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06 Praying for the Latter Rain

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • April 13, 2021
    9:30 AM

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I want to ask you a question this morning have you ever gotten into rock climbing I don't know what it is about us guys but we like sports that require gear don't we there was a time in college that I got into rock climbing just enough to get some of the gear and some of you that have done some rock climbing you know a little bit what that is you've got to have a rope and you had to be careful with your rope This is a very precious thing you don't want to overly sweat on your rope you don't want to be rough with your rope they even say if you take a hard fall on your rope you're supposed to discard it and get another one out you have to make sure if your top rope in that is not rubbing and you had to get all set up just right that means you have to get some webbing and you had has some Caribbean or is a maybe some quick draws you want to have a locking Caribbean or right the lock so that when you clip in you can then spin the thing and then you're there you are secured now you wouldn't do this to your belt and your Sabbath suit you understand. You would put on the harness and I thought about putting on the harness By think that would be awkward both for you and for me so I have simply disregard that part of it but then if you want to be a good climber you need to have the shoes and you need to have a chalk bag because if you're like me your hands get sweaty then you have to have a good a good weather day because of the rock is too cold that makes it challenging if it's too hot and you're sweating and saw that is all part of it so here we have a few different pictures of all of the gear and let me tell you a helmet is another piece that you want and then you have to learn which knots to tie you know I member using the double fisherman's not for my wedding and I still use that from time to time the figure 8 that you see here is very important will never pull out. So they say but that's very important because you're trusting your life to this and to this and to this right kind of a big deal and so when you tally up and people come with a big heavy backpack to the foot for us it was sunset rock or some rock so we found raccoon Mountain other places but you bring your big backpack and oftentimes put a tarp down and you splay everything out there you're talking about a lot of money a lot of equipment. Now we were just top rope and that means you you run your rope up to the top kind of like a pulley system it's not a pulley but any way you run it through in the person down below is belaying use it at any point you fall and as you go up one step they tighten and they tighten so there's just that stretch of the rope if something were to go wrong but if you're going to take it to the next level then you're going to start doing some lead climbing and that's where I take this I more or less clip it on to the back and used a down here below and I'm going to go up up up a little ways and I'm going to plant if there's not a lead or something I'll pant plant one of these can do something else and I'll hook the ropes to there with another Caribbean or a quick draw and then I'll go a little bit further in the ideas in is if I fall off Ah little further but not to the bottom dog it's great and the whole thing that's taking it to another level now there's another level beyond that and we'll talk about that here in a minute but my question to you is when you look at the screen of all this stuff what is the point why do people get all of this gear Well it's really for one simple reason for climbing the rock Yes but more than that is to make sure that you are clipped in so that if anything happens at any point your hands get to sweaty or you think you have this good handhold and and you don't and your grip breaks away or your footing flips or whatever might happen you are secure right. It's kind of the point of all of this stuff but then if you take it up on a level beyond that is something they call free solo. And that's where you leave the rope behind and you just do exactly that you free solo your just climbing Here's a picture of one of the lead climbers right now but I want to talk about Brad go bright he was born in Orange County California in 1908 he began climbing when he was just 6 years old and very quickly he became addicted he climbed every rock he could find in his late twenty's he started to be noticed for his incredible skills in the sport and so here you have a few magazines and Outside magazine and rock climbers magazine all noticing how he was really up and coming in this sport and the things that he was starting to do next great free soloist have mercy Here's a picture with 2 of his friends Alex Hunter old and Tommy Caldwell I believe is how you pronounce it they're in Yosemite Valley and if any of you have been to Yosemite Valley you know that rock climbers are there Yosemite is the Mecca for rock climbers known as the center of the universe for rock climbers and climbers refer to El Capitan as the most impressive wall on earth it's 3200 feet of sheer granite and so in 2015 go bright set out to climb the entire face without being tied in to climate free solo if you will this time lapse gives you some idea of the magnitude of the rock. As the video goes for almost 3 minutes as you see those little things that look like ants No there are people making their way up the ledge now there are many routes up the face of El Cap and go Brighton a friend Mason Earl made their 1st or the 1st free ascent up what the route that is known as the heart route without being tied in they were the 1st ones checked out off their list and 2016 of France got Bennett climbed to the top of El Capitan using 3 different routes the zodiac the nose the lurking fear and the record was made because they did all 3 of those free solo in the 24 hour period of mercy then 2017 he and Jim Reynolds set a speed record of 2 hours in 1000 minutes and 44 seconds for the nose on El Capitan and for most climbers to get up to a place that they call sickle can take as much as a day to get up there for go bright he was there in less than 15 minutes the day that he set this record which was later made into a documentary called to 1944 named after the time it took him to make it to the top unfortunately 2 years later in June of 21000 is record was beat by 2 of his buddies they set out to do in under 2 hours and their final time in the current standing record now that I'm aware of is one hour and 58 minutes bottom of the valley to the top on the route called the nose but what happened to go bright Well it's not the end of the story when a friend were simultaneous Pelling which is where 2 people are repel and simultaneously if you will on opposite ends of the same rope. And so the rope is somewhere attached on the top and they were both making their way down your weights had to be very similar and you have to be paying attention to one another and oftentimes they will tie a safety not at the bottom because if you repellent and it just goes through your figure 8 or 80 C.E.O.'s. But that can be a pain because the knot can get super tight and hard to do and they didn't think they needed it but as they were repellent down Sure enough the rope was not as long as they needed it to be and then his friend Jacobson felt a pop as go bright went off the bottom