Pamphlet 1600 Jonah kc 1-1
Have I [we] been deceived?
Everyone knows that the graphic events that are described
in the Book of Jonah have thrilled the hearts and minds of children and
adults alike for many generations, but it should be noted that this Book
of Jonah is not a myth or fairy tale, nor it is an allegory as most modern
critics allege. In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ gives His personal witness
that Jonah was indeed a real historical personage and that he was for real
entombed in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights.
This documents that not only was Jonah "for real" but also that he was a type of the Savior. "As our Lord was raised from the dead at the end of that period (3 days and 3 nights), so Jonah must have been, as miraculously, raised from the dead." (Companion Bible, pg. 1247.)Matthew 12:38
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
 But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly;so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Note: From Good Friday to Easter Sunday isn't three days and three nights! All my life I [we] have been taught
that Christ was crucified on Friday [Good Friday] and arose from the dead on Sunday [Easter Sunday]. Have I [we] been deceived? See Pamphlet #1071
Therefore, those who believe that the Book of Jonah is myth or allegory have either never read Christ's words or if they have, they must believe Him to bear false witness. Then too, the question to ask is, "Which was the greater miracle, Jonah in the belly of the fish or Jesus Christ in the heart of the earth?"
By the way, did you know that the name "Jonah" comes from the Hebrew word for "wine"? The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Jonah = äðˆBéyoònaòh yo-naw' Strong's #3123
Probably from the same as #3196; a dove (apparently from the warmth of their mating):—dove, pigeon.
#3196 = ïPé‡yayinyah'-yin
From an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication:—banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber].
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