Some politicians now compare Donald Trump to Cyrus the Great. They should know that in the year 614 CE (only 8 years before Prophet Muhammad arrived in Medina), the Romans had for the first time lost control of the Land of Israel, and that may have played an important role in stimulating Jewish Messianic hopes of a restoration of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel, through a non-Jewish leader like Muhammad.
After all, the first restoration of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel occurred with the support of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who was addressed by the Prophet Isaiah as a Messiah;
“Thus says the Lord to his anointed (Messiah), to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings…” (Isaiah 45:1) As the Bible records it:
“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him; let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel…” (Ezra 1:1-3)
In 614 CE a Persian army, supported by thousands of Persian Empire Jewish volunteers, had captured Jerusalem. This event is referred to in the Qur’an: “The Romans (Byzantines) have been defeated in the nearest land (Israel). But after their defeat, they will overcome (the Persians) within three to nine years. To Allah belongs the command before and after.” (30:2-4)
And in 628 CE (14 not 9 years later) the Romans (Byzantines) did recapture Jerusalem, and they massacred all those Jews who had returned to Jerusalem during the period of Persian rule. Yet just one decade later, Arab armies had conquered and displaced the Roman (Byzantine) rulers from Egypt to Iraq.
If Rabbi Mukhayriq, an ardent supporter of Muhammad as a non-Jewish messianic for-runner of Elijah and the son of David messiah, had not died fighting alongside Prophet Muhammad in the battle of Uhud; Rabbi Mukhayriq could easily have lived long enough to see the Arab conquest of Jerusalem, and himself been able to return to Jerusalem to live there in peace.
When Donald Trump presents his peace deal, we will see if those who love him today will still compare him to King Cyrus the Great.
Rabbi Maller’s web site is: www.rabbimaller.com. His new book ‘Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms: A Reform Rabbi’s Reflections on the Profound Connectedness of Islam and Judaism’ (a collection of 31 articles by Rabbi Maller previously published by Islamic web sites) is now for sale ($15) on Amazon and Morebooks.