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Holy Spirit and with FIRE
|EAGLES' GATE PROPHETIC MINISTRY
|"Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry"
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Eagles' Gate Prophetic Ministry is a Spirit Filled - Non Denominational - Ministry
Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)
17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and
established in love, 18. may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and
high and deep is the love of Christ, 19. and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may
be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
We pray that you will be strengthened in the Lord and not discouraged or caused to shrink back by anything the enemy of your
soul or individuals in the world say or do to harm you. We pray God's abundant Grace will be upon you mightily.
Blessings in the Lord Jesus
Paul & Doris McGinnis - Prophets, Teachers, and Founders of EGPM
|We are endeavoring to provide a credible, responsible, accountable, and accurate prophetic ministry to the Body of Christ.
We offer classes in prophetic ministry, Dreams and Visions training, periodically in Albuquerque & other churches
throughout New Mexico & West Texas to train and equip the people of God for the work of ministry in accordance with
Ephesians chapter 4. We have had the pleasure of teaching our Prophetic classes also in Toronto Canada among a very
vibrant and hungry Chinese Christian community of believers.
| Our Position on Personal Prophecy
Prophecies are to be given for our comfort, edification, and encouragement. Prophecies should never convey the feeling of
being controlled, manipulated or condemned. Critical prophecies that universally condemn or judge Godly leadership,
individuals or congregations will never be genuinely from the Lord.
In the broad sense, true personal prophecy is a “Rhema Word” (a timely, Holy Spirit inspired word from God that brings life,
power and faith to perform and walk in fulfillment of it - Dr. Bill Hamon - Prophets and Personal Prophecy)
Prophecy is the only gift referred to in each of the following seven lists of spiritual gifts. Rom. 12:6-8, 1 Cor 12: 8-10, 12:28,
12:29-30, Eph 4:11, 1 Cor 13:1-3, 1 Cor 14:1-4.
Personal Prophecies were given to many individuals in the Bible including Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,
Joseph, Moses, Saul, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joseph & Mary, Elizabeth, Peter, James & John, Mary who
anointed Jesus’ head, Saul (Paul), Timothy, and many, many others.
| THE FORMER AND LATTER RAIN AND PENTECOST
Many sermons have no doubt been preached about the former and the latter rains mentioned and prophesied about in the
Holy Scriptures. There is even a “Latter Rain” movement in the Church today. Dr. Bill (Bishop) Hamon speaks of this as
the “Latter Rain Restorational movement” in his book “The Eternal Church”. There is in-depth background on this
movement in chapters 24 and 25 of that book. As with any true prophetic word the Lord gives, there can potentially be
many applications and out-workings of that prophetic word as He (the Lord) chooses. Part of the following discussion
was included in my book The Temple, A Prophet, and The River Author: Paul E McGinnis - Chapter 9)
The account of the Israelites crossing the Jordan river is found in Joshua chapters 3 and 4. Joshua 4:19 (NIV) records that
it was “On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal…….”. Passover,
then, was both a time of remembrance of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt’s bondage under Moses’ leadership and Israel’s
crossing over into the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership.
For the Christian, Passover is a time of remembering Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection to purchase our forgiveness,
salvation, and eternal life. It marks the event that enables those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior to become part of
the Bride of Christ. Sadly, many Christians are not conscious (though not necessarily ignorant) of this connection with the
original Passover or of the crossing over of the Israelites into the Promised Land.
I want to look, now, at the significance of this time of year in the Jewish culture and the correlation of other events in
God’s Word as it relates specifically to the terms “the early” (or former) and “the latter rains”.
You will recall Joel’s prophecy:
Joel 2:28-29 (NASB)
28 “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 “Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
But just before the “after this” phrase in verse 28 the following is declared in verse 23 (NASB). Parenthetical comments
and underline provided by this author:
So rejoice, O sons of Zion, And be glad in the LORD your God; For
He has given you the early rain (Strong’s H4175 –Mowreh - which
was the autumn rains) for your vindication. And He has poured
down for you the rain, the early (Autumn) and latter (spring) rain as
Joshua chapters 3 & 4 give account of the crossing of the Jordan into the promised land. Joshua 3:15 says that the
Jordan was at “flood stage”. This was caused by the spring (latter) rains typical at the harvest season in that region. It is
very interesting that when they got on the other side, the scripture says in Joshua 4:19—20 that they camped at Gilgal
near Jericho. Deuteronomy 11:30 tells us that Gilgal is near a mountain called Moreh which is a Hebrew word (Heb
Strong’s H4176) meaning: “teacher". But it is the same as the Hebrew word (Heb Strong’s H4175) that means: "early
Looking at the first crossing into the promised land prophetically, we could reasonably say that it could be compared to,
or metaphorically aligned with, the “early rain” because there would be another “crossing into the promised land”
recorded later in scripture. This first crossing was truly a vindication for those Jews (namely Joshua and Caleb) who
faithfully followed the Lord through the wilderness and were vindicated by being allowed to enter the promised land. This
then, was metaphorically the “early rain”.