of the rope his friend tumbled about 2030 feet to a ledge and severe suffered some ankle issues that wasn't too serious but go bright tumble all the way down 600 feet to his death it's amazing he did not die during a free solo climb but the fact remains that at 31 years of age he was no more and I'll submit to you it was because he was not properly clipped in and the risk cost him his life today we're continuing our series on final events we've been going through this this is actually now number 6 if you've been keeping track and we've been dealing with a lot of these various issues and I won't take the time to repeat through some of those things in the things we've learned but we're on the latter rain and loud cry this morning but today I'm in tiling my message praying for the latter rain and as we go through this study. About the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit is useful to us now about how it will be of equal and greater importance on into the future and how truly the Holy Spirit is our life line it is our connection that will see us through to the end and whatever crisis we may face either today or on into the future you will be Ok as long as you are clipped in if you will to the Holy Spirit this isn't just an add on this isn't just a touchy feely you know this is nice no this is vital this is essential and without the Holy Spirit we're doomed truly no matter how good our skill set that we think it is and how much knowledge we think we have and so on and so forth if we don't have the Holy Spirit we're asking for trouble and so I want to begin our study if you brought your Bibles I hope you did were in Acts chapter 2 and I want to began by looking at this early rain experience before we move on to the Latter Rain experience and so were in the book of Acts chapter 2 and I'll be again in verse one acceptor 2 verse one when the day of Pentecost had fully come they were all with one accord in one place and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as the rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire and one sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance this is a description of the early reign experience when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. And what was accomplished as a result well in the outpouring the Holy Spirit we see 2 main thing is that it empowered their proclamation as well as empowered their demonstration and we'll be unpacking those a little bit but let's talk about that 1st one empowering their proclamation if we just let our eyes drop down the verse 8 it says and how is it that we hear each in our own language in which we were born so here they are given through the power of the Holy Spirit they are empowered to proclaim with greater power this idea that they just speak but others are hearing it in their own language and it lists off the various languages this is a miracle of God and why so that the Gospel won't be hindered by language it will be understood by people of other languages that they didn't know and they're saying this is phenomenal This is incredible in fact the word for tongues we see the same word used in Revelation 146 in the 3 angels message it will go to every nation language tongue same word and people to everyone and so very quickly in the time of Acts the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ went to every part of the then known world and this is amazing this is a testimony of the power of God to the outpoint of His Holy Spirit and so 1st it's the empowering their proclamation but number 2 is empowering their demonstration to unable to meet the challenges that were ahead of them as tradition tells us all of Jesus' remaining disciples along with Paul and many others died a martyr's death but the Holy Spirit provided them with courage with holy boldness with compassion for the lost and with the peace in their hearts. I like this for 27 verse 5 let him take hold of Ma I string that he may make peace with me and he shall make peace with me have you found yet that Jesus gives you what you need just when you need it our high calling page 125 says the promise is not that we will have strength today for future emergency we may if we walk by faith expect strength and provision for us as fast as our circumstances demand it so that saying when you need it's there but not until then sometimes we say Jesus is never late but he's always right on time. Continue with this quote We live by faith not by sight the grace of tomorrow will not be given today men's necessity is God's opportunity I like that. Because some of us and some of you may be going through your own time of trouble even now and you need just a little bit more and guess what there is no shortage of supply of the Holy Spirit and when you needed it will be given unto you full measure that's a beautiful promise continuous as we will not be able to meet the trials of this time without God we are not to have the courage and fortitude of martyrs of old until brought into the position they were in we are to receive daily supplies of grace for each daily emergency like this 1st to Deuteronomy 33 were 25 and as I days so shall die string be so friends if I can distill the Latter Rain experience down as simply this as we need more God gives more. As the time demands more God provides more as our challenges are greater God supply is greater and notice this promise in Spirit of Prophecy by man the testimonies for the church pays $21.00 the outpoint of the spirit in the days of the apostles was the former rain and Glorious was the result there's no question as we read to the Book of Acts that the result is glorious but it continues but the latter rain will be more abundant as the apostles of old took the gospel to the then known world to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit but this is telling us that we will see God's people in the last days not just do the same thing but more the latter rain will be even more abundant and friends only spirit is not something that we have to wait for it's available now God wants to use us now the early rain experience was not just for the apostles of old but is our experience today and today and today we are to pray and ask for the Holy Spirit every day but the reality still remains as we get closer to the end of time as we enter into Jacob's time of trouble as the challenges become greater God's Spirit becomes greater and the Latter Rain is poured out to give us and empower us for proclamation and demonstration of who God is here's another quote At no point in our experience can we dispense with the assistance of that which enables us to make the 1st start the blessings received out of the former rain are needful to us to the in and so from our conversion is the Holy Spirit that draws us to Jesus and at no point are we beyond the assistance or need of the Holy Spirit. Continuing testimonies of ministers and gospel workers file 75 away as we seek God for the Holy Spirit it will work in us meekness humbleness of mine a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain so we need the early rain experience which are the fruits of the spirit if you will having the Holy Spirit know hearts and our lives so we can be ready to receive the Latter Rain How is he going to give more if I don't have any to begin with and I also want to take you some Bible verses that you probably heard before that show us how we should be preparing for this latter rain in the Holy Spirit and notice that we should not