While staying my son I was given a vivid dream. You know the kind that sticks with you even after you are shown its’ meaning.
The first part was for me personally, so I will not share that part. The third part was a vision of a Great revival, which I will post at a later time.
The second began with me viewing a man in the distant sitting on a hill top, also there was a very large ancient town surrounding the hill. The man was clothed in a robe or shift, I could tell this was a different time just by the outer wear and the construction of the town. As I got closer to the man, he was having a loud and angry talk with G_d. The words were familiar and it was obvious that this Jonah. While he got louder the volume got lower, just like when you turn down the volume on your TV. It was now quiet and a voice ask “Who did I send after Jonah?” I immediately woke and answered you did not send anyone else.
This began a long study into Jonah and Nineveh. First, let me say I am no expert of the subject, though I would like to share what has been impressed upon me through this study. Nineveh is mention many times in the Bible. First it shows up where Nimrod builds Nineveh (Genesis 10:11-12), along with the tower of Babel and it becomes the Capitol of the Assyrian Empire. There is allot of good historic information on web-site http://www.bible-history.com/biblestudy/nineveh.html.
I would like to look at what is not there but in the Bible.
1. In Jonah 1:1-2 KJV Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. My question does G_d view all cities this way or was there something or someone else there pleading for G_d to intervene?
My next question come after Jonah disobeyed G_d, rested in the fish belly, then decides to obey G_d.
2. In Jonah 3:4-8 KJV 4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. My question is why did they believe Jonah and how did they know what to do to change G_d’s mine?
We know eventually Nineveh was destroyed, but what is not in the Bible is the questions I had ask. Going through some Jewish history, I found out there was a remnant of Hebrew people living there that had been captured and brought there in exile. It was that remnant that cried out to G_d and it was that remnant that convinced the King to take appropriate action.
After my study there has been so many confirmations that this dream and study is for us that live in this fallen world. We were given the greatest gift to know and understand G_d’s son. We hear and know the warnings, but are we like Nineveh repent one day and the next go back to our old life? Food for thought: Nineveh stood as long as the remnant was there.