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Habakkuk Part 8 – I Will Rejoice in the Lord

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“I Will Rejoice in the Lord”

Key Verses:  Hab 3:12 – 3:19

Last week we saw Habakkuk acknowledge the work of the Lord’s Christ, The Body in bringing the fire and light to bear that is saving us.  Light shining on our sins is necessary for sins to be confessed, forgiven and ultimately cleansed by the love of God growing in our hearts. Trusting in the Lord’s promises to come we stand in faith and rejoice in the glory to be revealed.

Rom 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The sun and the moon of the old man, are standing still and bowing down to the Truth.  All the lies and strength of our flesh will be devoured when the Lord is come with His armies.

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.

We are being saved by each other and collectively Jesus Christ as His Body in which He has come in the flesh.  We see our salvation in progress and the “is, was and will be” character of the Word as we are turned and brought into the marvelous light that is The Christ.  The seven golden candlesticks are the Christ, the church by which the wisdom of God is being imparted into a new heaven and new earth.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Habakkuk did not have a clue to the deep spiritual truths and symbolism’s he was writing when the Spirit of God gave him these words, but he was very much ministering God’s Elect who would not arise until the day of Pentecost (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12).  Which leads us to our verses for today that will also complete the Prophecy of Habakkuk.

Hab 3:12  Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. 

Hab 3:13  Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. 

Hab 3:14  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 

Hab 3:15  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters. 

Hab 3:16  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 

Hab 3:17  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 

Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 

Hab 3:19  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. 

It is the unfaithful and unbelieving carnal man of sin upon whom the Lord’s anger is always focused in the day of judgment.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Through Him we will be baptized and drink of the cup of wrath that is delivered through the Body of Christ.

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Until this wrath subsides, and we learn to walk by faith, we will not be given to enter His rest.

Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.

Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Gaining the mind of Christ comes about only by being beheaded.   Coming to see our marred abominable condition as flesh (Mat 24:15) and sinful nature as brute beasts (Ecc 3:18) is done by the light of the world.  The day of the Lord will reveal the wicked which will be destroyed by the brightness of Jesus Christ.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming

It is the Body, both now and in the future (we are the lake of fire); who pour out the seven vials that will complete the Lord’s work and save us.  It is these fiery trials and chastening that saves.

Rev 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God

This is the third time we see “Selah”, meaning INTERLUDE or BREAK in Habakkuk’s prayer adding importance to the Truth just told on which we should be meditating.  The profound truth of the roles of the Body and that only here “in Christ” is salvation to be found (Oba 1:21) is just that  important to remember.  Habakkuk further acknowledges the work of the Body of Christ in bringing destruction to his man of sin and by the ensample given to our man of sin.

The Lord’s people are redeemed with judgment (Isa 1:27) that us smiting the old man and the heads of the chiefs and princes in the land, nations and cities within us (Luk 17:21).

 Hab 3:14  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 

The word “staves” here is the plural of staff and is more often used as ROD [H4294].  Habakkuk is speaking here to the chastening grace that which is beheading the chiefs of the heathen nations within us and bringing about the mind of Christ (a new heaven) as we are corrected in our judgment.   This is the function of grace.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

It is The Christ of Christ who minister grace and bring it via the Word.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Eze 34:16  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

The whirling wheels of Ezekiel are the brethren, grace ministers who are used of the Lord to teach and correct those the Lord is saving in this age.  Like Job, the Lord will teach us in our judgment out of the whirlwind (Job 40:6-8).  Collectively, the Body is that whirlwind (aka tempest) where the fiery trials and storms of life are the norm rather than the exception.

Isa 41:16  Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The Lord’s heavenly army speaks the words that take captive sin (Jer 5:14) and provide the strength through faith to overcome the flesh.  In this verse, being poor is a negative meaning one is outside of faith and having little treasures in heaven.  Such a one leans on their own understanding and the righteousness of the law (self-righteousness) that is hidden in their hearts and minds.   Yet God sees our hearts and is changing us via the fiery words we hear from Christ.  Our lies and unbelief are gobbled up at the great supper announced by the Elect angels of the Lord.

