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Jonah In A Big Fish's Belly

Was Jonah in a big fish's belly, or was he in hell for three days? Because I read in the Bible that he was in the 'pit' and he cried out from the 'grave' like he really died and God brought him back to life or something?

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1) Jonah drowned and died!
2) The BIG FISH that God was casting bait at was DEATH.
As Jonah was cast into the deep, Jesus was cast into the deep to be swallowed by death.
3) What you sow is what you reap.
Death was swallowed in victory through Jesus offering himself as bait to catch the big fish... death!
4) Like God was teaching Jonah, we are to be the LURE. We are the bait that the enemy(dead, lost humans) cannot resist. Jesus stated to 70 followers that they are sent out in love as sheep among wolves. God knows that Wolves want to eat sheep just as fish want to eat lure. Sheep lure wolves.
ex. Stephen, a food server, lured a wolf named Saul.
Wolves gnawed on Stephen.
The love of Stephen gnawed on Saul.
---Legends on 8/5/09

Steveng ... I don't see how we are taking the story of Jonah out of context "like most Christians do"

The message of Jonah is clear and well understood by Christians. But HERE we are discussing ONLY a couple of aspects of Jonah's experience and how it may have foretold Jesus spending 3 days in "Hell" following His mentioned elsewhere in scripture.
---Donna66 on 7/19/09

Josh you said, "so i dont know what bible you are reading." Well we can plainly see that it is not the "fill in the blanks" that you use. You also said, "for one it doesnt say jonah was in the belly for 3 days."
Wrong again!
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and nights, Jonah 1:17b. Read it yourself. (Kinda plain, huh?)
You may not accept Christ for who He is but realize there are those who know Him and do read His book.

---Elder on 7/17/09

If you recall he was rebellious and went the opposite way from Ninevah... Causing the ship and its crew to almost loose their lives because he was rebelling... He told them that the only way to save themselves was to throw him over... Then He needed to die (to self)... call it a metaphor, if you want to... He was in a fish for the delineated time and was using his faculties to recall the stuff that was going on while the time was being "delineated"... Yeah?... Then the fish spit him onto the land and he went to Ninevah... I think that Jesus spoke of a seed falling and dying to produce more of like kind speaks to this situation... Peace
---Rick on 7/18/09

You people are taking the Jonah/fish story out of context. Just like most christians do to verses.

What did God want Jonah to accomplish? What did Jonah do to escape going to Niniveh and why? How did God punish Jonah for not doing what He wanted him to do? Did the city of Niniveh finally repent?

So Beware! When God tells you to do something, do it. If you don't, just don't be on a boat going in the opposite direction or you, too, will be found in the belly of a fish.
---Steveng on 7/17/09

Yes Johna was in the belley of a large fish.
I figure it felt to him like he was down in "a pit" and when he was rejected by the fish it must have seemed to him like he was resurected from the dead.
---Pierre on 7/17/09


Jonah 1:17

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

Matthew 12:40

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.
---Donna66 on 7/17/09

this is NOT a prophesy to jesus going to hell for 3 days. for one it doesnt say jonah was in the belly for 3 days. 2. the bible DOES NOT say that jesus went to hell in those 3 days..there is not a reference to that at all.. so i dont know what bible you are reading. 3. the discussion of the the jonah incident being real or fake is irrelevant due to the fact that a. we know God is all powerful and all knowing. (permitting your presupposition and your views of epistemology) and b. the message to Isreal at the time was that God is not confined to geographical boundaries (hence the escaping over water) and to not be ethnocentric and have a chosen covenant shalom community for everyone.
---josh on 7/17/09

Ever hear someone--even Christians--say, "I was dead yesterday" or "I was in hell", and think it was meant literally?

Ever hear the term "metaphor" or "figure of speech"? The Bible, including Jonah, is full of them.

Of course, if Jonah WERE dead (physically), why, wouldn't that be a life-changing doctrine, challening you to more holiness and deeper prayer-life?
---Jack on 1/2/08

Johah in the belly of the fish is a type of Christ dying on the cross and arose after the third day. I believe Jonah was in the belly of the fish and he thought he was going to die. If I was in the fishs' belly I would think I was in a pit.
---shira_9639 on 5/3/07

Rebecca D - I actually get a quite funny picture of when Jesus rose from the dead. Satan and all his demons must have nearly fainted. And they were looking at Jesus holding the keys of Hell and Death. What a sight that must have been.
---Helen_5378 on 10/2/06

Helen I have heard that too. I believe that when Jesus took his last breath, Satan and his demons were doing the victory dance until Jesus showed up to let them know that he is alive and is back, and he (satan) lost the battle for man's soul.
---Rebecca_D on 10/1/06

Rebecca D - What the false teachers say is that Jesus went into hell itself and fought with the devil (something like that) until God said "enough". That is what I am referring to. Jesus did not go into hell. He may have gone into Hades or Sheol, but not hell.
---Helen_5378 on 9/29/06

Alot of people is getting confuse only because the KJV render Hades, Sheol has "Hell". This is incorrect. Jesus went to Hades (The abode of the spirits). This was Abraham's bosom. He did not go to hell to burn for 3 days. But he went to Hades.
---Ramon on 9/29/06

Helen; the bible says that Jesus descended into hell but his soul was not left there. He did go to hell and preach to the spirits in prison. How can you say false teachers say this when the bible speaks of it?
---Rebecca_D on 9/29/06

Wayne's answer is correct.
---mima on 9/19/06

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Rickey - Jesus did not go to hell. I get sick of this being said because it is propounded by false teachers.
---Helen_5378 on 9/18/06

Jonah really was in the belly of the whale for three days, then the whale spewed him out.
---Helen_5378 on 9/17/06

The story of Jonah being actually in the fish's belly is confirmed by Jesus--As Jonah was...(Matt 12:40 & Luke 11:30). Lessons are drawn from the experience, a parallel if you will, but that does not mean the event was not a fact. Circumcision was an actual cutting in the flesh, yet lessons are drawn from it. Jonah certainly experienced the pit and a "death" experience while in there. He turned from his ways to cry to God, and God heard his cry.
---Wayne87 on 9/17/06

He was in the belly of the fish.(Jonah 1:17) This was a prophecy of Jesus spending 3-days in hell.(Matthew 12:40)
---Rickey on 9/17/06

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Also, keep in mind that frequently the KJV renders the Hebrew word SHEOL and Greek word HADES as "hell," even though both words simply mean "the abode of the dead," and not "place of eternal punishment. (This is one of the errors of the KJV.)
---Jack on 9/16/06

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