The End of ISIS is near!

The End of ISIS is near!

The end of ISIS is near!

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Nahum nixes Nineveh next
Verse by verse through Nahum

By Craig C. White

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The book of Nahum is all about the destruction of the ancient city of Nineveh. God destroyed Nineveh with a flood and also with three plundering armies. The modern day city of Mosul is built alongside of the ruins of ancient Nineveh. As a matter of fact Nineveh lays within the city limits of Mosul! The prophet Nahum said that God will judge the place where Nineveh was built. Both cities were built in the same place. By all practical standards Mosul is Nineveh. Therefore the book of Nahum describes the destruction of ancient Nineveh and it also very probably describes the present day destruction of Mosul in northern Iraq! We all know that the Al-Qaeda terrorist group called ISIS has taken control of the city of Mosul. They are killing hundreds of thousands of its residents.

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. Nahum is describing Nineveh’s plight. I think he 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 it 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 a torrential rain 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.

I am not going to comment on every verse in Nahum. But I will say something about Nahum’s introduction. Nahum says that God will not allow wicked people to go unpunished. The ancient Ninevites were a lot like ISIS is today. They were blood thirsty murderers. God doesn’t like that. God punished Nineveh and he will likewise also punish ISIS in Mosul.

Nahum 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.

Before he starts, Nahum gives God credit for vanquishing Israel’s enemies. Verses 3-7 describe the fierce display of Jesus Christ’s wrath as he returns to earth at his second coming. Jesus will return with tornadoes and rock melting fury. Nahum’s description of Christ’s return is a lot like the description that King David gave in his song of deliverance recorded in 2 Samuel 22. For a more robust description of Jesus’ return please read my commentary titled “The sign of Jesus’ coming” in my book “Israel’s Beacon of Hope”.

Here is something to take notice of. God has given the duty of Judgment to his son Jesus Christ (John 5:22). It was Jesus who flooded Nineveh. It will be Jesus again who will also flood Mosul.

Here it is. Nahum comes right out and tells us that God will destroy the place where Nineveh sits with a flood. Remember that Mosul sits in the same place! Nineveh was flattened. Mosul will also be flattened. ISIS in Mosul will be overflowed by a flood of water. Their bodies will be dragged down to the darkness of the deep water and their souls will be dragged down to the even darker depths of the earth.

Nahum 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

In verse 9 below Nahum declares that God’s judgment will be final. In other words, we won’t have any more trouble from ISIS.

Nahum 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

In verse 10 below Nahum describes the members of ISIS gathered together in a thick crowd. They are drunk celebrating their immoral rapes and murders. God will gather ISIS together in Mosul like one would gather brush to burn. ISIS will be quickly and completely destroyed.

Nahum 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Next Nahum identifies one particular person among the inhabitants of Nineveh who is an enemy of the God of Israel. Nahum may be identifying Assyrian King Sinsharishkun who was in power during the fall of Nineveh. Nahum may also be identifying the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Al-Baghdadi has declared himself as the ruler of a new Islamic Empire. Of course the goal of Islam is the annihilation of Israel so Al-Baghdadi is also the enemy of the God of Israel. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi now lives in Mosul.

Nahum 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

The next three verses are interesting. We know that many nations will come against Israel during the Great Tribulation. Jesus will personally wipe them out at his second coming. It seems that ISIS will be dealt with beforehand. Assyria or northern Iraq is not listed in the Gog and Magog wars of Ezekiel 38 and 39 or in the battle of Armageddon (same as Ezekiel 39). Northern Iraq will assist Jordan during the Psalm 83 war but they will not enter into the land of Israel. The Psalm 83 war in Jordan happens just a day or so before the battle of Armageddon. For more about Ezekiel 38 and 39, and Psalm 83 please read my books “Halfway to Armageddon” and also “Israel’s Beacon of Hope”.

Nahum 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

In verse 13 below Nahum is comforting Israel. Back in 612 BC the Assyrians in Nineveh enslaved the Israelites. God destroyed Nineveh with a flood. God will also destroy Mosul with a flood. God will not allow ISIS in Mosul to bother Israel anymore.

Nahum 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

All you hear about today is ISIS. After God gets through with them nobody will be talking about them.

Nahum 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

Jesus Christ is the person and authority behind the flooding of Mosul. God will destroy ISIS as they are gathered together in Mosul. The same city that was their home will become their grave. God will catch Mosul in its own trap.

Nineveh was flooded long ago. Mosul will fall in like fashion. The city of Mosul has a population of 1.5 million. I heard one report lately that about 500,000 people are in immediate danger if the Mosul dam breaks.

In the verse below the palace refers to a building large enough to accommodate a gathering of many people. I think that Nahum is being very accurate here. ISIS in Mosul will be gathered together in a large auditorium when the flood hits!

