The last Chapter, Jonah2, contained Jonah's prayer to Father, and also his complete submission to Father's Will. At the close of the Chapter, Jonah was vomited out on the shoreline by the great fish. So, now he is back on dry land, though it is in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh, right where Father wants him to be.
Jonah 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, -> These first two verses of this chapter are almost an identical repeat of the first two verses of Jonah 1. Jonah has learned his lesson to not try and run and hide from Father; for He knows all and sees all. Now Jonah will do as Father initially bid him. This is a wonderful ensample for us even living today, for Father too will have us do His will. Saul (Paul) can attest to this, and so can I. When Father first called us onto His path, we said, "yes Father, we'll come onto your path and attend church; but, that is all we're doing. We put ourselves and our wills above Father's; so what we really did was place ourselves above Him, or stated more correctly, we said we were God and not He. But, sometimes Father has a sense of humor, and I'm sure that He was laughing at us when we made that statement, for He knew the plans He had for us, and He allowed us to continue in that thought process while He slowly worked in us to where we are today. Through Him, I have now written over 100 hundred chapters of His Word on this Website, we hold Bible Studies twice a week; once with our family, and once with a lady we know who wants to better understand Father's Word.
Jonah 3:2 “Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee”. -> This is almost word for word from Jonah 1:2. Remember, the Ninevites are Father's children too, and He is using Jonah as a "type of saviour" to turn them from worshipping dagon and save them from their being destroyed by Him, Father.
Jonah 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. -> I'm sure there were some that saw that ole great fish deposit Jonah on the beach; and I can only imagine what they thought upon seeing that.
Jonah has a three days' walk to get where he is going. Nineveh also was a city much like Sodom, which was destroyed seven centuries earlier because of its wickedness. It was decayed much like the large cities of today the way they are going, but had gone even further.
It's property through its growth; left it with a population that it could not support, therefore crime and violence of all sorts was rampant. Nineveh was streaming with foul smell; using every form of idolatry that man could think-up to please himself. In
Nahum 2:8-13, the prophet, Nahum, describes the City of Nineveh and its people as the lowest form of all humanity.
This is the city Father is sending Jonah into to turn their hearts back to Him. The message is the same today and our cities today are much like Nineveh was then. "Repent and return to the one and only true God, Eloah, and His ways." That is the pastoring Father bids thee.
3:4-4:11 CONSEQUENCES. CORRECTION OF JONAH. (Division.)
3:4-10 Pardon of Nineveh.
3:4-4:10 PARDON OF NINEVEH. (Introversion)
3:4 YHVH. Proclamation.
Jonah 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.” -> Forty=This is the Biblical number for probation, and this is exactly what the Ninevites will have a probational period of forty day before Father will bring judgment upon the city.
Jonah 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. -> Boy, time sure does have a way of lessening a message, doesn't it? Jonah stepped out of that great fish, walked into Nineveh and told the people to repent of their wickedness and love their Creator; and He'll forgive them their sins and save them. This was 690 B.C.; and now, with the birth, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ almost 2,000 years behind us, our people (the United States), the descendants of the House of Israel, the same which were taken into captivity by these same Assyrians, are becoming more of an abomination than these Ninevites. Yeah, I guess, in a sense, you could say they had an advantage, because some of them witnessed Jonah and his three days in the tomb (fish's belly) and then resurrecting. Today, we don't have anybody living that witnessed Jesus' death, burial and resurrection; however, we do have the written account of it, but yet many refuse to believe and also refuse to repent and Love Father that they too might be saved.
3:6 King. Repentance.
Jonah 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. -> Even the king removed his royal robes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and repented of his sins.
3:7-9 People. Repentance.
Jonah 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: -> Man nor beast, herd nor flock=Remember, Nineveh was a great and large city about the size of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It was a circuit of sixty miles, and about twenty miles across; according to both Diodorous Siculus of the First Century B.C., and Herodotus of the fourth Century B.C.. As such, it had large areas for cultivation and pasturage, and it also was a fishing community, along the Tigris River, and the center for Commercial trade.
Jonah 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. -> The king was converted decreed to all that none eat nor drink until everyone from the highest to the lowest, turn from their evil, wicked ways, and cry out to Father to absolve them of their sins. He further issued a proclamation that the entire city would honor YHVH with a fast.
