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 The Rapture
 

James was always mocking the bible and Christians in general. Several people, who were Christians, tried to tell him about the end-time rapture when Jesus would come in the air to take His bride away. James thought the whole notion was folly and a fantasy generated from the bible and in the mind of these fanatical Jesus followers. They warned him the time was upon us and to accept Jesus as His Savior before it was too late. James would have none of it. Then one morning he woke up to the biggest shock of his life.

Josh would you go talk to someone else about your crazy, heretical Christian ideas? Josh had been speaking with James about the end-time rapture and trying to reason with him to become a Christian. Time on the earth as they knew it would be ending soon and all the believers would disappear to meet Jesus in the air. For 6 months straight they had been pleading with James to open his heart to Jesus and ask Him to be His Savior but James resisted them to the bitter end. James typical response was Dont give me that baloney about the second coming of Jesus because the earth is millions of years old and it will continue for millions of years to come. I dont believe the bible, in God or in Jesus. My attitude is the rapture is a fantasy written by Christian heretics who had nothing better to do with their time than to write a lot of religious nonsense in the greatest fiction tale of all the- bible.

James was so blind and his heart so covered in darkness to obvious truth that the Christians just stop talking to him and never brought the subject up to  him again. Sometime later James ran into to Josh again this time Josh said nothing about the bible or the rapture or anything along those lines. Josh arent you going to hammer me with your religious garbage like you usually do? James I am done talking to you about Christianity and the events leading to the second coming of Jesus. All you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news and you will see that the time for his coming is ripe; and read the criterion Jesus told his disciples would be manifesting on the earth right before he is supposed to meet His church in the air. In fact, every Christian James ran into did not talk to him about the bible anymore. Great he thought finally I can have peace from these Christians.

The next morning the skies were dark with ominous, low hanging dense black clouds. Oh well looks like another rain storm is coming in. Little did James know a storm was coming upon the earth far beyond any he could imagine or would there be anything like it to ever occur on the earth again. Eagerly he scampered into the kitchen expecting both his parents and his two sisters to be sitting at the table eating their usual Saturday morning ham and eggs breakfast. This time with his family was the highlight of his week. To his surprise they were nowhere to be found nor were there any ham and eggs on the table. The chairs around the table had not even been moved from the night before, MOM, DAD, CHRISTY,ALICE anybody here? He combed every inch of the house looking for them; the house was eerily empty like no one had lived in it for years. James was a very logical thinker so he tried to figure out what happened to them. He thought of every possible scenario he could but none of them made any sense. He scratched his bushy, fiery, red hair then decided it was time to get dressed and get to the bottom of their unsuspected disappearance. He lopped some icy cold water on his round freckled face.  He shot outdoors and to his dismay his neighborhood was silent.

Usually, on Saturdays the street was filled with kids playing and fathers mowing their lawns or working on their cars. Typically, the older children would be zooming up and down the street on their bikes or playing baseball or some other favorite game in the middle of the street. There was no activity to speak of.  James rubbed his eyes in disbelief he looked up and down the street. All he saw were a few other neighbors looking up and down the street in terror as he was. James felt a sick feeling rise from the pit of his stomach to the base of his neck. His body became rigid and he was full of terror. Oh no he thought were those Christians right?  He remembered the verse all of them use to reference when they were talking to him about the rapture. He ran back into the house and grabbed the family bible off the coffee table. He frantically turned to I Thessalonians 5:17 these words jumped off the page After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. He screamed at the top of his lungs WHY DIDNT I LISTEN TO THEM!

 

 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Thessalonians 5:17

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 Freedom From Sin
 

This blog is the first in a five part series called Freedom From Sin.

The five parts are -

Part 1 - Jesus came to set us free from our sin.
Part 2 - How do we die and become free from sin?
Part 3 - Living according the Spirit.
Part 4 - Our security is in Christ.
Part 5 - Repentance, justification and sanctification.

Each blog is about one page. The rest of this series can be found at the following link -
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Freedom From Sin Part 1
Jesus came to set us free from our sin.

In this article I would like to look at verses which tell us that Jesus sets believers free from their sin. Being set free from sin does not mean a believer becomes sinlessly perfect. It means that he does not have a habitually sinful lifestyle. At one time or another a Christian may sin because of weakness or circumstances but his sin is not wilful or ongoing. That is, sin is not a part of his normal way of life. 1 John 2:1 tell us that Christians might sin occasionally while 1 John 3:9 says that they don't make a practice of sinning.    

In Matt. 1:19-21, an angel told Joseph that he was to name his son Jesus, meaning 'the Lord saves', because he will save his people from their sins. Notice that we are told that Jesus came to save His people from their sins; not IN their sins nor WITH their sins but FROM their sins. The word save means to keep safe or rescue from danger while the word from means separation, departure and cessation so Jesus came to rescue us from the danger of hell by separating us from our sin; we depart our sinful lifestyle and cease from habitual sin.

Many people say that we are only human and that sin is part of our nature so we will always sin. It is true that we have a sinful nature but Jesus is greater than our nature and He says that He can free us from slavery to sin. In John 8:34, 36 He said, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins [continually] is a slave to sin if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Jesus has made it clear that continuing in sin is nothing less than slavery to sin but He can set us free. In Rom. 6:22, Paul said, you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Like Jesus, Paul tells us that Christians are freed from slavery to sin and become slaves to God which results in eternal life.

The following are some other verses which speak of freedom from sin:

  • 1 John 3:5 tells us that Jesus appeared to take away our sins, that is, to remove our sins.
  • In Rom. 7:24-25, after talking about his sinful nature, Paul said that Jesus rescued him from his sinful body of death. Rescue means to deliver or set free so Jesus can set us free from our sinful nature just as He did with Paul.
  • Titus 2:14 tells us that Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all lawlessness. Redeem means to release or to liberate so Jesus gave Himself to liberate us, to free us, from all sin.
  • Rom. 6:14 says, sin shall not be your master. Obviously, if we continue in sin then we are still in slavery to it and it is still our Master.
  • Col. 1:13 tells us that Jesus has, rescued us from the domain of darkness. As already stated, rescue means to set free so once again we are told that Jesus sets us free from sin.

The verses quoted so far clearly show that Christians are set free from their sins. 2 Cor. 5:17 says, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. If I say that I'm in Christ but I'm still wilfully sinning then what's new about me? Absolutely nothing at all! I'm still a slave to sin. To be freed from slavery to sin, and become a new creation, my old self must first die just as Rom. 6:7 tells us, anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

The aim of this article has been to show that Jesus frees His people from their sin. Part 2 is about how we die to obtain freedom from sin. Amen.

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 The Holy Trinity and God the Father
 

The Holy Trinity and God the Father:         

There are numerous volumes of writings about the Holy Trinity and they contain many confusing words.  In reference to an explanation of the Holy Trinity, those books will not compare with the simplicity of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, 2 Timothy 3:16, and is useful for teaching, for correction, and for telling us how a Christian should live.  The Holy Trinity means three Gods in one body, and that one body is God the highest.  The one body contains: God the Father God the Son and God the Spirit of God and any one of the three Gods is equally capable of being God the Highest, and each of the three Gods is distinct from one another.       Some Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity teach that Jesus Christ, with the Spirit of God, is God the Highest.  Their teaching not only turns the Trinity of God Into a two-some, but also belittles God the Father.  Numerous verses in the Holy bible disagree with their teaching

 

Some Holy Bible verses about the existence of the Holy Trinity are:    Ephesians 4:4-6.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope for your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  2 Corinthians 13:14 .  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Spirit of God is with all of you.   Matthew 28:19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit of God.   1 John 5:7,  NRSVACE  Footnote:  A few other authorities read (with variations)  7 There are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, the Spirit of God, and these three are one.   

