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: 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. Matthew 12:39-40
In Matthew 12, it says that the only sign that they will receive is the sign of the prophet Jonas.
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. Matthew 16:3-4
This is connected to these last days for The LORD has told us repeatedly that there would be signs in the sky and signs of the times. Therefore, the sign of Jonah can be connected to these last days that refer to as a “wicked and adulterous generation”. Again, it appears in Luke 11 where it is a repeated thing here.
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. Matthew 12:40
The significant thing here is that Jonas was 3 days in the whale’s belly and the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. We can tell that we are rightly dividing the scripture, is when there are repeated themes within the scriptures that let us know that they are connected. The LORD had really made the point with these 3 days as they are mentioned throughout the bible. The book of Jonah is the last place in the old testament, that have mentioned about 3 days event. It was all about the time-3 days and 3 nights. His time in the belly of the whale represents death. CHRIST died and HIS time in the grave was 3 days. In the new testament, the first time that have mentioned about the 3 days, is all about the same thing again. The sign of Jonah is all connected by 3 days and gives some insights for the bride, the backslider and the lost, and how they will be affected. There will be a 3 days event that will mark the sign of Jonas for this generation. The 3 days period of the death, burial and resurrection of CHRIST do applies to the bride and what to expect after the 3 days. There is a reason for these patterns of dates and how it applies to each the bride, the backslider and the lost through these 3 days event. For the bride today is the body of CHRIST, whereas in the day of CHRIST, it was HIS body that went through the death, burial and resurrection. CHRIST entered that 3 days period having been crucified on the cross and HE died in the body of flesh. Then, it goes through that 3 days and at the end of those 3 days, HE was resurrected with a changed body.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
In the body of the flesh when CHRIST died, was a natural corruptible body. Then it goes through the 3 days to the time of resurrection, where HE had changed to a spiritual incorruptible body. It has showed that the 3 days period has affected the body of CHRIST at that time, where the body of CHRIST today, which is the bride is going to go through the same time periods and is going to be affected in similar ways. When this 3 days of darkness comes, the bride will be in a corruptible fleshly body, but at the end of this event, the bride will be in a changed body that is incorruptible. Just as CHRIST was on the earth after the 3 days, HE had a 40 days period HE was on the earth.
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: Acts 1:3
There is also going to be an APPROXIMATELY 40 days period after the 3 days of darkness, which the transformed bride is going to have some work to do for 40 days. Just as CHRIST who had remained on the earth for 40 days, continuing HIS work to speak of the things pertaining to the kingdom of GOD-the bride is going to serve The LORD by bringing others to where they need to be with The LORD; try to bring souls into The LORD who have gone astray before the 40 days end. The reason that the bride is in the timeframe where CHRIST was on, because she is the body of CHRIST that is here on this earth today. CHRIST after the resurrection was capable of doing things that the flesh cannot do, such as HE could blind people to the fact that HE was not recognizable or familiar to others and could remove that blindness from their eyes to reveal HIS true identity to them. HE also had the ability to vanish.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. John 21:4 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. Luke 24:15-16 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. Luke 24:31
Let’s look at a few verses about CHRIST’s ascension:
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:9 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Mark 16:19
CHRIST’s ascension into heaven after HIS resurrection, is a symbolic meaning of the catching away of the bride, which is the rapture. These information that has been given, can give the bride a picture of what will be going to happen and what to expect in the soon coming of this event. It is surely an excitement for those who are ready for The LORD; the bride. In the next post, the post will start off by discussing about the backslidden so as to continue about them being in these soon coming 3 days of darkness of what they will be facing. Part 5 shall be continued in another post. Credit:
- King James Version Bible
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