About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Mastermind Of History
As another act of God's judgment, Babylon was conquered by Cyrus and his Medo-Persian army in 539 BC, as was predicted a 150 or so years earlier. "The Lord says this to Cyrus, His anointed, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and to disarm kings ... and to strip kings of their armor" (Isaiah 45:1 HCSB). Long before there ever was a Cyrus and a Medo-Persian Empire, Isaiah didn't just predict the fall of many nations, including Babylon; he specified the exact name of the king who would expedite their fall. This is amazing.
that God was behind the fall of
that the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar was God's servant while the pagan king
Cyrus was God's anointed one (mashiyack in Hebrew - messiah in English).
Note that God summoned Nebuchadnezzar to conquer Israel
and grasped the right hand of Cyrus to subdue Babylon. Note also that God moved the
heart of Cyrus to conquer nations (Ezra 1:1).
Clearly, God was the mastermind behind these historic events.
9:1 and 2 state that after reading the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:11,
29:10) Daniel discovered that
is with much of Biblical prophecy, Israel
is front and centre. Nebuchadnezzar
attacked Israel. Cyrus attacked
and freed Israelis so he would know that God "is the LORD God of
Israel" (Isaiah 45:3). More
prophecies could be quoted to confirm this. In fact this age
will end when God inspires all nations to attack Israel
one last time, only to fall at the hand of Jesus (Joel 3:2, Zechariah
Much of Isaiah 45 is about the restoration of Jerusalem, which in its full extent is yet to come. There will be a righteous and all powerful messianic Cyrus who will restore Jerusalem's. We know Him to be our Lord Jesus Christ. "On that day when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her (Jerusalem) I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will be injured ... Judah will say .. 'the people of Jerusalem are strong because of the LORD their God'" (Zechariah 12:3 - 5). "Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations ... on that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives and the Mount of Olives will split in two" (Zechariah 14:3 - 4).
The Bible has lots to say about the rise and fall of nations, including Israel, and He, "The Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). God alone is the mastermind of history. History is "His story."