Evan Roberts (1878 - 1951)
Of all the revivals that have taken place here in the UK, one of the greatest was undoubtedly the Welsh revival, which had its greatest instrument in Evan Roberts. At the turn of the 20th century, the country was not doing well economically. The church was not thriving either - there was a certain spiritual coldness, yet there was a group of people within the church who were not satisfied and wanted more of God. Revival is always preceded by this spiritual dissatisfaction and some people who turned to seek God, desiring a new move and something different, began praying for a revival in Wales. It was in this context that God raised up a young man named Evan Roberts.
He was born in Loughor, a town in the County of Swansea / Wales on 8th August 1878. As the son of a coal miner, at the age of thirteen Roberts began to hunger and thirst for God, and to pray for two important things: (1) for God to fill him with His Spirit, and (2) for God to send revival to Wales. Roberts made perhaps the largest investment in God's prayer bank in benefit of the revival that the Lord wished to send. At the age of 16 he attended a school of theology in another city, but he always had a hunger for God in his heart and he sought spiritual experiences. One day while attending a conference about God’s divine calling, he talked to the speaker about what he had in his heart: a vision God showed him where he was speaking about the love of God to all his childhood friends, and the speaker replied “Then go back to your city and start doing what God has put in your heart!” Evan did not hesitate and returned to his hometown.
He sought out the pastor of the church and asked to have a prayer meeting with the young people on Mondays, and the pastor readily agreed. After some time, in one of these meetings the pastor asked the young people who Jesus was for them, and each one gave their answer. One young woman answered, “I love Jesus because He saved my life!” - and suddenly a brokenness came over them and everyone began to confess their sins and to seek God.
Evan Roberts continued to cry out in prayer for a supernatural visitation of God in Wales, and this spiritual hunger began to affect his friends too, who prayed with him at the dawn of each day. One day he had a vision of an arm extended from heaven over Wales, and this vision intensified their prayers to see an outpouring of God and to win 100,000 souls.
Evan Roberts prayed, “Bend us Lord, break us O God,” followed by a confession of sins, a call to holiness and more crying out that God would send the Holy Spirit to bring a love for Jesus.
Then came the outpouring of God in the meetings, which were no longer held only on Mondays, but all week long. People came from all over the city, and other cities heard about what was happening in Loughor and also came to experience what God was doing.
Evan Roberts was only twenty-six years old when the revival broke out. His sister, Mary, who played an important part in the work, was only sixteen. His brother Dan, and Mary's future husband, Sydney Evans, were both in their twenties. The "Singing Sisters," who were greatly used by God, were between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two. Thousands of young people were won to the Lord and were immediately sent throughout the land testifying of the glory of God. Children were also used powerfully in the revival, winning many souls for Jesus. New converts led large prayer meetings and Bible studies; the chapels became overcrowded with young people.
This revival had an impact throughout the city: no one wanted to go to the football games, theaters, or pubs. Instead they were drawn to the church by the manifest presence of God. The meetings continued without interruption, and Evan Roberts depended heavily on the Holy Spirit, sometimes preaching for only fifteen or thirty minutes - or saying nothing at all – allowing the Holy Spirit to lead everything. Sometimes there was only praise and worship and the presence of God touching lives, with salvation and healing being released in awesome ways. He was known as the “silent preacher” - one who did not like to take pictures and all credit was given only to the Holy Spirit. During this move of God, Bibles sold-out throughout Wales and Evan Roberts travelled from town to town speaking about the move of God and the many salvations. This revival was birthed by young people and, led by Evan Roberts at the age of 26, they indeed reached 100,000 souls for Christ.
All of Wales was impacted by the presence of God, and people came from all over the UK and Europe to see this great move of God up close and returned on fire for their own cities and countries. The revival in Wales transcended churches and buildings; leaders from different churches worshiped God together and exchanged pulpits to proclaim a single message of repentance and seeking the presence of God. This is a great example of the Church overcoming the world, for everyone, unanimously, preferred to go to church to experience the the presence of God than to other activities in the city. The presence of God was in every place and sometimes when people went to the pubs, they could not drink anything because the presence of God was so strong there.
Evan Roberts was one of the greatest revivalists we have known, but unfortunately, he did not take proper care of himself and, after spending a few months during the revival without taking any rest, suffered a nervous breakdown. He went to London to receive treatment where he was told by the doctors that he should not preach any longer, and that he had to take rest to stay alive. Eight years later, he returned to his house in Wales, but the flame of revival was no longer the same. No longer leading the revival, his health waned, and Evan Roberts lived the rest of his days in intercession, writing articles for evangelical magazines, and receiving visitors. He died in the city of Cardiff in 1951.
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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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