By Yahusha's Own Words and the
witness Scripture confirms that He could not have
spent three days and three nights in the grave:
20 Then He warned His taught ones that they should
say to no one that He is Yahusha the Messiah. 21
From that time Yahusha began to show to His taught
ones that it was necessary for Him to:
1. go to
2. to suffer much from the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and
3. be killed, and
4. to be raised again the third day.
At this time I will not post
any other Scripture that confirms this Scripture
above, but we can go through them all if we need to.
18 And the one whose name was Qleophas answering,
said to Him, "Are You the lone visitor in
Yerushalayim who does not know what took place in it
19 And He said to them, "What?"And they said to Him,
"Concerning Yahusha of Natsareth, who was a Prophet
mighty in deed and word before Elohim and all the
20 and how the 2. chief priests and our
rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death,
and 3. impaled Him.
21 "We, however, were expecting that it was He who
was going to redeem Yisra'el. But besides all this,
today is the third day since these matters
At this point they were IN the
third day. How could He be in the grave for the
third day and yet be risen the third day? See the
With the aforementioned
Scriptures, it is impossible for Yahusha to have
spent three days and three nights in the grave when
the three day count that Yahusha was referring to
started from the time He went to Yerusalem and the
third day was first day morning at sunrise; that was
not the end of the third day, but was the beginning
of the third day daylight period. Even without
taking into consideration when the day begins, it is
still an impossibility for Him to be in the grave
three days and three nights.
Also, even if you don't
consider going to Yerusalem in the count to the
third day the sufferings and impalement itself was
counted in the three days.
Concerning the sign of Jonah,
39 But He answering, said to them, “ A
wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a
sign, and no sign shall be given to it
(a wicked and adulterous generation) except the
sign of the prophet Yonah.
40 “For as Yonah was three days and three nights in
the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son of
Adam be three days and three nights in the heart of
Notice this sign was given to a
wicked and adulterous generation and that wicked and
adulterous generation took the parable as being in
the grave three days and three nights; which is
obvious because they set a watch. My thing is why
would we apply the exact same understanding to the
three days and three nights as the wicked and
adulterous generation did? Yahusha says concerning
9 And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let
10 And when He was alone, those about Him, with the
twelve, asked Him about the parable.
11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to
know the secret of the reign of Elohim, but
to those who are outside, all are done in
12 so that “˜seeing they
see but do not perceive, and hearing they hear
but do not understand, lest they should turn and
their sins be forgiven them.” “
Yahusha’s Words said that those
who were on the outside all are done in parables and
seeing they do not perceive and hearing they do not
understand. To say that the chief priest and scribes
understood what Yahusha was saying about the parable
of Jonah makes these Scriptures a paradox. Because
He said they would not see or hear (understand). How
could Yahusha say that those on the outside would
not understand and yet the chief priest and scribes
62 On the next day, which was after the preparation,
the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to
63 saying, “Master, we remember, while
He was still alive, how that deceiver said,
“˜After three days I am raised.”
64 “Command, then, that
the tomb be safeguarded until the third day,
His taught ones come by night and steal Him away,
and should say to the people, “˜He was raised from
the dead.” And the last deception shall be worse
than the first.”
65 So Pilate said to them, “You have a watch, go,
safeguard it as you know how.”
66 And they went and safeguarded the tomb, sealing
the stone and setting the watch.
So they set the watch according
to their understanding. Yet I believe that to
understand the parable of Jonah we must focus more
41 “Men of Nineweh shall stand up in the judgment
with this generation and condemn it, because they
repented at the preaching of Yonah, and look, a
greater than Yonah is here.
42 “The sovereigness of the South shall rise up in
the judgment with this generation and shall condemn
it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear
the wisdom of Shelomoh, and look, a greater than
Shelomah is here.
31 On the same day there came
certain Pharisees, saying to Him, Get out and go
from here, for Herodes wishes to kill You.
