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"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." (Zechariah 10:1).

"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength." (Job 37:6).

 

At it applies to the individual believer: The seasons of a believer's life are like the earth receiving the rain as truth, knowledge and understanding of the Word. The believer should never rest only on the former rain in the beginning of their salvation in Pentecostal experience which fructified the seed of the Word to spring up in them, the new man beginning to grow; but should look and pray for the latter rain in their life as the rain that ripened the corn for harvest; the spirit, soul, and body being presented blameless coming unto a perfect man, being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ in fullness.

 

As it applies to the church corporately: The Pentecostal rain started in the church with the seed of the Word being fructified by the rain of the Holy Ghost moving upon the believers in power giving them power to become the sons of God; the latter rain having the power of the former plus the added power of the latter which will bring the church to full maturity of perfection, unto the measure of the stature of Jesus Christ, unto a perfect man like unto the Son of man, the manchild caught up to God and to his throne.


Though the church has had many showers with grass in the field, it is only after the king's mowings does the new grass appear, the latter growth after the king's mowings being the latter rain necessary to produce the latter growth. God will prune the church to receive the last day move of God in doing a new thing in the revelation of Jesus Christ in and through the Church allowing the Gospel of the kingdom of Jesus Christ to be preached unto all the world, for a witness to all nations, and then and only then shall the end come.

 

The Season of Tabernacles is made up of three last Feasts of the Lord; the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feasts of the LORD are just that; that is, eating the flesh of Jesus and drinking His blood, going deeper into the glory of God in revealing Jesus to the nations. The seasons that are given for the church to know are the Hebrew “mow’ed” which is the divine appointments of God with mankind, God’s appointment book showing specific times of seasons concerning his body the church. The former rain stands alone in the feasts being the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. It was the beginning of the formation of the perfect man being conformed to the image of Jesus. However the church must be presented perfect to Jesus, without spot and without blemish, blameless in spirit, soul, and body that has made herself ready. The church has now progressed throughout the last two thousand years by the leading of the Holy Ghost unto the present day truth represented in the last season of Tabernacles. The Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Ghost was the former rain moderately as spoken by Peter quoting Joel 2 "this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, in the last days I will pour out of my Spirit..."

 
The latter rain however references the Feast of Tabernacles that has three feasts, not just one as in Pentecost, but three which includes the Feasts of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Each of these Feasts run in the same season of Tabernacles when the full blade of corn is in the ear, the full harvest of corn in which Jesus puts in the sickle and reaps the harvest of souls. This is the season of fruit harvest of oil and wine being the fruit harvest while barley and wheat harvest was in Pentecost.

The prelude or beginning of the latter rain will in the season of Tabernacles in the Feast of Trumpets which is the alarm of war. The day of the Lord cometh, is approaching; that is, the day which shall burn as an oven, the Lord judging the earth. Judgment will be given to the saints of the Most High as instruments in carrying out God’s Word. The Feast of Trumpets forewarns the church of
God's impending judgment. Since the Feast of Trumpets started on the 1st day of the seventh month Tishri and lasted for ten days which brought in the Day of the Lord, these are called the “10 days of awe” by the Jews and is referenced by Jesus in the book of the Revelation stating that some would be thrown into prison having tribulation for 10 days.

 

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10).

 

The ten days of awe is the same time as the great tribulation of 3 1/2 years when the woman is clothed with the sun and the moon in under her feet, with a crown of 12 stars. Much can be said of this woman that goes into travail, paining to be delivered of a “manchild” caught up to God and to His throne. The “manchild” is the perfect man as the remnant of the church's seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


The move of God called the latter rain will not be without suffering, for it will take place during the great tribulation in the season of winter and the sabbath day. This is the time of the flight of the woman as the church into the wilderness for a time, times, and dividing of time. This flight of the woman as the church is not the rapture, but is the flight accomplished by two wings of an eagle being given to the church so that she can fly into the wilderness into a certain place prepared of God where she is nourished from the face of the serpent for a time, times, and dividing of time; 3 1/2 years, forty-two months, 1,260 days. This time is a time of great tribulation which marks the beginning of sorrows or birth pains of the church in bringing about the manchild of Revelation 12.


The Feast of Trumpets is quite comprehensive and a book could not accomplish all that God will do in this time as a prelude to the Day of the Lord Jesus. When we see this great wonder in heaven, the woman clothed with the sun, the moon in under her feet with a crown of twelve stars, she then goes into pain and travail. The woman, the church as unspotted from the world, gives birth to a manchild which is the perfect celestial man, coming to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. This is the latter rain as the Holy Ghost rain that is necessary for the last day harvest of souls which Jesus will gather into one in him. Any move of God before this is but a prelude of God’s grace and mercy being a “rain” but not “the latter rain”. For the glory that is to come is greater than any glory beforehand and will have the absolute revelation of Jesus Christ going into all the world for a witness to all nations, and then shall Jesus come.

