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September 6, 2016

John 5:5, 8, and 9

(5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. (8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. (9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

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William Seymour and the Azusa Street

Pentecostal Revival that Started in 1906 #TBT

William Seymour in 1906 during the start of the Azusa Street Pentecostal Revival.

preach at the Holiness Church. His message was of sanctification, regeneration, faith healing, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues. Pastor Seymour was convinced that God was about to bless Los Angeles with a spiritual outpouring, so he continued to gather for prayer and worship. Many souls came and received baptism; many of the sick were healed and sinners were saved. Those who witnessed the Holy Ghost Spirit shouted and danced for three days and three nights praising God. Thousands of souls came together in worship and prayer; there were men, women, children, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, rich, poor, educated and uneducated souls who joined as one to witness and experience the Holy Ghost Spirit that Pastor Seymour brought with him to the city of Los Angeles. Pastor Seymour followers and believers became so large that he had to get a building in order to hold his meetings. The address 312 Azusa Street became available. On April 9, 1906; Azusa Street Revival had started.

 

Azusa Street Revival was characterized by ecstatic spiritual experiences accompanied by miracles, dramatic worship services, speaking in tongues and inner-racial mingling. Worship at 312 Azusa Street was frequent and spontaneous with services going almost around clock. Pastor Seymour held three services a day, seven days a week for three straight years. Among those attracted to the Azusa Street Revival were not only members of the Holiness Movement, but there were also Baptists, Mennonites, Quakers and Presbyterians. These groups would get together regularly and pray to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. From the waves of the glory that would hit these services, souls would respond by crying out in prayer of thanksgiving and praise. Some worshippers were speaking in tongues, while others would fall to the floor unconsciously and receive visions from the Lord. There were three themes that came out of the Azusa Street Revival which were the cleansing through the blood of Jesus, the return of Jesus and the unity of believers. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit brought about the speaking in tongues, prophecy and the healing of the sick.

 

Because of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, 1000's of people were led into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The people started studying the Word of God and surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ. They had been baptized with the Holy Ghost and were being led into a greater spiritual truth. Signs and wonders followed these believers and the blind eyes were opened; the deaf were able to hear; the mute started speaking and there were claims of the dead being raised to life. This Spirit filled life spread from Los Angeles to the entire world. A new Christianity called Pentecostal and Charismatic was born.

Today, there are more than 500 million Pentecostal and Charismatic believers across the world, and this is the fastest growing form of Christianity present. The Azusa Street Revival is commonly regarded as the beginning of the modern day Pentecostal Movement. Photos during the start of the historic Azusa Street Pentecostal Revival is BELOW!!!

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The Azusa Street Revival is a historic meeting that took place in Los Angeles, CA; and it is the origin of the Pentecostal Movement. This meeting was led by an African American preacher by the name of William J. Seymour. William J. Seymour was original from Houston, TX where he was an interim pastor at a small holiness church. Since being spiritually influenced by Roman Catholicism and the Baptist traditions, Pastor Seymour preached the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Pastor Seymour was discovered by a California native Neely Terry who attended one of his services while she was visiting family in Houston, TX. Ms. Terry was so impressed by Pastor Seymour character and message that she decided to invite him to preach at her local church in Los Angeles, CA.

 

On February 22, 1906; Pastor Seymour arrived in Los Angeles, CA; and he immediately began to

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