The argument, the evidence, the theory continue…
Salvation to the Pharisees, the Last Days & Prophetic Interpretations and Lure
1 Peter 3:18-21 references that salvation is from Christ our Lord, whom the Pharisees denied. In essence, the Pharisees were resisting “the salvation of the Lord” and became destined to pluck themselves out of the First Resurrection as well as receive judgment from Gentile Ninevites who received the salvation from the Lord in the days of Jonah due to repentance, as well as, the Gentiles who receive it from the Lord Jesus Christ.
By the way, did you catch that? In 1 Peter 3:18 it said clearly that Christ was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…this is EXACTLY what Jonah experienced allegorically when he was put to death in the whale at the bowels of the earth, and made alive in spirit through his transformation from the lower to higher nature/consciousness. When Jonah decided to die to self, he resurrected ready to do the will of the Lord, ready to serve a higher purpose, and ready to follow the spirit led life. He reflected an initiation into Christ Consciousness/Higher Nature.
What starts in Jonah 2:2 and ends with Jonah 2:10 is the method, the key, the answer to which the Jews/Pharisees can be saved. And it is with this initiation, like Jonah’s’, that is of repentance and receiving salvation from the Lord, that they will be saved.
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
God’s word gives us a key that shares something of importance regarding the salvation of the Israelites, and it is found in Jeremiah 31:37 –
This is what the Lord says: “Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting Israel away for the evil they have done. I, the Lord have spoken!
144,000 in Tribulation and The Muslim of Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow
In Helena Lehman’s article “Why Yahushua (or Yahshuah, its just different dialects) Gave the Sign of Jonah: A Study of Judgment and Repentance” (2007), she shares her understanding of Jews who receive Christ as their Lord and Savior now, before and during the Tribulation, will find atonement for their failure to carry the mantle of God’s light, love, and message of repentance and salvation to the Gentile nation like Jonah did. Helena Lehman claims that those who receive the salvation of Christ after the rapture will likely become the 144,000 witnesses in tribulation that are from the 12 tribes of Israel that will carry the mandate of the Sign of Jonah to their generation by preaching to the heathen/Gentile nations. This reference H. Lehman made regarding the 144,000 in tribulation will be revealed to us in the 6th largest constellation and will be discussed later in this article.
The article “Why Yahushua Gave the Sign of Jonah: A Study of Judgment and Repentance” (Lehman, 2007), further mentions that this Gentile nation in the Tribulation can be highly associated with Muslims, as a reference to modern day Ninevites. I want to say that the Helena Lehman does not declare that it is only the Muslims, but more-so connects this group with the Ninevites of present day. It is a fitting association because when we look at present day Nineveh territory, it is Northern Iraq. In the scriptures, God called it a “Great City” and Iraq can be associated with a “Great City” as well. Also, it is another reference to the “Sign of Jonah” to a generation who practically mirrors the Jews, having the Law and is being bound to the dutiful fulfillment of Mosaic Law, and who also pride themselves on their association with being children of Abraham; much like the Jews/Pharisees who were given this sign of Jonah, by the Messiah Jesus Christ. And even though they pride themselves on living by the letter of the law, they, like the Pharisees, break the law, misuse the law-using it to hurt others, and yet fall short of the law, only to discover that the Law does not save. Like the Pharisees they refuse the Messiah, and refuse to receive salvation.
Well let’s consider that the Muslims/Islamic religion is constantly at odds with Jews/Israelites. Muslims in Palestine are always trying to take back Israeli territory in claims that it is their own. Muslims have taken over the Temple and have yet to cease from being a thorn in Israel’s side. And this is nothing new. The history of dissension is far reaching, and therefore, it is fair to conclude that the Muslim is the modern day Ninevite, who is currently persecuting both Jews and Christians and have made themselves judge over others, especially their rival group, the Israelites. It seems black and white when we start to strip away these layers of mystery and prophetic lure.