This proclamation by the king is an ensample of how it shall be when satan is here in his role of antichrist; whereby you will not be able eat, sell, or do anything without taking his mark, the “mark of the beast.”
The people of Nineveh did well and did not sway from Father's message when they cried out to Him for repentance. I wonder if today, America would be willing to do the same to save herself? Or is she too far gone by her already selling out to the United Nations and satan's tactics?
Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” -> Who can tell…=This is still part of the King's message; and it shows that he believed in the God that Jonah has just shown them; however, he still has some disbelief within his heart. We can compare this with the Prophet Joel asking during the “call to repentance” in Joel 2:14, “Who knoweth if he will turn and repent?” Joel 2:11And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? -> Just prior to this, Father had sent the locust army of satan, which He is calling His army. Father had allowed satan to lead His army. It is this army that will correct His Children; and prepare them for the Jesus’ 1,000 year Millennial reign. Then during Millennium they will know how foolish they were, that they had taken the mark of the beast, and now they will be taught that their souls may be saved.
Father is not angry with His own children, only at those who went whoring after satan. Father controls both armies, and you cannot be harmed, for he ordered it of satan in Revelation 9:4.
The LORD shall seal their minds, and when they speak it will be the Holy Spirit speaking exactly as Peter stated in Acts 2:14-21.
The trumpet is to sound when they cry peace, peace, peace. [2:12] Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: [2:13] And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. -> These are instructions from Our Father, as to what we are to do in preparation. To turn, is to return with our minds to the ways of Father with "fasting: (not feasting) and with a clean heart, full of repentance. In this verse v2:13, we are talking about the mind here also: and the order is to clean it out (rend). Get the junk out of it. Clean out those old traditions of man that lead you astray; those old habits and hatreds that stand between you and a pure, close relationship with Father.
Repent and have a renewing of your mind. Read Paul's words in Romans 12:1-3. Study it! It's your preparation. Get into Father's Word. If you seek Him, God's mercy will fall upon you. [2:14]Who knoweth if He will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind Him: even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD you God? -> This verse is why we came here.
If you return to Father and repent; He will come to you with full forgiveness, and with His forgiveness comes blessings. The "meat offering: is truth that will lift and sustain you; while the drink offering is the blessing that flows from Father Exodus 29:40, Leviticus 29:13, and Numbers 15:3-10.
Jonah for one thought the YHVH might do so. Hence he reluctance to go to Nineveh and give the Ninevites the opportunity to repent and be saved.
3:10 YHVH. Pardon.
Jonah 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. -> And God saw their works=How many preachers do you hear say, "you just needs have faith?" Faith only? Nope, it takes your works, as they are the only thing you can take to heaven with you and also what you are judged by, and clothed by, as read in several passages in the Book of Revelation: Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.'" -> This is while still in this Flesh Age. Anybody who died, such as the apostles and others for God and Christ, while in the flesh; they are blessed, and their good works followed them to heaven. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books we opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. -> This is at the end of Jesus' 1,000 year Millennial reign, the full Godhead is here and all the books are opened for Father to examine and judge His children out of. The dead are the spiritually dead angelic beings that did not overcome antichrist and those that were on the wrong side of the gulf prior to the millennium starting, while the terms small and the great are referring to those from the flesh age of man, not paying any attention to whether they were poor or extremely successful.
Notice also that this verse says we are judged according to our works, they are the only thing we can take with us from this age of flesh man. Most churches teach that we are all judged by the "grace" of God and\or our faith. This is incorrect as only our salvation comes to us by the grace of God and\or our faith, but our works, they follow us and they make up our linens -- our clothing, as can be read in, and yes, I know I'm going over this verse again here: Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them., and also Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints..
Why are we judged by our works and not "the grace of God" or our faith? Because there are those, God's elect, who were judged at the end of the age that was while they were in their spiritual bodies (Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. ), and it would be unfair of God to judge the rest of His children while they are in their flesh bodies and therefore they will only be judged while they also are in their spiritual bodies. And since they are going to be judged in their spiritual bodies, therefore it stands to reason that as such, they "see" Christ in the millennial age and therefore it is by their works and no longer by faith.
Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. -> Again, it is by our works and not our faith only that we are judged. Who are these dead? Don't forget where we are "on The Lord's Day - Christ's one thousand year reign - the Millennium" so these dead are the spiritually dead, not physically dead. These are those which did not accept Christ while they were in the flesh or were on the wrong side of the gulf.