Duncan Campbell - The Hebrides Sland (1949)
Revival is neither more nor less than the impact of the personality of Jesus Christ on a church or community. The inner area becomes
conscious of God. Duncan Campbell
The Hebrides are small islands that are to the North-west of Scotland, the largest of which are called "Lewis and Harris". The revival began in 1949 when two sisters, old ladies, Peggy and Christine Smith, began praying for a revival. They believed that God gave them the promise of Isaiah 44: 3: "For I will pour water upon the thirsty, and torrents upon the dry land." The persistence and aggressiveness of the prayers of these two ladies, Peggy and Christine, one of whom was blind, contributed a great deal to the beginning of this revival. Night after night they prayed and cried to God for the young people of those islands till the wee hours of the morning they prayed, "One night," one of them reported, "we felt such weight in prayer that we felt God would certainly respond. We could not sleep. We continue praying until dawn.
While these two ladies were praying heavily for the youth, at the other end of the island God began to operate in a group of seven young men who were praying for the revival as well. They met three or four nights a week in a shed to pray, often going on until two or three o'clock in the morning. They were prepared and resolved in their hearts to pay the price of revival. They were willing to cleanse their personal lives and prevail in prayer until God's response came.
One night as they prayed one of the young men challenged the others and said, "Let's look at Psalm 24. Let's see what it says there." Who will go up to the mountain of the Lord? Who is to remain in his holy place? “He who is cleansed of hands and pure in heart, who does not surrender his soul to falsehood, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall obtain the blessing of the Lord, and the righteousness of the God of his salvation "(Ps 24.3-5).
We have thought of a revival and we wanted the blessing of God, "he continued, not only for us but for others. We have the cleansing blood that is effective in our behalf (1 John 1: 6-9), and the promise of God (Isaiah 44: 3) What can hinder the answer to our prayer ? The text of Psalm 24 was a challenge to the seven youths They continued to challenge one another as they prayed, "Is your heart clean?”. Here is the promise of God. We have your purifying blood. Thus, as they purified their lives and confessed their sins, God gave them the answer: Revival, the barn was suddenly filled with the glory of God, and the power that was manifested filled that little barn, and shook the whole community.
The local church pastor, Reverend James McKay, invited a preacher named Duncan Campbell to visit the island and fan the flames of revival. At first, Campbell declined the invitation because of a conference scheduled for the same time, but the Smith sisters encouraged Pastor McKay that Campbell would in fact visit the island, and the other conference was canceled at the last minute.
On his first night on the island, Campbell preached in the crowded church, but apparently without a great move of the Spirit. Some people continued to pray in a house after worship in a hut. In the hut about thirty people knelt in prayer and began to intercede before God. At about 3 o'clock in the morning, God invaded the place, and a dozen lay prostrate on the ground. Something had happened-God was acting, as He had promised. The revival had come and the men and women were about to find release.
When the group left the hut, they found men and women seeking God. Lights were lit in the houses along the road - no one seemed to be thinking about sleeping. Three men were found lying by the roadside in a rush of conviction, crying out to God to have mercy on them! The Spirit of God was coming into action and soon the parish of Barvas would be completely agitated, a cry vibrated in the air. One of the young men's prayer soldiers was touched to the point of agony, while pouring out his soul for revival. he fell prostrate on the ground.
The second service ended in complete silence. God spoke to hearts. In the end, Campbell dismissed the crowd and the building emptied. But suddenly the church door opened again and an elder signaled for Campbell to come to him. The entire congregation was outside, so touched by the Spirit that no one wanted to leave. Other people, who had not attended the service, were drawn from their homes by the power of the Holy Spirit. Many faces showed deep distress. Campbell called everyone back to the church.
The majestic presence of God was so profound that the unsaved began to groan in distress and to pray in repentance. Even Christians felt the weight of their sin. Strong men cried out for mercy, and as each received the assurance of salvation, others praised God and even shouted for joy. A mother wrapped her arms around her son, thanking God, tears of joy running down her cheeks. The prayers of years were answered.
For five weeks the power of God was poured out upon that region. On one occasion, almost six hundred people, sent to church, were suddenly struck by the power of the Holy Spirit and knelt on the road in repentance. Duncan Campbell conducted four services every night while the powerful revival move lasted.
The revival fire has spread to other communities. Kathie Walter recounts what happened in the small village of Arnol. People could not sleep and the houses were lit up all night. People walked the streets in great conviction, others knelt beside their bed, weeping for forgiveness. When the men left the prayer meeting, the preacher went into a house to ask for a glass of milk and found the mistress of the house with seven other women on their knees, crying out to God.
The presence of God began to spread throughout the region, and there were two more waves of revival in 1952 and 1957. The Keswick Journal of 1952 spoke about the fruits of the first revival: More people are attending the prayer meetings in Lewis today that witnessed Sunday before the revival. Social evils were swept away as by a flood in the communities touched by this wonderful movement. Men and women are living for God. Family worship is in almost every household; five or six prayer meetings a week in the church, pastors and elders are building up men and women in the faith. Of all the hundreds who came to Christ in the first wave of the Holy Spirit, so far, only four young women have stopped attending prayer meetings.
Rev. Duncan Campbell, minister of United Free Church of Scotland, was powerfully used in the Hebridean revival that began in December 1949 and continued on several waves in successive years. Perhaps no minister of this century has experienced so many remarkable manifestations of the Lord's power. He was not part of the charismatic movement and did not emphasize the manifestations of gifts.
Approximately 100,000 people were reached during that revival and the churches were added.
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O Fogo do Reavivamento - Wesley Duewel
Bright and Shining Revival – Kathie Walters
REVIVAL IS NOT:
Note: Some items related here may even happen during the revival, but isolated is not revival.
. It is not a movement...
WHAT PRECEDES REVIVAL:
. A time of darkness in society
. Hopelessness in people’s hearts
. Coldness in the churches
PURPOSE OF REVIVAL
To carry out Great Commission
The Great Commission is carried out as the fruit of the revival...
WHAT HAPPENS DURING REVIVAL:
. The Holy Spirit of God is always in control.
. The fear of the Lord come to rests upon all.
. A state of brokenness.
. Unlimited Worship.
. A Strong conviction of sins with confessions
. A State of Repentance.
. A Deep desire for Holiness.
. Many miracles, signs and wonders.
. End to social injustice, violence and crimes.
. Profound impact on society...
RESULTS OF REVIVAL:
- The Church arises (for the Great Commission) in boldness to speak of the love of God to the lost.
- There is extraordinary numerical growth in the Church, membership multiplies supernaturally.
- Society now respects the Church as the Divine Institution it is.
- This revival does not come to liberals, mystics, syncretists and the merely religious, but to a people desperately longing for the presence of God.
- The final phase of revival is the restoration of society to the standards of the Word of God, bringing justice, righteousness, compassion and blessing that should continue through generations.
Revivals, Great Awakenings and visitations from God in the United Kingdom over time
This timeline is to help you get to know and understand God's moves within the UK from when God used a humble man in Ireland (in the 5th Century), Saint Patrick, through many other men and events up until modern times. These men defied the circumstances of their times and made history, being hungry and desperate for the presence of God. Many of them were not understood in their day, but today are examples of people who dared to obey God and in doing so, changed the course of history. Here in the United Kingdom, there were many visitations from the Lord which touched generations both here and around the world, writing chapters of the history of the Church. These amazing accounts demonstrate God's great love for Britain. You will know all or some of the following ‘brave hearts’ for God. We believe that there were many others whom history did not recognise, but they are eternally recorded by the Lord.
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