Faith Family Fellowship
Pastor's August 2022 Letter
Dear Beloved of Faith Family Fellowship,
Greetings in the Name of the Lord. This month I would like to discuss the subject of “The Latter Rain.”
Deuteronomy 11:10-21 speaks of Israel entering into the promised land. This land is a type of the Kingdom of God or our life in Christ. It speaks here of the early and the latter rain. The early rain was the Fall rain. This was for seed time. The latter rain was the Spring rain for the harvest time. The early and the latter rain are terms used to describe Israel’s planting and harvesting which reveals the truth of the last days spiritual harvest.
To Israel the early and the latter rain under the Old Covenant was a natural rain and harvest. To the Church, the spiritual Israel under the New Covenant, it is a spiritual rain and harvest of the Holy Spirit. The early rain points to what the Holy Spirit did under the Old Covenant. The latter rain points to what the Holy Spirit is doing under the New Covenant beginning with the Day of Pentecost until now.
Joel 2:23-29 speaks of the early and the latter rain being poured out together to bring forth the fruit of the earth – the harvest of people to salvation. Verses 28 and 29 point to their partial fulfillment in Acts. 2:15-20. The Greek word in verse 16 says, “…this is the beginning of that which the prophet Joel spoke.” This is the time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit beginning on the Day of Pentecost until this present day.
James 5:7-8 clarifies Joel’s prophecy that states, “Be patient therefore brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husband man waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
Our part as the Church in this early and latter rain is three fold:
1st – Ask (pray) for rain – Zechariah 10:1
Rain stands for harvest. If there is no rain
there will be no harvest.
2nd – Repentance – Joel 2:12,17
II Chronicles 7:14
Weeping is symbolic of repentance. Repentance
Releases the rain, harvest and redemptive purposes
3rd – Intercession – Joel 2:12-13, 17
Mourning is symbolic of intercession.
By intercession we pray out the will, plan, and purpose
of God in the earth.
As the Church we have a part to play in this last day great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let’s do our part to pray for the rain of the spirit, keep our hearts right with God and be a channel through intercession to bring forth this last great harvest!
We love you,
Pastor Ron and Betsy
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