Since U.S. President Donald Trumped moved the Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus making Jerusalem the capital, the comparisons between Trump and King Cyrus, the Persian King who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple after being exiled by Babylon, have abounded, especially among Jews and Evangelicals. In an expression of its gratitude, “An Israeli nonprofit announced Wednesday that it would be releasing a celebratory coin in honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, and it will feature the face of President Donald Trump...The ‘Temple Coin’ depicts King Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem 2,500 years ago, alongside Trump, KOBI reported. The seal of the United States government are also pictured, with biblical verses written in Hebrew on the face of the coin. On the back is a dove, holding an olive branch in its beak, above a temple.”1
The Sanhedrin along with other organizations in Israel have laid plans to erect a third temple in expectation of the coming of Jesus, and the Trump coin is one way to garner attention and support for the project. “The organizations that created the original Trump-Cyrus Coin are now minting a special edition ‘70 Year Redemption Coin’ focused on generating an international effort to build the Third Temple. The timing, coming just before Israel’s 70th birthday, is essential, and the organizers see the Temple as the only hope in averting the developing multinational conflict looming on Israel’s northern border.”2
Interestingly, a coin used in religious services, the temple coin, is showcasing secular government leaders which clearly symbolizes a union of church and state. Additionally, the display of Donald Trump on the temple coin reveals the high regard that the Jews have for Mr. Trump and that they view him as one appointed of God to assist them in establishing their worship. The Bible sets a precedent on how citizens are to regard their government leaders and how they are to relate to God, and he uses the illustration of a coin.
“Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.” Matthew 22:17-21 This scripture delineates the distinction between God and government, church and state. With Donald Trump’s image (the United States forms an image to Roman Catholicism, Revelation 13:14 and 15) on the temple coin along with scriptures it seems that what is to be rendered to God and “Caesar” respectively is intermingled. What is it that humans are to render to God? We are to give Him our supreme worship, reverence, respect and obedience--this solely belongs to God and is not to be given to any other. Because of what Trump has done for Israel and for the Evangelicals, it seems as though Jews and professed Christians alike are ready to yield their supreme homage to him (despite his moral ineptitude); and in exchange for their loyalty, Trump will continue to fight for their interests.
As the Jews of old prized the favor of Caesar more than the favor of God in Christ’s day, so today Jews and professed Christians alike are declaring of Christ, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” “The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.” Luke 19:14 and John 19:15. Sadly when the Mark of the Beast is enforced firstly in America and then extends worldwide, many professed people of God will also yield their faith and convictions of right for the favor of the world out of desperation and fear. May we boldly declare as did Peter every time we are permitted to go through trials even when inducements are offered to give up our faith, “we ought to obey God rather than man” Acts 5:29. Oh that our motto would be: “death before dishonor or the transgression of God’s law! By choosing Christ in everyday tests and trials, we are gaining a fitness to stand faithful during the final crisis, be the prize what it may.