Wigglesworth Down Under
By an Eyewitness – Pastor Harry V. Roberts (Summary)
New Zealand’s greatest revival started in China, where a missionary, Mr. J. Fullerton, was shown by the Holy Spirit that God was about to pour out his Holy Spirit on New Zealand. Mr. Fullerton took a trip to his own country, Denmark, where he met Smith Wigglesworth. Mr. Fullerton told Smith Wigglesworth of what God had showed him. Smith Wigglesworth prayed about it and God showed that he should visit New Zealand.
Smith Wigglesworth’s first address, “The Enduement of Power and The Gifts of the Spirit” was delivered in the Sunday school hall of the Vivian Street Baptist Church, Wellington. The address showed that the Holy Spirit is a real person and is promised to all believers. We have the right to ask the Holy Spirit to live within us and have no victory over sin without it. The numbers at these morning meetings increased very rapidly and the meetings had to be moved to the main church, which was also too small! It was at one of these meetings that the phenomenon of Tongues was heard. It was peculiar how many people were immediately against tongues without knowing anything about it. These prejudices disappeared as soon as the interpretations came forth. The interpretations were awe-inspiring and soundly scriptural.
Miraculous healings took place, as deformed and diseased children were prayed for. One gaunt consumptive man, who had been entirely given up on as a hopeless case, was carried in. He was in a coma, but after prayer, he arose full of vigor and walked with his head up, out of the church, healed!
Evening meetings were held in the Wellington town hall. The crowds grew from 800, to 1600, to 3000 on the third night. From then onwards, people had to be turned away each night. At least 1000 could not gain admittance on one of the nights. Smith Wigglesworth preached mainly on Divine healing, his keywords were “ONLY BELIEVE”.
Wellington Townhall was where evangelist Smith Wigglesworth was used to heal scores of people and lead them to salvation in 1922
The capital city’s morning newspaper, The Dominion, dated 31/5/1922 reports:
FAITH HEALING - EXTRAORDINARY SCENES
AT TOWN HALL - THE DEAF MADE TO HEAR
To heal the sick by Divine influence is no new claim, although to actually witness the process of cure being carried out in this work-a-day world has attracted big audiences to the Town Hall this week, a very large gathering being present at last night's demonstration.
The Yorkshire evangelist, Mr Smith-Wigglesworth, is conducting the proceedings, and, except that he anoints with oil the real process of healing is carried out by faith itself. The evening commences with a religious service, including prayers and hymns, after which the demonstration of healing is given.
Last night about two hundred persons of both sexes presented themselves for treatment, but the evangelist was only able to deal with fifty of them, the other cases being postponed till to-night.
Those in search of relief comprised cripples (many of whom were able to throw away their crutches and sticks immediately); others, with goitre, rheumatism, partial blindness, deafness, and various forms of affliction. Quite a large percentage claimed that they were cured or relieved by the Divine faith poured into them by the evangelist. To particularise: A woman of middle age, who was crippled with rheumatism, demonstrated her cure by walking across the flood; stutterers were almost instantly made to repeat the Lord's Prayer without stuttering; young women with necks swollen with goitre professed to be cured, and certainly the swellings in some cases disappeared or were reduced in size; an old man of 80 years, partially blind, said his sight had been improved; and numbers afflicted with pains of one sort and another declared that they were freed from their sufferings. There were failure, of course, due, perhaps, to lack of faith, or possibly the sufferers were incurable.
Some of the people healed described their experience in sworn affidavits. These affidavits were sworn before Mr. C.A. Baker, JP. The author did not have authority to publish names, the names have therefore been omitted.
Mr. ____, of Wellington, dairyman, declared that for three years he suffered from chronic gastritis and paralysis of both legs from hip downwards and could only drag along with crutches, caused by some spinal misery and drudgery. “On Sunday, the 4th June,” he proceeds, “I attended the Town Hall on crutches; I saw others being healed and believed that God would heal me. I went forward, Mr. Wigglesworth laid his hands on me, one of the workers anointed me with oil, Mr. Wigglesworth told me to walk. I handed him my crutches and walked home. I felt as the healing came as if a tight pair of stockings was being removed from my legs. I have been improving in health ever since the 4th June. For 14 years I have had a cyst on the back of my neck and have often spoken to the doctors about removing it. They did not seem anxious to cut it. The cyst increased in size till it was as large as an ordinary hen’s egg. The next morning, after my healing, when I awoke, I found that the cyst had completely disappeared.” “Declared at Wellington this 20th day of June, 1922”.
Mrs. ____ declares that over three years ago the varicose veins in her leg broke. “I was twice in the hospital”. She adds. “The rest in the hospital did the leg good, but when I came out and used the leg the veins burst open. The last time at the hospital the doctor cut the veins out of the inside of the leg; an ulcer formed on the outside of the left leg. I had to walk with a stick and could only limp. The pain was intense. I went to the Town Hall. Mr. Smith-Wigglesworth prayed over me, I had the faith that Jesus would heal me.
The pain ceased and has not returned. I was able to drop my stick and I ran up to tell my mother I was healed and again able to catch the car.
Now my leg is sound and well and the ulcer is daily healing and I praise God for his goodness to me. Now I am able to wash and do my own housework.
Before, I had always to have help with the housework.” "Declared at Wellington this day 23rd June, 1922”.
Mrs. ____ of Wellington, declares that her son Ronald (Aged 11 years) broke his arm about 5 years ago. It was badly set and was a trifle shorter than the other, and he could not bend his arm back. She took the boy to the Town Hall and now her boy’s arms are both the same length and the arm that was broken will now bend right back, and can touch his shoulder. Previous to this she had his arm massaged for fully twelve months without any benefit. This lady declares that her daughter Mavis, who suffered from adenoids, was also completely healed and has no trouble with her breathing since.
This declaration was made on June 20.
Miss. ____ declares that for fourteen years she suffered with her eyes – the right eye was turned right in and she always wore glasses to correct the sight. Dr. ____ said she would always require to wear them: “I went to the Town Hall”, she adds, “The second Sunday of the Mission, the 4th June. I had been several times previously to carefully note the proceedings. I have been a Christian since I was 9 years old and was sure that Christ would heal my sight. Mr. Wigglesworth placed his hands on my eyes and at once the right eye was straight. I did not again put on my glasses and each day the sight became stronger and now my eyes are both strong and my sight is splendid”.
“Declared at Wellington, this 21st day of June”.
The healing results of the Campaign were very remarkable; and taking the scores of written testimonies, it would not be an exaggeration to say that at least seventy-five per cent of those who came forward were definitely healed.
“And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God” (LUKE 9:43).
The following is a copy of the Advertisement as it appeared in the Evening Post on 1st July 1922.
SMITH-WIGGLESWORTH REVIVAL CAMPAIGN
Sunday Morning, 2nd July 10.30. Breaking of Bread for All.
Sunday Evening, 2nd July 6.30. Converts especially invited.
TARANAKI ST, METHODIST CHURCH:
Monday Morning, 3rd July 10.30. Monday Evening, 3rd July, 7.30.
Tuesday Morning, 4th July 10.30. Tuesday Evening, 4th July, 7.30.
Wednesday Morning, 5th July, 10.30.
TARANAKI ST, METHODIST CHURCH:
Wednesday Evening, 5th July, 7.30.
Thursday Morning, 6th July, 10.30. Thursday Evening, 6th July, 7.30.
Sunday Morning, 9th July, 10.30 Sunday Evening, 9th July 6.30.
Monday Morning, 10th July 10.30. Monday Evening, 10th July, 7.30.
Only 50 tickets for sick persons will be issued daily. These may be procured at the doors; Sunday 5.30pm; Week Days 6.30pm.
Handkerchiefs must have names clearly marked on, and in case of those out of town, to be accompanied with addressed and stamped envelopes. Unclaimed handkerchiefs at Harris, 3 Ellice Ave. Send stamp, or call evenings, giving particulars.
