Jesus spoke about Sign of Jonah in Bible in relation to people depending on the signs and wonders than Divine Master planner of the signs. Jonah is the least admired of Old Testament prophets yet, in spite of his flaws, Jesus used Jonah as a type of himself and proof of His divine mission. Divine paradoxes God uses the almost despicable weakness of Jonah to illustrate the most sublime and essential truths. Jesus used prophetic significance of Jonah forever when He declared:
“An evil and adulterous generation seeks after sign but no sign will be given except sign of prophet Jonas. Jonas was 3 days and 3 nights in a whale’s belly so Son of man for 3 days and 3 nights in heart of earth.” in Matthew 12:39 –40 from Bible.
Christ’s words means he will die for 3 days in the grave so rise up resurrected and be alive again. This baffled listeners including Jewish proselytes, converts, multitudes in crowds from all nations under heaven. Only after resurrection did people understand what He meant. The sign of Jonah is more than oblique reference to His death but full meaning is relevant today. Jonah’s three days in belly of a whale is prophetic to Christ’s three days in the tomb and the rest of the story is unfolding today. Is it a tale suitable for children and adults of more profound significance. Those of myopic short-sightedness overlook an endtime relevant consideration of Jonah story.
The prophet Jonah called by God to give the final message of warning to Nineveh because wickedness beyond boundary of HIS mercy to be destroyed in 40 days. Jonah fled in fear resulting in storm at sea, requested to be thrown overboard, swallowed by whale disappeared from face of the earth. 3 days later, repented from his folly was spewed out. Made his way to Nineveh, prophesied three days and nights that in forty days great city will be destroyed. Why did God single out Nineveh warning it in this manner leaving other wicked cities unwarned? Nineveh, founded by son of a righteous patriarch Shem. Nineveh representative of those who once served God but have departed from HIM. In the Bible only a handful of places referred to as “that great city.” Apart from Nineveh is used once in the case of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 22:8) to describe New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2) in reference to Mystery Babylon (Rev 18:21). The New Jerusalem is the true bride of Lamb Jesus as all others started out pure, sinned and corrupted themselves became the enemies of God. This position Jesus took of the Jews and backslider believers claiming to serve God yet became enemies of God. Jesus was sent by God to preach save against sin destroying Jerusalem the great city whose wickedness came up before God, calling to repentance. Like Jonah, Christ disappeared from face of earth 3 days but the tomb could not bound Him like whale in Jonah’s case, released Himself from the grave as Lord over death. And during that time, disciples in fear for their lives in anguish of soul hid away behind locked doors in the Upper Room. Followed by 3 years of Christ’s disciples declared great wickedness of Jerusalem slaying Christ and coming destruction of the city and the temple. Turned on a fellow believers Anointed by God for his zeal and devotion to God. So misguided killed the messenger for preaching the Gospel truth as Jesus crucified on Cross.
“For we have heard him [Stephen] say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place… And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.” (Act 6:14 – 15)
No coincidence Jerusalem is destroyed by Roman armies 40 years after Christ’s death. The story of Jonah and Nineveh is more than just reference to Christ’s death and resurrection; it is a prophetic history of Jerusalem. In both cases God’s messengers were afflicted, hidden from view for period 3 days after which they gave the warning for a period of 3 days or 3 years as Jesus said city is destroyed within 40 prophetic days of 40 years. So note with interest Jewish calendar 40 day period precedes Day of Atonement called Teshuvah, which means to return to repentance, those who did not repent and return were to be cut-off. God in His Mercy forgave Nineveh because of their humility and obedience to Gospel. Destruction of Nineveh was stopped for a time after prayer and fasting of King, Queen, all people including the animals but Jerusalem was destroyed. So reason for this is Jonah’s prophecy regarding Jerusalem applies to end time signs of the world. Jerusalem’s destruction is the prefigured sign of Jonah not just for the Jews but for ‘evil adulterous generation’ living in the last days. Prophet Jonah is a lesson for all nations including the remnant Church of God. God raised up prophetic people to give Gospel Truth messages to warn “Babylon that great city.” But like Jonah who fled from his duty fell asleep, secure in company of idolaters on ship to Tarshish, God’s endtime last days people doing same things. Their “ship” set course towards spiritual sin away from call of duty to proclaim the Gospel message to Babylon the great. God’s end time birth pangs of pain hour of HIS WRATH judgements is coming as Babylon fell not repenting as Nineveh did in time of Jonah and saved. As Jonah was sound asleep like disciples fallen asleep at Gethsemane, wise and foolish virgins in church are fast asleep, believing their “ship will go through” to safety. But as Jonah slept, violent storm arose and fearing for safety idolaters in the ship cast him out into the sea where he was swallowed up so lost out of sight.The very things Jonah trusted to refuse to obey God turned against