What are the tell tale signs to know if your church is following Latter Rain / Manifest Sons of God teaching:
Here from Latter-Rain.com is an explanation of what Latter Rain teaching is. Sounds very Christian, sounds even biblical, but it is far from it.
“The Latter Rain is God’s great end-time ministry. The Latter Rain is the Restoration of the Church and the Harvest of souls, the gathering together of His people to be God’s Kingdom on earth. The Latter Rain is the promise given to us in the last days for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. The Latter Rain blesses each of us with times of refreshing, it is for you and all who love peace to enter into now.
The foundation of the Latter Rain Page is firm in the pursuit of truth, justice and mercy. Deliverance to the captive church from the traditional legalism and quenching of the Spirit is through pointing you to the love of God through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has given Christians the grace to reconcile the children to their Fathers As One Body
* We prepare for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb
* Harvest the Fruit of the Latter Rain
* Follow Him as the Army of the Lord into His Glory”
The shortened version: Latter Rain / Manifest Sons of God (MSoG is the more extreme version of Latter Rain) is a doctrine that the Assemblies of God (AOG) rejected in 1949/50. They rejected it because it went AGAINST orthodox/normal Christian teaching.
This teaching was made very popular via the following person: William Branham (1909-1965) who held massive revivals in 1947. He even came to South Africa. Before that F.F. Bosworth (1877-1958) held big tent revivals during the 1920’s. Bosworth and Branham met and become good friends as both men followed in the teachings of E.W. Kenyon (1867-1948).
E.W. Kenyon took Metaphysical occult teaching (New Thought – Phineus Quimby) and mixed it with Christian teaching…
Metaphysical definition: 1
Philosophy to understand the fundamental nature of all reality; seen and unseen realms. Believing in, studying the supernatural (metaphysical).
Ontology: The study of Being and existence; includes the definition and classification of entities, physical or mental, the nature of their properties, and the nature of change.
Natural Theology: The study of a God or Gods; involves many topics, including among others the nature of religion and the world, existence of the divine, questions about Creation, and the numerous religious or spiritual issues that concern humankind in general.
Universal science: The study of first principles, which Aristotle believed to be the foundation of all other enquiries. An example of such a principle is the law of no contradiction and the status it holds in non-para-consistent logics.
Metaphysics = mysticism and occultism
- International Church of the FourSquare Gospel (Aimee Semple McPherson 1890-1944).
- New Thought (Phineus Quimby 1802-1866).
- Higher Life movement / Christian Holiness movement / Keswick movement (William Boardman 1810-1886).
- Christian Science (Mary Baker Eddy 1821-1910).
- Unity School of Christianity / Unity Church / Unity (Charles Fillmore 1854-1948, Myrtle Fillmore 1845 1931).
- Mind Science / Science of Mind (Ernest Holmes 1887-1960).
- Theosophy (Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1831-1891).
Kenneth Hagin (1917-2003) did very well to adopt E.W. Kenyon’s teachings too, so well that he has been accused of plagiarising many of E.W. Kenyon’s work as his own. Kenneth Hagin later became known as the father or granddaddy of the Word of Faith movement, of which many of his followers refer to him as Dad Hagin or Papa Hagin.
William Branham however was so popular (healing, miracles, signs and wonders) that he is regarded by all popular Word of Faith preachers and those in the Apostolic Reformation as a great man of God.
So Kenyon mixed it – Bosworth revived it – Branham popularised it
Hagin stole it and renamed it ‘Word Faith’
A few Word of Faith / Latter Rain / Apostolic teachers: Oral Roberts (Oral Roberts University), Pat Robertson, Kenneth Hagin (Rhema.org), Kenneth Copeland, Marilyn Hickey, Kathryn Kuhlman, Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, Rick Joyner, Rodney Howard-Browne (The River Church), Earl Paulk, Peter Popoff, Fred Price, Morris Cerullo, Patricia King (Extreme Prophetic), Paul Cain, Charles Capp, Joyce Meyer, Paul Keith Davis, Joel Osteen, Paul Yonggi Cho, Randy Clark, John Kilpatrick, Jack Coe, Mike Bickle (IHOP) and Ray McCauley (Rhema Church- South Africa- Rhema Bible School established by Kenneth Hagin), Jack Deere, Creflo Dollar, Paul and Jan Crouch (TBN), A.A. Allen, John Arnott, John Avanzini, Wendy and Rory Alex (God TV), John Scotland, Robert Tilton, John Wimber, Cindy Jacobs, Bob Jones, Angus Buchan (Faith like Potatoes), Theo and Beverley Wolmarans (Christian Family Church- South Africa), Kobus van Rensburg, et al.