H. ROBERTS, Hon. Sec.
The large church in Taranaki Street was soon filled and crowds had to be turned away. At one point policemen in attendance had to bring things to order as the crowds pressed Smith Wigglesworth so hard against the pulpit that he was unable to move.
This incident reminds us of the instance recorded in MARK 3:10,
“For He had healed many; insomuch that they pressed on Him for to touch Him”.
Many people where healed, as in the days of Christ. The place was charged with an omnipotent Presence, which commanded Godly fear.
An eleven year old boy suffering from infantile paralysis was carried to the meeting by his father. He had never walked and his legs were too frail to support him; they were crossed and withered and bent. “Sit him down”, was the order given; and then, “In the Name of Jesus Christ stand up”. With that his legs untangled and with the help of his hands he stood up. “Now walk, in Jesus’ Name”. It may be declared impossible, but those matchsticks worked. The knees unlocked and with a swinging motion he walked. His father wept with joy.
SMITH-WIGGLESWORTH REVIVAL CAMPAIGN
T O W N H A L L • T O W N H A L L
TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY), AT 7.30
Wonderful Scenes! Scores Healed in Body!
Over a thousand converted. God is visiting Wellington with a mighty
wave of salvation. Town Hall too small to hold the great crowds.
Overflowing. Hundred turned away.
ON THURSDAY MORNING, 10 O’CLOCK, AT TOWN HALL,
Mr. Wigglesworth will pray for all sick ones with cards.
Last night blind eyes opened, the lame walk, the deaf hear.
H. Roberts, Hon. Sec.
1100 sick and suffering came, and all were prayed for. Smith-Wigglesworth appointed 3 others to help, Pastor Roberts, Mr. Lovelock and Rev. Catchpole, Baptist minister. Each stood in a corner of the town hall. The entire place was charged with a living pulsating, yet indefinable power. Hundreds of testimonies, both oral and in writing, were given showing that all manner of diseases were healed, demons were cast out, and many told of great spiritual uplift they had received.
“And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake” (LUKE 5:6).
Smith Wigglesworth was mightily used for healing by God, but this was not his only aim. He believed in a “Four-Square Gospel”:
- Salvation through the Blood.
- Divine Healing by His Stripes
- The Baptism with the Holy Ghost and Sanctification.
- The Second Coming of Christ
Smith Wigglesworth is quoted “I would sooner have one soul saved, than 10,000 healed”.
Smith Wigglesworth preached and practiced healing to attract people just as Christ did. On one night in the Town Hall, 500 made their decision to follow Christ. It is estimated that 2000 souls were saved during the whole campaign.
Dr. Oswalk J. Smith said: “And so it has been and so it ever will be in every genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There will be conviction of sin. Men will be pricked in their hearts as on the day of Pentecost. This is the great lack in the work today. There is little or no conviction.”
Smith Wigglesworth related his experience of a young woman that was raised from the dead during a meeting at the Wellington Town Hall. He had been asked to pray for a dying consumptive. He stayed during the night to look after and pray for the patient. During the night she died, and Satan appeared at the bed and laughed at him and said “I’ve got her safely held”. Smith Wigglesworth then said he “seemed to be in hell, and everything turned to brass”. This statement produced the same divine manifestation in the Wellington Town Hall. Everything that Smith Wigglesworth experienced in that death chamber was precipitated into the meeting by the power of the Spirit. The people felt as if they were in hell itself. Everything in the hall looked like solid brass, including the people. The tension was broken when Smith Wigglesworth told of how he cried to God for help and pleaded by the blood. The faith of God filled his soul and he prayed through. The Lord then raised the woman from the dead, bringing her back to life. It was after this divine manifestation, in the Town Hall, that five hundred souls were saved.
When asked of his secret of his success, Smith Wigglesworth replied: “Ah! I am sorry you asked me that question, but I will answer it. I am a broken-hearted man. My wife who meant everything to me died eleven years ago. After the funeral I went back and lay on her grave. I wanted to die there. But God spoke to me and told me to rise up and come away. I told Him if he would give to me a double portion of the Spirit – my wife’s and my own – I would go and preach the Gospel. God was gracious to me and answered my request. But I sail the high seas alone. I am a lonely man and many a time all I can do is to weep and weep”.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise” (PSALM 51:17).