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

The verse below literally says that Nineveh will be like a water reservoir for many days. ISIS leaders will command the people to stand and fight but nobody will listen. Anybody left alive will flee.

Nahum 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

I haven’t mentioned this yet but God first destroyed Nineveh with a flood and then three armies ransacked the city for two months! In 612 BC the Babylonians, Persians, and Medes attacked Nineveh when they saw it was in peril. Today those same three nations are fighting against ISIS in Mosul. They are the Iraqis, Iranians, and Kurds.

The Iraqi army along with the Iranian Guard and the Peshmerga Kurds will rifle through the city stealing everything of value. Just a note: the Bible often refers to soldiers as lions. The ISIS soldiers will be wiped out.

Nahum 2:9-13 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture. 10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness. 11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid? 12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin. 13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

ISIS has lusted after blood. They have filled Mosul with the blood of their fellow countrymen. God will not endure their evil deeds for long.

Nahum 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;

The next few verses may not reflect upon the present day destruction of Mosul. I wanted to cast a little light on them because they sound strange the first time you read them. The Assyrian King named Assur-banipal had conquered the city of No-Amon (or Thebes) in Upper Egypt in 663 B.C. God is telling the ancient Assyrians that even though Thebes was a great city it fell. God was just as able to destroy Nineveh.

Nahum 3:8-9 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea? 9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

Like Nineveh, Mosul will be under siege after the flood. Its defenses will crumble. The three invading armies will pour into the city.

Nahum 3:11-13 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy. 12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater. 13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

In verse 18 below, a shepherd is a ruler. The rulers of Nineveh are dead. The people of the city have taken refuge in the mountains. Nobody helps them. In verse 19 the word bruit simply means report. Everybody who hears the report about the destruction of ISIS in Mosul will clap their hands with approval.

Nahum 3:18-19 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. 19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Remember that the prophecies of Nahum are primarily about the ancient city of Nineveh. Everything written about its destruction has already happened. But in end time Bible prophecy history often repeats itself. The modern day city of Mosul is built surrounding the place where Nineveh once was. ISIS in Mosul is acting a lot like the ancient Assyrians of Nineveh. The Mosul dam is feeble. Mosul has set a trap for itself. God has ensnared them.

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23 thoughts on “The End of ISIS is near!

  1. Thank you for the information I look forward to many more meaningful discussions. I cannot wait for God to dismantle ISIS his heart is grieving like mine is for the people who has to go through those in humane acts. I am sure God is grieving in his heart to see what mankind has reach to in this era.


  2. The 1st time I read this, I didn’t know what you were talking about! But then, I kept coming back to this page want to know more, and now I know that God will most like kill ISIS in this ”flood”. So, I just want to thank you for this article, and pray for those affected by ISIS, and hope God will kill ISIS sooner rather then later, because if u have heard rumors about ISIS getting Nuclear Weapons, that is the only thing I’m still worried about with this terror group. So, Lets hope for God to kill ISIS soon and help those how are affected.


  3. I don’t understand how Israel can be favored…they don’t believe the Savior has come yet. They would have to believe Jesus is Savior before their end. How will that be?


  4. I live and work in N. Iraq as a missionary. I’ve been to Nahum’s tomb in Alqosh 2 times recently. I’ve been saying the same thing that you are. Great to read your article. I have some great pictures from Nahum’s tomb with many Hebrew inscriptions on the pillars and walls. Although it’s prophesied we may need to pray to see this fulfilled.


    1. Hi Grady. Please share your experience as a Christian missionary in northern Iraq and also your thoughts about Nahum’s prophecy that Mosul will be flooded. God bless, Craig C. White


  5. Praise YHVH I had a feeling in my spirit that isis would not last, I have to admit at first I figured they were the revived end time beast kingdom. And would only grow until yahushua utterly lays them waste. But now I’m realizing the end time caliphate must encompass more nations such as turkey and biblical edom, of course I,ve always thought the seat of power so to speak will be in Turkey, but I also was assuming that isis would be absorbed by a larger caliphate. And where better to look than the birth place of the old caliphate, the Ottoman Empire. Hence the “revived” language in scripture but, I’m so glad I found your article and site. Truly the most high has revealed awesome things to you out of his WORD Halleluyah! Keep up the good work!

    Also wanted to add I was thinking when reading your article, I need to read nahum again for myself… but I found myself wanting to get up and dance a jig instead after reading the news of their prophesied destruction from you. I figured well before I dance a jig, or read nahum for myself I better finish the article… the next thing I read was this verse

    Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. 19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

    I immediately got up and danced a jig… 8D


      1. Thanks great read! Yes I do believe the Ottoman caliphate was the kingdom of iron in Daniels vision of the statue. Because the Roman Empire didn’t crush all the other empires and stamp them under foot, they brought roads and commerce and were nation builders for the most part. But the rise of the Islamic Empire fist perfectly… Thanks again you are a true borean of the word do you happen to have a teaching on the book of Habakkuk?


