Elkosh O’gosh!

Elkosh O’gosh!

God the ensnarer

By Craig C. White

When Hebrew prophets talk about the burden of a city or nation they are describing the portion of God’s judgment that it must endure. The book of Nahum describes the city of Nineveh’s plight. Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian Empire. In 612 BC God sent a flood of water to destroy Nineveh. Today the city of Mosul in northern Iraq is built around the ruins of ancient Nineveh. Mosul is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS. I think that Nahum is also describing the plight of ISIS in Mosul today!

Nahum 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

The name Nahum means comfort. He didn’t comfort the city of Nineveh but he did comfort the nation of Israel by telling them that one of their enemies would be vanquished by God. Nahum was one of the Israeli captives that were taken away by the Assyrian Empire around 740 BC. So during the time that Nahum wrote his book he lived in Assyria or what we call northern Iraq today. Nahum lived in a town called Elkosh. Today the small town of Elkosh is known as Alqosh. Alqosh is located about twenty miles to the north of the city of Mosul. As a matter of fact Alqosh overlooks the Mosul dam. If the Mosul dam was ever to burst, Alqosh is as close as you could get to the dam without drowning. What does the name Elkosh mean? Elkosh means God the ensnarer.

To ensnare means to catch something in a trap. God set a trap for Nineveh. God ensnared the city of Nineveh by planting it by the Tigris River. In 612 BC God sent torrential rains which overflowed the banks of the Tigris River flooding the city. The city of Mosul is sitting in an even worse trap. In 1985 construction of the Mosul dam was completed. Ever since the dam was put into service there have been concerns about its stability and safety. It seems that the ground it was built on is dissolving! The dam requires constant upkeep to prevent it from failing. The Mosul dam is located just north of the city. If the dam burst it would send a sixty foot high wave of water over the city of Mosul. So Nahum the comforter represents God the ensnarer; otherwise known as Elkosh!

Listen to my verse by verse Bible study through the Old Testament book of Nahum titled The End of ISIS is near!


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5 thoughts on “Elkosh O’gosh!

  1. Hi Craig,

    Just curious what you think of Obama wanting to be the UN secretary/general. Do you think he plays a part in end times?


    1. Obama wants to be the head of the UN at the end of the year. Perhaps Erdogan and Israel will make a peace agreement with the UN. Perhaps the UN is “the many” spoken of by Daniel.


  2. Hi, Craig,

    Once a peace agreement is confirmed regarding Israel with the many, does this actually start the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation or Jacob’s Trouble, or does it start once the rapture happens? I’ve always wondered. I keep getting two different stories here. Thanks.


    1. Hi Nancy. Most people think that the Tribulation begins at the signing of the peace treaty. That seems reasonable. I would like to point out that I think that Turkey will invade northern Israel possibly before the Tribulation. Perhaps that will lead to the seven year peace agreement.


      1. Thanks, Craig. I can see how this scenario would work since the Israeli invasion will fail, so Turkey will likely try to work out a peaceful method instead diplomatically after that, which could result in this 7-year peace agreement with Israel to see if that would be mutually beneficial. And Israel will either agree to it voluntarily or be coerced into it by being promised they can now erect their temple in peace with the many.


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