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What is Azusa all about

Jess Wilder

Mar 12, 2024

Revitalize the Church in America

Pentecost Meaning

In Greek, the word Pentecost literally means "fiftieth."  Pentecost has a variety of names in the Bible: Shavuot, The Feast of Weeks, the First Fruits, or the Feast of Harvest. Pentecost or Shavuot is traditionally known as a festive time in Israel for offering thanksgiving and bestowing offerings for the new grain of the summer wheat harvest."

What Happened at Pentecost?

What was originally a Jewish Festival (and it remains so) occurring fifty days after the Feast of Weeks, was recognized by early Christians as begining of the christian church.On that day, a large crowd had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival, when suddenly a fierce wind filled the house where they gathered, and flames of fire fell on the people, causing the Galilean Jews to speak in languages native to the many nations represented in Jerusalem that day. Simon Peter, a disciple of Jesus, gave a powerful sermon, and the day ended with 3,000 people being saved and baptized into the community.

Pentecostalism’s spiritual heritage

Extends back to the teachings of John Wesley’s “Second Blessing” in 1764 and did not fully

develop wholly into a force that would revitalize the Church in America until 1906. The author of every revival, awakening and reformation has never been a man, but the Holy Spirit, and He has used men significantly in the preparation and birthing process of every great move. Three men used powerfully prior to and at the inception of the Azusa Street Revival was Welsh revivalist Evan Roberts, journalist and intercessor Frank Bartleman and minister of the gospel William Seymour. Three men, from dissimilar backgrounds, diverse regions, and upbringings, but with one thing in common, they believed God for revival.

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