March 23, 2010
Jonah Chapter 2
1And Yehovah measured a big fish to swallow Dove [Yonah]. And Dove [Yonah] was in the internals of the fish three days and three nights.
2And Dove [Yonah] rolled-himself unto Yehovah his Gods from the internals of the fish. 3And he said, “I called unto Yehovah from tribulation to me! And He answered/humbled me! I screamed from the belly of Sheol! Thou didst hearken-to my voice!
4 “Thou didst sling me submerged into the heart of the seas. And a river will surround me! All thy breakers and thy waves crossed-over upon me. 5And I, I said I’ve been forced-out from straight-in-front-of Thine eyes! But I will accrue to look unto the Temple of Thy Holy-One!
6 “Waters encircled me unto a being! The deep will surround me! A reed was wrapped to my head. 7 I descended the land with her bars to the cuttings of the mountains for my sake to Hider. And Thou hast made-my-lives-ascend from destruction, Yehovah my Gods, 8when my being fainted upon me. I remembered Yehovah! And my rolling came unto Thee—unto the Temple of Thy Holy-One!
9 “Guards of breaths of vanity shall forsake their grace!
10 “And I, I will sacrifice to Thee via the voice of confession! I will make peace what I vowed!”
“Her Salvation is to Yehovah!”
11And Yehovah said to the fish, and he vomited Dove [Yonah] unto the dry.
I. Kosher Fish (verse 1)
Yehovah measured a big fish (so that Yonah would fit) to swallow Yonah. Yonah was inside this fish three days and three nights.
1. Why did Yehovah have to measure the big fish? The fish could not be a whale; whales don’t swallow large objects. Some whales are filter feeds, meaning that they feed on the smallest plants and animals in the ocean by swallowing ocean water, and their system filters the small plants and animals for digestion. In order for a fish to swallow a human, the fish must be of a variety of sea creatures that swallows large fish whole. One type of fish that can grow very large in the right environment is a goldfish! There are other fish that can become very large. Yehovah chose one of the fish that swallows food whole, and He made certain that it measured the right size to swallow Yonah.
2. What is significant about his being in the fish three days and three nights? That will be the same length of time that Yeshua will be in Sheol, in the heart of the earth after He is crucified:
Matthew 12:40 For as Yonah was in the fish’s belly three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
II. Prophetic Prayer (verses 2-3)
Yonah rolled himself (giving details as he prayed) unto Yehovah his Gods from inside the fish.
He said, “I called unto Yehovah from tribulation to me!” He was in the Tribulation.
“And He answered/humbled me!” Yehovah responded by both answering and humbling him.
“I screamed from the belly of Sheol!” He was in Sheol, and thus was dead.
“Thou didst hearken-to my voice!” Thus, whatever he asked was granted.
1. Was Yonah alive in the internals of the fish, or was he dead? This verse describes that he “rolled himself” (in prayer) from the internals of the fish. That was where he was located. I have previously figured that he drowned, was swallowed, and went to Sheol until he was resurrected, but I cannot prove this from the text. I also know that Yehovah easily has the power to keep Yonah alive inside the fish’s belly even though there is no air to breathe there (a fish’s belly is filled with water). Yonah was quite awake, since he rolled himself to Yehovah his Gods. One person told me that she (Angela) believed that Yonah was alive in the fish’s belly; I now agree with her.
2. What did Yonah mean by, “I called unto Yehovah from tribulation to me”? Was Yonah being put into tribulation (trouble)? Everything Yonah will say in this prayer has nothing to do with Yonah himself. He is a prophet, and he is prophesying about things to come! He is speaking for another. I propose that he is speaking for Mount Zion, a small hill in Jerusalem (in Israel) that will later become a very large mountain.
Mount Zion will experience the terrible seven years of Tribulation many centuries from now, and immediately before Yeshua arrives at Mount Zion to reign for ten centuries. Yonah is telling the prayer that Mount Zion will pray, rolling it out to Yehovah at that time.
3. What does “And He answered/humbled me” mean, and what will occur? The first part, “He answered me,” means that Yehovah will respond to the speaker (to Mount Zion), and will do what the speaker asks. The second part, “He humbled me,” is what will be necessary before Yehovah will do what the speaker says.
