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Some names held in honor today—Wigglesworth, Lake, Woodworth-Etter, and many others—received their baptisms in the Holy Spirit in the latter-rain outpouring. Ministers have searched for keys to their successes. Miracles and healings are well documented. People were raised from the dead during their ministries. In my study I have come to see how the outpouring of the hour affected them.

Some names held in honor today—Wigglesworth, Lake, Woodworth-Etter, and many others—received their baptisms in the Holy Spirit in the latter-rain outpouring.

Ministers have searched for keys to their successes. Miracles and healings are well documented. People were raised from the dead during their ministries. In my study I have come to see how the outpouring of the hour affected them.

For one thing, when they received the Holy Spirit it was just that—holy. Their awe of the God of the anointing never left them. When the Spirit was poured out, it was a miraculous wonder to them.

They hadn't gotten "used to" tongues and prophecy. They respected the gifts. It was accepted that to walk in such wondrous and holy things, one would need to walk cleansed. The blood was for that.

Later, two or three generations or so, outward things were taught for holiness. But at the first when they spoke of holiness, they spoke of the Blood.

John G. Lake
John G. Lake sent a report from South Africa to Confidence for the August, 1909 issue:
The night before last a cripple native woman came to the meeting on her hands and knees. She had been in this condition several years. We prayed for her. Jesus instantly set her free, so she arose and walked, praising God. Several gave their hearts to God at that time.

We make them pray through until God fills their souls with Himself. This morning another woman came with violent pains in her head, chest, and back, apparently pneumonia. We prayed for her. Jesus instantly healed her; she burst into tears. The Spirit came upon her, and she was saved right there....

At Potgeitersrust a dead child came back to life when our native evangelist prayed seven hours after it died. At a children's meeting (native children) a choir of angels appeared (angel children), and sang, "Suffer little children to come unto Me."

Many dying were healed, and when I went there they came rejoicing to shew me how Jesus had helped them.

Your Brother in Jesus Christ,
John G. Lake
One of the greatest honors of my life began the day an older, gentle couple walked into my office in about 1979. It was John G. Lake's daughter, Gertrude, and her husband Wilford Reidt, a student in Lake's Bible school.

We became fast friends. And I observed in them the power of the Spirit of prayer and healing. The Reidts brought with them a treasure of Lake's sermons and letters, which were published in a new book "John G. Lake, His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith."

In his sermons it is plain to see that he, like others of the time, was conscious of a Holy Power operating in and through him which he highly respected:
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the greatest event in Christian history...Jesus went to the ultimate, to the very Throne and heart of God, and secured right out of the heavenly treasure of the Eternal Soul, the Almighty Spirit, and poured it forth upon the world in divine baptism...the descent of the Holy Ghost brought to the souls of men a UNIVERSAL ministry of Jesus to every man, right from the heart of God.

Heavenly contact with the eternal God in power, set their nature all aflame for God and with God, exalted their natures into God, and made the recipient God-like. Man became God-like!

There is no subject in all the Word of God that seems to me should be approached with so much holy reverence, as the subject of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost....

I believe that the first essential in a real Holy Ghost church and a real Holy Ghost work, is to begin to surround the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with that due reverence of God with which an experience so sacred, and that cost such an awful price, should be surrounded.
For this power they respected, the old-timers knew they must be cleansed and the Blood was the only agent.

John G. Lake, in whose hands bubonic plague germs died, and in whose ministry there are hundreds of thousands of cases of medically confirmed healings, tells of his steps to operating in the power and the part of the Blood in it:
After seeking God persistently, almost night and day for two months, the Lord baptized me in the Holy Ghost causing me to speak in tongues and magnify God. I had looked for and prayed and coveted the real power of God for the ministry of healing and believed God that when I was baptized in the Holy Ghost that His presence in me through the Spirit would do for the sick the things my heart desired, and which they needed.

Instantly upon being baptized in the Spirit I expected to see the sick healed in a greater degree and in larger numbers than I had before known, and, for a time, I seemed to be disappointed. How little we know of our own relationship to God!

A love for mankind such as I had never comprehended took possession of my life...such love is not human! Such love is only Jesus Himself, who gave His life for others. After the might love, came the renewed, energized power for healing the sick. Oh! What blessed things God has given on this line!

What glorious resurrections of the practically dead! Such restorations of the lame and the halt and the blind! Then came as never before the power to preach the Word of God in demonstration of the Spirit.

Oh! The burning fiery messages! Oh, the tender, tender, loving messages! Oh, the deep revelations of wondrous truth by the Holy Ghost!

Then came the strong, forceful exercise of dominion over devils, to cast them out. Since that time many insane and demon possessed, spirits of insanity, all sorts of unclean demons, have been cast out in the mighty Name of Jesus through the power of the precious blood.

Saints have been led into deeper life in God. Many, many have been baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire. My own ministry was multiplied a hundredfold in the very lives of others to whom God committed this same ministry. Yea, verily the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is to be desired with the whole heart.
Source: The Blood and the Glory by Billye Brim
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Billye Brim
Web site: Billye Brim Ministries
 
Billye Brim was born again at the age of eight in 1947 and was brought up to love God and His Word. After her initial in-filling of the Holy Spirit in 1967, she began the journey of fulfilling the call of God on her life.
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