Cyrus, the Lord’s Chosen One
45 This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear.
Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again.
2 This is what the Lord says:
“I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze. and cut through bars of iron.
3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
Bible skeptics often ridicule the Bible out of ignorance. Most simply do not know history, archaeology and the proof of fulfilled prophecy. For example take the case of the Persian Empire led by Cyrus the Great. His forces overwhelmed the ancient Babylonian empire in 539 BC. Babylon was a very strong city. Two thick walls and a large moat protected the city, making it extremely difficult for an enemy to attack. However, Babylon was divided into two parts. The larger part of the city was built on the east bank of the Euphrates River, and a smaller part of the city was on the west bank of the river. Babylon had strong walls, but it also relied on the Euphrates River and the moat around the city to protect it. The Greek historian Herodotus, who wrote about Babylon about 100 years later, described how Cyrus’ army captured the city. Part of the army went north of Babylon and dug a trench from the Euphrates River to a nearby marsh. When the army connected the trench to the Euphrates River, much of the water in the river flowed toward the marsh, while only a little water continued to flow toward Babylon. While the Babylonians were confidently celebrating a feast, the strong river and moat protecting the city became very shallow, and the Medes and Persians were able to enter the city (Herodotus 1.191). They captured the city without a battle, and Darius the Mede was put in charge (Daniel 5:31).
There is NO question that this Biblical account happened, as all historians agree with the account found in the Bible. However what most do not know is that the Bible's account of Cyrus is in one instance, written 150 years BEFORE this event happened! It was the prophecy quoted above by Isaiah who lived from. Isaiah was a Hebrew prophet who lived about 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ (That's 700 BC) . He was Born in Jerusalem, Israel, he was said to have found his calling as a prophet when he saw a vision in the year of King Uzziah's death. Isaiah prophesized the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ.
Simple math shows that when Isaiah wrote : “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not regard silver; and as for gold, they will not delight in it. Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye will not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of the kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there” (Isaiah 13:17-20), that this prediction was at least 150 years before the event actually happened!
Some may make the claim that it was just a lucky guess, but as stated earlier, not only did Isaiah predict that Babylon would be destroyed by the Medes, HE NAMED THE KING BY NAME! This is what the Lord says: “I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze. and cut through bars of iron. 3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name."
Cyrus, upon meeting Daniel must have been so amazed that Daniel's God predicted his success and called him by name, that he was moved to make Daniel one of his most trusted advisors! Upon reading Jeremiah's prophecy that the Jews would be held in Babylon 70 years, he obeyed the word of God and decreed that in the 70th year of their captivity that the JEWS COULD GO BACK to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple and live in their own homeland again! He was so amazed by the power of Daniel's God that he willingly fulfilled Jeremiah's prediction: (Her 29:10): This is what the LORD says: "You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again."
Do you still think the Bible is a bunch of fairy tales? If you take the time to prove the Bible with History - you will see that God was behind the Bible and the predictions that it made for OUR TIME!