As promised, some of the quotations with which Wallis heads up his ‘The Day of Thy Power’ chapters.

‘Persons are very ready to be suspicious of what they have not felt themselves.  It is to be feared many good men have been guilty of this error….These persons that thus make their own experience their rule of judgment, instead of bowing to the wisdom of God, and yielding to His Word as an infallible rule, are guilty of casting a great reflection upon the understanding of the Most High.’ Jonathan Edwards

‘God hath had it much on His heart, from all eternity, to glorify His dear and only begotten Son; and there are some special seasons that He appoints to that end, wherein He comes forth with omnipotent power to fulfil His promise and oath to Him: and these times are times of remarkable pouring out of His Spirit, to advance His kingdom; such a day is the day of His power.’ Jonathan Edwards

‘Vastly more was wrapt up in the descent of the Holy Spirit than the church has yet experienced, or than the world has yet seen; and the Spirit Himself thus reveals that while the Christian centuries are “the last days”, and Pentecost began the wonder, we today, standing in the last of the last, are on the edge of a second and more tremendous upheaval of the Holy Spirit….So in linking up ourselves with myriads of Christians throughout the globe in praying for world-revival, world-evangelism and the world-return of our blessed Lord, we are praying for solid coming facts, and therefore know that we are praying according to the will of God; we are praying for that in which we may have sudden and glorious part; and we are praying for the world the biggest blessing it will ever have on this side of the great White Throne.’ D.M. Panton

‘The quiet conversion of one sinner after another, under the ordinary ministry of the gospel must always be regarded with feelings of satisfaction and gratitude…; but a periodical manifestation of the simultaneous conversion of thousands is also to be desired, because of its adaptation to afford a visible and impressive demonstration that God has made that same Jesus who was rejected and crucified, both Lord and Christ.’ William Reid

‘The antecedents, accompaniments, and results of revivals are always substantially the same as in the case of Pentecost.’ Charles Finney

‘The waiting on of young and older people at the close of each meeting, and the anxious asking of so many ‘what to do’; the lively singing of the praises of God, which every visitor remarks; the complete desuetude of swearing and of foolish talking in our streets; the order and solemnity at all hours prevailing; the voice of praise and prayer almost in every house; the cessation of the tumults of the people; the consignment to the flames of volumes of infidelity and impurity; the coming together for divine worship of such a multitude of our population day after day; the large catalogue of new intending communicants giving in their names, and conversing in the most interesting manner on the most important subjects; not a few of the old careless sinners and frozen formalists awakened and made alive to God; the conversion of several poor colliers, who have come to me and given a most satisfactory account of their change of mind and heart – are truly wonderful proofs of a most surprising and delightful revival.  The public-houses, the coal-pits, the harvest reaping fields, the weaving loomsteads, the recesses of our glens, and the sequestered haughs around, all may be called to witness that there is a mighty change in this place for the better.’  An observer of the Kilsyth revival, 1839

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