The Jewish festival of Purim memorialises the events recorded in the Old Testament book of Esther.
Queen Esther delivered her people the Jews from the murderous hatred of a wicked character called Haman who was bent on their destruction.
King Ahasuerus, Esther’s husband granted her request that Haman and his sons (and others) be killed. She lived to see the truth of Psalm 92 verse 11,
“Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.”
After the hanging of the ten sons of Haman, Esther made a strange request of the King. She requested that the ten sons of Haman be hanged! But wait a minute, weren’t they already dead? Yes!
So what could Esther have meant?
It appears that Esther’s request was actually made to the King of all the earth (God) and that she had in mind the execution of future “sons of Haman” should they arise against the Jews “tomorrow.”
There is a “tomorrow” that is now and a “tomorrow” that is later i.e future.
Did future “sons of Haman” arise to persecute and destroy the Jews? We all know the answer. Hitler and the Nazi Party. Hitler banned the observance of Purim and owning a copy of the book of Esther was declared to be a capital offence.
One Nazi who understood himself to be a “son of Haman” was Julius Streicher, one of the Nazi war criminals who was tried at Nuremburg and one of eleven who were sentenced to death.
One of the eleven, Hermann Goering committed suicide shortly before he was due to hang.
Just before he hanged, Julius Streicher shouted “Purim 1946” an obvious reference to the book of Esther.
Vengeance belongs to God and He will repay and those Nazis reaped that which they had sown.
The executions were carried out on October 16th, Hoshana Rabba, the traditional day all of Elohim’s (God) verdicts are sealed.
On October 16th, 1946, God’s verdicts on those ten Nazi “sons of Haman” were well and truly sealed and the verdict was death.
In conclusion, when we ponder the parallels between the hanging of the sons of Haman in Esther’s day and the hanging of the ten Nazis in 1946, two words come to mind.
PS Verse 12 of Esther chapter 9 does not specify that the ten sons of Haman were hanged, it states that they were destroyed. They may have been hanged or put to the sword. Because we cannot be sure of the manner of their death, it was too dogmatic to assume they were hanged. There is no doubt however, that the future “sons of Haman” (Nazis) were hanged at Nuremburg.