Monday, February 6, 2012

Latter Rain?

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. For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.
Zechariah 10:1-2

An interesting development has taken place recently in Israel.  During the month of January the land had 29 days of rain and set a new record.  It seems very significant to many as this statement form Israel Star News implies. "The last record was in 1947, just before the creation of the State Israel and we can hope this rainy month will also be a sign of blessings for the People of Israel."  Yes!  The last record rainfall in Israel was in 1947 before Israel became a state and just before revival, including the healing revivals of the late 40s and early 50s took place. It was as if God signaled in the natural what He was preparing to do in the spiritual.  Could we be seeing this again?  One thing for sure, we are due for the latter rains much like the former rains that brought about the birth of the church in Acts 2.  

It is apparent that Zechariah's work reveals the Second Coming of Jesus.  In chapter twelve we read of the LORD making Jerusalem into a burdensome stone and a cup of trembling.  Is that not what we see today?  Chapter 11 begins with a prophetic war with Lebanon and Zechariah 9 has a war that is very reminiscent of the Psalm 83 war.  Sandwiched between all of this is chapter 10 which speaks of latter rains in the midst of war and deception.  Everyone of the events above are on the horizon.  Israel is currently having problems with the very neighbors that Zechariah saw in chapter 9.  Two of those specifically mentioned are Syria and the Gaza.  Chapter 11 speaks of Lebanon, the home of Hezbollah.   Also, many pulpits are filled with "goats' much as Zechariah 10:3 prophesied.  In this God promises the latter rains!

The church began with the former rain of Joel's prophecy, so will it not end with the latter rains?  Is this not what Zechariah and others saw as well?  Reread Joel's prophecy.  It begins with a time of war, darkness, and gloom.  War is on the horizon, and it is war that will lead to the reestablishment of the 3rd Temple and the Tribulation.  God in His mercy will surely call to a lost world as He did with Noah and with Lot before judgment came.  Are the rains in Israel a sign that this outpouring is about to begin!  Let's hope so.  Jesus is certainly Soon2Come!

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
Joel 2:28-30

Latter Rains?

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