HAMAN’S GALLOWS ARE EXPOSED
- Haman was given an office above all the king’s princes; Esther 3:1-2. He is a type of satan, antichrist or the flesh. He despised God’s people. Haman’s name means “magnificent”. He was great in his own eyes, full of pride, manipulation and deceit. He was like Judas, the betrayer, who accepted money to carry out his plan; Esther 3:2-11; Matthew 26:15.
- Mordecai, who was also in the king’s palace, raised Esther as his own daughter. She was brought to the king’s house along with other maidens for purification; Esther 2:5-7, 9-11. Mordecai consulted with Esther, advised her during her “preparation time” and communicated with her after she became queen; Esther 4:13-17
- Mordecai, a Jew, sat in the “king’s gate”; Esther 2:19, 21. He would not bow to the wicked Haman, as the others did; Esther 3:2-5
- The devil has access to the “nobles” as well as the common people; Esther 3:1-2. Haman’s influence has come into the “Banquet of Wine” (he has entered the Pentecostal realm); Esther 5:5-8; 7:1-2; Psalm 41:9; Matthew 26:15; John 13:1-30.
- As Prime Minister, Haman persuaded the king to approve an “edict” he had written, which would lead to the extermination of Esther and her people. Haman not only desires worship from the people, but he desires to rule over them. He hates Mordecai (the overcoming “son”) and Esther (the Bride); Esther 3:5-11
- Mordecai also personifies one through whom the ministry of the Holy Spirit flows. The gallows were designed to “cut off” the Holy Spirit’s ministry; Esther 5:14. It pleases the “flesh” to kill the spirit; Galatians 5:17; 1 Peter 5:8.
- The devil (operating through the strength of the flesh) wants to destroy Mordecai, the ministry that trains and prepares the Bride for the throne; Ephesians 4:11-12.
- Mordecai exposed a plot devised against the king; Esther 2:22. Like a watchman, he has perceived what Haman has planned and “cries in the midst of the city”. Mordecai gives an accurate report to Esther, the Bride, and advises her; Esther 4:1-14.
- Esther calls the people to fast; Esther 4:16. She receives wisdom and courage from God; she approaches the king and later exposes Haman’s plans to the king; Esther 7:4-6.
- Haman and his sons were hung on the gallows that he built to kill Mordecai and God’s people. The enemy and his seed are judged by the decree of the king; Esther 7:10
- The house of Haman was given to Esther, the Bride. God promises that we will possess the gates of the enemy and spoil his house because of what King Jesus has done for us; Esther 8:1.
- Mordecai was promoted; he was given the king’s ring (signet: a symbol of authority and for sealing royal documents), sent letters in the king’s name and was dressed in royal apparel. After times of testing, those who have been proven to be faithful and obedient are promoted; Esther 8:2-10, 15; 9:29-30
- In Esther 8:1-17, we have a picture of the “king’s messengers” hurrying throughout the land carrying “letters” (the Word of God). The Jews smote their enemies by the “sword”. The Living WORD has caused the enemy’s defeat; Esther 9:5; Revelation 12:11.
- The book of Esther has recorded the events that led to deliverance for God’s people, which also brought divine judgment upon the enemy. It is a historic account, but it also contains a prophetic message: the day will come when God’s people are miraculously delivered from the enemy, Haman and his “sons” are “cut off” and God’s obedient servants are rewarded.
- Haman was guilty, bound and hung, but his “seed” is still in the land. His edicts and offspring must still be dealt with; Esther 7:9-10; 8:5; 9:1-5, 13-14. GALLOWS are the “structures” he has built, “devices” he has set in place to destroy God’s people.
THE LORD IS EXPOSING HAMAN’S GALLOWS
The Hebrew word “gallows” means “tree”, plural, wooden planks, stake (to which a criminal was fastened) as a cross; to crucify”. They are constructed of “wood” (symbolic of humanity, “trees”). The enemy “gathers people” to do his bidding. They devise plans, traps, snares and influences designed to “cut off” the true ministry of the Holy Spirit; 2 Corinthians 2:11. They have been built according to Haman’s “edicts”:
- The Lord is uncovering Haman’s plans which are built in the structure of Religious Babylon. The Harlot has great influence over vast numbers of people; she sits upon many waters”; Rev. 17:1-18. The “spirit of Haman” desires to exalt itself and “sit above” the people; Isaiah 14:12-14. The abominations of the Harlot include “another jesus, another spirit and another gospel; 2 Cor. 11:4. Also within this system are the Nicolaitans, who teach and practice spiritual adultery and idolatry; Rev. 2:6, 15.
