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Nahum Part 5 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The goodness of God brings repentance”

In our last study (Part 4) of Nahum we saw that the Lord reveals our own wickedness to us to initiate a great war that must be fought in heaven (our hearts and minds). The coming of Christ brings salvation and this requires a war of thoughts with horses, chariots and spears be waged. We won’t get to this verse until our next study but this is how the war ends up as the seed of the serpent within us is utterly cut off from the land.

Nah 2:13 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.

Our old man, aka the carnal mind of the flesh, will seek to save its life and will resist the things of the Lord with all our fleshly might. But ultimately the rider on the white horse, Christ, shows up and devours His enemies and subdues the beast that was sitting on the Lord’s throne (Rev 19:11). This clash between flesh and spirit is called enmity and was put there by the Lord on purpose (Gen 3:15, Rom 8:20). The conflict is the battle of the carnal mind warring against the law of Christ.

We are bound in captivity by our carnal thoughts but when Christ comes we are given the ability to wage war and to take this captivity captive (Eph 4:8). Here Paul contrasts the two sides of this battle.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

All men must be dragged to Christ and be caused to lose their life. Nobody comes to the wedding feast voluntarily.

Mat 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy

Luke’s version of this parable makes clear we are compelled, dragged there (Joh 6:44).

Luk 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled

I have titled this study “The goodness of God brings repentance” after Romans 2:4 which says just that. Chapter 2 of Nahum is covering the process of the Lord bringing this baptism by fire which leads us to repentance. Last week we saw the revealing of our wickedness, this week we will see how stubborn and unrepentant our old man is and how we must through many trials be brought to the place of true repentance. This is the goodness of the Lord; it is His righteous judgments as this study will show Lord willing.

Nah 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

Nah 2:7 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.

Nah 2:8 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.

One of the themes of Nahum is the Lord contending with us for being hearers of the Word but not doers. It takes the second baptism by fire to turn our head knowledge into a new nature and for us to be given a new name of Christ. This is our period of wrestling with God, seeking to save our live in the flesh all the while claiming we are serving God. But nobody can serve two masters and an end has been determined for this double minded man that we all are until the Lord completes His work in us.

Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Thy kingdom come, on earth as it already is established in heaven is our prayer and one that the Lord answers via the process being described here in the Book of Nahum.

Nah 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence [covering] shall be prepared.

This war of flesh versus spirit continues with the enmity between the two serving the Lord’s purpose of showing us our innate sinfulness.  Beginning with His Elect, the House of God, aka “His worthies”, judgment will come in the age.  That judgment is how we will learn righteousness (Isa 26:9) and it is our own wickedness, caused of the Lord, that will be used to bring that correction in due time.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts

Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant…

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

In order to be corrected and be taught of the Lord, learning good and evil, we must fall seven times (Pro 24:16). To accomplish His purposes, the Lord causes this evil in our inward cities and uses that to seek the occasion to bring judgment against us in the appointed times.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

It is complete foolishness to the natural man who cannot see that we are taught by a loving father through the chastening and scourging for our very mistakes, which includes our sins.

Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

The Lord recounting His “worthies” is remembering we are His chosen Elect, the apple of His eye and it is through His chastening that we are remade from the marred vessel into the image of the Son being a kind of first fruits unto salvation.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

2 The 2:13 (NIV) But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

When judgment begins to fall upon us, our carnal instincts will have us run to the wall we built in our religious zeal yet without knowledge. We will run to this wall built with our filthy works of the flesh anchored by the 200 million false doctrines of the great harlot (Rev 9:16) within to defend ourselves, wrest away the judgment of God and keep the beast alive and well (Deu 16:19).

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

When we are rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing and relying on our own mammon (self-righteousness), we are building a high wall in our conceit.

Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

The baptism by fire, the sanctifying work of the Spirit is making an end to this and will usher in true righteousness.

Eze 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:

Eze 13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.

Eze 13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?

