Last week, the Lord laid a message on my heart that some at church suggested I post here. It will be too long to post it all at once. I have decided to break it down into a few posts over the next few weeks. Here we go…
Deuteronomy 11:13-14, And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 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 first rain and the latter rain is a whole other sermon in itself. But I want us to look at what follows; that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Two things I want us to bear in mind:
- This blessing will only come (How?) IF we love God with all our heart and serve Him the same (v.13).
- Everything in the OT foreshadows something in the New.
With those two things in mind, let’s read verse 14 again, 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.
How many times have you referred to rain as a HE? I will give you three guesses Who this HE is …
- Holy Ghost
- Holy Ghost
- Holy Ghost
As we search the Scriptures for early and latter rain, we have to come to Hosea.
Hosea 6:1-3, Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Stay with me now; 2 Peter 3:8 tells us that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day.
I believe Hosea is telling us about what is taking place in the last of the last days. He says, After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
The “two days” Hosea speaks of are the two thousand years of the church age, after which Jesus returns for the “3rd day”, or the next thousand years wherein He will reign on earth.
Everywhere else in the Bible, when the first and latter rain is mentioned, the first or early rain is mentioned first and the latter rain is mentioned second. That only makes sense, first and last, right?
Hosea mentions them the other way around. He says “latter” first, then “former”. Why? I believe he mentions “latter” first because it is the rain in the last days he is referring to. But look closely, he couples the latter AND the former rain together. No commas, no separation.
What does that mean? I believe it means the same thing that James tells us in the NT.
James 5:7, Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. 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.
So great is the pouring out of the Spirit in the last days that it will be like getting the early AND latter rain at the same time! A greater outpouring than even at the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago, as recorded in the book of Acts!
Stay with me and tune in next week, as we continue and discover what the corn, wine, and oil are.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?