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God gave a miraculous vision to an evangelist during Revival

December 21, 2013

 

During the 1921 Revival in Lowestoft, a Scotsman named Jock Troup had a vision:

Jock Troup, while in the midst of a spirital revival, heard God speak, and had a vision.  What he saw was a man praying far north in Fraserburgh. This man was asking the Lord to send the evangelist He was using in Yarmouth north to where there was a great need. This man had never seen Jock, but he had heard what was happening among the fishermen. By this time the cooper-evangelist had been dismissed from his work because of the call on his time.  He had never been to Fraserburgh, but he had no intention of being disobedient to the heavenly vision. Jock told some of his closest friends of what he had seen and of his decision to leave.  They could not understand why he was going when such mighty blessing was taking place. He knew that the God Who had started the work in Yarmouth, would continue it. Many tried to persuade the revivalist to stay, but nothing and no one would prevent him from answering the call of the Master. The next day the evangelist left. (source)

Jock boarded a train for the North and before it had reached Crewe all those who were in his compartment were led to Christ. When he arrived at Aberdeen, he then transferred to the Fraserburgh train. At Maud two fisherwomen came into the carriage and sat beside Jock. They had spent the day selling their freshly caught haddock around the farmhouses in the country. Baskets were strapped across their backs to carry the fish. The evangelist was asked where he was going and what he intended to do.  He replied, “I am going to Fraserburgh to preach,” and told them how God had spoken to him. “Where are you staying?” they asked him. Jock told them that he had no idea. “Listen son, you come and stay with me,” said one of the old fisherwomen.  So provision was made for him even before he arrived in Fraserburgh.

When he had settled in and had eaten, Jock decided to go for a walk. He went down to the square in Broad Street where a crowd had gathered. Standing on the steps of the drinking fountain, he began to preach. Immediately the crowd moved around him in spite of the cold. As the rain began to fall, the preacher asked if anyone knew where a place was available for meetings.

“What about the Baptist Church?” shouted someone.

“I don’t know where it is,” replied Jock. “We will soon take you there,” came the answer from the crowd.  Off they went along the way, joyously singing with the evangelist. When they arrived at the Baptist Church, the Pastor with his elders were just leaving a specially convened meeting, where it had been decided to send for Jock Troup to come and conduct a gospel campaign in Fraserburgh. The secretary had a letter drafted ready for posting, but that letter never needed to go through a letter box. God had answered the letter before it had been sent off. To the amazement of Jock, as the group of elders left the church, amongst them stood the man God had shown him in the vision at Yarmouth. He had come face to face with the man who had prayed. The heart of the revivalist rose to God in gratitude for leading him step by step. As he led the singing of the old fashioned hymns, men and women began to weep their way to the cross. Blessing flowed like a river. The tide of spiritual dearth had turned and soon God’s flood tide would flow. (source) See, The Forgotten Revival, Stanley C Griffen

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Violence of the enthusiasts

October 22, 2008

Muntzer, the enthusiast and opponent of Luther, divorced the Word and Spirit. He said to Luther:

But God does disclose himself in the inner word in the abyss of the soul. The man who has not received the living witness of God knows really nothing about God, though he may have swallowed 100,000 Bibles. God comes in dreams to his beloved as he did to the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles. He comes especially in affliction. That is why Brother Easychair (Muntzer’s characterization of Luther) rejects him. God pours out his Spirit upon all flesh, and now the Spirit reveals to the elect a mighty and irresistible reformation to come. This is the fulfilment of the prediction of Daniel about the fifth monarchy. You princes of Saxony, you need a new Daniel to disclose unto you this revelation and to show you your role. Think not that the power of God will be realized if your swords rust in the scabbard. Christ said that he came not to bring peace but a sword, and Deuteronomy says “You are a holy people. Spare not the idolaters, break down their altars, smash their images and burn them in the fire.” The sword is given to you to wipe out the ungodly. If you decline, it will be taken from you. Those who resist should be slaughtered without mercy as Elijah smote the priests of Baal. Priests and monks who mock the gospel should be killed. The godless have no right to live. May you like Nebuchadnezzar appoint a Daniel to inform you of the leadings of the Spirit.

p.264 Here I Stand – A Life of Martin Luther, Penguin 2002, Roland H Bainton

Not all the anabaptists were violent. Many were godly men and women who found themselves between the papists and the Reformers.