Posted by: biblestudyseattle | December 4, 2013

Jonah Redux

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said,
“I called out of my distress to the Lord,
And He answered me.
I cried for help from the belly of Sheol;
You heard my voice.
“For You had cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the current engulfed me.
All Your breakers and billows passed over me.
“So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight.
Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
“Water encompassed me to the soul of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
“I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever,
But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.” Jonah 2:1-6 NASB

Most churches preach that Jonah survived three days in the fish. Not so. Jonah fell all the way to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. “Weeds were wrapped around my head.” Verse 5. That Jonah died comes from verse 2 and 5, “I cried for help from the belly of Sheol.” “Water encompassed me to the soul of death.” Sheol is death in Hebrew. God revived Jonah in the belly of the fish. “Then Jonah prayed to The Lord his God from the stomach of the fish.” Verse 1

Why do churches preach that Jonah lived through the whole ordeal? Because they believe that only Jesus body died while his disembodied soul flew off to preach to other disembodied souls in the netherworld. “He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.” 1 peter 18-19
This scripture shows that Jesus didn’t make this proclamation until he was made alive – three days after he was killed, not the instant he was killed. Jonah was the only sign the general public was given at that time. “But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;”. Matthew 12:39


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