If you think this is reaching, I understand, but I would still disagree. It is not over-reaching but rather decoding, a scientific process of deduction, spiritual discernment, an investigation of the scriptures, their allegories, prophetic meanings, and hidden revelations that must be uncovered in their right time. Especially now!
The allegorical symbolism in Jonah’s story is no accident at all. If we are willing to have “eyes to see” God can show us the magnitude of Jesus’ sign to this generation and those who are unwilling to repent, be born again, and receive salvation. In all reality, the unwillingness to see is an unwillingness to see what Jesus was showing us all, and hear what He was trying to tell us about our need to be delivered.
It is staying blind when someone is offering you sight.
As in the Days of Noah and The Sign of Jonah: Correlations Examined
Going even further into this investigation of “The Sign of Jonah” we reach the significance of the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:37 – But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. This is another non-coincidental scripture in the new testament. This new testament scripture refers to an old testament occurrence, the infamous “Flood of Noah”. Jonah, like Noah, (hey these names sound similar) was thrust into the sea of waters, and both were placed in a ship.
Another commonality of the 2 and their biblical stories is that God judged Jonah’s disobedience by allowing him to be thrown from the ship and into his death, while Noah was set free from his ship to live, because of his obedience during Gods judgement. BUT, both Noah and Jonah were saved from the sea of deathly flooding waters. We see in Noah’s story he was stuck in a ship, in a type of watery grave, however, being protected and saved while God destroyed the world with the flood. And Jonah was in essence being protected in the belly of the whale, and he was in essence saved from the sea of a watery grave as well.
For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; and Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
Before we go further in our study of how Jonah and Noah are related to our investigation of the “Sign of Jonah”, I would like to point out that while Jonah was cast out of a ship into the mouth of a whale in the depths of the sea, and flooded by its waves, Noah was above the sea and riding the waves of water in the ship. Jonah disobeyed God and refused the righteous path when he refused to come down from his high horse and be merciful and deliver the message of repentance, while Noah was obedient and righteous in Gods sight, humbling himself before God.
Opposite responses to Gods commands, but similar responses from Gods love, being mercy and grace, which led both to being saved from a watery grave.
This is important to remember when we try to understand God, because to know and understand God, we must identify never-changing character traits in the personality of God. Basically, we need to know His ways, which of course are higher than ours.
In Genesis 5:17-19 it reads,
Now the flood was on the earth 40 days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.
Jonah 3:4 …
Yet 40 days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
These two passages reveal a time of judgment. We see the flood was on the earth for 40 days, and the sinful city would be overthrown in 40 days. What is the significance here? I would like to point out that a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks and often times Gods judgment is associated with a term of 40. So ironically, Noah is in a time of judgment on the whole earth that lasted 40 days, and Jonah was warning the Ninevites of an impending judgment coming upon them in 40 days, unless they repented. If you notice that Jonah gave a warning of judgement coming in 40 days, but we do not see that same mercy extended in the days of Noah. (although there were numerous years of this prophecy being reiterated in the world during this time, so people were not oblivious, however, some adopted a false sense of security and protection from the deceivers/entities [the mythological gods/demigods you hear stories about] of those times, while many others just did not believe and heed the warning, because they were un-repentant…however, we see the Ninevites did believe the prophecy Jonah declared, and they did heed the warning, being repentant)-(repentant comes up a lot in this article….pay attention).
Why is that?
Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on the earth had corrupted their ways. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth…
Without further or due, the “Sign of Jonah” that Jesus gave and the declaration “as in the days Noah”, are two important clues to signify our need, our dilemma, our warning, and our time for the Saviors return. Noah’s times were corrupted so much so that God could only spare 8 people who were considered righteous, and also during Noah’s time we see God judged the whole world. In Jonah’s story, he is surrounded by wickedness (kind of like Noah) but God called him to minister to the wicked and lost people of the “great city” (world or worldliness, often biblically referred to as spiritual or literal Babylon) but his religious and haughty attitude stood in the way. The great city is referred to as a materialistic world of carnality, but I want to point out here that Jonah represented the religious pharisitical leaders who looked down on others, rejecting Gods true nature, which was referred to in Matthew 9:13 – Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the RIGHTEOUS but the SINNERS.
