“And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.”
King James Version (KJV)
18:1 The third year - Either, From the time when he went to hide himself by the brook Cherith; six months before which time the famine might begin. And so this being towards the end of the third year, it makes up these three years and six months, #James 5:17|. Or, From the time of his going to Sarepta, which probably was a year after the famine begun; So this might be in the middle of the third year, which also makes up the three years and six months.Go to Ahab - To acquaint him with the cause of this judgment, and toadvise him to remove it, and upon that condition to promise him rain.Will send - According to thy word and prayer, which thou shalt make forit. Thus God takes care to maintain the honour of his prophet, and injudgment remembers mercy to Israel, for the sake of the holy seed yetleft among them, who suffered in this common calamity.