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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 linen.

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:

"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. 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 temple..."

"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)

Notice 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. 32:22. 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 there;
 If I make my bed in Sheol [death, hell], behold, You are there."
(Psalm 139:7,8)

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." (John 18:36)

Before Jesus was arrested, He said,

"For I have given [past tense] unto them the words which You have given to Me." (John 17:8)

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 accused Him."
(Luke 23)

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.

God's Purpose:

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...

"This is an evil generation: they seek a sign;  and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah" (Luke 11:29)

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.

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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." John 3:31 

If you pray, ask and seek God, you will see it.
Feb. 1  The day after I posted the above  the Columbia crashed...

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