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The Scriptures point toward a latter-rain outpouring of God’s Spirit in the last days. This unprecedented revelation of Divine glory and power is symbolized by the two witnesses of Revelation, Chapter Eleven. The end-time revival has two purposes: to bear witness to every nation of the soon coming of the Kingdom of God, and to bring Christ to maturity in the saints.

Table of Contents

Bearing Witness to Every Nation of the Kingdom of God
Revelation, Chapters Ten and Eleven
Bringing Christ to Maturity in the Saints
Revelation, Chapter Twelve



In the present hour, many people are speaking of a tremendous revival that is at hand. The present author has stated on numerous occasions that we are on the edge of the most marvelous intervention of God in all history. The coming outpouring is the latter-rain revival spoken of in the Scriptures.

Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. (Joel 2:23)
Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning [of the Day of the Lord]; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter [harvest] and former [seed] rain to the earth. (Hosea 6:3)
Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone. (Zechariah 10:1)
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (James 5:7)

The reference is to the rain cycle of the land of Israel. The “former,” planting rain occurs in the fall after the six-month drought of summer. Then there are occasional winter rains. The harvest rain begins in March and is referred to as the “latter-rain.” After the heavy harvest rains there must be hot sun to harden the heads of wheat to prepare them for threshing.

Because of the multiple references to the former and latter rain, we conclude that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the Church Age will follow the pattern of the natural rain of the land of Israel. The spiritual fulfillment of the former, planting rain is described in the Book of Acts. Then there have been “mercy drops” during the “winter” of the Church Age. Now we are moving toward spring, so to speak, and the coming of the Lord. The multiple outpourings during the past three hundred years remind us that soon there will be an unprecedented deluge.

If this is true, we are about to witness the mightiest outpouring of all time. The purpose of the latter (harvest) rain is to bring to maturity all that God has planted in the earth. After that, there will come the burning sun of tribulation to harden the heads of wheat, that is, to prepare the saints to walk with Him who is the Consuming Fire of Israel.

There are two principal purposes to be accomplished by the latter-rain outpouring:

  1. Empower the saints to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to every nation for a witness. The operation of this first purpose is symbolized by the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11.
  2. Bring Christ to maturity in the saints. The operation of this second purpose is symbolized by the Son who is born in Revelation 12:5.

Bearing Witness to Every Nation of the Kingdom of God

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

Notice first that it is the Gospel of the Kingdom that will be preached. The Gospel of the Kingdom has been lost, it seems, for many centuries. Now the Gospel of the Kingdom is being restored to the churches. That the Gospel of the Kingdom has been lost, or nearly so, can be observed by glancing at the Statement of Belief of any Christian denomination. One might see few or no references to the Kingdom of God.

We have changed the Gospel of the coming of the Kingdom of God to the gospel of going to Heaven. Is this true?

Second, the Gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached in all the world. We often hear people saying this door or that door is closing to the Gospel. As far as man is able to work, this may be true. But when God the Father authorizes the opening of the doors to every nation on earth, they shall open and no power can hinder!

Third, the Gospel will be preached for a witness. God wants to restore to His churches the concept of witnessing. When the Holy Spirit baptizes us, we are given power to bear witness. While it is necessary that souls be saved, saving souls and bearing witness are not quite the same thing. It can happen that a true witness has been borne and no souls have been saved.

The problem with emphasizing the saving of souls is that the preacher may tend to water down the Words of God, the demands of discipleship, in order to “win people for Christ.” We have seen this done with undesirable results.

The true prophet of God is to give the whole counsel of God. Then the Holy Spirit does His work of convicting sinners and bringing them to the Master.

It seems in America there is a great deal of ministry, but in numerous instances a true witness is not borne. The love of God has been overemphasized and the wrath of God has been given little attention or ignored altogether.

We are not saying we should teach continually about Hell, for that is not how we are to feed the Lord’s sheep. However, we should be presenting both the goodness and the severity of God, the love of God and the wrath of God, and point out that the Christian who continues to live in the lusts of the flesh, who does not bring forth the fruit of Christ in his or her life, is in danger of being cut out of the Vine. There are many warnings in the New Testament directed toward the believer who neglects his salvation. And they are severe!