- The spiritual Harlot is a counterfeit; she offers a false sense of security for those within her system. She offers an assurance of salvation, comfort, status, identity and position, instead of intimacy with Jesus Christ and obedience to His Word; John 17:3.The institutionalized religious system is driven by the Jezebel spirit, which utilizes control and domination over the people.
- The enemy entices people through a trap of seduction; the Harlot sells her “gifts” and makes merchandise of the people. Her “ministers” see themselves as professionals, set above the “laity”. Their personal ambition causes them to take titles unto themselves; they build themselves a “city, a tower and a name”; Genesis 11:2-5; Matthew 23:8-10. Like Haman, this spirit engages in “competition”, seeking influence over others and worship by the people.
- Witchcraft flourishes within religious Babylon. This spirit seeks power to control and it appeals to people’s emotions, seduces them and utilizes guilt to provoke them into giving allegiance to their laws and doctrines by imposing restrictions upon them, or binding them to men and their organizations instead of releasing them to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- The Lord is exposing “angels of light” who introduce extra-biblical revelation and spiritual practices, causing men to wander from the truth; Jude 12-13. The practice of New Age techniques can produce supernatural signs and wonders, whose source is the kingdom of darkness operating through the flesh. False messengers produce counterfeit manifestations which are very convincing and will deceive those who are not grounded in the truth of God’s Word.
- The enemy utilizes trickery; the Lord is exposing and uncovering the “sorcery” of Simon, whose heart is not right in the sight of God. He has convinced the people that his power comes from God; he has been baptized and moves in “Christian circles”. He wants “power” and offers money to those who operate in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit; Acts 8:9-23
- King Jeroboam’s “calf worship” of the present day is exposed; 1 Kings 12:26-33. Jeroboam didn’t want to lose the allegiance of the people to king Rehoboam, so he instituted his own order. He built shrines and appointed priests who were not Levites. He wanted to make it easier for the people to worship God, so he devises the first seeker-friendly church of ease and convenience.
- The Lord is exposing the lying, wicked “counsel of Ahithophel” within the nation. He influenced and joined Absalom, a rebellious son of David, who amassed an army and conspired against David; 2 Samuel 15:1-6, 12, 31. Ahithophel speaks of those in governmental offices, who are “counselors and officials”, those who have access to the leaders of a nation. He eventually “self-destructs”; 2 Samuel 17:23
- In the midst of spiritual conflict, the Lord is exposing the enemy’s strategy in advance, while it is yet in the planning stages; 2 Kings 6:8-12. The “king of Syria” is devising strategy and destructive plans against God’s people and the nation. These plans are being revealed in detail to “Elisha”, the prophetic ministry, who is being told by the Lord what the evil king is planning in his “bed-chamber”. Elisha warns others in advance; he is surrounded by and protected by the hosts of heaven. Elisha has the ability to “smite” the eyes of men with blindness and to open the eyes of others; 2 Kings 6:15-20.
- The Lord is exposing the plans and “traps” of Sanballat and Tobiah; Nehemiah 4:1-3, 7-11. These two individuals, along with their devious cohorts, have conspired together to stop the work of the Holy Spirit through those like Nehemiah. They introduce mischief, utilize oppression, ridicule and sabotage; they operate outside of, and from “within” the “house of God”. They hire false messengers to introduce fear and distractions, seeking to hinder God’s work; Nehemiah 6:2-14.
- The Lord is exposing the deceit of Ahaziah, a king in Israel, a type of one who “rules over” the Pentecostal organizations. The word “Pentecost” means “50”; Lev. 23:15-16. The repeated use of the number “50” in 2 Kings 1:9-14, reveals that some use the divine anointing of Pentecost to exalt and draw attention to themselves; they abuse the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ahaziah sent “messengers” (captains of 50 with 50) to seize, destroy and punish the ministry of Elijah. These messengers are met by Elijah, who calls down fire from heaven and consumes them all; 2 Kings 1:9-15. There are those who abuse the “power of the anointing” in an attempt to subdue true prophetic ministry that brings the true Word of the Lord. Those who “enquire of Baalzebub”, who reject and oppose true prophetic ministry will perish; 2 Kings 1:2-4.
