(Dr. Michael Brown) Ever since Donald Trump began to surge as a candidate last year, Christians have been pointing to the book of Isaiah and comparing Trump with the ancient Persian King Cyrus. Some have even claimed that God has revealed to them that He will use Trump for the good of America just as He used Cyrus for the good of the Jewish people, even though Cyrus was a “pagan” king. Could this be true? Let’s first look at the biblical and ancient Near Eastern evidence.

Cyrus (whose name was pronounced “ko-resh” in Hebrew) became king of Persia in 559 B.C. and conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. He is mentioned in a majestic passage in Isaiah where the Lord says of Cyrus, “‘He is My shepherd, and shall perform all My desire’; and he declares to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,’ and to the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid'” (Is. 44:28). In other words, Cyrus would be the one who would cause Jerusalem to be rebuilt after it had been destroyed decades earlier by the Babylonians. READ MORE