Rev 19:17  Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,

Rev 19:18  that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

It is at this great supper aka marriage feast that we the Body of Christ are dying daily as a living sacrifice to our flesh.  It is here at the wedding feast where we are being given to overcome all things.

Mat 22:4  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

We first come unprepared to the feast not having been through trials of faith and needing more to be given a proper wedding garment that contains none of our own righteousness.  Such is the purpose for the temporary prosperity of the wicked (Hab 1:12) we bemoan at first and our being stripped naked, so we can be given His garments.

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

The Lord and His Armies are bringing the war in heaven (Rev 12:7) and helping us to fight the good fight of faith.  This results in salvation and destroys the sea that represents the flesh and carnal mindedness of all mankind.

 Hab 3:15  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

These clay vessels of mankind are what the  heap of great waters symbolizes.  The translators really obscured the meaning of this verse, by inventing a once off use of H2563 as “heap”.

H2563, chômer

Total KJV Occurrences: 30

clay, 11

homer, 10

mortar, 4

mire, 2

heap, 1

heaps, 1

homers, 1

Flesh is clay and is also represented as the sea in scripture.  Some examples…

Isa 60:5  Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

 Psa 18:16  He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

Psa 40:2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

The new heaven and earth (mind and walk) coming to all mankind will have no more seas once all flesh is destroyed at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Such time is now in down payment form for the Elect and who are the first to be judged in the fire (1Pe 4:17).

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

We all are brought to our wits end of crying out for deliverance only by the Lord working many trials, tribulations and storms (i.e His wonders) in our seas.  These are the wonderful works of the Lord to the Israel of God and the means devised through which we are being saved.

Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Our desired haven in is to walk by faith which means flesh is silent and in submission to the Lord.  This is how the promised rest for God’s people is entered into.  Finding His Rest is not entered into except with much tribulation

Hab 3:16  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. 

Hearing the word is how faith comes (Rom 10:17) and how the old man is decreased and destroyed from the inside out. Our gift of faith and ears to hear, which allows us to eat at the King’s table (Heb 13:10) brings with it fiery trials and bitterness to our flesh.

Rev 10:9  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Eze 2:10  And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. 

The entire phrase “he will invade them with His troops” all comes from the Hebrew word H1464 “gud” that is used in its only other use to mean to overcome. 

Gen 49:19  Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

This is just another witness that it is through Christ, His Body, that salvation comes.  We are His troops (Rev 19) and it is by sojourning with this army (Christ), that we walk in the light and are cleansed from our sins (1Jo 1:7).

Habakkuk and us by living through our experience of evil is coming to see the Lord’s power at work in his life and the life of Israel.   With maturity we gain the faith and wisdom to begin to give thanks for all this trouble knowing it is the very thing saving us.  All things are truly for our sakes says the Scripture (2Co 4:15) yet coming to know this truth deeply takes time and it is only then we can begin to rejoice in the Lord and give thanks for ALL THINGS.  All of our suffering and dying is good stuff and for an intended good.

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 

Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

The righteous will fall down seven times but they get right back up (Pro 24:16).  This is us as we are encouraged in faith, and look to the hope of salvation and are no longer doubting  in the Lord’s promises.   It is in this place of rest where we are able to weather the storms the Lord is working in our seas and help and comfort others who are behind us in this learning.  No matter what we see in the physical we are learning to spiritual sing songs of rejoicing to the Lord.

Hab 3:17  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 

Hab 3:18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 

Hab 3:19  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

The works of the flesh AND the works of the Spirit are all the Lord’s work in us.  Whether we do good or evil, sprout or wither, succeed or fail, have plenty or endure famine; the Scriptures declare it is all of HIM.  All things are by Him and we in Him.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

All things the Lord does work together for the greater good in preparing those He loves for service in His Kingdom (Rom 8:28).  It is coming to truly believe this, despite what our physical senses and the wisdom of this world say, that allow us to rest in Christ and rejoice.

