The Feast of Tabernacles is a Feast of the Latter Rain.
The former rain is connected to the Biblical Feast of Passover while Tabernacles is connected to the latter rain. Hosea tells us that the coming of the Messiah will be as the former and latter rain: “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 6:3 KJV).
There are several pictures associated with rain in Scripture. Teaching the pure and unadulterated Word of God is likened to rain as well as the Word of God itself:
“Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers of the herb” (Deuteronomy 32:1-2 NASB).
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB).
Not only is the Word of God likened to rain, so is righteousness: “Sow with a view of righteousness, reap in accordance to kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12 NASB).
Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is the rain of the Word of God (since He is called the Word of God in Revelation 19:13) and the refreshing rain of righteousness. Yeshua says that He desires that we drink the water that He personally gives: “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become to him a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14 NASB). Since water takes on the characteristics of the things influencing it, Yeshua is speaking about Himself… the giving of Himself… the giving of eternal life.
Yeshua is the living water whose streams make glad the City of God. He is the latter rain, and He is so good that He answers His people with rains of righteousness: “By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea; Who establishes the mountains by His strength, being girded with might; Who stills the roaring seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples. They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; the stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth. You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth. You have crowned the year with Your bounty, and Your paths drip with fatness. The pastures of the wilderness drip, and the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. The meadows are clothed with flocks and the valleys are covered with grain; they shout for joy, yes, they sing” (Psalms 65:5-13 NASB).
The latter rain speaks of many things, not the least being the goodness that comes from being rightly connected to the Messiah with the fullness of life He brings. Therefore, “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us; in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 6:1-3 KJV).
It’s time to rainse up!
Give em heaven!!!
Written October 6, 2020 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
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