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.
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
mid-1940's 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 Wonders.
1947 William Marrion Branham, Percy Hunt and
George Hawtin codify Latter Rain mythology as the "The New Order of the Latter
Latter Rain dogma leads to the condemnation of the "The New Order of the Latter
Rain" by the Assemblies of God
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
City "prophets", Vineyard
Association and Harvest
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
of Christ to be built upon the foundation of the five-fold ministry of
present-day apostles and
the dominion mandate - the Latter Rain movement must
overcome all résistance and destroy all evil which now prevents the
Return of Christ.
"After being ordained into full-time ministry by
a RHEMA graduate and
acknowledged prophet I started a small ministry called "Latter Rain
I had several cassettes and booklets by
William Marrion Branham and prayed I too
could have such a supernatural
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 the
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
of God include:
overemphasis relative to imparting, identifying,
bestowing, or confirming of gifts by the "laying on of hands"
erroneous teaching that
the true church is built
on the foundation of present-day apostles and
that an intercessor could hear confession and absolve sin;
extreme and unscriptural
practice of imparting or imposing control over individuals through the
The Latter Rain movement, along with elements of the "Healing Revival" slowly dissolved
into parts of the larger
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.
"The 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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