Joel 2:23 does not have a spiritual meaning. These things are “hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes” [Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21]. One thing is for certain, rain is repeatedly equated with God’s blessing throughout the Bible: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. So as you know, you can either be withered by the Spirit of God or you can be humble and the Spirit of God will come upon you as refreshing and latter rain. And you can be one of the typical people who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth [Revelation 14:4]. Former and latter rain both personal and general "Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain." James is speaking about patience, and farming, and he says: Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. But what we have lost is the personal presence of the Holy Ghost in the midst of His people, ruling and governing and directing us. Rain » The former, after harvest, to prepare for sowing. They usually are prepared to believe what they can see in the Bible that fits in with their own private interpretation of Scripture. 666, That is why if you have no desire for salvation, you’ll never get it. And don’t you try and tell me how God is going to do it, because you don’t know. So here the Scripture says that “Thou visitest the earth with water when thou hast made it to desire it” [verse 9, kjv margin]. 2:23 The former rain - The autumn rain which is needful to mellow the earth and fit it to receive the corn. That is what David is speaking about. The stalk is there. The earth desires rain—as the scripture says here—“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God” [verse 9]. We long for and need revival. It is drawing in whatever moisture there is, from the drying soil and from the atmosphere. As the Latter and the Former Rain . No longer do we know anything about it. First understand that a seed needs water to germinate. goodness. Then you won’t be amongst the 144,000 then.” Isn’t that foolish? And because of that I will remove your lampstand from its place. In that sense I want to talk to you about this prophecy of the Latter Rain. God employs nature as a typal thing. And that inner drawing of the Holy Ghost that makes you only want to please Him is a more wonderful sign than any book you could possibly read. That’s the grapes of wrath. It means wheat, in every case. Verse 6 says: “Then I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”. There was a time when the Allies were baffled concerning explosives—and Chaim Weizmann opened up to them a wonderful, new field which enabled them to carry on the war; otherwise they would have had to close down on it. But in the end it resulted in the annihilation of the Jewish people as a people, and the scattering of Jews throughout the then known world. Most people on earth can’t read or write, but everyone can see the book of Nature. Throughout the bible the rain cycles of Israel are prophetic types of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as well as the harvest of souls. In fact, if God began to make inquisition of truth, where would we stand? The term Latter Rain stems from Bible passages such as Jeremiah 3:3, 5:23–25, Joel 2:23, Hosea 6:3, Zechariah 10:1, and James 5:7. O then what raptured greetings "He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain." And if you knew how to do it with the name Hitler (I’ve done it myself), it comes to 6-6-6. Rain » The rainbow often appears during . Fear not, thou worm Jacob…thou shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small…. Israel had predictable weather patterns, including heavy useless on seeds that failed to germinate in the first place. The term former and latter rain refers to water falling from the sky. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. They have no desire. Psalm 72:6, understanding that the Old Testament addressed Jews who for the most part lived This is a tremendous principle, the great principle of desire. Because there was insufficient grass for the cattle, and because the people were poor, they kept goats. But they only could reap their harvest, let me remind you, when they had offered that firstfruit—that which was their best—to God. This fall rain would greatly enhance their crops just before harvest. The rains have ceased. And latter rain always comes before the harvest. Of course you have. But He won’t walk amongst us unless He can walk in truth. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. And others of us say “yes!” because it matches what we inwardly feel and know the mind of the Holy Spirit is. Change your prayers, fathers! There are generally two rainy seasons mentioned in Scripture: the early or former autumn rain (October to November) and the latter spring rain (March to April). Get your house in order. I looked, and beheld a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man [that’s the Christ] having on his head a golden crown, in his hand a sharp sickle. God will bless the humble souls. chance does that seed/plant have of making it through the winter? If you know how to manipulate Kissinger’s name, it comes quite clearly to 6-6-6. And the Bible says that they desired flesh so God gave it to them, but gave them leanness in their souls [Psalm 106:15]. “The everlasting Gospel.” There is only one Gospel. message is shown to you before allowing you to post it. Image of the little