The temple of Solomon had been destroyed when the Judeans were placed under the dominance of Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. God’s people were ruled by foreign monarchs for 70 years until he decided to return them back to the Promise Land. But it was rebuilt around 519 BC which is where this event occurs on the Biblical Timeline.
King Cyrus of Persia controlled Babylon when the people of Judah were allowed to return home. During the first year of his reign, God came to him and gave him a message. The king held a public announcement about this message. He told the people of Persia and Babylon that the Lord had authorized him to rebuild Solomon’s Temple and that he must release many of the Judeans back to their homeland to complete this task. He also told the people that no one should interfere with this process and that the people surrounding the territories of Judah should lend financial and material support to the Judeans cause. After this proclamation, many of the people of Judah were excited about returning home. God had chosen the people that he wanted to return by letting them know they should be a part of the rebuilding process.
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The people began to give all that they could to the returning exiles so that they could have money for supplies and food. The heads of Jewish families of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and the Levites also selected who were going to return home. King Cyrus decided to give back the treasures that King Nebuchadnezzar took from Solomon’s Temple after he conquered Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had these supplies loaded up in the temple of his god. There were gold and silver bowls, dishes, pans and other items. Cyrus returned 5,400 items back to the people of Israel so that they could place the items back into the Temple. These items were given to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah who was in charge of taking the Judeans back to their homeland. Ezra was a priest and scribe who were authorized to return to Jerusalem during the reign of another Persian king named Artaxerxes. He wasn’t among the first exiles to return home and joined them at a later date.
- Ezra 1: 1 – 4 God informs Cyrus the Great that he should rebuild the Temple and release the Jewish captives back to their land.
- Ezra 1: 5, 6 The people help to support the return to Jerusalem with the use of freewill offerings and donated gifts. Gods stirs up the hearts of priests, Levites, and tribal leaders to go back to Judah to rebuild his Temple.
- Ezra 1: 7 – 11 King Cyrus gives back the treasures of Solomon’s Temple that was taken by Nebuchadnezzar. Sheshbazaar carries them back to Judah.
- Ezra 7: Ezra, the priest, is stirred up by God to go back to Judah.
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3 thoughts on “Solomon Temple Rebuilt Under Cyrus”
REBUILDING THE TEMPLE
The Natan Foundation for the Restoration of the Temple of Jerusalem
on its Authentic Site- i.e. “Site” located to the South,
downstream from the current Site of the “Haram” –
(“Haram” = Esplanade of Mosques Al Aqsa & Dome of the Rock)
* Explanation Summary *
1 / Archaeological Explanation :
The Authentic Site of the Temple is revealed and demonstrated by the Discovery and the detailed unpublished Study, of the Temple Hydraulic System :
< This Temple Hydraulic System, absolutely unique in Antiquity, had been designed, by the Jewish Priests-Engineers, with methodical Cascades, in strict accordance with the mandatory Bible (Torah) Laws:
< Indeed the Bible Laws prescribed the very precise Purification Rituals within the Sanctuary, by immersion of the whole body in ever-flowing Spring Waters.
These "Purification Living Waters" were conveyed, by gravitation, to the Temple through aqueducts and underground channels, without any interruption, or intervention of any handled containers, and this, from Sources, located upstream from Jerusalem, in the region of Etam (Bethlehem surroundings).
< This ancient Temple Hydraulic Organization, meticulously carved inside the bedrock of the "Haram", has been miraculously preserved almost intact, to date.
< Moreover, this Temple Hydraulic System has been carefully studied, and all arithmetic and topographic data have been recorded with high precision, by the Western Archaeologists of the 19th century (who have been the only Scientists ever allowed to explore the bedrock of the "Haram" (during a brief period of fifty years, at the end of the Ottoman Empire).
See all Arithmetic Measures, and detailed precise Topographic & Altimetric Data at:
2 / Historic Explanation:
< However, this Site of the nowadays "Haram" had been, in reality, the Site of the ancient Jewish Fortress, which, since King Solomon, had always dominated and protected the Temple, upstream; at the strategic top of the rocky outcrop of the antique City of King David.
And in the Rocky entrails of this protecting Citadel, had been installed the complex "Water Tower" purifying the Temple.
< In 135, "Divine" Roman Emperor Hadrian crushed ruthlessly, in floods of blood, the last Revolt of the Jews, led by Bar Kockba and Rabbi Akiba (the main Architect of the Mishnah) who aimed at rebuilding their Temple of the "One God", which had been destroyed by (Divine) Titus in 70.
Jerusalem was then emptied by of all its inhabitants (Jews and Jewish Christians), and was completely repopulated by Pagans (mostly Syrians).
Then, Divine Hadrian made completely disappear the Site of the Temple of the Jews.
Jerusalem became a Roman colony, called Aelia Capitolina.
< For about two centuries, the Jews and Jewish Christians were banned from even approaching the area of Jerusalem, and any suspect offender (denounced by his circumcision) was immediately put to death.
This masterful Topographic Lobotomy, thus operated by Divine Hadrian, has been fully successful, so far…
Those are the Trenches that Gabriel in the book of Daniel was referring to…..
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