The Azusa Street Revival was an extended Pentecostal meeting which began at the turn of the 20th century. Its initial thrust lasted several years. However, it sparked a move of the Holy Spirit in the United States that continues to this day, 100 years later.
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
4. God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
People had come from around the world to the Azusa Street Revival seeking the Holy Spirit.
Signs & Wonders
When I visited that historic site, it was a wonder that the only sign that there had been such an historic event was unassuming sign mounted on a street lamp. The inscription reads, ‘The Azusa St. Mission • Site of the Azusa St. revival from 1906 to 1931. • Cradle of the worldwide Pentecostal Movement’. I had expected to find a more imposing memorial that commemorated that mighty move of God. But since that was all I found to work with, that sign was what I would paint.
I pitched my easel and went to work en plein air. I was nearly finished with the painting when a man who worked in the office of the mayor of Los Angeles stopped by to watch. We talked about some of his interest for a while, then I asked him if he knew anything about the Azusa Street Revival. He said that he knew nothing about it.
Azusa Street Revival Seekers
I told him about William J. Seymour, the son of two freed slaves. I told him how Seymour came to Los Angeles and launched the mission in a two story-clapboard building he leased from Biddy Mason, herself a former slave and now a prosperous landowner. I also told him that news of the revival spread around the world and people came from many nations to this very site, seeking the Holy Spirit. They were also there to lend support to Seymour, whom God was using to break down racial barriers in the church. I told him that God could do for him this day what He has done for millions of people in continuing the work of the Azusa Street Revival. First I asked him, “Are you saved?”