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Latter Rain
04/12/2016

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Joel 2:1-32 KJV
(1) Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
(2) A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
(3) A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
(4) The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
(5) Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
(6) Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
(7) They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
(8) Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
(9) They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
(10) The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
(11) And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
(12) Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
(13) And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
(14) Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
(15) Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
(16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
(17) Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
(18) Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
(19) Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
(20) But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
(21) Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
(22) Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
(23) 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.
(24) And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
(25) And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
(26) And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
(27) And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
(28) And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
(29) And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
(30) And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
(31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
(32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

The Great and Terrible Day of God is compared to the natural firestorm that cannot be stopped but is a wrath of destruction. Godís people in a firestorm are like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. A furnace so hot that they only people that fried where the servants of the devil king Nebuchadnezzar. Yet Godís people did not burn with heat of the furnace but the power of God in their life. When the furnace cooled enough for the king and his men to approach to see the sight before them of the men of God still standing in the furnace, what they saw were men that could testify of the greatness of their God and his mighty power.

If one relates the evens of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to the final judgment of God, one will see Godís fury on the earth with Godís servants not with physical fire but spiritual fire that cannot be quenched. A fire burns consuming all in its path toward the pearly gates of the angels with swords of fire guarding it. Jesus promised we will be in heaven with him, but those pearly gates lock out all unbelievers. Imagine for a moment the fire of God consuming what behind you and the flame swords of God in front of you. All dead works are burned up and anything remaining is fit for the Godís use. If a none believer is running to get away from all that heat, and can not they will be consumed. Only choice a non-believer has is repentance. The fire is too hot, and Godís wrath upon the people is too great that the very flames destroy all but His servants.

Even a firefighter cannot put out the flames of God unless they join Godís fire fighting squad that it allows the fire of His Spirit to burn, burn, burn. Not arsonist, but the spiritual fire that one-day will be a reality upon the earth with Christ appearance. A fire is already kindled in the hearts of all believers. There is a fire that will consume the rest of unbelief with Christ appearance. The reality will come and great mourning of repentance with the appearance of Jesus and the voice of God.

Signs in the earth and heavens above only speak of time continuing until the great day of Lordís wrath. The moon turning to red is only symbol of a beautiful day to come. Yet the day of Godís wrath is not beautiful with the weeping and mourning and gnashing of teeth. It is the reality of their unbelief with the consequences for unbelief. Will God have mercy on the day of Christ return for all unbelievers? Godís word and Christ own words declare it is a time like Noah. It a time of no return and doors shut with no escape, yet Godís people will be running to and fro through the camp, like in the days of great fire of nature fury that spares nothing in its path. Puffy gray clouds a sign of impeding storm. Yet the moon is red with a clear day head. Only for Godís wrath to come despite what the day appears to be.

The day of destruction is like that wedding when the honeymooners go off into the sunset only for family and friends to have nightmare of a call that says they have died in a wreck or lost at sea. It is that call after a good day that makes one wonder if it could get any worse. If tragedy happens on a bad day, it just fitís the mood of the day.

The exile of Israel came with soldiers coming through their land and taking them from their homes by force. Gathering them to the sanctuary of the temple and hauling them out of the land in one big march. I live in the Appalachian area. The Appalachian Trail marks the history of Indians forced from the homes to go to Okalahoma and Texas. Many Indians died on the trail of tears. Forced to leave their beloved mountain and area of beauty was much like the plight of Israel. Israel sold into bondage and Indians place on reservation in land that did not flow right to their life style. Indians sent to a desolate land of promise. Israel sent to land of people not their own. A people whose ways were different, yet Israel upon knowledge that the prophets were right repented of their sin to God and became on fire for God. The fire of Godís people in land not their own is much like the ark taken into the Philistine camp who then got a plague that would not end until they rid themselves of the ark by sending it home.

Whether one is in exile or whether one is at home, are you on fire for God. Is the hope of Christ shining forth in your life? Are you setting the world on fire by obeying the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel? Are you letting your light shine for Jesus while there still time? Let your light so shine, whether in the storm, or a good day. Israel return happened right before Christ and in 1945. Israel was still under foreign rule before and after Christ, but in 1945 they gained independence and under their own rule with foreign influences. God promises coming to His children and giving them hope of Christ return. Do you believe Godís promises are true just because of proof in scripture and historical events seen by the world? This fire is the later rain of the Holy Spirit at the time of Pentecost that continues flowing even today. It came after Christ dying for our sins and resurrection. His the Holy Spirit power flowing in your life, if not repent of your sins, ask for Christ to come into your heart and receive the Holy Spirit of promise.

Dear Heavenly Father your promise of your Sonís return is coming, you kept your promise to Israel and will to your children gain through Christ Jesus. Your humble servant knows the power of your promises even to the people without the hope of Christ. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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