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.
For believers to walk with God in the newness of life—the newness of the holy work His Spirit is doing within them daily—their personal lives and their beliefs in religious dogma must be flexible. Believers, thus, cannot be more focused on being in control of their own lives and more focused on hanging on to their traditional beliefs, which may or may not be in error, than they are focused on walking in the newness of life—walking in the newness of the Holy Spirit’s mighty workings. Bottom line: Those who like flaky, shaky business-as-usual churchianity will resist the rocking of their religious boats only to end up sinking with their ill-prepared vessels. The end result, they will not be open to receive the Holy Spirit’s new wine; therefore, by refusing to drink from the Holy Spirit’s new wine (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:13b), they will not become spiritual winos; instead, they will continue to suffer from their spiritual sobriety condition.
The Holy Bible is God’s inspired Word of God. This Word as breathed on and taught by the Holy Spirit will cause spiritual liveliness. It’s time to get up and do your dance!