[notice]ChristianView Network director Philip Rosenthal draws a parallel between the threat posed by the Persia of Esther’s day and the Iran of today. The question that Esther faced was whether or not to speak up. We face the same question today, he says.[/notice]
Sunset last night (Thursday, March 8), marked the end of the 14th day of Adar, the date prescribed in Esther chapter 9 for the Jews to remember their deliverence from the evil plans of the then Prime Minister of the Persian empire, Haman to exterminate
Currently, we are faced with a repeat situation, where Iranian (Persian) president Mahoud Ahmadenijad is threatening to destroy Israel, saying “This origin of corruption (Israel) must be wiped off the face of the earth”. Tens of thousands of their missiles are aimed at Israel, while they use oil money to fund the terrorist armies of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza (both of which express similar aims).
Right now Iran (formerly Persia) is developing nuclear capabilities. Israel doesn’t believe Iran’s claim their nuclear plans are peaceful. At worst it would give Ahmadenijad the power to start a nuclear war in the Middle East.
A more likely scenario, however is that with nuclear weapons, Iran and their funded surrogate terrorist armies will be emboldened to even more aggressive action against Israel and the West.
On Tuesday this week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke in America. His comment on the idea Iran just wants nuclear electric power: “Yeah. Right… Israel reserves the right to defend itself.”
Against the argument that this could provoke further hostilities, Netanyahu held up a letter from the American government to Jewish leaders explaining that they did not want to bomb Auchwitz death camp because “Such an effort might provoke even more vindictive action by the Germans.” Israel previously launched pre-emptive strikes to stop Iraq’s nuclear programme and before that against Egypt’s build up of fighter aeroplanes.
SA ties with Iran
They also were one of the few countries to abstain from the UN resolution to send the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme to the security council. South Africa has close business and political ties with Iran. About a quarter of our petrol comes from Iran and Iranians use our cell phone network MTN to make calls. Sasol has a major stake in Iranian oil development. Effectively, some of the money you use to pay for your petrol goes to fund terrorist attacks against Israel, missiles aimed at Israel and this nuclear programme.
But from a positive angle, South Africa is the only country in the world to have developed nuclear weapons and then destroyed their whole programme. This is an example, that Iran can be encouraged to follow.
In Esther 4:14, Mordechai challenged the Jewish queen Esther “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Need for courage to speak up
Again today, the Jews in Israel are threatened with extermination by Iran, its funded terrorist armies and its nuclear programme. Like Esther, we need to pray and find the courage to speak up.
The key issue in the book of Esther is: Will you be silent now? Or will you speak up like biblical Esther to defend Israel against Iran’s threats? Add your voice to the one million facebook ‘likes’ to support Israel.
You can also lobby MTN South Africa at firstname.lastname@example.org . And you can ask South Africa’s Ambassador in Iran to stop supporting their nuclear programme at email@example.com or phone him at +98 21 2270 2866. And don’t forget, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is still on death row.