Thursday, March 13, 2014

Victoria Boyson: The Latter Rain: Holy Spirit's Release – A Vision

Friends, Heaven has been just blowing my mind recently, and I'm going to share it with you!

I invite you to wrap your arms around the Holy Spirit and embrace Him as your friend – that's what He desires. It's His plan to fill you with Himself! He desires you to know Him as a friend, because He wants to take you on an incredible, mind-blowing journey to transform you to carry His new wine, so He can show you off as a light to the lost. He wants to make the world thirsty for Him, so He points to you and declares: "Try My wine!" (see John 2:9).

I've never really liked using the word dispensation, which is really just the dispensing or outpouring of the Spirit of God on mankind. When I was a girl in Bible college, there were groups of students who loved to impress people with big sounding words, so whenever I use that word it takes me back to that time. It's a silly thing, I realize, but I was talking to the Lord about it, and He told me that Holy Spirit likes to use the term "latter rain" instead of dispensation. Not that He has a problem with the word like I do, it is just His preference.

The latter rain is historically known as the belief that latter-day or end-time Believers will have a greater release/outpouring of God's Holy Spirit on the earth. This belief is based on the Scripture from Haggai 2:6-9:

"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the Lord Almighty. 'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,' declares the Lord Almighty. 'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the Lord Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the Lord Almighty."(See also Joel 2:23; 2 Corinthians 3:9.)

Vision of the Holy Spirit of God

In the midst of this conversation with the Lord about the Holy Spirit, I suddenly experienced a vision of the Holy Spirit!

I saw Him filled with incredible, enrapturous, joyful expectation for what He was about to release on Earth. He started to prance around in a fun, graceful manner and, with His arms outstretched, He would literally shower people with Himself. He was so happy and free, because He could finally pour Himself on mankind like He had always wanted to. And I heard Him joyously singing as He did, "The latter rain, the latter rain, the latter rain!"

Holy Spirit was so happy and relieved to finally be releasing His latter rain on the earth, because He has endured much alongside of us through the centuries. Of course, He's simply overjoyed to have finally come to the time in man's history when He can unleash everything He's been anticipating.

For literally thousands of years, Holy Spirit has lived in our world with us and yet been ignored by most of mankind. He's been talked about and discussed as if He's something to get instead of a real individual. He's been known to only a few as the friend and true companion that He is, but that is about to change!

In the past, the Church has used words like dispensation as classroom technical terms; and it's true, we are entering a new dispensation. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!" (Matthew 11:11). The early Church received a greater dispensation at Pentecost than John the Baptist had, and now, simply because of the time in history we are entering, we will receive even more.

But the latter rain means much more to the Holy Spirit than that!

Our Powerful Friend

Holy Spirit is a gift to us, sent by Jesus from the Father (see John 15:26), and He is devoted to us. He's been dwelling with humanity for thousands of years, and He loves us! He sees our pain and our struggles, our joy and successes, and He is invested in us. He wants so much for us to really experience Him like it was intended that we would – not just what He does, but Who He is.

That's why He's so excited! He will get to shower you with the power necessary for you to become the Kingdom Bride that Jesus' prophesied you would become. He will finally be able to zap our unbelief, destroy strongholds with His powerful truth, and raise up the Bride that Christ is anticipating.

He walked with Christ as He worked heavenly miracles on earth, and now He will get to manifest the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven (see Matthew 6:10). He will finally get to show us that Christ's prophecy about His Bride is true – we will do greater works than Jesus did Himself (see John 14:12)! We will liberate those held in darkness! For – He has seen them and hungers for us to rescue them.

For centuries, Holy Spirit has been so limited, not because He wasn't powerful, but because we were limited in our experience/knowledge of Him. With the new release of the LATTER RAIN, He will finally get to act on our behalf!

Holy Spirit is thrilled, because He's always seen the future of the Church – He sees you as the"glorious Church without a spot or wrinkle" (Ephesians 5:27). His eyes are fixed on you, and He sees your end from your beginning – the potential of God in us! We are the HOPE of Heaven (see Colossians 1:27), and He's expectant! He sees much more than we do the age we have entered into and the Father's intended harvest. Literally, we will experience the colliding of two realms at His appointed hour.

As a prophetic proclamation of the latter rain, Jesus filled jars with water, turning natural water into supernatural wine, and told the servants to take it to the master of ceremony at the wedding of Cana (see John 2:7). Jesus wanted to show that His power would not disappoint the expectations of man – He would exceed them!

Jesus said, "Greater works than these shall [you] do." He said this not because He was anticipating the power the anti-Christ would have, but because He saw the power of Holy Spirit unleashed on the earth like never before. He was literally thinking of you, dear one, and anticipating how the Holy Spirit would work through you!

Your Father enjoys destroying our earthly misconceptions of who He is and what He's capable of. He knows that by changing your mind about who He is, He will change our thinking of who we are. There's no telling what box He'll break out of next! He's got to do it because He's excited about what's coming next in you – "The latter rain, the latter rain, the latter rain!"

