Isa 45:2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
Cyrus, the King of Persia, is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. He is the only person that the LORD specifically calls HIS ANOINTED (Messiah) in all the books of the Old Testament.
ANOINTED: H4899, mâshı̂yach, maw-shee'-akh
From H4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically the Messiah: - anointed, Messiah.
Cyrus of course was a “type” of our true Messiah, The LORD Jesus Christ. His life has some strong parallels with our LORD Jesus, and I believe, His story also shares a strong resemblance with the story of this current generation, just before the physical return of our LORD Jesus Christ. Like the beginning of the life of our LORD, and of Moses before them, the life of Cyrus was in serious jeopardy before he was even born.
According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Astyages the King of the Medes, dreamed two dreams about his daughter, Mandane. In the first dream, a flood comes from his daughter’s pelvis, and in the second dream, fruit bearing vines emerge from her pelvis and covers his whole kingdom. His wise men interpreted the dreams to mean that Mandane’s child would conquer the Kingdom of the Medes. Therefore, when Cyrus is born, King Astyages orders that he be murdered. In a series of fortunate events the life of Cyrus is spared and he rises to become King of Persia and he eventually does conquer the Kingdom of the Medes. He also goes on to conquer the Kingdom of Babylon!
On June 7, 1967, an event occurred that made prophecy students all over the world take notice. The old city of Jerusalem and the temple mount was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during the Six-Day War. I believe an exponentially greater event is going to take place on June 7, 2030. If you are interested, you can read about it in my FREE book, “The Christian Exodus, Out of Babylon”.
Another prophetic event also occurred in 1967 that most prophecy students have missed. On October 27, 1967, the United Kingdom (U.K.) passed “The Abortion Act”, which legalized abortions in the U.K. by registered practitioners through the National Health Service (NHS). This opened the door for countries around the world to begin legalizing abortions. Since the passage of the Abortion Act in 1967, between 1.5 and 2 billion (2,000,000,000) children have been aborted around the world.
That adds up to nearly a third of the world’s current population! This number of human deaths in the last fifty years is approximately triple the number of estimated people killed throughout all the wars in all of recorded history.
There will be between 40,000,000 and 50,000,000 children aborted around the world this year alone. That is equal to nearly eight (8) holocausts, for each and every year in the foreseeable future. It appears to me that Satan is very afraid and is pulling out all the stops to destroy the generation of people born after 1967. How much longer can God allow this to last? Although I believe God is longsuffering and merciful, I also believe God is going to step in and do something very soon. God’s righteous judgment will not be postponed forever.
Your chances as a soldier surviving through World War 2 were much better than your chances of being born alive and healthy in a hospital or clinic after 1967. So all you people born after 1967, you should count your blessings. You are one of the fortunate ones. I also believe you may also be one of God’s ANOINTED!
Let’s get back to Cyrus and his capture of the City of Babylon. In October of 540 B.C., the armies of Cyrus routed the armies of Babylon and surrounded the walls of the ancient City of Babylon, the original center of rebellion against God. The pride of the Babylonian’s was so great that they believed that while they were behind the walls of Babylon, they could fight off the armies of Cyrus indefinitely. We get an eye witness account of what occurred just before the capture of the City in the Book of Daniel.
Belshazzar, the son of Nabonidus the King of Babylon, decided to throw a lavish party while the armies of Cyrus were just outside the walls of Babylon:
Dan 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
Dan 5:2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
Dan 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
Dan 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Belshazzar was suddenly allowed to see the hand of judgment as it wrote a rebuke to his blasphemous behavior. We do not need to imagine how terrified the king was at the appearance of this dis-embodied hand because the Book of Daniel gives a very descriptive narrative of the Kings actions while he observed the supernatural event.
Dan 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
Let’s just be polite and say that king Belshazzar made a mess when he saw the dis-embodied hand! Let’s read the message that the hand wrote and how the Prophet Daniel’s interpreted the message.
Dan 5:25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
Dan 5:26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
Dan 5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
Dan 5:28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
Dan 5:29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
The Prophet Daniel was confirmed as the third ruler over the kingdom of Babylon, just under the authority of Belshazzar and of his father Nabonidus. However, the honor was fleeting because Belshazzar was killed by Darius the Mede before morning and the Babylonian Empire became part of the Empire of Cyrus the Persian, God’s ANOINTED. What exactly did Belshazzar do that instantly brought down God’s judgment upon himself and his kingdom?