So, Jonah was not in Nineveh to call the righteous, but the sinners. And Jesus was called to the house of Israel, because He came for the lost sheep of Israel, the sinners (Matthew 15:24).
Much like Noah, Jonah faced a terrible death that was brought on by water, and unless they reached dry land, neither Jonah nor Noah would have lived. (Genesis 7:23-24 & Jonah 1:11-17). Also, both Jonah and Noah received a 2nd chance and they also received a spiritual baptism through the symbolic womb of the water.
Speaking of the womb of water, we see a few similarities continuing on, again giving strong relevance to “as in the days of Noah” and “no other sign than the sign of Jonah”. A womb is filled with watery “amniotic” fluid and once the baby passes through the “water” they are considered a living person, or alive. So, the water of the womb is associated with birth, and here we see Jonah and even Noah, experiencing a rebirth from a watery grave. Not to mention the 40-days that parallel the 40-week gestation period. These are not merely coincidences nor are they a stretch of the imagination. They are signs and clues that enlighten us to the hidden meanings of Jesus’ words regarding both Noah and Jonah.
Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God…John 3:3
Sign of the Times – The Ages
Today, the sign of the Fish is the Christian sign and logo. When you see the fish sign it is signifying someone as a Christian or someone’s declaration that they are “saved”. Ironically, in association with being a Christian, or being “saved” (receiving salvation), is the sacred act of being immersed in water and baptized in the faith, which is long considered a rebirth, or being born-again. Unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). These are significant attributes that signify the faith of a believer in Christ Jesus, and also connect the dots to our historic ties with what made Noah different (righteous), and the call (mission) of Jonah; which mimics the mission of the Christian.
Furthermore, here we see “The Sign of Jonah” as the fish sign of our day. As Helena Lehman (2007) puts it, like “fish we are swimming through the water of destruction”, and plucked out of the water and saved.
The fish symbolizes the Age of Pisces and when we would learn the mission of following Christ and becoming “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). When this age was upon us, the wise men seen the sign of the King planet being crowned by the bright star Regulus, among other magnificent celestial events, and they knew the Piscean Age had dawned.
Really quick, the star Regulus is known historically as the King Star. The ancient Persians referred to it as one of the four Royal Stars; in Latin it means “little King”; and in Arabic it is called “the kingly one”. So, right here in the Signs of the Heavens, the dawn of the Piscean Age is signified with the Kingly planet being crowned by the King star!
Onward we go….
The sign of Pisces is two fishes. And when we investigate a few celestial significances, we can easily associate this with the “Sign of Jonah” and the “Days of Noah”. Although we can connect the “Sign of Jonah” and the “Days of Noah” with Aquarius, we must first recognize their beginning, with the references Jesus made to them for that time, and also with references to the Piscean Age where Jesus came in and changed time (B.C. / A.D.), being a declarative heralding of a time when we would associate the fish, the water baptism, and the mission of the saints, etc., with the age that had dawned and the age that was to come. These ages would be the ages where Christ comes to bring salvation and the age where Christ comes to redeem the remnant, both associated with redemption & salvation. Hence, when we see the symbol of Pisces being 2 fish paralleling each other face to tail, and tail to face, we can see its pointing to 2 significant times where Christ (the fisher of men, the one who saves us from being drowning in the sea of the world, the one who delivers us from the grave, the one who plucks us out of the water to be redeemed, and the one who came for Jews and Gentiles), is represented with 2 fish pointing to his 1st and 2nd. With that being said, there is much more to this sign, but its wide spread relevance is not for this topic.
