283. The Enemy Has Been Defeated

Nahum 2:11 NKJV Where is the dwelling of the lions, And the feeding place of the young lions, Where the lion walked, the lioness and lion’s cub, And no one made them afraid?

 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 In Nahum 2:11 Nahum was prophesying about the destruction of Nineveh, but many Bible Scholars also believe that it is also a reference to the destruction not just of that kingdom under Sennacherib but also of Satan’s under the Antichrist. This prophecy which was delivered about 100 years after Jonah prophesied to the Ninevites was seen fulfilled about 115 years after it was delivered according to John Gill’s exposition of the Entire Bible.

Nineveh had feared no kingdom but laid waste to all they faced. That is until they encountered the Medes and Babylonians. These kingdoms decimated Nineveh and caused the once roaring lion of the Middle East to tremble in fear.

In Nahum 2:11 Nineveh was referred to as a lion, similarly the devil is referred to as a lion in 1 Peter 5:8. The big difference here is which side of the cross they are from. While Satan may have had larger claws before the New Testament, Jesus “disarmed principalities and power” through His death and subsequent resurrection (Col 2:15).

The enemy has been defeated. In Nahum 2:13 we are told, “…the sword shall devour your (Nineveh’s) young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.” The lion that once was feared has had his teeth removed and been declawed. All he has now is the sound of his roar and the fear induced by its threats to wreak havoc and cause people to destroy themselves. We have nothing to fear.

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