What Does Rain Symbolize In The Bible?

In the Book of Psalm 72:6, the Bible says “He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth (NKJV)”. Most prophetic insights into this verse indicate that the coming of rain is a call to expectantly wait on God as we position ourselves for the things that He is doing.

In literature, rain has been used to give a higher level of insight into the emotional state of characters. It is also used to symbolize new life or renewal. The fact that rain is within everyone’s realm of experience is important. While rain sustains, the Bible has also shown us how it can bring devastation and death.

In the Book Genesis 7:4, the Bible describes the flood and how it was used as a means of judgement. The Old Testament prophets often referred to the destructive power of rain and the lack of it as experienced in droughts.

Last time we had a look at what walls and feathers mean in the Bible. Let’s talk a bit more about what does rain symbolize in the Bible.

Rain Symbolizing Change

rain symbolizing change

The weather front forms the boundary between distinct conditions of the atmosphere. In essence, it is a ‘change zone.’ The Bible instructs us to be front watchers. In the Book of 1 Chronicles 12:32, the Bible asks us to be like

“the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do”.

The shift in the spiritual atmosphere that causes the rain could also symbolize the need to shift to a new level of consciousness in our lives, communities, nations, churches, and even on the global scene.

The Symbol Of The Holy Spirit

In the Book of Isaiah 44:3, the Bible records the following promise:

“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;” (NKJV).

The Holy Spirit has been described using lots of symbols in the Bible one of them being rain. The nature of rain is that it is released from the skies above just like the Holy Spirit that descends from the heavenly realms.

God has several intentions for releasing the Holy Spirit like the rain upon the earth. Some of them include:

  • Empowerment (Acts 2:17-18)
  • Refreshment (Psalm 68:7-9)
  • Restoration (Hosea 6:2-3)
  • A harvest of souls (Isaiah 44:3-5)

Rain Signifies The Harvest

what does rain symbolize in the Bible

The Bible has drawn various relationships that tie together rain to crops and seasons. It mentions the latter rains and the early rains which are associated with the fullness of harvest.

In James 5:7 and the Book of Acts 2:16-17, the Bible refers to the latter rain as a symbolic meaning of the End Time Harvest of souls into God’s Kingdom.

The concept of the end times has always been misinterpreted to mean the physical end of the world. However, in spiritual terms, the End Times means that the billions of generations that are alive today may not have another opportunity to respond to the call of God.

A Symbol Of God Sovereignty

symbol of God sovereignty

The fact that humans can do nothing to create rain or prevent its coming is a clear demonstration of God’s sovereignty over the weather and rain in this case.

Many cultures have mooted the idea of doing a rain dance whenever they want to pass the message to God to send rain. However, in most cases, the rain has been coming down based on His timing and grace.

The Turbulence Before Rain

You don’t need to be keen to experience the unstable weather as air masses of different densities and temperatures converge. Biblically and by extension prophetically speaking, a shift in the spiritual atmosphere also comes after some turbulence.

This is because God is so lofty to force Himself on human priorities, vision, and values. He expects us to respond to Him instead of containing Him.

God loves us and His desire is to give us seasons of rains and the Holy Spirit for guidance. Our duty is to look beyond the turbulence into the generosity of the Father that is somewhere beyond the clouds.

If you are looking for more symbols from the Bible, read this article about rainbow or this one about lightning.

8 thoughts on “What Does Rain Symbolize In The Bible?”

    • Hi Franklin,

      There are no short cuts in serving the Lord. First of all love the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, mind and strength. Do you want to impress your audience or help them. Never read the HOLY BIBLE to preach. Read it carefully and prayerfully because you love the word. Whatever God speaks to you obey it fully and share those thoughts with others and I can guarantee you that those words will surely edify the believers.
      May the Lord be with you
      Love
      Johnson

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  1. I have been struggling very recently. I am fearful of darkness and siritually wicked principalities, thrones and dominions. As it seems that the prophecies of Revelations may be unfolding ,and although I am sure you may think I am ” crazy,” the truth is a long long time ago(26 years ago) I had a sort of ” encounter” with .. call it what you may.. and I am fearful for those I love, ,afraid they may be attacked because I would not submit. And afraid for all Christians, everywhere. And afraud for all who are o lose their precious souls to the devices of the Devil and his many minions. Just as I was worrying and such.. suddenly outside the window I heard rain begin to fall. There is an awning which amplifies the soothing sound. As it just began suddenly I opened the window thinking I may be mistaken , but it was raining rather robustly. I googled” Christian spiritual significance of rain.. and here was your wonderful explanation.. it stoped after approximately 5 minutes.. give or take a few.. enough for me to breathe deeply..panic..anxiety..sorrow.. subsiding.. although we are still in somber times.. now I feel so blessed.. so much calmer.. touched by grace. a beautiful serene acceptance of whatever happens.. I must gratefully and graciously endure. Like all of the faithful… Grace be tonyou through Jesys Christ ou r Lord and Saviour, almighty, everlasting,onward to a world without end. Selah.Much deep Thanks for your council.Sincerely,TARA

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    • Hi Tara, fear and worry are two words that really sum up 2020. But those are not of our God but tactics of the enemy. God has given us power over the enemy by the blood of Jesus. I’m so thankful how He has brought us through by His power and continues to do so. Thank you for openly sharing so we can all learn to draw our strength from Him. He is faithful and trustworthy. Praying for you to continue to walk in His presence. Love your sister in Christ. Julie

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  2. I had a dream that i was outside of some building talking with a friend.
    She was holding a book in her hand. I believe it was a Bible.
    It was chilly out,but then it started to rain.
    I said, wow! This rain in warm. I threw my arms open and said,” This feels great!!”
    Suddenly the rain drops began to get very big and round. Then they changed into shapes of fruit.
    We were laughing with joy and amazement and saying, Wow! Look! Their shaped like fruit.
    Then i woke up.
    I have an idea of what i think it means, but i was wondering what your thoughts were.
    Thank you

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  3. Understand the Bible and read it and understand that God is not catholic God is Christian, follow Jesus Christ to enter and receive the holy spirit which God gives. Not catholicism as it is a false doctrine of Muhammad and the pope.
    As Christians we must not worship idols and false prophets.
    Matthew 7:15. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s …

    1 John 4:1. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see …
    Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform …
    2 Peter 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people,

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  4. I believe, our God is not Christian but Christ. Yes, I was a Catholic but I had to quietly come out of it as I could understand it is the counterfeit religious Christianity as being described in the book of Revelation chapter 17. It explains the location as in Rome. In Revelation 18:4,we have a solemn direction in which God asks us to come out of her so that we may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues

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