For He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. Joel 2:23,24
There are many teachings about the former and latter rain and over the years men of God have explained this to mean that the former rain was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the latter rain is the last outpouring at the end of the age of which I believe is true.
In the natural sense the former rain came at the time of planting in the fall in Israel and the latter rain came in the spring at harvest time, opposite from the west. In the spiritual sense, Jesus was the first fruits having been the first Seed to be planted in the earth, being crucified, buried and then resurrected, signifying the first harvest which produced a great crop of souls. There have been many moves of God in the past two thousand years and the body of Christ has longed for the last outpouring of which I believe is here with the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.
The reason I believe we have come into this last outpouring is the fact of the great signs that we are now experiencing in the sky as Joel prophesied, the four blood moons (two have already occurred) and the solar eclipse we just had on the first day of the first month of the Jewish year, the month of Nissan, the beginning of the latter rain and then the harvest to follow. At the same time the winds of judgment are blowing as the Day of the Lord approaches and with it the awesome fear of the Lord that will ultimately bring repentance and usher in a great harvest of souls.
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered." Joel 2:30-32
THE DAY OF THE LORD
Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand: it shall come as destruction from the almighty. Joel 1:15
Judgment day! We have all heard it, the world knows it, and the movies have portrayed it, but what is it and when will it occur? I believe we have been experiencing the beginning of it for years with the rise of sickness, disease and every malady one can possibly dream up, millions have become sick. Drug and alcohol addiction, another scourge that has been sweeping the world, claiming millions of lives and devastating families, not to mention the financial burdens that accompany it.
The prophet Joel explains it as a day of darkness, a day of clouds and thick darkness. No one can deny that the world has begun to sink into the darkest of times with crime, murder, rape and perverted acts of all kinds on the rise. TV, the movies and even cartoons are filled with demons and demonic images and violent content. Our children are consumed with sex, drugs and violence of every form and fashion not to mention access to the Internet and a virtual world of filth and poison. Another atrocity that has provoked the judgment of a holy God is the murder of fifty million unborn children, their little lives snuffed out by greedy murdering devils, promoted by a liberal band of women deceived into thinking that it is right and their choice to kill their babies, even if it is only for birth control!
I believe with the destruction of the twin towers of 911 we entered the advent of terror, not an attack from an enemy to war with, but a form of judgment on a people unrepentant who have rejected and deeply offended the Most High! God sent this same army of terrorists against His own people Israel when they rebelled and sinned against Him and I believe we have done the same thing with our arrogant attitude and rebellious actions. The Trade Towers were a symbol of man's pride, a modern day tower of Babel if you will, the ultimate insult in the face of our heavenly Father!
The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars lose their brightness. The Lord gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it? Joel 2:10,11
BLOW THE TRUMPET AND SOUND THE ALARM
"Now, therefore," says the Lord, turn to me with all your heart, with fasting and with weeping, and with mourning." So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. Joel 2:12,13
The Day of the Lord will bring with it terror and violence of all kinds even now beginning to escalate around the world. Persecution will come against the church and many will flee, but others will be purged and cleansed as the terrible judgment irons out the wrinkles of the bride's dress!
Because of such widespread terror around the world and as the economic system collapses, people will be brought to their knees in repentance, crying out for mercy and repenting of their sins. This last powerful wave of God's outpouring will sweep the false prophets, teachers and preachers out of the body of Christ, cleansing her of any man-centered religious nonsense and the ritualistic worship of man. As it was in the beginning those who are truly saved will give all to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
The trumpets are blowing and the judgment is falling as the latter rain begins to water the earth for this one last harvest of souls. Men's hearts will fail for fear of whats coming upon the earth and millions will be swept into God's kingdom, but millions of those who refuse to repent will follow the Beast into eternal damnation and be tormented forever and ever!
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7,8
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin