Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jesus' Parables Give Answers to Prophecy Concerns


When Jesus walked the earth he preached parables concerning the kingdom of God, and neither those who heard him nor the generations which followed, truly understood that his messages contained concealed prophetic answers concerning the times when Jesus would set up his kingdom upon earth, and when religion would have its end. God’s enactment of this future ministration was first revealed by a Psalmist (Psalm 78:2), but was later established in the book of Matthew, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world (Matthew 13:35).” In other words, God verified that before the end of time he would give his people answers unto the sealed up, well hidden, elusive mysteries of the kingdom, and that those answers would come unto them, through parables. “There is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad (Mark 4:22).”

One of the parables that Jesus taught the people was a parable of a sower, who went out to sow. This parable was recorded in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. After Jesus finished teaching the message his disciples came unto him and asked him what the parable should mean, and why he spoke to the people in parables. Jesus said: “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables (Luke 8:10).” In essence, parables give obedient believers an opportunity to listen and receive the truth. “He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures (Luke 24:45).” At the same time parables can hide certain understandings from the prideful, and the rebellious. “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them (Mark 4:12).” “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished (2Peter 2:9).”

“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction (Roman 9:22)?” Parables concealed God's answers for end times, and yet kept those answers available for today's believers. Evidence that God is preparing to send pestilences and wrath against hypocrites and adversaries, and against those who are his enemies within his house, is eluded in verses such as: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before ordained to this condemnation (Jude 4).” “The Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints… to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed (Jude 14-15).” “Esaias cried concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved (Romans 9:27)." In other words, Isaiah published and made known that God will cause a remnant of his people to be delivered from having to suffer the noisome pestilence, or from having to experience the wrath of his correction. “He himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (1Corinthians 3:15).”

“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:18).” This parable provides important end time understanding. “Know ye not this parable? And how then will you know all parables (Mark 4:13)?” As in every parable of scripture, Jesus’ parables also have one perfect solution, and one provable meaning. The perfect solution of Jesus’ parables is not only determined by examining each written account of the parable, but also by finding the perfect meaning behind each parable word within the parable. God has perfectly placed words in scripture, so that every scripture reference unto a parable word, can, and should be used to help believers determine the perfect solution for the parable. For instance, the true and perfect meaning of the word “sower,” is someone who shares the kingdom message and testifies to others how they can receive the Holy Spirit; and the true and perfect meaning of the word “seed,” is putting the message of salvation into the hearts of willing listeners.

Believers can know and prove the perfect meanings of words. Consider some of the various ways, and verses wherein the meanings of the words “sower” and “seed” are exposed. In the parable of the sower, Jesus confirmed that “sowers” are sowing the kingdom message, because he verified within the parable that those who are hearing the message, are hearing the kingdom message: “When one heareth the word of the kingdom (Matthew 13:19).” What is the kingdom message? The kingdom message is the covenant message, but above all, it is telling others how they can receive the Holy Spirit, “For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).” Knowing that sowers are sowing the kingdom message, is evidence, and proof that sowers are telling others how they can obtain the Holy Spirit; but don’t be deceived, even the devil sows his version of this message. “The tares are the children of the wicked one; and the enemy that sowed them is the devil (Matthew 13:38-39).”

The perfect meaning of the word “seed,” is hidden. The verse which is most responsible for hiding its true meaning, reads: “The parable is this, the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11).” This verse is responsible for hiding the perfect meaning of the word, seed, because there is, and can only be, one perfect meaning for the word “seed”. In prophecy, the word “seed” pertains to the kingdom message being put into the hearts of believers, which is something that God does, and which only God can do. “The children of promise are counted for the seed (Romans 9:8).” How can two such diverse verses concerning the same word, both be true? God covenanted with his people, which in essence means that he lifted up his hand and swore unto the people that he will make them have seed, and that he will multiply their seed. So the verse which is concealing the truth of this word is actually stating that every new convert is a fulfillment of God’s promise to give us seed. “The seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11).” If believers will faithfully tell others the kingdom message, then God is faithful to give them seed. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts (Hebrew 8:10).”

When believers seek to prove the perfect meanings of each parable word within Jesus' parables, then they will find answers to the mysteries of end times. The parable of the “sower” and “seed” answers the question: How will God keep his people from the hour of temptation, as promised in the book of Revelation: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth (Revelation 3:10).” The answer is: By giving believers counsel, or in other words, by increasing the believer's' knowledge and understanding.

1. “When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side (Matthew 13:19).” Notice how the parable involves two parties: First there are the wicked ones, and then there are the hearers. Luke’s account refers to the wicked ones as the devil, and Mark’s account calls them Satan; but all three of the gospel accounts confirm that Jesus told the people that fowls would come and devour up the believers which are by the way side. In prophecy the word “fowl” refers to the priest, or any religious leader who has heard the kingdom message, but who has continued to tell lies and preach inaccuracies against it. Consider Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees, priests, and elders of his day: he accused them of being of their father the devil (John 8:44). Likewise, Jesus rebuked Peter, calling him Satan. “Get behind me, Satan… for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men (Matthew 16:23).” In essence, whenever a leader hears the truth of the kingdom message, if they continue to disregard God’s will and to give out their voices and sermons against it, then they are behaving themselves as Satan and as the fowls which swallow up good seed. “You have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered (Luke 11:52).”

Now consider the believers which heard the kingdom message, yet still fell by the way side. This group of believers hear the kingdom message and they receive the Holy Spirit, yet they don’t understand it. “When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not…this is he which received seed by the way side (Matthew 13:19).” Jesus revealed the secret of this seed's mistake, in the words, “Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved (Luke 8:12).” Their mistake is one neglecting God's word and of relying upon false teachers. Do not rely upon a teacher for end time guidance: believers should read the scriptures, and study the covenant message. The new covenant is a requirement for believers to continue to learn of Jesus, which is especially important for those who have not known his doctrine. The purpose of this portion of Jesus' lesson is to warn new converts: You must reject the counsel of any teacher who tries to convince you that what you have heard and experienced wasn't true. Rely upon God's word for your guidance, and in love speak truth unto the deceived. “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6).”

Walk in the Spirt, and speak truth even before those mighty rulers and dictates. If they don't receive you and they won't hear your testimony, then leave. “Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet (Matthew 10:14).” “There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you… and many shall follow their pernicious ways (2Peter 2:1-2).” “Take heed what ye hear (Mark 4:24).” “Take heed… how ye hear (Luke 8:18).” “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath (Matthew 13:12).” “Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown (Revelation 3:11).”

2. “Some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture (Luke 8:6).” Additional truths which are written about this group of believers, include: they are in stony places with no depth of earth, they have no roots, and they will wither away and be offended when the sun comes up, and it scorches them.

The perfect meaning of the word “rock” is Jesus Christ and his teachings. “That rock was Christ (1Corinthians 10:4).” “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock (Matthew 7:24).” The perfect meaning of the words, stony places, (which words were used in both of the other two gospel accounts), pertain to places of worship wherein believers are in Christ, whether they have heard the covenant message or not. A "stone" in prophecy is a person who has the Holy Spirit, and confesses that Jesus is the Christ. This is proven by noting that when Simon Peter confessed before his fellow disciples, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” then Jesus answered and said, “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:16-18).” The word stone was only implied, but Jesus' response was purposed to teach believers the necessity of knowing assuredly that he is Christ, which means that you must receive confirmation by the Holy Spirit; then afterwards, if you give your testimony before others and confess who Jesus is and what he did for you, then you become the stones of his building. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house (1Peter 2:5).” “The foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones (Revelation 21:19).”

