The Latter Rains

Its raining today, first time for a real wet day in a few weeks at least I think. We only had sprinkles before. This one though not huge is sticking around, everything is at least well moistened and its been misty for a lot of the day. Great for our grass and great for farmers though likely the farmers would like an even greater soaking of their crops.

With the rain comes lots more mowing in a couple days as the lawns spring to life again (we usually have to mow weekly as it usually rains at least that often).

The title though doesn't REALLY apply as the latter rains by definition are actually in the spring time. Here is an excerpt from some teaching material I found online:

Unless one finds the origin of a subject, one will invariably arrive at illogicalconclusions. Such is the nature of the theme we are about to illustrate. In fact, it wouldbe difficult to find another topic so nearly wrenched out of shape. We find reference tothis topic at James 5:7: “ Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of theMaster. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, andhath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”

Here the early and latter rain represent firstly the rain of seed time at plantingand secondly the rain of ripening before the harvest: the first fell in Judaea about thebeginning of our November after the seed was sown; the second toward the end of ourApril as the ears began filling out in preparation for the full harvest, as their cropsdeveloped during the winter and early spring.

www.israelect.com/reference/CliftonAEmahiser/studies/Early%20Rain%20vs%20Latter%20Rain.pdf

Most prophecy guys, ok all pretty much would agree we're closer to the latter rains biblically, escathologically speaking. And its obviously less about rain and more about the pouring out of the Holy Spirit near the end of this timeline (considered to be the age of the church). The pouring out (latter rains) come just before harvest to help the crop grow just that extra bit and to ripen ready for harvest.

My limited worldview and knowledge tell me that I've not seen a total out pouring as I would expect but I do live in a flatline society for the most part spiritually so I don't see the amazing things happening in the other parts of the world. Being that the 6 day / thousand year thing seems to line up with the age of the earth and other things that God weaves into the bible in terms of symbols and queues, it seems likely that if any time were a good time to be the end of days, this would be a good time. I'm looking for not only the latter rains but the build up to some of the large prophetic events. Since my last prophecy update, Syria was the big news. It still is, and Iran is getting larger in the news every day as Israel has almost promised to strike soon with Iran showing zero movement on the nuclear front, infact if anything they appear to be accelerating the bit for the weapons.

Things to watch for, evidence of the latter rains, the middle east battles that are aligning nations in such a way as to fit bible prophecy exactly as its detailed in Ezekiel for example, for the one world government formation (after a world economic collapse maybe?? perfect timing right!), and also signs in the sun, moon and stars. I think we're due for some major signs in the heavens, I think we've seen some, but they are only birth pains at this point, small, written off as anomolies or even said to be common occurences.

This is a great time to be a 'watcher' as they say, looking for the return of Jesus to the world. Not to destroy it but to reign as king and to judge the world for sin (no way to put icing sugar on that).

 

OSX Mountain Lion Review

 

Here is my review of mountain lion, … its lousy :S Apparently my intel duo core macbook is TOO old for mountain lion :/ And with that my macbook is officially outdated. No more OS upgrades for it. Really sad. For a macbook only a couple years old I shouldn't be needing to purchase a brand new laptop just to get an OS which basically has some enhancements on it over the current OS (OSX Lion – thats right, they just added 'mountain' to the name).

I have 3 gigs of ram in my macbook, 500gig aftermarket 7200 RPM drive and a core 2 duo, there is nothing special in mountain lion that I know of that would cause it not to run.

There are upsides to a company like Apple with their proprietary hardware, like fewer crashes, more fluid software upgrades and a more unified familiar feel and environment in terms of performance. The bad side is that they can arbitrarily cut old hardware out of upgrades which in theory is to simply drive revenue, ie, I need to go out and buy a new macbook. THey probably have 'good' reasons, they want to ensure the same experience for all who get it and don't want people installing it on really old slow machines… sure, I get that I guess. Still, in the PC world, you could just about run a 286 with Windows 8, just slowly. Ok, not really, but defintely longer lifespan. The OS and features are a lot slower when you push the limits of the recommended specs but at least you can do it!

My dilemma now, with the macbook battery (second one) all but fried (making it not much of a laptop anymore as it needs to be plugged in all the time), is what to get next. Am I locked into the Apple ecosystem now, too deep to switch to something else? I think the only thing i'm hooked on is iLIfe. More specifically my iPhoto collection. I could switch to Picasa or something but the iPhoto interface has served very well to organize and store our photos and time machine has for the most part served well in backing those same photos up so to change isn't something I'd want to do.

No, for me, next will likely be an iMac. Something I can put a large harddrive in and will serve more as a family computer than the laptop currently does. If that would work, not sure. Windows 8 does look interesting though and the flexibility in hardware is attractive, ie, not having to purchase a whole new machine with a PC, instead I could upgrade the video card or RAM to comply with the latest windows 9 recommended specs or something.

All said and done, I really don't have any issues with Lion as it is, but I do hate to feel left out, knowing I won't be getting any more OS upgrades on it :S

 

 

 

Community

In all the places we lived, we got to know neighbours here and there but nothing too involved. In Georgetown, we knew the other apartment dweller, one of them anyways, in Guelph before that I was in an apartment building and didn’t know anyone. In Kensington, PEI, post Georgetown, we knew a neighbour on one side.  Now that we’re ‘settled’ a bit more, i.e. we own a real house now, its fun to meet and know the neighbours all around.

In meeting them you basically actually take part in and create a little community the way it used to be. Back in the day, the olden days, you would almost HAVE to know them all because one would be the butcher, the other the black smith, and the next guy was who you bought your eggs from. With our big box stores, there isn’t a lot of opportunity for community other than fabricated community events meant to provide the feeling of community togetherness and allow you to get to know your neighbours. Nothing beats getting to know them personally though as you go about your daily routine, like walking down to get the mail or something.

In Wheatley River we’ve had a chance to meet all our neighbours, to find out about their families and the things they like doing, and help them throughout the year while at the same time they help us with things throughout the year. Examples: floods, heavy lifting of objects, snow blowing from driveways, taking care of chickens while neighbours go sailing 😉

This is really what community is all about and its what makes life interesting and fun. Too often we live in a house surrounded by other houses and we just wave at those living around us without really spending the time to get to know anyone.

Around us live a tradesman, a firefighter, a teacher, a home renovator, a fiddler, an electrician, a landscaper and more I’m sure.

Its also interesting around here to get to know about the history of the various houses, who owned what, etc and the stories of the local folk.

Community is something a lot of us have lost and I’m glad we get to be part of it in Wheatley River!

Beans, Hogs, and Bible Prophecy