Prophet Joel prophesied when the people of Judah were under the threat of Babylonian captivity. The Babylonian army was marauding the Jewish territory like locusts. The people of Judah found themselves in jeopardy because of the looting of the Babylonians. Prophet Joel brings a word of encouragement using agricultural terminology i.e. about the promise of former rain and latter rain. He sees a prophetic turn-around in futuristic terms. He promises the coming of a double season which would culminate with the restoration of the years of loss of what was eaten by the locusts, the cankerworm, the caterpillar and the palmerworm. In the Jewish seasonal calendar, the months of May to September are a dry season. The former rain or the early rain comes in October and mid-November thus signal the planting season. Such rain comes in drizzles so that the land is prepared to receive seed as well as facilitating germination and early growth. The next significant rain known as latter rain comes in March/April leading to the maturation of the crop. This rain is seven times heavier. Remember that seven is a number of perfection or completion. Both the former and the latter rain were critical for a bumper harvest. Anything less could lead to crop failure. Could it be that without the double season of the Holy Ghost, the mission of the Church can be a total fiasco? The concept of former rain and latter rain coming as a double season was a picture of what later happened on the day of Pentecost and beyond. When the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter explained this phenomenon as that which was prophesied by Prophet Joel that it would take place in the last days. We are living at such a strategic period in Church history where we are witnessing a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit leading to a mighty harvest of souls and revival of the Church. You and I are overdue for a double season. This double season is going to be characterised by Regeneration, Revival, Restoration, Refreshment and Rejoicing. May the double season be your portion in Jesus’ name.
YOU ARE OVERDUE FOR A DOUBLE SEASON (Joel 2:23-29)