Book of Jonah

       Book of Jonah  by Donna   Always HIS

Jonah chapter 1

Jon 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah (dove) the son of Amittai, (truthful, truth of Jehovah C.B.) saying,

Jon 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city (the capital of Assyria), and cry (call out through the idea of accosting a person.  Strong’s #7121) against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Nineveh was noted for its great cruelty and violence.

This "exceeding great city" lay on the eastern or left bank of the river Tigris, along which it stretched for some 30 miles, having an average breadth of 10 miles or more from the river back toward the eastern hills. This whole extensive space is now one immense area of ruins. Occupying a central position on the great highway between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, thus uniting the East and the West, wealth flowed into it from many sources, so that it became the greatest of all ancient cities.

Jon 1:3  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 didn’t want to go to Nineveh, the capitol of Assyria, because he knew God would use this pagan people to chastise Israel.  Instead Jonah fled to Tarshish.

Tarshish is a transliteration of the Hebrew word tarshîysh Strong’s #8659: Probably the same as H8658 (as the region of the stone, or the reverse); Tarshish, a place on the Mediterranean, hence the epithet of a merchant vessel (as if for or from that port); also the name of a Persian and of an Israelite: - Tarshish, Tharshish.

Smith’s Bible Dictionary says Tarshish was probably a city and emporium of the Phoenicians in the south of Spain.  Smith’s also indicates that Tarshish and Tyre had a “special relationship”.   Tyre means rock and Tarshish means a region of stone, could the people of the false rock have inhabited both places? And since Tarshish can mean “merchant vessel” for or from that port, could Jonah have went to Tyre to board a “merchant vessel” headed for Tarshish?  It’s something to think about.

Deu 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock….

Just like Jonah many Christians today will go to the false rock when he comes disguised as Jesus.  Satan, the false rock, has false doctrines in many churches so that he can deceive Christians into worshipping him as Christ.

Jon 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Jon 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

Jonah was sleeping during the storm just as Christians will be sleeping during the storm of the tribulation when the cry is made that Christ is returning. 

Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 


Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Slumbered in Mat 25 is from the Greek word nustazō, Strong’s #3573 From a presumed derivative of G3506; to nod, that is, (by implication) to fall asleep; figuratively to delay: - slumber.

Slept in Mat 25 is from the Greek word katheudō, Strong’s #2518 From G2596 and εὕδω heudō (to sleep); to lie down to rest, that is, (by implication) to fall asleep (literally or figuratively): - (be a-) sleep.

Why were two different Greek words used?  Maybe the five wise virgins were slumbering and the five foolish virgins were sleeping.  Maybe the five wise virgins were delaying, or waiting patiently for their time to testify in the synagogues of Satan.

Cry in Matthew 25 is from the Greek word qârâ'  Strong’s #7121.  kaw-raw' From G2896; an outcry (in notification, tumult or grief): - clamour, cry (-ing).

So this cry, this notification of tumult or grief is made at midnight. What does the timing of midnight tell us?  Is it 12AM on our clocks?  No, it’s midnight on God’s spiritual timetable.  What does that mean to Christians?  Midnight is when the church has fallen away from the real Jesus Christ and is worshipping the fake.

Consider 1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children  of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  

2Th 2: me a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Jon 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

Jon 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may                   know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Jon 1:8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

 Jon 1:9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

Jon 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

Jon 1:11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

Jon 1:12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

Jon 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

Jon 1:14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

Jon 1:15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

Jon 1:16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

Jon 1:17 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.

This fish wasn’t a whale; God prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.  This was a fish that Jonah could survive inside.


Jonah chapter 2

Jon 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,

Jon 2:2  And said, I 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.

Jon 2:3  For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compased me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.

Deep is from one of these four Hebrew words (metsowlah or metsolah, or metsulah, or metsulah) all being Strong’s #4688.  From the same as H6683; a deep place (of water or mud): - bottom, deep, depth.

Revelation says the waters, i.e. the sea is peoples and nations and tongues.

Our flesh bodies are clay vessels that contain a lot of water as well as our soul and spirit.

Are we then made up of moldable clay or mud?   