 

The danger of anyone receiving a move of God and not holding the cross as the foundation of revealing Jesus is unstable at best, and will end only in destruction of souls. The true move of God will be seated and grounded in the cross of Jesus with no lifting up of the flesh where no man can glory in himself, but in God alone; in Jesus only. We are always delivered unto death that the life of the Lord Jesus can be made manifest in our mortal bodies.


The principle of the cross is that we are made conformable to Jesus' sufferings being likewise minded, for he that hath suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. Again, the danger is that some see a revelation but do not stay grounded in the cross which causes an uplifting of the flesh.

 

God has always allowed times of refreshing since the day of Pentecost for those who will seek him, but the appointed time of these seasons or “mow'ed” as his divine appointments of God with mankind revealing his Person and Work will not be one minute early nor one minute late. Notice the season for Pentecost which the Lord did not specifically tell his followers in detail as concerning this season simply told them to wait in the upper room for the promise of the Father which "you have heard of me, that you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost...” Obedience to the Word of the Lord is required just as the believers did in the season of Pentecost obeyed not knowing all that was to come, but only that it was the Word of the Lord spoken to them before Jesus ascended. They obeyed the present truth by faith and received the promise of that season of rain in Pentecost. Pentecost came on a specific timetable, on a specific day; “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come..."

 

The spirit of prophecy is Jesus in present truth of the Word and all that the Word speaks of Him in glory. We are partakers of that glory fulfilling Jesus' will that where he is, there we may be also. This was his prayer in the days of his flesh. He stated that the same glory that he had received of the Father, that same glory he has given to his body, the church. The work is finished and nothing can be added to it. However there is a specified time and season for the saints to experience this glory. Many understand this truth but as yet the body as the church has yet to experience this glory that has already been paid in full for the church as the body of Jesus. This fullness of Jesus in understanding by faith these truths is true worship in spirit and in truth referred to as the testimony of Jesus; the saints becoming the ark of the testimony revealing Jesus; thus, the revelation of Jesus Christ. To be a partaker of this glory, the believer must see these things that must shortly come to pass which is the purpose of the book of the Revelation of Jesus as stated.

 

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.” (Revelation 1:1).

 

The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy; the Word manifested in the flesh; Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. Notice it is not Jesus Christ has come in the flesh (speaking of 2,000 years ago which Jesus did come in the flesh), but "is come" speaks of the revelation of Jesus, the Son of God is come being present tense. This is God manifesting the Son in and through the body of Christ, the church. The problem that we have in the body of Christ is that even though most have the revelation that Jesus is the Father, there is great controversy as to the Son of God and who he is. Most see Jesus as who he was, not what he currently is in his exaltation of glory, dignity, and honor. The testimony of Jesus will have the perfect revelation of Jesus, the Son of God who is God alone; Jesus only.

 

The "new thing' that God will do that is not a revival as usual, but the "great things" that God will do in "exploits" as things that have never been done before as 'new' in the saints? There has never been a time when one generation did the works of God unto perfection, for the former rain of Pentecost revealed a man (Jesus) but not in full glory and perfection.


For example, if we focus on the tabernacle of Moses as relate in to a man; the outer court being the flesh of Jesus relating to the season of Passover; the Holy Place or Sanctuary as the soul of Jesus relating to the season of  Pentecost; and the Most Holy Place being the spirit of Jesus containing the Spirit of God without measure relating to the season of Tabernacles; the man is complete as to the tabernacle which was dedicated in Passover according to that season of Pentecost. However, do the same thing again with Solomon's temple which was dedicated in Tabernacles speaking of the body of Jesus as a man, then we have two legs that were not present on the first man of Pentecost. The two legs of this man are “Jachin” meaning “he will establish” and “Boaz” meaning “fleetness as the eagle, he will strengthen”. These two pillars are the legs of the man which was not present in Pentecost which relates to the legs of Jesus in the body being made of brass. Brass is indicative of judgment, the legs then relating to judgment being given to the saints of the Most High. The church will have the swiftness of spreading the Gospel of Jesus to the world as a witness to all nations; the fleetness being due to the two wings of an eagle being given to the woman for the Gospel to be preached in all the world; the legs being the mobility of a man. This is the Son of man as the kingdom of God. “Son of man” does not refer to Jesus being flesh, but is the kingdom of God title or office; Jesus being the Man synonymous with Son of man, the man who is God.

 

Just as there are three sections to Moses’ tabernacle, there were three cross sections of the disciples of Jesus. They are as follows: 

1)  Outer court being twelve (12), the complete 12 as the perfect government of God

2)  Holy Place being three disciples; Peter, James, John; number three being “raise, resurrection”; these three alludes to the day that the Lord will “raise us up” and we will live in his sight

3)  Most Holy Place being one; that is John: one, the beloved disciple whom Jesus loved.

