"another Jehu, a Cyrus, or a Nebuchadnezzar"

Nebuchadnezzar, 1795
Public DomainNebuchadnezzar, 1795 - Credit: William Blake
These figures were all responsible for cleansing Jerusalem of unbelievers. Jehu was a king of Israel who killed Jezebel and the worshippers of Baal (meaning spirit-deities and hence, in Christianity, false gods). Cyrus, the Persian king charged by God with building a temple in Jerusalem, established his kingdom mainly through conquest. Nebuchadnezzar was a king of Babylon who, in alliance with the Medes and Scythians, overthrew the Assyrian Empire and destroyed Ninevah.