Summary: There is expected to be a “Great Awakening” before the return of Yeshua. “The Lewis Awakening” is explored to understand how this next move of God may be similar to what the Hebrides experienced in 1949.

Shalom-shalom. Peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program. 

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Alright, we are at heading toward spring, and I am going to give some announcements for the year ahead. At the end of this month is Purim. Usually, it is observed in March but this year it begins on the evening of February 26th and ends on the evening of February 27th. 

The LORD’s feast of Pesach or Passover begins March 27th and ends April 4th. This fall Sh’mita begins on Yom Teruah on September 7. Sh’mita which means “release” occurs every seven years, and it is a Sabbatical year.

Sh’mita waives all outstanding debt (except the foreigner), the land is given a break from farming, the trees are not pruned, nothing is gathered.  All the crops are to be eaten by everyone, domestic and wild animals that are in Israel. 

Do not harvest crops that grow on their own and do not gather the grapes on your unpruned vines, since it is a year of rest for the land. [What grows while] the land is resting may be eaten by you, by your male and female slaves, and by the employees and resident hands who live with you.  Leviticus 25:1–7; Exodus 23:10–11; Deuteronomy 15:1-6.

So, we are going into a 7 year cycle of the Lord, and the next few years will be challenging from what I am able to interpret, as much as I can possibly understand. There are two thing that keeps me hanging on, one is the promise of His return and the other is the outpouring. The LORD did speak to me concerning this outpouring, it was 2016, I think, He said nothing would stop this next move of God. The devil has been diligently working against it and especially so the last four years, but nothing is going to hinder, or stop, this movement of God. We will need the outpouring to make it through this next sh’mita cycle.

To help understand this outpouring, I am going to share some information from those who were in the revival at Hebrides, Scotland, and from other sources who interviewed those participants connected to the revival.

So, let’s begin . . .

Shema   Deuteronomy 6

Shema, O Israel, the LORD God, the LORD is One.

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Psalm 24

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein.

Numbers 10:35, Psalm 68:1

Arise, O Lord, and let Your enemies be scattered; and let those who hate You flee before you.

Father YHVH,

You are the King of the universe, king over heaven and earth. We thank You for being God. Permit Your righteousness and justice to reign in the earth. Circumcise our hearts and direct our lives by Your Laws of righteousness and justice. We thank You for Your Laws for they are life to us, a Tree of Life. 

Prepare our hearts to be sensitive to You, to Your Spirit, to Your presence; and that our hearts will be pure and our hands cleansed from all unrighteousness. Bring us to the end of ourselves, to a place of deep repentance where we abhor our sins, our transgressions, our iniquities. 

Only You can send a deep hunger and thirst upon Your creation. Fill us with the sound of Your voice, fill us with You, LORD.

In Yeshua’s name. Amen.

So, let us begin the teaching of the Hebrides Revival

Some of the information I share comes from the book The Lewis Awakening by Duncan Campbell who was a witness to the events of the Awakening. He was also the minister in the village of Barvis on the isle of Lewis when the LORD began to move upon the population there. I also used other sources that I could find, some first hand accounts, just information that was available.  

Isaiah 44:3-5

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; they will spring up among the grass like willows by the watercourses. One will say, I am the LORD’s; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; another will write with his hand, the LORD’s, and name himself by the name of Israel.

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground.

This is God’s response to those who hunger and thirst after Him. The response is that He will pour out of Himself on those who pants after Him, as King David spoke of in Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

So here is the image of a dehydrated deer who is searching for water. Only water will satisfy her, the yearning of her body, the yearning of her organs, to be refreshed and satisfied. Only water will satiate her extreme thirst.

The seeds of revival is the same way, it is the hunger and thirst for it, it becomes an obsession, preoccupation, for the presence and movement of the LORD. Developing this obsession then yields to prayer, and prayer to deep intercession; when the horns of the altar are seized and one cannot accept anything but the response from heaven of the sound of heavy rain upon the hearts of people. 

This is how revivals begin, with people making requests for it. It goes from earth to heaven and then heaven to earth. 

The Welsh Revival began with people praying for it, as did the Hebrides Revival in Scotland. 

The Azusa Street Revival appears to be the exception. Its history appears at the home of a congregant in Los Angeles. By invitation a preacher named William Joseph Seymour had gone from Kansas to Los Angeles to minister in a church and after a couple of messages he was barred. They did not appreciate His doctrine of Holy Spirit baptism and speaking with the evidence of tongues. A congregant allowed him in her home to have Bible Study. Shortly after this more people came and sometimes 1500 people attended to hear his messages. The great Pentecostal movement came as a result of this. It is said this revival lasted some 9 years and finally dissolved in 1915.

The Welsh Revival lasted a year from 1904 to 1905. The Hebrides Revival sometimes called the Lewis Revival, or Awakening, lasted about 4 years.

The Hebrides Revival began in 1948 and lasted until 1952. The Hebrides is a group of islands located to the west of Scotland. On the outer Hebrides is an island with the upper portion known as Lewis and the lower being Harris and the largest town being Stornoway. 

People there were known to be instinctively and traditionally religious, with an old-time reverence for God, His Word and the ordinances of His church.

