Much discussion is given regarding Jonah’s experience and that of Christ which causes some to have Christ’s entering the grave, not on a Friday, but some other period of time. I have heard some even mention that particular Passover was on a Thursday, therefore discounting what the Scriptures say regarding the day of Preparation, which was before the Sabbath (weekly), so they’re all confused as well. The only thing they can agree with is His rising on Sunday morning, the first day of the week, which most of Christendom agree and keep as their “holy” day although there is no Scripture giving any sanction to such.
Another point which is definitely overlooked is the accounting of what constitutes a day. Since many are so apt to use Jonah’s accounting as, no pun intended, gospel, let’s review the text:
“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17 (KJV)
We must keep in mind when reading the Scriptures we have to read it from a “Jewish” point of view since the Scriptures were written by such. When you read the account of Creation, was it “days” and “nights” or was it “nights” and “days”? Exactly! I think you’re getting my point. In Hebrew accounting of time, a “day” constituted a “night and day”. Not a “day and night” as in modern thinking. The Bible did warn us the enemy would try to change “times and laws” (Dan. 7:25) and has done a good job. This explains why most Christians head off to their congregation worship on Sunday. It explains why most people believe a day begins in the middle of the night, “midnight”, and those who hold such convoluted ideas will NEVER understand prophecy!
The comparison of Jonah’s experience and that of Christ’s:
“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.” Matt 12:40 (KJV)
There is NO WAY you can get “three” days and nights in order to determine how long Christ was dead. Corresponding, there is no way you can prove Jonah was in the belly of a whale “three” days and nights! Confused? Again, you HAVE TO THINK LIKE A JEWISH PERSON in order to understand. In Jewish economy, what constitutes a day? Any part of a day. Therefore, to say a “day” to Jewish people constitutes a “night and day”, regardless if it is a “literal” 24 hour period. In essence, any part of a day equals a day.
The significance between Jonah and Christ is not how long they were out of action, but the action they did once they reappeared! PREACHING TO THE GENTILES! The sign would be, they would be gone for a period of definite time, three (JEWISH) days, and THEN the message would go to those who previously had not been given the message. THIS IS THE CORRELATION between the verses and the sign Christ would give to those who doubted Him and looked for Him to perform a miracle to satisfy their curiosity.
I hope this satisfies yours!
October 22, 2015