Eze 13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

All of this sin and erring from His Way is the Lord showing us that we are truly beasts and that nothing good dwells in us. We have to come to see that and this does not really sink in until we fall the perfect number of times. The law of sin in our members, i.e. being carnally minded must be taken out of the way.

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

This wall of flesh that separates us from Christ and which we think in our delusion protects us is only being removed when Christ comes the second time for salvation.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

We must endure this process of judgment to be spiritually complete, the walls only fall by us walking by faith and we must patiently endure the trials and tribulation.

Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The old man is lamenting this process and resists having his wall taken away but nobody is going to stand in the day of the Lord’s indignation. These walls built by our works shall all fall.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Isa 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Isa 2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

Isa 2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

The word the KJV translated as “defense” is the Hebrew word sâkak H5526. This is rendered as “covering” almost always and helps to bring the verse to light as most other versions show including YLT.

Nah 2:5 YLT He doth remember his honourable ones, They stumble in their goings, They hasten to its wall, and prepared is the covering.

H5526, sâkak  /  śâkak

Total KJV Occurrences: 23

covered, 8

cover, 5

covereth, 2

covering, 2

defence, 1 —— Nah_2:5

defendest, 1

hedged, 1

join, 1

set, 1

shut, 1

The old man and all of our carnal mindedness (with its many chariots and horses warring against the Spirit) will fill the temple of God, His palace with violence. This covering of self-righteousness, this wall of flesh; shall not stand in the day of the Lord. It will be destroyed from the midst of Christ, the stones of fire. The Lord first sets us in the garden but His work is not done, we must first fall away.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

And once we have been caused to stumble and take for spoil the things of the Lord, He will come again to destroy that which defiles from His Temple.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

The positive side of covering is what the cherubims of the Lord do to cover the mercy seat.

Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

Exo 37:9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

New Testament witnesses of the real meaning of God’s Elect covering the mercy seat include:

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Christ bringing war to us via the white horse is both going to 1) destroy the covering of self-righteousness but also 2) to cover us with His righteousness which will come by us dying with Him on the cross daily.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

When we are religious yet separated by the great divide (i.e. faith, ears to hear) that no man can cross, we have a zeal for the Lord yet without knowledge. We seek a righteousness of our own, of the carnal mind, but when Christ comes He puts an end to such folly.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Here is our next verse.

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

We reviewed a few weeks ago how the end of the carnal age within comes with a flood. This is a flood of lies and false words that deceive us and have us walking in strong delusion thinking we have arrived and are serving the Lord. The opening up of the flood gates bring the end of the great harlot within. (Rev 12:15-16).

The wicked within us all, the man of sin, the beast, the abomination of desolation, etc. is taken away by the flood. Only the righteous, Christ in us, inherits the earth.

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

The wall we run to in order to save our life in the flesh is the same wall that swallows up the Egyptians and delivers Israel at the same time. It is the walls of water, of our own flesh and carnal mind that will consume the old man and usher in salvation for the new man.

Exo 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Exo 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

Exo 14:29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

The word translated “palace” is interchangeable with the word temple. The word for dissolved is really the word for melt as earlier in Nahum we see the same word H4127 translated that way as is the most often translation of that word. The process is the same, we are just covering greater details in the Lord’s process.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt [H4127], and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Putting these Hebrew words into their most common translation makes verse 2:6 read as follows:

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the temple shall be melted.

Melting and burning up is what fire and heat do. Water that washes us also cleanses by dissolving the dirt. Either way the palace, in the case the Temple of the Lord is cleaned up by the WORD. This is the very essence of baptism that comes when Christ comes to Nineveh the second time.

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

As the prophets tell us continually, it is the Body of Christ through which the rivers of living water flow.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Christ, His Body, is the sent ambassador that preaches. We, the Body, are the gates, the very pillars of the temple of the Lord.