girl enjoying the rain is copyright by and used under license from. Revelation 14:14-20, So the former rains began. In our time God sent the former rains back to Palestine. And you know those who are possessors of truth and those who don’t live it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof. And because the people were taken away from it, agriculture practically ceased. down pouring of grace through the Holy Spirit. You listen, if ever you have the privilege of being in a large wheat field, to the singing of ripe wheat. It will teach you many a precious lesson, if only you can see it. Rain » Often destroyed houses. After the First World War, God opened Palestine for Israel. And it opens itself, as it were, to receive it. As the word of the Lord says: “I will give you the latter rain…. What David mentions in Psalm 65 is really describing for you the Former and the Latter rain. Luke 1:51, Then God worked His miracle. firstfruits, They also got murder as well. With the former rain, farmers begin ploughing and planting seeds. The “latter rain” in this verse is interpreted as an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. “He satisfies the desire of every living thing” [Psalm 145:16]. This is the word of the Lord to be merciful. Quite clearly he was making the old Roman Empire come back again, that is, the Holy Roman Empire, in Europe. on Canaan’s happy shore; In fact, at the present day, you can make a subscription to the Zionist Movement, and they will pass it on to Palestine, to the kibbutzim, and a tree will be planted in your name. Now there are many different opinions about revival. And the vat shall overflow with wine and oil….And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else. Never! It’s a good thing to have in the church. Othodox Jewish Bible Neither say they in their lev, Let us now fear Hashem Eloheinu, that giveth geshem, both the yoreh (former rain, autumn rain) and the malkosh (latter rain, spring rain) in season; He secureth unto us shavu’ot chukkot katzir (the appointed weeks of the harvest). He reaps His own people. It is not going to be that the Devil is going to have the vast majority that he has been the means of damning in everlasting punishment. The very name of Jove, the father of the Roman gods, was put upon Jerusalem. And that inner witness that the Holy Ghost gives you that the time is drawing nigh, that inner witness is a safe witness. Oh, now we’re getting to the root of the thing. “This is that” is the key to prophecy—not all these many, many books, exciting books which say, “This is going to be that.”. That’s the latter rain which gives an abundant harvest. Zechariah 10:1 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. It only knows about wheat, or barley, or those grains.) Once germinated it grows. Now we are not talking about conjecture. They say that conditions are such that no revival can happen. We are close to the time when the Son of Man shall reap His harvest. It doesn’t sing when the ear isn’t formed. The Lord must come. It is the enormous last day revival soon to come and the harvest of souls before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:17, It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Thus our focus will be on the Holy Spirit as former and latter rain. But there aren’t very many people that do. Then eyes with joy shall sparkle, God sends the latter rain in order that there may be an abundant harvest, for that rich, latter rain plumps the ear and gives you full ears of corn. That’s what the Bible says. See Mark 12:29–30. Just before harvest a healthy rain will make all the difference between a I think he was a hero for being married, not the reverse. Thank you for this wonderful, refreshing latter rain. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” [Matthew 5:6]. The grass withereth, and the flower fadeth, when the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it [Isaiah 40:6-8]. We have books that go back hundreds of years which “proved” that the time of the coming of the Lord would be in the authors’ lifetimes. And then will come that Blessed One to reap His harvest, having abundantly refreshed the church, and filled those ears of corn, and prepared for a most abundant and glorious harvest home. A teaching rain or early rain. And the former and the latter rain ceased. We acknowledge Him as inspiring the Bible. Then finally there comes another reaping: The Lord will come. Think of wheat. When you have watering by the ordinary, mechanical means, there isn’t the same response on the part of the land. Rain » The appearance of a cloud from the west indicated. It’s when we are willing to be cut down to size, when our “PUFF” has gone, when we are truly humble. Luke 10:21, “I understood by books,” Daniel said, the time had come, that is, by Jeremiah’s writings [Daniel 9:1-2]. When Daniel knew that seventy years had passed, God witnessed to him it was time for Israel—the Jews—to go back to Palestine. Their emptiness and poverty. The latter rain came in the late spring to bring the ripening fruit to harvest. If you have no desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit, He will never come. Rain. It is given by God to soften the hard clods of soil that have been made so hard through the long dry period, and God softens them with former rain. Not that we might be able to have a deeper, greater mental knowledge of certain facts concerning the possible coming of the Lord Jesus in our time, but in order that we might be prepared for that with a quality of life. God’s key to prophecy is not “This is going to be that.” God’s key to prophecy is “This is that.” God doesn’t tell you what is going to happen, in detail, to fulfill a certain prophecy. Latter Rain. But it will only do it, you see, when it’s in good, full ear. What knitting severed friendships up, Israel had predictable weather patterns, including heavy rains in both the spring and the fall. That’s what God does in nature. Then, the latter rain, which is … In reply, he chose nothing for himself. He loves to announce that a worm shall thresh the mountains. It refers to God’s blessing upon Israel, His promise that their crops will grow. We acknowledge Him as Lord of His church, the Christ, and sitting on the right hand of God. Excellent! The passage in Joel expands on this topic: Now let’s look at a further reference from the Epistle of James. Who mourn for sin with inward smart. When a Jew planted their crops in the spring, the spring rain (Former Rain) was expected and necessary to germinate their seeds. I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. That’s true all the way through the scriptures. The Holy Spirit draws us to the contemplation of prophecy only to remind us that of the day and the hour of the Lord’s coming, none of us know, so we had better be ready when He does come. And you’ll find that the stalk has knots all up the stem. There has got to be an abundant harvest, because the latter rain plumps the ear. Revelation 2:5, It’s the same thing. And I’m glad to remind you that the saints of the Most High shall possess the kingdom. It rains all the time! The seed is sown at that period. Thou makest it soft with showers.” Then verse 11 brings in the Latter Rain. Two angels now appear on the scene. It’s what Isaiah says in chapter 40:6. In this context, consider the words of Romans 1:19-20. Now what happened to the Former and Latter Rains in Palestine after the time of Jesus? When the Lord Jesus comes, He comes in judgment as well as in mercy. I hope you can see it. Thou fillest the hungry with good things, and the rich thou hast sent empty away. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.The Latter Rain is the rain that will surely come just before the Harvest. And we know His loving, deep, personal interest, in every one of us in the Church. That is why God has proved it to you in Palestine, by the Jews going back—and He said they would go back—and then God restoring it to prosperity. And some of you dear folks, mothers and fathers, who have been praying for your children, would do very well to alter your prayers. Let this be my portion: that I may walk with You on this earth, so that when You come, it will still just be a continued walk with You. And before then, of course, it was Napoleon Bonaparte. Now because of those wars, and the cutting down of trees, and later the coming of the Saracens, who conquered Palestine, and then the Turks, the land came into an awful, dry period for many, many centuries. It sings when the ear is formed. And then you see, the Lord Himself appears in verse 14. I’ll say it again: The Holy Ghost does not draw us to the contemplation of prophecy to fill our heads with knowledge of how all these things are going to be worked out. That’s the Lord cutting us down to size.  =  For that’s what Joel says: He will restore that latter rain and I will come in the midst of you. And the Lord says, “Fear not, little flock. That is the former rain. One of the great principles that God works upon is that He “satisfies the desire of every living thing” [Psalm 145:16]. And at that time Jerusalem ceased to be the center for the Jewish people. That’s the final reaping. But you’ve left your first love. You can talk to a reluctant family about righteousness, and they will never, ever want it. Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. True, they do it from the Bible and not from horoscopes. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. I will dwell in the midst. God reaps the firstfruits first. which is full of water: And the Lord is not going to be the loser in this tremendous battle between sin and righteousness. Bible verses about The Latter Rain. “I have given you the former rain moderately, I will give you the latter rain abundantly” [Joel 2:23]. So the Holy Spirit is deeply interested in you knowing something about prophecy, but only in order that you should be faithful, and watchful, and merciful, for these are the three tests of the genuine Christian—not whether you know who the antichrist is. He designs through it to image forth Diviner things. There were those in America who were “absolutely certain” that Henry Kissinger was to be the antichrist. The Bible knows nothing about Indian corn at all. In Bible times, sowing and plowing took place from the middle of October, shortly after the falling of the early rains. This is a very wonderful fulfillment of prophecy. That’s what God does in nature. Revelation 14:1-4, Since it is January, we are currently in the middle of the rainy season. The idea of a latter rain was not new to Pentecostals. I believe that God is going to give us an abundant, glory shower of latter rain before Jesus’ coming, to prepare the Church for her home-going. Luke 2:25-28, All rights reserved. It comes to 6-6-6. Hosea 10:12Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. In Joel 2:23 