Psa 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat
down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
Psa 137:2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
Psa 137:3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted
of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion.
Psa 137:4 How shall we sing the LORD'S
song in a strange land?
Psa 137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget [her cunning].
Psa 137:6 If I do not remember thee,
let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Psa 137:7 Remember, O LORD, the children
of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase [it], rase [it, even] to the foundation thereof.
Psa 137:8 O daughter of Babylon, who
art to be destroyed; happy [shall he be], that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
Psa 137:9 Happy [shall he be], that
taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
How often do we find ourselves weeping by the rivers of Babylon?
Wether from chastizement for our bad choices OR just from this evil world?
Zec 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of
hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of
Our GOD cherishes His people... after the 10 northern tribes of Israel were
taken away captive to Assyria, GOD heard their weeping and destroyed their tormentors
>>>“He esteems them as much as men value their eyesight, and is as careful
to protect them from injury, as men are to protect the apple of their eye. The pupil of the eye is the tenderest part of the
tenderest organ, and very fitly sets forth the inexpressible tenderness of God’s love.” (Spurgeon)
Nahum 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The
book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.
Nah 1:2 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.
Nah 1:3 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.
Nah 2:1 He that dasheth in pieces
is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make [thy] loins strong, fortify [thy] power
Nah 2:2 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.
>>>>a. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: Nahum begins his prophecy by considering the
character of the God who brings judgment.
· God is jealous: How can it be said that God is jealous? “God’s jealousy
is love in action. God is not jealous of us: He is
jealous for us.”
· The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries: Man needs to understand that he can’t fight
against God and hope to prevail. Everyone who sets themselves against God will end up receiving His vengeance.
· The Lord is slow to anger: God is far more patient than man. Though there is a time and place
where He does display His anger,
it doesn’t come quickly or capriciously. “God’s sword of justice is in its scabbard: not rusted in it -
it can be easily withdrawn - but held there by that hand that presses it back into its sheath, crying, ‘Sleep, O sword,
sleep; for I will have mercy upon sinners, and will forgive their transgressions.’” (Spurgeon)
· And great in power: Knowing God’s power should make us trust in His help (because He is able to help) and to fear His judgment (knowing that He judges with power).
· Will not at all acquit the wicked: God is not like an unjust judge who simply lets the
guilty go out of a false sense of compassion. We can’t just figure that God will say, “Let’s let bygones
be bygones” when we get to heaven. Sin must be accounted for, because He will not acquit the wicked. Every sin will be paid for - either in hell or at
the cross - but God will not acquit the wicked.
· The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm: God’s power is so great that it controls the
mightiest forces known to man. A huge whirlwind
or storm is nothing to God, because He has His way in them.
· His fury is poured out like fire: When God is resisted long enough and rejected strongly enough,
eventually His judgment comes. He is slow to anger,
but when it does come His fury is poured out like fire. Understanding this should make man quick to repent and wary of presuming on God’s patience.
· The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble: Those who love Him and trust Him see the goodness
of God, and find protection in His stronghold
· He knows those who trust in Him: Not only does He know them in the sense of identification, but
also in the sense of relationship. Trust implies relationship, and God knows those who trust in Him.
For mighty Ninevah was besieged by those who they had terrified... They snickered
at their enemies from behind their tall proud walls, the works of their hands...
However the Mighty GOD brought forth a flood, an overflowing rain... HE caused
the river of Nineveh to betray her city, breach her proud walls, drowning much of her people in a tsunami of mud and water...leaving
her bare, naked to their enemies
Nah 2:3 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.
Nah 2:4 The chariots shall rage in
the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the
Btw, Nahum may have also seen our 8 lane highways
The king of Nineveh, being afraid of abuse at the hands of his enemies,
torched his palace, his family, and entered an eternal torment far worse than
the Earthly fire that consumed him...
A generation later, Jerusalem and Judah were taken captive
And God heard their weeping by the rivers of Babylon...
And after the Land had rested 70 years, GOD delivered the next generation much
as HE had done after the 40 years wandering with Moses in the wilderness...
2Ch 36:21 To fulfil the word of the
LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: [for] as long as she lay desolate
she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.
Israel had refused to let the Farmland rest, to lay fallow every seventh year
--hense, GODs judgment of 70 years.........
For GOD promises:
Deuteronomy 32:10 GOD found
Israel in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; GOD led him about, GOD instructed him, GOD kept him as the apple
of his eye.