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

When these gates are opened to us, then we enter into righteousness that comes by abiding in the Living Word, found in the Body of Christ, the temple of living stones. This is how judgment is brought to our heavens and we are remade through the baptism that “is, was and will be” coming to us as we occupy these clay vessels.

Psa 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

Our understanding is increased greatly in our day of the Lord when this door to heaven is opened and these living waters come forth with the sound of the trumpet, signaling that judgment has come.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Hearing these trumpets, all seven of them is what reveals our works and the Lord cleanses His Temple, which temple we are!

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Our third verse for this study is verse 7.

Nah 2:7 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.

The reference to Huzzab is simply a translation error according to most bible “experts” and even Strong’s suggest the same.

H5324, nâtsab, naw-tsab’

A primitive root; to station, in various applications (literally or figuratively): – appointed, deputy, erect, establish, X Huzzah [by mistake for a proper name], lay, officer, pillar, present, rear up, set (over, up), settle, sharpen, stablish, (make to) stand (-ing, still, up, upright), best state.

Here is the KJC rendering of this Hebrew Word typically translated “stand” or “stood” but this one time translated Huzzab.

 Total KJV Occurrences: 77

stood, 19

set, 18

stand, 9

officers, 6

standeth, 4

standing, 4

appointed, 1

best, 1

deputy, 1

erected, 1

establish, 1

huzzab, 1 —- Nah 2:7

laid, 1

officer, 1

pillar, 1

present, 1

reared, 1

settest, 1

settled, 1

sharpen, 1

stablish, 1

state, 1

stoodest, 1

Here is how Smith’s Bible Dictionary puts it.

(fixed), according to the general opinion of the Jews, was the queen of Nineveh at the time when Nahum delivered his prophecy. (Nahum 2:7) (B.C. about 700.) The moderns follow the rendering in the margin of our English Bible –“that which was established.” Still it is not improbable that after all Huzzab may really be a proper name. It may mean “theZab country,” or the fertile tract east of the Tigris, watered by the upper and lower Zab rivers.

Interesting this name was said to mean “molten” by Hitchcock’s Bible Name Dictionary. But not wanting to make too big of a deal on this, I concur this was simply a mistake and should be rendered as several translations such as YLT show it.

YLT – Nah 2:7 And it is established–she hath removed, She hath been brought up, And her handmaids are leading as the voice of doves, Tabering on their hearts.

When we are yet babes and untested in the fire, when distress first comes upon our land within, us we are easily led astray and revert back to our carnal ways. Again the Lord has to show us what we truly are without Him. So we must fall, the great falling away must come first (2 The 2:3-4). It is by the process of us falling down, acting in unbelief or sin that gives the Lord the occasion to bring His wrath and judgment to us. It is a wonderful thing; the judgment of God is truly sweet to the new man. Truly a man is blessed when all this wrath we are reading about in the prophets and Revelation is brought upon our old man. This is the goodness of God to the new man also called the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men (Psa 107).

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them [living them out now] there is great reward.

Judgment comes upon us as babes in the Truth. That is how we learn, through this chastening. The Lord causes us to be led away captive and then returns with judgment and that is how the times of the Gentiles (the carnal mindedness within) comes to an end.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

This is how we transgress from babes to the mature man in Christ being able to discern good and evil having had our senses exercised BY EXPERIENCE!

Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Anytime you see the “maids or maidens” that are supposedly serving us, leading God’s Elect, you can be sure the flesh has dominion and the beast is still sitting on the throne of our hearts. This verse of doves and breasts all sounds so positive but is actually the very bondage to the law and the carnal mind. This is represented by Hagar and Sarah.

Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

We have to be dragged away from Hagar and the false peace and safety of following the crowd.

Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

The flesh Jerusalem and the spiritual Jerusalem represents the enmity of flesh vs. Spirit and the war that IS waging in our heavens. This is the battle and the result will be salvation to all men in the appointed times. The seed of Satan will be cut off and all men will be raised anew in Christ (1 Cor 15:22).

