Comments on: In the Belly of a Whale? Why the Average Bible Reader Should Study Hermeneutics Defending the Faith, Evangelizing the Eschaton Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:13:56 +0000 hourly 1 By: David Lowe Sun, 06 Nov 2011 20:55:14 +0000 Cris,

I agree. Also, the sailors on the boat ask the Lord to not hold it against them for “shedding innocent blood.” Why would they say that if Jonah was not going to die?

Talk to you later,

By: Cris Putnam Sun, 06 Nov 2011 20:25:14 +0000 Tim, I think you have some valid observations about Disney. On Jonah’s death, it’s not a private interpretation. I’m just reading the text. Jonah says he cried out from the belly of Sheol. As you said that is the abode of the dead. So it does infer death. Also, sheol is not eternal in biblical theology. It is thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:14).

Sheol in the OT is roughly analogous to hades in the NT. Jesus spoke of the rich man as being tormented in hades, while Lazarus was in the bosom of Abraham, dwelling in joy and peace (Luke 16:19–31). Jesus told His disciples that the gates of hades would not prevail against His church (Matt. 16:18). Hades here again is that realm set over against God and His righteous kingdom—the dwelling place of the unrighteous and their “king.” Then we find at the end that death and hades are cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14).

Chad Brand, Charles Draper, Archie England et al., Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003), 1484.

By: Cris Putnam Sun, 06 Nov 2011 20:11:59 +0000 David, I came to same basic conclusions on my own so consider it an independent confirmation. I’m not necessarily inclined to believe he died before being swallowed, (perhaps it was after?) but “crying out from Sheol” is a strong indicator he died. I believe I listened to series of audiofiles of you reading the first 5 chapters of the book. I hope to get to Deconstructing Lucifer over the holiday break. I have a couple of research papers to do as well as a book project of my own… need more time!

By: David Lowe Sun, 06 Nov 2011 04:54:24 +0000 Hey Cris,

Have you read my first book Earthquake Resurrection? In this book, I explain Jonah’s experience in the belly of the whale. You are correct that Jonah died and his body preserved inside the fish. In a nutshell, this is what I present in the book:

1. Jonah died after being thrown overboard, and his dead body was swallowed by a whale. He was not alive in the whale.

2. His dead body was preserved by God for three days and three nights, and then Jonah was resurrected from the dead. At this point, the whale vomited Jonah from his stomach alive.

3. This is why Jesus compared his death (for three days and nights) to Jonah: both men died, and both were resurrected to life. When they asked him for a sign, the sign of Jonah the prophet (in the belly for three days and nights) was the only sign he would provide to them.

The story of Jonah and the whale is so often ridiculed by the unbelieving world, similar to the picture you posted above. The reason is because they believe Jonah was alive inside the fish. Not possible!

Please let me know your thoughts,
David Lowe

P.S. If you would like to read this in the book, please let me know and I’ll send you the details.

By: Tim Knoerle Sat, 05 Nov 2011 17:40:05 +0000 You said a couple of things I must comment on. Most ignore the fact but Walt Disney was personally accepting of and was directly involved in occult practices. Numerous Disney films include themes of acceptance of witchcraft and other demonic black arts. Every Disney film was an intentional anti-Christian indoctrination mechanism, bit by bit, always telling the lies which present demonic powers as being a good and desirable thing! So his representation of the Jonah story was, of course, misrepresenting what God presents in the Bible! However, your “construct” about the term “belly of Sheol which infers death” is NOT accurate, because Sheol is “the place of the dead”, where all unrepentant sinners eternally perish. But “to perish eternally” is not a single event, but is an ongoing “continuing condition”, precisely as we read in the Bible, in Revelation 20:10. Jonah was not dead, but was given a taste of what hell is truly like…Jonah was tasting the consequence of rejecting God’s call to obey Him with his life. When the fish spewed out Jonah at the shore, Jonah had experienced repentance, and then experienced real physical renewal to the liberty of obeying God’s call, as we are called to obey the Gospel by being thoroughly dependent on God’s grace. Nowhere in the text of Jonah does it say that Jonah died. We are all seriously warned against ever expounding a private interpretation, by what is said in Second Peter 1:20-21. Jonah possibly experienced a “near death” event… but Scripture does not say he died.