"So I said, 'I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.' "Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. "I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
I kinda like Jonah as a type of Israel. Sent to be a deliverer, given the word of deliverance but refusing to go. Finally, as one rising from the dead, delivering the word of deliverance(the gospel of salvation) That Living Word, through Messiah, wrought deliverance among the heathen, but Israel goes and pouts beneath the gourd that God raised up for shade. Finally, the gourd withers, the shade is gone and God teaches Jonah(Israel) a lesson about why they were given the prophetic word in the first place- to be a Lampstand, a light among the nations.
Bringing this up to today......... The United States has been the gourd under which Israel sits and pouts ( I will make this people jealous by a nation of another tongue) and the gourd is withering. Soon the gourd will be withered and Israel will be sitting directly in the "heat of the day"- and receive a revelation of God's love for them and a revelation of their KING"S SAVING POWER.
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy.