Nazareth - hearts grown cold

Prophecy: Nineveh
Nineveh was the capital of Assyria which was founded by Nimrod (Genesis 10: 8-12). It was located near the city of Mosul, Iraq on the east bank of the Tigris at the junction of the Khosr river which runs through the city. By 668 BC it surpassed Thebes as the largest city in the world. According to Jonah, it took three days to walk across the city (Jonah 3: 3). The walled city was 3 by 8 miles, but it had suburbs which extended 14 miles north and 20 miles south.

  • Siege . The Babylonians, Medes and Scythians laid siege for 2 years.
    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. Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln (Nahum 3: 13-14)
  • Flood . In the third year of the siege the Khosr river flooded the city breaking down the flood gates and part of the walls allowing the enemies to enter in 612 BC.
    But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. (Nahum 1: 8)
    The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. (Nahum 2: 6)
  • Never Rebuilt . The flood so completely buried the city that 300 years later when Alexander the Great fought the battle of Arbela nearby in 331 BC he did not know that there was a city there.
    For centuries the Bible was the sole record of not only the city but the Assyrian empire. So Bible critics claimed that this was another imaginary city among the many myths of the Bible.
    Then Nineveh was rediscovered between 1842 and 1849. In 1842 the French Consul General, Paul-Emile Botta discovered the palace of Assyrian King Sargon II. In 1849, British Sir Austen Henry Layard found the lost palace of Sennacherib and the library of Ashurbanipal with 22,000 cunieform clay tablets.

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