The Sign Of Jonah The Prophet -- By: David Olander

Journal: Journal of Dispensational Theology
Volume: JODT 20:60 (Summer 2016)
Article: The Sign Of Jonah The Prophet
Author: David Olander


The Sign Of Jonah The Prophet

David Olander*

* David Olander, Ph.D., Th.D., professor of biblical languages, Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute

But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet” (Matt 12:39). And as the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “this generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah” (Luke 11:29).

The question is what is the sign of the prophet Jonah? The major concern with all biblical interpretation is always context, context, context. The sign of the prophet Jonah is no exception. There are two contexts that must be explored concerning this sign. One is in Matthew and the other in Luke. There must also be discernment concerning biblical signs, miracles, and wonders.

Signs, Miracles, And Wonders

Signs, miracles, and wonders were used first and foremost to confirm God’s messenger and his message. God had made it extremely clear from the beginning how to test for true signs, miracles, and wonders. They were to be tested only according to God’s standards, as He has instructed by his inerrant Word.1 Even the messages were to be thoroughly tested.2 They

were to be tested to confirm all that was being presented was from Him. As a note, one does not have sign miracles today in the church age (sign or revelational gifts in any sense) as God has already completed his inerrant Word or message by his messengers.3 There is no more revelation given by God for all revelation is complete4 and no more authenticating signs (this includes all signs, miracles, and wonders) are necessary.

One must continually note that the actual Author of his Word is God the Holy Spirit. As God is the ultimate Author there can be no error in any kind in his Word even though the Infinite used the finite. The Scriptures are complete and there is no need for any further authenticating signs.

However, Jesus had performed a great many signs, miracles, and wonders.5 Peter made it very clear concerning Jesus and his sign miracles. “Men of Israel, li...

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