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Sunday, January 31 2016

Nahum 1: The Vision Of Nahum

"The book of the vision of Nahum ... For the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off"

Two prophets of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour; also Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?) were given to prophesy to Nineveh, the imperial capital of the Assyrian Empire (see also The Nineveh Prophecies).

The first was Jonah (see Jonah's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea and Jonah's Prayer), who was sent to get the Assyrians to repent, so that they would not be destroyed (see Why Was Nineveh Saved From Destruction? and Their Right Hand And Their Left Hand), with the purpose that they could then be used as the instruments of the LORD's Wrath to destroy the incorrigibly-corrupt northern Kingdom of Israel (see The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes).

Map Of The Assyrian Empire Then, over 120 years later, Nahum was also sent to prophesy the Assyrian capital, not to deliver them from what would have been their self-inflicted destruction, but to deliver the LORD's Judgment upon them after they again became a heathen, malignant-minded nation that threatened the nations of the world around them - including the Kingdom of Judah (see Sennacherib's Turn From Israel To Judah and What Did Isaiah Do During The Siege Of Judah?).

The fall of the Assyrian Empire enabled the rise of the Babylonian Empire - that would then continue the imperial rise and fall cycle of nations right to the present day (see also The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy).

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

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.

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.

1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 1:5 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.

1:6 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.

1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

1:15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off." (Nahum 1:1-15 KJV)

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This Day In History, January 31

1504: France ceded the Italian city Naples to the Spanish kingdom of Aragon.

1606: Guy Fawkes was executed for his involvement in the "Gunpowder Plot" - an attempt by English Roman Catholics to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and assassinate King James I (for whom the King James Bible was named). As a well-deserved end for any treasonous rebel (see The Spirit Of Traitors and The Treason Of Judas), Fawkes was hanged, drawn, and quartered.

Hydrogen Bomb 1788: Charles Edward Stuart (popularly known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie" and the "Young Pretender") died in Rome at age 67. He was the leader of the Jacobite rebellion against the English (1745-46).

1915: During the First World War (1939-1945; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Germany used poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov. On the same day in 1917, Germany announced that it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare in the Atlantic Ocean.

1918: In the Soviet Union, January 31 under the Julian calendar system was the last day of its use (the Julian calendar was named after Julius Caesar; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The next day was designated February 14 under the Gregorian calendar - the dates in between were simply skipped (see Pope Gregory's Calendar and The Antichrist Calendar).

1929: Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Union after losing a struggle for leadership of the country with Joseph Stalin.

1930: Britain, the U.S., France, Italy and Japan began the London Naval Conference. The purpose was to halt the arms race and prevent war. The Second World War followed only nine years later.

1943: The Battle of Stalingrad ended with the Russians victorious over Hitler's invasion army.

1950: U.S. President Harry Truman (the only man to ever order the use "weapons of mass destruction") announced that he had ordered the development of hydrogen bombs that would greatly surpass the destructive power of the U.S. atomic bombs that he used to incinerate the civilian populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Russia responded to Truman's increase of military power with the development of their own "H Bomb," beginning the nuclear arms race.

1953: 2,000 people were drowned when hurricane-force winds flooded the Netherlands.

1958: James van Allen discovered the solar system's radiation belt that is now named after him - the Van Allen Belts.

1968: During the Tet offensive of the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam), a captured Vietcong soldier was summarily shot in the head on a Saigon street by the chief of South Vietnam's police, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The execution caused international outrage after it was seen around the world in newspapers and TV news.

1976: Ernesto Miranda, famous from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling "Miranda Rights" reading to an accused person ("You have the right to remain silent etc."), was stabbed to death in Arizona.

1996: Comet Hyakutake was discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.


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