Bible Studies in the Book of Esther
Esther Chapter 7: The Downfall of Haman the Wicked
by I Gordon
As mentioned above, the title given to Haman by Queen Esther is 'Haman the wicked'. The numeric value of this is in the Hebrew is 666.
Concerning the coming world leader, the Bible tells us:
Haman was given a position of power by the king and rose quickly to the top above all his contempares. 'The king elevated him and gave him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. All the royal officials at the king's gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman.' (Esther 3:1-2)
In like manner, Revelation also tells us that the dragon (Satan) will give his power and authority to the coming world leader - the Antichrist:
Haman was known for his immense pride. Thus he was incensed when Mordecai would not bow down to him (Esther 3:5). And oh his boasts! 'Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials.' (Esther 5:11)
The coming world leader will be worse!
'The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.' (Rev 13:5)
Haman is four times marked as 'the enemy of the Jews' (Esther 3:10, 8:1, 9:10, 24) and his hatred extended to all Jews. Thus it is no surprise to see He was connected with the Agagites and thus Amalek - the sworn enemy of the Jews (Exod. 17:16, Deut 25:17-19).
Satan's hatred of the Jews (and people precious to God) will be seen through the coming world leader.
Haman arose through political power and used his position to plot the annihilation of the entire Jewish race! 'Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews--young and old, women and little children - on a single day...' (Esther 3:13)
The Antichrist's rise through political power will mirror that of Haman with the same intended goal - annihilate the Jews. The political power and goal was seen in WWII with Hitler. Eventually political power will bring all nations against Israel to destroy her - 'I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it... (Zech 14:2)
Haman's rule was terrible but thankfully it only lasted a few years. He came to a sudden end! With victory and his stated goal of destroying the Jews within sight, the tables were turned and ' they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.'(Esther 7:10)
The rule of the Antichrist will also be cut short after a few years for 'the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.' (Dan 7:26) As he stands on the brink of totally achieving his goal and destroying the Jewish people, the tables will be turned for 'the Lord Jesus will overthrow (him) with the breath of his mouth and destroy (him) by the splendor of his coming. (2Thes2:8)
 ↩ The following poem is by an unknown author but is often quoted by Hudson Taylor. It expresses the need to wait upon God for His will before stepping forth: It is called "Standing still at Sovereign Will" -
In every life
There's a pause that is better than onward rush,
Better than hewing or mightiest doing;
'Tis the standing still at Sovereign will.
There's a hush that is better than ardent speech,
Better than sighing or wilderness crying;
'Tis the being still at Sovereign will.
The pause and the hush sing a double song
In unison low and for all time long.
O human soul, God's working plan
Goes on, nor needs the aid of man!
Stand still, and see!
Be still, and know!
 ↩ Well, the ultimate example of this, as mentioned in other studies, was on a certain day of Passover 2000 years ago. There Satan thought he had victory over the Lord Jesus! Oh how wrong he was as what looked like defeat as the Lord Jesus died naked upon a cross, turned into the greatest victory ever. Oh the wisdom of God!
 ↩ The same point is brought out in J. Sidlow Baxter's 'Explore the book' where he writes: 'Esther brands him as 'Haman the wicked' and it is a singular fact that the numerical value of the Hebrew letters which make up his title is 666, the number of the Antichrist (Rev 13:18).
 ↩ The basis for these notes are taken from J.Sidlow Baxter's 'Explore the book' pages 282-283.
 ↩ Randy Stonehill sings a song called 'Counterfeit King' about this coming one. Here are the lyrics:
Counterfeit king in a garden that he stole, he's the outlaw with the diamonds in his eyes
like an angel of light he'll seduce your wandering soul, he's a master of the beautiful disguise
he has reaped what he's sown in his fatal act of pride, and he tumbles down like lightning from the sky
and his only desire is to brand us just like him, for in loving our own lives we're doomed to die... we're doomed to die
now we're all out on a tightrope, too proud to think we'll fall,
you can choose the freedom of God's love or laugh and lose it all
so beware of the words that he'll whisper to your heart, for he'll burn you with his twisted tongue of fire
and the song that he sings it's like poison to the soul, he's the counterfeit king and he's a liar... he's just a liar... a beautiful liar
 ↩ Just as the tree that Adam and Eve ate from was the tree of the knowledge of GOOD and EVIL so too have all their descendants had a nature that pushes them in both of these directions... But if it is still just human effort, empowered by the fleshly nature, it is still not LIFE. It is still just Haman exerting his control once again.
 ↩ As always, Major Ian Thomas sums it up very well in his book on Esther - 'If I perish, I perish'. Concerning this unmasking of Haman he writes: 'God wants to bring you, no matter how bitter may be the experience, to the place of self-discovery... The moment of truth will come for you when, together with Esther, you quit exchanging courtesies with the flesh and repudiate it to its face, naming it for the treacherous, wicked, worthless thing it is - without any salvageable content and fit only for the gallows!... At this climactic stage in your Christian life you realize that there can be no compromise with the flesh, and that peaceful coexistence with a principle satanically hostile to the law of God and to the re- establishment of His sovereignty within your soul, is now beyond the bounds of possibility... You realize that it was never God's purpose to improve the flesh, to re-educate or tame it - let alone Christianize it. It has always been God's purpose that the flesh, condemned, sentenced and crucified with Jesus Christ, might be left buried in the tomb and re-placed by the resurrection life of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He must wear the ring upon His finger, and once more exercise control in the area of your mind, your emotions and your will, expressing Himself through your personality. Paul described this clearly in his concern for the Ephesian Christians, when he wrote "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. .."That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith..." (Ephesians 3:14-17).
How quickly the boastful swagger of the flesh, in the day of ascendancy, can be reduced to the sobbing cry of self-pity when the moment of truth has come. Beware of this subtlety, and never be sorry for yourself - just be sorry for your sin! If your pride is hurt and you feel that you have been misjudged, and you become all sensitive and begin to sulk, you can be quite certain that it is only Haman grovelling in the dirt, sobbing for the mercy he doesn't deserve. '