expect a lot of rain to be poured out on us if we're not asking for it God's a gentleman he doesn't barge in but if we're asking for seeking it for desiring it for emptying of self longs to give it to us Zachariah 10 verse one our scripture reading ask the Lord for rain just ask ask the Lord for rain in the time of the Latter Rain the Lord will make flashing clouds he will give them showers of rain grass in the field for just a few know it says for every one every one that asks that desires he's not trying to keep the latter rain from anyone and so God is saying if you ask and remember there's an experience that we need to face the crisis today but it's also the experience that we will need to face the crisis of history and so this Holy Spirit is necessary both now and then. So that's why we're talking about the latter rain and loud cry today because how are we going to stand to the Final Crisis how are we going to be ready and able to stand through these momentous events that bring this world history to in French it is only through the outpoint always great is only by asking today and today and today until it comes because it challenges will simply increase and so we pray for a double portion a triple portion a Latter Rain portion of his spirit are there reasons as the question we need to ask are there reasons why the latter rain will has not been poured out I want to take a look at what the prophet Jeremiah says this is the young prophet Jeremiah some scholars feel him he may have only been 12 or 13 years old and this young lad is speaking to the Jewish nation God's people just before they were taking can into captivity by Vallon but I think this could be said of modern Israel God's remnant people again when the deceptions of Babylon are again trying to overtake God's people just before the end of the world but I have to warn you this is not a soft message Jeremiah chapter 3 the 1st 3 verses Jeremiah Chapter 3 begin in verse one they say if a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's May he returned to her again would not that land be greatly polluted but you have played the harlot with mini lovers got a saint of a man put his wife away and she goes to another man you don't go back to that woman that is polluted or defiled territory and God is saying that's what it's been like for me you have played the harlot with many lovers. But do we see in this verse that God is casting away the harlot What is he saying the last line of this verse he says yet return to me this is the Lord how gracious our God is that in the midst of our sinful condition he invites us back anyway then verse 2 it says Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see where have you not lain with men by the road you have sat by them like an Arabian in the wilderness and you have polluted the land with the Harlettes and your wickedness he's basically saying look at the hills around you is there any hill that you have not worship other gods and played the prostitute a strong language folks I believe this passage is asking us is asking me to look at the high places in my life today what television programs What movies have you been watching what things you've been looking at on the Internet how you've been spending your time look at your career your life's path your goals your ambitions and you think you're on your way to heaven but could it be said of us that we are actually putting God in the background how we made things of this world our idol yet God is saying in his grace yet return to. Me But as a result of the actions of God's people and playing with the harlotry and idolatry of this modern world notice what God says to his prophet in verse 3 therefore the showers have been withheld somebody is quick to say that's not us but Verse 3 tells us therefore the showers have been withheld how come we haven't seen the latter rain because we played the harlot we've had idols on all these hills find a hill around. Therefore the showers have been withheld and there has been no latter rain that speaking of now you had a harlot's forehead you refused to be ashamed and I ve says you have the brazen look of a prostitute you refuse to blush with shame what diseases say the latest see in church you need the garment of my rightness to cover the shame of your nakedness and yet the church refuses to be ashamed or the legacy in church lukewarm but we think we are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing. And we refuse to blush we refused to be ashamed and was the montra of the so world be true to yourself and over and over again we hear the testimonies from the bor the girl the transgender it doesn't matter what you are as long as you are true to yourself and the audience applause and celebrate their courage in standing against the Holy Word of God friends that's a lie from the pit not truth be true to yourself be true to God and to his word. For my heart is deceitful and wicked who can know it this idea that I have to be true to myself it's this trust God and the simple fact that he alone knows what's best for me the simple fact is he alone can provide for all of my needs he'll loan can give life and give it more abundantly he alone can be my protector and deliver he alone is my strength and my wisdom so don't buy into this lie to be true to yourself be true to God How does that verse go that we all know so well seek ye 1st use and everything that makes sense to you and makes your heart happy look after you be true to you to your little heart's content and all these things can get in line and take a number is that would Jesus. Not at all. Is that when Jesus lived not at all frenzy has had one shot on this earth to fill it with good times learning how to surf and fast cars beautiful women fancy homes new clothes for a new season seen the 7 wonders of the world seeking after entertainment every chance he got and the best eateries in town oh have you tried this it's delectable. Is that the legacy he leaves for us the verse that I'm familiar with his Seek ye 1st the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you This was the life Jesus lived this is the example he left for us how many times did Jesus say my will is to do the will of My Father in heaven this idea I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live Jesus Christ now lives in me and the world doesn't get it it doesn't understand it and it doesn't advertise it but that doesn't stop making it truth we know from Bible prophecy that we are the end time church we are the Laodicean church but why aren't we blushing The fact that we're led to say in church is not a badge of honor but rather should lead us to our knee as we recognize our spiritual nakedness that adultery is not Ok and friends just because we see others around us doing this or doing that does not make it Ok they are not the standard church members church leaders church pastors are not the standard Jesus Christ is the standard So why is the Latter Rain been withheld because of our idolatry or the idols but in His grace. The invitation is still extended return to Me Pray for the latter rain during this time pretend and turn from your idols and God will pour out his Latter Rain blessing on you and on me it says in verse 4 you will not from this time cried to me my father you are the guide of my youth he say will you not cry out let me lead you I realize that some here at this point might be a little offended by some of the things that I'm saying perhaps you're saying yourself Pastor you're