Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary Definition of Truth: Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.
MESSIAH TO BE IN THE EARTH THREE DAYS
There are many prophecies that Jesus could have seen in scripture and fulfilled them by knowing them. However, this one is not possible without the power of God. He predicted His death and resurrection time after time. This prophecy is given in picture format as well. Jonah is a picture of Christ in the earth for three days and being resurrected on the third day. This is what sets Christianity apart from any religion, philosophy or ideology – Jesus’ body is no longer on this earth. It has been resurrected and is now in heaven as the living Son of God.
JONAH INSIDE A FISH FOR THREE DAYS
808 BC (U)
Jon 1:17 Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
THE SIGN OF JONAH
32 AD, 32 AD (U)
Mat 12:39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
JESUS DESCENDS INTO THE EARTH
33 AD, 33 AD (U)
Mat 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
33 AD, 33 AD (U)
1Co 15:4b …that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
Prophecies declared are in blue, prophecies fulfilled are in red, prophecies currently being fulfilled are in green, and prophecies to be fulfilled are in orange. Bold historical context dates are from Jeff Swanson's The Plan dating system, and dates marked (U) are Archbishop Ussher's 1658 dating system. ** The date of this prophecy is in its referential context: the verse has been moved to the time frame of its contextual orientation.