Jesus said, “ I and the Father are one.” John 10:30  

John 12:49-50,   49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”  John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 20:17   Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’  Romans 15:6   that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 John 1:3   Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.    Ephesians 5:20 give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.      John 17:21-23     21 that they may all be one. As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be one, and in unity that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given Me I have given them that they may be one, as We are one, 23  I in them and you in Me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.   1 Peter 2:5 as Spiritual living stones, let yourselves be built into a Spiritual House, to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

When God the Father subjected everything to Jesus, His Son, the Father did not subject Himself or depart from the Holy Trinity.   1 Corinthians 15:27-28.    27 For God (the Father) has put all things in subjection under His (The Son’s) feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one (The Father) who put all things in subjection under him (The Son.)  28 When all things are subjected to Him (The Son), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one (The Father,) who put all things in subjection under Him (The Son,) so that God may be all in all (Three in One).   Psalm 110:1  1 The Lord (the Father) says to My lord (the Son,) “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Ephesians 6:12   Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places Hebrews 10:12-13.  12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “He sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until His enemies would be made a footstool for His feet.” 

  

The Revelation 11:15 then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord (the Father), also of his Christ, and He (the Father and the Son and the Spirit) will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 12:10   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “salvation, the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ, have come.    Revelation 5:14   the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.  Revelation 7:10   All cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”      1Corinthians 15:55-57   55 “Where, O death, is your victory?      Where, O death, is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.     Romans 8:3-4   3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (the Spirit of God.)

Revelation 20:6.  Blessed, and holy, are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him a thousand years.   Revelation 22:1   1 and through the middle of the street of the city the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God (the Father) and  of the Lamb.   Revelation 21:23   the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

The Holy Trinity continues onward from the new heaven and new earth.   Nothing is said about God, the Spirit of God, but He, a God, remains a member of the trinity and He has distinguishable forms:   God the Spirit of God appeared in forms other than a puff of wind or a sound wave.    Mark 1:10 and just as He (Jesus) was coming up out of the water, we saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus.  Acts 2:1-4   1  On  the day of Pentecost they were all were together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, which filled the entire house. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All were filled with the Spirit of God.        2 Chronicles 18:18-22.    18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, with all the Host of Heaven standing to the right and to the left of Him. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice King Ahab of Israel, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ Then one said one thing, and another said another, 20 until the Spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ The Lord asked him, ‘How?’ 21 He replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.’ 22 So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.”   Revelation 10:4    when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from Spirit of God in heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”   John 14:26    But the Helper, the Spirit of God, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 15:26   “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify on My behalf.   2Timothy 1: 7 for God did not give us a Spirit of cowardice, but rather a Spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 

The Holy Trinity and creation:      

Genesis 1:2   the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.     Job 33:4   The Spirit of God has made us and the breath of the Almighty gives us life.      1Corinthians 8:6   yet for us there is one God, the Father, from Whom are all things and for Whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things and through Whom we exist.

The Holy Trinity and Salvation :         

1 John 4:9, 11, 12   9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us.  1John 5:11   Here is the testimony:  God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   Hebrews 10:10    It is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   Titus 3:4-6  4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Spirit of God. 6 This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,     Romans 8:11   If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.     John 5:21  the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.      2 Corinthians 5:18-20. 18  All is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation and gave Himself (Christ)  for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.  19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to His self, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.     Hebrews 1:1-3   1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom He also created the worlds. 3 Christ the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of Gods very being, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He (Christ)  had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   1 John 4:10   In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:13    By this we know that we abide in Him (the Father) and He in us, because he has given us of His Spirit.

The Holy Trinity and Worship:          

 John 4:21,23   21  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him.    Revelation 22:3  Nothing accursed will be found in the city of new Jerusalem and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him (God the Father and the Lamb.)  Revelation 21:22   I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.            

The Holy Trinity and Judgment:         

  John 5:19  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise   John 5:30  Jesus said “I can do nothing on My own authority; as I hear, I judge; and My  judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent me.      

Remember these following words from Jesus Christ before there is any belittling of either God the Father or God the Son.  John 17:1-3   1 After Jesus had spoken these words He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, to know You, Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 

This Article, The Holy Trinity and God the Father, is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an Eighty Seven year old Christian with a no arrest record.

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 Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer
 

Like all gifts, speaking in tongues was not for private use but for the common good.

