The Prophet Nahum is an interesting study especially when you consider what is happening in our country and the Middle East. After Jonah had given his prophecy of doom, then repentance, to the people of Ninevah, Nahum’s later prophecy carries a particular warning to the Ninevites of the coming events the Lord was going to deliver because they had again slid into their heathen ways. Nahum showed them what will now occur. Keep in mind that Nahum is in favor of the destruction of Ninevah and he does little to hide it. As a matter of fact, you could say that the book of Nahum is "a celebration of the fall of Assyria."
The Assyrians were known as the most cruel and blood thirsty of all those that fought against the children of Israel. Their raids were bloodier and the crimes committed against God's people were of a greater, more intense hatred than others. However, with the Prophet Nahum, this word from Yahweh is not just a warning or speaking positively of the destruction of Ninevah, it is also a positive encouragement and "message of comfort" for Israel, Judah, and others who had experienced the "endless cruelty" (Nahum 3:19) of the Assyrians. What goes around comes around as they say. Elohim sees everything and He takes count. Please remember that the Assyrians then, came from the exact same location where ISIS roams today. Again, the Lord sees EVERYTHING.
The prophet Jonah tells us of God's mercy given by the Lord for the people of Nineveh. Nahum’s writing testifies to the later rightous justice shown by God. Nahum is prophesying about how God dealt with the Assyrians in punishment according to "their cruelty" (Nahum 3:19). The Assyrians had been used as God's "rod of anger" to punish Israel, and the staff in their hand [as] indignation." (Isaiah 10:5) One more time, Abba, in His perfect foreknowledge never misses anything about anyone. Everything God deals with is deliberate and reveals His perfect, and often slow moving judgement and justice. Well, it seems slow to those being judged, that's for sure.
Let's look at the nature of God through Nahum. From its opening, the book of Nahum shows God to be slow to anger but that He will by no means clear the guilty. He will bring His vengeance and wrath to pass on individuals and nations. Our God is presented as a powerful and thoughtful God who will punish evil but will protect those who trust in Him. The opening passage (Nahum 1:2–3) states: "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".
Yeshua is strong and will use different means to work out His plan for those who trust Him; however, a mighty God doesn't need anyone else to carry out vengeance and wrath for Him. He does that all by Himself. He is jealous for His children and watches out for them. And, He reserves His special wrath on those who would harm what belongs to Him.
Today, many believers cannot bear to look at all the pressure being applied to the body of Messiah around the world. Persecution is breaking out against us all over and it is painful. However, if we hide our hearts in the Messiah, our living Lord and Savior, we will be fine. We exercise our faith in the Word of God, Yeshua.
The great point to make here is that we must make sure we are on the Lord's side in everything we are about. Faith and fear cannot live together. We've been told this for years but NOW we MUST live it. This is our time to show forth the love and strength of Yeshua Who strengthens us in every way. For many of us, we need to be strong spiritually, for the sake of our friends and family. We point this way to everyone and we don't shrink back because this is OUR TIME!