Reading Isaiah’s Mind – Chapter 45 – verses 1- 8

Cyrus the Great, King of Persia At this point in our narrative, we need to be introduced to “Cyrus”. Cyrus the Great, (King of Persia) , was the monarch under whom the Babylonian (confusing; misrepresenting ) captivity of the Jews ended, for according to the Bible, in the first year of his reign he was prompted by […]

Cyrus the Great, King of Persia

Cyrus the Great
Cyrus, the Great was the King of persia, who God referred to as “a” messiah (anointed one), not The Messiah (Jesus Christ, the son of God) 

At this point in our narrative, we need to be introduced to “Cyrus”. Cyrus the Great, (King of Persia) , was the monarch under whom the Babylonian (confusing; misrepresenting ) captivity of the Jews ended, for according to the Bible, in the first year of his reign he was prompted by God to make a decree that the Temple (i.e. God’s house; Gods’ family ; God’s lineage)  in Jerusalem should be rebuilt (re-instated; restored)  and that such Jews as cared to might return to their land for this purpose. Cyrus the Great is unconditionally praised in the Jewish sources. It is likely that, after the Persian conquest of Babylon, Cyrus had commenced his relationship with the Jewish leaders while they were in exile (banishment; excommunication; ostrcism), and that he later was considered as a messiah (anointed one, permanently endowed with character and significance), sent by God.

The Hebrew Bible states that Cyrus issued the decree of liberation to the Jews. The “Cyrus Edict” inaugurated the rebuilding of the temple (God’s house; God’s family ; God’s lineage) in Jerusalem marked a great epoch in the history of the Jewish people.

Then the alliance between Cyrus and God is made explicit:

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he has taken by his right hand to subdue nations before him and strip the loins of kings, to force gateways before him that their gates be closed no more: I will go before you levelling the heights. I will shatter the bronze gateways, smash the iron bars. I will give you the hidden treasures, the secret hoards, that you may know that I am the Lord. (Isaiah 45:1-3)Among the classical Jewish sources, besides the Bible, Josephus (Historian, 1st century AD) mentions that Cyrus freed the Jews from captivity and helped rebuild the temple. He also wrote to the rulers and governors that they should contribute to the rebuilding of the temple and assisted them in rebuilding the temple. A letter from Cyrus to the Jews is described by Josephus.
The Cylinder's text has traditionally been seen by biblical scholars as corroborative evidence of Cyrus' policy of the repatriation of the Jewish people following their Babylonian captivity[4] (an act that the Book of Ezra attributes to Cyrus[5]), as the text refers to the restoration of cult sanctuaries and repatriation of deported peoples.
The “Cyrus Cylinder’s”  text has traditionally been seen by biblical scholars as corroborative evidence of Cyrus’ policy of the repatriation of the Jewish people following their Babylonian captivity[4] (an act that the Book of Ezra attributes to Cyrus[5]), as the text refers to the restoration of cult sanctuaries and repatriation of deported peoples.
“I have given leave to as many of the Jews that dwell in my country as please to return to their own country, and to rebuild their city, and to build the temple of God at Jerusalem on the same place where it was before. I have also sent my treasurer Mithridates, and Zorobabel, the governor of the Jews, that they may lay the foundations of the temple, and may build it sixty cubits high, and of the same latitude, making three edifices of polished stones, and one of the wood of the country, and the same order extends to the altar whereon they offer sacrifices to God. I require also that the expenses for these things may be given out of my revenues. Moreover, I have also sent the vessels which king Nebuchadnezzar pillaged out of the temple, and have given them to Mithridates the treasurer, and to Zorobabel the governor of the Jews, that they may have them carried to Jerusalem, and may restore them to the temple of God. Now their number is as follows: Fifty chargers of gold, and five hundred of silver; forty Thericlean cups of gold, and five hundred of silver; fifty basons of gold, and five hundred of silver; thirty vessels for pouring [the drink-offerings], and three hundred of silver; thirty vials of gold, and two thousand four hundred of silver; with a thousand other large vessels. (3) I permit them to have the same honor which they were used to have from their forefathers, as also for their small cattle, and for wine and oil, two hundred and five thousand and five hundred drachme; and for wheat flour, twenty thousand and five hundred artabae; and I give order that these expenses shall be given them out of the tributes due from Samaria. The priests shall also offer these sacrifices according to the laws of Moses in Jerusalem; and when they offer them, they shall pray to God for the preservation of the king and of his family, that the kingdom of Persia may continue. But my will is, that those who disobey these injunctions, and make them void, shall be hung upon a cross, and their substance brought into the king’s treasury.” (Isaiah 45:1-3)

