October 16, 1946 ten men are executed by hanging : they are Nazis condemned at the Nuremberg trials for trying to exterminate the Jewish people. One of them, Julius Streicher, editor of anti-Semitic news paper Der Stürmer , before succumbing shouted : » Feast of Purim 1946 » .
But what is the Purim feast ?
To find out, you must go back in time ; a time when the Ahasuerus Xerxes 1st reigned over Persia. A man named Haman the Agaggite, father of ten children, a high dignitary of the kingdom, swore to exterminate the Jewish people. Uncertain sources state that he is a descendant of Agag, king of Amalekites, whom the prophet Samuel tore to pieces after the king of Israel, Saul, had pardoned him. But Esther’s book simply says that he was the enemy of the Jews because Mordecai, a man of the Jewish race, refused to swear allegiance to him. Anyway, whatever the reason, the story goes that he obtained the king’s permission to kill all the Jews on 13 th day of the month Adar, which is the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. Esther, Jewish and favorite wife of King Ahasuerus, on the advice of her uncle Mordecai will get the king a turnaround : the 13 th of the month of Adar, which was to see the extermination of the Jewish people became the day the king authorized them to take revenge against those who were about to kill them. A feast was instituted to celebrate this event on 14 th of the month of Adar : the Purim.
The book of Esther is one of the books of the Hebrew Bible. And like the other books of the Bible there are three levels of comprehension : the narrated story, morality that emerges, and finally the prophecies or the allegories that hides the text . After the exclamation of Julius Streicher, a few seconds before his end, Jewish sages looked at the content of Esther’s book to discover that between the lines of it was written this date of October 16, 1946, date of hanging of Haman’s ten sons… Without even being an expert in Jewish dating, we could wonder about the meaning of a request from Esther to the king, when the latter asks what he can still execute to please her. Esther 9 : 11-14 says this :
That day, the number of those who had been killed in Susa, the capital, came to the knowledge of the king.
And the king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews killed and destroyed in the capital Susa five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman ; what will they have done in the rest of the king’s provinces ? What is your request ? It will be given to you. What do you still want ? You will get it.”
Esther answered, » If the king thinks fit, let the Jews who are at Susa act again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and hang the ten sons of Haman on the woods.
And the king ordered to do so. The edict was published in Susa. The ten sons of Haman were hanged ; »
The first thing to notice here is that in the last verse they do not say : » … the next day they hung the sons of Haman … « , but rather : » … The edict was published in Susa. The ten sons of Haman were hanged … ”
At this level of reading, the average reader can say to himself : “ And then what! No need to say the next day; the important thing is that the sons were hanged right? »
No ! And we will understand why.
A few verses above show us the strangeness of this hanging. In Esther 9 : 6-10 it is written :
» In Susa, the capital, the Jews killed and made perish five hundred men,
and they slaughtered Parschandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,
and Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,
Parmaschtha, Arizaï, Aridaï and Vajezatha,
the ten sons of Haman, son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not get their hands on the pillage. »
Why hang tomorrow people already dead the day before ? In addition, these people died with their throats slit ; how to hang dead peoples, with their throats slit, without the risk of detaching their head from the body?
Now, if we carefully analyze Queen Esther’s request, we read this : » … that the Jews who are in Susa are allowed to act again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and that they hang on the wood the ten sons of Haman . «
» Tomorrow » can induce a near future or a distant future. And when we consider closely the conditions surrounding the execution – after the Nuremberg trial – of these » enemies of the Jews » :
– Their number (twelves promoted to hang ; one, Martin Bormann was sentenced in absentia. The other, Hermann Goering, committed suicide a few minutes before the fateful time, for only ten, according to the prophecy, be hanged)
– The way they were put to death (a little strange, hanging at a time when condemn people were shooted, or executed in the electric chair)
– Endlessly, almost unexpected words of Julius Streicher : Purim feast 1946 …
One can only affirm with the sages of the Holy Book that everything was written in advance. But is this execution the only thing that the book of Esther reveals to us?
