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[b]Revival Experiences: Slain In The Spirit[/b]
[i]by brother Greg[/i]

Various accounts of spiritual phenomena during revival

EXTREME CONVICTION

Times of revival bring forth many exuberant and prevailing experiences on the soul and body of men. During these times the phenomena that are involved can be easily seen as something that is extreme and not proper. By looking at the history of revivals we see clearly that phenomena such as “falling under” and being “smitten down” was simply a response to the extreme conviction upon the souls of men. True revival preaching brought forth much strong exhortations and pleadings upon the sinfulness of men and the holiness of God. For any sinner or carnal Christian that heard this preaching would have these type of manifestations because of the deep work of God in conviction and guilt upon the conscience. In modern day Churches preaching that produces conviction, or shows the lost sinner the condemned state he is in, is considered by most legalistic! To bring forth the “terrors of the law” is a thing from the past and is not considered relevant anymore. It is hoped simply through reading these various accounts from past revivals that the reader will realize the true reason for the “experience” of falling under in the Spirit of God. This type of discernment and study is required in our day of perverted and dubious workings of false Spirits and doctrines of devils. The counterfeit has been alongside the truth since the beginning, I give this example from the 1623 Ulster revival:

“There were now many converts in all the congregations which have been mentioned, and Satan observing the prosperity of the gospel amongst them set himself to perplex them by discrediting the work of God in their hearts. This he did by a counterfeit of the operation of the Holy Spirit on several persons at Lochlarne, whom he caused to cry out during public worship, and some of them were affected with convulsive pangs. The number of persons thus affected increased daily, and at first the ministers and people pitied them, hoping that the Holy Spirit was at work with them. but when they had conversed with them, and found that they did not discover any sense of their sinful state or any longing after a Saviour, the minister of the place wrote to his brethren, inviting them to come and examine the matter, who when they had spoken with them saw that it was a mere delusion of the destroyer. The next Sabbath, an ignorant person in Mr. Blair’s congregation made a noise, but immediately, says Mr. B., ‘I was assisted to rebuke that lying spirit which disturbed the worship of God, and I charged the same in the name and authority of Jesus Christ, not to molest that congregation; and through God’s mercy we met with no more of that sort.”


THE FALLING

During the revival in Cambuslang in 1742 under the ministry of Reverend M’Culloch there were many phenomena that surrounded the revival meetings especially the occurrence of “falling under,” as it was termed in those days. “As to what these young men termed ‘the falling,’ it was a way of speaking among scoffers at the time, occasioned by the bodily distress which, in many instances, accompanied conviction. the work was much objected to in consequence; but when the intimate connection of soul and body is considered, it will not appear surprising that great outward agitation should mark the emotions of a soul fully awakened to the dread realities of judgement and eternity.”

Paris Reidhead in his sermon “ten shekels and a Shirt” gives two accounts of this phenomena during times of revival: Wesley was a preacher of righteousness that exalted the holiness of God. When he would exalt the holiness of God, and the law of God, and the righteousness of God, and the justice of God, and the wisdom of His requirements! And the justice of his wrath and his anger! Then he would turn to sinners and tell them of the enormity of their crimes and their open rebellion and their treason, and their anarchy. And the power of God would so descend upon the company, that on one occasion it is reliably reported that when the people dispersed there were 1800 people lying on the ground, utterly unconscious! Because they had a revelation of the holiness of God and in the light of that they’d seen the enormity of their sins and God had so penetrated their minds and hearts that they had fallen to the ground! It wasn’t only in Wesley’s day; it was also in America, New Haven, Connecticut, Yale. A man by t he name of John Wesley Redfield had continuous ministry for three years in and around New Haven. Culminating in the great meetings in Yale Ball, the first of the Yale Balls’ back in the 18th century. The policeman were accustomed during those days, if they saw someone lying on the ground, to go up and smell his breath. Because if he had alcohol on his breath they’d lock him up; but if he didn’t, he had Redfield’s disease. And all you needed to do if anyone had Redfield’s disease was just take him into a quiet place and leave him until he came to. Because if they were drunkards, they’d stop drinking, and if they were cruel, they’d stop being cruel, and if they were immoral, they gave up their immorality. If they were thieves, they returned what they had. For as they had seen the holiness of God, and seen the enormity of their sin; the Spirit of God had driven them down into unconsciousness because of the weight of their guilt! And somehow in the overspreading of the power of God, sinners repented of their sin and came savingly to Christ.


