The Spirit of Prophesy:
‘No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.’(2Pe.1: 20-21)
Narrative power of the Bible is unique since Holy Spirit empowered holy men of God to utter parts of Core Will of God of which they were not in control. A fitting example we have in the book of Daniel: “O my Lord when shall be the end of these things?” (Dan.11:8-9) Daniel is consoled but not enlightened as he would have desired to know the end of any matter.
Prophecies are closed up and sealed till the tme of the end.
What is a prophecy if the time element is not adhered to? The prophet speaks of events that must come to pass in the course of time. That future element is not passed to the prophet but authority from the Lord God to forewarn the people who shall be interested parties so they may take steps in line with the divine Will. God wanted Jonah to warn Nineveh of her impending doom, which was averted. (Lk.11: 32,30) Jonah was a sign unto the men of Nineveh.
Office of the Holy Spirit is in creating signs which serve Core Will in more ways than in the direct context. Jonas was a sign for the men of Nineveh as one set apart from general run of humanity to save them from disaster. Jonas was thus a forerunner of Jesus Christ who came down for our salvation. He was also a sign to which Jesus directly alludes.(Mt.12:39-40) This is quite different from the charge that God gave him. He became a sign for the type of death the Son of man would undergo. The whale, which swallowed the prophet was part of prophecy, not solely connected with him, but intended for a later date and for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the office of Holy Spirit that creates by means of signs to connect the various narrative account of the triune God, which for a reader must show the immeasurable riches contained in the scriptures.
In short the time element in a prophesy can only be perceived as fulfilled in the time scale of Core Will and not of man.
To Be Continued