On the evening of December 23, 2014 after my children and I had lit the full eight candles of Hanukkah, I was up late praying. The Lord began to show me a vision of a woman in childbirth. It was not any woman that I recognized. I then began to see the birth from her perspective. I could see the very top of her baby's head that was being born. I then heard the Lord say to me " The Bride is crowning," He said, " She is crowning!"
When I opened my eyes, I immediately began to research articles online about that particular stage of the delivery. I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit and knew He was trying to tell me something. After reading through several articles I finally found the answer. The stage of birth described as "crowning" was named that because during that moment, the part of the baby's head that is seen is the place a princess would place her crown! I had never known that! The Lord then told me to go to the book of Esther.
I read through Esther 1 and 2. There in the book of Esther in chapter 2 I found something. The Lord began to highlight two things. Let's read this together.
16So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal palace in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. (Esther 2:16 AMP)
Two things jumped off the page at me! The tenth month and the seventh year. "What Hebrew month is it?" the Lord gently asked me. I went immediately to the Jewish website I so often studied. I discovered that we were in the tenth Hebrew month (Tevet) and the seventh year. The year of the Sabbatical rest is called the Shemitah year or seventh year! My heart jumped!! He urged me on...I read through the month of Tevet and the history of that entire month. I found in Jewish history that on the same night that The Lord showed me the Bride crowning was the same time that Esther received her crown!! That day was Tevet 1 and on our calendar it was Dec. 23. This was no coincidence!
17And the King loved Esther more than all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the maidens, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. (Esther 2:17 AMP)
The Lord began speaking to me concerning this year and the arising of His Royal Bride! This is you and me!! We are His bride! This year will mark the birthing of promises long awaited, this year will be crowned by His grace and favor!! He is exalting His Bride! He is entrusting her with riches, influence, the high places, and reigning!! She is being positioned for purpose! Remember that Esther was entrusted and chosen as the new queen for a great purpose!! It is the same for us, there is a divine purpose for your promotion from The King! She is being brought forth and into place for such a time as this!
14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? (Esther 4:14 AMP)
It is not a time to sit back and do nothing. God is calling us forth, God is requiring more from us, and God is raising us up together with Him! Let nothing keep you from being engaged in His divine purpose! The time has come! The time is now! Let the Bride shimmer in His glory and let her be seen in all the world!
1Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1 NKJV)