Acts 2: 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. What is interesting to me is how many people who believe they speak in tongues have had the above event happen to them?
It even says that the HOLY SPIRIT came down from Heaven and HE rested/settled on JESUS/YESHUA when HE was being baptized: Matthew/Mattityahu 3:16, Luke 3:22, John/Yochanan 1:32. This bears witness with these verses in Isaiah. Isaiah/Yesha’Yahu 11:1-5 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; but with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.
I met David in Ohio who told me that when he was in his 20’s a flame of fire came down from the sky and hit him in his forehead. I went to Florida 2 weeks later and met Jonathan who told me that 2 weeks prior he was in his car at night and a flame of fire in the sky was following him!
In Isaiah 11, the ancient word behind the word “rest” is:
Strong’s H5117 – nuwach
- to rest, settle down and remain
- to repose, have rest, be quiet
- to cause to rest, give rest to, make quiet
- to cause to rest, cause to alight, set down
- to lay or set down, deposit, let lie, place
to let remain, leave
to leave, depart from
to obtain rest, be granted rest
to be left, be placed
open space (subst)
I have heard testimony from people that I believe is true tongues. One person shared with me that a Pastor [I think from Texas] was at the wailing wall in Jerusalem and he started speaking in a strange language. Two men heard what he was saying and confronted him, asking how he knew an ancient tongue spoken only by Rabbis! Another person shared about a friend being on a plane and how the friend started speaking in a language he did not know. A man from Africa was next to him and when the person stopped speaking, the African man asked him to please tell him more about this JESUS! Nothing was mentioned about seeing a flame/tongue of fire resting on the person speaking so I do not know if that was part of their experience or not. But these two were very Biblical because in Acts others understood what GOD’S people were saying.
I can tell you about my own experience at Churches. When I have been in congregations and one or more have spoken in what they call “tongues”, I pray to GOD/ELOHIM immediately and ask if it is the Truth for it to continue but if not the Truth for it to stop. I then repeat very softly the word “Truth”. Usually the person, stops speaking in “tongues” and instead speaks in English. They usually start up again a few minutes later in “tongues” and I start asking for the Truth again and pretty quickly, they stop. This might happen several times. The point is that when inquiring of GOD/ELOHIM if what is happening is the Truth and then if the person stops speaking this way, it means they are not speaking in True tongues! It is false, a deception! I try and share it afterwards with the person for them to hopefully lift up in prayer to GOD/ELOHIM to ask HIM themselves, but if unable to talk to them or they reject what is said, I pray for the Truth to be revealed to them and for our Well Beloved FATHER in Heaven’s Will to be accomplished, AMEN!
There is so much deception at the time of the end that we have to remember JESUS’S/YAHSHUA’S words about the level of deception going on. It is not a joke. The Bible warns about false prophesy and many false things during this time. JESUS/YAHSHUA even said that men would come to HIM and say what they did for HIM and HIS response will be, “I never knew you”. Matthew/Mattityahu 7:22-23. To protect ourselves, we should lift up everything in our lives to GOD/ELOHIM for HIS examination, including beliefs and new things happening to us especially if we believe it to be a gift from GOD/ELOHIM. Again, this is to protect us. Please do not allow the enemy to cause you to feel pride or offense or hurt. Do not allow the enemy to create a block between you and GOD/ELOHIM. Why would GOD/ELOHIM have a problem with anyone praying and asking HIM confirmation if something is of HIM or HIS enemy?!
Below are two good articles on speaking in tongues:
http://www.comereason.org/praying-in-the-holy-spirit.asp [below is from this link]
I think 1 Corinthians 14:6-11 supports this view as Paul makes a big deal about “indistinct sounds,” “speaking into the air,” and someone who “speaks [as] a barbarian.”
