jesus came and changed the whole relationship of women to the body of Christ. He says that there is neither male nor female; there is neither Jew nor Greek, etc. The only thing that matters is whether you are aware that you are a new creation. However, those Old Testament stories point to something that the church, the Bride of Christ is involved in. Father God - Jesus has married someone that He has restored, rejuvenated, and is currently causing us to manifest who we already are, so that we can uncover and reveal Our/His true Life and Nature. What is that going to look like? It is going to look like the seven eunuchs [We will be the plural of Father God, have wisdom, understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and walk in the reverential fear of Father God. In addition, a quick understanding of all things, therefore being able to make righteous judgments] have brought us to show our beauty to the world.
Our beauty is nothing less than the righteousness of the Son of God that we have been made, because of what Jesus did in His redemptive work. Father God’s Spirit is waking us up, by revealing the Truth of His Word, feeding us, and causing us to grow.
We need to realize that Jewish marriages are different from ours. When you are espoused to a wife, when you have become engaged, you are married; it takes a writ of divorcement to get out of it. That is exactly what happened with Joseph and Mary. He was going to put her away. In our day we could just say, “Hey, our deal is off.” However, in those days it was a big deal; it took an exposing, a divorcement type thing. You and I are part of the church that is married to Father God as inChristed Sons, so much so, that we are the plural of Father God in a body.
2 Corinthians 11:2 Therefor, having warmth of feelings as of a husband to you, with godly zeal: the reason being is I have made you One Mind, One Spirit, One Body, being AS many-membered, but One. Revealing you as a New Creation Being, clean, pure, holy, sacred and consecrated, not of the first man Adam. From no origin of any one but Me; you are anointed as inChristed Sons of God. RERichmond MHPV
What is the Apostle Paul saying there? He is saying the words that I am teaching you; you are already married (One mind, one spirit, one body) to Father God – Jesus Christ – Father’s Holy Spirit. This does not do away with any gifts, blessings, healing, or prosperity. It actually wakes you up to what I call, the no need realm, – it is in and of Him that you live, move and have your being. He has provided all that pertains to life and godliness. There has to be more prosperity to being One with/as the King than there is in getting the King’s gifts occasionally. Ruth was so excited to pick up piles of grain behind the reapers, but before it was over, she owned the whole field. She was telling them what to do.
There are people who Father has awakened. They have found out that they are co-heirs with everything that Jesus was given of the Father. It is all theirs already. Mankind has been begging for something that they already possess.
There are people who have a hard time with being told that they are married unto the Father or unto Jesus – they can say He is their Lord but they are not married to Him. Let us see what Father spoke through the Prophet Hosea.
Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. KJV
The name Ishi infers “husband” in the Hebrew. The word Baali is “my Lord.” That is the reason I do not call Him God, but Father. Therefore, there will come a time when many will know that our Father God has become our husbandman, in the truest sense of the word. He has already produced His life, nature, and character in us. Currently He is removing that which covers up the manifestation of His Life, Light, and Glory, by removing what the religious establishments of the lower realm, have placed upon man.
Romans 7:4 Therefore, my family, you are free from the Mosaic Law, by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ; you have become transformed as a new creation being; awakened, roused from disease, from death, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins and living as nonexistent, by being raised from the death released from living as human (man hewn-down), in order that you be fertile and fruitful, in/of Father God. RERichmond MHPV
People before the Cross, were married to the Law; however, now all are married to Father God. The purpose that we are married / One unto Him is that we would bring forth fruit unto Father God. To bare a Son nature in us, we need to see what produces that.
2 Corinthians 5:21 Having never been separate from Father God, He entered into the death condition of the entire race of humankind (living in the lower realm), as the Federal head of the human race, and made that death void, and nonexistent; so that all would be right/one-with Father God, in a relation of rest ourselves. RERichmond MHPV
Jesus became human so that all might become the righteousness of God. Jesus had to bare the first man Adam’s death nature. What did Jesus do to redeem all mankind? He actually bore who fallen man had become. He became human so that all might be made the righteousness of God. Jesus bore all manner of spiritual, mental, physical, financial, and social death in all realms; so that ALL would rise up and manifest who Father God is. He has no death in Him at all. He died the deaths of all so that all can live and manifest His life completely. This was the purpose that the seven (number for fullness or maturity) eunuchs were sent to get Queen Vashti. They represented the fullness of the Spirit going into the world and bringing her out, so that the people can see her beauty. Father God wants His bride to be seen in all of her glory. It is done by explaining, teaching, and preaching with a prophetic, clear sounding Word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote that the preaching of the death, burial and resurrection is the power of God.
Esther 1:10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman (faithful), Biztha (double gift), Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. KJV
The King being filled with or merry with wine, simply pictures that the time had come - the fullness of the Spirit and the joy of what Jesus had done would bring out into the open the beauty of the Church. The Church is beginning to shine in such a way that she is soon going to show forth the blessed righteousness of her Husband – Father God.
Father God had a plan for His Church and it is going to come into full realization to the body. They are going to willingly come to Him and be His beautiful Bride that they are. In Ephesians chapter five where Paul talks about husbands and wives, it ends off saying, “This is a mystery, but I am really talking about Father/Jesus Christ and His Church.” In the middle of that passage, it says that Father/Jesus is washing us with the pure water of His Word, that He might present us unto Himself a glorious Church, without spot or wrinkle. In the natural, wives picture their husbands – as husbands our goal should be that we want the glory that is in our wives to be seen. Father wants His Bride to be His very appearing. We are the plural of Him. Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight(as the plural of Him as One). The phrase ‘in his sight’ in the Hebrew is paniym and it is a plural of a noun but singular - Father God / you as Father God in a body- Jesus Christ and you inChristed Son of God – both are the same with Father God as the head – in His countenance – His face – favor – image – person – to show. Two but One; He being the preeminent One, but also us being AS Him in bodied.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. KJV
The word ‘of’ denotes origin. Isaiah sixty-four states, that our own works of righteousness is AS filthy rags. Because of that, people think they are just no-good sinners. We are not talking about our works of righteousness, we are talking about the righteousness that is of Him and is ours because we are in and of Him. The Tabernacle of Moses was surrounded with a beautiful linen tent; all you could see was righteousness. It pictured the righteousness of the Saints and all are Saints. In the original text Jesus said, “All are Saints but few choose.”
Revelation 19:7 Be cheerful, happy, joyful and well-off, and even jump for joy, showing forth His Light/Light/Glory yourself: because the One who restored man’s Union Life with Father God, is One in union with you, being as a bride, He prepared, by Himself thoroughly (nothing lacking). RERichmond MHPV
Leaders in the Church take the phrase “made herself ready” and come up with all kinds of “you need too” doctrines. What Father meant by “made herself ready” is that Jesus’ redemptive work, was ENOUGH. He did the work. Now she/we need to think out of His thoughts and not the thoughts of the carnal cosmos of the religious teachings. We can see this in the next verse: Revelation 19:8 Therefore, because of Jesus’ Redemptive Work, they/all were raised up to the intent of being completely righteous, and being pure radiate brilliancy, shinning as LIGHT (Father God): therefore, they/all being righteous, are undeniably, manifestly undisputable and rendered Holy, Sacred, Pure, as My Most Holy Place Temple – Saints. RERichmond MHPV
We are living in the day when the Church, should no longer be fussing and fighting to become who they already are. Those who have no understanding are still inChristed and they will look at this first-fruits company and see the righteousness that is manifest in them, the believers. They will see a people who live with the knowledge of being in right standing with Father God. This is what we are saying when we say, “Give birth to the Son.” They will see the Son nature in us.
