What the Bible Says About Persia
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The Christian Heritage of Iran
تاریخ مسیحیت در ایران - آواى ناقوس
Christianity in Iran
مسيحيت در ايران باستان - بخش دوم
Persia and the Bible
Persian Kings in the Bible
Chronology of Persian History
Rulers & Dynasties of Persia
Bible and Persian Proverbs
کتاب مقدّس و مثل های پارسی
Wisemen from East seeking Jesus
King Darius orders Daniel to the Den of Lions
King Cyrus - First Charter of Human Rights
King Cyrus - A Just Ruler
King Cyrus allows Jews to return to Israel
King Cyrus is called by God to serve Him
God's Plan for Iran
Iranian Christian Church of San Jose
History of the Christians in Iran
Churches of Iran
Visitors' Opinion & FAQ
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Iran, Biblical Persia! The land of Esther and Daniel! This nation, raised up by God under King Cyrus (Korrush), delivered the jewish people from the Babylonian captivity, and allowed them to return to Jerusalem.
Read the later part of Old Testament history and you will find several Persian Kings mentioned. King Cyrus was predicted by name by the prophet Isaiah over 100 years before his birth. Haggi and Zechariah date their prophecies by King Darius (Darius the Great, Darryoosh). Remember Queen Esther and her husband, Ahasuraus (Xerxes, Khashayarshah), who reigned over the Persian Kingdom from India to Ethiopia. Also, King Artaxerxes (Artaxerxes, Ardeshier Deraz Dast) gave Nehemiah permission to return to Jerusalem to build the broken walls. The New Testament tells us that there were Persian Jews among those who heard Peter's Spirit-filled sermon on the day of Pentecost.
Many foreign Christians who come to Iran never relate their Bible knowledge to the events in history which took place in this country. In order to bridge this gap, I have taught a special three-month Sunday School class called "Iran and the Bible" as an elective course at the Tehran Bible Church. In addition to the Old Testament Biblical background, the course includes Bible Life Customs explained by life in Persia today. The course was not complete without telling about the early Christian Church in Iran and how its missionary efforts helped evangelize Asia during the early centuries.
Several have asked and encouraged me to put my class notes into this booklet form. To receive the most benefit, read the notes with an open Bible. Don't just gather historical facts, but also make spiritual applications to your own life.
In this second printing, the answer to the questions may be found on answer page. However, it is suggested that the reader discover his own answers directly from the Bible.
(Note: The "Iran in the Bible" page designer has decided to include these answers in the body of the text rather than on a separate page for ease of acces and reading.)
May this booklet be used to bring honor and glory to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
A MONARCHY IS BORN
The united States has just completed the celebration of its bicentennial, 200 years of history. However, compare this with Iran's recent celebration of 2,500 years of a professed continuos monarchy!! The world leaders came to Persepolis to join the birthday celebration. The Shahyad Monument, located near the airport, was erected in honor of this event.
The prophet Isaiah (approx. 740 to 680 bc) tells about God founding the Iranian monarchy. Locate present-day Iran and Isreal on a map of Mid-East in the back of your bible if you have one. Let's look how the nation of Isreal was taken captive, first by the Assyrians, then by the Babylonians.
B. GOD RAISED UP A KING
Read Isaiah 44:28-45,13; 41:2,3,25; 46:2,11; 48:14,15. We call the first king of Iran ,Cyrus. In Persian , his name is Korrush, which is similar to the original Hebrew in the Old Testament.
C. ACCOMPLISHING OF GOD'S JOB DESCRIPTION FOR CYRUS
D. PERSONAL APPLICATION
E. EXTRA RESEARCH AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS
ANCIENT PERSIA IN DANIEL'S PROPHECY
We are limiting our Daniel studies to referring to Iran. Though most Biblical prophecy awaits fulfillment in the future, some has already been fulfilled in the past. Three passages in Daniel prophesy about Persia(Iran). Since westerners know little about ancient history, three maps are also included to show the extent of the Babylonian, Persian and Greek empires.
A. A RAM AND A GOAT
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