According to the apostles Peter and John, the meaning of the Bible is not left to a few individuals who have secret insight into scripture (2 Peter 1:20). let us press on to acknowledge him. This is a prophetic promise of God’s blessing in the millennial kingdom. Joel 2:18-27 describes God’s future response to their repentance. A distinction should be made between: The Latter Rain Revival (1948–1952) The Latter Rain Movement (1952–1960s) Zechariah 10:1 – David Wilkerson believes the “latter rain” is spiritual, talking about a revival move of the Holy Spirit. Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. When Jesus describes His second coming in Matthew 24:29-30 He refers to the sun, sky, darkness and the moon. We must remember that God did not give us a mystery Bible with secret meanings. These latter rains of the rainy season ripen the crops. Hosea 6:3 (NIV). In Jeremiah 5:24 God declares that He gives us rain. James 5:7 (NASB). Joel 2:28-32 (NASB). – The 2018 Bible Reading Challenge, presented by VCY, October 7 – Covetousness and the negative promise – The 2018 Bible Reading Challenge, presented by VCY, September 6 – The Book of Romance – The 2018 Bible Reading Challenge, presented by VCY, August 9 – Faith that says “I don’t need a life jacket?”, “I will bring them again… they shall be as though I had not cast them off” (Zechariah 10;6), “they shall remember me… turn again” (Zechariah 10:9), “I will bring them again” (Zechariah 10:10). Obey. In 2 Peter 3:15-16, the apostle Peter said that Paul wrote some things that were difficult to understand, but Peter understood them. We will not receive the latter rain if we have not received the earlier, or the former, rain. The Latter Rain is the rain that will surely come just before the Harvest. 1. In the early part of this century, a Pentecostal movement began in Canada called the "Latter Rain Movement." There will be those who escape, The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was first shared with the disciples on the day of Pentecost. In nature we find Joel 2:23 is describing literal rain, H2O. “The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. That is what happens when the rains fall from the clouds. Order from VCY America for just $15 including S&H. It is the enormous last day revival soon to come and the harvest of souls before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. Thus the Spirit will be on every person. Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Verse 23 is a promise that God will restore the early and later rains. He brings refreshment and joy. Then, later in the year we see the latter rains ripen their crop for the coming harvest in the Fall. A non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. The blessing is described in the entire chapter and verses 13-15 is a promise of enough rain to grow their crops and feed their animals. It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. Rain continues to fall throughout the winter months. The Latter Rain Movement is anti-dispensational and amillennial, and many leaders of the movement embrace aberrant teachings. How is it applied in our lives? like the spring rains that water the earth. The two Hebrew words sapak and yarad are not closely related. This becomes obvious when we read verse 30-31 and realize that the second coming of Christ is described in similar words. November 4 – God knows every thought in your mind! 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). The Latter Rain broug… What is the meaning of the latter and former rains? It lasted perhaps forty or fifty years. Jeremiah, the first of the prophets in the Hebrew Bible, Apocalypse 28. The Latter Rain Movement is a movement within the larger charismatic movement that teaches God is pouring out His "latter rain" in our time as He did at the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to prepare the world for Christ's return. The “latter rain” is a biblical symbol for the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit, by which the corporate spiritual experience of God’s church will be brought to ripeness for the harvest ( Joel 2:23-29 ). January 17 – Listen to God. Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (NASB). 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. Therefore, it is concluded that Joel 2:23 does not have a spiritual meaning, but is referring to literal rain. Email 2018bible@vcyamerica.org or call our testimony line at 414-885-5370. . Revelation 18:4 – In 2 Corinthians 6:17, God says to come out from unbelievers – if you lose your father He will be a father to you. "The latter rain, ripening earth's harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. The Latter Rain, also known as the New Order or New Order of the Latter Rain, was a post– World War II movement within Pentecostal Christianity which remains controversial. And the moon into blood The two periodic seasons of rain in the land of Canaan symbolized the two great visitations of the Holy Spirit—one at the beginning of the gospel dispensation, and the other at its close. These changes made the Latter Rain Movement distinct from the Pentecostal context from which it arose, and church life in Latter Rain influenced churches significantly different from traditional Pentecostal ones. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! 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. Once again it is clear that the passage is speaking of rain that is necessary for crops to grow. All Rights Reserved. Blood, fire and columns of smoke. This rain softens the soil and signals the time for farmers to plough their land. We also see that the “latter rain” (the end-times outpouring) would be greater than the “former rain.”. The last rains are in spring, and are called the Malkosh. In this video, Pastor Doug Batchelor explains what the latter rain is in the last days, before the return of the Lord. Be Blessed. Deuteronomy 11:14; Jeremiah 5:24; Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23; Zechariah 10:1 and James 5:7 are the only credible examples of this phrase in the Bible. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain … While the timing of the “latter rain” is a matter of eschatological dispute, Wilkerson adds helpful caution to his desire for Holy Spirit revival: “Many so-called Holy-Ghost movements vanished quickly because they were man-centered — focusing on gifts, blessings, self … Proverbs 30:33 – As James 1:20 tells us, “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”, Your email address will not be published. The beginning of the modern Latter Rain Movement began with the publication of the book Latter Rain Songs in 1907 by David Wesley Myland Let us fear the LORD our God, He compares “the nail” to Eliakim in Isaiah 22:23, but where “the Eliakim nail will be cut off, not the nail that is referring to Christ. Phillip Medhurst Collection, daily organized print Bible, an online app, or a booklet to organize your readings, One Year Bible reading group on YouVersion. Be sure to check your filters for our emails! That is the former rain. God takes care of those who follow Him and those who do not. Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?” For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Isaiah 38:1-5; 2 Kings 20:1-11; 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Matthew 26:36-58; Mark 14:32-54; Luke 22:39-54; John 18:2-15. 1985. p. 1420. . Joel 2:23 (NASB). If we compare Zechariah 10:1 in both the King James Version and the New American Standard Bibles, we discover that the phrase “former and latter rain” is talking about literal rain. According to this revelation, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was autumn rain while the descent of the Holy Spirit at present is spring rain ( latter rain ). Then, the latter rain, which is even more important, matures the crops for harvesting. As a result, revival will occur and many will believe in God. The destruction of Babylon. Welcome to the Bible Reading Challenge! 9 Bible results for “latter rain ... and the latter rain in the first month. The answer is logically no! Deuteronomy 11:14 - 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. The Hebrew word that is translated as “poured down” in some Bible translations is yarad and it actually means “to go down” or “to descend.” That is the rain would descend. . “. Answer: The Latter Rain Movement is an influence within Pentecostalism which teaches that the Lord is pouring out His Spirit again, as He did at Pentecost, and using believers to prepare the world for His Second Coming. It was when they were in the millennium or 1,000 year kingdom. He argues that the “battle bow” is identified with Zechariah 9:13 and Revelation 19:11. The literal Hebrew means “all flesh.” That is, the Spirit will be poured on everyone. Jeremiah 9:23-24. The Hebrew word that is described as “pour out” is sapak. Some have said that this interpretation will be known only to those who “exhibit the gifts of the spirit.” Unfortunately, that could be said about any passage in scripture. Bible verses about The Latter Rain. According to some, the “early rain” in Joel 2:23 refers to the first Pentecost and the “latter rain” refers to a future Pentecost when the Holy Spirit will be poured out in an unusual way. The former rain and the latter rain is in September, the first month of the fall feast days (V.24). January 15 – Blessings from Seeking the Lord! October 9 – Rise and Shine! This rain is essential for the farmers to grow their precious crops. Matthew 6:31-33 (NASB). Similar to the lying spirit of 1 Kings 22:23, to bring judgment upon His people. Rain. There will be those who escape, C) Download the daily passage reading guide & follow along in your Bible! The coming of the Holy Spirit was a prefigurement of the prophecy (Acts 2:17-20), but the actual fulfillment of the prophecy will occur only after Jesus’ second coming and during the kingdom. Central to the Latter Rain movement was an expectation ofthe imminent return of Jesus. He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. The signs of the return of Jesus and the Holy Spirit will be a “fireworks” display in the sky. As the latter rain follows the early rain, God will deal with Israel again as merciful as in the past. he will appear; . In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations. But the passage does not say that. These passages refer to God’s provision and grace in meeting our needs just as He provides rain or water to help plants and animals grow. In the Bible "early rain" signifies the rain of the autumn, ( 11:14) and "latter rain" the rain of spring. January 14 – Can you name the 12 disciples? . During Jesus Christ’s one thousand year reign on earth He will build a large shelter in … The grains will flourish, and they will have plenty to eat (v. 22-26). At the beginning of the kingdom, everyone will be a Christian as a result of the Goat and Sheep judgment. Whether you prefer a daily organized print Bible, an online app, or a booklet to organize your readings of your regular Bible – we invite you to join us in a systematic one year journey through God’s Word! 29 Even on the male and female servants Let us acknowledge the LORD; Get them online or on Facebook! It is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh promised to us in the last days and … Last week, Israel had an unusually rainy day. Note the frequency of the word “again.”. Zechariah 12:10 is the promised latter rain that must precede the final harvest. Chariot Victor Publishing. Zechariah 10:4 – John MacArthur identifies this as a Messianic prophecy. According to some, the “early rain” in Joel 2:23 refers to the first Pentecost and the “latter rain” refers to a future Pentecost when the Holy Spirit will be poured out in an unusual way. In Job 29:23 we read "And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain." In Deuteronomy 11:14 we read "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." Jeremiah 5:24 (KJV). he will come to us like the winter rains, Hosea 6:1-3 describes the second coming of the Lord Jesus at the beginning of the millennial kingdom. There are three easy-to-use ways to join us on our 2019 Bible Reading Challenge! As surely as the sun rises, The “latter rain” in this verse is interpreted as an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. ” (Isaiah 44:3) Matar and Geshem. His coming is like rain. It refers to God’s blessing upon Israel, His promise that their crops will grow. The Former and the Latter Rain “Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”— Jeremiah 5:24. The New Testament attributes it to Jeremiah, the first of the prophets in the Hebrew Bible. He cares for the ungrateful (Luke 6:35) and those who are thankful. Deuteronomy 11:13-15 is part of a promise that God gave to the nation of Israel that if they would love Him (Deuteronomy 11:1) and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 11:8) then He would bless them. Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season . God will judge the wicked – He keeps track of every wrong. Those who claim that Joel 2:28 was fulfilled in Acts 2:17-21 must ask if this means that everyone in the world became a Christian at the time of Peter’s sermon at Pentecost? Zechariah 10:1. Matar is the main generic word for rain used in the Bible. SUCH are the climate and soil of Palestine, that all agricultural operations are most manifestly dependent upon the periodical rainfall. . Zechariah 11:12-13 – 1 Peter 1:11 comes to mind – Zechariah must have wondered why God included this – and it wasn’t until Matthew 27:9-10 that it was identified as a Messianic prophecy. Your email address will not be published. There are at least two different meanings given to the expression “latter and former rain” which is also translated as “early and late rain,” “first rain and the latter rain” or “autumn and spring rains.” One interpretaion assumes a literal meaning and the other a spiritual meaning of the expression. As the LORD has said, With the former rain, farmers begin ploughing and planting seeds. Latter Rain proponents saw Pentecostalism as spiritually dry in the post-war period and in danger of slipping into a dry or mental formalism like many of their evangelicalpeers. The Bible Reading Challenge, presented by VCY, Join people around the world in reading thru the Bible, December 27 Zechariah 10:1-11:17Revelation 18:1-24Psalm 146:1-10Proverbs 30:33, Zechariah 10:1 – David Wilkerson believes the “latter rain” is spiritual, talking about a revival move of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 146:4 – Note the contrast – man returns to his earth (dirt), as opposed to the Maker of the earth (Psalm 146:6). "Latter rain" in The Bible literally refers to spring rains. As the LORD has said, . That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; Joel 2:1-11 prophesies that at sometime in the future the land of Israel will be under siege by an invading army (Joel 2:4-5, 20). 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, to every one grass in the field. When we come to Joel 2:28-32 we discover that God has promised the Holy Spirit will be poured our on all mankind in the future. We welcome you to join us as we read through the entire Bible in one year. The Bible often predicts the Holy Spirit as “rain,” which includes autumn rain and spring rain (Deut 11:14) to meet the needs of agriculture (Jas 5:7, 18). The rains that fall right now help nourish the land for the rest of the year. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). As a result, revival will occur and many will believe in God. Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me . Having trouble getting them by email? It is not a reference to Pentecost or to a future Pentecost. When Acts 2:14-16 tells us that during Peter’s preaching the Spirit was poured out, that was the not the complete fulfillment of Joel. Joel 3:1-16 includes a description of the Battle of Armageddon (Joel 3:2, 12-16). who gives autumn and spring rains in season, 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. Donations to this ministry are tax-deductible. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. . But here the prophecy states the Holy Spirit will be “poured out” as water from a pitcher. A parable like law is created where "the early rain comes with seed time and the latter rain comes with harvest". Zechariah 11:16 – God is raising up a bad shepherd? This phenomenon is what the Biblical writers are referring to when they mention the early rains (October) and the latter rains (May). 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, to every one grass in the field. Walvoord and Zuck. The Latter Rain explained Just as in the Midwest, the early rains prepare the soil for the seed sowing we see the farmers doing each and every year in the early Spring. 30 I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, The apostles Paul and Peter told us that we can know the truth by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11-14) and by hard study (2 Timothy 2:15). Since the millennium did not occur, Acts 2:14-21 was referring to a partial fulfillment of Joel 2:28-3:21. The phrase “come about after this” looks to the time after Christ’s second coming or the time of the millennial kingdom. It never refers to two separate times of spiritual blessing. So God by the former rain, and by the moisture in the earth, springs the corn. Find out in this … Have a testimony to share? 32 And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD The NIV changes the wording slightly from former and latter to autumn and spring to reflect the meaning of the Hebrew words translated as former and latter. The Lord is waiting patiently until His last rain is outpoured - because it will produce the final harvest! While the timing of the “latter rain” is a matter of eschatological dispute, Wilkerson adds helpful caution to his desire for Holy Spirit revival: “Many so-called Holy-Ghost movements vanished quickly because they were man-centered — focusing on gifts, blessings, self-improvement, happiness.”, However, we’re probably safer taking a narrower interpretation – within the context of the chapter, it’s referring to God’s future dealing with Israel not the Church. 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