The seven spirits of God picture the golden candle stick inside the Holy Place that illuminates the path to the Holy of Holies. The golden candlestick had seven stems; and the one in the middle was longer than the others – it pictured the Spirit of the Lord. The candlestick also speaks of Messenger Pastors with a clear understanding of the Word of God, for the reason that there were sixty-six ornaments on the entire candlestick, picturing sixty-six books of the Bible. Thus, we see the fullness and purpose of Father’s Holy Spirit, which is to reveal to man the Truth of the Word of God. His Spirit speaks to our Spirit as a Helper of us seeking who we are as inChristed Sons of God, producing the rest (Greek – menuwchah), or as the original text states, entering into being the abode of Father God, married to Him and settling down to colonize as the heavenly abode of Father God.
I never get tired of finding out, how revealing the Word of God is to us as it pertains to the finished work of Jesus Christ and Father’s purpose for man. Jesus was the predestined One and we are all in Him. I could study and write for thousands of years and never exhaust the marvelous pictures and truths that are concealed in His Word. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2 KJV). It is an honour for us to, intimately study the Word of God, with the help of Father’s Holy Spirit. We no longer have to live with just an Outer Court (carnal) or a Holy Place (just operating in the gifts, when we should be learning of Him) in the under-standing of the Word. We have come to know that Father’s Holy Spirit in the Holy Place was given to teach us of the things of Jesus Christ; so we cold boldly enter into being Father’s Most Holy Place Abode for His dwelling. All of this is seen in Esther chapter one. The Word of God is such a divine book and when we understand the truths revealed in it, it will do much more than produce a revival. It will cause a people to experience resurrection life and never need to be “revived” again.
We find these seven eunuchs, the fullness of the Spirit, were given a commission to bring the Queen before the King. It is important to see how she was to be brought before the King. So too, are we given a commission or mandate to bring people to the knowledge of Father God, with what the crown royal pictures. The crown pictures the clear covenantal understanding of the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Esther 1:11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. KJV
She was to wear the crown royal, which means to put the crown on her head. What the Church is to do is to allow Father’s Holy Spirit wake them up to a Royal Way of thinking and living. (Jesus is The Way, The Truth & The Life) She is to live with a Covenant mentality. The word ‘royal’ in the Hebrew is OT: 4438 malkuwth; a rule; concretely, a dominion: KJV - empire, kingdom, realm, reign, royal.
The word ‘malkuwth’ comes from the OT: 4427 malak (maw-lak'); a primitive root; to reign; inceptively, to ascend the throne; causatively, to induct into royalty; hence (by implication) to take counsel:
The Church is to have a covenant mentality, taking dominion, and boldly ascend as the throne room of Father God, reigning with Him forever and forever. She will then live the life and life abundantly, that Her King has decreed for her.
In order for Jesus to redeem mankind, He had to wear a crown of thorns. Jesus has always been God, but He came and wore a crown of thorns as humanity. Those thorns depicted that He became what man had become – human, which was, man hewn down. The Queen was asked to wear the royal crown that represents who she is. A golden crown pictures a divine nature. There is no need in the Church world today. Everything that pertains to Life and Godliness has been placed in our spirit. When we have tuned (lean not to your own understanding Proverbs 3:5) our renewing minds, (Spirit) to that fact, we will live as the kings that He is the King of kings over, and He is the Lord of lords; and, we are the gods that He is the God of. We will manifest in fullness as the Sons of God. Our whole expression in Christ, rest in our willingness to allow Him to teach us these truths. We can put on that royal crown – covenant mentality.
In every story taught in the Bible, we see in the spirit that something has to be done in the mind of man. In Ruth chapter four, we find Ruth married; the whole chapter pictures what takes place in the mind, where Jesus and the law meet together. Job begins with a feast, with his seven (fullness) sons and his three daughters (resurrection) meet together for a feast. The next thing it says is, “the Sons of God came before the Lord, and the traducing and hindering thoughts came with them and said, “You cannot do this now.” They were fed up with living in the below realm and the adversarial religious thoughts said, “You cannot rise up there.” Those thoughts said, “Have you considered this Job (Jesus) fellow? Job pictures everything there is of Jesus. Everything Job went through, pictures what Jesus went through. He had three friends (giving traducing, hindering, and adversarial advice); that picture the mind, the will, and emotions; and they come and give him all kinds of reasoning. Job (Jesus), ends up getting twice as many sons and twice as many daughters as he had before. Job (Jesus) was twice as rich, which is the Church coming into the fullness of our inheritance.
Romans 12:2 Therefore, never conform to and live as those who live AS human, but be transfigured by tuning into your renewing inChristed mind, that you might be accounted as, and discern you being blameless, well pleasing, and complete, as purposed by God. RERichmond MHPV
The word ‘transformed’ is the same root word that is used for the transfiguring of Jesus on the mountain top. We do that by drawing from the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is in our inChristed mind. 1 John 2:20 But you have a special endowment (anointing) of the Holy Spirit in your spirit-mind; therefore you know, can speak of, and have an infinite awareness of all that Father God has done in the Finished Work of Jesus Christ. RERichmond MHPV
The Wuest Translation of Romans 12:2 is, “Stop assuming an outward expression that does not come from within you and is not representative of what you are in your inner being, but is patterned after this age. But change your outward expression to one that comes from within and is representative of your inner being.Resulting in your putting to the test what is the will of God, and good and well pleasing and complete will; having found that it meets specifications, place your approval on it.
The word translated “prove” in Romans 12:2 is a word not of academics, but of intimacy—as in Genesis 4:1, where Scripture records that Adam “knew” Eve. This does not mean Adam knew about Eve intellectually. It means he knew her intimately. This is what Paul is declaring to us. You can know God’s will intimately. You can know it not only intellectually, but also experientially if you do a couple of things…
Give Yourself completely over to Father God
Therefore, the first step to finding God’s will is to present your body a living sacrifice to Him.
What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? It means to say, “Lord, I’m yours. I love You more than anything else I might pursue.” The problem, however, with a living sacrifice, unlike a dead one, is that a living sacrifice has a tendency to climb off the altar regularly. I do not know about others, but I am tired of trying to figure out where I should go or what I should be. I have messed up repeatedly. I have gone my own way and done my own thing—and it has been disastrous. I finally gave up, and said, “Lord, take my life.” He has and it has been wonderful every since. I was driving down a highway after losing an $84,000 a year job (in 1995), and my spirit-man began to sing, “I surrender all.” I finally woke up and asked Him to direct my life completely, and since then, I lack for nothing because I live and move and have my being in Him now – not of this world system. It is glorious! Do we experience the pressures of this age sometimes? Yes, but I do not identify with those pressures and let them in – I, by faith, put them back on the Cross where they were defeated and choose to continue on, higher and higher with Father God. That is the first step to experiencing God's will.
When the disciples were wondering what was going on, what was coming down, what was next, Jesus looked at them and said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. My Father’s House is a Most Holy Place House, and all people are His Temple/Dwelling. If it were not true, I would not have told you so. I am going to My Passion as/for you. So that, as My present Oneness with Father God, you may also be. After I make this journey of My destiny/passion/deaths, I will return by appearing in you, that the realm that I live in and out of, you may also be. Therefore, in what place and where I go, you have full understanding of the journey I must take.” John 14:1-4 RERichmond MHPV
Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and we do not know the way.” Jesus said, “I am the Way. You know the way. It is Me. It is not the information I give to you; it is who I will be for you and in you” If you had understanding and perceived Me, and you did, of Me you knew my Father also. Therefore, this day you know my Father. John 14:5-7 RERichmond MHPV
Jesus responded to those confused, distressed, disturbed disciples on the night before His crucifixion. We so desperately need to lean to the understanding that is spoken to our spirit-mind and not carnal understanding. There must be a change in the way we receive information and knowledge. This takes place as our understanding is subjected to the Truth of the Gospel, and we receive with meekness the engrafted Word of God.
