The Azusa Street Revival is arguably the most significant revival to have taken place in America. Led by African American preacher and revivalist, William J. Seymour, the revival began on April 9, 1906 in a small house on Bonnie Brae Street in the East side of Los Angeles, California and continued until roughly 1915.
“Seymour was a southern sharecropper, son of [former] slaves who was left with one eye due to smallpox,” HubPages writes. Known for his immense humility and a palpable anointing, Seymour was considered by the great healing evangelist, John G. Lake “to have more of God than any living man at the time.”
“On the night of April 9, 1906, Seymour and seven men were waiting on God on Bonnie Brae Street, ‘when suddenly, as though hit by a bolt of lightning, they were knocked from their chairs to the floor’ and the other seven men began to speak in tongues and shout out loud praising God,” Wikipedia reports.
News immediately spread, drawing large crowds and revealing in mass the manifest power of God which was on display for all to see through the speaking of tongues, extended prayer and worship services and physical healings.
“Testimonies of arms being regrown, deaf ears opening and the sick being healed were a daily phenomenon. Services began running night and day at Azusa street, at times there were up to nine services a day,” Relevant Magazine comments.
One such testimony of physical healing was retold this week by modern day evangelist and healing revivalist, Robby Dawkins who shared the miraculous story on social media with a historic image titled God Shuts Down a Deaf School.
As shared by Dawkins, during the Azusa Street Revival, a teacher from a deaf school brought all 35 of his students to a Azusa meeting in the hope that God would touch them, perhaps even heal a few.
Upon arriving, he and his students met with a man by the name of Fox [whose] “specialty” was praying for deaf ears to open. Fox was “known for whispering in deaf ears saying ‘spirit of deafness, come out in Jesus name.’ And a popping would be heard and they would instantly hear!”
Speaking with the educator, Fox asked, “’Why did you bring them here? You’re going to be out of a job!” To which the instructor replied, “you’re talking as if all of them are going to be healed.” “Yes!” exclaimed Fox. “I expect that to happen.”
Full of bold faith, Fox gathered the 35 deaf students in a circle asking them to hold hands, he then leant over and “whispered in one of their ears and the deaf student was instantly healed!” The faith for healing then spread like fire throughout the remaining students’ hearts “and the rest began to get healed without need of prayer!”
And just like that the God of miracles brought the blessing of sound to 35 young men and women, showing us once again that there is no one like Him: no one as good, as faithful, as powerful.
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