“Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path” – Psalm 119:105
Reblogged from SlimJim’s blog, The Domain For Truth. This is a guest post by Elijah Holston.
Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas. This is by Elijah Holston. He has a store website here.
I go on long bike rides every Saturday morning, and I have done this for nearly a year straight, (I define “long” as somewhere between 25-50 miles,). Now, when I first started doing this it has hard for me to peddle my bike for any more than two miles, and I can guarantee you that back then the idea of riding my bike 50 miles never entered my mind. But because I gradually increased the distance of my Saturday bike rides over the course of several months, I found it much easier to finish a 50 mile bike ride without being exhausted.
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“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
This may be a question that you have asked yourself before. What swallowed Jonah?
In the Book of Jonah, in the Bible, God told Jonah to go to the bad city of Ninevah to tell the people that God is angry with them and that He will destroy it in 40 days.
But when Jonah disobeyed God and tried to escape to Tarshish on a ship, God sent a big storm that almost sunk the ship that Jonah was sailing on. The sailors on the ship threw some of their cargo overboard to keep the ship from sinking, but it seemed to be of little use. The superstitious sailors thought that one of the men on board did something wrong that caused the storm, so they, including Jonah, casted lots — and the lot fell on Jonah.
Jonah explained to the sailors that he had done great wrong by not obeying God by not going to Ninevah and running away instead. (Jonah 1:1~11)
Then Jonah told them to throw him into the sea, and then, he said, the storm will go away. (Jonah 1:12)
So the sailors, reluctant as they were, threw Jonah overboard, into the raging sea.
And soon after that… God calmed the sea! Not a trace of the storm remained. (Jonah 1:13~15)
“Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.” (Jonah 1:16)
But what happened to Jonah?
Down, down, down, he sank, “down to the bottoms of the mountains” (Jonah 2:6a)…
And then, out of the blackness, came out a huge fish!!
“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17)
Can you imagine being inside a gigantic fish’s stomach for three days? Eww!
But God kept him safe inside the fish, and Jonah prayed to God, asking Him for forgiveness. (Jonah 2:1~9)
“And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (Jonah 2:10)
Then the Lord spoke to Jonah once again, telling him to go to Ninevah to preach. So, Jonah went to Ninevah, a journey of three days, and warned the people that God will destroy them in 40 days if they will not repent. Then the people repented, and God spared them from overthrowing them. (Jonah 3 & 4)
But what exactly was the great fish that swallowed Jonah?
It is a common thought that Jonah was swallowed by a big whale, which seems probable.
But there is another possibility, a marine reptile by the name of… the ketos.
“The second century B.C. saw the Hebrew Old Testament translated into the Greek Old Testament, commonly called the Septuagint. There, dag gadôl (“great fish”) translates into kêtei megalô, meaning a “mega-sized ketos.” — Brian Thomas
So, what is this ketos? Let’s find out!
I hope you find this interesting, and please leave a comment freely to show me your opinions! Thanks for viewing!
From the KJV Bible.
PSALM 23 – MY FAVORITE PSALM
Psalm 23:1 -“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”
23:2 – “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me besides the still waters.”
23:3 – “He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
23:5 – “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
23:6 – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
A few days ago I posted something about the Behemoth, and today I’ll talk a little bit about the mysterious sea creature mentioned in the Book of Job… the Leviathan.
“Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?… Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal… Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.” – Job 41: 1-2, 14, 19-21
The Leviathan has always taken my fancy ever since I was a little kid. The creature the Bible mentions is most likely a kind of extinct sea reptile, something like a Mosasaurus or the like… What do you think?
In Job, the Leviathan is described as a powerful creature, greatly to be feared. This great creature manifests the great power of its Creator.”Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”- Job 41: 33-34
The interesting thing is that the Leviathan spewed forth flames from out of his nostrils and mouth… like a dragon of old, something we don’t see these days. As far as we know, there aren’t any more massive sea serpents swimming in our oceans.
But who knows what may be lurking in the dark unknown depths of the sea?. . .
In the Book of Job, there is a creature called the Behemoth. “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.”- Job 40: 15-19
What exactly is this “Behemoth”? Yes, it is a dinosaur! Probably a Brachiosaurus, or a Titanosaurus. But some people think it is a hippo or an elephant. Well, the Bible says the Behemoth moved its tail like a “cedar”. Elephant and hippo tails are like twigs, not cedars! Evolutionists don’t want to believe that the Behemoth mentioned in Job is a dinosaur because they think that dinosaurs died out way before man came along, and the fact that man lived with dinosaurs would prove them wrong.
This video pretty much nails it… (From the”T.R.U.T.H. About the Dinosaurs” DVD)
That is what happens to those who dare to pick on the Behemoth!!