Although that’s the argument on angelic tongues, the third point in my letter wasn’t specifically directed against speaking the language of angels. I was more trying to state that there are many who claim to be speaking in tongues, when in reality they are merely repeating similar sounding syllables; saying nothing but gibberish in order to impress their audience. Jamison, Faucet and Brown’s commentary exposits verse 13:1 in this way, “‘Now I wish you all to speak with tongues (so far am I from thus speaking through having any objection to tongues), but rather IN ORDER THAT (as my ulterior and higher wish for you) ye should prophesy.’ Tongues must therefore mean languages, not ecstatic, unintelligible rhapsodie (as NEANDER fancied): for Paul could never ‘wish’ for the latter in their behalf.”4
Both Grudem and Wiersbe agree that for much of the time the language will be unknown to the speaker – so whether it is an “angelic” tongue or not becomes moot. If the speaker cannot identify it, he cannot claim it as being heavenly, an extinct ancient language, or a modern one. However, all languages, known and unknown do have specific patterns and grammar they must follow in order to be able to communicate thought.5 This is why linguists are able to identify whether someone is speaking a real language or just “faking it.”
Unfortunately, because tongues have become so prominent in some Pentecostal congregations, some television evangelists have used this to speak repetitions of vowel sounds, claiming tongues when they are saying nothing at all.
http://www.comereason.org/gift-of-tongues.asp [below is from this link]
3. Tongues Are Manifested in Real Languages, Not Babble
An important point in understanding the gift of tongues is the fact that tongues are real languages. The crowd in Acts 2 noted this when they said, “We hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” Paul confirms this as well when he says “Unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.” (1 Cor. 14:9)
Unfortunately today, there are many congregations that are so eager to speak in tongues, the worshippers will babble phonetic sounds but they aren’t speaking a real language. In a situation such as the one you faced, there can sometimes be so much pressure to “manifest” tongues that congregants feel as though they need to say something, and they speak whatever comes to mind. I think that this is putting too much emphasis on one specific gift ,and this error can cause the whole congregation to stumble as a result.
Worse, I have heard some popular Word Faith teachers, such as Ken Hagin, stand in front of a congregation and purport to speak in tongues, but in reality they were speaking gibberish on purpose! I believe that by so doing, they are not honoring the Holy Spirit but mocking God by falsifying His gifts. (For more discussion on this point, please see the next article “Can Men Speak in a Heavenly Language?”)
This is Gail again.
Remember, if we can’t lift up everything in our lives to our FATHER in Heaven in prayer and ask for HIS Will in HIS SON’S NAME, who can we lift it up too? Why would we not want to ask for our GOOD SHEPHERD to use HIS Rod and Staff to examine us, inside and out, for any speck of the enemy, especially in these deceptive times? If HE shows you a deception or lines a path up for you with someone who has testimony that reveals deception, count it a blessing and do not reject the message HE has lined up for you! If you have trouble believing that you have been deceived or wonder why GOD/ELOHIM has allowed it, please do not do that to yourself! The enemy has deceived many, from low to high in the kingdom and is especially after the bright lights.
What if GOD/ELOHIM allowed the enemy to sift you and you fell to the deception? Do not be angry or feel GOD/ELOHIM has let you down. HE allows things to happen for many reasons we do not understand. HE is constantly looking to mature us, grow us wiser and stronger and examines what we do and choose and the reasons behind these things. HE especially hates pride and offense and they abound on the earth today! Are you under pressure to show “fruit/gifts” by your church or friends, are you “lusting” or are not patient for wanting to show you have a gift from GOD/ELOHIM and if so why? What weakness may the enemy be exploiting in you: power, envy, jealousy, greed, being naive, not knowing the Bible well enough to discern TRUTH from deception, being taken in by false teachings in the church? GOD/ELOHIM may be trying to get your attention about a real problem. Do away with what HE asks you to or ask for HIS help if there is a problem! If HE stops “the gift” from happening again, thank HIM for the blessing! HE is not going to stop something HE gave you. Remember, if it is not the TRUTH [of GOD/ELOHIM] then it is deception [of the enemy]! AMEN!!!