Holy Harvests: Annual Revivals at Whitsuntide Through Pentecost Feasts

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H O L Y    H A R V E S T S

Annual Revivals at Whitsuntide through Pentecost Feasts especially in Andrew Murray's South Africa from 1860 to 1990

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DEDICATION

Dedicated to my dear wife, Nellie Lee, who knew by heart and showed forth from her life the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 before I ever first spoke to her.

We were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.   Let us be strengthened with might by His Spirit, internally!   Let us keep on being filled — unto all the fullness of God!   Let us therefore keep on walking worthy of the vocation with which we were called!   With all humility and meekness, and with patience, let us keep on forbearing one another in love!

Let us maintain the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace!   There is one body and one Spirit -one Lord, one faith, one baptism.   Yet, to each one of us, grace was given according to the measure of Christ's Gift.

Let us not grieve God's Holy Spirit in Whom we were sealed unto the day of redemption!   Let us keep on being filled with the Spirit!   Wives, keep on submitting yourselves to your own husbands — as unto the Lord!   Husbands, keep on loving your wives — as Christ too loved the Church, and gave Himself for her!    Ephesians 1:13 to 5:25

“Let us keep feast on the holy day of Pentecost…. Let us afterward keep the holy feast of Pentecost…. Let us keep the Festival to the Spirit!” – Athanasius: Epistles 1:10; 9:11; 14:6. 

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                     T A B L E    O F    C O N T E N T S

INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………….- 4 –

FOREWORD ………………………………………………….- 6 –

H O L Y   H A R V E S T S …………………………………………- 9 –

Old Testament Roots of the Pentecost Sunday Harvest Feast ……………………- 9 –

The Irrepeatable 'Pentecost Sunday Work' of the Holy Spirit …………………..- 13 –

Apostolic Commemorations of Pentecost at Later Whitsuntides …………………- 15 –

Annual Whitsuntide Celebrations in the Patristic Church ……………………..- 18 –

Mediaeval Decline of the Whitsuntide Feasts until John Calvin ………………….- 21 –

The Holy Spirit and the Calvinistic Westminster Confession ……………………- 25 –

Revival of the Whitsuntide Harvests by God the Holy Spirit ……………………- 29 –

The Course of the 1860 Whitsuntide Holy Ghost Revival ……………………..- 34 –

The Revival Spreads: the 1861-63 Annual Harvest Feasts …………………….- 36 –

The Annual South African Harvest Feasts from 1864 to 1876 ………………….- 38 –

The Annual South African Harvest Feasts from 1877 to 1913 ………………….- 40 –

Fiery till the End: Dr. Murray's Last Years (1912-17) ……………………….- 44 –

The 1917-1990 Post-Murray South African Whitsuntide Revivals ……………….- 46 –

Noted Australians Evaluate South African Whitsuntide Feasts ………………….- 49 –

Summary of Holy Harvests: Annual Revivals at Whitsuntide …………………..- 51 –

Conclusion: How to Harvest a Holy Spirit Revival! …………………………- 53 –

FOOTNOTES ………………………………………………….- 57 –

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INTRODUCTION

Throughout my Ministry, two great truths have challenged and encouraged me.   They are: 'National Revival Through a Revived Church'; and 'Evangelism is the Heartbeat of the Church.'

The first truth teaches that there is a vital relationship between the Nation and the Church.   If the Church lives up to its holy standards, it can challenge and encourage the State to stand by its principles and ideals.

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