Age of Aquarius
The zodiac has 12 main houses or “paths of the sun” in which we get the Age/Sign of Aquarius. In the Aquarius constellation, we have the Decan Piscis Austrinus (aka Piscis Australis, the southern hemisphere constellation). In Aquarius, we have an image of a man holding a water urn and pouring out an abundance of water into the mouth of the fish Piscis Austrinus. In some images of Piscis Austrinus the water is being poured in the fish’s mouth, or on the fish’s head. Right away we see “The Sign of Jonah, and the baptism taking place in both image portrayals of Piscis Austrinus. Symbolically the sign Aquarius is baptizing the fish, which represents those who are “saved” by Christ.
Why Christ? Well I’m glad you asked.
In ancient Israel or Hebrew tradition, it is uncommon or better yet, unlikely that you would ever find a man carrying a water pitcher. In these ancient cultures, the carrying of a water pitcher was something only the women do. To get a picture of this, just think of how we’ve seen in other cultures, women carrying water on their heads, but we don’t typically see these images associated with the men. Anyhow, the fact that it is a man lets us know that it likely represents Jesus, especially since He is attributed the creation of the cosmos (John 1:2-3). Some believe that this salvation of the fish which is depicted by water being poured on the fish or in its mouth, is a direct reference to receiving the Holy Spirit. I would have to agree. When we break down these aspects of the whole, we can see that both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ were born at the time of Pisces, being already filled with the Holy Spirit. This is a rare occurrence. Their births and ministries both heralded the New Covenant which would consist of the “Filling of the Holy Spirit” and the preceding “Baptism”! This is symbolic of the constellation Aquarius in its imagery and allegorical meaning.
Baptism came first, just as John the Baptist came first in birth and in ministry. Jesus followed suit in ministry honoring the Baptism as a part of this salvation and the following “filling” of the Holy Spirit. Some believe that the Baptism was required before Jesus died, leaving us the Holy Spirit. Either way, the Baptism is now of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus said, you must be born of water and spirit! So, we see this truth depicted in John, the BAPTIST, and Jesus who left the HOLY SPIRIT. John came first (baptism), and Jesus came 2nd (Holy Spirit). Again, you must be born of water and spirit!
In John 3:5 Jesus answered
“Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
Might I add, that when Jesus pointed to the “Sign of Jonah” to the Pisces generation and Pharisees, he was signaling the connection of Jonah with his baptism and salvation, to the baptism and salvation that was available to them through himself (Christ). Ironically, when Jesus says he is with us until the end of the age, it would technically mean until the end of the Age of Pisces….I cannot say with for sure with 100% certainty however.
Amazingly, the Aquarius water bearer is pouring out water and the fish is receiving the Holy Spirit and being saved by it. This whole scene is played out right before us in the zodiac sign of Aquarius and its 3 decans.
- Aquarius the water bearer & 3 Decans
- Piscis Austrinus the fish, drinking the water (or water being poured on the fish), the Southern Fish (being poured from heaven to earth)-(filling the fish in the sea of the world or Gods people, with Gods Holy Spirit)
- Pegasus, the white horse that the savior rides in on to save his people
- Cygnus the Swan, which represents the sign of the cross. In the Hebraic Mazzaroth it is the bird of passage who goes and comes again (1st and 2nd coming of Christ).
The 3 Missions of Jonah in the Midrash
Let’s reference some historical records to defend our evidence, and support our beliefs regarding the prophetic and present significance of Jonah, Noah, and Aquarius.
According to Raphael Shuchat of “Jonah the Rebellious Prophet” (n.d.) he shares that the Midrash tells about Jonah having 3 prophetic missions, and one consisted of him delivering a message to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, about its capital Jerusalem, facing destruction, unless however, the people repent, then God in His mercy would overturn the decree, and that’s exactly what happened.
However, let’s look at the 1st mission before we get ahead of ourselves. Jonah’s first mission was to go and restore the borders of Israel (Shuchat,). The mission was a success and Jonah was patriotic hero (Shuchat, n.d.)!