Who is Vashti the Queen in the story of Esther? Queen Vashti is any part of us that refuses to express our beauty, which is Christ our Life. We could say because she is mentioned ten times in this story, that she pictures the Old Testament Law or she pictures the part of us who wants to work to please the Lord because that is what the Ten Commandments spoke of. The bottom line is Queen Vashti is any part of us as individuals that refuse to accept what Jesus has accomplished in His redemptive work – anti or other than Christ in you. She pictures a people who think it is just too good to be true, so we surely have to do something. Saying, “I do not see myself that way because I do not express the nature of Christ.”
My wife and I were exhorting a woman, working at Wal-Mart. After telling her who she was because of Jesus’ redemptive work, she said, “No, we’re not Sons of God! We don’t have Christ in us; we are just sinners saved by grace.” I just walked away thinking how sad that this is the belief of most people today. People do not see themselves as what and who Father says they are. Someone, offering that woman traducing, hindering, and adversarial advice; placed a death grip on her. We must allow Father’s Holy Spirit to remove that, which is not of Him, out of our brains, so we will come out with all of His Splendor and Beauty. Then the shining Star, Esther, will rise up and speak the Word that will set our brethren free.
Being Brought to The King
In the first four chapters of this book, we looked at most of the characters in the book of Esther. We not only want to understand who and what they point to, but we must see how all this can become practical in the believer’s life; how does it apply in the individual lives of people. We want the fullness our inChristed Spirit operating in our lives.
Let us start this chapter by reading from Esther chapter 1 verse 13.
Esther 1:13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment: KJV
Next, we find seven men who are spoken of; they are men who saw the king’s face, these were men who sat first in the kingdom. Therefore, we had wise men who knew the times, saw the king and men who sat first in the kingdom.
Esther 1:14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) KJV
These seven people speak of what we would call “fore-runners” and “first-fruits” people. They each had access to the King’s presences, and the first in rank in the Kingdom. They speak of a group of people, all throughout the ages. When the Church, as a whole, decides, the spirit realm is a realm that we can really enter into; we will not be the first to have lived this life. There have been men and women, throughout history, who have seen these truths and have pushed their way through. These seven men, listed in verse fourteen, speak of perfection and this is on a seventh day. They speak of the completeness of what we have and are entering into an infinite awareness of.
The King asked these forerunners, “What should I do about the Queen not showing her self?” In verse sixteen, there is a mention of Memucan again. His name means, “To be upright, true, honorable, dignity and authority.” We see it as speaking with authority. He answered the King and the princes, “Vashti the queen, hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.”
Much of the Church is just happy with being what they think it means to “be saved”, and to have a status of having fire insurance. The thought here is that if the Church will not show the beauty of their inChristed life, she not only does a disservice to Father God and Jesus’ redemptive work, but she does a disservice to the princes, which are the leaders. The story continues to talk about women and ladies, which are the different stages of man in their growing up. If we do not decide that we are going to grow up, we do a disservice to everyone in the world.
Esther 1:17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. KJV
The word ‘despise’ is the Hebrew word that infers “neglect.” The king has asked the queen to come out and show her beauty and she said, “No.” The man of authority stands up and says, “If we do not do something about this, then the women in the kingdom will begin to neglect their husbands.” The thought there, is because there have been few Church fellowships who are willing to grow up into the fullness of Christ and begin to express the inChristed nature; therefore, the Church has become a weak expression of what Father has made them to be. Paul stated that many are weak, sick, and dying needlessly because they are not discerning (dissecting to the point of understanding) the body. Can it be possible for a Church to neglect the Christ-life (spirit-man) that Father has given it? Yes, it is highly possible, and the reason why, because until we as a Church starts expressing our true nature and life, we will just be another religion. Christianity is much more than a religion, it is a spiritual development, and will end in a perfect expression of the Head, or more accurately, it is the plural of Father God in a body.
Esther 1:18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. KJV
The ladies are a type of the Church and they get involved in contempt and wrath when they don’t show their beauty – inChristed-faced rather than man-faced. Why do Churches bicker and fight? It is because they think they are competing because they are trying to get more people. It is not in the numbers of people; it is in spiritual development. We have to become single-minded on bringing people to an awareness of who they are in Christ and their union with Father God, which will eliminate contention, strife and competition.
Esther 1:19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. KJV
A question that is not often asked is, “Does this please Father God?” In most fellowships the focus has been on what pleases the people. The message should be what pleases the King. We need to know what He wants of us. The key word in the book of Hebrews is “better.” It is a book that begins with a King that rises up and is anointed King of kings and Lord of lords, and He is better than and much more than any before Him. Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son, Thy Dwelling, God, forever and ever: a Word of righteousness the Word of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and detest lawlessness; therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee oil of gladness above thy participants. RERichmond MHPV
It’s interesting that Psalm 45 starts out in the first verse with the statement to the chief Musician upon Sho-shan'-nim, for the sons of Ko'rah, Mas'chil, A Song of loves. The word Mas’chil means “instruction.” This is a Psalm of instruction; it is a Psalm of a king and a queen.
Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. KJV
Then this Psalm begins to change; it starts talking about the Queen because it parallels to the book of Hebrews.
Psalms 45:1 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
In other Bible translations the margin states, “I confess the works of the King.” What this is talking about is the King’s work.
Psalms 45:2 Thou art fairer (the King in His thinking) than the children of men (Adam): grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee forever. 3 Gird thy sword (cloth yourself with the Word) upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. Verse 3 is talking about the King’s garment. 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Not only is he talking about Father/Jesus the head, but also Christ the body as His plural. 5Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people (the natural-minded man) fall under thee.
Zechariah 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
The “Lord’s arrow” is as a flash of light, speaking of revelation knowledge. Father opens His Word to us, as a lightning bolt and the enemies in our mind are brought to naught. As I study the Word of God, Father’s Holy Spirit shoots a lightning bolt of revelation through my head and it just explodes in me. That is what we want people to experience, as they feed on what comes out of our house. We pray that everything we teach and preach brings revelation knowledge to the hearer.
Psalms 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
Remember that Esther bathed in Myrrh for six months, and anointed constantly with Myrrh and other spices in the later six months. Now we see the garments of the King smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
Psalms 45:9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
Where does the Queen stand? At the right hand (in His power – in union with Him) and she is clothed in gold, which is the symbol of divine nature.
Psalms 45:10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;
What does it mean to forget thine own people, and thy father’s house? It means that in order to attend to this place as being the presences of the Lord, there has to be a kind of leaving your former or biological roots as far as identification.
Revelation chapter seven historically pictures this: These Anointed and Appointed ones did Forget (Manasses), and it never came to mind of the Old Covenant ways, nor did they seek after the man-made Ark of the Lord, nor remembered it not, for they had full understanding that Man is the Most Holy Place Dwelling of the Lord. They understand that there is no past, no future, only Now.
Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou image Father God, with good understanding as the Plural of God as Man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (Italics mine) This has become the way of the first-fruits company.
Jeremiah 3: 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. KJV
When Abraham came back from the destruction of the five kings who had taken Lot captive, he met Melchisdec, who was the prince of peace. He paid tithe to Melchisdec. Melchisedec is mentioned in the Book of Hebrews, the book about Jesus being better than the messengers of the Old Covenant, and the New Covenant being better than the Old; and, that we have better promises. Hebrew chapter seven talks about a better priesthood; that better priesthood is us. We are spiritual Israel, as are all people. We are not a priest after the order of the Old Testament, which would be the Mosaic Law. We are a priest after the order of Melchisedec and we have finally entered in behind the veil, to the Most Holy Place realm. We have entered into the rest of the Most Holy Place.
Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Christ in His resurrection was the forerunner who entered into the Most Holy Place that we are, and we have been drawn into this realm by His Holy Spirit to be priest, ourselves, after the order of Melchisedec, functioning out of the heavenly. So what is this family of priest like? Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
When Father God / Christ entered into man in fullness, ALL became the plural of Him, and are now this priesthood; whether we ever manifest that or not, we still are king/priest/prince of this world. Jesus swallowed up death, hell, and the grave of mankind being human; and we are all now of Father God. We no longer identify with a natural linage; we are of the heavenly man. Therefore, they who find their way as the throne room of Father God, and live in the above realm, which is the realm of life eternal it says of them: Psalm 45:10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;
This says the same thing as what we read in Hebrews. This does not mean that you do not love your parents and family anymore. It simply means you have entered into a new family, which includes your parents, but you do not identify with their natural linage, nor do you allow them to hold you back or tear you down.
Boaz (type of Jesus) spoke to Ruth and said that he had seen that she left her father, mother and the land of her nativity and has come into a people that she knew not, which is the same picture of leaving your father and mother. Esther did the same thing. You want to become a Star? Then you are going to have to leave your natural lineage mentality. What that means to me is freedom from the failures and experiences or even the good that came from your past experiences. You cannot ascend to being the throne room of God that you are if you are hooked up to your physical nature, always dwelling in the past of being good or bad. We are new creatures in Christ. Some people’s father and mother would be their denomination they have been in all of their life. Denominations can put a death hold on a person. Do not let them do that to you. Non-denominations can do that same thing. I have had no shortage of rejection from many of my religious family of the past, and from my biological family; but Father has graced me with a passion, mandate, and ability to continue. Is it easy, no, but there is a driving force in me that keeps me going.
Esther 2:7 And he (Mordecia) brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
We can go in Christianity as far as you want to go, but, you are going to have to follow some spiritual rules, and one is that you cannot see yourself hooked to the negative or positive past, of your natural family. You can take your family with you but do not let them hold you down. We could see this vital truth repeatedly through the Old Testament. Genesis 12:1 Abraham was told to leave His father also. This is very important for us to understand. I believe these are major pictures to show that we are not to live with a sin-consciousness; we are to have a righteous consciousness. We have been betrayed by our thoughts and because of that, people will not live as the Most Holy Place throne of God that they are. There is a higher life that we must experience, and it only comes from leaving what father and mother pictures. We must cut ourselves off, from the negative and positive aspects of our lineage and then rise up to the spiritual realm, to be who Father has made us to be.
Psalm 45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12 And the daughter of Tyre (Tyre means Rock) shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
This is pointing to Queen Sheba and she came to King Solomon with loads of blessings to give him. She had heard of this man called Solomon, whom God had given great wisdom. She said I heard about what God had done for you and she said it was more than I ever thought. She said that only half had been told her. People are going to hear that the Most Holy Place realm people, are experiencing great blessings upon their lives, but they are going to find out its far greater than they heard. I do believe there is a tremendous blessing on the lives of those who enter into this type of relationship with Father God. The greatest blessing that we have is perfect rest and peace with our Father - there is nothing more one could want.
Psalms 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
Amplified - Psalm 45:13 The King's daughter in the inner part [of the palace] is all glorious; her clothing is inwrought with gold.
Verse thirteen, is pointing out that once the women gets into or manifest her being His Most Holy Place, then she is all-glorious because she shows forth His glory. Once she, in her understanding, gets in them, there is nothing left but glory. The phrase “wrought gold,” means somebody worked it, but it was not you. Father God did that in the person of Jesus, the anointed one.
Psalms 45:14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
She is not being dragged or forced to go to the King, she is just flowing gently in her awareness that she and the King are one. Father’s Holy Spirit is bringing us to an awareness and consciousness that we are one with the King and that His life, is our life.
She is being brought in raiment of needlework. There are things that Jesus is working in us and things that He is working out of us – needlework. Ezekiel 43:11 states that we need to see the comings in thereof and the goings out thereof – Jesus’ redemptive work. The virgins, her companions that follow her, are talking about a company of virgins that came with Esther to the King. What this is saying is that not anybody that comes to the King will come by his or herself; they will be brought by people, who have awakened, and possess an infinite awareness of the Truth of the Gospel. The virgins, are the same virgins that Paul talked about when he said, I have espoused you to a husband as a chaste virgin – spiritually. Jesus’ redemptive work has made all pure and as a virgin before Father God. We just need to come to the King with all boldness, without fear and sing Hallelujah to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Once you see His great love for mankind, and His great redemptive work, He will draw the Hallelujah from your lips.
Evangelism is the point here. The message we teach at Tree of Life Ministries, will make an evangelist out of a person, if that person sees and understands. When that person walks, as the presences of Father God, then they will draw other people up higher with them. The only reason a person will not draw people up is because they are not living in the above realm themselves.
Psalm 45:15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
We find the phrase “shall be brought” again. You might have thought you came to what we can know and understand today, on your own. Think again, you were brought by the drawing of Father’s Spirit, to a Messenger Priest / Pastor who had Bread and Wine for you. He has brought us all to a place of growing up into the Mighty Priest and Blessings that we are.
Now, the next verse is to the King.
Psalm 45:16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
We are so thankful for the fathers of ages past, but Father God is lifting up the children of the fathers and making them the princes of this planet. Solomon was the son of King David, and look what Solomon had. He had so much silver (redemptive understanding) that they had piles and piles of it, so much so, they used it as mortar for his temple.
17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee forever and ever.
I am so glad Father is bringing us higher and higher into the awareness and consciousness of whom He is, and who we are, as the plural of Him, to rule and reign over planet earth.
Hege (hay-gay) the Keeper of the Women
In this story of Esther, we have seen that there was a feast that the people were invited to, which was a feast that pictured a spiritual feast on revelation knowledge, concerning the Word of God. In our study of other people in the Old Testament, we find a feast every time. In Ruth there was a feast, for Benjamin there was a feast, and in the Book of Revelation 3:20, Jesus offers the believers to come, sit and sup with Him. This is a feast on their oneness with Him. The Book of Job in type is of Jesus. It begins with a feast, with seven sons and three daughters, which speaks of a full-grown son (seven – maturity) and the three (three being the number for resurrection) daughters picture the Church in the Old Testament. Therefore, we see the resurrected Church and the grown up Son, and they have a feast. We know that the Feasts of the Lord, which we are to feed on, are important. We have been feasting on revelation truths for over fifteen years now at Tree of Life Ministries, and it just keeps getting better and better. Father has been actively making us Stars that shine light, so we will direct other people to look up into the heavenlies (spirit realm). I am not ashamed to say that I am now a Spiritual Practitioner, meaning one who teaches others how to live out of his or her spirit.
We have seen in our study of Esther, that she had an uncle by the name of Mordecai. His name means “little man, crushed by rebellion or dedicated to Mars.” Mordecai points to Paul the Apostle, who shared with mankind the greatest revelation the Bible has, that is man’s union with Father God as His inChristed Sons. How can these meanings point to Paul? First, Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin, and so was Mordecai. He was a Benjamite, which means “son of the right hand.” We know that Paul, in the natural, was a little man. We also know that one of His greatest messages was delivered at Mars Hill. It was on, where Paul said, “. . . it is in Him that we live, move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Apart from Jesus, there was nobody that was crushed by the rebellious people who would not submit to the plan of God, as Paul was.
The greatest way that Mordecai points to Paul is in the fact that he was a Benjamite. Mordecai was Esther’s elder cousin and her teacher. Mordecai adopted her, taught her, and then brought her to Hege. He is found in chapter 2:3 of Esther.
