3 DAYS IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (PART 2)
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“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” As mentioned in part 1, there is a mystery in the third day, as well as day 1 & 2.
We see symbolism throughout the process of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can, also, see some things were not 3 times, but 2, which indicted they were not completed as in the following:
“As the evening began, after Jesus and His disciples had celebrated the Passover, they came to the garden. At some point, Jesus took THREE of them—Peter, James and John— to a place separated from the rest. Here Jesus asked them to watch with Him and pray so they would not fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41), but they fell asleep. 2 TIMES, Jesus had to wake them and remind them to pray so that they would not fall into temptation. This was especially poignant because Peter did indeed fall into temptation later that very night when three times he denied even knowing Jesus. Jesus moved a little way from the 3 men to pray, and 2 TIMES He asked His Father to remove the cup of wrath He was about to drink, but each time He submitted to the Father’s will. He was “exceedingly sorrowful unto death,” but God sent an angel from heaven to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43). He only asked the disciples 2 times, as He realized their spirit was willing but their flesh was weak. So this was not finished. 2 times He asked to be excused from the process of the cross, again not finished. Peter denies Jesus 3 times, a completion on the weakness of His flesh and then, of course, he was restored when Jesus asked Him if He loved Him 3 times.
So we see a process of 3 days, in order that a resurrection or deliverance might be completed. Remember, Jonah was a man, called by God, yet stuck in his rebellion. It took 3 days in the belly of the whale to come out of his way of thinking, finally agreeing to the will of God. This was a sign to the Jews. The disciples, on their own, were not strong enough to pray with Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus said, on the cross, “IT IS FINISHED.” He processed the three days and the work was completed.
So what does this mean for us? How is it applicable for us today? Everything is patterned by the SON, JESUS. Romans 8:29 “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” We follow a pattern of death (an ending), burial (separation) and resurrection (a restoration to who we really are, before we came in the flesh, before the foundation of the earth). This does not just happen once, but every-time we are being delivered from any image not after the pattern Son. God judges something in us, it comes up and we have been given power to overcome it by what Jesus did on the cross. Romans 3:4, “4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
The dross is brought to the top as it is when purifying silver after it is heated. Through situations, issues we have come up. They are then dealt with by the Lord, by the fiery trials that are to try us￼. We are then processed in the mystery of 3 days. The judgement, the test, the greater gain of spirituality.
Ok, does that mean we will be delivered? Only if we pass the test and enter into our rest. As we know, the children of Israel were in the understanding of 3 -EYGPT, WILDERNESS & PROMISE LAND. God pulled them out of Egypt - a type of world system- separated them and gave them his word to pass the test in the separation- the wilderness. But they didn’t pass. They murmured, complained and refused to overcome. So they all died in the desert. It was their children who came into the promised land, along with Joshua and Caleb.
So, in conclusion, we can see the mystery of the three days and the process of deliverance and growth God has for us. We must be willing to suffer the 2nd day because this is the transition time and where we are most likely to fail. It’s a time we are buried, separated and tried. If we can stay in faith when it looks the darkest, we can celebrate the power Jesus has given us to overcome as we come into a higher spiritual dimension, our promised land, our resurrection, our full corn in the ear, our 100 fold, our most Holy Place!!!
Jesus took 3 disciples with him to the mount of transfiguration. There he was transformed before their eyes. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid…And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.. the Way the Truth and the Life. The mission would be complete in the obedience of One. But many would be raised as sons of God following the pattern of 3.
Side note: even in water fasting the 2nd day is always the hardest!
Be ENCOURAGED, GOD IS WITH YOU TO OVERCOME AND GIVE YOU HIS IMAGE!!
Your destiny is being fulfilled. Glory to glory, faith to faith, line upon line. The path of the righteous grows brighter and you’re moving in a higher frequency and a greater light as you overcome. You have everything you need to get past the 2nd day into the 3rd. Pass the test and walk in the glory. Jesus prayed for us to know.
It’s a wonderful season!