The second prophetic mission was when Jonah had to deliver a message of an impending doom to the Southern Kingdom of Judah regarding its capital Jerusalem. The message was a message of repentance in which the Lords decree of evil against Jerusalem was overturned. This didn’t look good for Jonah. The Judeans called him a “false prophet” because God did not punish them. According to the Midrash this was more attributed to the fact that Jonah was from the Northern Kingdom and they did not get along with each other. So, Jonah ends up having to preach a message of repentance to the Assyrians of Nineveh, whom were a threat to Israel all together. Jonah by this point is not only apprehensive due to his last assumed failure, but also because this is not just about the wickedness of Nineveh but it is personal due to his strong love for his people. And understandably so. The Talmud referenced Jonah as an extremely devout religious Jew, who held to the old way regardless of Jeroboams changes made, turning Beth-El into a religious center. Jonah kept the 3 annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem instead.
A Pouring Out of the Holy Spirit on Jonah
An interesting diversion must be added to this section regarding the description of Jonah and his 3 prophetic missions according to the Midrash, Bible, and Talmud. The diversion is a slight one however. This is what I would call another Jem; a diamond in the rough, or a gold nugget! As this article is about Jonah, Noah, and the Aquarius, I believe it is necessary to point out some information shared in Shuchats, “Jonah the Rebellious Prophet”
So, what is it? I’m glad you asked!
During Jonah’s 3 various pilgrimages he was believed to have received these prophetic words and mission at each pilgrimage. The first holy day’s pilgrimage of the 3, started with the celebration in the Temple that took place during the festival of the Sukkot. It was called Simhat Beth Hasho’eva, which is considered the joyful ceremony of drawing the water that is to be poured on the alter as a part of the prayers service for rain (Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. 37 No.1, 2009)! According to the Talmud of Jerusalem, the name Beth Hasho’eva is the House of Drawing, and referred to the Holy Spirit which could be drawn down from Heaven and onto the people who were attending this holy event (Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. 37 No.1, 2009)! These celebrations of the Beth Hasho’eva were said to bring a person into a prophetic encounter, which is exactly what the Talmud says happened to Jonah (Jewish Bible Quarterly, Vol. 37 No.1, 2009)!
Jewish Quarterly Bible, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2009
Rabbi Yochanan said: “Jonah ben Amittai was among the holi-day pilgrims (olei regalim to the Temple). He entered the water libation festival (simhat beth hasho’eva) and the holy spirit rested upon him. This teacher us that the Holy Spirit rests only on one who is happy of heart (Deuteronomy 16:14).
For more information on the Jewish Water Libation visit http://www.templeinstitute.org/water_libation_festival.htm
Based off of what the Talmud says, rabbinic literature doesn’t see Jonah as a prophet who is seasoned in preparation for an encounter, but just a simple God-fearing man from the Northern Kingdom of Israel who had a prophetic encounter during his holy day pilgrimages. So basically, Jonah was a simple man who loved God, loved his people and was a devout man of God, and the holy spirit fell on him when he attended a festival of Sukkot and was participating in a type of baptismal experience. This is very significant and connects our previous examinations of Jonah, a watery baptism, the Holy Spirit being poured out in the sign (constellation) Aquarius, and so on. And to add to this aspect, on one hand, Jonah was like many of us, a simple man/woman, called out by God and given the gift of the holy spirit, whereas on the other hand after encountering the holy spirt he found himself being religious, unforgiving, judgmental of others, and even fearful of what the repentance of the Ninevites (others) would mean. But Jonah, like many of us, would be wise to keep in mind that regardless of how we feel about the ugliness of someone’s sin, or the depth of their wickedness to our eyes, it is Gods desire that not one would perish (2 Peter 3:9). We cannot afford to get caught up like the Pharisees in religious pious with no heart from or of God, and no love for all His people.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Does this sound similar to the saving grace of Jesus, the water pourer to the southern fish who are headed to the pit without Christ saving grace and Gods mercy? This is much like the Southern Fish Piscis Australis who receives the ministry of mercy and grace through Jesus, and the wrath against us was overturned, because we were saved from Gods overflow of love and forgiveness of sins. Furthermore, this is also like the “bird of passage” who was called a dove (in other cultures a swan) that brought back a message of salvation to Noah with the olive leaf and branch (Cygnus, who goes and returns). And we know Christ is our branch of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1) that died on the cross, and ascended 3 days later, and who goes and comes again like Cygnus, the sign of the cross & the bird of passage.