The perfect meaning of the word “sun” is best revealed by carefully considering a few subtle clues which were written about the sun. “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into the furnace of fire… Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father (Matthew 13:41-43).” Well said, albeit cleverly stated: upon further investigation the scriptures reveal that the sun is residing in controversy. “The sun knoweth his going down (Psalm 104:19).” In prophecy, the word, sun, is the name given to religious leaders who are ignorant of the covenant message, and who are unwittingly teachings lies and making false claims which conflict with God’s will. For the sun’s grievous mistake, it will be punished, and the sun will be ashamed. “The moon shall be confounded and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously (Isaiah 24:23).” “The sun shall be turned into darkness… before the great and terrible day of the Lord come (Joel 2:31).” The truth against the sun is non-negotiable, for there is no place for the sun in new Jerusalem. “The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof (Revelation 21:23).” "There shall in no wise enter into it anything that... maketh a lie (Revelation 21:27)."

As for the seeds which fell into stony places, these believers are worshipping in places where their teachers are unaware of the covenant message, which is made known by their exposure to the sun. Jesus testified that these seeds will receive the Holy Spirit with joy, and that they will believe the message for awhile, but in the time of temptation they will fall away (Luke 8:13). Their mistake is one of being childish, and offended, and impatient. “You have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36).” “In your patience possess ye your souls (Luke 21:19).” These seeds have no root, which is a reminder that all believers must be “rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17),” “built up in Christ, and established in the faith (Colossians 2:7).” Therefore these seeds should put their trust in the Lord, and have patience. Speak to your leaders, and if they are willing to listen, then stay there. Spend time upon your knees and do your own reading and studying of the covenant message and God’s word, so that you can be living water, and so that you don’t get scorched, or withered, or tempted. It will be tempting to get mad at your priest, or to be discouraged and leave, but God can use you there where you are, so stay there and be patient. “If they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth (Matthew 24:26).” “In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (1Timothy 4:1).” “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up (Matthew 15:13).”

Jesus prophesied that in the last days “many shall be offended (Matthew 24:10),” and Paul testified that “that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (2Thessalonians 2:3).” Both of these prophecies seemingly indicate that there will be many believers who are in “stony places” in the last days. “Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh (Matthew 18:7)!” “Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were downed in the depth of the sea (Matthew 18:6).”

3. “Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit (Mark 4:7).” Thorns are corrupted believers whose teachers have rejected certain truths which are within God’s word. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing… You shall know them by their fruits… for every… corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit (Matthew 7:15-18).” These false teachers have brought forth thorns and briers. “That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned (Hebrews 6:8).” “Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee, that thou shalt be no priests to me (Hosea 4:6).” They do not have the spirit of Christ. They “walk after the flesh in the lusts of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities (2Peter 2:10).”

Believers who fall among thorns are susceptible to being carried away by making excuses of why they cannot serve the Lord, or help him promote the kingdom message. This mistake is revealed in the words: “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful (Mark 4:19).” Just confessing the Holy Spirit, or sharing the message of what you learned and experienced with others, insures that believers are fruitful. Whereas these seeds are unfruitful, it signals that they have no confidence in the Lord. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit (John 12:24).” “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).” “Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him that is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God (Romans 7:4).”

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou not know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead (James 2:19-20)?” “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples (John 15:8).” “I say unto you… Be not afraid of them that kill the body… fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him… Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: but he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God (Luke 12:4-9).” One quick side note: In prophecy, the parable word "angels" refers to spiritual leaders and priests which are upon earth and which have the Spirit of Christ, and therefore the afore mentioned verse is testifying that Jesus will cause believing leaders to rise up and defend those persons who are fearlessly confessing him before the unbelieving.  “I give unto thee power... over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).”

4. “Other seed fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold (Luke 8:8).” “Those which fell on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:15).” The seeds which fell on good ground are believers which are blessed with the gift of having leaders that did pay attention to God’s word, therefore they are hearing and learning the covenant message. These seeds have a work to do which will be well-pleasing unto the Lord. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things (Romans 10:13-15).” “The earth bringeth forth fruit of herself (Mark 4:28).” The Lord will multiply our seed. “Immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region (Mark 1:28).” “Such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred (Mark 4:20).”

In conclusion: Since Jesus’ doctrine and messages were meant for all the world, did you ever stop to wonder why Jesus specifically commanded his disciples, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles… But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:5-6)?” Or why the Apostle Paul felt it necessary to rehearse the words, “To the Jew first, but also to the Gentile”? These things are written for a pattern. This pattern is meant to verify that God will bring the truth of his word unto his people first, then afterwards to the world.

In another of Jesus’ parables, a king prepared a wedding supper for his son. Then the king sent his servants to call those that were bidden to the feast, but the invited guests made light of it and gave out their excuses, and would not come, even mistreating and killing some of the messengers. Therefore when the king heard this, he was wrathful, “and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage (Matthew 22:7-9).” The covenant message is God’s marriage supper, and it has been lovingly prepared, and it is ready for God's people. How long shall our leaders tell lies and remain silent? "I tell you that, if these should hold their piece, the stones would immediately cry out (Luke 19:40)." "He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God (Revelation 19:9)."

Remember also the words which Jesus spoke to the religious rulers of his day, saying, “Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore I say unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof (Matthew 21:42-43).” If Jesus and his teachings are the rock, then who is the stone that the builders rejected? Is it not God's prophets? And since the covenant message has already gone out to the nation of the priesthood, should not the priesthood be terribly afraid? “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you (Matthew 21:31).” "Many that are first shall be last; and the last first (Matthew 19:30)." “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God (John 1:11-12).”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Obadiah's Message Concerning Edom


“The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumor from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle (Obadiah 1).” The purpose of Obadiah’s prophecy is to plead against the rebellious priests and prophets of Islam. The first few verses of this prophecy are nearly replicated in the book of Jeremiah. Therefore there are two accounts of this same prophecy, and every slight deviation between these two accounts becomes a useful clue in helping determine the interpretation of the prophecy (Jeremiah 49:13-16). In Jeremiah’s account this ambassador is “gathering” the heathen, which is another way of saying that this ambassador is attempting to bring all of the Islamic nation together, as one. “I have heard a rumor from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle (Jeremiah 49:14).” “They know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor (Micah 4:12).”

One sobering thought which begins to increase the necessity for God giving his people the book of Obadiah, is understanding that in his eyes all of his people dwell among the heathen. “I will take you from among the heathen… and will bring you into your own land (Ezekiel 36:24).” To best perceive what God is prophesying in the first verse of Obadiah's vision, note that the Hebrew word which was translated into the word “heathen” was also translated into the words, people, gentiles, and nations. This particular Hebrew word pertains to everyone who does not know the Lord in truth, in other words, this particular Hebrew word can even pertain to professed believers that are within God's assemblies of worship. This very word was used in the verses: “He shall bring forth judgment to the gentiles (Isaiah 42:1).” “He shall judge among the nations (Isaiah 2:4),” “He shall judge among the heathen (Psalm 110:6).” God will judge righteously between heathen and heathen. “As for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle (Ezekiel 34:17).” “Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon kingdoms that have not called upon thy name (Psalm 79:6).” 

“Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised (Obadiah 2).” In Jeremiah’s account of this verse, the words “have made” are scribed “will make.” This barely noticeable and seemingly insignificant change of wording reminds believers that God calls those things which are not, as though they have already been. Through this slight deviation God has prophesied that there is coming a day in which the counsel of these ambassadors will be turned back upon their own heads. “For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men (Jeremiah 49:15).” The notorious ambassador that is being exposed and reprimanded in Obadiah’s prophecy, is Moab, therefore it is important to know exactly who this name pertains to. The parable name of Moab applies to a group of Islamic prophets and priests which have been dealing with the covenant message. They were, and are, offended by it, and therefore they are keeping important truths within it a secret. They have devised crafty counsel which is purposed to come against the covenant message. “The calamity of Moab is near to come (Jeremiah 48:16).” Whereas Moab has made an unwise and crafty decision to come against the covenant message, he is purposing to come against God’s word, and therefore he is turned back from following the Lord. Moab's followers, the heathen which are being gathered together, are being gathered to come against Christians, despite Moab's awareness that every Muslim who does so will be afflicted by God’s wrath. Moab will be despised for his crafty practices. “Concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him (Micah 3:5).” 

