By Michael V. Wilson
Much has been written in recent weeks about the similarities between the ancient King Cyrus of Persia and President Donald J. Trump of America.
King Cyrus (600-530 B.C) conquered Babylon around 539 B.C. then approximately a year later signed a decree ordering the Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt. We find biblical evidence for this in the books of Isaiah and Ezra. Isaiah 44:28 says,
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.” ’
. . . and Ezra 1:1-4 says,
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem. And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.
President Trump's official decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv in Israel to Jerusalem, coming on the 70th anniversary of Israel's restoration as a nation, was the trigger for the comparison to Cyrus. There's even a commemorative coin honoring the two men together on it.
Mark Taylor, a former firefighter, claims he was watching FOX News in 2011 when God told him Donald Trump would be President of the United States. After Trump's election when his prophecy came to pass, many preachers, pastors, and ministers began declaring that Trump is “God's man” in the White House.
As much as the party elites in both major parties hate Trump, rank-and-file Christians, Conservatives, and Republicans (three different groups that sometimes overlap) put up with many of Trumps idiosyncrasies because he fights back against the establishment, AKA, the Deep State, because he stands foursquare for faith, because he keeps his campaign promises, and because he refuses to knuckle under to his innumerable enemies.
But in everything I've read one noticeable fact keeps being left out – Cyrus wasn't famous for what he did for Persia; he was famous for what he did for Israel. What if Trump is the same way, famous not so much for what he did (or will do) for America but for what he did for Israel?
After all, America isn't the apple of God's eye, Israel is. America isn't the fulcrum of history, Israel is. America isn't mentioned in the Bible even once; Israel is mentioned – by name – 2319 times in the King James Version. Maybe Trump is God's man in the White House for what he can do for God's Chosen People, perhaps even to help them begin rebuilding the Temple.
Do you celebrate Trump's election and Presidency? Good for you. Just make sure you're celebrating it for the right reason – God's reason.