And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV)
My wife had shared the above verse with me and it struck a chord with me. That idea, that he is making all things new is quite intriguing, isn’t it? It gives me hope.
I knew I wanted to write a song about it, so I did. Here it is:
One of the parts of the song goes like this:
Just like the wildflowers, springing from the desert
When the latter rains fall to the earth
You’re sons and your daughters, will rise with love’s power
When your Presence drenches your church…
With your love!
I had a vague recollection of the latter rain being from a Scripture passage somewhere so I looked it up and found this:
“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” (Joel 2:23 ESV)
This chapter in Joel 2 describes an army led by the LORD that most certainly bring ruin and destruction to any who maintain their rebellion against him. Listen to this:
“The LORD is at the head of the column.
He leads them with a shout.
This is his mighty army,
and they follow his orders.
The day of the LORD is an awesome, terrible thing.
Who can possibly survive?
12That is why the LORD says,
“Turn to me now, while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
13Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.
14Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve,
sending you a blessing instead of this curse.
Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine
to the LORD your God as before.” (Joel 2 NLT)
Please take the time to read the whole chapter!
So an interesting thing happened after I wrote the song. I had a dream in which someone was about to say something derogatory against the Latter Rain and Fresh Fire movement of God. I interrupted them by saying, “Isn’t it wonderful? I just want to receive everything that our loving heavenly Papa wants to pour out on his kids!” As I said this, I looked up and was filled with God’s Spirit.
I got curious about what this was all about. What is this Latter Rain and Fresh Fire? I looked it up and learned that there is an anointed man of God named Todd Bentley who is part of the Fresh Fire movement and draws heavily upon the inspiration of the Latter Rain Movement of God from the 1950’s. After a brief investigation I found this video.
I hope you find this video intriguing enough to do your own research and make some amazing discoveries!
“Seek the LORD while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)