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3 days & 3 nights ~ THE SIGN OF YUNAH (aka Jonah)



The significance of the "3 days and 3 nights" can be that it represents a SEPARATION from the world, a type of BREAK, interlude, or severing between worlds. Scripture gives many examples of putting 3 days' distance between people or places. The first time the phrase occurs is 1 Sam. 30:12, describing that Daud had not eaten or drank for this duration. Also, before the priest would allow Da'ud and his men to eat the qodesh food, he asked if they had been without women for 3 days. Some significance is given to 3 days' time in many other texts. But the most famous of all is the correlation between Yunah and Yahusha, called the SIGN OF YUNAH.


The name "Yunah" means DOVE  


Yunah lived during the reign of the northern king, Yaruboam (reigned 790-749 BCE).


Yunah is a type of forerunner of Yahusha. He was sent, raised from the dead (in a sense), and carrying deliverance to the Gentiles.

Mashiak Yahusha aligns Himself with this prophet in that He would give one sign: the sign of Yunah.




Yunah represents Yisharal, and their mission to the nations.

Yunah's flight represents Yisharal's failure to fulfill its spiritual mission to the nations.


The "great fish"  in type, Assyria/Babylon, which swallows up Yisharal in captivity.


YirmeYahu (Jer.) 51:31 speaks of Babylon swallowing Yisharal

"like a monster," and it "filled his stomach."


2 Ki. 14:25: we read of this same Yunah, where we find that he was

of Gath-hepher in Galilee, a city that belonged to the tribe of Zebulun.

Zebulon means “to dwell.”  Their skill was ship-building, and Yisharal was primarily a sea empire, with many colonies on the sea, and beyond.


"Zebulon shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for a haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon."  Barashith 49:13


Yunah at Ninuah

Ninuah is spelled Nun-Yod-Nun-Uah-Hay


“And the word of Yahuah came to Yunah son of Amittai, saying,

“Arise, go to Ninuah, the great city, and cry out against it, for their evils have come up before Me.”

But Yunah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Yahuah, and went down to Yafu, and found a ship going to Tarshish.  And he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Yahuah.

And Yahuah sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a great storm on the sea, so that the ship was thought to be broken up.

And the seamen were afraid, and each one cried out to his mighty one, and threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Yunah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, and he lay down, and was fast asleep.

And the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, cry out to your Alahim, if so be that Alahim shall think about us, so that we do not perish.”

And they said to each other, “Come, and let us cast lots, so that we know for whose sake this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Yunah.

So they said to him, “Please explain to us! For whose sake is this evil upon us?  What is your occupation? And where do you come from?  

What is your country?  And from what people are you?”

And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew.  And I am fearing Yahuah, the Alahim of the heavens, who made the sea and the dry land.”

And the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of Yahuah, for he had informed them.

And they said to him, “What are we to do to you to make the sea calm for us?” For the sea was growing more stormy.

And he said to them, “Take me and throw me into the sea, so that the sea becomes calm for you. For I know that this great storm is because of me.”

However, the men rowed hard to bring the ship to land, but were unable, for the sea continued to grow more stormy against them.

And they cried out to Yahuah and said, “We pray, O Yahuah, please, let us not perish for this man’s life, and do not lay on us innocent blood.

For You, O Yahuah, have done as it pleased You.”

Then they took Yunah and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped raging.

And the men feared Yahuah exceedingly, and brought an offering to Yahuah and made vows.

But Yahuah appointed a great fish to swallow Yunah.  And Yunah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.”  Yunah 1:1-17


Yunah would have understood by not obeying Yahuah he would DIE, but Yahuah searched the motive of his heart.

Yunah’s desire was to see the destruction of Yisharal’s enemies in exchange for his own life.  This is why there is a parallel drawn between the prophet Yunah and Yahusha.  Mankind’s problem is SIN, bringing DEATH. The Covenant brings LIFE, and Yahusha is the Mediator of the Covenant. So, Yunah was sent to announce the warning of death, but with a choice of repentance

(resulting in redemption from the death penalty).





Nisroch  "the great eagle"  (word #5268)

An idol of Nineveh worshipped by Sennacherib; symbolized by the
eagle-headed human figure, probably connected with the Hebrew word nesher, an eagle. An Assyrian god, supposed to be that represented with the head of an eagle. Sennacherib was killed in the temple of this idol
(2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38).
























“To the Torah and the Testimony!  If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.”  YashaYahu (Is.) 8:20


The Covenant /Marriage Contract (BRITH)  Ex 20:1-17


Yahuah’s Covenant, our wedding vows:


“And Alahim spoke all these Words:

1.  ‘I am Yahuah your Alahim, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

You shall have no other Alahim before My face.


2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the Earth beneath or in the waters below.   You shall not bow down to them or worship them;  for I, Yahuah your Alahim, am a jealous Alahim, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love Me and keep My Commandments.


3. You shall not cast (TISHAH, send) the Name of Yahuah your Alahim to ruin (SHUA, shin-uau-alef, destruction), for Yahuah will not hold anyone guiltless who casts His Name to ruin.


4. Remember the Shabath day by keeping it qodesh. 

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Shabath to Yahuah your Alahim.

