The Latter Rain Revisited

Exploring the Origins of the Central Eschatological Metaphor in Pentecostalism

In: Pneuma
Daniel D. Isgrigg Oral Roberts University Holy Spirit Research Center

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This article explores the origins of the “latter rain” metaphor in the decades prior to its use in the pentecostal movement. While the importance of this metaphor has been documented by pentecostal histories, this is the first study of the origins of the metaphor of the latter rain and how it emerged within Wesleyan circles, was adopted by restorationist groups, and ultimately resulted in the pentecostal movement.

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