Biblical Views on the News - Part I | Beaufort County Now

The scriptures I am going to share are copied directly from the Bible. I found them while doing research for my book. God is NOT dead, His Word, ody crst
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Biblical Views on the News - Part I

    Publisher's note: Oddy Crist has provided the Lord's Word as truth and as our eternal blessing. These posts can be found here.

    The scriptures I am going to share are copied directly from the Bible. I found them while doing research for my book: "THE VERDICT: God is NOT dead, His Word, The Bible is Relevant Forever!" and it was written to familiarize today's generation with the everlasting, never failing faithfulness!! Today Sec. Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying that President Donald Trump may have raised up to not only be the President of the United States, but also to make favorable decisions regarding Israel and I totally agree with Sec. Pompeo!

    This is a long explanation, but to prove God's plan for appointing President Trump for a time like this, it is necessary!

    God works on a timetable that we as humans cannot comprehend. Reading the Bible will give you insight into God's plans & purposes.

    During my research, my attention was drawn to God's proclamation to the rebellious children of Israel ... several hundred years BEFORE it would take place: 'I will raise up a king named 'Cyrus' to deal with your situation!

    Eventually a baby would be born and given the name Cyrus, who would grow up to be the founder and ruler of the Persian Empire!

    Let me give you the references straight from God's Word the Bible:

    II Chronicles 36:20-23 (after the children of Israel had been led into captivity)

    Those who survived were taken away to Babylon as slaves to the king and his sons until the kingdom of Persia conquered Babylon.Thus the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah came true, that the land must rest for 70 years to make up for the years when the people refused to observe the Sabbath.

    But in the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus to make this proclamation throughout his kingdom, putting it into writing:

    All the kingdoms of the earth have been given to me by the Lord God of heaven, and he has instructed me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in the land of Judah. All among you who are the Lord's people, return to Israel for this task, and the Lord be with you."


    This fulfilled the prediction of Jeremiah.

    The above proclamation is restated at the beginning of the book of Ezra and then continues in verse 4: Those Jews who do not go should contribute toward the expenses of those who do go, and also supply them with clothing, transportation, supplies for the journey, and a freewill offering for the Temple.

    Then God gave a great desire to the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and to the priests and Levites to return to Jerusalem at once to rebuild the Temple. And all the Jewish exiles who chose to remain in Persia gave them whatever assistance they could, as well as gifts for the temple.

    King Cyrus himself donated the gold bowls and other valuable items which king Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the Temple at Jerusalem and had placed them in the temple of his own gods.

    He instructed Mithredath, the treasurer of Persia, to present these gifts to Shesh-bazzar, the leader of the exiles returning to Judah.

    The items Cyrus donated included: 1,000 gold trays, 1000 silver trays, 29 censors, 30 bowls of solid gold, 2410 silver bowls (of various designs), 1000 miscellaneous items.

    In all there were 5,469 gold and silver items turned over to Shesh-bazzar to take back to Jerusalem.


    MOST OF THE BOOK OF EZRA EXPLAINS THE EAGERNESS OF KING CYRUS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THE LORD HAD PUT ON HIS HEART TO DO.......THE REBUILDING OF THE TEMPLE!

    Ezra 3:7 ... Then they hired masons and carpenters, and bought cedar logs from the people of Tyre and Sidon, paying for them with food, wine and olive oil. The logs were brought down from the Lebanon mountains and floated along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Joppa, for King Cyrus had included this provision in his grant.

    See if this rings a bell!

    Ezra 4, starting with verse 1: When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles had returned and were rebuilding the Temple, they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and suggested,'Let us work with you, for we are just as interested in your God as you are; we have sacrificed to him ever since king esar-haddon of Assyria brought us here.

    But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the other Jewish leaders replied, "No, you may have no part i this work. The Temple of the god of Israel must be built by Israelis, just as King Cyrus has commanded.

    v.6 ... Then the local residents tried to discourage and frighten them by sending agents to tell lies about them to King Cyrus. This went on during his entire reign and last until king Darius took the throne.

