of Heaven Fall On Us
The Welsh Revival
Jerrell H. Miller
Editor & Publisher
last time I went to England I looked out my window to right side of cabin
to notice the mouth of the Severn River near Cardiff, on the other side of
that inlet was the small Nation of Wales. It was here that
history was made by a man with a passion for his countrymen to find
Jesus. Never in the modern history of revival would an entire
country bend there knee and surrender to the will of God. Not even
the people of God known as the Jews ever surrendered to their maker like
these people in the year of 1905.
young man named Evan Roberts, who came from a family of Calvinistic
Methodist would shake his entire country and lead them to the feet of
Christ. Everyone one in Roberts family had a reverence for the word
The title of National Anthem of Wales is,
ďBread of Heaven Fall on Us.Ē In the year of 1905 that is exactly
what happened. From one end of the country to other a great revival led by
a young man who knew that it was his destiny to led it. A year
before the great revival young Evan Roberts saw the vision of a great arm
coming out of heaven to come down to touch his country. It was a
once in a lifetime event that the world has not ever witnessed since.
Believe it or not the same buildings are in the same places as
it was more than 97 years ago. The only thing that has changed in
Wales are the hearts of the people that live there. Itís hard to
believe that a country who once loved Jesus has only a shadow of that
belief in place today.
Robertís father was a coal miner and a godly man.
During Evanís teens years his father had an accident in the mine
and Evan felt it was Godís will for him to go to work in the mines.
With his heart fixed on Jesus Evan went to work each day with his
Bible under his arm. He took his Bible and hid it in the mine
only to go back and read it on his break time. Robertís knew the
power of the Holy Spirit but he also knew the power of the word of God.
Evan was a praying warrior and had a fire and a purpose deep down inside.
Very often people thought he was a little strange but in those days
going to church was a moral obligation. It would be Evan who
would awaken the people to how much their need for God would be. Prayer
times for Evan as he accepted the call of God to full time work would be
in the early hours of the morning and then after he fell back to sleep he
would awaken once again to pray for five more hours at a time. The
strength of Roberts was his relationship with God and when he went to the
pulpit the display of the Holy Spirit would fall on the people leaving
them with a mark of Godís servant on them. It was at one of these
meetings that a man of God encourged Evan to go full time into the
ministry. This was just before the great awakening in 1903.
Seth Joshua was a well known preacher of Evans days.
It during a meeting that Joshua preached a sermon on bending to the
will of God. This sermon touched Roberts deeply an moved him toward
a deeper commitment to God. Joshua had longed prayed for a man
of God to come to lead a great in England, little did he know the man he
had prayed for had made a commitment in one of his services. After
surrendering his life to the will of God Roberts began to feel a power
sensation of love go through him. He felt the touch of God from that
Evan Roberts chased the Devil from one end of
Wales to the other and then disappeared. Roberts knew that the
actions that were happening at the time of the greater events in Wales
were those of the Holy Spirit but what he didnít know were the time
limits of his body after the anointing would leave at times. These
were times when he withdrew and like many evangelist to preceed him they
would also find out that the release of the Spriit throught them would not
be the power they would find in the quite times away from the pulpit.
But let us look at what
happened during the time of the great event of that revival. Under the
preaching of Evan Roberts the awareness and the presence of the Holy
Spirit became evident. God moved through him as he came out from
behind the pulpit and walked up in down in the asiles preaching a sinner
conviction. It was unheard of for a preacher to do that but
under the presence of the Holy Spirit, Roberts brought great changed into
church meetings. Godís presence and the power of the Holy Spirit
began to became one of the most influential men of his time. Church
was no longer an obiligation but it became an experience, much like what
has been experienced in meetings today.
As Evan came to different meetings Wales people
would follow him and some small communities would see their churches
overflowing with people. The call to the nations began as the
witness of what had happened in Wales began to go out. People began to
come to Wales from South Africa, India, The United States and Canada to
see the great work of God in progress. It was all an education that
would soon open a larger door to Pentecost. California Evangelist
and Journalist, Frank Bartleman wrote to Roberts. Bartleman asked
how to bring revival to the United States. It was next year in 1906 that
Bartleman would begin to report on the move of God at Azusa Street.
Newspapers pumped the message of Roberts to
the public. Bars and sporting events began to close down as the fire
got larger. It seemed as if the young Evangelist Evan Robert could
do no wrong as the entire country of Wales was on fire.
What caused the flame of revival to
return to ash in Wales. The power of God was real and the man with
the mantle stirred the people but the one thing Evan Roberts forgot to do
was rest. Roberts would preach for long periods of time but
depression began to set in during his periods of time. His anointing
was a full blessing and his intercessors backed him up during this time,
but what was needed most during these times was rest.
It is during the werieness of revival that
people begin to move into your personal life and altar the course that God
has set for your life.
Jessie Penn-Lewis began to praise Roberts
for his work and what he was doing. During one of the times he was in
great drepession she moved in to plant the posion of defeat in his
heart. Little by little Penn-Lewis trapped her prey until little or
nothing was seen of the great evangelist. She had took him in during his
time of depression to take care of him. Evan became so sick that he
was not able to walk or speak, after a year he finally regained his
Robertís remained loyal
to Penn-lewis. Jessie Penn-lewis went on to write several books that
was no where near the beliefs of Evan Roberts. She was ridding on
the coat tales of a great man but she was also destorying a great man that
could have stirred the world beyond Wales. Deeply involved with
Penn-Lewis -- Roberts would never ever lead a great revival.
Evan Roberts died at age 72 in 1951 and was
burried at Moriah Chapel in North Wales.
What were the lessons learned in the shadow of this
great figure. We must realize that God supplies the power and we
must guard ourselves with rest. It is during the times of tiredness
that Satan moves in his best troops. Evan Roberts had led an entire
nation to Jesus but fell to his own tireness and the lies of religion.
He was a great man and today the only thing people remember about
his, is that he led an entire nation to Christ.