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Is Jonah From The Bible The First Ever Recorded-Near-Death Experience?

To understand what I am about to say here we need to look at Jonah 2 - In the Belly of the Fish.

Is Jonah From The Bible The First Ever Recorded-Near-Death Experience?

  • Is Jonah from the Bible the first ever recorded near death Experience? 
  •                                  Near-Death Experience?
  • By Simon Brown.  Photos by Copyright ©2011 iStockphoto LP.
  • "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." Matthew 12:40  
  • Although there has and still is much debate amongst scholars and preachers that’s nothing new. 
  • From my research I find some more interesting facts. More facts I have not seen written or mentioned anywhere else. It’s this as you see above in Matthew 12;40 where Jesus states he would be for three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." In this verse Jesus compared his death and resurrection to a similar story eg. the story of Jonah 2 - In the Belly of the Fish
  • To understand what I am about to say here we need to look at Jonah 2 - In the Belly of the Fish.

  • Jonah 2

  •  1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish’s belly. 2 And he said:
          “ I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction,
          And He answered me.

          “ Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
          
    And You heard my voice.
          
    3 For You cast me into the deep,
          Into the heart of the seas,
          And the floods surrounded me;
          All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
          
    4 Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight;
          Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
          
    5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul;
          The deep closed around me;
          Weeds were wrapped around my head.
          
    6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains;
          
    The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;
          Yet You have brought up my life from the pit,
          O LORD, my God.
          
    7 When my soul fainted within me,
          
    I remembered the LORD;
          And my prayer went
    up to You,
          Into Your holy temple.
          
    8 “ Those who regard worthless idols
          Forsake their own Mercy.
          
    9 But I will sacrifice to You
          With the voice of thanksgiving;
          I will pay what I have vowed.
          Salvation
    is of the LORD.”

    10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. 

  • After Jonah's prayers we read from Jonah 2:6 he states I went down to the mountains.
  • He then continues to say he was brought up from the PIT. We will return to this shortly

  • There are 2 identical factors here. Jesus told us this story of Jonah 2 - In the Belly of the Fish "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."  Let us look at the facts.

  • 1 Jesus was laid in a tomb.
  •   Jonah was laid in a Fish. 
  • 2 Jesus’ soul descended into Hades.
  •    Jonah's soul was brought up from a PIT. So his soul must have descended down in to a PIT  
  • 3 In 3 days Jesus was raised. 
  •    In 3 days Jonah was raised. 
  • 4 Jonah believed and repented and was saved.
  •    If we believe and repent we are saved. 
  • 5 Jonah went out to a great city called Nineveh, and there, on the spot, he cried against the wickedness of it. They accepted Jonah as the prophet of God and they repented and they were saved
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    Jesus is crying out to the wickedness of the world to believe him and repent. Those who acccept Jesus believe in him and repent will be saved.

     

    What does the bible say about this PIT? Is it Hades,Sheol or the Underworld.   

    Here Peter tells us Jesus visited Hades

    1 Peter 3:19 (NKJV) by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,

     Is Peter talking about compartments in a PIT in the earth? 

     Did Jonah's soul descend into Hades? 7When my soul fainted within me, 6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains;
          The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;
          Yet You have brought up my life from the pit,


    In the verse above Jonah tells us he was brought up from the PIT 

    In the verses below I believe are HADES/Sheol, or the Underworld. 

    Lamentations 3:6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
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    Lamentations 3:55 I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit.
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    Ezekiel 26:20 then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place in the land of the living. 

    Josephus's states

    Hades is a place in the world not regularly finished; a subterraneous region, wherein the light of this world does not shine;

    Josephus's states

    Hades, is a place of perpetual darkness which is a region allotted as a place of custody for souls,
    This confirms with  Psalm 88:6 (New King James Version)
     
    6 You have laid me in the lowest pit,
             In darkness, in the depths. 

    When Jonah was in the fish, although I am not certain  AND MANY MAY DISAGREE believe Jonah COULD have actually died, and then his soul descended into Hades Sheol or the Underworld.  After Jonah's repentance and prayers God raised Jonah back to life 3 days later still allowing him to go to Hades first as a warning for his disobedience. I DON'T KNOW - MAY BE.

    How can any man live for 3 days in a fish and survive?

    Jonah a native of Galilee was rendered a type of our blessed Lord. 

    We do know that Jesus brought the souls of those who were in the Old Testament Paradise into Heaven with Him after he rose from the tomb. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. Matthew 27:51

    Luke 16:19 tells us that Hades had TWO compartments: Paradise and Torment. Lazarus went to the Paradise side; but, the rich man went to the Torment side.

    However this is very interesting as told by Enoch who states there are four compartments one being Paradise where the saints lived.


    The Book of Enoch, by R.H. Charles, [1917], at sacred-texts.com
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    XXII. Sheol, or the Underworld.

    CHAPTER XXII.

    1. And hence  I went to another place, and he showed me in the west another great and high mountain [and] of hard rock.
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    2. And there were †four† hollow places in it, deep and very smooth: †three† of them were dark and one bright; and there was a fountain of water in its midst. And I said: '†How† smooth are these hollow places, and deep and dark to view.'

