The Book of Esther-Part 3

We are going to start with the enlarged Hebrew latter “vav” found in the last name of Haman’s son Vaizatha in Est 9.10. Some interpreters say it is enlarged because the ten sons were impaled on top of each other, that’s why they are listed in column form in the Hebrew. But why an enlarged vav in the tenth name? We already discussed the missing vav’s found in the word “toldot” starting in Gen 5.1 to 1 Chr 1.29, but not missing in the messianic line listed in Ruth 4.18.

We know that the Hebrew letter vav represents man in Hebrew thought because he was created on the sixth day and man’s years are 6000, then the Messiah returns. The enlarged vav in Esther is a prophecy of the false messiah and the ten kings who arise with him (Rev 13). The vav there also alludes to the number of the name of the false messiah (6,6,6 or vav, vav, vav, a false shin. Now, the letter vav in Hebrew looks like a serpent ready to strike, but it also looks like a tent peg, or “yotaid” in Hebrew.

In a prophecy in Judges Chapter 4 and 5, we have the story of Deborah going against Sisera. Deborah means “a congregation, kahal” and and a type of the believer. Lapidot is Deborah’s wife and his name means “torch” a name for the Messiah. Barak means “lightning” and he comes from the east against Sisera, also a type of the Messiah (Matt 24.27). Yael means “mountain goat” and is symbolic of the goat “L’Adonai” on Yom Kippur and it is masculine in Hebrew, even though she is female in the story. Sisera is a type of the false messiah and he is killed with a tent peg, a yotaid, when Sisera wants water (“mayim”) and gets milk (the Word of God). He falls asleep and she kills him with a “yotaid” through his head (Gen 3.15; Hab 3.13; Num 24.17).

A “yotaid” or tent peg is a picture of the Messiah, so the false messiah will be associated with a yotaid, or tent peg. In Ezra 9.8 we see that Ezra believed that the Lord had shown them mercy by leaving them a remnant and a “tent peg (yotaid) in his holy place.” Now, what this means is in the Mishkan there were 5 posts at the entry way into the tent. The middle one was called “the yotaid” because this post had pegs on it so that the “kellim” (the holy vessels) used inside the Holy Place could be hung there. In the Temple, there was no yotaid because there were no posts.

These “vessels” were symbolic of “people.” Another prophecy can be seen concerning the concept of the yotaid in Isa 22.15-25. In verses 15-19 it is alluding to the false messiah (Shebna), in verse 20-24 it alludes to the Messiah (Eliakim). In v 25 it talks about “in that day” which refers to the Day of the Lord, the yotaid (the false messiah) that was driven into a firm place will give way (be deposed) and the load placed on it (anyone following him) will be cut off. In other words, those who follow the false messiah will fall. The concept of the yotaid being the false messiah is also related to the “reed” in Isa 36.6 and this verse relates the same idea (that those who follow the yotaid/reed will fall with him) as in Isa 22.25.

In Hebrew thought, “yotaid” was an idiom for rulers as a result of these verses. Now, back to the enlarged vav and the ten sons of Haman. The last son named, with the large vav, was the leader. Why was he last? Because “many who are first will be last.” In the tenses with the verbs in Esther, when talking about Haman’s ten sons it is present tense. When Mordechai is mentioned it is in the future tense. So, the enlarged vav is calling attention to the concept of the yotaid and how it can relate to the false messiah and the ten rulers (his “sons) that follow him, and that what happened to Haman’s sons will happen again. In the coclusion, we will pick up here with the timing of this story and more on Haman, with other hidden messages about him from Esther.

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