Cyrus, The Shepherd And Donald Trump
It is not a stretch to imagine that the Lord has chosen an American President to be a help to Israel. God often chooses leaders from other nations to either help or hurt Israel in accomplishing His plans for the Jews.
Cyrus, who vanquished Babylon, only to be told that God had chosen him even before he was born—did exactly as God has said that he would. Cyrus commanded that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt. Cyrus learned very quickly, the power of God’s word, and how He is able to accomplish everything that He has spoken.
The amazing power of the prophetic word is seen in the internal evidence of the scriptures that establishes the Bible as an extraordinary and dynamic book. Those who have not taken the time to study the history contained in the various books of the Bible; events that were recorded with such accuracy that no other secular document in the history of the world, can match. Even Cyrus, the king of Persia who stood in utter amazement before Daniel at the conquest of Babylon; when this humble prophet of God presented this mighty king a letter that God had written to him 150 years before Cyrus was born—was obedient to the will of God.
God told Cyrus that He was His “shepherd”. The one to whom the Lord would use as His instrument of judgment against the sins of His people. Many see Donald Trump in a similar role today. Cyrus would be the one that would issue a command to set free the captives of Judah held in Babylon for the past seventy years—during the “servitude”, and bring these objects of his displeasure back into their own land again. Cyrus will command that the Temple at Jerusalem should be rebuilt, returning to the Jews the former items taken from the temple by Nebuchadnezzar.
Thus says the Lord, who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid. —Isaiah 44:28
- In 605 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar took the best and brightest from Judah, including the young man Daniel. This began the “servitude” of Judah for 70 years. •
- In 536 B.C., Cyrus becomes the king of Persia. The 70 years of “servitude” are at an end. Cyrus orders the temple in Jerusalem rebuilt. This command will not be obeyed for another 17 years until 520 B.C., when the “desolations” of Israel have finished their 70 year duration.
- In 520 B.C., on December 17, the foundation for the temple is laid at Jerusalem. The 70 years of the “desolations” of Jerusalem have been completed. It is the second year of Darius reign.
- In 517 B.C. The temple is finished.
Cyrus: A King Called From the Womb
Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1 describe Cyrus as the Lord’s shepherd and his anointed.
Isaiah 44:24, 28 (Thus says the Lord) Who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.” ’
“Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus… ” —Isaiah 45:1
What is amazing about this prophecy from Isaiah 44, is that the Lord spoke the name “Cyrus” one hundred and fifty years before he was born. This future pagan king would be the instrument that God would use to allow His people, who He had placed in captivity under Nebuchadnezzar for 70 years, to be sent back home to Jerusalem, according to Jeremiah’s prophecy.
And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. —Jeremiah 25:11
For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. —Jeremiah 29:10
Even more amazing is the fact that before Cyrus was born, the Greek historian Herodotus records that Cyrus mother, “Mandane,” suffered a sinister plot by her father, King Astyages. According to Herodotus, King Astyages had a dream that deeply troubled him. He saw his daughter Mandane with a river of water flowing from her that filled the kingdom and flooded all of Asia. When King Astyages asked for the interpretation of this dream, he was told that his daughter, the mother of Cyrus, would have a son who would take his kingdom from him.3
The King dispatched his servant Harpagus to kill Cyrus, the newborn son of his daughter. The servant could not find it in his heart to kill the child, so he gave the task to a local shepherd, who also could not bring himself to take his life. Cyrus was raised by this shepherd as his own son, and later became the king of Babylon; to whom God calls by name, before he existed. 4
When the Lord speaks a word of prophecy, He will not allow His word to fail. Not one of the prophecies of the Old Testament have ever failed.
Cyrus was born in Persia in 590 B.C. He conquered three great world-wide empires; the Medes, the Lydian’s, and the Babylonians. Cyrus founded the great Archaemenian dynasty and united all of the middle east into a single empire stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to India. He was the King over the largest empire the world had ever known during his life time. Cyrus died at the age of 60 in 530 B.C.
Perhaps it was due to his upbringing by a gentle shepherd—Cyrus had a heart for people that was far different from most other conquering kings. He allowed the nations that he subdued to continue in worship of their gods and allowed the vanquished to keep their long held customs and traditions.5 Even the Greeks who later conquered Cyrus, considered him with great respect because of his high character and moral values.
When Cyrus came to Babylon, unknown to him at the time, he already had the promise of the God of Israel that he would subdue and conquer Babylon. This was despite the fact that no other nation in past history, had been able to overcome the incredible fortress of Babylon’s walls and water barrier that surrounded the city. In Isaiah’s prophecy, Cyrus is not only told that he is the Lord’s shepherd (Isaiah 44:24), he is also informed precisely how he will overcome Babylon and enter the city. Cyrus will learn of this prophecy written by Isaiah, from Daniel, who is within the city of Babylon that he is about to capture. It is believed, that as a result of Daniel revealing these prophecies of Isaiah 45 to King Cyrus, that this resulted in the king doing exactly as the prophecy describes—to allow the Jews return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple.
“Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:” —Isaiah 45:1
There are many who study these events in the former history of the world who believe that Donald Trump may have been called by God for similar reasons that Cyrus was formerly called.
The Trump Temple Coin
An Israeli educational center has minted a unique coin in commemoration of President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. This monumental announcement effectively recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
According to Rabbi Mordechai Persoff, Trump made a “big declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of the holy people” very similar to king Cyrus.
The center will mint 1,000 coins, each of which can be purchased with a minimum donation of $50. The coins are purely commemorative, so will not be swapped for Make America Great Again hats anytime soon.
America is in a nearly identical situation to that of Israel at the time that Cyrus came into the world. The United States is on the precipice of losing the life and liberty that God has given to its citizens. Every callous error that Israel made that resulted in the loss of their nation, America has repeated in the past 50 years.
The incidents of murder, violence, riots, unparalleled weather events, and lawlessness in the United States are merely symptoms of The Impending Storm.
Today, we see that the hearts of a vast number of people are against God and Jesus Christ. They are quite militant in opposing anyone who seeks to bring the message of Jesus’ cross. We see a lawlessness that has not existed on earth since the days of Noah. Jesus said that when the time of His return is near, the world will once again resemble the days of Noah. People were eating and drinking and going about their lives with not thought of God. Suddenly destruction will fall upon them and it will be too late.
Only Noah and his family were saved from the judgement that God warned the world about for over one hundred years. After scoffing and laughing a Noah for his preaching about the coming flood, that day arrived and the whole world was lost.
We wonder how far the world is today from the very same events that took the world in judgement and by complete surprise.