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AZUZA STREET REVIVAL SERIES!

March 22, 2008

THIS IS A BELIEVER’S POWER STORY! They were drawn by the Holy Spirit and God moved…

They laid their pray petitions at God’s feet and He honored them!

****I hear people all of the time talking about Revival…who’s going to start it? God just needs intercessors…

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AZUZA STREET MISSION

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William Seymour

In 1904 over one hundred years ago a revival broke out and 100,000 people converted to Christianity; including speaking in other tongues in a country well known to believe in Marxism. (That was in Wales.)

Around that same time in the United States; people across the country began to pray for Revival. They figured if it could happen in Wales; it could happen here. During that time; William Seymour was only thirty-four years old. At the time he was attending a small holiness church. He spoke in a sermon about how baptism in the Holy Ghost would be accompanied by speaking in tongues. That sermon touched the heart of Neeley Terry a woman visiting from California. It is reported that she invited him to California to speak at her church and to stay for one month and he accepted.

It’s amazing that when he spoke at the church of Julia Hutchins, (an African American woman); “he preached that speaking in tongues was the first Biblical evidence of the inevitable accompaniment of possession of, or baptism in the Holy Spirit.” It caused quite a stir. When he arrived the next door he was locked out. Not a way to treat a man of the cloth. The people in charge decided since he had no proof of what he was saying, it wasn’t a viable theory; so they likely ordered the lockout.

A small faction of people led by Edward Lee believed him and invited him to teach amongst them. They began to hold bible classes and meetings. These meetings according to sources began to draw Holiness church members that were white. They all began to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Five weeks later, on the 3rd day of a projected 10 day fast, Mr. Lee spoke in tongues. Within days after much prayer and a sermon on Acts 2: 4; others began to speak in tongues including Mr. Seymour.

Word quickly spread amongst Blacks, Latinos and Whites in Los Angeles. It had the markings of a revival as crowds gathered to hear speakers from the front porch of the house of the meetings. Eventually; Hutchins and her members attended; she soon spoke in tongues! There was excitement in the air!

William Seymour is called: “The Father Of The Modern Pentecostal Movement,” however few know that he’s really remembered for his efforts to foster gender and racial equality in the church.

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One resident described the following events during THE EASTER season:

“ They shouted three days and three nights. It was Easter season. The people came from everywhere. By the next morning there was no way of getting near the house. As people came in they would fall under God’s power; and the whole city was stirred. They shouted until the foundation of the house gave way, but no one was hurt.”

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PART TWO

The group soon realized that they needed a place to meet. They found a building in a tough part of town that was suitable for their needs. The rent was $8.00 a month. The address was 312 Azuza Street. It was a very unassuming place that needed lots of work. It reportedly had one window. They called it The Apostolic Faith Mission. Crowds from 300 to 1500 people sometimes packed the 2400 square foot building. The meetings drew a males, females of all ages and ethnicities as well as people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

They were called horrible names by the media which described them as fanatics with weird theories. Insults were hurled at the participants and many a proud minister made their way there out of spiritual curiosity. THey were reported as being in shocj, dismay and eventual conviction and conformity.

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PART THREE

You may well have heard about Azuza Street; but there is much that you may not have heard.

Miracles, signs and wonders became daily staples in that environment. Blind people received their sight, many were healed of great affliction and immigrants were in utter shock to find uneducated Black people who were able to speak German, Yiddish and Spanish; who were also given the ability to translate the messages they spoke into English or in other words manifested the gift of interpretation.

There was constant prayer, people were often “slain” in the spirit and offerings were never taken.

There’s actually a lot more to the story…but you might want to know that there are well over 500 million Pentecostal and Charismatic believers around the world. It’s second in size only to Roman Catholics and it’s growing faster than any other form of Christianity! It’s here to stay!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2009 9:12 am

    Kindly mail me details about the next Azusa Revival I will seriously want to participate and partner mail me any package.
    Thanks

    John Pofi

    • peacefulone permalink*
      February 28, 2009 6:41 am

      Dear Pastor Joh, as soon as we hear anything we will contain you. We are not a ministry. Just prayer warriors. Blessings & Lovde

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