Who Was Swallowed by the Great Fish?
J onah 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.
The highlighted words indicate the English translation where the Hebrew letters are located.
The Hebrew Text:
twlyl hsls:w Mymy hsls gd:h yem:b hnwy yhy:w hnwy
ta elb:l lwdg gd hwhy Nmy:w
At a Count of -12, the highlighted Hebrew letters spell the word Y Sh U A, [Yeshua], translated in English, Jesus.
Encoded in the Hebrew text is the Person's name to whom this fish story is prophetic of.
N ew Testament References
Matthew 12:39 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:
Matthew 12:40 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 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Matthew 16:4 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.
Luke 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
Luke 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
Luke 11:32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
‘Jesus’ is encoded in the Book of Jonah 84 times.
The Lord Jesus believed emphatically in the fish story of Jonah and the whale. It is the greatest sign in the Bible. It foreshadows Jesus’ Death, Burial and Resurrection.
Many believe that Jonah actually died in the great fish. If so, then this is even a greater picture of Jesus’ Resurrection.