Many decades ago Smith Wigglesworth shared the following prophecy about my nation. It was read out at the end of Dave Stroud’s session earlier today. There was a very strong sense in the room that this prophecy about what would happen in the UK had been shown to be accurate in many ways in the events of the past few decades. There was, therefore, also an expectation that just maybe the end of that word which speaks about a major revival will also prove to be correct. A major revival was the hope of the Puritans and many others who have gone before. As I thought about these words, I was reminded of my trip at the weekend to the church where George Whitefield is buried. I felt that in the room today an incredible expectancy was birthed that just maybe God would move in revival power in our land sooner than we could dare to imagine.
THE GREAT REVIVAL
“During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the Church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches.
In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, ‘This is the great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No, neither is this the great revival, but both are steps towards it.’
When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to the mainland of Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.”
— Smith Wigglesworth, 1947