GOD is their for us in Our wilderness...
Psa 23:1 <A Psalm of David.>
The LORD [is] my shepherd;
I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in
green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth
me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before
me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
God promises to deliever us—sometimes from our pain, more often THROUGH
Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass,
[that] in all
the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off [and] die; but the third shall be left therein.
Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third
part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my
name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, The LORD [is] my God.
For then Israel was delivered by the King...
2Ch 36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus
king of Persia, that the word of the LORD [spoken] by the mouth of Jeremiah (the Prophet) might be accomplished,
the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and [put it] also in
2Ch 36:23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia,
All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem,
which [is] in Judah.
there] among you of all his people? The LORD his God [be] with him, and let him go up.
This was A pagan king who GOD had shown Himself to...
GOD delivers us much as HE delivered Judah
For GOD delivers His people:
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto
the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
Hos 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Primarially meaning Israel to be dispersed for 2000 years in the World, then
raised up in the Millennial; Kingdom--
however by illustration for US... GOD Will chastize us, His children, to repentance,
then He will bring Us back to Him...
>>>GOD only spanks HIS children... He lets the wicked alone until
>>>. He has torn, but He will heal
us: Hosea prays with the right heart in response to the chastening hand of God. Instead of arguing
with God, or resenting His correction, Hosea leads Israel in humble prayer.
i. This is a prayer
that trusts the love of God, and sees His loving hand even in correction. Often, a rebellious child will complain that their
parents do not love them. Of course, the parents do love the child, but in their rebellion and lack of submission, they can’t
receive or respond to that love. Hosea prays with a different heart.
b. After two days He will revive us;
on the third day He will raise us up: Hosea prayed this full of confidence in God’s love and power to restore. In the prayer, there is a shadowy
prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection on the third day. The context supports this wonderfully; on the cross Jesus was torn and stricken for our sake, yet He was also gloriously raised up on the third day.
Psa 37:35 I have seen the wicked in
great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
Psa 37:36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not
Anon: Man is like the morning mist, is there for a short time, making a brief
noise, then forever quenched by the rising sun.
Psa 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish,
[when] I saw
the prosperity of the wicked.
Psa 73:4 For [there are] no bands
in their death: but their strength [is] firm.
Psa 73:5 They [are] not in
other] men; neither are they plagued like [other] men.
Psa 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth
them about as a chain; violence covereth them [as] a garment.
Psa 73:7 Their eyes stand out with
fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
Psa 73:8 They are corrupt, and speak
wickedly [concerning] oppression:
they speak loftily.
Psa 73:9 They set their mouth against
the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
-----The “Game” of thrones----- wicked rulers shed blood---
Psa 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary
of God; [then] understood
I their end.
However, We have a coming King and We Have a city...
Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD
cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled,
and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut
off from the city.
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east,
and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very
great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Zec 14:9 And the LORD shall be king
over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our
God [is] one LORD:
Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD
thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deu 6:6 And these words, which I command
thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them
diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for
a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deu 6:9 And thou shalt write them
upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
>>> So, What is that city?
Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one
of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will
shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great
city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river
of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
----------Also look in Ezekiel ch 47---------
Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare
of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree
[were] for the
healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb
shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4 And they shall see his face;
and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.
Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night
there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever
Rev 22:6 And he said unto me, These
sayings [are] faithful
and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed
[is] he that
keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly;
and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Rev 22:14 Blessed [are] they that
do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:15 For without [are] dogs,
and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel
to testify unto you these things in the churches. ((Rev 3&4)) I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright
and morning star.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride
say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water
of life freely.
Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man
that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues
that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take
away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy
city, and [from] the things
which are written in this book.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these
things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Rev 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ [be] with you
Once saved we are
the things of this
world are fading away...we find that the toys the adventures the worldly pursuits that were once even all consuming no longer
fascinate us...in a way, we now have glasses that can focus only on the kingdom in the distance while the worldly things around
us become so very blurred fuzzy transient UN-important...and yes unsatisfying...
I have been noticing
it more often recently...maybe that means that my/our homecoming is even more imminent... that the veil between this world
and the next is thinning to the point where we can feel the ghostly whispers from the other side....
Even so, Come Quickly
Lord Jesus... and, oh,BTW Lord, coming soon would be good too!!
In Jesus name, Amen...