Friday, August 19, 2016

Donald Trump and the reign of Cyrus.

There are many sophistries about the World Wide Web offering justifications of an unjustifiable candidate for President of the United States. In Evangelical circles there is a particular temptation to paint dubious Biblical analogies to prop up support for him.

One popular analogy is to liken him to Cyrus king of Persia. Cyrus was prophesied about 400 years before his reign in Isaiah 44:28. He is introduced in the narrative of Scripture in 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, where it recorded Cyrus making the decree to restore Israel and rebuild the temple. The book of Ezra records this chapter in the history of Israel.

One fact that stands out that is germane to this discussion is that Cyrus does not appear in the story until after the national apocalypse of Israel has run its course. Cyrus played the role of a post-apocalyptic restorer. If Cyrus is a Biblical type, it is the type of post-apocalyptic restorer.  Those who would fulfill the role of an antitype of Cyrus for America cannot appear until after America's national apocalypse has run its course. As America is at the eve of such judgement, Trump cannot at this time fulfill the type of Cyrus.

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