Nahum prophesies the downfall of Nineveh and Assyria.
The destruction of the Assyrian empire is an image of how God will confront and bring down all violent human empires. This is about God’s commitment to justice, which is as true today as it was in the time of Nahum. While God will defeat human evil, he does not forget the innocent. He promises to provide a refuge on the day of judgment for anyone who humbles themselves before God.
God Is Just
The book of Nahum is a collection of poems announcing the downfall of some of Israel's worst oppressors. Referencing Daniel, Exodus, and Isaiah, Nahum shows us that the destruction of Nineveh and Assyria are examples of how God works in history in every age.
The book of Nahum opens with God's words from Exodus 34. God is slow to anger and full of loyal love, but he must punish evil.
People of Faith
Referencing Isaiah, Nahum reminds the people that when God brings down the arrogant empires, he will provide refuge for those who humble themselves before him.
The Fall of Nineveh
Babylonian soldiers and chariots will attack Nineveh. Chaos reigns as the soldiers breach the city walls, slaughter the people, and plunder and destroy the city.
Nineveh's downfall causes the Assyrian empire to fall. While injustice built the system that made Assyria successful, it will also bring about its destruction.
Assyrian King Taunted
Stricken with a fatal wound, the king of Assyria is taunted, and his death is celebrated by the people whom he once oppressed.