The Sign of Jonah and Myrrh

Sunday, November 26, 2017 posted by William Thompson

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God recently took me through a process of refinement and purging where it seemed a fire had consumed everything in my life.  It was as though everything “died” within me, including a particular covenant God had made with me decades ago.   Excruciating pain filled my heart as I knelt before Him, placed my life on the altar, and gave Him permission to take everything from me.  In the early morning hours of October 7, 2017, as I cried out to God in my struggle to understand, He said,

“The sign of Jonah and myrrh.” 

I had no understanding of what He was referring to, so prayed all the more earnestly.

It was after three days that God breathed new life into my situation, and yet I still had no clear understanding of the work which He was doing.  So I continued to pray and seek Him as this stirred greatly within my spirit.  Days passed, and the Holy Spirit began to give further understanding.

The Sign of Jonah (or Jonas as sometimes referred to in scripture) was referenced by Jesus when the Pharisees and Sadducees demanded a sign as proof of who he said he was.  Jesus rebuked them, saying they were a wicked and adulterous generation, and that only the sign of the prophet Jonah would be given them.  As Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so would our Lord Jesus be buried and spend three days and three nights in the belly of the earth.

Next, the Lord began to reveal the significance and purposes of “the sign of myrrh.”

After the death of Jesus, his body was anointed with myrrh and aloes before being placed in the tomb.

The account of Esther pointed to the death of our Lord Jesus.  She assumed the “position of death” by saying, “if I perish, I perish.”  Then for three days and three nights, she and all of Israel fasted and prayed to God for their deliverance.  Esther had been anointed with myrrh for six whole months in her purification process prior to being brought before the king!

Myrrh was also used in the anointing oil for the tabernacle, and poured upon all objects and the priests who ministered within it!

Primary uses for myrrh include: perfume; anointing oil; purification; and embalming.

God is revealing that we must all come to the point of complete faith and total surrender to Him.  We have to allow the Lord to lead us to our own “garden” to die to everything that is of our flesh (see ‘The Garden and The Agony’).  In this process, He will anoint us with myrrh, the bitterness and embalming, if you will, so that we can also be anointed and purified in preparation to receive His fullness, His glory, and the ‘Power of His Love!’

Note from Diana:

It’s interesting William’s “death” experience lasted 3 days before life was breathed back into it.  When inquiring of the Lord about what was happening, he was told “The Sign of Jonah and myrrh.”

The Lord told me on November 10th,

“Each of Mine will go through the Garden.”

I believe what is being shown here is, just as Jesus was led to the Garden of Gethsemane to completely surrender his WILL to the Father, so must the Bride of Christ allow herself to be led to her own Garden.  So must we surrender our WILL, with all the earthly desires of our flesh, to a spiritual crucifixion.

Just as the body of Jesus was anointed with myrrh for cleansing, purification, and in preparation to be brought before the Father; so does myrrh symbolize the purification process of the Bride as she dies to self.  She will be cleansed and purified in preparation of her ultimate union with the Bridegroom.

As Jesus was buried in darkness for three days and three nights, I believe the Lord is showing His Bride, after allowing her flesh to be crucified during her garden experience, will also be “hidden away” for such a time.

During this “hidden away” time, she will be cleansed, purified, and made ready to walk in His Fullness!

In closing, I’d like to quote an excerpt from ‘Power of His Love!’

“The next time I will display My power, it will be to “raise” the Body of Christ, to prepare Her to be joined with the Risen Son!”

“I believe just as His Perfect Love literally exploded life into the cells of His Son in the tomb, soon every cell in our bodies will awaken and explode with His Life!  

“The last time God poured out His Perfect love, He raised His Son!  This time, He is going to raise up the very Body of Christ, the Bride!!!”

To Be Continued…

God willing, ‘From Eden to Gethsemane’ will be posted within the next few days.

Scripture References:

John 19:38-40, “…And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 

Matt. 12:39-40, “But he answered them and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Luke 11:29-30, “…For as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.”

Romans 8:17, “…if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.”

Ephesians 1:23, “…the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him…”

Galatians 5:24, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Esther 2:9, 12, “And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her the things for purification… Now when every maid’s turn was come to go in to King Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)”

Matt. 2:11, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Rev. 1:6, “And has made us kings and priests unto His God and Father…”


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