The Latter Rain
I am happy today to inform you that the latter rain has begun in earnest. So I want to talk to you about what it means to receive the latter rain. First, let's go back to the early rain period. For 3 1/2 years the disciples had walked and talked with me and worked side by side with me, and they were partaking of the Holy Spirit through me. At my baptism, I had received the anointing of the Holy Spirit that prepared me for the work of ministry that I was to do, and as they walked with me through my ministry, they received my Spirit whenever they were in connection with me, and were obeying my counsel and instructions. But they were not receiving the Holy Spirit directly from the Father as I was, because they were not as yet cleansed from their earthliness, and there was no perfect intercessor in the heavenly Sanctuary to connect them directly with the Father, because no one can connect directly with the Father who is not perfect. Therefore, I was both their perfection and their connection with the Father through me.
But you can see what their characters were like when they were not connected directly with me. They were often arguing among themselves about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and who would sit closest to me on my throne. And Peter, when he was separated from me during my trial, cursed and said he didn't know me, which was, at that moment, the truth. On their own they were jealous, angry, self-protecting, and all the other characteristics of fallen human nature.
However, the difference between them and others is that they recognized and accepted me as the Messiah who was to come, and they followed me and dedicated their lives completely to me, and loved, honored, and served me to the best of their knowledge and ability. And as they walked with me, they grew into the men that I could use to begin my kingdom.
But there was still a very important work to be done for them that had to be done by a direct connection with, and infilling by, the Holy Spirit. That is why I told them that it would be better for them if I left and went back to heaven so that I could pour out the same Holy Spirit upon them which was within me, and connect them with the Father through me. But I could not pour out my Spirit upon them until I had ascended to the Father and received His approval that my sacrifice for the human race was sufficient and that my perfect life would now connect mankind to the Father, and all who accepted my sacrifice and desired to become my friends, could approach the throne of grace freely through me.
When I returned to heaven and my Father welcomed me with open arms and blessed me, I was then anointed by the Holy Spirit amidst rapturous songs of praise and rejoicing from the heavenly host, because a way had been provided for humanity to be reinstated to their first dominion, and restored to the original purpose for their creation. By my perfect life and sacrifice, I could now connect fallen humanity to my Father, and together we sent the power of the Holy Spirit to the waiting disciples on earth, who could then participate with us in the glad celebration.
However, one thing was needed before anyone could receive the Holy Spirit that day. They had to search their hearts and repent of all known sin, make things right with God and each other, and ask for the promised blessing. Then my sacrifice for them was ratified by the Father, and the Holy Spirit descended in mighty power.
So it will be in the time of the latter rain. The same heart searching, the same humility, the same spirit of repentance, must be evidenced. But this time, the outcome will be a result of the further light that I have been sharing ever since I went into the Most Holy Place in 1844. No one, even the disciples, understood the light that I am now shedding upon the whole world about the necessity of the cleansing of the secrets of the stored memories in the subconscious mind and its effect upon the thought life, actions, and behavior. That is because we now have to get to the roots of the sin problem in order to bring a people to an understanding of what must be done to restore the human mind to its original perfection. I have not required this knowledge in the past, because I had not yet come to the place where I was ready to cleanse the Sanctuary and blot out the sins of my people and close my intercessory work of atonement. But now this is present truth. The danger for my people is that they desire to stay in a court, or behavioral relationship with me, or a first apartment relationship where I am still continuing to cover their sins by my intercession before the Father for them. But this will not save anyone when I close the door of the Most Holy Place and step out of my intercessory work before my Father, and put on the robes of vengeance to pour out the seven last plagues. The work in each heart will have already been finished by that time. Therefore, you must know where I am in my work for you, and cooperate fully with me to be safe at that time. My righteousness must become yours. You must allow me to reveal every hidden sin to you, both hereditary and cultivated throughout your whole life, and repent and be cleansed to the uttermost. This prepares the way so that I may fill you with my perfect life, and then you can receive and retain the fullness of the Holy Spirit and be ready to stand before my Father without a mediator, for you will be perfectly restored into our image through my righteousness in you. That is the perfect white robe that permits you to be among the 144,000 and stand with me through the time of trouble. The latter rain is a celebration of this event in heaven - the acceptance of the perfection of my Bride through my intercessory work in the Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary.
Don't you want to be a part of that glorious celebration? Listen to the joyous singing of the heavenly host as recorded in Revelation 19! This is ringing throughout heaven now as you cooperate with my final atonement for you. And my Father and I will sing* in our joy and celebration that the work of redemption is finished at last, and we can welcome all of our beloved ones home who have been perfected, filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and sealed for eternity. That is what the latter rain is all about - the celebration in heaven for my finished work in my people. Let your ears catch the glory of the songs of heaven coming down even now, for my Bride has made herself ready, and the wedding of the Lamb has come.
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of [the] saints." Rev. 19:6-8, KJV.
Now go to your tasks for the day, but do not forget to listen for my guiding voice in your hearts, for I want you to be aware of my presence with you at all times. I have much yet to say to you, and guide you in the days ahead. Rejoice in me no matter what happens, for if you look steadfastly to me, nothing can take you out of my hands. Lovingly, Jesus.
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* "The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will be deceit found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid. Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the king of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. . . . The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing*. . . . At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; . . . at that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home." Zeph. 3:13-20, NIV.