Monday, March 13, 2017

King Cyrus, Servant Of God (CE36)

Dan 11:40  “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships;"
 
The Persian Empire (king of the North) refers to any of a series of imperial dynasties centered in Persia (modern–day Iran). The first of these was the Achaemenid Empire established by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC with the conquest of Median, Lydian and Babylonian empires.

Cyrus king of Persia

Ezra 1:1-2  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.

The moment King Cyrus came into power, he immediately confessed and declared that:-

1. he honoured Yahweh, the Almighty God of heaven,
2. he glorified God by declaring that his kingdoms were from Him,
3. he obeyed God's command by rebuilding the temple of God.

Ezra 1:3-4  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.

King Cyrus encouraged all volunteers going back to rebuild the completely burned down temple of God in Jerusalem (which itself lie in complete desolation) by:-

1. asking God to bless them,
2. declaring the Lord God of Israel is the Almighty God,
3. decreeing all their neighbors to support these volunteers financially,
4. and to finance the rebuilding of the temple.

Ezra 1:5-6  Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. And all those who were around them encouraged them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with precious things, besides all that was willingly offered.
 
The spirit of God moved many to become volunteers and the people rejoiced for being partakers in the rebuilding of the temple by giving freely, generously, willingly and joyfully.

2Cor 3:17  Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty.

Ezra 1:7  King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the house of the Lord , which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his gods;

King Cyrus also gave back all the golden articles stolen when the Babylonians ransacked the temple of God and burned down Jerusalem.

King Cyrus was a faithful servant of God. But the Antichrist who will deceive Christians by imitating the miracles and good works of kings and prophets of God, and also of our Lord Jesus, he will get the Jewish Priesthood to rebuild the end time Temple for Satan.

Brethren, in the last days we are to beware of false christs and false prophets imitating King Cyrus, Moses, Elijah, etc. Forget all those so-called 'anointed'. Understand His words, teachings and end time prophecies (Mat 24, etc) for His word is the way, truth, life, spirit.