HEPTONSTALL, ENGLAND -- We took a day off from preaching to travel to a place where the oldest Methodist Chapel is still in existence. As we climbed the hill area around Sowerby Bridge we found our way to one of the highest points of this area over looking the Calder River Valley. My host Don Tillett serves as the Elim pastor in Sowerby Bridge. I mentioned to him on the way to Heptonstall that I felt that there was witchcraft in the air.
Witchcraft Encounter At Heptonstall Chapel
Heptonstall was a beautiful little village over looking the valley. All the houses were designed in 17th century architecture. Walking up the cobbles streets with the small doors to the even smaller stone dwellings it felt as if we had slipped back in time. We asked where the old Methodist Chapel was and an individual pointed his finger in the direction of the building. As we approached the building we saw three other people in the court yard of the old building. As I tried the doors on the far side of the building we could not enter the building. As we were standing a women in a flowing black gown came and stood to look over the balcony that overlooks the valley. I approached her and asked if there was any way we could enter the old building. She very politely took me to the open the door so we could enter. As we entered the building my host Don Tillett said, "She is a witch, you didn't see what she had in her hand, it was a pentagram." The Spirit of God had spoken to me that day warning me that we would encounter witchcraft. Later that week we would find out that many of the high places in England have old Druid Witches that claim to have a control over these areas. On the far mountain Don Tillett pointed out an old Druid marker that had been in places for century. These are the places where they worship Satan.
My eyes were opened to the tremendous struggle of witchcraft in the area. It was like the older days of the Bible as the high holy places were inhabited by the worshipers of Baal. It's strange how the devil desires to control the land and how even Jesus was tempted in the high places around Jerusalem. We were excited as we came into the old chapel -- it was the place that was built by Wesley. He laid the original cornerstone of the old church. The church was designed as preaching house as the early Methodist remained faithful to Parish Church in the village of Heptonstall. William Grimshaw Vicar of the Church of England parish there was a great supporter of newly formed Methodist Society. The chapel was built as a symmetrical octagon, and not until 1795 would it establish a Sunday school. William Darney, a Scot brought Methodism into the area in 1742. Charles Wesley visited Heptonstall first and then was followed by John Wesley. Each time John Wesley preached in Heptonstall large crowds were present, so it was decided to build a chapel, or preaching house, which was completed in 1764. Wesley himself laid the foundation stone for the octogonal building.
THE GREAT WESLEY PULPIT
Once inside the building I had to walk up and stand in the high pulpit that was once used by the great John Wesley. It was such an honor to proclaim the gospel to those that were in the building that day. "Jesus has come to give us life and life more abundantly," with those words the three ladies that were in the building immediately left. I had shared with them earlier that day that Wesley had played a great roll in my life as I was saved while writing a paper on the great man. One of the ladies said, "I have heard of people that had a personal experience with God in this manner." How sad it is that more people do not have this type of relationship with the Jesus in England. It was then I realized that religion had taken personal belief out of this great nation and what was left was the high places. England is experiencing revival in pockets of strong belief. As we came down from the small village of Heptonstall I felt privileged that I had the opportunity to visit here this day.
EPWORTH HOME OF JOHN WESLEY
EPWORTH, ENGLAND -- He was called the Lincoln Fellow in his days at Christ Church but his humble beginning started in an out of the way village called Epworth. He was the son of a family of 10 and his father was the rector of a church that was built in 1,200 AD. John Wesley was only five-foot-two but to England he would be a giant. It was Saturday in York and once again we could feel the coolness in the air. As we approached the rectory where he grew up the tour guide of that building began to tell the story of revival and a small boy named John Wesley.
SUSANNA WESLEY DEVOTED MOTHER
On the wall was was a famous painting of him in a window as he was plucked from the fire for a special purpose, this is what Susannah Wesley said after her son was resuced before the roof of the old structure collapsed. Susannah Wesley knew he was special but then again she felt that each one of her children were special. Each week she spent and hour with each one to make them feel special . Of the seven girls she raised each would meet with tragedy but two of children would touch England. Susannah was the heart and soul of the Wesley family as very often her husband Samuel found himself at odds with the people of the city. It was believed that the rectory was burned because of his in ability to get along with the people in Epworth. Once put in debtors prison, Samuel Wesley had to be rescued by the Bishop of York so he could return to his work. John Wesley was so touched by his mother that the reflection of her life would touch the people of England one day.
St.Andrews A Scared Place
St. Andrews is a beautiful church preserved in time. It was here where John Wesley returned one day in the 1840's and asked the current rector permission to deliver a message in the old church. When he was denied he told the rector that he would deliver the message on the only free piece of land near by. It was six feet from the door of the church that John Wesley climbed a top of his father's grave and once again gave the message of you must be born again. Alan Lloyd was my host that day and no day in the history of my life was so special than this. To see the place of the greatest evangelist of our time. The home of John Wesley.
Susanna Wesley in later years would go to live with her son in London -- Wesley traveled on horse back all over England and lived to 1893 a total of 88 years of life.
THE HONOR OF SERVING SERVANTS
BOSTON SPA, ENGLAND -- It was Thursday as Editor Jerrell Miller traveled on a cool Yorkshire Fall day to minister to a group of ministers in a small village called Boston Spa. Geoff Feasey, Regional Superintendent of the Elim Church invited The Remnant Editor to speak to his ministers about revival and pray for them. Once again Miller spoke to a group about the move of God in Pensacola, Florida. Hungry ministers listened as the Miller began to tell the story . As lunch time grew near you could feel an excitement in the air.
After a break, personal ministry began to the ministers that were assembled. "I saw them in a ring as God led me to lay hands on each one and pray for them." Tears of joy filled the room as one by one each ministers were personally ministered to. The Holy Spirit filled the room as ministers were touched by the prayer and the glory of God. Miller afterwards said, "It is such a joy and honor to minister to these men. These are the men that are in the fire, the hardest job in the world is the ministry of the local pastor."
DEWSBURY ELIM CHURCH RECEIVES REVIVAL EDITOR - September 23, 1999
The same day Pastor Paul Hudson of Dewsbury Elim Church welcomed Editor Jerrell Miller to his church and once again the Revival message was shared and personal ministry went forth. "The story of revival is never a dull subject. "I'm so impressed with the pastors and the congregatons I have spoken to since I have been in England. It seems as if something is going to happen in the Elim congregations. I'm so touched by the hunger in the people. Surely God is going to bring revival to England through these people. I've never seen such unity in a group." Once again tears and the glory of God flowed in Dewsbury Elim Church as Miller once again saw a hungry group of people ready to hear and receive from God.
GOD MOVED IN ENGLAND - EDITOR RETURNS HOME
SOWERBY BRIDGE, ENGLAND -- Pastor Colin Dye took the air waves on Sunday morning September 26 to say that their would be a major move of God in Manchester, England this year. "It was in April of this year that God spoke to Editor Jerrell Miller of The Remnant to go to England after reading an Elim Magazine at his home." God spoke to me to go to England in the middle of September and watch the glory of God." It was on time as The Remnant editor spent the last two weeks in a land where some people think God has been forgotten. In August angels were seen in an Elim Church in Wales. The Holy Spirit is moving in a quick way in the oldest Pentecostal Denomination in England. This last week Miller spoke in five different assemblies in the Elim Church.
At Swallownest, England as Editor Jerrell Miller prepared to speak and unexpected blessing happened. Two parents and a small child approached Miller and asked do you remember us? Miller could not recall the two parents but the child was remembered. Miller had prayed for the child at Rottherham, England two years ago. At the time the four year old child had not spoken a word but soon after the meeting God loosed his tongue and he began to speak. David Littlewood is pastor at Besthesda Church in Swallownest, England.
On Tuesday at the Halifax Elim Church the power of God fell as the church had a group of people that were hungry for God. Pastor David Green welcomed Editor Jerrell Miller and asked him to let God have his way. The story of revival was preached. Miller spoke of the early days of The Remnant Newspaper and the story of John Kilpatrick that led him to do the work he has been called to the last seven years. "It was the testimony of John Kilpatrick that started the newspaper when a Christian Newspaper refused to print the story." The supernatural was related by Miller as the power of God began to build for the altar service. The Alabama Editor asked for people to come forward and the awesome power of God began to manifest in a hungry crowd. During the prayer time Miller spoke over several people in the congregation including the pastor as the meeting lasted into the night. The altar period had a special glory.