The Latter Rain is a Message

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"I stated that... there was to be special light for God's people as they neared the closing scenes of this earth's history. Another angel was to come from heaven with a message, and the whole earth was to be lightened with his glory. It would be impossible for us to state just how this additional light would come. It might come in a very unexpected manner, in a way that would not agree with the ideas that many have conceived. It is not at all unlikely, or contrary to the ways and works of God, to send light to His people in unexpected ways." Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 334.

As Seventh-day Adventists we have always believed that when the Latter Rain falls, it will add power to our message, but our message will be the same as it always has been for the last 165 years. But is this what happened in 31AD and 1888? On both occasions a new message accompanied the Early or Latter Rain, or to put it another way, a new message was the vessel for the Early and the Latter rain. That is to say that the Latter Rain comes contained in a message. What's more, they were new messages (which contained "precious old light"). In AD31 the new message was, "a risen Saviour". In 1888 the new message was, "Righteousness by Faith". Both were "precious old light" {1SM 401.2}, but if you rejected the message you rejected the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So why would we expect it to be any different today?

In the 1888 time period the Lord delivered a "most precious message" which was identified as the "third angel's message" that was to be proclaimed with a "loud voice" and "attended with the outpouring of His Spirit." The message of Jones and Waggoner in the 1888 time period was the Latter Rain message, thus the Lord attempted to pour out the Latter Rain through Jones and Waggoner in 1888 by sending a message. The latter rain is a message.

"The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God... This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure." Testimonies to Ministers, 91.

"An unwillingness to yield up preconceived opinions, and to accept this truth, lay at the foundation of a large share of the opposition manifested at Minneapolis against the Lord's message through Brethren [E.J.] Waggoner and [A.T.] Jones. By exciting that opposition Satan succeeded in shutting away from our people, in a great measure, the special power of the Holy Spirit that God longed to impart to them. The enemy prevented them from obtaining that efficiency which might have been theirs in carrying the truth to the world, as the apostles proclaimed it after the day of Pentecost. The light that is to lighten the whole earth with its glory was resisted, and by the action of our own brethren has been in a great degree kept away from the world." Selected Messages, book 1, 234.

So in AD31, if you were preaching the 10 Commandments, Christ the Lamb of God, be baptised and repent, don't eat unclean meat, abstain from blood and fornication etc. but you were NOT preaching "A Risen Saviour", then you did not receive the Early Rain. The Early Rain was a specific and distinct message which was new light on present truth, that contained precious old light.

Equally, in the 1888 time period, if you were preaching the sanctuary message, Daniel 8:14, the seventh-day Sabbath, vegetarianism, dress reform, Babylon is fallen etc. but you were NOT preaching "Christ Our Righteousness", then you did not recieve the Latter Rain.

Thus the Latter Rain IS NOW a specific and distinct message which is new light on present truth (e.g. the present sprinkling of the Latter Rain since Sept 11 among other things), that contains precious old light (e.g. the first and second woe and the events of 1840-1844).

There are a few more verses I'd like to share with you that tell us the Latter Rain is a message, and not JUST an experience.

Bearing in mind the harvest of the earth is ripened by the Latter Rain, Ellen White here is saying that the Latter Rain is a message, "He [John the Revelator] records the closing messages which are to ripen the harvest of the earth, either as sheaves for the heavenly garner or as fagots for the fires of destruction." The Great Controversy, 341.

"Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God's Spirit..." RH, July 20, 1897 par. 6.

The Latter Rain is God's words which by definition are messages, "For as the rain cometh down... but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth..." Isaiah 55:6-11.

Isaiah 28:9-12 (Only v9 and 12 are quoted here), "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts... To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear."

True doctrine is the Latter Rain, "My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Deuteronomy 32:2.

It doesn't make sense to me that the Seventh-day Adventist church is suddenly and powerfully woken up by old light, like the 1888 message, that they have been listening to for 121 years; or by the Three Angels Messages that they have been listening to for 165 years. So Christ has to send a new message to wake us up before the National Sunday Law, just as He did in 1888.

So now we need to look for the (new) message which is the vessel for the Latter Rain. It has to contain the above information on present truth; 9/11, the start of the Latter Rain, the 3rd Woe, the sealing of the 144,000, as that is present truth (it is the "new" part of the message). So what new message that contains precious old light can we find in Adventism since Sept. 11th, 2001?

The Links page will direct you to the message which I think is the Latter Rain message, partly because it teaches all the information we have just investigated, and a present truth message has to teach information on the present reform movement. If you cannot identify that you are in the Latter Rain time period, you will not realise that you have to pray and ask for the Latter Rain right now (Zechariah 10:1).

When you realise that now is the time that the saints are being sealed, now is the time of refreshing when your sins are being blotted out, and now is the judgment of the living; it should change your experience (thus this Latter Rain message brings with it an experience, just as we always believed the Latter Rain would) if you have been lulled into becoming a foolish virgin, and awaken you to buy oil now before it is too late. If you do not realise that you are now in the time of the Latter Rain, through this study, then "...the latter rain... may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 4}

The Latter Rain will not be given to anyone with one spot or blemish on their character; only to those that perfectly reflect the character of Christ. Now is the time brothers and sisters. Probation closes for the Seventh-day Adventists at the Sunday Law. That is when you either receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit without measure, or Ellen White says you are lost. So if you are waiting for the National Sunday Law to put away those last few spots or stains (not just "sins", but every trace of sin!), then you will be a foolish virgin. Remember, the foolish virgins were "virgins". They were of the true and pure church, they knew and preached and believed the straight truth, but they waited too long to put away every spot and stain on their characters, and when the (loud) cry went out, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh, go ye out to meet Him", they were found wanting as they had not the character to take them through the time of trouble. Do you suppose Ellen White is here talking about those true believers who waited until the Sunday Law to buy oil, thinking that the (loud) cry would come at the Sunday Law, but when the Sunday Law did come, they were found wanting, because the (loud) cry, "Behold the Bridegroom Comenth" had already been falling.

"My mind was carried to the future, when the signal will be given. 'Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which is represented by the oil, is not transferable." Review and Herald, February 11, 1896.

"The oil with which the wise virgins filled their lamps represents the Holy Spirit... Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God's Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men... God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness." Review and Herald, July 20, 1897.

The next event is the Sunday Law and the close of your probation. There are no more warnings to look out for before you perfect your character in Jesus. At the Sunday Law, the Loud Cry goes forth with unmeasured power, and you will either give that cry or be lost. And NOW is the time God is choosing and sealing those without spot or blemish to give that Loud Cry. This is one of the messages of the Latter Rain message that can be studied from the Links.

Proceed to the next and final chapter: The Latter Rain Message is a Test