The reason I put “answered/humbled” is because Yehovah, Who designed the Hebrew language, made sure that the very same verb that means to answer also means to humble or to humiliate. Many texts in the Bible use this verb. Of all the texts in the Bible that use this verb, prophetic texts that use it very often make perfect sense whether the reader reads answer or humble. Yehovah will do both!
The word humble means to know one’s rank (in terms of others) and one’s responsibilities to and for others, and lives that way. The difference between humble and humiliate in English is whether the actions are voluntary or are forced. A person who is humiliated is supposedly shown his/her low rank and great responsibilities to another by force. The Hebrew language makes no distinction between the two, and the reader must know which is which by reading the text and figuring it out.
Yehovah will humiliate Mount Zion at the beginning of the Tribulation because she will be part of Jerusalem, and the city will be in sin. He will humble Mount Zion (Mount Zion will voluntarily realize her real rank and responsibilities before Yehovah and to others) later, and will do what she can to save Israelis.
4. What is so important about humility? Only a humble person can be given everlasting Salvation. Yehovah has blocked all others from Salvation. Those who will not look carefully at their own ranks before God and men, and their own responsibilities before God and men, will not receive everlasting Salvation!
5. Yonah said, “I screamed from the belly of Sheol.” Where is Sheol, and was Yonah there? Sheol is in the very heart of planet earth: in its very center. Many scientists think that the core of the planet is extremely hot liquid rock. They are wrong if the Bible is Truth. It is a chamber where those who died are housed. It used to have two chambers separated by a great gulf of space: one chamber for Saints and one chamber for non-saints. (Now, Saints go to the heavens.)
Sheol is a location, and it is also the name of the demonic angel (who has a feminine gender) who is responsible to take care of those in Sheol.
If Yonah was there, he was dead. I propose that Yonah is prophesying and speaking for another: for Mount Zion. Enemies will change the flow of water under her, and she will sink as a giant sinkhole, going down toward Sheol. She will call from the belly of Sheol (which will have been greatly enlarged at this time to be a significant part of the inner part of the earth). (Psalm 69 describes these events in detail.)
Thus, I propose that Yonah himself was not there.
6. Yonah said, “I screamed from the belly of Sheol! Thou didst hearken-to my voice!” What did Yehovah do? Yehovah will raise Mount Zion up to a very great mountain using water pressure. She will have a top alone that is 50 miles by 50 miles! Her sides will be much larger! Jerusalem will be on her north side.
III. The Sub-Marine (verses 4-5)
“Thou didst sling me submerged into the heart of the seas.” He was slung underwater, and was submerged into the heart of the seas (plural).
“And a river will surround me!” He will be surrounded by some river!
“All thy breakers and thy waves crossed-over upon me.” Not just a few breakers and wavers, but all Yehovah’s breakers and waves crossed over upon him.
“”And I, I said I’ve been forced-out from straight-in-front-of Thine eyes!” He figured that Yehovah shoved him out of His sight; Yehovah did not desire to see him.
“But I will accrue to look unto the Temple of Thy Holy-One!” He knows that he will look unto the Temple of Yehovah’s Holy One (the Holy One of Israel).
1. Was Yonah slung into the heart of the seas by Yehovah? No, he wasn’t. The sailors slung him, and they did that because Yonah told them to do it. If this describes what Mount Zion will experience, however, enemies will use the very waters that Yehovah has stored under Mount Zion to unhinge the sides of Mount Zion so that she will sink. Because Yehovah brings the Tribulation and gives men knowledge to know how to sink her, Mount Zion will see that this sinking is the hand of Yehovah. All the seas together have a heart that is underground: a huge supply of water much, much greater than the waters that we see above ground are there.
2. What does “Thou didst sling me submerged into the heart of the seas” describe? First, the word for seas is plural. There are many seas in this world. Those that are connected to the underground (subterranean) seas together have a heart: a middle part deep in the planet.
The speaker states that he was slung submerged into the heart (the very middle) of the seas, indicating that this took place deep underground in the huge center of earth’s seas that are connected.
