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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <revival4@...>
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 11:04:12 -0500
Date sent:      Tue, 03 Aug 2004 
From:           f g berry <fredberry@...> 


William J. Seymour, a Holiness minister from Houston, Texas was 
invited here to Los Angeles to lead a Holiness Mission on Santa Fe 
Street.  Upon his arrival he began teaching that speaking in tongues 
invariably accompanies the baptism with the Holy Spirit.  Julia 
Hutchinson, the owner of the mission, objected to this teaching and 
ordered Seymour and his supporters to leave.  Hutchinson then 
padlocked the doors and refused to allow them reentry.  God placed 
on Richard and Ruth Asberry's hearts (a Black couple and prior 
owner of the house) to open their doors.  They did, and the meeting 
resumed.  Seymour and his small band of believers began to fast 
and pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

On April 9, 1906 IT HAPPENED!  The  group had gathered again with  
one accord, touching and agreeing, concentrating on scriptures in the 
book of Acts.  No one at this small gathering had clergy credentials 
nor did anyone have an  official  pulpit.  Each person did  have the 
faith and determination to tarry for the Holy Ghost.  Suddenly, all 
resistance departed and the Holy Ghost came with a force 
incomprehensible to the human mind.  Several members were slain 
instantly  and baptized with the Holy Ghost, and began speaking in 
unknown tongues.  God anointed Jennie Moore (who later married 
William Seymour) with the gift to play the piano for the first time 
and to sing in unknown tongues.  Another convert was given the 
gifts of prophecy and  the interpretation of tongues.  Their shouts 
were so loud that  they attracted the neighbors and a crowd congregated.

As God's Almighty Power began to quake the people out of their 
chairs and off  their feet under the power of the Holy Spirit, a 
prophecy came forth of great destruction which was soon to come 
to the land. The saints began pleading with sinners to repent for 
their ways of sin and choose to walk with God.  Less then ten days 
after that warning,  the 1906 San Francisco earthquake occurred.  
The Spiritual quake and the geological quake occurred only a few 
days apart.  People are no longer shaking from that localized quake 
in San Francisco but the quake that was felt in the little house is 
still being felt around the world by those who repent of their sins to 
walk with God.

The following day, the word began to spread all over the city that 
people were being baptized with the Holy Spirit as on the day of 
Pentecost.  In a matter of days rapid and enormous growth reached 
such a peak that the gatherings were forced to move from the inside 
of this house to the outside front yard.  The porch served as the 
platform, and the yard and dirt road were used for sitting and kneeling.  
The wooden porch collapsed due to the weight of people crowding on 
it.  Seymour, directed by God, located  an  old two story  frame 
abandoned  building on Azusa  Street which was owned and once 
occupied by First AME Church which had vacated the building in 
1903.  Seymour secured that structure and the believers moved there.

Several  very ardent newspaper reporters from the Los Angeles news 
media described the building as a tumble-down shack.  Reporters 
began to flood the news media with voluminous derogatory stories 
about the group's activities. One journalist wrote:  "a new sect of 
fanatics is breaking loose, they make weird babbling sounds ...they 
never dismiss church."  

Another  reports read:  "Disgraceful  intermingling  of  the races,  
they cry and make howling  noises all day and into the night. They 
run, jump, shake all over, shout to the top of their voice, spin around 
in circles, fall out on the sawdust blanketed floor jerking, kicking and
rolling all over it.  Some of them pass out and do not move for hours 
as though they were dead.  These people appear to be mad, mentally 
deranged or under a spell.  They  claim to be filled with the spirit.  
They have a one eyed, illiterate, Negro as their preacher who stays 
on his knees much of the time with his head hidden between wooden 
milk crates.  He doesn't talk very much but at times he can be heard 
shouting Repent," and he's supposed to be running the thing... They 
repeatedly sing the same song, 'The Comforter Has Come.'"  

The reporters' descriptions attracted world wide attention, in fact,
their reports served as the impetus that promoted the growth of 
the meeting.  

The news continued to spread like wild fire and for three and a half
years the revival persisted.  Multitudes came from across this nation 
and many parts of the world to witness and experience the miraculous 
movement of God.  They also came from all walks of life: the rich, the 
poor, the educated and UN-educated.  There was no race issue for 
the blood of Jesus had washed away the color line.  

They came  seeking the  fullness of God's promises by the hundreds.  
Some came  as  candidates for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.  
Countless others came to receive healing of their infirmities.  The 
bedridden leaped from their beds claiming their healing. The crippled  
stood up from wheel chairs; those needing support of crutches and 
walking canes threw them down and began to walk without any aid 
or assistance.  The sightless screamed, "I can see!"  The dumb 
began to speak in unknown tongues and the deaf became listening 
witnesses to all of the beautiful sounds.  Hundreds were saved as 
conviction gripped their souls.

As a result of this Holy Ghost outpouring, the Pentecostal movement
gripped the world. This was the start of several prominent Full Gospel
organizations and they in turn gave birth to various groups.  Millions of
souls have received the gift of tongues and interpretations since that
great revival.

We discovered that both revival sites have inexplicable facets 
surrounding them which are reflected in the addresses.  The house 
number, 216 North Bonnie Brae, has the same number as recorded 
in the book of  Acts 2:16 which reads "THIS IS THAT WHICH WAS 
SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET JOEL"... The facts are that every 
state, city, town, and hamlet from A to Z  here in the U. S .A. was 
touched by the 1906 Holy Ghost Revival. 

-Fred Berry,
Los Angeles.