Esther 2:3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them:
Hege points to Father’s Holy Spirit; Mordecai points to the Pauline revelation, what we would call the New Testament revelation. We cannot understand, without the Epistles, what really happened in Jesus’ redemptive work. If all we had were the four Gospels, we would be blind to the reality of what took place, not just physically but also spiritually. The people who witnessed with their natural eyes did not know what happened. Peter did not know how far reaching Jesus’ work was, until around ten years after that perfect work. He was up on his roof top one day, and God in a vision showed him all kinds of living creatures coming down in a sheet. Father told him to eat, and there were unclean animals (in Peter’s estimation) in there. Peter said, “No, I’ve never taken anything unclean.” Father said, “What I have cleaned, do not call uncommon.” Then Peter was taken to the Gentiles (Those who were not Jews.). He did not even know the Gentiles had been affected by what Jesus had done to redeem all. The way Peter knew the Gentiles were involved in what Jesus did, is that they too were quickened by Father’s Holy Spirit, and to they who gave audience to what Peter shared; they all began to speak openly and magnify God. (Acts 10:46-47) By experience, he discovered this truth. Paul got it by revelation. Others then received the Pauline revelation. Paul talked to Peter about this, but Peter did not get it.
The Epistles of Paul are vital to the body of Christ. If we do not understand what Father has spoken through Paul, that we are in union with Father God as His plural (inChristed), then we miss out on much of what Jesus’ work has provided for us.
In this historical story of Esther, she is going to become one with King A-has- uerus. They are going to get married. This marriage union is going to save the nation that Esther came from. We teach Esther as being the Church and Jesus is the King, and that we need to come together and produce life. However, that revelation knowledge does not register in a person, until they have a very good understanding of the Pauline Revelation. Paul wrote in First Corinthians that he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. When Jesus put Father’s life back in man, all became one with Him just as much as Jesus was before the Cross. Our life and His life are the same life. Our spirit life is the same life and we are beginning to experience the reality of that in our minds and bodies. All get their life from God’s Spirit within them. There is always a Mordecai, (a teacher), in every story in the Bible; and there is always a Benjamin and a Feast. Something is always learned in the stories of our Bible.
Esther 2:8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
Who would we suppose brought Esther to Hegai? It was Mordecai that brought her. When we get to the New Testament, where do anointed Messenger Teachers of the Church bring us? They bring us into the things of the Spirit of God. They are empowered of Father’s Holy Spirit to be Scribes/Teachers, Apostles, Pastors, Prophets, and Evangelists to bring us into the understanding of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Hegai is called the “King’s Chamberlin, the keeper of the women.” The word keeper refers to “guards, protector, to attend to.” It means, “To exercise great care over.” Does that sound like what the Holy Spirit does through a Most Holy Place Priest to the Church? They are Angels (messengers) and the Word states that He gives His messengers charge over the Church. I like that because my name is Roy Edward Richmond and the definitions of my names are Royal (Roy) King (Edward) The Protector King (Richmond). The Spirit of God, through a people, exercises great care over the Church as the Church will allow Him to.
Mordecai points to the Pauline Revelation and he brings Esther to the keeper of the women. The Church is always called the woman; she is the Bride of Christ. She is also called the Mother of us all. Therefore, Hege receives from Mordecai this woman, Esther.
Esther 2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.
It said, “He speedily gave her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her.” The Spirit of God gave her ‘things’.
Now back before the Queen could come into the presences of the King, she had to go through a year of purification. She was bathed or cleansed six months with myrrh, then six months with other spices. Six months to take off the smell of what she used to be, then six more months to put the smell of the King on her. That is exactly what happens to those who will come to Father God. He deals with us by removing a wrong mindset, and then He shows us our true clothing, which is righteousness. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says that He gives the fragrance of the Lord Jesus, by us, everywhere. Everywhere we go, we should smell of the spices of our inChristed life.
Many times, I have been walking out in public and have passed certain people. We stop in our tracks and just look at each other for a second. I will say, “Do I know you?” and they will say, “I don’t think so, but you sure look familiar.” We talk for a while and then conclude there is no way we know each other in the natural, but then find out that we are attracted because of our inChristed spirit. It happens repeatedly. Like attracts like and we are all One (spirit-soul-body, being ONE) – when we know that, then the corporate body (All) will be drawn together more and more as One. We should smell of the odours of Christ and see the out workings of our true character and nature.
With that in mind, let us glean from John chapter 14.
John 14:15 If ye love Me, guard my authoritative work. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17 the Spirit of truth; whom carnal thinking people cannot receive, because they discern him not, neither be aware, have knowledge of, can speak of or understand him: ye know; for he (Jesus in a body) dwelleth with you, and I Exist in you. RERichmond MHPV
Everyone has Father’s spirit in them, and then there are many who have allowed Him to quicken their understanding by that Spirit and make them alive to the THINGS of the Operation of Father God, so that He can be their teacher. We have the person Hege who points to that which is within us. Father’s Spirit is in every part of being; He will be our guide and teacher if we let Him, for He is the Spirit of Truth.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will activate in you all, he shall teach you all things that I came to do, and bring all things of my redemptive work to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
We find that Hege gave her the things for her purification, with the things that were her portion. He will help you go beyond the written Word, and to see the Word (Jesus Christ) in the written Word. You then go beyond the natural understanding into the spiritual understanding. God is spirit, and His Words are spirit and life, so they must be understood by spirit. In the natural if I converse with you, I understand you by the words that come out of your mouth by my ears. I perceive you by the image I see of you with my eyes, and I can smell your odor by my nose. The only real way we can understand the things (Jesus’ redemptive work) of God is by spirit. We must allow Father God to teach us to function out of His Spirit, and then and only then can we understand the hidden nuggets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with revelation knowledge. I thank you Father that you have given us eyes that can see and ears that can hear!
Jesus said, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do these things.” These “things” are the effect of what He had done. For every effect, there is a cause, and the things that Jesus did, produced the most powerful affect any age has ever seen. Adam released what I called “the Adam Bomb”, and it affected all humanity from the first Adam to Jesus’ resurrection, and this natural planet we live on. However, Jesus’ work on the Cross and subsequent resurrection was much greater than the Adam Bomb. His work went all the way back to Adam, and dealt with that problem, and then went forward to every man, woman, boy and girl, that will ever be born of a woman. He brought them perfect reconciliation with God / I AM / Spirit, and an opportunity to live life out of the eternal life realm, which is to walk with Father God in the heavenly while being in a redeemed body on planet earth.
Jesus did not say, “Happy are you if you understand the theology of the Word or even understand with revelation knowledge.” He said, “If you know these things, happy are you if you “do these things.” This implies that what you know becomes you. This is speaking of messengers who become the message, not just preachers of the message of the Gospel. I know by experience that the happiest of times for me is when I am privileged to be the message in others lives and I am used to be Father God, in flesh to people who are in need of Him. It is much more enjoyable than just preaching the message.
The greatest things Father God can give a person are not things they can hold in their hands; but things one can hide in their very being. The “things” that Father’s Holy Spirit is here to give us are revelations of Father God Himself and of His perfect redemptive work in the person of Jesus Christ.
We picture Hege as Father’s Holy Spirit because he was a chamberlain, a chamberlain is a eunuch. Jesus said there were eunuchs that were born in that condition; and then there were eunuchs that were made so by men, or there are eunuchs who have become eunuchs for the Kingdom sake. A eunuch is someone who is incapable of producing seed. Some people today are, in their understanding “saved,” however, they are never going to reproduce a lot because it is all about them and what they can get. Their mind set is their relationship with Father God is for being in the, “give me club”. Then there are those who have been made eunuchs by men. They sat under hard taskmasters (religious systems of this world) and they have kept them so worn out; they will never be able to produce seed. Then there are those who have been made eunuchs for the Kingdom sake. They took care of the King’s harem. The King would only be confident of that man taking care of his harem if the man was incapable of having sexual relationship with the women and impregnating them with something of himself. Hege pictures a priesthood who will take care of the Church and will never plant anything in the Church that is of itself. Those are the angels (messengers) who have been given charge over you. That is what Hege was. Remember what Jesus said of Father’s Holy Spirit - …He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself;for whatsoever He hears He will show you things. John 16:13 and John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Father’s speaks to our Spirit, and preaches about Jesus and His redemptive work. Father’s Holy Spirit has one purpose in mind, which is to exalt the work of Jesus and show us the things of Jesus’ work.
