Today’s guest blogger is Eric Michael Teitelman of House of David Ministries (TheHouseOfDavid.org) in Haymarket, Virginia.
In this post, Eric shares an apocalyptic vision of what it means for President Trump to be the new King Cyrus. The original Cyrus was the King of Persia who allowed the City of Jerusalem and the Temple to be rebuilt after the Babylonian exile. Some call him the righteous gentile king, but according to Jewish tradition, Cyrus was the son of Esther and therefore Jewish.
Pastor Eric Michael Teitelman is a Hebrew follower of Yeshua and an ordained bi-vocational pastor with the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently oversees the House of David Ministries—a Messianic and Hebraic itinerant teaching and worship ministry focused on building the Kingdom of God by bringing Jewish and Gentile Christians together as one new man in Christ Yeshua (Eph 2:14-16). He and his wife Kim live in Haymarket, Virginia.
Pastor Eric grew up in Bat Yam, Israel for much of his childhood. In 2002 after reading the New Testament, Pastor Eric received Yeshuaas His Lord and Savior. With a firm knowledge of Old and New Testament scripture and a deep understanding of Jewish culture and rabbinical writings, he brings a unique Hebraic perspective to his teachings.
Established in 2008, the House of David Ministries serves as a teaching resource to the body of Christ, helping Christians gain an understanding of their Hebraic foundation and spiritual heritage, embracing the church’s calling concerning the nation of Israel and understanding God’s kingdom purposes and prophetic promises for the church and Israel.
Letter to the Church
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Yeshua:
In January 2017, my son and I attended the inauguration of President Donald John Trump. A friend had offered two of his silver zone tickets. How could we refuse this generous offer? After all, I did vote for Trump.
The rain held back, andthe temperatures were unseasonably warm for January. A gentle mist fell precisely at the time of Trump’s swearing in—a blessing of sorts. The opening prayers were powerful, and hearing the name of Jesus proclaimed over our nation lifted my spirit.
I carefully observed the face of each person standing on the platform. President Obama had his eyes tightly closed in deep introspection. President Bush Jr. had his eyes wide open and was smiling at the people around him. And President-elect Trump’s eyes were half open, maybe to focus on the events unfolding. Trump’s speech was well written, and he did a great job articulating his political points. However, somehow it left me feeling empty.
I was staring at the President the whole time, analyzing every word and looking for any reflection of humility or gentleness. No so. What I heard was a strong and nationalistic message that rang with inferences of economic prosperity and safety through American isolationism—an appeal to poor and middle-class Americans. “America first,” Trump stated as he promised to be the president of the people.
Outside the heavily barricaded perimeter of the National Mall, thousands of Americans were protesting our newly elected president. Street protestors and anarchists stormed the city, smashing windows, burning trash cans, and destroying vehicles. The police quickly responded in riot gear with tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets. Was this our new America—a nation deeply divided by socioeconomic, race, gender, religious, and other social issues? Strangely, Washington D.C. on this day was also divided by concrete barricades and tall metal fencing.
My son and I walked for several hours trying to get to the presidential parade. We never made it due to the impassible maze of security checkpoints. Peering through the metal fencing, we could see the tightly packed rows of police officers lining both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder, their arms firmly locked on their hips as they stared blankly at the sparse crowd.
Several months before the election, I had a dream where I was sitting in a library. The Lord spoke to me in His gentle voice and said, “Write the things I will show you that are to come.” I could see our nation torn in two. We had somehow become like two separate countries. The western half of our country was in total anarchy. Vigilante and militia armies roamed the streets trying to defend their communities. The eastern part of the U.S. was also deeply shaken, but slowly recovering.
Wow! This dream was in sharp contrast to the celebrations and cheers of our new president—confidence that America was now God’s chosen nation. I share these words with reservation as many white evangelical Christians are gleaming at the thought of Trump as their president, some even calling him a Cyrus—a type of Messiah or savior for America. Biblically, Cyrus was never given a decree to rebuild America. He was given a decree to rebuild Jerusalem.[i] Could the church have misunderstood?
The Lord spoke to me again after the inauguration. He said:
“Trump is a hammer and I hold him in my hands to bring forth both my goodness and severity for this nation.[ii]I will use Trump to protect Israel and to protect my true followers, but I will also use him to bring my hand of redemptive judgment against America, and against all who oppose me. Part of this judgment will come in the form of division, and Trump will bring division to this nation, for I am preparing the world for my soon return.”[iii]
Much of the church has been blinded and possibly deceived, somehow believing that Trump will save America—saved in spite of the millions of murdered unborn babies, saved from the history of violence against the First Nations People, saved from the scars and generational oppression of African slavery, and saved from a growing number of godless people who have placed themselves above Christ—demanding abortion, normalization of perverse lifestyles, and unrestrained access to drugs and other sinful lusts of the flesh.[iv] Oh no, this nation cannot survive the lawlessness that is spreading.[v]
Many say, how can a loving God judge this nation? I ask in return, how can a loving God forgo disciplining this nation? It is written,
“For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness” (Isa 26:9). Therefore, we must remember that God’s judgments are always redemptive.[vi] “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives” (Heb 12:6).
Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more.[vii] Therefore, it is God’s grace to discipline this nation to bring the people back to Himself. For if the riots and the millions who marched against President Trump are any indications of the depth of division in this nation, then we have not seen the full wrath of God’s judgment poured out yet.
President Trump may be the hammer. However, only Jesus can bring the healing. In contrast to the division plaguing us, even within our Christian communities, will the church in America show the love of Christ in place of the hatred we see? And, will the church in America display the peace of God instead of violence that is ensuing?[viii] I pray we will, for if we repent and return to the Lord, He has promised to forgive us and heal our land.[ix] Only then will America become great again.
[i] Isaiah 44:28.
[ii] Proverbs 21:1, Romans 11:22.
[iii] Matthew 10:34.
[iv] Jeremiah 22:17.
[v] 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4.
[vi] 1 Peter 4:17-18.
[vii] Romans 5:20.
[viii] Matthew 5:44.
[ix] 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Eric Michael Teitelman: The Trump-Cyrus Allusion
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