The former and latter rains are both literal rains needed for physical farming and spiritual rains, which are emblematic of the Holy Spirit who is needed for spiritual farming. The outpouring of the former (Autumn) rain has been fulfilled in the first four Jewish Feasts, and the latter rain outpouring is yet to be fulfilled during the last three Jewish Feasts. The spiritual latter rain actually is the double outpouring of Joel’s prophesied combined former rain and latter rain, which will happen in a future Tishri, the first month of a Jewish new year, and the month of the Jewish Fall Feasts. This double outpouring is the spiritual rainfall that not only accompanies the Fall Feasts but also has the honor of ushering in the blessing and restoration of the Kingdom of Israel, which will be under the rule and reign of the Messiah—Jesus the Christ.
The 7-branched Menorah is the personification of Jesus the Christ, who is the Light of the World. For this reason, each branch of the Menorah also equals each of the 7 Jewish Feasts. Both the 7-branched Jewish Menorah and the 7 Jewish Feasts are definitive prophetic signs about the redemptive ministry of Jesus the Christ. Furthermore, it is crucial that believers in Jesus the Christ fully understand the spiritual applications of the Jewish Menorah and the Jewish Feasts so that they can make a spiritual and moral inventory of their lives, for the purpose of ascertaining whether they are or are not prepared to be abducted—stolen away, snatched right out of this world. Without this necessary understanding, many who call themselves “believers” in Jesus the Christ could end up as participants in the Second Resurrection instead of being the blessed and holy participants in the First Resurrection.
It should be evident to today’s believers that if they do not understand Jesus the Christ or the Apostle Paul’s Hebraic roots, then these believers never will fully comprehend many of the Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah or the Fall Feast of Trumpets’) idioms/expressions that Jesus the Christ and the Apostle Paul use when they speak about the “Last Days” and “End Times.” For the record, there are at least 12 or 13 traditional Rosh Hashanah idioms (ancient names and/or expressions the Jewish people used to explain the spirit or real meaning of Rosh Hashanah). Of the 12 or 13 familiar Rosh Hashanah idioms, Jesus the Christ references at least two of them when He says, “No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows” (Matthew 24:36, GNT)—these referenced idioms are Yom HaKeseh (Hidden Day/Day of Hiding or Day of Concealment) and Kiddushin/Nesu’in (The Messiah’s Wedding Ceremony). Now, the Lord’s Matthew 24:36 prophecy follows the verses in which Jesus the Christ is telling us that just like any Hebrew would know with certainty that the time when figs are their ripest is during the summer harvest time, which for ancient Israel was in the summer months of late August and early September (Elul and Tishri), then we New Testament believers should know with certainty the sign that would precede the Lord’s bodily Second Coming (cf. Mathew 24:32-35). This sign, believe it or not, is wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in every one of the Jewish idioms for Rosh Hashanah!
Let’s not flirt with death. Let’s not be caught off guard, frolicking without a care until the day that we are lulled into a false sense of freedom that causes us to choose to behave in ways that would be detrimental to our physical and spiritual existence.
Jesus the Christ is coming back for the rest of His firstfruits—His soul winning Church and His soul winning martyred Tribulation saints. He also is coming back for His end of the age abundant harvest—His Wheat.