Kimberly (10 Feb 2012)
"Ecclesiates, Esther & Daniel - Could there be a connection?"


 
I looked up the Book of Esther on Wikipedia and discovered that in the Jewish Bible, Ecclesiastes is the book before Esther and Daniel is the book after Esther. (The Protestant Bible lists Nehemiah, Esther and then Job).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Esther#Timeline_of_Major_Events


Then I linked to "Ecclesiastes",  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesiastes, on Wikipedia to get a quick overview of the book and this is what I discovered.

The Book of Ecclesiastes, originally called Qoheleth (literally, "Preacher") in Hebrew, is a book of the Tanakh's Ketuvim and the Old Testament. The literal sense of the Greek translation, "Member of the Assembly," approaches "Preacher," using the root ekklesia for "assembly," or "church," to maintain similarity with Qoheleth.

Nicholas Perrin has suggested that the framing device of Ecclesiastes was used to point to the Messiah. The book is framed by two sets of verses: 1:1-11, and 12:9-14. Both these sets of verses contain messianic allusions, which makes the entire book a pronouncement of the sage Messiah. Eccles 1:1 reads “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.” The closing frame of Ecclesiastes again presents the Preacher, the messianic figure (12:9). The major messianic reference here is the “one shepherd” of verse 11.

Please note that Ecclesiastes is framed by two sets of verses:  1:1-11 (1111 that so many including myself have seen) and 12:9-14 (12th month on the Jewish calendar (Adar)) and days 9-14 (March 3 thru 14)???  March 3rd is Sabbath Zachor (sabbath before Purim). Israeli PM Benjamin will be in the U.S. for AIPAC on March 4-6.
March 7th is The Fast of Esther (Ta'anit Ester) is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. March 8 is Purim.  Nisan is the 1st month. Day 1 of Nisan (March 24th) is a Sabbath.  Nisan 8 (March 31st) is Shabbat HaGadol. Shabbat HaGadol ("Great Shabbat") is the Shabbat immediately before Passover. There is a special Haftarah reading on this Shabbat of the book of Malachi. Nisan 11 (April 3) is a Tuesday.

These are to be the lasting lessons of the book.
Firstly, to “fear God.” This point is made throughout Ecclesiastes (3:14, 5:6-7, 7:18, 8:12), though often with a hint of doubt. Here, it is made quite emphatically, with the idea being that one should have the correct relationship with God, where human is subservient to the deity. To “fear God” means to “respect, honor, and worship the Lord.”
Secondly, the narrator teaches that the reader should “keep [God’s] commandments.” This verse, in following “fear God,” suggests that one must be subservient to the eternal specifically by observing the commandments. The verse ends with two motive clauses, the first being: “for this is the whole duty of humanity” (Hebrew says ki zeh kol-ha’adam literally meaning “for this is the whole of humanity”). Rabbi Eleazar purports that this phrase suggests that, “the commands to fear and obey G-d were the most important things in life.” However, Ecclesiastes ends with a second clause, answering why we should fear and obey God. The answer is because “God will bring every deed into judgment” (12:14). Here, judgment and law are linked for the first time in Ecclesiastes. While judgment has been discussed earlier (3:16-22, 11:9), here it is correlated directly with obeying commandments.
 
Wikipedia has a lot of very interesting things to say about the Book of Ecclesiastes that I have not shown here because it is somewhat lengthy, but it is well worth reading the whole article.

I find it very interesting that the Jewish Bible lists these books in the order of Ecclesiastes, Esther, and Daniel.  Maybe there is a reason for this. Ecclesiastes seems to be a message from the Messiah to fear God and keep his commandments because judgement is coming for everyone. After this message, is the story of Queen Esther and the deliverance of the Jewish people from Persia.  The next book is the book of Daniel that deals with the "Time of Jacob's Trouble".

It seems like we've "been warned" (Ecc.) because "war's coming with Persia (Iran)" (Esther), and then comes "the tribulation" (Dan.).

In the Protestant Bible the books are Nehemiah, Esther, and Job.
Nehemiah deals with rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and repopulating it.  Israel captured Jerusalem in 1967 and has had opposition from the same groups of people that Nehemiah had to contend with. With Ezra, Nehemiah marks the spring-time in the national history of Judaism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehemiah

The book of Job is about a righteous man suffering at the hands of Satan.  Job asks why and God reminds him that he is the creator of all and everything works according to his plan.  Then God restores to Job all that he has lost.  We suffer at the hands of Satan, but God will restore to us everything that Satan has stolen from us and I think that is going to happen soon, when Jesus raptures us out of here and for Israel when Jesus comes at the end of the tribulation.

The books in our Protestant Bibles are not necessarily in chronological order.  Perhaps they are in chronological order in the Jewish Bible.  I haven't studied this, but if they are it could prove helpful in determining timelines.

13 Adar - (522 BCE) - war against enemies of the Jews in Persia
On the 13th of Adar of the Hebrew year 522 BCE, battles were fought throughout the Persian Empire between the Jews and those seeking to kill them in accordance with the decree issued by King Achashveirosh eleven months earlier. (Achashveirosh never rescinded that decree; but after the hanging of Haman on Nissan 16 of the previous year, and Queen Esther's pleading on behalf of her people, he agreed to issue a second decree authorizing the Jews to defend themselves against those seeking to kill them.) 75,000 enemies were killed on that day, and 500 in the capital, Shushan, including Haman's ten sons (Parshandata, Dalfon, Aspata, Porata, Adalia, Aridata, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai and Vaizata), whose bodies were subsequently hanged. The Jews did not take any of the possessions of the slain as booty, though authorized to do so by the king's decree. (The Book of Esther, chapter 9).
13 Adar - (161 BCE) - Maccabee victory / Yom Nicanor
The Maccabees defeated the Syrian General Nicanor in a battle fought four years after the Maccabee's liberation of the Holy Land and the miracle of Hanukkah.
14 Adar - (522 BCE) - Purim victory celebrated
The festival of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman's plot "to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adar

Netanyahu to travel to US for AIPAC Convention on March 4-6
On the Hebrew calendar this is Adar 10-12.  Look at the dates for Adar 13 and 14.  They are dates of victory for Israel against Syria and Persia.  
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4185589,00.html

Israel may attack Iran in April, May or June according to this article.
But, what if they attack in March, just before Purim, while PM Netanyahu is safe in the United States???  What if the dates of April, May or June were voiced to confuse Ahmadenijad???  There is also the possibility that Iran will strike first, because PM Netanyahu is in the United States.  
http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/04/krauthammer-leak-indicates-israeli-attack-on-iran-certain/

They want to kill all Jews, annihilate Israel and the United States according to this article.
http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/ayatollah-kill-all-jews-annihilate-israel/

The title of this article is about  a 5M earthquake, but in reading the article I found  that Bushehr, Iran's first nuclear power plant, is expected to go online on March 20, 2012.
http://en.rian.ru/world/20120205/171156414.html

Sorry I couldn't make these links "clickable". I don't know how to do it.