    We than have the book of Ephesians confirming with The Book of Enoch,

    Jesus soul descended into Hades. Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? Ephesians 4:9 NKJV


    So we have these verses below.

    1 Psalm 88:6

    2 Lamentations 3:6

    Lamentations 3:55

    4 Ezekiel 26:20

    Confirming with The Book of Enoch, AND confirming with one another.

     

    And we have JONAH stating - I went down to the moorings of the mountains;

    Confirming with The Book of Enoch and he showed me in the west another great and high mountain

    Also we know that Jesus’ body was laid dead in the tomb which confirms why Jesus told us about Matthew 12:40 indicating Jonahs body was laid dead in the fish.  

     If Jonah DIED and I say again IF.

    THIS WOULD PROVE THAT JONAH WAS THE FIRST RECORDED Near-Death Experience

    DID JONAH DIE? I ASK?
    At the bottom of the page I have added some more notes about the PIT.
     

    According to Josephus, after he had been carried 250 miles in the Hellespont of the Euxine Sea, he was cast ashore
    confirmed by Jesus in Matthew 12;40 

    This is from the article FACTS of THE BOOK OF ENOCH http://www.realdiscoveries.com/articles.php?cat=377 Written by Simon Brown

    ALSO READ

    LIFE after DEATH (4) - The Experience of Jesus Christ 

    What happened to Jesus when He died (in the 3 days and 3 nights- between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday)? By Pastor Derek Walker. Oxford Bible Church. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THIS WEB SITE http://www.oxfordbiblechurch.co.uk/pages/books/life-after-death/lad4.php

    More Notes DID JONAH DIE? By Simon Brown


    Although the book of Jonah does not say he died the book does make it absolutely clear that Jonah was in the/A PIT. 

    HEBREW BIBLE

    ז  לְקִצְבֵי הָרִים יָרַדְתִּי, הָאָרֶץ בְּרִחֶיהָ בַעֲדִי לְעוֹלָם; וַתַּעַל מִשַּׁחַת חַיַּי, יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי.

    7 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars closed upon me for ever; yet hast Thou brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

     



    And below we have

    Barnes' Notes on the Bible 

    Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

    Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

    Geneva Study Bible


    ALL agreeing that the PIT is the death, Sheol, grave or hell, the region of the dead, the underworld which is entered through the grave. Compare Isaiah 14:9, note; Psalm 6:5, note 

     SO IF JONAH DID NOT DIE THEN HOW COULD HE BE RAISED FROM THE-PIT, Sheol, grave or hell the region of the dead, the underworld which is entered through the grave when he makes it clear Thou brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.  

    Psalm 30:3

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    New International Version (©1984)
    O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.
    New Living Translation (©2007)
    You brought me up from the grave, O LORD. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
    English Standard Version (©2001)
    O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
    GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    O LORD, you brought me up from the grave. You called me back to life from among those who had gone into the pit.
    King James Bible
    O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    American King James Version
    O LORD, you have brought up my soul from the grave: you have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    American Standard Version
    O Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol; Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    Bible in Basic English
    O Lord, you have made my soul come again from the underworld: you have given me life and kept me from going down among the dead.
    Douay-Rheims Bible
    Thou hast brought forth, O Lord, my soul from hell: thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.
    Darby Bible Translation
    Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol, thou hast quickened me from among those that go down to the pit.
    English Revised Version
    O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    Webster's Bible Translation
    O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    World English Bible
    Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    Young's Literal Translation
    Jehovah, Thou hast brought up from Sheol my soul, Thou hast kept me alive, From going down to the pit.
    Barnes' Notes on the Bible
    O, Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave - My life; me. The meaning is, that he had been in imminent danger of death, and had been brought from the borders of the grave. The word here rendered "grave" is "Sheol" - a word which, properly used, commonly denotes the region of the dead; the underworld which is entered through the grave. Compare Isaiah 14:9, note; Psalm 6:5, note.
    Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit - More literally, "thou hast caused me to live from them which go down to the pit;" that is, thou hast distinguished me from them by keeping me alive. The word "pit" here means the same as the grave. See the notes at Psalm 28:1.
    Clarke's Commentary on the Bible
    Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave - I and my people were both about to be cut off, but thou hast spared us in mercy, and given us a most glorious respite.
    Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
    O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave,.... When his life being in danger, was near unto it, Job 33:22; otherwise the soul dies not, nor does it lie and sleep in the grave; or "thou hast brought up my soul from hell" (m); that is, delivered him from those horrors of conscience and terrors of mind, by reason of sin, which were as hell itself unto him; see Psalm 116:3;
    thou hast kept me alive: preserved his corporeal life when in danger, and maintained his spiritual life; and quickened him by his word, under all his afflictions, and kept him from utter and black despair;
    that I should not go down to the pit; either of the grave or hell. There is in this clause a "Keri" and a "Cetib"; a marginal reading, and a textual writing: according to the latter it is, "from them that go down to the pit"; which some versions (n) follow; that is, thou hast preserved me from going along with them, and being where and as they are: our version follows the former; the sense is the same.
    (m) "ab inferno", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. (n) So Sept. V. L. Pagninus, Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis, Ainsworth.
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