A very special outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place in the Hebrides in 1949, when God came down and shook the community. Revival historian and prolific author Mathew Backholer talks with Gordon Pettie of Revelation TV.
http://www.ByFaith.org https://twitter.com/ByFaithMedia https://www.facebook.com/ByFaithMedia https://www.instagram.com/ByFaithMedia Duncan Campbell said, “When I speak of revival, I am not thinking of high-pressure evangelism. I am not thinking of crusades or of special efforts convened and organized by man. That is not in my mind at all. Revival is something altogether different from evangelism on its highest level.
“Revival is a moving of God in the community and suddenly the community becomes God conscious before a word is said by any man representing any special effort. Now I am sure that you will be interested to know how, in November 1949, this gracious movement began on the island of Lewis.
“Two old women, one of them 84 years of age and the other 82 – one of them stone blind, were greatly burdened because of the appalling state of their own parish. It was true that not a single young person attended public worship. Not a single young man or young woman went to the church. And those two women were greatly concerned and they made it a special matter of prayer.
They had a vision of revival and urged us to pray. We did and in a prayer meeting in a barn, looking down at the minister and the other office bearers, he said this – maybe crude words, but perhaps not so crude in our Gaelic language – he said, “It seems to me to be so much humbug to be praying as we are praying, to be waiting as we are waiting, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God.” And then he lifted his two hands – and I’m telling you just as the minister told me it happened – he lifted his two hands and prayed, “God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?” But he got no further. That young man fell to his knees and then fell into a trance.
Now don’t ask me to explain this because I can’t. He fell into a trance and is now lying on the floor of the barn. And in the words of the minister, at that moment, he and his other office bearers were gripped by the conviction that a God-sent revival must ever be related to holiness, must ever be related to Godliness. Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? The man that God will trust with revival – that was the conviction.
When that happened in the barn, the power of God swept into the parish. And an awareness of God gripped the community such as hadn’t been known for over 100 years. An awareness of God – that’s revival, that’s revival. And on the following day, the looms were silent, little work was done on the farms as men and women gave themselves to thinking on eternal things, gripped by eternal realities.”