CYRUS THE GREAT was one of the major figures in all of history. He was a brilliant soldier and statesman, he built the biggest empire the world had yet seen, and because of his humane attitude towards his subjects he’s earned the reputation as the founder of human rights. He was also remarkable because his life was foretold in advance in the Bible.
IRAN is a country with a long history and a rich heritage. Two and a half thousand years ago under its former name Persia, its most illustrious king Cyrus the Great built a world empire which lasted for two centuries. It has been at the heart of the life and culture of the Middle East since. worry.
ONE OF THE more interesting methods of establishing whether a set of accounts provides an accurate record is to compare the various accounts and see whether they correspond with one another. The important comparisons are those which concern tiny details; these are called ‘undesigned coincidences’.
EZEKIEL was a Jewish priest who was taken captive about 597 BC when the Babylonian army attacked Israel. God called Ezekiel to be His ‘watchman’, acting out parables and speaking “the word of the Lord” to warn His people of the coming troubles (3:17; 33:7–9 etc.). Ezekiel was shown visions of the glory of God. He saw God’s glory with the captives in Babylonia (chapter 1), and he saw it with the Jews who remained in Jerusalem (chapter 8); he saw it leaving Jerusalem because of the people’s wickedness before the city’s imminent overthrow by Babylon (chapters 10–11).
AGAIN AND AGAIN in the Bible, we are reminded that God has great things in store for this earth. For example in the culmination of Daniel’s first prophecy:
And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever (Daniel 2:44).
Heart disease kills many people. Several risk factors for heart disease are behavioural and so under our control. Health campaigns urge us to change our lifestyles in order to reduce our chances of developing heart disease.