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.

(Matthew 16:4) KJV

The sign of Jonah looks like a Biblical inconsistency. We (that’s me and the Holy Spirit) have never been able to figure out how Friday night to Sunday morning is three days and three nights. Just sayin’.

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 12:40) KJV

Jesus said that the son of man would spend three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth. However, the timeline of the crucifixion only includes two nights and ONE whole day in the grave. On the face of it, it looks like Jesus lied.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

  • We believe Jesus was captured in the garden of Gethsemane on a Thursday night.
    1. Overnight Thursday and during Friday he was tried, convicted and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Jesus was crucified on Friday night.
    2. Saturday is the sabbath, the day of rest.
    3. Jesus rose from the grave on Sunday and was seen first by two women and then by the other disciples.

This kind of thing makes atheists salivate, and attempts to resolve it run up against the practical limitations of the calendar. No matter how you slice it, Friday night to Sunday morning doesn’t add up to 3 days and 3 nights. What if there’s a better way to understand this? Jesus didn’t lie so what happened?

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Who is the Son of Man?

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

(Psalms 146:3) KJV

Perhaps Jesus wasn’t referring to his death, burial and resurrection? The phrase “the son of man” doesn’t only refer to Jesus. Ezekiel is referred to as “son of man” on many occasions. The son of man could be referring to all men. Could it be that the son of man is everyone who had died since Noah who had been waiting in sheol, the underworld realm of the dead, a chamber in the lower mantle which we euphemistically refer to as Abraham’s bosom?


  1. Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
    • believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
  2. confess your sin.

Time Dilation goes Up and Down

Predictive Testable Hypothesis 15

  • IF 1 day on Earth’s surface = 1,000 years at the radial distance of the firmament,
    • AND at the center of the Earth time isn’t passing,
  • THEN 1,000 years on Earth’s surface = 1 day at a certain depth inside the Earth.

After the crucifixion Jesus descended into the lower parts of the Earth to retrieve the souls of the Old Testament saints, some of whom had been waiting since the world was destroyed in Noah’s flood.

If Noah’s flood was in the 1,656 year of creation (about 2,344 BC) and Jesus was crucified in approximately 33 AD then about 2,377 years passed between Noah’s flood and the crucifixion. The flood was about 2,400 years before the crucifixion. If time slows down as we go closer to the center of the Earth, then at a certain depth the 2,400 years would be perceived as three nights and three days.

The OT saints who were in sheol would only have been aware of the passage of 3 days. Perhaps the sign of Jonah refers to the OT saints who had been in sheol, in the heart of the Earth, for 3 nights and 3 days?


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