Pamphlet 1603 Jonah kc 2-2
Here again are the instructions Jonah received from the LORD:
Arise means to "perform", to "accomplish", as in "go do the work which I give you". Nineveh means "residence of Ninus, i.e. Nimrod" who founded Babylon and built Nineveh (Gen. 10:11).Jonah 1:1
Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
"Nimrod was the founder of Babylon, which partook of his character as being the great antagonist of God's Truth and His people. We cannot fail to see, in Nimrod, Satan's first attempt to raise up a human universal ruler of men. There have been many subsequent attempts, such as Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander, Napoleon, and others.Nineveh was the capital of the world-ruling empire and therefore the seat of idolatry in that day. It is a type of that "great city" in these end times which is also the capital of the Assyrian, one of Satan's names (Isa. 14) . Again, that great city is Jerusalem which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt.
The "wickedness" of the Ninevites which "came up before Him" was very great indeed and Jonah was hoping that God would destroy them. Although it is not the reason that Jonah disobeyed God's commands, one could certainly speculate that had Jonah listened to his Father and gone to Nineveh to preach and give witness, that because of their great wickedness they would have probably killed him. No, Jonah wished for the Assyrians to be destroyed so that they would not be able to come against and harm his people.
We need to be wise and learn from Jonah's errant attitude. Perhaps some of God's elect wish that the kenite (tares) controlled New World Order would not "rise up" and come against and swallow captive the United States of America. It is a sad and disheartening thing to witness the locusts consume the vineyard and bring captivity and oppression upon our own people. Perhaps some of God's servants would even "bite the tail of the dragon" in an attempt to prevent that which is God's plan from taking place. All one can say is that if they would like to be drowned in the stormy sea, or get their "gourd thumped" by Mighty-Worm, then go for it! Set sail for Tarshish in the opposite direction of God's Plan and see how far you get. Jonah tried it, but he didn't get too far! Thanks for the lesson, Jonah! We love you man!
Joppa was the seaport of Jerusalem where the cedars from Lebanon that were hewn for the building of Solomon's temple were transported to from Tyre. Jonah "paid the price" to enter the vessel and take the voyage far across the Mediterranean to Tarshish in Spain, but it is nothing compared to the price he would pay for going against God's plan. Now he would have to take a stinky old Charter Fish to Nineveh.Jonah 1:3
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Our Father does not like when His children, and especially His servants, willfully disobey Him. Does it please you when your children do just the opposite of what you tell them to do? I think not and I am sure you do a little "storming" yourself when that happens, don't you? So no matter how noble the cause seems in your own mind, do not allow your personal feelings, whether they be love for your own family or nation or anger towards the children of disobedience, to get in the way of "doing" your Father's Word.
God's elect know from the examples Christ has shown us what to do when there is a great wind (ruach) and a mighty tempest upon the sea (Luke 8:22-25). Jonah did not turn to God! But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
It seems Jonah didn't care if he lived or died, doesn't it? The mariners were at least working and praying and trying to save themselves while we see Jonah "sleeping" when he should be working, i.e. doing the work God gave Him to do! Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
What in the world are you doing sleeping? That should be a very embarrassing question to a servant of God! So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
Do not think that our Father did not carefully watch every move Jonah made and that His hand was not upon His servant. You see, He promises He "will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Heb. 13:5)" and so Father is about to bring Jonah portside and show His deep abiding love for his son! Hebrews 12:6 "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
Then too, the fact that the lot fell upon Jonah shows us that God was in total control of the situation. And I guarantee that if you are one of His chosen vessels, called according to His plan, i.e. to do His will (Eph. 1:4), that He cares and knows what is happening in your life too!
Hey, we have a great deal yet to learn from this marvelous Book of Jonah. And there is nothing "fishy" about it either. Contrary to what the scoffers and the gainsayers say, it is the Word of God. They may not believe it now, but when they witness the "Sign of Jonah" they will then! That's the plan!
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