Psa 107:22  And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. 

Psa 48:11  Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

All things are proven in the Lord’s kingdom and that includes our faith (1Pe 1:7).  I hope we have grown to see the Lord’s purpose and hands at work in trying us in all of our seasons of life.  Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ, all these situations and seasons in our lives are HIS WORK and are being used to reshape us.  We should and will learn to rejoice in Him no matter our circumstances.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 

When we prove faithful, the Lord promotes us and gives us more things to rule over.  This is how dominion comes and our joy in the Lord increases little by little as we mature.

Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Isa 51:11  Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Making our feet like hind’s feet is the Lord causing us to follow HIM.  This is how we will tread on the high places (false gods and idols) and be overcoming the beast and all the giants in the land.  The Lord is our head, whom we follow through which we will get the victory if we stay connected to the living Christ.  The people are God, His sheep are led by the Spirit and go whichsoever way HE leads them (Joh 10:27).

Eze 1:12  And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Eze 1:13  As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Habakkuk ends with a notation to the chief singer on his stringed instruments.  This Psalm is written to us as an encouragement and admonition to stay the course.   The just shall live by His faith!  We are the singers and musicians [H5329] having been taught a new song no other man can sing.

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Rev 14:3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

 

Psa 149:1  Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Psa 149:2  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Our names are written in heaven and the Lord admonishes us all to rejoice in that above everything else.

Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Everyone of us is right on schedule, exactly where the Lord planned it from the beginning of the world (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).  The Lord is faithful even when we are not.  I hope we all can grow in faith and be prepared to stand strong in the trials we know are coming (1Pe 4:13) to shape and mold us as the Lord completes the good work He started in us.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

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Nahum Part 1- The Burden of Nineveh

Nahum Part One – The Burden of Nineveh (Click to view, download or print PDF)

“The Burden of Nineveh”

There is a reason why we have all sixty-six books of the Bible and many of them that seem to repeat the same theme and story again and again. The Lord’s plan is a simple one, yet the details of how He brings that about in each of us is voluminous. It is the glory of God to conceal these Truths and to reveal them to us and give us the zeal for His house that will consume our old way of life.

Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.  (Also Acts 17:11)

It is the zeal for the Word that separates us from our physical brethren and consumes our old man within and becomes the dwelling place of the new man.

Psa 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

Psa 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

As we study some of these so called “minor prophets”, the Lord has led me to go slow and be sure to dig a little for the hidden treasures of the Word to stimulate our collective edification.

The dream is indeed one (Gen 41:25)! The prophets proclaim different details of the same event which is the righteous judgment of God against our old man and carnal lusts in our day of the Lord. The Lord’s prophets today are God’s sons who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. As we saw in the Obadiah study the judgment of the heathen nations within and without begins when Christ the Ambassador, is sent forth to speak the words that wash us in water and baptize us in fire. It is enduring through this judgment and waiting on the Lord to finish His good work in us that is the patience of the saints (Rev 13:10, Rev 14:12). The judgments we must “read, hear and keep” are not only defined in Revelation but also in all the prophets.

Judgment must begin at Zion which represents God’s Elect and the Body of Christ whom He now judges in preparing us to be the judges of all men.

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

Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

We, like John the Apostle, who wrote the Book of Revelation, are companions to all those in the Body of Christ in the tribulation and patience of Jesus Christ. We, like John, are being isolated from our people for the Word of God and the testimony (prophecy) that is in us.

Rev 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The prophets were given to us to help us learn this patience and to take comfort in the Scriptures (Rom 15:4) knowing the work they are accomplishing in us.

Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Here are the first three verses that will encompass Part One of our study of the Book of Nahum.  We go slowly because these prophecies are like a news story. The first few verses are the headlines and the remainder gives us the details. So we want to be sure to anchor the foundation before we move into the more minute details.