Today, Word of Faith / Latter Rain teaching has grown and grown, bigger and bigger, taking over the church completely. 80% or more of the books in your local Christian bookstore are Word of Faith/Latter Rain. The other 19.9% are New Age / Mysticism / Emergent / Unity where all faiths lead to one god a one world religion.
And don’t be fooled, the Baptists have been infiltrated too. Louie Giglio who promotes himself heavily as a Baptist/Calvinist teaches a message that smacks Emergent teaching, as he relentlessly focuses on the youth as he pushes for a “Radical Generation”.
Everything you thought was Christian is no longer Christian.
In fact you can just add the above movements and their percentages together for Word of Faith (WoF), Latter Rainer (LR and MSoG), the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), and the Emergent’s (EC) are all leading in the SAME direction. They just use different terminology and different ways to explain things but the end game is the same: everything is god, you are a god.
This is one of the apostasies Jesus Christ spoke of that would totally invade the world:
A new faith to replace the old faith.
A new Christian to replace the old Christian.
A new way of doing things that HAS already REPLACED the Biblical way of doings things.
The Bible matters no more, in a New Age we become the gospel.
HAS LATTER RAIN TEACHING POURED INTO YOUR CHURCH?
1) Spiritual warfare:
- Spiritual warfare conducted through intense worship and praise.
- Spiritual mapping (geographical areas are hot-spots for gateways and portals to be opened to connect heaven and earth).
- Identifying strongholds (hatred, adultery, heresies, jealousy, idolatry, murder, etc).
- Rebuking demonic powers and binding territorial spirits. Spiritual warriors and Intercessors (pray to open gateways, portals, increase membership of churches, even hired out to Christian businesses to pray for an increase in wealth.
- Walking through towns, praying over buildings to remove/bind evil spirits (prayer walks).
- Immobilising prayer groups (see below under Joel’s army).
Sole purpose: to reclaim towns, cities, states/provinces, countries, and finally the earth for Christ (called the 7 Mountains or 7 Spheres).
- If evil moves out, Christians will move in.
- If they bind the evil, people will get saved and come to Jesus.
2) Signs and wonders:
- Small to large amount of focus on signs and wonders which will prepare you for:
- An Elite group of over comer’s (false prophets) who WILL produce signs and wonders unlike anything ever seen.
- Healing ministries.
4) They believe in the restoration of the 5 fold ministry.
- Offices of apostles and prophets.
- The apostles and prophets have authority.
- Their focus is strong shepherding and discipleship.
- If one needs Christian counseling it is to be done via the apostles, prophets or pastors who follow the same teachings.
5) A perfection of the saints.
- The attainment of being Christ as we become just like Christ in nature and ability.
6) Christians will rule the earth (Dominion/Kingdom Now/Replacement Theology)
- The Church replaces Israel.
- Anti-Semitic teaching: since the Jewish nation had Jesus crucified they have now forfeited their right to salvation.
- Gentiles – the church have become God’s chosen people instead.
- Jerusalem (The Holy Land) belongs to the Church and Joel’s Army is going to fight for it.
7) They mostly deny a rapture in the classic sense.
- Some replace it with individual raptures.
- A collective transformation to immortality on earth.
- Some mention they believe Jesus Christ is coming back (as per scripture) but the Jesus they refer to is another Jesus. A Jesus who unites all religions throughout the world.
8) Word of Faith / Latter Rain / Manifest Sons promoters are Kingdom Dominionists
9) Great Harvest of souls (forms part of Revival):
- An end time harvest of billions of souls.
- Majority of the world will be won to Christ.
- A Kingdom would be established or ready to be received by Christ.
- Or the church will become Christ.
10) Transformation/Reformation and Reconciliation based on Christian principles (see Christian values/Kingdom values below)
- Pastors and Youth Leaders to come together.
- Family to come together.
- Political leaders to come together.
- Businesses to come together.
- Government to come together.
Areas targeted: family, the community, the arts, sciences, media, law, government, schools and business and the youth. (also known as: 7 Mountains or 7 Spheres).
Emergent Church have youth organisations called Change Agents that seek to do the same thing.
11) Focus on Revival:
- Sunderland Outpouring, Azusa Street, Pensacola Revival, Holy Laughter Movement (Rodney Howard Browne), Brownsville, Toronto Blessing, Lakeland (Todd Bentley).
- Global and International Prayer days, Global Revival, Unity through Diversity.
- Promise Keepers, Mighty Men Conferences.
- Youth generation, strong focus on the youth, conferences, concerts, prayer gatherings.
Main aim: United power of agreement for global revival (preparing Joel’s army).
12) Extra-biblical teaching (New revelations, fresh new ideas):
- Prophecy spoken that points to-wards any of the points listed in this article.
- New revelations and new knowledge that falls outside of orthodox (i.e., normal) Christian teaching.
- They say that they believe the Bible to be the final authority; God’s Word that is complete and never changes – yet also accept new revelations, new information and new ways (actually ancient ways just repackaged as new ways) of doing things in the Church.
13) A governing body for the Church:
- Lead by apostles and prophets.
- Rule the Church through establishing independent churches.
- Non-denominational and unaffiliated however all under the central leadership of the apostles and prophets.
- Christian unity (all faiths professing some form of Christianity are considered Christian).
14) The Apostles and Prophets of today:
- Consider themselves GREATER than Jesus disciples and the early church Apostles who were commissioned to go preach the gospel to the nations.
- Support and appoint each other because all movements branch off/link to each other as they hold onto common beliefs).
15) Blessings and Curses:
- The apostles and prophets will give blessings on those who agree and follow them.
- And curses upon those who don’t follow them.
16) Words and Faith:
- The power of their words would bring results (Word of Faith).
- God inhabits your praises.
- The more faith you have the more Christian you are.
- You can speak healing into your life through words/faith.
- Faith is a force.
- Faith brings wealth and health:
- The healthier you are the more faith you have.
- The wealthier you are the more faith you have.
- The main belief of Prosperity is this:
- God will reward His faithful.
- God will transfer wealth to his faithful children.
- Transfer of wealth will go from ungodly people to godly people (His faithful).
Main aim: Christians need wealth to reclaim the earth for Christ (Kingdom Now / Dominion).
17) Christian Values / Kingdom Value:
- Values that can be learnt and applied to one’s life which brings about the appearance of a Christian life.
- The REAL Holy Spirit is not involved in bringing this change into people’s lives.
18) Fake holy spirit:
- Counterfeit spirits (FIRE called down from heaven / slain in the spirit) are transferred onto people through laying on of hands, touching, gesturing, blowing, etc, etc, etc.
- Strange manifestations (Kundalini spirit manifestations).
- Laughing and other sounds.
- Electricity sensation.
- Feeling of heat in the body.
- No control of your body.
- Paralysed on the floor.
- Convulsing, jerking or flailing about.
- Trips to Heaven and Hell.
- Multiple anointings – there is an anointing for everything.
- Anointings can be transferred from one person to another.
- Anointing/false spirit transferred via: touching, thought, blowing, gesturing, laying on of hands, hands held above the person, etc.
- Multiple mantles – there seems to be a mantle for everything.
- Mantles can be passed from person to person.
- Most famous Mantle: William Branham’s Mantle.
21) Occult experiences:
- Out of body experiences Third Heaven or trips to heaven and hell experiences.
- Visiting people in dreams.
- Visiting places (earthly or heavenly).
- Communicating with the dead in visions (be it saints or angels) is necromancy.
- Angels that accompany the pastor.
- Angels that bring people messages from God.
- Angels that bring healing.
- Any focus on angels; speaking with angels, visitation by angels etc.
23) Believe and teach things that New Age and/or Occultists believe/teach/practise:
- Portals, gateways, spiritual gates.
- Heavenly realms, prayer realms, seer realms, glory realms.
- Spiritual altars.
- Drumming circles.
- Spirit or Angel guides.
- Opening the Heavens.
- Ekstasis Worship.
- Spiritual hot-spots, geographical areas that are more spiritual than others.
- Atmosphere, vibrations, light, sound, colours and crystals.
- Numerology / Kabbalah – applying symbolism or significance to numbers.
24) What they really mean by repentance of sin:
- Repentance of sin is either completely ignored or there is very little focus.
- Repentance of sin becomes a group affair in other words the entire congregation will repent of sin in unison.
- Repentance for other peoples sin or the sins of the country.
- The Holy Spirit is not what brings about repentance.
- There is no conviction from the Holy Spirit.
- Living a good life is considered repentance of sin and can be achieved just though counseling and practice.
25) Visitations by a Jesus:
- A Jesus appearing to people in visions or physically appearing to people.
26) Strange prayer practices:
- Meditation (clearing the mind).
- Yoga : This incorporates breathing, posture, silence and emptying of thoughts.
- Centering Prayers.
- Contemplative Prayer (Lectio Divina or Sacred Divination).
