God's Precious Diamonds by Geralyn McGill

God's Precious Diamonds
Geralyn McGill
Isaiah 45:1-13

A man named Cyrus, a conqueror who subdued many nations is named in this Scripture, in Isaiah 45 Cyrus is prophesied to 200 years before he was came to power. Let's read the first two verses:

1Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; 2I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

Cyrus is said to have founded the Persian Empire. Cyrus accomplished seemingly impossible feats in his quest for victory. According to a Greek historian named Xenophen, Cyrus conquered the Syrians, Assyrians, Arabians, Cappodcians, Phyrgians, Lydians Bactrians, Indians, Cicilians, Babylonians, Phoenecians, Carians, and many more. He also reigned over the Egyptians, Greeks, Cyprians, and many more. Whoever Cyrus invaded he conquered. He came up with a brilliant plan to conquer the then unconquerable Babylon. He brilliantly redirected the Euphrates River, which helped protect the city, to flow into a swamp so his troops could march into Babylon through low water. In those days, cities were protected by walls and water so enemy conquerors could not break in and occupy their territories. Babylon's walls were so thick, it was said that six chariots could sit side-by-side on them. Something, SomeOne had to be on Cyrus' side for him to accomplish such a magnificent feats, as to successfully invade Babylon. It so happened that the gates to Babylon were left open for Cyrus' men to enter by their unaware, un-alert, drunken partying king.
Because the gates were left open Cyrus' army entered and conquered Babylon, an extraordinary feat many others had tried but had been unable to accomplish. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in v ...


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