    The following verses list ALL THE LEADERS who objected to the rebuilding of the Temple and sent the following accusatory letter to king Artaxerxes: "Sir, Greetings from your loyal subjects west of the Euphrates River. Please be informed that the Jews sent to Jerusalem from Babylon are rebuilding this historically rebellious and evil city; they have already rebuilt its walls and have repaired the foundations of the Temple. But we wish you to know that if this city is rebuilt, it will be much to your disadvantage, for the Jews will then refuse to pay their taxes to you.

    Since we are grateful to you as our patron, and we do not want to see you taken advantage of and dishonored in this way, we have decided to send you this information.

    We suggest that you search the ancient records to discover what a rebellious city this has been in the past; in fact, it was destroyed because of its long history of sedition against the kings and countries who attempted to control it.

    We wish to declare that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, you might as well forget about this part of your empire beyond the Euphrates, for it will be lost to you!"


    THESE ACCUSATIONS CONTINUED FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL KING DARIUS SIDED WITH THE PROCLAMATION MADE BY KING CYRUS!

    This is exactly what President Trump has to deal with in 2019, but hear what God had to say about king Cyrus and see if it doesn't apply to our President today!

    Isaiah 44:28 was written MANY years before Cyrus rose to power: "When I say of Cyrus, "He is my shepherd," he will certainly do as I say; and Jerusalem will be rebuilt and the Temple restored, for I have spoken it."

    God's instructions to Cyrus himself are recorded in Isaiah 45 and seem to fit President Trumps appointment to lead America and assist Israel in the same way God designed for Cyrus to rein.

    "This is Jehovah's message to Cyrus, God's anointed, whom he has chosen to conquer many lands. God shall empower his right hand and shall crush the strength of mighty kings.

    God shall open the gate of Babylon to him; the gates shall not be shut against him no more.

    I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains and smash down the city gates of brass and iron bars.

    And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness, secret riches; and you will know that I am doing this - I, the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by your name.

    And why have I named you for this work? For the sake of Jacob, my servant--Israel, my chosen. I called you by name when you didn't know me. I am Jehovah; there is no other God.

    I will strengthen you and send you out to victory even though you don't know me, and all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am Jehovah and there is no one else. I alone am God. I form the light and make the dark, I send the good times and the bad. I, Jehovah am he who does these things.


    verses 10-13: I. Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, Israel's Creator, says: What right have you to question what I do? Who are you to command me concerning the work of my hands? I have made the earth and created man upon it. With my hands I have stretched out the heavens and commanded all the vast myriads of stars. I HAVE RAISED UP CYRUS TO FULFILL MY RIGHTEOUS PURPOSE, AND I WILL DIRECT ALL HIS PATHS--HE SHALL RESTORE MY CITY AND FREE MY CAPTIVE PEOPLE---AND NOT FOR A REWARD!

    verses 20-23: Gather together and come, you nations that escape from Cyrus's hand. What fools they are who carry around the wooden idols and pray to gods that cannot save! Consult together, argue your case and state your proofs that idol-worhip pays! Who but God has said that these things concerning Cyrus would come true? What idol ever told you they would happen? For there is no other God but me - a just God and a savior - no, not one!

    Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other! I have sworn by myself and I will never go back on my word, for it is true--that every knee in all the world shall bow to me, and every tongue shall swear allegiance to my name.

    I know it's a long post, but to see the Lord appointing PRESIDENT TRUMP for a time like this will be the basis to keep his God-guided decisions in perspective and respect God to keep him in place until God's plan for America is finished!

    I will share additional scripture verse regarding God's appointing king Cyrus to do his bidding from the book of Jeremiah, Daniel, and II Chronicles. COME BACK SOON AND CHECK THEM OUT!

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