JONAH – God’s Message to this DYING WORLD!

RESTORED 10/18/22

Those words were spoken by Jesus Christ, recorded in the Book of Matthew 16:4.   Naturally, we understand that he was speaking of the fact that HE would be in the belly of the earth for 3 days as Noah was in the whale.  If one assumes that was the only message, they would be in error.  God ALWAYS gets multiple purposes out of everything.  I believe that throughout the millennia there have been multiple generations to whom those words applied.  I believe he is also speaking here to the LAST GENERATION.  That MOST WICKED, REBELLIOUS and ADULTEROUS of them ALL!

OUR GENERATION has gotten so far from GOD, that we need a sign just to know that he EXISTS!  INSANE! And do not think for one minute that GOD did not see us, way back in the beginning.  God knew everything that was going to happen before he even created us.  So, HE KNOWS the sad condition of our souls.  How FAR WE HAVE FALLEN!  

You can laugh these stories off all you want.  There are plenty of scoffers out there. Why do you think NO ONE wants to come forward and speak about their experiences and the things that they see.   NO ONE is believed.  Especially when what they have to share is of an unbelievable nature from its beginning.  When they do speak up the best they receive is laughter, more often it is ridicule and mockery, often it gets much darker and crueler from there.  

Several of the people in this post shared their stories and what happened.  One man’s story was even published in the papers repeatedly and much to do was made about it.  The evidence was so preponderant while he was alive and people could witness his condition.  Once he was gone, the folks who had had to live the embarrassment all those years, quickly put an end to it.  I for one am convinced of the truth of it.

Several others have had to retreat from the public eye due to the harassment and ridicule.  But, happily not before their stories were shared and published.  So we could have them here to enjoy and ponder.  

Personally, I think anyone who does not believe that whales are large enough to swallow a person obviously has not researched the facts.  There is a demonstration posted later in this article that shows you the comparison between a whale, an elephant and a human.  Study it closely and you tell me.   

My point in all this is to say that I believe that GOD is doing EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to show people that what is written in HIS WORD IS TRUE.  Every single word.  That everything that is stated to be coming is COMING!  NO ONE has EVER proven ANYTHING in GODS WORD to be UNTRUE.  EVER!  Protest all you want and throw up all the “Science” you like.  Science is all THEORY.   Funny how they use the title “Conspiracy THEORIST” when they want to cast doubt and disdain on TRUTHERS.  But, ALL they think they know and what they want to believe is ALL THEORY! 

I draw you attention to the fact, that in recent history, there have been people swallowed by whales.  Not an abundance for sure…it would be meaningless if it happened often.   But, it has happened enough that it should catch your attention.  I hope it causes you to think about where you stand with YOUR CREATOR who is coming soon.  



Could there be real evidence that proves the story of Jonah is true?  Can a whale swallow a man?  Could that man survive?  

I just happened upon this article this morning… of course, I know that NOTHING happens by accident.  Everything happens for a reason and there are no accidents.  

It immediately got my attention.  I was convinced that there is a meaning, a message that is being conveyed.  So, I began to look into the story.   

The following video contains the basic story.  It is the first story on the video which contains mulitple unrelated stories of survival.  If you want to save time, just watch the first story about James Bartley.  It is first and it is short.  It is the story that started me off on research for this article.  

Had to find this video to replace the one that was deleted as you can see. 

June 20, 2011
Just like the Biblical Jonah, a British Whale Hunter, Jim Bartley was once swallowed by a whale and he came back to tell us the story. Here is his story…

Now, I was really curious, being that this video was posted on September 22, 2019 (yesterday at the time of this post).  It is a very old story.  But, a story that is very relevant to today, if you are awake and know GOD.   Whether or not the actual story is true, doesn’t really matter.  I happen to believe that it is true.  But, the symbolism is there either way.   What does it mean?  It means that we are being warned.  GOD is trying to get our attention.  He, in His mercy, is giving us every opportunity to turn from our wicked ways and seek HIM.   Let’s look a little deeper…


Matthew 12:39-41

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:

40 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.

41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Matthew 16:1-6

The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

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.

And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.

Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Image result for jonah and the whaleWhat is the sign of Jonah?

The text seems to spell it out rather clearly. Jonah had gone to the Ninevites with the message Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed(Jonah 3:3). But the Ninevites, led by their King repented, fasted and prayed and God turned back his intent to destroy them.  So at the plainest level the sign of Jonah is “Repent or Die.”  Just as the Ninevites heard Jonah’s warning, put faith in it and lived so the people of Jesus’ time should hear Jesus’ warning to repent and believe the Good News, they should put faith in his words and live. If they do not they will meet great punishment.