32 And He said to them, Go, say to that fox, See, I
cast out demons and perform healings today and
tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
33 But I have to journey today, and tomorrow, and
the day following, because it is not fitting for a
prophet to perish outside of Yerushalayim.
In these verses Yahusha says
that He shall be perfected the third day. The day He
rose He was perfected in the new body in which He
received, the incorruptible one - not like the
earthly one that sees corruption. The mortal putting
on the immortal. Not that Yahusha was corrupt in any
way, other than the sins of the whole world being
put upon Him.
So, how did the perfection take
place? Was it through spending three days and three
nights (72 hours) in the grave? Or did the
perfecting take place from the time He went to
Yahrusalem and was handed over to the chief priest,
mocked, scourged, and beaten, and hung on a tree to
die, without saying a word in malice?
13 No one has greater love than this: that one
should lay down his life for his friends.
I feel very strongly that if
the sign of Yonah does not mean three days and three
nights (or 72 hours) in the grave, we should have a
clear and concise understanding of what this sign
truly meant. I know for the former understanding
verses 39 and 40 have been singled out without
consideration of verses 41 and 42. Also for the
former understanding verses 39 and 40 are applied to
the now and a physical understanding of three days
and three nights. Yet verses 41 and 42 speak of a
time of judgment with two examples, the men of
Nineweh and the sovereigness of the south. Both of
these examples are referring to a time, not in the
now, when He said it, but a time in the future,
which so far has been some 2,000 years. The day for
a thousand year application.
2 Kepha 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,
that one day [is] with Yahuah as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.
I feel very confident
that we can apply this same rule for the sign of
Yonah. First of all, let’s get an understanding of
the phrase “heart of the earth”. Let’s consider
MattithYahu 11:1 through 13:52. All these events had
taken place on the same day. Its interesting to note
that 11:20-24 are dealing with repentance and the
day of judgement. Going on over to 12:41-42 directly
after the sign of Yonah, here again Yahusha speaks
of repentance and judgement.
So let’s examine that phrase:
“heart of the earth”
#2588 ““ kardia 1) the
heart A) that organ in the animal body which is the
center of the circulation of he blood, and hence was
regarded as the seat of physical life. B) denotes
the center of all physical and spiritual life 1) the
vigor and sense of physical life 2) the center and
seat of spiritual life a) the soul or mind, as it is
the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions,
desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors
b) of the understanding, the faculty and seat of the
intelligence c) of the will and character d) of the
soul so far as it is affected and stirred in a bad
way or good, or of the soul as the seat of the
sensibilities, affections, emotions, desires,
appetites, passions C) of the middle or central or
inmost part of anything, even though inanimate
Just by looking at the
definition alone, there is absolutely no indication
that the heart is ever representative of death, or
the grave. On the contrary the heart represents life
or seat of the thoughts, passions, desires,
appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors;
which is quite clearly taught in Scripture.
19 As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart
reflects a man.
20 The grave and destruction are not satisfied; So
the eyes of man are not satisfied.
Notice that the man’s heart
reflects the man and the grave and destruction are
likened to the eyes.
2 All a man’s ways are right in his own eyes, But
YAHUAH weighs the hearts.
12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But
its end is the way of death.
Yahusha explained the heart
right before the Scribes and Pharisees asked for the
34 Brood of adders! How are you able to speak what
is good being wicked? For the mouth
speaks from the overflow of the heart.
good man brings forth what is good from the good
treasures of his heart, and the wicked man
brings forth what is wicked from the wicked
I believe fully that this
should be the context in which the heart should be
taken. I mean, think about it, He just said this
right before he gave the wicked and adulterous
generation the sign, or parable, or Yonah.
21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart
shall be also.
So if your treasure is Yahusha,
there your heart shall be also. This is one of the
keys to understanding that the heart of man is where
He will be spending the three days and three nights.
15 for the heart of this people has become
thickened, and their ears are hard of hearing, and
their eyes they have closed, lest they should see
with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they
should understand with their heart, and turn back,
and I heal them.’
