'It's just a fascinating picture when you connect all the dots'
By WND Staff
And once he was yanked out of the body of the beast, this ancient prophet was able to convince the entire population of a large city to repent of its wickedness and be saved.
But when the dots of the story are connected with the rest of Scripture, the account is broadcasting beautiful messages and inspiring prophecies for the future that go far beyond the actual historical event, according to the author of a best-selling new book.
Joe Kovacs, author of "Reaching God Speed: Unlocking the Secret Broadcast Revealing the Mystery of Everything," probed the depths of the watery mystery on the popular Bible program "Shabbat Night Live," with host Scott Laird filling in for Michael Rood.
Regarding Jonah, "He's a man running away from God when God told him specifically to do something," Kovacs began. "So right away, we know he represents all of us 'cause we're, at some point in our lives, running away from God when He wants us to do the other thing."
"But he also … most famously, is dwelling in the body of a beast – a big beast as a matter of fact. A big fish. Why is that? It's because, as we said before, mankind is dwelling in the body of a beast. We are all in the image of God, but currently we're like the animals [made of mortal flesh]. And we read many Scriptures before that mankind 'is like the beasts that perish.' (Psalm 49:12, 20 NKJV). We are all a person with a mind, dwelling in the body of a beast."
The Old Testament itself states: "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" (Jonah 1:17 KJV).