The Prophecies of Nahum
The Prophet Nahum was an Elkoshite who lived between 680 and 600 BC although no one knows exactly the time the Book of Nahum was written. Many say that his book is history written just immediately after the fall of Assyria in 612 BC and therefore many say his book is a history of Nineveh's downfall. Nineveh was the capital of ancient Assyria. Let us examine the book.
We remember that Assyria under King Shalmaneser was responsible for the downfall of the House of Israel (2King 17:1-6) around 722 BC and not long after, the House of Judah also fell at the hands of the Babylonians under king Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC. But before Judah's fall, there was an attempt by the Assyrians under King Sennacherib to ransacked Jerusalem after destroying Judah's 46 towns and villages but was unsuccessful due to God's intervention (2 Kings 19:35-37). It was the Babylonians that led to the downfall of the Assyrians which was then allied with Egypt defeating them both at Carchemish in 605 BC. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon continued on to completely destroy Jerusalem and brought the Jews in captivity to Babylon. He also continued on to subjugate Egypt further south. But then God had a promise to Judah whom Nebuchadnezzar destroyed:
God promised a great future for Judah. The above passages apparently refers to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ who will bring good news of salvation (Luke 4:18-19) and was already fulfilled almost 2000 years ago. But the other half of verse 15 is not yet fulfilled--"No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed. Judah today is now we call Israel but it does not represent the whole of Israel but only the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and some Levites. Read Israel, The Divided House for explanation on this. We can see that Israel today is not yet safe from invasion and in fact there are many prophecies that the Israel we know today will fall from her many enemies.
Now the question is, if the book is a prophecy on the downfall of Nineveh, then why directly relate Nineveh for the downfall of Judah? The Babylonians should pay for the downfall of Judah not the Assyrians although the Assyrians destroyed several towns of Judah, they failed to defeat the Jews holed up inside the walls of Jerusalem.
The answer is by simply understanding that the whole book of Nahum is not a history but a prophecy. Check Nahum 1:5-6:
Vengeance is mine
In the first chapter of Nahum starts with the declaration that God is a jealous and avenging God. He will avenge the suffering of His people.
In verse 8, God is directing His anger against Nineveh. That vengeance keeps repeated through the rest of the book.
God's message is not only about His fierce anger but also His goodness assuring that He cares for His people.
Nineveh, the root of the coming wrath
Why is Nahum's prophecy very particular on Nineveh, an ancient capital city of Assyria? The Book of Nahum is special because it is the only book of prophecies which reveals the place where the Antichrist will come from.
This very short verse explains why God's anger was centered on this city. At the same time, giving hope to the people of Israel that God's mercy will be forthcoming. Israel will be rescued from the one who counsels wickedness. This place is the origin of the Antichrist but God promised Nineveh will be defeated, that the Antichrist will meet his downfall. Yet, it is God's purpose to use Assyria to punish His own people. We will borrow this verse in Isaiah:
Israel is punished because of their sins. I have discussed many transgressions of Israel as well as of all the nations in my past topics which I don't need to write them here again. After the punishment against Israel is completed, then God's anger will subside and will turn His wrath against the king of Assyria, the man from Nineveh, the Antichrist. It is important to continue Isaiah's prophecy to understand completely the prophecy of Nahum.
Here, Isaiah continues to explain God's reason of using the Assyrian (would-be Antichrist) to punish Israel. However, it turn out that this ruler went on to conquer all the countries as well. He becomes conceited attributing this feat to his own power which. In the next verse, Isa 10:15, God is saying, that the authority and power came from God.
Now it is clearer why Nineveh plays a big role in the last days. Read The Antichrist and the Number "666" to understand more why the ruler from Nineveh (king of Assyria) shall become the "666". Once he becomes the Antichrist, he will change his role from Assyrian to the symbolic Babylonian king who will invade Judah, now Israel. Read also The Powerful Delusion, A Great Lie about the fatal wound and the rise of the Antichrist.
Once you read the two topics mentioned above, it becomes clear why God had promised to Judah "Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked [Antichrist and his followers] invade you; they will be completely destroyed." God was punishing Nineveh because the ruler who will come from that city will soon become the Antichrist, the symbolic Babylonian king who will destroy Judah and Jerusalem.
The army of God
Chapter 2 of Nahum describes the attacker of Nineveh.
More description on God's army...
Through His army, God will restore the splendor of Jacob. Note that this is for the whole tribe of Jacob, not only for the House of Judah nor for the House of Israel only.
The fatal wound
The rest of Chapter 2 details the punishment of Nineveh, the strength of the Antichrist. Chapter 3 details the sins of Nineveh. I would like to put emphasis on the last two verses of the Book of Nahum.
The wound, the fatal wound is the most significant injury mentioned in the Bible. This fatal wound is again mentioned in the Book of Revelation prophesying about one of the heads of the beast having a fatal wound and was healed.
Also in Rev 13:12-13
The wound being healed is describing death then being resurrected and is also described this way:
Well, that is exactly how the House of Israel fell then followed by the fall of the House of Judah. The Assyrians conquered the House of Israel. But when they tried to attack Jerusalem, King Sennacherib's army was annihilated by God's angel and the king died days later. In the last days, this symbolic Assyrian king will do the same to confirm the covenant, he will die short of conquering Israel but will rise again to become the symbolic Babylonian king. Then, later as the cruel Pharaoh (Isa 19:4) to complete his mission not only of defeating Israel but also the USA, the modern Egypt, and then conquering the entire world. All the world will feel his endless cruelty in the end.
What God is saying above is that, the fatal wound is actually beyond cure. Although the symbolic Assyrian king from Nineveh will resurrect mimicking the resurrection of Jesus Christ (as he will declare himself as the real "Messiah"), he will eventually go to his destruction (Rev 17:8,11).
Now you see that the Book of Nahum although short is very interesting and meaningful. It is a book of prophecy not a history. However, we need to read other prophecies to understand it better. We need also to be well aware of the history of Israel and understand that history is just repeating itself for the last seven years before the Second Coming.
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