Ok Bible scholars, who recalls King Cyrus and what he did on behalf of the Jews? If you said he was a Persian king who conquered Babylon, then gave a decree allowing the Jews to return to their land and rebuild the Temple, you are right! God used a foreign ruler to accomplish His purpose with His people.
It is not often that God works multiple times in the same way, but we see evidence of His use of American presidents to accomplish His purposes with His people as well. Three presidents come to mind:
- Harry Truman – In 1948, when Israel seemingly had no backing in their quest to become a state, they found a friend in Harry Truman. On May 12, 1948, against the will of his Secretary of State who opposed recognizing the new Jewish state, Truman stuck to his guns:
“In an area as unstable as the Middle East, where there is not now and never has been any tradition of democratic government, it is important for the long-range security of our country, and indeed the world, that a nation committed to the democratic system be established there, one on which we can rely. The new Jewish state can be such a place. We should strengthen it in its infancy by prompt recognition.”
The US was the first to recognize the re-born state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
- Richard Nixon – Nixon’s mother was a Quaker who told her son that if he was ever in a position of power and a situation arose in which the Jews needed help, to do so. Apparently, that directive was not lost on young Richard. Despite tendencies toward anti-semitism, his mother’s words rang in his ears when he got a call in the middle of the night from Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in October 1973. Israel was under siege from Egypt and Syria and defeat was almost certain. Nixon had not been reactive to previous requests for help, prompting Meir to state that if the US didn’t help soon, there would be no more Israel. The advice of his mother prevailed and Nixon ordered equipment to be sent immediately to Israel…against the advice of Henry Kissinger and his other advisors.
- Donald Trump – Following passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, the policy of the US was that 1.) Jerusalem was to be an undivided city, 2.) it should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and 3.) the US Embassy should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999. However, there was one caveat: Section 7 of the act allowed Presidential waivers if there was a security threat to the US. Based on that waiver, every American president since 1999 exercised their right to the waiver every six months! Under constant threat from Palestinians and other Arab nations, not one president had the gumption to do what was required by law…until President Donald Trump announced in December 2017 that the US not only recognizes Jerusalem as the capital, but would move its embassy there!
Yesterday, the American Embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem!
America has capitalized on three “Cyrus moments,” culminating with the most pro-Israel administration ever fulfilling the promise to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the embassy.
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
May the US continue blessing Israel, so that Israel may bless all the families of the earth!