George Jeffreys - The Welsh Evangelist (1889 - 1962)
George Jeffreys was born February 28th, 1889, the sixth of eight children born to Thomas and Kezia Jeffreys. The family belonged to the Independent Welsh Church. George and his brother Stephen were converted during the Revival at the Shiloh Chapel Independent in Nantyfyllon, Wales on November 20th, 1904. This was the time when the Welsh Revival was at its peak. The family had suffered many losses. Four brothers, his father Thomas, and a sister had all died. George himself was in poor health, had a speech impediment and showed the onset of facial paralysis.
When news of the Pentecostal experience came to Wales, George was initially opposed to it. His nephew Edward, however, had a Pentecostal experience and began speaking in tongues. This meant that by 1911 he was convinced that this was a valid experience and he was baptized in the Llynfi River. He was then baptized in the Spirit and was also healed. He immediately joined a group of Pentecostals and began preaching. His brother, Stephen Jeffreys, was also baptized in the Spirit and began his own work. George helped him for a few months at the beginning of that year.
In the many churches, conventions, and camp meetings where George and Stephen Jeffreys preached in the subsequent years, there were reports of many miracle healings and other acts of God. Such healings brought George to his "foursquare" belief that Jesus is Saviour, Healer, Baptizer, and the Coming King. George, along with a small group of colleagues, became known as the Elim Evangelistic Band in Belfast and throughout Ulster. This group of people attracted crowds to their large tent and, later, to the Belfast hall they purchased. Thus George founded his first church in Belfast in 1914, followed by one in Monaghan in 1915, and the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance, as it is officially known.
There was a growing disagreement between George and Stephen. Their personalities were radically different. Stephen was possibly the most talented of the two, but George carried a strong presence.
Stephen often agreed to meetings in more than one place on the same date. He would let meetings run without taking offerings or letting take part. Stephen would say what came to his mind, no matter the consequences. He also came to believe that George was jealous of him. In 1926 Stephen left the Elim movement and joined the Assemblies of God of Great Britain and Ireland.
The years between 1925 and 1934 were extremely significant for George. He started an evangelistic campaign that swept England. He invited Aimee Semple McPherson to speak at the Surrey Tabernacle in March 1926. The response was so positive that he rented the Royal Albert Hall a month later and invited her to join him again. Healings and miracles began to occur in significant numbers in their meetings. When Aimee "disappeared" her mother actually wrote Jeffreys and asked him to consider taking over as pastor of Angelus Temple in the USA. At one crusade in Birmingham there were 10,000 converts. He visited Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, and Switzerland, seeing14,000 converted to Christ.
In 1940 he finally resigned as head of the Elim movement and began a new group called Bible Pattern Church Fellowship, based in Nottingham, and today it is known as Kensington Temple (a name that he chose) in London. He asked his brother Stephen to accompany him, but although he came, Stephen's health needed care and he could not help. George continued to preach, but he became more and more isolated. He never again had the same impact as he had during the years 1925-1934, but he had a resurgence of influence in France and Switzerland in the period between 1946 and1950, coinciding with the rise of the healing movement outside the USA.
In 1962, George spoke with Reinhard Bonnke, the evangelist, about the ministry that Bonnke was about to start in South Africa. Bonnke had stumbled upon Jeffreys' home in Clapham whilst on holiday in London. The old evangelist invited Bonnke in for tea. Jeffreys prayed for the 22-year-old Bonnke, passing on his “mantle”.
George Jeffreys died on January 26th, 1962, at the age of 72. He is known as one of the greatest evangelists that England produced, after George Whitfield and John Wesley.
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.
We are the next generation that will make history in the UK; WE who are here now on this site, wanting to know more about revivals and about God's next move in the nations of Great Britain.
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