Yeshua said that the only “sign” He would give Yisra’el to prove that He was/is Messiah was the sign of Yonah [Matt 12:39-40]:
“Rabbi, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.” He replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign… No! None will be given to it but the sign of the prophet Yonah. For just as Yonah was THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days AND three nights in the depths of the earth.”
וַיְמַן יהוה דָּג גָּדוֹל, לִבְלֹעַ אֶת-יוֹנָה; וַיְהִי יוֹנָה בִּמְעֵי הַדָּג, שְׁלֹשָׁה יָמִים וּשְׁלֹשָׁה לֵילוֹת
“And יהוה prepared a great fish to swallow Yonah, and Yonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.”
What most do not know is that a Jewish immersion is three complete immersions in the water. And when Yeshua immersed, when He came up OUT of the river, [after the three immersions], The Ruakh descended upon Him like a “DOVE”; the Hebrew word for “Dove” is “Yonah.” The “sign” had already been given to a true prophet, Yokhanan HaMatbil [John the Immerser], who had been told by G-d that the Ru’akh would rest on the Messiah and he would see it; and he saw it rest on Yeshua ‘ka yonah,’ like a dove. Yeshua then equates His time in She’ol directly to the time of Yonah in the great fish.
Look at Yonah’s prayer during his time in the belly of the fish:
“”I called out of my affliction unto יהוה, and He answered me; out of the belly of She’ol [the place of the dead] I cried out, and You heard my voice. For You did cast me into the depth, in the heart of the seas, and the flood was round about me; all YOUR waves and Your billows PASSED OVER me. And I said: ‘I am cast out from before Your eyes’; yet I will look again toward Your set-apart Heikhal [Sanctuary]. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul; the deep was round about me; the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars closed upon me forever; yet have You brought up my life from the pit, O יהוה my Elohim. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered יהוה; and my prayer came in unto You, into Your set-apart Heikhal. They that regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto You with the voice of thanksgiving; that which I have vowed I will pay. Your Yeshua[h] is for יהוה .” And יהוה spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Yonah upon the dry land.”
I wish I had time! But, we see here that Yonah is praying prophetically, understanding the “Good News” of the RESURRECTION, long before Messiah preached. Do you see that it alludes to Passover? Do you see that it foreshadows Messiah’s going into the Heikhal, “Once, for ALL.” Do you see that Yonah understands what the great fish represents, while he is in it: SHEOL, “DARKNESS”, SEPARATION from Elohim [God]. Do we understand what put him there?
The timing of Yeshua’s execution and resurrection DOES matter! He did NOT die on “good friday”, but on Wed afternoon. He did not rise on ‘s-nday’ morning at sunrise, but late on satrday night at “Havdallah”, the moment the Sabbath ended. His first “work” after dying was to RISE FROM THE DEAD. Havdallah is when we Jews perform our first “charity” of the week, giving to the needy. The Havdallah service begins by singing a portion from Yesha-Yahu: “Hineh EL Yeshua’ti, Evtakh v’lo Efkhad”, BEHOLD, Elohim is MY YESHUA, I will TRUST and NOT BE TERRIFIED.” And then the first acts of charity are performed. On that sat night, when Jews were singing “Hineh EL Yeshua’ti, Evtakh v’lo Efkhad”, BEHOLD, Elohim is MY YESHUA, I will TRUST and NOT BE TERRIFIED,” Yeshua ROSE FROM THE DEAD to become the SALVATION of all who would trust, after having been separated from Elohim in She’ol, for our sakes.
These words of Salvation are still the first words out of Jewish mouths at the very beginning of the week, the moment the light of Sabbath leaves us on sat night. Yeshua came back from utter darkness at this moment, and belays all our fears! Abba raised Him from the dead according to HIS PREDICTED TIMING, and NOT that of “Ishtar” [easter], the goddess of fertility that celebrates the “rising sun.”