- Breathing practice (this also includes yoga).
- Reciting scripture or a word or phrase over and over again (also known as a Mantra).
- Reciting someone else’s prayer e.g., The Prayer of Jabez.
- Walking Labyrinths.
- Remove all thoughts from your mind or escaping from your thoughts by repeating mantras (words, phrases, verses from scripture) to achieve an altered state of consciousness.
- Allowing thoughts or a ‘small voice to come into your mind giving you revelation into scripture (usually done by following the above points).
- Focusing inward to the Christ Within until you become aware that you are a god.
27) Joel’s Army:
- Joel’s army started marching at the start of the Azusa Street Revival, and has since been dubbed the Blessing movement. The marching has intensified and will continue to gather force.
- Joel’s army is made up of a group of immortal beings (or so they think) that will bring judgment upon the ungodly.
- The ungodly are those who oppose them.
- The mention of a Christian army of any kind is Joel’s army.
- Immobilising prayer groups.
- All who do not accept the authority of the new apostles and prophets will be removed.
- Cleansing of the earth of evil to establish His Kingdom (Spiritual Warfare).
- Call for a Civil War within the church.
28) Gideon’s Army:
- Another kind of Joel’s army, but smaller in size (300 in number as in OT).
- They will besiege the high places in Israel in prayer and spiritual warfare (see point 1 above).
Note: Gideon’s army has already taken upon their first assignment from the Lord. They entered Israel on the 25 Oct – 3 Nov 2008. It has been called, a strategic and groundbreaking prayer event. 2
29) Divisions of Joel’s Army:
- Isaiah 57 company.
- The Elijah force.
- The Warriors of Gilead.
30) Focus on Youth:
- Focus on youth and Christian values/Kingdom values.
- Focus on youth for they are the least discerning.
- Focus on youth for they will lead the future – Children are the future.
- Create a Radical Generation for Jesus.
- Parents will encourage their children because of the wonderful change in their lives.
- Children/Teenagers are being taught the practices mentioned in point 26).
31) Holy Land / Israel:
- Applying scripture meant for Israel to the church and vice versa.
- Move back into the law through the Hebrew Roots movement.
- Main aim: Latter Rainer’s are going to try take the Holy Land for themselves.
- Having to use Hebrew names for God and Jesus.
- Hebrew greetings.
- Trying to be Jewish in some form or another, e.g., Jewish dancing in church.
32) Christian unity:
- All faiths that profess some kind of Christian teaching are considered Christian.
- Conferences are held where all Christian faiths come together.
- They all believe in a Christ and they call him Jesus but it’s not the biblical Jesus Christ.
- The earth is going to be one big happy family under Christ.
- Global peace plan.
- Unity at all costs, excluding the Truth.
33) Christ comes into the church before he comes for the church:
- That the Church, his body will actually become Christ on earth, glorious and triumphant.
34) Divinity, becoming a little god:
- Teaching that when you accept Jesus into your life you become like Christ or start to actually become like Christ.
- Word of Faith affirms this by teaching that we can speak things into existencejust as God did when He created the earth.
- They are progressing in their godliness: The Christian life has levels to go through to reach maturity:
- The first level is that of servant of God.
- The second level is that of a friend of God.
- The third level is to become a son of God which means you are now a god or a little god , you are on the level of Christ.
- This is only obtained via revelation from the apostles and prophets (new revelation that falls outside of the Bible).
- When you enter Heaven you will be on the same level as Jesus Christ.
35) Global Warning and the Environment:
- Focus on saving the earth (Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Mother Gaia).
36) Purpose Driven:
- Moving the earth into a one world faith (Rick Warren and other Emerging teachers).
- Ties with teachers from the Emergent Church: Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Leonard Sweet, Stephan Joubert, etc.,
37) Ancient knowledge is now new knowledge:
- Moving back to the early church fathers who used contemplative spiritual practices.
- Emerging ideas overtaking all thinking in universities, seminaries and colleges which has then being filtered down into the churches.
- Roman Catholicism and the Catholic church is now considered Christian.
- Emerging Dialogue and debate on what Truth actually is i.e., truth can be anything you deem to be correct depending on your situation, age, gender and culture, etc.)
- Spirituality is experienced with all 5 senses: touch, smell, taste, seeing, hearing.
38) Vatican II Re-Evangelization Program:
- Please read this article: The New Evangelical – Evil fit for a New Dark Age
- Please read this article: Vatican II and The New Evangelization World Wide Take Over
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References: 1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphysics 2 http://www.prophetic.tv/watch.php?e=33