Blinded by Isaiah 45
“Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.
(Isaiah 45 ESV)
Last week on Facebook I was informed that I was blind, apostate, and demonic.
I was then “unfriended” by my inquisitor.
Failing to recognize that Isaiah 45 is a direct reference to Donald Trump and that Trump’s presidency (the 45th!) was a fulfillment of that passage and proof that he is sent by God and a gift to American Christians.
Pointing out the fact that not a single person in the 2000 years of church history preceding Trump even anticipated such an interpretation was simply seen as further proof of my apostasy.
What those commentators historically taught was that Isaiah 45 was a prophecy about Cyrus, a pagan king who God would use to liberate the Jews after 70 years of captivity.
It is also a glorious statement of the sovereignty of God.
After chuckling at my accusers strange devotion to this teaching and hatred of anyone who disputed it, I was surprised to find that this is a rather common belief among evangelicals.
A simple Google search shows websites galore embracing the notion.
The idea is being spread through pulpits and Christian media as well.
The history of interpretation be damned, some will believe that this passage is a “dual fulfillment” of bible prophecy.
What that does is place Trump beyond criticism as he is the one anointed to bring God’s will and ways to America.
Those who oppose Trump, (I’m more inclined to see him as a picture of anti-Christ than Cyrus) are obviously unsaved, demon possessed, rabble.
My online accuser demanded to know what denomination I belonged to…he strongly suspected it was the Church of Christ.
When I told him that I was an Anglican, he informed me that made sense…”because Anglicans believe just like Demoncrats!”.
He had “looked it up”…
Such is the state of biblical literacy and literacy, period, in our discourse today.
I would be tempted to think we’re doomed, but I re read those passages about the sovereignty of God…