Many believe that speaking in tongues is for private prayer, however, there is not one verse that supports the private use of tongues. The Bible tells us that -

  • All mentions of tongues are in public settings – other people were always present.
  • Interpretation was necessary, meaning others were present (1 Cor. 14:27-28).
  • Tongues were a sign to the Jews, meaning Jews were present (1 Cor. 14:21-22).

1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet. 4:10 say that all gifts are for serving others, for the common good. There is no suggestion that tongues or any other gift was for private use. 1 Cor. 14:4 says that tongues would edify the individual and that is quite understandable. It would probably be even more edifying to heal someone, however, personal edification was not the intended purpose of any gift. Tongues, with interpretation, were given to build up the church, not the individual, as the following show:

1 Cor. 12:7 - "... the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good..."
1 Pet. 4:10 - "... each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others..."
1 Cor. 14:5 - "... so that the church may be edified." (Note 1 Pet. 4:10)
1 Cor. 14:6 - "... [without interpretation] what good will I be to you?"
1 Cor. 14:7 - "... [without interpretation] how will anyone know...?"
1 Cor. 14:8 - "... [without interpretation] who will get ready...?"
1 Cor. 14:9 - "... [without interpretation] how will anyone know...?"
1 Cor. 14:11 - "... If I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying..."
1 Cor. 14:12 - "... try to excel in gifts that build up the church."
1 Cor. 14:16 - "... how can one who does not understand say ‘amen’?"
1 Cor. 14:16 - "... he does not know what you are saying."
1 Cor. 14:17 - "... the other man is not edified."
1 Cor. 14:19 - "... to instruct others..."
1 Cor. 14:26 - "... all things must be done for the strengthening of the church."
1 Cor. 14:27 - "... if anyone speaks in a tongue ... someone must interpret."

These verses all point to the public use of tongues with interpretation for building up the church. There is not a single verse that supports the use of tongues for private prayer. (This list is taken from All About Speaking In Tongues by Fernand LeGrand)

A passage said to support tongues as a private prayer language is 1 Cor. 14:13-17. These verses talk about praying in tongues but interpretation is called for so that others can say “Amen” so clearly this passage describes a public prayer setting and has nothing at all to do with private prayer.

1 Cor. 14:2 is also used in the attempt to prove that tongues is a private prayer language. It says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit”. Obviously, this verse cannot support private prayer either as it says, “no one understands him”, telling us that it’s a public setting. Three other points about this verse are -

i) Many believe that the “mysteries” of 1 Cor. 14:2 are angelic languages but this comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13:1-3 in which Paul uses exaggerated speech to show that love is greater than all. He is not saying that he could do the impossible and fathom all mysteries or have all knowledge etc but even if he could, yet didn’t have love, then he had nothing. Likewise, he is not saying that anyone could speak in the tongues of angels; that too is exaggerated language.

ii) By itself, 1 Cor. 14:2 makes absolutely no sense as it says that no one, except God, ever understood anyone who spoke in tongues. Obviously, this is wrong because tongues were understood (Acts 2:8). To make sense of this verse we need to look at v.28 which is also talking about speaking to God. It says, “If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God”. So, if we consider v.2 in the light of v.28 we see it is saying that, without an interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet and talk to God as no one understands him. Again, this is a public setting and, without interpretation, the speaker would have been uttering mysteries in the same way that any foreign language is a mystery to us, unless interpreted.

iii) The KJV has helped to confuse this issue by adding “unknown” to the text implying that some tongues were unknown languages. However, all tongues from God were known, human languages just as 1 Cor. 14:10 tells us: “There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning”.

Finally, a careful study shows that every verse on tongues, whether about prayer or otherwise, is in the context of a public setting with interpretation called for every time. Not a single verse speaks of the private use of tongues. This is because tongues was a sign of judgement to unbelieving Jews and, once that purpose had been served, speaking in tongues ceased. See “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandasign.pdf


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All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
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 Speaking In Tongues - A Sign
 

“Tongues then are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers” (1 Cor. 14:22).

