God's Truth Not Smooth Words

God’s Early and Latter Rains

          God's Early and Latter Rains                     angelfallsdove.jpg

 ©copyright 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.  

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman [farmer] waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain." (James 5:7)  

QUESTION: James 5:7 says to be patient until the coming of the Lord, that there would need to be first the early and latter rains.  What are those rains, and is the latter something signifying Christ’s return? 

God has consistently described salvation and redemption throughout the Bible by way of metaphors, or parables as it were, akin to farming, but even more so during Christ's 3-/12 year's ministry and throughout the New Testament. In order to lend clarity to James' statement, farming protocol needs to be understood before being applied to spiritual protocol thus to prophecy, to which James does imply by referencing Christ's return.  

Farming is a progression of preparing the soil, planting or SOWING SEEDS, then shortly thereafter the first rains come in spring causing those seeds to sprout and, hopefully, grow into healthy food bearing plants. Naturally, during the act of sowing, seeds fall and/or are blown everywhere: onto good fertile soil, by the wayside where birds eat the seeds, stony places where the seeds cannot achieve deep roots in order to survive and thrive during the dry summer heat. And, some drop among thorns' tough roots, where the young spouts might be chocked out by weeds.

Thorns are impervious to draught and weeds thrive on better plants. The early rains cease and the drying heat of summer arrives, during which only the hardiest and deepest-rooted plants in rich soil will survive. However, there will be weaker plants in that same fertile soil, those threatened by blood-sucking weeds growing around them. Yet, the weak ones have one last opportunity to benefit from LATTER RAINS due a short while before HARVEST TIME~~ IF they are not too weak when the garden is cleared of weeds. Thus, we are looking at a tangible period of time spanning eight months, or 240 days, out of each year.  

As will be discovered herein, God's spiritual period of time will span over 2000 years before harvesting His children. It is for this reason that James told the people of his time, as well as all generations following thereafter, to be patient. As Paul stated, "I would not have you ignorant, for a day to the Lord is 1000 years and 1000 years as a day. Consider His patience as your salvation."

This passage adds clues to determining earth's life-span pre-set for 6000 years, which is about to expire. Said expiration points to Christ' return any day and any hour now. Nevertheless, this farming process, for our Father's purpose, is the tangible of human life, those things we can see and touch and which keep the flesh body alive for its fixed term. These tangibles symbolize the spiritual life, those things we cannot see and touch but which can generate eternal life and that might be felt emotionally: if a person has been chosen to follow Jesus. Or, they can spawn eternal death.  

Regardless, for all the tangible life-sustaining things we might have, a first death by any cause or act of another is imminent; with the exception of the 144,000 elect who will be redeemed while still living. All others are resurrected from their graves and taken up with the elect. Sadly, without a life-sustaining spiritual behaviour and heart, one has only to look forward to becoming twice dead.

Therefore, it behooves everyone to understand James' metaphor suggesting events and requirements we must meet in preparation for Christ's return, to which return James alludes by reference. This can be achieved only with Yeshua's Word and wearing His full armour. First, we identify who are the locations where seeds fall and who is the farmer SOWING SEEDS and what are the seeds; then we will determine the spiritual growing season leading ultimately to HARVEST TIME: this is to say, when Christ returns to take us up to meet Him in the air, thereafter escorting us to the "safe haven of heaven." 

(Matthew 13:4-8,19-30; Luke 8:5-8,11-15) "And when [the farmer] sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no [deep] root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up and choked them: but other [seeds] fell into good [fertile] ground and brought forth fruit: some an hundred fold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 

"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. The seed is the Word of God. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom and understandeth [obey] it not, then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. "But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word and anon [immediately] with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended [stumbles]. 

"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 

"But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word and understandeth [obeys] it; which also beareth fruit and bringeth forth: some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 

"The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares [weeds] also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, 'Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?' He said unto them, 'An enemy hath done this.' The servants said unto him, 'Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?' 

"But he said, 'Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 'Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matthew 13:37-43,49-50,52)

"He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear [obey]. 

"So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Therefore every scribe [writer] which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder [responsible], which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old [teaches from both the Old and New Testaments]." 