Now, looking at the Joel prophecy in chapter 2 verse 23; as noted above, it speaks of both the early rain and the latter
rain. Over the last several decades, I’ve heard several teachers in the Body of Christ teach about Christians entering the
promised land being compared to the day they receive salvation through Jesus Christ. Sometimes a more specific (either
correctly or incorrectly) application is made to when an individual is filled with the Holy Spirit that that person has
entered the promised land and is free from bondage. However, I know that some “old time” pastors teach the doctrine
found in the old hymns that when we die and go to heaven, we enter the promised land. But of course in the Promised
Land the Jews inherited, there were enemies to defeat, diseases to overcome, pain, crying, death, and suffering. There will
be no such thing in Heaven where our Lord wipes away every tear (Revelation 21:4) and we receive our glorified
“immortal” bodies (Romans 8:17 and 1 Corinthians 15:53–54) immune to sickness.
So if we say that when the Jews crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land, they experienced (metaphorically) the early or
former rain, then when does the latter rain come? Wouldn’t we also then have to equate the latter rain with someone (or
group) entering the promised land in order to be consistent? It was in the same Joel passage (Chapter 2) where the Lord
speaks of the early and latter rain that the Lord also prophesied “after that” our “sons and daughters would prophesy
……” So do you remember apostle Peter’s message to the nations gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost after
the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Peter quotes the Joel passage about our sons
and daughters. In addition, he told the crowd that what they were hearing and observing in the disciples that day was, in
fact, the fulfillment of that very passage (Acts 2:16-21). So then, the birth of the Church and the outpouring of the Holy
Spirit had to occur after the latter rain according to the passage in Joel chapter 2. The latter rain occurs during The
Passover season every year in Israel.
The Passover that preceded the birth of the Church during Pentecost (The “This Is That” Event) was the one during which
our Lord was crucified, buried and rose again. The reader will remember that the Jordan River parted to allow the
Israelites to cross over into the Promised Land. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the Temple was torn from
top to bottom (from heaven to earth by God) to allow Christians to enter the Throne room of Grace boldly. (Matthew 27:
51 and Hebrews 4:16 respectively). Non-believers can enter the Kingdom of Heaven by coming to the Cross of Jesus and
believing in Jesus as the Son of God whose shed blood cleanses them from their sin and by receiving Jesus into their heart
as their Lord and Savior. The Word says that we were crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). I believe the Passover
season during which Jesus was crucified was the latter rain the prophet Joel spoke of and so opened the door for the Spirit
of God to be poured out “on all mankind” during the very following Pentecost Celebration. Jesus knew this would happen
and so told his disciples to “wait for the promise of the Father…….. the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit
prophesied in Joel 2.
Now, in Joel’s prophecy, it says in verse 28:
“It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; …”
After what? Verse 23 - the early and the latter rains. Pentecost is a Celebration of the First Fruits of the Harvest season. It
comes after the latter rains that occur during the Passover season. The Holy Spirit was first poured out on all flesh during
the Pentecost after the “latter rain” (the Passover season) just as prophesied by Joel.
In Haggai 2: 9 (NKJV) we read this prophetic word: ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says
the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
How much greater glory is there in conquering the strongholds of the enemy in the supernatural realm? How much greater
is the spreading of the Gospel message around the world as experienced by the Church – the Body of Christ under the
power of the Holy Spirit over the last 2 millennium than the conquering of the Promised Land in Joshua’s day? In the
former rain, the Israelites crossed the Jordan river on dry ground to enter the Promised Land. In the days of the latter
rain, we enter the Promised Land by the power of the Holy Spirit. We swim IN the River of God because we are His
Children and we have the River of Life flowing in us and out of us. In the former rain, the Israelites conquered kings and
dwelt in the land. In the latter rain, we conquer powers and principalities in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6:12) and sit with
the King of kings on His Throne (Ephesians 2:6). Hallelujah!
I am well aware that many churches and denominations teach that this outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the impartation
of the gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12 was only for the 1st Century church and that the gifts have “passed
away” because the perfect has come to replace the imperfect as wrongly interpreted from the passage in 1 Corinthians 13:9
& 10. In my opinion, it is an utter insult to declare the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as “imperfect”. Or to imply that we can
welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives, but He has to leave His Gifts in Heaven because we don’t need healing, faith,
wisdom, etc any more. Really??!! It is further “tampering” with God’s Word to imply that the “last days” in the Joel
scripture have “passed away” with the 1st Century Church.. I think the scripture tells us that what comes after the “last
days” is the millennium and the return of Jesus. Since 2 millennium have passed since Jesus came the first time, then I
conclude we are still in the “last days”.