3. What does “And a river will surround me” describe? This will be the reason why Mount Zion will sink. It will no longer be connected to land on its sides, so that it will fall into the subterranean heart of connected seas. Thus, a river of water will flow around Mount Zion’s location; that river will isolate Mount Zion from the surrounding land. Mount Zion will be like a cork that is too small falling into a bottle and surrounded by liquid, but the liquid will be moving.
4. What will occur for “All thy breakers and thy waves crossed-over upon me” to happen? While breakers and waves don’t seem to be part of underground seas, Mount Zion will be underground and in an underground sea, lower than all waves and breakers of the seas that are above ground.
5. What does “And I, I said I’ve been forced-out from straight-in-front-of Thine eyes” mean? Mount Zion will be describing what she observes: she will be forced out from the position of being right in front of Yehovah’s eyes, with Yehovah’s eyes being located in the Temple in Israel. This forcing out will be done by the forces of the False Prophet of the Assyrian (the False Prophet of the Antichrist). This Assyrian world ruler (the Antichrist) will have a false prophet as his right-hand man. This false prophet will be very violent against anyone who doesn’t support the Assyrian. This False Prophet will figure out a way to sink Mount Zion using water—by rerouting water under Mount Zion’s supports. Mount Zion will then sink into the water, and far deeper down Mount Zion will be in mud (in mire). This sinking will force her out from straight in front of the Temple in Jerusalem, and thus from straight in front of Yehovah’s eyes.
6. What does accrue mean? It means to grow by addition; to increase.
7. Explain “I will accrue to look unto the Temple of Thy Holy One”: This describes Mount Zion’s increasing by Yehovah’s using water pressure to raise her and to increase her! She will grow into a huge mountain! She will then be able to look unto the Temple of Yehovah’s Holy One (the Messiah) because that Temple will be on her north side!
IV. More Death; More Resurrection (verses 6-8)
“Waters encircled me unto a being!” Those waters are there to take away his life, and he cannot escape from them.
“A reed was wrapped to my head.” That reed is a water plant by the shore.
“I descended the land with her bars to the cuttings of the mountains for my sake to Hider.” He went down the land; she hemmed him in on both sides forcing him to go through the mountain passes that were cut out by erosion. This was for his sake as he went to Hider—to the God Who hides Himself, to the period of time that isn’t recorded in the Bible.
“And Thou hast made-my-lives-ascend from destruction, Yehovah my Gods, when my being fainted concerning me.” Yehovah his Gods caused him to escape alive from destruction just when his being, his life fainted on top of him.
“I remembered Yehovah!” He remembered this God, this Hope.
“And my rolling came unto Thee—unto the Temple of Thy Holy-One!” His detailed prayer came unto Yehovah—until the Temple of Yehovah’s Holy One of Israel.
1. What does “Waters encircled me unto a being” mean? The being of a person is the person’s physical body, the person’s soul (who the person really is), and the person’s spirit (that part of the person that gives life to the physical body). If waters encircled Mount Zion unto a being, that means that her physical body (the soil, rocks and organic matter that makes the mountain), her soul (that contains her personality and character) and her spirit (which is what gives her life, and thus the ability to speak, think and respond to her environment) are all surrounded by waters. She is in mortal danger: she will soon end up being a drowned, dead mountain.
2. What deep will surround her? The great underground seas will surround her.
3. What reed was wrapped to her head? I propose that the flow of waters that were used to sink her sank her so far, that waters from seas above flowed into where she was, taking reed plants with their flow. She must sink very low for the top of her to have a reed wrapped to her head.
4. What does “I descended the land with her bars” mean? The land has bars—barriers made of great rocks that keep the land above from joining with the land beneath, so that there are huge rooms for water. Some of those huge caves include stalactites and stalactites that have joined, looking like oddly shaped prison bars. Mount Zion sank, seeing these caves on the way down.
5. What are the cuttings of the mountains? They are places where the mountains have cut huge openings as they are forced upward. (Many mountains grow upward over time. If they didn’t, they would all be eroded—that is, worn, flat by now.)