It should be evident that the SEED is the WORD OF GOD; the sower is JESUS CHRIST who has planted His Father’s doctrine in the hearts of Christ’s children, the wheat. The wheat also represents sprouted fruit growing in the midst of Satan’s children, the weeds whose massive yet shallow roots threaten to choke the life out of the wheat by a flood of false doctrines. (Revelation 12:13-17; reference to the 1260 years Satan spends in deceiving the world with a perverted Word of God, the same 1260 years in which God’s two witnesses are nourished in obscurity in order to maintain His truths until the 1260 years expired, at which time Yeshua’s Bible would once again bring His Truths to light.)

Therefore, SOWING SEED is represented by CHRIST’S 3-1/2 years MINISTRY from 27AD to 31AD. The APOSTOLIC MINISTRY, which is the Ephesus church era (Rev. 2:1-7), represents the nourishing EARLY RAIN from 31AD until the death of the last Apostle, about 100AD.

Then began SUMMER’S DRY SPELL ultimately revealing the hardiest and deepest-rooted plants of all seeds planted: those who did hear the truth and held fast to it, even when it meant certain death at another’s hand. It is they who kept God’s truths from dying altogether until time to boldly preach it once again. The dryness of summer, or absence of rain, REFLECTS a LACK of any living witnesses to Christ, the Apostles and disciples who knew full well our Father’s doctrine. They both lived and taught only the Father’s doctrine together with faith in and of Jesus.

The summer also included the great whore’s spreading of a perverted doctrine among Christ’s sheep. This period of time also revealed believers not having access to the Bible (two witnesses of Rev. 11:2-4, teaching in obscurity, sackcloth, between 538AD to 1798AD or 1260 years) from which the common people might have gained Ishi’s full truth for themselves instead of partial truths and many lies learned from pulpits. It was, indeed, a dry summer encompassing the next three church ages of Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira. The summer months, or growing season, extended from 31AD to 1798AD.

At last, the strengthening LATTER RAIN came in the form of discovering God’s true doctrines beginning in 1798AD, the Sardis church era: made possible only by King James having the Bible translated and made available to all people beginning in 1611 AD. By 1844AD, Philadelphia’s church age, God’s True Doctrine was raining around the globe without ceasing. In the midst of the latter rain began also humanity’s trial. Would the latter rain revive weakened wheat so clogged by the weeds’ perverted roots feeding off them? Or, would they hear Elohim’s truth yet remain fixed in denominational false teachings rendering them twice dead?

When the latter rain began, it definitely pointed to the even nearer return of Christ, but not as soon as first thought back in 1843. The latter rain, as well as humanity’s trial, would last until 1991AD. During those 193 years people all over the world were hearing the Father’s true doctrine for the first time, causing each to make a conscious or even unconscious choice: choose to live forever or choose a second death. As each made either a choice to obey God’s tenets or remain obedient to denominational teachings, the Holy Spirit simultaneously was symbolically sealing him or her accordingly: with either the mark of the beast or with the seal of the One True Living God (Rev. 7:1-3).

Since the seals of authority are symbolic, due to being spiritual as opposed to tangible, the seal a person received or receives is noted only by their behaviour. The very idea that the seals will be “seen” in the tangible form of either a tattoo, or computer chip beneath the skin or some other corporeal manner, is absolutely ludicrous as well as denies that spiritual and tangible are not one in the same.

How then are people’s spiritual seals identified? They either observe ALL ten of God’s precepts, amidst which His seal of authority sits; OR, they observe none of Yeshua’s statutes, being blatantly wicked; OR, they obey commandments as taught by men, therefore filthy. Either of the latter two circumstances reveals the mark of the beast.

To determine what is the mark (sign, seal, token) of the beast, one only has to look at the seal of the Living God. Lucifer’s seal will be a counterfeit of God’s, much like a counterfeit dollar bill looks and even feels like the real thing upon first glance but it buys only a ticket to prison. After all, it is Satan’s goal to be accepted by humanity as God, therefore he must resemble God in all ways in order to deceive people into believing that they are following the One True God.

