The Word and the Spirit

In the past, there have been those who live their spiritual lives by biblical explanation only.

At the same time, others have based their theological dispositions on “signs and wonders” characterized by the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement.

Paul Cain and R.T. Kendall believe that God is on the brink of releasing an era of unprecedented glory as the people of God “marry” together both the Word and the Spirit.

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  • Smith Wigglesworth – 1947

It may be of interest to many that Smith Wigglesworth is thought to have prophesied something related to this. It is not actually known where, when and if Smith actually prophesied this or what the origins of this prophesy are, but it is nevertheless a great encouragement to the Church in these days and fits well with what many perceive to be happening in the wider Church today;

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.

“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.”