The extended keystone pattern appears at the focus of the drama in the book of Esther. We recommend reading the entire book for context.
13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him. ~ Esther 4:13-17
For 3 days Esther and those with her fasted. This was followed by a day where Esther and those with her feasted. This presents the keystone pattern of three things of a kind followed by a 4th that is similar but distinctly different - of fasting followed by feasting. It is 3 days of preparing for the Bride to meet with the Bridegroom followed by one where they meet. The Bride risks her life to save the Jews. (Of course, Esther is Jewish, and it should be noted that, in allegorical type and prophecy, any given layer does not require the application of every detail.)
1 Now it came about on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace in front of the king’s rooms, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the throne room, opposite the entrance to the palace. 2 When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. 3 Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you.” 4 Esther said, “If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.” 5 Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly that we may do as Esther desires.” So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared. 6 As they drank their wine at the banquet, the king said to Esther, “What is your petition, for it shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.” 7 So Esther replied, “My petition and my request is: 8 if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king says.” ~ Esther 5:4-8
We could get hung up on the consideration of whether or not the feast took place on the 3rd day of the fast. But, very simply, if Esther fasted for 3 days, she cannot feast while she's still fasting so we account the feast as taking place after the fast is complete, which is then on the 4th day in series.
Now, we should ask what possible reason Esther might have had for not taking care of business promptly, informing the king about the crisis as soon as she was mercifully granted audience. How could she risk or justify such a delay? Why go through this drama of the banquet, even scheduling another banquet on the next day without having informed the king of the urgent matter in her two opportunities? Is this drama for drama's sake - or is there a point to this? Well, those are some leading questions, of course! Knowing what we have learned about the extended keystone pattern, and understanding the key role played by the Bride in the matters of salvation, and understanding the importance of the matter of identifying the antichrist beast/lawless one, well - we have satisfying answers! Prophecy - illustrating the extended keystone pattern! What happens in the 5 in series requires the 4th!
At the end of the 4th, things aren't looking good. Haman is rejoicing at his special treatment and eagerly anticipates his expected exaltation. Gallows are built for Mordecai, and the decree for the destruction of the Jews still stands. Things are not looking good at all.
Pause to compare this to what we just presented in Part 13, where it was during the 4th trip (by esoteric accounting) that things looked so dire for the brothers. They were intercepted and found to be in possession of stolen goods. They were returned to the city and to Joseph's house in shame as captive thieves. Jacob and his house would starve, and with all his sons prisoners in a foreign land Israel would be destroyed. Or, even if Benjamin alone were to remain captive in Egypt, Jacob/Israel would still meet his demise. The stakes compare, right? What also compares is that there is a sudden and unexpected turn in their fortunes! And, this sets up for a huge victory in the 5th in series!
Read Esther chapter 6 to see the turning of fortune. Haman is humbled as he honors Mordecai, at the king's command. As the chapter ends, Haman is hustled off to the scheduled banquet.
At the banquet that we account as happening on the 5th of 5 days in the series, what we might have expected to happen in the 4th began to finally manifest - with even a much more satisfying result, as the rest of the book shows! These things are far from obscure but are celebrated annually as Purim by those who practice what's known as Judaism.
We find the structure of the book is a chiasm pivoting on the part of chapter 6 where the King reads about Mordecai's deeds and, after consulting with Haman in the matter of how a man should be honored by the king, directs Haman to exalt the man he despises, Mordecai, in that very way. This turnabout is the very turnabout of the book which is a account of the fortunes of Israel. As some who have analyzed the structure (like the Professor and Rabbi) see it in this chart, that central pivot divides the book in two with the first 7 repeating in the second 7. This gives it emphasis, which is meaningful in the context of the dividing of the doubled shemitah, devoured and devouring.
This is the same kind of hinged pattern exhibited by Psalm 119 (See Part 7) and the 15 Songs of THE Degrees that follow it, Psalm 120-134. (See Part 8) This speaks to us of the shemitah 860, and the time reset in 2019 back to 2012 for the shemitah numbering 861.
This has been the 14th Part in this series. Recall the scientist's observation. "You can't prove scientific things in a laboratory the same way you prove mathematic theorems. You prove things in a laboratory by piling up so much evidence that its simply unreasonable to deny it." Like in a laboratory, we can prove nothing, but in the bringing forward of a growing collection of independent witnesses you may find, as we also do, that their testimony is so very compelling. The redundancy of the patterns, the consistency of the symbolism, the nature and timing of the signs attending the expanding insight - these are hard to deny! As impossibly strange as it may seem, it appears that, in about a year and a half, we are going to experience a reset of time. Next time around, we're going to experience a version that is wildly divergent. Biblical prophecy will be back on schedule!