Smith Wigglesworth emphasized the need to be filled with the Spirit as in ACTS 2:4 and believed that the Gifts of the Spirit should be in operation in the Church today. He blamed the present day failure of the Church on not following what is clearly taught in the Bible about the Holy Spirit.
The revival in Wellington was a true Holy Spirit revival. Some statistics that have parallels with the works in the Bible:
- Two thousand decisions for Christ
- Hundreds healed by the laying on of hands
- Miracles of healing through handkerchiefs
- Unclean spirits cast out
- Much joy in the city
- Many were baptised in water afterwards
- About 800 were baptised with the Spirit afterwards, with the sign of speaking in tongues
Address 1 - Holiness
given in the Town Hall, Wellington, NZ.
1 PETER 1:1-2
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
We limit how much we receive from God because our minds are not willing to be yielded and our hearts not sufficiently consecrated.
Persecution comes when the Spirit of God is moving. This is because humanity, flesh, is against divine things and evil powers work upon this position. The blood of Jesus is powerful and cleansing. Revelation comes after sin is gone, lifting us to higher ground. God has “elected” everyone to be saved, it is up to us as to whether we accept this election and prove ourselves worthy. Satan has mastery over minds and blinds people to this “election”.
There is no sanctification if it is not sanctification unto obedience. The Word of God is clear, it is to be swallowed and does not need to be prayed over. If you pray over the Word of God, there is some disobedience. If the Bible speaks about water baptism, speaking in tongues, breaking of bread and assembling yourselves together, then you will obey.
No “but” or “if”, only “shall” and “I will”.
Jesus Christ died and paid the price for the entire world. Those who do not accept it are making a direct refusal of the blood of Jesus.
Through sanctification comes peace. Sanctification brings revelation, which takes you into heavenly places. It is a place where God speaks and makes himself know to you.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Lively hope is exactly opposite to dead, exactly opposite to normal. Lively hope is ready… waiting… lively hope is filled with the joy of expectation of the King. We can’t have any love for the world because it does not compare with the glories of eternity.
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”.
First, incorruptible. Second, undefiled. Third, fadeth not away. Fourth, reserved in heaven for you. God’s reward for us is all of this, and we must never lose sight of this.
Address 2 – Possession of the Rest
given in the Town Hall, Wellington, NZ.
2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-5
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.
The Holy Ghost will take the Word, making it powerful in you until every evil thing that presents itself against the obedience and fullness of Christ will absolutely wither away. The baptism of the Holy Ghost brings perfect rest.
The Holy Ghost will reveal the Word in the body and will cut between soul and spirit until one no longer longs for indulgence that is contrary to the mind and will of God.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Holy Ghost brings power to the Word.
You have to have a whole Christ, a full redemption. You have to be filled with the Holy Ghost – a channel for Him to flow through.
Don’t resist the Holy Ghost!
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”
Address 3 - Gifts of the Holy Ghost
given in Wellington, NZ.
We must desire spiritual gifts.
Smith Wiggleworth spoke about 3 kinds of prophecy. The first, “Holy Ghost ministry”, is when one speaks the thoughts of the Holy Ghost, with prophetic utterance, always coinciding with the will of God. The second, “Testimony”. When
one gives a testimony in the Spirit, it is the Spirit which testifies and not the human flesh. REVELATION 19:10,
“for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”. The third is the prophetic utterances in the assembly when everybody knows it is from the Lord. It will comfort, console and edify.
When we pray in the Spirit, it is the Spirit who prays for us. Jesus hears the Spirit pray:
- The advocate is Jesus
- The Father is the answerer
- The Holy Spirit is the prayer
“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
The Holy Ghost will edify us, so that we can edify the church. The Holy Ghost can bring you liberty. The Holy Ghost is wisdom, prophecy and all revelation.
Taken from the book "Wigglesworth - Down Under"
by Harry V. Roberts
Jubilee Resources NZ
PO Box 36-044