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Who can "devise" anything "against" the will of God?

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.
We read in our last study that our brethren who have gone before us (and even we ourselves) cry "How long, O Lord...?" (Rev. 6:10). But you "see", though we desire for this flesh age and this wickedness to end we know that God's servants, His elect, have a job to do, "a work to finish". If we are patient as we are instructed to be and we have even a little of the same attitude of longsuffering as our Father, then it is also our desire that as many of our brothers and sisters as possible can also come to a knowledge of His Word and turn to Him in repentance. In other words, we have a work to finish in carrying forth that same promise and that same hope we have in Jesus Christ our Lord and we are staying in the field and working 'till we either breathe our last breath or the 7th Trumpet sounds!

Furthermore, there is soon coming a time when some of His servants shall be "delivered up" before the false-christ (the Assyrian) and they will give His testimony and speak the words that He (the Holy Spirit) shall give to them at that time (Mk. 13:11). And though it is written that we are not to premeditate nor take anxious thought about what we shall speak, the words of the LORD spoken to those in need of repentance in the last days are exactly the same as those of Jonah's we just read in Jonah 4:2.

Here it is from the Book of Joel:

Joel 2:12
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

[13] And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Again, this expresses the love and compassion of our Father and emphasizes that salvation is open to all, to any who will repent of his or her evil ways and turn to Him. Unfortunately, the spiritual wickedness of the last days will be, even is, far greater than the wickedness in the days of Nineveh.
Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
[41] The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Again, the sins and iniquity, the spiritual wickedness of the end times, shall be far greater than the idol worship of the days of Nahum, and the unrepentant shall experience the fiery vengeance of the wrath of God and they shall learn of His great power and come to KNOW that He alone is God!
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.
The servant of God, Nahum from El-Kosh (God's Power), now discusses the awesome POWER of Yahveh who made the heavens and the earth and who controls the "winds" and the "seas".
Nahum 1:4
He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
Remember when Jesus rebuked the wind and raging water and made them calm for His servants! He will do the same for you amidst the "sea and roaring waves" of these last days (Luke 21:25). "Sea" is symbolic of people and the "waves" are their movements thereof. Luke 8:24 "And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm."

The plush pastures of Bashan, the lush vineyards of Carmel, and the rich forests of Lebanon all languish with drought!

[5] The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
We also read of His great power in Micah 1:3-4 and learned that "mountains" are symbolic of nations. Here we read that the earth  is "burned" at His presence, i.e. the world and all that dwell therein, meaning all the people in the world. It is written in Heb. 12:29 that "God is a consuming fire" and it is by that fire, the Word of God, that every man's work is tried. That which is stubble shall be consumed away instantly. That which is gold shall be made even more pure.
Nahum 1:6
Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
Knowing His awesome power, who is there who can withstand the wrath of Almighty God? The answer is NO ONE can stand against Him! However, His servants can and do stand with Him! And speaking of "rocks thrown down by Him", here is what Jesus Christ said to His disciples concerning the stones of the temple in Jerusalem, the "place" where the false messiah shall stand claiming to be God:
Matthew 24:2
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Not to worry though if you are one of God's children who know Him and trust in Him, for as we read in Nahum 1:2 "His wrath is reserved for His enemies" and not His children!
Nahum 1:7
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.
The Hebrew word for "strong hold" is maowz, Strong's #4581, and means a fortified place (fortress) or rock.
Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
He is our Rock, He is our fortress! And the day of trouble is soon upon us so the question is: "Do you know Him through His Word and trust in Him?" Is He your buckler, your protector? Does that same awesome Powerful Bow (Kosh) that completely destroys Nineveh also protect you at the same time? In other words, "Are you an Elkoshite?"
Nahum 1:8
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
"The place thereof", as noted in the Companion Bible on pg. 1262, refers to "her place", i.e. Nineveh's! When Jesus Christ returns He will make a complete desolation of "the place thereof", the seat of the Assyrian (the false-christ), which is the "standing place" of "the desolator" who comes claiming to be God. Here is the Hebrew definition of "place".
place = maqowm, maw-kome', Hebrew 4725; or maqom, maw-kome'; also (feminine) meqowmah, mek-o-mah'; or meqomah, mek-o-mah'; from Hebrew 6965 (quwm); properly a standing, i.e. a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figurative) of a condition (of body or mind) :- country, home, open, place, room, space, whither [-soever].
You might even say that "her place" is the seat of the Queen of Rev. 18:7, because it is!
[9] What do ye imagine against the LORD? He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Again, who can "devise" anything "against" the will of God? There is no one and therefore His Word and His plan shall happen exactly as it is written. Jesus Christ will come at His second advent, at the sound of the 7th Trump, and He shall take vengeance on that Day of Vengeance, against His adversaries and He shall stop the affliction, the "time of trouble" such as never was (Dan. 12:1), i.e. the great tribulation, and He will make an utter end of it once and for all time when He unleashes the fury of His wrath and leaves not one stone standing atop another in that place! No, there will never again be such a time of trouble!
Matthew 24:21
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
He will not have to bring down Babylon the Great a second time for this time Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and finished for good, forever and ever. Thank God! What a comfort it is to know the Lord and to know from His Word what tomorrow brings.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.



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