Fourth, the end shall come after the witness has been borne to God’s satisfaction. This is not referring to the end of the world, but the end of the Gospel witness. After the latter-rain revival, and before the Lord returns, there will be the burning sun of tribulation. The Gospel witness will be driven from the cities of the earth. The two witnesses will be “killed,” so to speak. The remnant of saints will be forced into hiding until the Lord returns in the clouds of glory.

During this time, there will be no Gospel witness in the major cities of the earth. It will be impossible to pray. The darkness will prevent people from coming to Christ for salvation or being filled with the Spirit of God. The only place where one can be saved will be where the remnant are hidden away under the hand of God.

then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.
And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:5,6)
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion [the saints] and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls. (Joel 2:32)

It is the author’s opinion that during the latter-rain witness, the greater part of earth’s people will make a profession of faith in Christ. Then God will withdraw the anointing in order that Antichrist may run his predestined course. Sin will become so readily available that the majority of those who had made a profession will fall away.

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many [most] will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)

The falling away is necessary in order that the Church may become without spot or wrinkle. Every work of God must be tested with fire.

It is after the period of spiritual darkness that the Lord will return for His glorious Church.

This is the pattern of the promised latter-rain revival and the following tribulation, as we understand it.

During the latter half of the twentieth century, there were a number of spiritual activities and movements such as the charismatic renewal, the faith and prosperity emphases, reconstructionism, and lately the “laughing revival.” There have been minor phenomena such as leg-lengthening, oil on the hands, and the filling of dental cavities. These various spiritual expressions sometimes involved hundreds of thousands of people.

As we understand it, there are three indicators of true revival. True revival is characterized by:

  • Sincere, profound repentance.
  • Opening God’s Word so new understanding emerges.
  • Worldwide evangelism.

The latter-rain revival that is at hand will be marked by genuine, heartfelt repentance and righteous, holy behavior; by an opening of the Scriptures; and by worldwide evangelism.

It is our opinion that we are entering the spiritual fulfillment of the Levitical Blowing of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24). The spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Trumpets is portrayed by the seven trumpets of the Book of Revelation. We believe these trumpets will not necessarily be fulfilled in sequence, but—as is true of the rest of the Book of Revelation—their fulfillments will take place in a general fashion without reference to specific calendar dates. The works of God often take place on a spiral staircase such that we keep returning to the same kind of fulfillment but at a higher level. Have you found this to be true as you have walked with the Lord?

Keeping in mind that the first six trumpets have not yet found complete fulfillment, we would like to examine Revelation chapters 10 and 11 to discover what we should be looking for during the days when the seventh and last angel is about to sound his trumpet. How can we tell when this period is actually occurring? Remember, when the seventh trumpet sounds, the saints will be clothed with incorruptible eternal life.

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (I Corinthians 15:52)

We think in these two chapters, we may discover facts that will enable us to recognize the true latter rain, distinguishing it from lesser spiritual events. We will not present an exhaustive study at this time but point toward highlights, since in other writings we discuss in detail the two witnesses and the ruling Son.

Revelation, Chapters Ten and Eleven

I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. (Revelation 10:1)

This is the seventh angel, and he has authority over the latter-rain testimony.

  • He comes down from Heaven, for this revival will not be worked up by human talent, wisdom, or effort.
  • He is clothed with a cloud, speaking of the coming of the Lord.
  • The rainbow tells us that this revival will have the full authority of God’s throne.
  • His face as the sun means the latter-rain revival will be characterized by a great emphasis on righteous behavior.
  • His feet as pillars of fire is emphasizing that the last-day revival will bring judgment on all the works of man, beginning with God’s elect. Judgment has begun in the house of God!
“Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 13:43)
He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land (Revelation 10:2)

The little book is the Word of God. It is unpretentious, like Christ being born in a stable. The fact that he has one foot on the sea and one on the earth reveals the control of the planet that will be exercised by the saints during the latter-rain revival. This indeed is a mighty angel!

Notice that the little book is open. It is a day of small beginnings, so to speak.