Here we see the gate is strait and narrow is the way that leads to righteousness as greater revelation is given to these three groups of disciples, leading the church from one glory to another glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus. There is a place in God where John attains by the hearing of faith coupled with love as the disciple whom Jesus loved. It is this state or place of glory that the church will enter into as the disciple John did who “if God wills, will not die until Jesus comes”; who will again prophesy before many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings. The church will enter into the testimony of Jesus as to present truth who as the disciple John, will lay their head upon the breast of Jesus being the beloved man. This is the church coming unto the knowledge of the Son of God, not intellectually, but spiritually knowing in the heart. For no man knows the Son of God unto perfection yet at present. We must receive the things of faith in order to enter into this realm, knowing the name of Jesus in his new name.

 

The name that we are all striving for is to be called by his name, this name is JESUS as we all know. It is the quality and revelation of the name wherein is light which is always shining brighter and brighter unto the perfect day when we shall be known even as we are known. This is the faith of the saints in understanding the things unto a perfect seven, having the knowledge of the Son of God.

 

"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name." (Malachi 3:16).


These that feared the Lord, not from the precepts of men, but out of reverence and Godly fear, spoke often one to another; the oracle among the saints. The Lord always takes notice of his that speak of him, God recording the ones to be used of him at a later date.
These "that thought upon his name" is not just a mere intellectual exercise of the mind, but a thinking of the glory, dignity, essence of the name into deeper depths and higher glory, causing the body of Christ to come into the same image of Jesus. These will be God’s peculiar treasure in the day when Jesus lifts up his name throughout the world, for a witness unto all nations. This is the day when one can readily discern the righteous from the wicked. We are in this time of preparation, for if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself or herself for the battle.

 

"And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, .....And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee. Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.” (Exodus 34: 5-11).


The name of the Lord is revealed in the law of liberty given by God to Moses in the testimony. Notice in the above scriptures how the Lord will do great things, the people of God doing exploits or new things that have never been done before; all seeing the work of God. There has never been a generation (counted for the seed) that have had the testimony of Jesus in all things of God, fulfilling all seasons of the Lord. The church as the body of Christ in the season of Tabernacles will take the Gospel of Jesus to the world, the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdoms of the Lord and of his Chirst. For all shall see this work of God, from the least to the greatest, for all shall know the LORD in that day.

 

The manchild of Revelation 12 is born of a woman who is clothed with the sun (love of God in affections) and the moon (understanding, revelation by faith) in under her feet (feet carrying out God's word, her responsibility as two feet have ten toes) who goes into birth pains in order to birth the manchild who is caught up to God and to his throne. These things coming upon the church are the beginning of birth pains which will bring the church to the birth of the manchild; the remnant of her seed (remnant of the church) that has two things:

1)  Have the testimony of Jesus

2)  Keep the commandments of God 

the commandments of God being ten are man's duty out of love coupled with the testimony of Jesus being out of faith by hearing the Word, the understanding coming by faith.

The perfect man coming unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ is the progression of the church from the glory of a spiritual man to that of the glory of the celestial man; the celestial man being those that are in the throne room revelation having the eyes of understanding opened to the things before and behind.

 

It is important to note that this was the second law given to Moses as he had broken the first with 3,000 being destroyed at natural Israel's Pentecost while the Holy Ghost saved 3,000 on the day of Pentecost; the natural law being a ministration of death, the law of liberty giving life. The natural law being lifted up to its spiritual state by the life of Jesus through the cross then becomes the revealing of the name JESUS.

 

He that loves God keeps his commandments, for love is volition of the will with the thought and intents of the heart made manifest by action; therefore, the manchild or celestial man keeps the commandments of God (drinking the blood of Jesus, action by love or charity).

 

The other requisite of the manchild or celestial man is that he has the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy; the same as in any body, for as the body without the spirit is dead; so the church as the body of Christ is dead without the spirit of prophecy actuated by the Spirit of God. These things are the Word and are expressly put forth by the Spirit as the sure Word of prophecy in the fulfilling of all the good will, plan, and purpose of God for his own good pleasure; the things of faith, the things that must shortly come to pass, the things of prophecy being the Word orchestrated in and through the body of Christ by faith. The wise shall understand, but the wicked cannot understand these things. The Lord asked the question, “Will he find faith on the earth when he comes?”

 

In summary, what do we find therefore in the mandhild? We find two qualifiers for a believer to be a celestial man that are not stagnant, but dynamic and progressive; 1) keeping the commandments of God (charity as love demonstrated by action); and 2) having the testimony of Jesus (understanding as faith). 

 

The celestial man has both faith and love as one, doing what he sees and knows to be right, a single minded man having the mind of Christ, knowing the times and the seasons as Issachar did in the days of David (kingdom); knowing what the people of God should do.

The Latter rain is the move of the Holy Ghost to water the harvest for these things to come to pass that when the harvest is come, the Lord will put in his sickle to reap his harvest.

 

Current day techniques and programs of outreach will be obsolete and counted as nothing when the true Jesus is revealed in power and great glory...The people being gathered to the true Jesus having a greater revelation of His name which is not only in this world, but in the world to come. There is a world to come with the night being far spent and the Day at hand.

 

 

 

    

 

 

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