When king Belshazzar drank from the golden cups that were used in the service of Jehovah, he “touched” God’s anointed. That was a deadly mistake!
Psa 105:12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
Psa 105:13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;
Psa 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
Psa 105:15 Saying, TOUCH NOT MINE ANOINTED, and do my prophets no harm.
The cups, utensils, and vessels in God’s temple were ONLY to be used by God’s ANOINTED priests for HIS service. The vessels were ANOINTED with GOD’S ANOINTING OIL. The ANOINTED vessels were SANCTIFIED, HOLY, and set apart ONLY for the worship of JEHOVAH!
Exo 40:9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
Exo 40:10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy.
Exo 40:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.
ANOINT: H4886, mâshach, maw-shakh'
A primitive root; to rub with oil, that is, to anoint; by implication to consecrate; also to paint: - anoint, paint.
There are also people who are God’s ANOINTED VESSELS. The Bible calls them God’s MA´SHI´YACH ( maw-shee'-akh), they are HIS ANOINTED!
We see in the Bible that although King David was anointed by the Prophet Samuel as king of Israel, he refused to harm, or even speak against King Saul, because David recognized that ONLY God is allowed to deal with His anointed vessels. When Saul was seeking to kill David, and David happened to find Saul asleep, he would not harm Saul nor allow anybody else to hurt him.
1Sa 26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?
1Sa 26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
King Saul made the serious mistake of actually killing God’s anointed priests, He also sought to kill David, God’s anointed king. I believe in the not too distant future, GOD’S ANOINTED GENERATION will be revealed with authority and power and they will be instrumental in the final overthrow of Satan’s Babylonian system. Satan will make the same mistake as King Saul, and wage war against the Saints of God, it will also appear that Satan overcomes them.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
However, we find out later in the Book of Revelation that in actuality, the saints of God overcome Satan, NOT by making war on the Beast, but by being a living testimony of Jesus Christ.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Although it will appear that the beast system has overcome the saints, in the REALITY of the SPIRIT, the saints will actually overcome Satan. Just like Jesus and the Apostles meekly laid down their lives, God’s ANOINTED will meekly accept death, knowing that Satan has absolutely zero power over what really matters.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Now we will mention how the life of Cyrus ended. According to the account of the Greek historian Herodotus, Cyrus was killed fighting a battle with the army of a Scythian queen named Tomyris. Queen Tomyris ordered that the head of Cyrus be cut from his body and immersed in blood. This brings us back to the murder of the saints in the Book of Revelation.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were BEHEADED for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
It is SO IMPORTANT that a Christian be absolutely prepared to lay down their life for Jesus Christ. There is only ONE WAY a Christian can calmly be prepared to accept death. So many people have denied HIM when they faced the ultimate test. You MUST absolutely KNOW Jesus Christ. You must KNOW that the WORD of God is TRUE. For many years I asked myself, “Am I really saved? Am I really a Christian? Can I DIE for Jesus Christ?”
I finally decided that I NEEDED to know for myself. If the WORD of God is true, I CAN EXPERIENCE THAT TRUTH! I stopped listening to what people told me or what other people wrote and simply went to the WORD.
I sought and received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and began praying in tongues…EVERY DAY!
I began to read and meditate on the WORD of God…EVERY DAY!
I have observed and witnessed my own transformation more and more into the image of Jesus Christ every day. I am far from a perfect example but I KNOW that I have found THE WAY and by the grace of God, I will be prepared to meet that ultimate test. I believe that the LORD is willing for all of His saints to be ready to meet our LORD, and we should all have the same confident confession as Paul the Apostle just before he was martyred for the LORD:
2Ti 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
One last important point I want to make. God chooses His ANOINTED by His sovereign will. Often times God does not choose the best of people to be His ANOINTED. It does not matter who you are or what you have done. God can and will use anybody if they will simply BELIEVE. Listen to what the Apostle Paul said about himself:
1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
I do not believe the Apostle Paul was exaggerating or using hyperbole, he truly believed he was the CHIEF of sinners. Before he was saved, the Apostle Paul was involved in the persecution and murdering of Christians. The Apostle Paul was persecuting and killing God’s ANOINTED! Jesus told Paul that when he was persecuting HIS Church, Paul was persecuting Jesus Himself!
Act 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
Paul was probably the greatest Apostle because he understood better than anybody the GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST! I believe God has chosen this final generation to be His anointed generation NOT because they are the best, but because they are the worst. When everything is said and done, all of creation will understand the GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST!
Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.