Major Messages from the Minor Prophets. The Prophecy of Nahum When the Day of Grace Is Over.

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Transcript of Major Messages from the Minor Prophets. The Prophecy of Nahum When the Day of Grace Is Over.

  • Major Messages from the Minor Prophets

  • The Prophecy of NahumWhen the Day of Grace Is Over

  • Facts About NahumFrom Capernaum?Prophesied during the reign of Ashurbanipal663 BC-612 BC

  • Shalmaneser III (859-824 BC) receives tribute from Jehu

  • Tiglath-Pileser III (745-727 BC)

  • Shalmaneser V and Sargon II conquer Samaria and take Israelites into captivity (722 BC)

  • Sennacherib destroys 46 Judean towns and cities (701 BC)

  • Esarhaddon (681-669)I summoned the kings of the Hittite land [Aram] and [those] across the sea, Balu, king of Tyre, Manasseh, king of Judah . . .

  • Ashurbanipal (669-627 BC)

  • Outline of NahumNinevehs doom declaredNinevehs doom describedNinevehs doom deserved

  • Ninevehs doom declaredGod exercises a jealous and vengeful wrath against those who oppose Him and His people (1:2-6)God is good to those who are faithful and knows those who take refuge in Him (1:7).It is futile to imagine one can plot against God and win (1:9-13).The Lord views with contempt those who worship idols; but the Lord assures those who trust in Him that they will serve Him without fear (1:14-15).

  • Ninevehs doom describedWhere is the den of the lions and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, lioness, and lions cub prowled, with nothing to disturb them? The lion tore enough for his cubs, killed enough for his lionesses, and filled his lairs with prey and his dens with torn flesh. Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts. I will burn up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions, I will cut off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard. (Nah. 2:11-13)

  • Assyrian kings loved lion hunts

  • Ninevehs doom deservedWoe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; her prey never departs. (Nahum 3:1)All because of the many harlotries of the harlot, the charming one, the mistress of sorceries, who sells nations by her harlotries and families by her sorceries. (Nah. 3:4)

  • All that God threatened against Nineveh He fulfilled. Nineveh was proud of her invulnerable city, with her walls reaching 100 ft. high and with a moat 150 ft. wide and 60 ft. deep.Nineveh was defeated by the Babylonian general Nabopolassar in 612 BC with the aid of a flood that washed out part of Ninevehs wall giving the enemy access to the city.

  • Nineveh Remains in Ruins

  • Lessons to be learnedGods sovereignty & justiceInevitable judgment for the wicked out of zeal for His peopleComfort and hope for the oppressed that their enemies will come to a just end

  • And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:6-8)The divine warrior of Israel in the OT becomes the divine warrior of the church in the NT revelation, the Lord Jesus Christ, who comes on his white horse leading His armies against the enemies of the church, defeating them and throwing them into the lake of fire.