Yet, in Hebrew script, there is a similarity between the term » hidden » and the name Esther. This book therefore has a more complex prophetic and allegorical level than other books in the Bible. Before tackling these aspects of the book, we are going to talk about the two simpler levels of understanding.
We begin with the story, closer to those incredible Hollywood scenarios : a young woman named Hadassah but surnamed Esther, poor and orphan raised by her uncle Mordecai , is taken as spouse by King Xerxes 1 st , powerful and rich like Croesus, who has just relegated to the second rank his main wife Vasthi . This uncle, a fervent believer in God, doesn’t bow down in front of neither a person nor a deity, unless He is the Supreme Sovereign, the Almighty God. But the king brings to a high rank Haman, a prince imbued of himself, who sees the insubordination of Mordecai as an attack on the dignity conferred to him by his majesty. He then decides not only to punish this stubborn man, but also to exterminate his entire race. The new queen, belonging to this race threatened with extinction, is informed by her uncle of the villainous plan, and will obtain at her risk and peril the grace of the king. The prince is deposed and executed. The uncle enters the favors of the king. He, his niece and their people will spend happy days after this episode of fear.
As for the moral of the book, it shows the disadvantages of disobedience due to pride : Vashti the sovereign loses , so to speak , her privileged rank after an unjustified refusal to obey to a call of the king. The book also shows that there is a risk in hating his fellow man and in fomenting obscure plans against him : Haman , prince to whom the king gave everything, loses his life in the same way that he planned to take away that of Mordecai, a man of integrity, rebellious to man. Finally, as we read, we discover that fear God and worship only Him is saving : Mordecai, who was doomed to certain death, miraculously escapes it, because nothing in history presumed that the king was going to accede to the request of Esther his niece , even if she had become his favorite wife.
Now, prophetically and allegorically, those familiar with the Bible know that most books in the Old Testament hide treasures that are only revealed to those whom God wants to reveal, in accordance with the words of the Lord Jesus in the Gospel of John, in verses 16 and 17 of chapter 14 : » And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another comforter, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, that the world cannot receive, because he does not see it and does not know it; but you know him, for he dwells with you, and he will be in you. «
In fact, 2 Timothy 3 : 16-17 states that » All [Biblical] Scripture is inspired by God, and useful for teaching, for convincing, for correcting, for teaching in righteousness, so that the man of God may be accomplished and suitable for any good work. » In clearer terms, it is moved by the Holy Spirit that men have written about God (2 Peter 1 : 21) . He [The Holy Spirit] introduced into the texts of the Holy Book signs and codes that only those who truly seek God find. Verses, and even whole chapters, are devoted to announcing what will happen; others are a foreshadowing of Christ and his work. Thus, we can see in the life and works of Joseph – eleventh son of Jacob -, that of Moses – Servant of the Living God -, that of Daniel – adamant worshiper of God -, and many other prophets, a sketch of the life and works of Jesus. Besides, Deuteronomy 18:18 is clear on this. God addressing Moses – his servant and prophet -, in response to a request from the Jews afraid of his glory when He appeared to them at Mount Sinai, said to him : » I will raise up from among their brothers a prophet like you. I will put my words in his mouth, and He will tell them everything I command him. » Here the comparison » like you » is literal, because the life of Jesus was, in details, similar to that of Moses.
Most of the stories in the Bible being written as the best of police intrigue, the book of Esther is no exception to the rule. Its hidden meaning is not so obvious (besides, it took almost 2300 years, October 16, 1946, to understand it); my mentor Chuck Pike keeps telling me that the secret is in the details : why a turn of phrase already seen elsewhere – in another book written by another author there are several centuries – instead of a simpler expression? why do events of exceptional similarity occur for two people separated by a millennium? Why can the same clue appear in several plots written over different years by different authors? Esther is the book of the » hidden « ; to understand it we will start by examining his characters.
Ahasuerus, the King.