 Yet, what constitutes a legal seal of authority? Where there is a spiritual, there also will be a tangible similitude (likeness) bearing the same requirements in order to be considered a valid seal. Everything in heaven is spiritual (things not seen, not tangible, but rather felt and acted out by way of human behavior) and everything on earth typifies the spiritual in tangible models (things seen in physical, touchable forms).  

Therefore, all legal seals of authority are either a tangible object used to mark legal documents as valid and enforceable OR of a spiritual nature denoted by specific human behavior or behaviors. A valid tangible or spiritual seal of authority must: 1) NAME the author of whatsoever laws any person or entity intends to enforce upon others; 2) It must establish the DOMAIN of peoples over which those laws will be enforced; 3) It must state the REASON why the author has such power of enforcement; and, 4) the tangible or spiritual seal itself must reflect a DISTINCTIVE MARK, a peculiarity unlike any other recognized seals of authority when impressed upon official documents (tangible) or upon any person (spiritual, thus behavior).  

Look among God’s Statutes of Life (Exodus c.20) and determine if His seal is therein. Does it meet all four criteria in order to be designated a legal seal of authority? It unequivocally does: see Exodus 20:8-11. Nevertheless, if Yeshua’s seal is found, then it should be clear what is Beelzebub’s counterfeit mark: similar yet different. And, in making that determination, it is then time to make a conscious choice. 

Thus, the latter rain ceased in 1991 and preparations for harvest began earth’s last church era, Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22), an age Revelation 22:11 describes as, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” The message, however, still goes out to the lukewarm and cold.

In this Laodicea age Isaiah 3:11 reassures, “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! It shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” Note the subtle references to both spiritual behavior (righteous fruit of doings) and to worldly behavior (reward of his hands).

Jesus stated that He would cut these Laodicea years short for the sake of His elect, for it is a time when the wicked and filthy wax worse and multitudes are offended by the truth of Yeshua’s Word. Frequently today people are heard saying in response to God’s Truths, “Well, that’s not my god! My god would never do that. My god says this or that no longer matters.” Therefore, it is this last age in which Christ returns “quickly” for the harvest of His children. During no other church age did He say that His return would be “quickly.” And, scripture is exceedingly clear about what will happen on that day.

From the PREPARING of the SOIL to SOWING SEEDS, then EARLY RAIN to LATTER RAIN, through today has expired over 2006 years. That may well put earth six years beyond the 6000 mark. Yet, God is never late and He certainly will not operate within earth’s Sabbath years, the seventh and final thousand of the intended 7000 years: equivalent to 7-week days.

There are a few in Christ’s genealogy for whom age was not given; thus, earth’s living years might be a few shy of 6000. Either way, time is exceedingly short. We must watch the clouds while “obeying the commandments of God and possessing the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Exodus 20:3-17; Deut. 5:7-14,16-21; Rev. 12:17; 14:12; 22:14).

The final Jewish harvest festival is conducted on or about 10 November, and symbolizes virgins given to the priesthood: in this case, a virgin church presented to Christ the groom. Late October or early November, then, would be the time of Christ’s arrival in the clouds: the day and hour unknown to any man. As for the year? As bad as things have become in this world and actually experiencing the church persecuting the church, it could be as early as this year of 2006 or even 2007. This earth can no longer sustain life, not even its own; thus, there cannot be many more years left.

“Watch,” advises the Spirit, “watch now and through HARVEST TIME and continually until you see your Lord and Saviour upon a brilliant white cloud with a host of angels going before Him. For He is even at the door.”

 And, the Lord laments, “Oh, if only it were in their heart to fear me and to obey all my commandments always, so it might be well with them and with their children forever.” (Deuteronomy 5:29)  

~~ end article 

3 October 2006 - Posted by | Armageddon, Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, End Times, Faith, God, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Lord's Day, Love, Memorial, Prophecy, Redemption, Religion, Remnant, Resurrection, Sabbath, Salvation, Saturday, Seal, Sign, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth, Virgins

1 Comment »

  1. Fascinating. I greatly enjoyed the way you broke down the time into the churches of the Revelation. I’ve heard of this being done but never really saw it carried out in such concise manner. Excellent research and detail shown here makes this easily understandable and fulfilling to read.

    Comment by Ed Keith | 27 July 2008 | Reply

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