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. To date, we have taught over 600
individuals the fundamental concepts and principles from God's Word on being an effective
prophetic minister and the importance of having a living, intimate personal relationship with our
Heavenly Father through the in-dwelling Holy Spirit.
                                       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
before.

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”.
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