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The Sign Of Jonah?

Jonah Mosaic at St.

Jonah And The Whale

In Matthew 12:39-40 we read Jesus purported words,

39 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: 40 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.

Seems clear as day. He is going to give the sign of Jonah but what was the sign of Jonah and did Jesus give it?Not too surprisingly we find the story of Jonah in the book of Jonah. As Jesus said, Jonah spent 3 days and 3 nights in the whale. Ok so is that the sign of Jonah? One thing we can see from a careful reading [a glance actually] is that Jonah was thrown overboard in order to calm the storm but god intervened and sent a wale to swallow Jonah. Ask any little child that has heard the story if Jonah was dead or alive. He was alive yet Jesus was supposedly dead so we find that he couldn’t be referring to his resurrection since Jonah didn’t die [which would have made praying a bit difficult]. Maybe Jesus meant just what he said, he was gonna be in the Earth for 3 days and 3 nights just like Jonah was with the whale.

When was Jesus placed in the tomb? Pretty much with one voice Christianity answer on a Friday as denoted by their holiday of Good Friday. There are some Christians that say he was placed in the tomb on Thursday but they are very much a minority in the Church nor does Thursday night matter much as will be seen. If Jesus was placed in the tomb on Friday night, we can count overnight Friday as 1 night. He was entombed all day Saturday so we have 1 day and 1 more night. On Sunday he rose before sunrise so by my rusty math skills, he was entombed 1 day and 2 nights. If you move this whole story forward to Thursday, you woulds still have 1 day and 2 nights unless you leave the story of his rising on Sunday. Then you are writing your own gospel which in light of god killing 50070 [1 Samuel 6:19] men for looking into a box, is not a wise thing to do. So once again, we find the bible to be wrong. In order to spend 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb, Jesus would have needed to be placed there Wednesday evening but that really would screw up Good Friday. So I ask you Christians to please tell me what was the sign of Jonah that Jesus gave?

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One Response

  1. You certainly have a way of getting to the heart of the matter. I, having been a christian at one time, often wondered how it culd be considered 3 days when it was only 1 and a half at best.

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