“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground (Obadiah 3)?” These reproving words are written to incriminate Moab. “We have heard the pride of  Moab (Jeremiah 48:29).” But definitive proof of Moab’s identity comes from Jeremiah's account which links Bozrah’s name to the prophesy, saying, “I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes (Jeremiah 49:13).” Bozrah is a city of Moab (Jeremiah 48:24). In prophecy, the city name of “Bozrah” pertains to the thoughts of those ambassadors that are gathering all of the Islamic nation together as one. “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah (Isaiah 63:1)?” “I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah (Micah 2:12).” “The Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea (Isaiah 34:6).” 

“Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence I will bring thee down, saith the Lord (Obadiah 4).” In comparing the dealings of Moab unto an exalted eagle not only has God insulted Moab’s pride, but he has also published evidence that Moab is very much aware of the covenant message. In Jeremiah’s account, God has prophesied that this adversary, Moab, would lift himself up to be chief over the covenant message. Evidence of this is published in the words "O thou... that holdest  the height of the hill." “Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as an eagle, I will bring thee down (Jeremiah 49:16).” 

In spite of all the evidence against Moab and against his counsel, Moab is acting in accordance with his own will. “Prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear the word of the Lord… My hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people… because, even because they have seduced my people (Ezekiel 13:2; 13:9-10).” “They refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears… lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 7:11-12).” The Lord has made known that he will set his hand a second time to recover the Islamic people (Isaiah 11:11), but Moab has, in essence, despised God’s word. “The soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people, because he hath despised the word of the Lord, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him (Numbers 15:30-31).” 

Another sobering thought which magnifies the effect of Obadiah’s vision is that for every truth that is being prophesied against Moab, a similar truth has been prophesied against Christian leaders. Therefore the book of Obadiah reprimands every religious authority that despises God’s word, and they will all be made small and despised in the eyes of God's people. God named the Christian authorities who are gathering Christianity together as one, Assyrians. Assyrians are prophesied to be prideful and rebellious leaders which despise the truth of God's word. “The stout heart of the king of Assyria… for he saith… I gathered all the earth (Isaiah 10: 12-14).” Assyrians will be despised in the eyes of the people (Isaiah 37:22). Most of their transgressions are prophesied in verses concerning Babylon, for example, Babylon is mounting up to heaven (Jeremiah 51:53). The ultimate incriminating verse which clearly advertises both the fate of Moab and the Assyrian, is the verse which verifies that Babylon is working against the Lord, and it confirms that God has laid a snare against them: “How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the Lord (Jeremiah 50:23-24).” “O priests, that despise my name… I also made you contemptible and base before all the people (Malachi 1:6; 2:9).” “I made thee a reproach to the heathen (Ezekiel 22:4).” “Behold, I will… make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil (Jeremiah 29:17).” “God hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof (Lamentations 2:2).”  

“If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? If grape gathers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes (Obadiah 5)?” This verse magnifies the awesome power that God has to fulfill his word: for God has declared that religion, with all its deceit, and with all its mistaken interpretations, will be utterly, entirely, and wholly cut off. God will not leave any of his children trapped in the lies of men, even within those newly forged lies which were devised by the likes of Moab, and the Assyrian. “None of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor any of theirs (Ezekiel 7:11).” “The Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed (Deuteronomy 7:20).” 

Moab, even unwittingly, blasphemed God’s name as he kept those truths of the covenant message silent. He stood by and watched as Muslims rose up and murdered persons of other religions, and attacked them, with violence, ruining their places of assembly. Although Moab may escape God’s afflicting pestilence, those who were seduced by his counsel will not escape. Therefore his victims will be mad. “They will destroy till they have enough (Jeremiah 49:9).” Moab will witness it as his people begin to rise up and destroy their own nation, brother against brother, until he confesses the truth of God’s word. “Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them (Jeremiah 11:11).” “I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure… They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! How hath Moab turned back with shame… Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord (Jeremiah 48:38-42).” “The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly (Isaiah 33:7).”

“How are the things of Esau searched out! How are his hidden things sought up (Obadiah 6)?” “I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbors, and he is not (Jeremiah 49:10).” It is important to grasp that, in prophecy, the name of “Esau” can pertain to every believer who despises the truth of God’s word (Genesis 25:34). The covenant message publishes and advertises how prophets and priests which despise God’s word, can, and will, escape the affliction: however the covenant message will be heard, and when it goes public the people will know the deeds of their rebellious leaders, and they will be mad. “There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled… Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of slaughter; Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty… and their own shepherds pity them not. For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land… but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbor’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them (Zechariah 11:3-6).” “Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities (Jeremiah 48:15).” “The spoilers are come upon all the high places (Jeremiah 12:12).”

“All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him (Obadiah 7).” The first part of this verse manifests the snare which God crafted against Moab as well as the Assyrian, and it causes believers to know it. These crafty prophets gave their followers powerful understandings of scripture which brought them even to the border of Zion: yet they withheld truths which would have allowed their followers to enter into the everlasting gates, and escape the pestilences. Moab, and the Assyrian, grappled with their own private fears and concerns, and the temptation to withhold truth did prevail against them. The second part of this verse confirms that their followers, the priests and the congregations which will suffer the troubles and the afflictions and the pestilences, will turn upon these crafty leaders and blame them for all of their troubles. This manifested snare is designed to cause Moab, and the Assyrian, to turn from their lies and from the mistakes which they have made, and come before the Lord with humbled hearts, seeking to do his will. 

“Shall I not in that day, saith the Lord, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau (Obadiah 8)?” This outrageous question confirms that God will not leave any Islamic leader uncertain as to whether or not the covenant message is the truth, for from the prophets of Moab, even unto all the Islamic priests who have never been briefed on the covenant message; all of them will know God’s hand. Therefore, all priests and leaders who hear these truths, be apprised that Judgment Day is reserved against all people who refuse to accept God’s instructions, and who continue to despise the new covenant (Zechariah 12:3). “The day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up (Isaiah 2:12).” “He respects not any that are wise of heart (Job 37:24).” “Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7).” Whosoever is shown the truth of God’s word, is shown the truth so that they might rise up and warn the people. “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth (Micah 4:13).”

“And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that everyone of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter (Obadiah 9).” In prophecy, the city named “Teman” pertains to the thoughts of devout Islamic priests which are strong in their religious faith. God’s messengers will convince these priests to hear the covenant message. “I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah (Amos  1:12).” “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:6).” Even with wise counsel the mighty men of Teman will still need to study the covenant message, or they will be ignorant of God’s instructions. 

“For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever (Obadiah 10).” Note that in prophesy the parable name “Jacob” pertains to believers that were shown the truth of God’s word. Whether or not these believers are aware of the covenant message, is irrelevant to the name. God is with Jacob, and God protects Jacob: but even the faithful believers of Jacob will need to have their end time understandings converted, corrected, and made perfect. “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee… I will not make a full end of thee, but will correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished (Jeremiah 46:28).” God is bringing an army against Jacob, and not exclusively as a punishment, but also as a way to supply these believers with the guidance and correction that they need. The fierceness of God’s army will convince Jacob to forsake his own ways, and to go in the way of the Lord. “The Lord… will punish Jacob according to his ways (Hosea 12:2).” 

“In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them (Obadiah 11).” This verse positively verifies that some of the mighty men of Teman participated in Jacob’s hurt, and they did so even after they had already begun fighting on behalf of the covenant message. In other words, even though these mighty men were aware of the covenant message, they continued to provoke God's wrath against themselves because they were despising and neglecting his instructions. Their offenses are listed in the next several verses of Obadiah’s prophecy. Each listed offense is also an implied instruction, and observing the offenses will help believers avoid provoking God's wrath against themselves. 

“Thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress (Obadiah 12).” This offense is one of mistreating the deceived and of inciting violence against them by boasting against them with degrading remarks, or with condemnations, or even with celebratory comments. “In my adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not (Psalm 35:15).”

“Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity (Obadiah 13).” God will not give the armies of heaven an inheritance from sanctuaries which already exist. The armies of heaven will inherit newly converted persons which were not counted among God’s people. “He hath shown his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen (Psalm 111:6).” “Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance (Psalm 2:8).” God's armies are commissioned for correction. Their desire should be to correct the deceived, and to cause them to acknowledge the new covenant. Armies that are going forth for any other purpose, shall not prevail. “That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, he shall not rejoice therein (Job 20:18).” 

“Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress (Obadiah 14).” This prophecy suggests that there will be some well informed Islamic leaders that will subtly stand by and will wickedly withhold knowledge from their Muslim brothers, supposing not only to bring affliction upon Christians, but also to cause those whom they hated in times past to violate God’s laws and be afflicted. God’s word forbids believers to abstain from warning others. When believers deliberately fail to warn others they become guilty of the sins of those whom they failed to warn (Ezekiel 3:18-21). “Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave none to remain; in that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands… that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth (Jeremiah 44:7-8)?” 

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head (Obadiah 15).” This verse makes a proclamation: God testified that it is imperative to study his instructions, and to teach them, and to warn others against breaking them. Therefore every believer that has been shown the covenant message has been informed of these truths, and will be judged accordingly. God's word also commands that those who hear the covenant message refrain themselves from boasting and be silent in that day: “Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit (Zephaniah 1:7-9).” Hear the commanding rebukes of our God, for the day of the Lord's salvation is purposed to be a sign and a wonder that will cause every professed believer to have respect for God’s instructions, and to know that the day of God’s wrath is at hand.

“For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been (Obadiah 16).” This comparison involves “drinking,” which, in prophecy, pertains to listening to the confusing end time messages of the prophets. The purpose of this verse is to prophesy the conclusion of the rebellious heathen that refuse to accept the new covenant, and who continue to defy God’s instructions. These brute beasts will succumb to the lies of false prophets, because they are reserved for the day of God’s wrath. “The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction (Job 21:30).” No matter which side of the battle they elect to fight on, all rebellious persons will all be consumed together on Judgment Day. “Thus saith the Lord God; I have lifted mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame (Ezekiel 36:7).” “It is abomination to fools to depart from evil (Proverbs 13:19).”

“But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions (Obadiah 17).” Mount Zion is where the thoughts of all God’s people are in agreement, and where believers serve the Lord with one consent. “For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain at the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings (Ezekiel 20:40).” The words “shall possess” impress upon believers that God will cause his people to inherit other believers who will stand together in agreement with them, and who will believe as they believe. Those who did prepare and believed the covenant message, shall possess the redeemed of Jacob. “The Lord hath sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel (Isaiah 9:8).” “In that day, the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God (Isaiah 10:20-21).”

“And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them, and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it (Obadiah 18).” In prophecy, the word “fire” depicts passions which flare up out the mouths of believers. The end time "fires" of "Jacob" are blazing because these true believers have concern for the truth of God’s word. However, Jacob's passionate fires contain errors against the Lord, because these believers have misunderstood scripture. “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled (Isaiah 50:11).” The name “Joseph” pertains to believers who went ahead of the Lord, and who have tried to study and know the covenant message. Therefore the flame that comes forth from the house of Joseph, is that powerful force that erupts when Joseph goes passionately forth and publishes truths that will consume the deceived from off the land: “He burned against Jacob like a flaming fire (Lamentations 2:3).” Also, in prophecy, the word “stubble” pertains to the false teachers and to persons who are basing their end times understanding upon the deceit of their own hearts. “As the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 5:24).”

“And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines (Obadiah 19).” This portion of Obadiah’s prophecy is set aside to announce God’s predetermined plan to give an inheritance to all believers who have put their trust in him. The blessings of these inheritances will come upon those believers who remain faithful. This first word of inheritance has to do with priests who escaped the affliction of God’s wrath, but because they feared the people, they would not speak the truth of God's message before their congregations. These priests will inherit believers who despise the covenant message. The second word of inheritance has to do with priests who were warned about the covenant message, but they mocked it, and ignored it, until the day that God rose up and poured out the affliction. They will inherit the Philistines. In prophecy the word “Philistine” pertains to vengeful believers who hate others because their hearts are hard, for they have accepted the teachings of men, and they hate people of other religions. “I have… delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines (Ezekiel 16:27).” “The Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred (Ezekiel 25:15).” 

“And they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria (Obadiah 19).” Whereas name “Ephraim” applies to believers with the Holy Spirit, the name of “Samaria” applies to believers who have transgressed God’s word, and have lost the Holy Spirit. “What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria (Micah 1:5)?” This third word of inheritance is for those priests who accept the covenant message after they suffer the affliction of God’s correction. Their word of inheritance is confirmation that those who were afflicted will inherit their very own congregations. This promise of inheritance is hope for these priests because their congregations will be offended in them, and their people will be turned against them, and they will hire new priests. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian (Hosea 5:13).” That’s only portion of Christianity’s troubles, for because Christians hire deceived false teachers, the armies of heaven will be gathered together against them and against their religion. “When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troops of robbers spoileth without (Hosea 7:1).” The challenge and calling for the afflicted and consequently converted priests, is to patiently work and bring their own congregations into proper end time understanding.

“And Benjamin shall possess Gilead (Obadiah 19).” The interpretation of this inheritance is deep, and it is astonishing. In prophecy the name, Gilead, pertains to the laws which govern the very foundations of the Christian religion. These laws are highly regarded and established in the hearts of Christian priests, because these foundational laws of Christianity are scripture verses which have been proven to cause believers to inherit the Holy Spirit. “Thus saith the Lord unto the king’s house of Judah; thou art Gilead unto me (Jeremiah 22:6).” But the foundational laws of Christianity will not always work. “Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured (Jeremiah 46:11).” “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people not recovered (Jeremiah 8:22)?” “Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood (Hosea 6:8).” “Hear ye me… all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will forsake you (2Chronicles 15:2).” 

In prophecy, the name “Benjamin” pertains to believers who unapologetically and affirmatively stand and promote the teachings of the apostle Paul: Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin. Priests who love Paul’s teachings, are, by God’s design, opposed to leaving Paul’s laws of their liberty, even when it comes to following the Lord. The priests of Benjamin will loose the Holy Spirit, for God’s word testifies that God will move, and that he will do a new thing; and whosoever is unwilling to see and believe God’s word is committing transgression. “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it (Isaiah 43:19)?” “For, behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17).” After the believers of Benjamin accept the punishment or their err, and after they believe the covenant message, then they will possess Gilead. “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up (Hosea 6:1).” “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed (Jeremiah 17:14).”  

“And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath (Obadiah 20).” The “captivity of the host of the children of Israel” is a name which pertains to deceived believers of every sort, whose very own priest did not confess unto them the truths and answers which were needed to enter into everlasting kingdom. These believers will inherit the “Canaanites.” This name pertains to all the unbelievers that dwell in the land, even among God’s people. God left unbelievers in the land that he might prove his people (Judges 3:4). Although their changes will probably not occur until after Judgment Day, Canaanites are the Israel’s promised inheritance. “In that day there shall be no more Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 14:21).” “He that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain (Isaiah 57:13).” 

“And the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south (Obadiah 20).” The “captivity of Jerusalem” is a reference to priests and religious leaders whose congregations have risen up against them for their confession of the covenant message. The name “Sepharad” is written upon these priests to establish that these priests have already been given a new name, or in other words, they have already been delivered from their mistakes, and they have gone ahead, and have entered into the gates of the promised land. Although these priests may not see the rejoicing of their congregations until after God's pending signs, they will inherit their congregations.