In Esther’s tale, King Ahasuerus is a figure of the almighty God. And to confirm it, there are elements through the Bible which help us ; starting with the wedding parable in Matthew 22 : 1-3 “ Jesus, speaking, talk to them again in a parable, and He said: The kingdom of heaven is like a king who made a wedding for his son. He sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; but they did not want to come … ” Here, the similarity is so striking that one cannot speak of coincidence. Why does the first chapter of a book, written almost three or four centuries before Jesus Christ, looks like a parable He uses to speak of the Kingdom of His Father? Yet that the term » Ahasuerus » is not a name, strictly speaking, but a title of grandeur like Pharaoh, or even Caesar. Then, when the text specifies “ … this Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces ; » It is clear that it’s talking about an entity which reigns over the whole world, because at that time, the universe consisted of Asia, the Middle East, part of Europe and some countries of North Africa ; America, Australia and the Arctic are not yet discovered or populated.
The entourage of King Ahasuerus is configured like that of the God of the Bible (No other book in the Bible depicting kings and their lives insists so much on the description of the places and the functioning of their administration). It has seven princes that suggest the seven Spirits of God (Apocalypse 4 : 5 » .. Of the throne proceeded lightnings and voices and thunders. Before the throne burn seven torches, which are the seven Spirits of God « ) , it also has seven eunuchs who correspond to the seven angels before God (Revelation 8 : 2 « And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. « ) . The commanders of the armies of the Persians and the Medes refer to the heavenly army of God (Luke 2 : 13-14 » … And suddenly joined to the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: Glory to God in very high places, And peace on earth among the men whom He agrees! ”), and when they speak of “ the splendid wealth of his kingdom and the dazzling magnificence of his greatness ” they speak of this land dripping with milk and honey that He gave to the Jews, a sketch of the Kingdom that He is preparing for the believers, and also of the wonders that He has accomplished before men over the centuries … The absolute evidence nonetheless remains the use of the number seven, signature exclusive to the God of the Bible, symbol of fullness and accomplishment.
Haman, the enemy of the Jews.
In this story Haman represents Satan. He is proud, that is why he is angry that Mordecai does not bow his knee before him (Esther 3 : 5 « And Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow his knee and did not bow down to him. He was filled with fury « ). He is wicked, because for only one he wants to lose the multitude (Esther 3 : 6 » but he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, because he had been told of what people Mordecai was, and he wanted to destroy the people of Mordecai, all the Jews who were in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus. ”) , just as Satan deceives to mislead the whole earth (Revelation 12 : 9). He is a liar because he declares to the king in Esther 3 : 8 « There is in all the provinces of your kingdom a people dispersed and apart among the peoples, having laws different from those of all peoples and not observing the king’s laws. It is not in the king’s interest to let him rest. » Jesus said of Satan that he was the father of lies and murderer from the beginning (John 8:44″ You have the devil as your father, and you want to fulfill your father’s wishes. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks lies, he speaks from his own funds, because he is a liar and the father of lies. « ) ; and that is exactly what Haman’s intentions suggest.
One might ask : » If Haman foreshadows the devil, why did the king (God) gives him that rank in the kingdom? » Job 1 : 6-12 shows another feature of Satan ; manipulation : » Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So, Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. » Yes, Haman foreshadows the devil because he might have played a trick to get his power. Let remember that during the temptation of Jesus in the desert (Luke 4 : 5-7) it is said : » The devil, having brought him up, showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the earth, and said to him: I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms ; because it was given to me, and I give it to whomever I want. If then you bow down to me, it will be all yours. » The Bible does not mention that Christ denied the pretention of the devil; on the contrary, his answer had everything of a » I know that you have all this glory, but I only bow down before God « .
Vasthi and Esther, two queens, two destinies.
