Hello again staff
I have looked into the scriptures about Elijah, Ahab and Jezebel, especially to link them with John Baptist and the two witnesses of the last days.
AHAB: I can see that as a king, he was more wicked than his predecessors, but I don't think he can be classed as a type of antichrist. After hearing Elijah's words, especially after the Naboth episode, he believed God and repented in sackcloth and ashes. This would in no way typify the antichrist.
JEZEBEL: She was in some ways worse than her husband, but under the law, the husband is responsible for the actions of his wife. She was certainly wicked and indulged in false religions, but again, I would not call her a "type of false religion" (I assume you mean relating to the second beast of Rev 13).
ELIJAH: The Lord called him in a time when Israel was in serious disobedience to God, to speak His word, and he moved in great power and signs. I was especially interested to read in 1 Kings 17, how he was sent for 3.5 years to a gentile widow woman and her son. If we see the fulfillment of Elijahs ministry in the first half of the tribulation, ( forgive my calling the whole week the tribulation and the second half the great tribulation), I believe the two winesses ministry will be to the woman (Israel) and her son (the remnant in Israel who belive in Christ at that time).
I do not see Elijah's ministry in any way as an "overlapping one". If so with whom?. He ministered in the reign of Ahab and the kings that followed him; there was no change of dispensation during his monistry, which would indicate an overlap.
JOHN BAPTIST; The angel announcing his birth said: "he shall go before him(Christ) in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; Luke 1:17 (KJV). This was the "Elijah to come" ministry prophesied in Malachi: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers" Mal 4:5-6 (KJV). But when asked by the preists and levites from Jerusalem: "Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not" John 1:21 (KJV). He confessed to being just a voice. His ministry did overlap the Lord's, but only for one or possibly two years; not 3.5 years.
TWO WITNESSES: In Rev ch 11, these are given power to prophesy for 3.5 years, the first half of Daniel's 70 th week. Their location is Jerusalem or the surrounding area, although Jerusalem is surrounded by the Gentile armies at this time, only the inner temple is left untouched. Their prophesying is a witness to Jerusalem. If the type of Elijah and the widow is taken as fulfilled here, Jerusalem is the widow, and her son the remnant of Jews who believe at this post church age. They are put to death by the beast, and all see them rise and ascend to heaven. An earhtquake kills a tenth of the city, but the remnant fear and give glory to the God of Israel. All speaks of Israel and Jerusalem here, not a church revival. The Elijah ministry, "to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers", can not in any way be seen as a picture of new birth or christian revival; rather it is jewish terminology and a promise to the remnant of Israel.
After this, in chapter 12, the woman is seen clearly as Israel: "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:" Rev 12:1 (KJV). See Joseph's dream Gen 37 v 9.Her son is caught up to heaven, Satan is cast down to earth, and the beast enters and defiles the temple.
Sorry this is so long, but as I can see no teaching that Elijah had an overlapping ministry, I must continue to believe that his fulfilled ministry under the two witnesses is for Israel and Jerusalem and not the church. The true church, as I have said before is caught up to be with Christ before this last of Daniel's 70 weeks.