Monday, May 27, 2013

Concluding Remarks on Nahum

Concluding Remarks on the Book of Nahum

The prophecies concerning Nineveh furnish a striking historical evidence of the divine origin of Holy Scriptures. It was certainly one of the greatest and strongest cities in the world – it was the capital of a well organized government space – space the commercial emporium of the world. The Euphrates and Tigris gave access to the ocean; and the city lay in the most direct track for caravans of the East. Yet, as the prophet foretold, it is “empty, and void, and waste.” Lucian, who lived in the 2nd century after Christ, affirms that “Nineveh was utterly perished; that there was no trace of it remaining; nor could anyone tell where it once was situated.” Opposite to Mosul, which is situated on the western bank of the Tigris, there are, no doubt, extensive ruins; but this is, most probably, the site of the Persian, and not the Assyrian Nineveh. What an invitation to the attentive study of prophecy in the light of history! What a conviction to infidels! What an example to commercial and ambitious nations! What a warning to implement and luxurious rulers! Above all, what a message to the churches of Europe, to be where of the “witchcrafts” of false doctrine, of worldliness and of “covetousness, which is idolatry;” lest the Lord remove their candlestick, and leave them as the 7 churches in Asia, “empty, void and waste.”

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