How things have changed in Wales writes Rev Dr David P Griffiths considering the spiritual climate today to that of the days of great revivals like the one that took place in and around this Chapel so long ago!
The revival was not of today's new thing but more of the tone of the Welsh revival of the 1900's through Evan Roberts.
The key message of Evan Roberts in light of the 1904 Revival in Wales is summed up in four parts:
1. Confess all known sin
2. Deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in your life
3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly
4. Confess Christ publicly
W.T. Stead revealed that the revival in Wales he found to be spontaneous interviewing Roberts in the Rhondda.
"The movement is not of me," said Mr. Roberts— "it is of God. I would not dare to try to direct it. Obey the Spirit, that is our word in everything. It is the Spirit alone which is leading us in our meetings and in all that is done."
Further in the interview Stead saw that Robert’s passion was to be led by the Holy Spirit.
"Do you propose to go to England?"
"No. To North Wales next. They say North Wales is stony cold, but I believe the Holy Spirit will work there also. Oh, yes, God will move North Wales also."
"Can you tell me how you began to take to this work?"
"Oh, yes, that I will," said Mr. Roberts, "if you wish to hear of it. For a long, long time I was much troubled in my soul and my heart by thinking over the failure of Christianity. Oh! it seemed such a failure—such a failure—and I prayed and prayed, but nothing seemed to give me any relief. But one night, after I had been in great distress praying about this, I went to sleep, and at one o’clock in the morning suddenly I was waked up out of my sleep, and I found myself with unspeakable joy and awe in the very presence of the Almighty God. And for the space of four hours I was privileged to speak face to face with Him as a man speaks face to face with a friend. At five o’clock it seemed to me as if I again returned to earth."
In identifying the features of the Revival Matthews declared the following:
"Everything sprang into new life. Former blasphemers were the most eloquent, both in prayer and praise...Drunkards forgot the way to saloons...they were busy worshiping... It was the young people who responded with the greatest alacrity to the challenge of absolute surrender and consecrated to the service of the Lord...With ever increasing momentum, the movement advanced, creating unprecedented excitement among the churches and the secular institutions outside" (Matthews, I Saw the Welsh Revival, Moody).
What happened in South Wales was heard around the world. From many nations went people of all ranks of life to the country to personally witness the phenomenon. Some criticized and others scoffed, but such voices were answered by the throngs of people who filled the church sanctuaries to capacity for months on end.
The Welsh revival was not an orgy of emotion but a "mighty outpouring of religious fervor, bringing a whole nation to its knees at the foot of the cross in adoration and praise" (Matthews). In the midst of the events at Loughor, Roberts was asked to share his message with neighbouring churches in South Wales and eventually in North Wales as well. Marvellous results were very apparent wherever he taught the Word of God.
Having prayed myself in the small Chapel at Loughor, where Evan ministered one can still sense the revival anointing coming from the great prayer meetings Evan had here. These meetings were totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit, those with access to these meetings being moved with conviction, the cry out of Evan being to “Bend Me, Bend Me” – “send your Spirit to Moriah …” The anointing was great – God’s power manifest bringing conviction to the people who turned from their drinking house to the House of Prayer. Such was the affect on society that we saw a great move of conviction and repentance on the nation that led to holiness and mission – an impact still witnessed today all over the World.
True, the charismatics will say that we have revival, revival is booming in Wales, our meetings are full but is this the Spirit that came down at Moriah, Soar y Mynydd and in the valley of William Williams. If so then the Spirit lacks bringing conviction and sinners to their knees.
No these modern day revivals are not the revivals of the past, the excuse being that God is doing a "new thing" but he has not departed from his old ways! He still brings conviction, he still brings the preaching of the Word featuring the blood of Jesus, the "Bibles" of today's charismatics being under the Vatican and its cohorts!
My wife Lindsay and I have never witnessed so much backbiting in recent years whilst ministering in Wales. the backbiting reaches ridiculous proportions enforcing bitterness into the people that cannot be let go!
Proverbs 25:23 King James Version (KJV)
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
2 Corinthians 12:19-21 King James Version (KJV)
19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
There is a determination in Wales to keep old time revival out but God has called this ministry to break down that determination. As well as looking at the role of backbiting, we look at Jezebel and the key role of Satan's plan to destroy Wales has come through many Jezebels placing their Ahabs under their control. Writes the Director of the Bible College of Wales Continuing .....
Intercessory prayer was undertaken in two strategic locations in mid Wales on 21 December 2013. The first was outside the chapel called Soar Y Mynydd. This chapel is miles away from anywhere from the late 1700’s became a place which was associated with a reviving move of the Holy Ghost.
What an experience to pray in a place where some mighty men of God have ministered in the power and under the anointing of the Holy Ghost. I was amazed when I read the prayer which the Holy Ghost had made through me (which had been faithfully written down by Lindsay Griffiths.) The prayer was doctrinally so deep and had a beauty of language as though the prayer had taken place in another era.
