1907 David Wesley Myland begins teaching the rudimentary
mythology of the "Latter Rain."
The idea of a Latter Rain is present
from the earliest days of Pentecostalism.
Many believe that the return
of Speaking in Tongues and the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit marked the
Latter Rain, near the End Times.
The outpouring of
the Holy Spirit on Pentecost had been the "Former Rain" that established
Christ's Church, but the current
"movement" of the Holy Spirit was the Latter Rain that would bring Christ's
work to completion, and culminate in the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the
enthusiasm and fire of the
Pentecostal revival that started at Azusa Street is waning, and adherents are
looking for another movement of the Holy Spirit - seeking Signs and
1947 William Marrion Branham, Percy
Hunt and George Hawtin codify Latter Rain mythology as the "The New Order of
the Latter Rain."
1949 Latter Rain dogma leads to
the condemnation of the "The New Order of the Latter Rain" by the
Assemblies of God General Council.
Many Latter Rain acolytes resign or are
their involvement and form independent Latter Rain fellowships.
these fellowships are small.
evolving mythology becomes
increasingly heretical and, many degenerate into clearly definable cults -
Church of the Living Word, The Body, House of
Some of those who kept the Latter Rain alive from
that time and are a big influence in the new Latter Rain
Third Wave the Kansas City
"prophets", Vineyard Association and
Latter Rain includes:
the placing of experience over
Baptism of the Holy Spirit and
gifts of the Holy
Spirit can be imparted through the "laying on of
Christ to be built upon the foundation of the five-fold ministry of
present-day apostles and prophets;
the dominion mandate - the Latter
Rain movement must overcome all résistance and destroy all evil which
now prevents the Return of
"After being ordained into full-time ministry by
a RHEMA graduate and acknowledged prophet
I started a small ministry called "Latter Rain Ministries."
several cassettes and booklets by William Marrion Branham and prayed I too
could have such a supernatural ministry.
I, like many others, believed that the Lord had restored the office of
the apostle and prophet.
Many prophetic words were spoken over my wife
and I regarding the move of God and the end time glory which was about to be
manifested and our role in this coming move.
Now I know that I, and all
my friends in ministry, were Montanists to the core, (although probably
none of us knew it at
Finally the Lord opened my eyes to the
Truth of His Word, which
has been subsequently revealing the darkness of what we once gladly walked in.
I know from personal experience the great attraction Latter Rain holds.
Adherents want to be on the cutting edge of spiritual advancement.
Adherents want to see
God's power manifested,
the sick healed,
feel His presence,
The problem is almost all of what transpires in neo-Montanist
congregations is subjective experience devoid of any
solid Biblical foundation.
The Bible ends up being used to prove the experience, it matters not
where the texts are drawn from, and
immaterial." - Robert S.
Latter Rain mythology
condemnation by Assemblies of God
overemphasis relative to imparting, identifying, bestowing, or
confirming of gifts by the "laying on of hands" and
erroneous teaching that
the true church is built
on the foundation of present-day
apostles and prophets;
suggestion that an intercessor could hear confession and absolve
unscriptural practice of imparting or imposing control over individuals
through the gifts of
The Latter Rain movement, along with elements of the "Healing Revival" slowly dissolved
into parts of the larger Charismatic Pentecostal movement.
Dancing, lifting of hands and spontaneous
praise are marks of the Charismatic Pentecostal movement.
Some parts of the Charismatic Pentecostal movement have a blend of
influences that may include both the Latter Rain, the
Revival and the Jesus Movement,
elements distinctive from traditional Pentecostal theology.
flamboyant claims of the Charismatic are
beyond tolerance and
have succeeded in leading Christians to seek the 'gifts'
rather than the
'Giver' and has already done untold harm to the people
of God." - InPlainsite.org
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