Once again... I have been led to look into the book of Jonah. I cannot say for certain whether or not this is the reason Jesus said to the Pharisees, "n evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah." But... has anyone realized the significance of what Jesus said when He spoke of Jonah praying while in the 'belly of a whale?' Being in the belly of a whale for three days and nights is synonymous with being three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth... or in other words, being dead for three days. We are told that Lazarus was dead for four days, and that Jesus was in the tomb for three days. I have said in a previous essay that I believe that the Spirit of a man must remain close by its recently vacated temple for three or four days after so-called death. If this was the way things were 2000 years ago, it must still be the case today! Why do I say this? Because it was God Himself who said so! Did He not say that as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so too shall the son of man be in the heart of the Earth for three days and nights? And did He not say to Peter, 'Whom do men say that "I" the son of man am? Should it be any different today? Not too likely. And if God gave 'Jonah' another chance after he pleaded with God for forgiveness while in the 'belly of the whale', might this be something the Church has missed seeing? God is no respecter of persons, so if He gave Jonah a second chance, might He not do the same for anyone who sincerely asked for forgiveness even after death? Why not?
But... Jonah apparently didn't realize even after God gave him a second chance, that he too was God embodied. His experience did not change him a bit! He was even worse than he was prior to his experience in the belly of the whale. He was angry that God spared the city and the inhabitants of Ninevah. (And no where do we read that Lazarus realized that he was God embodied either.) No one apparently realized that there is "a being" greater than' man', and that that 'being', is none other than God! (And besides 'that' being', there is none other!) (And that included 'Solomon'!) Which is more proof that except we be 'born againí; we cannot enter the Kingdom of God! (Except we be 'born again' we cannot realize that man and God are One!) So except we realized that God is the "I" within us, it wouldn't change us even if God raised us from the dead! ONLY GOD HAS BEING! We must see this and choose to function AS God, in this life HERE AND NOW! For by no other means can we 'enter' the Kingdom of God... by no other means can we attain Gods Eternal Reality! So don't keep looking for a sign, for there shall no sign be given whereby we can be saved, apart from accepting God as our Eternal Reality NOW! I do believe that this is the message for us, in the book of Jonah.