make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause
the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
Under the figure of the early and the latter rain, that falls in Eastern lands
at seedtime and harvest, the Hebrew prophets foretold the bestowal of spiritual
grace in extraordinary measure upon God's church. The outpouring of the Spirit
in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain,
and glorious was the result. . . . But near the close of earth's harvest,
a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for
the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to
the falling of the latter rain.
work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of
God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring
of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled
in the latter rain at its close. . . .
of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will
hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands
of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be
wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers.
Satan also works with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in
the sight of men. Revelation 13:13. Thus the inhabitants of the earth will
be brought to take their stand.
will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit
of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now
it will spring up and bear fruit. . . . Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere,
the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the
bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless
to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding
the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon
the Lord's side.
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