SMITTEN DOWN

In the Irish Revival 1859 this account of falling under the Spirit was given: "When the conviction as to its mental process reaches its crisis, the person, through weakness, is unable to sit or stand, and either kneels or lies down. A great number of convicted persons in this town and neighborhood, and now I believe in all directions in the north where the Revival prevails, are "smitten down" as suddenly and they fall as nerveless and paralyzed and powerless, as if killed instantly by a shotgun. They fall with a deep groan, some with a wild cry of horror--the greater number with the intensely earnest plea, 'Lord Jesus, have mercy on my soul !' The whole frame trembles like an aspen leaf, an intolerable weight is felt upon the chest, a choking sensation is experienced and relief from this found only in the loud, urgent prayer for deliverance, usually the bodily distress and mental anguish continue till some degree of confidence in Christ is found. Then the look, the tone, the gestures, instantly change. The aspect of anguish and despair is changed for that of gratitude, and triumph, and adoration. The language and the looks, and terrible struggles, and loud desperate depreciation, tell convincingly, as the parties themselves declare, that they are in deadly conflict with the old serpent. The perspiration rolls off the anguished victims; their very hair is moistened. Some pass through this exhausting conflict several times; others but once. There is no appetite for food; many will eat nothing for a number of days. They do not sleep, though they may lie down with their eyes shut."


FALLING UNDER

The Cane Ridge revival of 1801 had many cases of “falling under” in the meetings during that time. The majority of people that experienced these manifestations were the mockers, sinners and those convicted greatly under the power of God showing their sinfulness before a Holy God: “At its height, about twenty thousand were said to have been in attendance. Religious services of praying, singing, exhorting, and preaching were kept up day and night. Physical expressions of the excitement were numerous and sometimes took bizarre forms. The groans and screams of those under conviction mingled with the shouts of those who had found release and joy. The fear of hell and damnation and the hopelessness of the lost would be succeeded by the bliss of assured salvation. The most common physical experience was "falling." About three thousand are said to have been prostrate at the Cane Ridge meeting. Some of the "fallen" were insensible. Others were aware of what was happening about them but were powerless to move. Women and children were especially suggestible and were the most affected. Yet men were also among "the slain." ... A little later in the course of the revival, hundreds displayed convulsive physical contortions which were known as "the jerks." Frequently those who came to remonstrate or ridicule were themselves sudden victims. Barking, running, jumping, and trances were common.”

The phenomenon of falling under the power of the Spirit occurred in the revivals of Jonathan Edwards. His assessment was that a person may “fail bodily strength” due to fear of hell and the conviction by the Holy Spirit or due to a “foretaste of heaven.” R.A. Torrey testified of people falling under the power of God due to conviction of sin. Praying Hyde relates of the Punjab Prayer Convention of 1906, “We began to pray, and suddenly the great burden of that soul was cast upon us, and the room was filled with sobs and cries for one whom most of us had never seen or heard of before. Strong men lay on the ground groaning in agony for that soul.” Jonathan Edwards in his book “Religious Affections” gives us some words of wisdom relating to this phenomena: “A work is not to be judged of by any effects on the bodies of men; such as tears, trembling, groans, loud outcries, agonies of body, or the failing of bodily strength. The influence persons are under is not to be judged of one way or other by such effects on the body; and the reason is because the Scripture nowhere gives us any such rule.” May God gift His Church with supernatural discernment in these last days hence our Savior's words: “Take heed that no man deceive you!” Oh how we need to see changed life’s in response to preaching that brings conviction and contrition. Only God can change a life and make it holy, that is the true litmus test of revival!


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 Re: REVIVAL EXPERIENCES: SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT by Greg Gordon

Whilst these experiences seem spiritual, if they happened now, they would mostly be palmed off.

Unless, as said, a changed life is exhibited after.

Let's face it, we need God to move.

I have been to a church where there were a lot of manifestations, but they were soulish, not spiritual, not godly.

After, there would be no change in the life of those who had manifestations, just the same old same old.

Still, when God does move, He will move as He pleases.

We could be in for a shock.

God bless.

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 GOD IS GOOD! ...


Bro Greg ...

It's truly a blessing to witness what our Lord is working in and thru you ... He seems to have prepared yet another foolish one in the wilderness, to present silent no longer ... i find these series a blessing, and a balm, to one who looks forward to, and prays continually for, His REVIVAL of us ... Under Holy Spirit's inspiration, power, and unction, thru you He's exhorting us ...