In v 12 of chapter 1 Jonah tells the men of the ship to cast him into the sea.  In this chapter Jonah says that God cast him into the sea.  God did cause the tempest that resulted in Jonah being thrown overboard, but it was the men of the ship that cast Jonah into the sea.   

Jon 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.

Jon 2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.

Jonah’s head had weeds wrapped around it, today many Christian’s heads are wrapped up in spiritual weeds like rapture, human antichrist, Satan doesn’t exist, or preterism and it’s forms.  If we are not careful false doctrines can infiltrate our minds just as weeds can take over a garden.  Keep your mind on the True Word of God.

Jon 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

After Satan rebelled and the first earth age was destroyed God recreated the earth causing man to be expatriated from heaven and born in clay vessels.   Those who stood with God are compassed about by the peoples of the earth who would try to cause men’s souls to perish.  Yet God will bring us up from the corruption IF we turn to Him.

Jon 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

Jon 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Jon 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

Jonah remembered the Lord God Yahaveh and prayed to Him saying he would sacrifice with thanksgiving.  Today the sacrifice we offer God is our love; have you told Him that you love Him?

Jon 2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.


Jonah chapter 3

Jon 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Jon 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

Jon 3:3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.

Jon 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Jon 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

Why do you think the people of Nineveh believed Jonah?  One reason is because they

Worshipped a fish god and Jonah arrived in a “fish”.  The notes in The Companion Bible say that “Professor Rawlinson has shown that at this time Nineveh was in a time of trouble, and Assyrian history was shrouded in darkness for forty years.”   The people of Nineveh were ready to listen to God.

 Jon 3:6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

The king removed his fine robe and covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes in mourning.   He removed the superficial trappings of this world and began mourning.

Jon 3:7  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

Jon 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Jon 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

Jon 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

God answers the prayers of those who turn to Him as the king turned to Him and in turn his people turned to Him.   Have you turned to Him in prayer, or are you caught up in the trappings of this world?  Nineveh was not overthrown because the people believed Jonah. 


Jonah chapter 4

Jon 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

Nineveh was spared, now God could use it as a rod of chastisement against Israel.

Jon 4:2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

Jon 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Jonah didn’t want Nineveh to be used as a chastisement against Israel so he wanted to die.

Jon 4:4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

God is mocking Jonah for being angry.

Jon 4:5  So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.

Jon 4:6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

Now the Hebrew word translated as gourd is qîyqâyôn Perhaps from H7006; the gourd (as nauseous): - gourd. H7006 is qâyâh which is A primitive root; to vomit: - spue.

A gourd that makes one nauseous or vomit.  Jonah was sitting in the “shade” of his own sick beliefs.   There is similarity between qayah and qayin (translated as Cain), hmmm.

Our savior Jesus Christ is our Vine,

Jon 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

God sent Jonah a false vine symbolic of the false vine that will come and sit on Mt. Zion claiming to be God.  He will come to chastise those who have fallen into false doctrines. 

Jon 4:7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

Now God PREPARED a worm to destroy the only shade Jonah had.  Worm is from

H8438 tôlâ‛  tôlê‛âh  tôla‛ath  tôla‛ath   From H3216; a maggot (as voracious); specifically (often with ellipsis of H8144) the crimson grub, but used only (in this connection) of the color from it, and cloths dyed therewith: - crimson, scarlet, worm. 

Jon 4:8  And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.

Mat 24:27 For as the lightning  cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and

death shall flee from them.

Jon 4:9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

Many Christians may be angry with God because He allowed them to believe the sickening doctrines of Satan.  But those doctrines are their security blankets and the babes like their blankeys.

Jon 4:10  Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:

Spiritually it will be night when Satan is here claiming to be Christ.

Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye

out to meet him.

Jon 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

God rewards those who please Him and chastises those who go against His will.  His plan for us is in the Bible.  Do you know what His plan for you is?  You can know if you study His Word.

Jesus said that the only ‘sign’ the evil generation would see was the sign of Jonas.

Mat 12:39 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:

Luk 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

What was the sign of Jonas that Jesus was referring to? The sign was the 3.5 days Jesus, Yahshua would spend in the earth, just as Jonah spent 3.5 days in the ‘fish’.

Be thankful that God continues to give us signs in the earth and in the heavens.  The watchmen see them while most of Christianity is sleeping.