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Some Christians have recently compared U.S. President Donald J. Trump to King Cyrus, who was the king of Persia over 2,000 years ago. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concurred including in the respect of adding President Trump to the register of great influences who will be revered by the Jewish people.
Before his upcoming meeting with the U.S. president in the Oval Office, the prime minister brought attention to some of the prominent influences throughout the history of the Jewish state. Due to last December's announcement of President Trump stating U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Netanyahu stated in conclusion, "I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory. We remember the proclamation of the great king, Cyrus the Great, the Persian king, who 2,500 years ago proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon could come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem. We recall 70 years ago, that President Harry Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israeli's capital." With a smile, Netanyahu added, "Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages."
Evangelical Christians are enjoying this moment of comparison for an implied and possible explanation to some of Mr. Trump's personal behavior while simultaneously giving help toward apparent Bible prophesies to being fulfilled.
Many people mentioned in the Bible, including King Cyrus, were very flawed, but did incredibly important tasks for the greater glory of God and His kingdom. Some Israeli leaders are professing that they aren't worried about connecting a U.S. president's personal behavior to anything at all, only that he delivers with such impacting results for Israel.
King Cyrus was mentioned over thirty times in the Bible. Prophets foretold the coming of King Cyrus 150 years before his arrival. He reigned over Persia between approximately 539-530 B.C. These two Old Testament Bible verses portray some of King Cyrus' connection to aiding the Jewish people.
2nd Chronicles 36:22-23 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.
In his first visit to Washington since President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and started making plans to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the U.S. commander-in-chief. The president stated that he might travel to Israel for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem which will most likely be in May of this year.
The president told reporters that his staff is looking at that possibility during a meeting with the Israeli prime minister in the Oval Office on Monday. The two men praised the close relationship between their two countries. Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that it's "never been stronger."
The prime minister of Israel also addressed another issue on his program of importance. He stated, "If I had to say what is our greatest challenge in the Middle East, to both our countries, to our Arab partners, it's encapsulated in one word: Iran. The Islamic Republic is practicing aggression everywhere, and that Israel and America, have to stop this country that chants Death to Israel and Death to America."
Meanwhile, President Trump says that plans to convert the American consulate in Jerusalem into the new temporary American Embassy are well underway. Presented with a $1 billion plan for the transition, President Trump stated that he slashed the cost to $250,000. The U.S. is also making plans to build a new permanent embassy in Jerusalem. Still working on a Middle East peace plan, the president stated, "Taking Jerusalem off the table gives us a real opportunity for peace."
Written by James Rathman; Minister for Jesus Christ
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.