Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet. Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
Jehovah first describes His calling of Cyrus, the one from the east. The past tense is used to describe the certainty of what is still future. This man, Cyrus, King of Persia, has an unbroken record of victories. In the path of his juggernaut, resistance is as weak as dust and stubble and he advanced swiftly into places that are new to him. Cyrus needed to understand that it was Jehovah that placed him in power and caused one generation to succeed another.