Speaking in Tongues & Prophesying
Scotland in the 1830's
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Many people have been told that people begun, again, to be speaking in tongues, but not prophesying, in Topeka Kansas in 1900, at Charles Parham's Bethel Bible School. The Azusa Street Revival, with William Seymour, is another place where people began to speak in tongues in 1906 but few people are aware that seventy years prior, Mary Campbell of Scotland, who was dying, acted upon the promise in the Word of Yahweh, which stated that we were all to be speaking in tongues and prophesying (1 Cor. 14). Reverend Edward Irving wrote of this awaking of the Church in Fraser' Magazine for Town and Country in 1832, which is attached.
An excerpt, from the attached article, 'Facts connected with Recent Manifestaions of Spiritual Gifts,' written by Rev. Edward Irving, states, "I am writing a record of the workings of God for the eye of a most unbelieving generation, who would fain persuade themselves that God hath forsaken the earth, and left it to be managed by infidel statesmen, false- hearted churchmen, and lying prophets; ; but they are all my brethren, and some of them may, by God's grace, be delivered from the snare of Antichrist by what I write; therefore I will write every thing as if I were speaking it from my own pulpit, with the single love of truth in my heart, and fear of God before my eyes. There was no manifestation of the Holy Ghost until the end of March, that is, about two months from the date of this letter; but how surely the sound doctrines stated above had struck their roots into the heart of this young woman is made manifest from another letter, bearing date the 23d of March, of which the original is still preserved, and lies now before me. Along with some others, she had conceived the purpose of a mission to the heathen, and so was brought into the very condition in which the apostles were anterior to the day of Pentecost, when they had received their commission to go forth into all nations and preach the Gospel, but were commanded to tarry in Jerusalem until they should receive power from on high.
The following is an extract from a letter this missionary [Mary Campbell] designed: "The former rain was first poured out on unlearned and ignorant men, that the excellency of the POWER might appear to be of God, that no flesh might glory in his presence. And I am taught of the Holy Ghost to believe the 'latter rain' will first descend on those of God's children who are esteemed the weakest and the basest. It is needful God should select such instruments to advance his glory, that even Christians may behold what mighty victories simple unlimited confidence in God will effect." The sentiment expressed in this quotation I can no longer doubt, after what I behold proceeding in the churches and seats of learning and high places of power within the Church, which are but one great confederacy against the truth as it is in Jesus, and to smite with the fist of wickedness every faithful man, and cast them forth with indignity from their apostate and apostating synagogues. When I see the Presbyteries of the North, and the Bishops of the South, and the heads of the populace among the dissenting bodies, uniting to silence every watchman who hath in him any discernment or faithfulness, what can I conclude, but that God will rather stain their glory than suffer his Son's glory to be by them overthrown. Saul, the son of Kish, than whom there was no goodlier person in Israel, has wearied the Lord, and he is proceeding once more to bring David from feeding the ewes with young to feed his people Israel. I believe that the day of carpenters and fishermen is come again, and the day of masters in arts and doctors in divinity is gone by." Not by might nor by strength, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord."
The entire article, written in three parts, is presented in PDF from the original magazine.