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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Spiritual Forces of the Last Days, #8
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (Romans 10:1)
As is to be expected, many Gentile nations, as well as those "Christians" who are part of Babylon or the False Prophet (the attempt of Christians to employ the power of the soul to work miracles), despise the Jews and do not pray for the peace of Jerusalem. It is to be hoped that the Jews of the land of Israel will cease trusting in their political alliances and turn to the God of their fathers. Only then will they be protected from the pressure exerted on them by the larger nations.
God has promised to be an enemy of the enemy of the Jews. The true, victorious Christians pray for the Jews and support them in every manner possible. The deceived Christians have been deluded into believing that God no longer regards the Jews as His chosen people.
The Gentile nations will continue to betray the Jews, as they always have. God will curse every nation that deals treacherously with the Jews and bless every nation that assists the Jews as they return and rebuild the nation of Israel. Woe to the people who do not help the Jews in this hour, for the Lord Jesus shall send them into everlasting fire at His appearing! (Matthew 25:41).
The most significant sociological event of the twentieth century is the return of the Jews to the land of Israel. It is the responsibility and privilege of every person who loves Jesus to assist His Jewish brothers and sisters as they return to the land.
The latter-rain revival. Another godly force that will be prominent in the last days is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the "latter rain." The land of Israel has two important periods of rainfall: the fall, planting (former) rain, and the spring, harvest (latter) rain. Joel, Hosea, and Zechariah speak of the downpour of the "latter rain" of the Spirit of God.
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. (Joel 2:23)
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)
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (Zechariah 10:1)
It is the writer's point of view that the two witnesses of Revelation, Chapter 11, portray symbolically the double portion of God's Spirit, the latter rain, empowering the members of Christ's Body to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God with unprecedented power and authority.
The witnesses will torment all those who dwell on the earth by bringing various plagues along with their message of repentance. If such plagues were not forthcoming, people would not repent. The Christian preachers and teachers would assure them no repentance is necessary since every believer is complete in Christ.
To be continued.