Donald Trump became the President of the United States in 2016, and because of his many blessed acts toward Israel, he has been compared to the Persian King Cyrus.
About 160 years before the Persians conquered the Babylonians and before King Cyrus came to power (about 700 B.C.), it was prophesied by Isaiah the prophet that God would use Cyrus to free the Jews from captivity and to return them to their land to rebuild their temple.
“It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!
And he will perform all My desire.’
And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’
And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.'”
Well, just as Isaiah prophesied, in the first year of King Cyrus’ reign, in 538 B.C., he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom and also put in writing, saying,
“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. (Ezra 1:2)
How is Donald Trump like King Cyrus?
It is clear from Scripture that God was working in Cyrus to do good toward Israel. In the first chapter of Ezra, in the first verse, we read that “The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia…”
And it is also clear from the following verses that Cyrus knew that God had “appointed him to build Him a house in Jerusalem,” and that he was to be the one to free the Jewish people and to encourage them to go and build their Temple.
Many—especially evangelical leaders and also Jewish leaders—are suggesting that Donald Trump has that same spirit within him to do good for Israel. They saw it—we all saw it—when he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, promised to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and then did it ahead of schedule! And he also, in quick time, pulled the U.S. out of the terrible Iran nuclear deal, which was very bad for Israel. Likewise, and he declared Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and he continues to speak out against anti-Semitism.
Now the question some are asking is why Donald Trump has such an interest in Israel. They are saying that certainly he is not a Christian, and they question his motives. It is clear that Cyrus felt a calling from the Lord, but they doubt that Trump has that same calling.
My response is that one doesn’t have at be a believer to feel a calling from the Lord. God can move anyone He wants to do His will. And that, I think, is what has happened. We don’t know all the details of why Mr. Trump is favoring the Jews. He is no doubt being influenced by his son-in-law, Jerrod, who is Jewish. But I think there are other reasons. I see in Donald Trump that he is a man who just wants to do the right thing. And though he has many moral faults, that certainly doesn’t disqualify him from being a Christian, and one who wants to do what is right. Accordingly, he has many Christian advisors who are giving him good counsel and convincing him, wisely that if he blesses Israel, America, and he himself, will benefit (Gen. 12:3). As a business man I’m sure that sounds good to Trump.
Now prophetically speaking, and if Trump is really a harbinger of King Cyrus, I would think there would be more talk about the Third Temple, and that he would at least be encouraging the Jews to build it. More talk about that next time.