Falling Water FallsThe Latter Rain movement is an influence within Pentecostalism which teaches that the Lord is pouring out His Spirit again, as He did at Pentecost, using believers to prepare the world for His second coming.

The term “latter rain” was first used in the early 1940s, and comes from Joel 2:23, “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, fr He hath given you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.”  Latter Rain followers interpret the rain as an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and that the latter rain in end times would be greater than the former rain.

Today we’re talking about what this movement is doing in our current state of the church, and how many are concerned about some of the teachings. A few weeks ago, we challenged one such leader, David E. Taylor. (False prophets and teachers: Here come more wolves)  David’s signs and wonders are troubling to us. (Visit his website)

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Latter Rain doctrine includes the following beliefs:

– the gifts of the Spirit, including tongues, are received through the laying on of hands

– Christians can be demonized and require deliverance

– God has restored all the offices of ministry to the Church, including apostle and prophet

– divine healing can be administered through the laying on of hands

– praise and worship will usher God into our presence

– women have a full and equal ministry role in the Church

– denominational lines will be destroyed, and the Church will unify in the last days

– the “latter rain” will bring God’s work to completion; the Church will be victorious over the world and usher in Christ’s kingdom

Many “apostles” in the Latter Rain Movement also teach the doctrine of “the manifest sons of God.” This is a heretical doctrine which says that the Church will give rise to a special group of “overcomers” who will receive spiritual bodies, becoming immortal.

It is important to note that the Assemblies of God deemed the Latter Rain Movement to contain heresy from the very beginning. On April 20, 1949, the Assemblies of God officially denounced Latter Rain teaching, nearly splitting the denomination in the process. Other established Pentecostal groups have passed similar resolutions.

Today, the term “latter rain” is rarely used, but the theology of Latter Rain continues to exert an influence. Most branches of the Charismatic Movement adhere to Latter Rain teaching. Modern movements such as the Brownsville/Pensacola Revival, the Toronto Blessing, and the “holy laughter” phenomenon are a direct result Latter Rain theology.