I am Cyrus: Fulfillment of the Prophecy of Moses — Dr. Craig von Buseck
Today we welcome Dr. Craig von Buseck as he discusses Biblical prophesies and his book, I am Cryus.
As Moses is preparing to leave the stage, he stands before the Children of Israel and makes this remarkable declaration found in Deuteronomy 30:1-3
“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you….”
In writing my book, “I Am Cyurs” about the re-gathering and rebirth of the Children of Israel into a modern nation, it struck me that this declaration of Moses in Deuteronomy 30 is a prophecy. Moses is not saying God will gather you from the nation – singular – where you were scattered, which would be past tense, Egypt. It is a conditional prophecy connected to the blessings and the curses of Deuteronomy 28. In Deut. 28:58, 63-64, God declares:
“If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book… you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other…”
So God is revealing through Moses that the people will fail in keeping the law and they will be cast out of the land and scattered to the nations of the world.
This revelation and corresponding promise of God to the children of Israel makes what we have seen in the ingathering of the Jews to the Promised Land since the 1880s even that more remarkable. It is a clear marker of the End Times and the soon return of Jesus to earth.
I believe Satan saw God moving in the modern Jewish people beginning in the 1880s, and he tried to stop God’s plan – first through the nations trying to keep the Jews from returning to their ancient homeland, and then through the Holocaust.
But this act of attempted annihilation sparked sympathy amongst the nations of the world, leading to their approval of the rebirth of the nation of Israel during the November, 1947 vote for partition in the United Nations. And this rebirthed nation of Israel is an even more profound sign of Christ’s soon return.
In coming to a decision on whether or not to recognize Israel, President Truman considered biblical prophecy, among many other factors. His chief counsel, Clark Clifford, wrote: “he was a student and believer in the Bible since his youth. From his reading of the Old Testament he felt the Jews derived a legitimate historical right to Palestine, and he sometimes cited such biblical lines as Deuteronomy 1:8: ‘Behold, I have given up the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord hath sworn unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’”
God is a covenant keeping God. Just as He has kept His promise to natural Israel, so He keeps His promise to spiritual Israel. He promised to be with us, and He is. He promised to return, and He shall!
Learn more about President Harry Truman’s decision to recognize the modern nation of Israel in “I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel” at iamcyrusbook.com.
• What is your current work in progress?
I am currently working on a biography of the last two years in the life of Ulysses S. Grant. This man who as Lieutenant-General of the Army devised and executed the strategy that won the Civil War and saved the Union lived a truly amazing life. He was twice President of the United States. But most people don’t know the dramatic story of his final years. After leaving the White House, he had no retirement pension (presidents did not receive a pension until Harry Truman). So Grant went into business with his son in a Wall Street investment firm called Grant & Ward. The problem was that the “Ward” of Grant & Ward was embezzling funds from the firm in a giant ‘ponzi scheme.’ Overnight the firm collapsed and Grant found himself penniless and terribly embarrassed. Only a few months later, doctors diagnosed him with incurable throat cancer. Now he was dying with no money. He had to find a way to provide for his family before he passed away, and the clock was ticking. The book tells the harrowing story of how Grant spent the final year of his life, as he is in grueling pain, writing his memoirs to restore his family’s fortune and his reputation. Grant finished the book three days before he died. Mark Twain published the Personal Memoirs of US Grant, which became the second best-selling book of the Nineteenth Century – and is now considered a classic of American literature.
• What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult writing obstacle is time. In order to find more time to write, while also working a full-time job, I have greatly simplified my life and cut out most television viewing. Because I do my best writing early in the morning, I have shifted my waking and sleeping hours so that I get to bed around 9 and wake up between 5 and 6. This gives me a solid two hours of writing time in the morning when I am most productive. Then I try to spend the bulk of my day on Saturday writing as well.
• What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to travel and visit interesting places. I love historical sites, museums, libraries, and battlefields. I also enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, and interesting lectures. I love listening to audio books. My favorite past time is spending time hanging out with my kids, talking or watching movies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author and Editor of Content for Inspiration.org. He is a contributing writer for CBN.com, ChristianPost.com, MTL Magazine, and Charisma Magazine. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University. He is the author of multiple books. He has extensive speaking experience and travels often to conferences, professional events, churches, and writer training meetings.
FIRST PAGE OF “I am Cyrus”:
“I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now.”
President Harry S. Truman, May 14, 1948
“Next year in Jerusalem …”
May 1948—Tel Aviv, Eretz Israel
Five Arab armies stood poised on the borders as a wiry, white-haired man rose in the Tel Aviv Museum and proclaimed a new nation for the Jewish
people in Eretz Israel after nearly 2,000 years of exile. The date was 5 Iyar 5708, or May 14, 1948. The grizzled leader of the World Zionist Organization,
David Ben-Gurion, declared that this nation would be known as the State of Israel.
A radio station broadcast the ceremony and the news streaked like a meteor to the four corners of the globe within minutes. Instantly, Jews around the world reconnected with the ancient home from which their ancestors had been expelled by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. After that national catastrophe, the Jews were scattered to the ends of the earth. From that time forward, at the end of every Passover Seder, Jews collectively uttered their longing with the famous declaration, “Next year in Jerusalem.”
With Ben-Gurion’s Declaration of Independence, this ancient hope would not merely be a longing of the heart, but a concrete possibility
for every Jew with the passion for the Promised Land and the drive to get there.
The Jews could not forget Jerusalem or the land promised by God to their patriarchs. They had been the majority in this Promised Land from the time of Joshua around 1,400 BCE1 until the Babylonian exile in 597 BCE2—and then again after the return from Babylon until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.