Chapter 1-3 + Summary of Nahum
Summary of Nahum:
The prophet Nahum wrote this book just before the fall of Nineveh. He was raised up to preach God’s judgment for a second time to Nineveh. Jonah was the first about 120 years earlier.
• In chapter 1: Nahum warns of Judgment, and describes the full power of God, “The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwells therein.” (Nahum 1:5)
• Chapter 2-3: Nahum predicts the destruction of Nineveh, “And is shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste…” (Nahum 3:7)
Chapter 1: The Second Coming
Nahum explains the burden against Nineveh and the burning of the earth at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Nahum explains to the reader that God is jealous, angry and vengeful.
“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.” (Nahum 1:3)
The Lord knows those who trust in Him and those who follow in his ways. “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7)
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be horrible for those who do not put their trust in the Lord. However, those who trust in the Lord will be comforted in that day of trouble and will have no fear.
Chapter 2: Destruction of the Last Days
An ironic call to battle is made. Nahum explains that the Lord will restore the excellence of Jacob. Meanwhile in Nineveh… chariots rage in the streets, and the Assyrians are led away captive. The destruction of Nineveh is a type of what shall come before the Latter-days, before the Lord comes again.
Chapter 3: The downfall of Nineveh
“Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery…” (Nahum 3:1) Nineveh is punished because of its harlotries and sorceries. Assyria itself will also be destroyed and humiliated. Both will fall before the judgment of God. The inhabitants of Nineveh are as numerous as locusts, but destruction shall still ensue, and all who hear of Nineveh’s defeat shall clap their hands.