Nah 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Nah 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

We can quickly see that Nahum like all the prophets is again speaking of the “strange work” of the Lord in remaking us all into a new vessel sanctified and holy before Him. We cannot understand this process until we are caused to hear the words of the Lord.

Jer 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Jer 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Jer 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Lord willing some interesting details and linkages to other Scriptures will be revealed in this study that will help us grow in the faith and rest in the knowledge that the Lord is indeed working all things according to the counsel of His will (Rom 11:36, Eph 1:11, Isa 64:8, Dan 4:35)

Nah 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God’s Elect comprise the Body of Christ and they are the prophets of God. We are those ambassadors sent to prophesy to the heathen nations within and without as we saw in the Obadiah study and as also told in many other places in Scripture.

Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

This prophecy is about the BURDEN of Nineveh, one of the nations of the land within us all. These opening verses in Nahum speak again to the Lord bringing wrath against the heathen nations and taking dominion over them. This most certainly applies outwardly in due time but for now is applicable inwardly in the hearts and minds of God’s people.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 Salvation is getting dominion over sin and that only comes about by the heathen nations, the enemies of God being put under subjection to the Law of Christ.

Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

The promise of salvation for ALL, applies both outwardly and inwardly, to all the nations of the earth. We must of course just wait for it as the Lord is promising.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Gen 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him

Nineveh is mentioned seventeen times in Scripture most notably in the book of Jonah. Nineveh is a nation within us as well as being an outward nation in ancient Babylon. After the flood we see the sons of Noah go repopulate the earth and the formation of all these nations.

Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Gen 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

Gen 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

Nineveh becomes this great city (Jon 3:3, Rev 11:8) within us puffed up and in need of nothing (Rev 18:7) until her day of judgment comes (Rev 18:10). Spiritually speaking as the sum of the Scriptures tells us, this kingdom is formed after our coming to Christ and represent our appointed times in Babylon. Babylon and Nineveh by extension represent confusion; the time prior to us being given “ears to hear” and having the true gospel and doctrines of Christ preached to us by the ambassador who must be sent.

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15 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!

Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We see that Nahum is sent to preach on the BURDEN of Nineveh.  This is Strong’s Hebrew word H4853.

H4853 – BURDEN

maśśâ’

mas-saw’

From H5375; a burden; specifically tribute, or (abstractly) porterage; figuratively an utterance, chiefly a doom, especially singing; mental, desire: – burden, carry away, prophecy, X they set, song, tribute.

Total KJV occurrences: 65

The definition here conjures up the concept of doom and of being carried away by the lies and false doctrines of Babylon, which is where Nineveh lies physically and spiritually. The old man within us is indeed burdened while we are under the influences of the great harlot within. As God’s people, we are given to the priesthood (The Lord and His Christ) to help minister the priest hood but we cannot handle the vessels of the service.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

Being ever learning but never able to come to knowledge of the Truth while in Babylon within and without we cause many to stumble with our lies and false doctrines.

Mal 2:8 But ye [Levi] are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

The burden we carry in Babylon is that we must serve the tabernacle of God but we are not able to touch the holy things. Only the Sons of Aaron could touch the holy things of God, the rest of the Levites, including the Kohathites were given the burden of serving the tabernacle of the congregation.

Num 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

 When we know Jesus only in the flesh, we are serving the tabernacle but are not able to enter into the Holy Place, the heavens where Christ sits.  Brass represents the works of man, the flesh in Scripture.

Exo 27:19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

The Lord uses Babylon within and without to bring people to Him. To come out of Babylon we must indeed first go into Babylon and this is part of living by every word that the Lord causes.

Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

Nineveh is a city within Babylon and spiritually represents this time in our walk when we seek refuge from the judgment of God against our worldly ways (Assyria).

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Isa 37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

Isa 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Isa 37:37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

Ultimately an obedient prophet “Jonah”, the second witness for Christ, is sent to preach the true gospel of repentance.

