We are back again and I am blessed to share another message with you. I will be combining two messages I have presented before – Elijah Message and the Latter Rain. These two prophetic messages go hand in hand. Our life changing response to the end time Elijah Message will prepare us to receive the full measure of the Latter Rain. Just typing this gives me goose bumps because the prophesied events are almost too monumental to imagine. Praise our Holy God!
Let’s pray together for the quickening of these events. 🙏 Father God, You have such magnificent plans for us and we praise Your Holy name. Father, please forgive our sins and prepare us for the days ahead. We thank You for caring and providing for us as You have in the past and we know You will continue. Your love has no bounds and Your prophecy, the Elijah Message, and the Latter Rain, are evidence of this. We are blessed to have an understanding of these gifts through the power of Your Spirit and ask for Your Spirit’s guidance as we delve into Your Word. Show us the way we ought to understand and empower us to follow the path You have chosen for us. Come Lord Jesus come! In Jesus name, Amen!
Those of us who love Jesus and have asked Him to dwell in and work through us, to spread the Gospel message, have received the early rain of the Holy Spirit. Many of us have been praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a much greater measure – the Latter Rain. I am convinced we are increasingly hearing murmurs, messages, sermons about Elijah and the Latter Rain, because God is preparing His people so we are ready to embrace these prophecies. God is calling us to be ready to avail ourselves, to the full measure, of His message, His work, and finish what we have been called to do – surrender worshipful vessels for God’s purpose. It is “not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)
I used to look at Christianity very differently – I have to do this, I can’t do that… For me, Christianity was a responsibility – not a blessing. I loved Jesus and I enjoyed Christian fellowship but I had a negative view of my part in the big picture. I praise God that He has brought me into the light, He has guided me to realize that being called according to His purpose is a privilege – a privilege Jesus earned, not me. Because of His great love, I can be a partaker in His merciful plan to save wretched souls like myself. I can stand with the Heavenly Host and proclaim victory over sin, I can be counted as a child of the King, I get to share in the greatest coming together the Universe has ever seen. The most amazing fact about this wonderful privilege is – I didn’t do a thing to deserve it, yet it is mine for the taking. We all have this privilege given to us by a generous, giving God.
In earlier blogs I covered a good portion of Matthew 24, so we could be aware of what will precede the Elijah Message and the Latter Rain. We talked about wars and rumors of wars, the 20th century being the bloodiest century in human history, massive increase in hurricanes, famines, and lawlessness – adding to the list the significant increase in intolerance of Christianity. A better understanding of times and events from the past and how they parallel current times, will help us understand that these two events are the next prophecies in line to be fulfilled.
So, how will the Elijah Message and the Latter Rain impact our lives and the lives of those around us. The best picture, given by Scripture, is the example of the Early Rain given to the disciples and followers of Jesus (henceforth referred to as followers.) Prior to receiving the Early Rain of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ followers spent most of 3 1/2 years following Him, watching Him fulfill the needs of the people, healing their infirmities, and calling them to follow Him – a true example of ministry. This was their “formal education” if you will. They were being taught the ways of God by the Master Teacher Himself. Jesus even sent the disciples out in pairs of two, to do their student ministering. They saw His compassion, felt His love, witnessed His suffering – and their hearts were forever His. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
After Jesus’ resurrection, having victory over Satan and the second death, Jesus spent just over a month with His followers. After viewing His death and resurrection, they had a different mindset, a greater understanding of God’s plan. His followers still hope He might set up His kingdom on earth during their lifetime, but accepted His council. Their love for Jesus and each other grew exponentially, even though they still had so much to learn. They were ready, in mind and spirit, to submit themselves to Jesus in fulfilling the Gospel Mission. What I have shared can be found in the 4 Gospels, but now I want to focus on the Book of Act, which describes Jesus final days with His followers.
