Joel chapter 2 is full of end time prophecy. This is another clue, which is that the rains have to do with the end times. Also note that in Joel it says God will send the former rain and the latter rain in the first month, that is both at the same time. Here's another clue that we're talking about a supernatural rain.
Zechariah 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
Zechariah is another book full of end time prophecy, this verse speaks of asking the Lord for rain in the time or season of the latter rain. This idea suggests that the time of the latter rain is the latter days.
Next in James we find mention of the fruit harvest, the rains and the second coming of the Lord.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
This should make it clear that when the bible mentions the former and the latter rain, and the season of the latter rain, that it's talking about the end times and the return of the Lord.
Let's pull in one more quote, this time from Matthew.
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Here Jesus is speaking and he explains the details of the parable of the sower. Applying this back to Joshua, we know that the field is the world and the harvest is the end of the world, the end times. Achsah here is asking her father Caleb for springs of water to go with the land he has given her. This is a parallel to asking the Lord for the rains needed to bring in crops off the land.
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