“And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s (Obadiah 21).” The “saviors” which are spoken of in this prophecy, are spirit filled judges who thoroughly understand the covenant message, and who are not afraid to speak it. God will send these “saviors” unto the believers whose initial response was to despise the covenant message. Believers who are called by the name of Esau are convinced within their hearts that there is no possible way that decades of renown bible scholars, could possibly have overlooked truths which God reserved for end times. “Saviors” will come to deliver Esau by bringing proofs of God’s word unto them. These merciful acts of God's messengers, are God’s attempt to restrain the house of Esau from making mistakes which are against him. These judges will seek to deliver the deceived out of the hands of their oppressors. “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning (Isaiah 1:26).” “When the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies… for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them (Judges 2:18).” 

“They have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us (Jeremiah 2:27).” “Deliver me… cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me (Psalm 71:2).” “When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer… who delivered them (Judges 3:9).” “The Lord shall help them, and deliver them from the wicked… because they trust in him (Psalm 37:40).” “It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God… he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation (Isaiah 25:9).” “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations (Psalm 82:8).”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Burden of Nineveh

Prophesy From the Prophet Nahum

“He calleth them all by their names (Psalms 147:4).” When God placed people’s names in prophecy he made a way for seekers to discover who a prophesy pertains to; but when God used city names in prophecy, he made a way for seekers to know the thoughts of offenders. “For I know their works and their thoughts (Isaiah 66:18).” Knowing the thoughts of offenders is yet another tool which can help seekers interpret prophesy. City names also serve as a reminder that man’s thoughts and ways, are changeable. Such is the case of Nahum’s prophecy: “The burden of Nineveh (Nahum 1:1).” 

The burden of Nineveh is about cutting off of the Assyrian, therefore it is important to know the two criteria that cause men to be grouped into that name: First of all, Assyrians are priests and prophets which have heard some, if not all of the covenant message; and secondly, they have not spoken of the covenant message publicly. In essence, once a priest or prophet has heard the covenant message, he is an Assyrian until the day he articulates it openly and publicly before the congregation. By the very definition of his name, Assyrians are God’s adversaries.

“Out of the land went forth Asshur and builded Nineveh (Genesis 10:11).” The Hebrew word for “Assyrian” was also translated “Asshur,” therefore this verse is prophesying that the Assyrian’s teachings have built Nineveh. To discover what group of believers dwell in Nineveh, search the scriptures for unique characteristics that are credited to Nineveh. A couple of findings include: Nineveh is called a great city (Jonah 1:2); and Nineveh repented and believed God through the preaching of a prophet (Matthew 12:41). Couple these findings together with the knowledge that the Assyrian’s teachings have built Nineveh, and the name of Nineveh represents those priests and prophets which have heard some the king of Assyria’s teachings, and they have repented and are sorry for their religious mistakes, and they have changed some of their teachings. 

“Blessed be… Assyria the work of my hands (Isaiah 19:25).” Although this verse gives glory to Assyria, scripture also publishes that Assyria cannot save God’s people (Hosea 14:3), and it acknowledges that Assyria is ready to perish (Isaiah 27:13), and that it will be cast down into hell (Ezekiel 32:22). These findings imply that the city named Assyria represents those priests and prophets which have heard some of the covenant message, but their thoughts were to disavow it. They are trusting in their forefather’s teachings, and they are relying upon their own interpretations of scripture. Those who dwell in Assyria would rather fight against God’s message, then waste their time studying it. 

The Assyrian also built Chaldea. “Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them (Isaiah 23:13).” Scripture indicates that the people of Chaldea are the Lord’s weapons of indignation. “The Lord… hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans (Jeremiah 50:25).” Chaldea’s thoughts are fixated on destroying offenders, and on bringing down religious deceivers. “Lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation… They shall come all for violence (Habakkuk 1:6; 1:9).” Their destructive ways will have consequences. “Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied (Jeremiah 50:10).” “I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 51:24).”

Chapter one:
The book of Nahum starts out by detailing a description of who God is, and then it uses the magnificence presence of the Lord to establish an announcement that religion is finished. “God is jealous… The Lord revengeth, and is furious… The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked… Mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence… With an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. What do you imagine against the Lord? He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up a second time (Nahum 1:2-9).” 

“There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the Lord, a wicked counselor (Nahum 1:11).” The deeds of a wicked counselor are best brought to light by the prophet Nahum. The first clue into this counselor’s identity is that he has come out of Nineveh, which means that he has heard some of the covenant message, and that he repented and changed some of his teachings. Go deeper into the mystery of this conspirator by revisiting the six things which God hates; because if scripture called him wicked, then it verified that this counselor is doing something that God hates. “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren  (Proverbs 6:16-19).” 

Any one of these offenses is wicked; but according to the previously mentioned verse, God hates the heart of a person with a wicked imagination. “Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil (Proverbs 12:20).” Not only has this counselor’s offense estranged his own soul, but his wickedness is passed upon the souls of his followers. “They have made them crooked paths (Isaiah 59:8).” “As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity (Psalm 125:5).” “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18).” “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5).” “Destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity (Proverbs 10:29).” 

The most likely suspect in the case of the wicked counselor, is Moab. Consider the evidence: Moab has not only spoken lies, but he is guilty of being proud. “Moab, (he is exceedingly proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart. I know his wrath, saith the Lord; but it shall not be so: his lies shall not so effect it (Jeremiah 48:29-30).” Scripture indicates that Moab’s “arm is broken (Jeremiah 48:25).” This little saying implies not only that Moab is wicked, but that God will turn away the hearts of his followers. “The arms of the wicked shall be broken (Psalm 37:17).” “Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord (Ezekiel 13:8).” 

Moab has counseled his followers to lie in wait and be ready to come against unsuspecting Christian priests that are not afflicted when God pours out the afflicting pestilence. All of Islam is being banded together under his counsel. Moab hoped to discredit the covenant message, and to devour Christianity; but those whom he has counseled are about to come against God’s word. “They that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones… They have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre: Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot (Psalm 83:2-8).” 

“Thy hidden ones” is a reference unto priests whom God has kept hidden from the scourge of the tongue. They are the Christian priests and prophets which escaped the affliction, but lost the Holy Spirit. These hidden ones are being hidden within God's pavilion. “In the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion (Psalm 27:5).” “Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues (Psalm 31:20).” “He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters (Psalms 18:11).” Consider how the words, dark, and darkness, insinuate that God's pavilion is a place that is without the Holy Spirit.

Moab’s counsel has deceived the hearts of all Egypt. Egypt’s name in prophecy represents all the believers who are completely unaware of the covenant message; while at the same time Egypt’s name also represents believers whose thoughts are to destroy Christianity. “Egypt risesth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof (Jeremiah 46:8).” 

God will pour his afflicting pestilence upon believers who come against Christian priests in this unprovoked attack (Zachariah 12:9). The word “net” is used in scripture to prophesy of their unexpected calamity. “Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength (Psalm 31:4).” The book of Isaiah refers to Moab’s victims as “a wild bull in a net,” and it prophesies of their affliction, and it speaks of their confusion. “Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all streets, as a wild bull in a net… Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine (Isaiah 51:20-21).” These snared believers are to put their trust in God, for he is fully aware of the deeds of their counselors, and he will repay them. “The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surly I will never forget any of their works (Amos 8:7).” 

Judah’s name in prophecy represents the priesthood: Moab has forgotten that the kingdom of God’s priests are holiness unto the Lord (Exodus 28:36-38). “Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen (Ezekiel 25:8).” “We are many; the land is given us for inheritance (Ezekiel 33:24).”

“There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from being a nation (Jeremiah 48:2).” The city of Heshbon is good example of how God used city names to show believers that man’s thoughts and ways, are changeable: Heshbon is where Moab dwelt when he devised his wicked counsel, but Moab's thoughts have changed. 

