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The Worldwide Warning


The rain brings the harvest. This is an important theme in the Bible. On the literal level, the rain upon the land brings the fall and
spring harvests. The harvest of the crops produces our food, which is needed to survive, and it also provides the firstfruits to bring in sacrifice at the temple. On the symbolic level, the rain of water from the river of life sustains our spiritual life. If we base our sustenance upon this water, it will result in the harvest or maturing of our souls. Therefore, the Bible uses the image of the fall and spring rain, the former and latter rain, to represent the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:23).

Autumn Rain

Spring Rain

Early or Former Rain

Latter Rain

Holy Spirit @ Pentecost

Holy Spirit in End Times

Fall Harvest

Spring Harvest


Rain

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Harvest

Holy Spirit

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Harvest of souls

The fulfillment of the "early rain" occurred at the birth of the church when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those gathered to celebrate Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, after the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. The Feast of Weeks foreshadows a time when sinful men will be redeemed, as represented by the loaves of bread with leaven which are presented before the Lord. Bread represents the body and leaven represents sin. When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those present, they were "refreshed" and redeemed. This fulfillment occurred exactly on the feast day which honors and teaches this concept.

It is tempting to conclude that the fulfillment of the latter rain in the end times will occur on this same feast day. The Holy Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh which includes many sinful people, the leaven in the bread presented at the Feast of Weeks. However, there are the 144,000 who will receive the seal of God at the latter rain, thereby specially designating them to witness to the glory of God during the tribulation. They are found to be without spot or blemish, i.e. without sin. They are the best humanity is capable of producing. In a sense, they are the top 1% of the population when it comes to living a life of love. Therefore, bearing the 144,000 in mind, perhaps the Feast of Unleavened Bread, bodies without sin, is the appropriate feast for the latter rain. This feast lasts seven days.

God speaks through His Holy Feast Days. When we look back to the first coming of Christ, we see several feast days fulfilled prophetically. First, of coarse, Jesus became the Passover sacrifice on the very same day. We have also noted above that Pentecost, the early rain of the Holy Spirit, occurred on the Feast of Weeks fulfilling the redemption of sinful men. Sadly, most Christians are not aware that the greatest miracle, the resurrection of our Lord, occurred on the Feast of Firstfruits (not the feast of Ishtar). This leaves the Feast of Unleavened Bread unfulfilled. Some say the body of Christ fulfilled this feast. I disagree, because it does not fit the structure of pointing to an event nor does it have scriptural support.

The fulfillment of the "latter rain" will occur near the time the nations gather against Jerusalem (Joel 4:1-2 NAB; 3:1-2 KJV). God will pour out his spirit, the Holy Spirit, upon all of mankind (Joel 3:1-2 NAB; 2:28-29 KJV). When Peter said this prophecy was fulfilled in Acts 2:17-21, it was the minor fulfillment, the early rain (Acts 2:33). Notice that the KJV of Joel 2:23 says the former rain was given "moderately". The complete fulfillment, one that covers the whole planet, not just a group of people, will yet occur with the latter rain in these same last days. The KJV and NKJV further state that this will occur in the first month, which is the time of the spring rain, the latter rain.

Since Joel puts the Latter Rain in the first month of the Jewish calendar, Abib, which is the right month for the spring rain, and since the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the only feast not yet fulfilled prophetically, it seems a safe conclusion that the Latter Rain will occur on this feast in some future year.


In the Apparitions of the Mary one finds discussion of the latter rain, which is often referred to as the Second Pentecost. In the Apparitions, though, there is an added dimension called The Warning. The initial onslaught of the Holy Spirit brings an encounter of consciousness with The Creator. This will be a worldwide phenomenon in which everyone will experience a connection with Heaven. Considering the nature of the Holy Spirit and what happened to the apostles at the early rain, this added dimension makes a lot of sense.

However, something that profound, if it will happen, must be in the Bible. Yet, I don't recall being taught about a final worldwide warning in my Lutheran upbringing. Nor have I encountered this concept in all my study of eschatology until I found it in the Apparitions. If indeed true, it seems that modern mainstream Christianity has lost this concept.

