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Pamphlet 1658 Nahum kc 1-2

Isaiah 61:2 Christ told them that this verse, the part He read, was fulfilled this day.
But what about the part of the verse He did not read?

Nahum 1:1
The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
This short book is a "vision", a prophetic picture, of the prophet "Nahum" whose name means "consolation" or "comfort". Nahum was an "Elkoshite" who is a person from the town of Elkosh which means "El's (God's) Bow" or "God's Power". So you could say, as we shall see is true and fitting, that this "Comfort" comes from "the Powerful Bow of God" as He takes vengeance upon the ungodly! You "see", this book is also about the "burden" of Nineveh, i.e. the fate Nineveh must bear, which as we shall also "see" is the pouring out of "the wrath of God" upon His enemies when He "takes vengeance on His adversaries".

Here it is:

[2] God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
Although there was an historical fulfillment of Nahum's prophecy concerning the burden (destruction) of Nineveh, which was destroyed 176 years after the mission of the prophet Jonah and about 90 years after Nahum's writing in 603 BC, that history was given as an "example", a type, for the understanding and admonition of we "upon whom the ends of the world are come", i.e. we of the final generation.

Paul documents it for us in 1st Corinthians:

1 Cor. 10:11
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
You "see", the vision of Nahum (comfort) the Elkoshite (God's power) of the vengeance of God upon His adversaries, concerns the SECOND ADVENT of JESUS CHRIST, which is also known as the Day of Vengeance. Do you remember in Luke chapter four when Jesus Christ came to Nazareth and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read?
Luke 4:16
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

[17] And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,

Jesus was handed the Book of Isaiah and opened it to Isa. 61:1 and began reading through the FIRST HALF of verse 2. (Actually the scrolls were not broken into chapters and verses like the KJV, but these are the verses He "found" and read from.)
[18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

[19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

There is more to Isaiah 61:2 but this is as far as Jesus read and then He closed the book and sat down...
[20] And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

[21] And He began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Christ told them that this verse, the part He read, was fulfilled this day. Why? Because the first part of the verse pertained to His FIRST ADVENT. But what about the part of the verse in Isa. 61:2 He did not read? Let's pick it up in Isaiah, for part two of verse 2 is not written in Luke:
Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

[2] To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,

This is as far as Christ read in the synagogue. Here is the remainder of the verse:
[2 ...cont.] and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
This is the SECOND ADVENT known as the "day of vengeance" which brings about "the vengeance on His adversaries" and the destruction of seat of the Assyrian, Nineveh, which is also known as Babylon the Great in the Book of Revelation. Thus we have the subject of the Book of Nahum, "the day vengeance" (upon His enemies) and "comfort" (for those who love Him).

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We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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