JOEL 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and he causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. AMP.
Latter –c) the spring rain, eloquence (from a root word meaning gather)
Eloquence –d) the power to persuade with speech or writing
When Peter preached at Pentecost he said in Acts 2:16, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.” He went on and preached with words of eloquence or anointed by the Holy Spirit and 3000 were saved and joined with them.
The definition of the latter rain is the former rain or the spring rain that comes at the beginning of the growing season. This makes the ground ready for the seed planted to germinate and start to grow. This is what He did in the beginning of the New Covenant after Jesus made a way for us to come to the throne after that door had been completely shut to all men. Jesus made a way for us all. There is also a rain at the end that prepares the harvest.
Joel goes on and tells about the restoration and how those who come to Him will be restored and will eat in plenty. He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh — before the sun and moon are darkened and before the day of the Lord comes. There is a last days outpouring that will conclude the Lord’s work on this earth. The harvest will be brought in and complete.
Joel 3:16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
This last days army will have words of eloquence and power that the Lord will roar through. These words will have the power of this outpouring that will persuade hearts with speech and writing. When the Lord came down in Psalm 18:9 for David when He cried to Him, the earth quaked and rocked, mountains trembled, and lightning came out of His mouth when the Most High uttered His voice.
This is what happens when He shows up for His people. We must be crying out for this harvest and praying for Him to send out laborers into the harvest. Dear Lord, prepare a people for your Spirit to use in this mighty way. May we be a part of this group!