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Concluding Climax
It is not just a coincidence when the Bible tells us that Elijah's ministry and the future coming End-time-climax
are both 3½-years (42-months/1260-days).
James 5:17, and
Revelation 11:3, 9; 12:6, 14.
In addition,
as Elijah's ministry ended in a supernatural climax, raptured by the angels of God, so also the history of Christ's Church in this world will likewise conclude with a supernatural rapture by the angels of God –
"...He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds..."
Mark 13:27.
Elijah's historical ministry to the northern tribes of Israel is given to us as a Biblical analogy/type
of the End Time climax of God's work through His Church – and it is not a comfortable one.
Note that the timing of the commencement of this concluding-climax of Christ's Church is not set by any date whatsoever!
It is set
only by the fulfilment of the inspired words of Jesus (recorded to instruct us) in answer to His disciple's question of "when..." –
"....this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations,
and then the end will come
Matthew 24:14.
Satan can only move within the limits that God sets, and the Bible describes for us that the commencement of this coming concluding-climax occurs only when God ejects Satan as prosecutor/accuser from His judicial court, where, ever since the day of Pentecost, Satan has been lodging accusations (as he had tried concerning Job) against God's people for any form of disobedience in completing the mission mandated to them by Jesus. But in this completion of Christ's mandate,
Satan's access to that court as "Accuser of the brethren" now finally ends, and he is angry like never before!
Job 1:6; 2:1;
Revelation 12:10, 12.
This future
ejection-event in Heaven commences these final 3½-years of this age. This time-period which the ejection triggers is also the remainder of the final 7-years which was prophesied by Gabriel to Daniel (9:24), and which was split by the crucifixion of Jesus as the prophesied Confirmer of God's covenant with Israel in that prophecy, and which then also initiated the hidden-time referred to by the Apostle Paul (Colossians 1:26; Ephesians 3:9), within which the real Christian mission today is continuing, in which there is neither Jew nor Greek (Galatians 3:8) or any other social division, toward its full and final completion in the whole world.
The Hidden Time
It is
because of this special significance of Elijah's 3½-year ministry-period that it's concluding climax also needed to occur outside Israel’s Promised Land, for his experience represents this coming rapture of all Christians of every nationality at the end of this age, and so the waters of the Jordan river (2 Kings 2:6, 8) were therefore supernaturally opened for him to vacate Israel to represent all believers in his rapture by the angels of God.
Terminal Sequence
It is
to be noted however, that, as these final 3½-years only commence after Christ's Church has completed it mission, this final period is also a period of world-wide persecution-witness in which Christ's Church shares the sufferings of its Lord.
The inspired
perspective of
the Holy Spirit
which He will
persevere in
until fulfilled!
"So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,
that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:13-21.
  See also: Elijah as type of Christ's End-time Church  

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