telling me that I'm playing the harlot to which I respond No God's prophet is and you can either be deeply offended and not blush and defend yourself or you can fall on your knees in repentance for the truth that exists in these verses in regards to you and to me the good news if we receive this message and repent and obey God and receive purification from him we can receive this outpouring of the lottery and continue in our study invite you turn back to the Book of Acts this time are going to be in chapter 3 and it is in chapter 3 that we see the timing of the Latter Rain. In connection with the progression of last day events. And so were in Acts Chapter 3 now in verse 19 says repent therefore and be converted repentance this is true heart conversion and it's a big part of this message the church has been unconverted. That's been connected to idolatry and playing the part of the harlot and God says repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord now this is the point of the letter a and then verse 20 and that he may send Jesus Christ who was preached to you before that's the 2nd coming and so if we can break this down a little bit and a sequence of events 1st the church has played the harlot as we just read in Jeremiah chapter 3 verse one second there is this call for repentance and true heart conversion brings about 2 things the blotting out of sin and the outpoint of the Latter Rain from the sanctuary and then you have the final blind out of sin is the close of probation and lastly you have the 2nd coming of Jesus but for us this morning the call is for repentance for true heart conversion but in so many churches today repentance seems to be a bad word have you noticed. Don't point out my sin don't point out my worldliness you should just be happy that I'm here and if you offend me I'll walk and I won't come back not on offend anybody but we do need to speak the truth in love don't we don't talk to be about my dress don't talk about my diet don't talk about my choices of entertainment the movies I watch the websites I visit the music I listen to the way I spend my time don't step on my toes past or rather just pat me on the back encourage me in my average laid this in life and tell me that I'll be in heaven regardless of my choices and my bad habits and my rebellious attitude but that's not the message we see here the message is to repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out that the times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord is not what we want. Then why are we holding on to this world why are we riding the fence why are we to proud to humble ourselves and to repent some how the devil has fooled us into thinking that repentance is awful but to repent to confess to have true heart conversion truly is the best feeling in the world to weep before Jesus to confess it all and with open arms for him to still receive us to promise to blot out our sins and give us a greater outpoint of His Holy Spirit is a humbling but amazing feeling and you'll sleep better than you ever slept before church will feel different your Bible study will feel different your prayers will feel different everything will feel more real and rewarding and this is the new life experience Jesus wants to give to us but God's a gentleman he doesn't force anything but wait for us to respond to his gentle knocking at the door of our hearts waiting for humble repentance and confession lets slip a few more pages still in the book of Acts and Acts Chapter 5 Verse 32 another aspect we can ignore Acts Chapter 5 Verse 32 and we are His witnesses to these things and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who. Obey him. Who does God give the Holy Spirit to those that obey Him Now wait this sounds like salvation by works. But this is no it's a simple fact that God cannot fill a person that is full self but a person that is empty of self that is obedient to Him He can fill with the spirit. We're saved by grace through faith Paul tells us and if he seems to but that faith produces obedience and our lives and in response God is able to fill those people with His Spirit that are living up to all the light that they receive and have chosen to obey Him Jesus said If you love me keep my commandments so good works are not the root but the fruit another preacher I like to listen to says there's 2 dangers there's the danger that we're saved by what we do danger number one and then there's the danger that were saved regardless of what we do under both ditches on either side of the road but the proof for the truth of a visa is chapter 2 verses 8 to 10 by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves is the gift of God Not of works as any man should boast of those 1st 2 verses but then you go to verse 10 and it says For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in the now so don't think that a disobedient life and lifestyle that's opened in rebellion to God's Word will allow you to receive the outpouring of the latter a Scripture is very clear that disobedience a life of rebellion will not lead a person to receive the lettering but rather as we read here in Acts 532 The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey and I want to turn our attention to the Latter Rain experience for just a moment because the latter rain is connected to a ripened harvest at the end of the world you've heard this before and the joyous economy the early rain was the rain that came after the seed was planted so you're putting grass seed in your yard or something you want that early rain to actually start off and kick off the seed right to make it germinate because it's been dormant for so long and it activates it for growth causing the seed to come up out of the ground. But then at the end of the harvest cycle just before the grain is ripe for harvest there will be another sea isn't of rain known as the latter or later rain right that would be the final push that the grain would need to become fully ripe it's been holding back it's been a little bit dry it's not sure but now the soil is so wet and full of all that it needs that the fruit just comes out and becomes right and it's ready for harvest and that brings about the grain and so if we read this verse here in James Tetra 5 or 7 it says therefore be patient brother and until the coming of the Lord see how the farmer which the context it's Christ waits for the precious fruit of the earth waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain and continued in verse 8 you also be patient establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand and so here Christ is waiting for the harvest he's waiting for the early rain which was received at Pentecost and so now he's waiting for the latter a as he waits patiently for this precious fruit of the earth now sometimes we think that the fruit has been right for a long time and God just trying to add more and more and more fruit but that's not how farming works is it if you just wait for more and more and more and more fruit this summer you're going to have bad fruit along with good fruit when it's ripe it's ripe and you have to harvest it right then notice this verse and Mark Chapter 4 verse $20.29 for the earth yields crops by itself 1st the blade in the head after the full grain in the head but when the grain ripens Iniki it Lee he puts in the sickle because the harvest has come from the farmers in the room you know exactly that when that corn is ripe it's ripe and if you wait just one or 2 days it's