After his rebellion, being thrown into the Sea, swallowed by a great fish and then vomited onto land, Jonah showed up in Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.
The prophet walked through the city, proclaiming, “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!”
The people and the King of Assyria heard Jonah’s message and believed it was from God. The King then proclaimed a decree which stated that no man or beast could eat or drink water – and – every man and beast had to be covered with sackcloth of mourning.
Can you imagine the hungry and thirsty cries of babies, children and animals filling the air in Nineveh? It had to be almost deafening. What an extreme reaction to a prophet’s proclamation!
And yet, the pagan King had no promise that the Lord would change His mind about destroying Nineveh if the city repented. His only hope was: “Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
How did God react?
When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10 NLT)
What if the King of Assyria had decided to check out Jonah’s credentials before deciding what to do? Or what if the King wanted to talk it over with his religious aides first? Or what if the King wanted to just wait and see before he acted?
Nineveh would have been destroyed. It took an extreme and immediate response to stave off the city’s destruction.
Will the Lord send last-call prophets, like Jonah, to America before removing the nation from before His eyes because of abortion?
(Continued in Part 6…but if you want to read all of the parts to date, you can go here.)