1) arable land 2) the
ground, the earth as a standing place 3) the main
land as opposed to the sea or water 4) the earth as
a whole A) the earth as opposed to the heavens B)
the inhabited earth, the abode of men and animals 5)
a country, land enclosed within fixed boundaries, a
tract of land, territory, or region
Although in the
definition of earth it does not refer to the grave,
we do know that the physical grave is in the dirt of
the earth. So let us go to the Scriptures to get a
contextual understanding of the earth.
7 And Yahuah Elohim formed the man out of dust from
the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of
life. And the man became a living being.
14 And Yahuah Elohim said to the serpent, “Because
you have done this, you are cursed more than all
livestock and more than every beast of the field. On
your belly you are to go, and eat dust all the days
of your life.
This is one of the oldest
Scriptural understandings there are. It is fact that
humans are literally made from the dust of the
ground or earth. Clearly in 3:14 this is where
Yahuah had given the adversary the ability to
inhabit the humans.
19 “By the sweat of your face you are to eat bread
until you return to the ground, for out of it you
were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you
Yahusha elaborates on this with
the parable of the sower and the seed. Notice verse
13:1 states that it was the same day in which the
sign of Yonah was discussed. Yahusha goes on to
explain this parable to His taught ones in 13:19-23.
(This is another key to
understanding the heart of the earth ~)
19 “When anyone hears the word of
the reign, and does not understand it, then the
wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown
in his heart . This is that sown by
20 “And that sown on rocky places, this is he who
hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,
21 yet he has no root in himself, but is
short-lived, and when pressure or persecution arises
because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
22 “And that sown among the thorns is he who hears
the word, and the worry of this age and the deceit
of riches choke the word, and it becomes fruitless.
23 “And that sown on the good soil is he who hears
the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit
and yields some a hundredfold, some sixty,
This parable is very
clear. Yahusha is saying that we are earth,
described by the types of soils in which the seeds
are sown; indicating them to be sown in the heart.
This one parable here can conclusively give the
understanding of “heart of the earth” for all of the
elements are there. So with all this taken into
consideration, I will try to explain the
“alternative” understanding ~
First of all, let us consider
the Body of Messiah. We know Yahusha is the head of
the body, and His body is made up of the members, or
the body parts. Yahusha was raised the third day, in
like manner the Body of Messiah will also be raised
on the third day, but this third day has the
“˜After two days He shall revive us, on the third
day He shall raise us up, so that we live before
This is very reminiscent of the
sufferings for Messiah in which He endured until He
was raised up on the third day. In other words those
who believe in Messiah spending two days or two
thousand years suffering hardships, trials, and
persecutions to be raised up on the third day as the
Messiah rose from the dead on the third day.
4 And I saw thrones ““ and they sat on them, and
judgment was given to them ““ and the lives of those
who had been beheaded because of the witness they
bore to Yahusha and because of the Word of Elohim,
and who did not worship the beast, nor his image,
and did not receive his mark upon their foreheads or
upon their hands. And they lived and reigned with
Messiah for a thousand years
5 (and the rest of the dead did not come to life
until the thousand years were ended) ““ this is the
6 Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in
the first resurrection. The second death possesses
no authority over these, but they shall be priests
of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a
So we can conclude that the
third day spoken of in Hoshea is the same thousand
year period that is spoken of here in Revelation;
which is referred to as the third day in Hoshea. Now
by using simple math we can conclude that it has
been approximately 2,000 years since Messiah gave us
a renewed covenant or two days. Now when He returns
that will put us in the third day that will carry us
through to the end of the millennium, in which the
prophecy in YirmeYahu will be fulfilled or
YirmeYahu 31: 31-34
31 “See, the days are coming,”
declares YAHUAH, “when I shall make a new covenant
with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of
32 not like the covenant I made with their fathers
in the day when I took them by the hand to bring
them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which
they broke, though I was a husband to them,”
declares YAHUAH. 33 “For this is the covenant I
shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those
days, declares YAHUAH: I shall put My
Torah in their inward parts, and write it on
their hearts. And I shall be their
Elohim, and they shall be My people.
