There is a remarkable prophecy from Joel 2:23 which points to the former and the latter rain:
“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.”
According to the prophet Joel, during the last days before the trumpet sounds, God is going to give the former and the latter rain both in the first month. He’s not going to wait for a dry season between the former rain, with the harvest of corn, barley, and wheat, and the latter rain, with the harvest of fruit. Both harvests will come in immediately. There will be no waiting, no seasons.
In the natural, you have to wait between seed-time and harvest, but not in the time prophesied by Joel.
Notice when Pentecost was fulfilled prophetically, three thousand people received Christ as Savior. Seed-time to harvest was reduced from three months to one day! Within days, no one could even keep up with counting all the people who were added to the church.
And the hour will come when suddenly God begins combining everything together. Seed-time and harvest will happen simultaneously. He’s even going to do it during months when the harvest isn’t supposed to happen. The apostle Paul points to this: “For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” (Romans 9:28).
Zechariah 10:1 declares: “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.”
Hosea 10:12 states: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”
We’re about to hear the sound of the trumpet. The celebration is ready to begin!
Jesus Christ came to earth to fulfill all the precious pictures and prophetic promises God gave throughout the Old Testament. The prophets never experienced the reality of redemption, they could only foretell it. And we have the Blessed Hope, the precious Lamb of God! Best of all, He is the soon-coming King, who is returning in power to receive us to live with Him forever, the ransomed believers, saved to sin no more!