Diodorus wrote, “The Assyrian king … distributed to his
soldiers meats and liberal supplies of wine and provisions … While the whole
army was thus carousing, the friends of Arbakes
learned from some deserters of the slackness and drunkenness which prevailed in
the enemy’s camp and made an unexpected attack by night” (
:11 You will be
The city disappears
parts of the city were inhabited later, but by 1500 AD
the city virtually disappeared. Bible
critics used to say that Nineveh was a fable.
Then in 1842, the archaeologists discovered the ruins of the city, the
walls, and a huge library.
All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are
shaken, They fall into the mouth of the eater.
:12 strongholds are
fig trees with ripened figs
to the Babylonian
Chronicle the fortified towns surrounding Nineveh
began to fall in 614 BC.
Surely, your people in your midst are women! The gates of your land are
wide open for your enemies; Fire shall devour the bars of your gates.
:13 Fire shall
devour the bars of your gates
A.T. Olmstead wrote,
“The main attack was directed from the northwest and the brunt fell upon the Hatamti gate at this corner … Within the gate are traces of
the counter wall raised by the inhabitants in their last extremity”
Draw your water for the siege! Fortify your strongholds! Go into the clay and
tread the mortar! Make strong the brick kiln!
:14 Make strong the
Bricks to refortify
Olmstead wrote: “To the south of the gate, the moat is still filled
with fragments of stone and of mud bricks from the walls, heaped up when they
There the fire will devour you, The sword will cut you off; It will eat you up
like a locust. Make yourself many—like the locust! Make yourself many—like the swarming
:15 the fire will
wrote, “There was no question about the clear traces of burning of the temple (R. Campbell Thompson and R.W. Hutchinson, A Century of Exploration at Nineveh.
London: Luzac, 1929, pp. 45, 77).,
for a layer of ash about two inches thick lay clearly defined in places on the
southeast side about the level of the Sargon pavement”
You have multiplied your merchants more than the stars of heaven. The locust
plunders and flies away.
Your commanders are like swarming locusts, And your generals like
great grasshoppers, Which camp in the hedges on a cold day; When the sun rises
they flee away, And the place where they are is not known.
:17 your generals
like great grasshoppers
states that “[The army] of Assyria deserted [lit., ran away before] the king”
Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria; Your nobles rest in the dust.
Your people are scattered on the mountains, And no one
Your injury has no healing, Your wound is severe. All who hear news of
you Will clap their hands over you, For upon
whom has not your wickedness passed continually?
:19 Your injury has
Nineveh’s complete destruction
has shown us that many cities of the ancient Near East were destroyed and later
rebuilt (like Jerusalem), but not Nineveh.
God’s Amazing Word
God promises something, it will happen.
As we’ve seen, Nahum is extremely accurate in predicting the fall
tracked 12 specific things that were actually fulfilled
40 years after they were prophesied.
Bible is filled with hundreds of prophecies that have
been made and fulfilled.
This is one of the main reasons why we know the Bible is not man
made, but given by God.
Only God can speak about future things and be correct
What are the odds?
Stoner wrote a book called Science Speaks
(Moody Press, 1963) that applies the science of probability to the prophecies
Stoner started with looking at just eight of the prophecies and considers the
probability of just these being fulfilled by one man.
concludes that the odds of any man that might have lived down to the present
time fulfilling all eight of these prophecies are 1 in 1017. That's
a one with seventeen zeroes after it!
To grasp the size of this number Stoner talks about gathering
1017 silver dollars. That’s
enough to cover the state of Texas two feet deep. Then you mark one of the silver dollars and
stir the whole batch up. Blindfold a man
and tell him that he can travel throughout the state of Texas and when he feels
like it, reach down and grab one of those silver dollars.
The odds of a man grabbing the right silver dollar is the
same as Jesus fulfilling just eight of the prophecies made about Him.
there weren’t just eight prophecies about Jesus, there were over 300
prophecies, all written hundreds of years before He came.
There is a very good, rational reason to believe in Jesus.
When Jesus says,
(John 14:6 NKJV) “I am the way, the truth, and
the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Do you think you ought to pay attention to what Jesus
God is for me
whole point of Nahum it so encourage the Jews that God will take care of their
was judged because they had messed with God’s people.
you have Jesus in your life, God is your side as well.
was a time when the prophet Elisha became the prime target for the army of the
Syrians. The Syrians knew that Elisha was using knowledge from God to give away
the Syrian troop movements. So one
morning Elisha’s servant got up to get the morning paper and found the entire
hillside they lived on surrounded by Syrians.
The servant panicked, but not Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:16–17 NKJV) —16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are
with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed,
and said, “Lord, I pray, open his
eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord
opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was
full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
(Romans 8:31–39 NKJV) —31 What then shall
we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
If the Creator of the heavens and earth is on your side,
who could ever hurt you?
32 He who did not spare
His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely
give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is
God who justifies.
Satan might bring accusations against you, but God is the
one who has cleared all the charges against you when you received Jesus’
forgiveness for your sins.
34 Who is he who
condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is
even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For
Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the
Note: Having God on your side doesn’t mean that you won’t
have problems. There will be times when God allows you to go through even great
But those difficulties can’t separate you from the God who
37 Yet in all these things
we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded
that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor
things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other
created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate you from God. He is on your side.