The last enemy to be conquered is death. Who will conquer it? A mature church will come forth, with the kind of authority and power that will be able to stand in the very face of Satan. When the church reaches that level of maturity, God will be able to say, “This generation of the church does not need to die. She has reached a place of maturity. I will translate her because her maturity pleases me.” Earl Paulk- Excerpt from “Joel’s Army “By Jewel Van Der Merwe
Will the Son of Man find Faith when He comes to the Earth? Jesus…(Luke 18)
The NAR movement has been built on a set of assumptions, the one leading to the other. The rise and ministry of William Branham led to the assumption that the true church was going to come into a time when “Signs and Wonders” would increase and bring nations to their knees in repentance, through the Evangelists such as Branham and those who would follow Him.
There would be a revival, believers would learn to tap into the power of God (an occult concept), and the Church would go from being “despised and rejected” to being feared and honored. Around the same time that Branham and the Healing Evangelists were packing tents and wowing crowds of people with healings, miracles, and signs and wonders, a little book came out which added much to these expectations. It was called “Atomic Power Through Prayer and Fasting”.
Here is what I wrote about it in my book,”Weighed and Found Wanting:Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context”;
People like Branham had whetted the appetite of the church for signs, wonders, and New Testament Christianity. A book came out at the same time (1946) that enjoyed widespread popularity among Pentecostals and contributed to the general expectation before.of a “new day.” It was called, Atomic Power with God, Through Fasting and Prayer, by Franklin Hall.This peculiar book taught that those who would learn to control their appetites could come into a supernatural, and miracle lifestyle…To those “who could receive it,” answered prayer, signs, wonders, immortality, and even release from gravity awaited those who would fast and pray. Weighed and Found Wanting; putting the Toronto blessing in Context” By Bill Randles
A tremendous expectation arose among Pentecostals that “a New Thing would spring forth” in the form of a Revival and renewal of God’s people. In 1948 something like what was expected did occur in Northbattleford Canada, as Al Dager describes in His book “Vengeance is Ours”,
On February 11, 1948, a young woman at the Bible school prophesied that a great revival was about to break out. The next day, according to George Hawtin, the Holy Spirit fell with great power. [Quoting Hawtin] “Day after day the glory and power of God came amongus. Great repentance, humbling, fasting, and prayer prevailed in everyone.” News of the events at North Battleford spread and soon people were coming from everywhere in hope of receiving spiritual power.
That Summer the group, called “the Sharon Brethren” put on a camp meeting which attracted several thousand people from the United States, Canada, and all over the world, all wanting to be part of the “New Thing!” In a short time, the Latter Rain Movement was a worldwide phenomena.
What Is meant by “Latter Rain”?
The movement came to be known by that name, which comes from several passages in the Bible, such as Joel 2:23, Hosea 6:3 and James 5:7.In both the Old and the New Testament, there is an allegory used for God’s blessing, based on the cycle of rains in the Holy Land. The “former rain” is crucial for planting, it is a type of the giving of the Law on Sinai, on the day of Pentecost. The “latter rain” is a reference to the outpouring of the Spirit in Acts 2, also on Pentecost. Peter interpreted it so when he said, “This is that spoken of by Joel the prophet.” The former rain, the law, is for softening the ground for planting. In other words, the Law of Moses, and the Ten Commandments can be used to bring conviction to the hard hearted.The Latter rain was considered essential to perfect the crop for the Harvest.
Originally what is now known as the NRA was either called , the Latter Rain Movement, or the Manifested Sons of God. It was an anticipation for that last earth shaking revival, which Branham and the other healing Evangelists seemed to portend.The Revival is just around the corner, we just need to prepare ourselves for it.
The Manifested Sons of God is the same movement, a little further along. It comes from teachings about Romans 8, but with a new (heretical twist),
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. ( Romans 8:18-19)
Orthodox Christianity has always considered “the manifestation of the Sons of God” to be something which occurs at the parousia of our LORD. When He finally comes to establish His Kingdom, then the curse will be lifted off of the earth and the true Sons of God will be revealed.”Then shall the Righteous shine forth as the Sun…”( Matthew 13:43) and the Kingdom shall commence.
But the Manifested Sons of God movement teaches that the manifestation of the sons of God must occur before Jesus comes back. The Sons of God come into their own realization of who they are in Christ, a revival breaks out, and the Sons of the Kingdom overcome the Devil and possess the Kingdom in order to turn it over to Jesus at his coming.
The Orthodox hope is God centered, the Manifested Sons of God hope is man centered. They would say things like, “Why are you waiting on Jesus to come back? He is waiting on you to come into the revelation of “Sonship” and to commence the great end times revival?
In a nutshell, the Manifested Sons of God teaching, which undergirds the current (false) revival movement which has led to the NAR, is this:
Manifested Sons of God teaching, is “since all creation is waiting for the Manifested Sons of God to appear, so it (creation) can be delivered from corruption, what are we waiting for? Let’s hurry up and realize that we, corporately, are the Christ and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can mature into our full stature and be all that God intended us to be. We can crush God’s enemies, even death, and usher in the kingdom of God and take the world for Jesus through the miracle working power that is within us. Boy, have we been dense! We have been waiting for God to save us from this world in that “helicopter escape,” the Rapture, when all of this time, He has been waiting for us to get it together. We must realize who we really are in Christ, and the power within us and rise up and do what the church down through time has either been too carnal or too immature to ever do. The church must now put all of God’s enemies under her feet.( Randles, Weighed and Found Wanting)
Manifested Sons of God Teachers developed another “revelation” that the End times revival which will take over the World for Jesus, cannot occur until there is a full restoration of all of the so called “Five fold Ministry”, from Ephesians 4:11;
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:( Ephesians 4:11-13)
Supposedly the Church “lost” the ministry gifts of Apostle and Prophet, over the centuries, just as in the Reformation, the church supposedly “lost ” the teaching of Justification by Faith. But the New Apostles and Prophets that God is raising up will get us to the point where we can come into the fulness and restore all things…then and only then ,Jesus can come back.
These are the assumptions undergirding much of the false revival which has raged since the 1940’s and which has radically shaped the Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, for the worse. They have filled the pulpits of our churches with false prophets, ridiculously unbiblical Words, pompous and self seeking “Apostles” and worse of all, false converts.
It could be that these developments will contribute to the final Apostasy and the Delusion Paul warned about in 2 Thessalonians.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.( 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)