“Thus says the Lord to His anointed. To Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and loose the lions of kings, To open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze, And cut in sunder the bars of iron. I will give thee the treasures of darkness.” Isaiah 45:1-3
Chapter 45 is a continuation from chapter 42, 43, and 44. God made the Israelites a promise to redeem them out of captivity. God also spoke to their idolatry and worshiping of graven images. If we think about it, it makes no sense to worship and put our trust in anything that man has created.
Although the Israelites’ sin led to their judgment, God speaks a prophetic word 107 years before he delivers. He even named Cyrus as the vessel He is going to use to perform the second exodus to deliver His people. This prophecy that Isaiah spoke was inconceivable for the Israelites. They had lost everything and could not see restoration. God continued to remind them that He formed them and he was going to gather the remnant to bless them.
The gates that are shut in your life are getting ready to swing open. The enemy held some things up, but no longer. Where the gate was shut, it is now open.
Cyrus is used as God’s instrument. Belshazzar Nebuchadnezzar’s son had a feast for months and took the Israelites for granted. While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple, which had been taken in Jerusalem that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Daniel 5:1-4. On that very night Cyrus the Persian King defeats Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans. Daniel 5:30. This was a response to Belshazzar’s irreverent use of God’s holy vessels; a warning that whatever God has sanctified is not to be profaned.
Let’s get a visual so we can go a little deeper. Belshazzar felt so secure against the city that he ordered this great feast for months. Babylon was impregnable against its enemy. The ancient Babylon sat on the River Euphrates. The walls that were 300 feet high and 80 feet thick encircled the city – 15 square miles – the outer wall demotes the River Euphrates flowing through the mists of the city. The big white thorough fairs went from one end of the city to the other side blocking it off into a 15 major square mile area. Where the River Euphrates flowed through, they built walls along the upper bands and made 15 major interceptions and bridges to cross the river. They had great gates in the wall that they would open up during the day on the concourse for the people in the streets of Babylon, but at night they would shut and securely bar on the gates.
Now when Cyrus came with the Persian army and began his siege they realized that they could not assault the great wall – 300 feet high. So he developed a great scheme – building diversion channels in the river. Cyrus actually diverted the flow of the Euphrates and “the river sank to such an extent that the natural bed of the stream became fordable.” Thus, during the night, enemy went under the walls. The soldiers marched along the riverbed and entered the city through gates that had been carelessly left open. “Had the Babylonians been apprised of what Cyrus was about, they would have made fast all the street-gates which [were] upon the river… But, as it was, the Persians came upon them by surprise and so took the city.” Actually, the Babylonians were involved in drunken revelry, as the Bible explains. (Daniel 5: 1-4, 30) Both Isaiah and Jeremiah foretold that Babylon would eventually become uninhabited ruins. And that is what happened. Today Babylon is a desolate heap of mounds.—-Isaiah 13:20-22; Jeremiah 51:37, 41-43.
This is what God is doing for the remnant today; the gate is open. Walk into the blessings. You cannot be held back. You shall not accept any substitutes or any delays. The Lord says to forget the former. He has made you and is doing a new thing. You have been through the flood and fire, but it has not overtaken you. The Gate has been left open for you. The iron and brass has been destroyed. Doors of opportunity have swung open. God is setting up divine connections and the portals of blessing are open. God has make way for them to find you.
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