Therefore, we see that Hege brings Esther the things for her purification, that which her portion was. Jesus had some great things to do to man and He wanted to tell the disciples, but they could not understand what He was going to do. The main purpose for Father’s Holy Spirit in us is to teach us of Jesus’ redemptive work. Acts 1:8 said He would give us power to be witness’s unto Jesus. That power is the revelation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said that the preaching of the Gospel is the power of God to bring salvation to everyone that believes. We cannot witness for the Lord until we have been a witness of the Lord.
What were the things that the disciples could not understand? The first thing was they could not understand the Kingdom of God. They thought any minute He was going to set up an earthly kingdom for Himself, and for them to rule in. Jesus constantly revealed to them that the Kingdom of God would come within them. They could not understand that.
They also could not understand the following statement Jesus said to them as recorded in Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
They had no clue as to what He was inferring. Jesus was talking about going to Jerusalem and being spitefully mis-treated, being spit on, nailed to the Cross and dying there as all humanity. Jesus would have loved to share that with His disciples, but they could not bear nor understand those things. Their idea of a Messiah had nothing to do with crucifixion. They were taught that He would come and drive the Romans out, set up an earthly Kingdom, much like what a lot of people are looking for today, with the exception that they think He’s coming back to do something He’s already done. Then take them to a perceived planet called heaven. Peter knew He was the Son of God, but He did not know what He was there to do.
We are learning what it is that we are to show forth as the stars that Father has made us already – an Esther group of people. Now that we understand the Pauline Revelation, the whole Bible has come alive to us at Tree of Life Ministries, and we are shining the revelation of Jesus Christ more and more through our whole being. Father God is the Father of light, and we have been a very bright light to the world around us.
Luke 9:43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, 44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid (veiled) from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying. [Italics mine]
He was telling them that He was going to die as all and for all, and they could not understand. Many Christians today still cannot understand those things. They and we need Father’s Holy Spirit to be our constant teacher.
In Matthew chapter sixteen, Peter said he knew that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Jesus said to him, “Flesh and blood has not revealed that to you, but it was revealed to you of the Father.”
Then right after that; began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, traducer-hinderer: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest (have no interest or exercise the mind too) not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. [Matt 16:21-23] RRichmond MHPV
Notice the last verse states “the things that be of God.” He told them what He was going to do in His passion, and they had no interest in hearing these things. Peter said, “No, you’re not going!” and Jesus said, “Get thee behind me you hinderer, you’re trying to traduce me from my intended purpose because you have no interest nor understand the things that be of God.” Hege gave Esther things that speak of the very things that Jesus spoke. “The things” always speak of the death, burial, and resurrection. Those things will absolutely produce the purification of our mind.
Paul came along later and said to the Church at Corinth, But we speak wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [1 Corinthians 2:7 with the added words removed]. He told them that the things we speak are the hidden wisdom. All the mystery and mighty secrets of Father God, we can now speak, because He the Teacher is inside of us, to speak to us and help us explain Jesus’ work. Paul’s revelation was the hidden wisdom, which none of the princes (man) of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. [Verse 8] Can you see that the hidden wisdom had to do with every aspect of Jesus’ redemptive work? It is the revelation of Crucified, Died, Buried and Quickened, Raise and Seated.
The things, that they could not bear; that had not happened yet, all pertained to Jesus’ redemptive work. There was no way they could have understood Jesus was going to take them to the Cross, to the judgment, and to the grave with Him, pay the price and then we would all resurrect into a new creation life with Him. People today cannot understand because they will not allow Father’s Holy Spirit to teach them these things. There is a great shortage of Churches, Pastors and Teachers who will teach these THINGS; the things of Jesus Christ. Seek ye first these THINGS. We know that all THINGS work for the good, for those who love the Lord and are called to feed on the Table of Shewbread.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
The word ‘man’ is speaking of man living and thinking like a mere man or human, not spirit. It is the Greek NT word #444 anthropos (anth'-ro-pos); man-faced, as a human being: Not living as God faced to shew true self. This is an Old Testament quote for Isaiah fifty-four. A man face person with their breath in their nostrils cannot understand the THINGS, which God HATH prepared for man.
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
So we can see how Hege pictures Father’s Holy Spirit?
1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the THINGS of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit (physical sense realm) of the world, but the spirit, which is of God; that we might know the THINGS that are freely given to us of God.
Esther did not have to pay for those things that made her a Queen.
1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Father’s Holy Spirit is teaching us the things that are ours.
Remember, there were many, many women that came at the time of the decree to find the King a Queen. He was looking for a Queen and many women came, but only one was chosen.
Esther 2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.
What do these seven maidens speak of which were “meet to be given her”? It speaks of the fact that you will never bring others with you until you receive the THINGS that belong to you, the THINGS given by the Spirit of God. If you find out what belongs to you and who you are by the Spirit of God, I guarantee you that you will not come to the throne by yourself. The word ‘preferred’ is OT: 8138 shanah (shaw-naw'); to fold, i.e. duplicate (literally or figuratively); by implication, to transmute, change, alter, transform, metamorphose: KJV - double, (be given to) change.
He moved her and her maids to the best place of the house. We are the house of God are we not? Therefore, I would say the best place is the Holy of Holies. She was changed from one place to the best place. She was chosen for one reason and we can see that reason in the next verse.
Esther 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
The ladies could wear or take anything into the presence of the King that they wanted to. What did Esther want? She wanted only the things that Hege gave her; only the things that the Holy Spirit gave her. You will not go into an intimate relationship with Father God because you have material things and natural abilities. She only wanted what Father’s Holy Spirit gave her. She obtained favor (His image) in the sight of all them that looked upon her; she became the Queen.
The only thing we need to enter into, all that we are in union with Him, is the things that Hege (Father’s Holy Spirit) gives us. We do not have to have the finest Church in town, have the greatest teachers or any kind of degree; but we need to take the things He has given us, that belong to us already.
We are already accepted because He is present in us; we just need the Spirit of God to show us how accepted we are. We cannot be any more accepted, than He living in us and us in Him.
The Royal Crown
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour 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. Esther 2:17
In the last chapter of this book, we want to change gears a little bit. We have not begun to exhaust all the types, shadows and pictures in this book; but we will revisit it again someday.
The book of Esther points to how a believer can grow to the point to where he or she can affect other people from his or her relationship with Father God, the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Bible book of Esther talks about a woman who becomes the Queen, and because of the relationship she had with the King, her nation the Jews, were delivered from death. This needs to happen in the age that we live in because far too many people are living in an illegal realm of death and not life, and life more abundantly. Very few people, including people who call themselves, “Christians”, have any understanding of the THINGS of Father God, and they do not know Him and Him who He sent. The consequences of being dead (no understanding) to Him, is man is not experiencing life eternal.
Esther speaks to us of how a believer can grow up and develops such a relationship with Father God – Jesus Christ – Father’s Holy Spirit that other people are rescued, awakened, and brought out of a place of non-existence, by the manner of being risen with Him in experience. From this context -NT: 4891 sunegeiro (soon-eg-i'-ro); to rouse (from death) in company with, to revivify (spiritually) in resemblance to: KJV - raise up together, rise with. NT: 1453 egeiro (eg-i'-ro); (through the idea of collecting one's faculties); to waken, to rouse (literally, from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, and nonexistence): NT: 4862 sun (soon); a primary preposition denoting union; with or together, by association, companionship, and completeness.
