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The Return of the Exiles

Posted in Bible, Religion on Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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The Prophet Isaiah had prophesied that the Israelites would be delivered from exile by the advent of Cyrus, whom God had chosen “to subdue nations before him….to open before him the two-leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut”.

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The return of the exiles, by William Hole

So many years later, when the epic events unfold between the Persian and the Babylonian empires, it is Cyrus the Great who enters the city gates and conquers Babylon. Jeremiah had foretold it and Daniel had foreseen it not long before the city’s fall. But Cyrus, though a great warrior king,  was minded to let the Jews return to Judah, whence the Lord had taken them, and build a temple in Jerusalem. So the exiles returned, and Cyrus fulfilled the rest of Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s prophesies, and built “the house of the Lord God of Israel, which is in Jerusalem”.

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