Jonah 1: 1 - 3: Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Jonah was a prophet to the Gentiles (Nineveh was a Gentile city), just as we have received a Gentile prophet (Malachi 4: 5) in these last days.
The original Word of the LORD that Jonah received at the beginning was the same Word that was restored to him at the end. Jonah had to go through a seven-cycled process (a type of the seven church ages) before that Word could be restored to him again.
Jonah 1: 4 - 5: But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Jonah asleep in the ship during the storm represents the Dark Ages wherein the martyred saints slept in the darkness of the ground whilst the Babylonian sea of Roman Catholicism tossed the saints about during this church age period.
Jonah 1: 13 - 15: Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
The ceasing of the raging storm happened when Martin Luther protested Catholicism and broke the power of Rome against the people of God during the Sardis church age. Rome still existed, but the power of the storm that once threatened the saints was now broken.
Jonah 2: 1 - 2: Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Jonah cried to the LORD out of the belly of Hell (the fish) and God heard his cry from the belly of Hell. The belly represents the dimension of Hell that has come upon the earth; Jonah was experiencing Satan’s Eden and the darkness of Laodicea, for this age has fallen into total darkness and apostasy. Hell is everywhere; the bottomless pit has been opened by the key of science and technology, loosing Hell upon the earth via the fourth dimension of television and radio.
Jonah 2: 4 - 5: Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
The temple represents the Word. Though Jonah was in the condition of Hell in Laodicea, he chose not to look at his circumstances, but looked to the Word for his help. Though he was looking at the original Word again, his condition did not improve while he remained in the belly of the fish. What Jonah needed was a resurrection from that condition.
Jonah 2: 6 - 9: I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
Jonah confessed the promise of the Word with a heart and voice of thanksgiving. The Word that Jonah was looking to had now been put upon his lips by his confessing the promise of the Word until the Word and his faith became one and the same thing. Jonah came to that place of full surrender to the will of God for his life.
Jonah 2: 10: And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
Jonah displayed the power of the spoken Word (true confession) before the resurrection took place when the fish vomited him upon the shore. Jonah was in a new dispensation, a new age, an age within an age (the Bride Age within Laodicea). He had once sat in darkness, but now came into a great light; he had come out of the denominational system of the Beast and into the light of a new day.
Jonah 3: 1 - 2: And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
The same message from God that Jonah had heard at the beginning (in the first church age) was restored to him again in the seventh church age.