For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:10)

Blessed are those who are barren now. Blessed are those who remain patient during the small beginnings, who do not despise small things, for they will reign when the larger work of God appears. God is ready to move in our day, but we must guard the word of His patience until He does.

and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. (Revelation 10:3)

There is too much sweetness in the Gospel preaching today. We hear of “beautiful Jesus.” The writer has been a Christian for over fifty years and does not find the adjective “beautiful” to be realistic. No doubt Jesus is beautiful, but He is as tough as steel. Each saint is a cup from which the King drinks, and His cups are burned in the fire (I think Saint Anthony said this).

The Lion of Judah is beginning to roar in our day. Can you hear His growl? Let the demons tremble in terror. Let the thunders utter their voices. Enough of this sweetness! It is like honey on an offering made by fire, and that is forbidden and a sticky mess.

‘No grain offering which you bring to the LORD shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to the LORD made by fire. (Leviticus 2:11)

When people get sweet with their religion, there often is the leaven of insincerity in it. Neither leaven nor honey is accepted.

Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.” (Revelation 10:4)

“Seven thunders” symbolizes the fullness of God’s power. The reason their sayings were sealed is that God is hiding His power.

His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden. (Habakkuk 3:4)

During the 1900s, the power of God rested on several people, such as William Branham, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Kathryn Kuhlman. There have been awesome displays of God’s healing grace.

But the power given to the witnesses of the latter-rain revival will not only heal but also destroy. For this reason the power has been hidden until saints come forth who are dead to worldliness, lust, and self-will and who have the love of Christ in them. God will not trust to human beings the power of judgment until He is satisfied they have been crucified and Christ is living in them.

The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven
and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer (Revelation 10:5,6)

There shall be delay no longer. The disciples of the Lord know what it is to wait patiently in a barren state. It is these—the ones who have waited for the Lord—who will experience the fullness of power of the latter-rain outpouring. They have waited a long time for God, so the Word is confirmed with a solemn oath.

Other believers may dash about and accomplish many things in Gospel work. But the end-time revival will sweep all else aside. God Himself is getting ready to move in a sovereign manner! Let those who have waited patiently for Him say Amen!

but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7)

The mystery of God is: Christ in you (Colossians 1:27). The blood atonement made by the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary is the most significant, the most crucial event of all eternity. But the blood atonement is not the mystery of the Gospel. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the beginning of the new creation of God. Our faith is founded on the resurrection of Jesus. But the resurrection of Jesus is not the mystery of the Gospel.

“Christ in you” is the mystery of the Gospel and remains a mystery to the present hour. Although we speak of letting Jesus into our heart, the bulk of our thinking and speaking has to do with Jesus with us, not Jesus in us.

The writer has read several accounts of saints who have died, who have experienced visions of Heaven, and who then have returned. Never once has there been an emphasis on the forming and dwelling of Jesus in the individual. The account always focuses on mansions, Paradise, and seeing an external Jesus.

Now that we are moving past the spiritual fulfillment of the Levitical (old covenant) feast of Pentecost, and are approaching the climactic feast of Tabernacles, we will begin to understand that the central purpose of God is to fashion an eternal living temple for Himself. The mystery of Christ in us will unfold in the present hour. There shall be delay no longer. We shall have more to say about this a little later on, God willing.

Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” (Revelation 10:8)

As we have said, every true revival brings with it an opening of the Book, of the revelation of the Lord. The Book of God is being opened today. That which has been hidden from kings and prophets soon will be clearly understandable to the inhabitants of Heaven and earth.

searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. (I Peter 1:11)

The Hebrew Prophets spoke mysteries in the Spirit. Those mysteries can be revealed only as the Lion who becomes the Lamb removes the seals.

But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5)

Notice carefully what happens to the little book, or scroll.

So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” (Revelation 10:9)

The Apostle John represents the Church. God wants the Church to eat the book, not just read the book but eat the book. It is time today to “eat” the revelation of God. Until we do we cannot possibly understand the mystery, which is Christ in you. Reading the Scriptures is of great importance. But if we do not eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Lamb we have no eternal life in us.

Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. (Revelation 10:10)

The revelation that is upon us is sweet in our mouth. We sing and rejoice because of the Glory of God now being revealed. But when the Word gets down into our inward parts it becomes bitter indeed. It brings the adamic man down to death so the new born-again inward man may live. The latter-rain revival brings death to the adamic nature and life to the born-again inward nature. A revival that does not speak death to the old sinful nature is not what we are looking for.

And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10:11)

The latter-rain revival is the “again” prophecy. The Book of Acts describes the original prophecy. But the Book of Acts is not finished. The Church is to prophesy again in the last days.

The prophecy that is coming is not directed toward the saints to edify, exhort, and comfort them. Its purpose is not to build up the Body of Christ. Rather, the prophecy at hand is to “many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” that they may be alerted to the soon coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth, a kingdom that will subdue all other kingdoms and reign supreme on the earth.

Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar [of incense], and those who worship there. (Revelation 11:1)

Before the Church can give the last-day witness, it first must be judged. The key word today is judgment. The saints who are pressing forward in the Lord are learning of the fiery Nature of God. Their love of the world, the lusts of their flesh, and their personal ambition are being brought up for examination.

In Revelation 11:1, the “temple of God” is the Church. The “altar” that is mentioned is the Altar of Incense. The Altar of Incense was the next furnishing after the Lampstand in the old-covenant Tabernacle. The Altar of Incense symbolizes the believers who are pressing past Pentecost (represented by the Lampstand) to the place where they are totally consecrated to the Lord (the Altar of Incense). The Temple of God (especially the consecrated saints) is experiencing the judgment of God in our day in preparation for the last great outpouring of the Spirit of God.

“But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. (Revelation 11:2)

The “court which is outside the temple” refers to all of mankind with the exception of the Church and the consecrated saints. God is not ready at this time to judge the world, only those who are close to Him—His witnesses. The witness must be purified and prepared. Many members of mankind will be saved in the future, but in the present hour God’s attention is focused on preparing His saints to proclaim with power the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

The treading under foot of the holy city may signify that God will permit Israel once again to suffer problems at the hands of Gentiles.

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days [3½ years], clothed in sackcloth.” (Revelation 11:3)

The wording of the verse implies that the two witnesses are already present, but will be empowered or authorized to bear witness. Otherwise it would say something like, and I will raise up two witnesses, or two witnesses will come from Heaven, or two witnesses will be raised from the dead. Given that John was charged to prophesy again, and then the Temple of God and the Altar of Incense were measured, we believe these are the witnesses who were first prepared and then empowered to begin their witness.

The “thousand two hundred and sixty days” refers to the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel, the last of the prophesied seventy weeks.

“Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. (Daniel 9:24)

The first half of the week will include the latter-rain testimony. The last half of the week has been set aside for the great tribulation and the rulership of Antichrist.

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate [desolator].” (Daniel 9:27)

The ceasing of the sacrifice and the oblation refers to the fact that the spiritual darkness will be so heavy the citizens of the cities of the earth will not be able to touch God in prayer or be filled with God’s Spirit. This is the hour when no man can work, of which the Lord spoke.

The witnesses will be clothed in sackcloth, meaning they will live and act in a continuing attitude of humble repentance and will preach repentance, saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:4)

The “two olive trees” speak of the double portion of God’s power that will rest on them, the “Elisha” anointing. These are the two wave loaves of the Levitical feast of Pentecost.

The “two lampstands” are golden lampstands. Golden lampstands can typify only Christ and what is of Christ. Only Christ and His churches are golden lampstands. Since Zechariah chapter 4 describes only one lampstand, and now there are two, we believe the second lampstand is the Body of Christ, the holy nation that will be born “at once” in the last days (Isaiah 66:8).

God sends two witnesses at the beginning of each eternal day:

  1. Adam and Eve were the two witnesses who announced the day of form. They showed in themselves the form that people will have for eternity.
  2. Abraham and Sarah portrayed the day of separation, the eternal division between the elect and the saved nations of the earth.
  3. Moses and Aaron proclaimed the eternal moral law of God.
  4. The Lord Jesus and His Father were two witnesses who revealed the Person of God and His Kingdom.
  5. “It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.
    “I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” (John 8:17,18)
  6. The Apostles and the Holy Spirit brought eternal life to mankind.
  7. “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” (Acts 5:32)
  8. We believe that the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11 are Christ and His Body. The two witnesses will herald the sixth day of God, the day of reconciliation, the day when man is made in God’s image.

The two witnesses are the Lord Jesus and His Body. All of God’s witnesses must show in themselves the nature of the age that is at hand. This is why great works of destruction will be performed by the sixth pair of witnesses. We are now approaching the dawning of the Kingdom Age, and when it invades the earth, destruction will follow.

And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. (Revelation 11:5)

As long as it is God’s will for the testimony to proceed, the witnesses will be invulnerable.

These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. (Revelation 11:6)

We have no doubt these plagues will have both a literal and a symbolic fulfillment. The point is, the Christian Church has never before possessed this kind of power. However, such a demonstration of power will be essential if a witness is to be borne to every nation of the last days. The wickedness of man has become exceedingly great, and the Christian churches have usually presented an inadequate witness of the Nature of God and His Kingdom. All of this will be changed during the latter-rain outpouring.

When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:7)

One may wonder, how can Antichrist overcome and kill Christ and His Body? They are “killed” in the sense that the testimony is driven from the major cities of the earth by various means.

First of all, we must keep in mind that the Scripture prevents any power from separating the saint from the love of God.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38,39)

However, both Daniel and Revelation teach that the testimony of the saints of the last days shall indeed be overcome. When the testimony of the saints is overcome, then, in that special sense, Christ Himself is overcome. When we are in prison, He is in prison. When we are sick, He is sick. Isn’t that the truth?

‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Matthew 25:35,36)
He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute [wear down] the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. (Daniel 7:25)

It reminds us of God turning over the righteous Job to Satan. God kept matters in total control. Also, the afflictions finally brought more good to Job than would have otherwise been possible. Nevertheless, Satan was in charge of Job’s welfare for a season.

The Christian testimony will be silenced long enough for Antichrist to be revealed. The Spirit-empowered saints will be removed from his path so wickedness may come to a head as a giant boil. It is necessary for wickedness come to maturity in order that everlasting righteousness finally may be brought in.

Sometimes God allows sin to come to a head in our personality so it may finally be destroyed out of us. Has that ever happened to you?

And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Revelation 11:8)

“Their dead bodies will lie in the street” means Antichrist will permit the Christian institutions to remain in operation, such as Christian churches and schools, but they will be void of the Presence of the Spirit of God.

The testimony will be silenced primarily by three means:

  • To be overcome by Sodom is to be conquered by the lusts of the flesh.
  • To be overcome by Egypt is to be conquered by the love of the things of the world.
  • To be overcome by Jerusalem is to be conquered by religious pride, envy, and self-will.

In the last days, the lusts of the flesh, the love of the things of the world, and religious pride, envy, and self-will shall destroy the Christian testimony in the cities of the earth. Then the godly remnant will be driven from the cities and forced to live in the wilderness areas of the earth until the Lord returns.

Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. (Revelation 11:9)

The “Christians” will continue to attend church. They will sing their traditional hymns. They will work together with Antichrist to assist the needy of the world. Antichrist will invite distinguished Christian ministers to serve in his cabinet. Only the praying remnant will be able to see the hand of Satan in the cooperation between the government and the Christian churches. The deception will be extremely subtle.

Today (1998), the president of the United States has installed and supports programs that many Christian people regard as sinful and abominable. The use of aborted children for medical research is one such abomination. Yet he and his wife attend a Christian church. He meets regularly with a fundamentalist Christian pastor for counseling. Do the ministers who are speaking to him reason of righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come until he trembles?

Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” (Acts 24:25)

No doubt the Christian ministers believe they are serving the Lord just by associating with the ungodly. The author does not think they are correct in this.

