This latter rain power is largely stored up in Paul’s writings (probably more than anywhere else in the Bible). No one else in the Bible explained the plan of redemption like He did and this is what the latter rain is. The only problem is that most people wrest with his writings to their own destruction, again because Paul exposes the new covenant, which is at enmity with the old covenant. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul speaks of Messiah being the last Adam, though He also takes the “sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3) of the first Adam that sinned. Thus, as the first Adam, Messiah “was *in all points* tempted like as we are, yet without sin” as the last Adam (Heb. 4:15). Messiah lived a sinless life in a sinful flesh so that He could live our life perfectly in our form–“who GAVE Himself FOR our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever” (Gal. 1:3, 4).
Precious Messiah FOR-GAVE us all at the cross after living a perfect life for all of us by GIVING Himself FOR our sins. This is what true forgiveness is: a giving of oneself for the ills one receives from another). This forgiveness guarantees all a second probation after sin, the gift of the perfect life of Yahushua (Jesus) GIVEN FOR all, and life eternal to those who believe! And did you know that we were all in Messiah–that He lived our life in our place? Oh yes, this is the first thing of what it means to be in the Messiah, Yahushua. Let’s hear this wonderful truth from the apostle Paul…
“God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, ***Even when we were dead in sins***, hath quickened us together with Messiah, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places IN THE MESSIAH YAHUSHUA (Jesus): That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of his grace in His kindness toward us through the Messiah Yahushua (Jesus). For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For ***we are His workmanship, created IN THE MESSIAH YAHUSHUA (Jesus)*** unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the *covenants of promise*, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now IN THE MESSIAH YAHUSHUA (Jesus) ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Messiah. For He is our peace” (Ephesian 2:4-14).
Friends, this is the pure gospel, but the problem is that we have been blinded from seeing its awesome glory. But the latter rain is on the increase, and we may have this day if we believe. It is God’s agape love that initiates everything. Before we ever believed or were even born, Messiah lived our life for us, died our death that we deserved for us (more on this later), and is now our Intercessor in heaven who will soon cleanse the sanctuary from all of our sins. Did you know that we were all predestinated to be saved even before the world ever was and that Messiah ratified this by His blood on the cross. I know this sounds radical but it is in Scripture: “[God] hath chosen us in [Messiah] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Yahushua the Messiah to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:4-5).
We have all been saved in Messiah before we were ever born! We could not merit anything for this because we weren’t even born! Now Paul isn’t preaching universalism, but this is what God had purposed for us from eternity and performed in His Son from Bethlehem to Calvary. Christ’s sinless life in our sinful flesh is GIVEN FOR all of sinful flesh. We all lived a perfect life in Yahushua (Jesus) for He became we. Then He died the death that we all deserve on that Passover Day, for He became we. Then on the third day God “hath quickened us together with Messiah”, for He became we. And now Messiah is you and me in heaven, presenting our perfect life in Him, for when the Father sees us He sees His perfect Son, when our cases are presented to Him. Therefore, we were all created IN THE MESSIAH YAHUSHUA (Jesus) when He took upon Himself our sinful flesh and lived a sinless life in it. We did absolutely nothing to initiate it, for we had not been born.
“When we were dead in our sins”, Messiah bore them for us on the cross of Calvary. IN HIM ***we “were all dead***: And that *He died for all*, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:14, 15). We all died when Christ died, for He bore our sins and thus died our second death (not His, for He never sinned). And notice how Paul always adds something about what Messiah’s salvation does to us to clarify that when we believe the gospel as it truly is, it will lead to us being blameless in Him–not merely legally, but experientially in our lives.