One cannot go without the other, because their person is complex. In addition, the second would not exist if the first had not sinned. Exegetes at first thought that Vasthi was the allegory of the Synagogue, and that Esther represented Christianity, making a connection between the first chapter of the book of Esther and the parable of the wedding said by Christ (Matthew 22 : 1-14); which is false, because in chapter 8 verse 17 of Esther’s story they speak of the rallying of the Nations to the Jews » In each province and in each city, wherever the king’s order and its edict arrived, there were among the Jews joy and rejoicing, feasts and celebrations. And many of the peoples of the land made themselves Jews, because the fear of the Jews had seized them. «
What do these two women represent?
The first clue is given to us in verse 19 of chapter 1 of Esther : » If the king finds it good, that one publishes on his part and that one registers among the laws of Persians and Medes, with defense to transgress it , a royal ordinance according to which Vasthi will no longer appear before King Ahasuerus and the king will give the dignity of queen to another who is better than her. » This passage reminds us of 1 Samuel 15:28 » Samuel said to him, The LORD tears the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and he gives it to another, who is better than you. » When Saul disobeyed God about Amalek. Vasthi can therefore embody Saul, or simply imperfect royalty; in this case, Esther would represent David, successor of Saul, king having had all the Graces of God, and to whom the promise of perfect kingship was made in 2 Samuel 7 : 12-13 » When your days are fulfilled and you will lie down with your fathers, I will lift up your seed after you, the one who will come out of your womb, and I will strengthen his reign. It will be he who builds a house in my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. «
The second clue is given in verse 7 of chapter 2 : “ He was raising Hadassa , who is Esther, daughter of his uncle; because she had neither father nor mother. The girl was beautiful in size and beautiful in figure. On the death of her father and mother, Mordecai had adopted her as a daughter. » Why this formula » because she had neither father nor mother » ? Why not just say she was an orphan? We find the same formula in Hebrews 7 : 3 « … who is without father, without mother, without genealogy, who has neither beginning of life nor end of life, – but who is made similar to the Son of God, – this Melchizedek remains a priest in perpetuity. » Esther would be a perfect figure of priesthood ; which would legitimize the dismissal of Vasthi since she would represent the previous ordinance as quoted in Hebrews 7 : 18-19. » There is thus the abolition of an earlier ordinance, because of its powerlessness and its uselessness, – because the law has brought nothing to perfection, and the introduction of better hope, by which we draw near to God. «
The third clue is given in Revelation 21 : 2 and 10 » And I saw coming down from heaven, from God, the holy city, the new Jerusalem, prepared like a bride who is dressed for her husband … And he transported me in spirit on a large and high mountain. And he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, which came down from heaven from God, having the glory of God. » So if a city can be a wife, then Vashti symbolized ancient Jerusalem, the people stubborn , disobedient and rebellious; the people of whom the Lord said in Isaiah 65 : 2-4 “ I have stretched out my hands every day to a rebellious people, who walk in a wicked way, according to their thoughts; Towards a people who never ceases to irritate me opposite, Sacrificing in the gardens, And burning incense on the bricks : Who makes tombs his abode, And spends the night in the caves, Eating pork flesh, And having unclean dishes in its vases . » In that case, this foreshadow Esther – New Jerusalem – because she continued to obey her uncle even when she become queen. She found favor in everyone’s eyes; humility and kindness of heart characterized her. The king loved her more than all the other women (Esther 2 : 17 » The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the other girls. He set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen in the place of Vasthi. ”)
The other clues apply to Esther alone. In fact, the story in chapter 2 verse 2 declares : « Then those who served the king said : Let us seek for the king young girls, virgins and beautiful in appearance » . Further, in verse 2 of Chapter 2 it is written : « Every girl would, at their turn, go to king Ahasuerus, after having been twelve months, to fulfill what was prescribed to women; during this time, they took care of their toilet, six months with myrrh oil, and six months with aromatics and perfumes in use among women. » Then in chapter 10 verse 3 they say : » For the Jew Mordecai was the first after King Ahasuerus; considered among the Jews and loved by the multitude of his brothers, he sought the good of his people and spoke for the happiness of all his race. » Esther’s virginity, myrrh and spices been given, and the introduction of his uncle in the king’s court where he was second after the Sovereign (God), make her a suitable candidate to figure Mary, the mother of the Messiah. One can say that by her privilege – once become queen – she gives birth to the mighty Mordecai, who foreshadows Jesus in the book of Esther.
