Why was God seeking vengeance against Nineveh—and also against the nominal Church systems, or Christendom, in the antitype? Judgment was merited because of wickedness and the accumulation of guilt in abusing and persecuting the Lord’s true followers. Also, Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and several Assyrian kings were responsible for taking the ten tribes into captivity. Like a wolf, Assyria stole sheep (the ten tribes) from the flock, and the Lord keeps in memory acts that are committed against His own. While retribution may not be instant, and while it may seem that no punishment is forthcoming, the guilt is stored up.