Such A Time As This? Trump Is Like Biblical Queen Esther Who Saved Jews in Persia, Says Pompeo

Queen Esther is the heroine of the Purim story, in which the Jewish people who live in the sprawling Persian Empire are saved from Haman’s evil scheme to annihilate them.
Chapter 1: King Achashveirosh of Persia holds two giant parties, and he has his wife, Vashti, executed.
Chapter 2: A search for new queen results in Esther (cousin of the Torah sage Mordechai) being taken to the palace, but not sharing her Jewish identity. Together, they save the king from two plotting palace staffers.
Chapter 3: The evil advisor, Haman, convinces the king to have all the Jews in his empire executed on one day: Adar 13.
Chapter 4: Mordechai prevails upon Esther to intercede before the king.
Chapter 5: Esther invites the king and Haman to a private party, at which she invites both of them to a second party. Haman decides to erect gallows on which to hang Mordechai, who bravely refuses to bow to him.
Chapter 6: The king is unable to sleep, and on that night is reminded that he never rewarded Mordechai for saving his life. He asks Haman to parade Mordechai around town, dressed in royal clothing, riding the king’s horse.
Chapter 7: At the second party, Esther tells the king that Haman wishes to exterminate her people. Enraged, the king has Haman strung up on the gallows he had prepared.
Chapter 8: Orders are issued in the king’s name, authorizing the Jews to defend themselves and kill those who wish to kill them.
Chapter 9: The Jews defend themselves on Adar 13 and rest on Adar 14. In the capital of Shushan, an extra day is needed, and the rest is delayed to Adar 15. Esther has the events recorded, and scrolls are sent to Jews all over.
(At the point in the story that describes how the 10 sons of Haman were killed and hanged on the gallows, the words in the Megillah are actually stacked in a column, using a format seen in just a few places in scripture.)
Chapter 10: The events are included in the records of Persia and Media, and Mordechai is a wildly popular viceroy.
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 (KJV)
Now fast forward to 2019 and Iran (Persia) wants to annihilate Israel again and drive them into the sea to remember their name no more, to which Israel should be “wiped off the map”!
New painting from Jon McNaughton
New painting from Jon McNaughton
U.S. secretary of state tells Christian broadcaster during the trip to the Middle East he ‘certainly believes it’s possible’ the president is like the queen, after whom a book in the Hebrew Bible is named.
JERUSALEM – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it’s “possible” that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament.
Pompeo made the statement Thursday in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on his trip to the Middle East.
The interviewer asked if Trump is “like Queen Esther,” who interceded with her husband to save Jews in what was then Persia and is now Iran. Trump has backed new sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its ability to threaten Israel.
Pompeo said in response that “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.”
The secretary of state recently drew criticism for holding a briefing exclusively for “faith-based” journalists.
Pompeo on Friday vowed new measures against what he said was the “threat” from Iran.
In response to Pompeo’s likening of Trump to Queen Esther, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted the differences between the President and Queen: “Esther was loyal. Esther was discreet. Esther was humble. Esther rarely tweeted insults of dead war heroes.”
Dan Shapiro
@DanielBShapiro
Differences between Queen Esther & Donald Trump:
Esther was loyal.
Esther was discreet.
Esther was humble.
Esther rarely tweeted insults of dead war heroes.
Esther’s courage in saving our people enhances the fact that she was a role model in many other ways. Another difference.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March. 22, 2019. Mike Pompeo arrived in Lebanon on Friday amid strong regional condemnation of President Donald Trump’s declaration that it’s time the U.S. recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Mr. President, I had a vision of you being in Such A Time As This against unprecedented odds! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Israel WILL RECLAIM HER LAND!
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on March 21, 2019

 

 

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