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The Sovereign Lord Determines the Location for Performing His Saving Work

Chris McCann
January 11, 2019
Chris McCann

A frequent critic of the truths the Lord has opened up at the time of the end has said that the latter rain "is not geographically bound." The "idea that the latter rain can't be in a church building but it can be 10 feet away outside on the side walk is ridiculous."

Is it true that location did not matter in past times when God performed His saving work? Let's turn to the Bible and consider this idea.

STANDING TEN FEET OUTSIDE THE ARK AND NOT IN THE ARK MATTERED

Once God shut the door of Noah's Ark (Genesis 7:16), a person's location mattered a great deal. For those blessed 8 souls positioned in the ark it meant that they would live. For the rest of the people outside the door of ark—yes, even if they were less than ten feet away banging on the

door—their position of being without, after the door was shut, meant that they must perish.

BEING OUTSIDE THE CITY ZOAR & NOT IN IT PROVED VITAL

When God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the other cities of the plain, He did not destroy the little city of Zoar. As a matter of fact, the Lord waited until Lot's feet entered into the city before raining down fire and brimstone upon all the rest of the inhabitants of the plain.

Genesis 19:22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

STANDING TEN FEET OUTSIDE OF A HOUSE WITHOUT THE PASSOVER BLOOD WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN DEATH

The dark night God sent the plague upon the firstborn of Egypt it mattered a whole lot whether or not someone was in a house that had the markings of blood on its doorposts or not.

Exodus 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

STANDING TEN FEET OUTSIDE OF RAHAB THE HARLOT'S HOUSE IN JERICHO WOULD HAVE DONE YOU NO GOOD

The Israelite spies swore to Rahab the harlot that all within the confines of her house would be spared the destruction the rest of the city was going to experience. In order to survive, it was, of course, absolutely necessary for your geographical location to be within her house. Standing ten feet outside would have gotten a person close to deliverance, but sadly they still would have perished along with those in the city farther away.

More could be added but this should be sufficient to show the careless error being made by the statement that geographical location is not important when it comes to the latter rain. God is not only sovereign regarding whom (the elect) He saved, and when (by May 21, 2011) He saved them, but He is also sovereign Lord when it comes to WHERE He saved them. And the place of salvation during the latter raintt—which stopped falling on the date Judgment Day began (May 21, 2011)—was outside of the world's churches. Not a drop of the latter rain fell within any church in all the world. Jeremiah tells us that they had no latter rain. This was God's sovereign right so to do.

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