Now, for the last part of the three part essays! I will be posting a “Q&A” next.
Cyrus the Great and the Freedom of the Nation of Israel. In Isaiah, there are some chapters that tells of a certain individual named Cyrus:
Isaiah 44:28 “That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.”
Isaiah 45:1,13 “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.”
It states that this person would grant the captived nation of Israel freedom – with no obligations or reward asked – and let them rebuild their temple. It also states that Cyrus would be a great leader and conqueror. This passage was right on all counts.
The book of Isaiah was written approximately between 740-680 B.C. About 200 years before Cyrus was even born! And, what do you know, Cyrus built himself a great empire, and he also granted the nation of Israel their freedom.
The Defeat of Babylon In Isaiah 13: 19, it states, “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” Predicting the defeat of this “impregnable” city.
Jeremiah 51:26, 43 also says, 26 “And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.” 43 “Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.”
Babylon truly was a magnificent city with its hanging gardens and “impregnable” walls. However, true to the prophecy that was written in two different books – Jeremiah was written between 630-580 B.C. – Babylon was destroyed in the Battle of Opis in 539 B.C.
Till this day, Babylon is still not a habitated nation. Although, the place is open to tourist. 🙂
The Gathering of Israel In quite a few passages in the Bible it tells of the nation of Israel being gathered together in their own country after being scattered abroad:
Isaiah 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Isaiah 36:19, 24 “And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
24 “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.”
Now, this has been fufilled quite recently. On May 14, 1948, the Isrealites were once again gathered in their own country and given recognition. And this prophecy was written, oh, just a few thousand years ago.
An Explosion of Knowledge Near the End Times We truly are living in an incredible world. Throughout the years, the world has gotten “smaller” with a network of relatively fast and complex transportation system. This allows us to be with our relatives or friends who are on the other side of the world within a day; whereas, it used to be that it would take at least a month! Not only are we able to travel around the world, we are also living in a day and age where new information is being discovered at an incredible rate. And the public has easy access to most of this information.
Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Written more than a thousand years ago, this verse had already prophesied this events which have come to pass!
Are you ready when the end times does come, or if you were to die today? I urge you to get this matter settled with!