The Fast of Esther (תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר – Ta’anit Ester) on the 13th of Adar, is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim, found in the book of Esther.
Haman, the royal adviser to King Ahasuerus, planned to kill all the Jews in the Persian empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai the Jew and his niece Hadassah, more widely known as Queen Esther. Upon the discovery of Haman’s plans, Esther called the Jews to fast with her for three days while she prepared to risk her life by approaching the king without first being summoned, a crime punishable by death. But she found favor in the eyes of the king and her people avoided annihilation. Their day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing – the 14th day of Adar – Purim.
A Prophetic Pattern
Is the current world climate so much different from the time of Esther? We see a scenario repeating itself throughout history with Haman, Hitler, the modern day Iranian regime, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the list goes on. We believe that the parallels between the time of Esther 2,500 years ago and today are more than mere coincidence:A federation of nations in place of an empire.
- Evil, bloodthirsty men gaining political influence through lies and deception.
- The intent to kill each and every Jew (and by inference, all Christians who support Israel).
- Iran (Persia) playing a key role in the plan to annihilate the Jews.
- The worldwide Church enjoying a royal, bridal-type intimacy and grace with the King as Esther did.
- The Church challenged to recognize her own Jewish roots as Esther was.
- The Church interceding and fasting for the salvation of the Jewish people as Esther did.
If this pattern continues, we will see:
- At the very last moment, just before seemingly total disaster, there will be a sudden and supernatural turn around.
- The people of God will fight with authority and gain the victory.
- The kingdom will be transferred into the hands of godly people, resulting in joy for all nations
It has happened before, could it happen again?
For Such a Time as This
Every year during The Fast of Esther we hold an all-day, live streamed event of worship, fasting and prayer. The day is divided into five two-hour watches, with each watch having a different worship team and prayer leader from the local body. The watches will each cover different focuses and prayer points. Many come from all over Israel as well as visitors from the nations joining together in unity as the bride coming before the King to make intercession for His people, reminiscent of Esther in the days of the Persian Empire.
We believe that there is great potential to change the course of history when we as the Body of Messiah come together to humble ourselves before the Lord in worship, fasting and prayer. It is important for the Bride in every generation to seek God’s will and stand against the schemes of wickedness. With an increase of terrorism, anti-Semitism and attacks against biblical values, it is imperative that believers stand together in prayer for the salvation of the Jewish people and revival in the nations.
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews [and all of God’s people] from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
– Esther 4:14 –
So please, do not remain silent! Join us as we rally together to stand for God’s plans and purposes to prevail over every wicked scheme to attack God’s people in our generation.
Our team hosts three major yearly events centered on three specific Biblical events that carry strong, prophetic end-time implications:
- The Fast of Esther, while not a mo’ed or “appointed time,” is taken from the book of Esther and is not only a clear illustration of the ongoing attempts of Satan to annihilate the Jewish people, but of what our response to such attacks should be as believers in Yeshua.
- The appointed time of Shavuot or Pentecost is better known as the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles as they waited in Jerusalem as instructed by Yeshua. In Simon Peter’s explanation of the event, he quotes one of Joel’s prophecies where the Lord says that He will pour out His Spirit “on all flesh.” The full scope of this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled therefore we continue to gather on this day in earnest expectation of its final and complete fulfillment in these last days.
- The appointed time of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement contains many allusions to the ultimate salvation of the people of Israel in connection to the Second Coming of Yeshua. Historically, this was the day the high priest entered the holy of hollies to make blood atonement for the sins of Israel. Today it is a nationally recognized day of fasting observed by secular and religious Jews alike. As they fast and pray, hoping that their sins will be forgiven, we gather together to pray and prophesy that they would come to know and accept the only true and eternal atoning blood of Yeshua.