“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) who is in Jerusalem.”
(Ezra 1:1–3 WEBSTR)

After 70 years, 70 years! in which most nations would have been assimilated into their surroundings, a most unlikely king, issues a most unlikely proclamation:  Whoever wants to go back to the land of Israel to build the house of the Lord God of Israel, may go back.

Amazing. Inconceivable [to steal a line from The Princess Bride].  Prophesied.  Done.

This reminds me of what Hudson Taylor once wrote:  “There is a God in heaven.  He means what he says, and will do all that he has promised.”

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