Release of Harvest Rains
By Keith Miller, Stand Firm World Ministries

 

I recently had some amazing prophetic encounters (visions) with the Lord, and I want to share them with you because they are actually an invitation from the Lord for the whole body of Christ to receive something fresh from Him right now! This will bless you, because the Lord is no respecter of persons, and so what He revealed to me, He is revealing and offering to you as well!

Release of Harvest Rains

In one of the prophetic encounters I want to tell you about happened not long ago when the Lord awoke me early in the morning and said this: "Words, words, words."

I asked Him, "Lord, what does that mean?" He said that He is about to release a rain of harvest that will water words that He has spoken over His people; words that He has spoken concerning our past, our present, and our future. The book of Revelation shows us that Jesus is truly the "Was," the "Is" and the "Is to Come," and He is watching over His words of the past, present, and future to fulfill them!

The Lord told also me this: "The airwaves are permeated with my Word, and I want to bring forth the fruit of my Word." His rain will water the seeds of His word in our hearts and cause them to quickly sprout, grow, and bear fruit; in other words, the harvest rain will accelerate the fruition of His words coming to pass. He will not only send the rain down on words concerning the past, present, and future that He has spoken to you specifically, but also on words that He has spoken for your family, for the corporate body of Christ, for regions, and also for nations. He is doing this right now!

He said that some of us have only seen a 30-fold harvest of fruit concerning the words that He has spoken to us. We've seen some of the words come to pass, but not the fullness of them all. Well, now He is releasing favor that will bring in a harvest of 60 and 100-fold fulfillment of the words! Don't you want all the words of your past, of the now, and for your future to be watered by the rains of Heaven right now so that they suddenly come to pass? Of course you do! So why don't you tell the Lord right now, "The rains of Heaven pour down on me!"

What the Lord showed me He is doing for His people right now is described very well in Isaiah 55:10, 11:

"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."

Golden Showers in the Proper Season

In another prophetic encounter with the Lord. Again, He gave this not only for me, but also for you to benefit from as well. I was sitting in the front room of my house with my wife Janet, and we were just fellowshipping and talking about the things of the Lord, when all of a sudden in a vision a gold-colored rain poured on me in showers!

Immediately, I asked the Lord, "What is this?" and He replied, "This is the rain of Ezekiel Chapter 34." Friends, here's what I found in verse 26:

"I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessings."

Isn't God awesome! Don't you want His showers of blessing to rain on you right now? Another translation says, ". . . and I will cause showers to come down in the proper season . . ." The Lord is telling us right now, "It's your season!" And what is He going to do in the proper season? He's going to bring down showers of blessing. Just raise your hands to the Lord right now and say, "Saturate me with showers of blessing!"

Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase" (v. 27a).

Another translation of the verse is: "the orchards and the fields of My people will yield bumper crops" (NLT). I love that! You don't want just a little bit of fruit; you want a bumper crop of the fruit of His words fulfilled, right? God's rain is bringing fruit and increase to you!

Here in Amarillo, Texas, and along the Texas Panhandle, we're known for our "Winter Wheat." This year, there's cause for celebration because the area has seen the best wheat harvest in a hundred years! We've had so much rain (just the right amount,) and at the right time (the proper season,) and it has resulted in an amazing bumper crop!

When the Lord releases showers of rain upon you, you'll see a hundred-fold harvest of His word unfold! A bumper crop of His word fulfilled in your life!


Living Daily "In the Spirit"

When the gold rain showered upon me in my home, I was instantly in the Spirit. This just amazes me whenever it happens; it's like being -instantly in the "zone." I don't know the proper terminology, but I sure like being there! It's a place where everything unveils to you as you see with the eyes of your heart, and hear with the ears of your heart, with your spiritual senses. It is hearing God "Spirit to spirit."


We can see an example of this in the Bible in Revelation 1:10 when John says, "On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet" (NIV). The New Living Translation Bible says, ". . . the Spirit took control of me," and the Complete Jewish Bible says, ". . . I came to be, in the Spirit." In addition, the Lord alludes to this realm in the Spirit when He gave Ezekiel a promise:

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within youand cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26, 27).

One of the attributes that this golden harvest rain will bring is a daily empowerment to walk deeper in the Spirit! As He releases the rain, the Holy Spirit will powerfully touch your spirit as you read the Scriptures and encounter Him in different ways. This will transform your mind, and change the way you think about things! I'm glad, because I don't want to look right past my harvest, and I'm sure you don't want to miss yours either! I believe the church is entering her greatest days because the Lord is about to release to us a corporate grace to live and function daily in the place of "in the Spirit!"

Walking in the "deep to deep" is that daily place in the Spirit, where God speaks from the deepest part of Himself to the deepest part of us. Are you ready for some deep to deep downloads from God?

God Will Establish You!

The Lord woke me up in the middle of the night a few months ago, and He told me to look up Jeremiah 33:2. I asked Him, "Lord, don't you have the wrong verse? Don't you mean Jeremiah 33:3, which says, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."

He said, "No, Keith, I meant Jeremiah 33:2." "Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name)."