And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 11:10)

The Philistines mocked the blind Samson. So will the people of the nations mock the powerless Christians of the last days, just as in our time they mock the television evangelists who beg for money and who do not live a righteous, holy life. The testimony of God in America has been largely overcome by fleshly lusts, the love of money, and ambition and self-seeking.

There will be a season during which the wicked of the earth will rejoice because the Christian prophets have been silenced. Herod and Pilate became friends when the testimony of the Lord Jesus was silenced.

That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other. (Luke 23:12)

How the wicked rejoice when the Christian testimony is overcome! But notice:

Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. (Revelation 11:11)

At the end of the second half of the seventieth week, God’s witnesses of every age will stand on their feet. This is the first resurrection of the dead (Revelation 20:5). The wicked of the earth will see them and scream in terror. The light of God will emanate from them as a blinding radiance. They are immortal, invulnerable, irresistible, eternal. These are God’s elect, His sons, the royal priesthood who will govern the nations of the earth forever.

And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. (Revelation 11:12)

After a time of fellowship they will be called up to meet their Lord. The peoples of the earth always have been and still are their enemies. Now the tables have been turned and their enemies no longer can harm them.

since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,
and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. (II Thessalonians 1:6-10)

Thus, we know that one of the purposes of the latter-rain revival is that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God be preached to every nation for a witness. After the witness has been completely borne, the most powerful moral darkness the world has ever known will settle on the cities of the earth. This will mark the end of the preaching of the Gospel as we have known it.

Bringing Christ to Maturity in the Saints

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you (Galatians 4:19)

In the days of Zechariah, the Jews were ready to bring forth the top stone of the restored Temple.

‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone [Christ] with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” (Zechariah 4:7)

In the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, there shall be delay no longer. The Father will speak and Christ, the chief Cornerstone and Capstone of the Temple of God, will come down to complete the Temple.

Isaiah tells us that a nation, that is the holy nation, the royal priesthood, will be born at once—as soon as Zion travails.

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children. (Isaiah 66:8)

The tares and the wheat are coming to maturity in our day. Christ is ready to face Antichrist. The latter rain is necessary to bring the wheat to maturity.

The feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34), the last of the seven feasts of the Lord, reveals to us that God’s eternal purpose is to create a living Temple for Himself. The Temple of God is Christ—both Head and Body.

Before we come to the feast of Tabernacles, we must experience the Blowing of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. The Blowing of Trumpets signifies the coming of the Lord Jesus to His churches to wage war against His enemies, and also to organize His saints into the Army of the Lord. This is taking place now. The Lord is coming to His people before He appears in open glory to the world.

“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

The Lord is coming to His churches in our day as the Lord of Armies. He is ready to wage war against His enemies—first of all, His enemies in us, His saints.

The Day of Atonement is the period during which each Christian is judged and reconciled to God. The Day of Atonement has begun and will continue throughout the thousand-year Kingdom Age. Each of us must be reconciled to God so we may serve as a dwelling place for the Lord. We must be delivered from our love of the world. We must be delivered from the lusts of our flesh.

Finally we must, through suffering and imprisonment of various kinds, be totally delivered from self-will, envy, presumption, supplanting, and disobedience to the Father. Only then are we ready to be a living stone in the eternal Temple of God.

The emphasis of the Spirit now—today—is that we cease from our own works and look to the Lord. It is a new day. The Lord is calling us to repentance and to listen carefully to His voice. He stands at the door of our heart and is asking if He may enter. We may have been a Christian for many years. Yet, this is what is taking place. Are you finding it to be true? Is the Lord speaking to you concerning your thoughts, your words, your actions?

The Lord Jesus desires to enter and dine with us on His own body and blood. We become part of Him as we partake of Him. We become the Wife of the Lamb as we partake of the Lamb. This is a sovereign work of God. It is the “rest” of God to which Hebrews chapter 4 calls us. It is a move of God beyond basic salvation, beyond the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Are you ready to hear the trumpet of the Lord? Are you ready to be reconciled to God in your entire personality? Are you ready to enter the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles, into the rest of God, into the Kingdom of God? Then open your heart to the Lord Jesus and discover what He has for you today, what your role is in the Kingdom of God that is at hand, and what your role is in the great latter-rain outpouring.