The language of verse 7 is very difficult as rendered in the KJV. The word for breasts is really the Hebrew word for heart or alternatively our mind or understanding.

 H3824, lêbâb

Total KJV Occurrences: 249

heart, 211

hearts, 22

mind, 4

understanding, 3

fainthearted, 2

unawares, 2

breasts, 1 — Nah_2:7

comfortably, 1

 Our maidens leading us as the voice of doves, is our time following the religious beast we set up and worship as God. Being yet carnal, we are easily led by our maidens (our flesh). In this state we merchandise the things of God until Christ comes the second time. Then this “buying and selling” will stop and the voice of the doves of the valley will no longer be heard in us. The parable foretells of this event.

Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

We always think of this Babylonian and harlot experience as being in Orthodoxy. While that is true, the worst offenders are me and you who are long out of orthodoxy and in the body of Christ. We are the worst of the harlots, we are the chief of sinners and blasphemers of the Lord until our baptism by fire comes and is completed.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Hos 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

Hos 11:11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.

We get comfortable in the Body and do not take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commandments. It is easy to be a hearer of the Word but it takes a painful process of baptism to become a doer of the Word.  It is easy to slide from the fear of the Lord and the trembling at His Word. But we must remain diligent less we too become a castaway. We have seen it happen in this very Body. We must run the race to the very end.

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

It is so easy to be led by our maid and maidens. They are to serve us not the other way around. This warning was written by Paul to all of us in case we think we have arrived. We must be vigilant in our walk and examine ourselves. Nice pretty spiritual doves speaking words of love, peace and supposed godliness can easily lead us astray.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

It is not enough to have a form of godliness. Satan’s ministers come to us within and without disguises as angels of light. We must try the spirits and not let the lying spirits deceive us by telling us what our itching ears want to hear.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Here is the final verse for this study.

Nah 2:8 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.

Christ is a rock of offense and a stumbling stone. Nothing about Him or His Body is attractive to the flesh and the carnal mind (Isa 53:2-3).

1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

The “they” Peter is speaking about includes me and you and is not those evil people over there.  We too will stumble even after having true doctrine, it takes judgment to bring the flesh and carnal mind under subjection and we are going to be dragged to that outcome.

The old is indeed better to the carnal mind and when the new wine, the true gospel is presented and we actually begin to have to live it out, we like Nineveh of old wants to flee away.

Luk 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

The looking back here in Nahum refers to us repenting or turning back. As the first to be judged, we as God’s Elect will hear the admonishments of Truth but will not submit to them. We won’t turn back; we won’t repent until we are caused to repent by the Lord’s fiery vials of wrath. We see this four times in the book of Revelation alone, but here are two incidents.

Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

When Christ comes to us and says arise (stand) and pick up your mat and walk, we don’t obey and stay walking even though we say we will (Jer 6:17). It takes the process of this baptism to get us to into thine house.

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

We cannot stand until we drink of this cup we are reading about in Nahum. Enduring this process is what causes us to stand up and stay standing.

Isa 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

Pro 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

These words from Ecclesiastes nicely summarize the strong delusion we have of using our own strength to make us righteous before the Lord. Our pools of water just like our bread are defiled and do not bring righteousness nor salvation which is all the Lord’s work (Jon 2:14).  It is so compelling but in the end it’s all vanity and vexation of spirit as Solomon and we ultimately find out.

Ecc 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

Ecc 2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

Ecc 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Ecc 2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Ecc 2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

We must wait on the Lord and have patience to endure all these things. All things are ours, even living through this long and painful process that Nahum is describing in these symbolic words.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Next week we hope to complete Chapter 2 and covering some very deep verses full of symbolism that reveal details of the mystery of the kingdom of God to those the Lord has given “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

 Related Links and Further Study:

Seeking an Occasion

The Zeal of My House

God’s Wrath on the Jew First

Goodness of God Leads Us to Repentance

Sincere comments and questions are encouraged!