If one goes even further in the study of that phrase, he or she will find the Greek word NT: 58 agora (ag-or-ah') means properly, the town-square (as a place of public resort); by implication, a market, thoroughfare, or a city. We are the city of God and we become that in reality when we put our faith in the operation of God. So when Father’s Queen, Bride of Christ, wakes up to who She is, then she will come to such an intimate relationship with her King that she will, turn around and bring the Truth of the Gospel to a people and save them from the path of imminent death that they are on.
We have seen that Esther’s name means “Star.” A star pictures one who has been lifted up into a heavenly understanding and mindset (mind of Christ), and into a spiritual walk with Father God to where he or she is living out of one’s spiritual resources, which is his or her true supply. They have such an understanding of God’s purpose for His Sons, and what He did to obtain it; that they can speak of it in detail, with a clear sounding Word. Possessing Christ-Life has never been another opportunity for a man or woman to live a better life with their self-efforts. It is not “a do better” way of life. Our Christ-Life is a power, out of which to live better, and the power comes from the invisible realm of our spirit, not from what we do in the visible realm. Father’s Holy Spirit within us is the only power and force that will cause us to grow up into Him in all things (logos). We must draw from Him (Mind of Christ), rather than our outward mind (thought realm). When we do that, we grow up and our thoughts are renewed to the point that we only think godly and righteous thoughts. Then our spirit will create what we think. Isaiah fifty-seven states that Father God creates, brings down or cuts down from the invisible realm, to the visible, the fruit of your lips (germinates) and gives peace to all those who were alive then, and those before then and to age after age. He gave a promise to heal (make whole) all mankind. He did all that in the finished work of Jesus Christ. What a message we have to preach, teach and explain! He did more than just forgave people, He made all, righteous – right with Him.
Once we come to know the King in an intimate way and understand His perfect Operation (the Gospel); then we possess the power out of which to live, to go forth, and bring deliverance to the souls of mankind. The power that brings wholeness in every realm is the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our life in Him and His life in us. There is no longer two, but One. Jesus Christ – Father God – Father’s Holy Spirit came to dwell within man. It is no longer a self-effort thing, a try harder and constantly asking Father to do something He has already done. He forgave all in the work of Jesus Christ, and more than that, He has made us brand new; so we are not the ones that needed forgiveness. We are those who just repent (by faith, turn, and go the other way); by faith in what, in the perfect work of Jesus Christ. All before the Cross, needed to be forgiven. We are not of the first man Adam; we are of and are the Last Man Adam – New Creation Beings – One.
Esther pictures to us, a people who are learning to live in and out of his or her re-born spirit. They have enlightenment to point other people to their true spiritual life. A life that provides true fulfillment will only come from the invisible realm of spirit. None of the physical wants man has been seeking in the visible realm will provide fulfillment. Only that which comes from the invisible will produce anything with permanence in the visible. When we understand that fact, then we will not seek healing in our body, our mind, our finances, and our social relationships. We will then walk in Divine Life, which is permanence of Life in every realm.
Jesus said, “A man must be born again”, and He was the one Father God chose to do that through, and guess what? We were all in Him when He was the Man who was born again. We were also in Him when He was resurrected, and we all became New Creation, righteous beings, at that point. He removed the Old and brought forth the New. The Church as a whole has not taught the truth of the Gospel, because they have not come to a relationship with Her King. They have not discovered what He did and the life She (All) has available to Her (All) is a now Life.
Esther points to us those who are being awakened. We saw that there was a feast put on by the King, and how that points to the revelation knowledge of the Word of God. Esther was actually the second Queen that the King had. The first Queen was denied her relationship with the King because she refused to show her glory (shew Him in her). Ultimately, the object of our being new is for us to grow up into Father God – Jesus Christ – His Holy Spirit in such a way that the beauty that is in the invisible realm of our spirits will come upon us to the visible, so that His glory is seen. Father needs us to not only tell other people about Him, but also to show Him in our very own lives. We do not want to be mere man-faced or human-faced. We want to shew Him – shew bread; we want to be the bread for people to feed on. He makes us bread, to the hungry. Let us see this fact in the book of Isaiah.
Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
What Jesus did is what we offer to all who are bound up with the religions of men and the systems of this world, by taking the heavy burdens and yokes off them. Letting them go free, by “dealing thy bread” to the hungry and poor, which are those who have no revelation knowledge.
We also discovered that Esther had been brought to a place, through the ministry of Hege and Mordecai, where she was accepted by the King, to take Vashti’s place. Mordecai speaks to us of a clear understanding of the Word (Pauline Revelation); Hege speaks to us of Father’s Holy Spirit. The revelation of the Word of God will bring a person into such a spirit-controlled life. He/she will have an ever-increasing relationship with Father God – Jesus – Father’s Holy Spirit.
It is vital that everyone knows who he or she is as inChristed Sons of God. In our understanding we must put off our false belief of being an old man (mere humans), and put on the knowledge that we are New Creation beings, in perfect union with Him and as the plural of Father God.
We need to answer a question after going through this study. What have we personally done to appropriate what we have learned from the book of Esther? How have we taken these truths to make them practical in our lives and the lives of those around us? If we do not know how to apply these truths in our lives, then we will just have a bunch of information and not be any help to anyone. Like the author of the book of Isaiah states, “We will have brought no help to the earth.” We are pregnant with His life and nature; however, most will not give birth to the manifestation if he or she does not let these things become a present reality. What have we done to apply what we are learning to our lives?
It is great to know that there is a Message in every book of the Bible. However, if we do not apply the Message to our lives, how far have we gone in maturity? How much closer are we to being a Star that brings people to the King and brings deliverance to them, than we were before we heard these truths? How do we apply these things and how do we grow up? Well, it is not done by just coming to Church, giving of our tithes and offerings, then going back into the world systems and living the best life, we can.
The King Gave Esther a Golden Royal Crown
What does the King giving Esther a golden royal crown point to? It speaks to us of leaning our understanding, to the renewing mind (mind of Christ) that every person on planet Earth must enter into constantly. Every man, woman, boy and girl must enter into an awareness and consciousness of the THINGS of God and their righteousness in and of Him.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We have already been made Righteous, New, Acceptable, Holy, a Royal Nation, kings, lords, the Prince of this Earth and on and on. Nevertheless, in order for us to believe these facts, we must understand who we are, with an inChristed life within us, by the changing (renewing) of our mind (thoughts). We must allow Father’s Holy Spirit to do what it was placed within us to do, and that is to teach us of the THINGS of Jesus’ redemptive work and who we are in Him and as Him – what that means to us.
Most people, who come to Church buildings, do what the Church has called, “Get saved,” and have never experienced the transformation process. They have never fed on the Feasts of Un-leaven bread. They were fed the leaven (sin conscious) bread that they were just “sinners saved by grace,” and that “they were forgiven, but not perfected.” Leaven stands for sin, un-leaven depicts feeding without consciousness of any sin; we are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. Because of this false teaching, they never came to Father’s Feasts at all. They have never really understood the reality of Passover, Un-leaven Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, or Tabernacles. I am so thankful that Father brought me to a priesthood of believers that were willing to teach me things, and I am ever learning more and more of these truths. Go to www.treeoflifeok.com and order the book “The Feasts of the Lord” for a greater understanding of these vital Feasts. The Most Holy Place understanding of the Feasts of the Lord is vital to every believer. It pictures the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and brings one to the understanding that they are no longer of the first man Adam. I have heard many preachers try to explain what happened to us by using a caterpillar changing into a butterfly, and as sweet as that story sounds, it is totally in error. Why? It is because the butterfly still has the caterpillar’s blood in it. Jesus did not make fallen mankind (humanity) better. He made all things new – no one has the DNA or blood of the first man Adam.
