Pt. 5 – Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

Mariah wrote several books, some of which have been reprinted and are in circulation today.  Some of her book titles include:

  • Acts of the Holy Ghost, Life and Experience of Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter, published in 1912
  • Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry, published in 1916.
  • A Diary of Signs and Wonders, reprint by Harrison House of the 1916 original book.
  • The Holy Spirit, reprint by Whitaker House of the original book.
  • Holy Ghost Sermons, extracted sermons from her original books printed by Harrison House.
  • Maria Woodworth-Etter on Miracles, editor’s devotional companion book based on the writings of M.B. Woodworth-Etter.

Mariah was very prophetic in her sermons.  In one sermon, it was entitled “Prepare for War”, in which she prophesied of a coming world war.  This came to pass with World War 1.

Mariah talked much about the importance of worship, prayer, the authority of the Word of God, fasting, and intimacy with the Holy Spirit.  She emphasized the necessity of holiness and dying to the carnal nature (Galations 5 and 6) in order to walk the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

In her writings, you feel a sense of the reverential fear of God (which needs to be restored to the Body of Christ today).  There is lack of respect and honor today in God’s house, and lack of respect towards God personally in day to day living.  There is also a lack of respect towards authority figures and those who are older.

Today people do what is right in their own eyes.  People can attend church and be religious, but then live for the devil the rest of the week.  God does not want mixture in our lives.  There should be a distinction between light and darkness, between saved and unsaved.  God is looking for holiness and consecration.  Holiness is not outward, as much as it begins inwardly.

Mariah did not shy away from talking about the reality of eternal judgment (which is unpopular today to talk about), and she had compassion for the lost and wanted to warn as many as possible.

Mariah was a woman, who through hardships and perils, whose faith remained strong.  She was noted for her perseverance.  She considered herself a pilgrim here on this earth, and heaven was her real home.  While she longed for heaven, she also wanted to remain on this earth to fulfill her destiny and lead as many to Christ as possible.

Although she experienced tremendous success in her ministry, it wasn’t all rosy.  She also suffered setbacks and much persecution.  Her persecutors consisted of those who were not saved, as well as some Christians who were opposed to her ministry.

When she was 69 years old, she and two co-laborers were arrested and falsely charged with crimes they did not commit.  She was also accused of hypnotizing people.  God vindicated her and the charges were dropped.  But at the moment it was happening, she had to endure the lies spoken against her.

God used Mariah in her evangelistic ministry to gather together those of various denominations and religious backgrounds.  They came together in unity under one roof to worship Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and the power of God was poured out.  God also used her ministry to gather together people from various ethnic groups, as well as those from all walks of life and economic status.

She ministered to the saved and the unsaved.  She had an apostolic anointing.  She was a mentor to pastors and other ministers, she was a spiritual mother to many, she established various ministry works, and she paved the way for others as a pioneer.

Mariah’s ministry (and her contemporaries) were “John the Baptist’s” who prepared the way for the worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in which Pentecostal revival broke out in Topeka, Kansas and Azuza Street in Los Angeles, as well as other places around the world in the early 1900’s.

Mariah was a contemporary with preachers and leaders such as Smith Wigglesworth, William Seymour, Charles Parham, John G. Lake, and the Pentecostal outpouring on Azuza Street in 1906 and the subsequent years.  She was a forerunner of Kathryn Kulhman, used mightily of God to demonstrate that the power of the Holy Spirit is as real today as it was in the book of Acts.

In reading her writings, much of what she says is prophetic.  The Holy Spirit speaks, encourages, exhorts, comforts and even warns individuals through the messages He prompted Mariah to preach and record on paper.  Some of the anointing on her life is imparted into the readers who receive what the Spirit is saying to the Church today.

In reading Mariah’s sermons, prophesies, exhortations and other writings, there is a heavy anointing on it today even though it was written a hundred years ago.  The messages God spoke through her is still relevant to the Church today.  She really was born before her time.

She also spoke much about future events to come in the Body of Christ and the world, including the second return of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  She exhorted the Bride of Christ to prepare herself to meet the Bridegroom.  Only those Christians who would walk in the Spirit, bear the fruit of the Spirit, and live in holiness would be able to ascend and enter into the Marriage Supper.

In the parable of the ten virgins (5 wise and 5 foolish in Matthew 25), when Jesus returns for His Church, will only half (50%) of those who claim to be Christians be ready to ascend to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?  (Kat Kerr, who has been caught up to Heaven on many occasions and has seen and talked with Jesus said that right now only 20% of the Body of Christ is ready to ascend in the rapture. The other 80% are living carnal lives.) Mariah’s writings inspire the Christian to take a closer look at their walk with God, and to turn away from sin and those things which hinder.  She inspired people to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Acts of the Holy Ghost, Life and Experience of Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter (Indianapolis:  M.B. Woodworth-Etter’s Ministry and printed by John F. Worley Printing in Dallas), 1912.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry (Indianapolis:  M.B. Woodworth-Etter’s Ministry and printed by Hammond Press in Chicago), 1916.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, A Diary of Signs and Wonders (Tulsa:  Reprint by Harrison House of the 1916 original book).

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, The Holy Spirit (Pennsylvania:  Reprint by Whitaker House of the original book), 1998.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Holy Ghost Sermons (Tulsa:  Extraction of sermons from her original books printed by Harrison House), 1997.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Maria Woodworth-Etter Devotional (Florida:  Reprint by Creation House of the original devotional), 1997.

Larry Keefauver, Lessons of Maria Woodworth-Etter on Miracles (Florida:  Creation House), 1997.

NOTE:  My favorite biographies are her original writings which have not been edited, and contain more information, sermons and prophecies than the reprint editions.  The titles include:  Acts of the Holy Ghost published in 1912 and Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry published in 1916.  A limited supply of her original books are found in book stores that specialize in classics that are out of print.  I found her two original books at www.alibris.com.  Her original books may also be found in some theological libraries.

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