By Michael Zaucha
A Shadow of Judgment to Come. The prophet Nahum was a holy man of God who spake as he was moved by the Holy Ghost (II Pet. 1:21). The prophet was faithful to declare the very person of God in the measure of revelation given to him. In his book, Nahum rightly reveals not only that God is a God of judgment, but also that He will make provision against the Day of Judgment.
Nahum’s name means “compassionate” and God choose him to reveal this aspect of His divine character. If you read his three chapter book from only the historical perspective – that is, the prophecy of the destruction of Ninevah by God – you will miss this truth concerning God; that the Lord art a God full of compassion (Ps. 86:15). For God’s compassion will be made manifest is His provision made for all that trust and believe in Him – such a strong hold in the day of trouble is announced.
In truth, the prophet Nahum was given to testify of Jesus (Rev. 19:10) – Jesus Himself being that Provision of God against the Day of Trouble, then, now, and especially when Jesus comes again on that appointed day, in which God will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom God ordained – the man Christ Jesus (Acts 17:31).
In the book of the prophet of God, Nahum the Elkoshite, there is no hiding of the truth of God’s wrath and vengeance that will be poured out in full measure upon His enemies and adversaries. The words of the prophet make it very clear, and very vivid, and very fearful: “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. 1:2).
In his knowledge of God’s vengeance to be taken upon the city and the people, the prophet cries out to God: “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” (Nah. 1:6).
It is right here, in the very next verse, that the revelation of God is made known; that God is full of compassion. Right in the midst of the prophet making known of God’s wrath and indignation, of the fierceness of His anger to be poured out like a mighty earthquake causing the rocks to be thrown down upon His enemies, and His fury to be poured out like fire upon them – after these fearful judgments sound forth, a still small voice sounds out, and how wonderful a word this is – a single verse, yet the calming voice of the God full of compassion ministers to His people – to those who trust and believe in Him; a provision will be made for them against that day: “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him” (Nah. 1:7).
A Prophetic Utterance of the Provision of God’s Christ. The goodness of God is made manifest in His provision of a strong hold in the Day of Judgment. Just as true and sure that the Judgment Day is coming, so it is true and sure that the Lord is good. God will most clearly and notably be seen as good when His provided Strong Hold stands in that day. The prophet Nahum has testified that God’s provided Strong Hold will stand, and that provision is God’s Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus will be shown to be “The” Strong Hold in the day of God’s wrath, indignation and fury against sin and against all those that remain in it. These will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of God and the glory of His power – forever (II Th. 1:9; Rev. 20:15; 21:8). But Jesus will be shown in all His glory on that day as the place of defense against the fierceness of God’s anger and wrath as He makes His people to stand on that day, and presents them faultless to God with exceeding joy! (Jude 1:24).
The Affirmation of This Truth in the Gospel. In the days of His flesh, Jesus began to minister the truth about Himself, and His effectualness to them that believe and continue to believe in Him against the coming Day of Judgment: “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn. 3:17-18). And again: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (Jn. 5:24).
This truth concerning the greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be proclaimed and taught to the people of God that they would continue to believe and trust in Him. And the Apostles would be faithful to do so! The Apostles would affirm this truth to the churches – that Jesus is “The” Strong Hold in The Day of Trouble – in order that they might hold fast their confidence stedfast unto the end (Heb. 3:14).
The Apostle Paul revealed Jesus “The” strong hold in the day of trouble declaring: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). And again: “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Rom. 4:7-8). And again: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1-2). As does the Apostle Peter declare likewise: “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (I Pet. 3:18).
Conclusion. Jesus and His Apostles affirm and open up the glorious provision of the truth which the prophet Nahum testified of concerning God’s Christ – He is a strong hold in the day of trouble. Let us therefore, give the more earnest heed and to the believing and trusting in God’s most compassionate Provision, our Lord Jesus Christ.
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Ps. 62:5-8).