Jon 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Jon 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

Those who enter into the kingdom of God and are used as the Lord’s prophets are those who first refused to go. This is you and me as well as Jonah as we will see when that prophetic book is reviewed. Yet Christ tells us here as well as in this parable who His true workers are, His prophets. He came not to save the [self] righteous but to turn sinners to repentance.

Mat 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

Mat 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Mat 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

When we are in Nineveh spiritually speaking, we bear this burden of the Levites and are separated from the Truth and striving as we may; we cannot gain dominion over the nations within. We have not yet come to know the true rest that is ordained for the people of God who worship God in Spirit and Truth and not according to the flesh.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

The yoke of the old man in Babylon becomes hard and the burden of life is indeed heavy when we are yet carnal devoid of our ears to hear. But when faith comes and we are drug to Christ and given ears to hear and eyes to see, this changes for the new man in us.

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Christ comes to set us free of this oppression and the heaviness we carry in Nineveh.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

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

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Very interesting to note that Isaiah prophesied to ten different nations/people about this same burden Nahum speaks of. We won’t go into the details but it is a good topic for further study. We should know that the number ten represents completeness or the perfection of the flesh in Scripture.

Isa 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Isa 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;

Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Isa 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

Isa 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

Isa 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

Isa 21:13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

Isa 22:1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

Isa 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

Isa 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

The details that go with each of these prophecies speak of the one event that comes alike to all, our toiling in vain until the coming of Christ within and without to judge the nations within and without. The nations within and without shall be judged and the kingdoms will be the Lord’s.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

In the spirit of digging for treasures the dwelling place of Nahum the prophet, Elkosh also seems to be instructive and consistent with the sum of God’s Word. The city of Elkosh is an existing city in modern day Israel in the very north with a 2006 population of only 348. Yet the word “Elkoshite” or any part thereof is not found anywhere else in Scripture. So I went to outside sources to research this place of Nahum. While there is not agreement among the “scholars” the most plausible locations mentioned include:

  1. A site in Galilee (on the north side of Israel)
  2. A site in Mesopotamia, north of Mosul near the Tigris river
  3. Capernaum, the village on the north shore of the sea of Galilee where Jesus taught

I don’t want to think above what is written but the common denominator in all these possible sites, including the modern day Elkosh is THE NORTH. That is the direction from which judgment comes and we know that comes by the Words spoken by the prophet Nahum and you and me if we are God’s Elect.

Isa 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.

Now let’s look at verse 2.

Nah 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

There is not much new to explore in this verse. We know the Lord is jealous for His people and for His Temple, which Temple we are.

Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

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.

Isa 1:24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

We defile the Temple of God when we eat and drink the cup of devils (lies and false doctrines) and mix them with the true things of the Lord.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

1Co 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

But we cannot serve two masters, we cannot serve God and mammon (Mat 6:24) and the idols of our heart. That was the whole point of Joshua telling us to choose today who we will serve and then telling us we cannot serve God because we have yet to stop serving other gods. It had nothing to do with our exercising our free will as we make that Scripture of its own private explanation (2 Pet 1:20) contrary to scores of other Scriptures including ones in the same chapter of Joshua.

 Jos 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

Jos 24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.

When we are yet carnal outside the faith, we are storing up wrath for our yet future day of the Lord when the Lord will extract vengeance for His Temple.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

We shall indeed reap what we have sown for our time in Babylon blaspheming and persecuting Jesus Christ within and without. When Christ is sent to preach to the nations the vengeance of the Lord is taken in full against His adversaries.

Jer 51:10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.

Jer 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

Which happens via this wonderful process called judgment that begins at the house of God in this age (1 Pet 4:17, Psa 19:8-9).  It is what we “The Christ” are doing now with one another speaking these Words of fire.