him, threw him down. God intervens saves Nineveh as nations Christ rose from land of dead back to living (Isa 53:8; John 11:48). So His disciples cast out of the synagogues (John 9:22; 12:42; 16:2). God lets strong winds of strife, storm, tempest lashed seas of masses’ rage, threaten safety of life ship. To secure ‘safety,’ idolatrous crew cast God’s servants out of ship to be out of sight of to lost world. Put out of sight out of mind they thought. But shocked with horror, perceived enemy TRIUMPHS, emerged again did miracles more signs on Earth another 40 days. So they never knew what they meant for evil God turns to greater good to save humanity. Jonah’s experience in the belly of whale brought him more than just a change of attitude. Eyewitness reports of sailors swallowed by whales say they come out bleached by whale’s stomach acids. Skin of sailors who came out often look unnaturally white and bloodless. Jonah experience in whale’s belly taught him a lesson of obedience but left upon him mark of God’s Hand made him a spectacle as he made his way to Nineveh. People repented but Jonah was not happy with outcome he expected contrary to what God told him.No doubt visible mark of God on him contributed largely to success of his mission drawing attention of people to notice him sticking out like sore thumb. Like Jonah, after three days of anguish and concealment, disciples sealed with Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Eph 1:13; 4:30; 2 Cor 1:22). This made spectacle of him people as seal of the Spirit contributed largely to success of the ministry. Same experienced by saints of God when they learn lesson of obedience in terrible things in righteousness (Ps 65:5), they come out sealed with Father’s name in foreheads. Faces lighted as Stephen’s (Acts 6:15) in the power of the loud cry of the mighty angel of Revelation 18 declare whole counsel of God and the warnings to fallen world to come out of Babylon, Great City. Jonah’s end time sign means while busy looking for signs or wonders in clouds, skies, SIGN OF SON OF MAN Jesus suddenly appears like lightning then Jesus is seen by all in Rapture. Acceptance of Gospel message of Jonah and repentance of sins is sign that saved Nineveh. Exact same Gospel Message determines all those saved like Nineveh or destroyed as Jerusalem. The Messiah Jesus returns for repented people rescued in Rapture but mockers will hit rock bottom like Jonah in a hard way before they finally learn the lesson fully obey God. Like Jonah, some angry with God for not destroying the enemy as Jonah expected. Jonah felt he wasted time wanted revenge from God. But God changed HIS MIND to forgive Nineveh. Jonah’s Gospel Message bore good fruits to harvesr souls for God because people humbled themselves and listen. Jonah was angry so wanted punishment from God. Jonah forgot God’s Grace, Mercy and Compassion preserved his life in the whale’s belly for three days. Jonah had to accept God forgives all people of all nations, races, classes, status, gender, God extends same favour to Nineveh as HE did to Jonah and to all today as well.Later, in the New Testament, the sign of Jonah is mentioned in another layer of scripture that correlates with original prophecy of Jonah. Relates to the end of the age includes scriptures of the New Testament regarding this end of the age sign of Jonah: Pharisees with Sadducees tempt Jesus to show them a sign from heaven. So Jesus answered and said to them, When it is evening you say it is fair weather for sky is red. If morning weather sky is red cry foul hypocrites you know how to discern face of sky but cannot discern signs of times? A wicked and adulterous generation is seeking after a sign; but no sign will be given to you only sign of prophet Jonas. He left them and departed in Matthew 16:1-4 KJV Holy Bible. End time Jonah prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. Although He was standing right in front of them as promised Messiah they chose to ignore and disregard the Son of God. Instead wanted to test Jesus like devil to misuse His powers for wrong reasons to show off. They know Jesus IS MESSIAH but prefer a man-made conquering Messiah to redeem them from political yoke God let conquerors used to rule them as punishment. God wants the personal salvation greater not political values they prefer. They missed point like Jonah angry with God for not helping to stop yoke of servitude. They forgot they asked God to give them king like other nations. God warned through Prophet Samuel taxes and servitude human rulers will put on them but insisted they wanted it. In the same way they rejected Jesus for Barabbas and crucified him. They thought they were getting rid of Jesus forever but wrongly underestimated God’s power and uthority at work in Jesus. Modern generations mock God, antiChrist’s as Google refuse to answer who Jesus is. Yet allow others to be known globally through Alexa. Jesus in Matthew 24 or Luke tells us signs and wonders occur daily seen in sky from God in heaven. This is the sign to usher in RETURN of Jesus in cloud in Rapture. Like star of Bethlehem at Jesus Birth, the sign of the woman clothed with the Sun and moon at her feet shows Jupiter in her womb 40 months, birthed, the lion of Judah nearby, Son whisked safely to heaven from dragon trying to devour Jesus. Is symbolic of Israel, grafted in Gentiles, remnant church saved from Armageddon in Rapture in ETERNAL life. Only those in Christ are saved as Children of God. All people are God’s creatures but Bible says only those who accept Jesus are God’s Children.
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