We are of Father God. The first man Adam was made of the dust of the earth, and it repented Father God for making him that way. We are made of spirit and are life-giving spirits. If any man be in Christ (All are); he, she, they are new creatures. How do we know all are in Christ? We know because Jesus drew ALL into Him, not just a few. In John 12:30-32, it states, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all into me”; and there is no place that shows where anyone got out of Him. In Acts chapter ten, Peter had a dream and saw a sheet come down with all kinds of creatures in it, some of them were considered unclean in his religious perception. Father God told him to eat of them and Peter said, “No, I’ve not eaten anything unclean.” Father responded to him in Acts 10:15 And the voice spake unto Peter again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Then we read in the book of Timothy, that He is the Saviour of All – not just a few, and for those who believe He will bring awareness and reality of His perfect salvation to their mind and body.
From these Scriptures, it is clear that the old creature character and nature (human-kind) does not exist any longer. What happened to that beast nature? It was crucified in Jesus, and every aspect of the fall was removed. Father’s life was placed back into His Sons. We did not come to Church or “To Father” to get cleaned up; He has already made us clean. We came to find out how He did it, so we can believe in His perfect work and no longer follow rules and regulations of men. Then we can accept His gift of salvation and enjoy what He did, living our lives with Him as the plural of Him.
Paul said, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
This set of Scriptures is commonly used in funeral services, and it helps people to some degree, but it is not what Paul was referring to. He is saying that we would rather be absent from the dictates of the flesh (the five sense realm). I do not want to judge my life based on the outward physical realm, so I am willing to be absent from the dictates of the outward man flesh realm, and be present with the manifest presence of the Lord. That is all Paul is saying there. There are a people in the earth today that have only one desire. David said, “I have one desire and that is to dwell in (as) the house of the Lord and behold His beauty forever.” Dwelling in/as the house of the Lord is to live out of the heavens. There are a people in the earth today that has one desire, that is that they would be the expression of their true selves, which is who they are as inChristed Sons of God. There is only one way this is going to happen. It is when a people have their level of God awareness raised to see that God is the life of their being. Christ is their life; and there is only one power. He is omnipotent (the only power), He is omniscience (the only intelligence and mind) and He is omnipresent (present everywhere). When you look at the appearance realm that presents its self to you as a power, just stop and think about the fact that Father God is the only power and His is the only knowledge and He is everywhere, including in you.
We are growing up, into being Him, in all things. The “things” are every aspect of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Once one has an inward grasping of the Operation of God, then they will experience tremendous spiritual growth. We need our thoughts and beliefs renewed more than anything else. It is not just positive thinking, but thinking in line with the Truth of the Word of God.
This Royal Crown, that Queen Vashti was to have placed on her head, to come into the presences of the King and the people, speaks to us of possessing a Covenant mentality – leaning to our spirit. It is the same Royal Crown, which was put on Mordecai, a Benjamite, who was in type the Apostle Paul, and us who have an understanding of the Pauline Revelation. Remember when Haman sought to have Mordecai hanged; Queen Esther revealed the plot to the King? I believe this to be a picture of many religious ministers, who want, in their estimation, the “no name” preachers who are preaching, teaching, and explaining the Truth of the Gospel to go away. Because these Most Holy Place Priests, are revealing Truth, these religious-minded ministers, unbeknownst to them, plot to keep the Church as children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:14 (Paraphrased) .
Haman was the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, and prime minister of Ahasuerus, the Persian king after 486 BC. As Agag was a title of the kings of the Amalekites, it is supposed that Haman was a descendent from the royal family of that nation. Either he or his father probably found his way to Persia as a captive or hostage, and had an intense hatred for the Jews. His conspiracies against Mordecai and the Jews, the discovery of his plot, and his own execution are graphically revealed in the book of Esther. Agag was the king of the Amalekites whose army was defeated by the forces of Saul. Instead of slaying Agag as God told him to do, Saul spared his life. Because of his disobedience, Saul was rebuked by the prophet Samuel, and rejected by the Lord. David was then anointed king in Saul’s place. However, before Agag could be killed, as God had commanded, he sired a boy. The boy that was sired of Agag grew up; finished Saul off after Saul fell on his own sword, and did not die.
This is the story that is recorded in 2 Samuel 1:1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; 2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. 3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? 6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. 8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9 And he said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. 10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord. 11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: 12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. 13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered; I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed? 15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. 16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.
The Word of God tells us David, the righteous King, finished off the fruit of the wrongly kept Amalekite King, Agag. The revelation of Jesus’ finished work will do the same thing for us; it will finish off the wrongly kept mindset that we are still of the first man Adam – “sinners save by grace” and so forth. We are exhorted in the Pauline Revelation to put that mindset off and put on the truth of who we are and what Jesus did. That is what Haman pictures, the religious lies that want to keep you from rising up to be everything Father has made you to be. Do not drink the Kool-Aid those worldly systems offer you.
Let us see who also ended up with the Crown Royal on his head.
Esther 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? 7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour. 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou has spoken.
Mordecai ended up with a covenant mentality (Royal Crown) on his head because he willingly taught Esther all the things that pertain to bringing deliverance to the Jews of that day. He pictures the people that we have become, who have been made deliverers with a Royal Crown understanding, revelation knowledge. Haman ended up hanging on the very gallows he intended for Mordecai. Haman could not traduce Father God’s intended purpose for the deliverance of His people because Father had a Queen (Esther) and a Most Holy Place Priest (Mordecai) and Hege (Father’s Holy Spirit) already in place. It all came together just as He had planned. Today everything that Father has prepared for the age we live in is coming together very quickly. We need to let what is pictured in this Old Testament story work and become practical in our lives.
The remainder of the Book of Esther is the result of Esther rising up to do what was right and save her people. It is a wonderful story; and it is a perfect picture of what is taking place today in the Stars Father God is waking up presently. I trust that you, the reader, have been encouraged and quickened to Father’s purpose in your life, and that you will allow Father’s Holy Spirit to teach you the THINGS that will bring deliverance to your world, and that is the THINGS of Jesus’ redemptive work. A great place to start your study would be to read our book, The Redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and The Pauline Revelation Volume 1 & 2. Those are the three studies that were taught to me of which changed my life, and has been updated yearly, which has changed the lives of those we minister to, forever. Now, with the knowledge of Jesus’ redemptive work, the whole Bible just unfolds greater and greater every time we search it out for the concealed THINGS, the Operation of God. We now have put our faith in the Operation of God and because of that, we are experiencing the reality of being risen with Him by being roused from a place of non-existence, from sleep, from disease, and the death of not knowing Him. We are the City of God – Zion.
Subject to being updated, as we learn more how to live with our spirit eye wide open.
Tree of Life Ministries International
Dr. Roy E. Richmond
625 S. W. 158th Terrace – Oklahoma City, OK 73170 USA
 John 20:15 She, supposing him to be the gardener… Mark 16:12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. He appeared, after His resurrection, in many other forms (individual members of One man).
 NT:3933 parthenos (par-then'-os); of unknown origin;
 OT: 6440 paniym (paw-neem'); plural (but always as singular) of an unused noun [paneh (paw-neh');
 James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. KJV
 OT:2986 yabal (yaw-bal'); properly, to flow; causatively, to bring (especially with pomp): KJV - bring (forth), carry, lead (forth).
 The Redemptive work of Jesus Christ – Crucified, Died, Buried & Quickened, Raise and Seated
 Hosea 6:2 After two days will He revive us: in the third day He (Father God – Jesus Christ – Father’s Holy Spirit) will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. The word ‘sight’ is the plural of a noun. The noun in this sentence is the word ‘His” – we live as the Plural of Father God – Jesus Christ.