This is the concluding part on the latter rain where we will examine the end time messages that will be preached after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the form of the latter rain. These messages would be preached to all the God’s peoples worldwide before Jesus comes back to earth to harvest his True followers (the harvest) from His False followers (the grapes). In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus told his disciples about the parable of the wheat and tares in which he explained that an enemy had come to sow the tares among the wheat God had planted. God told His disciples to leave both to grow together until the time of the harvest when he will say to his reapers “first gather together the tares and bind them in the bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn”.
In the first part of the series taken from Revelations 14:14-20, God was seen harvesting or reaping from the earth as it was the time of reaping (verses 14-16). This implied that the Holy Spirit in the form of the Latter Rain had already been poured out onto the end time church in order that He could harvest. Therefore we must go to the preceding verses to see what message would be proclaimed with the LATTER RAIN (Holy Spirit), since the harvest came after the latter rains had been poured. So, we go to Revelation 14:6-12 there we see the proclamation of the Three Angels:
The Proclamations of Three Angels – Rev. 14:6-12
6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[a] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the [b]patience of the saints; here[c] are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
These three distinct messages will be proclaimed or preached under the power of the Holy Spirit just like on the day of Pentecost. The full meaning of these message can only be discerned spiritually through the spirit of Prophecy. These specific messages bear a Testimony to Jesus Christ our beloved saviour who is soon to return to earth in great power and glory as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. These messages will prepare the hearts of God’s people for His glorious second coming so they are able to stand and overcome the strong delusions or deceptions of Satan. These messages will be urging the people of God to purify themselves wholly, so they can withstand the judgement of God and be able to stand in the consuming fire and great tribulation that is to come.
The sequence of the three messages are significant and dependent on each other, in that, the understanding of the first angel’s message leads to the understanding of the second angel’s message and the understanding of the second angel’s message will lead to the understanding of the third angel’s message or in the reverse order. Rejecting or disbelieving the first angel’s message, would consequentially lead to rejecting the second and third angel’s messages in that order (domino effect).
Just as in the day of Pentecost under the former or early rain the apostles chosen by God were humble instruments of God, i.e. Peter, James and John were all fishermen, Matthew was a tax collector etc, those who are proclaiming the Three Angel’s messages under the Latter Rain would also be humble ordinary men and women of all walks of life who may not even have any theological training but will only be filled with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the truths of God to this end time generation. Just as God bypassed the High Priest, Chief Priests, Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes etc of the day, he will bypass the religious establishment of this day. In Ecclesiastes 1:9: it says that “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there’s nothing new under the sun.” God always uses the foolish to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong, and the lowly things that are not to nullify those things which are according to 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.
Just as in the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit helped the Apostles to understand and explain the true nature of Christ birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension to heaven, so will the Holy Spirit be the one to guide the followers of Christ today to understand and explain the real meaning of these three important and critical messages describing the events leading to Christ second coming and the preparations required of followers of Christ to enable them stand in the Crisis to unfold. This prophetic gift of the latter rain or holy spirit builds up, enlightens and informs the whole church about the events surrounding the second coming of Christ to complete His work of Redemption. Without the Latter Rain, the end time Church will be without direction, unprepared, scattered, indifferent, unconcerned about the second coming of the Lord and therefore be deceived by the great delusion of Satan.
After the proclamation of these messages to the whole world (onto every nation, tribe tongue and people) under the power of the Holy Spirit (latter rain), Christendom will be split into two groups- those who accept the messages and repent (the vine) and those who reject it (the grapes)! Those who reject these messages will be rejecting the Testimony of Jesus Christ, that is the spirit of Prophecy which is Jesus Christ himself.
…..Then the Son of man will appear sitting on the clouds holding a sickle in His hands to harvest the his Harvest into his barn and the grapes into the threshing floor of the winepress of His wrath.
Every Christian living today must be concerned and eager to understand the meaning of these coded messages of the three angels. Through prayer and studying the word of God we can ask God to show us the meaning of His word because it is a matter of Life and Death. We must be concerned about the events of the end time as in Matthew 16:1-4, Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees that “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. ”
This message is being preached in all the nations over the world to prepare a people ready to meet their Creator, Redeemer and Restorer.“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”. Matthew 24:14 ESV:Let us all endeavour to understand it so no one is left out.
When I was young we used to sing in church a popular praise and worship song, I did not understand it till now:
It is raining…. all around me…. I can feel it…the latter rain… ride on Jesus…to give us more rain…. until we are filled and we are soaked….in the latter rain……repeat 10x