Time, Truth, and Wisdom

CHAPTER 14--Speaking in Tongues

 

     If you will refer back to the previous chapter you can refresh your memory concerning the description of  what an “Irvingite” is and part of that description is as follows:

     “The sect arose from certain extraordinary ‘manifestations of the spirit’ – tongues, prophecies, healings, even raising of the dead – which were said to have taken place during Irving’s ministry in London, after his deposition.”

     And you will notice that the word “tongues” is used in describing certain practices of this sect. Was this the beginning of the religious practice known as “speaking in tongues”?

     It has been estimated that there are some 100-400 million Christians around the world that claim to speak in tongues which make up approximately 20-25% of all Christians.

 

     Historical records of people speaking in tongues, or as it is sometimes known as “glossolalia” or “ecstatic” speech, goes as far back as 1100 B.C. It was associated with Greek Mythology to some degree and was not always related to religious groups.

 

     That being said, it was a practice of cultists and those who worshipped and played around with the occupants of the nether world. If you want to dance around with Satan and his buddies he will certainly accommodate you and punch your dance card.

     Evangelical, Pentecostal and Holiness religions practice speaking in tongues as did the Baptists and the Catholics and its absolute religious nonsense.

 

     In Acts, chapter 2, the Holy Spirit spoke through the Apostles; it was not a conscious, deliberate effort on their part. God doesn’t ask you to speak in tongues; He does it through you if you allow Him to do so.

 

     And to carry this thought fully through, not allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through you when you are delivered up before the synagogue of Satan is the only sin that is unforgivable. We are told specifically not to premeditate on what we will say on that particular occasion.

     One ole’ boy, when asked how anyone can speak in tongues, said that everybody can do it but it would probably be better if you didn’t do it in the workplace. Do you think? Would you really want your co-workers seeing you fainting and passing out and thrashing around with all sorts of gibberish coming out of your mouth?

 

     Who would be there to interpret what you were saying? No, it’s best to do this sort of thing among those who practice the same sort of babbling ritual. He went on to say that you have to actually mouth some nonsensical noises with your tongue and lips and God will take it from there. He confidently said that anybody can speak in tongues, you just have to start out by saying SOMETHING and God will do the rest. Is it not easy to understand that Satan will deceive the entire world?

     In the New Testament the word tongues is used 27 times and 26 of those times it is the Greek word glossa”:

 

     ✡ Tongues_NT:1100 ‎‎glossa (gloce-sah’); of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired).

 

     One naturally unacquired. It was a language that they were taught from birth. It was a language that was clearly understood by others.

     Let’s dispense with the nonsense and find out what the Word of God has to say about it:

      Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

     Pentecost, also known as the Feast of Harvests, Feast of the Firstfruits and the Feast of Weeks, was reckoned from the 16th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, which is the 2nd day of Passover, and then another period of  7 weeks, 49 days later, and then it was celebrated on the 50th day.

 

     The purpose of this feast was to celebrate the end of the grain harvest. And, of course, they were all gathered together in one place for this feast.

     Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

     This word “wind” in the Greek is pnoe and although it means literally, a breeze, the context here is spirit, the Holy Spirit. Wind in the Hebrew is Ruach and it means “to breathe” or “breathe life”, also a reference to the Holy Spirit.

     Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

     Cloven means to go out in many directions.

     Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

     Let me stop here for a moment and say that the word Ghost is an extremely bad translation from the Greek and it irks me every time that I read it. The Greek word is pneuma:

    ✡ Ghost_NT:4151 pneuma (pnyoo'-mah); from NT: 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit: KJV - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare NT:5590.

     Again, this word “tongues” is glossa and it means to speak in other LANGUAGES. Not babel, not gibberish but clearly understood by all that were present. It didn’t matter what language was spoken by the people in the crowd, they all understood what was being said quite clearly.

 

     As these Apostles were speaking, in their own native language or tongue, it was understood by everyone listening. This is the evidence of the Holy Spirit; not some fake babel.

     Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

     They were from every nation on earth meaning that they all spoke different LANGUAGES.

     Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

     When word was passed on from one to another among the crowd they became confused because these simple men from Galilee were speaking clearly to every person in the crowd. This was a miracle and there were no unknown languages spoken and no interpreter was necessary.  

     Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

     Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

     The Holy Spirit, not some evil spirit, not Satan, caused this miracle to happen. They were amazed that these men from Galilee, not some upper-crust, highly-educated Pharisee or Sadducee, but these good old country boys from Galilee, could speak in various foreign languages or so it appeared to the crowd. They just didn’t understand the power of the Holy Spirit.

     In Acts, chapter 10 we have another record where our Father is even going to bring the Gentiles into this:

     Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

     Even the Gentile, the “ethnos” will be speaking with this gift.

     Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues,

     With LANGUAGES, not some unknown gibberish and...

     magnify God. Then answered Peter,

     Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

     Peter is pointing out that even the Gentile will be used by the Holy Spirit because he includes them with the words “as well as we”.

