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, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.” Ezra 1:1-4.
The Bible is not all written chronologically. Ezra begins long after Israel is judged and taken captive. The books of the prophets actually take place before this book, filling in many details of the Jews’ captivity. Cyrus is not the king who took them captive, but who conquered Babylon. The Jews were merely acquired by the Persians.
Even when your government is dissolved and you are taken captive, if you believe, you are still a part of something bigger. We are the royal priesthood of God’s kingdom, whether we are free or in chains. Our identity today is in Christ, whether America survives or not.