Among the classical Jewish sources, besides the Bible, Josephus (historian, 1st century AD) mentions that Cyrus freed the Jews from captivity and helped rebuild the temple. He also wrote to the rulers and governors that they should contribute to the rebuilding of the temple and assisted them in rebuilding the temple. A letter from Cyrus to the Jews is described by Josephus:

I have given leave to as many of the Jews that dwell in my country as please to return to their own country, and to rebuild their city, and to build the temple of God at Jerusalem on the same place where it was before. I have also sent my treasurer Mithridates, and Zorobabel, the governor of the Jews, that they may lay the foundations of the temple, and may build it sixty cubits high, and of the same latitude, making three edifices of polished stones, and one of the wood of the country, and the same order extends to the altar whereon they offer sacrifices to God. I require also that the expenses for these things may be given out of my revenues. Moreover, I have also sent the vessels which king Nebuchadnezzar pillaged out of the temple, and have given them to Mithridates the treasurer, and to Zorobabel the governor of the Jews, that they may have them carried to Jerusalem, and may restore them to the temple of God. Now their number is as follows: Fifty chargers of gold, and five hundred of silver; forty Thericlean cups of gold, and five hundred of silver; fifty basons of gold, and five hundred of silver; thirty vessels for pouring [the drink-offerings], and three hundred of silver; thirty vials of gold, and two thousand four hundred of silver; with a thousand other large vessels. (3) I permit them to have the same honor which they were used to have from their forefathers, as also for their small cattle, and for wine and oil, two hundred and five thousand and five hundred drachme; and for wheat flour, twenty thousand and five hundred artabae; and I give order that these expenses shall be given them out of the tributes due from Samaria. The priests shall also offer these sacrifices according to the laws of Moses in Jerusalem; and when they offer them, they shall pray to God for the preservation of the king and of his family, that the kingdom of Persia may continue. But my will is, that those who disobey these injunctions, and make them void, shall be hung upon a cross, and their substance brought into the king’s treasury.”.

Back to Isaiah’s words:

1. Thus saith the Lord, unto his messiah (anointed- one; one permanently consecrated with character and significance) even “Cyrus”,  (meaning: throne, dominion, hegemony; sovereignty, seat of power; command) who was the King (leading-light; luminary) of Persia (“paras” in Hebrew; definitions of Paras below):

(1) as a verb: to define something distinctly and clearly;

(2) as a verb: to translate “word for word” (verbatim); to make clear sense of something,  by way of a translation, that is otherwise puzzling or bewildering.

breakin bread together
Sharing an sacred meal with close friends or family

(3) as a verb: to break food into small pieces (e.g. bread) making it easy to swallow and digest.

(4) as a verb: to “break bread” ; to “sup”, i.e. to share an sacred meal (feast) with close friends or family

(4) as a noun: “Jehovah’s-Rider” A rider who sits upon (mounts) a royal steed, not an ass or a camel.

racing
A rider who is seated upon  (has mounted) a racing stallion. “Jehovah’s horseman or Jehovah’s rider

(5) as a noun: a horse and rider racing toward the horizon at a full gallop.

