The Loving God – a Warrior
We as believers continue day to day seeking the return of our Savior, we promote His love, as we should and know full well the goodness of God leads us to repentance. Who can find love like that, a goodness that is unparalleled, willing to die to make us live? He didn’t have to leave His position in the Heavens except Love compelled Him, drove Him to follow a plan set forth before time and agreed by the Godhead (God Father, God Son and God Holy Spirit). Praise the Lord, Jesus said, “I will go”, put myself subject to human flesh yet not defeated by flesh and I will make a way for mankind. The coming seed of David without an end. There is no other event in times past, present or future that can or will fulfill prophecy except this event of the Jesus (God) Messiah coming to earth which He did 2017 years ago. So the Light came into the world, man must accept this gift for eternal life. No one else will come, the sacrifice has been made, and it was finished on the cross. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
Please hear His voice, look at His word and ask yourself in sincerity, ask God in sincerity to reveal His self to you, open your heart to him and look to Him as the Living God who made you and knows you and wants to fill you with purpose and His ways. He will not always be just a loving savior, He will come next time as a warrior to execute justice and he reserves wrath for His enemies.
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Nahum 1:2-9 (KJV)
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.
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.
4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
7 The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
8 But with an overrunning flood, he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Dake Bible Notes:
Notes For Verse 2
a [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 …]
The 1st Prophecy in Nahum
Ten Predictions — Fulfilled:
- With an overrunning flood He will make an utter end of Nineveh (Nah. 1:8-9).
- Darkness will pursue His enemies (Nah. 1:8).
- Affliction will not rise up a second time (Nah. 1:9).
- They shall be devoured as stubble fully dry (Nah. 1:10).
- There is one come out of you that imagines evil against the Lord, a wicked counselor (Nah. 1:11).
- Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet they shall be cut down (Nah. 1:12).
- Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more.
- For now I will break his yoke off of you, and break your bonds in pieces (Nah. 1:13).
- I will cut off the graven image and the molten image out of the house of your gods (Nah. 1:14).
- I will make your grave, for you are vile.
Fifteen Predictions — Unfulfilled:
- The Lord will revenge Israel (Nah. 1:2).
- He will take vengeance on His adversaries.
- He will reserve His wrath for His enemies.
- He will not acquit the wicked (Nah. 1:3).
- He will rebuke the sea and make it dry (Nah. 1:4).
- He will dry up all the rivers.
- Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon will languish.
- The mountains will quake at Him (Nah. 1:5).
- The hills will melt.
- The earth will be burned at His presence, and all that dwell therein.
- No man will be able to stand before His indignation, or the fierceness of His anger (Nah. 1:15).
- His fury will be poured out like fire.
- The rocks will be thrown down by Him.
- Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace (Nah. 1:15).
- The wicked man will not pass through anymore but will be utterly cut off. The next prophecy in Nahum is Nah. 2:1ff.
Seven Attributes of God
- Jealousy (Nah. 1:2)
- Longsuffering (Nah. 1:3)
- Omnipotence (Nah. 1:4-5)
- Holiness (Nah. 1:6)
- Goodness (Nah. 1:7)
c [furious] The Lord is the possessor of wrath; literally, the Lord of wrath.
Notes For Verse 3
a [slow to anger]
If God were as quick tempered as man, many things would be completely destroyed in His anger. It is to our advantage that He weighs all matters and makes a merciful and just decision before He acts. It is stated six times that He is “slow to anger” (Nah. 1:3; Neh. 9:17; Ps. 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2). Man is advised to be “slow to wrath” (Jas. 1:19). Anyone slow to anger is “of great understanding” (Prov. 14:29), “appeaseth strife” (Prov. 15:18), and “is better than the mighty” (Prov. 16:32).
b [great in power]
God is great in power (omnipotent), absolutely just, and therefore the only one capable of being Sovereign over all.
c [the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet]
Twenty facts about God:
- He manifests jealousy (Nah. 1:2).
- He demonstrates anger (Nah. 1:2-3).
- He takes vengeance on enemies (Nah. 1:2).
- He reserves wrath for enemies.
- He is slow to anger (Nah. 1:3).
- He has great power.
- He will not acquit the wicked.
- He has His way in the whirlwind.
- He has His way in the storm.
- He stands on the clouds.
- He rebukes the sea (Nah. 1:4).
- He makes the sea dry.
- He dries up rivers.
- He causes earthquakes (Nah. 1:5-6).
- He will renovate the earth (Nah. 1:5).
- None can stand before His wrath (Nah. 1:6).
- He is good (Nah. 1:7).
- He is a stronghold in the day of trouble.
- He knows them that trust Him.
- He brings judgment when needed (Nah. 1:8-14).
Notes For Verse 4
a [He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry]
Here we have statements expressing the omnipotence of God. He is capable of doing all these things, and has done them in the past when bringing certain judgments. He will also do them in bringing future judgments. God has already rebuked the sea (Ps. 104:7), made it dry (Ex. 14:12), dried up rivers (Josh. 3:17; 2Ki. 2:8,14), and sent famine to Bashan, Carmel, and Lebanon (2Sam. 21:1; 2Ki.
6:25). The mountains have quaked (Ex. 19:18; 1Sam. 14:15; 1Ki. 19:11), the earth has been burned by the fire and men have been destroyed (Gen. 19: 24; 1Ki. 19:12); and this will happen again in the future (Heb. 12:18- 28; 2Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 6:12-17; 8:1-12; 9:1-21; 11:13; 16:17-21; 18:1-24).
Notes For Verse 5
a [all that dwell therein]
Notes For Verse 6
a [Who can stand before his indignation?]
Question 1-2. Next, Nah. 1:9.
b [his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him]
These statements with those of Nah. 1:4-5 could easily refer to the future renovation of the heavens and earth by fire, as in Heb. 1:10-12; 12:25-28; 2Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 20:7-10.
Notes For Verse 7
a [The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him]
Three facts which comfort in trouble:
Notes For Verse 8
a [But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies]
Here the “burden of Nineveh” begins. The Ninevites were asked what they imagined against the Lord; then a prediction of utter destruction of the city was made (Nah. 1:8-9).
Notes For Verse 9
a [What do ye imagine against the LORD?]
b [affliction shall not rise up the second time] Nineveh’s destruction was to be complete and final the first time; there would be no need for a second destruction.
Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments of the Authorized or King James Version Text.