Here is what I want you to try to grasp with me. We were all in Messiah in His perfect life, we were all dead when our sins brought His death, and we were all resurrected in Him the third day after. This is all objective (legal) justification. Messiah did all this FOR all of us, so all can live after they sin to have probation and an opportunity for an eternal life. Not only this, but HE has given His life TO us. Then it is just up for us to receive it. You see, we were already in Him to begin with, because He predestinated us all to partake in Him. But when we actually believe this gracious reality, then we can CONSCIOUSLY be in Him. And as we spend a thoughtful session everyday beholding His life (as we are told we should do), we can imagine ourselves in Him and “the love of Messiah constraineth us” (v. 14)–that is, we will see that His life is already ours by grace, and now He is a part of us, just as we were before a part of Him. As we behold Him, Messiah becomes formed in us, the hope of glory. So that then when we are tempted, we will already be in Messiah and Him in us. Instead of lashing out at something, we will remember ourselves in Messiah when He was brought before the mocking mobs and opened not His mouth.
This will be the experience of the 144,000: “These are they which ***follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth***. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And ***in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault*** before the throne of God … Here are they that guard the commandments of God, and the faith of Yahushua (Jesus)” (Rev. 14:4-5, 12). The faith of Yahushua is simply us being in Yahushua–living in Him through beholding the life He lived for us–and Yahushua being in us–living His perfect life in us that we lived in Him on this earth when He successfully overcame every temptation. This must be our experience friends, for we do not have a lifetime to become sanctified like past generations had; we, yea the whole world, desperately needs this increased light on the faith of Yahushua.
Did you know that Waggoner preached the beginning of this as well?
Listen to these most precious words…
“So then as ***the first Adam was We, the second Adam is We***. In all points He is as weak as are we. Read two texts: He says of us, ‘Without me ye can do nothing.’ Of Himself He says: ‘Of mine own self I can do nothing.’
These two texts are all we want now. They tell the whole story. To be without Christ is to be without God, and there the man can do nothing. He is utterly helpless of himself and in himself. That is where the man is who is without God. Jesus Christ says: ‘Of mine own self I can do nothing.’ Then that shows that the Lord Jesus put Himself in this world, in the flesh, in His human nature, precisely where the man is in this world who is without God. He put Himself precisely where lost man is. ***He left out His divine self and became we.*** And there, helpless as we are without God, He ran the risk of getting back to where God is and bringing us with him. It was a fearful risk, but, glory to God, He won. The thing was accomplished, and ***in Him we are saved***
When He stood where we are, He said, ‘I will put my trust in Him’ and that trust was never disappointed. In response to that trust the Father dwelt in Him and with Him and kept Him from sinning. ***Who was He? We. And thus the Lord Jesus has brought to every man in this world divine faith. That is the faith of the Lord Jesus.*** That is saving faith. Faith is not something that comes from ourselves with which we believe upon Him, but it is that something with which He believed–the faith which He exercised, which He brings to us, and which becomes ours and works in us–the gift of God. That is what the word means, ‘Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.’ They keep the faith of Jesus because it is that divine faith which Jesus exercised Himself.
***He being we brought to us that divine faith which saves the soul***–that divine faith by which we can say with Him, ‘I will put my trust in Him.’ And in so putting our trust in Him, that trust today will never be disappointed anymore than it was then. God responded then to the trust and dwelt with Him. God will respond today to that trust in us and will dwell with us.
***God dwelt with Him and He was ourselves.*** Therefore His name is Emmanuel, God with us. Not God with Him. God was with Him before the world was; He could have remained there and not come here at all and still God could have remained with Him and His name could have been God with Him. He could have come into this world as He was in heaven and His name could still have been God with Him. But that never could have been God with us. But what we needed was God with us. God with Him does not help us, unless ***He is we***. But that is the blessedness of it. ***He who was one of God became one of us; He who was God became we,*** in order that God with Him should be God with us. O, that is His name! That is His name! Rejoice in that name forevermore–God with us!”
~ General Conference Bulletin, 2/21/1895
What precious truth is shining to us! Let us believe and receive the faith of Yahushua who saves us. We were already in Him and objectively saved in Him, destined to always be in Him and Him in us, before we were ever born! But when we believe it is so, this becomes a subjective experience–one that we must have. We are then consciously in Messiah and Messiah in us, and His faith will never lose a battle. Messiah died and we all died in Him, but this was not a battle lost, but a battle won. And He arose on the third day to ever be Immanuel, God with us.
But the question then becomes, how did He die our death if the one we were to die without Him involves no resurrection? I would like to examine this question in light of what we are studying.
First of all, no angel could die on our behalf. Why? Because angels are finite beings. They could be made into the likeness of our flesh by the Word of God, but they could never become infinite. Messiah died an infinite death because He had to bear the guilt of all the sins of the world–a multitude of sins for each of billions of people! Our minds cannot fathom this because we are not infinite. But Messiah never ceased to be God (in nature). He never once used His infinite powers to resist temptation or to win praise. He had no advantage over us, for He emptied Himself of this oppotunity and clothed His divinity with His humanity, choosing to leave alone the infinite powers of His mind until the very end so that He could die our death and redeem mankind from the eternal death.
A great change took place in Gethsemane and Calvary. Now, in addition to living our life victoriously He would die our death for us. In Him we were dead in our sins with no hope of eternal life. He became our death, and we died in Him without having to experience it ourselves. What grace is ours! Every time we sin the life of Christ that is in His Word separates from us, yet He still keeps us physically alive thanks to that death. But we are still spiritually separated, spiritually dead. That death is eternal, for if we go on after that point with no subjective justification (righteousness), we will never regain the life that is eternal. Hence, the existence of that spiritual life, or a lack thereof, is an eternal one, for Messiah’s life is only eternal life (see 1 Jn. 5:13, 20). Without Him is eternal death, for the only life that keeps us alive is the temporary physical life purchased at Calvary.
In addition to all this, the Bible tells us exactly what the second death is:
“Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (Rev. 20:14). “The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone … is the second death” (21:8). The second death is defined as the lake of fire, not a state of nonexistence. There is a spiritual fire and a physical fire involved. Ultimately this fire actually destroys death. Death will not exist after the fire is put out. Yahushua calls this an “everlasting fire” (Matt. 25:41), and so since it is also called the second death this death is eternal. It simply means that the results of this fire are eternal, and we see this in the Third Angel’s Message as well (Rev. 14:11). Thus the fire itself and when life ceases is death; it is an event for those that experience it, not a non-existence which no one can experience. For the wicked, the second death means no resurrection, but not so for Messiah, for He is divine by nature and divinity cannot die. HOWEVER, to Messiah in those dark closing ours of His earthly life, to His suffering mind it did mean no hope of a resurrection, for this hope eternally perished in Him as He died the death that was ours. He became we, and we all died at Calvary for our sins, yet only He had to suffer it–not just what one sinner suffers but what all sinners must suffer combined!
Now let’s see how Sister White explains the spiritual fire so that we can indeed see that Christ went to hell (the heart of the earth, having no hope of a resurrection) at Calvary and died our death as He was we; He became sin for us that we might become He (in character)…
“We read of chains of darkness for the transgressor of God’s law. We read of ***the worm that dieth not, and of the fire that is not quenched***. Thus is represented the experience of every one who has permitted himself to be grafted into the stock of Satan, who has cherished sinful attributes. When it is too late, he will see that sin is the transgression of God’s law. ***He will realize that because of transgression, his soul is cut off from God, and that God’s wrath abides on him. THIS IS A FIRE UNQUENCHABLE, and by IT every unrepentant sinner will be destroyed.*** Satan strives constantly to lead men into sin, and he who is willing to be led, who refuses to forsake his sins, and despises forgiveness and grace, will suffer the result of his course” (Signs of the Times, 4/14/1898).
What kills the wicked? Their own sins–the very thing that killed our Saviour at Calvary…
“It was not the spear thrust, it was not the pain of the cross, that caused the death of Jesus. That cry, uttered “with a loud voice” (Matthew 27:50; Luke 23:46), at the moment of death, the stream of blood and water that flowed from His side, declared that He died of a broken heart. His heart was broken by mental anguish. He was slain by the sin of the world” (Desire of Ages, 772).