God was speaking to me about how when we call to Him and receive revelation from Him, how He will establish us (the body of Christ) through His word. When the Lord whispers to us, the words He speaks are creative. He releases His word deep within us in the form of a seed. As the seed of His word grows within us, it gets busy and begins to accomplish His will, and it will bring forth the fruit of what He desires to happen.

Listen, that's why the Lord is saying there, "I made you, I formed you, and I'm going to establish you!" The key here is that when the Lord speaks deep to deep to you of the things of your destiny, for example, and when He releases the Spirit of understanding in those things, nobody can take His words away from you!

If you have seeds that you know are the word of the Lord for you, it doesn't matter how long ago you received them, be it fifty years ago, five years ago, or even yesterday. It makes no difference how He spoke those words to you, either, for example, through your devotional time in Scripture, during your prayer time, through a prophetic word, or in some other way. Rest assured that His word broods. The seed is not dormant, but active. The seed germinates and grows. When His harvest rain hits that seed, it will accelerate the word into its fruition; much like the rain did for our wheat crop! The result of the rain soaking His word will be that God will set you and establish you in your destiny! He made you! He formed you! He will establish you!

Confirming and Refreshing Rains

I want to show you some more about the effects of God's rain from Psalm 68:7, 8:

"Oh God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness, the earth shook and the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God."

The original Hebrew of the phrase "the heavens also dropped rain" gives the sense of meaning that it rained down prophetic discourses. Therefore, when the presence of the Lord comes, He comes with commissioning. When He releases something, even if it's just a thought, it carries power! His word has creative ability to accomplish in you what He purposes to do. That's why it's so important that we learn to be zealous and spontaneous in our obedience to the whispers of the Holy Spirit, "Let it be unto me as You have said Lord!"

When His rain comes, it not only brings with it confirmation of your inheritance, but it also brings refreshing!


"You, O God, send a plentiful rain, whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary. Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from your goodness for the poor" (verse 9).

We've all been discouraged before and said to ourselves, "That word's never going to happen. It's so far away." Then the Lord brings something fresh within you, and releases a new confidence.

Cloud of the Latter Rain

When you're under an open heaven, you walk in the presence of the King of Kings.

"In the light of the king's face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain" (Proverbs 16:15).

In an open heaven, there's no restriction between you and the King of Kings! In the book of Revelation, John describes the Lord on the throne as having a countenance more brilliant than the noonday sun. So if you walk under an open heaven, guess what? The King's light will overshadow you! The light releases His life, but also His favor, which is "like a cloud of the latter rain." Believe me; you want to walk in His favor!

We see more about the latter rain in Joel 2:23

Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you--the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

What does the latter rain release? A bumper crop!

"The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, [full harvest] and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil" (v. 24, paraphrase mine).

The outpour of harvest rain brings restoration, "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locus has eaten" (v. 25). The seeds of His word may have been dormant for years, but the Lord begins to rain on those seeds, and brings the fruit to pass.

New Wine - Celebration Time!

Examine Joel 2:24 again: "The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil." God's refreshing rains produce the crops of grapes used in new wine, and it produces olives for oil.

God's spiritual rain gives us spiritual wine and oil, too, and you really don't want to miss that! His new wine of the Spirit will make you so happy you can hardly stand it! The oil represents the precious anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Another key passage about God's harvest showers we find in Psalm 65:9-13,

"You will visit the earth and water it. You greatly enrich it. The river of God is full of water. You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows. You make it soft with showers; You bless its growth. You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. And the pastures are clothed with flocks. The valleys also are covered with grain, and they shout for joy. They also sing."

Listen, harvest rain brings joy, singing, and celebration! Why? Because it releases new wine! Don't you want to be so saturated with His new wine that you can't help but speak of the lovingkindness of our God whenever you open your mouth? The new wine will do that to you!

Here's more about wine!

'"Behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, "When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it!."( Amos 9:13).

The reaper will overtake the seed sower! I want to live like that! I believe we're in a time where the enemy will not rob from us what we hear from the Lord anymore because of the rain of God's Spirit of wisdom and revelation. The Word is going to become established in us, and because it becomes established in us, it establishes us in our breakthrough! I don't want just to hear about breakthrough, I want to be SET IN to my breakthrough! You do, too!

IN CONCLUSION

Are you excited? God is about to POUR OUT His showers of golden rain from heaven over your life! He's going to do a new thing in and through you! "Behold the former things have come to pass. But new things I declare, and before they spring forth, I tell you of them" (Is. 42:9).

God is offering to you rains that will bring the 100-fold harvest of His word spoken over your life: words about the past, the present, and the future for your family, your region, your ministry, your nation! Just stretch forth your hands toward Heaven and tell Him,

"Lord, I receive Your rain! Let it rain down on me!
Let it pour "I want a downpour!"

Take some time and seek Him for the full outpouring of His latter rain blessing. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. He wants to bring forth the fruit of His word, and your heart is good soil for it. Get ready to go to a new level of walking more deeply with Him, Spirit to spirit, deep to deep, and let Him refresh you now with His rain, knowing that He who made and formed you will establish you in your destiny, and calling!