tough. But if you get it just that right moment it pops in your mouth and you can buy it from the store that way you have to go out there and you test and you say today's the day put the pot of water on we're having corn and I immediately he puts in the sickle because the harvest has come and he is saying I am having long patience for my harvest and till they receive the latter rain and the latter rain has not been poured out because by and large God's people are not praying for the latter wane and why are we not praying for the latter rain because we are enjoying the idols of this world and we are content to be lukewarm and we refuse to be ashamed of our sins and our spiritual nakedness because we compare ourselves by ourselves and so most of the church is like this so we must be Ok. But he is standing at the door knocking and saying let me come in and we refused to let a man because we're fine calling him savior but we're just not quite ready to call him Lord so we're not praying for the outpoint a lot of rain spoken of Zachariah 11 as it tells us to and then Jeremiah 31 to 3 says a lot of rain has been withheld because we have played the part of the Harlot towards God yet he still says Return to me and then acts 3 It tells to repent and be converted to as a church are lacking conversion but when we have a converted church then the times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord and the blotting out of sin will take place and the latter rain will be poured out and the loud cry can be given probation will close and Jesus will come back and immediately when the grain ripens he puts the sickle because the harvest has come so what does this grain that is ripe look like Often it's referred to as the fruits of the Spirit What's that going to look like in the church. Well that through the Spirit is love joy peace patience kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness and self-control this is how many people view it like a checklist and this goes along with this idea that I'm going to have to stop sinning and app stop doing all these bad things Ok but to think that way is to put it in the wrong framework I want to suggest to you this morning notice it doesn't say these are the fruits of the person you see there in the passage anywhere it says these are the fruits of the Spirit so Jesus comes into your life and through the power of the Holy Spirit you now have his love you have his joy you have his peace you have his patients you have his kindness his goodness his faithfulness his gentleness and his self control and so really should look like this if you're connected to the vine if you're connected to Jesus These are the fruits that he will produce in your life and those good fruits will drive out or replace the bad fruits in your life because that makes sense and so rather be in this grumpy legal istic grouch which sadly some people are in the church today you can be a happy joyful Christian full of the joy of the Lord and you'll feel perfect because the closer you come to the Lord the more you know you're not like him and you know what you're like when you're disconnected from him but he is working to change within in Christ object lessons which he quotes collations 522 the fruits of the Spirit passage we just looked at she follows up that verse with this quotation says the fruit can never perish but will produce after its kind a harvest and to eternal life. When the fruit is brought for the Immediately he put in the sickle because the harvest has come courting mark for 2829 and as Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of himself in his church we think we're waiting on him he's waiting on us with longing desire how long we don't have to wait beyond a lifetime how many lifetimes has he been waiting but we pity ourselves don't poor me 40 years on the Lord but Christ is waiting with longing desire for a manifestation of himself in his church and immediately he'll put forth a sickle for harvest when the character of crisis is the context and continues quotation Now Ok so this is the context of this one quote We hear all the time when the character of Christ will be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will come to claim them as his own Christ as Wayne and uniquely on the it is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ quoting 2nd Peter 312 were all who professes name bearing fruit to his glory how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the Gospel quickly the last great harvest would be ripe and and Christ would come to gather the precious grain that's exciting and discouraging all the same time but friends don't miss when God's people develop the fruit of the Spirit in our hearts in our lives as we surrender our lives with the Holy Spirit can be seen in our lives and that fruit is produced very quickly the whole world be sown with the seed of the Gospel and Christ will come to gather the precious grain and we will be much more effective in our Vangelis and methods a myth. Here's another statement that helps us connect the early and latter rain this one comes from by May The testimonies page 21 the outpouring of the spirit in the days of the apostles was the former rain and Glorious was a result but the latter rain will be more abundant and that amazing. And I believe by God's grace will be a part of it which is equally amazing actually Apostles page $55.00 near the close of 1st harvest a special The stole of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of Man this outpouring of the spirit is like into the falling of the latter rain like that a special bestows spiritual grace another quote from great controversy for $64.00 says before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since Apostol at times but I'm not the harlot have we seen the full out point of the latter rain have we seen this revival of primitive godless that we have not witnessed since epistatic times then maybe we have some repenting to do so as the spirit and power of God will be poured out upon his children friends this is the future of Evan to them the future and him is not a moral decline into worldliness is not being more and more like the world the future of adding to them is not turning the church into a rock club with dancing and drums and strobe lights and small machines the future of adding to them is not making the church fit into some modern worldly culture in order to appeal and win over people know the future of Avinza them is a revival of primitive godliness that you and I have yet to witness because it has not been present since Apostolate time but what a powerful thought that it will take place. God will have a people who allow Christ to come in that he may fully produced the fruits of the Spirit as a little be alive and receive the outpouring of the Latter Rain friends by God's grace that is our future not to be more like the world is you more like Jesus and the Latter Rain is the experience that we need it is that experience that empowers the loud cry Here's another quote early write a 6 at that time the latter rain or refreshing from the presence of the Lord will come to give power to the loud voice of the 3rd angel and prepare the Saints to stand in the period when the 7 last plagues shall be poured out so notice the Latter Rain is what gives power to the loud cry or the loud voice of the 3rd angel as well as preparing God's people to stand through the 7 last play early writings to 71 I heard those close with armor speak forth the truth with great power I ask what made this great change and angel answered It is the latter rain the refreshing from the presence of the Lord the loud cry of the 3rd angel in the paragraph before this statement we see the Church laid a scene state but when later C.L.'s Christ come in it receives the outpouring of the latter rain so we can give the loud cry of the 3rd angels message for we look at the Latter Rain I want to turn our focus a little bit more fully now on the loud cry of Revelation 18 those 1st 5 verses which give us the clearest description of this loud cry so if you have your Bibles you doing great just hang in there Revelation Chapter 18. We read these before we're going to read it again Revelation Chapter 18 again where one after these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven having great authority and the earth was a lumen a did with His glory and he cried Miley with a loud voice saying Babylon the Great is fallen is fallen has become a dwelling place of demons a prison for every file spirit and a cage of every unclean hated bird for all the nations of drunk of the one of the wrath of her fornication the kings of the earth a committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury verse 4 and I heard another voice from heaven saying come out of her my people lest you share in her sins and lest you receive of her play for her sins have reached to heaven and God has remembered her and equities so this is a message that comes from heaven has great power has great authority the earth is illuminated with His glory and this is the character of God that is seen throughout the world and so the loud cry is both a proclamation and a demonstration of the right just missed a face or rises by faith I should say the loud cry is not simply a proclamation it writes this My faith but it's a demonstration of righteous by faith a demonstration of the character of God in His people and their giving the in time 3 angels message to Revelation 40 the message of righteousness by say this is the experience that all of us want to be part of by him 6 the testimonies for the church page 100 messages of Christ's righteousness is just down from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord this is the glory of God which closes the work of the 3rd angel So here we have the message of Christ right to snus which is the righteous by faith message but you also see the glory of God or the character of God and this quote is saying they're one of the same. So again we have to have both both a proclamation and the demonstration and this right is a priceless sound from one end of earth to the other but friends is one thing to preach the rightness of Christ is quite another to be a demonstration of the right just miss of Christ one of the reasons we fail as a church is that we don't actually have the right business of Christ that's the latest see an experience because we're naked spiritually we think we're rich however and we think we're we have the rightness of Christ when we really do not when we truly have the rightness of Christ we are filled with the spirit and that overflows with having the fruits of the Spirit and then the world will see who Jesus really is through God's last day people and the midst of the craziest times you can imagine there will be a people on earth that are demonstrating the character of God and they will take notice how come they are so calm How do they have peace how do they still have joy how can they still smile in the midst of their persecution and all the things going on around them what do they have and when I find out what it is I want it for myself and when this happens it will go around the world from one end to the other by the commentary of I'm 794 it says this as a 3rd message swells to a loud cry and as great power and glory attend the closing work the faithful people of God will partake of that glory it is the latter rain which revived and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Tool be the lot of rain there revives in strengthens us as a people to pass through the time of trouble it will empower God's people to give the 3rd angels message with a loud cry that will attend the closing. Of the testimonies page 17 is the 3rd angel's message swells into a loud cry great power and glory will attend his proclamation the faces of God's people will shine with the Light of Heaven what an amazing promise that our faces will shine with the light of heaven as we give this message and again one of the reasons the latter rain has not been poured out yet is because we as a people are full of pride thinking we have something to bring to the table but God is looking for people that are empty of self void of self so they can be completely filled by his spirit so they can demonstrate what Christ character is truly like and that can happen with any part of David still here that the work may be finished so we can go home on fire the testimonies to 52 the power which stirred the people so mightily in the 844 movement will again be revealed the 3rd angel's message will go forth not in whispered tones but with a laugh out loud voice friend sadly many churches have bought into this idea that we don't need to be preaching in our in time message on 7 morning because I'll offend people rather we just need to give them soft and safe messages that will make visitors feel comfortable in this little ironic to me because messages that make me feel comfortable are messages that never come from my sin or my pride or my selfishness and when it comes to the end of all things these soft life messages will be anything but safe for those who receive them lo these many years we're supposed to give this message with a loud voice not with whispered tones and if we're supposed to do it then why are we doing it. Why are we ashamed of the very message this present truth for this time that God has given us to give to the world early writings to 78 I saw this message will close with power and strength far exceeding them in one cry the some of them in taking notes magazine wait a 2nd I thought the midnight cry was future the passing the sun I lost synonymous with a loud cry and you would be correct but here in early writings he's referring to the midnight cry experience the mill right movement leading up to October 200-2844 that we also referenced as the midnight cry if it was the true midnight cry Jesus would be here and we wouldn't be here in other places he says that the parable the 10 virgins and the midnight cry that behold the bridegroom cometh has been fulfilled to the very letter and will be again at the close of Earth's history as in review and Carol August $890.00 and so this midnight cry experience of $844.00 will be repeated and exceed that earlier experience in the last days and if you study avenues history that was really something that this is pre Advent history is and it is from at letter 861900 says the message of the angel following the 3rd is now to be given to all parts of the world it is to be the harvest message and the whole earth will be lighted with the glory of God so loud cry message that's the midnight cry message the harvest message that will light in the whole earth with the glory of the character of God proclamation and demonstration by him 6 the testimonies for a one when the storm of persecution really breaks upon us then with the message of the 3rd angel swell to a loud cry and the whole earth will be lighted with the glory of the Lord a few weeks ago we talked about the little time of trouble. During this little time of trouble when persecution breaks upon the world that this loud cry message will swell and lighten the earth with the glory of God So while the little time of trouble is happening while the phase of the son in law are getting more pronounced We are going to be filled with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to greater and greater degrees and with holy boldness will be giving this message with greater power and glory not for the glory of us but for the glory of God So rather than being afraid of the trouble around us we're going to give the message fearlessly and after the work is done why it says something about should we have said what we had said and then they say no if we could do it all over again we'd stay the same way. We'd give it again great controversy 6116 well the angel unites in the proclamation of the 3rd angel the message is to lighten the world the whole earth with his glory a work of worldwide extend an unwanted power is here foretold servants of God with their faces lighted and shining with a holy consecration will hasten from place to place to place to proclaim the message from heaven by thousands of voices all over the earth the warning will be given isn't this exciting I have people that have written me in regards to this series and some are awash in the u.k. some are in Australia I want to say hello to the Taliban are brothers that are watching there but whether you're in Canada the Caribbean and Kenya or Korea wherever you are on the globe you will be used by God in your corner of the earth to give this last message we're not going to rely on one or 2 preachers but it will be thousands of voices all over the earth and I pray that I and you will be one of those voices. One of those individuals that say Here I am Lord use me I don't know everything but I'm going to say what I know and your Holy Spirit going to empower me of the holy boldness Sally if only all someday on this could be in that camp when that time comes. Fearlessly share in the message but we're told some pretty disturbing things there is to be in the churches she is referring to 7th Day Adventist Church is a wonderful manifestation of the power of God but it will not move upon those who have not humble themselves before the Lord and open the door of of the heart by confession and repentance that's review and herald extra December 23890 he continues on in the manifestation of that power which lightens the earth with the glory of God they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous something which will arouse their fears and they will brace themselves to resist it because the Lord does not work according to their ideas and their expectations they will oppose to work why they say should we not know the Spirit of God when we have been in the work so many years Listen friends just because you've been the work for many years does not mean that you recognize the voice of the Spirit of God It doesn't mean that you've humbled yourself Sadly there's been a lot of books published recently that attack the very message that will prepare I believe God's people to stand to the end of time there was an individual recently who came to present at one of our schools and they have spent their entire career in ministry in the 7th heaven as church they could retire probably any time and in his presentation to our students he was talking about all these times in Earth's history when people got all stirred up and hot and bothered about things that are happy and current events in the Jesus coming season and as you list them all one after one after one I kept thinking myself what's the point are you trying to convince us because the years hasn't come in the last 7 years that he's not coming friend that is so off the wall thinking because it doesn't mean we're 70 years further away were 70 years closer. Don't try to convince us all calm down don't be so bothered. What did Jesus say in Matthew 2412 and 13 the love of many will grow how cold but he'll endures to the end will be saved the fact is income just yet we don't give up our hope he says in verse $44.00 of Matthew $24.00 Therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming an hour that you do not expect friends the call is to be ready the message to our students should not be to calm down but to be ready the message to our community is not peace and safety but to be ready the message for ourselves is not life as usual its Be ready poll also warns us for when they say peace and safety then Sun destruction comes upon them and they shall not escape this is from review and herald May $27890.00 as men of influence close their own hearts the 3rd message will not be comprehended the light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false light by those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory and so as the messages and dance in glory they will be many that say there is no light in this we can't have victory over sin we can be made like Jesus before he returns this is fanaticism this is heresy don't accept this version of advantage them some might say when in reality this is been the version of Adventism that God has given to us from the very beginning what did Jesus say in Matthew 548 therefore you shall be perfect just as your Father is perfect Father in Heaven is perfect desire of Ages 311 this command she's reference in Matthew 548 is a promise. This isn't to intimidate is a promise the plan of redemption contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan Christ always separates the contract soul from sin. But there are people saying you should bask in your sin you can't change your human Oh well nothing we can do. To continue in desire of ages that says he come to destroy the works of the devil and he has made provision that the Holy Spirit shall be imparted to every repentant soul to keep him from sinning he's made provision is there sane is jubilant when he hears the professed followers of Christ making excuses for their deformity of character it is these excuses that lead to sin there is no excuse for sinning she says how they can write and publish these books I don't understand. Don't take this brand of Adventism and it's legalism No it's not is the empowerment of Jesus Christ living within me to overcome the sins of my life. Says a holy tempera Christ like life is accessible to every repenting believing child of God And so this idea will just keep on saying till Jesus comes this is a Babylonian idea and it's crept into our church and it dumbs down the Gospel to make man think we cannot have victory over sin how does this make sense the most powerful god in the universe is not powerful enough to give me the victory over Satan and his sin how does that make any sense if this is the case then the devil is more powerful than God and perhaps we should be bowing down to worshipping Him Don't tell me God is not powerful enough the truth of the matter is we can overcome how just as Jesus did through continual reliance on our Heavenly Father. His life proves that one can fully depend on God to overcome every demon of hell and so there are those in the church today that are rejecting the light that is needed for this time but I believe it's these very truths that prepare us to receive the outpouring the lettering so we can receive the seal of God and give a loud cry message whether Paul saying his last letter to Timothy before his execution for the time will come 2nd to empty for verse 3 for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but according to their own desires because they have it 100 years they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their eyes from the truth and be turned aside to fables might as well enjoy it nothing we can do about it earlier in the same book he says in chapter 3 verse 2 people will be lovers of themselves lovers of money both will proud abusive disobedient to their parents ungrateful unholy without love unforgiving slanderous without self-control brutal not lovers of the good treacherous rash conceited lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God looks to me like they have a scent problem and why might that be because they have a form of godliness but they're denying its power I don't want to be part of that group or maybe I should say I'm tired of being part of their group that has a form of godliness but denies the power because when sin comes lurking around I don't follow my knees like i should i don't claim the promises like I should I don't memorize scripture like I should I have the form of godliness and God says I have all the power to tap into my power tap into my strength tap into my abilities let my peace let my love let my goodness and faithful is overflow in your life. I mean this idea is even right there in the Christmas story Matthew $121.00 says and she shall bring forth a son and you shall call his name Jesus for He will save his people not in their sins but from their sins because that total faith that total trust that total dependence and reliance upon God that enables us to overcome sin our lives and as we learn those lessons of faith and trust and dependence and reliance in Christ and Christ alone it is those lessons that will enable us to be recipients of the Latter Rain and to go through the final crisis of her sister by in 5 testimonies $882.00 in the last Psalm work few great men will be engaged God will work or work in our day that but few anticipate he will raise up and exalt among us those who are taught rather by the unction of his spirit than by the outward train of scientific has to to sions these facilities are not to be despised or condemned they are ordained of God but they can furnish only the exterior qualifications God will manifest that he is not dependent on learned self important mortals now I'm a product of our institutions I went after Selim entry school and high school and college and now in a seminary I have my doctorate from Andrews University and she says these institutions are not to be despised but just because I have my doctorate doesn't make me more qualified to talk about our message than any butty else on the flip side some people don't even accept anything that people say with degrees because they've been tainted they don't know what they're talking about they just discredit them and we're not supposed to do that either the point here is that the higher learning has its place and we are not despise or condemn it but we focus not on the exterior qualifications but those that are fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit in their lives that's the point. So at the end we're not looking for a few great man we're not looking to any one person our favorite evangelist or speaker or ministry to guide us but rather will be thousands of voices united to give the last message of warning to the world and so in summary in Jeremiah Chapter one Verse 3 the church has played the harlot I think it's 3 Verse one I think it's backwards churches play the heart and Acts 319220 we call we have the call to repent therefore and be converted there's the experience of repentance that your sins may be blotted out that happens in the world in the cleanse in the sanctuary so the times are refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord so when the sins of God's people are blotted out then the Holy Spirit is poured out and that is the latter rain experience so we see the outpoint Latter Rain spoken of as times of refreshing in Acts 319 we see this also in the parable of the 10 virgins when the midnight cry is given in Matthew 25 and the wise virgins have the early rain experience they have the extra vessel of oil for their lamps and now they receive the latter rain to give a loud cry message of Revelation 18 and we saw in the 1st part of this message that the midnight cry in a loud cry are given when the national Sunday laws passed and that's when the sleeping church wakes up and when those laws propel our message like it could not have been propelled before when the latter rain is poured out in its fullness in following the parable the 10 virgins continues for touch short time but the door is shut and they go in with the bridegroom to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb at the close of probation and the soon coming of Jesus Christ that soon follows and going back to Acts 3 Verse 20 it says that he may send Jesus Christ who was preached to you before another reference to the coming of Jesus and it's in the language of the ripening of the harvest. That we see it spoken of as well in Revelation 14 the a verse 14 and I looked and behold a white cloud and on the clouds that one like the son of man having on his head a golden crown in his hand a sharp sickle another angel came out of the temple crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud thrust in your sickle and reap for the time has come for you to reap for the harvest of the Earth is right for friends we have a special message at this time in earth's history and we want to be ready for Jesus to come and I believe and I think you believe too that he is coming very soon and he wants to pour out that Holy Spirit on us in the form of the Latter Rain and who is this latter rain poured out to those that are clipped in those who obey Him those who repent those who turn away from the idols of this world and return to Christ and allow Jesus to come in Friends years knocking on the door of our hearts Let's stop glorying in the shame of our nakedness as a church rather let's accept Christ in his rightness for all that it truly is which includes the fruits of the Spirit who is the character of Jesus and by grace through faith we can receive all of those blessings so we can be fitted for the outpouring of the latter rain so we can give the loud cry because I believe the son in law is coming soon I believe we are witnessing the end of time and by God's grace I want to be fitted for that time I want to be fitted with the character of Jesus to allow him to do his work in me I want to be clipped in when those storms come that the Holy Spirit will hold me close and not let me go I have any father this morning we want to come to you and humble repentance. To how lightly we had taken your word Lord we long to be forgiven of our sins we want to confess where we have erred where we need help where we have been overcome time and time again but we believe that you are more powerful than anything the devil can throw at us and so Lord as we repent as we long for true heart conversion as we ask for the outpouring of your spirit as you blot out the sins in our lives Lord May you do a work in us that will bring glory to your name that your character may shine forth that people will see you. And be drawn is our prayer and Jesus' name amen. This media was brought to you by audiophiles a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave it at w.w.w. dot audio Verse dot org.

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