Heb.3:[13] But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Blessings in Christ Jesus ... :-D

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 OUR PARTICIPATION IN GOD'S MOVING? ...



Enid wrote
"Still, when God does move, He will move as He pleases."


--- Amen ... He will move as He pleases ...

This is in no way directed as a slight toward you Enid, but i think many times when saints use statements like this it seems to either come out of a despair, or as a way to disconnect oneself from the process ... God loves to be petitioned, but what kind of petitioning does He enjoy most from us?

Are we "petitioning" Him about His moving? ... Are we constantly, and ferverently "petitioning" Him for REVIVAL, say as much as we do about ALL the "other things" we're continuously filling His ears with? ... Wouldn't it be something if we bombarded heaven, individually and collectively, regarding REVIVAL the way we do with prayers for "health and wealth", the things Jesus said "to take no thought of"? (Matt. 6:31,32)...

i have a tendency to attract "needy" people, saints especially ...They look at my life (NOW), demeanor in our Lord, and outward calm, and right away they figure i got something that'll meet their need ... They're right, i got Jesus, i got supreme faith in Jesus, and faith in what i call a "bottom line" scripture that's true for ALL believers ...

[b]Matt. 6:[33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and ALL other things shall be added unto you.[/b]

Some saints with illness, or saints who know someone who's sick, will seek me out in a minute to pray for "healing" ... And some have gotten a serious attitude with me when i tell them i don't have the "gift", or "measure of faith" for such ... They mistake my spiritual strength in my operating in what i believe my "gifts", and tenacious pursuit in what i believe my calling, as of potential benefit to their "need", and get offended when i say i have no unction of power about such matters as earthly "health" or "wealth" ...
i don't have the gifts of healing, helps, or mercy about things earthly ...

i was once told by an irate sister that the only thing i seemed to really care about are REPENTANCE and REVIVAL ... i told her she was right, all i really care about, and believe i'm called to care about in utmost, is the spiritual "health and wealth" of Christ Body, because if we are truly spiritually healthy and wealthy, as Christ would have us, ALL else becomes things we're not concerned about ... i was at one prayer meeting about a year ago that was supposedly dedicated to praising God, and seeking REVIVAL, and it was very telling how often the prayer leader had to keep steering it back on track from petitions of "earthly" needs ... There are many hurting saints today ... Why? ... What are the products of Joel chapters 1 & 2 type repentance and REVIVAL? ... Restoration? ...

i can petition God for days, weeks, months, and years (have and still do) about spiritual matters, but if you call on me to petition about earthly matters you're gonna get a very dissapointing (one time) petition toward God's will being done in your earthly need, His getting glory from it whatever the outcome, His perhaps bringing you thru the storm (since that seems to me His way most), and that YOU begin applying Matt. 6:33 toward de-prioritizing your own earthly need ...

i've not always thought this way ... There once was a time when i burned up heaven with my "earthly need" requests too, but when God got a hold of me to share the Matt. 6:33 truth He had to make me come to operate in it first ... He said to me once, that i was to stop wasting so much precious prayer time on my own needs as He already knows what i need, and that everytime i began to do so i was to substitute in petition for the Body ... When i began doing so it became appalingly clear to me just how much time and energy i used toward self ... Another time God said to me, "You don't need money" (to feel secure) ... It took a while for me to grasp this, but when one applies Matt. 6:33, in the capacity in which God desires to operate in/thru your life, i'm a witness, you don't ...


[b]TESTIMONY:[/b]
i'm working on a job right now that has paid me for the past 7 months, and is still paying me, a pretty decent salary to do absolutely nothing ... i sit here all day (with their permission) and follow Holy Spirit's lead in learning, and researching, things i'd never have time to otherwise ... i'm using this time also to tighten up my second book ... How do you think i spend so much time on SI during the day? ... He's also moved in my housing situation, and has just recently provided a way for me to have extensive dental work done ... Some call it luck, i call it nobody else but God!

Prioritize Him, His righteousness, His kingdom, and it's amazing how earthly needs are just met ... The world say's "like outta the clear blue", but we know where "every good and perfect gift" comes from ---


Enid wrote;
"We could be in for a shock."


--- Amen ... or a "shake" ... i have no doubt God will move us, and i believe soon and very soon, but in matters of REVIVAL He sure does seem to like our participation ... In all that i've read of historic REVIVAL's they seem to have always been preceeded by folk petitioning God with the right kind of prayer that moves His heart toward us ...

One way or the other God will move us to such type prayer, it can't be soon enough for me for His shaking of us to commence ...


ACTS 4: [31] [b]And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,[/b] and they spake the word of God with boldness. [32] And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

ACTS 16: [25] [b]And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:[/b] and the prisoners heard them. [26] [b]And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken:[/b] and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

Lord Jesus, in a latter day out pouring of rain, by your Holy Spirit, shake us to revived freedom from our present spiritual prisons, that we may once again be returned to Your first love, first works expectations, to Your glory, and the reaping of Your harvest already white in readiness ... Amen

Blessings in Jesus Christ ... :-D ---

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Here are some additional comments on the article:

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“Religious Affections” gives us some words of wisdom relating to this phenomena: “A work is not to be judged of by any effects on the bodies of men; such as tears, trembling, groans, loud outcries, agonies of body, or the failing of bodily strength. The influence persons are under is not to be judged of one way or other by such effects on the body; and the reason is because the Scripture nowhere gives us any such rule.”


I love this quote. It is often overlooked and the wisdom never understood even here on this forum. The key word here is "judged". The judging of physical manifestations is unscriptural even if under the broad brush of keeping order. It really doesn't matter to God. What does matter is that peoples hearts are turned to him. Judgment in the name of discernment and order always causes the Holy spirit to withdraw. That's why it is wise not to judge.

Had God been concerned about the embarrassment he might get knowing that his disciples were appearing drunk and disorderly, he would of not poured his spirit out the way he did and instructed us through Paul to keep being filled with the spirit.



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""""Had God been concerned about the embarrassment he might get knowing that his disciples were appearing drunk and disorderly, he would of not poured his spirit out the way he did and instructed us through Paul to keep being filled with the spirit.""""

very wise words



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on the other hand, the hundreds whom Peter was preaching to ,
have not been "slain in the Spirit", there was no special manifestation this day for them ; but nevertheless their heart was deeply pierced.
They repented immediately and were ready for baptism...

Ah that's for sure God is not predictable... but if the message is His message, He will honour it as He pleases to bring people to Faith in Jesus , Repentance and Holy life.



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Great article, Greg.

-Andrew.


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Greg...amazing article once again! That God would grant us preachers that would not just make men aware of guily but alarmed and awestruck at their doom!

As Ravenhill said we need a generation of preachers 'That will hold the hell-bound, spell-bound' by the glory and awfull majesty of God!


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 Re: REVIVAL EXPERIENCES: SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT by Greg Gordon

So... have [i]you[/i] been under such extreme conviction to experience being slain in the Spirit? I can't tell if this article is solely the experience of others or an experience you have shared yourself. Whether you have or have not experienced this yet for yourself, it does seem your heart is open to such an experience and being open is one step closer to the experiences of others being lived out in your life.

I have only known one personal friend who has had this experience during one of our services. I believe her experience was from God. As far as biblical examples of what we call today "being slain in the Spirit", I think of the reactions of people to appearances of angels or a glimpse of the glory of God. We see they fell down on their faces. Perhaps reverence and godly fear are causes of being slain along with possibly conviction.


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I agree Yodi. I don't think we can state for sure that people can only be "slain in the spirit" while under conviction just because there are reports of that happening. That doesn't prove that it can't happen in other situations (like, witnessing "a glimpse of the glory of God", or "by reverence and godly fear"). And if I remember right, the reports of the Lewis revival, state that it began with those who were praying for revival entering into a transe, and if I'm not mistaken, falling down. Now, they were the righteous ones. They were praying for revival, surely it was not conviction.

- JT


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 Re: stiff as stones, lying in heaps

Hi eveyrone,

Not sure but maybe Blinx is refering to what is recounted here



[url=https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?lid=5675&commentView=itemComments]Young Donald Mcphail Prays (compilation)[/url]


[b]Description[/b]: This is from a Duncan Campbell sermon, about this fire baptized 16 year old who prays in a meeting in the Hebrides revival, and the God moves in a mighty way.


Very powerfull.


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Yes. I heard it in a sermon from Duncan Campbell (I couldn't remember the name). They were in the barn. Altho, I don't reject the possibility that it was conviction that time in the barn because the preacher who fell into a transe was praying "God are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?" (the 16 year old had read Psalm 24) So it's possible that it was conviction in that case. But that doesn't mean that in other cases someone can't go into a transe and fall to the ground.


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