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Tuesday, February 2 2016
Nahum 3: The Rise And Fall Of Nimrod's Nineveh
"And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the Earth ... the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh"
Nineveh was one of the earliest cities of humanity. It was founded by the line of Nimrod, a descendant of Noah's son Ham. Among those clans of Ham were a number of still-famous nations of people, including the Babylonians and the Egyptians (see Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq) and the lines of the Canaanites (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites? and The First Jews), including the Jebusites (see A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan).
"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
"17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
The LORD's love is not limited to the Israelites - nor is His Wrath. Nineveh was given its opportunity to repent, in the time of Jonah (see Their Right Hand And Their Left Hand) - to which the people of that generation did repent (the reason that the Messiah spoke favorably of that generation of Assyrians; see the Fact Finder question below). But when later generations de-generated back to the evil way, the LORD destroyed them, just as He did to the Israelites - for the very same reason. It was that destruction, and the fall of Nimrod's Nineveh, that happened in the time of the prophet Nahum. The city was reduced to rubble by the Babylonians (see The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy) and has remained a ruin to this day.
"3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not; 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses: 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah say about the generation of Nineveh that repented in the time of Jonah?
This Day In History, February 2
506: Alaric II, king of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), proclaimed the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law" for the Germanic Empire
962: Pope John XII crowned Otto I as the "Holy Roman Emperor" (see Emperors and Popes). When Otto succeeded his father Heinrich (Henry) as German king in 936, the people raised their right hand to show approval and shouted "Sieg und heil" ("victory and salvation") - words revived by Adolf Hitler almost 1,000 years later (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Later historians would view 962 as the beginning of what would later be officially called the Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica ("The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The octagonal imperial crown of the "Holy Roman Empire," which was made especially for the coronation of Otto, was the symbol of European unity for centuries afterward. Otto von Habsburg (whose ancestors were some of the "Holy Roman" emperors) called attention to the potential present and future role of that very same crown, which now sits in the Schatzkammer (Royal Treasury) in Vienna, Austria.
1461: The Lancastrians (founded by the son of Henry III, the Earl of Lancaster in 1267) defeated the Yorkists (founded by another son of Henry III, the duke of York) at the second Battle of St. Albans'.
1494: Christopher Columbus began using "Indians" as slaves i.e. native Americans were the first slaves of the "New" World (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.
1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.
1556: The world's worst earthquake on record, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.
1626: Charles I, the son and successor of James I (after whom the King James Version of the Bible was named), was crowned king of England.
1653: The Dutch established New Amsterdam as a city. After the British took over the colonies that became known as New England, the city was renamed as New York.
1709: British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. His story was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
1808: French forces under Napoleon occupied Rome. Pope Pius VII was arrested and held in custody.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the war between the U.S. and Mexico.
1901: The Funeral of Queen Victoria.
1916: The U.S. Senate granted independence for the Philippines.
1945: During the Second World War, 1,200 British Royal Air Force planes bombed Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe in Germany.
1972: The British Embassy in Dublin was burned down after a day of anti-British demonstrations.
1983: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.
1989: Soviet invasion forces completed their withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan.