The book of Jonah is not only story of past events. The book of Jonah is also a prophecy of the end times. If you understand the book of Jonah, you will also understand the end times. Jonah is a symbol of the end-time church. In the book of Jonah, we find a prophetic picture of many end time events, including the purifying of a victorious, end time church, the rise of the beast, and the final harvest.
This message is part one of a teaching about Jonah that I have been giving in conferences in Africa.
Jonah Flees the Presence of theLord
(1) Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
(2) "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me."
(3) But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Jonah represents the end time church. In the story of Jonah, we read that God called Jonah to “Arise, go to Nineveh…and cry out against it..!” When this call came to Jonah, the Bible says that he arose and fled from the presence of the Lord to Tarshish.