Passage to what?
To the promised land. A passage of salvation that will redeem us and unite us to the Father. Passage to the savior and to the heavens as some ancient tribes believed. (The Cygnus Mystery)
In the Cygnus Mystery, the ancients believed that in the dark rift of the Milky Way Galaxy, was a doorway to the Heavens, to God, that you could only enter in through with the Bird of Passage, the Cygnus bird!
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
To point out the seemingly obvious, I would like to mention that this Midrash story about Jonah points to the 3 times Jonah was to prophecy of warning and judgement to a nation of people, and we see he spent 3 days/nights in a judgement of his own. Now, to take it further, as if we haven’t gone far enough in the unraveling of the mysteries of God/Bible/History, let us consider that this article is about 3 Signs pointing to the Return of Christ, the Return of the Bird of Passage with the seal of the Cross on the ones (the fish) he is coming for (to pluck out of these drowning waters).
Image Source: https://medium.com/@starwalk/a-morning-moon-so-long-saturn-hello-mercury-and-aquarius-lucky-stars-a239e66f9843
“Sign of Jonah”, the “Days of Noah”, and the “Age of Aquarius”.
Is PASSAGE Really PASSOVER? More on Aquarius…
Is the passage to the promised land (the heavens) the same as the Passover from an age of salvation (Pisces) to a final age of redemption (Aquarius)?
Numerous similarities are buried in just these two clues, that Jesus gave us regarding days of Noah and the sign of Jonah. The more we treasure hunt this truth the more we uncover precious jewels.
When we tie these celestial signs in a neatly packaged gift, we end up seeing the heralding of the Age of Aquarius, which is currently upon us. When we talk of these Signs (Signs of the times…etc.) we would do well to reflect on a peculiar statement of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
When the disciples asked about the preparation to the Passover-culturally referenced as Pasauch (Hebrew meaning: between the 2 evenings) they questioned,
“Where do You want us to prepare it?”. He answered, “When you enter the city, a man carrying a jug of water will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters.. Luke 22:10
Jesus signifies where to meet him for the next new age (Passover between the 2 evenings), and that is in Aquarius with the man holding the jug of water (a Passover between 2 ages, or the dusk of one age into the dawning of a new age, both evening occurrences of time of day—a passage from earth to heaven or from flesh to spirit, or from this land to the promised land).
The “Sign of Jonah” and the “Days of Noah” carry us into the new age with baptism of water and spirit. In the Hebrew culture men did not carry the jug of water, so Christ referring to a man carrying the jug of water is “upside down” to their culture (because the Kingdom of God is upside down), signaling the astronomical time on the zodiacal clock of ages, and telling us that He will be the one taking us into the New Age of Aquarius; where we associate the “Sign of Jonah” and the “Days of Noah”. The “Days of Noah” not only references the condition of the culture on a global scale, but it references:
- the times;
- the present practices of today’s societies
- people getting further away from truth and God;
- the rebellion in the hearts of man;
- the infiltration of hybrids and mixing (literal and figurative);
- the domination of the human race by super-natural powers;
- and more
Really quickly I would like to address how Aquarius is associated with the “Days of Noah” when this time of Noah’s world being judged was during the age of Gemini. Some say it is in the age of Taurus. BOTH ARE RIGHT!
For more information on this aspect please visit the “Days of Noah” article.