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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Iran builds Jewish Temple (2 Chronicles 36)

Can you imagine if we saw headlines today that read "Iran builds Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount?" Or what if the headline read "the leader of Iran commissions and pays for the building of a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem?" That could never happen, right?


Actually it did happen!!


2 Chronicles runs through all the kings of Judah. And although there were a few good kings who tried to encourage the people to turn back to God, the people refused to change. Their hearts kept returning to pagan gods, mediums, Asherah poles, etc.


Finally God had enough and sent Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer Judah, destroy Jerusalem and the first temple and take the people captive to Babylon.


But then King Cyrus of Persia (modern day Iran) conquered Babylon and 2 Chronicles ends with this amazing cliff hanger:


2 Chronicles 36:22-23 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia—in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah—the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!’ 


Can you imagine if we heard the leader of Iran (Persia) today make a proclamation that the Lord, the God of heaven, has "appointed me" to build Him a house in Jerusalem, in Judah? First of all they would never say "Judah" or "Israel" because most of the world today refuses to acknowledge Israel's history and right to the land God gave them.


But the other thing that is amazing about this is God didn't just put it on King Cyrus' heart; He also told the people 150 years before Cyrus ruled that He was going to have King Cyrus of Persia do this:


Isaiah 44:28 It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd! and he will perform all My desire.’ And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’


Jeremiah 29:10-11 For thus says the Lord, ‘When 70 years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'


So in spite of all that is going wrong in the world today, all the hatred, wars, rumors of wars, lawlessness, this passage gives me great hope. This passage reminds me that God uses good kings and evil kings, good and bad, blessings and curses to accomplish His will and usher in His grace. This passage also reminds me that we can count on God's promises. He promises an amazing future for all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus, Jews and Gentiles.


So we don't have to worry about the foundation we see being laid for the One World Government (the Great Reset, the New World Order). We don't have to be frightened by the coming famine, diesel shortages, power grid failures, and threat of world war we can see just around the corner. We should certainly prepare for these things. But there is a big difference between preparing and worry.


Rather than worry, God calls us to draw close to Jesus, serve Him, rely on Him, and rest assured that He will see us through whatever is yet to come. We just need to keep our eyes on Him and the plans He has for us, the great hope and eternal future.


Who is God calling you to share Jesus with today?

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