Chance (3 Mar 2024)
"More On the Time Periods Associated With the Sign Of Jonah"

Hello Jean and Doves,
In this letter, Jean Stepnoski wrote about a double Sign of Jonah - "The Sign of Jonah 3 day period" and  "The Sign of Jonah 40 day period."
Precise Double Sign of Jonah: Sign of 3 Days Plus Sign of 40 Days
In Matthew, Jesus talks about the Sign of Jonah.  Adding to what Jean wrote, I see this double sign of Jonah as time periods associated with the Sign of Jonah.  A three day time period associated with the Sign of Jonah and a forty day time period associated with the Sign of Jonah.
For the Three Day Time Period Associated With the Sign of Jonah:

Matthew 12:39 - 40:  "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:  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."
Jesus compared Jonah's three days and three nights in the belly of the whale to his upcoming three days and three nights in the tomb - this would be the sign to 'that wicked and adulterous generation' that he was talking to at that time.
This would be the three day time period.

And For the Forty Day Time Period Associated With the Sign of Jonah:

Then in Matthew 16:4 Jesus talks again about the sign of Jonah - "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."  (no mention this time of the three days and three nights.....)

This would be the forty day time period.

Luke tells us that "For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation."  Jonas brought a message to repent or else.  Jesus brought a similar message. We know what happened to the Jewish people, Jerusalem and the Temple - not one stone....
Did the Ninevites KNOW that Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights?  Would they have cared?  The scripture does not say that Jonah told the Ninevites he was in the belly of the whale.  The Ninevites probably didn't know anything about the whale.  So how could this be a sign to them?  Jonah prophesied 'repent or else'.
Jonah went through Nineveh "proclaiming, "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown."   Jonah 3:4.  And in the very next verse it has "So the people of Nineveh believed God."  It seems then that something else was 'the last straw' that pushed the king and the entire city into repentance.
So the sign of Jonah to Nineveh was something else then - something all the people could see and know was an omen of doom.  I wrote before about a great total solar eclipse over Nineveh when Jonah was there - ancient people saw total solar eclipses as a sign of coming doom.  Signs in the sun and the moon.
There was a total solar eclipse recorded in the Assyrian eponym lists during the reign of King Ashur-dan III on June 15, 763 BC.  It was even named the  Bur-Sagale eclipse.  It occurred when Jeroboam II ruled over Israel.  Jonah lived and prophesied during this king's reign.  This eclipse was recorded during Jonah's time - this was probably 'that last straw'.
"Assyriologist Donald Wiseman, a former curator at the British Museum, and editor of Chronicles of Chaldean Kings and The Alalakh Tablets, published in the Tyndale Bulletin in 1979 where he argued persuasively that this eclipse would help explain the dramatic reaction to Jonah's preaching...Jonah preaches at just the right time for the people of Nineveh to listen to him.  The Assyrian nation was weak and in chaos in the decade around 760 BCE.  They have one earthquake (one sign of divine wrath).  There was a famine from 765-758 BCE.  Assyria was losing battles and losing territory to its enemies.  There were domestic riots."
"The repentance of an entire pagan city the size of Nineveh would be a greater miracle than for Jonah to survive getting swallowed by a fish." 
Jonah And The Eclipse In Ancient Nineveh | Tom Hobson
A total eclipse these days will not be seen as a sign of doom - the coming destruction of a city or a kingdom - like during Jonah's day.  We are 'too scientific' for that.  But to many Christians watching for the signs in the sun and the moon and the stars - this April 8 total solar eclipse over America - the second in seven years over America - marking out a giant X - added to everything else going on (just like the Ninevites saw 'everything else going on') - this coming total solar eclipse could be 'the last straw' for America.
I hope the Rapture is soon.  Sunday, March 3 to April 8 is 36 days.  If April 8 is the final warning - maybe 40 days later?  May 18, 2024. 
Maybe this second warning is for the people 'left behind' warn them of coming doom.
Just a thought.