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Part of Neo-Pentecostalism.

The teaching that in the last days, a "new breed" of Christians will arise - the "Manifest Sons of God" - who will have super-natural spiritual power and be instrumental in subduing the earth. This movement is also referred to as "Joel's Army."

'Subduing the earth' means that a militant church (Joel's Army) will arise, take over and rule the world politically and spiritually.

It is claimed that the 'Manifest Sons of God' will be perfected into their "glorified bodies" prior to Christ's return. That perfection will allow them to subdue the earth for Jesus. Proponents of this doctrine also claim Christians, having a "divine nature," become "gods." They say Christ came into us as a "seed" and grows into a "prophet." Thus Christ does not physically return, but returns within us. The rapture, according to this doctrine, will be of the wicked - not of believers.

See also: New Apostolic Reformation
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This teaching is part of what is known as 'dominion theology' which teaches that an elite army of 'overcomers' will either destroy or subdue all the enemies of Christ until they eventually gain power and authority throughout the world. The government of the nations will be upon their shoulders and when all the secular authorities, governments, princes and kings have finally submitted to them, Christ will return and they will present the kingdom to him.
Source: Clifford Hill, "Prophecy Today," Vol. 7, No. 1 Eng., as cited in "Joel's Army," 1991, Jewel van der Merwe, Discernment Min.
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The doctrine also includes the idea that Jesus was sent as a "pattern" for the corporate church (Corporate church in this context means that the church becomes Christ. Christ is considered not complete without us because he is the head and we are the body).

The current church, according this this view, has the "spirit of the anti-Christ."

This teaching is akin to gnosticism

This teaching is promoted in some of today's controversial Renewal and Revival Movements (e.g. by Paul Cain).


• Articles
Christian The Manifest Sons of God Teachingoffsite (Contra) Overview by Mike Oppenheimer
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• Books - Online
Christian Strange Fire - The Rise of Gnosticism In The Churchoffsite Deals extensively with the Manifest Sons of God movement. By Travers and Jewel van der Merwe
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Manifest Sons of God
First posted: Nov. 18, 1997
Last Updated: Jan. 22, 2009
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