Heaven's Expected Harvest

There are over seven billion people on the earth at this time; our population is growing at exponential rates. It took mankind 5,800 years to even reach one billion people, but the second billion was reached in only 123 years (1927), and in 1970 there were half the people on the earth (roughly 4 billion) as there is now. Our population continues to increase at an alarming rate.

Some people view this as a negative thing, even frightening, but God does not! No! Each birth brings Him astronomical joy! Each soul born on earth is an incredible victory to Him! He's been waiting for this time on earth, because like never before there is a harvest mounting and increasing and Heaven is anticipating the miraculous plunder it will gain.

And as the enemy's gains are reversed to populate the Kingdom of God, we will hear the thunderous joy of our "great cloud of witnesses"(Hebrews 12:1) waiting in expectation with their Father. Can you just imagine what an outpouring we will experience in the decades ahead of us?

Revivalist Evan Roberts could not even imagine when He asked God for 100,000 souls in 1904 that in the future that number would be considered a small amount. No, in his time in history, that was incredibly significant. But it is conceivable that in our day and age we could see (and will see) literally billions of people come to know Jesus the Christ!

You Are Invited!

Holy Spirit is releasing His latter rain with a purpose in mind. It is to transform the Church into a giant Holy-Spirit-filled net ready to catch the harvest He's releasing to us. Many churches are beginning to experience a greater, more purposeful vision, indeed, a divine design growing inside them. Truly, even the most immature baby Christians will be transformed by Holy Spirit into a powerful net, equipped to catch and hold the harvest! He is making us fishers of men (see Matthew 4:19)! (Photo via Webb Institute)

I literally saw in the spirit a great net being mended together. It was a net made of people – the Church. At first, the net was in pieces, and then slowly the Holy Spirit filled in the places where there were gaps and holes with Himself, binding and strengthening as it was teeming with an immeasurable harvest of fish – the lost! The catch was so plentiful, it was simply overwhelming.

Since moving to Texas, we've heard from some of the people in our area how hurricane Katrina (2005) affected the community here. The inflow of people into the community who had been left homeless by the hurricane was a great burden on the community and took a toll on them. However, years prior to the hurricane, the Lord had released wonderful ministries into the area to absorb some of the effects of such a large and needy increase of its population. Before they even knew they had a need, God had prepared for it!

Before Noah even knew of the impending flood he would have to endure (see Genesis 6:13-18), God had already prepared the plans for His provision. God had already anticipated Noah's need and saved him with His plans for a great ark.

Friends, before you even have a need, your Father is working to provide for it!

The latter rain is here to help you and equip the Church for the influx of humanity suddenly storming our doors pleading for help! The latter rain will indeed give us the power to live like the LATTER REIGNing Bride of Christ!

Holy Spirit is transforming us into Christ's reigning Bride, empowered with His heart and mind, joy and strength – capable of extending His heart and hands to an immeasurably needy world!

Embrace Holy Spirit and learn of Him. He was sent here for you – to train you, equip you, comfort, and help you. But, the greatest gift He is to you is your constant friend. He's the most powerful friend you can have!

Saints, this word is an invitation to receive Holy Spirit and to view Him in a different light than what you may have previously experienced. Say "Yes!" to Him and accept Him as your friend and watch Him display His incredible manifestation of power in your life.

He wants to fill you with the latter-days wine like the jars at Cana. He will make you a container for His wine, so He can tell the world, "Try My wine! Drink your fill and experience the goodness of the Father Who loves you!"

Truly, He has saved the best wine for last (see John 2:10)!

Pray this with me: Dearest Father, I choose You. I choose Your destiny for my life. I want all that You have for me. I want the Holy Spirit to be my friend and companion and use my life to display Your glory and Heaven's power. Change my thinking of Who You are and who I am, because I do not want to limit You. I don't want to allow my carnality to usurp Your glory. I give You permission to release Holy Spirit's latter rain in me.

Take me, Lord, I am Yours! In Jesus' name.

My prayer for you: Father, I pray that You would reveal Your precious Holy Spirit to Your child in a way that empowers and equips them with blessing and favor from Your hand as You delight in them. Father, let them experience His friendship! Use them for Your divine purposes and build Your Kingdom in them. Release Your will into them with the explosive power of Heaven!

In Jesus' name, I declare that you were created for God's eternal plans and purposes and you will not deviate from them!

Victoria Boyson
Speaking Life Ministries

Email: victoria@boyson.org
Website: victoriaboyson.com

Victoria Boyson met Jesus at the age of seven. At thirteen, she started ministering using music as a platform to tell others about Jesus. She and her husband, Steve, ministered as pastors in the mid-west, but in 1999, the Lord told them to move to work for Francis Frangipane, who was extremely influential in their development as Christians and as ministers.

Victoria is a powerful prophetic voice to this generation and co-founder of Speaking Life Ministries. Based out of the Houston, Texas area, she is called to awaken and prepare the Bride of Christ for the end-time harvest and compel His Church to embrace a passionate relationship with their Heavenly Father. She is the author of The Birth of Your Destiny and His Passionate Pursuit.

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