Seven Week Segment Fulfilled
Here is just a short blog to finish up the 7 Weeks Segment.
In 538 BC, King Cyrus of Persia made a proclamation stating “… the House of God in Jerusalem would be rebuilt” (Ezra 1:2). God spoke directly to King Cyrus in scripture, conveying His desire for Cyrus to rebuild Jerusalem, its walls, and the holy temple (Isaiah 44:28 through 45:1–13). The prophecy was written approximately 174 years before the reign of King Cyrus. Scripture mentions him by name and his role in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Upon reading the prophecy, the king financed an expedition, which sent willing Israelites home to begin reconstruction. Second Chronicles 36:22–23, written a little over seventy years before the Cyrus decree also reports God’s will for King Cyrus as related to the Jews. Following the completion of the seven weeks segment, the sixty-two weeks segment promptly began and ran uninterrupted for 434 years. A few of the more obvious verses from Isaiah’s amazing prophecy are presented here in support.
Who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,’ and to the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’ ” (Isaiah 44:28 NKJV)
Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings,
To open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut. (Isaiah 45:1 NKJV)
“I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city and let My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” says the LORD of hosts. (Isaiah 45:13 NKJV)
The Cyrus Cylinder was unearthed in the ruins of Babylon, also known as ancient Mesopotamia (or modern-day Iraq) in approximately AD 1879. An archeological find generally accepted as written by King Cyrus’s scribes to the Jewish contingent in Babylon, instructs the Israelites to return to Israel and rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. The directives also applied to several other tribes and nations under the dominion of King Cyrus’s reign at that time. For translations or photographs of the Cyrus Cylinder visit the British Museum website.
 Isaiah 44:28 through 45:1–13.