What is the Latter Rain Movement?

What is the Latter Rain Movement?

CHRISTIANNEWS.COM.- The Latter Rain Movement is a group within Pentecostalism that believes that God is sending His Spirit in a special way, similar to what happened at Pentecost, to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Christ.

This movement is amillennial and anti-dispensational. The term “latter rain” refers to the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is expected to occur in the last days, according to the interpretation of Joel 2:23.

In 1948, there was a revival in Saskatchewan, Canada, which was considered a fulfillment of this prophecy, and it was believed that a new era of spiritual power unprecedented in history was about to begin.

However, some Latter Rain Movement leaders have teachings not accepted by most Pentecostals.

What is this dogma about?

Latter Rain teaching is noted for its highly symbolic and stylized interpretation of the Bible, known as a typological hermeneutic.

Revelation that goes beyond what is written in the Bible is given importance, such as personal prophecies, spiritual experiences, and directives that are considered to be given directly by God. The Latter Rain doctrine includes various beliefs, such as:

– 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 offices of ministry in the Church, including apostle and prophet.

– Divine healing can be administered through the laying on of hands.

– Praise and worship will bring God into our presence.

– Women have a full and equal ministerial role in the Church

– Denominational lines will be destroyed, and the Church will be unified in the last days.

– The “latter rain” will complete the work of God; the Church will be victorious over the world and usher in the reign of Christ.

Within the Latter Rain Movement, many leaders who call themselves “apostles” also teach a heretical doctrine called “the manifest sons of God,” which holds that the church will give rise to a special group of “overcomers” who will receive spiritual bodies and they will become immortal.

Although the term “latter rain” is used infrequently today, latter rain theology remains influential, with most branches of the Charismatic Movement adhering to its teachings. In fact, modern movements like the Brownsville (Pensacola) revival, the Toronto blessing, and the “holy laughter” phenomenon are direct results of latter rain theology.

article written in Got Questions.

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