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King Xerxes and Queen Esther





 
Ok...I am having a really difficult time finding out what happens next for King Xerxes and Queen Esther. Do they go on to have children? An historical essay said that King Xerxes is later killed by one of his own men (murdered). But it did not say if they'd had children or what they were named, etc. I guess it's no big deal but I'd love to know. Also I'd like to know how long Esther lived, if she outlived King Xerxes' death and if so, did she return to Israel?

Sincerely, Jennifer

Published: Nov 07 2006 07:16:31pm


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Linda Vuorela (@laughingheart)
Nov 08 2006 12:53:35am
  Hi, Jennifer. I know what you mean. Esther was such a good book to read. And you know the word " God " was not mentioned once in that book! The main story of Esther is to believe in God and to have faith that God will take care of you. In the book of Esther you can tell God's hand was in the whole book. It was a great story. You just had to keep reading! It was one of those kind of books you did not want to put the books down. You wanted to know what the bad guys where saying behind the king and what secrets was being held and then you wanted to clap your hands when the person who built the gallows to hang a good guy ended up being hanged on it himself... . Well you know what I mean... . But all in all... It had a basic meaning. God's Hand was in it ! And only because Esther believed in God and did what he said to do. If you think back... this has some same parallels as the book of Ruth does... If you think about it... God Bless You, laughingheart


Jennifer Fisher (@raisedonthefield)
Nov 08 2006 05:34:10am
  Funny you should mention the book of Ruth. That is my next favorite book and I hope Tommy Tenney will make a movie of it next. I love with a woman's faith encompasses who she is in her entirety. The love and devotion of both Ruth and Esther for their Lord is what draws me to love their stories..to read them again and again. With Ruth it tells what happens after the fact. She is saved by Boaz, her kinsmen redeemer and becomes a link in the lineage of king David and eventually Jesus. Ruth is part of the "begats." But with Esther, her role was not in lineage but rather to save her people. Yet I wonder where her begats got her. As a Jewish woman being fruitful to her husband was most important to her (other than God). I did find in my research online that King Xerxes was murdered by one of his own men when he was still very young. That breaks my heart. Esther must have been devastated. What happened to her then? And if they had children, what happened to them? There seems to be many ties left ravelled here. I guess it's my inquisitive mind that wants closure that in the end the jewish girl that married an insane and dangerous king and saved her people through her courage and faith in Jehovah was ultimately saved herself.


Jennifer Fisher (@raisedonthefield)
Nov 11 2006 07:32:08pm
  Lately I"ve become somewhat of a "reading" junky. I have researched and read (only to repeat and repeat) on everything I can find on the Persians and Medes, the Chronicles of, etc. Anything history. Here's the consistency I've come up with...King Xerxes (after what happens in the Book of Ester) made war against Greece. In that effort King Xerxes faced a bunch of issues throughout his empire as well as his own military. King Xerxes was murdered by one of his own men (in one of the historical accounts it says that he was actually killed by Artexerxes (I) who was his first born son through Vashti. At this point Ester has moved into the harem. Another commentary said that she later escaped the harem with her life. So far I"ve not read anything about actual offspring from the marriage between Xerxes and Esther. So I'll keep digging. We have a Jewish synagogue here that I might muster the courage to go to visit. Surely they would know. Maybe, anyway.