Moab is not the only offender that is guilty of working against God, for God has not forgotten the wicked deeds of the king of Assyria. “And the Lord hath given commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make they grave; for thou art vile (Nahum 1:14).” The king of Assyria has oppressed God’s people, for he has cut off the truth of the covenant message, and he has caused God’s name to be blasphemed continually, everyday (Isaiah 52:4-5). Therefore God will cut off his name, and his teachings. “I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land (Zechariah 13:2).” 

“The Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets,… but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined the ear… Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north… and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land (Jeremiah 25:3; 25:8-9).” God chose an Islamic man, surnamed him Nebuchadnezzar, drew him to his feet, and revealed unto him the hidden truths of scripture (Isaiah 41:2). Collectively, God, and Nebuchadnezzar, and those that are with him, are God’s glittering sword. “Behold, I… will draw forth my sword out of his sheath… It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter… It contemned the rod of my son, as every tree (Ezekiel 21:3; 21:9-10).” 

When the word “sword” is used in prophecy, it is symbolic, and it symbolizes that people are speaking the truth of God’s word. “They shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword (Micah 5:6).” “The Assyrian shall fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him (Isaiah 31:8).” “I will make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain (Ezekiel 30:10-12).”

“Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace (Nahum 1:15)!” Nebuchadnezzar will broadcast the covenant message, which is peace. “O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God (Isaiah 40:9)!” “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace (Isaiah 52:7).” 

“O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts… for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off (Nahum 1:15).” The words “solemn feasts” led to the discovery that Nebuchadnezzar’s appearance will be sometime prior to the feast of tabernacles; for it is written: “I will return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and flax given to cover her nakedness (Hosea 2:9).” The key words are “corn” and “wine” which are gathered sometime prior to the feast of tabernacles. “Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine (Deuteronomy 16:13).” The purpose of God for selecting this season could be that like the sickle of harvest, when Nebuchadnezzar speaks the truth of covenant message it will cut off what remains of religion’s mistakes, even the mistakes of Moab, and it will leave hypocrites unprepared, exposed, and with no place to hide. 

The feast of tabernacles was one of the feasts wherein God required all males to go up and appear before him (Deuteronomy 16:16). At this time God is requiring priests to go up unto the high place of his house, and pray before him. “It shall come to pass, that everyone that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up… to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up… there shall be the plague… This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-19).” "It shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray, but he shall not prevail (Isaiah 16:12)."

During the feast days, prophets are to cast their books and their erred teachings unto the Lord for a sacrificial burnt offering. These works, which appear to be a loss, will be counted a sweet savour unto the Lord. “In the day of your gladness… ye shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God (Numbers 10:10).” 

“O Judah… perform thy vows (Nahum 1:15).” This simple request is a reminder meant to cause priests to remember that the vow is now a requirement for all believers, for it is their new covenant: Vow to Learn of Jesus. “Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day… yea, they shall vow a vow unto the Lord, and perform it (Isaiah 19:21).” “When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee (Deuteronomy 23:21).” “Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay (Ecclesiastes 5:5).” “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me (Psalm 50:14-15).” “The righteous see it, and are glad… Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth (Job 22:19-21).” 


Chapter Two:
The second chapter of Nahum’s prophecy is the call to get ready. “He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily. For the Lord hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches (Nahum 2:1-2).” Assyrians have “emptied out” God's people and “marred their vine branches,” for Assyrians are those whom God has sent to ready his people. “He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree… the branches thereof are made white (Joel 1:7).” At Nebuchadnezzar’s appearance, those leaders which are familiar with the covenant message are to know that it is God’s sign, and that it is time to publish the covenant message. “He will lift up an ensign to the nations… and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: None shall be weary nor stumble among them (Isaiah 5:26-27).” 

“The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet… in the day of his preparation (Nahum 2:3).” “The shields of earth belong unto God (Psalm 47:9).” The word “shield” implies that these men are putting their trust in God’s word. “His truth shall be thy shield and buckler (Psalm 91:4).” These are the days of preparation, days in which Nebuchadnezzar and his follows will seek to warn all Islam against attacking Christian priests. The words “scarlet” and “red” confess that the sins and the iniquities of their armies are showing. “Put away the evil of your doings… Learn to do well… Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:16-18).” 

“The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall be seen like torches, they shall run like lightnings (Nahum 2:4).” The word “chariot” acknowledges that this commotion is coming from priests. The word “street” confesses that they are without the Holy Spirit. “They wandered as blind men in the streets (Lamentations 4:14).” The words “torches” and “lightnings” suggest that they are running with truth of God’s word. “He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly (Psalm 147:15).” This verse is conveying the message that many Islamic priests will get passionately involved with Nebuchadnezzar’s message, as soon as they hear it.

“He shall recount his worthies (Nahum 2:5).” Believers that are hoping in God, will be delivered from the net. “Thou hast given commandment to save me (Psalm 71:3).” “The prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and is punished (Proverbs 27:12).” Nebuchadnezzar’s warnings are yet another sign that it is God at work, fulfilling his word. “Shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid (Amos 3:5-6)?” God will be merciful unto those that receive Nebuchadnezzar’s message, if they will do that which is lawful and right (Ezekiel 33:16). “I, even I, am he that blotted out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins (Isaiah 43:25).” 

“They shall stumble in their walk (Nahum 2:5).” These words prophesy that the believers who come against Nebuchadnezzar, will stumble. “He shall be… for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence (Isaiah 8:14).” There will be confusion, and certain leaders who had respect for Moab's counsel will come against Nebuchadnezzar. These leaders have turned their backs upon God, and they are rebelling against his word, therefore God will pour affliction upon them. “When the wicked… came upon me… they stumbled and fell (Psalm 27:2).” “They intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous devise, which they are not able to perform. Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them (Psalm 21:11-12).” “When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence (Psalm 9:3).” “Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord (Isaiah 3:8).” If Muslims come against Nebuchadnezzar or Christians, they will be afflicted by a mighty affliction that God will pour out upon believers that are coming against his word. Even persons in Nebuchadnezzar’s own army, will fall, and will be taken in affliction, if they are not following God’s instructions (Daniel 11:35). “The mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together (Jeremiah 46:12).” “They shall stumble, and fall toward the north (Jeremiah 46:6).” “He made many to fall, yea, one fell upon another: and they said, Arise, and let us go again to our own people, and to the land of our nativity, from the oppressing sword (Jeremiah 46:16).” 

“They shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defense shall be prepared (Nahum 2:5).” Those who stumbled will flee back to the safety of their own people, where they can confer, and testify, and search for answers and understanding. “For fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn everyone to his people, and they shall flee everyone to his own land (Jeremiah 50:16).” No matter which side of the battle they are on, God defends all believers that selflessly fight for him, and for truth. “Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them (Psalm 5:11).” “They that stumbled are girded with strength (1Samuel 2:4).” 

“The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved (Nahum 2:6).” The word “river” pertains to the voices of God’s people as they take the messages of God’s word into the thirsting world. The “gates” pertain to places where God’s word can be either shut up, or opened up to the people. This verse is prophesying that the preaching of the covenant message will open heaven’s gates, and people will hear the message of God’s word being taught, and they will receive his Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5). “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord (Psalm 118:19).” The word “palace” represents a stronghold of the heart, a place wherein all of the religious rules that kept the Islamic faith, could never be defeated or broken into. The palace is “dissolved” because of the voices of God's witnesses. “He uttered his voice, the earth melted (Psalm 46:6).”

“And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts (Nahum 2:7).” Huzzab’s name represents the priests and prophets which will be persuaded by the testimonies of their fellow believers to enter into the armies of the north, regardless of their lack of understanding and knowledge. “They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be until the day that I visit them, saith the Lord; then I will bring them up, and restore them to this place (Jeremiah 27:22).” The word “captive” implies that they have not yet received the Holy Spirit, but if they vow to learn of Jesus, and if they keep that vow, then God will be merciful unto them. “I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive (Jeremiah 29:14).” 