If the mystery of the Gospel were Christ with us, the demands on us would be severe. But since the mystery of the Gospel is Christ in us, the demands on us are total. The Lord will have no idols in His house, no uncleanness, no presumption, no supplanting of the place of another, no envy, no unforgiveness, no rebellion of any kind against the Father’s will.

Is this what you truly desire—to be made in Christ’s image and to enter total, untroubled rest in the Father, in Him who is the Consuming Fire of Israel? If this is what you really want, then tell the Lord about it right now. Express your desire with your voice. Then get ready for the greatest adventure of your life as the Father and the Son make Their eternal abode in you.

It is time for Christ to come to maturity in the saints. This is the second purpose of the latter-rain outpouring.

Revelation, Chapter Twelve

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1)

There are two wonders (signs) in heaven. There is the Church of Christ. She is clothed with the Glory of Christ. The moon, the creation of God, is under her feet. She is crowned with the heroes of faith, the stars of righteousness who will shine forever.

Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. (Revelation 12:2)

The most significant feature of the Church of Christ today is that she is in travail. We have referred to the travail of Zion. Zion is in travail today to bring forth Christ. Have you felt the labor pains?

My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you (Galatians 4:19)

We have been saved and filled with the Spirit. Now it is time for Christ to be formed in us. The glory of the latter rain and the tribulation that will follow will accomplish the maturing of Christ in us.

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. (Revelation 12:3)

The second wonder (sign) in heaven is Satan. He has perfect wisdom, power in the world, and authority that God has given him to accomplish God’s purposes.

Much of what will take place in the days to come will be far, far beyond the mind of man to understand or to manage. It is time now to surrender all to Christ. Only He has been entrusted by the Father with superior wisdom, power, and authority. Only He can tear down and destroy Satan. It is vain for us to struggle to save the world or to bring in everlasting righteousness. The battle will reach into the heavens and attack the host.

And it grew up to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. (Daniel 8:10)

We are on the brink of the reconciliation of the creation to the Lord God. God has determined all of the universe will find its center and circumference in Christ. The wrath of God, smoldering since the original rebellion in the heavens, is about to be poured out on the fallen stars of the heaven and on those people who worship them and accept their leadership.

The wisdom and power exercised in the war of the ages is so great as to make the efforts of human beings be dust blown about in a typhoon. We simply are unable to think clearly or to act effectively.

The only hope is in the travail of Zion. The only hope is that the saints will avail themselves of the glory that is available in the latter-rain outpouring and become still long enough to permit Christ to be formed in them. Only Christ has the ability to conquer the wicked lords of the heavenlies.

Waiting on God is an attitude of the heart. It does not mean we cease performing the tasks that are before us. It has more to do with looking to the Lord in place of planning and scheming.

Will you be one of those who turns from the efforts of the flesh and waits on God until Christ is formed in you?

His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. (Revelation 12:4)

We are not certain whether the stars of heaven referred to here are fallen saints or the rebellious angels. It certainly is true that several of God’s saints have succumbed to temptation in our day, and there may be more tragedies yet to come. If the stars are rebellious angels, it seems strange, but not impossible, that Satan would cast his own followers into the earth.

Satan is standing before the woman, the Church. Why? To kill Christ just as Herod attempted to kill Christ.

The Son, Christ is destined to govern the nations with a rod of iron. One may notice that the influence of humanism tends to soften all forms of rulership. The fear of authority is removed and in its place are gentle (and often useless) entreaties. Christ always rules with a rod of iron. He enforces His law. He speaks gently and lovingly but woe to whoever despises His wishes!

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (Psalms 2:12)

When Christ is formed in us, He immediately is caught up to the Throne of God. You may be experiencing a struggle as you attempt to gain the victory over the world, over lust, and over self-will. If you will persevere, you will come to the hour when you break through. Then you know you have overcome through Christ. You can almost hear the bells ringing. This is because Christ in you has overcome your adamic nature and has ascended to His Father. From now on you are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. That which you had taken by faith has now become reality.

We will not go further in Revelation chapter 12 and discuss the persecution of the Church and the war in Heaven because our object is to describe the two purposes of the latter-rain outpouring.

