Is speaking in unknown tongues truth or a deception?

There are big divisions in churches which are separating people. I look forward to the Truth being fully known when YESHUA’YAH/JESUS returns so believers can be united again and turn from what is not the Truth, AMEN! Tongues is one area of division but remember, it is not salvational. From what I have experienced/read about, some congregations believe the Gifts are not being manifested anymore.

YESHUA’YAH/JESUS did talk about night coming when no one could work which is from John/Yochanan 9:4 and I wonder if this is why the Gifts are not being manifested as much. From what I have seen, there is much deception replacing the Truth. This is an anti-christ spirit. Some congregations believe that tongues are languages and are only valid when someone can interpret. This is Scriptural and what I believe. There are other congregations, mainly from the Charismatic/Pentecostal churches, who believe that what they speak, which does not sound like a language and no one interprets, is tongues. So what is the Truth? Who is right and who is not?

1. What the New Testament/Covenant says about tongues:

1a. Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Acts 2: And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 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. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.  [This shows that tongues refers to languages.]

Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

1b. What Paul said that many who today believe in tongues but with no interpretation do not mention:

I Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.


The ancient Greek word behind the word “tongues” in the above verses is Strong’s G1100 – glōssa – γλῶσσα glōssa, gloce-sah’; of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired):—tongue.

  1. the tongue, a member of the body, an organ of speech

  2. a tongue

    1. the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon: 1. the tongue, a member of the body, the organ of speech: Mark 7:33, 35; Luke 1:64; Luke 16:24; 1 Corinthians 14:9; James/Ya’akov [Jacob] 1:26; James/Ya’akov [Jacob] 3:5, 6, 8; 1 Peter 3:10; 1 John/Yochanan 3:18; [Revelation 16:10]. By a poetic and rhetorical usage, especially Hebraistic, that member of the body which is chiefly engaged in some act has ascribed to it what belongs to the man; the tongue is so used in Acts 2:26 (ἠγαλλιάσατο ἡ γλῶσσά μου); Romans 3:13; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:11 (the tongue of every man); of the little tongue-like flames symbolizing the gift of foreign tongues, in Acts 2:3.


2. In the Old Testament/Covenant, people had the SPIRIT rest on them and they prophesied/judged or it says HE was in them and people were given wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and more:

2a. Genesis/B’Resheet 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is [Joseph]?

Exodus/Sh’mot 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, [see Exodus 35:31 also Isaiah 11:1-5]

Numbers 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him [Moses], and took of the spirit that was upon him [Moses], and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

Numbers/B’midbar 11:29 And Moses said unto him [Joshua], Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

Numbers/B’midbar 27:18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

Deuteronomy/D’varim 34:9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom [see Isaiah/Yesha’Yahu 11:1-5]; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.  [See Acts 19:6]

Judges/Shof’tim 3:10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him [Othniel], and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

Judges/Shof’tim 6:34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

I Samuel /Shemu’el 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

Isaiah/Yesha’Yahu 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

See also Judges/Shof’tim 11:29, 13:25, 14:6, 14:19, 15:14; I Samuel/Shemu’el Alef 10:10, 11:6, 16:13, 19:20, 19:23; II Samuel/Shemu’el 23:2; I Chronicles/Divrei-Hayamim Alef 12:18; II Chronicles/Divrei-Hayamim Bet 15:1, 20:14, 24:20; Isaiah/Yesha’Yahu 42:1, 59:21, 61:1 Nehemiah/Nehemyah 9:30; Ezekiel/Yechezk’el 11:5, 36:26-27, 37:1, 37:14; Joel/Yo’el 2:28-29  about Jephthah, Samson, Saul, David, messengers, Amasai, Azariah, Jahaziel, Zechariah, prophets, prophecy of JESUS/YESHUA’YAH, Ezekiel, sons/daughters/old and young men/servants/handmaids.

The ancient Hebrew word behind the word “prophesy[ied]” in the above verses is Strong’s H5012 – naba:

    1. to prophesy

      1. under influence of divine spirit

      2. of false prophets

2b. This is also found in the New Testament/Covenant with the above verses in Acts 2 and the verses below:

Luke 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The ancient Greek word behind the words “prophesy/prophesied” above is Strong’s G4395 – prophēteuō

  1. to prophesy, to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspirations, to predict

    1. to prophesy

    2. with the idea of foretelling future events pertaining esp. to the kingdom of God

    3. to utter forth, declare, a thing which can only be known by divine revelation

    4. to break forth under sudden impulse in lofty discourse or praise of the divine counsels

      1. under like prompting, to teach, refute, reprove, admonish, comfort others

    5. to act as a prophet, discharge the prophetic office

Strong’s G4395 is from this root word: Strong’s G4396 – prophētēs

  1. in Greek writings, an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things

  2. one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence his organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events, and in particular such as relate to the cause and kingdom of God and to human salvation

    1. the OT prophets, having foretold the kingdom, deeds and death, of Jesus the Messiah.

    2. of John the Baptist, the herald of Jesus the Messiah

    3. of the illustrious prophet, the Jews expected before the advent of the Messiah

    4. the Messiah

    5. of men filled with the Spirit of God, who by God’s authority and command in words of weight pleads the cause of God and urges salvation of men

    6. of prophets that appeared in the apostolic age among Christians

      1. they are associated with the apostles

      2. they discerned and did what is best for the Christian cause, foretelling certain future events. (Acts 11:27)

      3. in the religious assemblies of the Christians, they were moved by the Holy Spirit to speak, having power to instruct, comfort, encourage, rebuke, convict, and stimulate, their hearers

  3. a poet (because poets were believed to sing under divine inspiration)

    1. of Epimenides (Tit. 1:12)

2c. Now look at what Peter said in this part of Acts 2. What the believers were doing in Acts with the flame of the HOLY SPIRIT resting on them was to prophesy.

   The gift of tongues is used to prophesy to others.

This is also found in the Old Testament verses above in part 2a.:

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.  [see Deuteronomy 34:9]

3. I was in a Messianic Congregation when someone I know brought up questions about tongues and other related things. They received back from the visiting Rabbi and Pastor much information about babbling and false beliefs in some churches. They also said that the tongue/language of GOD/ELOHIM and angels/messengers is Hebrew which I had not thought about before. I have read that linguists say that the gibberish called tongues has no recognizable pattern as a language. Please see section 9 of this study.

I would also like to add that some have used the phrase “prayer language” instead of “tongues” to describe what was happening to them or others. Whatever one calls the sounds made by some while they are praying/speaking to GOD/ELOHIM/or others, please remember that our GOD/ELOHIM and HIS angels/messengers speak in a language that is recognizable as a language, AMEN! Look below at how a difference in translation can change a verse:

Jude 20 But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, [ESV]

Jude 20 But you, my beloved, build up yourselves anew in the holy faith through the Holy Spirit, by means of prayer. [Holy Bible Ancient Eastern Text – Aramaic]

It says in Zephaniah/Tzefan’Yah 3:9, “For then will I turn/change/transform to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.”. Did ELOHIM/GOD give Adam and Eve HIS language/tongue and all people spoke it until the tower of Babel when HE added many languages to man, Genesis/B’Resheet 11:1-9Genesis/B’Resheet 11:1, “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”. Is ancient Hebrew [differs from modern Hebrew] the pure language/tongue from prior to the tower of Babel which will be restored per Zephaniah/Tzefan’Yah 3:9? Whether it is Hebrew or not, it is clear that ELOHIM/GOD caused one language on the Earth in the beginning, and YAH ELOHIM/THE LORD GOD talked with Adam and Eve [Genesis/B’Resheet 1:28-30, 2:16-20, 3:8-19].

4. Another point is how many people who believe they speak in tongues have seen the HOLY SPIRIT rest on them like others did in Scripture mentioned above? John/Yochanan 14:17 –  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. This verse implies that those who are not of the world can see the SPIRIT of TRUTH the HOLY SPIRIT! 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 saw 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!

It even says that the RUACH HA’KODESH/HOLY SPIRIT came down from Heaven and HE rested/settled on JESUS/YESHUA’YAH 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.”.

5. We can lose the HOLY SPIRIT, HE is given to those who obey,
Acts 5:32, “And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”.
Psalm/Tehillim 51:11, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”. HE did this to Saul when he disobeyed and replaced with an evil spirit, see I Samuel/Shemu’el Alef 16.

1Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

I Thessalonians 2:10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

6. 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 Christian businessman being on a plane and how he 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 JESUS! Nothing was mentioned about seeing a flame/tongue of fire resting on the people 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.

