Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord and went down to Joppa, and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. (Jonah 1:1-3)
Now, we find Nineveh in sin. And the prophet was hesitant because it was a Gentile world; it was a Gentile nation, a Gentile people, not his own; it wasn’t Hebrews. They were Gentiles. A great ship, a commercial seaport that Nineveh was, great fishing industrial there, the people fished. And they must’ve had a great sinful country there: plenty of money. And where the money is plentiful, and people are in the popular opinion of the day, sin always sets in, and violence.
God was tired of it. So He had a prophet in the land, so He said to His prophet, “Go down there to Nineveh and cry out, and say, ‘Within forty days the city is going to be destroyed.'” Now, Jonah thought now, “You know, I might get in a little trouble.” So he wanted to be surer, so he thought he’d take a little vacation and go down to Tarshish. And we found out that there are just forty days left. See?
So the message is urgent; the time is at hand. Don’t play around with other things and get a Bachelor of Arts degree and find out something. The hour is at hand. That’s what’s the matter with people today; we’re trying to build up big schools and have big things like that. Warning Then Judgement by Brother Branham
When mercy my if we preach the coming of the Lord, what do we need with schools? We need repentance towards God. See? Like a young Chinese boy come to Hudson Taylor, he said, “Mr. Taylor, the Lord Jesus has filled me with His Spirit. I’m so happy. Shall I take ten years now and get my degrees and so forth?”
He said, “Son, don’t wait for degrees. If the candle’s lit, go tell it. Go tell it, don’t wait for a degree. No, you’ll be half burnt out ‘fore you get done with your degree.” Let’s, when it’s lit, if you don’t know anything else, just tell how it got lit.
Just don’t try to take somebody else’s place, or something place. When you know it, just tell what you know to be the Truth, “This is the way it comes on me, and this is how I feel about it.” If you don’t know any more than that, say that. Let’s go. The Message is urgent; the time is at hand.Warning Then Judgement by Brother Branham