February 9, 2017 at 6:06 am #128234
It didn’t happen often, but whit it did, it was dramatic. It was a desert rain. The teacher came to my chamber just as it began. Together, we watched the downpour through my window.
“The rain brings life,” he said. “Without it, life would cease. This is particularly true for the land of Israel, which was especially dependent on the outpourings of heaven. But there was another kind of outpouring in Israel.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“The Scriptures speak of an outpouring, not of water, but of the Spirit, the rain of the Spirit.”
“What’s the connection between the two, the Spirit and the rain?”
“The rain pours down from the sky ad gives life to the land. The Spirit pours down from heaven and gives life to those who receive it. The outpouring of rain causes barren land to revive and become fruitful. The outpouring of the Spirit causes barren lives to revive and become fruitful.”
“And this outpouring…happened…”
“On the Day of Pentecost. The Spirit of God was poured out on Jerusalem, on the disciples. It is the outpouring that causes barren lives to bear fruit. It is the outpouring that produced the Book of Acts and changed the history of the world.”
“Has there ever been another outpouring like it?”
“Not quite like it,” he said. “But there’s a mystery. You see, there wasn’t just one rain in Israel. There were two distinct rains, each with its own name. One was called the morreh, the former rain, and the other was called the malkosh, the latter rain. One came in autumn, and the other in spring…two rains…two outpourings.”
“So if there are two outpourings of rain th the land of Israel…then would it no also follow that there would be two such outpourings of the Holy Spirit in the age?”
“It would follow,” he said. “In the Book of Joel, God promises to send both the former rains and the latter rains, and to pour out His Spirit in the last days. So then there must again be another outpouring. And as the former rains came upon the people of Israel, on Jewish believers and the word, so too will the later rains. And as it was in the former outpouring, so in the latter, that which was barren will bear its fruit, and that which was dead will come alive again.”
The Mission: Seek the outpouring of His Spirit on your life to touch our dry ground and make it fruitful. Prepare and receive your latter rains.
Isaiah 44:3-4; Joel 2:23-29; Acts 2:17-18
Cahn, Jonathan. “The Mystery of the Rains.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 44. Print.
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