The concept of Jonah spending three days in the belly of a whale seems just too fantastic for some people to wrap their head around.  Most people of faith take God at His word and don’t spend much time thinking about it.  Though there were many people in times past that not only thought about it but spent a great deal of energy arguing it.  Why?  Because it is just another truth that if proven confirms the WORD of GOD as recorded in the Bible to be the TRUTH.  Scientists have argued vehemently even to this day, that it is impossible for anyone to be swallowed by a whale.  Certainly, they would not survive if they did.

However, I believe that throughout history God has sent reminders of this story.  By his Grace he wants us to remember that repentance changes everything.  The following items are posted here just as the reported in the NEWS of their day.   Please review them all, and prayerfully consider the message that GOD is conveying to us today!

I found one of the original newspaper articles from the year that this story was first published.  Take a look…  

The following article was taken from a cool site called Newpapers.  They offer a 7 day free trial and this item I accessed for free.

James Bartlett swallowed by whale 1892

James Bartlett swallowed by whale 1892 -

Then I found the story recorded in the records of the British Admiralty.  

The records of the British Admiralty testify that James Bartley, an apprentice seaman on a whaler, was swallowed by a whale in February, 1891, some two hundred miles east of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. He survived the ordeal and this is his amazing tale.

     It was his first whaling voyage and he was aboard the whaling ship Star of the East.

The lookout spotted a huge sperm whale half a mile off the port bow and gave the cry ‘There she blows!’ The ship’s sails were slackened and soon her small boats were lowered. A deadly race began between the Star of the East and the immense whale.

     Young James BartIey was in the first longboat to reach the side of the prey. They crept up from the rear, so near that the harpooner leaned over and rammed his weapon deep into the whale’s vitals. As the stricken beast sought to free itself of the harpoon, Bartley and the other oarsmen rowed frantically to get out of reach of the massive flukes, the two-pronged tail which threshed the water to foam in the whale’s agony.

     The whale sounded and eight hundred feet of heavy line streaked out of the line tub before he ended his dive. Then an ominous slacking in the line signaled the monster was going to surface. But where?

     The oarsmen readied themselves to pull for their lives. Without warning there was a splintering crash which sent the longboat spinning into the air. The whale thrashed about wildly, snapping at the men and the wreckage with its huge jaws as the water turned to a bloody froth before he sounded again.

     Another longboat picked up the survivors of this encounter, but two men were missing – one of them the young apprentice, James Bartley.

     The wind now deserted the Star of the East and for hours she lay becalmed, wallowing in a light swell.

     Shortly before sunset, the now dead whale floated to the surface a few hundred yards from the ship. In a longboat, the crew hastily fastened a line to the whale and the winch brought it to the ship’s side. The hot weather climate made it imperative that the whale be cut up at once. Having no means of raising it to the deck, the men took their flensing spades and peeled off the blubber as they slipped and slid along the immense back of this giant mammal.

     Late that night, working by lantern-light, the tired crewmen removed the stomach of the whale and slowly winched it to the deck for flensing. They were startled to notice movement inside the large sack, movement that looked like something living and breathing. The captain called the ship’s doctor who made an incision in the tough flesh. And out slid the doubled up missing sailor, James Bartley, as if he were suffering from severe stomach cramps. He was alive, but unconscious.

     The doctor ordered Bartley drenched with sea water, a treatment which restored his consciousness but not his reason, for he babbled incoherently.

     Confined to a cabin for several weeks and bound so he could not injure himself in his wild flounderings, Bartley gradually regained his senses. Within a month he was able to relate what had happened to him in his terrifying experience.

     Bartley said that as he was cast into the water from the long boat he saw a tremendous mouth open over him and he screamed as he was engulfed by it. He then felt sharp stabbing pains as he was swept across the teeth and then slid feet first down a slimy tube that carried him to the whale’s stomach. He could breath, but the hot, fetid odor soon rendered him unconscious and the last thing he remembers was kicking as hard as he could at the soft, yielding stomach. Finally, he lapsed into unconsciousness until he again came to his senses almost a month later.

     As a result of his fifteen hours inside the whale’s stomach, Bartley lost all the hair on his body and was blind for the rest of his life. His skin was bleached to an unnatural whiteness that gave the appearance of being bloodless, although he was healthy.

     James Bartley never made another trip to the sea and settled down to shore life as a cobbler in his native city of Gloucester, England. He died eighteen years after his remarkable survival and terrifying adventure.

     On his tombstone in the churchyard at Gloucester is a brief account of his experience at sea and a footnote, which says: James Bartley -1870-1909 – A Modem Jonah.