I wonder if this from Yinka Oyekan in Reading may be what Smith-Wigglesworth and, 50 years later, his prayer partner Norman James may have seen? (as here RB):
A prophetic vision: – There is a shaking coming to this nation unlike any that has been seen in a generation. A fulfilment of many prophetic words. God is about to move in ways that will cause the foundations of Hell to shake and the pulpits of the churches to rattle and some to be replaced. The normal acquiescence to what are considered cultural norms are about to shift.
I saw in a vision Father and he had stood up and was calling out the names of his sons and daughters, and pointing to the cross and they came running to him. On the streets of the UK, scales were falling off their eyes and many had a change in their countenance as they heard his voice and stood in his presence. They were transformed into courageous prophetic individuals fearless and willing to hold leaders and brothers and sisters to account.
I saw that it is not just political organisations that will be shaken in this season. I saw ecclesiastical structures and organisations being shaken. I saw crowns falling and thrones being removed. A grass-roots call for the church to return to the word of God and its foundational truth will take hold, as believers become desperate for a Christianity that is authentic whilst embracing, kind but honest, pure but forgiving, reflecting of true holiness and unwilling to betray the blood of Jesus Christ.
I saw city after city in a revival of a love for Jesus as the Glory cloud descends. I saw in the vision intercessors suddenly burning brighter as if the Lord had turned the dimmer switch to its brightest setting, they became like glowing ones, like the angels. I saw in this vision flames of fire raging through the heavens as the tongues of prophets became like tongues of fire, a holy fire.
I see a deep conviction coming upon the church about their moral laxity and complacency, and I see the bride of Christ released from her constraints as Fathers love descends and takes a hold of this United Kingdom. And then I saw the streets filled with multitudes worshipping God with tears and with hands raised in exultation as the orphan spirit over the nation was broken and the nation turned once more to her Father in heaven.
“When Lord?” I said when I saw the vision and he said,
“Soon son, soon. Tell my people to prepare their hearts so that on the day of my visitation they will stand, and tell her leaders I want my church back, and tell my sheep in this outpouring that started in Reading, it’s them and their sons and daughters I wish to empower, So come to the waters and drink.”
Prince Yinka Oyekan, 16th July 2016
Upon visiting Yinka’s Facebook and church website The Gate, I noticed they meet in the building previously used by Tilehurst Free Church (Baptist), which was planted by Carey Baptist in central Reading. I attended TFC from 1990, was baptised by Revd Barry Kirk and stayed until marrying my dear Nina in 2002, thereby moving to East Hants.
This reminded me of a vivid ‘flash image’ I had in a service at Meadway in the mid-90’s of a nuclear explosion but in reverse! It was about the time most Reading churches started praying together. I understood the image to mean the Lord’s power would unexpectedly explode but it would come inwards to the town and thereby get concentrated.
Let it be so Lord…