I can confirm authoritatively that Jonah was really in the belly of a great fish.
I believe in miracles. As my testimonies continue to unfold, it should soon become apparent that I have been privileged to witness first-hand a great number of miracles, both in my personal life and in my ministry. My relationship with the Lord started with a miracle, whereby he healed me from bullet wounds. That relationship has continued with miracles to this very day.
Miracle of miracles
One of the most mind-boggling miracles in the bible concerns the account of Jonah surviving for three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish. It is one of those stories that people find difficult to swallow. It just does not seem possible that a man could survive under such circumstances and live to tell the story.
A way out is to insist the story of Jonah is not meant to be taken literally, but as an allegory. However, Jonah is presented in the bible as a real historical figure. A whole book is devoted exclusively to him. He is also referred to in 2 Kings 14:25. The clincher, of course, is that Jesus validates the authenticity of the story. Indeed, he presents it as a sign of his death and resurrection (Matthew 16:4).
Jesus says: “As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here” (Matthew 12:40-41).
Therefore, to deny the facts of the Jonah story is to deny the witness of Jesus. Indeed, to deny the facts of Jonah’s story is to deny the validity of Jesus’ death and resurrection. But as I always like to say, I know for a fact that Jesus died and rose from the dead because I have met him, and he spoke to me this morning.
How can a man survive for days in the belly of a fish? That is the wonderful work of God. The bible says: “The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah” (Jonah 1:17). It was also the Lord who directed the fish to vomit him unto dry land (Jonah 2:10).
Moses says: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29). I can confirm authoritatively that Jonah was really in the belly of a great fish for three days and three nights. I know this for a fact because the Lord revealed to me exactly how he did it.
More than anything else, the Holy Spirit harasses me about the need to study the bible. No matter how many chapters I read, he would ask that I read one more. One night, I read Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, and finally Jonah. Then I told the Lord I was going to bed. But not before engaging him on the issue of Jonah. I said: “Father, you are too much. How did you keep a man alive in the belly of a fish? Your ways are truly unsearchable.”
I went upstairs into my bedroom. As soon as my body touched the bed, the heavens were opened and I found myself lying on the sea-bed. In front of me was what looked like a giant aquarium with rolling waves of the sea. Then this sea-aquarium moved gradually towards me until I was completely submerged in the water. To my astonishment, there I was, under the sea, enclosed in an air bubble.
The first thing I saw looked like an eel; causing me to cringe with fear. But I quickly reasoned that my fears would jeopardise the revelation. So I said to the Lord: “I won’t be afraid. Please show me whatever you want to show me.”
That seemed to be the necessary cue for the emergence of an incredible array of fishes of different designs and beauty. They were all in very supernaturally deep colours, and the water was brightly lit by an invisible light. I watched this procession in awe and wonder until I was finally washed ashore in what seemed to be a European coastland.
Now I understand why the first scripture the Lord ever quoted to me was Matthew 13:13-16. That scripture ends with these words: “Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear” (Matthew 13:16).
Can you see the kingdom of God? Ask our Father to show you great and mighty things which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). He is not a respecter of persons.