In 1904 one of the greatest revivals in history broke out in Wales, a small principality of the British Isles. There have
been a few spiritual awakenings in history to span the globe and touch millions, but it can be argued that none had as
much concentrated power and impact as the Welsh Revival. It seems that the Lord looked down on Wales and said, “I
am going to show the church and the world what I can do with just a handful of faithful saints who will yield themselves to me.”
Evan Roberts was the most popular evangelist of the Welsh Revival. However he was not a dynamic leader of people.
He did not come with new doctrines, nor was he even considered a good preacher. Roberts came as a great example of
a dynamic follower of the Lord, encouraging the church to be a proper host to the Holy Spirit. As both the Scriptures and
history testify, the more yielded we are to the Holy Spirit, the more He will use us. Evan Roberts must be considered one
of the greatest examples of a vessel yielded to the Holy Spirit. The foundational message of the revival was known as
“The Four Points,” these were the four essential conditions that he believed were required before revival could come.
I. All sin must be confessed to God and repented of. The church has to be cleansed—the Lord’s bride would
be with out spot so there would be no room for compromise with sin. If there is anything in our lives about which there is even doubt as to weather it is good or evil—then cast it off!
II. There must be no cloud between the believer and God. Have you forgiven everybody? If not don’t expect
forgiveness for your own sins. The Scripture is clear; we cannot be forgiven until we have forgiven. Unforgiveness
separates us from God.
III. We must obey the Holy Spirit. Do what the Spirit prompts you to do. Prompt, implicit, unquestioning
obedience to the Spirit is required if we are going to be used by Him.
IV. There must be public confessions of Christ as Savior. This is not a one time incident after our salvation
experience or baptism—for the Christian it is a way of life. (Evan also believed that there was a difference between
confession and profession)
It was unknown to Evan when he first preached them, but these “Four Points” set the direction for the revival, and
helped keep it on course for its duration. They established a foundation of repentance and then built upon a personal,
living relationship with the Lord. The driving force behind the revival was not a doctrine, or a human personality, but The Holy Spirit who had come to convict the world of sin, and then to lead the world to the forgiver of sin, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit remained and moved powerfully for as long as He was able to do this work in the simplicity required for it. The LORD has revealed to many that there will soon be a great outpouring of His Spirit. This revival will be greater than all those preceding it. This vision includes key elements to this coming harvest and what the Lord is doing in the church now to prepare for it.
1. Build upon the only foundation that can be laid. JESUS HIMSELF. Works that are built upon truths instead of The
Truth will not stand in this day. Many of today’s congregations and ministries are devastated by the slightest shaking.
The works that are properly built on Jesus will withstand the greatest trials and attacks without being moved. There will be a great emphases On the Lord Jesus Himself in the days to come. The increasing revelation of Him will overshadow the many emphases of the past as the sun dose the moon when it rises. The truths that have been such a distraction will begin to seem insignificant as the church begins to see Him; in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:3.
2. Remove the barriers and facades that separate us from The LORD and each other. We must become more
intimate with Him, and through Him, each other. Spiritual pride and the exaltation of men, individual truths, or works, will come under unrelenting discipline from the Lord and will soon be understood as “strange fire” . Those who continue to offer it will perish from the ministry with such demonstrations that a pure and holy fear of the Lord will sweep through the body of Christ. This will help the church to move into true spiritual worship and a unity that is based on worship.
3. Abide in the Sabbath rest of The LORD. This will become an increasing emphases in the teaching and a reality as
the Lord enters His temple, the church. Our growing intimacy with Him will bring a peace that will actually calm the storm of the rising sea of humanity. The intensity of the times will overwhelm any pseudo peace. We must be one wilt the “Lord of Sabbath”.
4. Heed the spiritual preparation which may be reflected in the natural. For example: Some have begun moving their
assets into precious metals or lands. This may be helpful, but it is far more helpful to take the spiritual land and to lay up
treasures in heaven. The Lord is seeking givers who will become channels of His supply. For them there will be no lack.
Those who hoard or who do not learn to give freely may suffer increasing crisis in their earthly affairs. This is the Lord’s
discipline to set them free
Taken from the book “The World Aflame” by Rick Joyner.