6. Why was this descending for the speaker’s sake? All this occurred on account of the speaker, Mount Zion. The enemies that did this targeted Mount Zion in order to stop Messiah Yeshua from coming. As long as Mount Zion is gone, the promises of Yeshua’s coming cannot be fulfilled, since He will come to Mount Zion, not to sinkhole Zion!
Isaiah 59:20 The Redeemer shall come to Zion!
7. What does to Hider mean? The timeline of the Bible is like this:
All things that occur to Hider occur until the planet ends.
8. What does the speaker mean by, “I descended the land with her bars to the cuttings of the mountains for my sake to Hider”? The speaker is saying that she went down the land with the land’s stone pillars like prison bars on all sides, coming down until she reached the places where the mountains that are being pushed up are cutting into the rock. All this was done to Mount Zion on account of Mount Zion’s importance in the plan of God and Messiah’s return. The enemies did this so that Mount Zion would be gone until this earth ends. That way, Messiah could never come.
9. What occurred next, described by, “And Thou hast made-my-lives-ascend from destruction, Yehovah my Gods”? Yehovah caused Mount Zion to ascend (to go up) and to bring Mount Zion back to life and from this successful destruction!
10. Why is lives plural? All living creatures have more than one life. You did; you had a life in your mother’s womb; you had another life once you were born; you had yet another life as a toddler, and another as a walking, young child. The same things are true regarding Mount Zion. She will go through different stages of life. All those stages of life are part of her lives; Yehovah made her lives ascend from destruction.
11. What does Yehovah mean? It means, He will be; He is; He was.
12. Why is Gods plural? Yehovah is all the Gods! He is all the Gods that are real Gods. He is the God of the ocean; He is the God of the land; He is the God of nature; He is the God of the sky; He is the God of Truth; He is the God of …
13. The speaker continued, “And Thou hast made-my-lives-ascend from destruction, Yehovah my Gods, when my being fainted upon me.” What occurs if the being faints upon the speaker? If the being is made of the body, soul and spirit, the body faints, and it falls. The soul faints, and the person or mountain passes out. The spirit faints; the person or mountain loses hope.
14. The speaker then said, “I remembered Yehovah!” What is so significant about this? Remembering Yehovah brings hope back to the speaker! This remembering includes what Yehovah has done, how He keeps His promises and vows, that He is good; that He is never taken by surprise!
15. What is this rolling that come unto Yehovah? It is giving details of what is occurring in order to ask for assistance. It is a form of prayer known as supplication (which is not exactly begging, but is asking urgently for help).
16. What is this Temple? It is a place in which Yehovah lives. Every part of its construction, contents, and what occurs in it tells a true story of what will happen during the Tribulation. It is like a prophetic building, but the way it is made and the way it runs are what prophesy of things to come!
17. Who is this Holy One? He is fully the Holy One of Israel: the owned One of Israel. He is Israel’s God; He is Messiah Yeshua.
18. What occurred if the speaker’s rolling came unto Yehovah and until the Temple of Yehovah’s Holy One? When it comes unto Yehovah, He will respond to the urgent request, and He will help the speaker (Mount Zion)! When it comes unto the Temple, those who make up the Temple will respond, and will help the speaker. Those who make up the Temple include all of the following:
- The Jewish Saints living during the Tribulation
- The non-Jewish Saints living during the Tribulation
- Jewish non-saints living during the Tribulation who help save the lives of Jews (and non-Jews)
- non-Jewish non-saints living during the Tribulation who help save the lives of Jews (and non-Jews)
Thus, Yehovah and the above groups will help the Israelis (and non-Israelis) who desire to find refuge on Mount Zion.
V. Damned Lifeguards (verse 9)
“Guards of breaths of vanity shall forsake their grace!” Those who try to save their own lives will reject the Grace of God.
1. What are breaths of vanity? Breaths refer to inhaling and exhaling air to stay alive. Breaths of vanity refer to the same thing, except those breaths will be for nothing! This goes along with the following texts:
Matthew 10:39 He that has found his life shall lose it. And he who has lost his life on account of me (Salvation) shall find it.
