When we consider Jonah from the standpoint of representing The Christ, Head and body, the three days represent the fifth, sixth, and seventh “days” from Jesus’ baptism at Jordan to the completion of the Church. In the type, the Ninevites became converted, but in the antitype, the destruction of the nominal system will precede the conversion of the people. The ministry of the Church will be successful eventually, in due time. Nineveh pictures Christendom, to whom the feet members, the Elijah class, the John the Baptist class, will give a smiting message of reproof.
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The Apostle refers to these times of restitution as though his hearers were all thoroughly familiar with them—as though they all understood that the divine promise of blessing through Christ implies times or years in which this blessing would be poured out upon the world. He seems also to take for granted that his hearers understood the meaning of the word restitution—that it signifies to restore, to put back again into a proper condition. It is somewhat remarkable that the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ has so far been lost sight of, and so far contaminated with the errors from the heathen, intermingling during the Dark Ages that remarkably few of the Lord’s people today seem to have ever thought of times of restitution.
“Elias shall first come.”
Jesus says this prophecy is fulfilled in John the Baptist, but then he associates himself with Elias as well. Look at Matthew 17:12, “Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.”
What did he mean by that? We know that Elijah was 1260 days in the wilderness, Jesus’ ministry was 1260 days, the Word of God was 1260 days in sackcloth and ashes, and that the Church, the Body of Christ is 1260 days in the wilderness. Coincidence or designed to direct our thoughts to important symbolisms?
So if our Lord is likened to Elijah and we (his body members) are associated with him, what does that mean to us as Christians? Can we look at Elijah’s life in a new light and glean the deeper meanings?