Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 02/17/2011

MODERN DAY HAMAN: “Exterminate the Jews”

The “government” of Iran has issued calls to “kill the opposition”. As we approach the Jewish holiday of Purim, we are thinking: Is Iran’s leader today, who said that Israel should be “wiped off the map”, any different than evil Haman, as recorded in the Book of Esther? How history repeats itself. . . . (United With Israel) This article appeared in the Jerusalem Post yesterday, featuring comments by Israeli President Shimon Peres:

Ahmadinejad a shame upon Iranian history
February 16th, 2011

Israeli President Peres

President tells Conference of Presidents that call to kill opposition was “ugly”; only the Iranian people can stop the regime in Tehran. President Shimon Peres said that “it was an ugly appearance on television to see the [Iranian] parliament standing up and say ‘kill the opposition,’” in a speech to the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations on Wednesday. Scolding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, Peres said that “what the president of Iran [is doing] is a shame upon Iranian history and Iranian culture and the pain of their own people.” He told the US Jewish leaders that he believes what is going on in Iran will continue. However, he said, perhaps referring to international sanctions against Tehran or the economic incentives aid packages Egypt receives from the United States, “Iran will be stopped not by money but by their own people.” Clashes between protesters and Iranian security forces in Tehran left two people dead and several wounded on Monday.
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Mahmoud Ahmadenijad has repeatedly asserted his aim to rid the world of the ‘Jewish pigs’ by exterminating them and wiping Israel off the map. With nuclear weapons he hopes to do in one moment what it took Hitler several years to do – kill six million Jews. Haman in the Book of Esther had the same goal. Read about how Queen Esther saved her people, in this description of the feast day celebrating it:

PURIM – March 19-20, 2011Purim (in Hebrew)

“In the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on its thirteenth day … on the day that the enemies of the Jews were expected to prevail over them, it was turned about: the Jews prevailed over their adversaries.” Esther 9:1 “And they gained relief on the fourteenth, making it a day of feasting and gladness.” Esther 9:17 “[Mordecai instructed them] to observe them as days of feasting and gladness, and sending delicacies to one another, and gifts to the poor.” Esther 9:22

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. The Book of Esther The story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther. The heroes of the story are Esther, a beautiful young Jewish woman living in Persia, and her cousin Mordecai, who raised her as if she were his daughter. Esther was taken to the house of Ahasuerus, King of Persia, to become part of his harem. King Ahasuerus loved Esther more than his other women and made Esther queen, but the king did not know that Esther was a Jew, because Mordecai told her not to reveal her identity.

The villain of the story is Haman, an arrogant, egotistical advisor to the king. Haman hated Mordecai because Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, so Haman plotted to destroy the Jewish people. In a speech that is all too familiar to Jews, Haman told the king, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your realm. Their laws are different from those of every other people’s, and they do not observe the king’s laws; therefore it is not befitting the king to tolerate them.” Esther 3:8. The king gave the fate of the Jewish people to Haman, to do as he pleased to them. Haman planned to exterminate all of the Jews.

Mordecai persuaded Esther to speak to the king on behalf of the Jewish people. This was a dangerous thing for Esther to do, because anyone who came into the king’s presence without being summoned could be put to death, and she had not been summoned. Esther fasted for three days to prepare herself, then went into the king. He welcomed her. Later, she told him of Haman’s plot against her people. The Jewish people were saved, and Haman and his ten sons were hanged on the gallows that had been prepared for Mordecai. (from Judaism 101)

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  1. posted by Mary Bartoli on the “Never Again” post but pertinent to this post too:

    It is so clear that history does repeat itself over and over in the Word of God. The Lord has his eye upon the Jewish people, clearly makes it known where He will set up his Kingdom when He returns. Those who harbor hatred and plan harm upon His Chosen and upon the Believers as in the past, will continue to bring destruction upon themselves. It is terrifying to see the hatred that exists in the world and the mass annihilation that is actually possible.

  2. Take comfort in the Grace of God:

    Timothy 3 (New International Version, ©2010)

    2 Timothy 3
    1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

    A Final Charge to Timothy
    10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


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