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What is the sign of Jonah Jesus spoke of?



      

Matthew 12:41

NKJV - 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In Matthew 12:40-41, Jesus gave a twofold explanation of His meaning.

The first was the similarity between the time that Jonah spent in the belly of the great fish that swallowed him (Jonah 1:17) before the fish vomited him back out on land (Jonah 2:10), and the time that Jesus would be entombed following his death (when He would be in the figurative "belly of the earth") until He would rise again.

The second sign was the manner in which Jonah had been sent by God to the inhabitants of the large city of Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-2) to warn them that the city was about to be destroyed by God if its citizens did not repent of their wickedness. In the same way, Jesus (who described Himself as greater than Jonah (Luke 11:32)) was sent by God to Israel (and, in particular, to Jerusalem) preaching repentance. Nineveh repented at Jonah's preaching and was spared, but Jerusalem rejected Jesus as the Messiah, and was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70.

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