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Have You Ever Seen The Rain?



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 Rapture.

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 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 excommunicated for their involvement and form independent Latter Rain fellowships.

Most of these fellowships are small.

Their evolving mythology becomes increasingly heretical and, many degenerate into clearly definable cults - Church of the Living Word, The Body, House of Prayer

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 Harvest Rock.

Latter Rain includes:

the placing of experience over exposition;

Baptism of the Holy Spirit and gifts of the Holy Spirit can be imparted through the "laying on of hands";

Church 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 Christ.

"After being ordained into full-time ministry by a RHEMA graduate and acknowledged prophet I started a small ministry called "Latter Rain Ministries."

I had 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 the time).

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, etcetera.

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 context is immaterial." - Robert S. Liichow





Latter Rain mythology condemnation by Assemblies of God include:

overemphasis relative to imparting, identifying, bestowing, or confirming of gifts by the "laying on of hands" and prophecy;

erroneous teaching that the true church is built on the foundation of present-day apostles and prophets;

the suggestion that an intercessor could hear confession and absolve sin;

extreme and unscriptural practice of imparting or imposing control over individuals through the gifts of utterance.

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 Healing 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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