In the closing years of the twentieth century a new movement has been sweeping across Christianity known as the "Third Wave", "Third Wave of the Holy Spirit" or the "Signs and Wonders" movement.
The Third Wave is the third major move of the Holy Spirit; with the Pentecostal movement in the early twentieth century being the " first wave "; and the Charismatic movement of the mid-twentieth century being the "second wave."
The sheer size of the Third Wave is impressive. The movement "comprises 18,810 independent, indigenous, post denominational denominations and groups." The Third Wave eclipses numerically all Pentecostals and Charismatics combined, with 295,405,240 adherents worldwide, while Pentecostals and Charismatics number 65,832,970 and 175,856,690 respectively.The Third Wave's greatest success is in the prophetic African independent churches; in Asia, especially amongst the House Church movement in China; and in Latin American countries, especially Brazil. It is estimated that by the year 2025 that the Third Wave will be able to claim nearly a half-billion members.
Those who are in the Third Wave do not regard themselves either as either Pentecostals or Charismatics.
The main figure in what is known as the "Third Wave" is a man by the name of John Wimber ...
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Signs and Wonders was a phrase used often by Charismatic leaders in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It is closely associated with the ministry of John Wimber and the Vineyard Movement. One of the major emphases of the belief is that the Gospel cannot be effectively communicated to unbelievers without supernatural manifestations brought on by the Holy Spirit (such as prophecy and healing).