[It was in 1779 that revival broke out amongst this isolated farming community; this later spread to North & South Wales. A few years later, this chapel was built. It is still in use.]
(1) Isaiah 53:5
(2) Romans 5:8
(3) Zechariah 4:6
“ ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; & with his stripes we are healed.’ [Scripture (1)]
“O God, it is with the stripes of Thine own Son Jesus that You have brought healing from that sickness which is unto death. O God, You poured out from Thine own loving heart a depth of compassion which sent Thine own Son as the only means of reconciling sinners unto Thyself, that where sin abounded, grace abounded more.
“And Lord Jesus Christ, we were cut off from a holy & righteous God, & You took upon Thyself the punishment that is due to every sinner. You took into Thyself the embodiment of sin; & You were prepared to go to that cross of Calvary, & to suffer & to die in our place.
“O Lord God – can we ever comprehend of thine own loving heart that Thy Son took upon Himself all the punishment that was due to ourselves?
“He took the stripes; He took death; He stood as it were before the Holy One & stood condemned; & that through those stripes there is healing: healing from the sickness of sin, healing from the condemnation of its punishment which is eternal death; that through the death of Thy Son, the pouring of His blood, the perfect atonement for sin, that whosoever comes to Thyself through the shed blood of Thy Son, has perfect healing: healing from sin; & healing is in the atonement; healing of every curse; healing of mind, healing of body, healing of the spirit.
“For Thy Word declares [Scripture (2)]: ‘But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’
“Can we ever take it in, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us?
“This, O God, is what Thy servants of the past have seen; servants who, both at this chapel of Soar y Mynydd & throughout this area have seen: that Christ died for sinners; men like Daniel Rowland, Howell Harris & William Williams, men greatly used by Thyself; men greatly filled with the power of Thy Spirit.
“Now, O God, what are You going to do in these days? Days of apostasy; days where there is ungodliness throughout this land of Wales. Thine honour, O God, is at stake; when You are not receiving the glory which is due unto Thyself; & the beloved One, who poured out His own precious blood, is not seeing of the travail of His soul & being satisfied; & when His Church is not separated unto Himself.
“Thy Word declares [Scripture (3)]: ‘This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.’
“Lord, I cry unto Thee, O God of heaven & God of earth, that You are the unchangeable God; that Your Word says, ‘Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today & forever;’ & that it is on this unchangeable-ness that I ask You will move in sovereign power once more within this land of Wales; & that Thy name, O God, will be spoken of as the God who has healed the sickness of sin & is the living God who receives glory from those who are His own.
Prayer in Tongues followed as BM stood facing the door of the chapel.
The second intercession took place in Llandrindod Wells a town associated with Rees Howells the founder of the original Bible College of Wales.
(1) Ephesians 2: 1-6
(2) Romans 12: 1-2
‘And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses & sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh & of the mind; & were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved ;)
And hath raised us up together, & made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:’
“O God, the place where Thy people should be is to be raised up together & to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that place in Thy own throne room, place of authority & power, before Thy throne, & taking from Thy throne, from Thy very self, all that You have to give.
“For in Christ dwelleth all the fullness of God; & the Holy Spirit, whom Thou, O God the Father, sent into the world to indwell those whom He could find were willing to be made willing for Him to live a life just like Jesus lived whilst He was on earth.
For does Thy Word not declare
‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, & acceptable, & perfect, will of God.’
“Lord, in 1906 in this very town of Llandrindod Wells, during the Keswick in Wales Convention, the Holy Spirit found a man named Rees Howells, who the Holy Spirit was able to come & indwell as God, having first made Rees aware that when He came in, the Holy Spirit came in as God & Rees went out.
“O God, in these days when this town of Llandrindod Wells has gone far away from Thyself, its people & its churches do not know what it is to be wholly committed to all the will of God. For there is worldliness, there is no separation unto thee, O God, & even the Keswick in Wales Convention is no longer that instrument whereby men & women come to a realisation that it is not what they can do for God, only that which God can do through those who are in His hands.
“Lord God Almighty, I call upon Thyself to restore Thy work within this town; & that there will be a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in convicting power; that once again sinners will be brought to a realisation of their sin & cry unto Thee for mercy, to be washed & cleansed through the blood of Jesus; & that, Lord, this place whereby many were called into Thy service to be ministers & to be missionaries, that You will find those who are willing to be made willing to be vessels through whom the Holy Spirit can live & work as God. As there is the re-discovery of what Thy servant Paul wrote to the early Christians: that there was an expectation for a total separation from the world, so that the Church, the body of Christ, the living stones, the priesthood of each believer, would present their bodies as holy & acceptable unto God, which is their reasonable service.
“This prayer is brought before Thy throne, O God, with the sure expectation that You have heard & answered to Thy glory & Thy glory alone.