The Former and the Latter Rain

Joel 2: 23b-24

And He will cause the rain to come down for you—
The former rain,
And the latter rain in the first month.
24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.

As I was reading this passage I began to have a vision of it’s fulfillment in the earth during this last revival which is rapidly coming upon us. I saw God’s threshing floor, it was so full of wheat that it didn’t look like it hold any more. What is the threshing floor? That is the place where the wheat is brought as it is harvested. There, the wheat is freed from that which is holding it. The stems that are holding the precious kernels of wheat are all broken loose, the hard hulls are removed and the chaff is blown away until all that is left is the pure grain of wheat. This is the place where people are set free from all that has them bound as Jesus does a work in their lives that only He could ever possibly perform.

I began to see the vats of wine and oil, they were overflowing there was so much, the harvest was so great. We know that wine in scripture most commonly points to the joy of the Lord flowing in our lives. The oil most commonly is representative of the Holy Spirit poured out on God’s people. I began to see people so full of joy that it just poured out of them and onto the people around them. I saw the oil poured upon God’s people in such an abundance that it was flowing out to the world around them and changing everything that was around them. The anointing was so powerful and so abundant that there was literally no holding it back.

God promised the former and the latter rain would come upon us. The former rain was fulfilled in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the 120 in the upper room. The result was a harvest that went around the world. The latter rain is about to fall and when it does, it is going to change the world in our time. God’s threshing floor will be full to overflowing of the precious souls that will come to Jesus. The lives saved, healed, delivered, and set free by Jesus Christ will be innumerable!