When spiritual revival sweeps a nation, everything is affected.
Many churches feel the effect of it.
In the case of the Welsh revival of 1899, it even effected the economy.
Bars closed down, and the horses in the mines were not able to understand their master's new clean language.
The effects of revival are quite astounding.
In that revival, Evan Roberts, was mightily used of God as a key instrument.
He would wait on the Holy Spirit, for how the meeting should be conducted.
His preaching was passionate, and energized by the Holy Spirit.
In the one solitary recording of his preaching (restored from the wax drum in which it was encased),
you can not really make out exactly what he is saying, but you can hear the passionate mention of Calvary, and the tone is very genuine.
The number of souls saved was impressive.
Even secular newspapers were publishing the stats.
Some think this kind of thing is long passed.
But contextually, many revivals came at particularly cold and dark periods in history.
The characteristics of spiritual revival are astounding:
- Souls saved
- Churches grow
- And the kingdom of darkness experiences one mighty set back
Israel experienced revival several times in the Old testament. Part of the nation experienced it briefly in the time of Christ and John the Baptist. Britain has, through the preaching of John Wesley, and so has the United States, during the Great Awakening, through the ministries of Billy Sunday, Billy Graham (just read his biography, it's very inspiring), and of course, after the hippy craziness, through the Jesus Movement.
Unfortunately, when it is not Bible centered, revival is only intermittent. In the case of the Welsh revival, it ended with the distractions of strange signs and emotionalism, due largely to a lack of depth in the Word, and the resulting substitute of other, secondary manufactured false anointings. It is possible, when the Word is center, for a church or a believer to experience perpetual "word of God revival" (See Psalm 119:25).
Let's pray for this nation, to experience national revival again. The answer is not in politics, government, programs, financial band aids, or other exterior cosmetic changes, the heart of the issue, is people need Christ. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.