To finish with the character of Esther, we discover that she also embodies Moses. She formulated a motion similar to that which the prophet and servant of God gave the people (Exodus 19 : 15 » And he said to them : Be ready in three days , do not approach any woman. « ) Before entering to see the face of the king (Esther 4:16 » Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me, without eating or drinking for three days, neither at night nor during the day. I too will fast even with my maidservants, then I will go to the king, despite the law; and if I must perish, I will perish. » She intercedes for her people (Esther 7 : 3-4″ Queen Esther answered: If I have found thanks to your eyes, oh king, and if the king finds it good, grant me life, this is my request, and save my people, this is my desire! For we are sold, me and my people, to be destroyed, slaughtered Even if we were sold to become slaves and servants, I would be silent, but the enemy could not compensate for the damage done to the king. « ), just as Moses did in his lifetime (Exodus 32 : 31-32 “ Moses returned to the Lord and said : Ah! these people have committed a great sin. They made themselves a god of gold. Now forgive their sin ! Otherwise, delete me from your book you wrote. » She changes the king’s ordinances and has the power to write new ones (Esther 9:32″ So Esther’s order confirmed the institution of the Purim, and it was written in the book. » Just as Moses changed the Law to allow men to repudiate their wives (Matthew 19 : 8 » He [Jesus] answered them: It is because of the hardness of your heart that Moses allowed you to repudiate your wives ; in the beginning it was not like this “)
Mordecai, the man with integrity.
Mordecai is undoubtedly a foreshadowing of Christ ; this is why he denounces the two eunuchs – who resented the king’s life – in accordance with what is written in Luke 2 : 2 » There is nothing hidden which should not be discovered, nor secret which should not be known. » He refuses to bend the knee in front of Haman , symbolic figure of Satan, as he is related in the Gospel of Luke in verses 5 to 8 of chapter 4 : » The devil, having raised him, showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the earth, and said unto him, I will give thee all this power, and the glory of these kingdoms ; because it was given to me, and I give it to whomever I want. If then you bow down to me, it will be all yours. Jesus answered and said unto him, it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and serve him alone. «
Because of him, the multitude was about to be decimate (Esther 3:13 » The letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces, so that would be destroyed, killed and extermined all young and old Jews, grandchildren and wives, in one day, the thirteenth of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and so that their goods could be plundered. ” ) , as will be done later, under Herod the great ( Matthew 2:16 » Then Herod, seeing that he had been played by the magi, became angry, and sent to kill all the children of two years and below who were in Bethlehem and in all his territory, according to the date which he had carefully inquired of the magi. ”)
Mordecai, before his imminent death, tries to implore the clemency of the king through Esther, just as Jesus did it to God through prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.