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Isaiah’s words continued…

…who , behold, I (Jehovah) take hold of (seize; fortify; fasten upon; help) with his right (rightful; legitimate; natural; lawful) hand (power; capacity; faculty; aptitude) in order to have dominion

encampment 2
An encampment of Salt Lak’es royalty and those who are determined to pitch their tents among Salt Lake’s aristocracy

(prevail) over the purposes and intentions (objectives) of this latter-day generation of Gentiles (non-Israelites) currently dominating Church-headquarters in Salt Lake City and those who are gung-ho (determined; zealous; eager; obsessed) to pitch their tents (bivouac; se-up-camp) among Salt Lake’s kings (super-stars; aristocracy; royalty; crowned heads). I will open access to their entrance (installation; induction; attainment) and even the gates (rights of citizenship) to Zion. They will no longer be shut (padlocked; blocked) to Israel’s People (rank and file Mormons).

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2.  I (Jehovah) will go-before (herald; announce; introduce) you, but watch (observe; keep an eye on; notice; behold) the posterity (offspring; successors; sons and daughters) of Salt Lake’s priesthood leadership. I will level (demolish; raze; tear-down; throw-down) the entrance (accession; taking-over; installation) of kingship by Salt Lake’s “top-brass” (presiding-authorities) and crush (cut asunder; destroy) the iron (iron-like; rigid) bars (prohibitions ; taboos; barriers; disallowances;  barricades) keeping Israel’s People (rank and file Mormons) out.

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foreign bank accounts
Salt Lake’s cunning financuial accountants have been squirreling away money over seas for the personal use of Mormon General Authorities

3.  I will entrust you, Cyrus, with the treasures which Salt Lake has withheld from Israel’s people and storehouses (of money) in secret places,  that Salt Lake has hidden from Israel’s people, so that you may know that it is I , the God of Israel, who is calling (summoning) you because of your exemplary character and integrity.

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4. For the sake of (in the interest of; for the benefit of) my servant, Jacob (those who are defrauding) and Israel (those who I have chosen). I summon you, by your designation, “Cyrus”. which I have bestowed upon you long ago as a “Title of Honor”, thought you were unaware of me.

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open the eyes
Make Israel’s people aware of what is going on among their religious authorities

5. I am God, Cyrus,  and there is no one apart from (except for; not counting; besides) me willing or able to open the eyes of Israel’s People (rank an file Mormons). I am girding (preparing; fortifying; strengthning; encircling) you, even thought you do not recognize me.

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6. To the end that Israel’s people may be aware of me from (because of; as a result of) the appearance of beams of light (rays of morning light) from the brillance of Jehovah’s ministry (activities of the Son of God) and because of the general darkness (dimness; low-light) coming from mongrel (cross-breed; mixed-breed; half-breed;  non-Israelite) prophets in Salt Lake City. Thus, I am God and there is no other God besides (apart from; except for; not counting) me  (Jehovah).

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conductor
I (Jehovah) conduct the performance of calamity (disaster; affliction; trouble)

7. I am the determiner (ordainer; controller; governor) of light  (insight; intelligence; enlightenment; understanding) and I am the creator (architect; generator; producer) of ignorance (unawareness; unenlightment; dimness; lack of learning). I am the maker of peace (well-being; friendship) as well as the conductor (bringer; arranger; orchestrator) of calamity (disaster; adversity;distress; trouble) . I (Jehovah) am the one doing all these things.

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8. Salt Lake’s priesthood leaders are dropping down (drizzlin-down; raining-down; sprinkling-down) “callings” (donkey-work; hard-work; drudgery; bondage; meniality) from above (priesthood authorities presiding over them) , upon Israel’s People (rank and file Mormons) then they  laugh-at (make fun of; make sport of; ridicule) them. If truth be told, every one of  Salt Lake’s presiding Authorities despises (abhors; feels contempt toward) Israel’s People (rank and file Mormons), believing that Israel’s people (rank and file Mormons are vile (beneath them) Thought Mormon Priesthood leaders are wholly (from top to bottom; universally) worthless as priests unto the Most High God, “Mormon-political-Correctness” (Pharisaism; hypocricy; falseness; pretense; religiousity; Churchianity) runs rampant (unchecked; unabated) throughout the church’s  membership, worldwide and it is dividing (dichotomizing) the people as it spreads (increases; grows; bears-fruit).

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