Acts 1:3 tells us that Jesus stayed with His dfollowers for 40 days, speaking about the Kingdom of God. (it is amazing how many times “40 days/weeks” is in the Bible – another blog perhaps) Then the Word says: “On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them the command: Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4, 5) The Word goes on: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Act 1:8) Those were Jesus’ last words to them before He ascended. In Acts 1:14, after the disciples went back to Jerusalem, we are told: “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with His brothers.” They were waiting as Jesus had commanded them, but they were not idle. They remain spiritually awake and waiting. This is the condition we need to be in while waiting for the full measure of the Elijah Message and the Latter Rain.
If we are to follow the disciples’ example and be found praying, what should we be praying about. As I shared in my last blog, one of the purposes of the Elijah Message is to reunited families divided by sin, to bring them back to a Christ centered unit, to reestablish Christian fellowship with like believers. I think this is a great place to start and that is what my sister and I have been doing for a couple months now. A great starter book is 40 Days of Prayer (Series) by Dennis Smith. Another very critical aspect of the Elijah Message is to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and another one is praying for revival. The Elijah Message includes a great variety of prayer topics.
NOTE: A must prayer topic is the continuous indwelling of the Holy Spirit – we will not be aware of the Latter Rain if we do not have the Holy Spirit as a constant companion. Remember, 5 of the 10 virgins lost out on the delayed wedding feast because their lamps were out of oil (the Holy Spirit.) In 1 Corinthians 2:14 we are told; “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness…” Those do not already have the indwelling of the Spirit of God will not recognize the Elijah Message or the Latter Rain or their purpose.
Okay, so back to the Early Rain experience of the early believers. The Elijah Message purpose is to wake us up, bring believers back together in fellowship, equip us with the end day message of Jesus, salvation and His 2nd Coming; and keep our eyes and hears focused on the Holy Spirit. This is closely parallel with the followers experience in Act.
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4) Crowds from all the surrounding countries were in Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost, so there were groups of people speaking a large variety of languages. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, the followers of Jesus were able to speak the language of each group represented. Act 2:41 stated that about 3000 were baptized in the Spirit and added to their number on that day. Wow, from a lost soul to a child of the King in one day!! Only God can make this happen.
Then in Acts 2:16-20 Peter quotes prophecy given to the prophet Joel of the Old Testament. (Joel chapters 1-3) Paraphrasing Joel’s vision, Peter says: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your son and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams… I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below…. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.” This is what we can expect from the Latter Rain in much greater measure than the Early Rain experience.
Again, I want to caution each of us to take a close look at what we witness, what others and the media show us – Satan will and does have his counterfeits, his false truths. If they speak not according to God’s Word, the Bible, there is NO truth in them. If they are being led by the Holy Spirit, vessels for His words – His voice, they will always speak according , to the Bible truths. (Isaiah 8:20) I do keep up with the news, spending an hour or so, the next day, going over the highlights – too much detail is too upsetting. I believe we need to stay informed, we need to know what our enemy is up to, and we need to know what to take before God in prayer. Further, I believe it needs to be done without bias – if I find myself getting prickly, I have to go on to something else. I like to use twitter because I can write prayers for people requesting prayer for concerns, hardships, and hurts in their life. Writing these specific prayers helps me stay focused on Jesus’ purpose and not get sidetrack with human weakness.
Another caution I adhere to is – I pause before replying or sending, to listen to the counsel of the Holy Spirit. I have deleted many comments by listening to Him. The war between good and evil is being fought in our minds so we must be diligent in our focus on Jesus. Going back to what I shared about my early impressions of witnessing, I used to think being constantly diligent would be stressful and wearisome. But, I have come to discover that it is affirming, reassuring, and refreshing – not a burden at all. Satan tries to forestall my fellowship with Jesus by repeating my earlier perception, but, by the grace of God, I am learning to shut him out right away.
I hope you have found direction for the future and peace from this blog. I know the last days will not be easy carefree one, but with Jesus for us who can be against us. With Jesus, we will prevail. Let’s stand firm in the faith and pray for each other!
Until my next blog, May Jesus give you the eye salve of the Laodicean church so that you may see clearly what the Holy Spirit is revealing to us. (Revelation 3:18)
NOTE – I have prayerfully decided to present a new blog every 4 days instead of every 3. Several friends and family have a hard time keeping up because work and other commitments. Thanks and God bless!