There are two
Floods. The first is the Flood of Noah, wherein the wind, breath,
or spirit was removed from all flesh; the second is the Flood of
the Holy Spirit, wherein the Spirit of God is to be poured out upon
all flesh. The "latter rain" of Joel 2:23 is the antidote to the
Flood of Noah.
The basic outline of God's Plan to put His Spirit back into all
flesh is revealed in Noah's actions at the end of the Flood.
Genesis 8:1 says,
remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle
was with him in the Ark; and God made a
wind [Hebrew ruach, "wind,
spirit"] to pass
over the earth, and the waters asswaged."The wind,
or Spirit of God, is said to be the antidote to the Flood of
waters. This is a prophetic statement that has far greater
implications than a mere reduction in the water level. As He
resuscitates the whole earth by breathing into their nostrils the
breath of life once again, we are brought into Immortality and
Perfection, as at the beginning. Eden and more is restored.
The Scriptures also picture the Spirit of God as a dove. In fact,
this was the original word picture found in Genesis 1:2, where…
the Spirit of God moved [Hebrew rachaph, "brooded
or fluttered," as a dove] upon the face of the
waters.The same picture is painted in Deuteronomy 32:11,
where God is pictured as an eagle fluttering over her young, caring
for the nation of Israel.
And so we find that toward the end of the Flood, Noah sent out
three doves to see if the waters were abated. This was prophetic.
It tells us that God planned to do the same in order to overcome
the effects of the Flood of water. Thus, the outpouring of the Spirit comes in three
stages, both personally and corporately. These three stages are
represented by Israel's three main feast days, wherein all the
males were called to stand before God.The Feast of Passover
deals with the first dove sent out. It is a partial anointing that
results in Justification. It is the salvation of your spirit.
The Feast of Pentecost deals with the second dove sent out. It is a
greater anointing that begins the work of Sanctification. It is
sent for the salvation of your soul.
Finally, the Feast of Tabernacles correlates with Noah's third
dove. It is the last anointing, for it represents the fullness of
the Spirit poured out, wherein we see the redemption of the body
(Rom. 8:23). At this outpouring, you receive the true inheritance
that was lost in Adam: the glorified body. This is the full
salvation in the Plan of God, as depicted by Noah's three doves and
Israel's three feast days.
Corporately speaking, however, these doves and feast days depict
three distinct outpourings of the Spirit, when God intervenes in
the affairs of the earth in a most unusual manner. The first was
when He came down upon Mount Sinai as fire and spoke the Ten
Commandments to all the people of Israel. This was something very
unusual, and the Scriptures say it had never been done before
The second great outpouring of the Spirit occurred in the book of
Acts on the day of Pentecost. The third is yet to come at the Feast
of Tabernacles, and when it does, the earth will give birth to the
Sons of God who are fully in His image and likeness.
The three doves that Noah sent out give us a description of each of
these three manifestations of the Spirit. Genesis 8:8-9 says,
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters
were abated from off the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found
no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into
the Ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth; then
he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him
into the Ark.
Passover. Barley harvest. First Fruits. Salvation of the
Pentecost. Wheat harvest. Salvation of the soul,
Tabernacles. Grape harvest. Redemption of the body.