Realizations from the work of King Cyrus
King Cyrus was a gentile king who thought he had nothing to do with God. King Cyrus, by no means, planned to be part of God’s plan; he just did whatever he willed to do.
However, he praised the God of Israel and even built a temple for Israel.
Ezra 1:1~3 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah,…”The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you – may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.
This was because what he’d done was already prophesied 170 years before. (Isaiah 45:1~3,13)
Living in the 3rd dimensional world, we think phenomena in this world are controlled by humans, but in fact, they were planned by God even before the creation of the world.
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
Sometimes, it’s hard to believe this, because that means billions of people were sacrificed solely for us since the creation of this world.
However, it is written as follows:
Romans 9:14~15 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”