Two elderly sisters, Peggy and Christine Smith (one was 84 and the younger 82 years old), lived in the upper Hebrides called Lewis, in a little village called Barvis. Peggy was blind and her sister was bent double with arthritis. They were unable to attend church, but their humble cottage became a place of prayer and supplication for revival night and day. One night Peggy received a revelation that revival was coming, and that the church of her fathers would be filled with young people. She called for their pastor, MacKay, to pray. Two nights a week he and the elders and deacons of his church would meet in a barn. For 18 months they prayed consistently and fervently for God to saturate the youth with repentance in Lewis. They would pray from 10 pm until 3 am. 

One night, and this was after midnight, while in the barn a deacon began quoting a part of Psalm 24, verses 3-5:

Who may ascend to the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His Holy place? Those who are clean and their works are pure, whose hearts are true . . . They will receive the Lord’s blessings. The pastor asked: How can we pray for revival if our own lives are not pure and clean before God? The men in the barn began to cry out to God to clean their own lives. 

Upon this, the men, the barn and the village 6 miles away began to shake. People came forth from their beds, and poured out into the streets, running to the church, some could not wait and they dropped to their knees on the streets. God was everywhere. At a local dance was 100 young people who were suddenly and unexpectantly overcome with the spirit of repentance and they all ran to the church as if they were running from a plague. 

The church was packed inside with 500 people, the aisles were completely crowded with people sobbing for God to have mercy on them, and outside the church were 500 people doing the same.

This gained momentum and at the height of it, Peggy sent for Duncan Campbell. I think at first he refused three of their invitations, but finally decided to go to Barvis.These sisters gathered with Duncan and MacKay to pray, and she was shown that 7 men would come to salvation and they would become pillars in the church of her fathers. After this, Peggy gave instruction for Duncan to go to a small village. He was reluctant because of the rejection of the gospel he had experienced prior to this, but being compelled by Peggy he goes and finds several people had filled a large bungalow with some assembled outside. He began to preach that God commands all men everywhere to repent, and repent they did. Many were brought to deep sighs and mourning because of their sins. At the end of the bungalow was a group of people who were crying, deeply moved by the message and under extreme repentance.  Reverend Duncan moved to minister to them and among them were the seven men that Peggy spoke of earlier.

Among the youths converted was one who was name was Donald Smith and he was also related to the two sisters: Peggy and Christine Smith. He was either 15 or 17 years old and became a frontline prayer warrior and a helper in the revival. He was greatly anointed and because of it when called on to pray in a service, people would melt into tears and prostrations before the Lord.

As this progressed, People began coming to the village by bus, truck, boat, automobile and some would walk twelves miles one way and not feel tired. Villages in the distance began praying and pounding the heavens with their appeals to be saturated with repentance and His presence. 

Reverend Duncan was performing several services each day, yet he was able to function on very little sleep. The influence of God was so powerful that people did not want to leave church. If they would leave, they would continue to worship at the homes of others; and sometimes until 5 am, and then leave for work at 7 am and work all day without feeling exhausted. After work they would return to church where they would spend many more hours basking in the presence of the LORD.

The Hebrides awakening in many ways was a young people’s phenomenon. Many teenagers and those under the age of forty were converted. So, this is like the Acts 2 outpouring, He would pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh and our sons and daughters (our children) would prophecy.

In this revival, people would be saved not just in a church building but when walking in the country side. There was a great sense of the fear of the LORD that would blanket villages and people. It is noted that spontaneous conversions happened everywhere. 

And as with any great movement of God there also comes opposition and resistance. The Hebrides Revival had its opposition, not from the world, but from Christians. The largest town in the Hebrides was Stornoway, and it is said the ministers and churches there resisted the manifestations of repentance by the Holy Spirit, and therefore the Holy Spirit did not come near their dwellings and they remained spiritually dead. They experienced no regeneration, no vibrancy, and no renewal.

As I was doing this research, I got really excited about what to expect on this next Great Awakening. Because it will be the last Awakening the world will experience and it will be on an even greater scale than we have known. 

I also came across some other interesting information while researching.  

There was a woman in America named Mary Ann Smith MacCleod, she is now dead, who had emigrated from Lewis, Scotland at the age of 18 in 1930. She was the youngest sibling of 9 other children.  

She came to America and lived with an older sister Christina on Long Island and worked as a domestic servant for four years. For a brief time, she worked as a nanny for a well-to-do family in a New York suburb. Her position was eliminated due to the Great Depression. She returned to Lewis, Scotland in 1934. In 1935 she came back to America and lived with her sister in Queens. Her sister encouraged her to attend a party, and that is where she met her husband Fred. A year later they married and from their union came five children: MaryAnn, Fred Jr, Elizabeth, Donald and Robert. 

MaryAnn Smith MacCleod was the niece of the two sisters, Peggy and Christine Smith, who had bombarded the heavens with urgent requests for revival. The young man in the revival, Donald Smith, was her cousin. 

The woman MaryAnn Smith MacCleod is the mother of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. In 1955 she gifted her son, President Donald Trump, with a Bible and he was sworn into office with it and the Bible of Abraham Lincoln. 

I am at the end of this program.

If it be God’s will I will be next week. Remember to walk by faith and not by sight; keep your spiritual garments clean from blemishes, spots and wrinkles; ask God to cleanse you of all unrighteousness every day. Do two things this week, love and forgive.  Love God and love your neighbor.

Rico Cortes will sing the Aaronic priestly blessing.