  6. Just found this as well thought it was interesting and relevant…

    It seems Mosul like you have said has become isis head quarters, due to the fact it is the safest place they believe they have. A “stronghold” if you will it seems the reason their building underground is to avoid air strikes, which have been a problem for them… Imagine a flood coming while there gathered underground? I imagine the lights would go out before the flood hits so they might be in darkness… After reading nahum YHVH truly is awesome the scriptures are beyond description, the descriptions are perfect for today. Also after reading that article above Sergio posted I found this,

    Educating Mosul’s residents about the danger is complicated. Residents could avoid the main rush of water by heeding warnings to move to the outskirts. But the Islamic State, which controls the city, might see such warnings as a gambit to clear the way for an offensive backed by the United States and order citizens to stay.

    Maybe why they say stay! Stay! Also they are very prideful so much that they probably wouldn’t believe Allah would allow such a thing, but all speculation I’m think and hoping the places their building these underground headquarters are right in the path the flood would follow and I bet there are some high ranked down there possibly baghdadi himself wouldn’t that be something that old lion with all his young lions…


  7. To destroy ISIS , Raqqa must also be destroyed. It is interesting to note that there is a very unstable dam just to the north of Raqqa. Are we looking at both dams being breeched. and if so does this mean an earthquake or possibly isis blowing up the dam, or possibly unseasonal wet weather and a high spring run off
    The collapse of both dams would effectively destroy the whole of Iraq


    1. Nahum specifically names the city of Nineveh. Nahum says that God will destroy the place where Nineveh was built with an overrunning flood of water. Ancient Nineveh was flooded when torrential rains overwhelmed the Tigris River in 612 BC. Today Mosul in northern Iraq is built around the ruins of ancient Nineveh. The Bible doesn’t say anything about Raqqa, Syria being flooded.


  8. True but to destroy Isis (ie) to make a complete end of ISIS Raqqa must also go. If Mosul alone is destroyed, ISIS and probably Bagdadi will survive. I am only speculating, simply because the Tabqa dam is also very unstable and the emphasis in Nahum is total destruction for the Assyrians /ISIS. not a partial destruction


    1. Well that is a good observation. The Assyrian Empire was conquered around 612 BC but the Assyrian State continued. There is nothing that says that every Assyrian must die. The Assyrians (or northern Iraq) will participate in the Psalm 83 war which happens at the end of the Tribulation. Assyria is Assur in the following verse.

      Psalm 83:6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

      Raqqa might flood but the Bible doesn’t say anything about it. ISIS in Raqqa could also be defeated militarily.


    2. Nahum says that Nineveh will be flooded. I said that the end of ISIS is near! That sentiment may not be completely reliable. I think that Nahum says that the Assyrian Empire will not rise a second time. We can believe that God’s word is reliable.


  9. I will make thy grave; for thou art vile. I don’t think you need to backtrack on ISIS destruction
    Most of Mosul is now liberated but we are now in danger of ISIS mark 2 unless, they are totally and completely destroyed,—or the flood occurring after ISIS is evicted from Mosul
    still it is logical that God lets any innocents escape from Mosul before the flood. The way things are going Mosul will be liberated well before Raqqa, so if the flood occurs Raqqa must also be destroyed if total destruction of ISIS is to occur

    I know the bible doesn’t mention Raqqa but the way Nahum is written I get the feeling that God himself will make an end to ISIS, not the American or Iraqi army


  10. An independent Kurdistan may throw a spanner in the works, in regards to defeating ISIS by Kurdistan or Iraqi troops
    In reality these two previous allies may well start shooting each other
    Maybe we get a re-grouping of ISIS in Mosul


    1. Yes. Most of the ISIS fighters in Mosul are locals. Many are still living among the civilian population. They are waiting for their opportunity to retaliate. When their leader Al-Bagdadi says it’s time to fight then ISIS will rise again in Mosul.

      In the news lately Turkey may be sending troops to northern Iraq to fight the Kurds. Erdogan doesn’t want the Kurds to create an autonomous state in Iraq or in Syria.

      Turkey also wants to control Mosul. Turkey is Sunni Muslim. Mosul has a majority Sunni population. Turkey doesn’t want Mosul to be controlled by the Shia Iraqi government and by Shia Iran. It may be in Turkey’s best interest to help ISIS in Mosul. Or it may be in Turkey’s best interest to destroy Mosul altogether.


  11. There is a madness in all the middle east and to be quite honest the whole world, including America an Europe, China and Russia
    I think we are in for a torrid time over the next decade


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