Our precious Saviour, who was ever the praise of all the hosts of heaven not only became we in taking upon Himself our sinful flesh, but He took it an infinite step further and was slain by our sins, becoming our death. His experience was our second death. Don’t let anyone tell you that He did not die this death. This is what saved you and me. This salvation is already ours because we were in Him, but when we believe that we were in Him His life becomes our life, eternal life–the only kind of life that was His by inheritance, which is ours by adoption. Why should we doubt these things any longer? And why should we any longer believe that it is God who personally kills the wicked, when Sister White clearly says that the unquenchable fire that kills them is a realization of their transgressions in the presence of a pure and loving God that they can no longer escape, whose presence is “a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24)? It is their own sins that consume them just as they consumed Messiah. Their own guilty conscience torments their souls just like the physical fire that will consume their bodies after they die.
The revelation of the character of God will only grow brighter and brighter until it covers the earth. Calvary reveals God more perfectly than anything else ever could. We see a picture of God who brings salvation to the entire sinful world, before they even believe, thus showing that there is nothing we can do to earn His love. We see God in Messiah who experiences the most severe treatment and yet does nothing to retaliate but instead asks the Father to forgive them. We see our Saviour going to the very depths of hell–dying an eternal death–so that we can be resurrected with Him. This shows us that death will be defeated, for it has already been defeated in Him in living a sinless life in a sinful flesh, but when Satan dies there will be no more death and no more suffering; it will all be a reality. If the second death itself never ended, then there would be no victory; but thanks be to God there will be no experience nor memory of it in the new land. There will be no one else to save on earth, so God will simply no longer hold the earth together through His upholding power. It perishes and the new earth is created and becomes the heaven of heavens where God will eternally live with the redeemed who did absolutely nothing to merit it.
“The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and *the Lamb is the light thereof*” (Rev. 21:23).
“‘I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.’ Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. No eternally burning hell will keep before the ransomed the fearful consequences of sin. One reminder alone remains: Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought. Says the prophet, beholding Christ in His glory: ‘***He had bright beams coming out of His side***: and there was the hiding of His power.” Habakkuk 3:4, margin. ***That pierced side whence flowed the crimson stream that reconciled man to God–there is the Saviour’s glory, there ‘the hiding of His power.’*** ‘Mighty to save,’ through the sacrifice of redemption, He was therefore strong to execute justice upon them that despised God’s mercy. And the tokens of His humiliation are His highest honor; ***through the eternal ages the wounds of Calvary will show forth His praise and declare His power***” (Great Controversy, 674).
The light that lightens the glad city proceeds from the eternal wounds of Prince Emmanuel. So in a sense, His His death at Calvary is immortalized. His life will eternally be pouring out of Him, but this life is the source of all life for all of His creatures forever. His death results in an eternity of bright joy for all who receive it as it has been given them there at Calvary. From then until now, Messiah has been suffering and pouring out His life in blood until the sanctuary is cleansed.
“Christ as high priest within the veil so immortalized Calvary that though He liveth unto God, ***He dies continually to sin***, and thus if any man sin, he has an advocate with the Father” (Selected Messages 1:343). When we are in Messiah by faith and we confess our sins (our own life of sin) upon Him, “the Redeemer, with a heart of unalterable love, still sheds His sacred blood in the sinner’s behalf” (Review and Herald, 1/9/1883). Our sinful life, covered with His sinless life, is transferred into the sanctuary, and His Holy Spirit also bears His sinless life and is transferred into our hearts and we are changed. The Messiah redeemed us all at Calvary, but this transaction in heaven must still take place in order to make His righteousness subjectively real in our lives–without which, we perish. But now in the end of time we have precious opportunities to learn of all these things that we may no longer sin and sin no longer enters the sanctuary, and the sanctuary can be cleansed. Let us not squander these precious opportunities of receiving this latter rain, and let us continue praying for the greater outpouring of latter rain now that we can know its doctrine.
Soon Messiah’s suffering will end–as soon as we receive what He has been trying to pour out to us for so long. His wounds are the source of the latter rain in revelation and in reality. He will ever be pouring out His life that all may have light and life with Him. This is His power and glory! This is life eternal, that me may know Him! He is a Fountain of Life–a Saviour and not a destroyer. In Him is life, outside of Him is no life. Sin destroys as we see at Calvary, but the eternal wounds of Calvary bring life to all.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and spread abroad these glad tidings!
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of YAHUAH is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but YAHUAH shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3).