Walter Pearson Jr.: The Latter Rain And The Second Coming Video Sermon

Pastor Walter Pearson Jr is one of my favorite preachers. I praise God that even after his stroke he is still preaching the word of God. May God continue to bless his ministry.

In this sermons preaches on the topic, “The Latter Rain And The Second Coming.” A very important topic as we await the second coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Rain played a major role in Israelite agrarian society. Cisterns found by archaeologists in Israel indicate the value of water and the need to preserve it for the dry season, which spanned close to half of the year.

1. Rainy Season: In Israel most of the rain usually fell from December to February. The first rain of the rainy season—the “early rain”—usually came mid-October through early November. This rain softened the ground and facilitated the germination of seeds and the growth of crops. The latter rain came, before the harvest, from early March to April. This rain contributed to maturation of the crop. Therefore, rain was enormously important to Israelite life and was considered a gift from God (Deut. 11:14; Jer. 5:24; Matt. 5:45). The lack of rain was often seen as an expression of divine disfavor, a result of the sins and rebelliousness of the people (e.g., Jer. 3:3).
2. Ideas Associated With Rain: Rain was associated with the power of God over nature (1 Kings 17:1; Isa. 5:6), and with His blessings (Ps. 84:6; 147:8) and favors toward humanity (Hosea 6:3). Its connection with subsistence made it a concrete expression of God’s concern for the life of the people and for the fertility of the land (Deut. 11:10, 11; Lev. 26:4). That same connection between life and rain allowed for its use as a symbol of wisdom (Prov. 18:4) and godly teachings (Deut. 3:2). Since rain benefited all, it is metaphorically associated with the just king who is a blessing to all, and nurtures life instead of threatening it (2 Sam. 23:4). A negative side to rain, specifically torrential rain, is that it damages fields and houses, and it became a symbol of chaos and destruction (e.g., Gen. 7:11; Isa. 4:6).
3. Outpouring of the Spirit and Rain: In the Bible rain became a symbol for the divine outpouring of the Holy Spirit; both rain and the Holy Spirit were sent by God as a demonstration of His concern for life.

We find, first, an eschatological usage of the image of rain. God described the future restoration of His people using the language of rain to illustrate the work of the Spirit: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isa. 44:3, NIV; cf. Eze. 39:29; Isa. 32:15; 44:3). In Joel, after announcing the coming of the early and latter rains, God added, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28, 29, NIV).

Second, the image of the early and latter rains could be applied to at least two different powerful works of the Spirit within the church: one related to the experience of Pentecost, and the other to events shortly before the return of Christ. The eschatological work of the Spirit announced by Joel was partially fulfilled during the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:18). This could be called, the “early rain.” But that same prophecy referred to “the great and glorious day of the Lord” suggesting that a fuller manifestation of the Spirit was to be expected (cf. Acts 2:19, 20).

This future work of the Spirit would accompany and empower the proclamation of the last message of judgment and salvation to the human race. It is to this event that Revelation 18:1 points. An angel, representing God (Eze. 43:2), descended from heaven with great authority, illuminating the earth with his glory, and adding power to the worldwide proclamation of the message of the three angels of Revelation 14:6-12. Such a manifestation of the Spirit could be called the “latter rain.” Before the return of Christ, evil powers will perform great wonders and miracles (Rev. 13:13, 14; 1 Tim. 4:1), but God will also express His superior power through the work of the Spirit among His people.

In summary, the words “early rain” and “latter rain”  as used in scripture are agricultural images figuratively applied to the work of the Holy Spirit when the Christian church was starting in Acts of the Apostles and also a the end of the world shortly before God’s  final end-time harvest (Rev. 14:14-20).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jtbvcPl7vY

Revelation 6 : Seven Seals by Pastor Kenneth Cox

Seven Seals of Revelation 6

This is a study of Revelation 6 focusing on the seven seals.

In our study of  Revelation 5 we saw how the Father handed over His rule of the world to the Lord Lord Jesus. Jesus presented as the Lamb of God in the book of Revelation has taken the scroll [biblion] of God’s eternal purpose from “the one who was seated on the throne” (Rev. 5:7, NRSV).

Jesus in now in control, He reigns in heaven and earth. Only through him can we have our salvation and only through him can we approach the Father.

The scroll that Jesus received from the father has seals that need to be broken to see its contents. This is where we are now in Revelation 6. Someone needs to open the seals.

Fortunately for us the crucified and risen can and will open the seven seals of the heavenly scroll. This is because of the authority given to him by the Father in Revelation 5.

He has the authority to execute the judgments of God whose item aim is the final establishment of God’s kingdom on earth. He is qualified and in fact He is the only one who can open these seals.

No angel, no human being is qualified to open these seals. Only the Son of God who died on the Cross and rose from the dead can open these seals on behalf of the Father.

We should also note that Christ is a free agent and could have refused to open the seals but He loves us very much. It is out of this love that He accepted to become a man and die on the cross of Christ.

As a response of this love and Christ’s willingness to open the seals the whole universe sings anthems worshipping God and the Lamb.(Revelation 5:13,14). He is indeed worthy of our praise.

Another thing that any scholar of the book of Revelation will immediately realise is that the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation have so many things in common.

In the book of Daniel we have the son of man going to the father to receive dominion and in Revelation 5 we see the initial fulfillment of this vision. This is even before the final judgment begins.

Professor Ranko Stefanovic of Andrews University explains this progressive fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word: “With the taking of the biblion [scroll] the whole destiny of humankind is put into the hands of the enthroned Christ; hence it is indeed the heavenly book of destiny. On the basis of its contents he would judge, hence, the judgment book.”

Video Bible Study on Revelation 6 by Kenneth Cox

In the video below Pastor Kenneth Cox of Kenneth Cox Ministries in the United States leads a bible study on the book of Revelation 6. This is a verse by verse study of this chapter.

Kenneth Cox has spent decades studying the book of Revelation and you will notice that as you watch the video below.

For those interested in further study of the book of Revelation I would urge you to buy Professor Ranko Stefanovic book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is a verse by verse commentary on the book of Revelation. It is definitely one of the most well researched studies in the book of Revelation.

http://youtu.be/bEygOb9M9fo

Revelation 13’s Beast From The Sea – Kenneth Cox (3ABN Sermons)

In this video veteran evangelist, Kenneth Cox leads a study on the beast from the sea as found in the book of Revelation 13.

What does this beast from the sea represent and how does this prophecy affect us? These and other questions will be covered in this sermon.

Without preempting Pastor Kenneth Cox sermon I would like to remind the readers that a beast represents a king or kingdom. This is clearly stated in the book of Daniel which has a striking resemblance to this book of Revelation.

The book of Revelation uses a lot of symbols that we saw in the book of Daniel. In fact you will be forgiven to think that Apostle John borrowed extensively the language found in the book of Daniel.

We should also keep in mind that the book of Revelation describes two beasts that will dominate world events at the end of time. The first arises out of the sea, and the second out of the earth. Books and other church momentos can be found at Holyart.

The second beast, the beast from the earth, causes all that dwell upon the earth to worship the first beast, and in so doing they receive the mark of the Beast.

As the presenter advises to properly understand the symbols in the book of Daniel we need to go to other parts of the bible. The keys to unraveling the symbols in the book of Daniel is found in the bible itself.

Again, by applying the Biblical definitions to the symbols employed in this great prophecy, we can unravel its
mysteries.

The core symbols are beasts, heads, horns, sea, dragon, and earth and we can use the scriptures to understand these symbols.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62GvMmsI4OI