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Like Mike said,"please filter my comments through the lens of the bible"...I maybe diving into deep water here but here goes...I just couldn't help comparing Cyrus to the church.There are many messianic commnunites now but most of the ones I know here started off in a local christian church.Today more and more christians are praying for Israel to recognise Jesus as their saviour...alot of jews are responding.There was a time a doctrine was spreading that Israel has been rejected by God and all the promises made to Israel are now the church's.God still has a plan with Israel.
I believe it is crucial for every christian to be a "self feeder"I began to question the doctrine I was getting when I came to Christ.I really wanted to get to know the truth but somehow reading through the bible on my own didn't help me much.I have to say being involved in a bible study has really helped me filter out a lot of heresies.
God bless you all.

Isaiah 46: 9-11

Remember the former things, those of long ago,
I am God, and there is no other:
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come,
I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
From the east I summon a bird of prey (Cyrus);
From a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that will I bring about;
What I have planned, that will I do. (NIV)

Two things come to mind when I read this scripture.

1. History is God’s story. This makes me think about, what about me? Do I want to join in His Epic story? What could he possibly use me for? I am asking.

2. God is sovereign. When we see and hear what is happening in the world today it makes us question God’s motives, doesn’t it for you? Like anointing Cyrus in 45:1 it would have baffled the people. I try to put today’s world events under that umbrella of God’s will, goodness, understanding and future plans.

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