Breaking Israel News: If there was ever a quintessentially Jewish holiday, it’s Purim, when the Jewish people were threatened by Haman, a descendant of Amalek, and saved by God’s hidden hand. Even so, we find examples of people from the Nations being inspired by the story of Purim and even gathering to mark the day alongside the Jewish people.
The Bible teaches us that Amalek, the eternal enemy of the Jewish people, was the grandson of Esau.
Opinion: We have been writing about Purim since 2011. But this year, the interest in the evil character of the Book of Esther, Haman, has grown more than ever. Perhaps, two Muslim women speaking anti-Semitic tropes in the US House of Representatives is why.
My interest in Haman began with a verse in Malachi 1:1-3 that bothered me. “Jacob I have loved but Esau I have hated”. I could not understand how it was possible God could hate one man, so I began asking pastors, rabbis and anyone else that didn’t think I was nuts.
The first explanation I heard was that hate in the Bible can mean loved less, which almost satisfied me until I looked up the word in Hebrew. There I found the word ‘sane’ which does not say loved less and translates :
to hate, be hateful
- to hate
- of man
- of God
- hater, one hating, enemy (participle) (subst)
The confusion came in the New Testament where Paul in Romans used the same phrase except in the Greek. The word miseō also means hate but can also mean loved less.
Undeterred, the villain in the Esther account certainly appeared to be about as hateful as any man could be, so I wondered about him being an Agagite.
Haman’s lineage is given in the Targum Sheni (Aramaic translation of the book of Esther): “Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, son of Srach, son of Buza, son of Iphlotas, son of Dyosef, son of Dyosim, son of Prome, son of Ma’dei, son of Bla’akan, son of Intimrom, son of Harirom, son of Sh’gar, son of Nigar, son of Farmashta, son of Vayezatha, son of Agag, son of Sumki, son of Amalek, son of the concubine of Eliphaz, firstborn son of Esau.”
Bingo, a blood line. Esau – Amalek – Haman. Could there be more? And if so could it be that since God said He would be at war with Amalek in each generation (Exodus 17:16), could the future beast of Revelation 13:1 be from the same Jewish/Gentile bloodline?
But who would believe it?
Which is why we wrote (paperback) Antichrist: “The Search for Amalek”, our eBook “Blood Feud”, and produced the video “The First Terrorist” on the home page.