One other thing, in regards to how the enemy can mimic what is of GOD. When I was in the new age after one workshop of “slaying in the spirit” – read my study on this if you have not yet – link below, a couple of people spoke to each other in a language that they had never spoken before and they understood each other and it sounded like a language! The enemy mimics the truth!  The truth about “holy laughter and slaying in the spirit” is a kundalini deceiving demon.

7. GOD has put 3 testimonies in front of me showing a deceiving spirit at work. There is a book written by an ex Mafia person, Rocco Morelli, who got saved. He was in church one day with his son and the son saw a “circle of light” on a picture of JESUS. The circle of light left the picture and came to the boy and entered him. I met a woman who told me that a “rainbow circle” left the church ceiling and entered her and she started speaking in “tongues”. I heard at a Christian gathering a man who talked about a “circle of light” coming down from the church ceiling and entering him and later he spoke in “tongues”.

In the new age, orbs/circles of light are viewed as good beings/spirit guides/angels – good or bad/ghosts. I had new age aura photography done, when I was involved in it before ELOHIM/GOD woke me up, that showed colored orbs around me. These are demons and no orb has anything to do with our ELOHIM/GOD!

The HOLY SPIRIT resting on others is described as a Flame of Fire NOT a circle of light! That is in Scripture, such as Acts 2:3. I even met a pastor who said GOD showed him the HOLY SPIRIT was a blue flame which also is not Biblical. The pastor was involved in deceptions like tongues and slaying in the spirit. This is how the enemy can deceive us, by us not knowing Scripture to compare what has happened to the Bible and also lifting up prayer to ELOHIM/GOD asking HIM for the Truth.

Colors of GOD talked about in Scripture are amber/jasper/carnelian/sard/rubies/diamonds/beryl/brass-bronze burnished in fire. “For our GOD is a consuming fire.”, Hebrews 12:29 also in Exodus/Sh’mot 24:17, Numbers/B’midbar 11:1, II Samuel/Shemu’el Bet 22:9, Psalm/Tehillim 97:3, Isaiah/Yesha’Yahu 33:14. Remember the fire that burned the mountain when HE spoke to the Israelites from it: Exodus/Sh’mot 19:18 and 24:17, Deuteronomy/D’varim 5:4. Ezekiel/Yechezk’el 1:26-28 and 8:2 is the description of the HOLY SPIRIT who Ezekiel/Yechezk’el met and spoke to.

8. I can tell you about my own experience at churches/conferences. 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”. 99.5% of the time the person stops speaking in “tongues” right away 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. A few times the “tongues” did not stop quickly. I found that also asking for GOD’S Will and if the person would want it will typically stop any that continue on. One pastor was speaking in “tongues” and neighing and stamping his foot like a horse! I prayed with him before leaving for GOD’S Will for him and his church and found out a few months later that he lost his church!

I have taught others this prayer and they have tried it in churches they went to where others spoke in “tongues” which stopped when the prayer was prayed. I have found success with this prayer even with Pastors of well known congregations and ministries. One worship team on stage started looking at each other worried when every time they started in “tongues” they quickly stopped. 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! 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 especially if they would want the Truth and HIS Will, AMEN! It is important for all of us to want only the Truth because only the Truth is of GOD/ELOHIM and what is not the Truth is HIS enemy! This is not about who is right or not right, this is about helping each other out during the deception of the end times. We are told in the bible that Believers are family and that we are to be each other’s keepers.

There is so much deception at the time of the end that we have to remember JESUS’S/YESHUA’YAHS 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/YESHUA’YAH 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 supernatural and 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 hurt 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 if being deceived by HIS enemy?

9. Below are two articles on speaking in tongues to consider: [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.  [below is from this link]

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 worshipers 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?”)

10. Remember, if we can’t lift up everything in our lives to our Well Beloved FATHER in Heaven in prayer and ask for HIS Will in HIS Well Beloved and Precious SON’S NAME, who can we lift it up to? 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 GOD/ELOHIM shows you a deception or orders your footsteps 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. Ask and ye shall receive. Lift up prayers asking HIM for the Truth. HE is faithful.

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. Per Scripture, HE especially hates pride and offense and many are caught up in them on the earth today from what I have seen. 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, lacking knowledge – 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 you are having a problem with what HE has revealed to you. 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 or the TRUE HOLY SPIRIT then it is deception! AMEN!

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