I began to hunt around for this concept and eventually found it presented in one Christian sect, the 7th Day Adventists. (There may be others.) Their prophet, Ellen B. White, has an entire chapter on the subject in her book, The Great Controversy. The following quotes are taken from a 1950 edition, pages 611-612, at the end of the chapter entitled "The Final Warning":

In this light it is clear that the message in Revelation of the three angels to the world is the final warning and that it occurs with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Even though rain is not mentioned, it is implied by the harvest that immediately follows. Since the rain or spirit is not overtly mentioned, it somewhat disguises this concept, but the subsequent harvest is clearly the prominent theme. Here are the words of the three angels as found in Revelation 14:6-15:

In summary, the angels have three messages for the world:

The Lord's return is at hand. Beware of the apostate world religion. Remain faithful to God. Don't participate in the oppressive world government. When is it that bad? A world government fulfills the prophetic profile when a mark is required on one's body in order to buy or sell. Its membership is also a religion, one that doesn't permit any other faith. These are the main issues to be aware of, to contemplate their meaning for oneself. We will all face a critical decision: whether or not to accept the mark of the beast and all the responsibilities that come with that decision.

If this is indeed the time of prophecy, we are not called to fight the beast, for the way of anger, fear and hatred leads to antichrist. We are called to be faithful to God, to be led by the Holy Spirit, to live the way of love, the way of Christ. Our battle is within, to strive to live a life without sin so that we may present our first fruits to God, our bread without leaven. Who will rise to the call and be ready to receive God's seal?

See also: Sacrifice and Oblation in Prophecy

Just think of what a tremendous and wonderful gift from God that the Warning shall be. For those who struggle with belief in the spiritual realm, confronted with the realities and demands of the material world, a simple demonstration of Heaven and God's existence. For those who struggle to understand the messages of prophecy, simple statements of what is important. God will provide for those who strive to reflect the love of The Creator. God always provides for our needs, from basic survival to struggling to understand the Word. The Feast of Tabernacles reminds us of this.

For Those Who Love the Law, the Latter Rain Brings Freedom from the Restrainer

2 Thessalonians 2 tells us that the Antichrist, the lawless one, will not be revealed until the one who holds it back is taken out of the way. This is a curious reference. Since this chapter amplifies Daniel 12, some have speculated, including myself, that the one who holds back is the Archangel Michael. When he pulls back his protection, then the power of the Holy People, Israel, is finally broken and they are invaded during the tribulation.

However, when one traces the Greek word for the one who “letteth” (KJV), the same word comes up in Romans 7:6. In this passage the restrainer is the Law, which has blinded Israel to recognizing the Messiah in Jesus. But when the Holy Spirit is poured out in the end-times, and faithful Jews who know the law recognize the one whom they pierced and weep for their son (Zech 12:10), it will be because they have been freed from the letter of the law and will realize the freedom they have in Christ to follow the spirit of the law, as Paul did when he was changed. So this would tie the freeing from the restrainer in 2 Thess 2 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Joel indicates that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be near the time that Jerusalem is attacked by armies. Jesus echoes this in Luke 21:20. Daniel 12 and Rev 11 concur that Jerusalem will be taken prior to the 3½-year world reign of the Antichrist. So it seems logical that the Spirit of God will be poured out some spring prior to the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th Week. Will it occur just prior to the start of the 70th Week, or sometime within the first half of the week?

Since I believe the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the feast for the Latter Rain, as noted, it is not a one-day feast. It occurs for 7 days, so this would indicate that it would occur for a period of time, not just one day. In the context of Daniel, where a week is 7 years, then each day is a year. So a 7-day feast would seem to point to a seven-year period.

The Messiah will return on a Jubilee year. The New Year, Rosh Hashanah, actually begins on the 1st day of the first month, Abib. The Jubilee is announced the fall before, so the farmers know not to plant the late crop that would come up the next spring. The land must be rested again for the Jubilee year.

This site proposes that Daniel’s 70th Week will begin and end in the fall. If the final fall is announcing the Jubilee to begin the following spring, then if the Latter Rain begins the spring immediately following the fall that starts the 70th Week, then 7 years later will bring you exactly to the start of the great Jubilee of Messiah!



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First Posted: 6/14/97
Last Update: 5/14/08