The Gospel of Christ in Jonah
"...An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: 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. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas: and behold, a greater than Jonas is here" - (Mt.12:39-41).
God commanded His Jewish prophet Jonah to go to the Gentile city of Nineveh and preach repentance to them to turn from their wickedness. But Jonah refused and took a voyage on a ship fleeing from the Lord, but the Lord sent a mighty storm and the sailors found out that it was Jonah's rebellion that caused it, so they threw him overboard. "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" - (Jon.1:17). And Jonah cried out to the Lord - "...out of the belly of hell cried I..." - (Jon.2:2). Jesus said that Jonah was a type of the gospel of Christ, of His death, burial and resurrection that saves true believers from hell in the heart of the earth. Jonah said - "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving: I will pay that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord" - (Jon 2:9). And the Lord Jesus Christ is God's perfect, supreme sacrifice on the cross for sins. Salvation is of the Lord Jesus, and when He saves us we give thanksgiving to God. Thank you Lord for saving my soul, Thank you Lord for making me whole, Thank you Lord for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free.
PTL Jesus, He saves those that repent of their sins and believe in Him in their hearts by faith. As the people of Nineveh repented of their sins and believed the preaching of Jonah, and were saved from death, so the people of the whole world who repent of their sins and believe the gospel of Christ are saved from the second death in hell. Jonah is the missionary call to the Gentiles - "Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also" - (Rom.3:29). O you don't have to go into the belly of hell in the heart of the earth. Jesus has died for your sins on the cross, and went to hell for you and paid your debt for sin. "Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption" - (Acts 2:26,27,31). Yes, the gospel of Christ in Jonah. We can be saved from hell, and resurrect to eternal life through Christ.
God created the great whales first of all His living creatures - (Gen.1:21). Whales may live in the oceans and swim under water like fish, but they are the largest of animals. They grow up to 100 ft. long and 220 tons. They can dive to depths of 3,280 ft, and can hold their breath under water for more than an hour. God created them with their own built-in sonar, a complex echo location system. Except for humans, the only predators of whales are 'killer whales' or orcas that hunt in packs. Whales were killed by man almost to extinction for their meat and fine oil for lamps. And I pray for light from the Holy Spirit for wisdom for this sermon on whales.
Jonah was swallowed up in death in the whale, but was resurrected - "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" - (I Cor.15:54-57). In the book of Jonah, the whale is called a great fish, and so when Christ started to preach His gospel of salvation, the first word He preached was “repent” - "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" - (Mt.4:17). Like Jonah preached. And then Christ called His first four apostles who were fishermen, and said - "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" - (Mt.4:19). The first one was Simon Peter, whose father's name was Jonah - as Christ said three times - "Simon, son of Jonas, loves thou me?" - (Jn.21:17). After we are saved by Christ, we are vomited out of hell and the great fish's mouth, and we become fishers of men preaching the gospel of Christ to save others from hell. It's a million times more important to be a soulwinner, and a fisher of men, then to fish for whales or any other kinds of fish. That's the gospel of God's grace and mercy to Gentiles that Jonah had a hard time learning - (Jon.4). Jonah didn't want the people of Nineveh to repent, he wanted them to burn up like Sodom. Jonah was dead in the whale for three days and then resurrected. Unbelief in Jonah is the same unbelief in Christ's resurrection, because Jonah shows the gospel of Christ.
The people of Nineveh, from the king down, repented of their sins, and wore sackcloth and sat in ashes, and believed God's word from Jonah. They sat in ashes with repentant hearts, and therefore didn't receive the fiery ashes of God's judgment upon their city like Sodom did. Repent is the first word of salvation. "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he said he would do unto them; and he did it not" - (Jon.3:10). Our God is merciful, and gracious, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He has shown His grace to us with His beloved Son on the cross. God spared Nineveh and He will spare anyone who is saved by Christ. "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all..." - (Rom.8:32). Nineveh shows the grace of God to Gentiles - they had a 40 day grace period.
