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Pamphlet 1660 Nahum kc 2-1

"His WRATH, the vengeance He takes, is "reserved for His enemies"

It is our Father's desire, His will,
because of the enormous love He has for all of His children
that no one should perish but that ALL "should come to repentance"
and receive life eternal. It is for that reason that He is longsuffering to us-ward
as the apostle Peter explains:

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsufferingto us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Nevertheless, Peter continues in the next verse:
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
The Day of the Lord WILL COME,
though as a surprise to most people
because they will think He is already here,
and the elements (which are the evil 'rudiments') shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

In other words, He shall pour out the fire of His wrath and destroy the "cosmos",
the one-world system of the earth,
Babylon the Great (Rev. 18:8),
symbolized by Nineveh in this Book of Nahum.

He will then set up His kingdom as we learned in our study of Micah
from which He shall rule all nations with a rod of iron.

With that in mind,
let us review the first two verses of Nahum
and continue our study of his "vision" of the 7th Trump and the 7th Vial.

Nahum 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
Nineveh means "Nin's town" or the "abode of Ninus", a false god.

Nineveh was the capital of Assyria,
the seat of the chief Assyrian who was a type of the false-christ
who shall come upon the land in the latter days
and take (spiritually) captive the children of God.

Nineveh therefore is a type of that "seat"
of the false messiah of the final generation,
representing the "place" where the abomination of desolation,
i.e. the desolator (Satan) spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
shall stand and claim to be Jesus Christ.

God shall pour out His wrath upon that great city Nineveh,
also called Babylon (confusion) the Great in Revelation,
and it shall become history, archive material,
as in burned up and gone up in smoke forever and ever.

Our Father is not happy with the wicked who come against His children
and He shall NOT acquit them!

[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.
"... Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19).

Notice that "The LORD revengeth" is stated twice here
to draw emphasis to the importance of what is being said.

In other words,
Make no mistake about it!

The Lord WILL TAKE VENGEANCE on His adversaries
on that Day of Vengeance we read about in Isaiah 61:2,
i.e. at His second coming.

However, the comforting thing to know and understand is that His WRATH,
the vengeance He takes, is "reserved for His enemies",
NOT for those who mourn the evil in this final generation
and who love and serve and trust in Him. Furthermore,
He is slow to anger and has reserved His wrath for an appointed time.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Just so we understand the fairness,
the mercy and the love of our Father,
let us pause and consider the first part of this verse,
"The LORD is slow to anger".

We already read how Peter described Him as "longsuffering"
because it is His will that ALL come to repentance.

To that end, 87 years before Nahum's prophetic doom of Nineveh was written,
our Father sent His servant Jonah, whose name means "Dove",
to Nineveh to preach unto them that they might repent of their evil ways.

And they did repent and God did spare them from destruction.

This was an example,
a type set forth just as Jonah was a type of Savior,
that we might know and understand that in these last days the wicked,
even the kenites,
can repent and turn to Him and trust in Him (vs. 7)
and be spared from the wrath of God
which shall be poured out upon the ungodly.

However, as we just read in verse 3,
He will NOT at all acquit the (unrepentant) wicked.

Jonah knew how gracious,
and merciful,
and kind,
and slow to anger our Father is
and that He would spare those who repent of their evil ways,
even the enemies of our people.

Here is what Jonah had to say:

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

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

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