Footprints of time
Three Days and Three Nights Part 2
I believe this "certain man," was the spiritual being that Daniel
described in Daniel 10:5, "Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked and
behold a certain man clothed in linen…" compares to a certain young man,
having a linen cloth…SAME description. This spiritual being was wearing
The Prophetic Prayer of Jonah shows the sequence of Jesus in
"the heart of man."
"For as Jonah 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" (Mt 12:40)
Jonah's prayer begins in the "belly of the whale" to
which Jesus compared his fate. It was not only Jesus' time in
death, but becoming sin and separated from God
(hell) which Jesus bore beginning Thursday night with immediate
bleeding and beatings. Jonah said:
cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and He heard me; out
of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou
hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods
compassed me about, all thy billows and waves passed over me. I have
been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy
"Billows and waves" passed over Jonah. I wonder if the
poundings suffered by Jesus began to feel like far away billows
(breakers) and waves as He clung on to consciousness.
The verse indicates separation and suffering. At this point Jesus
was separated from God, became sin and beaten.
Imagine how that must have felt, no other place in time in ALL
ETERNITY had Jesus EVER been separated from His Father! What a shock
to His system! No wonder He sweat blood as the hour drew near.
Jonah's prayer continues:
"The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth
closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. [as the
linen cloths in burial, death] I went down to the bottoms of the mountains;
the earth with her bars was about me for ever: (Jonah 2:2-6a)
Jonah begins this ordeal already in "hell" (as Jesus became
immersed in man's sin) then halfway through his prayer, Jonah arrived in Sheol,
(death) going down below the mountains just as Sheol is described in Deut.
Being in the "heart of the earth" (hell) was to be apart from God,
made sin, wounded, along with the crucifixion and THEN he goes down to
the bottom of the mountains, after spending time being cast out and
billowed by waves. This describes Jesus being separated from God, delivered,
beaten and suffering all "in the belly of the whale" and then going
down yet further to the depths (death) just as Jonah did.
Notice Jonah, too, was cast out of God's sight, separated from God,
just as Jesus was when He became sin. If Jesus compared His experience
to Jonah's, and Jonah was cast from God's sight in the FIRST half of
Jonah's descent, how did that relate to where Jesus was?
Understand this, Jonah was being afflicted but he had already
been cast from God's sight. Jesus was being beaten but He
was already cast from God. How? Why? Because He had BECOME
SIN, He was immersed in the wickedness of man's heart, the heart of
the earth. The grave or the tomb could not separate Jesus
from God, only sin would.
"Where can I go
from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are
If I make my bed in Sheol [death, hell], behold, You are there."
The grave, death, not even hell separate us from God,
only sin does. Only immersed in sin (the heart of man) could put Jesus
in the belly of the whale. And THAT is why He sweat blood; not during
torture, not standing before Pilate, not facing the cross, but on the
night He faced the hour of separation from the Father. The night His
righteousness was removed and He BECAME SIN. It was the night He was
betrayed, exactly three days and three nights before He rose again.
Other Bible Puzzle Pieces that Fit:
Jesus made statements that indicated the transition. On the night He
was betrayed, the very words after healing the servant's ear,
Jesus said to those arresting Him:
"But this is your hour, and the power of
darkness" (Luke 22:53)
After Jesus was betrayed, He said very little. I believe Jesus did not speak in
God's authority from that time on, as His relationship with God had
been severed. Jesus DID say,
"but now My kingdom is not from here."
Before Jesus was arrested, He said,
"For I have given
[past tense] unto them the words which You have given to Me." (John
I believe Jesus was so quiet from the point of His arrest because He did not have the words of the Father once He
became sin, the relationship, the communication had been broken.
Few words were spoken by Jesus after His arrest, yet the
Scriptures stating Jesus would say nothing were completely fulfilled
because Pilate realized that only Herod had jurisdiction over the
situation. In front of Herod, where it mattered, Jesus would not say a
single word, not one, and the Scriptures remain completely fulfilled:
"Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him
nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently
His last miracle aside from the cross was the healing of an ear
when He was arrested, seconds before the "certain young man in linen"
appeared and Jesus was "officially" betrayed, actually made sin,
actually in the heart of the earth/belly of the whale.
One of the atheists demanded, "Why would God reveal this to YOU
rather than all these scholars, after all these years?"
Because I'm some great holy prophet that can hear from God? ...NOT!
My confessions are all over this website, so many that it's hard to
know my family and friends can read them. There is sincerely no one less worthy
than me. But I asked on behalf of the lost, and God's desire is for
the lost, He will leave the 99 for a single lost soul. It is God's
love reaching out to those who reject Him still, though they mock and
hate me for showing them.
Jesus said that no sign would be given except the sign of Jonah...
is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign
be given it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah"
I find it remarkable that these lost souls, some of them so full of
hate toward me that they sought to kill me, are so precious to God
that He went to such lengths to give them the only sign that He said would be
given: the sign of Jonah. God will not break His word, yet He
provided for them this sign, the very one they chose to challenge my
faith, the sign of the prophet Jonah.
If you do not know God, know this, you are precious to Him, more
precious than my comfort, more precious than my life on earth, more
precious than even the earthly life of His only begotten Son. You are
beloved, no matter what you've ever done or said. You are passionately
loved by your Holy Father who longs to pour His mercy out upon you. Seek Him and you will find Him. Seek Him and live.
Footprints of time
Postscript: Jan. 30-31, 2003 Ever since the previous was written, I find so
many verses that confirm it. But last night, it
was confirmed unequivocally: All
of John 3 is given as explanation, but with emphasis on
"He that comes from the
earth is earthly...He that comes from heaven is above all."
If you pray, ask and
seek God, you will see it.
Feb. 1 The day after I posted the above the
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