Cyrus – the pagan Persian king who was called ‘the Great’ had conquered Babylon in 539 BC – freed the Jews and returned them to Jerusalem where they would rebuild the temple.
He might not have been one of God’s people – the thinking among some Christians goes but he still served God’s plans.
The belief that a politician is the subject of biblical prophecy gives his election an aura of inevitability and his actions an unquestionable authority.
In the year of his campaign Trump was described by a variety of religious supporters as ‘the last Trumpet’ who would galvanize the second coming of Christ and a modern King David as well as Nebuchadnezzar.
Most often however he was recognized as ‘Cyrus’.
In an official White House statement on Wednesday Trump quoted King Cyrus on the occasion of Persian new year.
While most will have regarded this as a routine pleasantry – for others this message will have considerable significance.