Rees Howell: “Watchmen To The World” – A Word by Steve Porter

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Rees Howell: “Watchmen To The World” – A Word by Steve Porter


Steve Porter

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𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒑𝒓𝒂𝒚𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉!”—𝑹𝒆𝒆𝒔 𝑯𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒔, 1935


Rees Howells (October 10, 1879–February 13, 1950) was the founder of The Bible College of Wales.


He came from humble beginnings in Wales, where he shunned school to go to work cutting coal in the mines to put bread on his family’s table.


Later, he sailed to America to get the education he’d shunned and to make some money before returning to his homeland in time to witness the 1904-1905 Welsh Revival, and it was from there that he gave himself fully to the Holy Spirit and immersed himself in his faith.


By then he’d also married and had a son, after which he and his wife were led to the mission field in southern Africa. Both Howells preached constantly and prayed deeply and fervently over the residents of Rusitu, Gazaland and within several weeks their prayers began to change things.


He preached that the source of revival is the Holy Spirit, and he and his wife prayed ardently for the Holy Spirit to come.


 And the revivals came, washing over congregations like an all-encompassing wave. Thousands received Christ through these renowned revivals, just as Rees Howells said they would, as the Lord had shown him in a vision.


Their work spread, and more souls were saved. Over the years the couple traveled over 11,000 miles from one mission station to another, carrying their revival blessing with them wherever they went.


They were eventually led back to Wales where God showed them that they were to build the largest Bible college in Wales, which became known as the Bible College of Wales (BCW).


But that left a lingering question—how were they to pay for it? They were certainly not wealthy in any sense of the word. But they obeyed the Lord, having complete and utter faith in Him, and set about the work with a grand total of fifteen cents between them.


The Bible College of Wales was dedicated on Easter of 1924, the result of unshakable faith and fervent prayer, after many spiritual battles and tests of faith.


The BCW grew in scope and reach. On a chilly December morning, Rees Howells heard the following message in his spirit: “Every creature—every creature.”


This was a commission from God to give the gospel to every creature, and it became their mission to intercede on behalf of those who were lost, to serve others, and to be responsible for making sure that every creature heard the message of the gospel.


The staff “wept before God for hours”, utterly broken, seeing the sin in their own hearts that was revealed by His light. And as their prayers grew more fervent, they also felt the increasing presence of the Holy Spirit among them.


It was during that time that the First World War broke out, killing multitudes of people, and their team of passionate intercessors began to earnestly pray for the lost.


Rees Howells went to be with the Lord in 1950, but his tireless work, godly vision and lasting legacy of fervent prayer still serve as a shining example of living in this world for the sole purpose of bringing people to Christ.


Howell speaks prophetically of a company of discerning watchmen who stand on a wall on behalf of us all and understand and interpret the signs of the times, praying clear through until breakthrough occurs. The following verse holds powerful prophetic meaning regarding Howell and those called to intercede.


𝑰 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒎𝒆𝒏 𝒖𝒑𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒔, 𝑶 𝑱𝒆𝒓𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒎, 𝒘𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒏𝒐𝒓 𝒏𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕: 𝒚𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝑶𝑹𝑫, 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒏𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕, 𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒉, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝑱𝒆𝒓𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒎 𝒂 𝒑𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉” (𝑰𝒔𝒂𝒊𝒂𝒉 62:6-7).


Steve Porter

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