the Lord said He had already sent the former rain and promised to send both the former and latter rains in the same month, the first one. Watch therefore! Peter couldn’t be amongst the 144,000 because the poor fellow was married. It’s far safer than reading books about the subject. He gathers His own people. They desired flesh. Desire humility and the Lord will do it. “Thou waterest the ridges thereof…Thou makest it soft with showers.” Have you ever noticed the difference between human watering and God’s sprinkling with rain? There are people who read endless books on fancy views of prophecy, all of them telling you what is going to take place. Bible > Sermons > Hosea 6:3. Joel 2:1-32 ESV / 43 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. .and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. That’s the Lord coming down on the mown grass. They said, “Our soul loatheth this light bread that comes down from heaven [Numbers 21:5], angels food [Psalm 78:25ff]. It is, as it were, as though the pores are opened. You can talk to a reluctant church about holiness, and if you are a good speaker, and you illustrate it with good illustrations, they will say it’s a good sermon, a good address, a good talk; and they will go home and forget all about it. Rain » Instances of extraordinary » Time of the flood. But chastisement will make you strong. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast, And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand. And then when the Jews went back to repopulate the land, they planted forests. As there was in Bible days, there is a season still in Israel when God sends former rain. Because He did that, He could say, “I will remove your lampstand from its place” [Revelation 2:5]. Exodus 16:3, So don’t quote some symbols to suit your argument, as if they were fact, when they are symbolical. How it rustles and sings! These messages on the Holy Spirit were delivered in the 1970s. The time of reaping of the Lord Jesus is coming. It doesn’t say, “These have never been defiled.” It says something far sweeter: “These are NOT defiled.” When the Lord really saves you and blots your sin out, and gives you a pure heart, the past is gone. But it’s the same principle. display: none !important; Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. And then God can do it. He will bless the humble souls. With farmers, after planting, a seasonal rain provided moisture for germination and initial … Poor man, he had enough worries on his mind as it was.3 And others, of course, were “quite certain” that John Kennedy was the antichrist. 1 Peter 4:17, I’ve preached in churches that I know lie to the Holy Ghost, and there are many church members that lie to the Holy Ghost. Rain » Often succeeded by heat and sunshine. Psalm 72:6Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Do you not see a spiritual significance in this—that the coming of the Lord draweth nigh? We want the Lord to come back and give us abundant showers of latter rain, but it means the immanence, the personal attention and standing of the Holy Ghost. Now the Lord Jesus is Lord of His church. Bible Talk Message Board Now those showers then spring the corn, and the corn begins to grow. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. The first angel thrusts in his sickle to the earth (verse 19) and gathers the vine of the earth—not the corn, not the wheat, but the vine—and casts it into the winepress of the wrath of God, and blood comes out. ( Proverbs 16:1 Proverbs 16:5) For six months in the year, from May to October, no rain falls, the whole land becomes dry, parched and brown.The autumnal rains are eagerly looked for, to prepare the earth for the reception of the seed. And He shall reign for ever and ever. The bible says that in the last days The Lord will send both the former rain and the latter rain. Isaac Watts’ rendition of the Beatitudes]. Now the corn has been established; its roots have gone down. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. It is when we realize that any good that we do must be done by the Lord Jesus through us and in spite of us, and that we are unprofitable servants even when we have done what He has told us to do [Luke 17:10]. Before the Lord Jesus comes back, the Holy Ghost is going to come to the church in immanence, in power, and is going to prepare the church for the coming of the Lord Jesus. He loves to revive His people. By a dry period. It is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh promised to us in the last days and the restoration of apostolic and prophetic gifts. See how things have changed. Now are you willing? Hosea 6:3and in Hosea 10:12 -Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.This idea also gets expounded upon in Psalm 72:6 -He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.In the New Testament, James tells us about these rains to come in James 5:7-8:Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. And foolish people have been saying that the coming of the Lord has been drawing nigh all down the ages. That is what we call the immanence—the nearness, the indwelling—amongst His people. Thou settlest the furrows thereof: So God by the former rain, and by the moisture in the earth, springs the corn. Matthew 11:25, Then you can keep company with Him. Of late ; Orphans no longer fatherless, nor widows desolate your father ’ s name, was! 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