In order to bring Christ to maturity in the saints, we must have more of the Glory of God.

“And the glory which you gave Me I have given them [His body], that they may be one just as we are one: (John 17:22)

The Divine Glory, which always is Christ, will come to us as the latter rain, if we follow on to know the Lord.

Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth. (Hosea 6:3)

“He (Christ) will come to us.”

We shall have the double portion, the rain of the Book of Acts and the harvest rain—all in the first month, that is, at the time of the dawning of the Day of the Lord. The Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the feast of Tabernacles all took place in the first month of the Jewish calendar, the calendar that is observed today.

Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you—the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. (Joel 2:23)

Now will the Lord Jesus be great. Now will the Lord crush His enemies and bring in everlasting righteousness. Now will righteousness, peace, and joy come to the whole earth.

Therefore He shall give them [Jews] up, until the time that she who is in labor [Church] has given birth [to Christ in them]; then the remnant of His brethren [sons of God] shall return to the children of Israel.
And He shall stand and feed [or shepherd] His flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; and they shall abide, for now He [Christ] shall be great to the ends of the earth. (Micah 5:3,4)


In the Tabernacle of the Congregation, there were two sets of rings directly over the veil that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place.

“And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains together with the clasps, so that it may be one tabernacle. (Exodus 26:6)
“And you shall make fifty bronze clasps, put the clasps into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one. (Exodus 26:11)

The fifty gold rings coupled the linen curtains. The fifty bronze rings coupled the goats’ hair curtains. Two sets of fifty rings were positioned directly over the veil.

  • The Holy Place was 2,000 cubic cubits in volume, symbolizing the two thousand years of the Church Age.
  • The Most Holy Place was 1,000 cubic cubits in volume, symbolizing the one thousand years of the Kingdom Age.
  • The veil portrays the division between the Church Age and the Kingdom Age.
  • The number fifty speaks of Pentecost.
  • The two sets of fifty refers to a double portion of Pentecost.
  • Gold represents Divinity.
  • Bronze represents judgment.

The two sets of rings, one gold set and one bronze set positioned over the division between the Church Age and the Kingdom Age, are saying that at the end of the Church Age there will be a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a double Pentecost, that will contain in itself both Divine Glory and Divine judgment. Zion will be redeemed with judgment and her converts with righteousness.

We are living in the greatest days of all. Looming up before us is the Kingdom Age, and then a new world of righteousness in which every day will be more marvelous than the preceding.

It also is true that our present environment is becoming a garbage dump of lust and violence. Close at hand is an age of moral horrors that will test the resolve of the most fervent saints.

The Lord God of Heaven is about to pour on us the double portion of His Spirit. A true witness of the Kingdom of God shall be borne. Multitudes shall be converted.

However, the most important aspect of the end-time revival will be the coming to maturity of Christ in the saints. It is this maturing of Christ that holds the promise of better things to come.

Revivals come and go. Meanwhile the Body of Christ, the Servant of the Lord, is being formed. When the Body has come to the required maturity, the Lord Jesus will appear in and with His Body. Then wickedness shall be driven from the earth and the inhabitants will learn righteousness. The effect of righteousness will be peace, joy, quietness, security, and every other good and desirable feature.

Kingdom will rise against kingdom, nation against nation. There will be floods, famines, earthquakes, plagues—every conceivable sorrow and disaster until mankind is shaking his fist in the face of God.

We of God’s elect are to lift up our heads because our redemption is at hand. Our redemption includes the clothing of our body with incorruptible, resurrection life. Then we shall appear on Mount Zion with the Lord Jesus, ready to bring the Holy Spirit to those of mankind who will receive Christ.

As always, God has kept the good wine until now. Let us dance with the Lord Jesus at midnight on waters of unfathomable depth. He has guarded us to this point. He shall guard us throughout all that comes to pass until we stand in complete victory with Him, surveying a world which we are destined to bring into the freedom that accompanies the glory of the children of God.

(“Two Purposes of the Latter-rain Outpouring”, 3791-1, proofed 20230628)

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