“But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back (Nahum 2:8).” Remember that Nineveh’s name represents the priests and prophets which have already heard some of the Assyrian’s message, and their hearts were convicted, and they have changed some of their teachings. Therefore these men are prepared to receive truth from Nebuchadnezzar, and they will flee for refuge in God. Priests in Nineveh will be among the first to pick up their swords and fight for the covenant message. “Flee, save your lives… for the spoiler shall come upon every city, and no city shall escape… Give wings to Moab, that it may flee and get away (Jeremiah 48:6-9).” “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for it is the time of the Lord’s vengeance (Jeremiah 51:6).” 

“Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of the pleasant furniture (Nahum 2:9).” This verse is prophesying that Nebuchadnezzar will gain a host of coverts from those congregations whose priests were sorrowful for their religious mistakes, because the hearts of their congregations were also made ready. “Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures (Isaiah 2:7).” “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord (Haggai 2:8).” The Lord took Moab’s counsel and he turned it into a blessing for those priests who did righteously. “Moab is my wash pot (Psalm 60:8).” “She did not know that I… multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal (Hosea 2:8).” “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the refiner (Proverbs 25:4).” “Bring my sons for far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth (Isaiah 43:6).”

“She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness (Nahum 2:10).” The hearts of those priests who did not pay attention to Moab’s counsel, and who did not prepare, will be fearful. “The sinners of Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites (Isaiah 33:14).” They will fear as they witness Muslims abandoning their religion. “The Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattered abroad the inhabitants thereof (Isaiah 24:1).” “I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me  (Isaiah 21:3-4).” 

“Where is the dwelling place of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid? The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin (Nahum 2:11-12).” This riddle is placed in the middle of Nahum’s prophecy where it can best expose God’s comparison of prophets, to lions. “The fear of the king is as a roaring lion (Proverbs 20:2).” Through the voices of his prophets, God will roar his truths upon his own people. “The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout… against all the inhabitants of the earth (Jeremiah 25:30).” “He shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west (Hosea 11:10).” Nahum's riddle suggests that when believers see prophets altering their course and deserting their old familiar ways, it is yet another sign that God is at work fulfilling his word. “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy (Amos 3:8)?” 

“Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard (Nahum 2:13).” God is prophesying that not only is he against religion, but he is against those prophets who are telling lies. The words “thy young lions” incriminate these offenders, because prophets are those who feed the priesthood. “Judah is a lion’s whelp (Genesis 49:9).” God repeatedly used the word “thy” in this verse, to insinuate that these rebellious prophets are robbing him of his children, and that their converts are none of his. 

Chapter Three:
“Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery, and the prey departeth not (Nahum 3:1).” The “bloody city” is where all worshippers are gathered if they are not observing God’s instructions. “Wilt thou judge the bloody city? Yea, thou shalt show her all her abominations (Ezekiel 22:2).” The prophets within the bloody city have scorned God’s messengers. “I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged (Ezekiel 24:13).” “Woe… to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near her God (Zephaniah 3:1).” Because of their rebellious ways, the transgressions of the bloody city are not covered, and all of the righteous blood that was shed upon the earth has been imputed upon her (Ezekiel chapter 22). “The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say (Jeremiah 51:35).” 

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God delivered some names that help believers discern the battle of end times. “The day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines, and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the Lord will spoil the Philistines (Jeremiah 47:4).” These three names are the names that God placed upon all the corpses of Nebuchadnezzar’s battle. “Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed them, and their soul abhorred me (Zechariah 11:8).” 

Tyrus’ name in prophecy represents Christian prophets that did not find time to consider the king of Assyria’s message. “What city is like Tyrus… When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise (Ezekiel 27:32-33).” Despite their outward glory, these prophets have forgotten God. They were preoccupied with their riches and their merchandise, and their iniquities, and pride caused them to say within their hearts, “I am God, I sit in the seat of God (Ezekiel 28:2).” The name of Tyrus was also translated Tyre, and it was used in prophecy to verify the absolute certainty of the preordained demise of Tyrus, “Howl… for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, there is no entering in… Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose traffickers are the honorable of the earth (Isaiah 23:1; 23:8)?” 

Zidon is another city of prophets. The difference between Zidon and Tyrus, is that Zidon’s prophets have listened to some of the king of Assyria’s teachings. Even so, the prophets of Zidon have walked away from its truths, and they continued to traffic their own teachings in accordance with tradition (Ezekiel 27:8). Spiritual death is the prophesied to come upon them for their mistake (Ezekiel 32:30). After witnessing Tyrus’ affliction and its sanctification, the prophets of Zidon will pass over to be in the army of the north, but their transgressions will go with them until they discover their need for instruction. “I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her (Ezekiel 28:22).” “Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest (Isaiah 23:12).”

The last group of believers to be considered, are the Philistines. Their name in prophecy represents believers that come bearing news of the covenant message, but they come with a vengeful heart, intending to bring judgment upon their enemies. “The Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred (Ezekiel 25:15).” 

“The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and the jumping chariots. The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear. There is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcasses; and there is none end of their corpses (Nahum 3:2-3).” This battle is about bringing news of the covenant message against Christianity’s prophets. “The Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof (Isaiah 23:11).” “I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadnezzar… a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots… and much people… He shall set engines of war against thy walls… They shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, an destroy thy pleasant houses… Thus saith the Lord God to Tyrus, Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?” (from Ezekiel chapter twenty six). 

“They stumble upon their corpses: Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well-favored harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts (Nahum 3:3-4).” These scathing words are written against those out of covenant priests and prophets which caused God’s people to err. The casualties of that day will include the unsightly afflicted bodies of Tyrus and the Philistines, but there will also be those corpses that are spiritually dead bodies. “Thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle (Isaiah 22:2).” God will remove his Holy Spirit from Zidon, and he will also cast abominable filth upon those that have not listened to his word. “And what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidion, and all the coasts of Palestine? Will ye render me a recompense (Joel 3:4)?” “They shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring to all flesh (Isaiah 66:24).” 

“Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will show the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing stock. And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who shall bemoan her? Whence shall I seek comforters for thee (Nahum 3:5-7)?” This judgment is prophesied against the king of Assyria, as well as against all the spiritually dead bodies of his followers, if they are not executing God’s instructions in accordance with his word. 

“Art thou better than populous No… Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite… Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all streets, and they cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were bound in chains (Nahum 3:8-10).” The name of Ethiopia pertains to those leaders who heard Moab’s counsel and who taught it to Egypt; messengers came unto them but Ethiopia’s immediate response was to fight against God’s messengers, and God afflicted them. “In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them (Ezekiel 30:9).” “The sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. Ethiopia… and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword (Ezekiel 30:4-5).” Ethiopians were honorable, and mighty Islamic men. “Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shields (Jeremiah 46:9).”

“They shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation (Isaiah 20:5).” Ethiopians will stay under God’s affliction and captivity until they learn the value of God’s instructions. “The labor of Egypt, and the merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains shall they come over, and they shall fall down unto thee… saying, Surely God is in thee (Isaiah 45:14).” After surmising the meaning of Ethiopia’s great pain, then that little word “also” in the verse, “Her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all streets,” takes on a big meaning. It insinuates that Christian leaders who escaped the affliction of that day but are not following God's instructions, are no better than Ethiopians, therefore the punishment for their err will be like unto that of Ethiopia, in that their young children will also be ripped apart, and their great men will be bound in chains. Affliction, as well as the noisome pestilence, will accomplish God's judgment against those leaders who refuse to be corrected and change their ways. 

