"Equipping the saints for the
of the ministry"
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, Prophetic Evangelism & Street Ministry  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 trained prophetic presbytery teams and individuals and teams who will
pray for healing for the sick.
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 rain".

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”.