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The Lord Jesus Christ described the End-time of human history as –
 "a time of PUNISHMENT in fulfillment – of ALL that has been WRITTEN" 
οτι ημεραι εκδικησεως αυται εισιν του πληρωθηναι παντα τα γεγραμμενα
Çünkü o günler, yazılmış olanların tümünün gerçekleşeceği ceza günleridir.   لأَنَّ هَذِهِ أَيَّامُ انْتِقَامٍ لِيَتِمَّ كُلُّ مَا هُوَ مَكْتُوبٌ.

... Not Until ...

Luke 21:22.
The Bible
wisely teaches us that this end-time period is God–limited to –
3½ years, or
42 months, or
1260 days!
1 + 2 + ½ =
Daniel 12:7
This limit is
spelled out in the climactic close of God's revelation to the prophet Daniel –
"And I heard the man clothed in linen [the angel]...
  he held up his right and his left hand to Heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever,
it shall be for a time [one], times [duo/two], and a half,
and when they have made an end of scattering the power of the holy people,
all these things shall be finished."
The Lord Jesus
added that this future time is absolutely unique in all of human history, and that –
if this time is not cut short (limited/interrupted) by God –
Matthew 24:22.
  that is, the whole human race would have been utterly exterminated/annihilated!  
See: Some Split-Week Scriptures. (Also compare Daniel 12:1,7;  Matthew 24:21;  Revelation 11:1-13;13:5). See: Our End-Time Role Scriptures.
'...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and in the sea! For the Devil came down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a little time.' (Revelation 12:12). ' ...they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one-half time.' (Daniel 7:25). '...he shall confirm covenant with many for one seven. And in the midst of the seven he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease, ...even until the end.' (Daniel 9:27). ' ...the man clothed in linen, ...held up his right and his left hand to Heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half. And when they have made an end of scattering the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.' (Daniel 12:7). '...many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months' (Luke 4:25). '...wings of a great eagle were given to the woman [Israel], so that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the Serpent's face.' (Revelation 12:14). '...Elijah was a man of like passion as we are. And he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for the time of three years and six months.' (James 5:17). '...leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it was given to the nations. And they will trample the holy city forty-two months.' (Revelation 11:2). '...a mouth speaking great things was given to it, and blasphemies. And authority was given to it to continue forty-two months.' (Revelation 13:5). '...I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.' (Revelation 11:3). '...the woman [Israel] fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, so that they might nourish her there a thousand, two hundred and sixty days.' (Revelation 12:6).
Prophetically, Elijah's–3½–year–ministry is an historical analogy of this unique future time!
story of Elijah the prophet in the Old Testament, is much more than simply a record of the past. Elements in this story carry a significance that anticipated future developments in the way of God in this world. The principle used here (type and anti-type) is illustrated to us in the New Testament by Christ's use of Jonah's experience as a prophetic anticipation of His own death and resurrection (Matthew 12:39-41).
To 'Elijah - Sign of the End Time' Type & Its Anti-type
Among Bible teachers this has become known as 'typology' – the use of an historical situation or person to prefigure a larger reality to come. This is not simply allegory in which a fictional story is a guise for a truth. As is true of 'types' in general, not every part of the Elijah account carries a typological significance as allegory may do. So everything does not have a secondary meaning.
Note that David
in prophecy (Psalm 110:4), and the early Christian Church in analogy (Hebrews 5-7), both saw Melchizedek of Salem as typifying the Messiah's unique priesthood. These men, king Melchizedek, and the prophets Jonah (regarding Christ's burial and resurrection) and Elijah were real historical figures, but the part they played in Holy Scripture reflects a higher truth than simply their own time.
Our Bible's
Elijah-analogy speaks to the Church's future in this present world. It is a wonderful analogy of the ministry of God's people in this end-time. It is in this sense that the taking up of Elijah in a whirlwind prefigures the glorious rapture of God's people at the end of this present age to share Christ's resurrection and rule.
The Christian Church's climactic end-time ministry is thus prefigured in the prophet Elijah's powerful confrontation with evil. It is this metaphor that is carried in the often misunderstood prophecies of Elijah's future coming at human history's climactic end! (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:10).
Note the link:
Elijah confronted the corrupt kingdom of Ahab's Israel, in which the worship of Baal (with its terrible infant sacrifice atrocities) was the state-subsidized religion, as the arena of God's judgment (drought) for exactly three-years and six-months (42 months): in analogy of our yet future End-Time.
James 5:17.
this reason, in the New Testament book of the Revelation, it is specifically the judgemental aspects of Elijah's ministry, coupled with the judgments of Moses, that represent this final phase of Christian witness in this world. (See Revelation 11:3-12). Hence the appearance of these figures together on the Mount of Transfiguration in prelude to the climax of Christ's first coming, prefigures the even greater climax at the end of this age in Christ's own people (Matthew 17:11) before the greater coming of the Christ in judgment.
This parallels John the Baptiser who came, as far as his ministry is concerned, in the 'spirit and power of Elijah' (Luke 1:17) as the herald of Christ's first coming. So Christ's church is herald of His second coming by the character of its life and witness (Matthew 24:14). As John fulfilled the Elijah-type to the first coming so the Church as the 'Body of Christ' fulfils the Elijah-type to the second coming.
This then is the ultimate fulfilment of the prophecy about the "spirit and power of Elijah" first represented in John the Baptist and then to come in His Church preceding the Lord final coming! This then is fulfilled during the –
3½ years of the Wrath of the Lamb
[Revelation 6:17; 11:18; 19:15, literally 'lambkin']
  During this time, at a personal level it means –  
to every living unbeliever an intense period of extreme
  anxiety – hopelessness – terror  
but to all who obey Jesus Christ – it is the climactic time of
Dynamic Witness & Joyful Sacrifice
How This Time Will Begin
This period is initiated by a trigger-sequence of Five Factors, which have an important LOGICAL order:

1 –  Christian obedience is completed in a spiritual maturity that fulfils the church's mission.
(See Matthew 24:14; Ephesians 4:11-13; II Corinthians 10:6; II Peter 3:12).
2 –  Therefore, Satan's prosecutorial role ends before the throne of God's Court and he is ejected!
(See Luke 22:31; I John 2:1; Revelation 12:10).
3 –  Satan's fury at this, precipitates the Antichrist's clone taking over the holy place in Jerusalem.
(See Matthew 24:15; II Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:15).
4 –  Israel's rejection of this, initiates the ultimate Jewish holocaust which fails because of international help triggered by the archangel Michael.
(See Daniel 12:1; Revelation 12:13-16).
5 –  Satan's frustration at this, begins the final and greatest ever persecution of the Christian church world-wide.
(See Daniel 7:25; Daniel 12:7; Revelation 11:2; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 13:7).
It is very important to understand each of these Five Key Factors, and their inter-relationship, if one is to properly understand this final chapter of human history.
How This Time Will End For the New Beginning
The Lord Jesus Christ Returns! dove
and the Resurrection of the Righteous to rule with Him
The book of Revelation teaches that a double banquet marks the end of this history-completing confrontation between Christ's church and Satan's Antichrist,
climaxing in this very presence of Christ Himself
1. for All Believers
– represented as Christ's Bride –
The Wedding Banquet of the Lambtrumpet sounds
judgement fire
2. for unbelievers of every religious and non-religious persuasion – represented in Armageddon's massed armies –
The terminating 'Banquet of God' for carrion eating birds
judgement fire
Note the contrastive parallel in Rev.19:6-21, and the notes on Isaiah 25:6-8 and Romans 8:20-22 in 'God Comes!'

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