On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days Yahuah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day.

Therefore Yahuah blessed the Shabath day and made it qodesh.


5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land Yahuah your Alahim is giving you.

6. You do not murder.

(Two words:  LO RATSACH, NO KILL)

7. You do not break wedlock


8. You do not steal.

(Two words:  LO GANAB, NO STEAL)  

9. You do not bear malicious testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house.  You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


 “The secret of Yahuah is with those who fear Him, And He makes His Covenant known to them.”   Psa 25:14



The ancient enemy of Yisharal:  ASSHUR (Assyria)

Capital city of Assyria:  NINEVEH  775 BCE MAP:



 “Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit,

teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you. And see, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  MattithYahu 28:19,20


Yisharal is “the body” of Yahusha.

Yahusha is the Kohen ha Gadol, Yisharal is the Kohenim to the nations.

Through Yisharal, the Spirit of Yahusha works.

When Yahusha said love your enemies He spoke of not only the Samaritans (10 northern tribes of Yisharal), but even Assyrians.


The Covenant teaches this love, so to withhold the Covenant from any people is the same as denying them life, and being aloof to their destruction.


Yahusha was like Yunah is several unique ways.


“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from You.’

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 Yunah.

For as Yunah 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.

Men of Ninuah shall stand up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Yunah, and look, a greater than Yunah is here.’”  MattithYahu 12:38-41


Both were sent with a message of repentance.

Both issued prophetic warnings of future destruction.

Both were in a “belly” for 3 days and 3 nights.



Yunah thought solely of Yisharal, and was not concerned for the nations, particularly Yisharal’s greatest enemy, Assyria. 

Yahusha was sent first to the lost tribes, the “house of Yisharal. 

The nations are also included in His mission through Yisharal, the priests to the nations (He is the High Priest):

“I, Yahuah, have called You (Yisharal) in righteousness, and I take hold of Your hand and guard You, and give You for a covenant to a people, for a light to the gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

“I am Yahuah, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.”  YashaYahu (Is.) 42:6-8


Speaking of Yahusha specifically:

“and He says, “Shall it be a small matter for You to be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Yaqub and to bring back the preserved ones of Yisharal?  And I shall give You as a light to the gentiles, to be My deliverance to the ends of the Earth!”

YashaYahu (Is.) 49:6


“The Spirit of the Master Yahuah is upon Me, because Yahuah has anointed Me to bring good news (besorah) to the meek.  He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,

to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahuah, and the day of vengeance of our Alahim, to comfort all who mourn,

to appoint unto those who mourn in Tsiyon: to give them embellishment for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. And they shall be called trees of righteousness, a planting of Yahuah, to be adorned.

And they shall rebuild the old ruins, raise up the former wastes. And they shall restore the ruined cities, the wastes of many generations.

And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner be your ploughmen and your vinedressers.

But you shall be called, ‘Priests of Yahuah,’ ‘Servants of our Alahim’ shall be said of you. You shall consume the strength of the gentiles, and boast in their esteem.

Instead of your shame and reproach, they rejoice a second time in their portion. Therefore they take possession a second time in their land, everlasting joy is theirs.

“For I, Yahuah, love right-ruling; I hate robbery for burnt offering.

And I shall give their reward in truth, and make an everlasting covenant with them.

 “And their seed shall be known among the gentiles, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples.  All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed Yahuah has blessed.”

I greatly rejoice in Yahuah, my being exults in my Alahim.  For He has put garments of deliverance on Me, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the seed to shoot up, so the Master Yahuah causes righteousness and praise to shoot up before all the nations!”  YashaYahu 61:1-11



NINEVEH:  Capital city of Assyria 

Did you know?

The first recorded Olympic Games in Greece were held at the time of Yunah?  775 BCE 



Buddha, Confucius and the Prophet Daniel all lived at the same time?

(CIRCA 500 BCE).


The Greek historian Homer lived during the time of Isaiah, Amos, and Micah? (8TH CENTURY BCE).


Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii during the lifetime of the Apostle Yahuchanon (John)?   (79 CE).


The earliest forms of writing are dated 1,000 years before Abraham?

ABRAHAM WAS BORN 1948 ANNO MUNDI; 292 years after the Great Flood.  The first writing occurred over 700 years before the flood.

FLOOD EVENT:  1656 AM, or 2504 BCE (4512 years from 2008).  The oldest living trees are about 4500 years old.



CASUISTRY (Jesuit logic):  Case-based reasoning. 

1. Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.

2. The determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical rules.


casuistry - argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading

SPECIOUS:  Pleasing to the eye, but deceptive.

PROBABILISM - a Roman Catholic system of casuistry that when expert opinions differ an actor can follow any solidly probable opinion that he wishes even though some different opinion might be more probable. 

Example:  a former president explained his rationalization to the grand jury about the meaning of the word “is.”


An essential doctrine of terrorism.

“The end justifies the means.”   -  15th century Niccolò Machiavelli;  studied the Art Of War, disarmament of populations for the security of the monarchies, analyzed power, war strategies;  a totalitarian, saying that the show of power renders obedience inescapable.