Haman plans to hang Mordecai on wood, as it will be for Jesus Christ a few centuries later (In fact, according to the Greek scriptures of the New Testament, Jesus was nailed to a stauraus, a pole, or a wood. The crucifix, as we know it, did not arrive before three centuries later, after the conversion of Constantine.) ; However, Mordecai is saved by the king after having fasted for three days, just as Jesus was raised up by God after three days in the grave. But before, while the threat of death hung over Esther’s tutor, he is crowned by the king, dressed and walked through the streets of Susa by a frustrated Haman , shouting loudly : » This is how we make to the man whom the king wants to honor ”. Jesus too, the day before his death, entered Jerusalem, seated on the back of a colt, cheered by a cheering crowd chanting : » Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! »
The appearance of Mordecai that best prefigures Christ is in this passage of Esther 8 : 15 » Mordecai went out from the king, with a royal blue and white clothing, a large golden crown and a robe of byssus (fine linen) and purple. The city of Susa cried out and rejoiced. » Jesus wears a purple cloak coming out from king Herod, and a crown of thorns during his ordeal. Some people cried out and rejoiced. Then He is known as the man clothed in linen ( Revelation 19 : 7-8 » Let us rejoice and be glad, and give Him glory; for the marriage of the lamb has come, and his wife is prepared, and He has been given to put on a fine, shining, pure linen. For the fine linen is the righteous works of the saints. « )
Esther 9 : 1- 4 says » the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the month, the day the order and the king’s edict had to be executed, and that the enemies of the Jews hoped to rule over them, the opposite happened, and the Jews dominated over their enemies. The Jews gathered in their cities, in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, to lay hands on those who sought their loss ; and no one could resist them, for the fear that they had of them had taken hold of all peoples. And all the heads of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, the officials of the king, supported the Jews, because of the terror which Mordecai inspired them. For Mordecai was powerful in the king’s house, and his fame spread in all the provinces, because he became more and more powerful. » It is the same as Jesus, as report in Apocalypse 19 : 11-15 » And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse. The one who rode him is called Faithful and True, and he judges and fights with justice. His eyes were like a flame of fire ; on his head were several tiaras ; he had a written name, which no one knows, except himself ; and he was clothed in a garment stained with blood. His name is the Word of God. The armies which are in the sky followed him on white horses, covered with a fine linen, white, pure. From his mouth came out a sharp sword, to strike the nations ; he will feed them with a rod of iron ; and he will tread on the vat of the wine of the fierce anger of the almighty God. «
Mordecai ordered the celebration of Purim every 14th of the month of Adar, just as Jesus asked to commemorate the Passover meal. Finally, the king hoisted the Jew Mordecai up to a higher rank, first after the sovereign, loved by the multitude of his brothers and seeking the good of his people. The Holy book says this, about Jesus : “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” ; suitable place to intercede for all those in need of God’s help.
To understand the hidden.
Esther’s prophecy (Esther 9:13) was not only right; it was of exceptional precision. At the Nuremberg trials twelve people were sentenced to death; only ten died by hanging » tomorrow » as stipulated in the prophecy. The uninformed reader would say : » But in the prophecy there are eleven condemned who all perished by hanging . » To which one would answer : yes, apparently; but Haman is hanged the day before, a hanging that no longer counts for » tomorrow « . Then everyone, or almost, forget Zeresh, the wife of Haman, who suggested how he should put to death Mordecai (Esther 5 : 14 : » Zeresh his wife and all his friends said unto him : Let prepare a wood fifty cubits high, and tomorrow morning ask the king to hang Mordecai there; then you will go merry to the feast with the king. This advice pleased Haman, and he had the wood prepared. » ) In criminal matters, the accomplice to a murder is as guilty as the murderer himself; Zéresch is thus the twelfth condemned man (Martin Bormann) in absentia (in the absence of the person concerned), undoubtedly because they did not find her when they came to seize the sons of Haman . What can one say about Haman’s friends ? At the Nuremberg trials 24 senior leaders were facing serious charges : twelve were sentenced to death, ten hanged, and the rest faced prison terms, ranging from a few years’ imprisonment to life imprisonment. Let us not forget that in the 13rd of Adar the Jews killed 500 men who were hostile to them in Susa, therefore surely friends of Haman.
This prophecy is only a small part of the information in the book of Esther ; what other upcoming events is this book hiding? According to the analysis of the characters we have confirmation that what Christ and the Apostles taught us is true, namely : the abolition of the old ordinance, the establishment of perfect royalty, the effectiveness of the new Jerusalem. And because Satan, embodied here by Haman, is executed in the story, yet we know that he still lives, we can conclude that if certain events described in this book have already happened, the others, unquestionably, will also happen. Christ will return to rule. He will authorize the destruction of the enemies of the Jews and the gentle believers. Satan will be executed. The new Jerusalem will be established. And Jesus Christ will be first after God. When? The answer is found in Matthew 24:36