Yes, the story is true! Jonah really was swallowed by a whale!
Jonah was swallowed by some type of fish, whale, or shark – probably a sperm whale or a white shark. It's hard to believe that a person could survive being swallowed by a fish, but God can do anything! God created the heavens and the earth, so it wouldn't be a big deal for Him to take care of Jonah for three days inside a fish and then put him back on dry land.
Jesus talked about Jonah's being inside the whale – he didn't call it a made-up story. People who study the Bible and history also believe that stories written by a man named Berosus were really stories about the very same Jonah. This adds support to the story we know is true because it's in the Bible. God does amazing miracles in order to make sure everything He wants to happen comes true.
Go back to:
- "But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights" (Jonah 1:17).
- "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here" (Matthew 12:40-41).