It’s commonly believed that speaking in tongues is a private prayer language but that idea is read into the text. Not a single verse states that tongues is for private prayer, however, 1 Cor. 14:21-22 clearly say that speaking in tongues was a sign. In 1 Cor. 14:21, God said, “through men of strange tongues … I will speak to this people. This is a quote from Isa. 28:11-14 in which God said that through “foreign lips and strange tongues” He was going to speak to, that is judge, “this people in Jerusalem”. Then 1 Cor. 14:22 continues on to say, “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers. From this we can see that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement for “this people”, the unbelieving Jews who had rejected their Messiah. That judgement came in 70AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem.

Foreign languages were first used as a sign of judgement against the people who were building the tower of Babel. Gen. 11:1-9 tell us that, because they refused to spread throughout the world, God confused their languages and scattered them over the face of the earth.

Next, in Deu. 28, after God promised Israel that He would bless them if they were obedient, He said that if they were disobedient He would bring against them “a nation whose language you will not understand” (v.49). So, just as foreign languages were used as judgment against a disobedient people at Babel, they would be used as a sign of judgment against Israel if they were disobedient.

The Old Testament shows tongues being used as a sign of judgement against Israel on two occasions.
1) In Isa. 28:11-14, Isaiah prophesied that the Assyrians, a people “with foreign lips and strange tongues”, would be God's instrument of judgment against Israel.
2) In Jer. 5:15-17, Jeremiah prophesied that the Babylonians, “a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand”, would be God's instrument of judgment against Judah.

Both of these prophecies were fulfilled confirming tongues as a sign of judgement.

Moving on to the New Testament, 1 Cor. 1:22 says that Jews demanded signs.

  • In John 20:30-31 we are told that Jesus did signs in the presence of His Jewish disciples to prove that He was the Christ, the Messiah, and eternal life was in His name.
  • Then Heb. 2:2-4 tell us that God used signs to bear witness to salvation through Jesus.

Speaking in tongues was a sign to the Jews that salvation was in Jesus, the One they crucified. There are three mentions of tongues in Acts and on each occasion Jews were present and people believed in Jesus.  

Looking at the three events in Acts, we see -
(a) In Acts 2, the Jews were amazed to hear God being praised in foreign languages and three thousand were cut to the heart and believed when they heard they had crucified their Lord and Christ (Act 2:36-41).
(b) In Acts 10-11, at Cornelius’ house, Peter and the other Jews who had come with him were astonished when the Gentiles believed in Jesus and spoke in tongues (Acts 10:43-47).
(c) In Acts 19:1-7, twelve Jewish disciples of John the Baptist spoke in tongues after they had believed and were baptised in Jesus’ name.


In all three passages, Jews were the target of the sign of speaking in tongues and each time it pointed to belief in Jesus so it is obvious that tongues were a sign to the Jews that salvation, even for the Gentiles, was in the One they had crucified – and they would be severely judged for it.

In Matt. 24:1-2, Jesus spoke of judgement saying that the Temple would be destroyed. It was further prophesied about in 1 Cor. 14:21-22 which say that through “men of strange tongues” God would speak to “this people” and it would be a sign to them. As already said, this quote comes from Isa. 28:11-14 and this connection to previous judgement against Israel makes it obvious that speaking in tongues was a sign of future judgement against them for crucifying their Messiah. Judgement came when God used the Roman army, a “men of strange tongues”, to destroy Jerusalem. The sign of speaking in tongues was not likely needed beyond that point because tongues had served their purpose – judgement had come.

Finally, many believe that speaking in tongues is for private use despite 1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet. 4:10 saying that all gifts are for serving others, for the common good. There is no suggestion of tongues being for private use but, as shown in this article, the Bible tells us that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement against Israel. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, about 55AD, he said not to forbid speaking in tongues and this was simply because tongues were still being used as a sign to the Jews but once judgement came, in 70AD, the sign had served its purpose and the gift of tongues ceased. Many ignore the clearly stated purpose of speaking in tongues and force fit a ‘private prayer language’ into the text, at the expense of sound interpretation. Amen.


The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

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The video of “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q013wNYg83g

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Mick Alexander
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Author Mick Alexander  Added On 12/18/2016
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