This Week in AG History–November 3, 1945
By Darrin Rodgers
Also published in AG-News, Mon, 03 Nov 2014 – 5:22 PM CST
The Pentecostal movement emerged at the turn of the twentieth century, resulting from a series of overlapping revivals that occurred around the world. One of those revivals, the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905, witnessed the transformation of the small nation of Wales. In less than one year, over 100,000 people had accepted Christ. Saloons, dance halls, and other places of entertainment emptied out, and churches were filled with people seeking God.
An American journalist, George T. B. Davis, traveled to Wales and wrote a firsthand account of this remarkable revival. An abridgement of his story, titled “Memories of the Welsh Revival,” was published in the November 3, 1945, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Evan Roberts was the most prominent leader of the Welsh Revival. At 26 years old, Roberts was an unlikely leader of a national movement. He was a coal miner by trade and had just completed three months of ministerial training. Davis recounted that Roberts had an encounter with God that changed the trajectory of his life: “the Spirit came upon [Roberts] in such power that he felt impelled to return to his native village of Loughor and tell the people about God’s love for them.”
Roberts followed God’s leading, and revival broke out. Davis described what happened next: “as [Roberts] spoke, the fire fell from heaven upon the community. The people were so stirred that they crowded into church after church, and remained until four o’clock in the morning. The flame spread from district to district throughout South Wales with almost incredible swiftness, and soon scores of towns were being shaken by the power of God.”
Davis had the opportunity to meet Roberts and asked him if he had a message for America. Roberts grasped Davis’ hand and told him the following: “The prophecy of Joel is being fulfilled. There the Lord says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.’ If that is so, all flesh must be prepared to receive.”
Roberts told Davis that four conditions must be met in order for Americans to be prepared for revival: “(1) The past must be clear; every sin confessed to God, any wrong to man must be put right. (2) Everything doubtful must be removed once for all out of our lives. (3) Obedience prompt and implicit to the Spirit of God. (4) Public confession of Christ.”
News of the remarkable Welsh Revival spread across the Atlantic Ocean and helped to spark the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1906. The Azusa Street Revival became one of the focal points of the emerging Pentecostal movement, which gave birth to the Assemblies of God. And it all began because a 26-year-old coal miner listened to the voice of God and told people in his small village about Jesus.
Read the entire article, “Memories of the Welsh Revival” by George T. B. Davis, on pages 8 and 9 of the November 3, 1945, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* “Shall We Surrender the Fort?” by P. C. Nelson
* “Upspringing Health,” by Carrie Judd Montgomery
* “The Rescue of a White Slave,” by Cora L. Vinal
And many more!
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