DAY 16—The Hope of the Redeemed
There’s a prophecy below from Hosea about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It took place two thousands years ago, almost a thousand years after the prophetic Word from Hosea first came. In the same passage there’s also a Word about Jesus coming in the latter day. Take note of the words latter rain and former rain. They are prophetic words about the moving of the Holy Spirit that will come in the season just before Jesus returns. These terms speak of a moving of the Spirit to prepare us for the Day of the Lord. The Word we read yesterday from I Peter 1:5 tells of this same time. Peter called it a ... salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Psalm 106:10—And He saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. NIrV—He saved them from the power of their enemies. He set them free from their control.
Psalm 107:2—Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. NIrV—Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever. That's what those who have been set free by the Lord should say. He set them free from the power of the enemy. (Psalm 107:1,2)
Hosea 6:2,3—After two days will He revive us. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. 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. NIrV—After two days He will give us new life. On the third day He'll make us like new again. Then we will enjoy His blessing. Let's recognize Him as the Lord. Let's keep trying to really know Him. You can be sure the sun will rise. And you can be just as sure the Lord will appear. He will come to renew us like the winter rains. He will be like the spring rains that water the earth.
LORD, because You redeemed me, I have hope—even though sorrow and death came and took my loved one. Still, I have confidence that You are more faithful than the sun that comes every morning. I am trusting that the early rain of Your Spirit will come upon our lives and make us strong for Your eternal Kingdom. And, Your latter rain will come and make us fruitful.
The Latter Rain, Symbol of God's Spirit Moving upon His People
—Joel 2:23; Zechariah 10:1; James 5