KJV (Matthew 12:41) 41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here! ———————————————————————————————————
The events of Jonah – as written in the book of Jonah – go far beyond fleeing for a mission from God or a 3-day stay in a big fish.
By means of this book God wanted to show us something of the future, of the conversion of people.
The book of Jonah therefore also provides insight into the time, in which we have now arrived.
But first we will start with the run-up to the events of Jonah.
What all happened after the global flood
The wickedness of the people in Noah’s days grieved God in His heart. (Gen. 6: 5-8)
Because God asked them to, Noah and his 3 sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth with their wives entered the ark:
NKJV (Genesis 7:13) 13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark–
Cush, a son of Ham, begat Nimrod:
KJV (Genesis 10: 8-12) 8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus wrote the following: ‘Asshur lived in the city of Nineveh and called his subjects Assyrians’ (Antiquities, i, vi, 4)
Theme; The Assyrian world power and what the report means to us in these days.