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The Jonah Prophecies
Jonah, from the Hebrew name pronounced yo-naw, meaning a dove, is most famous for his being swallowed alive by a whale in the Mediterranean Sea. Jonah was however much more. Jonah was a prophet who was recognized as such among the people of ancient Israel. Consider, from the time of Kings (i.e. see The Northern Kingdom and The Southern Kingdom), the prophecy "according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah":
"14:23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah [see Kings of Israel and Judah], Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years. 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
"The LORD God of Israel, which He spake by the hand of His servant Jonah"
As was the case for all of the LORD's true prophets, Jonah was not a volunteer (unlike all of the phony "prophets" of the world who eagerly seek to spread their verbal poison at every opportunity). That reluctance is in itself a proof that the prophets of the LORD are indeed prophets of the LORD, not prophets of themselves.
"1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
The LORD caused Jonah to accept his mission - by means of an object lesson that in itself would later be used as the only proof that the Messiah was the Messiah - the "three days and three nights" entombment.
"1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken." (Jonah 1:4 KJV)
The Messiah directly referred to the experience of Jonah because, like the ancient kings (as quoted above), they all knew about Jonah's other prophecies. It was however only at the time of Christ's coming that the prophetic meaning of Jonah's "great fish" was revealed.
"12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
Fact Finder: On what days of the week did the Messiah fulfill the "three days and three nights" prophecy of Jonah? How has the denial of the "three days and three nights" caused people to substitute the LORD's true Sabbath with Satanic Sunday?