Isaiah 45:1-6 (NKJV) “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: 2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. 5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other;

This is a remarkable prophecy. Cyrus did not play an important role in the history of God’s people until two hundred years after Isaiah spoke of him. Cyrus of Persia was a humble man who trusted God. Cyrus made no great claims, yet he conquered the world. For God calls Cyrus “his anointed,” because he carried out the will of God, and Cyrus let the Israelites return to the Land of Promise. Cyrus opened the gates and permitted the Israelites to return to their homeland. To those who decided to stay in Persia, Cyrus encouraged them to send rich gifts of gold, silver, and precious things to support those who returned to Israel. In this manner Cyrus was a foreshadowing of the Messiah who would deliver His people from their sins. Some 200 years earlier, God promises Cyrus victory over nations; nothing will stop his conquests. And the hidden riches in secret places of those nations will be handed over to him. It is interesting to note that in Isaiah’s prophecy it is stated that God chose Cyrus before he knew the Lord. And it is reasonable to conclude that Cyrus came to know the one and true living God because of his wife Esther whose Hebrew name is Hadassah. The LORD, the only true God, calls Cyrus by name, and He anoints Cyrus as His shepherd. And the LORD equips him for his mission. “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” (Ezra 1:2 NKJV). The LORD does all this for the sake of His people, and so that the entire world will know that He alone is the one and only true and living God.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.