Ezra 1:1 ” In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing…”

The Prophet Jeremiah had proclaimed to the children of Israel that they would be exiled to Babylon…”But when the 70 years are over, I will fulfill My promise to bring you back to Jerusalem.” (Jeremiah 25:11-12) God then used a very unlikely person to carry out this prophesy. He stirred up the heart of a heathen king in order to initiate and institute His Will. In Proverbs 21:1 it states, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” Even in today’s volatile world scene with Godless governments oppressing their people – God is in control.

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