When Will the Latter Rain Come?I have often thought that we are just waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to just happen sometime in the end time, and its coming wouldn't have much to do with what we do. But that's not the picture that the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy depict!
Zechariah 10:1 says,'Ask 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.' And Hosea 10:12 says,'Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord till he come and rain righteousness upon you.' Notice that this says we have to ask, and we have to break up our selfishness and prepare ourselves spiritually to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The latter rain doesn't just happen without much of our cooperation. We must be changed in our hearts so the Holy Spirit can use us in a powerful way to spread the end-time gospel.
Read this quote from Testimonies to Ministers p. 511-512, 'The dispensation in which we are now living is to be, to those that ask, the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. Ask for His blessing. It is time we were more intense in our devotion. To us is committed the arduous, but happy, glorious work of revealing Christ to those who are in darkness. We are called to proclaim the special truths for this time. For all this, the out pouring of the Spirit is essential. We should pray for it. The Lord expects us to ask Him. We have not been wholehearted in this work.
Notice that this says, NOW is the time for outpouring of the Holy Spirit! We are not waiting for the Lord to fill us, the Lord is waiting on us! The Lord wants us to earnestly ask for it. He wants us to be more fervent in our devotion to God, and to surrender our entire selves to Him. Let's do that today, so Jesus can come and take us Home sooner!