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

This verse speaks to the tender mercies of the Lord in being long suffering with us in our day of judgment having us to fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) to teach us true righteousness.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

The Lord suffers long with us and causes this process of repeated failings and chastening to teach us. This is how we come to know He is indeed the Lord of heaven and earth and we of ourselves can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

Deu 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

He is longsuffering with us also so we can do the greater works we are called to do in bringing judgment to each other now and in the ages to come (Gal 5:22, Pro 16:32).

The Lord does what He desires and He desires the salvation of all men which will come via this longsuffering process of judgment and wrath against the old man.

Job 23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

As Nahum tells us here, the Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

The word “tempestuous” is the same word translated whirlwind in the OT and here we see in Jonah as well how the Lord has His way and the efforts of man to save himself are vanity.

Jon 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous (a whirlwind) against them.

The storms are the Lord’s work in us. He raises them up and in the appointed times He calms the storms down. This is the way we learn in the storm and in the whirlwind.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

As we saw in Obadiah’s Study, the Elect, the true Body of Christ will be the saviors that bring all men into the knowledge of the Truth. God’s people are the clouds; we are the cloud of witnesses (Deu 4:11, Heb 12:1, Mar 14:62) that raise up these storms in the nations and kingdoms of those who hear the Word that we speak.

Being under one’s feet means that one has been given dominion over that which His feet are over. We saw the verse earlier from Acts 7:49 about the earth (us) being the Lord’s footstool which demonstrates His complete sovereignty over all we do good or bad. We are taught not to take oaths or swear for that very reason, for the earth and all that is in it is the footstool of the great King.

Mat 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

The Lord makes us marred and rebellious on purpose so He can return us to Himself and via that process teaches us the righteousness of the Father (Psa 90:3, Isa 26:9).  It is hearing the Word, receiving it in the land within that destroys the beast and returns the King to His throne. Then we can be used of the Lord to build a house for Him by bringing others into the kingdom.

1Ki 5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.

Psa 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;thou hast put all [things] under his feet:

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

This is the spiritual meaning of our heel bruising Satan; putting the devil and his lies under our feet and gaining dominion over the flesh by standing and walking in the Truth (Joh 14:6).

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

The foot of Christ on the head of the serpent is what destroys the seed of the serpent, the beast within us and works over time to give us the mind of Christ.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Body of Christ are the clouds that are under the feet of the Lord.  We are the dust under His feet. This has two meanings speaking to both the dominion over the flesh but also our use as the Lord’s prophets that bring the fire and brimstone to those prepared to hear the Word.  The feet of the Lord are indeed brass (copper) which always represent the flesh.  Jesus Christ is come in the flesh! Here is the vision of The Christ given to us by John.

Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Being of one mind in the Body is how the head of the beast, within is cut off and we henceforth become a living sacrifice for the Lord and the trespasses of mankind. We saw this verse in Part Four of Obadiah primarily for the role of judges that will be given to those that will be in the first resurrection. We show it again with the emphasis on the beheading that comes about through our witness for Jesus Christ.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

We will learn more in the next installment of Nahum about Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon and what these places represent spiritually. We will see further details on how the Lord wounds the heads of His enemies and we are being plucked from the depths of the sea of our carnal mindedness.

Psa 68:21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

It is only the chosen few of God who will be given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  To everyone else it simply is not given (Mat 13:10-13). When we begin to read, hear and see ourselves living out these judgments, the hidden wisdom of God; then we know the kingdom of God is at hand and we are blessed (Rev 1:3).

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

In Part Two we will delve into the details from Nahum 1:4 forward. These verses reveal greater detail of our journey and reveal wisdom hidden in the names of the places spoken about.

 

Further Reading and Related Links:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-keys-to-the-kingdom-of-heaven-part-11/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-spiritual-significance-of-biblical-locations-part-1/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/foundational-themes-in-genesis-study-27/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-camp-levites-priesthood-part-2/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/numbers_ten/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/earth-my-footstool/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/consuming-fire-of-gods-wrath/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/treasuring-up-the-wrath-of-god/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Revelation_1_9_Part_2.php