“Put and Lubim were thy helpers (Nahum 3:9).” “Put” is in Tyrus’ army (Ezekiel 27:10); and the word that was translated “Lubim” was also translated “Libyan,” and it associates the Lubims with Nebuchadnezzar. “The Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps (Daniel 11:43).” This then is undeniable proof that the name of “bloody city” applies to persons on both sides of the controversy. In other words, this clue confirms that every believer that is not executing God’s instructions in accordance with his word, is in the bloody city. “I saw… the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there (Ecclesiastes 3:16).” 

“Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy (Nahum 3:11).” The king of Assyria, as well as all the other priests and prophets that are within the bloody city, are considered “hidden” because they are spiritually dead, so there is no outward evidence of their sin. The word “drunken” means that they are confused. They are confused because they are following the teachings of spiritually dead counselors. “A man’s enemies are the men of his own house (Micah 7:6).” “The enemy… hath made me to dwell in darkness (Psalm 143:3).” They will seek strength from God, but God will not hear their prayers because they are not cooperating with his word. “When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes (Isaiah 1:15-16). “The Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered (Isaiah 29:10).” 

“All thy strongholds shall be like fig trees with the first ripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater (Nahum 3:12).” When believers are not grounded in the truth of God’s word, they can easily be persuaded to take a verse of scripture out of context, and magnify it, so that it takes precedence over all of God’s word. God calls this occurrence, being devoured by a devourer. Both Nebuchadnezzar and the Assyrian, are said to be devourers (Jeremiah 50:17; 51:34). Therefore, in accordance with God’s word, “All they that devour thee shall be devoured (Jeremiah 30:16).” Indignant Chaldeans will come and devour their armies. “Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger… his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire (Isaiah 30:27-30).” Chaldean’s will come with certain raised up scripture verses, and they will entice the vulnerable to join them in their enterprise. “Your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers (Isaiah 1:7).” “They shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword (Jeremiah (5:17).” 

“Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars (Nahum 3:13).” The word “women” implies that God is their husband, and that his people are left vulnerable without him. “Thy maker is thine husband… The Lord hath called thee as a women forsaken and grieved in spirit… For a small moment I have forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee (Isaiah 54:5-7).” The “bars” that are being devoured are the scripture verses and arguments that deceived leaders have propagated against persons of other faiths. “Their contentions are like bars of a castle (Proverbs 18:19).” The “fire” that is devouring their bars, are the unchallengeable arguments of the Chaldeans. “The fire of thine enemies shall devour them (Isaiah 26:11).” “Wickedness burns as the fire (Isaiah 9:18).” 

“Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strongholds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick kiln. There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts (Nahum 3:14-15).” These words decry the utter futility of trying to disregard God’s instructions: Whether you decide to hunker down in your religious strongholds, or whether you elect to join the ranks of the wicked devourers, you cannot win. Locusts, grasshoppers, and cankerworms are all wondrously famous for destroying the land. God used their names to depict the unreserved passions of the multitudes that will come to destroy religion. “He spake, and the locusts came, and the caterpillars, and that without number, and did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground (Psalm 105:34-35).” 

“Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away (Nahum 3:16).” This prophesy verifies that the king of Assyria himself is dwelling in the bloody city: for he is the one that has greatly multiplied the number of priests that are trafficking his message. This infamous leader has covenanted with a few of his fellows, and they have agreed to hide their involvement with the covenant message, so that no one should ever know. “They said, He shall not see our last end (Jeremiah 12:4).” But God knows their thoughts, and they have left their followers snared, therefore God has set up a snare for all Assyrians: Cankerworms will come and spoil them. Cankerworms are provokers that come to stir up trouble. They will come against the Assyrians that are not obeying instructions. One by one, as the Assyrians rise up to fight against God’s word, they will be afflicted, and they will be cast out of God’s pavilion. “Earth shall cast out the dead (Isaiah 26:19).” “And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar (Isaiah 33:4).” 

There are two places in scripture which verify that the deceitful sins of the king of Assyria would be exposed by the attacks of the cankerworms. Ezekiel prophesied that God would take from them their strength, their sons and their daughters, and that they would keep their mouths shut, and they would mourn for one another while they pined away for their iniquities (Ezekiel 24:21-27). Another verity is written in the words of a parable: “The Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon… The waters made him great… all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because... his heart is lifted up in his height; I have delivered him into the hand of the mighty of the heathen; and he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness (from Ezekiel 31:3-11).” 

“Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth thy flee away, and their place is not known where they are (Nahum 3:17).” This verse begins to cause believers to notice the similarities between the Assyrian’s army, and that of Nebuchadnezzar's. Both armies are made up of believers that fear God, and both of these armies have leaders that are making mistakes. The Assyrian’s have devoured priests that were making denominational mistakes: his armies are destroying the very foundations upon which the religious denominations were established. Nebuchadnezzar’s army will come to devour whatever remains of religion. So as evidence would have it, both of their armies are capable of accomplishing God’s will even without following God’s instructions, but everyone that is without God’s instructions is trusting in a falsehood that is not going to save them from affliction. 

“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness (Psalm 112:4).” The sun shall arise, and believers in both armies will hear of God’s instructions. “The Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard (Isaiah 30:30).” There are two ways in which the light of understanding can come upon their armies, and one of those ways is through God’s messengers. “Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee (Isaiah 60:2).” And the other way is by force: God will pour out his prophesied affliction upon rebellious leaders, and their people will to be scattered. “God shall shoot at them with an arrow: suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away (Psalm 64:7-8).” The king of Assyria has chosen the latter, and he will be afflicted and his followers will be scattered. “It shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste (Nahum 3:7).”

“Their place is not known where they are (Nahum 3:17).” “Both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not (Jeremiah 14:18).” Scattering believers does not necessarily equate to bringing them into obedience. “Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great (Ezekiel 24:9).” The bloody city is also known as Tophet, and the valley of slaughter: For the bloody city is the city that is sentenced to burn. “Tophet is ordained of old… the pile thereof is fire and much wood (Isaiah 30:33).” On Judgment Day all the people that are still refusing to confess God’s instructions, will suffer God’s wrath. “Thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth (Jeremiah 7:28).” “And they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury (Jeremiah 19:11).” “I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words (Jeremiah 19:15).”

“Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, no man gathers them (Nahum 5:18).” The words “thy shepherds slumber” and “thy nobles dwell in the dust,” are taunting against the king of Assyria because his teachings have left his followers spiritually dead, and his nobles are not able to deliver them. The “scatterings” occur when Nebuchadnezzar sounds the alarm, and when Tyrus is afflicted. “At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered (Isaiah 33:3).” Therefore, the words “no man gathers them” signify that the king of Assyria is simply watching as affliction comes upon his followers, and as it scatters God’s people. So despite all of God’s signs, and despite all of God’s promises, and despite all the messengers that God sent, the king of Assyria still did not publish the covenant message, whereas it was in the power of his hands to remove their snare. “Because thou hast not given him warning… his blood will I require at thy hand (Ezekiel 3:20).” 

“There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually (Nahum 5:18-19).” These words testify of the lack of compassion and forgiveness that people have towards the king of Assyria: but would God turn away from him forever? Although the king of Assyria will suffer the noisome pestilence of affliction, the only incurable wound or bruise that this man will suffer, is his own sorrows. “All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one… Why criest thou for thine affliction? Thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, have I done these things unto thee. Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured… For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord, because they called thee an Outcast, saying, this is Zion, whom no man seeketh after (Jeremiah 30:14-17).”

Through the works of the righteous, God will gather all of Assyria, and they will receive instruction (Zechariah 10:10). “I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered… And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face… and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me (Ezekiel 20:34-38).” “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations… Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient times? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the Lord? And there is no God else beside me… Look unto me, and be ye saved, all ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else (Isaiah 45:20-22).” 

“My soul shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell… Thou wilt show me the path of life (Psalm 16:9-11).” The Assyrians will be converted. “Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs (Isaiah 26:19).” “O Clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth (Psalm 47:1-2)!”