As I was reading Ezra 7:23-26, I started to see the similarities between what occurred during Ezra's time and what is taking place today. During Ezra’s time, King Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes helped the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem. King Artaxerxes wrote a letter detailing how they would accomplish this, which essentially gave them the power (unity of church and state) to do whatever the Lord instructed them to do. How does this relate to our day? As you look at our current government and how the Evangelicals have united with President Trump, it makes you wonder if this could be the start of what the Bible warned us about in Revelation 13...
Evangelicals (because of their misinterpretation of Daniel 9) believe that the temple in Jerusalem has to be rebuilt before Jesus can return. The Trump Administration, in order to please them, moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. An Israeli group even minted a temple coin with King Cyrus and Trump’s face on it. Trump also promised the Evangelicals that voted for him that he would give them “power” again, which would mean getting rid of the separation of church and state. Keeping these things in mind, lets look at some of the verses in Ezra.
"Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?"
In this verse we can see that King Artaxerxes was willing to do whatever it took to keep the wrath of God away from his kingdom by obeying whatever he commanded. In our day, as we see more calamities happening all around us, people will want to do whatever it takes to keep the wrath of God away from our country.
"Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them."
In our day, they also do not tax houses of worship. Recently, the Trump Administration went one step further by trying to remove the Johnson Amendment which endangers the separation of church and state.
"And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not".
Right now they are in the process of picking a conservative Judge for the Supreme Court (one who ignores the separation of church and state) that will make laws according to their interpretation of the Bible, such as a Sunday Law…
"And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment."
Finally, when church and state unite (as in verse 26, the law of God and of the king), they will enforce the Sunday law. You can see the similarities between this verse and Revelation 13 where you won’t be able to buy and sell unless you take the mark of the beast and ultimately there will be a death decree.
In conclusion, after reading these verses in light of the current events taking place, it seems as if the Evangelicals are trying to imitate these passages for their own gain, but ultimately they will be fulfilling Revelation 13 instead...
Author: Carla Rodriguez
Biography: Her passion is to share Christ and current events with others so that they will be ready for his soon return.