” Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you- The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23, NKJV)
In my last post, “Pentecost and Prophecy”: I ended with a teaser that I would look at the potential timing of the next outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The first outpouring of the Holy Spirit was realized in Acts 2 when what appeared as tongues of fire came down on the apostles and other disciples. Peter quoted from the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32) and on this day some 3000 repented and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the Remission of Sin. This monumental event was fulfilled on the Spring Harvest Day of Pentecost (Shavuot). This was the former rains that Joel spoke about, the rains needed before the spring harvest. What about the latter rains?
The latter rains represent the Fall Harvest and the NKJV mentions that this is in the first month of Hebrew (Civil) Calendar. This month is called Tishri and the 15th-21st days of this month is known as Sukkot (Fall Harvest). Since there was a literal outpouring of the Holy Spirit during Pentecost, we must know that there will be a future fulfillment of the coming of the Holy Spirit that coincides with the latter rains. We can know this because God keeps His Word always! Many prophecies are fulfilled within a reasonably short time of the original prophecy. Yet, there is also an end of the age fulfillment. This is called the Near/Far Prophetic.
By understanding the meaning of the spring and fall rains, we know that there will be a greater harvest of souls during the celebration of Sukkot. Jesus also tells us to learn the lesson of the fig tree as a sign of a season before His return.(Matthew 24:32-35). The fall rains lead to the harvest of figs. The fig harvest is on Sukkot (Late September/early October). Expect an End of the Age pouring out of the Holy Spirit.