- The Lord is exposing “Gnosticism”, the worship of knowledge and intellectualism; Col. 2:8. Gnosticism breeds overconfidence and conceit; it is an inordinate obsession for knowledge of what a person knows (or what they think they know); 1 Cor. 8:1-2. It is a system of belief that combines ideas derived from Greek philosophy, Oriental mysticism and Christianity. Paul warned Timothy about the heresy propagated by early Christian sects, this “knowledge” being the way to salvation; 1 Timothy 6:20-21. The enemy tempted Eve with a desire for “knowledge”. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was in the “center” of the garden; eating from this “tree” is due to a “self-centered” desire to be wise, to be like God; Gen. 3:2-6; Luke 6:43-44. The Tree of Life is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. The spiritual man must feed upon the divine life of Christ; John 4:34. The “fear of the Lord” is the beginning of knowledge; Proverbs 1:7.
- Deceit is a strategy of the enemy as seen in the life of Joshua when he encountered the “Gibeonites” (who are disguised as believers). They utilize false coverings to deceive, and they are very subtle; Joshua 9:1-15. These false brethren attempt to beguile even seasoned leaders, such as Joshua. They come “wrapped and robed” (with credentials and convincing attire), quoting God’s Word. Instead of an open outward assault, they mingle among God’s people, pressuring them to enter into a covenant / alliance, without carefully seeking the Lord. (Caution: don’t be hasty, wait on the Lord; we need discernment from the Holy Spirit!)
- The desire for “gain” and covetousness is a device of the enemy. The Lord is exposing the influence of Balaam throughout the nation: the “error” of Balaam points to those who prophesy for wages, gain, covetousness; Numbers 22:9-12, 21-23; Jude 11. The “doctrine” of Balaam reminds us that there are some who “cast stumbling blocks”; Revelation 2:14, and the “way” of Balaam reminds us that some go astray, loving unrighteousness; 2 Peter 2:15.
- The Lord is exposing the influence of “Korah”, the rebellious spirit who desires a position that he is not appointed to fulfill; Numbers 16:1-3, 8-12. This influence abuses spiritual authority, and it gathers others to stand against God-ordained ministry. This divisive plan of the enemy openly challenges God’s leadership; it backstabs and plots against others. It propagates the spirit of rebellion in order to destroy the unity of the saints and undermine God’s established authority.
- Pressure to compromise and disobey the Lord’s commands are the enemy’s devices which caused the apostasy in Saul’s house. Apostasy enters through progressive disobedience as seen in the life of king Saul. “Saul” is popular with the people, and he draws a crowd. He wants God’s presence and power, but he wants it on his own terms. He is jealous of “David” because of the anointing on his life, and he competes for pre-eminence among the people. David’s place is “empty” at Saul’s table. Samuel (prophetic ministry), has abandoned the apostate house of Saul, because the Spirit of the Lord has departed. Saul began with the anointing, but ended in witchcraft; 1 Samuel 15:34; 19:10; 20:24-27; 28:7-8.
- The enemy devises incidents and situations to rob us of communion with the Lord. “Little foxes” are seemingly “small distractions” or hindrances that we allow to enter our lives. In Song of Solomon 2:15, we read that these “foxes” can spoil the vines; these “crafty influences” have the ability to “sneak in” under the leaves of the vines. These influences can abort the tender shoots and the fruit growing within God’s vineyard. Old habits, weaknesses, neglect of prayer, wasted time, lack of diligence can hinder our spiritual growth.
- Lies (and that which assaults our thought life) come to every son of God. The enemy offers instant gratification; the devil says: “You don’t have to go to the Cross”. He told Jesus: I know who you are; you don’t have to suffer or wait, you are a king. He offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world, if He would only bow to him; Matt. 4:3-9. The enemy offers any kingdom desired by man, and the glory they contain (souls, great influence, financial success, a great following). He says “I will give you all of this, just do it my way: through the power of your flesh”.