I am starting a new series called, the Moravian Move, it will be several posts that are all related to the Moravian Revival. I will be putting up other stuff as well in the midst of this series, but I wanted to give you a heads up on my latest research.
As far as I can tell, John Wycliffe’s (a forerunner in the reformation) teachings heavily influenced John Hus, who was burned at the stake for his beliefs that opposed the “organized” Church of his day. The martyrdom of Hus, caused his “supporters” heavy persecution, causing them to unite together as the Czech Brethren and then later on becoming the Moravians. Almost 100 years after the death of Hus, Martin Luther, nailed his 95 theses into a church door, which catapulted the Reformation, as we know it. After centuries of persecution among the Moravians and having to flee to Germany, a man by the name of Count Zinzendorf offered them refuge on his estate. The property was called Hernut, “the Lord’s Watch” and it was here that the Pentecostal like revival broke out. In 1727 The Moravian Revival was described by John Greenfield in his book, “Power from on High”, as,
“No one present could tell exactly what happened on that Wednesday morning, 13 August 1727 at the specially called Communion service. They hardly knew if they had been on earth or in heaven”.
It was from this revival that Revivalist such as Charles and John Wesley were impacted, as well as many others. This revival launched a 24/7-prayer movement that lasted 100 years!