October 26: Restoration of the land

God’s plans for Israel will not be thwarted. He prophesied through Jeremiah, but fulfilled the prophesy through the secular Gentile king, Cyrus of Persia. With the backing, protection and provision of Cyrus, Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews back to the land of Israel to start the process of rebuilding.

Ezra 1:1-5

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, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:

All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.  Who is among you of all His people? May 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 God), which is in Jerusalem.  And whoever is left in any place where he dwells, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.

 Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.


Beit She'an ampitheatre, site of many gory, bloody "sports."
Beit She’an ampitheatre, site of many gory, bloody “sports.”

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