RE: Queries & Comments Article, Biblical Archaeological Review Jan / Feb 2008


This is to address a fundamental stronghold concerning the mysterious “3 days and 3 nights” discussed by a reader (Gene Ramsey, Lawrenceville, Illinois) and responded to by Professor Bruce Chilton of Bard College:


ONLY TWO NIGHTS (referenced article, from Queries & Comments, Biblical Archaeological Review, Jan / Feb 2008)


This is the answer that Gene Ramsey was really looking for:


People have misunderstood how Yahusha was in the heart of the Earth for “three days and three nights” because they think “preparation day” only refers to their Roman “Friday.” When understood within the context of Yisharal rather than Christianity, the “preparation day” referred to at Mt. 27:62, Mk. 15:42, Lk. 23:54, and Yn. 19:31 is the day before the mo’ed (appointed time) of Matsah. This preparation is for the fifteenth day of the first moon. Passover lambs were slain on the preparation day, the 14th.


ABIB 15   

This fifteenth day is an annual Shabath (rest day), so the 14th of every first month is always termed a “preparation day”.  The Greek text captures the idea of the approaching day as a “High Shabath” in the word “MEGAS” (G3173), Yn. 19:31.   

It has nothing to do with the SHABUA (week) of 7 days, only the moon. 

   The opinion that the term “preparation day” is always implying a “Friday” is a long-standing error.  The actual day of the week is irrelevant, but we know from researching it thoroughly that the day of Yahusha’s impalement was on the 4th day of the week, several hours after sunrise (this would be the Roman/Celtic day called “Woden’s Daeg”). 


   Carefully counting the days and nights from the time Yahusha was entombed, we find the following chain of events:


Nakdimon and Yosef took Yahusha’s body from the tree at the close of the day, just prior to sunset, because the approaching sunset signaled the arrival of the first day of Matsah (Unleavened Bread) ABIB 15, a “high” day:

Woden’s Daeg at sunset began night #1  (the next sunrise began the day #1)

Thor’s Daeg at sunset began night #2  (the next sunrise began the day #2)

Frigga Daeg at sunset began night #3  (the next sunrise began the day #3) --  total:  3 days and 3 nights.


   At sunset as the weekly Shabath drew to a close, Yahusha rose from the dead.  The discovery of His resurrection was not until the following morning when Miryam of Migdal arrived on the first day of the week and found the stone had been removed, and the body was missing. 

   This morning was very special, since Yahusha (as Kohen haGadol) would ascend before the Father (Yahuah) as the “wave sheaf offering.”  This is why He would not allow Miryam to touch Him, because He had not yet presented Himself as the wave sheaf offering.  His resurrected body WAS the “First-fruits” offering, what the barley sheaf had represented.


Yahusha and the 12 were eating a meal at the beginning of the 14th day of the month, and it was a Tyr’s Daeg evening/night. It was this same night He was arrested, and the following morning He was whipped and put on a stake. That afternoon He died as our Passover Lamb. The confusion is not helped by the fact that the Roman days begin at midnight, instead of the proper time, at sunset. This misunderstanding by Christianity has been the reason that many of us have often said they can’t count – but it’s really only a stronghold of false teaching, and being removed from the true faith of the Mashiak for so long. They have a form of piousness, but deny its authority over them; they have no Passover, festival of Matsah, Shabouth, Yom Teruah, Yom Kafar, or Sukkoth - the shadow of redemption, things to come for the body of Yahusha. By referencing everything around Sun-day, they miss the foundation because they did not build on it in the first place. They modeled their observances after sun-worshippers, and abandoned the festivals of Yisharal, Yahusha’s true bride/wife(casuistry, deceptive reasoning).


Passover is a memorial of Yahusha's death.

The three days and three nights in the tomb are the sign of Yunah, proving by this sign He is the Mashiak.


The resurrected body of Yahusha is the offering of First-fruits, also known as the Wave-sheaf offering, and this is why it happened the morrow after the Shabath, or what Christians call Sun-day morning.


The resurrection was being rehearsed by the High Priests of Yisharal each time they cut the First-fruits of barley and waved it before Yahuah.  Yahusha made it a reality, bringing an end to ceremonial offerings, and becoming our Kohen haGadol.


“In the first month, on the fourteenth day (ABIB 14) of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to Yahuah.

And on the fifteenth day (ABIB 15) of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to Yahuah – seven days you eat unleavened bread.

On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.

And you shall bring an offering made by fire to Yahuah for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’

And Yahuah spoke to Mosheh, saying,

‘Speak to the children of Yisharal, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.

And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahuah, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Shabath the priest waves it.

And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as a burnt offering to Yahuah,

and its grain offering: two-tenths of an efah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to Yahuah, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine.

And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Alahim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

And from the morrow after the Shabath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Shabathoth.

Until the morrow after the seventh Shabath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to Yahuah.” 

Lev. / Uyiqara 23:5-16


Teaching that the wave-sheaf offering is always on ABIB 16 is an error, because on ABIB 16 Yahusha was in the tomb, fulfilling the sign of Yunah.


He healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, was dead for three days and three nights, and rose from the dead.







Lew White