Deliverance foretoldDeliverance foretold - Just as Isaiah foretells Israel's exile, he also mentions by name its instrument of deliverance (more than a century before his birth).


"Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed, whom I have taken by the right hand, to subdue nations before him and to loose the loins of kings; to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and make rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars, I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.  For the sake of Jacob My servant, and Israel My chosen one, I have also called you by your name; I have given you a title of honor though you have not known Me.  I am the Lord and there is no other; besides Me there is no God.  I will gird you though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me.  I am the Lord, and there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these." (Isaiah 45:1-8, NASB)