Now the gospel of Christ has been preached worldwide, and man has invented his own 500 ft. killer whales called submarines with man-made sonar, lurking in the depths of the seas. One of America's trident submarines is capable of launching 192 ballistic missiles thousands of miles and can char a whole continent, and all our missiles can burn up the world. O man is the deadliest beast of all, and a million times worse than any predator killer whales, hunting in packs. Nuclear missiles can burn up the world that is prophesied at the end of the world at the battle of Armageddon after the gospel of Christ is preached worldwide. The Devil is often pictured with a trident in his hand. Belly of hell indeed shooting out hell bombs from a nuclear-powered sea beast.
With the nuclear subs we can see both the end of the world by water in the days of Noah, and also the fiery end of the world at Armageddon. "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night: in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" - (2 Pet.3:6,7,10). As the black slave song says – God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time.
One U.S. nuclear sub was called the "USS Whale", and surfaced at the North Pole on April 6, 1969. The sub is a streamlined whale-shaped underwater warship. The nuclear bomb and the nuclear sub are U.S. inventions. It's the most destructive weapon ever invented. The hydrogen bomb, the ballistic missile, and the nuclear submarine have been combined into a single weapon. For a sub to hit a specific target thousands of miles away, they must have a very accurate navigational system called SINS (Ships Inertial Navigation System). SINS provides continuous positional information so that it is at all times ready to launch its missiles. Without SINS the missiles cannot be delivered. And it will be the sins of the world that finally causes these horrific weapons to be launched to burn up the world creating our own hell on earth. Especially the sin of Sodomy. Are you listening? Jonah said – “…out of the belly of hell cried I…” (Jon.2:2), and nuclear subs carry the missiles in their belly like the belly of hell.
Killer whales are the largest members of the whale family called dolphins. They grow to 30 ft. and 12,000 lbs. They are strikingly black and white in color. They have interlocking conical teeth used for grasping and tearing apart prey and are very formidable. Killer whales have no natural predator except man. They are also called 'orcas' for their scientific name. American submariners wear a dolphin insignia on their uniforms.
This last week in Feb. 2010, a black and white killer whale at Sea World killed his female trainer. After the whale was finally trapped, it refused to unclench its teeth and let her go. With the woman in his mouth, it jaws were eventually pried open and she was freed. I believe God is showing His saints that the black and white problem in the U.S. is about to explode, especially since we have a black and white president. And this could escalate into another revolution and civil war. Only our president has the power to release our missiles from our killer whale subs. Beware of the Antichrist-Beast's deadly, smiling mouth speaking great blasphemous words - (Rev.13:5,6). He is much more deadly than a killer whale. Behind his smiling mouth are very deadly teeth. One of God's curses on an ungodly, sinful nation is - "I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them" - (Du.32:24). I hope God is giving you somme wisdom teeth with this sermon today. When the first sodomite sailors serve aboard U.S. subs and “burn in their lust one for another” – (Rom.1:27) then the H-bombs will burn the world like Sodom.
Are you saved and born again and ready for the rapture? If not, repent of your sins, and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins, and be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ and a member of God's family. Jesus said - "That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" - (Jn.3:6,7). Borrn again describes the new nature that the indwelt Holy Spirit gives you when you're truly saved. Do not deceive yourself in this most important matter. "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" - (2 Cor.5:17). You do not have to suffer a hell on earth and a hell in the heart of the earth because of your sinful heart. Be saved by Christ and be ready for the rapture before the wrath of God comes. Receive the grace and love of God in His beloved Son on the cross, and do not spurn Him, or the wrath of God abides upon you. "For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ" - (Rom.6:23).
The Lord Jesus was whipped or 'whaled' by Pilate for our sins so that we don't have to go into the belly of the whale or hell. "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed" - (I Pet.2:24). Believe God's truth about the whale in the book of Jonah, authenticated by the Lord Jesus, that shows the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ three days later. Don't read the fiction book "Moby Dick, the Whale" that ends in death and no hope of eternal life. Don't be concerned about a white whale, be concerned about your scarlet sins washed white as snow in the blood of Christ so you can be saved from hell and have eternal life. Be saved today before the trident-spear comes shooting out of our man-made killer whales to destroy the world.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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