     Much has been made of the word unknown when talking about speaking in tongues. When unknown is thrown into the mix then it would behoove one to have an interpreter on hand else the entire congregation misses the whole point of what was being spoken in the first place.

     On the other hand, when the entire congregation is “speaking in tongues” it would be virtually impossible to interpret anything.

 

     In the King James Bible and the Companion Bible, in 1st Corinthians 14:2 and also 14:4 you will see that the word unknown is in italics, and that means that that word is NOT in the Manuscripts; it was added by the translators for clarification. I mentioned in an earlier chapter that you cannot, in all cases, take the English words of the Bible literally all the time.

     In the Book of Acts, our Father has given us a “type” or an “example” of the Holy Spirit speaking through someone. In the Book of 1st Corinthians, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, is going to give us a little different “type”.

 

     If you go to a congregation that only speaks Spanish and you stand up there and you preach to them in English, because that is your native tongue, your native LANGUAGE, then Paul writes:   

 

     1st Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

     God will be able to hear and understand you because God can understand all languages but no one in the congregation will be able to understand you and you will be speaking in mysteries, you will be saying things that they don’t understand.

     Let’s skip to verse 13:

     1st Corinthians 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

     Bring an interpreter along with you. If you can’t speak Spanish and you are preaching to a congregation that only understands Spanish, then bring an interpreter along that is gifted to the point that he can translate your English words into their Spanish words and be able to carry the emotion from you to them along with it. Got it?

     Not allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through you when you are delivered up before the synagogues of Satan is of great similarity because when you are standing before the Antichrist, the entire world will hear the words that you speak, and if you decide that you want to stand up there and run your mouth and look, oh so important, then give heed to this:

     Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

     Christ is telling you that you can say things against Him and He will forgive you but if you do not allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you, at that time, then it will be blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

     Luke 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

     Do not premeditate what you will say, don't rehearse a speech that you might have written from your own thoughts.

     Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

     The words of the Holy Spirit, not your words, will be spoken at that time.

     “Well, what happens if we don’t listen and we do speak our own words?”

     Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost,

     Listen carefully here:

      it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

     Jesus Christ just said that it will not be forgiven, not in this world or in the eternal world. You can get up there and speak your gobbly-gook, your nonsensical utterances, and the guttural sounds that don’t even make sense to Satan and when you do you have transgressed and committed the unforgivable sin. Unforgivable. U-N-F-O-R-G-I-V-A-B-L-E.

     Margaret Macdonald had a vision and afterward, she said that it felt cold and evil. It WAS cold and evil because it was of Satan. But the Brethren showed up and with the rapture theory and the “any moment doctrine” and speaking in tongues, they developed entire church systems.

 

     The congregations that attend these churches are being fooled into thinking that the man that stands behind the pulpit is going to teach them the truth of God’s Word but he is a false prophet and will deceive many. And they make it sound so religious.

     Christ told us specifically in Matthew, chapter 24 and verse 11:

     Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

     These preachers are false prophets and if you let them they will take your soul to hell with them. It is quite plain that many don’t care because they are too busy playing church and acting important to all of their friends.

 

     “Look at me and see how holy and religious I am.”

 

     These preachers were pointed out to us in the book of Jeremiah:

     Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

     These priests/pastors didn’t care about the Scriptures or the teachings of Christ; they were in it for the money. They walked after things that brought them money and saving the souls of the congregation didn’t bring them money and the people didn’t care about salvation, they only cared about playing church! And when you’ve got the entire church BS-ing each other, the whole lot of them are going straight to hell.

     Now, this poses a really serious question: what happens to all of those Christians out there that have bought into all of this babble and nonsense? They don’t take the time to read the Bible with understanding on their own; they rely on someone else to do that for them. What happens to them? Let’s read 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2 and verses 10-11:

     2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,  

     They stand in these churches and don’t even care about the truth

     that they might be saved.

     They don’t understand that they have to know the truth to be saved; they are too busy playing church.

     2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

     Why would our Father let them believe a lie? Because He loves them, they are His children. He will put a cloak of innocence on them so that they don’t all perish and go to hell.

 

     They will go into the Millennium age and they will receive the truth of our Father’s Word then, without any false preachers being in charge; without the influence and temptations from Satan. No more lies and confusion and the time for speaking in their tongues will be long over.

     Pull your head out of the sand, get away from these preachers and start understanding the Word of God to where you can weave some linen from your righteous acts and you can salvage something out of the time that you have spent in these flesh bodies. In 1st Peter, 4:17 we find:

     1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? “

     Judgment begins at the House of God and who leads the flock at this “house of God”? The preacher.

 

     You are supposed to be attending a house of Beth-El and not Beth-Aven. They will be judged first and if they have been teaching the doctrines of Satan and the traditions of the churches then you need to rethink the religious road that you are traveling.

 

     You will not get into heaven based on the number of times that you showed up for church on Sunday. Our Father expects you to be smart enough to see these charlatans for what they are and what they represent. Sadly, many don’t see it.