It struck me recently that the book of Nahum, all of it, pertains to the end times. This means, Nahum prophesies the fate of Nineveh in northern Iraq: the fate of ISIS.
“The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.”
– Nahum 1:1
I used to think Nahum was about the Assyrians of old, specifically the Assyrian empire approximately a century or so after Sennacherib (circa 705–681 BC), because this is what all Bible scholars I have come across have said. But then I learnt that around the early seventh century BC (circa 627–609 BC), the Assyrian empire disintegrated as a result of uprisings and civil war. It was around this time that one province became Babylon and another became Persia. Nebuchadnezzar II, mentioned in Daniel 1-4, ruled his empire Babylon shortly after that (circa 605-562 BC). In other words, historically Nineveh was neither devoured by fire nor overrun by sword, as Nahum 3 reads.
So then I began to reconsider all of Nahum, to read every chapter and every verse carefully with the end times in mind.
For a start, the imagery of Nahum 1 is remarkably apocalyptic. It evokes the day of the LORD.
“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 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. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 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. 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. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.”
– Nahum 1:2-8
There is even the expression “the day of trouble”, Nahum 1:7.
And then, there is an unmistakable reference to the Antichrist, Nahum 1:11.
“There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.”
– Nahum 1:11
This suggests the Antichrist will come out of Nineveh. Today, Nineveh is a province of northern Iraq that includes Mosul. Since June 2014, Mosul has been under the control of ISIS. Indeed, ISIS first proclaimed their caliphate to the world in 2014 from a mosque in Mosul.
Daniel 7:8 and 8:9 describes the Antichrist as the Little Horn whom will uproot 3 horns of the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns, in the time of the end.
Isaiah 14:25 calls the Antichrist “the Assyrian”. Incidentally, Sennacherib made Nineveh the capital of ancient Assyria, so Nineveh and Assyria are inextricably linked.
“The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.”
– Isaiah 14:24-26
Now, read Nahum 1:13 carefully and notice that the LORD is saying that he will break the yoke of the Assyrian.
“For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.”
– Nahum 1:13
This is consistent with Isaiah 14:25, and with Daniel 8:25, and with Revelation 19:19-20.
“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”
– Daniel 8:25
“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
– Revelation 19:19-21
In Nahum 1:13, note especially that the LORD will break the yoke of the Assyrian “from off thee”. The word “thee” is a pronoun and normally in grammar a pronoun has an antecedent noun. Here, that noun appears in Nahum 1:15, namely “Judah”. A pronoun positioned before its antecedent is a rhetorical device known as prolepsis.
Next, consider Nahum’s mentioning of “chariots”. Have you noticed that the Toyota Hilux utes that ISIS tends to move around in, with their mounted anti-aircraft machine guns, are not unlike chariots? What is more, when the jihadis fire their mounted AA guns in combat, the tracers can be likened to torches and lightnings.
“The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.”
– Nahum 2:4
In end times prophecy, the forces of the Antichrist will invade Israel, Isaiah 14:24-26 and Zechariah 12:2-4. Notice Nahum 2:1 exhorts Judah to mobilise and ready her might.
“He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily. For the LORD hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.”
– Nahum 2:1-3
In the days of Hezekiah and Isaiah, Sennacherib of Assyria was driven away from Judah by an angel of the LORD, 2 Kings 19:35-36 and Isaiah 37:33-37. The men of Judah did not have to fight at all. There was certainly no blood on their shields.
By contrast, in the war to come, the men of Judah will have to fight. But as before, Judah will be helped by an angel of the LORD, the archangel Michael, Daniel 12:1 and Zechariah 12:8.
“The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.”
– Zechariah 12:7-8
The next thing to notice is that in Mosul there is a dam on the Tigris river, in fact the largest dam in Iraq. Nahum 2:6 prophesies, at some point in the future, this dam will be destroyed and as a result much of Nineveh will be swept away.
“The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.”
– Nahum 2:6
“But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.”
– Nahum 2:8
Next, Nahum 3:4-5 explains how and why Nineveh came to have an army: simply put, the machinations of Babylon the great, the mother of harlots, Revelation 17-18.
“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: 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. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.”
– Nahum 3:3-5
At the appointed time, the LORD of hosts will send the sword against Nineveh: the 6th trumpet, the 200 million army of horsemen!
“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:”
– Nahum 3:3
“Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?”
– Nahum 3:8
To me, Nahum 3:8 perfectly describes the nation of China, including the great wall of China. The “locusts” and the “cankerworm” of Nahum 3:15 surely bring to mind Joel 2:3-11 and Joel 2:25.
“There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.”
– Nahum 3:15
On Nineveh’s side shall be Egypt and North Sudan and Libya, Nahum 3:9. This is consistent with Daniel 11:42-43. And, by the way, the very next line Daniel 11:44 happens to pertain to the kings of the east. You see, every piece of the picture falls neatly into place.
“Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.”
– Nahum 3:9
“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.”
– Daniel 11:42-44
Now notice Nahum 3:11. Surely this is Revelation 16:13-14.
“Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.”
– Nahum 3:11
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”
– Revelation 16:12-16
Despite the beast and the false prophet, Nineveh is doomed, Zephaniah 2:13.
“And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.”
– Zephaniah 2:13
“Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.”
– Nahum 2:13
When Nineveh falls, Nahum prophesies, the world will clap. This is to be contrasted with Babylon. When Babylon falls, the world will weep, Revelation 18:11. The explanation for this? The wickedness of ISIS has been plain for all to see.
“Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?”
– Nahum 3:18-19
In closing, it must be said that the ancient Egyptians worshipped a deity called “Isis”. To the ancient Assyrians, the people of Nineveh, Isis was known as Ashtoreth. To the ancient Babylonians, Isis was known as Ishtar. To the ancient Romans, the same was known as Libertas. Nowadays, Libertas is disguised by the moniker Liberty, as in the Sons of Liberty or the Statue of Liberty.