Christian Revival history

Many believers across different denominations think of  words like “revival”, “healing” and  “gifts of the spirit” as fairly young inventions of the charismatic movement. They call it “charismatic hype” and start explaining that the charismatic movement had only been around for 60 years, hence is not the original expression of the church. In this article series I want to show you that christian revival and its supernatural aspects are not a new idea or theology, but in fact the oldest and most original expression of the church ever since Christ’s commission.

I decided to take you with me on a very exiting journey through church history on which we’re specifically going to research if  “signs and wonders” and “revival” did cease with the original church and lives of the first apostles or not. Here’s the preview (will turn into clickable links as soon as article is written):

  • The Cathari
  • The Waldenses
  • The Reformation (1517-1700)
  • The Anabaptists (1525-*)
  • The French Prophets (1520-*)
  • The Moravian Revival (1400-*)
  • The Methodist Revival (1700-1900 A.D.)
  • The Great Awakening (1726-1750 A.D.)
  • The Second Great Awakening (1800-1840 A.D.)
  • Azusa Street & the Pentecostal Revival (1906-1909 A.D.)
  • The Zion City Revival (1906-*)
  • The Healing Revival (1946-1956 A.D.)
  • The Latter Rain Revival (1948-*)
  • The Charismatic Movement (1960-NOW)
  • The Third Wave (1977-NOW)
  • While looking at all those history shaping movements, we’re also going to learn a lot from the failures and successes of the mighty men and women of God throughout history. I hope you’re exited yet!
    Let me know if you think I should add any movement to this list by leaving a comment below! Any other thought or comments – as always – are welcomed as well.
    *the star indicates that it’s impossible to assign a clear end to a revival. This usually is the case if a revival movement directly turned into an other movement or directly inspired other movements.
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    • Joy S.

      I can’t wait for the Moravian and Azusa Street posts! I love hearing about those amazing revivals. God is so awesome! :D

    • Hye Sung Francis Gehring

      Looking forward more. If you need help, I would be willing. This material has been so sweet so far. Bless you

      • Daniel Vogler

        Thanks Hye Sung, I love your name! Does “Hye Sung” have a specific meaning?
        I’m always looking to feature other writers! Please read the info here to get a better picture on what submissions to this Blog can look like and then send me an email:
        Looking forward to hearing form you!

    • JB Farrell

      Daniel, I hope you create more of this content soon. I think it will bless many people my friend.

      • Daniel Vogler

        Hey JB,
        Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, I plan to pick up this series again soon!

    • Laura

      Thank you very much !!! I was just reading Julie Meyer\’s dream: (you will need to scroll down a bit) about the importance of going back to our roots, instead of trying to build \”new\” things on nothing. SO POWERFULL !!!

      • Daniel Vogler

        Yes, that\’s so important Laura! It\’s one of the greatest tragedies of the church that every generation seems to think they have to \”re-invent the wheel\”. Where could we be today, if fathers had risen sons, who truly picked up where they left off?

    • Johnny

      Thanks for posting the revival history. I just had a revival in my community in Hutto, Texas. I invited a few but was only able to speak to a couple. Nevertheless, it was awesome to do God’s will. It is just the beginning. My Lord and my God is wonderful

    • James V. Ross II

      We are in desperate need of a serious revival in this country!