Matthew 16:25 For whoever shall desire to save his life shall lose it. And whoever shall lose his life on account of me (Salvation) shall find it.
Luke 17:33 Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it. And whoever shall lose it shall preserve it.
John 12:25 He who loves his life shall lose it. And he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to everlasting life.
During the Tribulation, trying to keep oneself alive will certainly lead to the person’s own death! Doing what one can to help keep others alive will be the way to keep oneself alive! Those who guard their own lives will lose their own lives. Worse than that, they will forsake their grace (see the next question).
2. What does grace and “shall forsake their grace” mean? The word grace as used in the Bible means having a fervent (very strong), ardent (burning) zeal (a very great personal interest in something and how it turns out) by which a person is motivated to take action. An example of this is what Yeshua did. He had a very strong and burning personal interest in providing for humans being rescued from sin and slavery to sin, and being rescued to righteousness. He therefore took action, and gave Himself as a sin sacrifice!
If folks forsake their grace, they are forsaking Yeshua’s sacrifice for them; they are instead choosing to be everlastingly sent to the permanent Lake of Fire and Burning Sulfur where they will be tormented without any ending or rest from it. All who guard their own lives to keep themselves alive during the Tribulation will forsake their grace, and will go to the Lake of Fire and Sulfur.
3. What must a person do that is the opposite of guarding his/her own breaths of vanity? The same four texts above give the answer:
Matthew 10:39 He who has lost his life on account of me (Salvation) shall find it.
Matthew 16:25 Whoever shall lose his life on account of me (Salvation) shall find it.
Luke 17:33 Whoever shall lose it shall preserve it.
John 12:25 He who hates his life in this world shall keep it to everlasting life.
In other words, being a hero/heroine by saving the lives of others will be the opposite of guiding breaths of vanity.
VI. Sacrifice, Confession and Peace (verse 10)
“And I, I will sacrifice to Thee via the voice of confession!” He will once again do sacrifice to Yehovah, but this time via confessing!
“I will make peace what I vowed!” He will keep his vows by doing what he said in the vow.
“Her Salvation is to Yehovah!” Yehovah is the one who owns and is responsible for his being’s Salvation!
1. Why is ‘I’ mentioned twice? The speaker is very certain that she will be the one who will do the sacrifice of confession!
2. What is confession? It is admitting that something is true (if it is true) or false (if it is false), and it is giving credit where credit is due.
3. What is the voice of confession? It is what occurs when one confesses (admits) something out loud—especially something that the person previously would not confess (admit).
4. Why is this voice of confession some kind of sacrifice? A sacrifice often involves a death (whether voluntary or not) for the sake of another. Mount Zion will offer her own life to Yehovah/Yeshua by confessing Yeshua (Salvation) and by saving the lives of those who took refuge in her caves during the Tribulation and during the time when the enemies will sink her into the heart of the seas. She will also do the voice of confession when she has been brought up from the dead!
5. What does “I will make peace what I vowed” mean? This means that she will do exactly what she vowed. She will make peace by keeping her vow(s).
6. Who is her in, “Her Salvation is to Yehovah”? This is Mount Zion’s Salvation!
7. What does “Her Salvation is to Yehovah” mean? It means that Mount Zion’s Salvation belongs to Yehovah. No one else will be able to provide Salvation for her.
8. Who said, “Her Salvation is to Yehovah”? Yonah himself said this!
VII. Fish Puke (verse 11)
Yehovah said something to the fish. The fish responded by vomiting Yonah toward the dry land.
1. What did Yehovah say to the fish? I don’t know! Whatever it was, the fish was finally able to get rid of this meal that was never digested!
2. Where did the fish vomit Yonah? He vomited him toward the dry land on some shore—very likely in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea (where these things took place).
3. What did Yonah smell like? Yonah smelled very bad! Fish puke is extremely strong and very bad! It makes the very best perfumes! (Man learned centuries ago how to take the worst-smelling things and turn them into the best-smelling things!)
4. What did Yonah do once he was vomited on the shore? I can only guess that he went to wash himself and his clothing.
Original page March 2010 | Updated December 7, 2020