The Sages tell us that in the future, after the Mashiach has come, all the festivals, ‎including Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot (though commanded in Torah) will be nullified, ‎and yet Purim (a minor festival not commanded in the Torah) will be forever celebrated. ‎Various explanations of this statement have been adduced, one of which is not that ‎these festivals will literally be annulled in the sense that they will cease to exist but in the ‎sense that the light of a candle is not noticeable in the much brighter sunlight. So, too, it ‎is suggested, the light elicited by the other festivals will pale in comparison with that ‎elicited by Purim. The light of Purim is that of the final messianic redemption as it, ‎perhaps more than any other festival, speaks into the Jewish experience that is predicted ‎to come in the Last Days.‎

The story of Purim is one of inexplicable anti-Semitic hatred which is allowed to gather ‎pace because of the indifference and willingness of the many to prosper from the ‎misfortunes of the Jewish few. It is a story of near annihilation. It is even a story of God’s ‎apparent silence in the face of such annihilation. In this story there are no partings of the ‎Sea, no plagues or obvious miracles portending the coming redemption. Indeed, it is a ‎story in which the wheels of life and of politics apparently move as normal towards a ‎terrible end. For this reason the name of God isn’t even to be found in Megilat Ester. It is a ‎story in which, when redemption finally comes for our people, it comes out of nowhere, ‎arising from the courageous actions of a young Jewish girl who, like many Messianic ‎Jews, was separated from and perhaps even disregarded by the wider community ‎because she wasn’t exactly ‘one of them’ – she certainly wasn’t a Frummer! And yet, even ‎though all this is true, it is clear to those with eyes to see that the redemption which ‎comes in Megilat Ester from this unexpected source actually originates with Him. He is ‎the force behind the scenes, pulling the strings and orchestrating the events such that ‎the enemies of our people are in the end destroyed and our Jewish people are saved. ‎Indeed, this is exactly how Hashem is working in our world today. If then the nations are ‎gathering at least metaphorically if not in actuality against Jerusalem, and if hatred is ‎arising against our Jewish people once again, then now as then, it is perhaps the pretext ‎for their judgement and our people’s deliverance! As the prophet Zkharyah states, “When ‎that day comes, I will seek to destroy all nations attacking Yerushalayim; and I will pour ‎out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and ‎prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.” In the end, just as in Megilat Ester, ‎the enemies of our people shall experience God’s judgement and All Israel shall be ‎saved! Indeed, redemption is presented to our people now as then from an unexpected ‎and perhaps unwelcome source. Messianic Jews who point to Mashiach Yeshua as the ‎one whom we have pierced are often disregarded by the wider community and yet, in fact, ‎just like Ester, they have been raised up by Hashem ‘for such a time as this’. ‎

The deliverance which we celebrate at Chag Purim has been observed for centuries and ‎is still celebrated today. How much more then will the final Messianic redemption which ‎Purim heralds be celebrated in the Messianic Age? Purim and the story which it tells is ‎the ultimate Messianic festival. It shines like a beacon of hope in these difficult times as it ‎reminds us that in the end God will win the victory and His people will be delivered! ‎