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.
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; and it is for this added power that Christians
are to send their petitions to the Lord of the harvest “in the time
of the latter rain.”
was glorified on the day of Pentecost so will He again be glorified in the
closing work of the gospel, when He shall prepare a people to stand the final
test, in the closing conflict of the great controversy.
. . will be seen hurrying hither and thither, constrained by the Spirit of
God to bring the light to others. The truth, the Word of God, is as a fire
in their bones, filling them with a burning desire to enlighten those who
sit in darkness. Many, even among the uneducated, now proclaim the words of
the Lord. Children are impelled by the Spirit to go forth and declare the
message from heaven. The Spirit is poured out upon all who will yield to its
promptings, and ... they will declare the truth with the might of the Spirit’s
the members of God’s church today have a living connection with the
Source of all spiritual growth, they will not be ready for the time of reaping.
Unless they keep their lamps trimmed and burning, they will fail of receiving
added grace in times of special need.
grace is needed at the beginning, divine grace at every step of advance, and
divine grace alone can complete the work. There is no place for us to rest
in a careless attitude....By prayer and faith we are continually to seek more
of the Spirit.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 212.