Only earth is located the right distance, has the right size, and is the only planet that holds the right mixture of gases, temperatures to sustain plant, animal, or human life. God himself combines nature, animals and people to learn who HE is and what HE alone is uniquely able to do.

Only earth is located the right distance, has the right size, and is the only planet that holds the right mixture of gases, temperatures to sustain plant, animal, or human life. God himself combines nature, animals and people to learn who HE is and what HE alone is uniquely able to do.
Look at the rabbit whether its summer or winter, the rabbit is like other animals. It is here in its birthday suit, summer or winter. The human can live that way through the different seasons and stay alive for humans are not made for this world. The animal is. God uses animals as signs to mankind to explain Himself about what might happen here or there or in God’s timing.
In Matthew chapter 16, again a whale is the topic when Jesus talks about how this generation looks for the return of Christ in the last days. But it also goes on too say all that would be given was a sign of Jonah the prophet. What was that sign? A whale. Here’s an interesting story from Israel. A 40 foot long gray whale was spotted off the coast of Tel Aviv, called by one news article “the most amazing sighting in history.” It is truly astonishing, when you realize that these whales have been extinct in the Atlantic since the 1700s; that is more than 300 years! And with only 20,000 or so of these amazing animals still in existence, it is equally incredible that one of them should make the incredibly long journey from the Pacific to the Mediterranean- in a journey that is truly baffling to scientists. For the whale would have to either swim through the Panama Canal, through the Bering Strait near the ice cap, and around the Cape of Africa. All of which are nothing short of miraculous considering the extremely long distances involved.
One of the news articles was titled: Mediterranean Gray whale appears back from the dead. Based on the size of the whale, scientists believe the whale spotted off the coast of Israel is that of a mature adult. Mature gray whales are 40 to 45 feet in length and have a life expectancy of 50-70 years. Splitting those numbers down the middle, it would be a safe bet to say that this particular whale is approximately 60 years old. Which, if that is the case, its birth would coincide with the birth of Israel in 1948! Interesting as both the whale, and the nation of Israel, once considered dead, are not only not dead, but alive and thriving today -and close to rounding out a generation of 70 years. The myriad of shorelines of the many countries, well populated resorts in the Mediterranean Sea, but none of the millions of tourists/beachgoers spotted the gray whale as it was only sighted in Israel.
It appears that the modern day whale sighting was in the same geographical area that the whale of Jonah was located. For both whales to be recorded, to be in the same locale is phenomenal. Out of the million square miles that compromise the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, what are the odds that both would be found in the same site?
According to the scientific authorities, it is highly unusual for a whale to be so close to the shoreline. Let us remember. That scientifically both whales were not even supposed to be in the Mediterranean to begin with. This surely constitutes a miracle and thereby may be the sign of Jonah that Jesus spoke of.

Mark Taylor is president of KNEO Radio — 91.7 FM. He is available to speak at churches and events. Contact him at mtaylor@ kneo.org. Follow him on Twitter @kneo91.