Jonah comes from the Hebrew word Yonah which being interpreted is a Dove. Jonah is said to be the fifth in the order of the Minor Prophets.
Jonah is called a Prophet of God; In 2nd Kings 14:25 we read, "According to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.
This is the first mentioning of Jonah in Scripture; from the meaning of his name, he would be considered a "Messenger of Peace and Hope." However, he appears to be more of a Messenger of Doom! But when the inhabitants of Nineveh heard his Message, they Repented of their sins and the Lord Accepted their Humbleness and Gave them another chance to Serve Him and to live in Peace.
We read in Numbers 11:29, "And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!"
Moses spake even as the Lord would have it to be; in fact the angel of the Lord Jesus, when speaking unto John while he was in the Spirit on the isle called Patmos, said that He hath made the Saints to be Kings and Priest unto our God, Revelation 5:10.
One scripture says that the Saints should Covet to Prophesy, 1st Corinthians 14:39.
This sounds like to me that the Lord would have all His Children to be like unto Prophets.
The Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 14:1 wrote, "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy."
It is the Purpose of every Saint to Bear Seed; one way in which a Soul can Bear Seed is by Sharing (Speaking) of the Gospel of the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible to those they come in contact with day to day. Testifying (speaking about and sharing what the Lord has done in your life) is a form of Prophesying, in that manner every Saint is a Prophet.
In 1st Corinthians 14:36-39 the Apostle Paul wrote, "What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
**If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. *But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
**Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues."
The way in which a person can acknowledge that the words another person is speaking are true is to verify that which you have heard by that which is Written in the Word of the Lord, the Bible. In doing this, the best advice that I can give is to see if two or three Biblical Writers concur with that which you have heard.
We are directed in Scripture to Prove ALL things by two or three witnesses (Biblical writers), 2nd Corinthians 13:1, see also Deuteronomy 17:6 &19:15, St. Matthew 18:16, 1st Timothy 5:19 and Hebrews 10:28; Jesus also said, “It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me,” St. John 8:17-18.
The Prophet Jonah in Jonah 1:1-3 wrote, "Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, *Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. *But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD."
Jonah rebelled against the Instructions of the Lord. One possible reason for his rebellion is that Nineveh was a Gentile nation.
It is said that Jonah was a proud person, a self-centered egotist; willful, pouting, jealous and blood-thirsty; however, he was also considered to be a good Prophet and a lover of Israel; yet, he seemed to be without proper respect for God or for the proper love for his enemies.
When the Lord Speaks to one of His Children (Saints) and Tells them to do or to say this or that; or to not do or to not say this or that; a Soul would be well advised to pay close attention to that which the Lord says and then, adhere to His Instructions as close as they possibly can.
There is absolutely no way a Soul can hide from the Lord; it is also futile to argue with the Lord; the Lord is always Right and He always has our best interest at Heart.
In 1st Samuel 15:23 the Prophet Samuel wrote, "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king."
The Lord Hates Idolatry and Witchcraft, but He Loves those that put their Trust in Him and Serve Him in Spirit and in Truth. One Scripture says, “learn not the way of the heathen,” Jeremiah 10:2.
Exodus 22:18," Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."
This Scripture informs us plainly as to how the Lord's Feels about Witchcraft. Witchcraft is ranked right along with Murder, Sodomy, and Adultery and Kidnapping; these ALL result in a Death Sentence.
One might say, what does all the above have to do with the Prophet Jonah; It's simply this, Jonah was Rebellious against the Commandment of the Lord and Rebellion is as the sin of Witchcraft; and Witchcraft carries with it a Death Sentence, just like several other Sins Unto Death.
In St. Matthew 12:39-41 we read, "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. *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."
The above Scripture speaks about the “ONLY SIGN GIVEN” that PROVES WITHOUT A DOUBT that Jesus is the Lamb of God “YHWH” Slain from the Foundation of the World; that taketh away the sins of every Soul that will Accept Him as their Saviour.
The Phrase, “for as” is equal to “Even As” therefore, Even as Jonah was in the belly of the Whale three days and three nights, the Lord Jesus was to be in the Grave for precisely three days and three nights.
In the Book of Daniel, the Prophet Daniel wrote that the Sacrifice and Oblation would be taken away in the midst of the week, Daniel 9:27.
I think that nearly everyone knows that Wednesday is the fourth day of the seven day week therefore, Jesus had to of been Crucified, Died and Burred before the end (sunset) of the fourth day of the week; He then Arose from the Grave before sundown on the seventh day of the week which is commonly known as Saturday.
Praise the Lord for His Truth.
Derwood Stewart, Minister