How is Trump’s Presidency similar to King Cyrus of Persia who enabled the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem?
By Ron Allen*
King Cyrus of Persia confronted the corrupt government of Babylon and ended the Babylonian captivity. God led him to embrace the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the Jews returning to their land, and he even funded much of the project himself. Beyond helping the Jews, Cyrus was known for fighting for human rights, excellent military strategy, and connecting cultures.
“What we got was Donald Trump,” Allen states, “a foul-mouthed, arrogant former playboy, and a merciless competitor. But, like ancient King Cyrus, he befriended God’s people, and 81 percent of the evangelicals voted for him.”
Referencing Daniel 5:26-28, Allen compares Trump to Cyrus, who targeted Bablyon’s corrupt kings Nabonidus and Belshazzar. “The people, already oppressed by the government, suffered from a declining economy, loss of productive land and plague. On top of it all, the corrupt kings disrespected the pagan religious leaders, who opened the gates of the city to Cyrus without an arrow being fired,”
Allen says. “In Trump’s case, it was the Christian leaders, not the unbelievers, who helped an oppressed people open the gates for change.”
President Donald Trump, like Cyrus, works with God’s people because he’s built influence with them. In return, a large amount of Christians defend Trump, like many Jews supported Cyrus.
“In his first year in office Trump’s policies have rolled back many of the oppressive and lawless decrees of the Obama administration. The stock market, although probably due for correction, has reached record levels and, thanks to tax and regulatory reform, America is enjoying prosperity and a growing economy. The ISIS caliphate has been destroyed, and we have finally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And freedom of religion is no longer under attack by the government,” Allen sums.
Allen, who leads three Christian organizations, comments that Trump’s efforts to dispel corruption in the government have not been as successful, with the example of the “Russia Collusion” incident and the government shutdown over immigration policy.
“We all know that Trump can be boorish and is often his own worst enemy,” Allen admits. “Instead of judging Trump as so many have, we should follow the apostle Paul’s command to pray for him so ‘That we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty’ (1 Tim. 2:2).”
“The truth is that Trump has given Christians a respite from the anti-Christian forces at work in the land,” Allen states and incites us to pray for Trump for the sake of revival hitting America.
“Love is the most powerful spiritual force of all,” Allen reminds us. “Let’s use it.”
*(The full article referenced above was published in Charisma News on 1.31.2018)