Ron Green (@prophecyteacher)
May 14 2009 09:46:06am
  In answer to your question. Yes they did have children. I have researched the Persian Kings in depth in my studies of prophecy. The book of Esther only gives a brief history of events. In answering the question there is some events to list: 1. King Ahasureus (Xerxes) begins to rule Persia from 485 B.C. (this reign started in the fall of the year) 2. In the 3rd year of his reign he throws a feast that lasted for 6 months (180 days) Esther 1:4. This occured in the year 483-482 B.C. 3. Esther is made queen in the 10th month in the seventh year of Xerxes reign (Esther 2:16). This means that it had to occur in 478 B.C. This is what we know from Scripture. In addition Esther 4:14 "and who knoweth wether tou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this". It was for that time that God raised Esther up to save His people. However, there is also another reason. For this we need to jump to Nehemiah. Here we find that Nehemiah is the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes. Some questions that you should ask are: 1. Why would the king place a person from a conquered peolpe as his cup bearer. The responsibility of a cup bearer was to protect the king from being poisoned. Not the position you want your enemy in? 2. Why was the king so interested in the feelings of a servant? Now we look at the history of Xerxes to find the answer to your question. Xerxes was killed in fall of 465 B.C. by Artabanus (his counseler) who also killed the oldest son (this was the son of Vashti). He then proclaimed himself king and was killed by Artaxerxes 1 several months later in hand to hand combat. Artaxerxes 1 was between 10 and 12 years old depending on the reference you check. This was quite a feat for a child that young but remember he was trained in combat since he was old enough to walk. Artaxerxes 1 then took the throne as the rightful king. Esther the queen mother is still alive at this time. Now if Artaxerxes 1 is only 12 years old then he had to have been born in 477 B.C. This was the year following Esther becoming queen. So Esther was the mother of Artaxerxes 1 making him half Jewish. Now we see why he would have a Jew as a cup bearer. Not because it was a conquered people but because he was a Jew himself. In addition it was Artaxerxes 1 that in the 20th year of his reign (444 B.C.) issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem which started the countdown to the coming of Christ, as prophesied by Daniel (Daniel 9:25) and ending on the 10th of Nisan 33 A.D. when Christ rode to the temple and was rejected by the Jews (he was cut off or set aside for the Passover) to be crucified. The prophecy by God was fulfilled to the very day in its accuracy. I hope this helps your understanding and answers your question. Your fellow servant in Christ, prophecyteacher


Shielah jones (@shielah)
Jul 06 2009 11:28:22am
  prophecyteacher: In answer to your question. Yes they did have children. I have researched the Persian Kings in depth in my studies of prophecy. The book of Esther only gives a brief history of events. In answering the question there is some events to list:1. King Ahasureus (Xerxes) begins to rule Persia from 485 B.C. (this reign started in the fall of the year)2. In the 3rd year of his reign he throws a feast that lasted for 6 months (180 days) Esther 1:4. This occured in the year 483-482 B.C.3. Esther is made queen in the 10th month in the seventh year of Xerxes reign (Esther 2:16). This means that it had to occur in 478 B.C.This is what we know from Scripture. In addition Esther 4:14 "and who knoweth wether tou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this". It was for that time that God raised Esther up to save His people. However, there is also another reason. For this we need to jump to Nehemiah. Here we find that Nehemiah is the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes. Some questions that you should ask are:1. Why would the king place a person from a conquered peolpe as his cup bearer. The responsibility of a cup bearer was to protect the king from being poisoned. Not the position you want your enemy in?2. Why was the king so interested in the feelings of a servant?Now we look at the history of Xerxes to find the answer to your question. Xerxes was killed in fall of 465 B.C. by Artabanus (his counseler) who also killed the oldest son (this was the son of Vashti). He then proclaimed himself king and was killed by Artaxerxes 1 several months later in hand to hand combat. Artaxerxes 1 was between 10 and 12 years old depending on the reference you check. This was quite a feat for a child that young but remember he was trained in combat since he was old enough to walk. Artaxerxes 1 then took the throne as the rightful king.Esther the queen mother is still alive at this time. Now if Artaxerxes 1 is only 12 years old then he had to have been born in 477 B.C. This was the year following Esther becoming queen. So Esther was the mother of Artaxerxes 1 making him half Jewish. Now we see why he would have a Jew as a cup bearer. Not because it was a conquered people but because he was a Jew himself. In addition it was Artaxerxes 1 that in the 20th year of his reign (444 B.C.) issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem which started the countdown to the coming of Christ, as prophesied by Daniel (Daniel 9:25) and ending on the 10th of Nisan 33 A.D. when Christ rode to the temple and was rejected by the Jews (he was cut off or set aside for the Passover) to be crucified. The prophecy by God was fulfilled to the very day in its accuracy. I hope this helps your understanding and answers your question.Your fellow servant in Christ,prophecyteacher the 10 -- 12 year old kid you name, I thought that was the name of vashti's son... what was her kid's name if this kid was esther's kid?



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