34 “And no longer shall they teach, each
one his neighbor, and each one his brother,
saying, “˜Know YAHUAH,’ for they shall all know
Me, from the least of them to the greatest of
them,” declares YAHUAH.
“For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember
their sin no more.”
Now let us remember what took
place on the road to Ammaus, and what Yahusha did ~
Luke 24: 25-27
25 And He said to them, “O thoughtless ones, and
slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets
26 “Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer
these and to enter into His esteem?”
27 And beginning at Mosheh and all the Prophets, He
was explaining to them in all the Scriptures the
matters concerning Himself.
Notice Yahusha began with
Mosheh, “the Torah”, and the prophets and explained
how they concerned Him. Yahusha was explaining the
Word and it was being sown in their hearts, which is
exactly what will take place during the millennium.
The Word, Yahusha, will be written on their hearts.
This will take place not only now, but during the
millennial period in which Yahusha returns
continuing through the entire third day. Yahusha
will continue to be in the heart of the earth,
culminating at the end of the seventh day millennial
rest period in which the eighth day will be ushered
in, a day of new beginnings in which there will be a
new heaven and a new earth.
17 “For look, I am creating new heavens and a new
earth, and the former shall not be remembered, nor
come to heart.
This Scripture here is the one
that takes us to the end of the third day in the
sign, or parable, of Yonah. ?
THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS
3:8 But, beloved ones, let not this one matter be hidden from you:
that WITH YAHUAH ONE DAY IS AS A THOUSAND YEARS, AND A THOUSAND YEARS AS
Mat 12:36 “And I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they shall give an account of it in the DAY OF JUDGMENT.
Mat 12:37 “For by your words you shall be declared righteous, and by your words you shall be declared unrighteous.”
Mat 12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from You.”
12:39 But He answering, said to them, “A wicked and adulterous
generation seeks after a sign, and NO SIGN SHALL BE GIVEN TO IT EXCEPT
THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET YONAH.
Mat 12:40 “For as Yonah was THREE
DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son
of Aḏam be THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH.
12:41 “Men of Ninewĕh shall STAND UP IN THE JUDGMENT WITH THIS
GENERATION and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of
Yonah, and look, a greater than Yonah is here.
Mat 12:42 “The
sovereigness of the South shall rise up IN THE JUDGMENT with this
generation and shall condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Shelomoh, and look, a greater than Shelomoh is
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years have ended, Satan shall be released from his prison,
20:8 and he shall go out to lead the nations astray which are in the
four corners of the earth, Goḡ and Maḡoḡ, to gather them together for
battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they
came up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the
set-apart ones and the beloved city. And fire came down from Elohim out
of the heaven and consumed them.
Rev 20:10 And the devil, who led
them astray, was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the
beast and the false prophet are. And they shall be tortured day and
night forever and ever.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne and
Him who was sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven
fled away, and no place was found for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the
dead, small and great, standing before the throne, and books were
opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And THE
DEAD WERE JUDGED from what was written in the books, according to their
works.“Men of Ninewĕh shall STAND UP IN THE JUDGMENT WITH THIS GENERATION and condemn it
THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH.
WITH YAHUAH ONE DAY IS AS A THOUSAND YEARS, AND A THOUSAND YEARS AS ONE DAY.
51:50 You who have escaped the sword, go away! Do not stand still!
Remember Yahuah from afar, and let Yerushalayim come to your heart.
1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you?
Hos 6:1 ‘Come, and let us turn back to Yahuah. For He has torn but He does heal us, He has stricken but He binds us up.
Hos 6:2 ‘After two days He shall revive us, on the third day He shall raise us up, so that we live before Him.
20:6 Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first
resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but
they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him
a thousand years.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years have ended,
20:11 And I saw a great white throne and Him who was sitting on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and no place was
found for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great,
standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was
opened, which is the Book of Life. And THE DEAD WERE JUDGED from what
was written in the books, according to their works.
THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS