By: Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne

Publish date: 07/23/2017

Foundation scriptures:
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.  Hosea 6:3 KJV

Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.  Joel 2:23-24 KJV

1. The Former and the Latter Rain.
a. This passage is speaking about the revival that takes place in the last days.
b. Joel 2:23 says: Be glad; Rejoice.
c. This is the sound of revival.
d. April 1989 - Tuesday morning - upstate New York - The glory of the Lord filled the place.

2. Why?
a. Many ask, “Why?” “Why would God do this?” b. God knows what His people need.
c. This is why He sent the Holy Spirit.
d. John 7:37-39 KJV - “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”

3. The Day of Pentecost was Overflow.
a. Acts 2:1-22
b. Filled to overflowing.
c. This was something that could not be contained.
d. It was overflow.
e. Joel 2:24 says that the vats shall overflow with wine and oil - symbols of the Holy Spirit.

4. Something Happens When There’s an Overflow.
a. On the day of Pentecost 120 were filled - then 3000 and 5000.
b. Acts 19:1-12 KJV - “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.7 And all the men were about twelve. 8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. 9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”
c. All that lived in Asia heard the Word, the Gospel.
d. There is going to be an explosion.

5. The Coming Great Awakening.
a. The coming together of the former and the latter rain.
b. Whole regions will be shaken by the Glory of God.
c. A storm of Holy Ghost proportions.