The outpouring of the holy spirit in the last days
Come let us return to the Lord – if we recall from Hosea 3:5, the return to the LORD that Hosea prophesied will be in the last days: “afterward the children of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their King.”
After two days He will revive us – “a day with God is as a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8; Psalms 90:4). The true meaning here of two days in this passage, is that after two thousand years, the holy spirit will once again be poured out on the Church. We can also see the prophecy of the end time outpouring of the holy spirit in Ezekiel 37:14, Joel 2:23;28-29, and Zechariah 14:8.
on the third day He will raise us up – Christ will return after the Kingdom of heaven has been fully cleansed, after 2,300 days (as years – Daniel 8:14). This is in “the third Day” after two thousand years have passed.
He will come to us like the latter and former rain – the outpouring of the holy spirit is like the rain. This expression is also used in Joel 2:23, where he prophesied the end time outpouring of the holy spirit.
The Old Testament only uses the Hebrew word yowreh (former autumn rain), when comparing the latter spring rain (kə·mal·qō·wōš ), and former autumn rain, as in Deuteronomy 11:14, Jeremiah 5:24, and Hosea 6:3.
In the late nineteenth Century, a Christian movement called the “latter rain” movement began. They believed the end time outpouring of the holy spirit would be the “latter rain.” But the Bible actually prophesied that “the former rain” would revive the Church.
The Church began by the outpouring of the latter rain, the spring rain, as described in Song of Songs 2:11. The saints were nurtured in the wilderness, where they bore fruit in the summer (Song of Songs 4:12-16, Rev 12:14). The Church was revived by the autumn, “former” rain (Song of Songs 7:12).
The promise of the former, early, autumn rain, is described in Joel 2:23; which literally reads, “He has given you the former rain for righteousness ( liṣ-ḏā-qāh; ),” that is to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven.