A Prophecy of National Revival 1947
Smith Wigglesworth was a well-known English evangelist from Yorkshire, who lived from 1859 to 1947. From humble beginnings he became a plumber, then was then powerfully used in a world-wide ministry with miraculous healings and miracles accompanying his ministry of the Word of God.
Shortly before he died in 1947, it is recorded that he delivered the following prophecy:
During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it, and will be characterised by the restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches. In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, ‘This is a great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No, neither is this the great revival but both are steps towards it.’
When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidence in the churches of something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit.
When the word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit that the nations, and indeed, the world have ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and Welsh revivals of former years.
The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to mainland Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.
Many have repeated this prophecy over the years. It is often spoken of together with a 1967 Vision by evangelist Jean Darnall. Many also believe that both might well be nearing their time of fulfillment.
In 2016, Jarrod Cooper wrote a book, When Spirit and Word Collide, based on Wigglesworth’s prophecy.
Read this Word in March 2016 from Christian leader Malcolm Duncan who carefully before God, believes 2017 may have been the year we started God start to move in response.